Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Grand Slam title

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in a riveting final on Sunday.The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cilic was break point down in the ninth, but crucially got out of it with a second serve ace down the middle followed by a forehand winner.The Croat had a big moment in the 10th game when two Federer double faults gave him set point but a tentative backhand into the net and a wild backhand cost him his chance.In the tiebreaker, Cilic got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match after 84 minutes as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.But Cilic lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2.Federer closed the door, serving out clinically for the third set in 29 minutes.Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net as Federer closed in for the kill.But the Croat broke back in the sixth game with three break points when Federer netted and fought off a break point in the next game to put his nose in front.Cilic was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth set.Federer was under pressure to keep his opening service but produced quality backhands to hold on amid mounting tension.  ‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-0 when Cilic netted a forehand and held the next service game under pressure to lead 3-0.Federer got the vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving the Swiss to serve out for the championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Croat was finding it difficult to settle and changed racquets in his second service game, but it had no obvious benefit as he dropped serve again after three break points to trail 0-3.He finally held serve to get on to the board and trail 4-1 with Federer hitting the ball cleanly.The Swiss star served out the first set in just 24 minutes after a double break and a shaky Cilic opening.Federer fought off two break points in his opening service in the second set with pinpoint serves, while Cilic had a tussle before holding in the third game.Cilic worked his way back into the match as both players traded furious forehands to stay on serve.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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.He added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRoger Federer. AFP PHOTOThe roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game. View commentslast_img read more

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Aston Villa lodge appeal against Agbonlahor red card

first_img1 Aston Villa have lodged an appeal against Gabriel Agbonlahor’s sending off against Manchester United Aston Villa have lodged an appeal against Gabriel Agbonlahor’s sending off in their weekend clash with Manchester United.The striker was dismissed following a 50-50 challenge with Ashley Young, a tackle referee Lee Mason deemed worthy of a straight red card.Manager Paul Lambert admitted after the 1-1 draw on Saturday the club were likely to contest the decision, and an official appeal has now been lodged.Lambert said of the incident: “There was nothing, you may as well pack up if you’re going to take tackling out of the game. The two have gone in without any malice or studs showing, that’s not a red card.“The two have gone in fairly but the lad (Young) himself admitted he thought he fouled Gabby.“From where I was standing it’s not a red card.”Villa are likely to receive the outcome on Tuesday, ahead of their Premier League Boxing Day trip to Swansea.last_img read more

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Arsenal target eyes move to England or Germany

first_imgArsenal target Santiago Arias has admitted he would love to play in England or Germany.The PSV Eindhoven full back has been in impressive form this season, helping the Dutch side climb to the top of the Eredivisie.The Colombia international joined PSV back in 2013, arriving from Sporting Lisbon for £1m.Since then the 23-year-old has made over 50 appearances for the Dutch side and attracted the interest from several clubs.And after admitting last month that he’d love to join Arsenal, Arias has now reiterated his desire to play in England or Germany.“I’m certainly at a great club and I’m very happy,” Arias told De Telegraaf.“I hope to play here for a long time, though I am certainly open to the possibility that might arise in the future to play in England, for example, or Germany.” 1 Santiago Arias in action for Colombia last_img read more

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Liverpool target to replace suspended star? Predicted Barca XI to face Deportivo

first_img 10. Lionel Messi (forward) 11 11 11 11 11 11 14. Javier Mascherano (centre back) 11 5. Sergio Busquets (midfield) 9. Luis Suarez (forward) 11 15. Marc Bartra (centre back) 4. Ivan Rakitic (midfield) Click the arrow, right, to see the full predicted line-up in squad number order You can listen to live coverage from the Riazor on our new DAB sports radio station, talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio to receive talkSPORT2 and our other new stations (talkRADIO and Virgin Radio), click here.Talk of Barcelona being in crisis may sound extreme but having lost three La Liga games in an era when expectations are so high, it’s not quite as strange as it appears.The drop in form has seen the reigning champions go without a win in four in the Primera Division, with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal preceding defeats to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia.It had looked like the title in the bag before this run of results, but now Barca only sit above Atletico Madrid due to their head-to-head record, while Real sit just one point below the duo.A victory against Deportivo La Coruna, who aren’t in the best of form themselves, is now vital, but Barcelona must do without key defender Gerard Pique, who is suspended.They’re also without Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen and Sandro due to injury, while Arda Turan is a doubt following illness.So who will take to the field in Galicia? See talkSPORT’s predicted Barcelona XI v Deportivo La Coruna.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Barcelona line-up for their La Liga clash with Deportivo… 11. Neymar (forward) 13. Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper) 11 8. Andres Iniesta (midfield) 11 6. Dani Alves (right back) 11 18. Jordi Alba (left back)last_img read more

