Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at US Open

first_imgVenus Williams, of the United States, reacts after a shot against Sara Errani, of Italy, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.“I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said.Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.Errani won 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round Friday after Williams had a chance to serve out the match in the final set.Williams twice came back from down a break in the third but was done in by too many unforced errors — she made 52 in all. Trying to close out the match at 5-3, the 19th-seeded Williams had one of her eight double-faults.Sara Errani, of Italy, reacts after defeating Venus Williams, of the United States, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The 13th-seeded Errani next faces qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who stunned second-ranked Simona Halep 7-6 (6), 6-2. The 32-year-old Lucic-Baroni hadn’t made a Grand Slam round of 16 since 1999, waylaid by injuries and financial struggles.“I feel like a little kid, like this is the first time ever happening,” Lucic-Baroni said.Errani, who wasn’t thrilled with fans yelling out support for her opponent during her serves, won just 12 games in three previous meetings with Williams. But in the first set, Williams couldn’t take advantage of her power, making just 30 percent of her first serves.Errani used her quickness to run Williams around the court, and the 34-year-old seemed sluggish after playing a long doubles match with her sister on Thursday night.But in the second, Williams looked like the seven-time major champion she is, pouncing on Errani’s soft serves.“She’s playing unbelievable,” Errani said. “I really don’t know how I won today.”Errani just had a little more left in the final set. And in the tiebreaker, Williams made four more unforced errors.Errani’s quick reflexes, honed in doubles, gave her match point when she stabbed a backhand volley to return what looked like a sure winner by Williams.“Unbelievable,” Errani said. “If I don’t do that, maybe I lose.”The 5-foot-4 Errani reached the final at the French Open and the semis at the U.S. Open in 2012, but both times she was routed by power players: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.Big sister Venus couldn’t do the same Friday, though she had another chance at victory in a doubles match later with Serena.Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber also was upset, losing 6-1, 7-5 to Swiss teen Belinda Bencic. Bencic, 17, is coached by Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor, and was coming off a third-round showing at Wimbledon.“I started believing that I can play with these players,” Bencic said.Earlier, Peng Shuai again beat a seeded player to reach her second straight Grand Slam round of 16. Two days after upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Peng defeated 28th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-3.The Chinese veteran had gone two years without making it past the second round at a major tournament before her Wimbledon run this summer. But she didn’t meet any seeded players in the first three rounds there before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets.This time, Peng, ranked 39th, will face 14th-seeded Lucie Safarova to try to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.Peng said she’ll need “more courage” in that match.She’ll have the momentum of two straight sharp performances. With third-ranked Li Na sidelined by a knee injury, Peng’s success is giving the fans in China something to cheer.“I don’t know how it’s on Sunday,” she said. “I hope I will be same.”The 31-year-old Vinci had made the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open the past two years, but lost in the opening round at the first three major tournaments of 2014.Ninth-seeded Jelena Jankovic advanced by routing Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-0. The 96th-ranked Larsson had upset Sloane Stephens in the second round.On the men’s side, fourth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the third round when Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a left hip injury.Seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet both moved on in straight sets.last_img read more

