US Open: Djokovic Targets 14th Grand Slam against Del Potro

first_imgNovak-Djokovic Novak Djokovic is one match from equalling Pete Sampras’s tally of 14 Grand Slams after outclassing Kei Nishikori to reach the US Open final where he will face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro today.Serbia’s Djokovic beat the Japanese 21st seed 6-3 6-4 6-2 to set up a meeting with del Potro who advanced when Rafael Nadal retired injured from their semi-final.“It means the world to me. I am trying to be the best that I can be,” Djokovic said. “I am working hard every day and trying to reach certain heights that I visualise every time I accomplish something big. I don’t see any limits. I keep on going and hopefully you are enjoying my tennis.” The 31-year-old moved to within one Grand Slam triumph of American great Sampras by winning Wimbledon in July, his first major triumph since the 2016 French Open.Djokovic suffered with personal and injury problems during 2017 and the early part of this year, but looked back to his best at Wimbledon and has continued that form at Flushing Meadows.If he beats Del Potro to equal Sampras, only Roger Federer (20) and Nadal (17) stand above him in the all-time list.Meanwhile, del Potro will compete in his first Grand Slam final for nine years after defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from their US Open semi-final.Argentine third seed Del Potro, 29, was leading 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 when Nadal quit because of a knee problem. Nadal, the top seed, twice needed medical attention before conceding.Del Potro last competed in a Grand Slam final when he won at Flushing Meadows in 2009, ending Roger Federer’s 41-match winning streak in the process.He has since suffered a catalogue of injury problems, contemplating retirement after having three operations on his wrist, before fighting back to his highest ranking this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

D-Day: Key Ugandan facts ahead of Rio opening ceremony

first_imgGamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight Joshua Cheptegei wins at the World Juniors in 2014. He is one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.PHOTO CREDIT Erik van LeeuwenThe world’s focus turns to Brazil from Friday 23.00GMT (Saturday 02.00am Uganda) when the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics starts.Even though the nations will be read out in Portuguese alphabetical order, Uganda will still be among the last nations to enter the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro – in 200th place out of 209.The event will combine a formal ceremonial opening, including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes and an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation’s culture.Under the games’ protocol, Greece always marches first while  the host country always goes last. For the rest, the parade follows alphabetical order in the local tongue—in the case of the Rio games, Portuguese. South Africa (“Africa do Sul”) moves up to the front while Uganda moves into an even later position.Swimmer  Joshua Ekirikubinza Uganda’s flag bearerUganda will have a lean team at the opening ceremony, as the bulk of the team, the track and field team are still in Uganda. The second batch of 14 leave on Sunday, while the marathoners including Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich leave a week later. Total2327 Uganda’s best bet for medalsCheptegei – Uganda’s former World and African junior 10000m champion Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will have two chances to win his first senior medal.Cheptegei together with Juliet Chekwel, are the only Ugandan athletes doing a double and have been blessed by a  well spaced schedule. The 10000 metres finals are among the first events at Rio – with the 5000m starting four days later.Nineteen-year-old Cheptegei, has one of the fastest times in the world this year in the 5000m of 13:00.60 .Kiprotich – He travels to Rio as defending champion and although he does not hold one of the fastest times in the past year, he is in exactly a similar position he was before London.Kiprotich ended Uganda’s  40-year wait for an Olympic gold medal when he stunned Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the Marathon in London. Kiprotich became only the second Ugandan to win an Olympic gold medal after John Akii-Bua in Munich 1972. Boxing0314 First Ugandan in actionFirst in action for team Uganda will be light heavyweight boxer Kennedy Katende who climbs into the ring on Sunday August 7 (7pm Uganda time) against Joshua Buatasi of Great Britain. He will be followed 40 minutes later by swimmer Jamila Lunkuse who dives into the pool for the 100m breaststroke Heat 2 on Sunday August 7. 1960 Rome0000  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight 2012 London1001 1968 Mexico City0112 1956 Melbourne0000 1976 Montrealdid not participate  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweight Uganda’s history at the game SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal Uganda’s schedule in RioOpening ceremonyFriday, August 5 2016 (Saturday 2.00am Uganda time)Uganda’s flag bearerSwimmer – Joshua EkirikubinzaUganda’s Boxing scheduleKennedy Katende Men’s light vs Britain’s Joshua Buatazi  heavyweight August 7Ronald Serugo Men’s flyweight vs Narek Abgaryan of Armenia August 13Uganda’s Swimming scheduleSunday August 7Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststrokeThursday August 11Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyleUganda’s Athletics scheduleFriday August 12 Day 7Women’s 10000m women finalSaturday August 13 Day 8Women’s 3000m Steeplechase round 110000m men finalSunday August 14 Day 9Women’s marathonMonday August 15 Day 10Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1Women 3000m steeplecahse finalTuesday August 16 Day 11Women’s 5000m round 1Men’s 1500m round 1Wed August 17 Day Day 12Men’s 5000m round 1women’s 800m round 1Men’s steeplecahse finalThursday August 18 Day 13Men’s 1500m semifinalMen’s 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Day 14women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Day 15Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m finalSunday August 21 Day 16Men’s Marathon final List of medalists Medals by sport 2004 Athens0000  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres ****What others are up to:China’s policemanChina has sent a policeman to the Rio Olympics to help protect its sporting delegation, media and travelling spectators, state-media said Thursday, after a Chinese hurdler said he had been robbed.The policeman named Shao Weimin, whose official title is temporary police communication officer, arrived in Rio two months ago to prepare for his role, the Beijing News reported.No Pele showBrazil football legend Pele said poor health will prevent him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday as he had hoped to do.“Dear friends, only God is more important than my health!” the 75-year-old said in a statement published by Brazilian media.ProtestsThousands of Brazilians launched angry anti-Olympics protests hours before Friday’s Rio Games opening ceremony in fury at political scandals rattling the host country and the billions spent on the event.Waving signs reading “No to the Olympics!”, a crowd of about 3,000 blocked an avenue outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where many Olympic athletes are staying.Moroccan boxer heldBrazilian police arrested a Moroccan Olympic boxer on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting two female cleaners in the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro.Officers arrested Hassan Saada, 22, from Casablanca, on suspicion of committing the assault on Wednesday, said a police statement released hours ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony. Uganda’s team of 21Uganda’s team to Rio comprises 17 track and field athletes, two swimmers and two boxers.  Swimmers are Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststroke, Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyle and boxers Kennedy Katende light heavyweight, Ronald Serugo flyweight.Athletics has Juliet Chekwel 5000m/10000m; Stella Chesang 5000m; Peruth Chemutai 3000m steeplechase;  Halimah Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo 800m; Adero Nyakisi marathon; Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat 3000 m steeplechase; Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei 5000m/ 10000 m; Phillip Kipyego and Jacob Kiplimo 5000m; Jackson Kiprop, Stephen Kiprotich,  Solomon Mutai Marathon;  Ronald Musagala 1500m; Moses Kurong and Timothy Toroitich 10000m  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweight 2008 Beijing0000 Athletics2013 1988 Seoul0000 Total2327 1984 Los Angeles0000  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon 1980 Moscow0101  GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles 1992 Barcelona0000 MedalNameGamesSportEvent 1972 Munich1102 1964 Tokyo0000 2000 Sydney0000 1996 Atlanta0011 US agents all eyesThey stand discreetly in the shadows, eyes keenly on the look-out, as women’s world number one tennis star Serena Williams perfects her blistering forehand at the Rio Olympics.Their presence is low key, but the United States has a team of Diplomatic Security (DS) personnel in Brazil serving in support roles with under-the-cosh local forces.Security has been a major talking point at the Games, which officially open on Friday, with athletes, officials, fans and media from numerous countries reporting they have been victims of crime.LIVEOpening ceremony#OpeningCeremony TweetsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Guardiola says Man City are not ready for punishing Premier League return

