Cowboys vs. Dolphins odds: Dallas early three-touchdown favorite over Miami in Week 3

first_imgMORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook Review The NFL betting public has been given another enormous point spread to ponder; this one is for the Week 3 matchup between the Cowboys and the Dolphins on Sept. 22 in Arlington, Texas.Online sportsbooks such as Pinnacle, 5Dimes and Bookmaker pushed Dallas to about a three-touchdown favorite over Miami not long after the initial lines were posted Sunday, per Sportsbook Review. The spread had jumped to as high as 21.5 points as of 8:45 p.m. ET after being around 16.5 during the late afternoon games. Games involving the rebuilding Dolphins will be seen as huge mismatches until further notice. Miami closed as an 18-point underdog at home vs. the Patriots in Week 2, only to lose 43-0. The Dolphins were seven-point underdogs at home vs. the Ravens in Week 1; Baltimore easily covered that spread, to say the least, in a 59-10 rout.The Cowboys are 2-0 overall and 2-0 against the spread after season-opening victories over the Giants and Redskins, two NFC East rivals.Miami’s next opponent after Dallas will be the Chargers at home; that game has big-spread potential, too. The first chance for a reasonable number could come in Week 6, a home game vs. Washington (the Dolphins have a bye in Week 5).last_img read more

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2017 Story of the Year: The effects of social media on Wellington

