Injury, illness hit top six before Australian Open

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.last_img read more

Kobe Paras says he’s ‘going pro’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Though Paras did not go into specifics of his next move, this ends the 20-year-old’s collegiate career which only lasted two years.“If you know me, you knew this was coming. Thank you CSUN, but it’s time,” he tweeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer If you know me you knew this was coming…thank you CSUN…but it’s time! #rockstarlifestyle#twtbg#waitforthewave— koko wave | kobe paras (@_kokoparas) March 9, 2018 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Vettel lowers Ricciardo’s unofficial record at F1 testing Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKobe Paras sent shockwaves on Friday noon as he announced his decision to be a professional basketball player.In a one-minute clip posted on his social media accounts, the second-generation star was short and sweet in saying “I’m going pro.”ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-6 forward initially committed to UCLA, but later on left for Creighton, where he averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 rebound in his 4.7 minutes on the floor in the 15 games for the Bluejays.Paras then transferred to Cal State Northridge for his sophomore year but redshirted this past season due to NCAA transfer rules.He made  waves representing the country last year, first suiting up in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup with Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quiñahan, before joining Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, where the country won gold.While Paras was vague in his decision,  all signs point to him applying for the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft in June.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Zac Posen Gilbert Gottfried among many visiting Toronto for Hot Docs festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement A diverse group of guests will be in town for the upcoming Hot Docs film festival.The documentary film festival, which launches April 27 and goes to May 7, will welcome fashion designer Zac Posen, actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On

