Get ready for Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova in Paris

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew They have verbally clashed in the past, such as a 2013 public spat about their private lives.Williams, 36, owns 23 major singles titles. Sharapova, 31, has won five. Williams has won the French Open three times, Sharapova twice. They are the only active women with a career Grand Slam; they are two of six in history to accomplish that. Both have been ranked No. 1.But the head-to-head history is overwhelmingly in Williams’ favor: She has won 19 of 21 meetings, including 18 in a row.“Quite frankly, she’s probably a favorite in this match, for sure,” Williams said with a chuckle. “She’s been playing … for over a year now. I just started. So I’m just really trying to get my bearings and trying to feel out where I am and see where I can go.”The last time Sharapova beat Williams was in 2004.ADVERTISEMENT The last time they played was in the 2016 Australian Open quarterfinals, Sharapova’s final appearance before her 15-month drug suspension.“Well, it’s been a while,” Sharapova said, “and I think a lot has happened in our lives for the both of us, in very different ways.”Williams was asked about Sharapova’s book, which was published last year. It contains quite a bit of material about the American, including a reference to Williams crying in the locker room after losing to Sharapova in the Wimbledon final 14 years ago.“As a fan, I wanted to read the book and I was really excited for it to come out and I was really happy for her. And then the book was a lot about me. I was surprised about that, to be honest,” Williams said. “I was, like, ‘Oh, OK, I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me — that wasn’t necessarily true.’”Insisting she doesn’t “have any negative feelings” toward Sharapova, Williams said “the success of one female should be the inspiration to another.”Seconds later, Williams made reference to Sharapova’s “incident of drugs.”There were plenty of other results involving top names at the French Open on Saturday. Other women moving into the fourth round included 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time runner-up Simona Halep, two-time major title winner Angelique Kerber and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. Men’s winners included 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Marin Cilic, No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 6 Kevin Anderson and No. 9 John Isner.The story of Day 7, though, was what everyone can look forward to on Day 9: Williams vs. Sharapova.This is Williams’ first Grand Slam tournament since January 2017, when she won the Australian Open while pregnant. The American made a brief foray on the tour earlier this season, but she played only four matches.She had some problems in her initial two outings in Paris, including in the second round, when she dropped the first set against 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty before — as Williams herself put it — “Serena came out.” MOST READ 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 Producing by far the best performance in her return to Grand Slam tennis — 16 months after her last major tournament and nine months after having a baby — Williams played cleanly and powerfully in a 6-3, 6-4 tour de force against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges that lasted a mere 75 minutes and lacked much in the way of theatrics.“There is still a ways to go, but it’s moving in the right direction,” said Williams, who made only three unforced errors in the first set, 12 in all. “And I think that as long as it’s moving in the right direction, I know I will get there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSharapova advanced with a similarly lopsided win, 6-2, 6-1 against 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova.Now comes the drama: Williams vs. Sharapova on Monday with a quarterfinal spot at stake. Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates as she defeats Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — If the upcoming French Open showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova provides any of the sort of animus and back-and-forth they manage to stir up away from the court, look out.During a news conference after both won Saturday to set up the longtime rivals’ fourth-round matchup at Roland Garros, Williams criticized Sharapova’s autobiography as “hearsay” and twice brought up the Russian’s 15-month doping ban.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Against Goerges, the careless errors were largely absent. The missing energy was back. In front of a crowd that included former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, it took 15 minutes for Williams to gain the upper hand, sprinting to reach a drop shot and whip a cross-court forehand passing winner for a 3-1 lead.Williams yelled loudly and raised her fist. It was almost as if she’d never left the scene.“Any time you play against Serena, you know what you’re up against. You know the challenge that is upon you,” Sharapova said. “Despite the record that I have against her, I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls More contact coming from Cavs Thompson, Warriors Green Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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No pushovers: NU Lady Bulldogs prove they’re more than just a bunch of rookies

