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Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Djokovic and Federer last played against each other in the Cincinnati final on Aug. 19, when Djokovic won 6-4, 6-4 to become the player to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990. Djokovic leads the all-time series with 24 victories.“This is what this competition is all about, you know, bringing us all together,” Djokovic said.How Djokovic and Federer do together remains to be seen. Sock is one of the world’s top doubles players, and the 32-year-old Anderson, who is from South Africa and played in college at the University of Illinois, is having a terrific year.But the possibilities for the talented pairing sure looked pretty good.“I think I will take the deuce side. If Novak is OK with that, I will be happy to play on the deuce side,” Federer said when asked where each player might set up.“I think I’m OK on the backhand,” Djokovic said with a grin.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer and Djokovic will close out the first day of the second edition of the Laver Cup when they take on Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in doubles at the United Center. Federer and Djokovic are playing for Team Europe, while Sock and Anderson are competing for Team World in the Ryder Cup-style event.“We have had so many great battles in all the singles courts, and to finally team up together I think is going to be very special for both of us,” Federer said Thursday. “I think we still have to talk over it a little bit exactly maybe either who’s going to take the lead or, you know, how do we play exactly.”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 ChrissThe pairing of Federer and Djokovic adds a little spice to an event long on star power and light on any real stakes. While world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro are out with injuries, the Laver Cup has seven of the top 11 players in the ranking and 10 of the top 20.But it arrives at the home of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks just a couple weeks after Djokovic beat del Potro in the US Open final for his 14th Grand Slam title. There are no majors left this year and the next big tournament isn’t until next month in Shanghai. FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Roger Federer, left, of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic, right, of Serbia, pose for a photo ahead of their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. The pair will team up for the first time when they take on Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in doubles on the first day of the second edition of the Laver Cup on Friday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have played against each other 46 times. From Monaco to Shanghai and everywhere in between. Regular, run-of-the-mill tournaments and major finals.On Friday night, they play on the same side of the net for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments 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 While the event looks and feels like a glorified exhibition — check out the unusual black court and the celebrations for the youthful Team World whenever it wins a big point — John Isner brusquely swatted away a question about the level of competition.“Honestly, that question really annoys me,” the 6-foot-10 American said. “One-hundred percent serious. This is not an exhibition at all. At all.”Federer and his management team played a key role in the creation of the event, and the Swiss star helped lead Team Europe to the victory last year in Prague. The inaugural edition also was marked by a splashy doubles pairing involving Federer, who teamed with Nadal for the first time for a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Sock and fellow American Sam Querrey.Asked about the matchup with Federer and Djokovic, Sock cracked: “Who’s that?”“Yeah, obviously going to be a legendary team,” he continued “We got a little bit of it last year.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Knicks won’t rush Porzingis or future building plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Champion coach Obet Javier goes back to being a referee for a game in UAAP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio 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 PBA’s Chris Ross, Tony dela Cruz raise mental health awareness He’s also not closing any doors in officiating women’s volleyball since he’s only prompted of the games he would officiate on a short notice.“I actually liked that this went to five sets because it really tested my knowledge in officiating,” said Javier. “They just tell me what games I’ll be in, and who knows, I might get to officiate in the women’s tournament.”As far as dealing with other coaches, Javier said he just has to remain composed since he knows that it’s like being on the receiving end of irate demands.“I just have to be composed because I’m also a coach and I deal with referees all the time.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Apart from having a bright volleyball mind, Javier is also a national referee in the sport and he also officiated the game between Adamson University and University in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Javier said he was already a volleyball referee a few years back but he wasn’t allowed to officiate games in the UAAP due to his previous employment with University of the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was in 2001 that I started refereeing but that was in high school, and this was the first time I officiated a collegiate game in the UAAP,” said Javier in Filipino after the game in which the Soaring Falcons won, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14.Javier said he didn’t hesitate in grabbing the opportunity in working as a referee once again and he was absolutely delighted to officiate five-setter of a contest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Obet Javier is one of the NCAA’s most successful volleyball coaches after recently steering Arellano University to its fourth title in five years in women’s volleyball.That doesn’t mean, though, that Javier won’t expand his portfolio and do some other jobs here and there.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Scant Security Fear Grips LACC