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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Interesting Review · 136 weeks ago Very interesting from pragmatist point of view. I do not believe $1.5 million was stolen from city coffers, however, if SRMC was given it then so be it. We need a hospital, so says 75% who voted for it. One sentence though caught my eye: “Wellington and Sumner County as a whole overwhelmingly voted to build a secondary Cowley campus in 2016 and designated a half-cent sales tax to fund its construction.” Mr. McCue, if I remember correctly, the vote was around 54.4% in favor with 46.6% opposed. While Wellington was overwhelming in their support (appox. 66%), I do not consider overall margin of support as “overwhelming” countywide. Excellent viewpoint on impact of social media but I consider ‘all social media is local’ for the most part as well as politics or tribalism. My opinion only. Report Reply 0 replies · active 136 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Dave · 136 weeks ago Tracy, Thanks for a great commentary. As a former resident who uses the “NewsCow” to occasionally catch up on the happenings in Wellington, I enjoy reading your editorial columns. Not that I always agree with what you say, but you are usually a voice of reason in an arena where logic and common sense is often lacking. Keep doing what you do. Report Reply 0 replies · active 136 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Gary Clements · 136 weeks ago Social media was definitely a factor in the Automated Trash Service proposal and I am definitely in agreement that buying a trash truck is essentially an administrative purchase. Spending 2.1 million dollars to buy a trash truck that basically would have cost $150,000 is a huge disparity financially and I would think that any reasonable prudent person would agree that spending 2.1 million dollars to essentially totally redo the way trash service works in Wellington Kansas should be put to the voters of Wellington Kansas. The city has every right to maintain the existing trash service without input from the voters. They should have budgeted the routine maintenance of the trucks and replacement of trucks when necessary and I would imagine that the truck replacement is in the budget, that is what a budget is for, the day to day running of the city. Putting the city into deeper debt by passing another 2.1 Million dollar bond greatly concerns many citizens of Wellington as demonstrated by the support this petition garnered. Let the citizens of Wellington get their questions answered before forcing a $3.00 – $6.00 a month hike in their already high City services/utility bill. Report Reply 0 replies · active 136 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The last thing I wanted to do before writing my annual story of the year, was to write another one of those “we should all play nice on social media” articles.I might as well write you shouldn’t drink too much alcohol, drive without your seatbelts, and not yell at the refs at a sporting events. It sounds good, but you aren’t going to do it — no matter how much I plead, cry and postulate.Tracy “Cueball” McCueSo I’m done writing about it. Whatever. Be a insufferable jerk. I don’t care. Social media is more about you than the person you are trying to embarrass anyway.But as I was sitting here thinking about what to pick as my story of 2017, something kept coming back to me. No matter the subject — whether it be the hospital, the tragedies, the scandals there was always something that linked it together.Social media played some kind of part in the subject. And it is why I am making “the effects of social media on Wellington” as my story of the year.———I was thinking about this the other day as I closely follow the people circulating a petition drive to get the automated trash system on an election ballot. Could such a petition drive have been humanly possible before the advent of Facebook and Twitter? Oh, there have been local public initiatives before. I remember in the late 1990s, local option budgets could be protested via petitions. Wellington USD 353 voters used to trek to the polls every other year to pass a protested local option budget. But we haven’t done that since the turn of the Century.In 2013, Wellington voted on whether or not to allow sale of certain cold medicines over-the-counter in hopes of fighting the local methamphetamine epidemic. It was overwhelmingly defeated.But I can’t remember forcing a vote on what is essentially an administrative purchase. Basically, people want to vote on a trash truck.Now I’m not saying people should not have a say. But we elect city council people to can make those kinds of decisions. If we are going to force a public vote every time the council needs to make a tough decision then that’s a tedious way of doing business. What next? A vote on road graders? Toilet paper for the city administration office?  Elections should be for changing laws, raising money for public works projects (i.e. new schools, prisons), and/or approving or renewing tax initiatives.That is why we have city council elections, which only 19.15 percent of you registered voters participated in last November. Voting on a trash trucks should be up to your council representative.Nevertheless, the sequence has been fascinating to watch. A former council candidate issues a Facebook post saying she is gathering petitions signatures for a public referendum on the issue. Then suddenly she has volunteers to carry around the petitions and a movement is afloat.What happens next will depend on several things. Whether the petitions are valid, whether there are enough legitimate signatures, what exactly will be placed on the ballot – and who calls for the election. I may not agree with this making trash a public initiative, but I most certainly support the process. More power to the people.The Internet most certainly has taken over how we do business, and in 2017 it seems as if anarchy, however you define it, has arrived in Wellington, Kans.———Perhaps, the defining social media moment in 2017 for Wellington came in June during a city council vote to approve a public consumption area for the Kansas State Wheat Festival. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce was proposing an area in which people could openly purchase alcoholic beverages while listening to the various street dances. I’d explain it in more detail but this column is long enough (read here if you want to know more). There was also going to be a beer tasting booth of the various craft beer from private state vendors.For years the two downtown restaurant/bars — The Dore and Barefoot Jerry’s — had wanted to open the doors to allow people to freely walk in and out to purchase a drink during the festivities. State law, though, wouldn’t allow it until last May.Ironically, it was the Republican dominated legislature that loosened up the public consumption laws allowing more leeway to serve alcohol during these types of occasions. They passed the bill in May and on May 16 Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath came to the council asking for the group to define a public consumption area for the Festival because of the new law.That meeting was marked by Councilman Vince Wetta stating that alcohol and guns don’t mix. I’m not sure if Wetta meant this comment to be in jest or sincerity, but it started things up on Facebook.By the time the next meeting rolled around on June 5, it nearly became a full-fledged riot. With help of a few local social media warriors, who I am convinced hates Wellington, the consumption proposal became a major societal referendum all things evil with alcohol/drug abuse and how it is destroying the family fabric of the town.One thing I have learned in 30 years of covering city councils or school boards, there is nothing more unsettling for them than facing a room full of irate people.  The public consumption proposal never even got to a vote. As always, the Wheat Festival left people to do their drinking inside a tent — far away from the music — or in the confines of the two bars.  I’m not sure, but there may have been more people at the June 5 meeting than some of those Festival concerts.———Road graders were shown moving dirt long before the Wellington City Council signed the Developer’s Agreement. Social media was most certainly a contributing factor in a controversy a few months later over the Cowley College – Sumner County Developmental agreement in early September that hammered out such things as who pays for sewer, roads, street lights, etc.Wellington and Sumner County as a whole overwhelmingly voted to build a secondary Cowley campus in 2016 and designated a half-cent sales tax to fund its construction. Nevertheless, many of the same people who derided the alcohol consumption question above, decided the development agreement was not to be signed. It again became a social media controversy.And the council was split right down the middle that Tuesday of the question. Council woman Jan Korte, who was said to have been in favor of the developmental agreement, was gone on vacation at the time. The agreement was in peril. There was even talk of getting Korte to vote over the phone from overseas to make sure the agreement passed.Tuesday’s meeting turned into an all-out Jerry Springer event, minus the throwing chairs. And the decision was tabled until Thursday.I’d like to think that my come-to-Jesus column on the Thursday morning (see here) before the vote was the turning tide in the council’s resistance, but I’m sure it was more that reality set in and the college could split and end up in someplace like Mulvane — kind of like that casino.This was one time social media did not alter the reality of a situation. But it came close.———I waver on how much social media changes the views of people or even affects our world. I’m more inclined to think that social media is about reaffirmation – confirming one’s biased beliefs. After all that is why Fox News on the right and MSNBC on the left exist. They cater to a specific audience.But does it really “change” anyone’s minds?I remember when I first started Sumner Newscow six years ago and it was shortly thereafter Sumner Regional Medical Center officials were asking for an additional half-cent sales tax to help fund our beleaguered hospital.At the time, Newscow’s comment section was the primary social media source in Wellington since Facebook was still in its infancy as far as Wellington was concerned.During the campaign, I had probably four or five comment posters who were vehemently opposed to the sales tax initiative – so much so they were posting several comments a day. If you judged from the comment section alone, this issue was going to go down for an overwhelming defeat.I was sweating bullets. The city movers and shakers were antsy and had the resolution fell to defeat ultimately I and/or this website was going to be blamed. I thought Sumner Newscow’s days, as far as making revenue, may be coming to an end and the site hadn’t been in existence for even a year.But come election time, Wellington voters overwhelmingly approved the half-cent sales tax by 75 percent. And it confirmed my suspicions. Social media opinion didn’t really matter.Whether it be on this site, Facebook, Twitter, My Space, radio talk shows, political conventions, etc… very few are really swayed by unsubstantiated opinion.The power of persuasion usually lies squarely on the leadership proposing the project.———However, that is not to say, that there is not power in social media. It isn’t what is being said, but about perception. Thanks to social media, people of like minds can mobilize themselves and proceed to wield public policy their way, because of the perception their views are bigger and more contagious than they really are.For example, there may be 20 percent of Wellington who believes that $1.5 million was stolen from the city coffers — a recurring Facebook rumor going on two years now. But if that 20 percent is making 80 percent of the noise then that becomes an issue no matter how irresponsible that argument is.Wellington is a great town. The fact we are building a college in 2018 is testament just how collectively intelligent and visionary this community can be.But if we are going to allow the influence of social media to get to the point that we are holding special elections on trash trucks or toilet paper, then whatever we accomplish elsewhere will be negated.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid are in Paris as they look to sign Cavani this month

