first_img Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon UK bookmakers could secure compensation for previous tax charges made against gambling machines, after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) lost its long-standing dispute against Rank Group and Betfred.Last Friday, an Upper Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Mann and Judge Thomas Scott ruled in favour of the betting firms who had long disputed HMRC’s classification of VAT charges on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Rank and Betfred had formerly contested HMRC VAT charges on FOBTs wagering by underlining that tax exemptions were in accordance with EU taxation policy on lottery and gambling products ‘subject to conditions and limitations laid down by each Member State’.Following EU precedent on ‘fiscal neutrality’, Rank Group targeted compensation on VAT gambling machine duties paid between 2002 and 2005, adding that exemption could be claimed against the provisions of HMRC’s ‘1994 Value Added Tax Act’. Similarly, Betfred had disputed HMRC VAT charges on FOBTS made between 2005 and 2013. The bookmaker stated that HMRC had made no distinction in the ‘supply of games’ available through FOBTs, and therefore it could claim exemption on certain casino games in line with industry’s taxation policy. Despite its original dispute with Rank Plc, HMRC did not update its UK gambling VAT legislation until January 2013 to cover FOBTs provisions.  HMRC had previously lost two separate challenges against the bookmakers, who had won appeals sanctioned by the UK’s First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) court. Settling HMRC’s challenge, the UK Upper Tribunal had chosen to treat its separate appeals as a single issue. Betfred issued the following statement on the Upper Tribunal’s decision: “This is a historical tax case where the Upper Tribunal has agreed with the original court decision in July 2018 that licensed betting offices were wrongly charged VAT on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals between 2005 and 2013 before the introduction of machine games duty. “We will not be making any further comment as HMRC is still able to seek permission to have an appeal on the matter heard by the Court of Appeal.” Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Nov. 6, 2019 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.In the scheme of the sports world, the NBA locker room is small and intimate. This becomes even more true on the road, as teams cram into visiting locker rooms, and it’s a challenge to not step on a pair of shoes, knock over a water bottle, or avoid jostling ice baths where players are resting their sore legs and feet.Reporters get to know a lot of NBA players well, and on a team like the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis talk almost every day — sometimes twice a day.But even in this close of a setting, it’s difficult to talk to everyone, especially for players down the end of the bench. As superstars draw big hordes of media craning arms to put recorders and cameras in position, others slip out of the locker room after a game relatively unnoticed. Frank Vogel was among those firmly in Cook’s fanbase: “I love that kid, you know?”Vogel had pulled on Cook’s minutes recently, but between Cook’s even-keel attitude and hope that his 3-point shooting would turn around.“Alex’s defense has been exceptional of late so he’s been getting those minutes but we’ve all been trying to make sure Quinn stays lifted,” Vogel said. “I told him when he came in, ‘Hey, every NBA game is different. I mean one night, you might get four or five minutes, the next night you’re called upon to play a bigger role.’ And that was tonight for him and he stepped up bigtime.”Cook’s 15 points and leadership during the fourth quarter rally were crucial elements. But he seemed a little averse to taking too much credit. He talked about the encouragement the five-man reserve lineup felt from the bench and how much it helped. He talked about LeBron James’ (admittedly overshadowed) triple-double as he kept the Lakers’ pulse still beating.Cook knows what a championship-caliber team is like. After the Lakers had, at one point, build a 29-4 advantage on the Bulls, I asked him how it compared to the famous dominating runs of Golden State, who almost inevitably overwhelmed opponents in the second half.“The biggest thing is there is never any panic,” Cook said. “Obviously when you’re down double-digits, coming in at halftime, it’s easy to point the finger. It’s easy to yell at each other, but (Vogel) was very positive. He was building us up. Bron was vocal. AD was very vocal. Everybody was vocal. (Rondo) was vocal. It was just staying the course, no panic. That’s what we did. We stayed the course and got it done.”KUZ EDGING BACK TO HIMSELFHow badly did the Lakers need Kyle Kuzma?The Lakers are just 20th in bench points (32 per game) and a bench theoretically stocked with shooters is just 27 percent from the 3-point line (23rd among benches in the league). At his best, obviously, Kuzma can help reverse this trend. Vogel has talked about the forward becoming a sort of super-sixth man in line with a Lou Williams or Eric Gordon-type scorer.To do that, Kuzma needs to score, which has been touch-and-go. He slumped at the start, but his 11 fourth-quarter points were huge as the Lakers flattened Chicago at the finish. He’s still shooting just 12 for 31 from the field (and 2 for 16 on threes), but he’s hoping as his leg strength returns, he’ll find more shooting consistency.