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Djokovic and Federer win to set up Paris Masters semifinal

first_imgDjokovic broke for 3-1 in the second set and did not look back.In the third set, a Cilic cross-court forehand winner saw him break a for 2-1 lead.Djokovic broke his racket in frustration and then broke Cilic straight back, after which the momentum shifted back in his favor as Cilic lost to him for the 16th time in 18 meetings.“It was a very intense match,” Djokovic said. “I was kind of going up and down. I’m really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge.”It was also Djokovic’s 21st consecutive win since losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of the Rogers Cup in August.Earlier, Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Jack Sock 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.The Austrian served out the match and clinched victory on his first match point when Sock hit a big forehand long.“I’m in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 only for the fourth time,” Thiem said. “It means a lot for me because I didn’t do too well in the previous years in this part of the season.”The sixth-seeded Thiem next faces unseeded Karen Khachanov of Russia in their first career meeting.Khachanov, who won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month, broke fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev’s serve six times in a 6-1, 6-2 win. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Zverev had treatment on his right shoulder late in the first set and made a string of unforced errors. He took exception to some comments made in Khachanov’s box and spoke to his opponent at the end of the first set.“I told him my shoulder is hurting and that his uncle, or something, that he’s going a bit crazy,” Zverev said. “I told him to tell him to keep it down a little bit because he was going a little bit too much over the edge.”Cilic and Thiem sealed the last two spots for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, starting on Nov. 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cavaliers’ Kevin Love has foot surgery, out at least 6 weeks Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled. He saved a break point with a sharp volley at the net when serving for the set at 5-4 and then broke Nishikori at the start of the second set to take firm control.Federer has won this tournament only once, back in 2011, and has not played here since 2015. He was given a huge ovation by the crowd after his win.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 ChrissNow he has to find a way past Djokovic, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has beaten Federer in their past three meetings and leads him 24-22 overall.“If the crowd is for Novak that’s also good, as long as the (arena) is full. I know I have fans here, I can’t complain,” Federer said. “I have an enormous amount of support around the world. But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis.”center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan during their quarterfinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Novak Djokovic remains on course for a fifth Paris Masters title after beating Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to set up a semifinal against Roger Federer.Federer advanced to their 47th career meeting by beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, his sixth straight win against the Japanese player.ADVERTISEMENT Federer lost to Djokovic most recently in the Cincinnati Masters final in August.“I hope I play better than in Cincinnati because I really didn’t play well,” Federer said. “It was the worst day of my career for returning. I missed all the second returns.”Djokovic, who is guaranteed to take the No. 1 ranking on Monday, struggled on his serve for much of the first set.Cilic had chances to break him in the fifth and seventh games and finally did so in the ninth when Djokovic hit a backhand long.An ace gave Cilic set point and he took it when Djokovic sent a backhand wide.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Bale ‘100 percent’ committed to Real claims agent

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale has scored 102 goals in 231 games since joining Real Madrid in 2013 © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Gareth Bale is still “100 per cent” committed to Real Madrid despite speculation over his future, the Wales star’s agent insisted on Monday.Former Tottenham winger Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League after a difficult season with the troubled Spanish club. The 29-year-old has had to endure claims that he doesn’t have a strong relationship with his team-mates, while Real have suffered a woeful campaign on the pitch.Bale played the full 90 minutes when Real suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against lowly Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, but Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane later questioned whether he was fully focused.Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has responded to Zidane’s comments by telling BBC Sport Wales: “Gareth is 100 per cent committed to Real Madrid.”Referring to his past assertion that Bale wanted to spend the rest of his career with Madrid, Barnett added: “Nothing has changed.”Frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities for Real towards the end of last season, Bale had actually hinted he might consider leaving when he spoke to the media immediately after scoring twice in last year’s Champions League final win against Liverpool.Bale’s Madrid contract runs until 2022, but the return of Zidane, with whom he reportedly has a difficult relationship, has revived talk of a potential move.Despite winning four Champions League trophies and one La Liga title in Spain, Bale has come under-fire for his inconsistent performances and injury problems from Real fans.Zidane, who is back after quitting at the end of last season, recently warned Real stars who are unhappy with their playing time should “go elsewhere and get more minutes”.Manchester United and Tottenham are among the clubs said to be interested if Wales international Bale wants to leave the Bernabeu.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sarri arrives in Turin to take charge of Juve

