first_imgFormer Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced that she would return to professional tennis in 2018 after more than four years in retirement.The Frenchwoman shocked the tennis world when she quit the sport in 2013, a little over a month after winning her maiden grand slam title at Wimbledon, saying her body could no longer keep up with the demands of the sport.In July last year, she told Britain’s ITV’s This Morning programme that she was suffering from a virus and feared for her life. The 33-year-old confirmed her return to the women’s tour in a video posted on her official Twitter account.“I have something to tell you – I’m coming back this year on the professional tour,” she said. “It’s going to be a huge challenge. I still have a lot of practice ahead of me, but I’m hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open.“I’m really looking forward to be on the court again in front of you, to feel your support, especially in Paris, in Roland Garros, in my home country, but also for the Fed Cup – and Wimbledon. I’m so looking forward to it.”Bartoli, who reached a career-high world ranking of number seven in 2012 and has won eight WTA singles titles, also finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007 and reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2011.last_img read more

first_imgThe Premier League returns this weekend following an eventful international break.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool head to the home of their great rivals Manchester United attempting to maintain a perfect start while others hope the next run of fixtures can turn their respective seasons around.Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the major talking points heading into another key round of fixtures.Nine would be fine as Klopp’s table-toppers face struggling SolskjaerHaving taken Manchester City to the wire in the fight for the title last season before going on to lift the Champions League, Liverpool are in a great position to push for their maiden Premier League crown.They have won all eight of their opening fixtures and head to old foes Manchester United on Sunday looking to equal the best start to a Premier League season (nine wins, matching Chelsea in 2005/06) and the most consecutive wins in the Premier League (18, stretching back over the last campaign and drawing level with Manchester City in 2017/18).While a trip to Old Trafford, a place they have won only once in all competitions since 2009, would usually be seen as a daunting prospect, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in something resembling disarray – starting the weekend 12th in the table, knowing defeat would see them fall 18 points behind their rivals and with pressure growing on the manager to turn things around.Palace aim to dent Guardiola’s quest for throneA 2-0 home loss to Wolves before the international break left champions Manchester City eight points adrift of the runaway early leaders.Next up is a trip to Crystal Palace, who are seemingly more comfortable on the road rather than in front of their own supporters, with the game at Selhurst Park taking place on Saturday evening.The fixture scheduling at least gives Pep Guardiola and his team the chance to close the gap to Liverpool ahead of their clash with United, although a further slip up could prove very costly – even at this stage of the season.Poch ready to dine out after seeing off Hornets?Beaten Champions League finalists Tottenham have endured a poor start to the season, losing 3-0 at Brighton last time out following a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has started to come in for some criticism with question marks over whether he has lost the dressing room – something he refuted by claiming an invitation to join the players for dinner next week proves they are behind him.They could show that on the pitch, too, and could wish for no better game to respond than by welcoming winless Watford to north London, the Hornets bottom of the table on three points.Toffees aim to stop rot as Saints and Canaries look for rare winsThree out-of-form teams looking to get their campaigns back on track will be hoping a two-week hiatus from Premier League football can help address their run of results.Southampton, Everton and Norwich sit 17th, 18th and 19th respectively – with Everton losing their last four games and the other two suffering three defeats in a row.Under-fire Everton boss Marco Silva welcomes West Ham to Goodison Park in Saturday’s early kick-off knowing pressure will mount with another loss while Southampton face Wolves and Norwich, without a point since stunning champions Manchester City last month, are away at Bournemouth.No Room for RacismFollowing the saddening scenes in Sofia on Monday night which saw England players targeted by racial abuse from Bulgaria supporters, the issue of racism within football continues to pose a problem.The Premier League will be doing their bit to tackle the problem at home as they step up their No Room for Racism campaign this weekend.“If you see it, report it” will be the key message as all games across Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be feature the campaign branding and shine further light on the issue in the wake of the shameful acts witnessed earlier in the week.