Djokovic stretches ATP finals winning streak

first_img UNBELIEVABLE TENNIS LONDON (AP): Right now, Novak Djokovic is about as good as it gets on a tennis court. The top-ranked Serb put on an impressive display against Kei Nishikori at the ATP finals yesterday, stretching his winning streak to 15 matches at the season-ending tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the O2 Arena. “I think I was at my best,” said Djokovic, who has won the last three titles at the ATP finals, and four overall. “Undoubtedly, it’s been an incredible performance that I was hoping I can have coming into the match, coming into this tournament.” Djokovic lost only nine points on his serve and never faced a break point. With Nishikori serving, Djokovic won 30 of the 53 points played. Before the match, the ATP held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on the Stade de France, a concert hall and Paris cafÈs that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously. In the late match, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. Federer, a six-time champion who is playing at the season-ending tournament for the 14th straight year, got off to a slow start, winning only one of the first nine points to fall behind 2-0. But he quickly turned things around and ended up with a pair of breaks in each set and another win in London. Federer will face Djokovic tomorrow, while Berdych plays Nishikori. Djokovic has not lost at the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena since 2011, when Janko Tipsarevic beat him in the round-robin stage. Besides his run at the ATP finals, Djokovic has won 38 straight matches indoors, a streak stretching back to 2012. Nishikori, making his second appearance at the tournament for the top-eight players in the world, found out just how good Djokovic is right now. “I think my serve was the key. Both sets, I lost my first-service game,” said Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. “I mean, he also played unbelievable tennis. Very ashamed with this score.” Maybe he shouldn’t be, though. Djokovic is having the best season of his career. He reached the final at all four Grand Slam tournaments, winning three of them. His only loss in a major this year came in the French Open final, when Stan Wawrinka beat him in four sets. And another title in London next Sunday will make Djokovic the first player to win four straight at the season-ending tournament.last_img read more

Edwards to give public upfront view

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Supporters of the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum marked the start Tuesday of a project to bring some of its historic aircraft closer to the public. Dubbed the “Century Circle,” a new aircraft display area is being established adjacent to the base tour parking lot right outside of Edwards’ west gate. The area will be home to the “Century Series” of aircraft – the North American F-100 Super Sabre, the McDonnell Douglas F-101 Voodoo, the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief and the Convair F-106 Delta Dart. The aircraft will be placed in a circle with the cab of the old base control tower serving as a central focal point. The display, which supporters hope will be finished this summer, is part of an effort to make Edwards’ rich history more accessible to the public. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, access to the base has been tightened, limiting access to the base’s museum and putting the base’s public tour program on hold. Public tours resumed last summer. “If we can’t get the public in to see us, we have to get ourselves out to see the public,” said Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander of the base. The Flight Test Historical Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is spending $200,000 for the construction of the display area. “The big thing is accessibility. They (visitors) can get to this without going through security at the gate,” and Gary Aldrich, chairman of the foundation’s board. The aircraft were among the nation’s earliest supersonic fighters. The flight testing of the airplanes were part of the base’s golden age, a period running roughly from the late ’40s to the late ’60s that featured a slew of new and experimental aircraft filling the Antelope Valley skies. All but one of the aircraft, the F-100, are ready for display after work by volunteers. The F-100 is currently being refurbished by the volunteers. The foundation also plans a Heritage Walk, which will have paving stones that aircraft fans can purchase and have names engraved. The foundation used engraved paving stones once before as a fundraising mechanism when they were offered for sale in the 1990s for the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale. The foundation and base officials also envision an aircraft display near the base’s north gate off of Highway 58. That display would feature larger aircraft, including a B-52. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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

Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool: Delph stars as Villans end Steven Gerrard’s FA Cup dream

first_img1 Fabian Delph Fabian Delph scored one and set up another as Aston Villa stunned Liverpool to set up an FA Cup final showdown with Arsenal and spoil Steven Gerrard’s fairytale birthday plans.Villa dominated throughout but fell behind through Philippe Coutinho’s deflected strike after half an hour, but Christian Benteke equalised almost immediately with a crisp finish from Delph’s assist.The England midfielder then provided the decisive moment, turning inside Dejan Lovren before firing past Simon Mignolet at the near post.Tim Sherwood’s side nullified Liverpool’s push for an equaliser and the result meant Gerrard, who looked distinctly off the pace, will not finish his Liverpool career with a trophy.Villa settled the quicker in their bid to reach a first FA Cup final since 2000, with 19-year-old Jack Grealish impressing with examples of composure far exceeding his tender age.Simon Mignolet was the first goalkeeper called into action, tipping Charles N’Zogbia’s 20-yard-strike over the bar as Villa continued to look the more relaxed.On the half hour mark, Coutinho and Liverpool struck against the run of play as the Brazilian collected a Raheem Sterling pass before dinking over the onrushing Shay Given via a deflection.The Reds’ opener failed to deter Sherwood’s men and they were level almost immediately, as Grealish and Delph linked up promisingly to find Benteke, who side-footed past compatriot Mignolet for his ninth goal in seven games.Lovren then steered a header wide but the scores remained level until half time, when Brendan Rodgers opted to introduce Mario Balotelli to provide a much-needed focal point in the Reds’ attack.Delph was illustrating why he has become an England regular this season, and put Villa ahead ten minutes after the break by collecting Grealish’s reverse pass and firing in at the near post.Gerrard had a late header agonisingly cleared off the line by Kieran Richardson, but Sherwood’s side deserved to reach May’s final in their attempt to win England’s most prestigious domestic trophy for the first time since 1957.last_img read more

