Venus Williams sets up all-American US Open semis

first_img [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Venus Williams sets up all-American US Open semis’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Thursday, September 7, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’’ attachment=’116647′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] Venus Williams screams after the score of a game returned to deuce in the third set of her US Open quarterfinal against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, Sept. 5. AP [av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]NEW YORK – Venus Williams’ renaissance year continued on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when she downed Petra Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) in an electrifying atmosphere to set up an all-American US Open semifinal against Sloane Stephens.The 37-year-old ninth seed, who has already played two grand slam finals this season, blossomed under pressure in a nail-biting third set to remain on course for her first major title since she won Wimbledon in 2008.Kvitova, back to her best after a career-threatening injury sidelined her for five months, was up a break in the decider but the 13th seed allowed Williams back into the contest and the American was the more composed player in the tiebreak.“I have to say I felt every single one of you guys behind me. That feels good and I did not want to let you guys down,” Williams told the 23,000 crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium, before adding a word for her opponent, who was stabbed in her left hand by an intruder at her home last December.“Everything she’s gone through … It’s unbelievable. It’s wonderful to see her back and play amazing. I’m so fortunate to have won that match.”Williams and Stephens could be joined in the last four by compatriots Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, who are both playing on Wednesday.Kvitova, whose previous five matches against Venus all went to three sets, led early on when a third Williams double fault in the third game put the Czech 2-1 up.She still had not found her range properly, though, and Williams levelled for 3-3 with a break when Kvitova fired a forehand long.Williams held serve in the next game and went on to set up three break points as Kvitova sprayed the court with unforced errors, converting the first with a neat backhand winner down the line.The 2000 and 2001 US Open champion continued to serve almost perfectly and pocketed the opening set when Kvitova, who hit 16 unforced errors, returned long.Kvitova, whose backhand return was proving tough to handle, again went ahead in the second set with a break courtesy of a winner down the line and she held for 3-0 after saving break points.The roof was closed as drops of rain started to fall and, after that brief interruption, Kvitova saved two break points before levelling the tie with a big first serve that Williams returned long.Kvitova also drew first blood in the decider, using her crafty backhand to devastating effect to break for 2-1, but a double fault on break point in the sixth game allowed Williams to level.The match always looked like being decided in the tiebreak and Williams took an early mini-break before dictating play with deep forehands to take a 6-1 lead.She double faulted on her first match point but Kvitova returned wide on the second. (Reuters)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Report: Glasgow Rocks 87-54 Bristol Flyers

first_imgThe home side made a 15-4 start and never looked back as the Flyers were already facing an uphill task with the absences of Tyrone Lee and Doug McLaughlin-Willliams.At the end of the first, Glasgow were up by 12, and the lead would remain in double digits for the majority of the encounter, though the Flyers did cut the gap to seven briefly in the second.The Rocks began to push on in the second half and a 13-2 run saw them open up a 21-point cushion at the end of the third period. There was no let up in the fourth, and the advantage peaked at 31 points following an 8-0 run.Cardell McFarland paced the Flyers with 18 points as they dropped their third straight league game, and now have a 5-12 record in the BBL Championship.Bristol Flyers return home on Saturday night to take on Leeds Force at the SGS WISE Arena – Click here to buy tickets online.last_img read more

Kentucky looks to earn bowl eligibility in Stoops’ 3rd year

first_imgHOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he’s learned a lot of “valuable lessons” during his first two years leading the Wildcats and feels the program will keep moving forward in year three.Kentucky fell one win short of bowl eligibility in 2014, losing its final six games after starting the season with a 5-1 record. The Wildcats return 14 starters from that team, including seven on both sides of the ball.Junior quarterback Patrick Towles is back after throwing for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, but Stoops says Wednesday at SEC Media Days that he’s still competing for this year’s starting job with freshman Drew Barker.Kentucky is trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2010 season.last_img read more

