Djokovic, Nadal, Serena enter US Open tuneup tournament

first_imgTop-ranked Novak Djokovic and world number two Rafael Nadal have entered the US Open tuneup tournament to be played in New York while Serena Williams is in the women’s field.Organizers of the ATP and WTA Western and Southern Open, typically played in Cincinnati but moved to New York this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, announced initial singles entry lists Wednesday.The event will be staged August 20-28 in a quarantine environment without spectators at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, where the Grand Slam hardcourt showdown would begin August 31 in similar conditions. Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, and Nadal, the defending US and French Open champion, had been concerned about the wisdom of staging the US Open during a widespread COVID-19 outbreak across the United States.The New York area has been able to keep cases at a relatively low level since spiking in March and April while areas such as Florida, Texas and California have become hotspots.The only top-10 men’s players not on the entry list were injured Swiss star Roger Federer, the world number four behind Austrian Dominic Thiem, and France’s ninth-ranked Gael Monfils.It also includes defending Western and Southern champion Daniil Medvedev, the world number five from Russia. Federer owns a record 20 Grand Slam men’s singles crowns while Nadal has captured 19 and Djokovic won his 17th earlier this year in Melbourne.Williams, who turns 39 in September, has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record. She gave birth to a daughter in 2017 and has gone 0-4 in Slam finals since, losing in the 2018 and 2019 US Open and Wimbledon finals.Ninth-ranked Williams said she was playing in the US Open on the day the US Tennis Association announced it would stage the event. She has also entered a WTA tuneup tournament in early August at Lexington, Kentucky.Williams last won a Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open.The only women among the WTA’s top six on the list are Czech Karolina Pliskova, who ranks third, and world number four Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion from the United States.Absent are Australia’s top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion, and world number two Simona Halep of Romania, the current Wimbledon champion, plus fifth-rated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and last year’s US Open champion, Canada’s sixth-ranked Bianca Andreescu.The women’s field also includes 16-year-old Coco Gauff and defending Western and Southern champion Madison Keys, both Americans.In all, 40 of the 43 top-ranked men are entered while only 39 of the top 53 plan to play on the women’s side.Topics :last_img read more

NZ psychiatrists stress potential harm of cannabis ahead of 2020 referendum

first_img“If the use becomes problematic, through abuse or dependence, impacting the individual or whānau’s life, it then becomes a health service issue.” “It is important to note that all drug use – whether alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs – is first and foremost a health behaviour,” she said.“Cannabis is not a harmless substance, and can result in dependency, as well as psychosis in serious cases. It comes after a debate was held at the Royal Australian and annual Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists conference, which wrapped up in Nelson today. RANZCP’s New Zealand faculty of addiction psychiatry subcommittee chair, Dr Susanna Galea-Singer, added that a “a comprehensive educational campaign is initiated well in advance of the referendum”. TVNZ One News 20 September 2019Family First Comment: “Cannabis is not a harmless substance, and can result in dependency, as well as psychosis in serious cases.”Leading psychiatrists across the country have stressed the harm of cannabis, which they say could lead to psychosis, ahead of a referendum to legislate its personal use at the 2020 general election. Ms Galea-Singer said the campaign “should inform the public of the various options around the supply and sale of cannabis and possible harms associated with each option”. The organisation, known by its acronym RANZP, said in a statement it believes that if cannabis is legalised it must be regulated – preferably by the Government – and underpinned by a stringent harm reduction strategy.last_img read more

Syracuse wastes late opportunities in 4-4 tie, fails to bury Lindenwood after Piacentini sets program record

first_img Published on February 14, 2015 at 12:22 am Melissa Piacentini needed two goals to set the Syracuse career goals record. In less than 10 minutes, she got both.During a power play less than two minutes into the game, defender Akane Hosoyamada fired a shot from the right point. Perfectly placed in the center of the ice, Piacentini put her stick out and tipped the shot in.Eight minutes later, forward Stephanie Grossi centered a pass from the left circle and found Piacentini’s stick. With a backhand flick, she became SU’s all-time leading goal scorer.Not that it mattered much after the game.“I could (not) care less about a record right now, to be honest with you,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “I just know our record and it’s brutal right now. That’s enough of that one.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiacentini’s two goals catalyzed a four-goal first period for Syracuse (8-13-10, 6-5-6 College Hockey America) that quickly turned to complacency in the final two periods. While giving up two goals each in the second and third periods, SU squandered seven power-play opportunities, including overtime. The 4-4 tie against Lindenwood (9-17-2, 6-9-2) proved to be a microcosm for a season of close games and disappointments.“The 10th tie of the season,” forward Allie LaCombe said. “Never thought in my four years I’d say that in a sentence.”After Piacentini’s two goals, SU scored two more in the first period. Grossi scored on a rebound and LaCombe scored off a give-and-go with forward Alysha Burriss.The four goals were the most the Orange had scored in the first period this season and everything was going Syracuse’s way.“Going up 4-0, it can bite you in the ass sometimes and that’s what it did to us,” Piacentini said.As Lindenwood began to chip away at the lead, SU had opportunities. The Lions’ first two goals came off breakaways from SU possessions in the attacking zone.The first one occurred with all three SU forwards behind the Lindenwood net, Flanagan said, which shows a lack of situational awareness.In the third, Syracuse had three power-play opportunities but was unable to convert.“There’s only so much you can say,” LaCombe said of a silent locker room after the game. “We’ve been saying the same things the whole season. At some point, talk is cheap. You have to do it.”After Lindenwood killed another penalty, Piacentini had consecutive opportunities around the net.With just over two minutes left, she positioned herself in front of the net in the center of the ice, just as she had when scoring her first goal. The shot came in from Nicole Renault, but Piacentini couldn’t tip it in. When she got her own rebound, she failed to finish from inside the crease.“It’s a tough lesson to learn but at this point in the season, it’s getting kind of old,” Flanagan said. “… The kids have to ask themselves how much they really want the two points.”Flanagan said the game was a capsule for the SU season.Along with the 10 ties, Syracuse has lost five one-goal games. The Orange also gave up the lead in 12 of its losses and ties. SU has outshot this season’s opponents by 156, yet only has eight wins.On Friday night, Syracuse outshot Lindenwood by 18 but finished with the same score.“We’re shooting the puck like we’re 12-year-olds and you’re not going to win hockey games,” Flanagan said. “When you’re shooting the puck from the point on the power play and it’s hitting their stick on the ice and they clear it, I can’t explain that.“That’s just a lack of skill, a lack of determination, I guess. I don’t know. So that’s really frustrating because we had a lot of opportunities.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more