Steely Serena in ‘different space’, ready for record Slam win – coach

first_img“Having a baby is a big thing. So for a top-level athlete to come back and be 100 percent fit after having a baby any time, I think there was not enough time.“So I think now she’s ready physically. I think emotionally too because it’s a big change in anyone’s life to have a baby and you need to get used to a new life, and it took a bit of time.“But I feel now she’s back to being Serena on both the physical and emotional side. So I think her level is good. I think she needed a big fight, and it happened (against Halep) and I think it’s a great thing,” he added.Williams, seeded just 16, beat world number one Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, repelling a gutsy fightback from the Romanian after blitzing her in the first set.She next plays seventh seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-finals, where she could meet either Osaka or sixth seed Elina Svitolina.Asked if the 37-year-old could go on and win her eighth title in Melbourne to match Court’s long-standing record, Mouratoglou replied: “Of course I believe she will win.“First of all, I always think she can win, and she will win. I think I should be in that state of mind. Because she’s Serena.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams is emotionally and physically ready to win another Grand Slam, unlike during her famous meltdown in the final of the US Open last year, according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 37-year-old American stormed past top seed Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Monday, with the Romanian saying it felt like being “hit by a train”.Long-time coach Mouratoglou said Williams was in a different space to the one she occupied at Flushing Meadows, when she controversially lost the decider to Naomi Osaka during her comeback from having a baby.In that match, Williams lost the plot, receiving a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief”.Mouratoglou admitted “I don’t think she was ready” to win a final back then.“There is a big difference between reaching a final and winning it,” he added.But four months on from that chapter of her life that Williams now refuses to talk about, he said she was “back to being Serena”.“I think she’s fitter than she was last year, because even though she made really a lot of efforts to come back in shape last year, I don’t think she had enough time,” he said.last_img read more

Man faces capital murder charge after shooting child who startled him

first_imgAn Alabama man is currently facing a capital murder charge after he fatally shot a 7-year-old who startled him out of his sleep.The incident occurred early Friday at a trailer park in Montgomery.Officials reported that Omarion Greenhouse was sleeping on the couch in the trailer when the child startled him awake. That’s when Greenhouse immediately grabbed his gun and shot the child.Authorities were called to the scene and the child was taken to the hospital where he later died.  It is unclear in the shooting was intentional, however, it is considered a capital offense in Alabama to kill anyone under the age of 14.last_img

Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Dennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

OSIWA Donates US$7K Christmas Gifts to Ebola Orphans

first_imgThe Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated over US$ 7,000 worth of assorted items to at least 28 Ebola orphans as a way of celebrating the Christmas with them and giving hope to Ebola orphans in Liberia.The items, including 22 bags of rice, clothes and cooking oil were last Friday delivered to the orphans who are between the ages of 4 months and 17 years, residing in the Airfield community.The Country Director of OSIWA, Massa Crayton, said the donation is not only a part of her organization’s efforts to restore hope to children who are affected by the epidemic but that survivors, mainly orphans, should be well taken care of and embraced in the society because they are heroes of the Ebola crisis.“This donation is to help our children smile and feel the spirit of Christmas like they had in other times with their parents,” the OSIWA boss said.She disclosed that OSIWA plans to provide packages for survivors, especially when schools resume adding that there will be measures put in place to give extra care to the orphans.Narrating his story at the ceremony was Ebola survivor Ishmael Nuah: “I am Ishmael Nuah, 10 years old. I got infected by Ebola when I visited my aunty in Red Hill Field community. My aunty got sick and died. I was later taken to the Ebola center for treatment and God healed me. I want to be a medical doctor to help sick children, too.”Also speaking, Mr. Uriah Kear, a representative of the Ministry of Health said the government remains committed and will support the survivors and orphans.He called on non-government organizations to follow in the footsteps of OSIWA, helping to provide support for Ebola survivors.The president of the Ebola Survivors Association (ESA), Mr. Korlia Bunarwolo, thanked OSIWA for the gift items and its continued support, describing organization as an example of a real humanitarian foundation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BP chief resigns after gay revelations