first_imgIt appears that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is beginning to take a cue from the recent mysterious death of a whistleblower, Atty. Michael Allison, who drowned in the Atlantic Ocean, according to two autopsy reports. However, family members and many others still suspect foul play.Though the autopsy reports confirmed death by drowning, a family lawyer has insisted Atty. Allison’s death was not natural and many Liberians still harbor the view that he was killed for exposing corrupt practices in government.Against this backdrop, the LACC has begun to raise alarm over the inadequate security protecting its employees and its headquarters.Speaking at a Roundtable Conference with partners recently in Monrovia, the anti-graft commission Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, indicated that the location of the LACC headquarters is not ideal due because it is particularly accessible to the many intruders who enter the building on a daily basis.The building is not suitable to host the offices of the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission, said Verdier.“I’m sure some of you noticed while coming here that the location of this building is not ideal for the kind of work that we are doing. This is one of our major fears. We have a lot of intruders,” Cllr. Verdier told journalists.He said bringing people to book for financial malpractices, which the LACC is solely involved in, is a difficult task and involves a lot of risks.Central government, out of fear for the lives of the LACC commissioners and their junior officials, has recently begun to assign officers of the Executive Protective Services (EPS) and Liberia National Police (LNP) to the building, a highly placed source, told the Daily Observer.The building, located in the heart of Monrovia, is frequented by people loitering in the area while others go about their daily business activities with no security screening around the vicinity, the source indicated.“There are also nearby homes and offices which bring a level of insecurity,” Cllr. Verdier said. Providing statistical updates behind LACC’s security concerns, Cllr. Verdier indicated that since the establishment of the Commission in 2009 it has investigated a total of 166 cases of which 14 called for prosecution.According to him seven of the fourteen cases were forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.He also disclosed that from 2014 the LACC has investigated seven cases and made the determination that those cases should be prosecuted. LACC has retrieved five cases from the Ministry of Justice, (MOJ) due to delay in prosecuting those involved.One of those cases was retrieved two years ago and this involved the former Police Director, Beatrice Muna Sieh, who was found guilty, but a lower court overturned the verdict, leading to the Supreme Court’s intervention to reinstate the earlier verdict.He also said LACC recently received three indictments, dealing with cases involving NOCAL bribery scandal; a CCTV case and the Flashpoint Newspaper operated by former lawmaker David Kortie.The LACC boss, however, noted that his commission has also been involved in restituting funds stolen from government coffers.“Last year we recovered US$16,000, another US$80,000 from a financial institution for unauthorized payment of civil servants checks,” he said.He also reechoed the need for the commission to be granted prosecutorial powers. “If we have the direct power to prosecute corruption cases ourselves, we will be able to achieve more.“This means that government will be doing simultaneous prosecutions. We will have the MOJ prosecuting while we will at the same time be prosecuting,” he noted.He also reechoed calls for the establishment of a specialized court for the prosecution of corruption cases.Meanwhile, Cllr. Verdier told partners, many of whom are donors, at the Roundtable discussion that the objective was to assure them and the general public that the commission is prepared to undertake its mandate and to build confidence with partners in terms of its support to government.Some of the partners present included representatives from UNMIL, the European Union, the United States government and others.He used the occasion to highlight challenges that the commission is facing.He revealed that the LACC, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, has also begun what he termed as corruption risk assessment in Liberian schools, though the exercise was only conducted in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits raid Zeelugt home