Of course, it’s one thing to lag and another to complain. You’ll notice, for example, that the list is filled with stars, who can be forgiven for not running quite as hard on defense sometimes since they’re doing so much on offense for their clubs each night.So I dove into the film, watching hundreds of these lag instances. I found that someone like Houston’s Trevor Ariza, a player whose role is to spot up for corner 3s, owes his Lag Rate to his positioning on the court. Look where he is at the end of this Rockets possession, for example, in the top-left portion of the screen.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the top five, I discovered, aren’t really victims of positioning — they’re victims of their own play styles. Play styles that, yes, sometimes include complaints.Draymond Green: Some of Green’s delays in getting back down the court appear to happen because he’s disappointed with himself after an overly fancy pass he’s made is intercepted. But the Warriors’ fiery fifth-year forward makes his fair share of complaints and often stays behind to air them.No one can dispute Green’s value, given his superb passing ability and his immense defensive skill, which makes him a deserving candidate for defensive player of the year. But he’s prone to joining plays late when he feels he’s been bumped off course while en route to the basket. (He sometimes argues when he feels teammates are fouled, too.)Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are times when Green’s lateness burns Golden State. But based on the film I watched, the Warriors’ defense — one of the league’s best — was able to hold off opponents until Green made it back down the court more often than not.Russell Westbrook: Through March 21, Westbrook had 41 instances of lags of more than 3 seconds, 17 more than LeBron James, the next-closest wing player. Studying video of each example, I found a wide variety of reasons why he took so long to get back on defense.Every now and then, Westbrook seems to fall this far behind as a way to catch a quick breather — understandable given how much he’s asked to do for OKC’s offense. Other times, the hyper-athletic Westbrook takes an ugly spill or appears to get hit in the face, sending him into a momentary daze.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But, yes, he absolutely complains, and occasionally does it by continuing to sit on the floor long after he’s fallen to the ground.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.LeBron James: The King’s inclusion on this list is not a surprise. But it was surprising to see why he made the list. Yes, James complains plenty about no-calls.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the primary reason that James is in this group is simple: After missed shots and turnovers, he often cherrypicks when it looks like the opposing team may speed the ball down the court for a quick shot. That makes for awkward instances when Cleveland’s opponents pull the ball back out to actually run their offense, as it forces him to try to rejoin the action up to 10 seconds after the fact.Cleveland’s struggles on defense have been a head-scratcher to many. James’s choice to often stay on one end of the floor is likely part of the reason why the Cavs ranked last in transition defense during the regular season.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.John Wall: Wall — every bit as explosive as Westbrook, if not more — encounters many of the same issues as the Oklahoma City star. When Wall is bumped in the air while moving at a high speed, he goes flying. As such, his delays in getting back are seemingly split: About half the time, the Wizards guard appears to genuinely fall down; the other half, he is beside himself over a no-call.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.One thing that sets Wall apart from many of the others on this list: He’s fast enough to be completely out of a play and then recover in time to force a turnover.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.James Harden: Harden is the player whose lag seems most often to be the result of complaining. Unlike Wall and Westbrook, who race around the court, Harden is more deliberate and generally doesn’t fall over when bumped. His displeasure with the calls is generally what’s slowing him down.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Harden, the slowest-moving defensive wing in the NBA,2Among players logging 20 minutes or more. sometimes argues for too long, putting the Rockets in a tough spot when he does. Houston’s been fantastic when it can set its defense; the club ranked seventh in efficiency on that end after a make, according to Inpredictable, which specializes in win probabilities and advanced stats. But the club falls to 24th after it misses a shot and has less opportunity to align itself properly.While the playoffs figure to stop players from lagging behind, don’t expect the shot at a title to quiet the arguments. Over the weekend, ESPN commentators Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson were taken aback by all the complaining.“I understand why referees just put their hands up at a certain point and say, ‘Just stop,’” Van Gundy said during Game 1 of the Pacers-Cavs series. “Because on every call or non-call, everybody is complaining.”“To me, it’s at an all-time high,” Jackson responded. NUMBER OF TIMES PLAYER CROSSED HALF COURT BEHIND BALL … PLAYERTEAMTOTAL3+ SECONDS LATERLAG RATE Only players who lagged more than 3 seconds behind the ball at half court at least 15 times included. Through March 21.Source: SportVU LeBron JamesCLE1292419 Russell WestbrookOKC2134119 James HardenHOU1191916 Bradley BealWAS1341813 As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute span it takes to play the final two minutes.I have a special place reserved, though, for players who fail to get back on defense. In particular, nothing drives me up the wall like seeing a complaint from a player about a no-call lead to a 5-on-4 advantage on the other end of the floor and a basket by the opposing club. Now, instead of losing out on just 2 points from the no-call, a 4- or 5-point swing has taken place in mere seconds.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With that in mind, I wanted to find a fun way to estimate which players most frequently take the longest to get back on defense, because of complaints or other reasons. Even with all the fancy new player-tracking systems, there’s no “lagging” stat. So we tried to approximate it. Brittni Donaldson, a data analyst from SportVU, the NBA’s camera-based tracking system, sent me how many times each player had trailed the ball across the half-court line this season (as of March 21) after a failed offensive possession.But a player might be slow across the line for lots of reasons, some more legitimate than arguing with the refs — battling under the boards, for example. So to get a better sense of who’s taking their sweet time instead of getting back on D, we baked another layer of data into our analysis, looking at how many times each player took more than 3 seconds to reach half court once the ball had already crossed that point.From there, we divided the second number by the first one to find how often a player was lagging way behind. And voila — that’s what we’re calling “Lag Rate.”1This also helps neutralize elements of pace, since a player like Toronto’s Kyle Lowry gets so many fewer plays per game than Houston’s James Harden, for instance. Only players with at least 15 instances of crossing half court more than 3 seconds after the ball qualified for inclusion on the list. Players who rank highly don’t always trail the ball across half court — but when they do, they’re behind it by seconds and seconds.One huge caveat here: No power forwards or centers rank highly in this metric because they’re generally bigger and slower than other players. They also camp near the rim for offensive boards — something that makes it more difficult for them to get back on D as quickly. So, in effect, we’re seeing a list of the wing players who lag behind most often. With that said, here are the leaders in “Lag Rate”: Draymond GreenGS901820% Kyle LowryTOR1141614 Kyrie IrvingCLE1231714 DeMar DeRozanTOR1011515 Which NBA players lag behind on defense? Trevor ArizaHOU1101715 John WallWAS1242319 read more

Bahamas HOA Members collectively miss hundreds of meetings poor representation cited