first_img“I am not prepared to make allowances for a `white lie’ told to the court in circumstances such as these – especially by a man who … refers to the various honors he has received under the present government when asking the court to prefer his account of what took place,” the judge said. Britain’s scandal-loving tabloid press reveled in the story of what The Sun called the “Tycoon and the Rent Boy.” Browne was accused of using BP computers and staff to help Chevalier, of using support staff to set up and then wind down a company Browne created for him to run, and of sending a senior BP employee on a personal errand to deliver cash to him. Browne rejected the allegations and BP said an internal inquiry had cleared him of wrongdoing. But veteran gay-rights activist Peter Tatchell accused the newspaper of being motivated by homophobia in seeking to publish “uncorroborated kiss-and-tell revelations” about Browne. “There is no public interest justification for this intrusion into Lord Browne’s private life,” Tatchell said. Gay people remain much less prominent in the conservative world of business than in other walks of British life. The annual “Pink List” of powerful gay Britons, published by The Independent newspaper, includes actors, politicians, policemen, a Royal Navy officer, a senior judge – but few corporate bosses. Browne’s resignation ends a high-flying career. In his 12 years at the helm of BP, the company went from minor player to global energy giant. Appointed CEO in 1995, Browne oversaw BP’s expansion into the United States, including its 1998 merger with Amoco and the subsequent acquisitions of Los Angeles-based Arco and Castrol. His reputation had been tarnished, however, by the company’s recent troubles in the United States. A 2005 explosion at its Texas refinery that killed 15 workers was the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990. BP also was forced to temporarily close some of its operations at the Prudhoe Bay field because of a major pipeline spill last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – It wasn’t the deaths of 15 workers at BP’s Texas City plant that brought the company’s chief executive down. Nor was it one of the largest North Slope oil spills ever at the British company’s Prudhoe Bay, Alaska operations. John Browne, the man who turned BP PLC into one of the world’s top energy companies, fell from grace after admitting he lied to a judge when he tried to block a newspaper from printing allegations of wrongdoing made by a former boyfriend. The admission may have been the last straw after a series of troubles at the end of a storied career. But to some, Browne’s resignation as chief executive Tuesday illustrates the power of Britain’s tabloid press – and the perils of being gay in the conservative world of big oil. Stephen Coote, director of Britain’s Gay Business Association, said “sport and business are the two last bastions” of institutional homophobia. Browne, one of Britain’s most powerful businessmen and a close associate of Prime Minister Tony Blair, resigned Tuesday after acknowledging that he lied during legal action to block the Mail on Sunday newspaper from publishing an interview with a former lover, Jeff Chevalier. Browne, 59, told the judge that he and Chevalier, a Canadian reportedly in his 20s, had met by chance in a London park. British media outlets reported that they met through an escort service Web site. In a statement, Browne admitted he lied to the court and said it was “a matter of deep regret.” “For the past 41 years of my career at BP I have kept my private life separate from my business life,” he said as he announced his resignation. “I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter, to be kept private.” Judge David Eady rejected Browne’s claim for privacy, saying the tycoon’s lie had fatally undermined his case. last_img

Atletico confirm Carrasco, Gaitan departures to China

first_img“Our club has reached an agreement with the Chinese club Dalian Yifang for the transfer of Yannick Carrasco,” Atletico wrote in a statement on Monday.A separate statement read: “Nico Gaitan has been sold to Dalian Yifang, from the Chinese Super League.”Atletico have not specified the fees involved but, according to the Spanish press, Carrasco’s departure will earn them around 30 million euros ($36.9 million) and Gaitan 18 million euros.Carrasco’s former team Monaco are also reportedly set to receive 25 percent of the transfer fee, due to an agreement made when the winger moved in July 2015.He went on to make 124 appearances for Atletico, registering 23 goals and 17 assists. Argentinian winger Gaitan joined from Benfica in 2016 and played 49 times for the club.Dalian Yifang, newly-promoted to the Chinese top flight, also signed West Ham defender Jose Fonte for an undisclosed fee on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Yannick Carrasco scored for Atletico in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Feb 26 – Atletico Madrid have sold Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco and Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan to Chinese club Dalian Yifang, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.Carrasco had started just three times in La Liga since the turn of the year and Gaitan only once this entire season under coach Diego Simeone.last_img read more