“I’m kind of just a rhythm player, and I kinda found a little bit of it, and just kinda rode the wave,” he said. “As I continue to get back into game shape and mental form from a game standpoint, get my timing right, I expect it to slow down.”It was interesting when asked about Kuzma’s performance, James said he could relate. He thought Kuzma’s first half was rushed, something he ran into last year as he tried to come back from his own injury.“As a competitor and as good as he is, I tried to get it all back last year too after I tore my groin when I first came back in the Clipper game,” he said. “Your rhythm is going to be off a little bit and you just have to continue to go through it, but Kuz is going to be a great piece for our team. He showed that tonight.”CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELFAlex Caruso, too, got a big bucket down the stretch, and got fouled. The Lakers’ meme-star-in-chief got a flex in, and LeBron James came over to give him a bump.I just really enjoyed the quote Caruso gave us on that.“Yeah, Bron’s gotta watch out,” he laughed. “He doesn’t understand the physics of that. He’s got like 60 to 80 pounds on me, he’s gotta be… But he gets hype, and I get hype and we just roll with it. I did a good job of just kinda rolling out of that so I didn’t take the full hit.”In a locker room that small and intimate, it’s helpful to have a sense of humor.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Click-er-doodle-dooBoost from the bench – Here’s the full account from the Lakers’ 19-point comeback, which poked a hole in the premise that AD and LeBron need to be on the floor. Shadow of free agency – Anthony Davis accidentally creates a buzz in Chicago on an innocent question about his hometown team.LeBron back to his old defensive self? – The rise of the Lakers in the rankings is in part because the King is getting dirty on the defensive end.Bad News Bears – Catch up on Mirjam’s last newsletter on Dwight Howard’s impact off the bench (and more coming on that soon).Unfolding I Promise – LeBron’s school is adding transitional housing for needy families, something James has personal experience with.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJust seven games in, Quinn Cook has been one of those players for the Lakers, and on this road trip, even moreso as his minutes shrunk under the five-minute mark for the first two games in Texas. But on Tuesday night, after helping key a 14-0 bench run that gave the Lakers a 118-112 win over Chicago, he had a moment to take some of the spotlight — and he had a few interesting things to say.It’s worth remembering that Cook has been a supporting piece of many great teams. He played at the prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, and was the senior leader on a 2015 Duke team that won the national title mostly with freshmen. After the past two seasons with the Warriors, when he went to the Finals twice and one the title once, he’s been afforded a surprising amount of perspective for a player on the back end of a rotation.He’s used to being patient. On Tuesday night, he cited influences like Mike Krzyzewski, Shaun Livingston and Steph Curry as people who have helped him find that Buddha-like balance.“I had great teammates, man,” he said. “Every stop that I went to, they were always building me up and they always told me, ‘It might not be your time, but your time is coming. Stay ready.’ Stuff like that. I’ve been fortunate enough.”While Cook hasn’t been the focus much this season, there’s been enough talk about him in the rest of the locker room to form an impression. His teammates like him. His coaches trust him. While he started in a shooting slump, and while he was displaced in the lineup by Alex Caruso’s rise and Kyle Kuzma’s return, behind the scenes others in the Lakers have remained confident of his ability to step in.last_img read more

first_imgA CROWD of 4,800 turned up to Sean MacCumhaill Park for this afternoon’s Donegal SFC final.Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill drew 0-8 apiece in a drab encounter.Naomh Conaill came from two points down late in the game to force a replay, having led at half-time. Both teams might feel as if it was one that got away but, on reflection, will be content to get another crack.As always, Evan Logan was on hand to capture the faces in the crowd …All set to cheer on Naomh Conaill were Clara, Senan, Brenda and Pauline.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Maria, Megan and Sinead.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Paul and Louise.Dara Gallagher’s parents James and Bridgeen ready to get behind Naomh Conaill.Kilcar supporters Justina, Artur, Damian, Fabian, Kuba and Simon.