Kerber struggles again, out of Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Angelique Kerber said before the Australian Open that she wasn’t putting too much pressure on herself as the top-seeded player at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Clearly, she is still getting used to being No. 1.The German player ended Serena Williams’ reign atop the rankings after picking up her second Grand Slam trophy last fall at the U.S. Open following her breakout win at last year’s Australian Open. Since then, however, her results have been pedestrian seven tournaments, no titles and a 5-7 record against top-50 players.Her title defense in Melbourne also ended prematurely in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to American Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round yesterday.”I was not feeling the ball at all tonight,” she said. “I was not playing good from the first point.”Kerber hasn’t looked at all comfortable since the year began. She lost early in her two tune-up events for the Australian Open and struggled to find her rhythm in Melbourne once the tournament began, dropping sets in each of her first two matches.OVERPOWEREDAgainst Vandeweghe, the usually aggressive Kerber was simply overpowered, hitting just seven winners to 30 for her opponent. She was up a break in the second set and looked to be regaining control of the match, but Vandeweghe came charging back with pinpoint forehand winners that Kerber just watched go by.Vandeweghe, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, often lacks consistency and can let her emotions and temper get the better of her, but she looked composed in the match and far looser with her groundstrokes than Kerber.After serving it out, there was no celebration from the American – she merely shrugged her shoulders.After ending 2016 on a four-match losing streak, Vandeweghe started the season with a new mindset – she wanted to project more confidence on the court and play more freely. She set a goal of making the quarter-finals at the year’s first Grand Slam – and she’s done just that.”Going out there and playing an opponent, any opponent, I go out there expecting to win,” she said. “It’s just another person that’s in front of me, whoever it may be, if it’s No. 1 in the world, No. 130 in the world, it doesn’t matter, it’s still an opponent to get in my way of achieving my goals.”Kerber, meanwhile, will have to find her confidence again. She could lose her No. 1 ranking if Williams wins the tournament, which may help relieve some of the pressure she’s felt as the favourite.”It’s just the beginning of the year,” she said. “I can still improve my tennis, which is good.”last_img read more

SCV cancer survivor going on ride of life

first_imgFor Santa Clarita resident Heather Warrick, the most inspirational part of today’s Amgen Tour of California as it passes through the area just may be the last mile. The 37-year-old cancer survivor will ride in a “Breakaway Mile” organized by Amgen to raise awareness in the fight against cancer and scientific advances that have led to new treatments. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, health care professionals and an Amgen scientist will make up the 12-member Breakaway Mile team, riding the last mile together. Warrick, who is currently living with stage-four cancer, will ride in tandem with Amgen scientist Joe Miletich. Warrick thinks her tale of doing well despite seven recurrences of cancer over the years may give others hope. “My story shows that cancer is becoming more of a chronic disease than a deadly one. With all the great research and new discoveries in cancer – we have better medications, better techniques in treating the disease – more people are surviving,” she said. There is no cure for stage-four cancer, so Warrick will always be in some form of treatment for the rest of her life. Warrick, who works for the American Cancer Society, is also an inspirational speaker and shares her experience of living with cancer through humorous stories and a message of choosing hope over hopelessness. “It’s just so much easier for me to think positively,” she said. “I can’t just sit here and let (cancer) get the best of me. I can’t let it overpower me and let it get in the way of my goals.” (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m so excited to be a part of something so impactful on the community for cancer awareness,” Warrick said. “I think it will be great to ride with my fellow survivors. We’re like a tight family up here.” Warrick’s brother, Scott Clelland, also will ride alongside his sister as one of her supporters and caregivers. Warrick was chosen for the Breakaway Mile by Donna Ashmore, an oncology nurse at UCLA Cancer Center in Valencia. Ashmore met Warrick through the American Cancer Society about a decade ago and the two became friends. “She’s just phenomenal,” Ashmore said of Warrick. “She’s been a survivor since she was 24 and she gives other survivors inspiration and hope. Her outlook is just amazing.” last_img read more

