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Murray haunted by 2016 Roland Garros final loss to Djokovic

first_img Djokovic triumphed in Paris, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to capture his first and only French Open title. Loading… On Friday, Murray and Djokovic shared an Instagram Live chat where they discussed a rivalry which began in childhood and is still going strong in their early 30s.“If I could change one result, I obviously would have loved to win the Australian Open or the French Open, but as a challenge for me, because clay was such a tough surface for me throughout my career,” Murray told the world number one during the link-up.“Just in the terms of the way I played on clay it was the hardest one for me to adapt to.“That would have been my biggest achievement for me if I would have won the French.“Australia has been pretty painful for me thanks to you over the years. If I could change one I would take the French Open off you.”Djokovic has long had the upper hand on Murray.He leads their head-to-head 25-11 and has 17 Grand Slam titles to the Briton’s three.However, Murray does possess two Olympic gold medals from London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.He defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals in London on his way to the title.“I felt like a played well overall, but you beat me in the London Olympics in the semis, 7-5, 7-5,” Djokovic said.Old rivals: Andy Murray and Novak DjokovicRead Also: Drogba joins effort to distribute aid to poor in Ivory Coast“I still felt like we both played very well, I felt the quality of the match was pretty good, you were just better in the decisive moments of the sets.“Of course I was devastated when I lost because it was Olympic Games, but I was happy with the way I played.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of Dolphins7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World Andy Murray admits that his Roland Garros final defeat in 2016 to lifetime rival Novak Djokovic remains one of his most shattering losses.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spring Break Season Opener next for Independence Motor Speedway

first_imgBy Bucky DorenINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The 2017 racing season is set to drop the green flag this weekend at Independence Motor Speedway. The Spring Break Season Opener features a $1,000 to win payday for IMCA Modifieds.Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 with hot laps slated for 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 and pit passes are $25.On the card in addition to IMCA Modifieds are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Also racing will be Indee Cars sanctioned under XCEL 600 Micro Mods as well as INEX Dwarf cars.The IMCA Modified main will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. IMCA Stock Cars race for $500 to win. IMCA SportMods battle for a $400 winner’s check while the IMCA Hobby Stocks have a $250 check for the winner.Driver entry fees are set as follows: Modified $30; Stock Cars: 25; SportMods $20; and Hobby Stock, $20. No entry fees for Indee Cars and INEX Dwarf cars, and they will race for the normal weekly purse.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be award on April 8. All classes will a draw/redraw show. Track points will not be awarded for any class.For more information, visit the Independence Motor Speedway at read more

Saints reaffirm Schneiderlin stance

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin is not in the right frame of mind to play against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but insists the midfielder will not be sold. “As a teammate I always want him in front of me – he has more interceptions and more tackles than anyone else and he runs miles. “He is a great player. As the manager says, it is a difficult situation. “For us, we want him in the team and we will do everything we can to make him happy so he stays here and achieves great things.” Southampton have taken steps towards replacing those who have left with the signings of Saphir Taider, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand. Saints are chasing Argentina and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, while a deal is understood to be close for Steaua Bucharest defender Florin Gardos. “We are interested in Gardos but until now they haven’t told me it is signed or done – but we are interested, that is true,” Koeman said. “We are interested in Rojo but the transfer is a question for the chairman and (executive director) Les Reed. “These two players are both on our list.” Southampton have let six first-team players go so far this summer and Koeman admits the squad needs bolstering ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Liverpool. “It is not about a specific number but we need more competition in the squad than we have now,” Koeman said. “Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three because we have to be prepared. “I’m very happy about the quality in the squad but the season in the Premier League is long and we need more players of Premier League level to have real competition. “To achieve that more players will come into the team.” The France midfielder held talks with Koeman and Saints chairman Ralph Krueger on Friday morning where he was again told he would not be allowed to leave. Schneiderlin trained with his team-mates this week, albeit spending two days separately as he regains fitness following an extended rest after the World Cup. “The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult,” Koeman said. “I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed – we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that. “Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more, mentally prepared for tomorrow. “On one side I can understand that. We told him to take the weekend off and think about the situation. Koeman added: “He will continue as a football player of Southampton. Now it is up to him.” Schneiderlin has attracted strong interest from Tottenham and Arsenal this summer and the 24-year-old has expressed his anger at not being allowed to join other key players in leaving St Mary’s. Saints defender Jose Fonte will not be departing. The 30-year-old has signed a new contract until 2017 and he hopes Schneiderlin will also remain at the club. “It is very simple. Schneiderlin is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League,” said Fonte, who will also captain the team on the pitch this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Weld starts with Zafayan