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Patriots’ act is over

first_img The record shows that Bailey got caught and knocked down at the 1-yard line after his 100-yard return Saturday night. But his interception of Tom Brady did plenty of damage, setting up the game-changing touchdown in Denver’s 27-13 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions. “It was a great play by me,” Bailey said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Sure was. It was the highlight of the first playoff game in the history of Invesco Field, which resulted in Denver’s first postseason win since John Elway’s last game, the 1998 Super Bowl. Next week in the AFC championship game, the Broncos will play the winner of today’s meeting between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. New England (11-7), meanwhile, will go home, three wins short of NFL history. Trying to become the first team to win three straight Super Bowls, the Patriots simply didn’t have enough to overcome Denver’s steady play, a few bad breaks or their own five turnovers. That was one fewer than they had during their entire, record-setting 10-game playoff winning streak that ended at the hands of the Broncos (14-3). It took a Champ to knock off the champs. Huffing, puffing, sprinting down the sideline, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey made the interception that put an end to Denver’s years of playoff misery and finished off New England’s dominating dynasty. center_img “When you lose, you want to go down fighting,” Brady said. “You want to go down playing your best and we didn’t do that. We made it easy for them.” It didn’t get really easy until Bailey changed the game. The Patriots were moving the ball well in the third quarter. They cut a 10-3 deficit to four points on a field goal and had moved quickly to the Denver 5 for what could have been the go-ahead score. But on third down from the 5, Bailey stepped in front Troy Brown in the end zone for the pick. He sprinted down the sideline and when he felt Kevin Faulk swipe at him helplessly about 70 yards into the trek, he thought he had it cinched. Champions don’t go down easily, though, and tight end Ben Watson wasn’t quitting. Watson took an angle, and with Bailey slowing and bringing the ball down to his hip, Watson got there, knocked Bailey down and sent the ball flying out of bounds at the 1. Or maybe through the end zone. With Bailey lying on his back, grimacing and gasping for air, Belichick challenged the call, saying the ball flew out of the end zone, not at the 1, which would have given New England the ball back on a touchback. “It was a great effort on his part,” Belichick said of Watson. But did it go out through the end zone? “Go ask them,” the coach said of the officials, who also set up Denver’s first touchdown on a questionable pass-interference call in the end zone against Asante Samuel. It was the kind of call a championship team might have gotten. With no decisive TV angle, though, the Pats didn’t. On the next play, Mike Anderson scored his second 1-yard touchdown of the night and gave Denver a 17-6 lead. “I never saw the guy coming, but I was going as hard as I could,” Bailey said of the longest non-scoring interception return in NFL playoff history. Not that anybody was questioning him. Nor is there any more doubt about who won in the blockbuster trade before the 2004 season, when the Broncos sent Clinton Portis to Washington for Bailey and a second-round pick. Portis and the Redskins got knocked out of the playoffs Saturday. Bailey and the Broncos are moving on. “I don’t care about what happens tomorrow,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Pittsburgh or Indy. We got this one.” Trailing 17-6, always reliable Adam Vinatieri, the difference in all three of New England’s three-point Super Bowl victories, missed a 42-yard field goal. Shortly after, Brown fumbled a punt return to set up Jake Plummer’s lone touchdown pass of the night, a 4-yarder to Rod Smith for a 24-6 lead. Plummer finished 15-for-26 for 197 yards with the touchdown and one interception. 160Want 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

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CONFIRMED! Wales above England in FIFA rankings after Euro 2016 heroics

first_img1 Wales have climbed above England in the FIFA world rankings after their sensational run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.The Group B winners were one of the teams of the tournament, with their historic 3-1 win over the world’s second-best side Belgium the highlight of a memorable campaign. Chris Coleman’s men recovered from losing to England in Lens in the group stages to then knock out Northern Ireland and Belgium before losing 2-0 to eventual champions Portugal in teh last four.And Gareth Bale and Co’s heroics in France has seen Chris Coleman’s team rise 15 places in the official FIFA rankings, with the Dragons now the 11th best team in the world and the top-ranked team in Britain.It brings more embarrassment for England, who – after suffering a shock exit in the last-16 at the hands of minnows Iceland – are two places below the Welsh in 13th.It’s an all-time high in the rankings for Wales, having been placed 112th only six years ago in 2010, while their increase of some 291 ranking points is the highest of any nation.Elsewhere in the rankings, the top five clubs remain unchanged with Argentina occupying top spot with Belgium in second.That’s despite Argentina losing to Chile – in fifth – in the Copa America final in June, and the Belgians only making the Euro semis.Colombia, who beat hosts USA in the Copa America third place play-off, sit third while world champions Germany are fourth and newly-crowned European champions Portugal have risen two places to sixth.Northern Ireland are in 28th spot, down three places despite a memorable first European Championship campaign where they qualified for the last 16.The Republic of Ireland are up two places in 31st, having beaten Italy to secure a place in the knock-out stage, where they were defeated by hosts France despite taking an early lead through a penalty from Robbie Brady.Scotland, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016, are in 50th place, down seven, as they prepare for a 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign which sees them in the same group as England. Wales celebrated their amazing Euro 2016 campaign with an open top bus parade when they returned to Cardiff last_img read more

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DONEGAL RUNNERS DO WELL IN DERRY HALF MARATHON – IN PICTURES

first_imgDONEGAL RUNNERS DO WELL IN DERRY HALF MARATHON – IN PICTURES was last modified: September 9th, 2012 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:Derry Half MarathonDonegal runnerslast_img

