Sharapova makes first US match appearance since drug ban

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champion San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was Sharapova’s first appearance in the U.S. since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.She returned to the court in April and played three tournaments in Europe. In her first event, the Russian star reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals. A thigh injury prevented Sharapova from competing in the grass-court season that ended at Wimbledon on Sunday. But now she’s fit and ready for a summer run, hoping to cap it at the U.S. Open.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’“It’s nice to have a schedule again and something that I really miss, having a tournament on the schedule and a calendar and knowing what I have to prepare for,” Sharapova said.When her initial two-year ban was reduced to 15 months, some questioned if Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, was given beneficial treatment. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “As someone who is 30 years old, I achieved enough to call it a day. But there’s something deeper. It’s more than just the sport. It’s something I’ve done all my life and my career. I wanted to continue that. That’s where my focus is and not much else.”Sharapova said her schedule leading to the U.S. Open will include another WTT appearance and WTA Tour stops at Stanford and Toronto. She declined to predict how she would fare at the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event.“It’s not something that I think about; it’s not part of my job,” she said. “Just because I have to be realistic that I haven’t played in a long time. With the injury, it was almost like a two-year break for me. The importance and significance of every tournament is much more in my mind than what I can or cannot do at the U.S. Open.”Which brought her back to the WTT and the La Costa Resort and Spa, where she won twice when it was WTA Tour stop.“This was a great little addition to my schedule,” she said. “I hadn’t actually planned on playing World Team Tennis but I just thought I could use the bonus matches as I like to call them. Play in front of the crowds and come back to places that I’ve competed at before.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)CARLSBAD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova is realistic as she tries to regain her form after a 15-month drug suspension.“I think no road is easy,” Sharapova said Sunday before a World Team Tennis match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “I served the suspension period and I think there’s not much more that I could add to that,” Sharapova said.Ken Macdonald, one of Sunday’s spectators, welcomed her return.“She’s good for women’s tennis,” Macdonald said. “She deserves a second chance.”But Sharapova also hears her detractors claiming she got a pass. Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognizable female athletes, said that she’s answering her critics by showing up.“I think just by doing what I do, and that’s playing tennis,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do from the very beginning. I’ve done it. I’ve always had the choice of not doing it. I have had a lot in my career. I’ve had the support.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs, reach title game Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

CCJ makes Parliament sovereign over the people

first_imgDear Editor,The majority of Guyanese was shocked and demoralised by the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), when a majority decision of the CCJ denied Bharrat Jagdeo a third term presidency.The ruling by the CCJ indicates that the justice system in Guyana needs to be urgently fixed since both courts – the High Court and the Court of Appeal – ruled in favour of a third term presidency. The CCJ ruling also indicates that the rights of the Parliament is sovereign over the rights of the people. The erosion of the rights of the people can lead to a dictatorship.This ruling, showed that the CCJ is compromised since there is alleged close affiliation of some members of the CCJ and members A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.Meanwhile, statements made by the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that the former President is battling for survival is actually referring to himself for his personal survival in the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Jagdeo is a dynamic leader and could be considered as one of the most successful Presidents in Guyana and must remain at the leadership of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to ensure supporters remains confident of supporting the PPP to win the 2020 Regional and General Elections.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Labourer busted with over 600g ganja

first_imgA 29-year-old labourer of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was busted by Police with over 600 grams of cannabis in his possession.According to Police, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) actingPortions of the sealed ganja that was unearthed during a search conducted at the home of an Enmore, East Coast Demerara residenton intelligence swooped down on the man’s Old Iron Squatting Area, Enmore residence about 14:45h on Thursday and conducted a search, unearthing the marijuana.The illicit drug was weighted and amounted to 675 grams.The suspect is being processed for court.last_img

Matthews tests club’s patience

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – As the Gary Matthews Jr. situation drags on, the Angels front office impatiently waits for some kind of resolution. Owner Arte Moreno is upset, general manager Bill Stoneman is shaking his head and Matthews is keeping quiet. “It’s certainly not an ideal way to start a five-year relationship with a guy,” Stoneman said before Tuesday’s game against San Francisco. A week ago, Matthews’ name surfaced in an investigation of Internet pharmacies accused of illegally selling human growth hormone. A day later, Sports Illustrated’s Web site reported Matthews not only had ordered human growth hormone, but also reported when the order took place and where it was shipped. USA Today reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball attorneys will be in Albany, N.Y., today to speak with the district attorney that initiated the first investigation that brought Matthews’ name to the forefront. Moreno was quoted in Tuesday’s edition of the Arizona Republic sounding like he is just about at wits end. Moreno doesn’t want the team’s fans to be left in the dark, and he is unable to provide answers to many of their questions. “It’s very frustrating,” Moreno said. “(Matthews) needs to make a statement to the fans. Our feelings were the best way was to be proactive and talk to the fans immediately.” Moreno promises some type of resolution before the regular seasons begins, but they clearly are unable to force their will on Matthews, who has hired high-profile attorney Robert Shapiro to defend him. Matthews is following Shapiro’s advice with his no-comment stance. center_img “Our involvement right now is to bring pressure to those who are involved,” Stoneman said. What does that mean? “Keep reminding people that we’d like this to be brought to a quick conclusion,” he said. Matthews did not make the trip to to face the Giants. Sports Illustrated’s story on the subject, in its March 12 edition, hits the newsstands in some areas as early as today. Scottsdale Colon throws in bullpen: Bartolo Colon had an eight-minute bullpen session and reported no discomfort. Colon, who had rotator cuff damage last season, was on a mound for the first time since July. 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

Predicted Man United XI for Southampton: Januzaj in and Fellaini out?

first_img 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 11. Adnan Januzaj (right forward) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see Manchester United’s predicted XI v Southampton in squad number order 9. Anthony Martial (left forward) 11 11 Manchester United claimed three vital points with a win over Liverpool last weekend and will look to that for some much needed momentum.The Red Devils may have turned a corner in 2016 as they are undefeated the new year, with Wayne Rooney scoring four goals in three Premier League games.Southampton are the visitors on Saturday with United desperate to improve in order to be successful with their Champions League push.Fresh reports emerged this week suggesting manager Louis van Gaal could leave in the summer but, as always, the Dutchman remains defiant with United in fifth, only two points off Tottenham in fourth.However, it is not all rosy with news that Ashley Young requires major groin surgery and could be out for the rest of the season.This means another defensive reshuffled and the England international joins long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all yet to fully recover but Adnan Januzaj should be back in contention after scoring twice for the under-21 side in midweek.There is also the question of what to do with Marouane Fellaini? The Belgian has been poor in acting as cover for Schweinsteiger and Carrick, and Van Gaal may have finally lost patience with him.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is likely to take the field for the Red Devil on Saturday at Old Trafford. 10. Wayne Rooney (centre forward) 11 11 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) last_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALED

first_imgThe North West 10k sponsored by Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports was launched this eveningThe organisers of the North West 10K say they are hopeful this year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.This year’s three main charities were announced this evening and they are – the Donegal Mountain Rescue Service, Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and SNAP (Special Needs Accessible Playpark).Donegal Daily is one of the two main sponsors of this year’s event which organisers hope will attract up to 3,000 runners and walkers in Letterkenny on May 5th next. To date the magnificent efforts of the North West 10K event have aided 27 local charities to the tune of more than €614,000.Grace Boyle, chairperson of the event, said a great deal of planning has gone into this year’s event yet again.“We are hopeful it will be even bigger and better this year. We had 2,600 participants last year and we are hoping it could be up to 3,000 this year,” she told Donegal Daily.“We had a very high standard of charity applying for funding and we had some terrific interviews. “We could only pick three main charities but we are hoping to help as many others as possible.“They will have their own sponsorship cards and they will be able to fundraise for themselves.“We will help them but we will ask them to help us,” she said.Sponsorship cards for the event will be available from the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce soon to ensure as much money as possible is raised for all the charities.The cost of entry is €10 for walkers and €15 for runners. The other major sponsor on the day is Brian McCormick Sports while there are also a number of smaller sponsors for the event.Further details on the event will be carried on Donegal Daily in the weeks leading up to the big day on May 5th.All you need to do now is to get out walking and reach a level of fitness you are happy with to get around the 10k course.Chairperson Grace Boyle said the aim of the NW 10K was to get people out and getting fit. “With 3,000 people on the streets of Letterkenny it would not be possible without al the agencies and we have a big responsibility.“It’s a great event and I don’t think there’s anything to touch it. We’re in hard times but so many people come in behind the North West 10K,” she said.Ms Boyle aslo paid a special tribute to the Letterkenny Community Centre for their contribution and their commitment at the centre.Spokespeople on behalf of the charities including Joe Brennan from the Donegal Mountain Rescue, Samantha Robinson on behalf of SNAP and Peter Cutliffe on behalf of the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital outlined their aims and thanks the NW 10K committee for choosing them.An appeal was also put out for 50 stewards to volunteer on the day and help marshall the course along the other services.Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin said the event has come on a long way and it will soon be past the one million euro mark of money raised over the years.“It’s a wonderful day that is dominated by the families. As a council we are engaging with people to see how we can get them out of their homes and their cars and get healthy.“We are about to spend €80,000 on lineage and signage and cycle lanes. The three charities are also wonderfully deserving charities and need no introduction but it is vital they are supported,” he said.Donegal Mayor of Letterkenny Frank McBrearty finished the night by saying the three charities speak for themselves.“All these charities are wonderfully deserving of the help of the North West 10K and it is fitting that we get behind them,” he said.“The fact that we have 3,000 people participating speaks volumes. These events help communities to come together and when that happens these events can be very, very powerful.“I have seen a lot of positives since I became the Mayor of Donegal but without people behind the scenes these events would not work,” he said.NORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 6th, 2013 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:Brian McCormick SportsDonegal DailyNORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALEDlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: MILFORD ROAD RACE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

first_imgDenis Sheridan and Conor Gallagher from DS Environmental Services presenting a sponsorship cheque towards the forthcoming Milford AC 5km road race series which starts  today, March 7th at 2pm. Registration is from 11.13am at the Milford Clubhouse.Also included are club members Josephine McConigley, Gerard McGettigan, Hugh Coll, Anne and James Doherty. The second 5km is on Saturday the 21st of March with the final one on Friday the 10th of April.ATHLETICS: MILFORD ROAD RACE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TODAY was last modified: March 7th, 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)last_img read more

Loggers claim share of Big 5 title

first_imgIt took them a couple of extra innings, but the Eureka Loggers defeated the McKinleyville Panthers 4-3 Wednesday evening, and in the process clinched at least a share of the Big 5 title.And it was no surprise who provided the heroics.With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, David Vagle doubled to right field, before advancing all the way home on a pair of passed balls to secure the walk-off win.In what has been an impressive season for the junior second baseman, Vagle led the way …last_img

Focus on Atlanta: A nightmare reunion awaits Shanahan, Falcons

first_imgFirst came the 49ers’ crushing injury news, next will come the inevitable questions this week about how he helped the Falcons blow a Super Bowl title nearly three years ago.Kyle Shanahan sure didn’t get much time to savor a 49ers’ victory for the ages in New Orleans on Sunday.As the play-caller for the Falcons, Shanahan had a hand in the worst collapse in NFL history when Atlanta blew a 25-point second-half lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.“I’ll go back through every play for the …last_img

Butterfly Wings Xeroxed

first_imgIf you can’t build it, copy it.  Scientists have had a hard time reconstructing the photonic crystals that make butterfly wings shimmer with light (01/29/2003), so they made, in effect, a carbon copy.  PhysOrg described how scientists at Penn State made impressions of the regularly-spaced geometric shapes from a butterfly wing and transferred it to glass, leaving a “positive mold that looks the same as the butterfly wing from the top.”  Maybe instead of biomimetics this could be dubbed biomimeographics.    What do they want to do with their replicated photonic crystal?  They have their eyes on semiconductor devices, infrared sensors, solar energy concentrators and other things no one has thought of yet.  What they know is that the “structural color” reflected by these crystals will be pure and intense.  That’s bound to be useful or just pretty.True science seeks to understand a natural phenomenon with observation, equations and experiments, with an eye toward improving human life.  It’s not necessary to tell a story about how the butterfly invented a technology that human intelligence can photocopy but not yet engineer.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more