first_imgZafayan will bid to belatedly get off the mark over timber when he lines up in the Galway Festival opener on Monday evening, the & Novice Hurdle. Subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris won that race, while current Galway Hurdle favourite Quick Jack was second. Bachasson was impressive when winning his maiden at Sligo earlier this month and he is sure to have plenty of supporters. He won two French bumpers before joining Willie Mullins and he is owned by Edward O’Connell, who also has the great Un De Sceaux with Mullins. Moonmeister is two from two over hurdles and he takes a step up in class. The Gordon Elliott-trained gelding is a likeable sort and he should give a good account of himself with Luke Dempsey in the saddle. Neverushacon was a well-backed winner on his last outing at Gowran and he is also looks to have solid claims. Newcomer All The Answers is another who cannot be dismissed. The Aidan O’Brien-trained gelding cost 30,000 euro as a three-year-old and he is out of Shatabdi, who won a Grade Two hurdle at Kempton in 2007. Press Associationcenter_img The Dermot Weld-trained gelding was placed on his first four efforts over timber before winning on his return to the level at Leopardstown in April. He then ran a cracker to finish a close-up third in the Chester Cup in May. last_img read more

Steven Smith Keeps Australia Afloat

first_imgBirmingham: England seamers Stuart Broad (4/38) and Chris Woakes (3/35) maintained their good show with the ball in the afternoon session as the hosts reduced Australia to 154/8 at tea on the first day of the first Ashes Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday.With Australian wickets falling a pack of cards, it was Steven Smith who kept one end under control with his valiant unbeaten knock of 66, his 25th half-century in Test cricket.Resuming the second session from 83/3, the visitors could manage 71 runs but lost five wickets, thanks to some lethal bowling by Woakes and Broad.After six overs in the second session in which Australia had added 16 runs, Woakes trapped Travis Head in front of the wicket.There was no stopping Woakes, who soon dismissed new man Matthew Wade (1) in similar fashion with just 105 runs on board in the 35th over.Broad then joined the party and dismissed skipper Tim Paine (5) cheaply. The Australian wicketkeeper’s mistimed pull landed safely in the hands of Rory Burns at deep square-leg.As wickets kept falling for Australia, it was Smith who kept the scorerboard ticking.After Paine’s dismissal, the English bowlers didn’t have to work hard as they easily got rid of James Pattinson (0) and Pat Cummins (5), who were both caught plumb in front of the wicket by Broad and Ben Stokes, respectively, leaving the visitors reeling at 122/8.Smith was then joined by Peter Siddle, who showed some resistance with the bat as the former notched up his half-century in the 47th over. Smith kept on facing the England bowlers courageously to help his team touch the 150-run mark in the 52nd over.The duo shared an unbeaten 32-run stand for the ninth wicket which saw Australia averting an early all out in Day One.Earlier in the morning session, it was England all the way as an inspired show by the duo of Broad and Anderson in the opening hour pegged back the visitors who went into the lunch break at 83/3 in 27 overs.Opting to bat first under overcast conditions, Australia got off to the worst possible start as they lost David Warner for just 2 in the fourth over, trapped in front by Broad. Interestingly, replays showed that the ball was missing the stumps but Warner didn’t review the decision.The pacer then removed Cameron Bancroft for 8 as Joe Root picked up a smart catch. It was a typical Broad dismissal as he got the ball to pitch just outside off stump in the corridor of uncertainty and the ball nipped in enough to take the edge and fly to first slip.Usman Khawaja’s dismissal was another case of the bowler being repaid for delivering it in the channel. Woakes pitched it just outside the off and Khawaja edged it for Jonny Bairstow to complete a regulation catch. While Bairstow didn’t seem too confident, skipper Root got the decision reviewed and it went in England’s favour.Having lost three wickets inside the first 15 overs, it was all about putting the head down and batting till stumps for Smith and Travis Head and that is exactly what the duo did as they went to lunch batting out 12 overs without handing England another wicket.While Smith looked to mix caution with a bit of aggression, Head was happy to take a couple of chances.Brief scores: Australia 154/8 (Steven Smith 66 batting, Travis Head 35; Stuart Broad 4/38, Chris Woakes 3/35) vs England. IANS Also Read: Steven Smith Memorial Scholarship Award given awaylast_img read more

