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Djokovic leads calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to mergeDjokovic leads calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

first_imgDjokovic’s concerns were shared by France’s Nicolas Mahut, who said having two men’s team competitions was “too much”.“Obviously, we don’t need two competitions the same way. Two team competitions is too much,” he said.Djokovic does not normally play in Australian before the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he will use the ATP Cup to prepare for his attempt to win an eighth Australian Open crown.“The Australian Open courts, Melbourne Park was always very suitable to my game, and I can’t wait to go back there,” he said.“Obviously, that’s probably my most successful court in my career, in my life, so I love playing there.”Djokovic’s first match in the ATP Cup will be against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It comes six weeks after the revamped Davis Cup, which also has countries playing each other in a round-robin format, was held in Madrid.Canadian Denis Shapovalov suggested earlier Thursday that the two events — one run by the men’s tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the other by the International Tennis Federation — should combine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It’s a really similar event and it’s literally back-to-back from the other one, so it’s a little bit of a weird sensation coming from what felt like the world championships coming to play another world championship,” Shapovalov said.“So for me I don’t see why they, the ATP and ITF can’t combine, can’t join, can’t come to some agreement and make just one, really unique and special tournament for everyone.” US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during a quarter-final doubles tennis match between Serbia and Russia at the Davis Cup Madrid Finals 2019 in Madrid on November 22, 2019. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic said Thursday there was no point in having two men’s team tennis competitions and suggested the new ATP Cup should merge with the Davis Cup.The ATP Cup is about to kick off its inaugural edition, replacing a number of previous Australian Open warm-up tournaments with the new round-robin competition.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption When asked about the Canadian’s comments, Djokovic, who is on the ATP players’ council, agreed.“We need to have one Super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it,” he said.“That’s not going to happen next year as well. But if the two sides, the ITF, the Davis Cup, and the ATP get together very quickly, it can happen possibly for 2022. “I hope it will happen because it’s kind of hard to get top players to commit to play both events, the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup. “And it’s six weeks apart, so they’re not really helping each other in terms of marketing, in terms of the value of the event.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img James Harden leads NBA record setters in past decade Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READlast_img read more

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Aussie Open dark horse Cilic ‘motivated’ after tough yearAussie Open dark horse Cilic ‘motivated’ after tough year

first_imgCroatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after winning against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz after their men’s singles tennis match on day one of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – Rolex Paris Masters – indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris on October 28, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)SYDNEY — Former Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic said he is fit and feeling motivated to put a difficult 2019 behind him after totting up his second win in a row at the ATP Cup Monday.The 31-year-old Croatian had a forgettable season last year, sliding down the world rankings from seven to 39, his lowest year-ending position since 2007.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist But he has started this season well, rallying from a set down to beat Austria’s Dennis Novak in Sydney on Saturday before overcoming Poland’s Kacper Zuk 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Monday.It helped Croatia win the tie 2-1 at the inaugural team event to reach a strong position in Group E, which also features Argentina and Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Cilic, whose career high was beating Roger Federer to win the US Open in 2014, is eyeing a deep run at this month’s Australian Open.He made the semi-finals at Melbourne Park in 2010 and lost to Federer in a five-set epic in the 2018 decider. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIEScenter_img Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall ‘People evacuated on their own’ “I feel motivated. I feel that, you know, 2019 was a season that I could use to learn some new things,” said Cilic, whose wife is expecting their first child in February.“All those things are good motivation for me to get stronger and now to push a little bit further into 2020.“I had good time off in the off-season, trained well,” he added, after pulling out of the Davis Cup in November with a knee injury.“I believe this event can definitely set things up nicely for the rest of the season.”A veteran of Australian conditions, having played the Australian Open since 2007, he said he was as prepared as possible for what could be wild weather changes at the Grand Slam in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT “Melbourne is very tricky with the conditions. It can go from 40 degrees day to 20-degrees day. And even on a couple of occasions, two years ago, during the day was 40 degrees, and then you get into the night when it’s already 18, 17,” he said.“So you’ve got to be ready for everything. For those extreme conditions, nobody is basically prepared.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Holding back a beast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ferdinand lost respect for Suarez over Evra rowFerdinand lost respect for Suarez over Evra row

