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Tennis stars want names of match-fixers

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Around the world, players, commentators, and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a “major wake-up call for the world of tennis”.Many called for clarity, saying that the public and players have a right to know who is suspected of cheating. Others warned that the match-fixing scandal has the potential to damage the reputation of tennis, just like doping or corruption scandals have hurt professional cycling, athletics, baseball, and soccer.Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, tweeted: “We need facts, not suppositions.”The scandal broke on Monday when the BBC and BuzzFeed News published reports – timed for the start of the Australian Open – alleging that tennis authorities have ignored widespread evidence of match-fixing involving 16 tennis players who have ranked in the top 50 over the past decade.BuzzFeed titled its story ‘The Tennis Racket’ and said that half of those 16, including a Grand Slam winner, were at this year’s Australian Open.”This really casts a very dark shadow on our sport right now,” Mary Jo Fernandez said on ESPN as part of a panel discussion yesterday on the controversy.”Hopefully, because the world is watching, something will be done about it. We need to flag who these players were,” said Fernandez, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, winner of two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals.Federer was among the first to demand more information: “I would love to hear names,” the Swiss star said on Monday at a post-match news conference. Referring specifically to the claim about a former Grand Slam winner, he asked, “Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam? It’s so all over the place. It’s nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.”His comments have resonated with those who say that not knowing leads to dangerous speculation.”This is turning into a witch hunt,” said Patrick McEnroe, a former French Open doubles champion and captain of the US Davis Cup team who was in Melbourne commentating.No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic was put on the spot yesterday at a post-match news conference, where a reporter told him that an Italian newspaper had just reported that he “wanted to lose” a match in Paris in 2007.”You can pick any match that you like that the top player lost and just create a story out of it,” Djokovic said.”This is now the main story in tennis, in the sports world. There’s going to be a lot of allegations,” he said, calling it “just speculation” and saying “it is not true”.GAMBLEDONHEAVILYUntil now, the average fan may have had little idea that tennis is one of the most gambled on sports in the world, with bookmakers actively taking bets mid-match. Between matches at the Australian Open, tennis experts have explained the mechanics of match-fixing, spelling out that it doesn’t necessarily mean throwing an entire match but could involve taking money just to double-fault or lose a set.”We in the tennis world have all heard the stories about this going on at the low levels. No one knew it was happening at the Grand Slams,” McEnroe said. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This is a major, major wake-up call for the world of tennis.”The BBC and BuzzFeed report prompted an immediate news conference by tennis’ governing bodies on Monday in Melbourne Park, where representatives denied allegations that any evidence about match-fixing had been suppressed. Officials noted that the sport’s anti-corruption division, the Tennis Integrity Unit, has pursued 18 disciplinary cases that resulted in life bans from the sport for five players and one official. It was set up in 2008 after a surge of suspicious betting activity in tennis.last_img read more

Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The Cool Smashers and the Water Defenders have less than 24 hours left before they clash again for Game 2.Rose Vargas and Pau Soriano scored 19 and 18 points, respectively for Creamline while Jing Balse showed flashes of her old form with 10 points.Grethcel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan had 19 points apiece for the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s against all odds, but we will not be afraid. We have no fear,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.“Everybody did well, but it’s not over yet. We’ll just continue to play unafraid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Creamline coasted in the fifth set but the most crucial stage of the game was the third set, where the Cool Smashers overcame a 24-20 deficit.“We already lost the third set, but we were given the opportunity and we just grabbed it,” Almadro said. Top seed Creamline outlasted BaliPure, 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7, to take Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference semifinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers were without Alyssa Valdez for the fourth straight time, but just like in the previous games, they proved they can win without their superstar.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conference Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Past haunting Lady Bulldogs, says coach

