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Teary Victoria Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Every time you look back you always see the good things and the results. You don’t see the struggle, and the days that you had a bad match but you managed to win,” she said. “It’s hard to compare that with what’s happening right now because the obvious indicator is the result, and the result is not there. So the assumption is the level is not there, but that’s not necessarily the case.”It feels like such a long time ago to her that she can barely remember what life was like at the top, although she concedes it wasn’t always great.There were people who didn’t like the sound of her grunting, or her taste in music, and she was heavily criticized for an incident in her Australian Open semifinal win over Sloane Stephens in 2013.Azarenka wasted five match points on serve before being broken in that game, then took a lengthy medical timeout right before Stephens had to serve to stay in the match. She was accused of taking a strategic break after admitting “I almost did the choke of the year!”The controversy was still the main topic of headlines when she beat Li Na in the final.“Not many people know how difficult 2013 was for me to go out there and play that final,” Azarenka said of her last major title here. “It was a nightmare that turned from harmless incident to just headlines, headlines and headlines. That was a difficult part. But results were good, so everybody thinks it was great.“It was amazing to win those two titles. But you always struggle, and right now it’s just a harder struggle for me.”Azarenka said she’d go away and work hard on her game, hoping that eventually she’ll relive some of the success of her early career.“It’s not easy to sit here right now and be positive,” she said, “but I don’t have another choice.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wipes sweat from her face during her first round match against Germany’s Laura Siegemund at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open.A back-to-back champion in 2012 and ’13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10 minutes in the wake of her 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 first-round loss to No. 110-ranked Laura Siegemund on Tuesday. Eventually, it drove her to tears.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Her son, Leo, was born in December 2016 in a period in which Wimbledon in 2017 was the only Grand Slam tournament Azarenka entered in two years between the French Opens in 2016 and last year.She had to skip some tournaments while working out a custody dispute with the father of her son. And she has spoken about the challenges of being a traveling, working mom.She’s dealing with that, and with trying to find a way to convert the form she believes she has found in practice into matches. Her first-round loss at the last French Open was followed by a second-round exit at Wimbledon and a third-round appearance at the U.S. Open, moving her ranking back into the 50s. The trajectory didn’t keep going up.“It was very obvious that my game was not there today,” she said. “I’ve been doing a lot of great things in warm-ups and stuff. In matches I think I’m underestimating for not really playing for almost three years on a high level — it’s not easy to continue just out of nowhere to start playing well.”Then there was another question about comparing her level pre-2016 with where she’s at now.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil US Open champion Naomi Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia Even when she was winning and ranked No. 1 there were struggles, she said. But it was a different kind of struggle — a word she used a dozen times.A tournament official gave the 29-year-old Belarussian the option of stopping the news conference, and a member of her management team attempted to shut it down. But Azarenka, excusing herself first, and taking deep breaths, insisted on answering a question.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’ve been through a lot of things in my life,” she said, crying again. “Sometimes I wonder why I go through them. But I think they’re going to make me stronger.“I want to believe that and I’m going to work hard for it. Sometimes I just need a little time and patience, and a little support.”center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

 

Woman’s Body Found in Graveyard in Buchanan

first_imgAn 18-year old woman identified as Fatu Tamba, alias ‘Princess’ or ‘Sugar Lump,’ was found dead Friday morning in a graveyard near a place commonly called Yellow Mansion in Korduah Community, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The body was already decomposing when discovered.According to residents in the area, Sugar Lump may have been “brutally killed by some unknown persons and her body dumped at the graveyard.”The Daily Observer gathered that the victim might have been tied with her hands behind her back and may have also been gang-raped before her assailants took away her life.Community residents, who rushed to see the remains of Fatu Tamba following news that a body had been found, burst in tears and raised concern about her friends and associates who were known to gather at various night clubs.The Daily Observer also learned that Fatu and her friends usually spent long hours in the entertainment centers. There are speculations that she might have been taken from among her friends from a night club by some “wicked people.”Mr. James Tamba, the father of the victim, appealed to the Liberia National Police to ensure that those responsible for his daughter’s death are brought to justice. Mr. Tamba, who once served as the vice president for administration of the Margibi branch of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL), explained that his daughter was a student of the Concrete Foundation Elementary and Junior High School in Lower Margibi County, but joined her friends in the streets.He later took delivery of his daughter’s corpse and deposited it at a local funeral home to await burial arrangements.Bruises were found on her neck, nose, mouth, ears, tongue, her private part and other parts of her body.There are reports that one suspect, only identified as Sherman, has been arrested by local police.It is speculated that Fatu might have fought hard for her life against the perpetrators before she died.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

PRRD declares state of local emergency in Electoral Area B

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River Regional District has declared a state of local emergency for Electoral Area B.The declaration is due to wildfire and interface fires occurring in the district.The Regional District says the emergency requires ‘prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property.’- Advertisement -The order will remain in place for the next seven days, and requires immediate action as under the Emergency Program Act.This map shows where Electoral Area B is in the Peace River Regional District.This map shows where Electoral Area B is in the Peace River Regional District.last_img read more

 

