Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES So big, in fact, that she was too nervous to talk to him until recently.Once she did, the 20-year-old Osaka found they had plenty in common. Nishikori, 8 years older, was like a “really big kid” who liked to play video games and have fun like her.“Overall, he’s just really nice and positive and bubbly and stuff,” Osaka said.Only once had Japan had a man and woman reach the quarterfinals of the same major, and Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date both lost in that round at Wimbledon in 1995.Nishikori and Osaka are looking to keep right on going. Their victories provided a boost to their baseball-crazed country on an otherwise downer of a day with the news that Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani had new damage in his right elbow and major surgery was been recommended.When Nishikori became the first Asian male to reach a Grand Slam singles final four years ago, hundreds of fans packed into a convention hall to cheer him on at a standing-room-only public viewing event in his hometown of Matsue.Now there might be two such events in Japan this weekend.“Hopefully we do well this week,” Nishikori said. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kei Nishikori, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori looked around Arthur Ashe Stadium and noticed the crowd.With Nishikori playing immediately after Naomi Osaka on Wednesday, the U.S. Open became must-see viewing for Japanese tennis fans.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s good to have, you know, home support outside of Japan,” he said. “Yeah, it’s great news we’re both in the semis.”Historic news, actually.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’Both players won — Osaka decisively, Nishikori narrowly — to give Japan a men’s and women’s semifinalist at the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time, according to the ATP Tour.Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes. Osaka routed Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches in the tournament that she finished in less than an hour. MOST READcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All figured out “I think she can, you know, win a title now, even (a) Grand Slam. So I feel, you know, big chance for her,” Nishikori said.“Also happy for myself, too, being injured last year.”That was a wrist injury that kept him off the tour from late last season until early this year. He started to regain his form in the spring, was back up to the No. 21 seed for his return to Flushing Meadows, and awaits either No. 6 Novak Djokovic or unseeded John Millman on Friday.Meanwhile, Osaka won a Masters title at Indian Wells and with her strong run in New York, where she will next play 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, she has picked up more of a following from the Japanese media — though she believes there’s a different reason for that.“I think it’s because of Kei,” she said, holding her hands apart to show how much bigger Nishikori is in Japan, from where her family moved to New York when she was 3.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pedestrian critical after being struck down by car

first_imgA pedestrian is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was struck by a motorcar while attempting to cross the Houston Public Road, Greater Georgetown on Friday.Lona France, 48, of Lot 4 Independence Boulevard, Albouystown, Georgetown sustained a fractured left leg, fractured left hand, fractured left hip and a punctured lung.Based on information received, the motorcar driven by Oswald Michael was proceeding along the Houston Public Road and as she approached Meadow Bank, France reportedly ended up in the path of the vehicle causing her to fall to the roadway where she received injuries.She was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was examined and admitted a patient. The driver was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations since Police believe speeding was involved.On that note, the Police on Friday stated that speeding, inattentiveness and pedestrian crossing in the path of approaching vehicles were the main causes of fatal accidents. In fact, for the year thus far, 2935 cases were made out by the traffic department for speeding and 155 for careless driving.last_img read more

Takutu Landing fatal stabbing

first_imgVictim ID as Diamond, EBD residentThe police have confirmed that the miner that was stabbed to death at Takutu Landing, Puruni Road, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), after he went to help a woman, was positively identified as 24-year-old Eric Nurse of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.The miner called “Black Boy” was stabbed at least 12 times after he intervened in an argument between another miner and a woman.The suspect is a 37-year-old miner of Enterprise, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and has since confessed to the murder.Reports are on Wednesday at about 20:30h, Nurse and the suspect were consuming alcohol at a popular shop in the area.However, at about 01:20h on Thursday morning, it is alleged that the suspect concealed himself in the sleeping quarters of a female employee without her knowledge.As she entered, she was confronted by the man and immediately raised an alarm. The woman and the suspect were, however, engaged in a heated argument and it was at this time that the victim intervened and held onto the suspect’s shirt and pulled him out of the room.The woman reportedly went back into her sleeping quarters and left the two men arguing in front of the shop.About five minutes later, the woman heard a commotion and upon checking, saw “Black Boy” lying on his back in a pool of blood and motionless. The suspected murder weapon was recovered at the scene and taken as evidence.Nurse’s body was transported to the Bartica Regional Hospital Mortuary.last_img read more

