Federer, Venus Williams roll into semifinals at Indian Wells

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Next up for Federer is Borna Coric of Croatia, who upset No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) for his first win in four tries against the South African.Williams has never reached the final of the desert tournament and to do she’ll have to get by 20-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, who has yet to drop a set in four matches at Indian Wells.At 37, Williams is the oldest player in the draw. She made the quarterfinals in her tournament debut in 1997 and notched her first win over a top-10 player before losing to eventual champion Lindsay Davenport.Williams took 71 minutes to put away Suarez Navarro for the fourth straight time on Thursday. Playing in swirling winds, Suarez Navarro committed 29 unforced errors to 17 for Williams.“I don’t care what’s happening on court, I just try to execute my game,” Williams said. “You kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you’re actually going to get it.”Kasatkina needed just 58 minutes to dispatch former No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.The Russian has knocked out U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki along the way.“Maybe, yeah, from the side or with the score it looks like it was simple, but of course it’s not,” Kasatkina said. “I knew that in one moment if I will lose focus just for a second, they will come back and then the big battle, five hours again, will start.”She gave Kerber no chance.The German never managed a break point against Kasatkina’s serve. The Russian connected on 82 percent of her first serves, winning 22 of 32 first-serve points. Besides Stephens and Australian Open winner Wozniacki, Kasatkina has beaten the other current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year: French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.That’s part of the reason for her impressive rise in the rankings over the last three years, and she’s guaranteed to make her highest move yet as a result of her deep run in the desert. She came into the tournament at No. 19, two spots lower than her career-best. She could move to 15th or 16th, and has a shot at the top 10 if she would win the title.The other women’s semi is already set: No. 1 Simona Halep against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, another 20-year-old making a huge run through the draw. Osaka’s victims have included Maria Sharapova, No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ex-boxing champ Paz pleads no contest but says he’s innocent Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READcenter_img Federer defeated Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-1 and equal his career-best start of 16-0 from 2006.Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2 in the event where she first broke out as a 16-year-old qualifier in 1997.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFederer won the Australian Open in January and has regained the No. 1 ranking. Williams returned to the top 10 last year after being runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.“I’m just happy that I’m able to keep up a good level. Same for Venus,” Federer said. “Really happy for her that she’s really consistently easily making all these semis and finals and winning tournaments.” 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot against Chung Hyeon, of South Korea, during the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The seniors are rolling into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.Roger Federer and Venus Williams won in straight sets on Thursday, extending the 36-year-old Swiss superstar’s bid for a record sixth title in the desert and the 37-year-old American’s attempt to win her first.ADVERTISEMENT With Rod Laver and Pete Sampras looking on, Federer fired 12 aces and was broken just once.Federer and Chung last played in the Australian Open semifinals, when the South Korean was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 5-2 because of blisters on his left foot. Federer went on to win the title and at 36 is the No. 1 player again.Federer saved a handful of break points in the first game of the second set and then broke Chung twice, including on a double fault to take a 5-1 lead.“I had a plan in place, but then you adjust to it constantly,” Federer said. “Maybe it’s the wind, maybe it’s the opponent, because you just don’t know his patterns yet. I like it when it’s the unknown, even though it can be a bit scary.”Serving for the match, Federer’s errant backhand spoiled his first match point. His forehand volley went wide, giving Chung a break chance. But Chung’s forehand error got Federer to deuce and he closed out his second match point with an ace that Chung unsuccessfully challenged the call on.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Whittier reaches final, 15-6

first_imgCOMMERCE – Whittier High School had few problems in disposing of Chino Hills 15-6 in a CIF-Southern Section Division III girls water polo semifinal Friday afternoon at the Commerce Aquatorium. The victory puts the Cardinals into Monday night’s championship finale against Ayala, a 9-5 winner over Temple City in the other semifinal. “They have big girls and their size is a concern,’ Whittier coach Chris Schneider said. “We really focused on our counterattack in practice. We’re concerned about their half-court game.” Campos played a very physical game at the 2-meter set, and turned in perhaps the play of the game when she made a blind, backward pass over her shoulder to get an assist on Rangel’s close-in goal in the fourth quarter. “That was showtime,” assistant coach Lansing Young said with a smile. “She always knows where everybody is.” Whittier was outshot 34-25, but most of Chino Hills’ attempts were from the perimeter as the Cardinals clogged the middle. Whittier improved its record to 22-6; Chino Hills finished with a 24-7 mark. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior goalkeeper Brooke Sovick recorded 11 saves. Chino Hills was led by Amy Moore and Bryce Winton, who had two goals apiece. Nicolle Concialdi made six saves. Before the game, Chino Hills coach Mike Carty expressed concern over Whittier’s counterattack and speed. “They’re small and quick,” Carty said. “The last time we played them, they stole the ball on us and won. If we can control their counterattack, we’ll be OK.” Whittier’s edge in speed over the bigger Griffins was exposed early. The Cardinals jumped to a 5-2 first-quarter advantage and led 10-3 at halftime. center_img It also marks Whittier’s third consecutive trip to the title game. The Cardinals won the championship in 2005 and finished second to Ayala last year. Seniors Lauren Barron had six goals and Mary Ann Campos and Alyssa Rangel had four apiece to lead the way Friday. last_img read more

