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Azarenka: Defeats moved me like a human being. The finale…

first_imgThe two were supposed to meet in the finals of the tournament in New York in the week before the US Open, but Osaka did not enter it due to leg problems. “I’m glad to play with her. I’ve seen a few exchanges of her semifinals and it’s unbelievable. She plays aggressively, so I’ll have to be strong, but participating in the finals is a blessing,” Azarenka said.Both players have won six matches and are missing one for the title. “Seven is my lucky number and I hope it will be,” Belarus said with a smile. “Even if it doesn’t work out, I don’t want to say that I lost or didn’t reach the goal, because I will get at least a small shiny trophy,” Osaka said.They have met on the court three times in the past. At her favorite tournament in Melbourne, Azarenka succeeded in 2016, and Osaka won the clay last year and the year before last. At last year’s Grand Slam, Roland Garros fought a fierce three hundred battle and the same is expected now.From Azarenka’s point of view, participation in the finals is a bit like a miracle. She didn’t win a match a year before the New York tournament. But during the coronavirus pause, Leo’s son’s mother worked hard. “And now I’m proud of myself for getting better from defeats. And I’m not talking about teniosis, but that I’m a better person for myself, for my son,” Azarenka said.After a successful semifinal, Osaka also spoke about the wisdom. After last year’s title at the Australian Open, the Japanese woman was worried, she was under pressure from the public and her own expectations. “But with age, a person is more mentally resilient. After a long time on the circuit, you will learn to handle things better, which I prove here. I fight for every ball and so it will be in the finals.”In the case of the title, Osaka will move to third place in the world rankings, Azarenka would be moved by the triumph from 27th to 11th position. The winner will receive a check for three million dollars.last_img read more

Multi TV: More goodies on Joy Sports, Joy TV

first_imgJoy Sports (Channel 008) of Multi TV this weekend continues with its Fantastic Four Soccer Fiesta menu.The channel presents four live games from Europe’s best leagues, beginning Saturday, August 22 with the GERMAN BUNDESLIGA game between FSV MAINZ 05 and BAYERN MUNICH at 1:30 PM.The FRENCH LIGUE 1 follows up at 7:00PM also on Saturday with a game between STADE RENNAIS FC and OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE.Then there is SERIE A action on Sunday, August 23 between UDINESE and PARMA at 6:45PM.On August 30, the SPANISH LA LIGA finally kicks off and Multi TV is promising live games for all soccer fans, according to a release by its managers. Joy TV’s three intensely emotional yet hilarious Tele novellas roll out back to back every week day from 6pm to 8pm. Meet the TRES CALIENTES LATINAS, Juanita, Esperanza and Maria.“When you set off the charge at 6pm with JUANITA IS SINGLE, then pump up the adrenaline level at 7pm with: “SOS MI VIDA”, (YOU ARE THE ONE); at 8pm, climax with experience with the new Tele Novella from the award winning producers of Second Chance, “LA TORMENTA” (THE STORM)“It’s a whirlwind of love, passion, triumphs, guile and intrigue with the TRES CALIENTES LATINAS (3….latinas) on JOY TV every weekday.“Grab a Multi TV Digibox, tune in to Joy TV on channel 001 and experience all the drama of the most exciting series or channel 008 and be a part of the soccer action!”“That’s Multi TV, MORE TV FOR FREE!!”On weekdays, Call multi-TV on 021 211680 to 5 for more information!last_img read more

FIBA World Cup 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo gets Greece through, USA thumps Japan