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Castillo, who replaced Roger Gorayeb as the team’s head coach in 2017, said the Lady Bulldogs are still being bothered by their past failures.“Their past is haunting them, they’re having a difficult time shaking that off,” said Castillo in Filipino. “They still remember that vibe. When they lost in one of our games, I heard some comments that what has happened before is happening again.”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 folkThe Lady Bulldogs started off the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on fire for a 6-1 record, a first in school history that they ended up as the top seed after the first round.But it has been a different story in the second round as NU succumbed to three straight setbacks, with its latest loss against mid-table contender Adamson University, 25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13, in Wednesday. Azkals survive late scare, escape Fiji in friendly Castillo said the team’s inability to move on has hampered the team as the Lady Bulldogs could be in danger of failing to get into the semifinals again if the slide continuesNU is tied with Far Eastern University for third in the standings but the Lady Falcons can still boot the Lady Bulldogs out of the big dance.Even sixth-seeded University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines still have a mathematical chance of taking NU’s temporary spot in the standings.Castillo, though, remained positive despite his team’s struggles.“This has a solution,” said Castillo. “You just have to be part of the solution and I think that is one thing that is very important. Now is the time to support each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To put things in perspective, the Lady Bulldogs have yet to win a game in the second part of the eliminations as they bowed to teams—De La Salle, Ateneo, and Adamson— that they beat in the first round.This struggle, though, isn’t new to NU as the expected contender—especially with Jaja Santiago on its roster—has faltered several times in the crucial stages for the past years.In season 79, NU held a respectable 5-3 record midway through the season but then lost four of its next six games and bombed  out of the Final Four race with a 7-7 cardA similar occurrence happened in Season 78 when the Lady Bulldogs failed to get to the Final Four with a 7-7 record.“I really saw the ghost of the past earlier in the game because the players base their happiness on wins and that shouldn’t be the case,” said Castillo. “They’re not themselves if they act like that.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s a new era in National University but head coach Babes Castillo feels the Lady Bulldogs are still lingering in their past.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The City of Dawson Creek is now carbon neutral

first_imgIn 2008, the City set greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 2006 levels.  The targets are set as 14 per cent by 2012, 33 per cent by 2020 and 85 per cent by 2050. On Tuesday, City Council passed a motion to continue to look into ways it can reduce its carbon footprint in City operations, says Mayor Mike Bernier.Bernier says in looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint, the City would avoid having to pay significant amounts of taxpayer money to purchase carbon offsets. He says buildings are always major energy users in any municipality and department heads will now be tasked with looking into ways to reduce their carbon footprints.- Advertisement -He says the City has already taken steps to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by implementing solar panels on a lot of the city’s infrastructure.last_img read more

Wrestlers gear up for weekend meet

first_imgSouth Hills High School will host the CIF-Southern Section Division III dual meet wrestling finals Saturday in an all-day event that begins at 11 a.m. St. John Bosco is the top seed among the 16-school field. Santa Fe is seeded second, followed by South Hills fourth and West Covina at sixth. The semifinals will take place at 4 p.m. and the finals at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. The Huskies and Bulldogs continue their San Antonio League rivalry on Saturday after both schools dominated the league finals last weekend. South Hills defeated West Covina for the league title, but it starts all over again Saturday with even higher stakes. West Covina had an impressive nine league champs, including Taylor Louie (103), Jeremy Dizon (119), Alex Carrico (125), Willie Valdez (130), A.J. Guardado (135), Daniel Brooks (145), George Munoz (152), Josh Gutierrez (160) and Richard Tejeda (215). “I think we surprised even ourselves with nine champs,” Bulldogs coach Donnie Stephens said. “I just hope they don’t feel like that was their Super Bowl.” Huskies wrestler Thomas Williams remained undefeated with his win in the 112-pound class and is 34-0. Sal Castillo (140) and Josh Pearson (189) joined Williams as South Hills’ league champs. South Hills coach Robb Froh doesn’t feel hosting the tournament is necessarily an advantage for the Huskies. center_img “I think it’s going to be a challenge to keep everyone focused because they’ll have their friends around, so I am not sure if this will give us an advantage,” he said. Williams and Guardado were named co-MVPs of the San Antonio League, with both completing the season undefeated. “In this competition, if we’re to win, we’ll need everyone at their best,” Froh said. 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

