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Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement

first_imgSharapova burst onto the scene as a supremely gifted teenager and won her Grand Slams before serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.The Russian former world number one’s ranking is currently 373rd.Sharapova has hardly played in the past year because of long-standing shoulder problems.When she did play she lost as many matches as she won and was dumped out in the first rounds at Wimbledon, the US Open and, most recently, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Sharapova shot to fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004, the third-youngest player to conquer the All England Club’s hallowed grass courts. ‘Tennis gave me life’ She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open the next year.”One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward,” Sharapova said on Wednesday.”I believed that if I kept grinding and grinding, I could push myself to an incredible place.”But in 2007 Sharapova began her long on-off battle with shoulder trouble.She would win the 2008 Australian Open before a second shoulder injury kept her off tour for the second half of the season, missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.In 2012, the Siberian-born Sharapova captured the French Open to become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam. She added Olympic silver to her resume that year.Her 2014 French Open title was another high after a dispiriting injury low.More fitness troubles followed before the bombshell announcement of her positive test for the banned heart drug meldonium.Always a fighter — the seven-year-old Maria and father Yuri left for the US in 1994 with just a borrowed $700 to their names — Sharapova returned to the sport in 2017.”In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life,” Sharapova said in her retirement missive.”I’ll miss it everyday. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day.”I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes — win or lose — and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.”Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible.”Topics : Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday announced her retirement at the age of 32.”Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.”After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”last_img read more

Retirees are demanding more space to cater for their active lifestyle

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoOrianna at Sandstone Point clubhouse.“At Orianna we give our clients what they want, not what we think they want,” she said.“The new Tallow range offers double lockup garages, a spacious open-living space, master bedroom with ensuite, two outdoor living areas and energy saving solar panels.”Ms Lombe said today’s retirees were no longer satisfied with the typical unit style retirement village but were rather searching for quality and a more active lifestyle.She said the Sandstone Point development was already attracting like-minded, active over 50s who were looking to free up their lifestyle by downsizing in style and transitioning into either a semi or full retirement.“All homes are owner occupier, there are no entry or exit fees and residents retain 100 per cent of the capital gain on sale, making Orianna at Sandstone Point an attractive choice,” Ms Lombe said.Facilities at the resort include a clubhouse featuring twin bowling greens, a resort style pool, private gym, cinema and a workshop.“The clubhouse will be the hub for the community to catch up, have a drink at the bar, grab a coffee with friends or strike up a game of billiards,” Ms Lombe said.“We are really trying to embrace the small-town feel of a peaceful, coastal community while still providing the amenities and convenience of city living.” Orianna at Sandstone Point’s, Tallow design, is the developers response to increasing demand for double garage residences.A BOUTIQUE lifestyle resort developer is listening to demand and delivering bigger and better living for the over 50s. Orianna Sandstone Point sales manager Karen Lombe said in response to demand the Orianna Resort Group was launching a series of newly designed homes with double lock up garages.“We understand our clients may be downsizing from their four-bedroom family home on 800sq m blocks, but not from life,” Ms Lombe said.“They still have hobbies, a second car or even a motorbike and want the option of a double garage.”Ms Lombe said the benefit of living in a lifestyle resort like Orianna was that it gave greater flexibility to its residents.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgCoats , Unigestion , Insight Investment , M&G Investments , RBC Global Asset Management , Tikehau Capital Coats – John Lovell has been appointed group pensions director at the UK textiles business as it and parent company Guinness Peat face regulatory scrutiny for allegedly underfunding its pension schemes. Lovell joins from Sainsbury’s , the supermarket, where he was head of pensions. Guinness Peat has been served an official warning notice by the UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) for providing insufficient resources to the Coats Pension Plan and said it may issue a financial support direction against the company. Lovell takes over management of the scheme and will be responsible for pensions strategy at Coats and Guinness Peat, and delivering this with trustees. Lovell’s previous experience includes director of pensions at Lafarge UK and pensions manager at National Grid . Unigestion – Rudyard Ekindi has joined the Swiss asset manager as head of investment solutions in its equity team. Ekindi was previously director of investment research at the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), the UK defined contribution (DC) master trust. He has also been head of asset allocation at Credit Suisse Asset Management . Ekindi will report to Alexei Jourovski and work on developing Unigestion’s products.Insight Investment – David Hiller has been appointed a portfolio manager in its multi-asset team. Hiller joins from Aviva Investors , where he was an economist within its multi-asset department, and has prior experience working for Barclays Capital as chief UK economist. He will report to Matthew Merrit . M&G Investments – John Mayhew has joined the asset manager as head of infrastructure finance within its institutional fixed income team. He joins from Erias Finance , an infrastructure advisory firm founded by Mayhew in 2009. He will report to Simon Pilcher and lead a six-person team focusing on sourcing original project finance and infrastructure debt deals.RBC Global Asset Management – Nicole Vettise has been appointed as an institutional portfolio manager in the London team and serve as a capability specialist for the emerging markets equities team. Vettise joins from JP Morgan Asset Management , where she was lead client portfolio manager for its natural resources strategies and global thematic equity funds. She previously held roles at Credit Suisse Private Banking , Fleming Asset Management and Jardine Fleming .Tikehau Capital – Jean-Pierre Mustier has joined the alternatives asset manager as a partner, based in London. Mustier will focus on international expansion and supporting previous business. Mustier comes from a corporate and investment banking background, mainly at French bank Société Générale . He also worked at UniCredit as a deputy manager for corporate and investment banking.last_img read more

