’10 French champ Schiavone retires, shifts focus to coaching

first_imgFILE – In this June 5, 2010, file photo, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone kisses the court after defeating Australia’s Samantha Stosur during the women’s final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Schiavone announced her retirement at age 38 during a news conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, saying she accomplished her two biggest goals as a player–winning a title at Roland Garros and being ranked in the top 10–and now wants to try to help someone else become good enough to earn a Grand Slam trophy. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)NEW YORK — There’s a part of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone that would love to continue competing.After several months of debating it, she knew her place in her sport is now as a coach.ADVERTISEMENT Schiavone announced her retirement at age 38 during a news conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, saying she accomplished her two biggest goals as a player — winning a title at Roland Garros and being ranked in the top 10 — and now wants to try to help someone else become good enough to earn a Grand Slam trophy.“I arrive @ this decision to say goodbye to the tennis with my heart,” Schiavone said. “Because my head, when I arrive here, says, ‘Please go to the court, fight, because I can beat many other players.’ But my heart says that I am @ peace like this, that I am very happy about my career, my life, and everything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Schiavone — it’s pronounced Skee-ah-VOH-nay — really came out of nowhere at the French Open eight years ago, beating Sam Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final to become the first woman from Italy to win a major singles championship. Afterward, she kissed the court’s red clay.Seeded only 17th, she defeated three top-10 opponents along the way, plus No. 11 Li Na in a third-round match Schiavone considers “the most beautiful match of that Slam.” MOST READ Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown One other spot in the record book: Schiavone won the longest Grand Slam women’s singles match, edging Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4 hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open. When that match came up Wednesday, she asked, “How did I manage to play for that long?”Her ranking has fallen to 454th; she has a 3-9 record in 2018.Schiavone’s final tour-level match came in July at Gstaad, Switzerland, an opening-round loss.The surface? Fittingly, clay. The opponent? Fittingly, Stosur.And now Schiavone is ready to move on to the next phase.“I look sad, but I am happy, too,” she said. “Tonight, I will drink a good Champagne, for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award She had never been past the quarterfinals at 38 previous Grand Slam appearances. Just shy of her 30th birthday at the time, she was the oldest woman since 1969 to win her first major trophy. That title propelled her to a career-best No. 6 in the WTA rankings, making her the oldest woman since 1998 to make her top-10 debut.“I like to speak about Roland Garros,” Schiavone said, “but some memories will always stay just for me.”Her game was as vibrant as her personality — one marked by a smooth single-handed backhand and seemingly reckless forays to the net, the other by her back-and-forths with Italian media that were by turns philosophical, witty and sarcastic, words often delivered with a wink and a smile.When she mentioned Wednesday that she has started working in Miami with players of various ages, from younger than 10 to as old as 75, she teased reporters: “So you’re more than welcome if you want a lesson.”Schiavone retires with eight singles titles, a career-high ranking of No. 4, three Fed Cup titles for Italy, and more than $11 million in career prize money. She also reached No. 8 in doubles.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgHot new single video released: The video titled “My Baby” was released yesterday on every TV station within Monrovia. The song was done by one of LIB’s finest, Famous Boo, directed by Joseph C. Weah and photographed by Khalil Fofana. This video hasn’t been around for a week and is already making headlines.Hottest Liberian Movie: “The Princess Must Die” is a new Liberian movie written and Produced by Madina N. Johnson, directed by Julius Wilson. The Princess Must Die is a story about two kingdoms that have always been at war with each other over a piece of land that lies between them. Watch this thrilling movie that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!“I-20” Releases New Video in USA: One of our very own Liberian artist based in America, “I 20”, has just released a new video called “Blood and Tears”. I 20 is doing a pretty good job out there in America and is known to be one of the best out there. “Blood and Tears” can be found on YouTube.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kanu says Arsenal need ‘miracle’ to win EPL

first_imgEmery has added five signings but Kanu believes the Gunners, sixth last season, must be patient.“If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,” said the Nigerian.“It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play.”Kanu helped Arsenal to two league titles during five years at the club and was part of the undefeated ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04.Arsenal are yet to win the Premier League since then.“For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,” Kanu said.“It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.”Emery has added Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.“He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive, and not allowing goals, which is good,” Kanu added.“They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.”-By BBC Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwakwo Kanu.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal must produce a “miracle” to win the Premier League in the Spaniard’s first season at the club, says former striker Kanu.Former Paris St-Germain boss Emery, who succeeds Arsene Wenger after 22 years, claimed success in 2018-19 would constitute “battling for every title”.last_img read more