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying NU showed tremendous fortitude and composure when it stunned heavily favored University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday.The Lady Bulldogs have six rookies in their roster but those youngsters are as proven as anyone in the league with five of them having steered Nazareth School of NU to four straight UAAP high school titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD:UAAP volleyball: Young NU squad pulls off five-set stunner over UP“You just can’t discount them as rookies,” said head coach Norman Miguel in Filipino. “These girls won four straight titles in high school so even though they’re rookies they already have the character to help the team.” And of the five rookies in NU’s lineup, including injured setter Joyme Cagande, one young lady stood out in libero Jennifer Nierva.NU’s defensive ace was an immovable force on the ground tallying 26 excellent digs and 29 successful receptions—three more than what UP as a whole had.Nierva was also unflappable when she described how the NU engine works, showing a confidence ahead of her years.“I think we want to show that we want to prove something that each and every one of us really wants to win,” said Nierva in Filipino. “We’re not complete right now but we want to achieve something.”“We won’t ever say that our team is a pushover, no. We use the negativity as our motivation,” Nierva added.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—The National University Lady Bulldogs had a simple message to the rest of the league—they’re more than just rookies.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history And while Nierva took care of the team’s defense, Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina handled the offense.Robles and Lacsina, both rookies, had 17 and 16 points, respectively for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 2-4 for the no.6 spot in the standings.“We played without any doubts,” said Roble. “We really wanted to win earlier.”“We showed our fight and that we can win our fights,” said Lacsina. “No one in our team doubted herself because everyone pushes each other to be better. Your teammate and the coaches will always push you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Paul Lee says Hotshots should be ready for Gin Kings Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Wind storm causes power outages near Fort St. John

first_imgB.C. Hydro is currently working to restore two power outages in the Fort St. John area.  One outage is affecting 650 customers north of Fort St. John.  Hydro hopes to have power restored to those customers by 4 p.m.The second outage is in the Charlie Lake area and 52 customers are affected.  Once crews have restored power to the larger outage, they will begin working on this outage.  That could mean another 4 hours before power is restored.The estimates for both outages could change if crews find major damage.- Advertisement -For information about the outage in your area, you could call 1-888-POWERON.  Expect delays if you need to call.  Hydro is currently dealing with a major storm in the lower mainland, which caused more than 500,000 customers to be without power at the peak of the storm.  B.C. Hydro’s website is still down.last_img read more

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‘So, Cech won’t win a title again in his life!’ Blues fans let rip after Arsenal poach hero

first_img1 Chelsea transfer latest: Blues fans bid farewell to Arsenal bound goalkeeper Petr Cech It’s official. (At last).After what seemed like an eternity, Chelsea announced that they have sold goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal earlier this afternoon.The 33-year-old, who signed for the Blues from Rennes in 2004, will spend his time between the sticks at the Emirates Stadium next season, rather than on the Stamford Bridge bench.Gunners fans are delighted with their purchase and even believe that the shot stopper’s arrival could help Arsene Wenger’s men become title challengers in the near future.But how have members of Chelsea’s fan base reacted to Cech’s transfer? Have they wished the Czech Republic international well, or has his legacy been tainted?You can the best reaction below…last_img read more

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Drop in consumer spending expected