Draxler chuckles at Mexico team’s prostitute scandal

first_imgMexican officials ruled out sanctions against the players involved because they attended the party in their free time, but the incident echoes similar scandals which have swirled around the Mexico team in recent years.“I don’t think the party has any significance on the match,” said Draxler, a 2014 World Cup winner, ahead of Germany’s Group F opener against Mexico on Sunday.“I don’t know the exact details so I don’t want to speak too much about it. It was fun to read about it, but I’m not sure what part of it was true.“I’m sure those who are here aren’t thinking about partying but instead about football. Partying isn’t of the essence!” he said with a wry smile.In September 2010, Mexico players partied with women after a game in Monterrey. On that occasion, all participants were fined while defender Efrain Juarez and forward Carlos Vela were suspended from selection for six months.In June 2011, shortly before a trip to Argentina to participate in the Copa America, Mexican players hired sex workers in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. They were fined and suspended from the national team for half a year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Julian Draxler was Germany’s captain at last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Germany midfielder Julian Draxler admitted on Saturday it was “fun to read” reports about a Mexico farewell party involving around 30 prostitutes before the team departed for the World Cup.Nine members of the World Cup squad found themselves caught up in controversy earlier this month after they reportedly partied with the women at a private compound in Mexico City following a recent 1-0 win over Scotland.last_img read more

 

`Silent Hill’ opens noisily in first place

first_imgA real scary movie bumped off the spoof variety at the box office. Sony’s fright flick “Silent Hill,” set in an eerie ghost town, debuted with $20.2 million, taking over the top spot from the Weinstein Co. comedy “Scary Movie 4,” which slipped to No. 2 with $17 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The White House assassination tale “The Sentinel,” a 20th Century Fox thriller starring Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria, opened in third place with $14.65 million. The weekend’s other new major debut, Universal’s George W. Bush-“American Idol” parody “American Dreamz” featuring Dennis Quaid and Hugh Grant, debuted a weak No. 8. After two weekends in limited release, Jennifer Aniston’s comic drama “Friends With Money” expanded nationwide and came in at No. 10 with $3.55 million. Aniston plays a down-on-her-luck housecleaner with three well-to-do pals (Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack). Lifted by box office leaders that included 20th Century Fox’s animated hit “Ice Age: The Meltdown” at No. 4 with $12.8 million, Hollywood revenues rose for the fifth-straight weekend. The top 12 movies took in $100.4 million, up 22 percent from the same weekend last year, when “The Interpreter” debuted at No. 1 with $22.8 million. After a prolonged dry spell in 2005, when movie attendance fell 8 percent, Hollywood is on solid footing this year heading into a potentially big summer. A surge over the past month has attendance running 4 percent ahead of last year’s, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “This is exactly where the industry wants to be as we approach the biggest moviegoing season of the year,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s night and day from where we were last year.” The industry has a stronger early-summer lineup this time compared with last year., when Hollywood got off to a slow start with “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Kicking and Screaming” and “Monster-in-Law.” Coming over the first three weekends this May are Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible III,” Tom Hanks and Ron Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code,” the animated comedy “Over the Hedge” and “Poseidon,” a remake of “The Poseidon Adventure.””Not only has the box office continued to be up, and up significantly the last several weeks, but we’re headed into what looks to be a terrific May,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which is releasing “The Da Vinci Code.” Sony scored its fourth No. 1 opening of the year with “Silent Hill,” starring Radha Mitchell as a mom hunting for her ailing daughter in a mysterious town. Along with “Silent Hill,” two of Sony’s other top debuts were horror movies that were not shown to critics beforehand, part of a growing trend where studios skip critic screenings when they expect bad reviews. Two-thirds of the audience for “Silent Hill” was under 25, an age group less likely to pay attention to reviews, and the horror genre tends to pull in fans over opening weekend no matter what the critics say. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released . 1. “Silent Hill,” $20.2 million. 2. “Scary Movie 4,” $17 million. 3. “The Sentinel,” $14.65 million. 4. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” $12.8 million. 5. “The Wild,” $8.05 million. 6. “The Benchwarmers,” $7.3 million. 7. “Take the Lead,” $4.25 million. 8 (tie). “American Dreamz,” $3.7 million. 8 (tie). “Inside Man,” $3.7 million. 10. “Friends With Money,” $3.55 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

 