Cavani, Neymar key as PSG rebound from Madrid gloom

first_img0Shares0000Edinson Cavani is looking to beat his return of 35 league goals from last season © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 17 – Edinson Cavani struck twice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Strasbourg 5-2 on Saturday to relieve some of the pressure on the runaway Ligue 1 leaders following their Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.Strasbourg struck early through Jean Eudes Aholou, but PSG hit back courtesy of a Julian Draxler effort before two goals in as many minutes from Neymar and Angel Di Maria put the home side in control. Stephane Bahoken pulled one back midway through the second half as Strasbourg threatened an unlikely comeback, but Cavani’s league-best 22nd and 23rd goals of the season ensured victory for Unai Emery’s team.“The victory was important after the match on Wednesday. We win all our home matches,” said Emery, whose side last dropped points at the Parc des Princes in May.“We have to show we can maintain this level of play against bigger teams, without meaning any disrespect to Strasbourg.”He added: “We spoke about (the Madrid defeat) in the dressing room. Of course they remember the match from Wednesday. That’s normal so it’s important to speak about positive things. We feel very strong at the Parc.”Captain Thiago Silva and Di Maria were recalled after Emery faced criticism for dropping them for the 3-1 loss in Madrid, and the coach was whistled by a section of home supporters unhappy with the Spaniard’s decisions in midweek.Neymar was largely overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain on Wednesday, but the Brazilian could have struck within 90 seconds in Paris when he was denied the legs of Strasbourg goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja.The visitors, who inflicted PSG’s first defeat of the season in early December, sprang another surprise by grabbing the lead on six minutes following a clinical counter-attack.Neymar was guilty of overplaying and lost possession allowing Strasbourg to break with great effect, the move finishing off with Aholou steering home a precise first-time finish from Kenny Lala’s cross.PSG responded quickly though as an intended pass through from Neymar was diverted straight into the path of Draxler who swept low into the far corner for his first league goal in over three months.– Quick-fire strikes –The hosts promptly surged ahead as Neymar, picked out lurking on the far side of the box by Giovani Lo Celso, exhibited terrific composure and a deft touch to eliminate two defenders and tap home after his initial effort was kept out by Oukidja.Neymar has scored 19 league goals in 18 games for PSG this season © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTA dreadful lapse of concentration from Pablo Martinez then allowed Di Maria to pinch the ball from the centre-back within seconds of the restart and drill beyond Oukidja for PSG’s third.Oukidja shovelled away a powerful Cavani header and Di Maria fluffed a glorious chance to extend the lead after Dani Alves had squared for the Argentine, but Bahoken gave Strasbourg a lifeline as he guided home from the edge of the box on 67 minutes.However, Cavani allayed fears of another late PSG collapse with a clever chipped finish over the advancing Oukidja, and the Uruguayan struck again 11 minutes from time after latching on to an assist from Neymar.Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne secured a third win in four outings with a 1-0 victory at Angers, Montpellier climbed to fifth after a 1-1 home draw with Guingamp, and Troyes moved out the relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 win over Metz.Diafra Sakho netted his first league goals for Rennes following his January move from West Ham in a 2-2 draw away to Caen, with the hosts left to rue a pair of missed penalties.Defending champions Monaco eased to a 4-0 home win over Dijon on Friday as Pietro Pellegri eclipsed Kylian Mbappe to become the youngest player in the club’s history.The win, which saw Pellegri — at 16 years, 10 months and 30 days — beat Mbappe’s previous record set in December 2015, kept second-placed Monaco 12 points behind PSG.Lyon will look to arrest a three-match losing streak away to Lille on Sunday, while third-placed Marseille can return to within a point of Monaco if they beat a resurgent Bordeaux at the Velodrome.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

November is Adoption Awareness Month

first_imgTo get more information on adoption you can follow @bcadopt Facebook and Instagram; CLICK HERE. To celebrate and bring light to adoption in the community, the Pomeroy Sports Complex was lit in green. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – November was proclaimed Adoption Awareness month in Fort St. John by Mayor Lori Ackerman. Adoptive Families Assoc of BC is the province’s support network for families involved in adoption and permanency at all stages. Each year, approximately 350 teenagers in BC reach the age of majority and ‘age out’ meaning they will not know a forever family. Advertisement Local family, the Giesbrecht’s have grown into a big family by two biological children and three adopted children. After Jamie and Tyler Giesbrecht experienced two medically disastrous pregnancies, they took to fostering children which led to their interest in adoption. It is important for people to know, age, marital status, personal wealth, assets, background and sexual orientation are not barriers to adoption. – Advertisement -The Giesbrecht’s share, if you are considering adopting, go for it! Continuing to share, they have heard that less than two percent of people who consider adopting ever actually do. Your life will never be the same, and neither will that of the child you adopt. Currently, in British Columbia, there are approximately 900 children waiting in foster homes to be adopted. They range in age from infant to 19 years of age.last_img read more

‘He’ll become a strong personality’ – Newcastle linked with €25m-rated Serie A ace

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY After starring in the 1-0 win over the USA, Italy manger Roberto Mancini praised Sensi’s performance.“He is technical player but also fast. I liked Sensi for a while and he will become a strong personality,” Mancini said.Sensi is also a target for both Milan clubs, as well as Newcastle reports the Chronicle Live, with his club slapping a €25m price tag on the 23-year-old.Arriving at Sassuolo from Cesena in 2016, Sensi has made 40 appearances and scored six times in all competitions. Stefano Sensi’s performances for Sassuolo have seen him linked with a move to Newcastle RANKED ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Newcastle United are hoping to bolster their squad and have been keeping tabs on Sassuolo midfielder Stefano Sensi, according to reports.The diminutive attacker has impressed this season, turning in a number of eye-catching displays in Serie A, which earned him a call-up to the Italian national team. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It has been a difficult start to the campaign for Rafa Benitez’s side who are currently 15th after winning just two of their 12 Premier League matches.While the club have a number of midfielders, they could be about to part ways with Issac Hayden who already tried to exit Newcastle in the summer for personal reasons. Sensi made his debut for Italy against USA 2 no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow BEST OF 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more


first_imgGiovanni Trapattoni is planning to contact Shay Given this week to see how serious he is about coming back to international football.The Ireland manager has reacted positively to reports that Given wants to come out of retirement.He plans talks with the Donegal legend and could recall the Aston Villa star for the Poland friendly in February. “I am very happy that Shay has got over the disappointment of the Euros and would be happy to see him available again.“I will be in touch with him to discuss it shortly,” said Trap.The Lifford netminder has hinted he is ready to come out of international retirement and add to his 125 caps.“I do miss playing for Ireland and we will see what happens in 2013,” he said.  TRAP TO CALL SHAY ABOUT RETURN TO IRISH TEAM was last modified: December 30th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:giovanni trapattoniretirementShay Givenlast_img read more

