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Murray Seeded No 1 in a Grand Slam for the First…

first_imgAndy Murray has been named as the top seed for the Australian Open which starts next week, the first time the Scot has been ranked No 1 in a Grand Slam.Murray, a five-time finalist, will be chasing his first Melbourne title while his main rival will be six-time winner Novak Djokovic who has been handed the second seed position.The pair have met in four previous finals, including last year, with Djokovic winning on all four occasions and having beaten Murray in Doha last week, the Serb will be confident of becoming the first man to win the Australian Open on seven occasions. Federer return to Grand Slam action having missed the US Open and the second half of last season with back and knee injuries and having dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2002, he is seeded 17th meaning a possible third round tie with Murray or Djokovic could be on the cards.The four-time Aussie Open champion is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title but has not won a major since Wimbledon in 2012 and Melbourne next week will be his first competitive tournament since Wimbledon last year.Nadal is seeded ninth and a potential quarter-final opponent for the top four. The 14-time Grand Slam champion is without a major in almost three years and suffered a five-set first round defeat to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne last year.In the women’s singles, defending champion and world No 1 Angelique Kerber leads the way followed by 22-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.Britain’s Johanna Konta, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, is the No 9 seed.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wireless coverage constantly a concern

first_imgFew students would disagree that USC’s wireless Internet service is due for some fine-tuning, but they might not realize the amount of work and money required to improve wireless coverage.Connect · Students studying in Leavey Library take advantage of the improved wireless coverage in the library and surrounding area. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan In 2006, Information Technology Services began working to improve its wireless coverage, which had been in place since 2002. ITS added almost 1,000 wireless Internet access points to the pre-existing 620, increasing coverage roughly 160 percent.But those improvements have not satisfied USC students. In fact, every candidate in the recent Undergraduate Student Government election mentioned improving wireless as one of his or her platform points.“We’ve had enough student feedback to know that there’s an issue, and I think it’s why you saw candidates talking about it in the student government campaigns,” said John Baldo, director of university affairs for USG. “I think everyone kind of agrees it is something we should have. I think ITS is pretty onboard with making sure we have it.”Newly elected USG president Chris Cheng said USG’s focus for next year will shift toward improving wireless in the residence halls, as many students have complained about the spotty coverage.“Before the elections, we had a research period where we talked to as many students as possible,” Cheng said. “There really is a high demand for improvement in the residence halls, and in the core academic buildings — Von KleinSmid and Taper Hall, places where a lot of people have their General Education courses.”Kevin Durkin, director of communications for ITS, said sometimes it is not the number of access points that creates a weak signal but other types of interference, such as microwave ovens or the wire mesh in the walls of buildings.Cheng stressed that USG is not suggesting that ITS isn’t doing its job in providing wireless to students.“But in places where the wireless is weak and low, we want to strengthen it,” he said.Until recently, wireless coverage was inconsistent, even in Leavey Library, a main study spot for both graduate and undergraduate students. Last semester, USG conducted a meticulous survey of Leavey library, measuring signal strength across the building and identifying its weakest points, gathering student feedback and meeting with library staff and ITS Field Services Director Gabe Ochoa.“John Baldo presented a very comprehensive report,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for the USC libraries. “And we’re very glad the student government folks engaged in that because Internet access is an important part of the service we provide at the library.”The library agreed to add four new access points, and ITS paid for three more. Each new wireless access point costs $900.“ITS paid for three access points, so we’re very grateful to them for working with us,” Baldo said. “And now we have seven new access points over the second, third and fourth floors [of Leavey], because those are the floors where students are studying the most.”Next, USG will work to improve the wireless available in common outdoor areas, such as McCarthy Quad.“With something like this, you have to start somewhere and sort of focus on one area at a time. You can’t just walk in and say, ‘I want every building next week,’ because there’s this huge cost you have to take into consideration,” Baldo said.Students disagreed as to whether the first step should be improving wireless in the dorms or in common areas.“I don’t know how it is in different residence halls, but I know that mine doesn’t get wireless,” said Robert Peterson, a sophomore majoring in music industry who lives in Parkside International Residential College.Peterson said he thinks improving wireless near the dorms will be an asset to students.Others, however, think wireless in classrooms needs to be the priority.“I think classrooms should come first. From what I see, I don’t see a lot of people using their laptops outside,” said Esmeralda del Rio, an undecided sophomore. “My sociology professor always has a hard time getting wireless on her laptop when she’s about to show slideshows. It takes her about, like, five minutes. And sometimes, when she wants to use the Internet, she can’t.”Kimberly Kanable, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said she thinks it makes sense to start with classrooms and common spaces, as Ethernet connections are available in the residence halls. Baldo said the biggest problem in attempting to improve wireless coverage in any given building is figuring out who is going to cover the cost.“You know everyone wants perfect wireless in their building, so you can imagine ITS is trying to accommodate what everyone wants, but it’s not really possible when it’s $900 an access point,” Baldo said.Durkin emphasized ITS is committed to providing the campus with the wireless coverage it increasingly needs.“ITS recognizes that the increased use of mobile devices — laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and so forth — is driving the demand for improved wireless service, so in response to that we are looking for alternative approaches to providing pervasive, reliable wireless coverage across both campuses. So in other words, stay tuned,” Durkin said.last_img read more