Bundesliga star favours Man United move, Ibrahimovic latest and more gossip

first_img 5 5 With Jose Mourinho arriving at Old Trafford, it was always going to be a busy summer for Manchester United.The Red Devils have already swooped to sign Eric Bailly from Villarreal for the sum of £30million as the Portuguese manager looks to make his defence rock solid.He will, no doubt, be adding more players to his squad, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic widely tipped to seal a transfer to Manchester United once Euro 2016 in France has come to and end.But what are the latest rumours and news surrounding the club’s business? Click the right arrow above to find out… 5 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) – Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed his client prefers a move to Old Trafford over Arsenal and the Mirror report the Red Devils have seen their opening bid of £19m rejected. The 27-year-old has one year left on his contract and is refusing to sign a new one with Borussia Dortmund. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ibrahimovic will definitely join Manchester United but not until after the European Championships, according to Sky Sports. All the details of his contract were finalised before the tournament but there was no opportunity to fit in a medical, hence why the move has been so protracted… David De Gea – The Sun report that goalkeeper David De Gea has told new manager Jose Mourinho that he wants to stay at Old Trafford amid reports in Spain suggesting he could leave the club this summer. However, it is claimed the goalkeeper would already by a Real Madrid player if Louis van Gaal had remained in charge. 5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – … But, new Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti will make a late attempt to snatch Ibrahimovic from under the noses of Manchester United report German outlet Bild. Ancelotti coached the Sweden captain during his time at Paris Saint-Germain and is keen to reunite with his former charge. John Stones (Everton) – Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will go head to head earlier than anticipated as they compete for the signature of Everton’s John Stones. The Daily Star claim the England defender is available for £50m and that Manchester City joined the race after they were snubbed by Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte. 5last_img read more

