Azarenka Out of Wimbledon

first_imgAzarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been plagued by foot injuries in recent years.She won bronze in the women’s singles and gold in the mixed doubles at the London 2012 Olympics and her withdrawal comes just six weeks before the start of Rio 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka has been ruled out of Wimbledon with a knee injury, the tournament organisers have announced.Azarenka, 26, was seeded sixth for the tournament which begins on Monday.The two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist has not played since retiring from her first-round match against Italian Karin Knapp at last month’s French Open.The Belarusian’s withdrawal means five-time champion Venus Williams will move up into the top eight seeds.It also means Britain’s number one Johanna Konta moves up to 16th seed – meaning she will not face a higher-seeded player until round four, should she progress.last_img read more

USC’s season comes to an end with loss to Colorado

first_imgAfter the USC women’s basketball team captured the nation’s attention with its incredible Pac-12 championship run last weekend, first-year head coach Andy Enfield and his men’s basketball team had their sights set on replicating the women’s  performance. The 12th-seeded Trojans kicked off their Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas in a first-round matchup with the fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, but ultimately lost, 59-56.Bowing out · Junior guard Byron Wesley scored a game-high 23 points in USC’s loss to Colorado, which knocked USC out of the Pac-12 Tournament. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (11-21, 2-16) entered the contest with just two wins since January, and two losses to the Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8). In the first meeting between the teams in Boulder, the Buffaloes trampled the Trojans 83-62. The second meeting showed a different score, but the same result. USC suffered a tight 83-74 loss in front of the Trojan faithful at the Galen Center in mid-February.On Wednesday, USC surprised the Buffaloes early, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead at the hand of senior center Omar Oraby’s spinning post moves. But this advantage was quickly erased after a number of missed open looks.Despite Enfield’s deep rotation with his bench, Oraby and junior guard Byron Wesley accounted for 16 of the first 18 Trojan points — eight points each — as Colorado climbed ahead to a 23-18 lead nearing the end of the first half.As Colorado fans began to make their presence heard, senior guard J.T. Terrell swung momentum back into USC’s favor with a deep three-pointer. But a circus-shot layup by Wesley was off-target, ,leading to an uncontested Colorado alley-oop.Coming out of the locker room at halftime trailing 29-27, the Trojans did not lose any intensity in the second half as they seemed to several times earlier in the season.Through great interior defensive play by the entire USC squad, the Cardinal and Gold were temporarily able to hold onto control. When the team got in foul trouble, however, Enfield was forced to take defensive dominator Oraby out. Oraby picked up his fourth personal foul with seven minutes to go in the game.“I was just trying to be physical with them and push them out, not letting them catch the ball deep,” Oraby said. “At the end, I got into foul trouble so I was trying to stay out of foul trouble and stay in the game.”During his absence, the Trojans failed to convert a field goal for almost six minutes until Wesley once again absorbed contact at the rim and flushed in a difficult lay-up to close the gap to six points.“We have to make open shots, and sometimes we’d go into stretches where we just missed wide open threes or we missed two transition lay-ups and a paint touch, so that’s the frustrating part,” Enfield said. “Our guys get frustrated because they know they’re playing pretty well, they just don’t make the shot. That’s what happened tonight.”With under a minute to play, Wesley drove to the basket and finished inside, cutting the Colorado lead to three.With 47 ticks remaining on the clock and in the Trojans’ season, Enfield commanded his team not to foul.As the shot clock was about to expire, Colorado’s Xavier Talton launched an off-balance three that ricocheted off the right side of the rim. Frantically chasing after it, teammate Askia Booker claimed control of the offensive rebound. Falling out of bounds, Booker bounced the ball off of USC freshman guard Julian Jacobs’ leg, retaining possession for the Buffaloes with 11 seconds in regulation.After a quick timeout, Colorado’s Josh Scott appeared to have an easy layup to seal the victory, but Jacobs, looking to make up for his previous mistake, had a different plan. The 6-foot-3 Las Vegas native met Scott at the rim, denying his shot off the glass. After a scuffle on the floor, the Trojans gained control of the ball.Senior guard Pe’Shon Howard led the transition, dishing out a pretty pass to the hot-handed Wesley. Catching the ball in stride, Wesley released the ball as the final horn sounded. The game-tying shot fell just short, hitting off the front of the rim.“Byron made every play that we needed from him the whole game, so I figured, ‘Why not let him finish it up?’ He had a running start,” Howard said. “It was a deep shot, but I thought it was good when it left his hand.”Wesley finished the game with 23 points in 37 minutes, while Colorado’s Booker posted 21 in as many minutes.Despite a disappointing final record, Enfield is pleased with his team’s performance this season and optimistic about the program’s future.“I’m very appreciative of how hard the seniors that will not be here next year worked,” Enfield said. “They’ll have some great opportunities in a variety of different things, whether it’s to continue their basketball career or in the business world. But for those returning and for those recruits coming in, we’re very, very excited.”last_img read more

Syracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon

first_imgCHICAGO – When Malcolm Brogdon heard that Jim Boeheim compared him to Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, the Virginia players to Brogdon’s right chuckled. It’s a lofty comparison, but Boeheim has coached both on the national level and likened the UVA senior, in some ways, to one of the best players in the NBA.“They play both ends of the court, they don’t say much, they just let their games do the talking for them,” Boeheim said. “Malcolm is not quite as good a shooter as Klay, but nobody is, either.”Brogdon finds a handful of his shots curling around screens and pulling up right away, but the 2-3 zone doesn’t lend nicely to that approach. He’s one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy given to the country’s best player and scored a team-high 21 points in UVA’s win against the Orange earlier this season, so he’s more than capable of adapting to the more-foreign-than-not defensive looks SU will throw at him.Still, the connection of Virginia’s point guards to its best player will be tested at a time when the zone is playing its best as 10th-seeded Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) steamrolls into an Elite Eight bout with No. 1 seed Virginia (29-7, 13-5) on Sunday night at the United Center.“Malcolm will be a huge part of getting into the middle of the zone,” UVA point guard London Perrantes said. “We may not be able to set as many screens, but we have some playmakers with and without the ball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGEDougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses3 things Jim Boeheim said: Timeouts, Tyler Roberson and Tony BennettTrevor Cooney is driving into the paint more by designDougherty: The ACC, with half the Elite 8, was an especially important proving ground for SyracuseTyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA Tournament10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginia3 things Tony Bennett said: Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and owning the zone The playmakers with the ball are Perrantes and Devon Hall. The main one without it, Brogdon. He too has a similar repertoire to Kyle Wiltjer, who roasted Syracuse from all over on Friday as the receiver of passes. Brogdon shoots almost 47 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from 3-point range, possessing an ability to finish in a variety of ways while averaging 18.4 points per game.On Saturday, a day before he tries to replicate what Wiltjer did to the Orange, Brogdon kept the same stoic look for almost the entirety of the 15 minutes Virginia players were at the podium. When he did speak, he answered questions crisply and without the same jovial smile that the four teammates beside him did. In a way it mimics how he plays, smooth, efficient and lacking flare.That’s part of what makes Brogdon so lethal, his balanced attack in Virginia’s first win against Syracuse this season a combination of three 2-pointers, three 3-pointers and six free throws. Nothing stood out too much in his stat line, just like he didn’t stand out too much with the personalities of Perrantes and Anthony Gill.“He’s an underrated offensive player,” Boeheim said. “He’s just a really good basketball player, doesn’t say a lot. I like those guys…they don’t have big celebrations when they make normal plays that they make, which are great plays.”Two of those plays, back-to-back long balls in a 31-second span, quickly made a one-point game with under six minutes left a seven-point one, and Syracuse couldn’t recover in an eventual eight-point loss that snapped its three-game winning streak.“I think the trap that the zone presents is shooting quick shots, shooting your first open shot, not getting them moving and just settling,” Brogdon said. “Not settling and getting the shots that you want later in the shot clock I think is the key.”Just over two months later, Virginia has a chance to repeat what it did on Jan. 24 and stifle yet another Syracuse 3-game run.This time, it would end it altogether, with no chance for the Orange to bounce back. But Syracuse too has a second chance, a shot at redemption to slow down one of the country’s best players and keep its Cinderella run intact for one more game. Comments Published on March 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