Junior goaltender Jones bides time behind Schoedel, earns start versus Union

first_imgStephanie Jones received a text message immediately after the Syracuse ice hockey team’s victory Friday over Union. The text was from former SU goalie Lucy Schoedel, who started ahead of Jones during the program’s first two seasons. Her message: Congrats. The short message said it all. This win was special for Jones — it was her first career start. The junior goaltender had waited two-plus years for this moment. ‘I’ve been waiting for a while,’ Jones said. ‘It felt good to finally be told that I was going to get a chance.’ The chance meant she would be introduced as the starter. Hearing her name announced was exciting, especially with her father in the crowd and friends and family watching from home online. She wanted to make them proud. Jones did just that with her strong performance to get the win. She recorded 12 saves and controlled the rebounds to limit Union’s scoring opportunities to just 13 shots on goal in a 3-1 victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Head coach Paul Flanagan was pleased with her effort. He said he decided to start Jones to reward her hard work and patience over the last two years. The junior didn’t see much playing time as the backup to Schoedel, who was the first player to sign with the brand new Syracuse program in 2008. Schoedel transferred from New Hampshire, where she was a backup on a team that reached the NCAA Regionals. Jones only played in five games combined as a freshman and sophomore. Flanagan said he knows it was frustrating for her at times, but she accepted her role and stayed positive. ‘I think she knew that she was going to be an understudy,’ he said. ‘Probably after she was here for a year or so, I think she felt she would have wanted to play more, but those are just coaching decisions.’ And the coach went with Schoedel. She was among the top goaltenders in the country, and the key to the program’s success. She led the Orange to a winning record last year and earned MVP honors in each of her seasons with the team. Jones has tried to apply what she picked up from Schoedel to this year’s team. ‘I learned a lot from (Schoedel) in terms of character off the ice,’ Jones said. ‘She was just a great leader and brought a lot of energy to our team, so even though I’m more of a quiet leader, I try to just bring some of those traits back to the team.’ Schoedel, who is now an assistant coach at Wesleyan, said Jones pushed her at practices and gave her pointers in drills and during games that helped her succeed. Jones was a supportive teammate who kept everyone optimistic in the locker room. Schoedel has moved on, but she stays in touch with Jones. She said she hopes she can still help her, even if it’s through a quick text every now and then. That brief text after the game had a deeper meaning behind it. Schoedel was celebrating her old teammate’s victory, but she was also saying ‘thank you.’ ‘Whether or not she knows it, her attitude was such a huge inspiration to me while I was playing,’ Schoedel said. ‘A teammate like her makes a difference come game time, whether or not she’s starting.’ Jones continues to be a reliable teammate, but she finds herself in a similar situation as a backup to freshmen Jenesica Drinkwater and Kallie Billadeau. Through seven games, her first start is the only game in which she has seen action. The first start was special, but she knows it was just one game. And a one-game performance isn’t enough to guarantee more starts. She must earn them every week at practice. ‘I think at this point, what coach has told me is just continuously competing in practice,’ Jones said. ‘It’s what I’m trying to do, and stay more consistent and just stay competitive on the shots.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Wilson leads offense to 2 touchdowns in 2nd half after sitting out 1st

