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Federer marks 100th match on Rod Laver Arena with 3-set win

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has played on Rod Laver Arena a hundred times and has six Australian Open crowns in his collection of 20 Grand Slam titles. The 37-year-old tennis statesman has developed a loyal following over 20 consecutive visits to the Australian Open for the season-opening major. After beating 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 on Friday on the center court at Melbourne Park, and reaching the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the 63rd time, he raised his racket to the crowd. It was not unlike what a batter scoring a century would do to acknowledge 100 at the nearby Melbourne Cricket Ground. He'll next play 20-year-oldStefanos Tsitsipas, who draws a big, vocal crowd to Melbourne Park. "I think I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly. I knew of the threat of Taylor," Federer said. "I think I had extra focus today." Tsitsipas had a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier on Margaret Court Arena to become the first Greek man to reach the fourth round at multiple majors. He reached the same round at Wimbledon last year. Big sections of Greeks sang songs and waved the blue and white flag and scarves in the crowd. Melbourne has the highest concentration of Greek people of any city outside of Greece, and is getting a lot of attention. "I'm delighted," he said. "I feel so comfortable. I feel like playing at home. "It's exciting to have such an atmosphere. I never get to play with so many Greek people supporting me ... and, and, and, Australians!" While rain prevented early play on outside courts at Melbourne Park for the first 2 ½ hours of Day 5, matches went ahead on the show courts. At one stage, Greek fans had to split their time between the adjoining Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas. There was no split loyalties on Rod Laver, where local favorite Ash Barty became the first player through to the fourth round a 7-5, 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari. It was first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936. Barty continued the so-called "Barty Party" by ending Sakkari's run, and will play either former champion Maria Sharapova or defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the next round. In the only other completed match by early afternoon, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat No. 18-seeded Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Berdych, who has reached the quarterfinals or better in seven of his previous eight trips to Melbourne Park, will meet either 2009 champion Rafael Nadal or local favorite Alex de Minaur in the next round......»»

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Woman, testifying against El Chapo, details affair

NEW YORK --- Lucero Guadalupe Snchez Lpez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind --- fleeing with Guzman and others from authorities through an underground tunnel, her outlaw love interest in the buff. Guzman "was naked," Sanchez said Thursday. "He took off running. He left us behind." The account of the mad dash in 2014 and Sanchez's tortured romance with Guzman while he was on the run came at a U.S. drug trafficking trial that's detailed his rise and fall as a near-mythical cartel boss. His lawyers said the allegations have been fabricated by cooperators seeking lenien...Keep on reading: Woman, testifying against El Chapo, details affair.....»»

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ONE Championship: All Hands On Deck For Team Lakay As They Brace For Hectic Week

As Mark Sangiao focuses on Joshua “The Passion” Pacio's ONE Strawweight World Title defense this weekend, two of his World Champions are holding down the fort for him back in the Philippines.   Sangiao has delegated the coaching duties to ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon after the Team Lakay head coach left for Jakarta, Indonesia for Pacio’s bout on early Tuesday morning.   Pacio is slated to defend his ONE Straweight World Title against Yosuke Saruta at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan on 19 January, which kicks off the string of title defenses for Team Lakay.   Six days later,  Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s turn to defend his  ONE Flyweight World Title when he battles Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in the main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 25 January.   Given the hectic schedule of the stable, all hands should definitely be on deck for Team Lakay.   "Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon will oversee Eustaquio's training while I'm away for Joshua Pacio. I asked Folayang to stay behind for Geje while I work Pacio's corner in Jakarta," Sangiao revealed.   "We have a ready program. The boys will know what to do while I'm away. The thing about our team is we work and help each other all the time. Geje and Honorio are being trained by two world champions right now. Our team being a family is an advantage."   Sangiao assures that no one gets overlooked in the team despite his busy schedule.   He cited that athletes under his watchful eye are given equal priority, and it’s hard to argue against the results of their unified training camp which they have been accustomed to since the gym’s inception in 2003.   "Training camp has gone really well for Joshua Pacio, we're just doing light training in fight week. We were able to get what we wanted for him physically and mentally. We came up with a game plan and his conditioning for his first title defense is superb," said Sangiao.   "Geje started training camp for Moraes in November. Geje's confidence is already there, and his training has been really good so far. We expect a hungry Moraes in the third fight so we're putting in a lot of time to prepare for that."   With expectations getting bigger and bigger with every achievement, Sangiao is just thankful to have a family he can rely on during those days when his plates get too full for his own good. o   "We always teach unity and team work in Team Lakay," stressed Sangiao. "All of our achievements are a collective result of our hard work. Each man and woman in the team deserve equal credit for all the success we've had.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Halep edges young American at Australian Open; Venus next

