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Hingis and Mirza win Australian Open doubles title

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyWorld number one doubles pairing Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza clinched their first Australian Open doubles title together with a 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Friday.It was the 12th grand slam women’s doubles title for Hingis while the third for India’s Mirza, all of which have come with the Swiss in the last year.The pair, who have now won 36 successive doubles matches, are also the reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open champions.“Thanks to my partner, we have had an incredible year,” Mirza said in a courtside interview. “We keep going and it’s great to have all these records with you.”Both pairs were broken four times each in the first set before Mirza sealed it in the tiebreak after 62 minutes when Hradecka sent a forehand service return long over the baseline.Hingis, who was knocked out by Mirza and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the mixed doubles quarter-finals, took a medical time out at the end of the first set to have treatment to her right shoulder, but did not appear troubled.Hradecka dropped serve in the first and fifth games of the second set, to give the top seeds a 4-1 lead, and while Mirza lost her next service game they never looked like relinquishing control with Hingis dominant at the net.The Swiss was then broken while serving for the title, though they sealed it on their fourth championship point when Hradecka’s running forehand sailed over the baseline, the third time she was broken in the set.“You have won two grand slam doubles so you were very tough,” Hingis said of the Czech pair.“I know everyone will say break, break, break but you guys have the best returns in doubles.”last_img read more

Wigmen beat Muruks in Digicel Cup season opener

first_imgThe Wigmen were on the board after six minutes through good vision from halfback David Joseph who ran a second man play to put Standford Talita into space to score.A mistake from Muruk’s fullback and PNG Pukpuk’s star, Tisa Kautu led to the second try from the Wigmen in similar fashion, but this time to Junior Rau.An unsuccessful conversion from captain and five-eighth William Mone put the score at 8-0.The Muruks reduced the deficit to trail by a converted try right on the 20 minute mark thanks to halfback Mark Tony who booted through a penalty goal from right in front.The Hela boys continued to find success attacking the same left wing and in the 28th minute, their lead was extended by a try from Ian Maliaba.Mone nailed his first for the match converting the try.A soft try to the Muruks three minutes out from half-time to captain Andrew Ipi put them right back in the contest.The score at the break was 14-8.The Muruks edged closer minutes into the second through the class of five-eighth Joe Frank who crossed over for a four pointer.With the score at 14-12, it was still anybody’s game as both sides levelled up in defence and attack.The winning try came in the 70th minute when Maliaba was put into space to score near the posts.Mone made sure of the kick, slotting it through the posts to make it 20-12 for the Wigmen to go on to win the match.last_img read more

140-pound champion Crawford to fight Molina Jr. in December

first_imgWBO junior welterweight champion Terence waits for the start of a round during his unification fight with WBC champion Viktor Postol of Ukraine at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford won the fight by unanimous decision. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFPOMAHA, Neb. — Undefeated 140-pound world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and top contender John Molina Jr. are scheduled for a 12-round fight Dec. 10 at CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha.The matchup was announced Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) has won four of his last six bouts by stoppage. He last fought in July, winning a lopsided 12-round unanimous over Viktor Postol.Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs), from Covina, California, beat former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports NBA: Wade’s magic touch helps Bulls beat Heat We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rain or Shine back on track, sends Blackwater to 2nd loss