first_img“The new Juventus head coach touched down in Turin earlier this evening. Welcome Sarri.”The 60-year-old former banker will hold his first press conference in Juventus’s ‘Gianni and Umberto Agnelli Hall’ at the Allianz Stadium at 0900GMT on Thursday.The hall is the same venue where Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo gave his first press conference after signing in July last year.Sarri returns to Italy on a three-year deal just a season after leaving his hometown team Napoli for Stamford Bridge, where he spent one troubled campaign.He failed to win over Chelsea’s faithful despite returning the club to the Champions League via a third-placed finish in the Premier League and won the Europa League, claiming his first major trophy as a coach in the process.Sarri takes over from Massimiliano Allegri who led Juventus to an eighth consecutive Scudetto title, but paid the price for another Champions League failure despite Ronaldo’s 100-million-euro ($115 million) signing.Juventus were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Dutch side Ajax.The Italian champions are keen on the brand of football Sarri imposed during three years at Napoli when only Juventus’ remarkable consistency prevented the Neapolitans from a first league crown since the days when Diego Maradona graced the San Paolo pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maurizio Sarri lifted his first trophy as a coach in his final game in charge of Chelsea © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVTURIN, Italy, Jun 19 – Maurizio Sarri arrived in Turin on Wednesday on the eve of his presentation as new coach of Serie A giants Juventus.“Sarri touches down in Turin,” the club confirmed on their website along with photographs of the former Chelsea boss walking away from a private jet.last_img read more

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PSG poised to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United to ‘new Neymar’

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain are leading Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for Santos star Gabriel Barbosa.The 19-year-old Brazilian has already been tipped for a big future, with scouts comparing him to Neymar.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been watching the striker this season, as have Bayern Munich.But according to Barbosa’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, Paris Saint-Germain are the club who have made the first move.“I have spoken a lot with Olivier Letang (PSG’s Sporting Director),” Ribeiro told Radio Bandeirantes.“Now, the French league is finished, they will take a look at possible signings. The dream of the president is to win the Champions League, they have a lot of money to invest in football.“Maybe Gabriel will be an option. But everything is already good. He is happy at Santos. He has a contract, he is in great form, so we will wait for what is next.“Santos have nothing to lose. Gabriel has great potential and, if it is not now, he will be a fantastic return on the investment that the club made in the future. It is a question of time.” Gabriel in action for Santos last_img read more

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Bid submitted! All you need to know as Klopp targets latest Liverpool signing

first_img Emanuel Mammana (right): Liverpool have reportedly submitted a bid for the 21-year-old How could he fit in at Liverpool?To leave Lyon after just one season, Mammana would surely want to be promised first team action and development under Klopp.He always tends to play in the centre of defence, rather than right or left back, and could be seen as a much cheaper option to Van Dijk and a potential partner for Joel Matip in Klopp’s favoured 4-3-3 formation. Alternatively, he could be brought in as an understudy to Matip and Dejan Lovren, who only penned a new four-year deal earlier this year.His role in the squad could all rely on how he adapts to the Premier League. He has shown signs of reading the game well, so it depends if he can maintain that ability with the pace ahd physicality of England’s top-flight, as well as timing tackles to perfection.He has one Champions League appearance to his name, as well as four in the Europa League, and could be utilised further by Klopp in Europe and the cup competitions should he not be first choice in the league. Where can I watch a best bits compilation video?Look no further… Much has been made of Liverpool’s interest in Virgil van Dijk and, more recently, Naby Keita, but Jurgen Klopp could be about to secure another target in the coming weeks.According to reports, the Reds have submitted a £14.9million bid for Lyon defender Emanuel Mammana.With Klopp wanting all of their business done before leaving for the club’s pre-season tour on July 19, it could happen sooner rather than later.The German boss has already signed Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke from Roma and Chelsea respectively and he wants to bolster their ranks ahead of a return to the Champions League – providing they are successful in qualification and reach the group stages. Here, talkSPORT profiles the 21-year-old who could be preparing for life on Merseyside…Full Name: Emanuel Hernan MammanaDate of birth: February 10, 1996 (age 21)Birthplace: Merlo, ArgentinaPosition: Centre-backWhat’s his background?As reported on talkSPORT.com last summer, Mammana was targeted by Antonio Conte at Chelsea but he opted to leave South America for the south of France. He went on to make 25 appearances for Lyon, 17 of them coming in Ligue 1 and one in the Champions League and four in the Europa League.Before arriving in Europe, Mammana came through the ranks at River Plate and was part of their 2015 Copa Libertadores-winning squad.He made 34 appearances in total for River Plate and made his Argentina debut in 2014.What type of player is he?He has previously been compared to Javier Mascherano for his style.According to WhoScored.com, Mammana is a central defender whose strengths consist of tackling – always a good quality for a defender – and an intelligent reader of the game.He is also a good passer of the ball, something Klopp will be keen to develop as he continues to instill his style of playing out of the back and quickly turning defence into attack.In all of his appearances for Lyon last term, he scored once and averaged an 88.1% pass success rate, made on average 5.9 clearances and won 2.2 tackles per game. 2 2last_img read more

