Sharapova seeks redemption on Roland Garros clay

first_imgWhen Maria Sharapova last played the French Open in 2015, she did so as defending champion.Denied a wildcard by Roland Garros organisers last year on her return from a 15-month doping ban, the Russian was dogged by injury and controversy as she tried to get her career back on track.Now 31, it would have been understandable had the five-times grand slam winner hung up her rackets to focus on her ever expanding business empire.Not Sharapova, one of the game’s toughest competitors.“That’s why I still continue to do this, because I have that passion of figuring things out and getting it done, whether it’s a tough day, or whether it’s a great day,” Sharapova said in a phone interview earlier this year.Although Sharapova was the world’s top-paid female athlete for more than a decade and has earned close to $300 million on and off the court according to FORBES, nothing comes close to competing for the sport’s biggest prizes.“You are very much in the moment,” said Sharapova, a three-times finalist in Paris. “Your team just hands you over, literally on to the stage, onto your universe for the next hour, hour-and-a-half, two or three, and you have to find a way to deliver.“Everything that you put into it previously, you have to pour out onto the court, every fear that you’ve faced before, you have to bring out onto the court. You have to be powerful, but yet you have to handle being vulnerable at moments when things don’t go your way.”STRUGGLE FOR FORMHaving ended 2017 outside the top 50, Sharapova endured one of the worst periods of her career as she lost four straight matches.In March, she ended a four-year spell with Dutchman Sven Groeneveld and brought back her former coach from Sweden, Thomas Hogstedt, with whom she won her first French Open title in 2012 as she completed the career grand slam.Now, after strong performances in Madrid and Rome this month, Sharapova is back among the seeds and beginning to believe that she can win the title for a third time.Finally fully fit, Sharapova reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and beat reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach the semi-finals in Rome, a huge boost of confidence as she returns to the scene of her most successful grand slam.After losing a close three-set match to world number one Simona Halep in Rome, Sharapova called her progress “a step in the right direction”.“After losing those matches, you still have to put yourself on the line and show up and deliver, and do it with authority,” she told reporters at Rome’s Foro Italico.“What I’m most proud of is (that) I had a lot of opportunities in the last few weeks in Madrid and here to just back down, to let little things bother me. But I got through them.“I set up real good situations for myself; a lot of court time and match play. All good things that I wanted.”last_img read more

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Dual citizenship

first_imgDear Editor,In 1986, Professor Ken Dans asked my sociology class for a show of hands of all without a relative in North America. The class had over 100 students and not one hand went into the air. It saddens me that in 2019 our Government is challenging the legality of the actions of one of its own Members of Parliament on the basis of his dual citizenship.Editor, I will leave the interpretation of the various Articles of the Constitution to the lawyers and offer instead my opinion. Since 1992, successive administrations have asked members of the diaspora to return and serve our nation in various capacities, the political parties have not been shy about asking for funds at well-organised diaspora events, where grandiose plans and schemes are unveiled, and involvement and support solicited. We have re-migrant incentives to lure Guyanese home. Is the APNU/AFC Administration now saying that your money and labor is appreciated, but any thought of contributing by way of service as an MP, must be accompanied by relinquishing your hard-earned citizenship of a foreign country, along with pension, health care and other social security benefits? I believe that to be an expedient position that cannot benefit our nation now or in the future.Editor, I have always taken the position that we should not have different levels of ‘rights’ for our Guyanese citizens. No one should enjoy less or more. Denial of the right to be of service in any capacity can be regulated by way of stipulated residency requirements. There exists no need to shut Guyanese out of Guyana. In their desperation to hold onto the perks of office, the APNU/AFC seem to have lost their morals and ethical compass.Should the courts ultimately decide that dual citizenship holders are barred from becoming Members of our Parliament, I would respectfully beg that the next Administration introduce legislation that corrects this inherent injustice.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Thompson shares No. 2 spot in poll

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Fred Thompson’s expected entry into the tight Republican presidential race is drawing crucial strength from conservatives and older men, vaulting him into the thick of the nomination fight, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll says. The survey shows the top Democratic contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has twice the support from women as her nearest rival, Barack Obama, but dwindling strength among men. Her margin over the Illinois senator has eroded slightly since the last AP-Ipsos poll, in March. Thompson, who has sandwiched an acting career around a largely anonymous eight years as Tennessee senator, has not formally entered the race. But he already has impressed many people. One in four of his supporters cites his strong character, more than any other GOP candidate. “He can be kind of Reaganesque in his engaging with people,” said Ronald Coppinger, 47, a carpenter from Indianapolis, describing a plainspoken style like the late President Reagan’s. “I think that’s important.” That has helped place Thompson firmly in the top tier among GOP contenders in the AP-Ipsos poll released Saturday. It shows former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 27 percent; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at 19 percent; Thompson essentially even with McCain at 17 percent; and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 10 percent. “It shows America wants somebody with Fred’s style, Fred’s leadership,” said former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a Thompson adviser. On the Democratic side, New York Sen. Clinton is drawing support from four in 10 women – a group that accounted for 54 percent of the vote in 2004’s key Democratic primaries. One in three of her supporters cites her experience – the highest rate among Democrats. “I think women relate more to the needs of people,” said cashier Jadine Robinson, 52, of Magnolia, Miss. Clinton had 33 percent in the poll; Obama 21 percent; former Vice President Al Gore, who so far is not a candidate, 20 percent; and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., 12 percent. Democratic analysts had no ready explanation why Clinton has lost support from men, especially younger men. Much of this support seems to have moved to Gore.last_img read more