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 The battle for the backup quarterback spot is wide open, Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some hierarchy.Mitch Kimble and A.J. Long have been essentially even since Kimble’s return from a back injury, but Austin Wilson has lagged a bit behind. He struggled to start the spring, Lester said, and didn’t play in the first half of Saturday’s Spring Game because he has statistically been the worst of the four quarterbacks this spring.“A.J. and Mitch have had better numbers throughout camp,” Lester said, “so that was the order by the numbers.”But when Wilson finally did get his chance, he was flawless. He completed all six of his passes for 124 yards and led the offense on back-to-back touchdown drives during the second half. Wilson helped his side rally after blowing a lead and beat the defense 34-27.He was helped by some spectacular offensive plays after the catch by wide receivers Jeremiah Kobena and Ashton Broyld, who both scored their touchdowns on screen passes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Wilson looked poised managing the offense after it had sputtered to three straight three-and-outs to start the second half with Long and Kimble under center.“Ashton made a lot of great plays out there, so did all my other guys. They were all just doing what they had to do,” Wilson said. “They made my job easy.”Wilson also had the benefit of the offense setting things up for big plays in the second half. Kimble and Long did much of the dirty work and by the time Wilson came in, the Orange could open its playbook up and Wilson responded.But it’s still just one practice and Lester isn’t ready to make any judgments on his backup quarterback. Lester needs to see incoming freshman quarterback Alin Edouard, and also see who keeps improving into the summer and beyond.Said Lester: “Camp will tell us a lot more.” Commentslast_img read more

Carr sees a problem with close games for Tipp

first_imgDeclan Carr captained Tipperary to an All Ireland title in 1991 and says that the ‘monkey on the shoulder’ of Tipp hurling is the inability to see out close games. The Holycross native says the game against Clare in particular should have resulted in a victory for the Premier…but the team has to look forward. Meanwhile, Declan Hannon is a doubt for Limerick’s league semi final with Waterford in Thurles this Sunday.  According to the Limerick Leader the Shannonsiders forward is suffering with an ankle injury which has given him trouble in the past.last_img

Wladimir Klitschko wants to fight Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury at 43