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Push Simona Halep to the brink, and she summons her best. The Australian Open's top-seeded woman got all she could handle from 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the second round before taking the last four games to emerge with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory that took 2½ hours Thursday. "Well, I have no idea how I won this tonight," said Halep, the reigning French Open champion. "It's so tough to explain what happened on court." A year ago at Melbourne Park, Halep was a point from being eliminated in two matches but came back each time en route to reaching the final. In the first round this year, she was down a set and a break before turning things around. And this time, against a hard-hitting Kenin, Halep trailed 4-2 in the third set and managed to not cede another game. And that was despite getting what she described as "a little bit injured" in the second set, something that seemed clear from the way she wasn't always able to run with her usual verve. "Hopefully," said Halep, whose No. 1 ranking is up for grabs during the Australian Open, "next round I play better." That third-round matchup will be quite intriguing, because it'll be against seven-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Venus Williams. And the winner of that could face Williams' younger sister, 23-time major champ Serena, in the fourth round. Venus won a three-setter that finished a little before Halep's did — and in much more emphatic fashion. Pushed to that deciding set by getting broken to end the second, Venus ran away with the win down the stretch, defeating Alize Cornet 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. So what was the difference in the lopsided third set? "She was just putting more intensity than me. She was hitting harder, deeper," Cornet said. "I had a little less energy than in the second set and she took advantage of it and really raised her level." The 38-year-old Venus, unseeded at a major for the first time in five years, was the runner-up in Australia to Serena in 2003 and 2017. Serena advanced to the third round by beating 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday night, reeling off the last five games and 16 of the final 20 points. That match was to be followed in Rod Laver Arena by No. 1 Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of the 2008 final at Melbourne Park. Other winners in the women's draw Thursday included reigning U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, past U.S. Open runners-up Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys, No. 27-seeded Camila Giorgi and No. 28 Hsieh Su-Wei. In men's action, Stan Wawrinka was up a set and was just two points away from taking the second against Milos Raonic. Couldn't do it. About an hour later, 2014 champion Wawrinka was a single point from grabbing the third set. Denied again. And another hour after that, Wawrinka was two points from seizing the fourth to force a fifth. Nope, not on this afternoon. Wawrinka kept coming oh-so-close, and Raonic kept hanging in there and toughing out the most important moments along the way to a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5) victory that put the 16th-seeded Canadian into the third round. "I missed a few little points," Wawrinka said, "that could have changed the match." So true. "It feels like 4 hours passed by in about 15 minutes. ... The adrenaline takes over," said Raonic, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016. "I was very fortunate to stay alive in that fourth set." They were interrupted for about a half-hour while the roof at Rod Laver Arena was shut because of rain at 4-all in the third set. Raonic thought that helped him quite a bit. "I do a little bit better indoors than outdoors," he said, "so thank you for raining up there." In other men's action on Day 4, 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori withstood 59 aces from 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic en route to a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) victory, but No. 7 Dominic Thiem retired from his match in the third set after dropping the first two, and 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. Raonic delivered 39 aces, part of an impressive ratio of 84 total winners to only 44 unforced errors. This was a matchup probably better suited to the second week than the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, given both men's credentials. But Wawrinka, a three-time major champion once ranked as high as No. 3, dropped out of the top 250 last season, when he had surgery on his left knee. His signature one-handed backhand is as dangerous as ever — he had a 16-2 edge in winners on that shot Thursday — and he hit 28 aces of his own. But as even as the match was in many respects — Raonic only won two more points overall, 163-161 — Wawrinka couldn't come through when he really needed to. Raonic had plenty to do with that, of course, including in the third-set tiebreaker, when he served his way out of trouble. Wawrinka's three set points there came at 6-5, when Raonic delivered a serve at 129 mph (208 kph) followed by a forehand volley winner; at 8-7, when Raonic's 125 mph (201 kph) serve drew a missed return; and at 10-9, when an ace at 132 mph (213 kph) did the trick. A 123 mph (198 kph) service winner gave Raonic that set. In the last tiebreaker, Wawrinka was up 5-4 before Raonic closed with three consecutive points to avoid heading to a fifth set. "Today, I'm sad and frustrated," Wawrinka said. "But in general, if I take some distance with it, I'm happy to see that I'm able to play again with this level, able to move that well.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand's immigration chief vowed Wednesday, January 16, not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily," after a Saudi woman's desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognize asylum seekers. The country is not a signatory to a UN convention on refugees and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Man stabs rat, faces criminal rap

MADISON, Wisconsin, United States --- A Wisconsin man is charged with a crime after police say he stabbed a friend's pet rat. The State Journal reports 27-year-old Anthony Washington Jr. of Madison was charged Tuesday with animal mistreatment for last month's incident. Police say Washington described it as an "execution" that happened because he was "in a rage." Authorities had responded to a disconnected 911 call on Dec. 16 outside the Biotron Laboratory on the UW-Madison campus, where they found a woman cradling her badly injured pet rat. Officials say the rat suffered multiple injuries and was eventually euthanized on Jan. 7. Washington was also charged with forgery after...Keep on reading: Man stabs rat, faces criminal rap.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 17th, 2019Related News