first_imgAtletico Madrid CEO, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, has travelled to Paris as he looks to wrap up a deal for Edinson Cavani this month. 14/01/2020 CET RELATED STORIES Upd. at 19:58 El Atlético insiste en el fichaje de Cavani| EFE Sport EN Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the striker but they were met with the same response: he isn’t for sale this month.center_img Gil Marin hopes to meet with PSG’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, to see if a deal can be struck. The player himself is said to be open to the move. PSG have already stated that they want the Uruguayan forward to remain at the club until the end of the season and are reluctant to let him join a Champions League rival. IN SPORT.ES The French team’s director of football, Leonardo, isn’t interested in doing a deal this month. However, Gil Marin believes he could convince PSG to cash in now rather than lose Cavani for free in six months time. Messi reacts to Valverde’s dismissal: “Thanks for everything, mister” Gil Marín intenta cerrar el fichaje de Cavani en Paríslast_img read more

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Third time lucky for Jones’ men

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT BRAD Jones has embarked on a new chapter as ROC’s senior football coach. But don’t be mistaken…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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The Nelson Daily Team of the Week

first_imgThe Nelson Daily didn’t need to search far for this latest Team of the Week.This group of local athletes represented the Heritage City at the annual B.C. Senior Games held earlier this month in Campbell River.The team happy-go-lucky-team includes, back row, L-R, Clint Saunders (track and field), Bruce Lockhart (slopitch), Don Currie, Roger Kerby (badminton), Mike Adams (cycling) and William Kalyniuk (golf). Middle, Blaine Rains (bowling), Rene Forrest (bowling), Linc Vital (bowling), Lorna Hamilton (bowling), Barb Saunders (track and field), Dawn Williams (bowling), Joan Deane (track and field) and Roy Deans (cribbage). Front, Lola Swetlikoe (bowling), Rusty Denny (bowling), Lee McNeill (bowling), Effie Rains (bowling), Lydia Kania (race walk), Audey Kempin (bowling), Lee Waddell (golf), Marion Williamson (cribbage) and picture organizer Marylee Banyard (swimming).last_img read more