City eyes safety improvements for Hacienda Road

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – Don Chilson and his wife have lived on Hacienda Road since 1956, but the past few years have been a little crazy for them. Chilson says he’s counted at least 21 instances in which a car has spun out of control on Hacienda, crashing through his fence. City officials say the number is actually far fewer, but Chilson claims that many of those 21 drivers did not stick around for police to show up. Regardless of the true number, La Habra Heights officials are taking safety seriously on Hacienda, near Chilson’s home. Plans call for the installation of a 100-foot guard rail next to his home, plus the planting of trees and bushes to block his home from the view of drivers. Chilson said he’s grateful for anything the city can do to improve safety on Hacienda. “The guard rail will help,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever had anybody go that far to help us.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Auba, Ozil star as Arsenal make it perfect 10

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil lays in an assist for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang during their English Premier League match against Leicester City on October 23, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil stole the show as Arsenal swept to their 10th successive win with a dominant 3-1 victory against Leicester on Monday.Unai Emery’s side trailed to Hector Bellerin’s first half own goal at the Emirates Stadium. But Ozil, captaining Arsenal on his return to the side after back spasms, produced a majestic display to lead the Gunners’ impressive fightback.Ozil, shrugging off his poor start to the season, equalised just before half-time and played a key role in Aubameyang’s second half double.Gabon striker Aubameyang scored twice in quick succession after coming off the bench, ensuring Arsenal won 10 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since 2007.They have scored 30 goals in that blistering streak and climb to fourth place in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Manchester City.On the 69th birthday of Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger, this was the kind of swashbuckling show that recalled Arsenal’s glory days under the Frenchman.It was the perfect start to a hectic week that sees Arsenal travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.Emery has made a remarkable impact since replacing Wenger in the close-season.The Spanish manager’s two-game losing streak at the start of his Arsenal reign is now a distant memory as Gunners fans start to dream of a title challenge after their seventh successive league win.Initially, Arsenal struggled to get up to speed and Kelechi Iheanacho made a break behind Stephane Lichtsteiner, leaving him trailing in his wake as he cut into the area for a shot that was deflected over by Rob Holding.Iheanacho threatened again moments later, taking possession on the edge of the area before unleashing a curling effort that Bernd Leno pushed away.– Driving forward –Leicester had a strong claim for a spot-kick when Holding raised his arm above his head and clearly handled as he jumped to meet Jamie Vardy’s flick on, yet referee Christopher Kavanagh waved play on.Harry Maguire’s towering header forced a good save from Leno and Leicester’s pressure reaped a tangible reward in the 31st minute.Wilfried Ndidi’s pass picked out Ben Chilwell, who made a superb run in behind Bellerin and drilled a low shot that deflected off the Arsenal defender on its way past the wrong-footed Leno.Stunned into action by that setback, Arsenal nearly snatched an immediate equaliser when Granit Xhaka’s free-kick was tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel.Suddenly, Arsenal were driving forward with purpose and they drew level on the stroke of half-time.Ozil was the catalyst as his pass sent Bellerin away down the right and when the defender crossed into the Leicester area, it was the German midfielder who timed his run perfectly to guide a delicate finish into the far corner.Ndidi led the Leicester response with a powerful header that rattled the bar from James Maddison’s corner.But Emery sent on Aubameyang for Lichtsteiner after 61 minutes and it the match-winning switch paid instant dividends two minutes later.Ozil played a superb pass to Bellerin and the Spaniard’s low cross was just right for the unmarked Aubameyang to slot home from close-range.Aubameyang was in the right place at the right time again in the 66th minute as Arsenal conjured up another incisive raid.This was Arsenal at their finest as Ozil and Lacazette combined to carve open the Leicester defence in a blur of flicks and tricks, presenting Aubameyang with a simple chance to tap in his eighth goal of the season.Rounding off a depressing evening for Leicester, Vardy was forced off, leaving the visitors, who had already made all their substitutions, down to 10 men for the final minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Accused man’s mother testifies in murder trial

