Brilliant Cibulkova and hard hitting Li Na reach Final

first_imgDominika Cibulkova was almost lost for words after she became the first Slovakian woman to reach a grand slam final by beating fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2 at the Australian Open on Thursday.The 20th seed dominated the semi-final from the start and when Radwanska’s final shot hit the net, she threw her racket in the air and fell on her back in delight.The usually chatty 24-year-old, who will play China’s Li Na in the final on Saturday at Melbourne Park, could barely describe her joy after one of the performances of her life.“I still can’t believe I am in the final,” she said in a courtside interview. “I can’t believe this is happening.”Radwanska went into the match as favourite having taken out the twice defending champion, Victoria Azarenka, in the previous round.But the Pole was completely overpowered and outplayed by Cibulkova, who ran down everything and slammed winners on both sides.Cibulkova won the first three games in a flash and though Radwanska got on the board in the fourth game, she stormed through the rest of the set.Radwanska tried everything she could to mix the pace at the start of the second set but it had no impact as Cibulkova raced to a 4-0 lead.Radwanska got one of the breaks back to cut the lead to 4-2 but Cibulkova held for 5-2 and then broke again to clinch her place in the final.“Once I held my serve for 5-2, I knew I was going to win,” Cibulkova said.“Aga’s an unbelievable player and her defensive game is unbelievable and I was prepared for long rallies.“But I knew I had to go for my shots, even if I made mistakes, I just had to go for it.”Cibulkova has never beaten Li in four matches but said she would be giving it everything to win the title.“I will need some time (to get over the semi-final) but I think I will be prepared,” she said.“I just want to go out there and enjoy it, the same way I have enjoyed all my matches.”In the other semi-final China’s Li Na overcame Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard to reach her second successive Australian Open final with a 6-2 6-4 victory.Li has now reached three finals at Melbourne Park in the last four years, having lost to Victoria Azarenka last year and Kim Clijsters in 2011. She also lost to Clijsters in the fourth round in 2012.“Last time was a little bit tough so I will try this time to make one more step,” Li said in a courtside interview.“I think after working with the coach, it’s not only about my technique, I’m playing much stronger on court… and more stable from the first point to the second point,” she added of her success at the season-opening grand slam.Bouchard was just the second Canadian player of either gender to make it to a grand slam semi-final in the Open Era, after Carling Bassett, who was a semi-finalist at the 1984 U.S. OpenThe 19-year-old, however, had trouble from the onset, letting the ball bounce in front of her on the opening serve due to the sun, before her first actual serve was into the wrong service box.Li wasted little time in bashing three backhand winners in the first game to break the young Canadian to love, held serve, then broke again to love to give her a handy 3-0 lead.Such was the world number four’s dominance, Li did not commit an unforced error until the fourth game and restricted Bouchard to three points in total in the first five.FORCED BACKShe continued to force Bouchard back behind the baseline, when rallies extended beyond three shots, but then temporarily lost concentration to allow the Canadian to win two games, before she sealed the first set in 28 minutes with a forehand volley.Bouchard began the second set with an ace – her first of the match – and while Li held two break points the Canadian appeared to be getting into a rhythm and she battled to hold serve in a game that lasted 11 minutes.Li’s first service game of the second set lasted a further 10 minutes as Bouchard attacked Li’s first serve, which had deserted her, with five deuce points before the Chinese belted a forehand out to give the 30th seed a 2-0 lead.The momentum swung again with Li rattling off three successive games, and six of the final eight, as she continued to be aggressive to set up a final against Dominika Cibulkova.last_img read more

Govt calls for Grenada Invitational accountability

first_imgSt GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Amidst a controversy over unpaid monies to service providers and athletes, Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell has called for Grenada Invitational Inc to account for the monies which it spent on the athletics meet.Grenada Invitational Inc, which spearheaded the organising of the Grenada Invitational, is reported to have failed to meet its financial obligations to some service providers and athletes, who participated in the 2018 event last April.It has led to the resignation of the former chairman of the company Michael Bascombe, who blamed the situation on a breakdown in communications between the directors and himself.However, Dr Mitchell said Bascombe’s resignation was simply not enough, saying that when Government invested its resources into any initiative, it needed to know that money was properly used.”Clearly they have to sort out their individual problems, but it’s not about an individual resigning, that’s not our key concern,” he insisted.”Our concern is mainly that if Government supports something, an image of the country is involved and of course if we have invested resources, it has to be accounted for.”Government supported the activity based on what we thought was good and we believed it went well for the country and Government has insisted that those monies must be accounted for, and so far we have not gotten an account of what we have given and supported,” Dr Mitchell, who is also the Minister of Finance said.The Prime Minister said Minister of Sports Kate Lewis was expected to meet with organisers of the event as soon as possible, in an attempt to rectify the situation.”So we are concerned because the image of the country is involved and we clearly would want them to come to terms with this. The Minister of Sports will be engaging the parties involved and not just the person who has resigned. Other members will be engaged to see how best we can solve this problem and go forward.”What I can say is that Government’s resources will not be put into something where the monies are not being accounted for,” Dr Mitchell maintained.last_img read more