WLAX : Tewaaraton Trophy finalists lead final four teams in NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The final four in Stony Brook, N.Y., begins Friday when No. 4 seed Syracuse takes on No. 1 seed Florida. No. 2 Northwestern and No. 3 Maryland will square off in the second matchup. The semifinals not only boasts the top four teams in the nation, but also four of the nation’s top five players.Each remaining team features one of the five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists, who will try to make a final case for winning the award. Only Becky Lynch of North Carolina has been eliminated from postseason contention. Michelle Tumolo and Syracuse defeated the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals last weekend.Here’s a look at the four candidates competing this weekend and their standout seasons:Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, attackTumolo has arguably the best chance of any Syracuse player in the program’s history to win the Tewaaraton Trophy. The Big East Offensive Player of the Year scored 43 goals to go along with a team-leading 40 assists during the regular season. The attack is the Orange’s second Tewaaraton finalist, joining Katie Rowan in 2008.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs SU’s offense slumped down the stretch and scored just 14 goals during two Big East tournament games, Tumolo slumped as well. The junior scored just three goals and only tallied one assist during the two games. But on Saturday against No. 5 seed North Carolina with Syracuse’s season on the line, Tumolo turned in perhaps the most impressive individual performance of any player this season.With the Orange trailing the Tar Heels 16-15 in the final minute of regulation, Tumolo set up in her usual position behind the opposing net. The junior found fellow attack Kailah Kempney wide-open on the crease for the game-tying goal with 39 seconds remaining. And just 34 seconds later, Tumolo scored her fourth goal of the game to send SU to the final four.‘I had an opportunity to watch their game against North Carolina, and they refuse to lose,’ Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said during a teleconference on Monday. ‘They find a way to win. I watched Michelle’s incredible goal with five seconds left. You want to talk about an offensive powerhouse … that’s a team to be reckoned with.’Brittany Dashiell, Florida, midfielderIn just three seasons of the program’s existence, Florida has become a national power. The Gators rose to No. 1 in the nation and earned their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this year.And Dashiell was recognized as the program’s first-ever Tewaaraton finalist.The junior midfielder paced UF with 23 goals and finished third on the team in points with 59. She also gathered 27 ground balls and 42 draw controls, both second on the team.Dashiell, of Bel Air, Md., is one of 13 players from Maryland on the UF roster as head coach Amanda O’Leary has made the state her personal recruiting stomping grounds.‘They provide the bulk of our program,’ O’Leary said during the teleconference Monday. ‘When I hit the road recruiting it was one of the first places I went to because it has such a strong tradition of having great lacrosse players, that Baltimore area. … It’s fun to watch them have the opportunity to watch them come down here and develop.’Dashiell has keyed the program’s development and will have a chance to make more history for Florida this weekend.Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, midfielderSchwarzmann was an absolute scoring machine for Maryland this season. The midfielder’s 63 goals are the third-most in the nation and the most of any finalist.Like Florida’s Dashiell, Schwarzmann is a complete player. The junior’s 29 ground balls and 40 draw controls were the second most for the No. 3 Terrapins.Schwarzmann has been at her best this season during the Terrapins’ biggest games. The midfielder set an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament record by scoring 11 goals en route to winning the ACC championship and ACC tournament MVP.What was perhaps most impressive about her ACC tournament performance, though, was the way she adjusted throughout the season.Maryland found itself a rare underdog in the ACC tournament semifinals against Duke after losing to the Blue Devils 10-9 during the regular season. In the ACC tournament, the Terrapins routed Duke 12-3, and Schwarzmann scored four goals.Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, midfielderEven with reigning Tewaaraton Trophy-winner Shannon Smith still on the roster, Thornton became the star for Northwestern under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller this season.After being named the 2011 IWLCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year, the midfielder is leading the No. 2 Wildcats with 44 ground balls and a career-high 27 goals.‘(I) have had a chance to watch her play throughout the season occasionally and she’s someone that’s super fun to watch,’ Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said during the teleconference. ‘(Hiller’s) done a great job with players playing defense and moving to the midfield and just contributing on both ends of the field there.‘And she’s just an outstanding athlete, and I think that’s what sets her apart.’Thornton has the opportunity to become Northwestern’s sixth Tewaaraton winner – a feat unmatched by any other program – and the fourth different Wildcat to earn the Commentscenter_img Published on May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Mixed injury news for Irish squad