Plock and Smith Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgDrake University’s Emily Plock and Caitlyn Smith have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 26.Plock was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team following a breakout junior season while Smith earned an honorable mention selection.A total of 33 student-athletes were nominated for the team with just 19 earning the honor. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 75-percent of the regular-season matches.Plock, who maintains a 3.55 GPA as a health sciences major, was voted onto the team after leading Drake in kills with 472 this past season. That total shattered the school record for kills in a season at Drake and she ranked fifth in the league in kills per set with 3.72. She had 20 or more kills in a match eight times and recorded 11 kills/digs double-doubles.Smith earned honorable mention accolades thanks to owning a perfect 4.0 GPA as an education major. As one of Drake’s primary setter, she averaged nearly three assists per set with a career-high of 21 against Bradley. She also posted five assists/digs double-doubles.The Scholar-Athlete Team selections were the first for each in their careers. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgDanny McDaid runs through the tape to mark the official launch of the Donegal Marathon 2014 last March.As the closing date of the 30th June for the Early Bird reduced Registration rate for the Donegal Marathon draws near, Chairman Dessie Larkin reminisces with Donegal’s very own Danny McDaid, Double Marathon Olympian and winner of the last competitive marathon to take place in Donegal. In the following interview, Danny shares the mind-set of a competitive marathon runner with the former Letterkenny Mayor who intends to walk the half-marathon himself when the event takes place on the 24th August, this year.Dessie: Hello Danny, thank you for taking the time for a wee chat about the marathon and for all your efforts on the Organising Committee. Having had such an illustrious career in athletics I feel that you must have seen many changes through the years. How would you compare marathon running when you first started with the marathons of today? Danny: Thank you, Dessie. I’m very excited about this upcoming event as I feel it’s high time we had a competitive marathon event in this county to showcase the abundance of long distance runners we have today. Marathon runners in my time were athletes who were no longer good enough to compete at shorter events so they moved up to the marathon. It was all about being able to run the distance. Today’s marathon runner is usually a good 10k runner as well and starts running marathons much younger.Dessie: In your opinion, is a marathon about competing with the other runners or competing with the course?Danny: If you are a top class runner you are competing against other competitors. If you are a 3 hour plus runner you are competing with yourself and the course.Dessie: As a Double Olympian in the Marathon event, it must be of great personal satisfaction to reflect on such an outstanding athletic career, but what is your most abiding memory of your time spent wearing the Irish singlet? Danny: I always got great personal satisfaction but there was always a team to think of – family, coach and club who made many sacrifices along the way. I always felt I had a job to do when I was representing my country which added a fair bit of pressure but I felt I did it to the best of my ability.Dessie: Superstition or routine often plays a part in an athlete’s preparation; where there any rituals or preparations before or during the event that you had to complete when taking part in a marathon?Danny: Superstition or ritual were never part of my preparation. Preparation was to be happy about my training, my running kit, comfortable running shoes, pre-race meal and a good night’s sleep if that is possible.Dessie: What do you think are the main benefits of establishing the Donegal Marathon this year and moving forward?DMD: I see two main benefits. Firstly, to re-establish Marathon running in the county and maybe produce marathon runners like we had in the past from the wealth of enthusiastic runners that I have alluded to already; and secondly, to bring more people to Donegal by showcasing our beautiful town of Letterkenny and the surrounding county.Dessie: As the winner of the 1983 marathon, what are your abiding memories of that day? Danny: Ah there were a few, Dessie! The fact that it was ten minutes’ drive into town to the start of race instead of travelling long distances to other races all over Ireland, and that I was competing on a course which took me past my own home. I also remember the pleasure I felt giving the people of Letterkenny and Glenswilly the opportunity to see top class runners from all over Ireland and further afield pass their own doors with a Glen man leading them home. The joy and pride of my family and friends as I crossed finish line on Pearce Rd was very, very sweet and will always stay with me!Dessie: Finally Danny, remaining with the fact that you won the last marathon to be held in Donegal, that this is a Donegal audience, and with a subtle little nod to our county, I’ll ask you one last question; what is your greatest achievement in athletics?Danny: Looking back I was so lucky to have been given the natural ability to achieve so much, being selected for my first International, selected for two Olympics and privileged to captain the Irish team who won silver medals at the World Cross Country 1979 were all very special moments, but in direct response to your very pointed question… I will have to say it was winning the last competitive marathon to be held in Donegal in 1983!For more information on the Donegal Marathon 2014, visit or find them on facebook. So if you’ve been doing a bit of running lately, why don’t you get your running shoes back on and take the ultimate challenge? Options include running the full marathon and walking or running the half marathon. Alternatively, you can just turn out on the course to lend your much-needed support and encouragement to all participants. Together we can make the 24th August a day to remember! DANNY McDAID – THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR A MARATHON IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 17th, 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:Danny McDaidDessie LarkindonegalLetterkenny marathonlast_img read more

Giants announce new Oracle Park dimensions with bullpens moving in 2020

first_imgThe Giants’ home field just got a little smaller.Oracle Park’s outfield is shrinking as the Giants are moving their bullpens from foul territory to behind the stadium’s outfield wall, the team announced Thursday.One of the stadium’s iconic features, Triples Alley, is losing six feet of depth, dropping from 421 feet away from home plate to 415 feet.A rendering of the new-look center field bullpens the Giants will add to Oracle Park starting in 2020. (Courtesy of the Giants)The corner in left …last_img read more

Photo library: People 9

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Store controllerMareka Mthokho checksunderground equipment atHarmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Fitter aide ZolileManianiana fixes brokendrills at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa and Ndlaka Mtanoat the shaft at HarmonyGold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Lamp repairerVuyelwa Ramphoma works ona damaged underground headlamp at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme Williams,» Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College.The 10-month course isaimed at junior resourcemanagers at game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managment courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at read more