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West Ham and QPR go head-to-head over Lazio defender

first_img Abdoulay Konko in action for Lazio West Ham and QPR are battling to secure the signature of Lazio defender Abdoulay Konko.Both clubs are looking to sign another full-back when the transfer window re-opens in January and have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old.Konko has fallen out of favour with Lazio’s new head coach Stefano Pioli and reports in Italy suggest that he could be heading for a move into the Premier League.Sam Allardyce is on the look out for another defender as loan signing Carl Jenkinson has only started one Premier League game due to injury.Harry Redknapp is also in the market for another right back as Mauricio Isla has failed to make any impact following his loan move from Juventus during the summer. 1last_img read more

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Manchester United star hits back at critics in passionate interview

first_imgNot everyday colour @paulpogba #astarbarbers #pogba #manchesterunited #instagood #hair #haircutA post shared by A STAR BARBERS (@astarbarbers) on May 21, 2018 at 10:23am PDT 1 Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit back at his critics by declaring: “No one can tell me how to play.”Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, there are serious doubts over whether or not Pogba will start for France in their opening game against Australia.In a recent poll in popular magazine France Football, 73% of the readers voted for the 25-year-old to be dropped after a poor performance against Italy in a recent friendly.The former Juventus man was jeered by the supporters in Nice and his substitution was met with ironic cheers by the crowd.However, in an interview with the aforementioned magazine, the £89 million man hit back at his critics – suggesting he shouldn’t be treated any differently to Lionel Messi when he walks on the pitch.He said: “I’ve always been like that. When I’ve won, I’ve won being like that. That’s my style of play.“You’re not going to criticise Messi when he walks on the park.“If he scores three goals are you going to say: ‘Ah but he’s walking on the pitch?’ No. You can’t tell me how to play.“If I’m here today, it’s as I am. No one has told me how I must behave. That’s my football, that’s all.“People can like it or not. Do I need this to be loved? Do I need people to judge me differently? Or do they talk better about me?”Since his record-breaking return to Old Trafford from Serie A, Pogba has faced scrutiny from fans and sections of the media for his social media activity and his constant hair-changing. Pogba is in danger of being dropped for France’s opening game in Russia Pogba’s most recent trip to the barbers was met with surprise at just how simple it was compared to previous effortsDespite getting 10 Premier League assists and scoring six goals, the midfielder was still dropped by Jose Mourinho towards the latter end of the season.But the France international insists he doesn’t need love, just the freedom to play his football.“I’m not going to live on what people think, for them to say that I’m nice, good, the best, perfect,” he added.“Everyone has their opinion. And I respect that.“I play football, I do what I like. My relatives support me, they’re more important.“We can’t love everyone and be loved by everyone. That would be perfection and nothing is perfect in this world.“I’m not going to be offended if someone says: ‘I don’t love you.’ That’s your right. You don’t have to love me.”last_img read more

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Flintridge Sacred Heart extends league streak to 19

first_img The Falcons won seven sets in doubles, receiving a sweep from Natalie Abou-Chakra and Ashlee Chan, who dropped only two games. Luana Choi and Kisa Ito swept their sets 7-5, 6-0, 7-5, and Alina Karapetyan won her three singles sets. “This is the first match of the season where we played from the first point to the last,” C.V. coach Tom Gossard said. “We never let up, because we knew Glendale would never let up.” Carole Kim and Betty Ionescu won two sets apiece in singles for C.V., which improved to 20-1 against Glendale under Gossard. – Erik Boal Campbell Hall 12, Crossroads 6: Campbell Hall of North Hollywood (7-3, 2-1) defeated Crossroads of Santa Monica, winning all nine singles sets while dropping only one game. Junior Katarina Rebeche, the Vikings’ No. 1 singles player, improved to 25-1. CROSS COUNTRY Birmingham 15-15, Cleveland 40-40: Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s boys’ and girls’ teams dominated their dual meets with Cleveland at Pierce College, winning both races by identical scores. Birmingham’s Edwin Hernandez won the 2.9-mile boys’ race in 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Emmaline Hartel won the girls’ race in 21:24. Monroe 15-20, Reseda 45-43: Monroe of North Hills ran away from Reseda in Valley Mission League races. Monroe’s boys’ team won 15-45 and its girls won 20-43. Monroe’s boys are seeking their 11th consecutive league title, ad the girls are trying to retain their title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior middle blocker Rachel Salvo had 13 kills and 10 blocks as Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge, the Daily News’ No. 1 girls’ volleyball team, extended its Mission League winning streak to 19 matches with a three-game sweep of host Chaminade of West Hills. Sam Orlandini added 41 assists and Megan Connell contributed 10 kills and four blocks in the Tologs’ 25-20, 25-4, 25-9 victory. Flintridge Sacred Heart’s last league loss was a four-game setback Oct. 15, 2003, at Harvard-Westlake. The Tologs (13-2 overall, 2-0 Mission) play today at 5 p.m. at No. 4 Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (12-2, 5-0). center_img West Valley Christian 3, New Community Jewish 0: Defending Westside League champion West Valley Christian of West Hills swept New Community Jewish of West Hills 25-16, 25-11, 25-21. Lexy Lattanzio led West Valley Christian (7-0, 3-0) with 10 kills and six digs. GIRLS’ TENNIS Crescenta Valley 13, Glendale 5: After its 19-match winning streak against Glendale was snapped last season, Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta left nothing to chance when it faced the Nitros for the first time this year. The visiting Falcons (11-3, 3-1) won nine of the first 12 sets en route to a victory that moved them into second place, ahead of Glendale (6-2, 2-2), in the Pacific League. The Nitros, off to its best start in a decade under coach Bob Davidson, lost Tuesday to defending league champion Arcadia. last_img read more