first_img– escape with appliances, moneyA Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) family is now counting the losses suffered after bandits broke into their home and made off with several appliances and a quantity of cash. The incident occurred in the wee hours of Saturday after Denis Ferrier and his wife left their Phase Two, Zeelugt home to ply their trade at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Greater Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that the couple secured their home and ventured out just after midnight and upon their return around 08:00h on the day in question, they found their two-storey home broken into.“When we were leaving, we took off all the lights, but after returning home, we saw the lights on. Then when we came inside, the house was ransacked,” Ferrier related to this newspaper.He added that from checks made around the house, it was discovered that bandits entered the home after removing several louver panes from a window located at the back of the bottom flat.According to Ferrier, the perpetrators took off with his flat-screen television from the upper flat, two amplifiers and four gas bottles from the bottom flat. The couple are also missing $250,000One relative indicated that it appeared as though the perpetrators knew the victims’ movements as they broke into the house only after the couple left.Ferrier told this newspaper that he went to report the matter at the Leonora Police Station, and the ranks there took his statement and sent him away, promising to visit the house to process the scene. However, up to Saturday evening, no one had shown up.Efforts by this publication to contact senior officials from D Division (West Demerara) for a comment on the matter proved futile.Ferrier further related that this is the second time he has been robbed and he has received the same treatment from the Police.He noted that his vehicle was broken into and ‘cleaned out’ sometime back and the Police had shown no serious interest in investigating the matter.last_img read more

Linden men caught with GDF shirts charged

first_img…released on bailTwo men, who were allegedly caught with the property of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) during a sting operation in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), where 14 persons were arrested for gang-related crimes, were on Monday charged for the offence.Rodwell FraserTwenty-year-old Lennox Oneil Estwick of Lot 640 Amelia’s Ward, Linden, and Rodwell Fraser, 25, of Lot 1271 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charges alleged that on September 12, 2019, at Amelia’s and Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden, they acquired military store, that is, two military shirts, property of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris told the court that ranks in Linden, acting on information, carried out a search on the men during which two camouflage shirts, property of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), were found.The men were arrested and taken into custody. Both Fraser and Estwick were released on $20,000 and $5000 bail respectively and they are expected to make their next court appearance on September 25 at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Lennox EstwickReports are Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) on Thursday last, arrested 14 men who are believed to be part of a gang. During a six-hour-long operation at Mackenzie and Wismar, Linden, the men were arrested and caught with several items including narcotics and Molotov cocktails.This newspaper was told that the operation is a direct result and spin-off of the ongoing gang wars in the region. One of the gangs is being headed by an ex-policeman, who is wanted for the attempted murder of two women, this newspaper was told.last_img read more

Club licencing back! KPL Clubs have till June 30 to comply

first_img0Shares0000The High Court has ruled that the 2017 KPL comprise of 16 teams.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has set June 30 as the deadline date for Kenyan Premier League clubs to submit their documents for the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.All the 18 clubs competing in the top flight league will be evaluated on five criterias; Administration & Personnel, Club Infrastructure, Finance, Legal, and Sporting. Clubs which will score less than 50% during the licence process will be relegated to a lower division, while those who will score between 50% and 69%, will be issued a provisional licence.Clubs scoring 70% and above will be issued a full licence.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Club Licensing process will be conducted by an independent body, First Instance Body, comprising of Dr. Edwin Wamukoya, Lilian Nzile, Paul Makumi, Paul Ochieng’, and Peter Karanja.“Clubs are urged to offer their full co-operation to the FIB and uphold a high level of integrity during the licensing process. Members of this body will be bound by a non-disclosure agreement and therefore contents of any documents that they will receive from clubs during this exercise will remain safe, private, and confidential,” KPL said in a statement,.On January 10, 2017, FKF made good of their threat by relegating Thika United, Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka from the Kenyan Premier League over failure to meet the strict club licensing requirements.The three clubs were relegated after failing to meet the financial and legal criteria of the licensing rules set out by world football governing body FIFA and continental body CAF, but appealed the decision within the 14-day window provided.Disappointed Muhoroni Youth players walking out of the field after the match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, on March 15, 2017, The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) overturned the decision by the FKF to relegate Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth from the KPL.The Tribunal termed FKF club licensing manual as defective and that most of the clauses in the manual are not reflective of the CAF and FIFA manual.In 2017 during the introduction of club licensing, Only three KPL clubs – Tusker FC, Ulinzi Stars and Bandari FC complied fully while Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Sony Sugar, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Mathare United, Nakumatt FC, Nzoia United, Zoo Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks were handed the provisional license.It’s now remains to be seen if the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer fight! Everton consider battle for ex-Sunderland loan star’s signature