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes wary of development war, says HamiltonLONDON, United Kingdom, March 8 – Lewis Hamilton has warned Mercedes not to ‘go over the edge’ in their upcoming development war with Ferrari.The two giants of Formula 1 are all set for another title tussle in 2019, with just 0.003 seconds separating the two teams on the pre-season timesheet heading into Australia. Hamilton said the whole Mercedes team will be relentess in their pursuit of another World Championship double, but is wary of pushing too hard and over the edge over the course of the season.‘It makes it harder for sure,’ Hamilton said about Ferrari’s strong pre-season form via‘I think already last year we as a team were behind on performance so we had to overachieve on delivery, and now we have to reach even further, it means we have to squeeze our performance even more.‘But we also have to be careful in that scenario because it can also push you over the edge and you can have faults.‘We’ve got the best team around us. We have experience, it’s no coincidence that we are world champions so we have to be diligent and stay balanced.‘But as a driver for sure I have to figure out how can I pull more out, which I don’t have the current answer for.’Hamilton also believes that Ferrari may have had a headstart on the development of the 2019 car.‘Obviously during the year you have a huge group of people who are working towards winning the world championship and if you are not looking like you are winning the world championship, out of worry you might pull some of the team off earlier,’ he added.‘So mostly likely they started developing this car a month at least earlier than us maybe, whereas we were pushing to win the world title, which we did.‘It is generally how it is, you only have a certain amount of resources that you can use and you want to make sure that you solidify and win the current world championship or tail off and make sure next year is good but you don’t know if next year is good because the rules have changed, so it is about trying to find a balance.‘I would not be surprised if Ferrari had more people because in Italy it is not easy to fire people – and it is different to when you are chasing compared to when you are defending.‘But the last year they arrived here with a car that was working well, but they have done even better this year.’0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgJoachim Loew’s side had appeared to be heading for the win in regulation time after Mesut Ozil pounced to give them a 65th-minute lead.But Italy clawed themselves back into the game when Leonardo Bonucci levelled from the penalty spot 12 minutes from the end of normal time after a Jerome Boateng handball.After no goals were scored in extra time, Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger all failed from the spot for Germany, usually so reliable from 12 yards.But after Simone Zaza and Graziano Pelle missed for Italy and Bonucci was denied by Manuel Neuer, Matteo Darmian’s failure to convert the Azzurri’s ninth kick allowed Hector to become Germany’s hero.The game had been billed as the pick of the quarter-finals, but large spells of the game in Bordeaux were uneventful.Germany talisman Schweinsteiger again started the game on the bench but was introduced after quarter of an hour to replace Sami Khedira, who came off with a groin injury.Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring the opening goal.PHOTO/Sky SportsSchweinsteiger found the net just before the half-hour mark but his effort was disallowed for a foul on Mattia De Sciglio.With a semi-final against either hosts France or Iceland up for grabs, a cautious approach from both sides was to be expected.Indeed, Germany coach Joachim Loew sprung a surprise by moving away from his usual 4-2-3-1 formation in favour of a 3-5-2 to replicate the Italian set-up, dropping the previously excellent Julian Draxler as a result.The World Cup holders went on to dominate possession throughout but Gianluigi Buffon was untroubled by a Mario Gomez toe-poke while the veteran goalkeeper also easily saved from a Mueller shot late in the first half.Italy responded in kind, Emanuele Giaccherini seeing his cutback go all the way to Stefano Sturaro, whose his low drive had power but was deflected out for a corner.Germany moved up a gear immediately after the restart, Gomez smartly laying the ball off for Mueller to hit a left-foot drive that was turned behind by the backtracking Alessandro Florenzi at the far post.The Germans were beginning to control proceedings and the opener arrived soon after. Gomez pounced on some slack defending by Florenzi before finding Hector in space to the left of the penalty box.The full-back’s attempted cutback came off Bonucci but fell to Ozil, who fired past Buffon from close range to give Germany a 65th-minute lead.Germany’s confidence was now soaring and Ozil found Gomez in space with a great chip, but the striker’s outrageous flick was superbly saved by Buffon and the offside flag came up anyway.Italy looked down, but they were not out.Leonardo Bonucci cerebrating after levelling for Italy.PHOTO/AFPAn unmarked Pelle got his left foot to Florenzi’s low cross but fired off target, and minutes later the Azzurri pulled level after the ball came off the arm of Boateng in the area.Hungarian referee Victor Kassai immediately pointed to the spot and Bonucci stepped up to beat Neuer low to the goalkeeper’s left to spark wild celebrations.It was the goal Neuer had conceded at the tournament after four successive clean sheets.There was a minor scare for the Germans with three minutes left when Eder found De Sciglio on the left and the AC Milan midfielder saw his powerful drive ripple the side-netting.Into extra time they went and Germany came closest in the additional half hour, substitute Draxler pouncing on a poor headed clearance from Andrea Barzagli to send an overhead kick just over, before both sides settled for penalties.