Foy & Company Big Sale with up to 70% off all departments begins this Friday

first_imgLeading Donegal homeware store Foy & Company are about to launch a gigantic two week sale with incredible offers.Starting this Friday April 27th until May 12th, there will be amazing offers across every department in the Letterkenny and Ballybofey showrooms – from furniture, fabric, paint, wallpaper, accessories and more.Don’t miss this opportunity to get everything you need for your home under one roof with up to 70% off all departments –  including custom made to measure curtains! You’ll find amazing discount on Hollywood mirrors, mirrored console tables and more. Amazing discount on Hollywood mirrors, mirrored console tables and moreWarehouse living ranges at Foy & Company – on saleFantastic discounts on the Warehouse dining room range: The dining chair was €159, and is now €143 / dining table was €499 now €449. Elanore Shop front: Prices were €1575, now €1399.Furnish your living room with the beautiful Paisley grand four-seater and two-seater was €2779 now €1339.Paisley Sofa RangeRobyn sofa bed – €247Or fit out your bedroom with discounts on all our bedroom ranges! The beautiful Dune bed below was €399 – now €349.Dune Fabric Bed Paint your home with fantastic offers on all paints with brands such as Dulux, Colourtrend, Little Greene and Fleetwood!Designer fabrics and wallpapers from brands like Harlequin, Romo, Clarke & Clarke and Sanderson also on offer.Interior design service always on hand to help our customers. Free in-store appointments available, for all customers.Paloma FabricsCall into Foy & Company at Port Road Letterkenny or Main Street Ballybofey to get the best deals in the next fortnight from Friday 27th April until May 12th.Tel:  0749121925Visit: Sponsored PostFoy & Company Big Sale with up to 70% off all departments begins this Friday was last modified: April 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:foy & companyfurniture salehomewarelast_img read more

Man United star agrees deal to become world’s highest paid in his position

first_imgManchester United are set to tie David de Gea down to a new five-year deal which will make him the highest paid goalkeeper in world football.Marca are reporting that the Red Devils have now reached an agreement to secure De Gea’s future at Old Trafford after another impressive season at the club. 1 De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 center_img The Spaniard will earn a gross total of €21m (£18.4m) per year for each of his next five seasons at the club. This amounts to a rough figure of €404,000 (or £354,000) per week.De Gea is expected to return to United and sign the new, lucrative deal after the World Cup.His number will dwarf the amount earned by all other goalkeepers on the planet, as it is understood that the second highest earning stopper is Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, who gets a gross total of €15m (£13.1m) per year.The decision to put De Gea on this wage comes after he was named United’s ‘Player of the Year’ for the fourth time in five seasons.last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal singer has re-issued an emigrant song – as a tribute to Donegal people around the world.Kenny Gillespie, 32, lives in Braade Kincasslagh and currently working in Teach Phaidi Og in Crolly.He recorded The Irishman six years ago when he was in Australia.“I recently decided to re-issue it with a St Patricks Day theme dedicating it to all our young people being forced to emigrate in recent times,” said Kenny. “I hope your thousands of readers from Co Donegal who are living all over the world now enjoy it.”© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on DDTV VIDEO: SINGER’S TRIBUTE TO THE DONEGAL DIASPORA was last modified: March 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: SINGER’S TRIBUTE TO THE DONEGAL DIASPORAlast_img read more