first_img FIBA World Cup 2019: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia in dominant form; host China dumped out FIBA World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from Team USA’s dominant victory over Japan Giannis Antetokounmpo was in sensational form as Greece booked its place in the FIBA World Cup second round, while the United States completed a clean sweep in Group E.Greece won a qualification shootout 103-97 against New Zealand to follow Brazil out of Group F, the South American side making it three straight victories by overcoming Montenegro 84-73. Here’s a recap from Thursday’s games.USA is back on trackTeam USA had five players in double figures for scoring as they comfortably saw off Japan in Shanghai.Jaylen Brown had a game-high 20 points and Kemba Walker added 15 and eight assists in a routine victory for Gregg Popovich’s side.Last second business decision @FCHWPO with authority— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 5, 2019They will face tricky encounters against Greece and Brazil in the second round.Turkey was unable to follow the USA out of Group E, as Czech Republic advanced at their expense courtesy of a 91-76 victory in their meeting.Giannis Antetokounmpo gets Greece going Having struggled to make his mark in Greece’s opening two matches, Antetokounmpo ensured their campaign in China was not derailed in their first-round finale.The Milwaukee Bucks forward posted a brilliant 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals to ensure Corey Webster’s 31 points for New Zealand came in vain..@Giannis_An34 WANTS ALL THAT SMOKE . #GRENZL #HellasGotGame@HellenicBF— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 5, 2019Defeat for the Tall Blacks meant rivals Australia qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games as the best ranked team from Oceania.Australia makes historyThe Boomers made it three straight wins at the start of a World Cup campaign for the first time in their history with an 87-82 victory over Lithuania. After needing overtime to see off Turkey last time out, Team USA was back in form as they hammered Japan 98-45.Australia and France booked top spots in their respective groups with wins over Lithuania and Dominican Republic, while Germany and Canada got off the mark. Related News FIBA World Cup 2019: ‘Teams are gunning for’ U.S., Myles Turner says after close win Aron Baynes contributed 21 points and 13 assists for his first double-double in the competition, while Patty Mills scored 23 off eight-of-16 shooting.Congratulations Australia on qualifying for the #Tokyo2020 Olympic Games! By being the only team from the Oceania region to advance to the second round of the 2019 @FIBA World Cup, Australia earn Oceania’s automatic Olympic spot.@BasketballAus @AUSOlympicTeam @Tokyo2020— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) September 5, 2019The victory ensured Australia topped Group H ahead of Lithuania, with Nick Nurse’s Canada taking third following an 82-60 defeat of Senegal.Cory Joseph was key to Canada’s success, combining 24 points with three assists and two steals.last_img read more

Alabama’s Henry Ruggs returns from non-contact injury vs. Ole Miss

first_imgNon-contact is never good— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 28, 2019MORE: Results, highlights from Saturday’s top 25 gamesRuggs was later helped off the field — he was unable to put any weight on his left leg — and was taken to Alabama’s medical tent.He later exited and went on the stationary bike before returning to the field. Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III is back on the field after suffering what looked like a non-contact injury early in the Crimson Tide’s game against Ole Miss.Ruggs exited the game on the Tide’s second drive, a play after he made his lone reception.last_img

Cyclone Taylor field is set – Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

first_imgThe field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup. The Storm now face Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champ Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the opening game of the tournament Thursday.In the other contest, tournament host Creston Valley Thunder Cats meet Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.Friday, Aldergrove battles Beaver Valley while Campbell River faces off against Creston.Saturday, the final round robin games have Beaver Valley meeting Creston in the all-KIJHL matchup while Aldergrove takes on Campbell River.The top two teams meet for the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday at 7:30 p.m.The third and fourth-place teams meet for the bronze medal at 2 p.m.The winner represents BC at the Keystone Cup in Arborg, Manitoba from April 13 – 16.last_img read more

Ranked top golfer, Day dream comes true

first_imgBy Ben EverillJason Day has always struggled to sleep but the 27-year-old Australian’s weekend at the BMW Championship was more restless than most.His insomnia did not stem from trying to win the tournament, he had won three in his last five starts, or maintain his place atop the lucrative FedEx Cup standings.What kept him awake was the fact that he was about to fulfill a long-cherished dream – of becoming golf’s top ranked player.“It’s been very, very difficult for me to try and downplay getting to number one because I’ve really wanted to reach this goal for a very long time now,” Day said after his six-shot victory.“The last two days were very, very emotional for me, very hard to sleep at night.”The wire-to-wire victory helped him achieve the goal he and his coach and caddie Colin Swatton had set when Day was still an unruly teenager in a boarding school.“We said we were trying to get to No.1 in the world at 22. That was our whole plan. I’m five years late but it’s better late than never, right?” Day says.“Our plan had technical, tactical, physical and mental parts. You have to fill all of those buckets up. I think the last thing that was lacking was the mental bucket.“I was working on all these things and starting to fill those buckets up, opening that tap, letting it drip.”The first blow to his mental state came when an 18-year-old Day first announced his intentions to the golfing world, and it blew up in his face.“I want to chase Tiger Woods and my goal is to become the number one golfer in the world,” the confident youngster then said.“That’s been my goal since I was a little kid. If I work hard on what I need to, I’m sure I can take him down.”He was labelled cocky, brash, and even disrespectful.“The next day he came in and was really upset and asked, what did I say wrong?” Swatton recalls.“Everybody wants to be the best golfer in the world. They don’t want to be second or third do they? I reminded him it is okay to have a lofty goal and want to be the best but it was a shame the way that blew up.”It put a dent in his confidence and perhaps contributed, in some small way, to a bunch of near-misses in big events.While Day won his first PGA Tour event in 2010, he would fail to close the deal in several majors over the following years.From there he won the Canadian Open, his first major at the PGA Championship, the opening playoff event at the Barclays and then of course the BMW Championship to add to an early Farmers Insurance Open.“I’d love to say ‘I told you so’, but that wouldn’t be very nice,” Day said.“I would just say it’s okay to dream big. It’s okay to say what you want to do. That was kind of the fuel that lit the fire for me, especially with the dedication over these last few years because I know that a lot of people were thinking against me on that. I’m glad I accomplished it.“Knowing that right now there’s no one on this planet that’s better than me, that’s pretty cool.”last_img read more