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany players celebrate after Jonas Hector (#3) scored the final spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out to clinch the match for Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Italy in Bordeaux on July 2, 2016.PHOTO/AFPBORDEAUX, France, July 2 – Jonas Hector fired Germany into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 at Italy’s expense after an epic round of 18 penalty kicks that saw players from both sides produce stunning misses in Bordeaux on Saturday.World Cup holders Germany won the shoot-out 6-5 after a tense match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time, and their reward is a semi-final with the winner of Sunday’s last quarter-final between hosts France and Iceland.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Allan Katerega celebrating the winner for AFC LeopardsNAIROBI, Kenya, April 1 – AFC Leopards came from a goal down to silence Nzoia Sugar 2-1 and move second in the standings in a Kenyan Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.Elvis Rupia sent Nzoia ahead on the 10th minute to see the Bernard Mwalala side lead at the break before Gilbert Fiamenyo levelled the scores two minutes into the second half. Allan Kateregga gave AFC Leopards the winner in the 70th minute to ensure Ingwe continue their perfect start to the Premier League as they sit second on six points same as their bitter rivals Gor Mahia who travel to Western Stima on Sunday.In a match described as ‘Ingo derby’, Ghanaian Fiamenyo scored his second goal of the season when he raised high to head home Duncan Otieno’s corner to bring his side back to the game.Leopards took 37 minutes to find the equalizer after Rupia took advantage of Ingwe’s defensive lapse to open the scores.Things turned around for Leopards when head coach Stewart Hall introduced Kateregga on the start of the second half withdrawing Joshua Mawira.Kateregga’s presence saw Leopards step up their game and a minute on the pitch he won a corner that resulted to the equalizer.Nzoia invaded Leopards goal mouth once again and this time it was Masita Masuta who beat Salim Abdalla and rounded Ian Otieno on AFC Leopards goal but his effort was thwarted after he hit the side post.Leopards nearly added the second after Sikhai Dennis laid in the ball for Bernard Mangoli but the latter placed the short off target.However, Ingwe suffered a blow as Kamura Robinson and Fiamenyo picked knocks to be withdrawn for Ramadhan Yakubu and Ingotsi Marcelus respectively.In other results, Dan Sserunkuma was on target as Bandari thrashed Muhoroni Youth 3-0 to go top of the table on seven points.In the early kick-off, Ulinzi Stars picked their first win of the season thanks to their 1-0 win over Kariobangi Sharks with Samuel Onyango netting the all important goal.Elsewhere, Posta Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by Kakamega Homeboyz.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been another outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus at Site C dam site.B.C. Hydro says 15 works have been affected.  Those workers are currently receiving medical treatment and will not return to work until medically cleared.  The last reported outbreak happened in January of this year.The Environmental Health Officer for Northern Health has been alerted and Hydro will be contacting First Nations communities and local stakeholders to inform them about the outbreak.- Advertisement -B.C. Hydro has implemented enhanced cleaning in many of the common areas of the work accommodation and at the medical clinic.  Employees are also encouraged to increase hand-washing and to report any possible illnesses.The most common way to develop viral gastroenteritis, often called stomach flu, is through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona have reopened talks with Atletico Madrid over the signing of Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.The striker, 27, came very close to joining the Catalan giants last summer, but he eventually pledged his future to Diego Simeone’s side by signing a new deal to keep him in the Spanish capital until 2023. 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Griezmann is keen for a move to Barcelona shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img However, Griezmann is said to very frustrated at his side’s early exit from the Champions League – Atletico were dismantled by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick earlier this week – and according to L’Equipe, he is now looking to leave the club.Griezmann’s current release clause stands at £102million should it be activated before June, but it will rise if no club moves for him.Furthermore, when signing his new deal the player instructed his agents to include clauses in the deal to allow him to leave the club on certain conditions – and an early exit in Europe was one of them. huge blow REVEALED BEST OF REVEALED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move However, Griezmannn will have to take a serious pay-cut to join the Catalan club.Camp Nou chiefs are offering the Frenchman a contract until 2024 where he would earn £13million-per-year, which is understood to be £5million-a-year less than his current wage.Last summer, Blaugrana stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique actively encouraged the club to sign the striker so Barca deal-makers know a potential deal will bode well with the current squad.This season, Griezmann has scored 12 goals and added a further seven assists in 28 LaLiga matches. no dice RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