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NBA playoffs: Jordan Bell considered sitting out rest of season to heal injuries

first_imgSharrief Metoyer, Bell’s former high school coach at Long Beach Poly in Los Angeles, first received … After rolling his right ankle on March 27 against Indiana, Bell fired off another text message suggesting once again he should sit out.“It was me being mad and irritated and spur of the moment. I was so frustrated. It kept reoccurring,” said Bell, who wore different shoes in hopes to keep his ankles healthy. “I thought maybe I should let it go fully and let it get back to 100 percent.”Through Bell’s frustrations, Metoyer said he “tried to stay positive with him and keep him focused on the long term as opposed to the short term.” (Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.OAKLAND – The text message captured Jordan Bell’s nearly season-long frustration with persistent ankle injuries and fluctuating playing time.“Maybe I need to sit this whole season out,” Bell wrote. “I can get healthy.” “You guys might be playing until June,” Metoyer recalled telling Bell. “The season is so long. Things can change in two or three times. You can go from being the star, to not playing and back to being the hero again.”Bell has since gotten his ankles to 100 percent. Even if Bell has only played in seven out of 10 postseason games in 4.9 minutes per game of mop-up duty, Bell is expected to have an increased role when the Warriors play the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals beginning with Game 1 on Monday in Houston.To subscribe to the Planet Dubs podcast, click here.“That’s the coaching staff’s job to keep encouraging him. The coaching staff did that,” Kerr said. “The hard part for Jordan is he was out for a long time. While he was out, he kind of went in a different direction.”But as Warriors forward Kevon Looney assumed Bell’s previous role for the past month, Kerr observed that Bell has “set a really good job the last few weeks with working hard and staying engaged.”Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.He has reported to the Warriors’ practice facility at around 9:30 am every day, nearly 90 minutes before practice starts. He has worked on improving his finishing. He has also spent recent weeks studying footage of both the Rockets’ playoff performances and their three regular-season matchups against the Warriors.With that, Bell believes he will be further prepared for Las Vegas Summer League and next season when he presumably has a larger role. All of which explains his initial text messages with Metoyer about sitting out the rest of the season.“Just because of the fact that everything was going pretty well for me. I was learning everything,” Bell said. “I didn’t have everything down pat. But I knew how to be successful with my role on this team. I had a grasp on that and then I got injured.”Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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African integration on Brics agenda