“Keep Your 5 Alive” returns July 7

first_imgTop 32 teams identifiedOrganisers of the highly popular “Keep Your Five Alive” Futsal Competition have released the fixtures for the first three nights of action, at the National Gymnasium.The tournament, now in its sixth year, has grown in status and provides fans with the level of excitement and skill that are synonymous with the shorter format of the sport.Kevin Adonis, whose idea it was to create the tournament six years ago, said the event is unlike any other played in Guyana where a team’s chances of progressing in the competition depends entirely on its ability to ‘keep its five players alive’, meaning if you lose a game there isn’t a second opportunity to ‘stay alive’.“The concept is one that I like it allows a team only one opportunity to play for the prizes and because of this all the teams come well prepared to play at a high level and so the fans are the real winners,” Adonis said.According to the organiser, because this is the sixth edition, he is hoping to increase the total prize monies and perhaps even add some incentives for outstanding individual performances.This, he however, indicated will depend on the support the tournament receives from the corporate community.“I am working hard to make this possible and the first prize I have in mind is $600,000 which simply means that $100,000 is being allotted for each year that the tournament has been in existence.”Adonis disclosed that 32 of the best teams in the country have been invited including defending champions West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ and losing finalist Future Stars.Among some of the other teams making the shortlist are Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street and most of the zone champions of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition.Teams will be represented from Georgetown, Linden, Berbice, West and East Demerara and the East Coast of Demerara, making it a true reflection of wide participation and the current standing of the competition.The tournament kicks off on Saturday, July 7, at the National Gymnasium, with five matches scheduled to be played.On opening night action, Rhythm Stars (Mocha) tackles recently-crowned Berbice Guinness champions Trafalgar and this encounter will be followed by the clash between Agricola and Broad Street.Kingston, the square off against Swag Entertainment out of Linden, before another Mining Community team NK Ballers take on Sophia.In the final game of the night, Leopold Street play host to East Coast Melanie Damishana.The fixtures for the next two playing days are seen below.On Thursday, July 12, Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from the East Coast go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.ESPN then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then faces California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down for the evening.On Saturday, July 14, Albouystown and Upsetters get things going, before Future Stars and Alpha Warriors square off.Back Circle then tackles Kitty Hustlers, before Linden’s Dave and Celena All Stars go up against Bent Street.The reigning champs West Front Road then close the night with a clash against Alexander Village.The launch of the competition will be done on a date to be announced.last_img read more

Injuries take toll on ‘Cats

first_imgCook finished with 19points. Harold contributed 18. Combs and sophomore Matt Raya chipped in with 10 and eight points, respectively. At 6-foot-8, sophomore Anthony Stover was a non-factor, scoring only six points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – With starting guards Josh Thomas and Yader Combs nursing injuries suffered in Tuesday’s quarterfinal victory at Immanuel of Reedley, Renaissance Academy did not have enough firepower in a 65-61 CIF State Southern Regional semifinal loss to View Park Prep at Crenshaw High on Saturday night. “We came out a little flat,” Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said. “That trip to Fresno on Tuesday took a lot out of us. Yader couldn’t really get going with the groin injury. It’s been a long season.” Things got worse in the third quarter when the Knights went on a 15-4 run and pushed the lead to as many as 16 points. Junior Jason Pruitt, a transfer from Artesia and younger brother of USC guard Gabe Pruitt, scored 10 points in the quarter and finished with 27 points to lead View Park Prep. Renaissance sorely missed the always reliable Thomas. All season long, Thomas facilitated the offense and was a reliable outside shooter. Thomas played sparingly and only for short stints, but he couldn’t put weight on the ankle or cut effectively, which limited his productivity on the court. “He was averaging over 20points in the playoffs and was breaking people down,” Cooke said. “Not having Josh was a huge loss tonight.” Renaissance Academy trailed by as many as 22points early in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats made a furious rally, keyed by baskets from Justin Cook, Harold and two 3-pointers from Combs. The Wildcats ended the game on a 27-9 run, but it was too little, too late. center_img The Wildcats made problems only worse right after the opening tip with several turnovers and missed layups – giving up too many second and third chances to the Knights. Despite the deficiencies, Renaissance Academy used an 8-2 second-quarter run and then first-half points from sophomore Hector Harold to trail 25-21 at halftime. last_img read more

Taylor Curling Rink helps local businesses connect with residential Christmas shopping

first_imgThe shopping event, originally slated for the elementary school’s gymnasium, will take place at the Taylor Curling Rink, located on 9888 Cherry Avenue Drive.Different vendors will be there each day, with your first opportunity to participate in some local Christmas shopping on Saturday November 29, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The next day, November 30, the event will run 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost associated with vendors tables as well as raffle tickets sold at the event go directly to the school.“Proceeds from the event will help fund [a] local author to come to Taylor Elementary School and help students illustrate a book per classroom,” Event Organizer Tara Corbett explained in an emailed response.Corbett adds, “There are roughly 32 vendors, many homemade products, as well as Scentsy, Epicure and a few other companies.”- Advertisement -Raffle ticket, a cost of $5 for one or three for $10, will be available for purchase at the door.The last time this event was held, it managed to raise $750 for the elementary school, according to Corbett.There will also be ample opportunities for you to donate to the community’s Christmas hamper.Advertisementlast_img read more

