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Nadal, Venus ousted in first round of Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):For five sets and nearly five hours, two chiselled Spanish left-handers went head to head again at the Australian Open.It wasn’t a semi-final this time, though, and It didn’t end nearly as well for Rafael Nadal, who lost 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Fernando Verdasco and was eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time in a career that has netted him 14 major titles.Nadal won his only Australian title in 2009 after overcoming Verdasco in a five-hour, 14-minute semi-final – a match that still ranks among the classics at Melbourne Park.This time, Verdasco rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two sets and come from a break down in the fifth to win in 4:41 and reach the second round. Nadal’s only previous first-round exit in a Grand Slam was at Wimbledon in 2013, when he lost in straight sets to No. 135-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium.”It’s a hard and painful loss,” the fifth-seeded Nadal said. “He was playing amazing in the last set … more aggressive than me. He took more risks than me, and he won. Probably he deserved.”overshadowedNo. 2 Simona Halep and seven-time Grand Slam-winner Venus Williams also went out in the first round yesterday, when a series of upsets took some focus off a match-fixing controversy that had overshadowed the first day of the season’s first major.Halep, the 2014 French Open finalist, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Zhang Shuai, giving the No. 133-ranked Chinese qualifier her first win at a Grand Slam after 14 losses.”It’s OK. I don’t want to make this match like dramatic,” said Halep, who refused to blame an Achilles tendon problem for contributing to her third first-round loss in five years at Melbourne Park.After beating Halep, Zhang burst into tears when asked about breaking the drought.”I think in my life, it’s the best tennis,” she said. “To win against a top-two player, I’m so happy, so excited.”Williams lost 6-4, 6-2 to Johanna Konta, her eighth first-round loss at a major.No. 3 Garbine Muguruza and No. 7 Angelique Kerber advanced along with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who closed play on centre court with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Alison Van Uytvanck.No. 2-ranked Murray opened with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Zvereva.last_img read more

Tiger Bay resident remanded on ganja possession charge

first_imgTwenty-seven-year-old Jermaine Charles of Rosemary Lane, Tiger Bay, Georgetown appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday and professed his innocence after being accused of possession of cannabis.Charles denied that on December 8, 2018, he had 88 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.However, Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to bail being granted to the defendant after informing the court that the illegal substance was found in an oven during a raid by Police ranks in the community.Despite the pleas of his attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat for his client to be granted his pre-trial liberty, the Magistrate remanded Charles to prison. The case will continue on January 21, 2019.last_img read more

Local area Terry Fox Run events to be held Sunday

first_imgFor more information on the Terry Fox Run click here. In Fort St. John the run will feature a ten, five, two, and one kilometre distance. The event will be held at the main entrance of Northern Lights College. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the run itself being held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wheelchairs, strollers, and rollerblades are all welcome, as are dogs that are on a leash.The run in Taylor will be at the Lone Wolf Golf Club. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with the run going from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The course is set at 3.9 kilometres and is suitable for bikes but wheelchairs and rollerblades are not suitable for the course. Dogs are not allowed at the event.The Dawson Creek event will begin with registration at 9 a.m., with the run itself going from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The event will be held at Sudetan Hall following the Dawson Trail and there will be distances of ten, five, and three kilometres. Those using bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, or rollerblades are encouraged to come out. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.- Advertisement -In Chetwynd the run will be held at the Northern Lights College campus starting with registration at 1 p.m. The run will also begin at 1 p.m. and should end around 3 p.m. Ten and five kilometre distances will make up the event. Those using bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, or rollerblades are encouraged to come out. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.The Terry Fox Run in Hudson’s Hope will be held at Hudson’s Hope School with registration starting at 12:30 p.m.The run itself will go from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. with 10.9, 7.2, and 3.7 kilometre runs available. Those using bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, or rollerblades are encouraged to come out. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.All proceeds raised will be allocated to the Terry Fox Foundation, which helps raise close to $20 million annually for cancer based research.Advertisementlast_img read more