first_imgTrade and Industry minister, Rob Davies, said for Africa to benefit from South Africa’s Brics membership, intra-African trade has to be improved.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Brics Business Council chairperson, Patrice Motsepe has urged industry to manufacture goods that are globally competitive.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Department of Trade and Industry +27 12 394 95000861 843 384Shamin ChibbaTo drive intra-African trade, the continent would have to develop the infrastructure of its corridors and add value to its mineral and agricultural products, said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies ahead of the first Brics Business Council meeting.He was speaking to the media on Monday, 19 August. The council meeting took place on 20 and 21 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Delegates, including business council chairpersons from all five member states and several business leaders from the African continent, gathered to discuss, among other topics, value-added trade, business growth and development, manufacturing, and investment ties between Brics nations. The council itself was established during the Fifth Brics Summit, which took place in eThekweni in March.Davies and the chairperson of South Africa’s Brics Business Council, Patrice Motsepe, gave the press with some insight into one of these agendas, namely, South Africa’s role as a key partner in African trade and integration. The minister said South Africa’s Brics membership was beneficial to the African continent particularly when it came to trade and investment. “We are looking at how we can strengthen investor relations in the productive economy as Africa. We see our future as inextricably linked with the rest of the continent.”He noted two important factors that would drive intra-African trade, namely the development of infrastructure in the corridors and added value to the continent’s minerals and agricultural products. “Important regional integration processes are under way and we need to consolidate all of this with a massive infrastructure investment programme across the continent.”While South Africa’s position within Brics was not as a mandated representative of Africa, Davies said the country had “gone out of our way” to engage with the continent. That African business leaders had been invited to the business council meeting was an example of how South Africa was using its Brics membership to interact with the rest of Africa. “When we talk about industrialisation in South Africa, we are talking about industrialisation throughout the continent.”African integrationBrics represents 43% of the world’s population. However, South Africa, with an estimated 52-million people, is an insignificant contributor. China and India have 1.3-billion and 1.2-billion people, respectively, while 194-million people live in Brazil and 143-million in Russia. But once the African continent was looked at as an integrated whole, Davies said, “we start to hit the numbers that can support internal type of industrial processes”. Africa is home to just over a billion people.Three regional organisations in Africa are already negotiating an integrated trade system called the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). It will ease cross-border trade and population movement between countries from the Southern African Development Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and East Africa Community. These regions account for 600 million of the continent’s people.Davies, whose Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is leading TFTA negotiations, said the agreement would create the basis for industrialisation on the continent. “It is not just about having a free trade area. We need to co-operate to promote regional industrial development and put in place the infrastructure.”Motsepe said in the next few years the quality of trade would increase between South Africa and other African countries. Resources allocated to infrastructure on the continent were part of the process of making the economy globally competitive, attracting investment and creating jobs.African leaders, Davies said, had been encouraging South Africa in the establishment of the Brics Development Bank. It would alleviate the infrastructure funding gap on the continent, particularly with programmes that link all its economies. The bank would also finance sustainable development programmes in Brics countries and other developing nations, he added.Brics nations are “places of growth”While the world tried to deal with the economic downturn, Davies said Brics nations continued to be places of growth. The grouping at present accounts for one-fifth of the global gross domestic product (GDP), estimated at $13.7-trillion (R139-trillion). In 2012 alone, the five nations made up approximately 11% of global annual foreign direct investment flows, which amounted to $465-billion (R4.7-trillion). And 53.3% of the Brics population is economically active. However, Davies cautioned that the recession hit the global economy in waves, and the new wave had resulted in slower growth rates in Brics countries. “The levels of growth are not what they were a couple of years ago.”According to the Brics Joint Statistical Publication, GDP growth rates of three countries decreased between 2011 and 2012. Brazil dropped to 0.9% from 2.7%, China to 7.8% from 9.3%, and Russia to 3.4% from 4.3%. It was with these statistics in mind that Davies called on all Brics nations to strengthen their partnerships and re-establish a new growth trajectory that was mutually beneficial.Globally competitiveMotsepe urged South African industry to manufacture and export goods that were globally competitive. And indeed, the dti is making an effort to ensure local products and services are of a high standard. It has agreed to address the structural evaluation of locally manufactured exports to China. Over the last few years, it has also drawn up and shared with China a list of 10 evaluated products and 10 investment projects that it believes are attractive to the Asian country. The dti is also encouraging South African manufacturers to take advantage of the weak rand by marketing their goods at competitive prices, which will compete directly with cheaper imports.South Africa’s trade with Brics partners grew from 6.2% in 2005 to 16.8% in 2011. Then, in 2011 alone, trade between South Africa and Brics nations grew by 29%. By 2012, the country’s trade with Brics grew ten-fold from $3.2-billion (R32.4-billion) to $37-billion (R374-billion).Speaking about mining issues, Motsepe, the founder and executive chairman of mining house African Rainbow Minerals, said it was imperative that local investors and labour showed their Brics counterparts that they had the capacity to confront problems and challenges while remaining stable. This meant business would have to “form partnerships that do not only pay [workers] a comparative wage but also create a living condition for them and their families that would enable them to live a reasonable life”.last_img read more

