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Serena holds off battling Muguruza to win Wimbledon (Update)

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first_imgBy Toby DavisSerena Williams claimed a sixth Wimbledon title and fourth successive grand slam crown by suppressing the spirited attacking instincts of 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win Saturday’s final 6-4 6-4.American Williams reinforced her stranglehold on the women’s game by overcoming an early wobble and resisting a battling fightback to claim a 21st grand slam title that leaves her one behind German Steffi Graf’s record haul of professional era majors.The world number one was simply too powerful and too consistent for surprise 21-year-old finalist Muguruza, who began with a valiant positive approach but could not maintain her early high level.After losing a close first set and battling bravely to come back from 5-1 down in the second, the Spaniard was eventually downed after one hour and 23 minutes of combat, to leave Williams to receive the acclaim of the Centre Court crowd.Williams now holds all four majors at the same time — the so-called ‘Serena Slam’ — having also won the U.S., Australian and French Open titles.“I can’t believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool,” Williams said courtside.“It has been a pleasure and an honour to have so many years in this unbelievable place.”Muguruza, playing in her first grand slam final, began with calm authority and it was Williams who seemed to suffer an attack of the butterflies, hitting three double faults and facing four break points before losing her serve in the opening game.But Williams eventually cranked into gear and started to find her range, forcing Muguruza to save two break points in the sixth game before the American got her reward on the Spaniard’s serve to level at 4-4.Williams increased the pressure and, when Muguruza served a double fault to bring up set point, the top seed smashed a forehand winner before pumping her fist in celebration.Muguruza was visibly deflated. She managed to hold her first service game, but was then subjected to a brutal barrage of winners from Williams, who broke twice for a 5-1 lead.The Spaniard simply would not lie down, however, and broke back twice, going toe-to-toe with Williams from the back of the court and swinging her racket to brutal effect.Just when it looked like she could force the match into a decisive third set, though, her serve collapsed and Williams forced three match points before the contest suffered an anti-climactic finish.A Muguruza shot landed long and Williams stood still, unsure of the call and whether to celebrate or wait for a challenge.It eventually dawned on her that she had clinched the title and she raised her arms to the sky before embracing the vanquished Muguruza.last_img

Spurs would sell Kane to foreign club

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first_img26-year-old Kane signed a six-year contract with Spurs in June 2018.Last month, he said he would not stay at the north London club "just for the sake of it", and there are reports chairman Daniel Levy would be open to selling him for about $400 million.Manchester United are long-time admirers of the England captain.Tottenham were one of the first Premier League clubs to furlough staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with Levy warning that "people need to wake up to the enormity" of the crisis.There are suggestions that because of financial worries, Levy would sanction Kane's sale if the fee was in the region of the world record $400m Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona to sign Brazil forward Neymar in 2017.However, there is uncertainty over the summer transfer market given the present shutdown of football across Europe, with all the major clubs facing a financial headache.last_img

‘Society needs sport to return as soon as possible’

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first_imgSport has to return as soon as possible for the sake of society as the world battles COVID-19 and going behind closed doors is the immediate way forward, Formula E series founder Alejandro Agag said on Tuesday.The Spaniard, whose latest electric motor racing brainchild is the crowd-free Extreme E due to launch next year, said putting on events without spectators could help fight the pandemic.“Even if it’s behind closed doors, and I think we’ll have to be behind closed doors, people need entertainment while they’re at home,” he told reporters.“If you give them football, if you give them motorsport, if you give them reasons to stay at home, they will stay more happier at home.“If you don’t give them anything, if you don’t entertain them, the risk of people breaking the confinement is higher,” he said.Many European countries are on lockdown as they tackle the new coronavirus crisis, with mass events banned by some until the end of August.The all-electric city-based Formula E series, which Agag founded, is one of several motor racing championships currently on hold.Both Formula E and Formula One are considering holding races without spectators to get their seasons back on track.“I think sports behind closed doors hopefully is not the future because that will be a sad future,” said Agag. “But for the short term, it’s the only way and it looks like it’s going to be the only way still for some time.”Agag was speaking after Extreme E, an environmentally-focused series aiming to highlight climate change with races in remote and harsh locations, announced its advisory panel of scientific experts from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.They will be led by British sea ice expert Peter Wadhams.The 7,000 tonne former mail ship ‘St Helena’, previously used as a link to remote South Atlantic islands, will serve as a floating paddock and transporter between locations as well as for scientific research.“When we designed Extreme E we didn’t know there was going to be a pandemic, we didn’t know there was going to be a virus,” said Agag.“But if you think about it, Extreme E is almost a virus-proof sport.“Extreme E is the only sport that I know that is designed to be competed without any spectators. We have no public at our events and we are contained on a ship, we can test everyone that goes on that ship,” he added.“We can make sure the ship is COVID free and we can then carry on the sport and broadcast it to the world.”last_img