Regina L. “Jeanie” (Turner) Tice

first_imgRegina L. “Jeanie” (Turner) Tice 59, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday April 12, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born September 7, 1959 in Dearborn County, IN, of the late Harry Turner and Evelyn (Morehead) Turner.Jeanie loved playing Bingo, and cooking (She was an excellent cook), She was an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. Jeanie’s fur babies were Baby Girl and Bruno. Jeanie was often heard saying her favorite phrase…..Really?Regina is survived by her fiancée James Harvey, siblings, Patricia Turner of Aurora, IN, Eddie (Tammy) Turner of Lawrenceburg, IN, Richard Turner of Aurora, IN, Donald Turner of Tampa, FL, Albert Turner of Aurora, IN, Harry Turner of Aurora, IN, Johnny Turner of Patriot, IN, Pam Bradley of Lawrenceburg, IN; nephews and nieces, Georgia (Leon) Tice, Amy, Eric, Robbie (Megan Alvey) ,Brent, Corey, Brittney, Catherine, Jennifer, Eric, Brian, Little Johnny, Billy, Steven, Andy, Heather and Carolina Turner, David Bradley, Teddy Hussung, & Angela Bradley.She was preceded in death by Father, Harry Turner, Mother, Evelyn L. Turner, twin brother, Frank Edward Turner.Friends will be received Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Contributions may be made to the Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

GCB/Hand-in-Hand Under-19 tourney

first_imgDemerara bowled out for 190; Anderson rescues Select Under-17 with centuryTHE final round of the Guyana Cricket Board/Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day tournament got off to a relatively prompt start yesterday, despite the current weather conditions.This competitive round saw the commencement of battles between defending champions Demerara and Berbice at Everest, and the National Select Under-17 and Essequibo at the Police Sports Club ground.At the Everest Cricket Club ground, Demerara won the toss and elected to bat first, but only managed 190 runs off 90.3 overs. Ramnarine Chatura hit a solid 53 off 98 balls, with three fours and three sixes. West Indies youth selectees Bhaskar Yadram and Joshua Persaud made 39 and 17 respectively, while Riche Looknauth contributed 21 and Raymond Perez 17.Bowling for Berbice, left-arm spinner Keith Simpson grabbed 5 for 78 from 31 overs and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair took 5 for 32 from 38.3 overs.Berbice in reply reached 19 for 1 at the close from 13 overs, Kevin Sinclair and Adrian Sukwah unbeaten on 12 and 1 respectively. Veramootoo was dismissed by Bhaskar Yadram for 3.Over at the Police Sports Club ground at Eve Leary, the National Select Under-17 team attempted to capitalise on their option to bat first, but Essequibo had other plans as they sent back three of the Select Under-17 top-order wickets and held them at 45 for 3 after 33 overs at lunch.The Select Under-17, despite a slight recovery were soon 68 for 5 before Kevlon Anderson, batting at number five, and Pradesh Ballkishun batting at number seven gave Select Under-17s a sixth-wicket partnership of 77. Ballkishun was soon caught at long off by Quentin Sampson off Mahendra Persaud for 24.Kevlon Anderson continued to lead the Select Under-17 batting lineup, bringing up his century off 287 balls, with 13 boundaries.Anderson finished the day’s play on an unbeaten 101 that rallied the National Select Under-17 to 167 for 6 from 107 overs. Essequibo’s bowlers have so far combined to produce a good team effort, with Mahendra Persaud taking two wickets, while receiving valuable support from Joshua Jones, Sheldon Charles, Lesley Allen and Joel Fortune, all with wicket apiece.The matches continue today, with play on the second day at both the Everest and Police grounds starting at 10:00hrs.last_img read more

