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

When is the Europa League group stage draw, how to watch it and which teams have qualified?

first_imgAdvertisement When is the Europa League group stage draw, how to watch it and which teams have qualified? Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 27 Aug 2019 11:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Chelsea won the Europa League last season, beating Arsenal in the final (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal, Manchester United and possibly Wolves will learn who they will face in the Europa League group stage when the draw is made on Friday.The Gunners and the Red Devils have already secured their places in the draw, but Wolves must still secure their passage through the play-off stage.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side picked up an impressive 3-2 win in the away leg with Torino, but still have the second leg to deal with against the Italian side at Molineux on Thursday.When is the Europa League group stage draw?The draw is on Friday 30 August at 1pm UK time at the Griamaldi Forum, Monaco.ADVERTISEMENTHow to watch the Europa League drawYou can watch the draw live on BT Sport 2 with coverage starting at 12pm (BST) or stream it on FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhich teams have qualified?ESP: Getafe, SevillaENG: Arsenal, Manchester UnitedITA: Lazio, RomaGER: Borussia Monchengladbach, WolfsburgFRA: Rennes, Saint-EtienneRUS: CSKA MoscowPOR: Porto, Sporting CPUKR: Dynamo Kyiv, OlexandriyaBEL: Standard LiegeTUR: Beşiktaş, Istanbul BasaksehirAUT: WolfsbergerSUI: Basel, LuganoYet to be confirmed through play-off roundSuduva vs FerencvarosCopenhagen vs RigaCeltic vs AIKArarat-Armenia vs F91 DudelangeLudogorets Razgrad vs MariborLinfield vs QarabagSlovan Bratislava vs PAOKAstana vs BATE BorisovTorino vs WolvesLegia Warsaw vs RangersFCSB vs Vitoria de GuimaraesPSV Eindhoven vs Apollon LimassolAEK Athens vs TrabzonsporFeyenoord vs Hapoel Be’er ShevaKAA Gent vs RijekaEspanyol vs Zorya LuhanskPartizan vs MoldeBraga vs Spartak MoscowMalmo FF vs Bnei YehudaStrasbourg vs Eintracht FrankfurtAZ vs AntwerpWhich teams are in pot one?Confirmed so far…SevillaArsenalPortoRomaManchester UnitedDynamo KyivBesiktasBaselSporting CPCSKA MoscowWhen are the group stage games played?The group stage games run from 19 September to 12 December, with the round of 32 beginning in February.MORE: Gary Neville tells Manchester United owners they should rename Old Trafford to help the local communityMORE: Arsenal will beat Tottenham comfortably in north London derby, says Paul Mersoncenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

BLOG: All of Pennsylvania’s neighbors have raised the minimum wage. We need to catch up.

first_imgBLOG: All of Pennsylvania’s neighbors have raised the minimum wage. We need to catch up. Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  National Issues,  The Blog We already know that 70 percent of Pennsylvanians support raising the minimum wage — but did you know legislatures in all of our neighboring states have already raised the wage?Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia all have passed legislation to raise their state minimum wage above the federal minimum.And our neighbors aren’t alone — 29 states, plus the District of Columbia, have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Check out this chart from the Pew Researh Center to see wages in these states.Here are some quick facts about raising the wage in Pennsylvania:A minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two.Studies have consistently shown that increases in the minimum wage have not reduced the employment of low-wage workers.The inflation-adjusted hourly earnings of the bottom fifth of Pennsylvania workers are lower today than they were in 1979. The current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has 18 percent less purchasing power than the minimum wage had in 1979.Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced he was raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15 for all state employees under his jurisdiction — those include about 450 commonwealth workers, as well as all state contractors moving forward. While it was an important step, it represents only a small subsection of Pennsylvania’s workforce.So the governor, himself a former business owner who raised the minimum wage for his own employees, has joined forces over the past week with others in the private sector to call for the state legislature to do what our neighbors have already done: pass legislation to raise the minimum wage statewide for all workers.Pennsylvania needs to catch up with neighboring states: It’s time to raise the minimum wage. Read more posts about raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: March 11, 2016center_img By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Acclaimed tenor to help launch suburban home at open