‘You are our hero’ – Seamus Coleman fans pen heartfelt get well soon letter

first_imgTwo thoughtful brothers who were devastated by Seamus Coleman’s horror leg break have sent out a kind Get Well Soon letter to their idol.The boys sent their love to Ireland captain and Killybegs man Coleman and are hoping he will get their message through social media.The 28-year-old Everton defender suffered a shocking double break during the World Cup qualifier against Wales last week at the Aviva Stadium. Reece Kenny, aged 5, and Cody, aged 7, from Offaly, are two of Coleman’s biggest fans. They were lucky enough to meet their hero at the Ireland team hotel before the match last week.“You were so kind and friendly to us,” wrote Reece in the letter. “We were at the match and we are so sad for you that your bones are broken.”Their mother Michelle has shared their letter online on her Twitter account @michelleken31 and is now hopeful that locals in Donegal will be able to bring their message to Coleman.Reece Kenny’s Letter to Seamus ColemanSpeaking to Donegal Daily, Michelle said: “Seamus was such a gentleman to the boys. He had his photo taken with them and signed their ball. He spoke to them for a while and asked where they were from.” “The boys were devastated when the injury happened. We didn’t know how bad it was until we were leaving the stadium and they saw a photo on somebody’s phone.“They felt because they met him the day before that they nearly knew him.”Reece, Seamus Coleman and CodyColeman has had a successful surgery on a broken tibia and fibula and will be out of action for many months.Reece and Cody have been closely following Coleman’s road to recovery. The youngest, Reece, decided to send a personal message and put a lot of time and effort into perfecting the letter.“It was all Reece’s own words. He sent me out to the shop with specific instructions for the card. He spent about an hour and half writing it and making sure everything was right.” The Kenny family, from Blue Ball outside Tullamore, are avid Ireland fans and love to go to all matches. Now their wish is to repay the kindness that Coleman showed to them through this letter.“We really hope you get better really soon,” writes Reece.‘You are our hero’ – Seamus Coleman fans pen heartfelt get well soon letter was last modified: March 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:evertonIrelandletterseamus colemanlast_img read more

 

Ireland take huge jump in Fifa World Rankings

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland have jumped a massive 10 places to 23rd in the latest FIFA World Rankings.The ranking released yesterday shows Ireland move from 33rd up to one place behind Netherlands in 23rd under the captaincy of Donegal man Seamus Coleman.James McClean’s goal in Austria that saw Ireland come away with three points and top spot in the group was a huge contributing factor for the huge leap. Down to that win we have in fact jumped the Austrians and from our group only  top seed Wales lie above us in 12th.The Welsh sit a single place above England, Northern Ireland have gone up four places to 32nd and Scotland are down to 67th.Argentina are ranked as the best team in the world ahead of Brazil, Germany and Chile.Ireland’s next qualifier is in March against Wales so we will be sitting high in the rankings going into the new year. Ireland take huge jump in Fifa World Rankings was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:FIFAseamus colemanworld rankingslast_img read more

 

Jack Grealish’s move to Tottenham is on despite Chelsea interest – reports

first_img moving on 1 IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Grealish appeared set for a move to John Terry’s former club Chelsea Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer It was suggested that Mauricio Pochettino was lining up a bid for Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook as an alternative.But according to the Evening Standard, Spurs appear to be leading the chase for Grealish.It is expected Villa will reject a £20million offer for Grealish but Spurs believe they can negotiate a deal that will allow him to join the club.This could make Grealish Spurs’ first signing of this summer’s transfer window.Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose could still leave before the deadline next Thursday, while Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen are also for sale. REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Latest Transfer News LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tottenham are confident they are close to agreeing a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.The north London club have been the frontrunners to land the 22-year-old this summer, however, reports emerged that Chelsea were looking to pinch Grealish at the the last moment. targets last_img read more

 

ROSSES ATHLETE PAT SHOWS AGE IS NO BARRIER AS HE WINS GOLD AT 81!!

first_img81 year-old Pat Ward from Keadue, proved age is no barrier as he captured Gold in the 200m and Silver in the 100m in the M10 category at the Masters Track and Field Championships in Tullamore earlier today.Pat, proudly wearing his Rosses AC vest is pictured with his brother Tony in the picture above.Well done Pat on your fantastic achievement, and for proving that age really is just a number. ROSSES ATHLETE PAT SHOWS AGE IS NO BARRIER AS HE WINS GOLD AT 81!! was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:81 years oldgold medalnewsPat WardROSSES ACSportTULLAMORElast_img read more

 

FINN HARPS CO-OP TO HOST THEIR AGM ON APRIL 13TH

first_imgThe Annual General Meeting of Finn Harps Co-Operative Society Ltd. will take place in Jackson’s Hotel on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 7.00pm. Shareholders will meet and the 2013 audited accounts will be presented.The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:· Welcome · Minutes of the last A.G.M· Matters Arising· Adoption of minutes· Presentation of 2013 Audited Accounts · Adoption of Accounts· Appointment of Auditors· Election of board members· Update on new stadium· A.O.B Those seeking positions on the Board of Directors must have their nomination signed by two shareholders. They also must indicate which position they wish to seek on the board. These must be returned to the Finn Harps office by 5.00pm on Thursday 10th April. They should be marked: AGM, c/o Secretary Finn Harps Co-operative Society Limited, Navenney Street, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.Any motions for the AGM must be signed by one member of the present board and these must also be returned to the Finn Harps office by 5.00pm on Thursday 10th April.This AGM is for shareholders, it is not an open meeting for supporters. We would be very grateful if all shareholders could make an effort to attend the AGM.For any further enquiries, please contact the Finn Harps office on 074 91 30070. —FINN HARPS CO-OP TO HOST THEIR AGM ON APRIL 13TH was last modified: March 29th, 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:donegalFinn Harps AGMlast_img read more