Open letter to GRA Commissioner General

first_imgDear Editor,We have renewed our applications for Mortgage Interest Relief for 2015 until such time that the GRA thinks we should renew again, paid the necessary fees to the commercial banks and did everything that would be required to get our refunds from MIR.Calls to the GRA MIR office are always met with the usual unprofessional and rude answer, “We don’t know when this would be ready.”So, since they don’t know, it is only fair to ask you, the big boss responsible for the Guyana Revenue Authority, when would we, the poor people of Guyana, expect our MIR to be processed for July-December2015?Mr President, this delayed MIR to the Guyanese people that is outstanding for the period July-December 2015, would your office be kind enough to expedite this process?Regards,Michael Singhlast_img read more

Gym to stay shut at Vasquez High

first_imgACTON – Doors to Vasquez High School’s gymnasium will remain locked to students and teachers for now after a bill designed to open them died in the state Legislature. The tentlike facility was once the place for physical-education classes, basketball games and school assemblies. But after five years of activities, it was locked up in 2004 because state officials said the temporary building was not designed for such long-term use. A bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, would have allowed the school to use the gym while waiting for state education officials to authorize its use permanently. The state Senate’s education committee killed the bill last week because members said it would create a precedent for other school campuses. On Friday, Runner said she was looking for other ways to open the gym and was talking with state architects and the governor’s staff. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 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

‘There are massive things to come from Rooney,’ Neville tells talkSPORT

first_imgPhil Neville believes Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton will reinvigorate his career.Rooney rejoined his boyhood club for an undisclosed fee last week after 13 years at Manchester United.Doubts have been expressed about whether he can recapture his best form at Goodison Park, with the 31-year-old having struggled to impress in recent seasons.Neville, though, is convinced his former United teammate is going to be a big success in his second spell at Everton.“I think there are massive things to come from Wayne Rooney,” Neville, who played for both clubs, told talkSPORT.“Having watched him over the last 12 months and the lack of match action he has got, this could be the move that gives his career a kick on.”Rooney has traded places with Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian striker moving to United in a £75m deal, and Neville believes it’s good business by both his old teams.“It is good for both clubs,” said.“What Jose [Mourinho] likes in all the teams he has managed is a target man and you think maybe Jose was stopping Lukaku going to Chelsea to make them stronger and he is the best target man around.“Everton have got unbelievable money,  invested that money really well, and I think both parties will be happy.”last_img read more

Henderson likened to Liverpool legend on Twitter after Bayern display

first_imgHenderson well up for this one isn’t he? #LFC— OLSC Barbados (@LFCBarbados) February 19, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Henderson has been everywhere at Anfield against Bayern Munich 1 When Jorginho grows up, he wants to be Jordan Henderson! #LFC #LIVBAY pic.twitter.com/8kgpnnXEcH— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) February 19, 2019 Henderson on a mission to Hendo up with the man of the match award #LFCFCB #LFC pic.twitter.com/ej2xjE4ALg— Guy Dore (@GuyandDore4) February 19, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Henderson 2.0 on display tonight. #LFC #LFCFCB— Raw_LFC (@raw_yaseen) February 19, 2019 ADVICE Jordan Henderson is 🔥🔥#LFC— Vatsal Vora (@MrVatsalVora) February 19, 2019 Jordan Henderson has been superb tonight. Best player on the pitch by a mile #LFC— Kyle (@KB2X) February 19, 2019 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury What a captain. Those that mock have never played the game. #henderson #lfc— Mark Stobbart (@MarkStobbart) February 19, 2019 REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade But few could disagree with how well Henderson coped during the Reds’ Champions League last-16 first leg game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.He has barely put a foot wrong as the two sides fought out an attritional goalless draw at Anfield.And the captain’s display hasn’t gone unnoticed from these Liverpool fans on Twitter, with one fan saying Henderson’s performance had ‘shades of Gerrard’ to it.Below you can see the best Henderson tweets from these Liverpool supporters. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Henderson over performing tonight as always in our European nights at Anfield. Best player on the pitch alongside with Bobby. 🔴 #LFC— Peter Ashraf🔴 (@smellycat808) February 19, 2019 no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Jordan Henderson has been the best player on the pitch , finally playing like he plays for England for us #LFC— Eoin Healy (@djeoinhealy) February 19, 2019 RANKED Henderson… Shades of Gerrard tonight, immense #2cl #LFC— Fred (@Staargasm) February 19, 2019 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp once said that Jordan Henderson ‘has the hardest job in football’.The German explained how because the England midfielder replaced Steven Gerrard, who is viewed by many as Liverpool’s greatest ever player, as club captain this makes it a tough act for Henderson to follow. BEST OF MONEY last_img read more