first_imgThe home has a beautiful internal finish as well.Remax Riverside marketing agent, Patrick Martin, said the two-wing architectural design gives the perfect degree of separation for a large family. Sven Roehrs, will use his formidable voice to help launch this Chapel Hill home onto the market.Making your property stand out from the crowd can be a tough, but one agent has found a novel way to hit the right note when it came to this western suburbs listing. 52 Maculata Drive, Chapel Hill has it’s first open this Saturday, September 16, and to sing in the inspections will be tenor, Sven Roehrs, who has sung with Opera Queensland and is a member of Brisbane Choral. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home is a classic style for family living in Chapel HillWhile we don’t have a set list to hand, Mr Roehrs will no doubt serenade visitors through the home’s three levels and four bedrooms.The design is a classic weatherboard cottage that’s comfortably typical of Chapel Hill family homes.center_img The home has extensive views from many of its rooms.“Additionally, the home has excellent potential for further development of the extensive footprint with a covered area (legal height) downstairs easily convertible, subject to council approval, into a large home studio or retreat,” Mr Martin said.“I am expecting this home to sell in the $875,000 to $895,000 range,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Sources: Reds Will Name Price As Manager

first_imgPrice will be tabbed as the 61st manager in Reds history on Tuesday, according to reports.The Cincinnati Reds have selected a new manager. Pitching Coach Bryan Price will be named as the manager at a press conference on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.Price, 51, has served as the Red’s pitching coach since 2010. He led the pitching staff to the fourth-best ERA in the Major Leagues this previous season and the most strikeouts in the National League.He has agreed to a 3-year contract through the 2016 season to become the 61st field manager in club history and the 51st since 1900.Prior to joining the Reds, Price spent ten years as a pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.This will be his first managerial job in the big leagues although he had reportedly been a candidate for the position with other teams in the past.Price will succeed Dusty Baker, who was axed three days after the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Pirates.last_img read more

Lady Indians Win Softball Game Over Lady Rebels

first_imgThe Milan Lady Indians Softball continue their winning ways by defeating The Southwestern Lady Rebels 7-4.Milan vs. SW-H Softabll (5-12)Courtesy of Indians Coach Eric Widener.last_img

Cardinals Win Games Over Irish

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals were able to “right the ship” and pick up a nicewin versus the home team St. Bartholomew’s Irishmen in Columbus 31-22.A very stingy zone defense by the host team made for sporadic scoring by theCardinals in the first half but the St. Louis youngsters were able to convert off of their different defensive sets in the second half.Thomas Raver once again lead the team in scoring with 12 followed by Abe Streator, Adam Vogelsang, Ryan Reder and Joseph Suttmann. Cody Mohr had a good game handling the point, rebounding and winning the turnover margin for the Cardinals.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis 8th grade finished their regular season on Thursday night as they visted the host St. Bartholomew Fighting Irish of Columbus winning 38-25.The Cardinals played great defense in the first quarter as they were able to shut out the Irish in the quarter by the score 9-0.   The Irish stayed within 10 points for most of the game but in the fourth quarter were able to cut the lead to get within five points after some good shooting of their own.  However, the Cardinals answered with some easy buckets underneath and a couple three point baskets from Lleyton Ratcliff and Jack Aplanalp to put the Irish away by the final score of 38-25.The scoring for the Cardinals consisted of Jack Aplanalp with 3, Riley Schebler 6, Jack Forbeck 3, Andrew Oesterling 4, Lleyton Ratcliffe 10, Wil Freeland 4, Karson Macke 2 and Sam Voegele had 6.   Defensively the team was led by Sam Voegele and Tyler Kuntz.The Cardinals next game is against Jac-Cen-Del in the first round of the SEI Tournament on Monday January 16th at St. Louis.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Iwobi: Why I’m committed to Nigeria

first_img Iwobi played for England throughout the youth team levels before choosing the country of his birth. He said on social media: “I will always have my respect for England, when I played for England they gave a great opportunity, they treat me very well. “However, I feel like I am a true Nigerian, I grew up in the Nigerian culture and when I had the opportunity to go back I felt more at home playing for Nigeria.Advertisement Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has explained why he is committed to Nigeria. “I felt at home playing for England as well. “Of course it was difficult because I was very comfortable playing for England like it’s where I’ve grown up. I grew up in the English roots so I knew how the system works. “But when I had the opportunity to go and trial for the U23s is when I thought there was a lot of love for football – the way I was treated there – and these times I didn’t have the profile I had today. I was really excited to play for the U23s. read also:Okocha delighted with Iwobi’s progress “Even though the organisation may be a bit different to England, I really enjoy it. Even to this day I have no regrets.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Track title quests continue at U.S. 36 Raceway