Police retain Hamilton Green Cup

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanSTRIKER Kester Dundas banged in the solitary goal of the Hamilton Green football championship final against home side Winners Connection to give the Guyana Police Force their second Hamilton Green title.Dundas’ goal in the 78th minute of play was the result of a received cross from Rawle Haynes down the right flankPlaying on a bigger outfield at the MSC ground the lawmen were not as dominant as one expected but their opponents were not up to scratch, as they struggled in the first half to outplay each other.However, as the second half got underway the Linden side looked better, but the City-based team always were on the hunt for top honours as they pressured the Linden side at midfield and were able to come away with some close shaves.The second half was more up-tempo and competitive as Winners Connection saw veteran Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens replace Marmalaque Davidson.Changes by Police were not far off with Dundas coming on around the 68th minute. Ten minutes later he was able to unlock Connection’s defence and find the back of the net against a dazed Linden side. This dented the hopes of a victory after being competitive, at the very least, in this encounter.The Police side are on a good run of football performances. They have been the side to beat outside of the Guyana Football Federation’s Elite League.Their manager Keyron Boston said he was satisfied with the win although they could have played better ahead of another final which they will contest tomorrow in the City.last_img read more

The Latest: Russian soccer league to restart on June 19

first_imgScott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic.The KF Bylis player was not named. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Russian soccer league says it will restart on June 19. That is two days earlier than originally planned. The West Indies will arrive next Tuesday and travel to Old Trafford in Manchester for quarantine and training.They will then move to Southampton for the first test from July 8, and back to Old Trafford for the remaining tests starting on July 16 and July 24.There will be no spectators.The two venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby and could be turned into “bio-secure environments.”Cricket West Indies agreed in principle to tour last Friday. The test series was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.”Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img June 2, 2020 The Latest: Russian soccer league to restart on June 19 The league says it gave the date of June 21 because of a longstanding practice of using the date of Sunday’s games as the official nominal designation for a round of games over several days.The restart will begin with two games on June 19. Krylya Sovetov Samara will play Akhmat Grozny and Sochi will face FC Rostov.Russia is planning to allow a limited number of fans in the stadiums when games restart.___England is set to host the West Indies in three cricket tests in July, subject to government approval. League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown.Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2.___last_img read more

Quest for ‘592 Street Kings’ crown begins tonight!