first_imgSenators to proceed with review of VFA View comments Read Next EDITORS’ PICK PBA IMAGESRain or Shine went on a second half blitz to get back on track with a 107-93 win over Blackwater Friday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.James Yap paced the Elasto Painters with his season-best 15 points on a 2-of-4 shooting from three that went with five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Raymond Almazan also registered a double-double with 14 markers and 16 boards, while Jewel Ponferrada had 13 points and six rebounds.Gabe Norwood and Don Trollano allowed Rain or Shine to pull away in the final two periods as the Elastopainters found their touch from the outside, going 13-of-26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We came out firing in the second half,” said coach Caloy Garcia. “The difference in today’s game is we’re moving the ball better and we’re trusting our ball movement rather than our individual talents.”Trollano poured eight of his 11 points in the fourth, while Norwood had all of his nine markers in the third to help their side pull away from the Elite. After breakout year, Go still looking to improve on everything Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The Elasto Painters bounced back from their 81-74 loss to Ginebra on Sunday and improved to 3-1.Blackwater, meanwhile, fell for the second consecutive game and went down to an even 2-2.Raymond Aguilar topped the Elite with 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Mac Belo got 13 markers, nine boards, and three assists.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 107 – Yap 15, Almazan 14, Ponferrada 13, Chan 11, Trollano 11, Norwood 9, Ahanmisi 8, Belga 8, Washington 7, Cruz 6, Tolomia 5, Ibanes 0, Matias 0.BLACKWATER 93 – Aguilar 15, Belo 13, Dela Cruz 12, Sena 12, Buenafe 11, Pascual 8, Gamalinda 7, Pinto 6, Cervantes 4, Miranda 3, Ababou 2, Banal 0, Forrester 0, Perez 0.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Quarters: 16-19, 46-39, 75-59, 107-93Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Fighters return from NY with seven gold

first_imgJAMAICA’S nine athletes, seven high-schoolers and two late additions from the high-potential combined team, on Sunday mined seven gold among 15 medals at the 22nd anniversary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation New York Taekwon-Do Tournament at the Fitzgerald Gymnasium of Queens College. Calabar High’s Tye McKay, 17, and Daniel Azan, 15, both won double gold in sparring and patterns. Jamaica College’s Justin Brown, 16, also won gold in sparring, adding to a silver in patterns. Wolmer’s Boys’ Ackeem Gordon, 18, the eldest schoolboy on tour, also picked up gold in sparring and silver in patterns. The high-potential combined team pair of Tahj Hewitt and Damany Gayle completed a Jamaican exacta among older boys in sparring. St George’s College’s Ryan Robinson, 16, got a pair of silver in sparring and patterns whereas his schoolmate, Duncan Smith, 17, grabbed bronze in patterns. Jamaica College’s Sharic Bowen, 15, bagged bronze in sparring and patterns. Coach Jason McKay praised the lads, pointing out that the Jamaicans dominated their respective divisions. “They are the building blocks to replace our current greats within another five years. Of the nine athletes, only two lost to foreigners. The other seven won gold or lost to their fellow Jamaicans in finals,” he added. The seven fighters from Calabar High, Jamaica College, St George’s College and Wolmer’s Boys’ School all participate in the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo High School League, which resumes next month at the Jamaica Taekwon-Do Junior Open. Hewitt and Gayle were also participants in the league while in high school and are now aiming to transition from the high potential to senior combined team that participates in major international tournaments worldwide.last_img read more

Broker guilty of murder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Jurors next week will consider whether Russo was sane at the time of the crime – that portion of the trial is set to begin Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Pasadena Superior Court. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 PASADENA – A jury Thursday found Arcadia stockbroker Richard Robert Russo guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of his wife Carmen in late August 2005. Russo, 51, was also convicted of two child-endangerment charges after jurors deliberated over the course of two days. Police say Russo shot and killed his 42-year-old wife, then barricaded himself and the couple’s two sleeping children, 6 and 11, in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2005. The couple lived in Arcadia’s exclusive Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood. Russo, then a senior vice president at Smith Barney in Pasadena, kept police at bay for more than seven hours, authorities said. He has been held without bail since the incident, and now faces 50 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MGA expands with Little Tikes