McIlroy says poor start cost him at Palmer Invitational

first_imgHe finished on 9-under for the tournament – two shots behind Australian winner Marc Leishman.McIlroy will now head to Texas to play in the World Golf Championship Match Play event.last_img

NHL investigating homophobic slur allegedly used during Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

first_imgLeafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and Lightning forward Yanni Gourde were seen shouting while chasing the puck, with Riley appearing to look to referee Brad Meier, though no player or players have been named in the investigation.Warning: NSFW language.During tonight’s @TBLightning – @MapleLeafs game, microphones picked up a player using a homophobic slur seemingly directed towards a referee. Not entirely sure who the player was, but it seems like Morgan Rielly was that player based on reports.NSFW (around 6 seconds).— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) March 12, 2019″The NHL is aware of reports that a homophobic slur was used during the Maple Leafs-Lightning game,” the league said in a statement. “The League is investigating the incident and will have no further comment until this investigation is completed.” However, the probe found that Riley did not direct a homophobic slur at Meier.Statement from Senior EVP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell on investigation of @TBLightning – @MapleLeafs game last night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2019Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said the club is in touch with the league, adding “the issue of homophobia is one the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club strongly condemns and takes very seriously.”Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas made the following statement this evening following their game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning:— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 12, 2019Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was previously fined $10,000, the maximum under the CBA, after TV cameras caught him shouting an inappropriate remark. Canadiens winger Andrew Shaw was also fined $5,000 and suspended one game for directing a homophobic slur toward an official during a playoff game when he was a member of the Blackhawks. The NHL investigated the use of a homophobic slur during the Lightning’s 6-2 victory against the Maple Leafs on Monday.Television cameras at Scotiabank Arena picked up what sounded like a homophobic slur from an unknown player during the broadcast with 1:51 remaining in the second period.last_img read more

Plea agreement reached in Mason City bar stabbing case

first_imgMASON CITY — A plea agreement is in place for a Mason City man accused of stabbing five people at a downtown bar last summer.Police were called to “The Place 2B” at 116 North Federal at about 10:15 PM on the night of July 4th. Injuries sustained by the victims were non-life-threatening. 39-year-old Raul Arias was charged with five counts of willful injury causing serious injury as well as going armed with intent.Arias had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges with his trial scheduled to start in June, but he has now entered an Alford plea in the case where he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to likely convict him.As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending ten-year prison sentences for two of the willful injury counts as well as a five-year sentence for the armed with intent count, with those sentences to run consecutively. The sentences on the other charges would be served at the same time.Had he been convicted of all the charges, he would have faced 55 years in prison.Arias is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.last_img read more

Newell chases his dream with Trophy win

first_img Now Newell and the next eight players on the leaderboard will make up teams at the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the European Challenge Tour, on Wednesday, 6 September.  Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream Given the circumstances he decided to go for it and was rewarded with a two-putt birdie. Shortly afterwards he chipped in for a birdie two and his round was back on track. The other qualifiers are: Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire) Neill Jonas (Tilgate Forest, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet, Surrey) and Neil Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores Today’s round did not start as planned. After three holes the 11-handicapper was five over par and “spraying the ball all over the place.” The turning point was the par five fourth, where Newell hammered a drive down the middle, leaving himself 220 yards to the pin. “I was really, really hoping to make the top nine and squeak through, but to actually win is off the scale,” added Newell.  The 42-year-old tax consultant is an avid golfer and was highly motivated by the opportunities of the Chase Your Dream Trophy.  “I liked the title of the trophy and when I saw the ultimate goal was to play in the pro-am of the British Masters, I just had to have a go.”  15 Aug 2017 Newell chases his dream with Trophy win He scored net 69 – three-under par – on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, where the final was played as part of England Golf Week, the annual celebration of the handicap game.  They’ll be joined by nine players from the women’s final, which will be played on Friday, and the best of these teams will play with a star of the European Tour at the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, on Wednesday, 27 September.  Buckinghamshire’s John Newell made his dreams come true today when he was crowned England’s male handicap golfer of the year – and kept alive his hopes of a date with a star of the European Tour.  “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe I have actually managed to win,” said Newell, the vice-captain at Hazlemere Golf Club, after his one-shot victory in the men’s final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy. last_img read more

Eat, Sleep, Learn!