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. – With Modified Madness in the rear view mirror, the IMCA divisions racing for track championships continue the battle this Friday, May 29 at U.S. 36 Raceway.  IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern­SportMods are all set to hit the high banks. The pit gates open at 4 p.m. The grandstands open at 6 p.m., with hot laps at 7:30 and the first heat race at 8 p.m.  Tickets for the event are $15. Seniors and military are $12 and children 12 and younger are free. A pit pass is $35. Social distancing guidelines remain in place at U.S. 36 Raceway and those are available at read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic. The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.— The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.— This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. NFL-NEWS June 23, 2020 In other NFL news:— The Las Vegas Raiders have opened their new training facility in Henderson, Nevada. About 70 team members were on hand Monday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, a 335,000-square-foot complex. No players are allowed yet unless they are rehabbing injuries, but coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were in attendance. It’s the first time the Raiders have gotten their football operations personnel in the same building since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered team facilities shut in late March because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the Raiders’ case, that was their building in Alameda, California.— New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says his criticism of Drew Brees’ opposition about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees’ later apology, is a microcosm of what the country needs. He made the comments Tuesday in an interview with Daily Show Host Trevor Noah. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback made his comments about kneeling earlier this month. He told Noah the video he posted on Instagram criticizing Brees was filmed before he spoke with his teammate. Jenkins said he decided to post the video after they spoke because he thought people needed to see it. — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford says it’s been a great honor for her family to be associated with the Lions and the NFL, and that Hamp will provide superb leadership. Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.— Eli Manning has won the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media. Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, has been lauded for years for his dealings with local and national media. He’s the second member of the New York Giants to win the award, joining Tiki Barber (2006). Manning was the Giants’ starting quarterback for nearly every game in his first 15 years in the league. She became the first non-Division I women’s basketball coach, and the fifth overall, to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with Bentley’s 78-66 home victory over Adelphi University on Jan. 17, 2018. Brady continues group workouts despite NFLPA recommendationUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady continues to prepare for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working out with teammates at a private school despite a union recommendation that players not conduct any more group practices before training camp.The six-time Super Bowl champion was joined on the field Tuesday by a group of teammates that included tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, center Ryan Jensen, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards.With NFL training facilities still closed to players because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has been leading small voluntary workouts near downtown Tampa for much of the past month.The latest session came just three days after the Bucs confirmed an unspecified number of “individuals” tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s training center. The same day, NFL Players Association medial director Dr. Thom Mayer, recommended all NFL players refrain from working out in group settings until training camp begins next month. ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi to remain in coma until at least next weekSIENA, Italy (AP) — Alex Zanardi will remain in a medically induced coma until at least next week. The Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist remains in “stable condition” following a fourth night in intensive care at Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena, Italy. The hospital says in a medical bulletin that “eventual reductions” of the coma will be “taken into consideration starting next week.” Zanardi has been on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay event. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASEKTBALL-STEVENS RETIRESVeteran Bentley U. women’s coach Barbara Stevens retiresBOSTON (AP) — Longtime Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 65-year-old coach made the announcement Tuesday, ending a 34-year stint at Bentley in which she compiled a 901-200 record, made 31 Division II tournament appearances and 14 in regional championships. Her retirement will become effective on July 31.Stevens retires as the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history with a 1,058-291 career record. She trails only Pat Summitt (1,098), Tara VanDerveer (1,094) and Geno Auriemma (1,091) in career victories. FLYERS-LINDBLOM-CANCERFlyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Lindblom has 30 goals in 134 career games over two-plus seasons with the Flyers. Lindblom was on the ice at the Flyers’ complex in Voorhees, New Jersey, and said it was “unreal” to skate again with some of this teammates and have fun. He said he can see the “light in the tunnel” when it comes to his treatments. — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. Tomlin says the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work. Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.— Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse says simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL. Seven of the finalists were in the United States.— Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. David Williams says he has read a Major League Baseball proposal but it doesn’t mention anything about travel to Canada. He says baseball will have to provide a plan. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days and the U.S. Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. — Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021. Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making money.— Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities. Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic found himself defending the lax arrangements of the exhibitions, which were meant to raise money to help those affected by the pandemic. The stands were packed and players casually interacted with fans and each other off the court. Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments:— The Philadelphia Phillies say two more players and two additional staff numbers have tested positive for COVID-19. That raises the number of total members in the organization who have the virus to 12. The Phillies say all other tests within the organization have come back negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team complex in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive on Friday for COVID-19. Philadelphia became the first big league team known to be struck by the outbreak. Three staff members at the camp also tested positive. The Phillies didn’t identify any of those affected. Associated Press last_img read more