first_imgBrady has suffered back spasms while Walters has an achilles injury.In better news Robbie Keane trained with the rest of the players.The first group match is against Sweden next Monday. In other Euro 2016 injury news, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says Kyle Lafferty’s groin injury is not serious.The former Norwich forward limped out of training this morning but O’Neill has allayed fears that he is a risk for the tournament.Lafferty was Northern Ireland’s top scorer in qualifying with seven goals.In  Women’s soccer, Ireland are in action this evening as they host Montenegro in a Euro 2017 qualifier.Kick off in Tallaght is at 7.last_img

Kerry win for Hahessy

first_imgThe Aqua Blue rider was first home at the Lacey Cup in Tralee.Meanwhile fellow Carrick man Sam Bennett finished 24th in the semi-classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne yesterday.He was in the main bunch – just 13 seconds behind winner and Bora Hansgrohe team-mate Peter Sagan.last_img

Van Dijk is Premier League’s best ever centre-back – Kompany [VIDEO]

first_imgMove aside John Terry, Tony Adams and Nemanja Vidic; Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen.Well, that’s Vincent Kompany’s opinion anyway.The former Manchester City captain sparked discussions on social media after declaring the Liverpool big man as the best central defender in the Premier League’s history.Kompany argued that despite not playing at the top level for too long, van Dijk has made a significant enough impact in his two-and-a-half years at Liverpool to be adjudged the best.He stated that despite the longevity and success enjoyed by players like Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Vidic in the top flight, the solidity van Dijk had brought to Liverpool gave him the edge“I would go back to players that impressed me when I played against them. I would bring it back to Virgil V=van Dijk. It’s a weird one because he hasn’t been on the scene for as long as these names – John Terry, Rio Ferdinand – these guys were there for a long, long time.”Kompany believes that had he been at the top level much longer, van Dijk would undoubtedly be widely regarded as the best.“The signs he showed in the last few years make it so obvious that if he [van Dijk] had been at the top level before that, he would have been further.“From what I’ve seen, in terms of having an impact of the team – and for a defender it’s never about yourself but your communication with other guys and how you make your team more solid – the Liverpool before van Dijk and the Liverpool after him it’s a completely different setup.”The Dutch defender enjoyed a stellar year for Liverpool last season in the Premier League as he led from the back, as the Reds lost only one game in the Premier League in the last campaign, finishing as runners-up to Manchester City.He was in imperious form for Liverpool in the Champions League as they became European Champions for the sixth time. He also helped Holland reach the UEFA Nations League final.This season van Dijk has been immense for a Liverpool side that has lost only one league game and is six points away from the Premier League title.van Dijk was named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year and was on the final shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.He was also one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or before he was beaten to the award by Lionel Messi.Kompany’s comments have sparked a conversation on social media with some people offering varying views.Names such as multiple Premier League winners, Terry, Ferdinand, Vidic Adams, Jamie Carragher, Ricardo Carvalho have been thrown into the mix.A few even mentioned Kompany himself as being in with a shout for the Premier League’s best defender. More from Citi Sportslast_img read more