Coyote women get by S.F. State

first_img“It was one of those rare nights when no one else stepped up and we won,” Coyotes coach Kevin Becker said. “We need to be grateful.” There also aren’t many times a team can score just 13 points in the second half and still win, but that also was the case as 10turnovers and 26 percent shooting in the half helped contribute to a close game. The Coyotes led at the half 30-20 and held on. They led 43-29 with 2:06 to go with the Gators (5-14, 5-9) having the ball. But the Coyotes’ Erica Doyle blocked a shot at the Gators’ end with 1:35 left. The Gators closed in on their next possession with Krystle Mays scoring on a putback with 38 seconds left, cutting the gap to 43-41. They had possession with a chance to tie the game after a defensive rebound at the Coyote end, but a 3-pointer by Jessica Hout-Freeman bounced off the back of the rim as time expired. nessa Wilt. But the next scorer on the team was Jaclyn Rainville with only six. The Coyotes shot 34.7 percent (17-for-49) for the game, while the Gators shot 32.1 percent (18-for-56). The Coyotes won the battle on the boards 38-35, but also had 18 turnovers to 13 for San Francisco State. Both teams played Tuesday and were coming off a weekend road trip, possibly contributing to sluggish play. “To me it looked like both teams had that problem,” Becker said. “It’s hard to gear up for three games in a week.” The Coyotes play host to Cal State Monterey Bay at 5:30 tonight. They defeated the Otters earlier this season 65-54. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN BERNARDINO – With the season winding down and the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team teetering on the brink of a playoff spot, the Coyotes could hardly afford a loss. But the Coyotes squeaked by San Francisco State 43-41 on Friday at Coussoulis Arena. The Coyotes (13-6, 9-5), ranked eighth in the region, got 19 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks from junior center Va- last_img read more

Whittierites to take part in Arthritis Walk event

first_imgRegistration for the walk begins at 7:30 a.m.; opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m.; and the walk begins at 9 a.m. The distance of the walk is 3.1 miles, with a 1-mile option. The walk is open to people of all ages and athletic abilities. The walk is expected to raise approximately $200,000 to support research and programs offered by the Arthritis Foundation’s Southern California Chapter. Hundreds of Arthritis Walks are taking place across the country this spring. For more information, call (800) 954-CURE, or visit (562) 698-0955160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s such a worthy cause,” said Linda Carlson-Hewitt, administrative coordinator for Presbyterian Intercommunity. “With the walk a lot of people in the team found out that some of their co-workers or some family members have arthritis.” Money raised via the walk will support arthritis research into a cure, as well as improve the quality of life for patients affected by the more than 100 forms of arthritis. “It is astonishing to find out the number of disorders that fall under arthritis,” Carlson-Hewitt said. “It is definitely an eye-opener.” Arthritis is the country’s leading chronic debilitating disease, and affects one in three Americans, including more than 300,000 children. The disease also strikes more than 1.3 million Los Angeles County residents, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “We started the Arthritis Walk as a way to raise funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation,” said Dr. Robin Dore, chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s Southern California Chapter. “Arthritis afflicts people of all ages and backgrounds.” WHITTIER – More than 1,000 people, including a 200-member contingent from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, are expected to participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s sixth annual Arthritis Walk this weekend in Brentwood. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Wadsworth Great Lawn. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital is providing the largest team, making the hospital its premier sponsor. The hospital is expected to raise $50,000 in individual and corporate contributions, including a $10,000 contribution directly from the hospital, officials said Thursday. last_img read more

