Serena Williams Pulls out of French Open

first_img“The first time I felt it was against (Julia) Goerges (third round), it was really painful. In my doubles yesterday I tried lots of different tapings. It didn’t really get a lot better.“I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow. I won’t know until I get the results. I’m beyond disappointed. I gave up so much, time with my daughter, all for this moment, so it’s really difficult to be in this situation. I always try to think positive.”When she was asked whether it was a mistake to play in Sunday’s doubles, she replied: “I really felt like I needed to play. I wanted to try different strappings to see what’s helping. I sacrificed so much to be here.”“It’s very difficult because I love playing Maria, it’s a match I always stood up for.”“Her game matches so well against mine. I made every sacrifice that I could so it’s extremely disappointing. I said that if I’m not at least 50 or 60 per cent I shouldn’t play.“I’ve never had this before, I’ve never felt this in my life, but it’s so painful and I don’t know how to manage it. I’ve had every injury in the book but this is different,” the 36 year-old American said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The much anticipated match between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the ongoing French Open has been called off with Williams calling a press conference minutes before the match on Monday to announce that she is injured and subsequently withdrawing from the competition.Williams had on Sunday played a three-set double with her sister, Venus, which they lost 6-0, with signs that there might be some discomfort, especially when Serena was serving.Speaking at the press conference, she said: “Unfortunately I have been having issues with my pec muscle, right now I can’t actually serve.last_img read more

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Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_img“They have complete admiration for each other’s game,” West said of Leonard and George. “I try to be completely fair and honest to all the players in this league, but I honestly think they’re the best two-way players in basketball and to get them on one night is pretty remarkable. … But those players talked and I’m not so sure that maybe if Kawhi hadn’t had some influence on Paul that we would’ve been able to make a deal with Oklahoma City. Obviously, we paid a big price.”After leading the Raptors to their first title in franchise history, Leonard signed with the Clippers on a 3-year, $103 million deal with a player option in 2021-22.On the same night as Leonard’s signing, the Thunder and Los Angeles agreed to a blockbuster deal that sent George to the Clippers for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers’ first-round draft picks in 2022, ’24 and ’26, along with two first-round choices via Miami (2021 and ’23), and OKC obtained the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and ’25. “I’ve never seen anything like it where players can recruit other players and so I guess that’s the modern day NBA,” West said on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “It’s just so different. Players are free to move around, agents and players contribute where they go. … It really does wonders for a franchise. It’s just hard to describe the excitement within the Clipper organization.” Related News The Clippers shocked the NBA world when they pulled off the biggest move of the offseason by not only signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, but also trading for Paul George. Jerry West, who serves in a front-office advisory role for Los Angeles, explained his perspective of how the Clippers landed two of the league’s most-talented stars. While West admitted he had a small role in convincing Leonard to come to Los Angeles, he revealed that Leonard recruited George. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith West went on to explain the main reason the Clippers landed both players was because they talked beforehand, adding: “The players help today” when it comes to trades and free agency signings. Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets NBA free agency news: Cavaliers waive JR Smithlast_img read more

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Wellington’s Grace Mitchell featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle; huge league game tonight

first_imgGrace MitchellSumner Newscow report — The undefeated Wellington girls basketball team has been getting plenty of press this season, especially Crusader senior Grace Mitchell, who was featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle and its high school website varsitykansas.com (see story here).The story comes before Wellington’s big road test against Circle tonight. This could set the stage for an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title, something that the Lady Dukes have never achieved. Both teams are currently 3-0 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.Circle is currently 5-1 after beating Mulvane 45-29. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. The boys will follow around 7:30 p.m. Sumner Newscow will be featuring live tweets. The game can be heard on 93.5 KWME-FM.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 239 weeks ago Very nice article! Great teamwork will take you far. Report Reply 0 replies · active 239 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Last of the street-fighters, Rooney departs an England great