COUNCIL SERVICES COULD BE BADLY AFFECTED BY NEW IRISH WATER DEAL – McBREARTY

first_imgIndependent Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr said he fears local authority services will be drastically impacted upon as a result of the new deal struck between the Government and Irish Water.Cllr Frank McBreartyThe Raphoe county councillor said he intends to will be asking the council’s executive questions at next Monday’s full council meeting.He wants to know what the implications will be for the local authorities concerning the fact that Irish Water will have their subvention reduced by the Fine Gael and Labour government. “This decision will exempt Irish Water from paying the €60m owed to local authorities around the country. I feel the actions of Government over the last number of days have led to even further confusion which has led to more questions that need to be answered.“The Government seem to have made these decisions in order to ensure that Irish Water passes the market corporation tests which stipulates that over half of Irish Water’s revenue must come from charges.“How does this affect the 12 year service plan? Who is going to replace the funding which was promised by Irish water directly through this 12 year plan and future budgets of Donegal County Council.“What impact will it have on services and the raising of rates from Irish waters network. Will this new decision have any impact on the budget that the members of Donegal County Council passed last week for 2015. Will this ultimately force local authorities to increase the Local Property Tax or will the government commit to increasing the equalisation fund to compensate us for any loss of income as a result of the so called climb down by Government. “Donegal County Councils budget has been dramatically reduced over the last few years and we can take NO more cuts,” he said.He added we have only now learned that Irish Water is to cost the Irish taxpayer in excess of €84 million per year along with the multi millions that have already been spent because of the mistakes that were made at government level.“This money would have been better spent on upgrading the network for which local authorities were doing before those services were transferred to irish water. This PR stunt by the government is designed to deflect away from the hurt and anger that home owners are feeling due to this governments failures and that is why I am saying once again that if people to stand firm and not pay the water charges then this campaign can be successful,” he added.COUNCIL SERVICES COULD BE BADLY AFFECTED BY NEW IRISH WATER DEAL – McBREARTY was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal County CouncilFrank McBreartyIrish Waterlast_img read more

Picture Special: LYIT students attend graduation ceremony!

first_imgAfter spending countless hours pouring over books, early morning classes, and maybe the odd energy drink, LYIT students have now punctuated their studies with a beautiful graduation ceremony which was held at An Dánlann in LYIT’s Letterkenny campus yesterday. Students from the departments of Law & Humanities, Computing, Life Long Learning, Civil Engineering & Construction, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, Design & Creative Media, Business Studies, Nursing & Health Studies, Science, graduated yesterday. The Killybegs campus will be having their ceremony next Friday at the Blue Haven, Largymore, Kilcar.Well done to all graduands!Picture Special: LYIT students attend graduation ceremony! was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CollegedanlanndegreeeducationgraduationKillybegsletterkennyLYITUniversitylast_img read more

MINISTER IS ‘SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED’ BY ATTACK ON CONVOY ORANGE HALL

first_imgMinister of State Joe McHugh TD said he is shocked and disgusted by the fire at the Orange Hall in Convoy.The Orange Hall in Convoy which was attacked last night.Deputy McHugh has visited the scene of the suspected arson attack – the second in just three weeks following another attack on an Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham.The Minister said he has now contacted Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, about the matters. “As soon as I was informed of what happened, I came to the site to see firsthand the damage that was done and to meet with community members and those involved with the Hall, to share in their grief and offer my sympathies and support.“I have spoken with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan and the Taoiseach has been informed of what has happened in Convoy.“I have also met with members of the Presbyterian Church in Convoy and having spoken with members of the Gardai, I understand they are making enquiries into a number of attempted attacks on the Church, which also took place in the early hours of this morning,” he said.Deputy Joe McHughHe described the latest incident as worrying and stressed that such behaviour will not be accepted. “It is very worrying that this has happened so recently to the arson attack on the Orange Hall at Newtowncunningham and I want to make clear that this sort of vicious behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. A Gardai investigation has already begun and they will have the full support of the community, the local authority and the Government.“The community here in Convoy have very good relations with their neighbouring communities and we need to ensure that these acts of vandalism carried out by a few does not disrupt or strain the very important relationships which have been built up over many years.” MINISTER IS ‘SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED’ BY ATTACK ON CONVOY ORANGE HALL was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonconvoydeputy joe mchughGardaiOrange Halllast_img read more

Public warned over Albanian phone scam

first_imgSCAMMERS have been targeting mobile phone owners in Co Donegal again today.Fraudsters calling from an Albanian number are the latest to call local phone owners. Under the scam, the crooks can start charging calls to your number.Gardaí are urging people not to answer the calls and to use settings on their phone to block calls. The latest number to block is +355 686854060. Public warned over Albanian phone scam was last modified: March 27th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalphone scamlast_img read more