first_imgThe Uruguayan’s behaviour infuriated Ferdinand, who then snubbed Suarez’s attempt to shake his hand during the traditional pre-match greeting.The incident came two weeks after the Football Association scrapped the handshake prior to Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round tie at QPR and an equally tricky reunion between Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, and John Terry, who has been accused of racially abusing the defender last year.“I thought it was bad decision-making from their guy,” Ferdinand told MUTV.“It’s a touchy subject at the minute and things could have been put to bed a little bit easier if the handshake had been done.“After seeing what I saw I decided not to shake his hand.“He’s not got the respect that he needs to have in these situations and acknowledge he’s made a mistake and say sorry and move on from that. I lost all respect for the guy after that.“It could have been resolved, maybe, between the two people who are involved.“It’s disappointing. I expected more from the other guy but it wasn’t to be.”Ferdinand is not the only high-profile figure to blast Suarez in the aftermath of United’s explosive 2-1 win, which also reportedly featured a tunnel confrontation between Evra and Suarez.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called Suarez a disgrace before claiming Liverpool should sell him, while Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, has branded the Uruguayan’s conduct as “disrespectful, inappropriate and embarrassing”.Taylor, who has worked tirelessly to stamp out racism within the game, believes the Football Association should take more action to avoid any further incidents.“What Suarez did was disrespectful, inappropriate and embarrassing,” he said.“If anything, Patrice Evra was the victim and he was prepared to put his hand out.“These players are expected to be role models but if we have a situation where nobody accepts the findings of hearings and just carries on regardless, all you get is anarchy.“Now the Football Association have to step in because the whole situation has gone too far.“Suarez had a chance to put everything to be yesterday, in front of a worldwide audience.“The fact that he chose not to is, quite frankly, depressing.”Meanwhile, British prime minister David Cameron is reportedly expected to step into the row over racism in football by staging a Downing Street summit.Cameron and culture secretary Jeremy Hunt are to hold a “round table discussion” with the sport’s authorities and players’ representatives later this month, according to the Sunday Telegraph.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 12 – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he has no respect for Luis Suarez after the Liverpool striker refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra before Saturday’s match at Old Trafford.Suarez deliberately withdrew his hand when he came face to face with United captain Evra for the first time since being given an eight-match suspension for racially abusing the French defender during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in October.last_img read more

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Glazer puts 3m United shares up for saleGlazer puts 3m United shares up for sale

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, December 9- Edward Glazer has put three million shares in Manchester United up for sale six months after his father Malcolm’s death, and stands to recoup in the region of 45million US dollars (£28.7million).Malcolm Glazer took ownership of United in May 2005, but his death in May this year saw his children take an equal split of shares. A statement released by the Premier League club and the New York Stock Exchange – where 10 per cent of United’s shares are listed – announced the offer of “Class A Ordinary Shares”.It means Edward Glazer, who serves as co-chairman of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, is to receive a windfall from the sale, which could be concluded this week.The statement read: “Manchester United plc today announced the offering of 3,000,000 of its Class A Ordinary Shares by the Edward S. Glazer Irrevocable Exempt Trust (the ‘Selling Shareholder’).“The underwriter will have an option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 Class A Ordinary Shares from the Selling Shareholder.“Manchester United will not receive any proceeds from the sale of any Class A Ordinary Shares by the Selling Shareholder. The offering is expected to close on December 12, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Vet remembers friends who didn’t come homeVet remembers friends who didn’t come home