first_imgNEW YORK – Consumers seem to be growing more uneasy about the economy by the day – they’re fretting about gas prices, inflation, the housing market, rising interest rates and their jobs. The question is, how anxious do they have to be before they curtail their spending at stores and malls? The latest snapshot on consumers and how they feel is worrisome. The Conference Board said Tuesday that consumer confidence fell in May, suffering its steepest drop since the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year. While the decline wasn’t as big as analysts expected, shoppers are clearly more nervous about the economy. That soured optimism is expected to show up in retailers’ May sales figures, to be released today. Retailers aren’t worried only about a precipitous drop in consumer spending – even if shoppers each buy only one or two fewer items each this summer, that collective frugality could be a serious blow to business. Until now, consumers have proven surprisingly resilient despite gasoline prices that hover at around $3 a gallon. But analysts say that if gas stays high through the summer season and rising interest rates further cut into the housing market, consumers will be forced to retrench. Same-store sales, or sales at stores opened at least a year, are considered the best indicator of a retailer’s health. Overall, the nation’s retailers are expected to report a modest 3.4 percent increase in same-store sales for the month, below the 4.1 percent gain averaged from January through April, according to RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm in Swampscott, Mass. “Our sense is that if we see no break (in gasoline prices) we will see more softness,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics. Perkins predicted retailers’ May performance will be a “mixed bag.” Discounter Target Corp., teen retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and luxury stores should do well, but mid-price department stores such as J.C. Penney Co. Inc. could see sales slow, he said. Karl Bjornson, retail strategist at Kurt Salmon Associates Inc., said consumers are becoming more selective about how they spend their money, cutting back at restaurants and visiting stores that offer better deals. Shoppers interviewed near a Wal-Mart store in Columbus, Ohio, said they’re still buying clothing and other discretionary items, but they have curbed other expenditures. “I did away with most of my cable. I did away with my telephone at home. And I cut back on food,” said Richard Ruse of Grove City, Ohio. Two years ago, gas took up 20 percent of Ruse’s salary. Now, it eats up 35 percent of his paycheck. Ashleigh Wade of Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, said she’s eating out less and shopping at Wal-Mart more. “I go to Wal-Mart because you can do everything in one place,” she said. “So I guess it is gas because this way I’m not running all over the city eating up gas.” The direction of retail sales may lie in the hands of the Federal Reserve, which is trying to stave off inflation while not hurting economic growth. The concern is that inflationary pressures will force the Fed to keep boosting interest rates although it has nudged rates higher 16 times over the past two years. It was clear in minutes of the Fed’s May 10 policymaking meeting that Chairman Ben Bernanke and other officials on the Fed’s Open Market Committee remain concerned about rising prices. “Inflation pressures appeared to be somewhat greater than the committee had anticipated” when it met in March, the minutes said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Another concern is that solid gains in the job market – which have propped up consumer spending – could evaporate as companies look for ways to cut labor costs as they battle higher expenses. “It doesn’t help that oil prices and interest rates are up, and the stock market is down. All of that weighs on consumers,” said Stuart Schweitzer, managing director and global investment strategist for JPMorgan Asset and Wealth Management and JPMorgan Private Bank. “The last shoe to drop is the slowing in job growth, which if it hasn’t happened, will soon get started.” Schweitzer added consumer spending slowdown has only just begun, but it has “a lot further to run.” Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, offered a lackluster May sales report, tempering the sales outlook for other merchants. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter, blaming higher gasoline costs for hurting its core low-income shoppers, estimates same-store sales will rise a modest 2.3 percent. That’s below the 4 percent gain the discounter averaged from January through April. last_img read more

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GET DOWN TO NEWTOWN TONIGHT IF YOU THINK YOU’RE THAT SMART!

first_imgAre you really as smart as you think?That’s the question the Central Perk Relay for Life team will be asking tonight in Coyle’s Bar in Newtowncunningham.The quiz starts at 9pm and all proceeds will go to the great Relay for Life charity. See you all there. GET DOWN TO NEWTOWN TONIGHT IF YOU THINK YOU’RE THAT SMART! was last modified: May 16th, 2014 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)last_img read more

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Donegal’s little drummer boy ready to rock the Toy Show!

first_imgby Katrina TaskerRathmullan’s little drummer boy Finlay Sheridan is only seven, but he’s already been tipped as Ireland’s youngest rock star – counting Minister Joe McHugh as one of his biggest fans.And the whole of the village, and indeed Donegal, will be glued to their screens this Friday night when Finlay rocks The Late Late Toy Show in front of 1.5 million viewers. Totally unfazed by all the attention he’s been getting, the first-class pupil from Drumhalla NS, which only has 32 pupils,  has been wowing audiences locally with his amazing talent, and has already played live on BBC Radio Foyle.Finlay Sheridan with The Late Late Toy Show presenter Ryan TurbridyFinlay Sheridan at RTE StudiosAnd recently he gained a new fan when Education Minister Joe McHugh visited his school to raise their Active Flag.Finlay who plays in the family band My Generation along with his dad, Daniel and brother Evan jumped on the drums in his school uniform to play Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, and the Minister for Education and Skills was blown away by the performance.Now, as Finlay and his family head off to Dublin for Friday’s Late Late Toy Show, Minister McHugh sent a good luck message to them all. Recalling the first time he’d watched Finlay at Drumhalla NS, McHugh said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Finlay on a recent visit to Drumhalla National School, and got to hear Finlay play the drums in the band with his dad Daniel and brother Evan.“What a fantastically talented child Finlay is, and I had to remind myself quite a few times, that he is only seven years of age!“Being chosen to be part of the Late Late Toy Show is an outstanding achievement for Finlay, considering over 5000 acts applied to be part of this national event.“I would like to pass on my best wishes to Finlay for an amazing magical few days in Dublin and hope his parents Rachel and Daniel and all the family enjoy this lovely once-in-a-lifetime experience.”Finlay Sheridan with The Late Late Toy Show presenter Ryan TurbridyDonegal’s little drummer boy ready to rock the Toy Show! was last modified: November 29th, 2019 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:Finlay Sheridanthe late late toy showlast_img read more