first_img On a Sunday weeks before the fire, Khajarian showed up at the family’s home in a taxi and said he had lost his car, Kacharian said. He then started putting furniture out in the street, called 911 for his grandmother and told the Fire Department paramedics that she was sick. “But one of them told Anton, ‘You are sick.’ And I told Anton to go with them. I told him, ‘You are sick,”‘ Kacharian said, breaking down into tears. Khajarian is charged with murder, two counts of arson and possession of flammable material. He was detained by Border Patrol agents March 2 as he tried to return to the United States from Mexico, and he was later taken to jail. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I told him, ‘Why are you not taking gas from the gas station?’ and he left,” Kacharian said. Speaking in Armenian and through an interpreter, Kacharian said that later that night she tucked in her mother, who was sick, and went to bed. Kacharian was awakened by the smoke alarm in the middle of the night and looked out the window to see Khajarian get in his car and drive off, she said. Glendale police Officer Patrick Hamblin arrived at the home before firefighters at about 3 a.m. on March 1. Hamblin and Kevork Kacharian, Khajarian’s brother, approached the burning room from a back patio. Kevork Kacharian broke through the room’s sliding glass door to try to get to his grandmother. But there was too much smoke and heat coming from the room to get in, Hamblin said. Firefighters arrived within minutes and extinguished the blaze, and found Demerjian’s body inside. Kacharian testified that her son, whom she called Anton, had been seeing a psychiatrist in Syria before the family immigrated to the United States. PASADENA – The mother of a man accused of killing his grandmother – her mother – in an arson at the family’s Glendale home testified Monday that her son was carrying a gasoline container hours before the fire and got into a car and drove off after smoke detectors sounded. Investigators found a red gas container in the bathroom across the hall from the room where Arpine Demerjian, 92, had been sleeping the night of the fire. She died in the blaze at the family’s Wonderview Drive home in the early hours of March 1, 2005. Armine Kacharian told the Pasadena court – where her 38-year-old son Antranik Khajarian is on trial for murder – that she loves him and that testifying in the case is difficult. Her son had a sixth-grade education and a history of mental illness, said Kacharian, who spells her name differently than her son. Khajarian had been gone for more than three days when he showed up in the family’s kitchen Feb. 28, hours before the fire, she said. Kacharian testified that her son was not acting normal and that he walked out of the house to his car and put gas into it from a red container. last_img read more


first_imgJim McGuinness has outlined the conditions which he needs in place if he is to continue as Donegal GAA manager.Jim McGuinness is concerned about the fall-out between senior players during the club championship.The Glenties man met with three members of the officer board last Saturday who in turn put forward his case when the Donegal County Board met last night.Top of the list is the issue over the hosting of championship games in the run up to the All-Ireland senior championships. The board took on McGuinness’ concerns which they have agreed to discuss in much more detail.A statement from the board issued this morning said “It was the unanimous view of Coiste Bainistiochta CLG Dhun na nGall at their meeting on Monday August 26th that Jim McGuinness would remain as senior football team manager for 2014.
Further discussions will take place in due course.”McGuinness was not at the meeting as he was in Glasgow with Celtic where he works from Monday through until Thursday.However a source revealed that the board understands Jim’s concerns – especially around the issue of senior players “Jim’s main concern is the holding of the club championship in the run-up to the All-Ireland championship.“You have a situation now where senior players are competing against eachother during club games and they are full-blooded affairs.“It is difficult to ask players then to be best friends and sit beside eachother the following Tuesday at senior county training.“Other counties cannot understand why we are playing senior championship with so many senior players involved in the run-up to the All-Ireland,” said the source.The case of both Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher, who both picked up injuries in club games, were cited by the source. But the source added “We have to get the clubs to buy into the system. Perhaps we can play a couple of rounds and then park the championship until such time as the county exits the All-Ireland.“That is an option but we will have to examine the overall situation.”Although McGuinness has yet to commit himself to the final year of his four year contract, it is understood that if he receives the assurances he is seeking he will commit.There is no deadline for him to commit. He did meet with his panel last Saturday morning where he received their unanimous backing if he decides to stay on for the final year of his contract.“The ball is in Jim’s court. He has received the full backing of the county board and it is his decision.“Thankfully there is no pressure on him to make a decision quickly. We still have a lot to discuss but the clubs must also be part of this process,” said the source.McGUINNESS STILL UNDECIDED AS HE OUTLINES HIS CHAMPIONSHIP CONCERNS was last modified: August 28th, 2013 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:donegal county boardJim McGuinnessManagerlast_img read more