B.C. had the biggest job growth in Canada last month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — British Columbia was only province in the nation with more people working last month, and the province-wide jobless rate held at 6.6 per cent.StatsCanada numbers show B.C. created another 14,000 jobs, resulting in total job growth by three per cent and bringing the number to 69,000 in the past year.Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic says that puts this province far ahead of all the others in the country.- Advertisement -However, the province-wide numbers do not reflect what’s happening in every region of the province. This includes the Northeast, where the rate is up to a previously unthinkable 9.2 per cent, and trailing only the Thompson-Okanagan region at 9.3 per cent.In fairness to her, while others may have done so, the disparity in the numbers was not lost in the February analysis of Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.It can be assumed that comment was aimed squarely at B.C.’s proposed LNG projects seen by many as critical to economic recovery in this region — where in February of last year, the rate was below four per cent for the fifth consecutive month.Advertisement That means, there’s more than an artificially created time zone, which aligns this region, much more closely with Alberta, than most of B.C., and the new Stats. Canada February numbers for that province are flat out shocking.For decades, Alberta was the leading so-called ‘have province’ with a virtual lock on having one of the lowest jobless rates in the country. But that rate jumped to 7.9 per cent last month, and is now the highest provincial rate west of Atlantic Canada.In fact, with Quebec’s rate holding steady at 7.6 per cent, it was the first and only other time, since a four-month stretch between 1986 and 1987, the nation’s leading “have not province” had a rate lower than that of Alberta.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who was told by surgeons to stop running a number of years ago notched up his 100th marathon today!Peter celebrates with his 100th marathon medal!When Peter McGlynn underwent a quadruple heart by-pass after completing his 67th marathon, most thought his race days were behind him.A round of golf or a spot of fishing were probably what the doctor ordered. But those who knew the Letterkenny man allowed themselves a gentle smile at the thought of Peter throwing his runners into a cupboard to gather dust.But the Bomany man is no ordinary athlete.So when he completed his 100th such race this afternoon in Longford, some weren’t that surprised at all.As the former HSE employee puts it ‘They told me to perhaps not run another marathon but they said nothing about walking them.” Peter can be seen tramping the streets in and around Letterkenny and into the wider countryside most days.Peter celebrates with his friend Seamus Temple at the finish line today.If he’s not with his trusted friends Seamus Temple and Jimmy Harte, he’s alone but always raising a hand to the endless motorists who salute him.Today he nipped in under the six hour mark and told Donegal Daily he was delighted having reached a century of marathons.The ever-competitive athlete said “We were over three hours at the half-way stage so we had plenty of ground to make up.“I’m delighted we did and I’m delighted to have completed one hundred marathons. I feel great but I am tired. “I need a bit of a rest before I can even think of celebrating,” he said.Peter was met at the finish line by his friend and fellow marathon man Seamus Temple of Crievesmith, Letterkenny.At 70 years young Seamus completed the half marathon version of the race in preparation for the Dublin City Marathon in October.His friend Senator Jimmy Harte was also one of the first to congratulate Peter. Today Donegal Daily salutes Peter.He’s an inspiration to young and old that life is for living and not sitting around growing old.PETER BAFFLES THE DOCS TO NOTCH UP HIS 100TH MARATHON was last modified: August 25th, 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:heart by-passletterkennyMarathonPeter McGlynnlast_img read more