USWNT sets packed 10-game 2019 schedule leading up to Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe series starts Jan. 19 and ends May 26 as the USWNT will play two games abroad to start the year and then eight domestic matches before departing for the World Cup, which starts June 7. “This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup. We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of them will be in their World Cup preparation as well,” coach Jill Ellis said in a statement.”We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.” The U.S. Women’s National Team is gearing up for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in a big way. U.S. Soccer revealed Thursday a 10-game schedule that will put the USWNT up against tough competition in the months leading up to the tournament in France. As Ellis noted, the team is taking its preparation seriously as five of the 10 teams the U.S. will face are ranked in the top 10 in the world. With matchups against England (No. 3 in the world rankings), France (4), Australia (6), Japan (7) and Brazil (8), competition will be tough to help prepare the team for France.Once the road to France is over, the USWNT will face the challenge of defending its World Cup title. The U.S. women enter 2019 on a 28-match unbeaten run (25-0-3) and went undefeated in their 20 games during 2018. DateOpponentKickoffVenue; LocationJan. 19France2:30 p.m. ETStade Océane; Le Havre, FranceJan. 22Spain2:30 p.m. ETEstadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, SpainFeb. 27Japan7 p.m. ETTalen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.March 2England3:30 p.m. CTNissan Stadium; NashvilleMarch 5Brazil8 p.m. ETRaymond James Stadium; TampaApril 4 Australia7 p.m. MTDick’s Sporting Goods Park; DenverApril 7Belgium6 p.m. PTBanc of California Stadium; Los AngelesMay 12South Africa  1:30 p.m. PTLevi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.May 16TBA*   7 p.m. CTBusch Stadium; St. LouisMay 26Mexico Noon ETRed Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.* Based on Women’s World Cup drawlast_img read more

Angels’ Keynan Middleton believes DL stint will be short

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I was just sore after that day,” he said. “I went in and talked to the trainers, and I haven’t felt anything since, so hopefully that continues and after my 10 days are up, I’m back with the team.”Middleton is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, the first day of a two-game series at Colorado.In the meantime, Manager Mike Scioscia has a few options for the ninth inning. Jim Johnson has pitched well and has the most closing experience. Cam Bedrosian has also bounced back from a rough start to pitch better lately.Rookie Justin Anderson, who made his major league debut last week, also seems to have quickly ascended the bullpen ladder, having come into high-leverage spots against the Houston Astros and New York Yankees already.OHTANI UPDATEAfter missing two games with a mild left ankle sprain, Shohei Ohtani returned to the lineup as the designated hitter and hit a line drive down the left field line for a double. It remains unclear when he’ll be able to pitch again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That was a great experience for me, but right now it’s too early in the season, and I can’t really say,” he said through his interpreter. “I just need to take it day by day and try to get better. Hopefully I’ll be chosen.”Matt Shoemaker, who went on the last tour in 2014, said he enjoyed the experience.“I wish I could do it every year,” Shoemaker said. “I loved it. It was a blast.”ALSOShoemaker (forearm stiffness) said he’s now throwing at a distance of 150 feet, so he believes a bullpen session “has got to be close.” …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) said he is still throwing, but he has not yet thrown a bullpen session since he’s been on the DL. Wood said he is pain-free now. …Eduardo Paredes was recalled to take Middleton’s roster spot. The Angels will need to make another roster move to bring up a starter for Thursday’s game. …Third baseman Zack Cozart got a routine day off. …Outfielder Michael Hermosillo hit for the cycle, including a grand slam, for Triple-A Salt Lake City on Tuesday night. Hermosillo, one of the Angels’ top prospects, drove in six runs. He is hitting .275.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 6.91) vs. Orioles (Dylan Bundy, 1-3, 2.79), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Ohtani played some light catch on Tuesday, but he did not have the bullpen session that he will need before the Angels can put him back into the rotation. Because the left foot is his landing foot, he needs to be able to stress it about 150 times, including warm-up pitches, before he can start.“We want to give this thing enough time to where when he pitches it won’t be an issue,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to take it day to day on the pitching side.”Scioscia has said Ohtani will pitch sometime over the weekend in Seattle. They have Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs both available to pitch on Friday and Saturday, each on five days rest, so they could wait until Sunday to give Ohtani the maximum time off.BACK TO JAPAN?Major League Baseball announced it will be sending an All-Star team to Japan for a series of exhibition games in November, as it has done every few years.Obviously, Ohtani would be a natural candidate to make that trip, but it’s too early to predict which players will go. In many cases, it depends on a player’s workload during the regular season. Ohtani played for the Japanese team in 2014, but he wasn’t ready to say if he planned to go back this time.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — The bad news is Keynan Middleton, who had just emerged as the Angels’ closer, had to go on the disabled list.The good news is that Middleton thinks it’s not serious.“Not concerned at all,” he said after being placed on the disabled list Tuesday with elbow inflammation.Middleton said he began to feel some discomfort last week in Houston, and it got worse after he pitched on Friday night, when he blew his first save opportunity in seven tries.last_img read more