first_img… 16 teams vying for $675 000 in cashTONIGHT, street football fans will see 16 of Guyana’s best and up-and-coming teams go head-to-head as they begin their journey towards being crowned the inaugural ‘592 Street Kings’ of Georgetown street football.Powered by Ansa McAl’s 592 Lager Beer brand, the 592 Street Kings competition begins tonight at the Berlin tarmac (Drysdale and High Streets).It will be a case of ‘win or go home’ as the tournament will be a straight knockout competition.Seasoned ‘street-ballers’ Alexander Village, who are led by Shem Porter, will open proceedings against the youthful LA Ballers (a mixture of national U-20 footballers) at 19:30hrs, while Back Circle are assigned to battle Ansa McAl All-Stars at 20:00hrs.Meanwhile, East Coast outfit Melanie-B will clash with Keron Solomon’s Future Stars at 20:30hrs before a mouthwatering fixture at 21:00hrs between Broad Street, led by Jimmy Gravesande, and North East La Penitence.The fifth fixture of the night at 21:30hrs will see Okeene ‘Russian’ Fraser lead his Leopold Street side against bitter rivals Tiger Bay, who are sure to have the crowd on edge. That game will be followed by renowned street-ballers, Gold is Money, who boast Hubert Pedro among their ranks, against Avocado Ballers.The penultimate game will treat fans to streetball juggernaut Sparta Boss showcasing their talent against the exciting John Street outfit.In the eighth and final fixture of the night Albouystown-B will look to get past the dangerous Sophia to book their quarter-final spot.The eight winners of the night will advance to the quarter-final stage set for Burnham Court (Middle and Carmichael Streets) on September 14. Each of the eight quarter-finalists will have a chance to win cash prizes. The winners will advance to the semi-finals while the losers will be eligible for the ‘592 Shield’ which offers a purse of $50 000.Meanwhile, the semi-finals will also be played on match night two, while the venue for the third and final night of the tournament is D’Urban Park tarmac. On thar night the semi-finals and final of the ‘592 Shield’ will be played, while the third place and final of the ‘592 Street Kings’ tournament will also kick off.The inaugural ‘592 Street Kings’ will walk away with $300 000 in cash while the runners-up will receive $150 000. The winners of the third-place playoff will pocket $100 000, while the fourth-placed team will collect $75 000.Entry to the event is free and patrons can enjoy 592 Beer specials all night at 5 for $1 000.Every purchase guarantees patrons prizes which include 592 jerseys, caps, cozies, openers and buckets.last_img read more

Badger swimmers resume Big Ten slate

first_imgAfter impressive showings in Hawaii in their last competition, the men and women’s swimming and diving teams jump back into Big Ten competition as they compete in the Big Ten Quad Duels this weekend in Minneapolis.So far this season, the No.9 Wisconsin women (9-1, 4-0) have been on a tear through the water and the conference. In Wisconsin’s four conference meets this season, the Badgers have won by an average of 106.25 points and have shown no sign of slowing down. “I am happy with the way they have come around,” head coach Eric Hansen said. “We have got a good group already qualified for the NCAAs. Our main objective between now and the NCAAs is to prepare more and to have more people qualify. So, I feel good with where we are at with the women.”Wisconsin has been anchored by some impressive performances thus far, especially from freshman Jennifer Illescas.Against Hawaii, Illescas placed in three events, coming in third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.27), and winning both the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.43) and the 1000-yard freestyle (10:07.55).”She had [been swimming] really well,” said Hansen. “We knew she was a talent. So, I don’t think that’s too surprising, but her training has been very consistent. Now that the majority of the hard work is behind us, we’ll get to see how they handle the rest and what becomes of it. I’m very happy with how she has trained and how she has come around.”Not only is Illescas swimming well, but, as a whole, the Badgers are making strides towards a strong surge throughout the second half of the season.At this point, five Badgers have already earned NCAA “A” qualifying times, which qualify them for the NCAA Championship. Those Badgers are Anna Trinidad in the 200-yard IM, Andrea Wiesner in the 200-yard IM, Sarah Johnson in the 100-yard butterfly, Yi Ting Siow in the 200-yard breaststroke and Susan Johnson in the 200-yard backstroke.”We’re six qualified and it helps with a lot of things,” Hansen said. “We will be able to rest them for the Big Ten Championships so that they are 100 percent for the NCAAs.”On the men’s side, the Badgers (5-4, 1-2 Big Ten) have yet to get on a roll. They haven’t won back-to-back meets since early October.However, the Hawaii meet seemed to give the Badgers a much-needed boost, as they were able to cruise to a 106-53 victory over the Warriors. However, with Wisconsin posting a combined 18 freshmen and sophomores on their roster, the Badgers early-season struggles may not be indicative of how Wisconsin is performing.”[Our record] doesn’t reflect how we’ve performed,” Hansen said. “With a team with one junior and one senior, we’re the definition of a young team. I am really happy with how they’ve come around.”We knew we were going to take some losses this year, but, our main objective is to get people to that NCAA level and get back to the top 20. We have really seen some good results with our program.”So far this season, the standout swimmer for the men has been freshman Scott Rice. After earning a ninth place finish in the 200-yard butterfly at the Texas Invitational, Rice had one of his best meets as a Badger, earning a second-place finished in the 200-yard IM (1:55.48), the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:05.12).”Scotty is a hard worker and very talented,” Hansen said. “He’s one of the major players on our men’s team. He’s surrounded by a great freshman class, and I think that class, as a whole, has really stepped up.”Scotty … is probably the closest person to qualifying individually and will play an integral part in our relays. He’s put himself in a great position [to succeed] and now it’s just attention to detail and attacking at the end of the season.”While the women had success at the duals last year, the men are heading to Minnesota in hopes of avenging last season’s poor results, in which the men lost to both Minnesota (269-85) and Purdue (212-141).Although records are important, Hansen is more concerned about technique as both teams prepare to make a splash. The women will strive towards a national championship and the men look to make a statement for the future.”Winning is something we all like doing, but how we judge our season is how we do at the end of our season,” Hansen said. “The NCAA Championships is everything to us in this sport. The Dual meet is important, and the thing I am looking for more than anything is swimming cleaner and technique. If we can do that, then we know with more rest, we can be better and be where we need to be at the end of the season.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse starters Nassib, Pugh take in game at MetLife Stadium