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola fears his Manchester City players are not ready for the gruelling demands of the Premier League restart.Guardiola’s reigning champions host Arsenal behind closed doors on Wednesday in the second game of the Premier League’s return to action following the coronavirus hiatus.City play again on Monday when Burnley come to the Etihad Stadium and the pace does not drop until the planned end of the season in late July.City manager Guardiola is concerned about the workload his players will be subjected to, with Premier League chiefs determined to play the remaining 92 matches in less than six weeks.He told reporters in a video press conference on Tuesday that the Arsenal match would show the level of his players’ fitness after three months of inaction.“What we were worried about over the (past) three weeks is with the incredible lack of preparation, like other teams in the Premier League, not like for example in Germany or in Spain, where they worked five or six weeks,” he said.“All the teams in the Premier League, they had just three weeks or three-and-a-half weeks. We know it is not enough but it is what it is.”Guardiola said the punishing schedule, with matches every few days, was a concern, adding that he would have to rotate and use his full squad.“You can play a game after three weeks on holiday but we were two (months) of holidays lying on the sofa doing nothing much,” he added. “That is why the players are not fully fit.“But we have to start, we have to finish the season because of the damage economically for all the clubs.” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is concerned about the demands on his players – ‘Difficult time’ –Since the Premier League went into lockdown in March, Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio has died, aged 82, after contracting the coronavirus.“All the people who lost family or friends, it was a difficult time, but that’s why we have the family to be together, to stay strong with all of us,” he said.“The health of the people is important but at the end, the Premier League, like in Spain and Germany, decided we have to play and we are going to play.”City, who resume 25 points behind leaders Liverpool, will welcome back Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta for the first time since he took charge of Arsenal in December.The Premier League was suspended on March 13 after Arteta contracted coronavirus.“We are delighted he will come back, especially we have the feeling he is happy there. We sent a message an hour and a half ago,” Guardiola said.“It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Olympia Brew Fest Toasts Local Brewing Heritage

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaOlympia Brew Fest returns to Port Plaza on Saturday, August 5, for an afternoon of beer sampling, delicious food and live music on the downtown waterfront. Net proceeds benefit the non-profit Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Incubator Program.Each selected brewery undergoes extensive research before being permitted to serve at the Olympia Brew Fest. Photo courtesy: Olympia Brew Fest.Guests can choose among 60 different beers from 30-plus hand-picked breweries to celebrate the community’s long history of beer-making. Admission includes a commemorative mug along with six 5.5 ounce tastes. Additional taste cards may be purchased.Brew Fest runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $5 for designated drivers. All guests must be 21, including designated drivers. Free parking is available in marked lots at the corner of Market Street and Marine Drive.In its sixth year, Olympia Brew Fest is already considered one of the premiere brew fest events in the northwest. Up to 3,000 guests are expected.The Port is proud to partner in Olympia Brew Fest because the net proceeds benefit a small business program that helps stimulate economic development in Thurston County.For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Olympia Brew Fest website.last_img read more

In Other News Intrepid Spirit Center Opens at Camp Pendleton

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A grand opening ceremony will be held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., today for the Intrepid Spirit center, an $11.5 million facility which will treat active-duty military patients who suffer from the physical and psychological effects of brain injury. The treatment facility is the seventh of nine facilities at military installations funded by the New York-based nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The center, which opened its doors Monday, will operate as a part of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and expand its existing program at the Concussion Care Clinic, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. An estimated 550 to 600 patients are expected to be referred to the center each year.Photo courtesy of Naval Hospital Camp Pendletonlast_img read more