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Colaiste Iognaid win Connacht Schools Senior Cup

first_imgColáiste Iognáid 13-7 Summerhill College Coláiste Iognáid made it back-to-back Top Oil Senior Cup triumphs and a 14th senior title in front of a raucous crowd at the Sportsground this afternoon. Summerhill fought strongly throughout but were unable to penetrate the Iognáid defence until the last play of the game. It was by no means a vintage performance from The Jes but they were always in control and produced a professional display to claim their second title in a row. Captain Diarmuid Codyre followed in his brother Morgan’s footsteps, who lifted the title last year, with the out-half one of Iognáid’s standout performers.The crucial score came just before the break as prop Garey Keane, a firm fans’ favourite among The Jes supporters, broke right through the middle of a ruck to cross. Codyre’s conversion made it 10-0 and a third Codyre penalty in the second half sealed the deal. Credit to Summerhill as they never gave in and the Sligo school went in for a richly deserved try in the last play through lock Caoileann Carty with Brian Cox converting but they will have to wait another year for their chance to collect their maiden Senior Cup title. After a dominant start by The Jes, Codyre missed two penalties in the opening 15 minutes with the second, from 45 metres, having the legs but whistling just wide of the left hand post. A yellow card for Summerhill star centre Ross Hickey for an infringement at the breakdown after 27 minutes proved a major setback and Iognáid took full advantage. First, Codyre slotted a penalty to make it 3-0 and after further pressure in the Summerhill 22, Keane spotted a gap in the Summerhill defence to score the all-important first try with Codyre converting.In truth, Summerhill never looked like overturning the 10-point deficit after the interval as they just weren’t able to hit top gear and Coláiste Iognáid ran out deserving winners.Coláiste Iognáid: Adam Cunningham; Conor Briscoe, Tomas Forde, Cillian McCabe, David Molloy; Diarmuid Codyre (C), Eavan Kenny; Adam Corbett, Conall Fallon, Gary Keane; Diorai O’Connor, Aaron Mannion; Jake Gallagher, Cathal McGuinness, Hugh KeaveneyReplacements: Sean Monaghan, Cian Parsons, Michael Higgins, Tomas Power, Ciaran Anthony, Ruadhan Durkin, Gareth Kenny, Rory O’Flynn.Summerhill College: Hugh Kisby; Cormac Murray, Kevin Connell, Ross Hickey, Rett Solano; Brian Cox, Brendan Cunningham; Mark Keegan, Vincent Reynolds, Conor Mc Govern; Caoileann Carty, Gary Golden; Fiachra Doherty, Sean Wynne, Adrian Cummins (C).Replacements: Ben Smith, Brian Flanagan, Andy Probst, Yusuf Shalabi, Darragh Feeney, Jack Gorevan, Thomas O’Hehir, Ruairi Mulligan, Rodrigo Garcia, Mark Harte, Sean Chambers. Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 15/3/2017Coláiste Iognáid vs Summerhill CollegeColáiste Iognáid’s Diarmuid Codyre offloads as he is tackled by Kevin Connell of SummerhillMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Cup FinalColáiste Iognáid 13-17 Garbally CollegeA try in the dying minutes from Garbally College winger Niall Collins clinched the Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Cup title for his school after a dramatic final at the Sportsground.It was an open, entertaining clash with both sides more than willing to run the ball from anywhere on the pitch. Playing against the strong wind, a fired-up Garbally College side made a flying start. Coláiste Iognáid were pinned in their own half with Garbally tackling superbly in midfield and after a Coláiste Iognáid clearance kick was blocked down, the ball was hacked beyond the in-goal area by the retreating defence for a five-yard scrum.The Garbally set-piece was solid and no.8 Patrick Grehan picked and barged his way over for the opening try with Cian Tracey off target with the conversion. Coláiste Iognáid responded well to that setback and some enterprising attacking play ended with a try for scrum-half Luke Kelly after Garbally’s Grehan had made an outstanding tap-tackle. Darragh Hanrahan added the extras and they led 7-5. It was only the beginning of a dominant period for the city school and they saw two tries correctly ruled out by referee Stephen Gregory later in the half – for a double-movement and accidental offside – as Garbally clung on for dear life. Hanrahan did add a penalty in the final minute of the opening half but it was scant consolation for their dominance as they led 10-5 at the break.As in the opening half, Garbally sprung out of the traps after the interval and a sublime piece of skill from Tracey saw the out-half drift outside the Iognáid midfield and his lofted pass released Padraig Flanagan to race clear and dive for the left corner but play was called back for a forward pass. The pressure told with 20 minutes to go as Garbally flanker John Claffey ghosted through a gap to go in under the posts after Garbally went through the phases in the Iognáid 22 with Tracey’s conversion giving Garbally a 12-10 lead. Once again, Iognáid regrouped and regained the upper hand when Garbally’s Oisin McCormack was sin-binned for coming in the side and Hanrahan had the nerve to slot the tricky penalty to move his school back in front.It was advantage Garbally in the closing minutes as they pushed for the winning score and a perfectly judged kick from impressive centre Shane Jennings was touched down by speedy winger Collins to clinch a dramatic victory for Garbally.Garbally College: Tom Fitzpatrick; Padraig Flanagan, Shane Jennings, James Carry, Niall Collins; Cian Tracey (Conor Goode, 51), Matthew Devine (Cormac Finn, 41); Seamus Egan (Cian Silke, 41), Odhran Dooley (C), Jamie Curley; Mark Mitchell, Paraic Galvin; John Claffey, Oisin McCormack, Patrick Grehan.Replacements: Matthew Kelly, Kyle Blackweir, Ben Daly, Jason Cunningham, Tony Finn.Coláiste Iognáid: McDara Ó Gríofa; Luke Hurson, Ben Kelly, Darragh Hanrahan, Harry Devlin; Jack Power, Luke Kelly; Lloyd Solan, Tomás Gilanders, Gary Lally; Niall Hanahoe, Liam Smyth; Oliver Kelly, Diarmuid McCormack (C), George Hill.Replacements: Callum O’Toole, Shane Devlin, Scott Canavan, Oisín Quinlan, Sean Conroy, Cian Murray, Harry Comer, Ronan Burke, Colm Finnerty, Cian Roche.Reports courtesy of connachtrugby.ieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Softball: March 7 Scoreboard