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures.From the boy who grew up on the rough Liverpool streets of Croxteth to the man who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, Rooney’s rise remains almost too perfect to be true and the England chapter of his tale is well worth reliving.Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals, more than Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could muster, while his 119 appearances make him his country’s most capped out-field player ahead of the likes of Bobby Moore and David Beckham.The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the international scene harder than he might have imagined.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMAForever etched in the memory as the teak tough street-fighter who would crunch into a tackle with as much relish as he took from scoring with a 30-yard rocket, Rooney burst onto the England scene as a 17-year-old in 2003.His debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia at Upton Park and a first international goal followed against Macedonia.The sight of Rooney tormenting the Switzerland and Croatia defences in Euro 2004 promised a golden future for the player and his country, but foreshadowing the angst to come a broke bone in his foot proved fatal to Sven Goran Eriksson’s team as they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.Rooney went on to play in three World Cups and two further European Championships, showing boundless commitment to the England cause, even if his performances never hit the heights.– Agonising –At times that enthusiasm was to his detriment when he came back from injuries too quickly.He famously announced before the 2006 World Cup that “the big man is back” when he joined up with his England team-mates — only to flop as he played at less than 100 percent before being sent off for stamping on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho as Eriksson’s men suffered one of a series of agonising quarter-final exits.The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney’s tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.England were dismal at the 2014 World Cup and his last tournament ended in misery when Roy Hodgson’s team were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016.Of Rooney’s seven goals at major tournaments, only one came at a World Cup, while four were when he was just 18.Captaining England 29 times, Rooney’s last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.The great irony of Rooney’s decision to retire is it came at the moment when he looked capable of one last flourish after an impressive start for Everton following his close-season move back to his boyhood club.Southgate was convinced enough to offer him another chance.But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead.Few would deny that England’s loss is Everton’s gain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL, Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – While Wayne Rooney will never silence the cynics who carp about his lack of silverware in an England shirt, the astonishing array of records set by the striker ensure his place as one of his country’s all-time greats.Rooney’s announcement of his retirement from the international stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate’s offer of a return to the fold.last_img read more

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TOP GURUS ARRIVE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK

first_imgAer Arann Executive Chairman Padraig O Ceidigh, Dragon’s Den star Bobby Kerr and Jim Power, Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to the Friends First Group are just some of the high-profile speakers at this week’s Enterprising Donegal Business Week.Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the aim of the week-long programme of events is to inspire and motivate people to consider the idea of starting a business and to provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business. Running from today, Monday 7th March through to this Friday March 11th in venues across the county; the theme for the week is “Back to Basics – key building blocks for growing your business”.“We have secured some really excellent events and speakers this year”, said Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board. “There are seminars and workshops covering everything from how to drive up sales to developing new products and managing cashflow.”The week kicks off in Letterkenny at lunchtime today with Bobby Kerr, star of RTE Dragons’ Den and Chairman of Insomnia Coffee, who will be guest of honour at the official launch of Enterprising Donegal Business Week.Later today Jim Power, the high profile Chief Economist at Friends First, will host an evening seminar.Events continue tomorrow morning (Tuesday) with a Marketing workshop hosted by Suzanne Hill of Handel Export Consulting with contributions from Michael Faulkner of EuroXchanger and Seed-Ups, Seamus McAdams of i2 Total Marketing and Niall McKeown of Ion Technologies Ltd. On Wednesday Padraig O Ceidigh of Aer Arann will be guest of honour at a business lunch in Lettekenny.  Earlier that day there will be a morning workshop on Branding hosted by Carton Le Vert including a case study by Lynn Temple of Magee Clothing.There will also be a seminar on Lean business processes hosted by Enterprise Ireland with a case study on Inishowen Engineering.Wednesday evening will see some of the top names in the Irish Food sector coming to Letterkenny to attend a major seminar “Food – finding your way to the customer.”Guest speakers include Mary Ann O’Brien of Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, Alan Kingston of speciality food producer Glenilen Farm and food industry consultant James Burke, former board member and Trading Manager at Superquinn.On Thursday morning there will be a special workshop on effective sales techniques hosted by Stephen Friel of Friel Consulting and a workshop on Social Intelligence by Mark Keightley, MD of the UK consultancy Mind Associates. The Enterprise Board is also hosting a lunch on Thursday in association with the Donegal Women in Business Network, with guest speaker Nicola Byrne, the award-winning founder of directory enquiry service Call 11890 Limited.The week wraps up on Friday 11th with a workshop on starting your own business hosted by Padraic O Maille with contributions from Malachi Eastwood, MD of Gartan Technologies, and Brian Sweeney, MD of the Swilly Group.For further information about Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2011 contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email [email protected] Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie.TOP GURUS ARRIVE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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