Goan wedding brings Filipino woman face to face with SFX | Goa News - Times of India

Goan wedding brings Filipino woman face to face with SFX Times of India PANAJI: When Joan Janola Rodriguez entered the Basilica of Bom Jesus on Tuesday, she remembered the words of her grandmother ab.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Senator Gillibrand joins 2020 race

NEW YORK, United States – Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken Donald Trump critic and champion of women’s issues including the #MeToo movement, announced Tuesday she was jumping into the 2020 presidential race. She enters what is an increasingly crowded Democratic field, and would be the third woman candidate so far to seek the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Drug trafficker tells of bribe to ex-president of Mexico

NEW YORK, United States --- A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman once boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico. Alex Cifuentes spoke about the alleged bribe to President Enrique Pena Nieto during his testimony Tuesday in Guzman's trial in New York. The Colombian, who has been testifying for days about things he learned about Guzman's gang while he was living at one of the kingpin's hideaways in Mexico, didn't provide many details about the bribery claim. He said the money was delivered by a woman named Maria in Mexico City. A spokesman for Nieto called the bribery claim "false an...Keep on reading: Drug trafficker tells of bribe to ex-president of Mexico.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 16th, 2019Related News

Carmi Martin was spot on

In the movie “No Other Woman,” actress Carmi Martin warned us: “Ang Mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo. Maraming snatcher, maagawan ka. Lumaban ka” (The world is one huge Quiapo that’s full of snatchers......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Woman suing R. Kelly for sex abuse says singer threatened her

NEW YORK, USA – A woman who sued R. Kelly accusing the American R&B star of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease, and false imprisonment says he has threatened her. High-profile women's rights attorney Gloria Allred told reporters on Monday, January 14 that her client ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2019Related News

Magpale Urges Victims of Domestic Violence to Seek PWC Help

Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale encourages victims of domestic violence to seek immediate help from the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) to stop the abuses on them and to prevent things from getting out of hand that may result in death. Magpale made this advice following the demise of a woman who was shot by her […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Paris gas blast toll rises to 4 after body found in rubble

PARIS, France – The death toll from a gas explosion in central Paris has risen to 4 after rescue workers found a woman's body in the rubble, investigators said Sunday, January 13. Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist were also killed in the massive blast that gutted part of a building, injured dozens more ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2019Related News

19 cops face relief over Cainta shooting

Nineteen members of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police are facing dismissal in connection with a shooting incident in Cainta, which killed an aide of a senatorial aspirant and a woman......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2019Related News

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

TORONTO, Canada – A "very, very happy" young Saudi woman who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto on Saturday, January 12, at the end of a dramatic but exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun after ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2019Related News

Roma actress tapped personal experiences as inspiration for her role

MEXICO CITY --- Playing Cleo in director Alfonso Cuaron's Spanish-language film "Roma" was for Yalitza Aparicio much more than putting herself in the shoes of another woman. For the lead Roma actress of Mixtec origin praised for her moving portrayal of a domestic worker, it was personal: that was her mother's occupation. "For me it has been very important to grow up knowing about my mom's work and that she was always at every moment supporting me and teaching me to have this strength," she said in a recent interview. Her mother raised Aparicio and her siblings alone after their father left the family when the actress was about 15-years-old. Aparicio had never seen a Cuaron movie...Keep on reading: Roma actress tapped personal experiences as inspiration for her role.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 12th, 2019Related News

Saudi teen asylum seeker expected in Canada

OTTAWA, Canada – The young Saudi woman who fled her family seeking asylum abroad is scheduled to land in Canada on Saturday, January 12, after successfully harnessing the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun , 18, was already en route to Toronto late Friday when Prime Minister ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2019Related News

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

BANGKOK --- An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and grabbed global attention by mounting a social media campaign for asylum. Her case highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and ...Keep on reading: Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada.....»»

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Juventus coach says Ronaldo calm as rape case goes forward | Inquirer Sports

TURIN, Italy Cristiano Ronaldo is very calm amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday. Ronaldo is being asked b.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2019Related News

Female High Value Target Collared in Buy-Bust Op

Over a million peso worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as ‘Shabu’ was recovered from a female high value target in a buy-bust operation on January 9, 2019 inside her rented apartment in Brgy. Kalunasan, Cebu City. Punta Police Station identified the woman as Lorry Jane Pitong, 22, residing in A Lopez St., Sitio Mahayahay, […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJan 11th, 2019Related News