Tottenham scout France starlet who trialled with Man United and Man City

first_img RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets REVEALED LATEST Latest transfer news The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kingue in action for Vitesse, while in trial in the Netherlands center_img TOP WORK three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM He spent time with both Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League, before taking in spells with Dutch sides Ajax, Twente and Feyenoord.Eventually, he moved to Brazil and trialled with Atletico Paranense, before Santos brought him in on a permanent deal, on the recommendation of Pele.And now, according to Foot Mercato, a return to Europe for Kingue could be on the cards. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Tottenham have sent scouts to track young French defender Junior Kingue, according to reports.Kingue, 19, currently represents Santos of Brazil, having moved across the world after trialling with a host of clubs throughout Europe. 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer He is said to be in advanced negotiations with a club in the top five of France’s top division, Ligue 1, while Tottenham have sent scouts to keep an eye on the teenager’s progress.Burnley are also reported to have watched Kingue in action, as well as Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk and an unnamed Italian team.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Henderson an injury worry for England ahead of semi-final

first_imgJordan Henderson is an injury concern for England ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.The Liverpool midfielder suffered a hamstring problem in the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the last eight on Saturday afternoon. 2 Jordan Henderson was outstanding for England against Sweden Henderson, who was replaced by Eric Dier in the 85th minute, said after the match he was hopeful of being fit Wednesday’s huge clash.The 28-year-old said: “I was just a little bit tight before the game.“Towards the last 20 minutes, I just overstretched and I felt the hamstring a little bit. But it doesn’t feel too bad so, hopefully, it will be fine.”But there are concerns he will not be ready in time to face Croatia and he will be managed carefully by the medical team.Having had a rest day on Sunday, England will resume training on Monday but Henderson is not expected to take a full part.  England will resume training on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against Croatia 2 It would be a huge blow for England if Henderson missed out against Croatia.He has been a key part of the Three Lions’ historic run to the semi-finals and has been one of the tournament’s stand-out midfield players.Jamie Vardy is also battling to be fit to face Croatia.The Leicester City striker suffered a groin injury in the last 16 clash with Colombia and did not feature against Sweden.talkSPORT will bring you live commentary of Croatia vs England on Wednesdaylast_img read more


first_imgIrish boxer Paddy Barnes to miss Euro final with a broken noseIRISH boxer Paddy Barnes has been left devastated after having to pull out of his European Championship final today through injury.Barnes, who was destined to return home to Belfast with at least a silver, was due to fight Russia’s David Ayrapetyan – with Donegal’s Jason Quigley also due to fight for gold today.However Barnes tweeted that his nose was broken and he couldn’t fight on anymore. “Out of the final today!,” he tweeted to his army of followers.“Couldn’t bluff the doctors today again.“I had to get an X-ray and nose is broke! Broke it in my 1st fight!”  IRISH BOXER PADDY BARNES TO MISS EURO FINAL WITH BROKEN NOSE was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BelarusEUROPAN CHAMPIONSHIPSfinn valleyIRISH BOXER PADDY BARNES TO MISS EURO FINAL WITH BROKEN NOSEJason QuigleyJOE NEVINMichael ConlanMinskPaddy Barneslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S senior ladies football are Ulster Champions – and are busy preparing for an All-Ireland Quarter Final.The county has had some great success at underage level this year too with the U14s winning their Ulster title and reaching an All-Ireland final.All of this costs money of course – and here’s how you might be able to help out…and have fun doing it. The county Ladies Gaelic Football Association are planning a golf classic spectacular – with €2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!The event takes place next Friday August 14 at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club.Entry fee per team is €100 with some super golf gear among the prizes.There’s even plans for a BBQ on the 10th hole….well nearby at least! Anyone interested in taking part should call 074 91 31093 to book their place.Don’t worry if you can’t make the date; businesses and individuals wanting to help the Ladies Football players in the county are urged to sponsor a tee….call Liam now on 0868602070.A full list of sponsors will be published on Donegal Daily. CAN YOU HELP DONEGAL LADIES IN QUEST FOR ALL-IRELAND GLORY? was last modified: August 7th, 2015 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:donegal ladiesfundraiserGolf classiclast_img read more