World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury

first_imgHalep has a bye in the first round at Sydney.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It was very scary because it was below the back, so it’s always dangerous. But I had treatment at home, I rested for about six weeks and I did nothing, just exercises for the back,” she told reporters ahead of the Sydney International this week.“I didn’t have pain while I was practising this period, off-season. So now I feel confident and it’s okay. But I need to see during the official match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I feel relaxed, I feel rested, I feel healthy with the back. But as I said, I didn’t play a match yet so I don’t know for sure how it’s going to be.”The early finish to 2018 was a disappointing end to a spectacular season, which saw the 27-year-old secure the year-end number one ranking for the second year running. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Cameron Johnson scores 15 points, No. 15 UNC tops Pitt Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title She got off to a stellar start, reaching the Australian Open final and went on to win the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.But it was also a year in which she split with Australian coach Darren Cahill, who is taking a break to spend time with his family.She is yet to replace him and doesn’t plan to do so for at least the next few months.“(Cahill) was a very big part of my career and I want to thank him for that. Together we won the Grand Slam that we always wished for,” she said.“It’s going to be tough. And it was tough, the off-season, without a coach, without Darren. But he decided this and I fully understood because family comes first always.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Simona Halep (R) of Romania gets medical treatment as she plays against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women’s singles third round match of the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan on September 25, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)World number one Simona Halep Sunday admitted a back injury that ended her 2018 season early was “very scary”, but she has recovered and is feeling fit heading into the new season.The Romanian hasn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in Singapore in October with a herniated disc, and said she did nothing for six weeks to get over it.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Liverpool squad ‘best I’ve coached’, says Klopp

first_imgLast week’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League was achieved without the suspended Emre Can and long-term injured Nathaniel Clyne but there was still no room in the matchday 18 for the likes of Dominic Solanke, Ragnar Klavan and Ben Woodburn, the youngest scorer in the club’s history.The result means Liverpool, who host West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, have virtually ensured a first Champions League quarter-final for nine years, with the second leg at Anfield now a formality.“It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad,” Klopp told the club’s TV channel, LFCTV. “Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”Striker Danny Ings was one of the players to come off the bench at the Estadio do Dragao.It was just the 25-year-old’s sixth appearance of the season after making his comeback from two serious knee injuries in the previous two campaigns.“Danny is in fantastic shape. It always takes time. Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved,” added Klopp, whose side are third in the Premier League.“Is Danny knocking on the door for the first team? Yes, absolutely. It’s good. He needed time.“A few months ago it was different but a player like him, when they come back they think ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the under-23s.“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play under-23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Klopp is delighted with the strength of his side, after thrashing Porto last week © AFP/File / Francisco LEONGLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Jurgen Klopp says his current Liverpool squad is the strongest he has ever worked with as the players prepare for a return to action after a warm-weather training camp in Spain.Despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million last month, the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss said it was difficult to leave players out.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 1

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The South African flag.Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Matt Saal, Aug. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been beautiful weather so far in August and the end of July. We are going to make third cutting on Monday. Just looking at other people’s third cutting it looks pretty typical. It doesn’t look like there is going to be a lot of volume there but the quality looks good.The second cutting yields were good. We haven’t tested any of the quality yet but I think it will be pretty normal for second cutting, which usually isn’t very good. It is usually the worst of the four cuttings.We chopped it and covered it and we won’t do anything more until we get ready to start feeding it. When we get ready to feed it, we’ll test it for moisture protein digestibility and all of those things.Driving around the county there is a lot of good looking corn and a lot of rough looking corn. It is all based on drainage, when they got the rains and how much they got. The agronomists have been talking about diseases and the airplanes have been flying over corn fields, so there have been some fungicides applied. The leaf diseases are not much of a problem for us with silage. If we get the mold and the fungi that grow on the ear, then that stays with it when it goes into the silo and will show up as a toxin in the feed.The soybeans could actually use a drink of water around here. The yards around here are starting to dry up and turn brown. Other places have gotten rains but we have not had a significant rain in a couple of weeks right around here. There is some corn on the outside rows of fields that look a little stressed, but I don’t see much of that yet.last_img read more

Legends recognised

first_imgBy BEN HARRISTouch Football Australia (TFA) recognised six legends of the sport at the Australian Touch World Cup jersey presentation dinner on Monday evening.Bill Ker and Lou Tompkins received life memberships to TFA, while Adam Foley, Giselle Martin, Greg Young and Tony Trad became the latest members of the TFA Hall of Fame.Each person has put countless hours and devotion into the sport they love.Lou Tompkins has been an integral member of the referee arm.He has been on the Federation of International Touch referees’ panel since the 1995 Touch World Cup and was TFA national director of referees from January 2005 to January 2010.“It makes me very humble to join the list of people who have received life membership before me. They are people I respect greatly, contribute greatly to the sport and I feel very humble with that,” Tompkins said.“At the same time, I’m also very proud. I’m proud because this is a recognition not just of my effort, but the recognition of the efforts of every volunteer.”Bill Ker’s involvement in touch football has been extensive.From starting out as the vice-president of Gold Coast Touch in their inaugural year (1976) to climbing to the top of the Australian Touch Association as their chief executive before settling in as the secretary-general of the Federation of International Touch.Ker was one of the three men who initiated the National Touch League concept.“I am humbled and excited to receive this from an organisation that I have grown to love. Just like the sport,” Ker said about his life membership.Former world No.1 referee Adam Foley was the 27th person inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame.Foley has 70 international caps next to his name for the whistle-blowers including 34 World Cup appearances.Giselle Martin has been a key member of Australian touch since making her debut for the green and golds in 1993.She has 34 international caps next to her name, as well as representing NSW from 1995 to 2014.Her record in the National Touch League has seen her play in six finals for the Sydney Mets, winning three of them.“I’m honoured and humbled to be next to some legends of the sport,” Martin said.Greg Young will add to his international caps this week at the Touch World Cup but he was taken aback when he was named in the Hall of Fame.He was involved in Australia’s inaugural touch football team in 1985 with cap No.5.“I’ve been in touch since 1977. It has been a long journey but it has been fantastic. I have made heaps of friends along the way. It has bettered my life in many ways,” Young said.Incumbent Australia men’s open coach Tony Trad has mentored many of Australia’s greatest touch players.He has been heavily involved in Australia’s international campaigns since 1999 and has 70 caps.Apart from his induction, Trad was surprised when he spotted his wife and children in the crowd.“When did you get up here? I just spoke to you on the phone,” he said to his wife Trish, and children Jacob and Olivia.“This game has been wonderful to me and I owe it everything and it owes me nothing. I have been blessed.”Related LinksWorld Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