first_img Related Items:#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting, #magneticmedianews, #poorattendanceinparliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 24, 2017 – Nassau – House of Assembly records have exposed that attendance for some members of parliament is criminally poor; falling way short of the recommended number of appearances the members are required to make as they collect a pay check from the public purse and more importantly, miss representation of hundreds of constituents.Renardo Curry of North Abaco constituency missed 102 meetings of the 220 due to the demands of his role as MP and Parliamentary Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister in Abaco.   Curry felt confident in his performance as the Member of Parliament for the district and said that is what counts, not how many times he appears in the House of Assembly.   Curry, who was reportedly even taken aback by his own total of absences offered that he believes that to publish the attendance records on the eve of elections is suspect and an attempt to discredit him.Dr. Bernard Nottage questions the accuracy of the information, telling the press that he does not recall ever being absent but was listed as having missing six days of parliament.  Meanwhile, Renardo Curry, who leads the is missed meetings at the House of Assembly shared that it is not as if he was out playing golf or taking a vacation; he explained that there is evidence that he was working.Second in absences on the list was Marco City Member, Greg Moss with 93 absences; then Fox Hill’s representative, Fred Mitchell with 69 missed times; Obie Wilchcombe the MP for West End and Bimini is said to have been out 48 times and for the Official Opposition, Loretta Butler-Turner is recorded as missing 33 meetings, while FNM Party Leader, Hubert Minnis for Killarney was out 11 times.The National Security Minister, Bernard Nottage says, despite calls to discipline members who have missed out majorly, he believes it is a waste of time.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting#poorattendanceinparliamentlast_img read more

Delano denied dream to represent GB TCI at IAAF World Championships

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 13, 2017 – London – Delano Williams is disappointed, upset but determined to keep pushing as he aims to be not only the first athletics competitor for the TCI to medal (again) at the world’s biggest and best meets, but to be the greatest in his events for the country.Islanders were shocked to not see Williams in that 4x400m final for Team Great Britain & the Netherlands on the final night of competition at the IAAF World Championships, which were for 13 days being staged in London.   The missing man, hailing originally from Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos  explained to Magnetic Media that he did not run in the heats and did not run in the finals; TeamGB went on to gain a bronze medal in the event.We reached out to Williams on Facebook, he replied with…  “To be honest there’s a lot of stuff happening in my life right now in terms of financial support and coaching. Everyone thinks that I have it together and expects so much of me, but no one really knows my struggles except for my close friends and family really and I will leave it at that …”#MagneticMedia had reached out to Rita Gardiner, who is close with the athlete and she explained that #DelanoWilliams’ times had dropped and that is what likely contributed to the changes in the composition of the relay team, which Delano is usually a part of; always running a fantastic leg two.Williams is upset, and while we could not see his face, we are fairly certain that his 24k smile was missing on Sunday when he confirmed that he was told on the day of the finals that he would not be in the relay.President of the TCAAAs, Edith Skippings explained in a WhatsApp message,  “When they announced the 4x400m relay I was in the stadium waiting for Delano to come out to run.    I was so surprised when he did not.”Allowing us a further peek into his psyche in the disappointing turn of events, Williams also shared with Magnetic Media:  “Sometimes in life you put all your trust in someone and in the end you are disappointed.    My back might be against the wall now and I might be down but I’m definitely not out.    Things will change and I will rise again.”Team Great Britain featuring Matthew Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martin Rooney completed the event in a time of 2:59:00 and a bronze medal; a season’s best to end the Championships at home at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.Trinidad and Tobago managed to pull of an historic win and first time gold medal in the 4x400m for their country, with the USA earning the silver in that final race of the 2017 Championships. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Teen shot in Kelly Street Park in Linda Vista

first_img Updated: 7:23 AM Posted: August 8, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm at Kelly Street Park in Linda Vista Wednesday evening, and police were looking for a suspect.The shooting was precipitated by an argument at the park at 6600 Kelly St., at around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims.Police said the victim was arguing with two Hispanic males, and one of them pulled out a gun and shot at him several times, striking him once in the left forearm. The suspects fled southbound on Kelly Street, while the victim was located two blocks away and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 17-20 years old, wearing a dark shirt, dark pants and a dark baseball cap. San Diego Police gang detectives are investigating the case.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call San Diego police, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. KUSI Newsroom Teen shot in Kelly Street Park in Linda Vistacenter_img KUSI Newsroom, August 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lawmakers Begin Defense Bill Negotiations

first_imgAt a press event ahead of the first official conference meeting to hash out differences between the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Wednesday reiterated their intention to wrap up talks by July 27, when the House begins its August recess. The lawmakers also paid tribute to Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who is at home in Arizona fighting brain cancer. They emphasized that McCain’s presence was felt in the substance and the spirit of the annual defense policy measure even though he would not be attending the discussions.The two sides will need to settle a host of issues, including troop levels, a House plan to streamline defense support agencies by cutting duplicative activities and reorganizing others, and restrictions on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, reported Defense News.DOD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more