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Pasadena collector to lend pieces for exhibit of Americana prints

first_imgA print collection like Kully’s – 300 prints by 100 artists, including Grant Wood and Edward Hopper – is “very different from someone going out and buying abstract oil paintings for million and millions of dollars,” Smith said. The exhibit doesn’t attempt to be a social history of America, Smith said, and the four categories – urban places, urban people, rural places and rural people – are grouped to show how artists saw their subjects and themes. The exhibition and accompanying book by Smith and co-curator Kevin M. Murphy, the Huntington’s curatorial fellow in California art, were funded by a gift from actor, art collector and author Steve Martin. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I just discovered the American graphics from the early part of the 20th century that were immediately of great interest to me,” Kully said Thursday. “I knew that’s what I wanted to collect, but I didn’t exactly know why for a long time.” The reasons crystallized when she returned to do a doctorate in sociology at UCLA about 10 years ago. “I studied American culture, values and rituals and belief systems, how they work and how they’re maintained … how they are formative of people and groups of people, how they change and modify,” she said. “So I think that these particular prints are trying to find the meaning of America, many of them searching for what America’s most important values are.” Prints and printmaking “exploded” in the first half of the 20th century, making art accessible to almost everyone for the first time, according to Jessica Smith, co-curator of the exhibit, which will run through Jan. 7. The 163 prints – 117 of them from Kully’s collection – include powerful, often disturbing works by 82 artists, among them Edward Hopper, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Peggy Bacon and John Sloane, reflective of the times. Prints from the Huntington’s own collection and from the John Sloane collection of Gary, Brenda and Harrison Ruttenberg are included. SAN MARINO – Not many art-lovers can afford to indulge their passion by hanging Old Masters, French Impressionists or even California plein-air paintings on the walls. But that doesn’t mean original art is beyond the means of all but the wealthiest. Spending modestly for the most part, Hannah S. Kully of Pasadena has assembled an American print collection over the past four decades that now forms a major part of the Huntington Library’s latest exhibition, “Pressed in Time: American Prints 1905-1950,” opening Oct. 6. Kully started collecting contemporary prints as a newlywed in 1964, she said, and gradually zeroed in on her area of interest: prints from 1915 to 1950. last_img read more

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As Liverpool Benteke signing nears, trust Mario Balotelli to respond like this!

first_imgYou’ll Never Walk… at all.That could be Mario Balotelli’s new motto, judging by his latest adventure.The Liverpool striker has been spotted riding a segway around a shopping centre, as not many people, let alone elite athletes, do. If only Balotelli could entertain Liverpool fans by regularly scoring goals, which might justify his reported £110,000-a-week wage.The Italian – four goals in 28 games for the Reds – also made headlines earlier this week for defending Raheem Sterling.Liverpool are keen to get rid of their flop, signed last summer for a fee of £16m, with Christian Benteke set to sign from Aston Villa for £32.5m any day now.With the Reds on tour in Asia, Balotelli has remained in England as his employers do their best to find a buyer.Chief executive Ian Ayre will need to get a move on if he’s going to sell the Anfield outcast. Forget the segway, Ayre might want to dust off his infamous Harley.last_img read more

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Wales v Russia: Live commentary stream for Euro 2016 game here

first_imgWales v Russia is live from Toulouse on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm BST on Monday 20 June – commentary stream here.Every game of Euro 2016 is live on talkSPORT. Victory for Wales would see them progress to the knockout stage and manager Chris Coleman could name the same team which lost 2-1 to England.HOW ENGLAND AND WALES CAN QUALIFY FOR LAST 16Whilst everybody will look at this game as the be all and end all, whether we progress or not it’s not the end of the journey for this team,” Coleman said.Catch all the build up to the game on talkSPORT from 7pm and here are the different ways you can listen. 2 Russia and Wales’ Group B clash is live on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm center_img 2last_img read more

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The world’s 15 best goalkeepers in the world ranked from weakest to strongest

first_img 15 15. Samir Handanovic (Inter) – check out the full top 15 by clicking the arrow above, right 13. Joe Hart (Manchester City) 15 3. David De Gea (Manchester United) 15 15 15 12. Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) 11. Claudio Bravo (Manchester City) 10. Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain) 14. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) 15 7. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) 15 15 15 15 15 15 6. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) 15 4. Petr Cech (Arsenal) 15 5. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) Joe Hart has been in the news for the entire summer – for all the wrong reasons.The Manchester City goalkeeper’s poor Euro 2016 campaign with England has been followed by a snub from manager Pep Guardiola.Guardiola has openly admitted in various press conferences Hart’s future is uncertain, and the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona indicates his 10-year association with the club is coming to an end.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB’S CURRENT LONGEST-SERVING PLAYER REVEALEDBut is his treatment undeserved? Has Guardiola been too hasty in his decision to banish the 29-year-old?With this question in mind, talkSPORT has ranked the top 15 goalkeepers in the world currently playing.Scroll through the slideshow above and let us know your order if you disagree with this one. 15 9. Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) 8. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) 2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) 1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)last_img read more

