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

PROJECT GeoGames 2012 – A Lackey’s Journey

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”GeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”Two Mega-Events in One WeekendAugust 21, 2012In “Community” A Mega-Event with a 20-story zip-lineGroundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly 20 Mega-Events worldwide. Ben Field aka, LackeyBenno, attended the Mega-Event PROJECT: GeoGames 2012 (GC32012). It took place in Leipzig, Germany. Ben has been a Lackey since 2008 and works in IT. Here’s Ben’s account of his adventure.Written by: Ben FieldLackey Ben “LackeyBenno”As I read through the descriptions of the games being hosted at the Geogames Mega-Event in Leipzig, I had two questions running through my head:  How many of these games should I actually attempt and what exactly IS a PETling???  The answer to the first question took a few hours to figure out, the second one was answered relatively quickly.  A PETling is a small plastic preform for a 2-liter bottle. The clear water-tight containers are frequently used as geocaches in Germany. The PEtlings were the focus of three of the GeoGames I was about to attempt.The day leading up to the event I managed to take the tram with Jeremy, the Co-Founder and CEO of Geocaching.com, to grab a few caches and explore downtown Leipzig.  I’d already seen a small amount of the downtown area having come down the night before to watch Deutschland’s agonizing defeat in the Eurocup semi-finals, but wasn’t about to pass up more opportunities to explore.PETlingThere was an added layer of difficulty finding some of the caches with our limited knowledge of German.  After looking for one cache in the wrong area for a lengthy period of time, some nearby geocachers helped us out by explaining that the name of the cache we were looking for translated to “old town hall”, which happened to be the building across the street from where we were searching.  We had no trouble logging the find once we had what should have been an obvious giveaway.Between caches, we also managed to explore the Bach museum, which held some fascinating pieces of history. The museum was positioned next to the site of the Thomasschule, where Bach taught students and composed during the latter part of his life.After a great meal at Romanushof on Katharinenstraße, and a gracious ride back to the Messegelände from cachers Manuela and Peter (Schulze&Schultze) but better known by the name of their geocaching and dining blog “Schlemmercacher“, we prepared for the opening party.  While Jeremy was busy preparing a speech, I represented the US in the opening parade with only Signal at my side.  Thankfully, Caro (saxony) was gracious enough to hold the sign for us as we marched through the masses of people gathered for the event.Dosenfischer in concertStill feeling some effects of a cold, I wasn’t feeling overly adventurous the next day, but I was too excited for the event to let the cold hold me down.  Enjoying the PETling toss first, my enthusiasm grew. By the time the 6:00pm cutoff arrived, I’d made it through all of the games. My new geocaching friend Jana (tkrholic) kept me moving, determined to complete all of the games and keep me company throughout the day.The games weren’t the only activities at the event. There was ample time during the day to take photos of Jeremy descending the Trau Dich (zip line – see the photo at top) from the top of the 75M high tower.  Later in the evening, it was time to take in the geocaching band Dosenfischer and mingle with the masses of geocachers as a thunderstorm passed by.  All in all, it was a fantastic day.We found time the next day to explore some areas of Leipzig with Andy (stash-lab) and Nils (Nilos).  A trip to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal monument commemorating the German victory over the French at the Battle of the Nations was a worthwhile glimpse at the history of the location. After snagging the correspondingly named cache, we stumbled upon some other cachers, including ORaMo and Rennrodler. They graciously shared some personalized swag with us.  Before heading out, there was still time to snag a few more caches including Connex and then Gleis 26 – Reloaded at the train station.  It was a great day to end a great trip.Ben (far left) at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal Monument with Jeremy (center) and geocachersShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Pocari Sweat averts meltdown, closes in on PVL crown

first_imgPocari Sweat blew a huge lead but that only paved the way for a wild finish in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ The Lady Warriors lost a 19-12 lead and even trailed, 24-22, before Rivers, Jessey de Leon and Gyzelle Sy spearheaded the defending champions’ spirited comeback.“We don’t have problems getting leads but we have problems in sustaining them,” said Abella. “We just have to address that through our mental toughness”Sy completed Pocari’s rally with a service ace after Rivers and de Leon anchored the Lady Warriors’ net defense and came up with two crucial blocks against Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy, respectively.Michelle Strizak added 18 for Pocari while Myla Pablo had 16 and Jeannette Panaga finished with 12 points for the Lady Warriors, who also overcame 31 errors.Soltones paced the Water Defenders with 17 while Bualee wound up with 16. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier team as they eked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 win over Bali Pure to inch closer to another title.Pocari shoots for a second straight championship on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKrystal Rivers shone in her first game as replacement import with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Warriors.“We were just too tense because everyone’s pumped up knowing Krystal is going to play for the first time so I just told them to settle down,” said Pocari head coach Rommel Abella. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more