Kimanzi relishes Mathare United return

first_img0Shares0000Francis Kimanzi, who stepped down as Tusker FC coach on October 14, 2015. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, December 14- Former Harambee Stars head coach, Francis Kimanzi, is relishing his return to SportPesa Premier League side Mathare United after the club confirmed his appointment on Monday.Kimanzi who had a difficult two-season spell with local giants Tusker FC, leaving the Brewers before the end of the last campaign, famously led the Slum Boys to the 2008 league title in their finest hour to date. “I was available to take up the offer and I accepted,” the UEFA B coaching license holder told Capital Sport following his appointment.Kimanzi who led Stars to the final group phase qualifiers of the 2010 Fifa World Cup before he was relieved of his duties left Mathare in 2009 when he was slapped with a nine-month suspension by the Kenyan Premier League to pursue his coaching badges in Netherlands.He returned to the local top flight with Sofapaka whom he led to third place before taking the Tusker job where he left after they struggled to reclaim the crown they last won in 2012.Before his departure from Mathare, Kimanzi expressed disappointment in lack of investment in the squad after Zambia’s Zesco United completed a 5-2 win on aggregate in the 2009 CAF Champions League preliminary phase.“At the time, the club was involved in continental action and needed investment but now, the first aim is to make an impact in the Premier League then build from there.“It is too early to speak of any plans since the season is on break but once the squad resumes training, I will have a better idea,” he added.His successor at the Slum Boys, Salim Ali is his designated assistant with Stanley Okumbi who quit in the middle of the second half of the season only to rescind his decision hours later paving way for the duo.“The immediate job is to start the process of returning the team where it belongs and I want to laud my predecessor for the good job he did with the team,” Kimanzi is quoted by in paying tribute to Okumbi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Afghan leader seeks talks with Taliban

first_imgThe U.S. Embassy in Kabul has said it does not support negotiations with Taliban fighters, labeling them as terrorists, although the U.N. and NATO have said an increasing number of Taliban are interested in laying down their arms. NATO’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Daan Everts, said this month that the alliance would look into the possibility of talks. President Bush met with Karzai on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday where the two discussed the battle against al-Qaida and the Taliban, but it has not been made public whether the two talked about negotiations with militants. A State Department duty officer said he could not immediately comment on Karzai’s offer to meet with Omar, noting that most policymakers were still in New York. Saturday’s explosion – the second deadliest since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 – ripped off the roof of the bus and tore out its sides in Kabul, leaving a charred hull of burnt metal. It was reminiscent of the deadliest attack since the U.S.-led invasion, when a bomber boarded a police academy bus at Kabul’s busiest transportation hub in June, killing 35 people. Police and soldiers climbed trees to retrieve body parts, and nearby businesses were damaged. “For 10 or 15 seconds, it was like an atom bomb – fire, smoke and dust everywhere,” said Mohammad Azim, a police officer who witnessed the explosion. Karzai said 30 people were killed – 28 soldiers and two civilians. The Health Ministry said another 30 were wounded. Two women were among the dead, and 11 people’s bodies were ripped apart so badly that they had yet to be identified. “It was a terrible tragedy, no doubt an act of extreme cowardice,” Karzai said. “Whoever did this was against people, against humanity, definitely against Islam. A man who calls himself Muslim will not blow up innocent people in the middle of Ramadan,” the Muslim holy month. A purported Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed the militant group was responsible for the blast in a text message to The Associated Press. Mujahid said the bomber was a Kabul resident named Azizullah. The bus had stopped in front of a movie theater to pick up soldiers when a bomber wearing a military uniform tried to board early Saturday, army spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said. “Typically there are people checking the IDs of soldiers who want to board the bus,” Azimi said. “While they were checking the IDs, the bomber tried to get on the bus and blew himself up there.” Karzai earlier this month renewed a call for talks with the Taliban, and a spokesman for the militant group initially said the fighters might be open to negotiations. But spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi later said foreign troops must first leave the country – a demand Karzai said Saturday he would not meet. “It should be very clear that until all our roads are paved, until we have good electricity and good water, and also until we have a better Afghan national army and national police, I don’t want any foreigners to leave Afghanistan,” he said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, meanwhile, said one of its soldiers was killed in eastern Afghanistan during combat operations on Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIPLOMACY: Even as a bomber kills 30 on a military bus, Karzai asks for negotiations. By Jason Straziuso THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai on Saturday offered to meet with the Taliban leader and give militants a government position only hours after a suicide bomber in army disguise attacked a military bus, killing 30 people – nearly all of them Afghan soldiers. Strengthening a call for negotiations he has made with increasing frequency in recent weeks, Karzai said he was willing to meet with the reclusive leader Mullah Omar and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and factional warlord leader. “If I find their address, there is no need for them to come to me, I’ll personally go there and get in touch with them,” Karzai said. “Esteemed Mullah, sir, and esteemed Hekmatyar, sir, why are you destroying the country?” Karzai said he has contacts with Taliban militants through tribal elders but that there are no direct and open government communication channels with the fighters. “If a group of Taliban or a number of Taliban come to me and say, `President, we want a department in this or in that ministry or we want a position as deputy minister ? and we don’t want to fight anymore,’ ? If there will be a demand and a request like that to me, I will accept it because I want conflicts and fighting to end in Afghanistan,” Karzai said. “I wish there would be a demand as easy as this. I wish that they would want a position in the government. I will give them a position,” he said. last_img

Angels have roster spots to figure out

first_imgChone Figgins, who had been red hot since the start of June, suddenly has slammed into one of his worst dry spells of the season. After going hitless in two at-bats Sunday, Figgins is without a hit in his past 22 at bats. Figgins’ batting average dropped from .347 on Sept. 22 to his season-ending mark of .330. Without somebody consistently setting the table, the Angels scored just 10 runs over the final five games of the regular season, although to be fair, they have used a number of lineups as regulars were rested. The Angels also are waiting on word from Vladimir Guerrero that his sore right triceps will be well enough to let him play right field. If he can return to the outfield for the first time in four weeks, it would open up the designated-hitter spot for Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales, both of whom are limited defensively. Morales tied Sunday’s game 2-2 in the ninth inning with a home run batting left-handed against Oakland closer Huston Street. The Angels ended up losing 3-2. With the Red Sox choosing to start the ALDS series Wednesday, that settled some decisions for the Angels. After Game 1 on Wednesday, there will be an off day, with Game 2 to be played Friday. After a travel day Saturday, the series will resume Sunday and next Monday (if necessary) at Angel Stadium. Another off day would take place next Tuesday with a possible Game 5 on Oct.10 back in Boston. “With those off days, it will probably let you shorten your bullpen a little bit if you wanted to because they’ll stay fresh,” Scioscia said. “So, it confirms a 10-man (pitching) staff.” The Angels aren’t exactly carrying a ton of momentum into the playoffs, so plenty of things will have to come together in a hurry. “On the offensive side, I think we can do some things to keep things going,” Scioscia said. “I think our lineup, if we get the guys back healthy, will be deeper than it has been at some times. I think our pitching staff, although it went through some dry spells in the second half from a bullpen standpoint, is back and ready to go and that’s important.” Perhaps the best sign during the regular season-ending series at Oakland was that the three starters the Angels will use against the Red Sox all looked sharp. Lackey didn’t give up a run in seven innings Friday, Escobar gave up just one run in sixinnings Saturday and Weaver allowed one run over six innings Sunday. “It was good to go out there and for us to get our work in and get the pitches you need to get in,” Weaver said. “It was a little touch-and-feel out there. For us to go strong against their lineup was a good omen, I hope. Hopefully, we can take that to Boston.” Scioscia confirmed the expected after Sunday’s game that Lackey will start in Game 1, followed by Escobar and Weaver. Lackey and Escobar would have enough rest to return for Games 4 and 5 (if necessary). Notes: Garret Anderson, who has a case of pink eye, is expected to see another doctor for the condition before traveling to Boston. He is not in danger of missing any time in the playoffs. … The Angels returned home after Sunday’s game and will turn around and leave for Boston at around noon today. … Scioscia plans to have a workout Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Colon, Matthews, Saunders, Rivera, Figgins and Guerrero need to know their role. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER OAKLAND – With the regular season behind them and the playoff opener two days away, the Angels will fill the time by playing roster games. Will the final bullpen spot go to Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck or Bartolo Colon? Two of them don’t figure to be active for the American League Division Series that starts Wednesday at Boston. How healthy is Gary Matthews Jr.’s sore left knee, and does his status require the Angels to put Nathan Haynes on the roster? Matthews said after Sunday’s game that he still doesn’t know if he will be ready to play Wednesday. With only three starters (John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar and Jered Weaver) needed in the first round, does Joe Saunders have a spot in the rotation, and if he does, will he even get on the field? Has Juan Rivera’s recent offensive push earned him a shot against the Red Sox? Roster issues aren’t the only thing the Angels will ponder during their downtime. last_img read more