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Confirmed teams! Rooney and Lingard start as Man United take on West Brom

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion host Manchester United in the Premier League this evening, kick off 5:30pm at the Hawthorns, and it’s live on talkSPORT.With kick off fast approaching, the teams have been confirmed and Jose Mourinho has opted to make three changes to his line up.Juan Mata and Daley Blind have dropped to the bench, while Eric Bailly is out with injury. Jesse Lingard, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia come in for the trio.For the Baggies, Craig Dawson is back after serving his one-match ban.Take a look at the confirmed teams below.West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Nyom, Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt, Chadli, Phillips, Rondon Subs: Robson-Kanu, Morrison, Gardner, Myhill, McClean, Galloway, Leko Manchester United XI: de Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Lingard, Ibrahimovic, Rooney Subs: Mata, Martial, Smalling, Blind, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini 1 Wayne Rooney has retained his place in the starting XI last_img read more

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Tour features health center for women at A.V. Hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The public got to tour Antelope Valley Hospital’s new women’s health and obstetrics center, expected to open soon. The $24.3 million Women and Infants Pavilion will feature 39 postpartum beds, a 21-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 22 newborn beds, 19 labor and delivery rooms, nine antepartum beds and 12 triage rooms. The facility is located in a separate building south of the main hospital, which is the only one with a maternity ward in the Antelope Valley and handles about 5,000 births a year.last_img read more

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Dele reveals first impressions of Mourinho and hails ‘amazing person’ Pochettino

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 14.91%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Dele Alli has thanked Mauricio Pochettino for the impact he made on the 23-year-old’s career and personal life Jamie O’Hara talks about Tottenham’s trophy chances under Jose Mourinho“But, as players, we’re hungry. We’ve always been hungry. We’ve always wanted to win, that’s where our mentality is.“With a new manager coming in now, our hunger is still the same. We still want to achieve the same things, it’s just with a different manager.“It’s been a strange and tough time, but we’re professional so we have to switch our focus to the weekend and we’ve still got a job to do.”Listen to talkSPORT’s exclusive GameDay interview with Dele Alli IN FULL live on Saturday from 11am 3 While a large section of fans have been left fuming by the managerial change, Spurs have been tipped to end their long wait for silverware following Mourinho’s arrival.The Portuguese has won more major trophies in his coaching career than Tottenham have in their entire 137 year history.And Alli says they are ‘hungry’ to win under their new boss.“We’ve always been working towards that [winning trophies],” he added.“When Poch came in he built something that is ready to win trophies. Obviously it’s down to the chairman to make decisions whether or not he thinks that’s not going to happen with the manager, or if he wants a new manager to come in. Getty – Contributor 3 getty center_img Pochettino was tipped to succeed Mourinho at one point but the Portuguese has ended up succeeding him Dele Alli has told talkSPORT it has been a ‘strange and tough’ time at Tottenham following the departure of beloved boss Mauricio Pochettino.But the midfielder insists the team are ready to knuckle down under new boss Jose Mourinho – starting with Saturday’s clash against West Ham.Spurs will kick off a new era under the Special One at the London Stadium in Saturday’s 12:30pm Premier League game – with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT. Jose Mourinho takes charge of Tottenham for the first time at West Ham on Saturday – with live commentary on talkSPORT “But this is football and things like this happen. We have to turn it around now and focus on the new challenges ahead.“With the new manager coming in, we just have to build trust again and make sure we get ready and playing the way we know we can.“It’s the start of a new chapter.”Mourinho has wasted little time since his arrival, taking his first training session on Wednesday and drafting in a new-look backroom team in time for Saturday’s London derby.Asked for his first impressions of his new manager, Alli continued: “We’ve had a few conversations, he seems very nice.“You can see his desire, which is something our old gaffer had as well. It’s still very early doors but we’re excited for the new challenge and personally I’m very excited for the new challenge as well.” 3 We caught up with Alli at the end of a whirlwind week for the north London club, which saw Pochettino sacked on Tuesday night and Mourinho announced as his replacement on Wednesday morning, just 11 hours later.And the England international paid a heartfelt tribute to his former boss, saying ‘words can’t describe’ how much he and his team-mates care about the Argentine.“There’s no hiding how I feel about The Poch,” said the 23-year-old in an exclusive GameDay interview with talkSPORT.“He’s an amazing person who helped me a lot in my career and in [my personal] life as well.“He’s someone who definitely means a lot to me. Poch built something amazing here and a lot of players owe a lot to him in terms of how much we’ve improved being here and playing at Tottenham.“Words can’t describe how much we care about him, and how thankful I am and the team are to him as well.last_img read more

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