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Katelyn, Padraig and Robyn.Picture special: Were you at the Donegal SFC final in Ballybofey? was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairNaomh Conailllast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Check back here throughout the next 24 hours to see how the 49ers are whittling their roster down to the 53-man limit by 1 p.m. Saturday:Before we get to those released, let’s update you on running back Jerick McKinnon, whose 49ers career has yet to truly start because of a knee injury last Sept. 1.He has not been released but the NFL Network reported what we’ve been speculating for weeks: McKinnon is a candidate for short-term injured reserve (he’d have to be on the initial …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Building upon historic changes undertaken earlier this year to improve Lake Erie water quality, Ohio has reached an agreement with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario to achieve a 40% reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025.“This is significant because it shows that it is not just Ohio fighting this. We have partners in this trying to reach that achievable goal that was set out in the Governor’s Water Quality Working Group in first year of his term,” said David Daniels, Ohio Agriculture Director at today’s Ohio Soybean Association Barn Talk Series meeting at Reinhard Farms in Bucyrus on the topic of water quality . “We feel good they are going to be working with us to achieve that goal.”Lt. Governor Mary Taylor represented Ohio and signed the agreement last Saturday at a meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors in Quebec City. As part of the agreement, each state will develop a plan on how they will achieve their phosphorus reduction goal, with the interim target of a 20% reduction by 2020.“Lake Erie is one of our state’s crown jewels for its recreation, wildlife and economic benefits and as a key source of water for millions of Ohioans,” Taylor said. “While we have made tremendous progress in protecting Lake Erie over the past four years, there is more work to do and by working in unison with our Great Lakes neighbors we can make even more progress to improve the water quality in our Great Lakes.”Earlier this spring, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 legislation to aggressively tackle water quality issues to protect the Lake Erie watershed, by:• Eliminating open lake disposal of dredge materials by 2020: Reducing the sediment dumped in Lake Erie will help reduce chemical and nutrient loading, which likely contributes to harmful algal blooms and will improve water quality and protect fish and wildlife habitats. Ohio will require that all dredge material be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020, unless it’s for a beneficial use such as beach nourishment.• Banning manure or fertilizer application on frozen/snow covered ground in Western Basin: Ohio will prohibit manure or fertilizer from being applied to frozen, snow-covered or rain soaked ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin unless proper farming practices such as injection, tillage or cover crops are also used.• Limiting phosphorus discharges: Ohio EPA will evaluate and modify new and existing wastewater discharge permits for major public wastewater treatment plants to expand monitoring and continue to limit phosphorus discharges in state waters.• Adding requirements for spreading manure: The Ohio Department of Agriculture will now require anyone applying livestock manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility to obtain a Certified Livestock Manager certificate or an agricultural fertilizer applicator certificate.These reforms build upon significant progress made over the past four years in protecting the Lake, including:• Ohio has invested more than $1 billion since July 2011 in the Lake Erie watershed to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities, monitor water quality, plant cover crops, recycle dredge material, install controlled drainage systems on fields and fix faulty septic systems.• Restricting water amounts that can be diverted out of the Lake Erie watershed;• Beginning to phase out open-lake dumping of Maumee River dredge material and continuing to prohibit open-lake dumping of Cuyahoga River dredge material;• Banning oil and gas exploration in Lake Erie; and• Helping combat invasive species via mutual aid agreements with nine other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.In terms of Ohio agriculture, Director Daniels said that the ODA is hard at work implementing SB 1.“We don’t have a timeline on the SB1 rules, we just want to get them implemented as quickly as we can and we are listening to agriculture on this. Fixing this problem is going to be kind of like a Rubik’s cube. We’re going to have to turn it a little bit this way and then adjust it back a little more that way to get it figured out. We’re going to adjust our practices in agriculture, municipal sewer systems will change things, septic systems will have to change. We’ll have to address this problem in many areas,” Daniels said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m convinced that we are going to take care of this. The last thing any farmer wants to see is their nutrients going down the stream and agriculture is doing its part.