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UEFA to launch third European club competition from start of 2021/22

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Andrea Agnell confirmed the news on Tuesday Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 1 latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos predicted scrap Andrea Agnelli, the European Club Association president, has confirmed UEFA is to launch a third European club competition from the start of 2021/22.In his opening address at the ECA’s biannual general meeting in Split on Tuesday, Juventus chairman Agnelli said: “Pending approval of the UEFA executive committee, the green light has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF revealed center_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most read in football Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware This means the Europa League’s group stage will be reduced from 48 teams to 32, with the new competition and the Champions League all having the same number.UEFA has made little secret of the fact that it has been looking at ways to raise the Europa League’s profile while also giving more clubs a shot at European competition, and therefore its growing financial benefits.In recent weeks, UEFA has said it is ‘constantly reviewing’ its competitions and has been ‘discussing various ideas within its Club Competitions Committee before any decision on potential changes would be made’. But with Agnelli and Arsenal boss Ivan Gazidis representing the ECA on UEFA’s 17-member ExCo, it would seem the decision to reintroduce a third UEFA competition for the first time since the demise of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999 is a done deal.last_img read more

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Eye in the sky satellites tracking Donegal sheep rustlers

first_imgSheep farmers in Donegal are looking to the skies to stop sheep rustlers.A meeting held this week heard about plans to implant GPS trackers in sheep in order to deter thieves and to help restock hill land and commonage to manage vegetation.Representatives from farmer organisations, insurance companies, government agricultural departments and police forces from both sides of the border met in Teagasc’s offices in Stranrolar, to discuss the issue of sheep theft in the northwest. The Irish Farmer’s Journal reports how Gerald Roarty from Donegal Animal Hospital said that the level of sheep stealing in Donegal was ‘at an epidemic’ at present.“Sheep stealing in Donegal is at an epidemic at the moment,” Donegal vet and meeting chair Gerald Roarty said. He also said that farmers were afraid to put sheep onto hill land due to continued livestock thefts from uplands.Various speakers said that fines and penalties for thieves caught stealing sheep were too lenient and that another deterrent was needed to stop livestock thefts and allow farmers to restock uplands to have land in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) to claim subsidy support.Tracker The purpose of the meeting was to establish if an appetite was present among farmers on both sides of the border to apply for funding to help cover costs of GPS trackers for sheep to deter thieves and also allow farmers to heft (retain) sheep onto hill land without the need for fencing.The GPS tracker is implanted subcutaneously into a sentinel ewe so that the animal does not enter the food chain. The device is around half the size of a cigarette lighter and works via satellite to alert the farmers when the sentinel sheep moves outside a set boundary.The device has its own battery which lasts up to 40 hours. However, the programme that the group are looking at only sends alerts, and therefore switches the tracker on once it moves outside the boundary, so battery life will not be an issue.FundersGerald said that a company in England has been identified to manufacture the technology. “We are looking to a number of funders, the sheep forum in Europe is one of them. Also we are looking at Leader in the Department of Agriculture, Peace IV is another one to fund maybe 50 or 100 of them. Obviously the more we can order, the cheaper they will be,” he said. Some concerns with the technology were addressed, such as the possibility of trackers being used by government agricultural departments on both sides of the border to identify if hills were being grazed properly. Gerald pointed out that inspectors can already monitor this on all farms remotely with existing satellite technology.Eye in the sky satellites tracking Donegal sheep rustlers was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nsimbe calls it quits at Maroons