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Andrew Taber, Kumon Math & Reading Center of LaceyThere are three key essentials for a successful school year: healthy eating habits, the right amount of rest, and a positive and productive work environment. Each component can help lead your family into the school year on the right foot. We’ve put together a guide to help families foster a home in which all members are thriving. With ideas for quick and easy bedtime routines, personalized study rooms, and even a simple list of “brain foods,” this article will help create a hassle-free start to the school year.You Are What You EatChildren who are taught good time management and healthy eating habits early in life are likely to continue and maintain them throughout adulthood. Create a morning routine for your child that includes a healthy breakfast, a proven way to improve focus and study skills in school. Prepare a healthy, well-balanced lunch filled with nutritious snacks to keep your child energized throughout the day. When your child gets home from school, offer up some serious “brain foods” such as nuts, low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers, or even some celery with peanut butter. Providing the freedom to choose his or her snack is quite empowering for a child!  Set a timeframe for snacks after school so your child will appreciate structure and routine, while also improving time management skills.A Good Night’s SleepEarlier wake-up times can be tough on kids and parents alike. Ease your family’s transition to a “school night” sleep schedule by rolling back bedtimes the week before classes start. Children aged three to twelve need at least ten to twelve hours of sleep per night, while older children need at least nine or more.  We all know that some children have a more difficult time being told when to go to sleep.  Here are a few pointers that may help avoid the “the battle of bedtime.”Creating a Productive Learning EnvironmentA supportive home environment will foster a child’s love for learning. Enable your child to excel by making study and productivity part of everyday life. Your child needs a special place to call their own, so consider setting up a space where your child can settle in and leave papers and pens at hand without having to pack up each night. Encourage your child to spread out and take advantage of his or her work space.  Let them maintain and take ownership of that area and they will begin to develop organizational skills they’ll need down the road.Keep these tips in mind as you organize and prepare your home for the new school year. Keep your child’s developing life skills in mind during the process, you’ll create an atmosphere that nurtures success in the classroom and beyond.To learn more, visit Kumon by clicking here.last_img read more

Construction begins on Highway 29 realignment at Halfway River

first_imgHALFWAY RIVER, B.C. – This week, BC Hydro shares the construction of the Highway 29 realignment at Halfway River will begin, as part of the Site C project.BC Hydro and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are working together on the Highway 29 construction.According to BC Hydro, in this area of Highway 29, the reservoir will cover the existing highway. Requiring the construction of a new one-kilometre-long bridge and three kilometres of a new highway, slightly north of the existing highway.- Advertisement -Over the next few months, equipment and materials will move to the site, waste wood will be disposed, and site preparations for road and bridge construction will begin shares BC Hydro.This work is being done to prepare for filling the Site C reservoir, which will widen the Peace River and cover parts of the existing highway. In total, more than 30 kilometres of highway will be built in six different segments on Highway 29.What to expectAdvertisement Increased construction-related traffic in the areaTraffic control personnel and signageOccasional minor delays to trafficIncreased noise, dust and vibrationWork will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a weekBC Hydro asks drivers to allow more time for their travel and use caution near work areas.Learn more:Halfway River video animationHighway 29 realignmentDrivebc.comlast_img read more

Too important

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe plan was imperfect, yes, but there is no perfect plan to address a policy so broken for so long that it has allowed millions of people to slip through and operate unknown throughout the country. And the agreement senators had worked out, which had border protection provisions as well as a path to eventual citizenship, was the most balanced plan that has emerged out of Washington yet. As the senators enjoy their Easter break, it would be a good time for them to reflect on their responsibility to work through the disagreements once they reconvene. Reforming immigration is too important a task to allow politics to get in the way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT seemed so certain. In a rare appearance, Senate leaders from both parties announced to the public on Thursday that lawmakers had crafted an agreement on immigration reform. The first step in an honest reform of the nation’s broken immigration policy appeared to be under way. Then the bottom dropped out of the agreement. At the last minute, partisan bickering tanked the compromise that seemed so close. And on Friday, the day before a two-week spring recess, the agreement was thwarted by some Republicans who kept trying to force amendments that would have fundamentally changed it. In so doing, the Senate failed both the legal residents of the United States and the 11 million or so illegal ones living in society’s shadow. last_img read more