first_imgCentral Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were the only Southland schools to open conference play Friday as the Bears and Islanders split their doubleheader at Chapman Field in Conway, Ark. The Islanders picked up a 2-1 win in the first game while the Bears evened the series with an 8-5 victory in the night cap. In other softball action, UIW split a doubleheader at home against Prairie View A&M and Abilene Christian fell 10-6 to Northern Colorado in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2, Central Arkansas 1Central Arkansas 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi split their opening Southland Conference doubleheader today against Central Arkansas in the first home series at Chapman Field. The Islanders outhit the Bears 7-5 to pick up a 2-1 victory in the first game. In the second game, UCA connected on 12 hits to garner an 8-5 win. | A&M-Corpus Christi Recap | UCA RecapPrairie View A&M 8, UIW 4UIW 9, Prairie View A&M 3SAN ANTONIO, Texas – UIW split a pair of home games against Prairie View A&M on Friday. They lost the first game, 8-4 and then won the second game, 9-3 for their first win against an NCAA Division I team this year. | Read MoreNorthern Colorado 10, Abilene Christian 6LUBBOCK, Texas – Seniors Courtney Flanary and Lyndi Smith went a combined 5-for-8 with a home run and three RBI, but the Bears of Northern Colorado countered with four roundtrippers en route to a 10-6 victory over Abilene Christian Friday at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech. | Read Morelast_img read more

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Federer romps, Murray quiets Kyrgios

first_imgBy Larry FineRoger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another grand slam event at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.Murray had beaten 37th-ranked Kyrgios in straight sets in their three previous meetings, eliminating him this year from two other grand slams, in the Australian quarter-finals and third round of the French Open.The third-seeded Scotsman sent Kyrgios packing in the first round after playing straight man to the flippant Australian, who unnecessarily tried ‘tweener’ shots through his legs and jumped extravagantly on routine forehands that he buried into the net.“I expected a very tough match, and that’s what I got,” Murray, 28, said.But Murray had the last laugh against the clownish Kyrgios as he blasted 18 aces and 46 winners while only committing 23 unforced errors under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Earlier, second seed Federer was the envy of a clutch of men’s players made to work overtime in the 90-degree heat by quickly dismissing his opening opponent.Federer, who has been in sizzling form since reaching the Wimbledon finals, dashed past 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1 6-2 6-2 to launch his campaign for a sixth U.S. Open crown and first slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon.“I feel good now,” said Federer. “I actually wasn’t so confident yesterday and today. I just felt like maybe (this)could be one of those matches I just couldn’t see coming.“Thankfully I took this match extremely serious,” said the 34-year-old Swiss, who had fought off five match points in beating Mayer last year in Shanghai.Murray next meets French left-hander Adrian Mannarino, while Federer faces Belgian Steve Darcis, who advanced 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2 3-1 when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired.RETIREMENTS CONTINUEBaghdatis became the fifth player to retire on Tuesday after seven quit their matches on Monday as the toll of late season injuries and the searing heat presented severe challenges at the U.S. National Tennis Center.Among other shortened matches, Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open winner, advanced 6-0 7-6(2) 1-0 when Aleksandr Nedovyseov of Kazakhstan retired.Misfortune favoured the French and went the other way for the Aussies when 12th seed Richard Gasquet advanced 4-6 6-1 4-6 6-3 2-0 when Thanasi Kokkinakis retired.Other players were sorely tested on the court.Three players in the bottom half of the men’s draw had to go the distance under the sun, including French 11th seed Gilles Simon, who looked to have iced victory after taking a 6-2 6-4 3-0 lead over American Donald Young.But the Frenchman stumbled, and the 26-year-old American, once hailed as the next great U.S. player, saw an opportunity and turned the match upside down for a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.“I really had it on my racquet,” said Simon. “I was not able to do anything on the tennis court. I think Donald realised it and then played what he had to play to take me down in five sets. It’s a terrible result for me today.”In another wrenching defeat for France, Paul-Henri Mathieu fell to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets.The 128th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka, who saw fourth-seeded compatriot and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori drummed out in five sets on Monday, booked himself into the second round with a 6-4 2-6 6-7(7) 6-1 6-2 victory.Dutchman Robin Haase also made a Houdini-like escape against Germany’s Dustin Brown to register a 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory.On the women’s side, second seed Simona Halep of Romania also had an abbreviated match as she advanced 6-2 3-0 after 47 minutes on court as New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic retired with a knee injury.Also sprinting to victory was fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, who dismissed U.S. national college champion Jamie Loeb 6-2 6-0, and fifth-seeded, two-times Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova beat Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1.The women’s draw continued to produce upsets as Czech sixth seed and French Open finalist Lucie Safarova fell 6-4 6-1 to Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.Fourteenth seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland was also shown the door, sent out by 42nd-ranked Czech Barbora Strycova 7-5 6-0.“I wasn’t surprised (by the upsets), it is normal,” said 23-year-old Halep. “Everyone is fighting like crazy because it’s the last grand slam (of the year).”last_img read more

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Mexico’s Estrada dethrones Thai champion Srisaket for super flyweight belt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 32-year-old Srisaket looked slow and flatfooted early on compared to the confident Estrada who welcomed the toe-to-toe exchanges in the centre of the ring.There were no knockdowns but Estrada landed a powerful overhand right in the eighth that rocked Srisaket’s head back. He won by scores of 116-112, and 115-113 twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSrisaket, who fights mainly as a southpaw, looked strongest in the final two rounds when he seemed to be re-energized after switching from an orthodox to a lefty stance.Estrada appeared to slow near the end of the 12-round fight when he got caught with some solid punches by the Thai champ. But the Mexican survived and won the fight based on his superior performance throughout the first 10 rounds. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Kevin Durant unstoppable as Warriors close out Clippers, face Rockets A former WBA and WBO champion in the flyweight division, Estrada improved to 39-3 with 26 knockouts. Coming into Friday’s bout Estrada had won twice since losing to Srisaket in their first fight in February of last year.The loss snapped Srisaket’s 20-fight win streak as he dropped to 47-5 with one draw and 41 knockouts. This was the fourth defense of the title he won in a stunning upset over Nicaragua’s Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in 2017 in his US debut in New York.It was Srisaket’s first loss in five years.On the undercard, Danny Roman unified the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles by defeating TJ Doheny by a majority decision. Roman won by scores of 116-110, 116-110 and 113-113.Roman, 27-2 with one draw and 10 knockouts, has won 19 fights in a row since dropping a 2013 decision to American Juan Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT FILE -Juan Francisco Estrada has his hand raised in victory after defeating Victor Mendez in seven rounds at StubHub Center on December 8, 2018 in Carson, California. John McCoy/Getty Images/AFPMexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada won the World Boxing Council super flyweight title Friday, holding on for a unanimous decision over Thailand champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a rematch.Estrada dominated most of the fight, outboxing Srisaket and winning the majority of the rounds on the judges’ scorecards at the Forum arena in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Mexico’s unbeaten Rey Vargas, the 33-0 WBC champion, is believed to be next on Roman’s radar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chieflast_img read more

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