Not Good Enough: Dissecting the New Facebook iPad App From Sobees

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s a big opportunity for someone to make a killer Facebook app for the iPad. Facebook doesn’t have a native iPad app yet, and the mobile Safari version of it is decent at best. The much-hyped app Flipboard is still clogged up and doesn’t display your full Facebook experience. Enter 3-year-old Swiss app developer Sobees. The company creates some of the most technically innovative social web clients you’ll find anywhere. Unfortunately, the Facebook iPad app Sobees released today, called My Friends, is not one of those. It’s not very good, in fact. I’ll explain just why it’s not good below.Sobees does a lot of things that are very interesting with its other clients. The desktop Twitter client, for example, uses a service called Factery Labs to automatically extract a key sentence from the text of any link shared by a friend on Twitter and displays that below the link. That’s very cool. But the company likes to build on Silverlight, and its work is generally Windows-ugly. (Sorry, but after seeing these apps for years, someone had to say it.) Putting Windows-ugly on an iPad is an aesthetic crime.Here’s a look at the company’s new iPad app. Developers, don’t make these same mistakes with your software. There is potential here, but My Friends just doesn’t end up delivering a good experience. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Your profile picture in the top left is where you’ll see new Facebook notifications for your account. The red exclamation point looks like something’s broken, though. Why not use numbers like Facebook itself does? Better to use basic, familiar signage if possible. When you get a notification and click on that alert, you’re given three options: show notifications, open or open the Sobees fan page. Tell the app to view your notifications and you’re not even able to read their entire text, or click to view them in any other way. Extra clicks are required to get to an unsatisfactory destination.Check out the fonts on the title bar and elsewhere. Not good. I think I see at least five different fonts on this page, and none of them are particularly attractive.Breaking news? One of my friends ate very few calories total today, yet got to eat some pudding. Well, stop the presses! There has to be a hundred different ways this prioritized placement in the display could be better determined to truly show me what’s most important. That’s what makes apps like this interesting.Likewise on hot images: That’s a fuzzy picture of the back of a truck.These latest status updates are cool, and the scrollable window here is nice. It would be nice if I could choose between groups to view. It would also be nice if the comment and like count was responsive in real-time. Even when I post a comment on one of these items myself, its display in Sobees says there are no comments.Latest video ought not display a broken YouTube player. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. Inline playback is nice, but sometimes it crashes the whole app, too.Down at the bottom you’ll see two dots, indicating that there is a second page you can scroll to. That brings up the Sobees display of your news feed. This can take a long time to load, and there’s no switching back to the front page while it loads. It ought to be preloaded for a faster interface. There’s nothing that stands out about the newsfeed display, either.The best part of this app? The people tab. It’s a big scrollable set of profile photos with names overlayed. Click one and you go to a profile page. It’s really nice. Let me put those faces into groups, and I’d almost use the app just for that: to check in on particular friends the way Facebook was used before the Newsfeed was invented.Final judgement: this app isn’t good enough to use for much. It would be great to see it improved, simplified or extended upon. The mistakes made here are probably not uncommon, though, and are things to watch out for in developing other social apps.last_img read more

Germany’s Plus-Energy Town

first_imgSometimes it really does take a village. In 1997, the residents of Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian farming community of about 2,600 people, identified goals for revenue generation, local business development, and infrastructure. The idea was to proceed carefully, avoid massive debt, and let the rewards accumulate gradually over the coming decades. By May 2011, the town was not only on its way to realizing all its goals, it had generated about $5.7 million in revenue.The not-so-secret formula for this transformation turns out to be a blend of economic caretaking, government incentives, and renewable-energy adoption and other ecological practices. Nine new public buildings and many homes in Wildpoldsried are equipped with photovoltaic systems. The town operates three small hydroelectric plants, and five of its community buildings are equipped with biogas digesters.Several wind turbines are, in various combinations, supplying power to the community. The town has also installed flood-control and natural-wetlands wastewater systems, and this year its village council adopted an ordinance that offers a rebate of $20.70 per square meter (about $1.92/sq. ft.) on the cost of land to the owners of homes built to the Passivhaus standard.A showcase communityA story published in August by BioCycle magazine details the energy and ecology projects that, cumulatively, have helped produce Wildpoldsried’s net annual power surplus, which has topped 320%. A feed-in tariff introduced in 2000 helped make investment in photovoltaic systems economically feasible, and the community took to PV, as well as to wind power, in a big way. One of the challenges now, in fact, is to manage the resulting surplus so it doesn’t overload the grid and force the regional power company into an expensive expansion. Accordingly, the village is contemplating research that would explore using the excess electricity to power a biogas generator that would produce a storable form of energy – methane.“We have already run into problems where we are producing too much renewable energy. It’s very important to make the network intelligent and combine it with a storage system,” village council member Günter Mögele told BioCycle. “The stored methane will then be saved and converted back to power at a later time.”Wildpoldsried’s success as a low-carbon community has landed it on a short list of towns eligible to participate in government-sponsored sustainability initiatives such as Project IRENE (Integration of Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles), a two-year smart-grid study launched this fall under the guidance of two universities and the regional power company. One aim of the project is to explore techniques for monitoring and managing the power supply when electric vehicles are in widespread everyday use.Wildpoldsried’s star turn as an eco-village happens to coincide with the European Union’s adoption of its “20-20-20” initiative, which calls for 20% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, use of renewable-energy sources to provide 20% of total energy use, and 20% cuts in overall energy consumption. According to clean-energy market specialist Pike Research, compliance with the measure will prompt the amount of certified green building space to almost quadruple by 2016.last_img read more