first_imgWEST COVINA – More than 60 years later, Mike Palomo still has a small piece of the Japanese kamikaze plane that attacked his ship in 1944 in the Philippines. The burgundy metal fragment – part of the red, circular Japanese insignia on the side of the plane – has nine names etched into it. “Jack Lucas,” “Soapy Riley” and “Keester” are some of those names Palomo scratched into the metal as a young Navy gunner’s mate in World War II. Above them are the words, “They did not die in vain.” “They died, I didn’t,” the 81-year-old said. “They were young guys, just like me. Sometimes I wonder what would they have done with their lives.” Palomo was born in Sonora, Mexico, but was raised in California and became a naturalized citizen in 1946. He fought in eight major battles during World War II. Of those eight, the attack in the Philippines that took the lives of nine of his friends from the “greatest generation” stays vivid in his mind. “On a ship, whenever a suicide plane hits, someone’s going to die,” he said. “In war, we all expect to get killed. You figure, `I’m sorry he’s dead, but I’m glad I’m alive.’ … That’s war.” But that was not something Palomo realized when he first enlisted in February 1943 as a 17-year-old from San Diego. Still in high school, Palomo followed friends who felt that, in the spirit of patriotism, they needed to fight. “I didn’t really realize what battle was,” he said. “I think we were too young to realize what the fight was even about, but we felt we had to serve our country.” Nine months later, Palomo understood the reality of war during the Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific. “After that first time, you know, you see all these dead Marines floating around in the water and you think, `That could be me.”‘ Palomo also learned the pains of discrimination during his military days. As a Mexican American growing up in a border town, Palomo said he never experienced racism. It wasn’t until he entered the military and watched African Americans serve in segregation that he, himself, was subjected to racial slurs. Palomo and other Latinos found protection from the discrimination as a group. At nights, they would gather to play music and sing songs. “I know he’s been through a lot,” his wife, Eva Palomo, said. “He’s seen a lot. I always tell him he’s lived a full life.” In his West Covina home, Mike Palomo still has keepsakes from his wartime days. A string of four photographs taken from another ship show the before and after pictures of his ship – the USS Maryland – being attacked in an air raid in Okinawa, Japan. Palomo also has a shadowbox boasting his dog tags and all his commemorative medals from World War II and the Korean War. “His generation, they are dropping like flies now,” said son Carlos Palomo. He – like his father – feels more needs to be done to voice the stories of Mexican-American and Latino veterans. “They absolutely deserve more recognition for the battles they fought and everything they sacrificed, especially for the ones that didn’t make it home,” he said. For Mike Palomo, the memorabilia helps to tell those stories. “I feel so proud that I served,” he said. “I feel proud I was in combat. I’ve done my bit for this country. … I earned my right to be here.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Exclusive – Bosnich tells Man United fans: Expect more signings this summerExclusive – Bosnich tells Man United fans: Expect more signings this summer

first_imgMark Bosnich claims Angel di Maria won’t be the last new face at Manchester United this summer.The Red Devils have already signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo, along with Argentina team-mate Di Maria for a British-record fee, as they bid for a top four finish in the Premier League.Louis van Gaal is also still keen on Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, while former Manchester City star Nigel de Jong has been linked with Old Trafford.“I expect Manchester United to sign a few more before the close of the transfer window,” Bosnich told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“I believe Louis van Gaal will get it right. They are only three games in to the season. I’m still tipping Manchester United to finish in the top four.”Di Maria’s arrival at Old Trafford has cast doubt over the futures of Danny Welbeck and Juan Mata, but Bosnich added it may be other players who have to make way.“If they are going to get rid of players then, in an ideal world, he [Welbeck] wouldn’t be one,” he said. “Van Gaal would probably get a lot of money for him though.“Di Maria gives Van Gaal a lot of options and it doesn’t necessarily mean someone has to leave just because another player comes, especially someone of Mata’s quality.“They might have to get rid of the some of the others, just because of the amount of money that they have spent.”last_img read more

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England Under-21s blow! Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard sent home with ankle injuryEngland Under-21s blow! Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard sent home with ankle injury

first_imgEngland’s Under-21s side have suffered a blow with news that Tottenham forward Alex Pritchard’s European Under-21 Championship campaign is over due to injury.After proving a threat as a substitute in opening defeat to Portugal, the 22-year-old was handed a place in the starting line-up in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Sweden.Pitchard impressed with another lively performance, though his night lasted only 55 minutes before suffering an ankle problem. He later left the ground in crutches.As he waited in the verdict, Young Lions head coach Gareth Southgate admitted the Spurs starlet’s injury “didn’t look very good”, and it was confirmed on Monday evening that Pritchard is set to return from the Czech Republic after their final group game against Italy on Wednesday.“Alex Pritchard has been forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 camp through injury,” said a Football Association statement.“The Tottenham Hotspur player will play no further part in the 2015 UEFA European Under 21 Championship in Czech Republic.“Competition rules state that no replacement player can be called into a squad after a team’s first match in the final tournament.”Losing the diminutive attacker is a further blow for an England side already robbed of top scorer Saido Berahino through a knee injury.The West Brom forward was replaced in the squad by Wolves’ Benik Afobe, while John Stones missed the opening two games with suspected concussion.The Everton defender trained with his England team-mates on Monday and is set to start against Italy. England Under-21 and Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard 1last_img read more