Deer and Dortico final bet in Munich will be three titles…

first_imgThus, it has been officially confirmed that the final fight will also take place for the vacant The Ring title, continuing the tradition that all Super Series finals are also won The Ring whereof. The Ring In the magazine ranking in this weight category, Deer and Dorticos are rated as the strongest boxers – with the first and second number, respectively. “It is impossible to predict a winner, but anyone who ultimately picks up Muhammad Ali’s trophy and wraps these titles around his waist will be confirmed as a boxing superstar,” says Super Series manager Kalle Sauerland.“Both Superseries and The Ring Magazine wants to crown the best boxers in each division. That has been our goal from the very beginning, so we haven’t had to talk to the Superseries for a long time about merging these awards – it happened naturally, because the goal of both organizations is the same, “adds The Ring editor Tom Gray.Dorticos won the IBF title, which was released by Oleksandr Usiks last June, when the Americans Andrew Tabiti were slaughtered in Riga in the 10th round of the Super Series semi-final. On the same evening, Briedis defeated K Kšištofof Glovacki and won the WBO title, but later lost it because he gave up immediate revenge and decided in favor of the Super Series final. Both 34-year-old Dortikos (24-1, 22 KO) and 35-year-old Deer (26-1, 19 KO) have suffered only one loss in their professional careers. In February 2018, Dorticos conceded to the Russian Murat Gasijev in Sochi, but a month earlier in Riga, Riga acknowledged the superiority of the already mentioned Usik.We remind you that the final of the Superseries had to take place in Riga, but due to the pandemic, this fight was eventually canceled, starting the organization of the final again. The money for the purchased tickets to the final in Riga can be recovered until September 30.last_img read more

Esports Performance Academy launched by Infinite Esports alumni

first_imgEsports Performance Academy, a company that works with schools and universities in Dallas and Fort Worth to develop future esports talent, has launched.It was founded by Andrew Cooley and Andrew English, alumni of Infinite Esports & Entertainment – the former parent company of OpTic Gaming and Houston Outlaws.Logo credit: Esports Performance AcademyRELATED: Immortals officially acquires Infinite Esports & EntertainmentCooley is the former Head Coach of OpTic Gaming’s LCS Academy team, later moving on to become the President of GG Esports Academy (GGEA) – a development-focused company also owned by Infinite Esports & Entertainment.English worked for GGEA in business development and as a Team Support Coordinator, helping to manage the League of Legends team, overseeing the budget and expenses of the program, working with Cooley on strategy, and more.Cooley commented on the launch in a release: “We want to legitimize esports coaching, rapidly accelerate player performance and improvement, and give the new generation everything we didn’t have as we traveled down the path to professional play. Our goal is to set new standards for the industry. It’s a crucial time, as there are still minimal resources that focus on doing this, and typically what does exist is executed improperly.”RELATED: GGEA to train amateur players in fighting gamesEsports Performance Academy currently works with the likes of Texas Wesleyan University and the Dallas Independent School District, helping to mold students into future professionals and gearing them up for a career beyond competing.Esports Insider says: A lot of companies are focusing on the grassroots of esports these days and we agree that cultivating the next generation of talent is a useful activity. With the co-founders’ experience in esports – especially with Infinite Esports & Entertainment – we’re sure they’re well-equipped for the task at hand, especially in the local DFW area.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees Announced

first_imgThe Orioles announced 19 Spring Training non-roster invitees Thursday morning. All eyes will likely be on the 11 pitchers called into spring camp, as the orioles still have not addressed their woeful rotation.Josh Edgin, Jhan Mariñez, and Asher Wojciechowski are the only pitchers called into camp with more than 40 innings pitched in the major leagues.Edgin is the most likely to find himself on the opening day roster, as he has the most major league experience and is a lefty. With Zach Britton on the shelf with a ruptured Achilles the Orioles will need another lefty to step in.Edgin has a career 3.49 era across 129 innings. Edgin has been successful against lefties, who only hit .223 against him. A paticular bright spot of Edgin is that he doesn’t walk lefties. In 295 plate appearances, Edgin only walked 21 batters.The three big names among the position players are Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins, and DJ Stewart who are rated as the third, fifth and 18th best prospects in the Orioles system. All three were drafted in 2015, with Mountcastle and Stewart being taken in the first round and Mullins in the 11th. This will be the first big league camp for all three.Mountcastle is probably the most exciting of the three. He is rated as the 98th best prospect in the MLB. He lead the minor leagues last season in doubles with 48. In his first three professional seasons, Mountcastle has put up solid offenisve numbers. He has a .286 batting average while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 132 runs.The 20 year old shortstop will have big shoes to fill once Manny Machado leaves, however if he can put up similar numbers in the minors this year he will be poised to take over in 2019.Please follow and like us:last_img read more