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Manchester City ace will be fit for England’s last 16 World Cup game

first_img 1 But Stones, 24, was substituted at half-time for Harry Maguire and appeared on the bench with heavy strapping and ice around his calf in a game where England were forced to settle with second place in Group G after losing the game 1-0.Southgate assured reporters after the game that Stones will be available to face the South American side as England look to win their first knockout game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup.The former Everton man had a mixed 2017/18 campaign for City but has enjoyed a solid World Cup so far which saw him bag a brace during England’s second group game – a 6-1 victory over Panama.And Stones was thankful that the manager of the national team has kept faith in him.“I spoke to Gareth (Southgate), and there were some little injuries and things that weren’t said out in public,” he said. “That’s why I wasn’t in the squad as much.“Gareth’s shown a lot of faith in me. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for that.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. John Stones will be fit enough to play Colombia in the last-16 of the World Cup, according to England boss Gareth Southgate.The Manchester City defender was one of three players to keep their place in the starting line-up for the Three Lions’ third group game against Belgium.center_img Stones wore heavy strapping and ice around his calf after being taken off at half-time last_img read more

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Vipers SC start league title defence at home to Ndejje University

first_imgThe Vipers team that started the 1-0 loss to KCCA FC in the Super Cup (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC vs Ndejje UniversitySt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 08-09-2018 @04:00pmReferee: Ali SabilaKITENDE – Vipers will hope to start their league title defence with three points when they host Ndejje University at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.The Venoms who won the league under Miguel da Costa last season will have Mexican, Javier Espinosa Martinez at their technical bench for the first time on Friday.The Mexican is expected to be without Noah Wafula who picked up a knock in the 1-0 Super Cup loss to KCCA FC last season. Martinez is also expected to ring some changes to the team that started in Saturday’s game. Abraham Ndugwa, Tito Okello, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Livingstone Mulondo and Dickens Okwir if selected will make their league debuts for Vipers.“Am looking forward to our first game in the Uganda Premier League but most importantly to show how effective we are, said Martinez ahead of the game.“Atleast we shall be playing from our own pitch than Wankulukuku stadium which didn’t favour my boys.“l know we are going to play a team that would like to make a statement by being the first team to win at St Mary’s Stadium this new season but we are also ready to fight for the three points.For Ndejje, they will be featuring in their first ever top flight game after gaining promotion last season.The University side won the Big League last season on their way to the Uganda Premier League and will back on Francis Onekalit, Noel Nasasira and Fred Male Nsereko for inspiration.Match Facts:This will be the first official competitive meeting between Vipers and Ndejje University FC since joining the top flight.Vipers drew 0-0 away to Bright Stars in their league opener last season.This will be the Venoms’ second league game this season after losing 1-0 to KCCA FC in the FUFA Super Cup at Wankulukuku last Saturday.Vipers won last season’s league title with 65 points, four ahead of KCCA FC.The other league fixtures on Friday:-URA FC vs Paidah Black Angles, Mandela National Stadium-Namboole @04:30pm-KCCA FC vs Tooro United, StarTimes Stadium-Lugogo @04:00pm-Bright Stars vs Maroons FC, Champions Stadium-Mwererwe @04:30pm-Kirinya JSS vs SC Villa, The Mighty Arena-Jinja @04:30pm-Onduparaka vs Nyamityobora, Champions Stadium-Arua @04:30pmComments Tags: Javier Martinez Espinosandejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

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New dad Martin hoping for double-delight on Lotto’s Winning Streak!

first_imgIt is certainly a case of double delight for new father, Martin Johnston from Donegal town who recently became a dad for the first time to baby Katelyn. However, little did he know that a few days later his name would be pulled out of the Winning Streak drum to appear on the gameshow!Coach driver Martin (31) wasn’t watching Winning Streak when his name was pulled out last weekend as he was otherwise engaged with looking after his newborn baby daughter. He and his wife, Ciara, have been on cloud nine since and Martin’s appearance on Winning Streak really is the icing on the cake.He met Ciara in Australia in 2011 (in a city in New South Wales called Dubbo) while both were travelling. The couple quickly fell in love and married in April 2016 in Ciara’s home county, Tipperary.Martin has an entourage coming from Donegal and from Tipperary to join him in the audience for Winning Streak. Among them is Martin’s mum and dad, Kathleen and Tony and his sisters, Fiona and Regina and brother Thomas.In his spare time, Martin is a keen dart thrower, playing for the Coach House Bar team in Donegal town, who are in the Donegal Dart league. Regardless of how he gets on Martin considers himself to be the lucky with his new arrival and will use any winnings to giving her “a good start in life”. The third episode of the new series of Winning Streak will be broadcast this Saturday evening (7th October) at 8:15pm on RTÉ One, where presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will guide five players through the iconic show, which gives them the chance to win cash, cars and luxury holidays.One will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spin the Grand Prize Wheel with a maximum prize of €500,000.New dad Martin hoping for double-delight on Lotto’s Winning Streak! was last modified: October 5th, 2017 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:Donegal TownlottoMartin JohnstonWinning Streaklast_img read more

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