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Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jazz zoom to 11th straight after win over Suns Read Next “(The Lakers) were switching a lot and (Davis) had a small guy on him a lot,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He took advantage of it.”Davis went 15 for 18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the break.“I was just being aggressive,” said Davis, who was elected to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. “We’re on a good little roll and we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We wanted to make sure we finished on a good note before this break. Now we have to make sure we keep it going and come out with a lot of energy after the break.” MOST READ Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 21, but Los Angeles surrendered its most points in a regulation game this season. Julius Randle scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Josh Hart had 15.Los Angeles guard Isaiah Thomas and coach Luke Walton were ejected in the first half. Thomas was involved in a minor altercation with Rajon Rondo late in the first quarter, also resulting in the ejection of the New Orleans guard. Walton was tossed in the second after protesting a technical foul on Kuzma.“There were a lot of things that I was frustrated about at that point,” Walton said. “I had had enough.”Brook Lopez made two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that got the Lakers within two early in the third. But Nikola Mirotic scored 11 of his 16 points in the quarter, helping the Pelicans to a 103-91 lead heading into the final period.“I’ve played with a lot of great guys, guys who can score like 20, 30, but Anthony is a different level,” said Mirotic, who was playing his sixth game with the Pelicans since being acquired in a trade with Chicago. “The way he shot, the way he played, you know it’s just amazing. There is no way somebody can guard him because he can do everything: popping, going to the basket, face-up, low post. It’s just amazing.”ADVERTISEMENT Davis made three baskets and Mirotic hit a 3-pointer that gave New Orleans a 120-100 lead with seven minutes remaining.“We could not stop them from getting whatever they wanted,” Kuzma said.E’Twaun Moore had 14 points for New Orleans, which shot 53.1 percent (53 for 99) from the field. Miller made four of the Pelicans’ 14 3s.“It can’t just be Jrue and AD,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to have three or four guys have really good games each night. Then we’ve got to have another couple do a little better than expected.”FAST STARTThe Pelicans set a franchise record for first-quarter points as they raced to a 46-33 lead. They fell one point short of the franchise record for first-half points with a 79-66 lead at the break.TIP-INSLakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had five points, eight assists and eight rebounds. … The Lakers shot 51.1 percent from the field.Pelicans: Davis scored 31 first-half points despite missing three minutes of the first quarter after sustaining a groin injury. … Gentry said he’ll take turns starting C Emeka Okafor and Mirotic based on matchups.OKAFOR RETURN CONTINUESThe Pelicans signed the 35-year-old Okafor to a second 10-day contract. Okafor was initially signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 3, ending a four-year absence from the NBA, and has appeared in four games, including two starts.“I think it’s fascinating that he can sit out that long, but I think it also shows the dedication that he has,” Gentry said. “He’s not here for any other reason other than he loves the game.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break.center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Pelicans: Host Miami on Feb. 23. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) are separated by an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Both players were ejected. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Achrekar sir made me realise fitness is key to success, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said that his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar was instrumental in making him realise the importance of fitness at the start of his career.”All I am trying to tell you here is my coach (Ramakant Achrekar) was instrumental in making me realise that fitness is going to be a key factor. But he made things enjoyable for me. I never once felt that why am I doing this,” Tendulkar said in a programme where he was named the face of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Marathons scheduled to be held in Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.”At the end of the day, my coach had to literally interrupt a net session and say, ‘That’s it, it’s too dark, you’ll get hurt’. And that’s how he would stop our session. I didn’t feel like running though after that. That is how I felt I became strong and it’s not just about being physically fit.” (Achrekar sir’s coins are like gold medals, says Sachin Tendulkar)Tendulkar said that you need to push yourself mentally and physically to achieve success.”Once you learn to push the boundaries, then it also makes you mentally strong. Because there have been times where I felt tired while playing international games. But it was the mental strength and training at a young age which sort of I could use and put that into practice,” he said.Talking about how he kept himself fit and the level of training during his long playing career, the 42-year-old said, “Fitness is from within. It’s not about how you look. What the body is actually able to do. Without any doubt, with more awareness, more knowledge, I think the team is really, really fit.”advertisement”So without realising I felt the foundation was becoming more and more solid for me and then after that there were number of marathon innings I played, at school level as well. When both Vinod (Kambli) and I created the world record, I scored 326 not out, bowled little bit and hopped across to play another match because there were two matches going on simultaneously in our school itself. So I went there and scored 178 not out again in that match, followed that with another triple hundred,” concluded Tendulkar.last_img read more

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