first_img Published on September 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seeing a former Syracuse teammate coming his way, Justin Pugh delayed the beginning of an interview and greeted him.“What’s up with these jerseys, man? You guys start swaggin’ out once we left,” Pugh said after hugging senior wide receiver Jarrod West who, like his teammates, wore the SU’s new gray uniforms with shiny orange helmets. A sweaty West replied, “It’s because of y’all!” and then jogged back out to the field for pregame warm-ups.Pugh is used to seeing Orange at MetLife Stadium. Former SU defensive end Jameel McClain plays defensive line for the Giants. And Pugh’s quarterback with Syracuse, Ryan Nassib, debuted for New York Thursday when starting quarterback Eli Manning helped the team to a big lead. Pugh and Nassib addressed the media about an hour before Syracuse’s (2-1) 8 p.m. kickoff with No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) on the same field they play out the early stages of their NFL careers, again, as teammates.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you see Ryan on the sidelines, it’s always — you don’t have to say anything, you just know,” Pugh said. “He gives me a little tap. I’m like ‘OK baby, let’s get this thing rolling.’”In orange pants and a navy blue Lacoste t-shirt, Pugh stood behind the same end zone he usually spends half of each Sunday shunting opponents toward.The shirt was nothing new, but the pants arrived Friday.“I had to get a little orange flavor in there, a little something different,” he said. He said he’ll be watching from the sideline, screaming, cheering on his former team. Then added: “When we win it’ll be even better.”The schedule lined up well for the SU products on the Giants, who played at Washington on Thursday night and had Saturday off to spend at MetLife Stadium. Besides a bowl game, Saturday was possibly the only time Nassib and Pugh could watch the Orange play in person.“Couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Nassib said.Nassib said he stopped by the Orange’s hotel Friday night and spoke to the team, telling the players to have fun and enjoy the moment — nothing too different from what he told his teammates when he was Syracuse’s starting quarterback.He also added that he talks weekly with SU quarterback Terrel Hunt through text.But when they greeted each other Saturday, the discussion wasn’t really about football.“He’s from New York, so I had a few questions about the area for him,” Nassib said.He talks a little more frequently with cousin Joe Nassib, but more about family than football. Joe Nassib’s a fifth-year cornerback who has recently recovered from a recent shoulder injury and could see playing time for SU’s nicked-up secondary.As Nassib spoke to reporters, he took a peek over his right shoulder as a few Orange players poured out of the tunnel and onto the field.Nassib gave a nod of approval and said, “Uniforms look nice tonight.” Commentslast_img read more