International Olympic Committee President to attend EYOF in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo?

first_imgThere are only eight days left until the beginning of the biggest sports event in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after the 14th Olympics, the European Youth Olympic Festival EYOF in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, Federal News Agency reports.General Secretary of the Olympic Committee (OC) of BiH Said Fazlagic stated that “preparations are going as planned even with certain problems that are being solved”.“We are all excited for EYOF and the opening ceremony, which will be great. We want to organize the best EYOF ever,” Fazlagic told FENA.He added that representatives of EOC, led by President Janez Kocijancic and vice presidents, will arrive in Sarajevo two days before EYOF.“Guests will also include presidents and general secretaries of all 50 European national Olympic committees, the entire Executive Board of EOC, as well as representatives of the International Olympic Committee – IOC. We still expect confirmation for the attendance of IOC President Thomas Bach and a few other members of this umbrella Olympic organization,” emphasized Fazlagic.last_img read more

Governor unveils streamlined app for felons seeking voting rights

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds staff has created a one-page document for Iowa felons seeking the governor’s approval of the application to get their voting rights restored.“We’re streamlining the process,” Reynolds said Tuesday.The previous document was three pages long. The old process also required felons to compile paperwork about any fines and restitution they owe. Reynolds said her staff has access that information online.“Restoring voting rights is more than a trip to the ballot box,” Reynolds said. “It really resurrects dignity and begins re-entry into life as a contributing member of our communities.”Reynolds has been pressing lawmakers to set up the process for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to paroled felons. Some of the governor’s fellow Republicans in the legislature say they want to pass a law that would require repayment of all fines and restitution before a felon could get their voting rights. Reynolds has repeatedly emphasized that’s not required under the present system.“We should never lose sight of the victims,” Reynolds said Tuesday, “but these individuals are making efforts by a payment plan to pay back the debt that they owe and that satisfies our requirement to give them back their voting rights and I would hope, I want to make sure we can stay similar to something like that.”Drew Klein.Drew Klein of Americans for Prosperity joined Reynolds at her weekly news conference to emphasize his group’s support of the governor’s effort to automatically restore voting rights felons and avoid requiring that all restitution be repaid before they may vote.“A lot of times what we end up doing is we create a second tier or a second class of citizens and that in and of itself creates problems,” Klein said. “That contributes to the cycle of recidivism that ultimately creates new victims and imposes recurring costs on taxpayers as well.”The new, one-page application to the governor for voting rights restoration is being presented to felons as they exit prison. Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, said the governor is taking important steps to give more Iowans access to the political process.“But that doesn’t also mean that we are not very much interested in an executive order for voting,” Andrews said, “because we do think that is important in the interim.”Betty Andrews.Reynolds said if she issued an executive order, that could be “an easy out” for Republicans in the legislature who’re reluctant to change the constitution.“I don’t think voting rights should be forever banned and I don’t think that one individual should be making those decisions and I’m going to talk to them about why it’s important and see where we can find — that’s all part of the process — some common ground to get this done,” Reynolds said.The governor recently began calling paroled felons to whom she has granted voting rights. She’s offering to arrange those calls with legislators, too, to emphasize how much second chances mean to paroled Iowans.last_img read more