Layoff doesn’t subdue LBSU

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re just trying to take care of our business on the field, we can’t really control (the rankings),” LBSU coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “All we can control is our performance on the field.” Tuesday’s game was the first for the 49ers since they swept a weekend that included recent Big West Conference powers Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. It was also their first game since they were ranked in Soccer America magazine’s top 25 poll, in which they have held the No. 25 spot for two consecutive weeks. Under a blue-gray October sky, in the shadow of the Pyramid, with the steady din of nearby construction providing a soundtrack, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team did what a team riding a recent high is supposed to do to one that came in on an 11-game losing skid. The 49ers beat Idaho, 2-0, in a nonconference game behind two goals from Kim Silos at George Allen Field. In the process, LBSU (11-3-1) set a new program mark for season shutouts with eight, and continued to add to marks already established with an 11th overall win and eighth home victory of the season. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Yet, any hangover from the layoff was only apparent for parts of the first half Tuesday, and Silos’ first goal came in the 32nd minute off assist from fellow freshmen Sahar Haghdan and Hayley Bolt. “The first 15-20 minutes of the half was us just trying to settle down, but finally we started getting our rhythm back,” Silos said. “It was good to have this game before another conference game, just to kind of settle down and get back to how we play.” Silos struck again in the 56th minute after taking Hilary Goldberg’s clearing pass, and beat Idaho goalie Lindsay Smith for a 2-0 49er advantage. Throughout the game, Ingrassia went to his bench, with 22 49ers seeing playing time in what was the team’s fourth win against a Western Athletic Conference program this season, with San Jose State, Hawaii and Fresno State already having fallen at George Allen Field. After hosting the Vandals (2-14-0), a former Big West member, the 49ers return to action with another nonconference home game Friday. UC Davis, which will join the Big West for the 2007-08 season, comes to town before LBSU returns to conference play next Sunday at UC Irvine. “We take every game just as seriously, because today if we would have lost, that would have said a lot,” said Goldberg, who noted that the 49ers are two shutouts away from their preseason goal of 10. “It’s all a preparation for finishing out league.” last_img read more


first_imgBy Mary Rodgers: The ‘Wee’ Neilly Boyle hospice fundraiser in Smugglers Nite Club Arranmore raised a FANTASTIC €3,670.This money has enabled Mary Collins, clinical nurse specialist, district hospital Dungloe to buy two syringe drivers, to be used for palliative care in the local area.A BIG thank you to EVERYONE that contributed to this fundraiser, in total we have raised €10,670 over two years for the Donegal Hospice. On behalf of myself, John Neilly, Seamus and all the Boyle family…THANKS. Geraldine Bonner and her team involved in the making of the cd ‘Rosses Tree Of Life’ in aid of cancer care Donegal, heard about the purchase of the syringe drivers and kindly contributed towards a third syringe driver, €1,422 has been donated to this worthy cause.The generosity of our community is overwhelming, thanks again.MARY  FANTASTIC RESPONSE TO THE WEE NEILLY BOYLE HOSPICE FUNDRAISER was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:arranmorefundraiserNeilly BoyleSmugglerslast_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Starcrossed Beauty & Feather Flapper Headpiece Headband Vintage 1920s Pearl M25 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* – Exactly like the picture.

first_img Brilliant price and good quality. Looks exactly like the picture. Couldn’t find anything wrong with it. However i did notice by the end of the night that the silver and black binding of the band had started to unravel but i fixed this easily with a bit of glue. Features of Black & Silver Feather Flapper Headpiece Headband White Vintage 1920s Pearl M25 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY*Beautiful real feather headband!This beautiful real feather headband is perfect for adding vintage style glamour to any outfit. Featuring black real feathers on a 0.5cm wide silver and black headband with elasticated panel at the back and faux pearl and silver tone centrepiece. Will fit any head sizeThe exact size, shape and shade of the feather may vary – feathers are a natural product and no two are the same! This is available in many different colours in our shop! One I measured at random was 8cm wide but this may vary. More vintage themed accessories are available in our shop! Brand new without tags.We post out every day and also offer expedited shipping for only £1.00, and our prices also include FREE UK DELIVERY. If you live out side of the UK we offer a flat rate shipping cost of £9.99 no matter how many items you buy, this also includes a tracking number. Brilliant price and good quality. Looks exactly like the picture. Couldn’t find anything wrong with it. However i did notice by the end of the night that the silver and black binding of the band had started to unravel but i fixed this easily with a bit of glue. Exactly like the picture. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-12 15:30:42Reviewed Item Black & Silver Feather Flapper Headpiece Headband White Vintage 1920s Pearl M25 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY*Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  6  reviewsPrice£9.95last_img read more