first_imgChampions: Glenties 2nd Yr GirlsGLENTIES second year pupils have scored a double in the schools basketball finals for second years.The girls pipped PCC by a single point – whilst the boys had a more convincing win in their final.Folen’s 2nd yr Girls Schools Basketball Final 2014 REPORT: Glenties pip brave PCC in thrillerPCC 29Glenties 30St. Columba’s Glenties were crowned worthy 2nd yr County Champions when they defeated a gallant PCC side in Falcarragh gym on Wednesday last. Glenties were made work hard for their victory right until the dying seconds and their fitness proved a telling factor in the final outcome. Glenties dominated the first quarter with Rachel Mc Nelis getting them off on the right foot. Meghan Ruddy replied soon after with Mc Nelis again popping one in from close range to keep Glenties in the lead. The athletic Ellie Mc Innes got her first basket of the day in the 6th minute only for Ruddy to again reply with a nifty lay up. Glenties went up a gear as the quarter went on and further scores from Mc Innes (4), Mc Nelis (2) and a scoring rebound from the very tall Aeva Andersen eft the score after the first 7 minutes 12-4 in favour of the away team.PCC’s second five got things back on track in the second quarter with the skilled Orla Harkin getting the first two baskets, one after a steal at the half way line. Edel Ferry tagged on a free shot and the tigerish Roisín Duggan scored after a sleek fast break leaving the Falcarragh girls just a point behind. With their tails up and their defence being very disciplined, PCC gained three more two pointers from Orla Harkin and Edel Ferry respectively with Hannah Gallagher getting a first. PCC with their fast break game now playing dividends went in at the interval 17-12 up.It was in the third quarter that the game really kicked came to life with the rules allowing coaches Manus Brennan and Louise Diver to put out their strongest performing fives of the day. It was PCC carrying on from where they left off in the second with a basket each from Hannah Gallagher and a sweet back door cut from Meghan Ruddy. The influential Mc Innes and Mc Nelis got scores back for Glenties whilst Roisin Duggan restored PCC’s new found confidence with a drive in basket. Vicky Bonner then added to Glenties tally. The same player was then fouled and subsequently missed her free shots though Aeva Andersen made up with the rebound. That score gave Glenties great hope as the game entered overdrive at the twenty minute mark. The stylish Ruddy and omnipresent Mc Nelis for Glenties again traded scores to leave a mouth-watering fourth quarter teetering on the brink, with Alisha Kee tagging on another score for the Glenties girls. Half time score: PCC 25 Glenties 22.The noise in the hall cranked up a notch as the fourth quarter got underway and it was Ellie Mc Innes who got first blood for the south western side. It was at this junction that they put a stranglehold on the game as Rachel Mc Nelis put Glenties into the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Ellie Mc Innes, who was constantly up and down the court scored two more baskets, one in which the PCC rearguard were caught napping. PCC weren’t finished however as a superb outside shot from Orla Harkin and a Roisín Duggan lay up left the minimum between the sides and PCC in front, 29-28. Aeva Andersen who was a thorn in PCC’s side throughout responded with a jump shot and it proved to be crucial and put Glenties back in the driving seat. With both teams grappling for possession, and the game reaching fever pitch an inbound ball was given to Glenties on PCC’s baseline. Glenties smartly called a time out to calm things down for their team with 22 seconds remaining on the clock. The streetwise Mc Nelis intelligently kept control of the ball with help from her teammates and there was no way back for PCC with the hooter sounding and leaving Glenties champions 2014.Glenties were best served by the supremely fit Ellie Mc Innes, the rebounding skills of Aeva Andersen and the leadership of Rachel Mc Neilis whilst for PCC, Roisin Duggan, Orla Harkin and Meghan Ruddy were to the fore at every opportunity. PCC: Orla Harkin (8), Cora Moore, Jena De Groot, Emma Whoriskey, Clodagh Langan, Alexandra Halligan, Edel Ferry (3), Megan Ruddy (8), Roisin Duggan (6), Lorraine Doherty, Eilis Russell, Hannah Gallagher (4), Monica Morahan, Áine Gallagher, Catherine Hagney.Glenties: Clodagh Boyle, Tara Black, Áine Ní Mhurchú, Rían Boyle, Ellie Mc Innes (8), Vicky Bonner (2), Clar Gyo, Alisha Kee (4), Eileen Conway, Hannah Sweeney, Rebecca Gavigan, Sarah Arnold, Rachel Mc Nelis (8), Aeva Andersen (8).Folen’s 2nd Year Boys Schools Basketball FinalGlenties power way to win PCC 11Glenties 31A hungry and determined showing from St. Columbas, Glenties meant they were crowned 2nd Yr Boys champions for 2014 having defeated an out of sorts PCC at Falcarragh gym on Wednesday last.The Glenties team dominated throughout and set out their stall in the first quarter and their play was more controlled than PCC’s. The home side often took the wrong option when passing and shooting and the perhaps nerves of being the home team had a bearing on the outcome, particularly in the first half.Oisín Brennan got Glenties off the mark with a score, this after an early time out was called to gather together their game plan. Soon after they pressed on PCC at every opportunity and Shane Mc Devitt was instrumental in everything they done in attack . With the Falcarragh side failing to get to the tempo of the game two baskets from Ultan Brennan in the 4th and 6th minute left the score after the first quarter 6-0 in favour of the south west school.With two new fives on court in the second quarter PCC started brighter. Padraic Sweeney scoring the second free throw offered to him and Paul Doherty made sure with a fast break lay up. The home sides rhythm was affected by a head injury to the diminutive Neil Kelly. The Glenties lads then awoke from their slumber and with a number of free shots gained they piled on the pressure. Baskets from Jordan Watters, one from outside the key, Niall Mc Crossan and Cian Bennett respectively allowed Genties to pull away though Paul Doherty got a basket back for the seasiders to leave the half time score 14-5.The game followed a regular pattern in the third quarter and baskets from Niall Mc Crossan, Conor Mc Keown, Jordan Watters and Aaron Mc Hugh increased Glenties’ deficit. Kyron Glennon was PCC’s sole scorer in the third quarter and a wrist injury to the very talented PCC point guard Paul Doherty at this stage was the last thing they needed. HT 22-7.PCC were faced with a mountain to climb in the last quarter and weren’t helped with Aaron Mc Hugh getting the visitors another score. Sweeney replied to give hope to the Falcarragh side but further baskets from Gerard Mc Hugh and Mc Crossan put paid to any chance of a comeback. At this point PCC were being forced to shoot from outside and any chance they had wasn’t falling favourably for them. Two baskets each from Oisín Brennan and Ultan Brennan and a free throw from Ultan completed the Glenties scoring and resulted in the team in black running out easy winners.PCC, for their part tried hard in spurts but their effort was not sustained or composed enough despite the endeavours of Padraic Sweeney, Paul Doherty and Aiden Mc Fadden. Glenties on the other hand put in a terrific team performance and their fast break and high pressure game paid dividends time and time again to deservedly allow them to capture the Folens cup and run out convincing winners.Glenties: Eoghan Harkin, Aaron Mc Hugh (2), Ultan Brennan (12), Odhran Doherty, Oisín Brennan (6), Gerard Mc Hugh, Jordan Watters (4), Kevin Gavigan, Conor Breslin, Cian Doherty, Kian Bennett (2), Fiachra Breslin,Shane Mc Devitt, Niall Mc Crossan (4), Joe Sweeney, Conor Mc Keown (2).PCC Falcarragh: Aiden Mc Fadden, Fionn mac Fhionnaighle, Jason Wilkinson, Kyron Glennon (2), Padraic Sweeney (4), PJ Doogan, Adam Boyle, Adam Boyle, Paul Doherty (4), Neil Kelly, Shane Corless, Michéal Mc Hugh, Ultan Boyle, Andrew Doohan.Stephen Doohan co-ordinator Donegal Schools Basketball presents the “Folens” Cup to Glenties Comprehensive Captain Shane McDevitt.SCHOOLS BASKETBALL: GLENTIES DO DOUBLE OVER PCC IN FINALS was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014basketballfinalsGlentiesPCClast_img read more