Rain Storm Wrecks Johnsonville

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first_imgSeveral residential areas as well as market buildings and churches were destroyed on Friday night in the New Israel Community, near Logan Town in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.The violent storm was accompanied by a heavy down pour that also affected properties in Kpeh-Kpeh Town, Lorma Quarter, Whein Town, and the Nezoe Community.In the New Israel Community alone, the Community chairpersons T. Emmanuel Cole, and William Menwon, tallied the destruction of at least 16 private homes as well as business centers including the New Israel Market and the Church of Christ respectively.The New Israel Community Market is situated on one acre of land donated by Hali Banapa and his wife Kebbeh and mud structured with the help of F. Supui Koweh and wife Luopu, who is also the chief superintendent of the market.Due to the level of the destruction caused by the storm, many of the marketers did not sell on Saturday, but chose to mend their damaged market stalls.In the aftermath of the storm, the market spokesperson, Orether Medin, affectionately called “journalist” by her colleagues, appealed to humanitarian organizations including the Liberia National Red Cross Society, to come to the aid of the marketers to construct a concrete structure to contain other facilities such as a toilet and playground.The playground, according to Madam Mendin, when constructed, will be used by the marketers to keep their children busy while their parents attend to their goods.Also affected was Jesco Gonyon, whose three bedroom house was razed to the ground by the storm. He too, is seeking for help even from some of the “outstanding” community members to reconstruct his damaged building.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

When in Rome! Seven stars Liverpool could sign from Lazio and Roma

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first_img 7 7 2. Stefan de Vrij (Lazio) – See the man Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be in Rome to see by clicking right – De Vrij was one of the standout performers for the Netherlands at last summer’s World Cup. A much-rumoured move to Man United failed to materialise – but a switch to Lazio did. Able to play in a back three, Rodgers would surely be keen on landing a player of his quality. 5. Antonio Candreva (Lazio) – Continue through this gallery to see the Man United reject who could become a hero at Anfield – A magnificently versatile midfielder, Italy international Candreva is an assist machine. He’s got seven this season so far and while he hasn’t hit as many goals as he would have liked (two compared to last year’s 12), he’s been a class act under Stefano Pioli. 7 6. Jose Holebas (Roma) – Find out which assist machine is on Liverpool's radar – Greek hero Holebas has led a nomadic career, taking in the delights of Munich, Athens and Rome during his career. Merseyside could be next for the 30-year-old and given his attacking qualities from left-back, he could well be a handy addition to Rodgers’ squad. 7 4. Adem Ljajic (Roma) – Find out which Belgian international Rodgers could be targeting next – Erik Lamela’s replacement at Roma has gone on to be big hit in the Eternal City. Ljajic has scored eight times in 20 Serie A games and signing him after Manchester United backed out of a deal to land him in 2009, could see Rodgers succeed where Sir Alex Ferguson failed. 7 Not only is Brendan Rodgers masterminding an assault on the Premier League’s top four – he’s already trying to land his summer transfer targets.The Reds are in fine form as we approach the final furlong of the season, which threatened to be a dismal follow up to the last campaign’s title tilt.And while Rodgers has his sights set on beating rivals Manchester United, amongst others, to Champions League qualification, he’s also plotting his business ahead of next season.Miralem Pjanic is the man reportedly at the centre of his attentions following a flight to Rome, but with Lazio and Roma in the Eternal City, there are number of other stars he could be there to talk about.So here at talkSPORT we’ve picked out seven players Rodgers could well have on his wishlist… 7 7 7. Felipe Anderson – Click right to see the Rome-based stars Liverpool could sign – A Brazilian attacking midfielder, Anderson has quickly become a key figure for Lazio and his stunning burst of six goals in six games across January and February has alerted a whole host of clubs to his talents. 3. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) – See the international defender who could shore up Liverpool's backline – Another Roma star who Rodgers may be after is Belgian international Nainggolan. His defensive abilities mean he could be a perfect addition to a Liverpool midfield set to lose talisman Steven Gerrard and possibly Lucas Leiva. Nainggolan’s steel and graft, along with his guile, make him a very valuable asset. 1. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) – Reportedly, Pjanic is the man Rodgers is in Rome to do a deal for and it’s easy to see why. The playmaker is a key star at Roma and has been a crucial as they attempt to chase down Serie A leaders Juventus. Able to makes assists and grab the odd goal too, his creative talents would go down a treat on Merseyside.last_img