Gazza shares pictures of himself with Spurs legends ahead of Inter Milan match

first_imgTottenham Hotspur legend Paul Gascoigne has shared pictures of himself with fellow heroes ahead of their match with Inter Milan.Spurs’ new stadium has its second and final test event on Saturday evening and 55,000 fans are expected through the doors. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Gazza’s attendance had remained a doubt, despite Gary Mabbutt, manager of the legends, revealing any appearance would be subject to his fitness.But earlier today a picture taken by Osvaldo Ardiles all-but confirmed he will take some part in the festivities.And now the man himself has shared images on Twitter where he’s standing with Jurgen Klinsmann, Nayim, and Mabbutt. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE gameday cracker Paul Gascoigne during his time at Tottenham Hotspur. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining @Paul_Gascoigne8 enjoy the game mate #legends @SpursOfficial pic.twitter.com/1DYtawPEW1— Shane Whitfield (@Shanewh1tfield) March 30, 2019Amongst the other legends in attendance are set to be David Ginola, Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov, and Allan Nielsen.If the test event is successful then the club will play their first official game at their new stadium on Wednesday against Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Budge admits to mistakes over Levein’s role as Hearts manager

first_imgBudge said that she expected Levein to leave the club in the summer when his contract ends, but she did not rule out his assistant Austin MacPhee remaining in some role. “Austin, that’s different, because Austin has to decide what Austin wants to do and it might well be that there is something he might want to do here. Levein was removed from his post as manager in October but remains an employee of the club, dealing with departments other than the first team. “I don’t think there is any chance that Craig will continue beyond the end of this season,” she said. “We all have strengths and weaknesses. I have been working with Craig for five-and-a-half years and I have a fairly good idea of where his strengths lie and where his weaknesses lie. “I don’t believe it’s blind faith,” she said. “It’s the same way I would treat any other respected member of my management team. “As I said there, one of the mistakes I made was agreeing that Craig should take on both roles. There were arguments put forward for it at the time and I agreed to that. So I concede I made some mistakes. I don’t think it was out of blind faith.”center_img “You find a way to work together and play to somebody’s strengths and not their weaknesses. At a media conference following the AGM, Budge was asked if she had shown too much faith in the former Scotland boss, the businesswoman insisted that she had used her judgement, though she conceded she hadn’t gotten everything right. But the club’s owner insists she does not have ‘blind faith’ in Levein, as he continues to work at the club in a strategic position – away from Daniel Stendel’s first team. Ann Budge says she made mistakes in the appointment and eventual dismissal of Craig Levein as manager, as she held her first Hearts AGM without him. “So I can’t be definitive about Austin until Austin decides which direction he wants to take his career.”last_img read more

Be Sure to Follow Instructions on “At Large” Races Today at the Polls

first_imgAccording to Washington County Clerk, Stephanie Rockey, voters today need to pay attention to special voting instructions when it comes to voting for “At-Large” candidates.In the State of Indiana, regarding straight party tickets, any “At-Large” races, you have to make a voting mark on or in the box for the candidate that you wish to vote for, according to Rockey.“This is just part of legislation that was passed back in 2018, and the way that the 2018 election ballots were done,” she said. “There are notations regarding this matter both on the paper ballot and the electronic ballot, both images are the same.” So, on the 2019 Municipal General Election ballots, whether paper or electronic, the only race that is on the ballot today (Nov. 5) is the City Council Member At- Large, City of Salem race that the law would affect.That race is between Republican Jody Smedley and Democrat R.H. Bennett“But, again it is noted on the instruction text and the actual At-Large race of the ballot,” noted Rockey. “So, to further clarify, there is NO GLITCH with electronic voting and/or the ballots. For further clarification or questions, please call my office.”The clerk’s office number is 812.883.5748Voting by Precincts are:Precinct 1MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 1Republican – Danny R. LibkaDemocrat – Richard LongworthPrecinct 2MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 2Democrat – Rick StewartPrecinct 3MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 3Republican – Steve CraneDemocrat – Jana HayesPrecinct 4MayorRepublican – Justin T. GreenDemocrat – William “Bill” AckermanCity Clerk-Treasurer Republican – Sally J. HattabaughDemocrat – Kevin W. StewartCity Council Member at LargeRepublican – Jody SmedleyDemocrat – R.H. BennettCity Council Member, District 4Republican – Gail R. Martin Napier Democrat – Joseph Anthony ScifresBe sure and tune in for LIVE election coverage tonight on WSLM beginning at 6p.last_img read more