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Street race crash leaves 4-year-old fighting for lifeStreet race crash leaves 4-year-old fighting for life

first_imgRESEDA – A 4-year-old child is clinging to life after suffering critical wounds in a car crash caused by street racers who were booked into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, news reports and authorities said. The crash, which also critically injured the child’s mother and sibling, occurred in the 17000 block of W. Sherman Way at about 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. The 4-year-old was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center. Fox 11 News initially reported that the child had died, but Capt. Ronald Marbrey of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic department said the child is in grave condition and is not expected to live. If the patient dies, Marbury said the racing drivers could face murder charges. The 31-year-old mother, Syeda Arif, was taken by ambulance to Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Her 2.5-year-old child was airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City A spokeswoman for Northridge hospital said the woman lost one of her legs in the accident and the other might have to be amputated. The drivers of a black Nissan and a red Camaro were street racing, police said. Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman, identified the suspects as Brian Barnes, 44, of Northridge and Armando Gamboa Ayon, 19, of Pacoima. Marbrey said the two cars were jockeying for position, cutting each other off at speeds between 50-and-90-mph. The mother and her two children were caught between two parked cars that crushed them when the Nissan plowed into the rear car. “This incident did not have to happen,” LAPD Capt. Ron Marbrey told NBC4 at a late-morning news conference. “The mother … is probably going to lose a leg, and the other leg is severely crushed.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

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€33k CEADAITHE DO MHUINTEARAS TEO AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH€33k CEADAITHE DO MHUINTEARAS TEO AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh€33,480 ceadaithe do Mhuintearas Teo., Co Dhún na nGall ag an Aire Stáit McHughD’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €33,480 ceadaithe aige do Mhuintearas Teo., Gaoth Dobhair, Co Dhún na nGall, chun veain a cheannach. Beidh an veain seo á húsáid ag Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair agus eagrais eile sa cheantar a chuidíonn le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge.Ag fógairt an deontais seo, dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh, “Tá obair ar dóigh á déanamh ag Muintearas agus Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair i gcur chun cinn na Gaeilge, go háirithe i measc an aois óig agus fosta tríd an tacaíocht a chuireann siad ar fáil do theaghlaigh Gaeltachta atá ag tógáil clainne trí Ghaeilge. Tá lúcháir orm a bheith in ann an deontas seo a cheadú.”  €33,480 sanctioned for Muintearas Teo., Co. Donegal by Minister of State McHughThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €33,480 for Muintearas Teo., Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, to purchase a van. The van will be used by Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair and other organisations in the area which help to promote the Irish language.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said “Muintearas and Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair are doing excellent work in promoting the Irish language, especially among young people and through the support they provide to Gaeltacht families raising their children through Irish. I am delighted to be in a position to sanction this grant.”  €33k CEADAITHE DO MHUINTEARAS TEO AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joe McHughMuintearas Teolast_img read more

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‘We were better than them’ – Pochettino blames Spurs loss on lack of aggression‘We were better than them’ – Pochettino blames Spurs loss on lack of aggression

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino rued a missed opportunity as his side lost 2-1 to Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday. Spurs suffered a disappointing defeat in front of a record crowd as they started their campaign at their temporary European home of Wembley.Monaco went ahead after just 15 minutes through Bernardo Silva and they doubled that on 31 when Thomas Lemar found the back of the net. Toby Alderweireld pulled one back on the stroke of half-time but the home side could not draw level in the second half. Speaking after the game, Pochettino said: “I think that we all agree that we started well but then we conceded after 15 minutes.“We cannot concede in that way at this level, in the Premier League, the Champions League. It is difficult to accept how we conceded a goal in this way.“When you concede like this it is very difficult.“It is true that we had more chances, our positions, we were better than Monaco but they were more effective.“Today was an opportunity to give to our fans a good victory and it is a shame for our fans.”The Spurs boss, who had never lost a European game at home with Tottenham before Wednesday, believes his team actually put in the better performance, although the defeat came around due to a lack of aggression. He said: “I was speaking with my players at half-time.“I think we needed more control in the centre of midfield, we needed to move Dele Alli up the pitch to be more aggressive.“It is not new. I think we were better than Monaco, we need to win games, we need to be more aggressive with the ball.“We need to play the way we are meant to play. They played in a very comfortable position.“It is a fantastic opportunity, we have worked hard to be here and we need to be better.“We need to work more on being aggressive, to show we are hungry on the pitch. In the second half I think we started well, but not well enough.”last_img read more

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