Feinstein calls on Labor Department to investigate Santa Susana claim process

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! Concerned that a federal program to aid sick radiation workers is failing local workers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked the Labor Department in a letter dated Monday to investigate why only seven of 500 claims filed by Santa Susana Field Lab workers and their families have been paid. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program was approved by Congress in 2000 to aid former nuclear employees that got sick working in their Cold War-era jobs. Men and women who worked alongside nuclear reactors for Department of Energy contracts at the Santa Susana Field Lab and North American Aviation facilities in Canoga Park, Chatsworth and Downey are eligible to apply for $150,000 in compensation. The Daily News reported in November that many of those men and women had been denied compensation because of a disagreement between the Labor and Energy departments. A recent Labor decision re-opened the program to those workers, but the snafu delayed hundreds of applications for benefits. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card ”These workers were subject to radiation and toxic exposure in their service to the federal government. I urge you to look into this matter and ensure that valid claims are processed in a timely and fair manner,” Feinstein wrote in her letter to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.comlast_img

Ipswich fan gets player’s name tattooed on his back-side after he signs new deal

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first_imgAn Ipswich fan has got a tattoo of a player’s name on his backside after making a promise on social media.Scott Reay, from Newcastle, promised he would get Alan Judge’s name inked on his rear if the Republic of Ireland international signed permanently for the Blues. REVEALED BEST OF ADVICE REPLY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I had someone tweet me saying they were going to get my name tattooed on their back-side if I signed. I think I’ll give that one a miss!”And Reay said he ‘absolutely loved’ the fact that he signed a new deal even though Ipswich are on course for relegation to League One.He said: “We’ll be straight back up [to the Championship] next season with Judgey, definitely”.Judge has made 11 appearances for Ipswich but is yet to score for the club. REVEALED After penning the deal with the club, Judge, 30, expressed his gratitude for the support shown by Ipswich fans.He told the East Anglian Times: “I’ve always been lucky in that respect. Even at Blackburn, where I didn’t play much, I was quite close with the fans. It was the same at Notts County and Brentford.“I’m one of those lucky ones that the fans just take to. I’ve felt their support here. Judge has signed a deal with the Blues until 2021 gameday cracker shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism - 'I was in a dark place at Stoke' Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? So here's to thank Judgey for signing. Cheers 👍⚽️⚽️💉💉 #itfc @10judgey @IpswichTown @ITFC_bible @twtduk pic.twitter.com/zUm0perfH0— Scott 'Antonio' Reay (@SReay8) April 9, 2019Reay, a sales assistant, claimed he had to stay ‘true to his word’ and simply ‘had to get it done’ after Judge signed the deal with the Tractor Boys until 2021.He said: “He’s such a good player, I thought there would be no chance he’d stay.”While he was having the tattoo done, Reay posted a video to his Twitter, saying: “So here’s to thank Judgey for signing. Cheers.” 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img

Kieran Tierney: Celtic ‘buzzing’ for Champions League

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first_imgThe Scotland star pointed to last year’s experiences as proof Celtic can compete with the very best and could go into the group confident of giving a good account of themselves.“Man City are looking to win tournaments like this and we drew with them twice,” he said.“So it gives us confidence. Last year was a first taster for Champions League football for a lot of us and it was a good experience going into this season.“It is a hard draw but we knew were going to get that. I am looking forward to it. You are always confident, there is no reason why not. We are there for a reason.”He added: “We have done well in the qualifiers to get there so we will go in there confident.“We will work hard on the training ground and do our best.” Kieran Tierney has said Celtic are excited about the prospect of facing Europe’s finest in the Champions League and will give their all to succeed.Thursday’s group stage draw set up big nights against Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Anderlecht. Tierney is eagerly anticipating the arrival of big names in Glasgow and said that feeling was shared throughout the club.“That’s what you want as a footballer,” he said. “You’re in the biggest tournament there is so to go out there and play against the best is what you want to do. “Everyone at Celtic is buzzing off Champions League football again. The club’s absolutely delighted to be there and it’s great for everyone.”Celtic kick off their campaign against PSG and while team-mate Olivier Ntcham has suggested the French giants might be caught a little cold, Tierney said they would be well warned that Celtic will be doing everything they can to get off to a good start.“You don’t know if they’ll be complacent at all because everybody knows what Celtic Park is like and everybody knows the atmosphere,” he said. “They’ll be under no illusions, we’re going to do work hard and do our best. We’ll look to do well in every game and take what we can.”last_img