first_img Yann M’Vila: The Frenchman made 37 appearances for the Black Cats last term Everton are considering a move to hijack Sunderland’s plans to sign Yann M’Vila on a permanent deal.The Rubin Kazan man spent last season on loan with the Black Cats and played an important role in helping them stave off relegation under Sam Allardyce’s guidance.The midfielder, 26, made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Wearsiders, scoring once, and he could be set to return to the Stadium of Light.The Sunderland boss – who has been linked with the England job in recent days – has reportedly travelled back from the club’s pre-season training camp to ensure the deal for M’Vila gets over the line.However, according to Foot Mercato, the Frenchman is being chased by Koeman’s Toffees, who are ready to pay over the odds to land him.While Kazan are keen to keep hold of highly-rated midfielder M’Vila, they will reluctantly sell if the right offer comes in, rather than risk losing him on a free when his contract expires next summer. 1last_img read more

Tottenham hoping to finally open new stadium to the public this weekend

first_img Spurs have installed the turf, now the megastore is set to be opened 2 Tottenham Hotspur hope to open part of their delayed new stadium to the general public this weekend.Having already laid the turf inside the 62,000-seater stadium, the club is now hoping to finish work on the new megastore in time for a Saturday morning opening. Located inside ‘The Tottenham Experience, the shop is aiming to be open in time for Saturday morning – although fans will have to wait until Friday for official confirmation.According to The Evening Standard, the 100-seat auditorium located inside the megastore (which will show pre-match entertainment) is still unfinished.The north Londoners claim the shop will be the largest retail space of any football club in Europe.However, the football and NFL dressing rooms are still unfinished, as are many of the bars as work continues at a frantic pace. On a positive note, some of the executive suites (including the Daniel Levy Suite) are close to being fully operational.The club is expected to confirm in the next fortnight the Premier League home games against Chelsea on November 24 and Southampton on December 5, at least, will be relocated to Wembley. The goals have also been put in place 2last_img read more

RORY GALLAGHER – ‘CONCESSION OF THE SECOND GOAL WAS BIG TURNING POINT’

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher has admitted that the second goal scored by Mayo was the big turning point in their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Mayo on Saturday night. A despondent Gallagher was reflecting on Donegal’s defeat which turned out to be a comfortable win for Mayo in the end.With the game ticking towards half-time and only the minimum between the sides, a moment of magic from Aidan O’Shea gave Mayo a four-point cushion.However, for Gallagher the main turning point was Lee Keegan’s speculative effort at a point which looped over the head of Paul Durcan and landed in the top corner. That goal made it too big a task for a Donegal comeback and despite their valiant efforts the game petered out.Gallagher told The Irish Examiner, “It’s very disappointing, we came down and we thought it was going to be nip and tuck, and that’s probably how it was panning out coming up to half-time.“Obviously the two goals were big game-changers, probably more so the second one. It was probably a small bit fortunate, but it left us with too much to do, and to be honest, Mayo ran out fairly comfortable.“I felt Mayo were marginally the better team in the first half, but when the second goal went in, it would appear it was a bridge too far for us. “We needed a goal to kick us into life, but their second goal was a massive game-changer.” RORY GALLAGHER – ‘CONCESSION OF THE SECOND GOAL WAS BIG TURNING POINT’ was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more