City to install fixed plate recognition system

first_img“It should limit illegal dumping and/or help us catch the perpetrator very quickly,” Bates said. “It might have an impact on any type of robbery.” For example, if a vehicle comes into the city loaded with trash, then leaves empty, the system would catch that on camera, he said. It could also help in the event of an Amber alert, or could spot a car in which the occupants are wanted for other crimes. “Conceivably if their car came into our city, they would be detected and located,” he said. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – La Habra Heights could become the first city in California to install a fixed system that automatically tracks vehicle license plates. The automatic vehicle recognition system, which will cost the city $45,970 to install at four locations around the city, will automatically photograph every license plate and vehicle that drives past. If the vehicle is stolen, the system automatically notifies the Sheriff’s Department, City Manager Ron Bates said. But officials also envision it as a tool to stop other crimes, like illegal dumping and child abductions, he added. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Candy nude of Jesus stirs fury in NYC

first_img“We’re obviously surprised by the overwhelming response and offense people have taken,” said Semler, adding that the Holy Week timing was a coincidence. The sculpture was created from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, and it features Jesus with his arms outstretched. The Cavallaro creation does not include a loincloth. A publicist for the gallery said the artist was not available for comment. Cavallaro, who was raised in Canada and Italy, is best known for his quirky work with food as art. Past efforts included repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper-jack cheese on a Wyoming home and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Easter season unveiling of an anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, dubbed “My Sweet Lord” by its creator, has infuriated Catholics preparing to observe some of their holiest days of the year. The 6-foot-tall sculpture by Cosimo Cavallaro is to be unveiled Monday evening, four days before Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. The exhibit at the Lab Gallery inside Manhattan’s Roger Smith Hotel is to end on Easter Sunday. “This is one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,” said Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, a watchdog group. “It’s not just the ugliness of the portrayal but the timing. To choose Holy Week is astounding.” The gallery and hotel were overrun with angry telephone calls and e-mails, Matt Semler, the gallery’s creative director, said. Sponsors are considering their options, he said. last_img read more

Video: Football talent runs in the Ribery family…

first_imgPlaying for Bayern Munich’s second team, Steeven Ribery, brother of Franck displayed superb technique to acrobatically smash the ball into the back of the net against Garching on Friday night.The brother of Bayern first team forward Franck, 19-year-old Steeven wrapped up a 2-0 win in style. Franck Ribery’s brother scored a great goal for Bayern II 1last_img

THIRTY DONEGAL PEOPLE FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN YANK BANK CLOSEDOWN

first_imgAROUND 30 people from County Donegal are among the 750 staff at a Leitrim credit card company who could lose their jobs within weeks.MBNA – owned by the Bank of America – is pulling out of Ireland. It is trying to sell its company in Carrick-on-Shannon. But if that fails, the business could be wound up.And even if a buyer is found, not all of the 750 jobs are guaranteed. Workers travel to the site from several different counties.In a statement, Bank of America said it will seek to bring certainty to employees by identifying an “appropriate solution” as quickly as possible.’According to the statement, the ultimate decision taken will be based on what is in the best interests of shareholders, employees, customers and partners. Sinn Féin Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Michael Colreavy has expressed concern for the jobs at MBNA in Carrick on Shannon.  Deputy Colreavy said it would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.Deputy Colreavy said: “MBNA was a very welcome and badly needed industry when it was set up in Carrick on Shannon in 1997, it transformed not just Carrick on Shannon but all of Leitrim, North Roscommon, Longford and Sligo.“A thousand jobs in a previously neglected area such as this had a visible social impact. For possibly the first time in this region people had an alternative to emigration.“The operation in Carrick was regarded by MBNA as on a par or better than any of its operations worldwide.“It would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.“Hundreds of young couples with families have mortgages on the basis of their income from the Bank of America whilst the rental market, particularly in Carrick-On-Shannon would collapse entirely if this business were to be closed or relocated. “It is now incumbent on government and governmental agencies to closely watch developments around the sale of the Carrick-On-Shannon business.“Government must insist that the interests of the workers, their families and the wider population of this area are protected in all the choices and decisions that will be made.“Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring job security and will be keeping a close eye on all developments in this case.”THIRTY DONEGAL PEOPLE FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN YANK BANK CLOSEDOWN was last modified: August 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:carrick on shannonjob losses?MBNAlast_img read more