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a mega digital blitzkrieg on Saturday to extend its social media reach ahead of Assembly polls. The party kickstarted the ‘karyakarta kartadharta’ campaign to connect new members from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and aims to focus on the youth and lure them into the party fold. The party is confident it could pull new members from social media platforms which has a mass appeal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, said State party unit chief Chandrakant Patil. The BJP also held a orientation session for its spokespersons and members of the Information Technology (IT) cell on Saturday. The campaign, party leaders said, aims to galvanise youth in districts and villages with the target of adding 2,50,000 members from the digital platforms in just three days. On the first day, 8,279 members and social media users joined the party, he said.Senior leaders said they have maximum reach on social media, including Twitter, as compared to Opposition leaders and this would be an advantage for them. “We are focussed more with this campaign on college students who are attracted to PM Modi. Lot of the first-time voters want to choose BJP and Mr. Modi as their first choice,” Mr. Patil said. The party had earlier this year launched a drive to enrol nearly one crore new members ahead of Assembly elections in October. Leaders present during the launch had said the party is set to rule for the next 25 years with a strong member base and would receive 50% votes in the next elections if could achieve the target before the polls.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais Read Next (From L) USA’s Kerron Clement, Philippines’ Eric Cray and Kenya’s Boniface Mucheru Tumuti compete in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray, the face of Philippine athletics, will need even stronger legs for Tuesday’s “killer schedule.”The Philippine-born, Texas USA-based Cray will vie in the heats of 100-meter dash at 3:30 p.m. and 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. He won both events two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If successful, the 400m hurdles and century dash finals will be at 8:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., respectively.But the 28-year-old Cray doesn’t mind the tight schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said he will “just go out there and run” as the SEA Games’ centrepiece sport goes full blast at 85,000-seater Bukit Jalil National Stadium.Joining Cray in the century dash heats is three-time US NCAA sprints champ Anfernee Lopena. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Fil-American Zion Nelson Corrales will take up the cudgels for the Philippines in the women’s century dash as last SEAG champ Kayla Richardson decided to skip the event to focus on the 200m and hurdles.Aries Toledo will also take the spotlight when he competes in men’s decathlon, while Rosie Vilarito and Evalyn Palabrica see action in women’s javelin throw.The country won five golds two years ago and is eyeing seven this time, with one already chalked up by marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgReyland Capellan (left) and Kaitlin de Guzman (right) celebrate with Gymnastics Association of the Philippines and chief of mission Cynthia Carrion after winning two gold medals in the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — With two golds in the bag, gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion said the Philippines can still expect two to three more triumphs in the next few days.Carrion, who is also the chief of mission, said she is looking at a few more wins in individual and team events in the sport being held at MITEC Hall 9.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medalCapellan will still see action in vault, while the 17-year-old De Guzman will vie for golds in her favorite events, floor exercise and balance beam.“I hope the other sports follow suit,” said Carrion who is also counting on team events.RELATED VIDEOGymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension 3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesGymnastics has 20 golds at stake in both rhythmic and artistic disciplines, which can turn in a gold mine that Team Philippines needs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIncidentally, it was Carrion, in her capacity as chief delegate, who forecasted a 50-gold turnout for the PH contingent.Gold medalists Reyland Capellan in men’s artistic floor exercise and Kaitlin de Guzman in uneven bars kept the country’s campaign afloat Tuesday morning. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That he departed this time with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday left everyone, including Djokovic, pondering the answers to difficult questions.Did he give up in the last set? What has happened to his once-impervious play? Can he summon that again? Does he need a break from the grind of the tour?