first_imgVAN NUYS – MGA Entertainment expanded its family of products Monday with Little Tikes, a line of plastic toys and furniture for children. Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid sold the children’s line for an undisclosed price. Buying Little Tikes sets Van Nuys-based MGA, best known for its line of Bratz dolls, up for another battle with “powerhouses like Fisher-Price,” toy analyst Jonathan Samet said. Both Little Tikes and Fisher-Price offer toys for children from birth to roughly preschool age. Many are pricey. An Inside/Outside Cook `n Grill Kitchen lists at $149.99 on the Little Tikes Web site. Fisher-Price sells a mini burgundy Cadillac Escalade online for $300. As part of the purchase, MGA will bring the product development and design departments to Van Nuys from Newell Rubbermaid’s offices in Ohio, Larian said. He did not know how many local jobs the relocation would create. But the move will help MGA max out the potential of Little Tikes, a name that has wide recognition. “For the past few years the brand has not been exploited to its biggest potential,” Larian said. Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum said the move was in line with their business plan, too. “We have been narrowing our portfolio to focus on businesses that are best aligned with our strategies of differentiated products, best cost and consumer branding,” Ketchum said. The sale sent Newell Rubbermaid’s stock up $1.64, to $28.64, a little more than a 6 percent increase. MGA Entertainment is a privately held company. (818) 713-3735160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAcquiring Little Tikes is part of MGA’s strategy to target the full spectrum of the juvenile market, from tots to teens. “We like to literally own the pocketbook of kids of all ages,” said MGA executive Isaac Larian. Larian declined to say how much the acquisition cost MGA, but said it was in the “hundreds of millions.” Samet praised the acquisition, saying Little Tikes was a strong brand that had been mismanaged through a continual rotation of top management. The purchase also takes pressure off the Bratz brand. “I think they’re being exceptionally smart in the fact that they are diversifying and taking away some of their dependence on Bratz,” Samet said. Not that Bratz’s star seems to be fading, he added. last_img

Strachan: Champions League players make big difference

first_imgScotland manager Gordon Strachan has spoken of the benefits regular European football can bring to his team as he revealed his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta.Celtic’s Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all look likely to be playing Champions League group stage football this autumn, as does Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.Strachan spoke about the benefits of being up against Europe’s elite and the off the park details that help as well as the tests on the pitch.“It’s a huge thing playing Champions League football,” he said. “I think you go back ten years when Rangers were playing regular European football and Celtic too. “I think both clubs were sending about ten players to the squad, playing regular European football and it makes a huge, huge difference.“It’s a great learning curve for the players in how to deal with big matches and atmosphere and how to travel, how you deal with travelling. It makes a big difference.”There was no place in the squad for Celtic’s Callum McGregor, however, who has continued his form from last season in the Scottish champions’ early games. Strachan said he was not the only player unlucky to miss out and pointed to the quality in the group he’ll take into the double-header. “There’s a lot of players who were close,” he said. “But as I keep saying, if you look at that midfield and the squad then there’s a lot of good, good players in there. “A lot of good players and a lot of players who have done very well for us over the last three or four years who we can rely on and are playing at a good level.”Despite that, the national team boss acknowledged there were some in his squad who were not playing regular club football and revealed some may have slight injury concerns.“There’s a few [not playing regularly],” he said. “It’s probably larger than normal and we’ve had a few club doctors on the phone saying one or two of their players are playing with knocks and might need to have a rest. “And there’s a couple of players who are not in their team at the moment so I made the squad a wee bit larger so we can keep an eye on them, have a look at their fitness and monitor the guys with knocks.”last_img read more

It’s day TWO of the twelve days of Christmas giveaway!

first_imgTo celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site,, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. Our first prize was a trip away to the lavish Shandon Hotel, along with a luxurious spa treatment. Congratulations to Annelene Ní Fhearraigh for winning our first prize!Our second prize is from the hugely popular Century Cinemas!You could win a €100 voucher and a three month admission to Century Play! Century Play, Ireland’s third biggest play area in Ireland, has recently opened in Letterkenny, boasting an arcade, a junior area, toddler area, baby area, and sports area all under one roof!There’s a delightful coffee dock for parents to relax and unwind as their little ones play in the supervised spaces.This competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner.This competition is open from 5pm today (Saturday, 3rd December) to 12noon Monday (5th December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook: Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friend Twitter:Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Century CinemasFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to donegalcompetitions@gmail.comPut CENTURY CINEMA GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply. Good luck! It’s day TWO of the twelve days of Christmas giveaway! was last modified: December 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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