first_imgMurphy and McFadden in Ballybofey against Kerry. They’ll be back there for Tyrone in May www.donegaldaily.comGAA clubs throughout County Donegal have started to warn club members that tickets for the first round Ulster Championship clash at the end of this month will be harder to find than All-Ireland tickets.Allocations mean that the majority of club members won’t be allocated tickets.Some clubs – including St Eunan’s in Letterkenny – plan to launch draws for the tickets they receive. And they will be for adult members only; with no tickets being allocated for children.Capacity at MacCumhaill Park will be 18,000 for the May 26th clash which will be carried live on TV. GETTING TICKETS FOR TYRONE CLASH ‘HARDER THAN GETTING ALL-IRELAND TICKET’ was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GETTING TICKETS FOR TYRONE CLASH ‘HARDER THAN GETTING ALL-IRELAND TICKET’last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man has been rushed to hospital by helicopter after a serious fall from cliffs at Cruit Island.The man has suffered a number of injuries and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital by the Coast Guard Rescue 118 helicopter in the past few minutes.The man was believed to have been climbing when he lost his footing and fell. The Gaoth Dobhair Coast Guard team were first on the scene and contacted Malin Head Coastguard who tasked the Rescue 118 helicopter to the scene.It’s understood the man has suffered serious head injuries.“The man fell from cliffs and he has been flown to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment for his injuries,” said a Malin Head Coast Guard spokesman.The helicopter has been called into action on a number of occasions in recent days.  MAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER FALL FROM CLIFFS was last modified: August 29th, 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:cliffsCruit IslandfallRESCUE 118last_img read more