Medical tourism in SA to grow

first_imgMedical tourism to South Africa is to receive a government-driven boost. MEDIA CONTACTS • Roopa Singh, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism+27 12 310-3566 USEFUL LINKS • Dept of Environmental Affairs and Tourism • South African Medical Association • SA Health Tourism Congress • Medical Research Council • Surgeon and Safari • Medical Tourism Association RELATED ARTICLES • Barnard: surgeon with heart • Healthcare in South Africa • Science and TechnologyJanine ErasmusSouth Africa has a proud medical track record, and now that record is to be enhanced as medical tourism swings into high gear.Government plans to market the country as a cost-effective international destination for this lesser-known sector of the industry.By the end of 2009, according to Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, a national strategy for medical tourism will be complete.Xaba was speaking at the inaugural South African Health Tourism Congress, held in Johannesburg in July 2009 with the aim of further entrenching the medical tourism industry in South Africa.The event attracted around 300 delegates from various divisions of the medical world, including insurance, hospital and government representatives, dentists, doctors, health facilitators, and healthcare providers.PotentialWhile tourism’s contribution to the economy has doubled from 4.6% in 1993 to 8.5% in 2008, said Xaba, leisure tourism is reaching saturation point. This gives other tourism sectors the chance to develop.The 1-million-plus people working in the tourism sector, she added, accounted for 7.4% of the country’s total employment figure.Medical Tourism Association president Renee-Marie Stephano delivered the congress’s keynote address. In order to bring future patients into the country, she said, it is essential to have a well-established healthcare cluster aimed at tourists. Here, properly accredited medical professionals, hospitals and clinics, medical tourism providers and government can work together to promote the medical tourism sector.This is especially important because the South African Medical Association currently prohibits brokers from making recommendations to patients, and also prevents doctors from openly or indirectly marketing their services.Of the 9.5-million foreign visitors to South Africa in 2008, said Xaba, it is believed that about 410 000, or 4.3%, were medical tourists. These tend to be well-off people who can afford to travel abroad to meet their medical needs.But there is room in the country’s clinics for more than twice this number, said congress chair Cawe Mahlati, advocate and CEO of Gauteng Tourism. South Africa can accommodate up to 1-million medical tourists, she said, and this makes it one of the destinations of choice for those about to undergo medical and cosmetic procedures.Travelling for treatmentMedical tourism, or the process of seeking out medical treatment in another country, is a fast-growing source of income. It covers both elective procedures and specialised operations such as joint replacement and spinal fusion.About 50 developed and developing countries claim medical tourism as a national industry. South Africa has offered these services for some time, but only recently has begun to earn a higher profile for itself in this field.The country is already recognised the world over as a land of diverse cultural and natural attractions. This is an extra bonus for medical tourists, who can recuperate while enjoying everything South Africa has to offer, right after they have checked out of their world-class medical institution.Glasgow-based medical portal Medic8 said in a recent report that British tourists could expect to save up to 60%, excluding travel costs, by choosing South Africa as their medical destination. Furthermore, said Medic8, standards in South African clinics are as good, if not better, than those in the UK.Most people come to South Africa for cosmetic surgery, but the country’s skilled surgeons can also provide organ transplants, cardiac, orthopaedic and obesity surgery, and dentistry.Medical leaderSouth Africa has long been a world leader in medicine. In 1967 Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant, and catapulted South Africa onto the medical stage of the world.Since then the country has remained at the forefront of medical innovation and today can boast of significant achievements such as the successful separation of Siamese twins, and the first African-developed HIV vaccine to go to trial in a developed country.For those that can afford it, medical procedures in developing countries like South Africa, India and Thailand are the way to go. As opposed to the hefty US price tag of $130 000 (R1-million) for a heart bypass, for instance, the same procedure in Thailand costs $11 000 (R88 000). South African prices fall between the two extremes.The country has the added advantage of English as one of its official languages, which is important because it promotes transparency.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

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