HISTORIC BRIDGE TORN DOWN AND REPLACED – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgA Co Donegal bridge estimated to be almost 150 years old has been torn down and replaced.The bridge at Letterbrick, Cloghan was demolished on Friday and replaced with a new steel structure yesterday. Our pictures show the bridge just hours before it was replaced.The bridge was originally built to take just animals and foot pedestrians but vehicles soon began to use the bridge.Donegal County Council decided the bridge was too dangerous and replaced the bridge.   HISTORIC BRIDGE TORN DOWN AND REPLACED – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 11th, 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:bridgeCloghanLetterbricklast_img read more

‘Madea’ holds top spot over slow weekend

first_img“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” a comedic drama from the creator of “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” held off a rush of new releases to maintain the top spot at the weekend box office. The Lionsgate Films movie raked in $13 million in its second weekend, bringing its gross to $48 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It edged out the cop thriller “16 Blocks,” which debuted at No. 2 with $11.7 million. The Warner Bros. film stars Bruce Willis as an NYPD detective trying to shuffle a star witness from a precinct lockup to a grand jury session 16 blocks away. Overall, it was a lackluster weekend performance for Hollywood, where attention was focused on the Academy Awards on Sunday. The top 12 movies took in $83.8 million, down 23 percent from the same weekend last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Not every weekend can be a blockbuster. This weekend definitely was not,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Other new wide releases this weekend had mediocre showings. Screen Gems’ sci-fi flick “Ultraviolet,” starring Milla Jovovich as exacting revenge on the government after being infected with a blood disease, debuted at No. 4 with $9 million. The 20th Century Fox teen mermaid tale “Aquamarine” opened at No. 5 with $7.5 million. Focus Features’ star-studded comedy “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came in at No. 7 with $6.5 million. “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which was shot for just $6 million, is a comedic drama about a slew of domestic hijinks that occur as a family prepares for a reunion. Perry wrote and directed the film and starred in three roles including the overweight, pistol-packing matriarch Madea, whom he also played in last year’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Foreign-language Oscar nominee “Joyeux Noel” opened strongly in limited release, grossing $50,133 in six theaters, for a healthy $8,356 average. By comparison, “16 Blocks” averaged $4,307 in 2,706 theaters; “Ultraviolet” did $3,518 in 2,558 theaters; “Aquamarine” averaged $2,986 in 2,512 theaters and “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” did $5,430 in 1,200 theaters. TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” $13 million. 2. “16 Blocks,” $11.7 million. 3. “Eight Below,” $10.3 million. 4. “Ultraviolet,” $9 million. 5. “Aquamarine,” $7.5 million. 6. “The Pink Panther,” $7 million. 7. “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” $6.5 million. 8. “Date Movie,” $5.1 million. 9. “Curious George,” $4.4 million. 10. “Firewall,” $3.6 million. 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

Campaign sign stirs unrest

first_imgUNINCORPORATED WHITTIER – Two political banners are posted atop a graffiti-covered railroad bridge above the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near the Beverly Boulevard exit. The two red, white and blue banners announce Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta’s run for the Assembly. They have been there for several weeks, and are seen by thousands of motorists who pass under the bridge each day. Armenta said he has no idea who welded the banners on the bridge, but thanked whoever put them there. “I’m flattered and honored that someone would take those extremes to put it up there,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut Caltrans officials aren’t so pleased. “It’s a distraction to motorists, it’s a safety issue,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish. “We don’t allow signs over the freeways.” Gish said in this case, because the bridge is not owned by Caltrans, she is not sure what Caltrans’ jurisdiction is. The banners have pictures of Armenta and the state Capitol on them. Soon after the banners were erected, the taggers who have spray-painted nearly every visible inch of the bridge vandalized the signs – painting their monikers on the picture of Armenta’s face. The bridge is owned by 81-year-old Los Angeles developer Arnold Carlson, who has previously said he bought it from Union Pacific Railroad so he could access his property on the west side of the freeway. In 2004, Whittier city officials asked Caltrans and Carlson to clean the bridge. Both sides argued that the other was responsible for getting rid of the vandalism, and nothing was done. Representatives from Carlson’s office Tuesday said Carlson has no comment about the political banners. Armenta said Carlson approves of the signs. “Carlson knows it’s up there. He’s a supporter,” said Armenta. Some residents said, with the state primary election coming up June 6, the city has hundreds of campaign signs posted throughout the city. Rowland Heights resident and local activist Roy Humphreys said he takes down the signs from public property “as fast as they can put them up. “These campaign organizations come through a community, many times at 3 a.m. and plaster the community with signs on private property, utility poles and sign posts,” said Humphreys, who formed the Rowland Heights Advocate Inc. group three years ago to address these and other community issues. “They put them up with such callous disregard for public safety,” he said. “The salt in the wound is that they say they will take them down immediately after the election, but they don’t always do that.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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