MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.
Charlie Austin returns to the starting line-up for QPR at Derby, Yun Suk-Young makes his first appearance of the season and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo are all absent.Austin, fit again after a recent injury, comes in for Emmanuel-Thomas up front.Yun, who has been overlooked at left-back in favour of Paul Konchesky, is deployed in a more advanced role, replacing Chery.Meanwhile, James Perch is restored, with Nedum Onuoha returning to centre-back because Clint Hill is out with a knee injury, and there is also a starting place for Alejandro Faurlin.Derby are without the suspended George Thorne and the injured Tom Ince.Derby: Carson, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell, Shackell, Johnson, Butterfield, Weimann.Subs: Grant, Bryson, Bent, Baird, Pearce, Hanson, Warnock.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Tozser, Yun, Phillips, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Fer, Hoilett, Doughty, Polter, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers throughout the eastern Corn Belt took advantage of some great planting weather the first part of May. So did Seed Consultants, as they traversed Ohio to put on their replicated testing plots to help farmers better understand what hybrids and varieties perform well in different regions. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins stopped by one of those sites to see how the process works.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a ball in the fourth quarter during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Want to relive Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, Buckeye fans?Now you can. Ohio State football’s video production staff has created an awesome highlight video of the Buckeyes’ 42-35 upset victory over the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 1. Check it out:
The Canadian Press WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government faced another call Thursday for a public inquiry into the death of an Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River.Chief Derrick Henderson of Sagkeeng First Nation, where Tina Fontaine grew up, said only a public inquiry can examine all the issues that contributed to the 15-year-old’s death.“I think (an) inquiry would be a step to get the right answers that we need,” he said.Tina left her home in the summer of 2014 to reconnect with her birth mother in Winnipeg. The girl soon became sexually exploited, and repeatedly ran away from a youth shelter and hotels where social workers had placed her.She was last seen leaving a hotel Aug. 8. She told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.Her body was found just over a week later wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks in the river. The man accused of killing her, Raymond Cormier, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in February.The Opposition New Democrats and many Indigenous leaders have already called for a public inquiry to examine the actions of Child and Family Services workers, police and others.In question period Thursday, NDP legislature member Nahanni Fontaine asked Justice Minister Heather Stefanson three times to commit to an inquiry.Stefanson said she would leave the work to the provincial children’s advocate, who is already reviewing how Child and Family Services handled Tina. That report is expected in a few months.“We need to allow that process to take place,” Stefanson said.“We will await the results of that process.”Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said he supports Chief Henderson’s call for a public inquiry.Dumas said he is disappointed with the province’s decision.“How is the miscarriage of justice in the death of a young girl not worth an inquiry?,” he said in a release. “Our children need to know that we value their lives.“It would benefit the Province of Manitoba to show our First Nation citizens they mean it when they speak of reconciliation.”NDP Leader Wab Kinew said earlier this week that a public inquiry would be more thorough than the children’s advocate review, because it would involve sworn testimony at public hearings.The last public inquiry into Manitoba child welfare concluded in 2013 and found continued failures by social workers leading up to the murder of Phoenix Sinclair. The five-year-old girl was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend in 2005 after social workers decided she was safe and closed her file.
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly chosen the man likely to succeed both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of the number one player in the worldDon Balon have reported that the Real Madrid manager has made a surprising choice in naming the likely successor for both Ronaldo and Messi with the Frenchman choosing to not name Neymar, but his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.The 19 year-old forward has enjoyed another stellar campaign in Ligue 1 this season, following his move from AS Monaco to PSG in the summer with Mbappe having scored 19 goals and made 11 assists in his 37 appearances this season.Even Neymar himself, who completed a world record transfer of €222m from Barcelona last summer to finally win the Ballon d’Or, has marveled at the ability of his young teammate.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Zidane is convinced of Mbappe’s potential and lamented that fact that his compatriot plays for PSG, when Real president Florentino Perez practically had a deal sealed for the forward.Both Zidane and Neymar are not the only ones to have recognised Mbappe’s potential with the recently retired Fabio Capello having previously stated:“Messi and Ronaldo will last another two years and later it will be Kylian Mbappe’s moment. He has a great future and will be the new Cristiano Ronaldo” said the former Real and AC Milan manager.
Lazio have been seeded into Pot 1 for the upcoming UEFA Europa League draw, according to Football Italia.After Atalanta’a shock elimination which came at the hands of Danish side Copenhagen, Lazio and AC Milan are the only representatives of the Serie A, and the Biancocelesti have been seeded into Pot 1 with the likes of Sevilla, Arsenal and Chelsea.Other results in the play-offs mean that Lazio are top seeds in the draw for the group stage, which is in Monte Carlo on Friday at 12.00 UK time.Their position was boosted by the elimination in the preliminary stage of Steaua Bucharest and FC Basel.As Milan have barely featured on the continent in recent years, they are in Pot 2 with a weakened co-efficient ranking.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.It means they could be placed in the same group as Andre Silva’s Sevilla, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen or Dynamo Kiev.Pot 1: Sevilla, Arsenal, Chelsea, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas, Red Bull Salzburg, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Anderlecht, Lazio.Pot 2: Sporting, Ludogorets, Copenhagen, Olympique Marseille, Celtic, PAOK, Milan, Racing Genk, Fenerbahce,Krasnodar, Astana, Rapid Vienna.Pot 3: Betis, Qarabag, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt, Malmo, Spartak Moscow, Standard Liege, Zurich, Bordeaux, Rennes.Pot 4: Apollon Limassol, Rosenborg, Vorskla Poltava, Slavia Prague, Akhisarspor, Jablonec,AEK Larnaca, Vidi, Rangers, Dudelange,Spartak Trnava, Sarpsborg.
For the full year, this final quarter spike in spending brought operating surplus to a 133% high. The report issued by the Ministry of Finance reveals that despite a surplus of $10.3 million for the final quarter of last fiscal year, it was $12.5 million below government projections due to as many as four requests by the PNP Administration to give more funds to finance additional projects. The Attorney General’s Chambers was up 46%, by nearly $1.5 million. The judiciary was also up considerably, as much as 59% and a final spending recorded at over $2.1 million. Also with big jumps were the Deputy Governor’s office, spending 67% more; Home Affairs was 56% above budget; Ministry of Infrastructure surged by 36%, Health, Agriculture & Human Services increased by 27% and Tourism & Culture spent 59% above what was budgeted. Among them, the controversial, multi-million dollar security bill for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team. Police spending, as a result of this, soared by 128% or $3.9 million extra. Finance was pleased though with the overall performance and said, among other things the intent is to continue to work down public debt and achieve surpluses. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA last minute burst of spending and extra requests for money in the final quarter of 2015-2016 is what caused the country to come in with a less than forecast surplus; this according to figures published in the unaudited Fourth Quarter Financial Report. Related Items: Border Control & the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport & Library Services were each at 11% more; while another big gain was in the area of expenses was the Office of the Premier, up three digits by 138% to come in at $808,000 dollars in the fourth quarter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp