Federer, Nadal lead stars swinging racquets for bushfire relief

first_img Loading… Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest A cool change bringing rain swept through on Wednesday afternoon, raising expectations of clearer air for Thursday. Tennis chiefs have insisted any delays to the Grand Slam’s scheduled start on Monday were unlikely given Melbourne Park has three roofed stadiums and eight other indoor courts which could be used in an emergency. The roof of the Rod Laver Arena was closed for the charity evening. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal jointly donated Aus$250,000 (US$172,000) for Australian bushfire relief at a charity fundraiser in smoggy Melbourne on Wednesday. The two tennis legends, with 39 Grand Slam singles titles between them, were at the Rod Laver Arena in a bid to swell the vast sums already donated to help victims of the devastating disaster. Tennis superstars turned out in Melbourne to help raise funds for bushfire relief in Australia They were joined by a who’s who of the tennis world, including Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Dominic Thiem, Coco Gauff, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. “Twenty years this has been my home and I’ve had so many great matches on this court and in this country,” said Williams, whose young daughter Alexis Olympia was thrilled to meet some firefighters this week. “And that’s we’re all here tonight to support and help out.” Tennis Australia said it expected the “Rally for Relief” to raise “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to add to the more than Aus$2.8 million (US$1.9 million) already stumped up by the global tennis community. That has included personal pledges and Aus$100 for each ace hit during the Australian tennis swing. Some of the big names also donated merchandise for an online auction Wednesday. Williams led a team in Fast4 doubles, a shortened version of the game, boosting Thiem and Kvitova, along with Nadal and Djokovic playing together on the same side of the net. They met Wozniacki’s side that featured Gauff, Osaka, Zverev and Tsitsipas. But the evening’s star turn saw Federer play a set against Australian bad boy Kyrgios, who has been driving force behind the fundraising effort. “It’s emotional stuff,” said Kyrgios. “I just want to have a little fun out here tonight and hopefully we can overcome this.” The bushfires, unprecedented in their duration and intensity, have claimed 28 lives, destroyed almost 2,000 homes and razed vast tracts of land. Toxic haze from the blazes has disrupted the build-up to next week’s Australian Open, with qualifying delayed over the past two days and some players taken ill. Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterStunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous Foods11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Foreverlast_img read more

Lillian Faye Ross

first_imgLillian Faye Ross, 91, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday July 31, 2019 in Tucson, AZ.She was born April 30, 1928 in Arlington Heights, OH, daughter of the late Charles E. Skidmore and Dorothy (Sullender) Skidmore.She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Leslie Baker for many years. She then worked as a secretary for Schenley Distillery, retiring after over 20 years of service.She was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Tuscon, AZ.Faye had a strong faith and a deep love for her two husbands, family, her two children, two step children, grandchildren, step grandchildren, great grandchildren and step great grandchildren.Lillian is survived by her loving spouse Howard Ross of Tucson, AZ; children, David (Nancy) Giffin of Chesterfield, MO, Debra (Roger) Fehling of Aurora, IN; step son, Michael (Diane) Ross of Tucson, AZ; step daughter, Nancylou Ross of Tucson, AZ; siblings, Charlotte (late Dick) Horn of Lawrenceburg, IN, Bernard (late Sue)Skidmore of Lawrenceburg, IN; brother-in-law, Jerry (Julia) Giffin of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Shelby K. (Will) Baxter of El Paso,TX; Erin M. (Kris) Fairfield of Covington, KY; Scott D. (Amber) Giffin of Wildwood, MO; great-grandchildren, Morgan K. Jones of El Paso, TX, Cainan N. Baxter of Fort Polk,LA; Sawyer I.F. Baxter of El Paso,TX; Carter S. Giffin of Wildwood, MO, Madelyn M. Giffin of Wildwood, MO; step grandson, Jason K. Ross of Tucson, AZ; three step grandchildren, Rachel (Boston) Grambo of Tucson, AZ, Julie (Jason) Chaffey of North Pole, AK, Nicole Sanchez of Tucson, AZ; step great-grandchildren, Jordyn K. Sanchez, Alec N. Sanchez, Jaron A. Chaffey, Jacee M. Chaffey, Hannah L. Ross.She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Clayton “Red” Giffin; sisters, Gloria Becker and Virginia Skidmore, brother David Allen Skidmore; step son, Kenneth D Ross, step grandson, Michael W Ross,Friends will be received Friday, August 9, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Burial will take place on Saturday at 9:30 am at River View Cemetery.A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Aurora First United Methodist Church, 304 Third Street, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to Aurora First United Methodist Church, Stain Glass Window fund,or Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Toffees close in on Traore signing

first_img A deal has been agreed to sign the Ivory Coast international on loan from the French club, who he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala earlier in the month. Press Association Sport understands the Toffees could receive a decision on whether the necessary paperwork has been granted by the end of Tuesday. Manager Roberto Martinez publicly confirmed their interest following Monday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, saying: “Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want the player to come in. “He is a very talented footballer. He is only 23 and has already had a couple of moves (totalling) nearly £30million, but every work permit is a difficult one and we will try our best.” The 6ft 8ins striker is being brought in to replace Nikica Jelavic, who was sold to Hull last week, and will provide support for fellow on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku, who is currently Martinez’s first choice. Lukaku provided the knock-down for Kevin Mirallas to score the opening goal in the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns, only for Uruguay international Diego Lugano to register his first goal in English football to secure a point for the Baggies. “We lost two points, you have to be realistic,” said Lukaku. “In the first half we dominated but we didn’t control the game as we should have done and we have to learn from it and do better in the next few games.” On his return to the Hawthorns, where he spent last season on loan scoring 17 goals, Lukaku told evertontv: “I had a great time at West Brom and I hope they enjoyed my football and I left some good memories at the club. “Now I am trying to do the same at Everton, but in a better way because I want to improve and become a better player year after year.” Everton could be on the verge of completing their second signing of the transfer window as they await the result of a work permit application for Monaco striker Lacina Traore. Injuries are continuing to affect the squad and with midfielder Steven Pienaar absent with a groin issue against West Brom, Martinez lost full-back Seamus Coleman to a hamstring problem. Everton will assess the Republic of Ireland international over the next 24 hours, but he could miss next Tuesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield. “The next 24 hours are going to be vital to find out how he feels,” said Martinez. “Seamus is a really fit boy so when he got that feeling something was wrong with his hamstring we needed to take that seriously. “We will find out over the next few hours the extent of the injury. “Steven Pienaar had to come off against Norwich and since then he has been working hard to get back to full fitness and it was a little bit short for Monday. “We will assess him over the next few days. It shouldn’t be too big a problem in his groin area.” On the upside, Martinez hopes to have Gerard Deulofeu back from a hamstring injury soon as the on-loan Barcelona youngster has been out of action since December 14. “Gerard is progressing really well. A member of our medical department went over to Barcelona to find out where he is (in terms of fitness),” the manager added. “It is a bit more complicated injury because it affects the tendon and that can get re-injured very easily. “We are happy with his progress and he is doing really well and I don’t think it will be long before he is back. “We reassess him every three days. Hopefully he will carry on with no setbacks.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Konchesky appeal succeeds

first_img Leicester manager Nigel Pearson appeared reluctant to appeal against the sending-off when he spoke about it in Sunday’s post-match press conference. ”It’s difficult to have a decision like that rescinded in all honesty,” he said. ”I think it would lack a bit of class for me to ask for retrospective action against another manager’s player. ”When moments pass you by in games officials are there to do a job, to do it as best they can. ”I can understand because of how it looked – it was because he was pushed away and they kept in contact. In the initial contact I don’t think Paul was the instigator. ”It’s easy to be over critical. I don’t want to get into a debate about getting other players sent off.” However, the club took the decision to contest the three-match ban and it has now been successfully overturned, leaving Konchesky free to play, starting against Manchester City on Saturday. The 33-year-old was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson following a clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton in the Foxes’ 2-1 defeat at Villa Park. A Football Association statement read: “Leicester City’s Paul Konchesky, who was dismissed for violent conduct in the game against Aston Villa on December 7, 2014 will not serve a suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.” Leicester full-back Paul Konchesky’s red card against Aston Villa on Sunday has been rescinded.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India close in on win, Shaun Marsh key for Australia in Adelaide

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Adelaide Test between Australia and India should be renamed the application Test for batsmen from both sides. Cheteshwar Pujara has been the only batsmen to display the technique required on this pitch. The result, a fifty to back up his hundred. Ajinkya Rahane also chipped in with a fifty but a lower-order collapse gave Australia a target of 323. The top order floundered again, but Shaun Marsh’s solidity has given the hosts a faint glimmer as they ended day 4 on 104/4, still needing 219 more runs on the final day to pull off one of the highest successful run-chases in Adelaide.The day began promisingly for India with both Pujara and Rahane making steady progress. Australia struggled for control and penetration as they looked to contain the flow of runs. They achieved moderate success, but Rahane and Pujara displayed solid patience to ensure momentum would not stagnate. The introduction of the new ball did not give the pacers much success, but Nathan Lyon continued his great run at this venue against the Indian team.Read More | India vs Australia 1st Test highlights: Kohli nears famous winThe offspinner ended Pujara’s (71) obdurate defence with a ball that kicked off the deck and hit the glove of the batsman. Aaron Finch at short leg did the rest and that brought in Rishabh Pant, who looked to dictate terms to the opposition. On the first ball, he established his blueprint of how he would play by miscuing a lofted shot off Lyon which landed safely at long on.Read More | Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara become this Australian offspinner’s bunniesFollowing the lunch break, Pant blasted three fours and a six off Lyon but the bowler had the last laugh when he dismissed him in the very next over. Mitchell Starc, who was struggling for control, got rid of Ashwin and that triggered a collapse. Lyon snapped Rahane (70), who hit a reverse sweep straight to backward point and Shami (0) off successive deliveries. Starc got the better of Ishant Sharma (0) as India were bowled out for 307.Dramatic startWith Australia facing a middling chase on a difficult wicket, they got off to a dramatic start when Finch was trapped LBW by an inswinger from Ishant. The batsman opted for the review but replays showed that the bowler had overstepped. After the jolt, both batsmen dug in and made steady progress. However, on the stroke of tea, Finch looked to defend against Ashwin but the ball lobbed off the pad and the catch was taken at short leg. Surprisingly, the batsman did not review with replays suggesting there was no bat or glove.Read More | Shaun Marsh gets huge monkey off his back in Adelaide TestImmediately after the tea break, Shami induced an edge off Harris (26) and the batsman was furious with his mode of dismissal. Australia’s hopes rested on Usman Khawaja, who had produced an epic rearguard in Dubai against Pakistan. For some time, he looked solid but a poor moment of judgment resulted in a miscued lofted shot off Ashwin and Khawaja (8) was caught by Rohit Sharma at deep extra cover.Peter Handscomb (14) also made sluggish progress but when he miscued a short ball from Shami to be caught at midwicket, it looked like Australia would capitulate. However, Marsh, who notched up his first double-digit score in Tests since the Johannesburg game against South Africa in March 2018, stepped up and ensured there would be no further hiccups. The left-hander, along with Travis Head, will be hoping to achieve something no Australian team has done in 116 years. In 1902, Australia chased down 315, the highest fourth innings total at that time to win the contest by four wickets. Marsh and Head would be aiming to achieve this once in a hundred years feat at this venue. last_img read more

Meeting held to discuss greek recruitment

first_imgAs part of an ongoing discussion over the deferment of greek recruitment, Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry met with the advisers of several greek organizations Monday evening in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.“I don’t want us to have an issue on this campus that we’re afraid to talk about,” Carry said. “This is an issue that we’ve been hesitant to talk about: the quality of student safety, health and well-being if you’re in a greek letter organization.”On Sept. 30, the Academic Senate unanimously passed a proposal to defer greek recruitment for freshmen to the spring semester and require transfer students to wait until they have obtained a USC GPA before participating in the process. Leaders of both the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council have expressed their disapproval both with the resolution and the lack of student involvement in the process so far.Carry stressed the fact that the resolution was not a University policy, but rather a question raised by the faculty that needed to be considered. At the end of the meeting, he said that, after consulting with all the relevant stakeholders, he would present an alternative to deferred recruitment to the Academic Senate based on the input he received. Carry said he would meet with advisers, parents and students in the spring to discuss specific improvements for the greek new member experience.In his opening remarks, Carry said that Student Affairs was concerned with a number of trends among first-year students. He said that issues of mental health, overconsumption of alcohol and sexual assault disproportionately affect first-year students, citing data from Department of Public Safety reports of alcohol-related transports and data from the campus climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct released earlier this semester.“How do we make the first year experience at USC better?” Carry said. “How do we make it a softer place to land when students arrive here?”Carry said that the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees recommended that he look at the first-year experience for greek students as part of his examination of the first-year experience for all students. This was followed by the resolution passed by the Academic Senate.“That resolution said the University should think about deferring recruitment because of what faculty members see when they look at their students in the classroom and they see the fraternity man in the class who is late, who is exhausted, who is not turning work in on time,” Carry said.Carry said he had met with representatives from both IFC and PHC who expressed their concern over potential new members interacting with active members, or “dirty rushing,” in the fall semester and explained the protective measures in place for new members. Both councils were also concerned with the financial impact on smaller houses if new members are not brought in during the fall.Jinny Dalbeck, advisory board chairman for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, spoke as a representative for sorority advisers. Dalbeck said that all greek organizations were committed to providing the best USC experience.“We feel strongly that our fraternal organizations do provide, as you mentioned, that support system to these young people that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them for an entire semester,” Dalbeck said.Dalbeck noted a resolution passed by the Academic Senate in the late 1990s that resulted in greek recruitment being moved from the summer to the first week of classes. Dalbeck said that was the result of close work between the greek community and the administration, which she hoped to see in this process as well.Dalbeck mentioned the beneficial aspects of sorority involvement including counseling services, GPA requirements for both active members and sorority leaders, mentorship between older members and new members and alcohol safety protocols.“We provide a lot of support to give them that soft landing,” Dalbeck said.Russ Chesley, chapter adviser for the Kappa Alpha order, spoke as a representative of the fraternity advisers.Chesley said that fraternities nationwide have moved to shorter new member recruitment processes and that if a fraternity man’s academic performance was being adversely impacted, there was likely something wrong with that fraternity’s new member education.Chesley said he would like to see data on the GPA of greek new members compared to new freshmen as a whole and that fraternities were committed to examining and improving the recruitment process.“We think there is room for improvement certainly, but we also believe that what we provide is really unique and really special for our first year students,” Chesley said.Chesley said that focusing solely on the deferment of greek recruitment does not address issues of stress and alcohol abuse that would still persist during the fall, and that greek organizations can help students during the transition to college.“When we have new members, what we have is a great opportunity to monitor those new members and keep them safe, they’re under our wing then,” Chesley said.last_img read more

Dougherty: Louisville game could be an ominous sign for Syracuse frontcourt

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2016 at 12:58 am LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Most of the Louisville crowd had filed out of the stadium 20 minutes ago, when cheering for uncontested alley-oops had somehow grown old. When Syracuse had completely unraveled and the last five minutes were only delaying an inevitable Cardinals win. When they could still beat the traffic before the streets surrounding the KFC Yum! Center turned into a mosh of brake lights and car horns. When the final buzzer sounded on Wednesday night, finalizing No. 18 Louisville’s 72-58 win, there were more empty red seats than cheering fans. The Orange hurried off the court. The Cardinals didn’t linger much longer. But 200 or so people, clad in Louisville red, stood behind the home team bench as if another game was about to start. “We can’t leave yet,” a young fan, no older than 10, said to his dad. “I want to see Chinanu … Here he comes!”The small crowd cheered Cardinals center Chinanu Onuaku as he walked toward the tunnel. They shouted to get his attention. They jockeyed for position to steal a high-five. They all wanted a piece of the player who, for 29 minutes, made Syracuse’s three-man frontcourt look like little brothers tying to play in a big kid game. Six-foot-10 center Dajuan Coleman, 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Roberson and 6-foot-8 Tyler Lydon — none of them had the size nor strength to keep Onuaku and the Louisville frontcourt from grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and scoring 50 points in the paint. Difficulties defending the paint and rebounding the basketball, the themes of SU’s once-reeling season, have resurfaced at an inopportune time. Because if Syracuse (18-9, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) doesn’t leave those problems in Kentucky, it could put a serious dent in its NCAA Tournament hopes. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange hosts Pittsburgh (18-7, 7-6) at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, and the Panthers are one of many teams to have dominated SU inside this season. Then SU hosts N.C. State, which ranks 21st in the country in Kenpom.com’s offensive rebounding percentage. Then a game at No. 5 North Carolina, which has possibly the country’s best frontcourt. Then the regular season ends at Florida State, which has more length than talent on the inside but can exploit Syracuse with its sheer size. It’s getting to be that time where we roll out all situations in which SU will or will not receive a Tournament bid. One would think the Orange has to win two of its next four games, against teams that are simply stronger and longer in the paint, for a sound regular-season resumé. The frontcourt that played against Louisville won’t allow Syracuse to do that. “The second half we just went back to probably 10 games ago where we didn’t rebound the ball,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after the loss to Louisville. “I thought that was probably the main difference in the second half.”Eleven games ago, Boeheim returned from his nine-game suspension and the Orange dropped to 0-4 in ACC play with a loss to UNC. The Tar Heels scored 46 points in the paint and ran the same high-low play for an Isaiah Hicks dunk, over and over, to erase Syracuse’s upset bid. At that time, the game could have been seen as the low point of the SU frontcourt’s season — rivaled by troubling performances against Wisconsin, at Georgetown and at Pittsburgh. But in the nine games that followed, Syracuse went 8-1 and only twice gave up more than 14 offensive rebounds. Boeheim hinted at marginal improvements inside. Lydon was more aggressive on both ends. Coleman played more minutes and effectively threw his weight around. Roberson collected 20 rebounds in a win at Duke, 15 more at Virginia Tech and quelled SU’s rebounding issues with his leaping ability and upper-body strength. So to say that Wednesday’s feeble frontcourt performance blindsided the Orange would probably be an understatement. Onuaku leads a very talented frontcourt — arguably the most athletic in the conference — but it’s also without 7-foot center Anas Mahmoud and 6-foot-10 forward Mangok Mathiang due to season-ending injuries. Still, Louisville scored 34 points in the paint in the second half alone while Onuaku finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. It made the game easy to sum up: Louisville was bigger. Louisville was stronger. Syracuse couldn’t compete. “We just had one of those nights,” Lydon said. “It was just one of those nights.”Onuaku hung onto the moment, not eager to leave the court and put his most complete performance of the season in the rearview mirror. He waved to fans, chatted with a few close to the court and then ducked into the tunnel out of sight. “Chinanu was so good,” the son said as he and his dad turned to leave.“Yeah, but Syracuse is just too small,” the dad answered. A Louisville fan doesn’t decide Syracuse’s fate. Neither does one game. But he was right about one thing: The Orange’s size could. Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Commentslast_img read more

Tipperary well represented on Munster inter-provincial squads

first_imgThe hurlers take on Leinster in Pearse Stadium, Galway on Saturday afternoon with 7 players from the Premier County included in the 26 man panel Padraic Maher captaining the side.Also named are Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Kieran Bergin, Darren Gleeson, Patrick Maher and John O’Dwyer.The Tipperary trio of Peter Acheson, Steven O’Brien and Michael Quinlivan feature on the 24 man Munster football panel to face Leinster in Newry on Saturday.last_img

Coronavirus: English football suspension extended until at least 30 April

first_img Source: BBC English football will be suspended until at least 30 April because of the continued spread of coronavirus.All games in England’s Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, and all fixtures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are currently postponed.The Football Association has also agreed that the current season can be “extended indefinitely”.Under current rules the season had been scheduled to end on 1 June.A joint statement issued by the FA, Premier League and EFL expressed “a commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 season” and completing all domestic and European matches “as soon as it is safe and possible to do so”.The postponement of Euro 2020 has opened up a window for domestic league fixtures to take place in June.However, the UK government has effectively banned sports events for the time being by advising against mass gatherings.Last week, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady said the current season should be declared null and void.FA chairman Greg Clarke also expressed his concern that it might prove impossible for the season to be concluded.However Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told the BBC that it would be “unjust” if runaway leaders Liverpool were denied the title, and suggested increasing the league to 22 teams for 2020-21.Fifa has also established a working group to tackle the issues facing football as a result of the pandemic. The group will look at the international fixture calendar, and issues around player contracts.Player contracts typically expire on 30 June but many leagues, if resumed, look likely to continue beyond that date.last_img read more