18 days agoReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burst

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde: I’ll keep running until my legs burstby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde was proud of his performance in victory over Granada.Valverde won great praise from coach Zinedine Zidane for his display.And the youngster stated: “I’m going to offer my thing, I’m an all round midfielder.”I have the fitness to press and whenever I can I’m going to do so, until I burst legs…” “This is the beginning, nothing more,” Valverde added. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

Boxing great Lomachenko eyes a different catch before he is 40

first_imgLondon: Ukraine’s world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he wants to enjoy hunting and fishing and not box on into his 40s like fellow great Manny Pacquiao. The 31-year-old two-time Olympic champion will hope to add the vacant WBC belt to his WBA and WBO lightweight titles when he fights Britain’s Luke Campbell in London on Saturday. Lomachenko, who enjoyed an outstanding amateur career winning Olympic gold in 2008 (featherweight) and 2012 (lightweight) and is believed to have lost just one of his 396 bouts, told the BBC he will retire before he is 40. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPacquiao became the oldest welterwight world champion in history when aged 40 he won on a split decision over American Keith Thurman in July. Lomachenko is adamant he will not be following suit. “No, I don’t want that, it’s too much,” he said. “I have trained since I am four years old. I was born a boxer. “Always, something has to end. I want to hunt, I want to fish every day. Now I can’t do this as I train every day. “My motivation, my goal, is four titles (at lightweight). After, I don’t know what happens. Now it’s two more belts.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCampbell matched Lomachenko at the London Olympics in 2012 with gold in the bantamweight division and he will bid to do better than compatriot Anthony Crolla, who was knocked out in the fourth round by the Ukrainian in April. If Lomachenko is to hold all four world title belts, he will not just need to beat Campbell on Saturday but also target Ghana’s Richard Commey, who possesses the IBF crown. Lomachenko has been breaking records for the speed with which he has amassed world titles in three weight classes, the others being featherweight and junior lightweight. All this in just 14 professional bouts. His one defeat to Orlando Salido came in only his second fight and his first world title bout (WBO featherweight). “It’s one of my goals and dream to put my name in boxing history,” he said. “That’s why I started a pro career and fought for a world title in my second fight. I’m the fastest three-weight world champion, so I do everything for legacy.”last_img read more

Tony Bennett Performs At Voices Against Violence Event

first_imgSinger Tony Bennett, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma in 1965, performed at the “Realize the Dream” rally as part of the Voices Against Violence (VAV) campaign on Saturday, August 24th at the Lincoln Memorial.The rally was a part of the “National Action to Realize the Dream” march planned to continue the efforts begun 50 years ago when Dr. King gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.Voices Against Violence (VAV), a campaign led by Tony Bennett, his son, Danny Bennett, and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, was founded earlier this year to give voice to the overwhelming majority of Americans who support sensible gun reforms and use that voice to hold elected leaders accountable and create change. This week, VAV launched a groundbreaking new website designed to engage and amplify the voice of the American people to engage people at Saturday’s rally.The website, VoicesAgainstViolence.com, will engage the American population in a way that’s never been done before, by converting the public voice into a unique visual identity called a voice signature. Once users visit the site, they will say their name and recite a phrase of solidarity, “My voice matters.” The site will generate a unique voice signature in real time that users can share across the social web.“Dr. King’s humanitarian message of non-violence is as relevant and necessary today as it was 50 years ago. I share his dream that we need to do away with violence in all its forms, especially gun violence, and work towards mutual respect and understanding between citizens regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background,” commented Tony Bennett.“Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King gathered with thousands of people to amplify their voices for change. We hope to continue to amplify the voice of the people, so politicians heed our call,” said Danny Bennett, a co-founder of Voices Against Violence.“Dr. King was one of the most powerful voices in history that inspired the voices of millions of Americans who spoke out for change. It is time for the American public once again to raise its voice, this time on the issue of the gun violence that is destroying our communities and our nation, and there is no more fitting place to start than on the 50thanniversary of the historic March On Washington,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.While the impact of gun violence affects every community, African American children and teens are 17 times more likely to die from gun homicide than white youth, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while African Americans make up 15 percent of youth in America, African Americans accounted for 45 percent of child and teen gun deaths in 2010, based on the most recent data available.VAV’s participation in the rally included a performance by Tony Bennett, honorary chair of the “Voices Against Violence” campaign, Dan Gross, President, Brady Campaign, and guest speakers that are victims of gun violence.last_img read more