Amandla! – singing down apartheid

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first_img23 June 2003The stirring account of the struggle against racial oppression in South Africa cannot be told without the role of music in that struggle, and that’s the context and subject matter of Lee Hirsch’s documentary film, Amandla!.For every song, there was pain, for every tune there was joy and heartbreak as South Africans at home and abroad sought solace and encouragement. Amandla! is an impassioned chronicle of the role of music as a means of protest and survival through more than 40 years of struggle against apartheid.Directed by Lee Hirsch, co-produced by Hirsch, Sherry Simpson and Desiree Markgraaff, the documentary took 10 years to make and features well-known political figures, former exiled musicians Hugh Masekela, Vuyisile Mini, Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Sophie Mgcina, Duma ka Ndlovu and Vusi Mahlasela, and former Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) guerrillas Thandi Modise and Lindiwe Zulu – as well as numerous unsung heroes.Subtitled “A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony”, Amandla! It is a poignant portrayal of the triumph of spirit, through song, against one of the world’s most repressive state apparatuses. “The apartheid government took everything away from people, but it couldn’t stop them from singing”, says Hirsch.In song lay the resilient spirit of an oppressed people. Also in song could be found that rare ability of South Africa’s people to find humour and creativity in impossible conditions, in abject poverty – and in battle.When the first victims of apartheid brutality died protesting against the pass laws in the 1960s, they were singing. When innocent students were fired on by police with live ammunition during their protest against the use of Afrikaans in black schools in 1976, they were in song.As Masekela amiably puts it: “We will go down in history as an army that spent a lot of time singing, rather than fighting”.Legend has it, according to Masekela, that before the first shot was fired in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the British commanders ordered their regiments to let the approaching Zulu impis finish the song they were singing – before war broke out in earnest.Amandla! is a typically South African story that begins with the exhumation of Vuyisile Mini’s skull and bones, to be reburied in his home in the Cape. Credited with writing the ominous song “Bhasobha iNdoda eMnyama Verwoerd” (Beware the black man, Verwoerd), which became a rallying cry for many liberation army soldiers, political activist and songwriter Mini was hanged and given a pauper’s burial by the apartheid government.The documentary also captures the archetypal South African war dance, the toyi-toyi. While a marvel to watch, as throngs of “comrades” charge forward chanting slogans, the toyi-toyi could strike fear even in the most menacingly armed forces of the land.Former riot police commanders, interviewed in the film, admit as much: “I can tell you that most of the riot police and soldiers who had to contain those illegal marches were shit-scared of the chanting blacks confronting them. But they had to stand their guard. Here was an unarmed mob instilling fear just by their toyi-toyi!”Over and above the toyi-toyi, there are heart-rending moments in the documentary, accompanied by intensely moving songs such as Vusi Mahlasela’s ballads, Masekela’s “Stimela” and the works of “People’s Poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli.Amandla! also features the music of Vuyisile Mini, Mbongeni Ngema, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sibongile Khumalo and Sophie Mgcina. Mahlasela, Masekela, Makeba, Rathebe, Ibrahim, Khumalo and Mgcina are all interviewed in the documentary.“The film has been an emotional journey for us as filmmakers, and we hope it will be for the audience that come to watch. It is the history of a voice that gave courage, hope and comfort, and will be an important historical reference for future generations”, says Markgraaff.Winner of the 2002 Sundance Festival Documentary Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards, the film’s only weakness is by omission. Time and the constraints of making a film could not possibly do justice to half a century of song in South Africa. Equally, the film could have interviewed a more varied range of musicians, activists and ordinary people.However, the power and the urgency of freedom music lives on in the documentary. An inspirational call to arms, “Amandla!” (power) – followed by the retort “Awethu!” (ours) – means power to the people, and the documentary is testimony to that powerful triumph of spirit.Amandla! runs for 102 minutes and is currently showing at selected cinemas across the country.Click here to watch the Dave Matthews interview on Amandla!The soundtrack to Amandla! which includes pre-recorded masterpieces from legendary South African musicians, new voices from South Africa, as well as amazing never-before-heard field recordings and performances recorded exclusively for the movie. One dollar from every record sold will be donated to the Vusi Mahlasela Foundation, a music resource centre for young people in Pretoria. More info, orderslast_img

#Nextchat RECAP: New HR Tech—Transforming Employee Development

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first_img[View the story "#Nextchat RECAP: New HR Tech—Transforming Employee Development" on Storify] On September 21, @shrmnextchat chatted with Namely Chief People Officer Nick Sanchez @NamelyNick about New HR Tech - Transforming Employee Development.  In case you missed this excellent and informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:last_img