first_imgNsimbe has been at Maroons since the start of the current season (Photo by Agency)Journey man George Best Nsimbe has stepped down as Maroons Football Club head coach.This was confirmed during an interview on a one localTelevision channel.The Former KCCA FC Coach stated that he’s going to further his coaching career in Tanzania.“I have decided to go add on my coaching skills so that when I come back i add something on the Uganda Premier league ” Nsimbe said.It should also be noted that George Best took over Asaph Mwebaze at the beginning of the season.Before joining maroons he was assistant at Express FC, helping them fight relegation along with Shafic Bisaso, last season.He once coached The Saints, Vipers SC, KCCA FC and Tusker Football Club in the Kenyan premier league.Nsimbe has managed to lead maroons in the first round by winning only three games in the 15 played matches, drawing six and losing six.Maroons lies in the 12th position with 15 points.It’s first second round league encounter is in Njeru away to BUL FC.Comments Tags: george best nsimbeMaroons FClast_img read more

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Buncrana man interrupts two Derry men in Inishowen burglary

first_imgA Buncrana man reacted quickly when he saw an Inishowen home being broken into – detaining one of the men until the Gardai arrived. Stephen McHugh, from the peninsula, interrupted a burglary last Wednesday (June 12) when he saw two men walking around the Gill home on Aileach Road, Buncrana.The two men from Derry – Shane Kavanagh from Chamberlain Street and Kevin Shiels of Northland Road – were caught trying to gain access at the back of the home. Mr Hugh was able to detain Shiels before phoning Gardai but Mr Kavanagh ran from the scene.However, he was apprehended by Gardai in Buncrana minutes later and arrested.During proceedings in Buncrana District Court last week, the court learned that the duo were intoxicated on whiskey, brandy and diazepam at the time of the attempted burglary.The court heard how Mr Shiels had 42 prior convictions, while Kavanagh had previous convictions for burglary and theft and robbery. Both men pleaded guilty to the charges of burglary, criminal damage and drugs possession.They were both sentenced to three months in jail and fined €150 for the possession of cannabis.Buncrana man interrupts two Derry men in Inishowen burglary was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Winter wheat management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the coming months as the weather warms, up winter wheat will break dormancy and will begin to green up. After a period of about 2 weeks producers should evaluate their stand in order to make management decisions for their wheat crop. Part of this evaluation includes counting tillers to determine if there is an adequate stand for achieving high yields. According an article in a 2014 C.O.R.N. Newsletter written by Laura Lindsey, Ed Lentz, Pierce Paul, “Yield potential is reduced if tiller numbers fall below 25 per square foot after green up.”So, what is a tiller? And how should they be counted? Tillers are additional stems that develop off of the main shoot of the plant. Primary tillers form in the axils of the first four or more true leaves of the main stem. Secondary tillers may develop from the base of primary tillers if conditions favor tiller development. On the wheat plant pictured above, you can count 6 tillers in addition to the main shoot.Tillers, especially those that develop in the fall, are needed to achieve high yielding wheat. The plant pictured above has the potential to develop 6 to 7 heads. A wheat stand of 1.65 to 1.7 million plants per acre with this amount of tillering (6 to 7 heads), a 100 bu/ac yield is possible. While fall tiller development is promoted by timely planting and applying fall N, determining if stands are adequate and applying N at green up are also critical components in a management program that produces high wheat yields.last_img read more

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