first_img LIVE TV Written By Let me entertain you with this and you can like it ❤️ or not: Fury 🆚 Klitschko 2— Klitschko (@Klitschko) December 14, 2019 Wladimir Klitschko is not done yet. He wants to return inside the boxing ring against the top-rated heavyweight boxers of the world. The 43-year-old veteran decided to hang up his boxing gloves after two back to back defeats against Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in 2015 and 2017 respectively. However, Wladimir Klitschko believes that he can still outbox his rivals. He is determined to make a comeback against his former rivals Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Raj Sarkar Let me entertain you with this and you can like it ❤️ or not: Joshua 🆚 Klitschko 2— Klitschko (@Klitschko) December 14, 2019 Also Read | Mike Tyson Feels That He Could Never Have Beaten Muhammad Ali At His PrimeAlso Read | Tyson Fury Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Mike Tyson, Calls Him The OG “bad Man” Of Boxing SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 20:17 IST Wladimir Klitschko Wants To Fight Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua And Tyson Fury At 43 Wladimir Klitschko feels that he can entertain fans with three major fights on his return. Know Wladimir Klitschko’s wishlist regarding his major return. Let me entertain you with this and you can like it ❤️ or not: Wilder 🆚 Klitschko— Klitschko (@Klitschko) December 14, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Dillian Whyte Takes Shots At Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury And Andy Ruiz JrWladimir Klitschko dominated the entire heavyweight division as a world champion. This was until he faced Tyson Fury. The Gyspy King dethroned Klitschko in a stunning upset in 2015 and Wladimir Klitschko left the sport of boxing for a couple of years. The Ukranian legend made a comeback in 2017 against Anthony Joshua but ended up getting knocked out. Soon, he announced his retirement. Well, it seems like he is ready to avenge both the losses. If it really happens, there is no doubt that heavyweight boxing is going to have one of its grandest nights ever. First Published: 16th December, 2019 22:57 IST Also Read | Anthony Joshua Takes Tips From Wladimir Klitschko Ahead Of Rematch With Andy Ruiz JrWladimir Klitschko wants to fight Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony JoshuaIt is a great time for heavyweight boxing and Wladimir Klitschko definitely wants to take a piece of it. Anthony Joshua recently regained his WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBA heavyweight titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr at ‘Clash on the Dunes’. However, the world has already seen that Anthony Joshua can be outboxed and knocked out.Deontay Wilder was also going to face a similar fate when Luis Ortiz almost knocked him out in their re-match. However, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ did not let that happen and shut down all his critics with a vicious right hand. Truly, it was a sight to behold. In his recent tweets, the former Champion Wladimir Klitschko teased us with the probability of mega-fights by calling out Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. No wonder, fans have already given a ‘thumbs up’ to Wladimir Klitschko’s fight proposals. Take a look at the call outs. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Dalung Urges NASS to Revisit Legislation on Tax Rebate

first_imgDalung made the call when the Nigeria Hockey Federation led by its President, Senator Abdul Ningi, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.The bill, if passed and assented to will have a tax rebate for any company that supports sports. This is expected to generate funds for sports development while waiving a per centage of taxes paid by sponsors.“Elsewhere around the world, financial institutions pick athletes, adopt them and spend their money on the development of those athletes.“We must have such traditions in Nigeria. Here, multinationals make billions in Nigeria and none of them plough back the interest or the profit of their investments into sports, yet, they put billions supporting sports in other countries.“That is unacceptable and that is why I will lend my voice to call on the National Assembly to revisit that legislation which was concluded but did not receive the Presidential assent, because it is a desirable legislation for sports development.“If we have that bill passed and assented to by Mr President, definitely our sports development will be rapid and massive,” observed Dalung.The minister also commended NHF for bringing hockey back to life and for soliciting funding for their various programmes.“Despite the challenges being faced by the federation, you have been able to make indelible landmarks as far as hockey is concerned in Nigeria and Africa. All that needs to be done is justice for other federations in Nigeria.“Over the years, we deliberately embarked on policies of elimination of other sports and this went down to even the elimination of institutional sports. This situation was compounded by the inequitable policy of only appropriating more funds to choice sports while others were abandoned to their fate.“I want to assure you that having successfully conducted the elections of the national federations, we will move to equity and justice in sports administration,” pledged the minister.Earlier, the President of the NHF, Senator Ningi said that since coming on board, the federation has been able to meet all its domestic competitions on the calendar.“We have taken part in the Super league, League One, National League and club competitions. In spite of the problems of funding, the federation members are still doing their best to ensure that we are always represented at competitions,” revealed the NHF chief.The Senator also solicited support for the upcoming Nations Cup competition billed for Egypt.“It is our flagship competition and it was initially scheduled to take place in August in South Africa but because of the international league that took place there, it was moved to Egypt.“Our ambition is to put Nigerian hockey back on the African continent and global limelight. Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa get endorsements from their private sector but in Nigeria, it is only football and basketball that they invest in and therefore we must do whatever we can to get the business sector to come up with how to move other sports forward,” he noted with regrets.He called on the Minister to assist the federation with sponsorship for the Nations Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called on the National Assembly to revisit the bill supporting tax waivers for investors in sports development.last_img read more