Offense is nowhere to be found

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “A lot of the blame is on us,” Adam Kennedy said. Not the umpires, although they continued to drive the Angels to distraction. Not just the Sox pitchers, though Freddy Garcia was the third in a row to shade the corners of the plate for nine innings. Us. “It’s the same pitches they threw me all year,” said Vladimir Guerrero (through interpreter Alfredo Griffin), whose .206 playoff average after four worm-ticklers Saturday is the most shocking of the Angels’ slumps. “I’m just not swinging good.” The Angels have sunk from merely losing to the White Sox to being utterly embarrassed by Chicago’s pitchers, and have gone from tipping their proverbial caps in respect for their opponents to sounding like a room full of George Costanzas. It’s not them, it’s us. There was no denying it in the silence of the home clubhouse after the Angels rolled over against the White Sox 8-2 on Saturday night to fall behind 3-1 in the first-to-four series for the American League pennant. ANAHEIM – Their pop-ups aren’t even major-league pop-ups anymore. Their ground balls can be called worm-killers only at the risk of insulting the speed and fortitude of the average worm. It has reached the sad stage where you wonder if the Angels would have any offense at all, if not for the reliable extra-base pop of Robb Quinlan and Casey Kotchman. center_img Guerrero insists he isn’t being limited by his nagging injuries. Is that supposed to be good news or bad news? It sure looks as if the Angels are psyched out by something, whether it’s the memory of umpire Doug Eddings’ Game 2-deciding mistake at home plate or just snowballing self-doubt as winter looms one loss away. “You can see it (frustration) in all their faces,” said Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. “We’ve got to back off a little and bring it back to us. If these guys relax, we’ll be fine.” But if the forecasts are correct, there’s a better chance of a ballgame getting rained out in Southern California today than the Angels getting to the World Series. For those who say they’d rather watch the worst baseball game than the best football game, Saturday was the supreme test. Fans in Anaheim cheered USC’s desperate win over Notre Dame on the video screen before the first pitch, and those in the suites sneaked peeks at UCLA’s comeback against Washington State between pitches, and everybody tried not to nod off when the Angels came to bat. This started out way too much like the night before, when the Angels also trailed 3-0 – also on a Paul Konerko home run – before they picked up a bat. On Friday, the players rejected the post-game interviewers’ suggestion that they looked a little flat early on. So it was interesting to read Paul Byrd’s lead on one of the columns the pitcher is writing for “We looked a little flat early on,” Byrd began after Friday’s game. The writers, always so negative. It’s not that the Angels have been passive. As always under Mike Scioscia’s managing, they’ve been aggressive. When they’re going well, their free swinging and daredevil baserunning makes big innings out of little innings. When they’re not, that style kills them. They began Saturday with a grand total of one walk in the three games against Chicago starters Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland. That’s not all about the pitchers. Darin Erstad stood and watched four Garcia pitches miss the strike zone in the second inning. While stadium medics worked to revive the fainting patrons, Kotchman took two balls and hit a topper that Garcia threw past first base, and Bengie Molina drove in Kotchman with the Angels’ first base hit with runners in scoring position in 26 innings. Erstad’s walk was the Angels’ seventh, that’s all, in nine playoff games. Not that walks are a good idea or anything, but of the seven Angels to walk, five have come around to score. “They (White Sox pitchers) get early leads, and that makes it easier for any pitcher,” said Kennedy, who’s down to .214 for the playoffs, which makes him Rod Carew compared to Chone Figgins (.114), Garret Anderson (.206) and Steve Finley (.150). “And we haven’t put on any pressure to give them reason to panic. “Four games against them now, we haven’t swung the bats well. We got away with it the first game.” Strikeouts, weak pop-ups, 14-hop grounders. The Angels hit a couple of balls hard every night, just to tease. Erstad issued the customary “This thing’s not over” late Saturday night. But the Angels are, quite literally, not walking the walk. They’ve scored 15 runs in the past six games against the Yankees and White Sox. The worrisome thing is that they went through seven such punchless stretches of six games during the regular season. They might like to think this is just a little bump on the way to the World Series. Instead they’re facing facts, they’re back in a rut at the worst possible time, hitting the way they did when we couldn’t see them getting this far. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more