first_imgA brother and sister were among four people arrested in connection with the running a brothel in Letterkenny today.The pair appeared at Letterkenny District Court after Gardai raided an apartment complex in the town on Sunday evening.Detectives revealed how the arrests were a culmination of a week-long undercover investigation which led to the arrests of the four at 1 Riverside Apartments, Pearse Road. Detective Sgt Michael Galvin told the court how all four, who are from Romania, admitted knowing prostitution was taking place in the apartment.He told the court how Gardai seized numerous mobile phones, laptop computers as well as €1,470 in cash which was the proceeds of prostitution.Detective Galvin said that while in the apartment, the various phones were ringing regularly and that one prospective client also arrived at the apartment.He added that several items found in the apartment suggested that an active brothel was operating from the premises. He said the women had advertised their services on the well-known contacts website, Escort Ireland.Before the court were Mihia Margarit, aged 37, his sister Giorgiana Chiscon, aged 34, Adriane Niculu, aged 38 and Elena Florea, aged 35.The court was told that the women were not being trafficked but we working for themselves and were sending the money back to relatives at home.One of the women had three children and another was using the money she gained from prostitution to put her 20 year old son through college.Another of the women was sending money back to her own country so a relative could have a serious medical operation in Spain. Evidence was given that the average wage back in Romania was €500 a month compared to the €50 to €60 the women were charging clients for sex for each half hour here.The court was told that Mr Margarit had only arrived in Ireland recently and was only here to make sure his sister sent the money back to Romania as she had a serious gambling problem and was spending all her money in local casinos.There was no evidence to suggest that Mr Margarit was putting any undue pressure on any of the women to take part in prostitution.Judge Paul Kelly asked Sgt Galvin if there was any evidence that the landlord knew what was happening in the premises and he was told there was no evidence. The women were paying €120 each week to rent the apartment, which was an average rent of the area.Solicitor for all four, Frank Dorrian, said all were reasonable and affable people and were in many ways victims of poverty.He said Mr Maragit and his sister planned to leave to travel back to Romania shortly while the other two women, one of whom was in a relationship here, planned to stay in Ireland.Judge Kelly ordered the destruction of the mobile phones, laptops and also ordered the seized cash of €1,470, be given to the State.He also applied the Probation Act to all four defendants.Brother and sister appear in court after Gardai raid brothel in Letterkenny was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_img4Bangor12624185151341332 DIVISION 2C 9Tullamore12417221300-792323 Sligo are still looking for their first victory of 2018 following a disappointing defeat to Seapoint at Strandhill’s Hamilton Park on Saturday.It started well for Sligo, who welcomed former Connacht forward Mata Fifita back into their squad for the game, when Shane O’Hehir claimed the game’s opening try.Jack Keegan added the extras and followed up with a penalty as Sligo led 10-0 at the break.But the Dublin side responded with an early second half penalty, before a converted try tied things up with 15 minutes left.And Seapoint won it in the closing stages with another three-pointer, as Sligo suffered their third successive defeat.The result means Sligo drop to second in the table, behind Limerick side Thomond, who beat Omagh 10-6. 7Seapoint12516207222-151326 2Sligo12723262198643136 3Malahide12705283192915235 5Bruff12615185163222432 PosTeamPlWDLFADiffTBLBPts 10Bective Rangers12417197281-842222 6Omagh12525229252-233229 8Midleton12327225240-152523 1Thomond1270522421955437last_img read more

first_imgA company called Black Box Wines just rolled out new BOXED LIQUORS, including vodka, tequila, and whiskey.  And they say that, unlike the stereotypical boxed wines, these liquors are . . . well, maybe not top shelf quality, but at least medium shelf. So you’ve been adding a touch of class to parties for years by bringing BOXED WINE.  But if you want to step your game up even more, here’s some good news. Right now they’re on sale in Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania . . . with more states coming soon.last_img