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Half-time: QPR 0 Tottenham 1

first_imgHarry Kane’s 34th-minute goal left relegation-threatened QPR in danger of a second home defeat in the space of three days.Rangers, beaten by Arsenal in midweek, went close to going ahead when top scorer Charlie Austin fired against the underside of the bar after Matt Phillips had dribbled his way towards the left-hand edge of the penalty area.Earlier, Austin was unable to find a way past Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris after being gifted a sight of goal by Kyle Walker’s woeful back-header.However, for all the home side’s good work they were undone by an all-too familiar defensive lapse.Kane drifted between Nedum Onuoha and the recalled Rio Ferdinand to head home Andros Townsend’s free-kick – the striker’s 25th goal of the season. QPR (4-4-2): Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun; Isla, Sandro, Henry, Phillips; Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Grego-Cox, Comley. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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West Holmes FFA’s Lorentz receives gold rating

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The West Holmes FFA chapter is pleased to announce that Justin Lorentz has received a gold rating at the national level for his proficiency project. The gold rating is the second highest rating an applicant can receive nationally.Justin specializes in turf grass management where he is the proud enterprise owner of Lorentz Lawn Care and Landscaping. This business involves the planting and maintaining of turf for outdoor beautification, providing a lawn mowing service; and improving recreational areas. In the future he plans to work with sport fields or golf course management.He first started out working five lawns but now has expanded to 32 lawns. He has hopes to get up to 100 lawns in the future. Justin first had to deal with evaluations, which is a process every proficiency applicant must go through, he was first checked through districts, and then state where he was awarded 1st place.He plans to attend ATI when he graduates to pursue a career in Turf Grass Management and Landscaping.last_img read more

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Adobe to Scale Back Sales of Creative Cloud From Resellers

first_imgAdobe is scaling back the sales of their CS6 software suite. CS6 will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans or resellers.UPDATE from Todd Kopriva, quality engineering at Adobe :Adobe is still selling CS6 perpetual licenses through the Adobe website, and will be for quite some time to come.What has been announced is that CS6 software will not be sold through certain volume-licensing plans and through resellers.Adobe’s Creative Cloud was first released in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Mathematically the cloud is much cheaper for those who regularly upgrade from one edition of a software to the next (but may prove more expensive for those that are content to sit on older versions of software). With the Creative Cloud being so successful, Adobe has announced that they plan to scale back the sales of the CS6 app suite.Adobe’s Encore has been a favorite authoring software for DVD’s and Blu-ray’s alike but it is not available in the Creative Cloud. In an interview with Larry Jordan regarding this issue Adobe stated that for those that need DVD/Blu-ray Disk authoring, “Encore CS6 will remain an entitlement to CC subscribers, there is no plan on changing that.”. Although the “all-digital” approach hasn’t been adopted by major film distribution networks we do expect this to slowly become the norm.Going forward we can expect CS6 support (both from Adobe and third party developers) to be less and less.Right now there are a few alternatives to using the Creative Cloud. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is still a buy outright software that users will own forever, and Avid’s Media Composer is the same way. But with the success of the Adobe Creative Cloud we wouldn’t be surprised if the other major video editing applications begin to offer (or completely change to) subscription based pricing models.It should also be noted that The Foundry, developers of the popular node based editing software Nuke, have just announced Nuke Studio which should be available around October of this year. Nuke Studio is set to be a completely subscription based software…further validating the success of this pricing model for creative arts.Do you prefer to buy your software outright or have access to continuously updated versions via the cloud?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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