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best, and I know that,” Djokovic said after his first straight-set loss at a major since the 2013 Wimbledon final. “For me, it’s a whole new situation that I’m facing.”Since completing his career Grand Slam at the French Open 12 months ago, Djokovic has participated in four majors in a row without earning a trophy. He also lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray. With the wind whipping at more than 15 mph (25 kph), and the temperature in the low 50s (low teens Celsius), Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. It’s only the second time Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.“It’s hard to comment (on) the third set. Obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way,” Djokovic said. “Just pretty bad set.”But both men thought the match was decided in the first set, when Djokovic held two set points at 5-4, 15-40 on Thiem’s serve. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service winner that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes.Djokovic’s backhand really let him down in the tiebreaker: All seven points won by Thiem ended with that stroke.In all, Djokovic made nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18.“More or less, all the parts of my game are kind of going up and down. I’m feeling like I’m missing consistency,” Djokovic said. “I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match. That’s what happened today.”Still, how unlikely was this result? Djokovic had won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris.Now he is at a crossroads of sorts. He just turned 30. He split from coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda and other members of his team, bringing aboard Andre Agassi for Week 1 of the French Open.On Wednesday, he wouldn’t rule out some time off. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s obviously tough to get out of it and figure out the way how to move ahead. At least I’m trying,” Djokovic said. “I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes; LeBron 2nd View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic falls as he plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. APPARIS — His French Open title defense nearing an end, Novak Djokovic stumbled and tumbled to his knees on the red clay, his racket flying from his right hand as his opponent’s backhand zipped past.Even Djokovic found it hard to fathom how far he’s fallen, only a year removed from leaving Roland Garros as a player nonpareil, the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Djokovic was runner-up at the U.S. Open but lost in the third round at Wimbledon, the first round at the Rio Olympics and the second round at the Australian Open.“The win here last year has brought a lot of different emotions. Obviously, it was a thrill and complete fulfillment, I guess,” Djokovic said during an expansive and frank news conference. “I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, ’til the U.S. Open or so. And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn’t faced before in (my) professional tennis career.”The 23-year-old Thiem next faces nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who advanced when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta stopped while trailing 6-2, 2-0 after injuring an abdominal muscle late in the first set.“I mean, it’s a joke how tough it is to win a Slam,” said Thiem, the only player who beat Nadal in one of his 23 clay-court matches this season. “Now I beat Novak. On Friday, (it’s) Nadal. In the finals, there is another top star.”In the other semifinal, 2016 runner-up Murray will face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in a matchup of three-time major title winners. Murray eliminated No. 8 Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 on Wednesday, while No. 3 Wawrinka won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 against No. 7 Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Baynes shook his hand in visible pain and went to the locker room when play stopped.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the 111-103 loss on Wednesday night that he could see the break on the X-ray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBig man Al Horford has also been ruled out for Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Guerschon Yabusele, Daniel Theis and rookie Robert Williams are expected to have increased responsibilities at center. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? NFL suspends Patriots’ Josh Gordon for substance abuse violation Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, left, gets a pat on the back from Gordon Hayward after breaking his left hand during the first quarter of a basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has had surgery on a broken left finger and will be out four to six weeks.The team made the announcement on Thursday, a day after Baynes left early in the game against the Phoenix Suns after deflecting a pass with his left hand.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more