‘Arsenal knock out Monaco’ – Five ways this can come true

first_img 5 5 5 5 5 4. Start Theo Walcott – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – When he came on during the first leg, the England international offered exactly the type of direct approach Arsenal needed and with his electric pace he would certainly give the Monaco defence something to think about. He may not do enough work defensively, but with Arsenal chasing the tie, they should be looking to attack, attack, attack from the first minute. Better to go out with a fight, than a whimper, right? 5. Should Wenger perhaps play two up top? – Yes it’s a pretty limited approach, but with Olivier Giroud’s exceptional hold up play and Danny Welbeck brimming with confidence having dumped his former club out of the FA Cup, there is enough evidence to at least suggest at going for a more basic approach against Monaco. While rarely seen nowadays, it is a formation that Arsenal have had great success with on the European stage before (the Gunners played with two up top in the famous 5-1 victory over Inter Milan) and could do so again. 3. Don’t leave space between the lines – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – It sounds simple enough, but it is exactly what proved to be Arsenal’s downfall in the first leg. Dimitar Berbatov even commented that he knew there would be acres of space between attack and defence, which for a player like him is an early Christmas present. It’s tricky to press as a unit without leaving yourself vulnerable, but it’s a risk that must be taken. 1. Drop Per Mertesacker – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do if they are going to achieve ‘mission improbable’ – It may sound harsh, but the German is simply not up to the job any more. While he may be a World Cup winner, at Arsenal he is found out way too much by any above average team. In the first leg against Monaco he was woeful and while he probably has the mental strength to block out his horror show, in truth he should be nowhere near the starting XI. Nacho Monreal’s excellent form and versatility suggests that he should be moved to the heart of defence, with Kieran Gibbs at full-back. 2. Abandon their new approach (if only for one night) – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – The Gunners’ mini renaissance has been in part due to a change in approach when it comes to possession. As they showed against Man City and more recently in the FA Cup victory over Man United, Arsenal are comfortable with their opponents dominating possession, if they are to score enough goals to progress past Monaco, they need to be the ones dictating the game, rather than sitting back and looking to counter. With Chelsea and Liverpool knocked out of the Champions League and Man City facing an uphill task to overcome Barcelona, it’s down to Arsenal to keep English hopes alive in Europe’s biggest competition.That seems easier said than done though, with the Gunners needing a miracle to turn around the deficit from their 3-1 first leg defeat to Monaco, but it is not entirely impossible for Arsene Wenger’s side.Indeed, with the pressure off, they have performed admirably in seemingly ‘dead rubber’ continental clashes (2-1 victory over 2013 winners Bayern Munich, anybody?), so we could be in for another twist in Arsenal’s inconsistent season.But what do they need to do, in order to stage the mother of all comebacks?Click the arrow above to see…last_img read more


first_imgRoddy Collins brings his bottom of the table Waterford United side to Finn Park on Saturday evening as Finn Harps look to keep their promotion push going as the season fast approaches it’s conclusion.However, Harps are unlikely to have it all their own way against a side who they have beaten on three occasions already this season.With little more than pride left to play for, Waterford seem to be ending their season without any pressure and playing with a freedom that has seen them score in each of their last six games – including six in their last two games. The last side to hold them scoreless was Harps when they ran out 3-0 winners at the RSC last July.“Waterford will be a huge test for us especially with the players they have added to their team including the Galvin brothers who are excellent footballers,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he looked ahead to the weekend’s game.“They are playing some great attacking football as their recent results indicate. The last time Waterford came to Ballybofey they played us off the pitch at times so we are in for a very difficult game,” he warned.“All games are massive at this stage and can go either way in so far as anyone can beat another on a particular night,” continued Horgan. Last Friday night, Harps beat Cabinteely by the odd goal in five at Stradbrook. Harps had raced into a 3-0 lead after just half-an-hour but the Dublin side scored twice in the second half to leave Harps sweating somewhat in the latter stages of the game.“The Cabinteely game very much a game of two halves,” said Horgan. “We started well and raced into an early lead but the second half belonged to them and we were relieved to get out of there with a narrow win.”“I don’t think we need any more wake up calls,” he said of the warming Cabinteely gave his side. “At the start of the second half Cabinteely came out and scored an excellent early goal through Karl Byrne and added a second with five or six minutes left in the game. They also hit the post in between so we were glad to hear the final whistle.”Matt Crossan is available for selection again for the visit of Waterford on Saturday having missed the win over Cabinteely through suspension. Packie Mailey is the only likely absentee on Saturday as he is carrying an injury.Harps have held the upper hand on Saturday’s opponents in recent times. Ollie Horgan’s side have won all three meetings between the teams this season bringing to five the number of consecutive victories that Harps have recorded over the Suirsiders – all this after they had failed to beat Waterford in any of their previous nine encounters. TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-D-L-W-W (10 pts)Waterford United: D-L-L-L-W-L (4 pts)BOTTOM BOYS WATERFORD VISIT AS HARPS’ PROMOTION PUSH CONTINUES was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 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)Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkRoddy CollinsWaterford Utdlast_img read more

UPL: Villa, Vipers share spoils in dull encounter

first_imgSC Villa have now gathered 11 points so far this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League SC Villa 0-0 Vipers SC Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Wednesday, 02-10-2019SC Villa and Vipers SC played out a goalless stalemate at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on Tuesday.It was a game that promised so much in the build up but never lived up to the expectations.Villa were dominant most of the game and looked more composed but struggled to make their possession count.Bashir Mutanda came closest to scoring for the Jogoos, hitting the post early in the game and also having an effort ruled out for offside in the second half.Emmanuel Kalyoowa also saw an effort comfortably saved by Mutombora.However, it was the visitors who looked more likely to score.One-time Uganda Premier league top scorer Dan Sserunkuma found the back of the net in the second half but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.The dread-locked forward also saw another effort cleared off the line by U20 national team captain Gavin Kizito.Sserunkuma was also denied a penalty after he was clipped in the area by Villa custodian Saidi Keni.In the end, neither he, his peers or the hosts could break the dead-lock as the match ended like it had started.The draw takes Villa to 11 points and leaves them third on the standings.For Vipers, they are now on eight points from four games having won two and drawn as many.After KCCA FC losing 1-0 away to Tooro United on the same day, the Venoms remain the only unbeaten team in the division, currently.Villa will return to action on Saturday against Busoga United while Vipers are at home to Proline FC on the same day.Starting XIsSC Villa Saidi Keni, Ibrahim Kibumba, Yayo Lutimba, Gavin Kizito, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, Ambrose Kirya, David Owori, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Derrick Ndahiro, Bashir MutandaVipers SC Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Abram Ndugwa, Innocent Wafula, Dan Sserunkuma, Fahad BayoThe other games played on Wednesday -Onduparaka FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants FC-Tooro United FC 1-0 KCCA FCComments Tags: Bashir Mutandadan sserunkumaGavin KizitoSaidi KeniSC VillatopUganda Premier Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

A’s loss to Angels leaves Joakim Soria upset

first_imgOAKLAND — Another day, another multi-home run game.Just not another win.A two-run single by Shohei Ohtani in the top of the ninth inning off reliever Joakim Soria proved to be the difference as the A’s lost 6-4 to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, ending their season-long win streak at 10 games before an announced crowd of 13,060 at the Coliseum.Soria had a 1-2 count on Ohtani, and thought he had the strikeout on a curveball that seemed to catch the outside corner, but was dropped …last_img

South Africa gets serious about water

first_imgSonjica said it was still being determined how much water agriculture, which accounts for about 62% of South Africa’s usage, was wasting, as well as how much water was being illegally extracted. “We need to quantify the impact of this,” she said. “We are engaging farmers so that we can have a mutual understanding of how to deal with the matter. This is not an easy process. It is a difficult situation, and there is a lot of hostility.” New legislation to establish the specialist “Green Scorpions” environmental crime-fighting unit, which will include the “Blue Scorpions”, a unit to tackle water-related crime, is almost complete, while environmental courts are expected to be established in South Africa within eight months. “We will ensure, through the ‘polluter pays’ principle, that behaviour such as pollution and illegal water use do not go unpunished.” “One of our big issues is to enforce compliance with the law,” Sonjica said. “The prospect of a single enforcement unit, from the possible integration of the ‘Blue Scorpions’ and ‘Green Scorpions’, will strengthen our resolve against wrongdoers. 24 June 2009 “We have completed studies in areas like Taung, and we are ready to re-commission the dam so it can be used to also benefit the community. We will do this throughout the country, where such needs exist,” she said. “Another point that we are looking at is how good water is being used by golf courses to sprinkle their lawns, while some communities do not have any water. Water needs to be used as effectively as possible in this country,” she said. This would increase the capacity of South Africa’s existing water resource infrastructure to provide water to strategic installations such as Eskom, Sasol and the mining sector, as well as for domestic needs. Infrastructure development Sonjica said that a very important part of water security was infrastructure development, and that the department would spend about R30-billion over the next five to eight years on the continued construction of 15 mega water resource infrastructure projects.center_img ‘Blue Scorpions’ There was a real danger that areas of the country could run out of water in the next few years, Water and Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica told a media briefing in Cape Town this week. Focus on agriculture She added that the department was also looking closely at the issue of single-purpose dams, some of which were allocated within communities that had no ready access to water. South Africa is to embark on a number of programmes to conserve and diversify its water sources this year. These will including desalinating sea water in coastal areas, and increasing effluent recycling. She added that the government would intensify its public awareness programmes on the value of water, as well as its aims of curbing water losses by at least 20% by 2014. The minister said the government would ” engage with mining and industry to ensure they do something to recycle the water they use,” adding that her department would act “harshly and decisively against defaulters”. “We are a water scarce country, and our water resources are finite,” Sonjica warned. “We cannot afford an uncoordinated programme of blue-sky water-thirsty projects.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more