ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev defeats Alexander Zverev in his opening Tokyo Group clash | Tennis News

first_imgOn the court, Zverev has appeared unaffected, but his recurrent second-serve troubles reared their head early on in this contest.The 23-year-old served six double faults in his first three service games, losing two of them, and the second break saw Medvedev take control after a series of lengthy rallies and close games.A break in the seventh game of the second set put the Russian within sight of the finish line, and in the next game he pulled out an underarm serve. Zverev scrambled well to retrieve it but miscued a volley. Medvedev will face world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday Medvedev will face world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday

Indonesia reports another avian flu death

first_imgMay 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 15-year-old boy in West Java has become Indonesia’s latest avian flu fatality, according to news reports that cited local tests.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that in the remote North Sumatra village that witnessed a large family cluster of avian flu cases, no cases suggestive of H5N1 infection have been detected since May 22.The 15-year-old boy, who was from Tasikmalaya, West Java, was admitted to a hospital May 29 and died yesterday, according to a Reuters story today. If his death is confirmed by a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong, his will be the 49th case and 37th death in Indonesia. About two thirds of those cases have occurred this year.Government officials said that the teen had contact with infected poultry and that his own chickens died about 2 weeks ago, according to Reuters. In addition, the report said, the boy’s grandfather was a chicken farmer who had 40 chickens that died recently.The boy represents the third recent H5N1 fatality from West Java province. A 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother died last week in Bandung, which is about 55 miles northwest of Tasikmalaya.Today’s WHO update on the case cluster in Kubu Simbelang village, Karo District, North Sumatra, states that 54 family members and other close contacts remain under home quarantine. In addition, investigators have been conducting house-to-house surveillance for flu-like symptoms throughout the 400 or so households in the village, and a surveillance command post was set up in the village last week.With all this monitoring in place, no new cases resembling avian flu have been identified in Kubu Simbelang over the last 9 days, the WHO reports. This finding is important, the agency says, because it indicates that the H5N1 strain has not spread beyond members of the single extended family.Today’s WHO update also provides further details on the history of the case cluster.As noted in previous reports, the original family member to fall ill was a 37-year-old woman who is considered the index case, though samples from her body were not collected before she was buried. According to today’s report, she started showing symptoms consistent with avian flu April 24 and died May 4.She sold fruit and chilies at a market stand about 50 feet (15 m) from a stand that sold live chickens, according to the WHO. She also kept a small flock of backyard chickens, which she allowed into the house at night. Three of these chickens reportedly died before she became ill. She also used chicken feces to fertilize her garden.The woman had one sister and three brothers. The sister and two of the brothers contracted H5N1, and one of the brothers is the only infected family member to survive.The family members who died of avian flu include the 37-year-old’s two teenaged sons, her sister’s 18-month-old girl, and a 10-year-old son of the brother who died.On April 29, according to today’s update, nine family members spent the night in the same small room as the index patient when she was severely ill and coughing heavily. Five to 6 days later, three family members experienced symptoms. These were her two teenaged sons and the surviving brother, who was from a village 6 miles away.The sister of the initial patient developed symptoms at the same time, as did the sister’s 18-month-old daughter. The sister, who lived in an adjacent house, cared for the index patient, accompanied by her young daughter.The 10-year-old boy lived next door to the 37-year-old woman and was a frequent visitor in her house. His father, the woman’s brother, was the final fatality (May 22) and had tended his son throughout his hospital stay from May 9 through May 13.The WHO report also says that a parallel agricultural investigation still has not detected H5N1 virus in about 80 samples from area animals and chicken fertilizer, meaning that the initial source of the outbreak remains unknown.See also:WHO’s Indonesia cluster update read more

Sixth time lucky for Whittlebury Park pair in Australian Spoons

first_img15 Aug 2019 Sixth time lucky for Whittlebury Park pair in Australian Spoons Tracey Mann and Carole Kane of Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club finished strongly on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club to win an Australian Spoons title that has been long in the making.The pair, who are both ex-Lady Captains, have known each other for eight years and have entered the tournament for the past six years, missing out on the national final in 2018 by just one point.However, this year they were determined to go one better and even sacrificed time on holiday to qualify for the final. Mann flying from Turnberry to Birmingham to play in the regional final (which they won with 37 points – four ahead of the field) before flying back to complete her break.They started the final slowly with just three points from their first three holes and a moderate score of 13 at the half way stage, but picked up points on eight of the remaining nine holes, including eight points from the last three to race to the title.They finished three points ahead of their closest challengers Sarah Ross and Pam Wevill from Launceston GC who, in contrast, were unable to pick up a point from either of their last two holes.The pair said the key to their success was never giving up: “After a poor front nine we were determined to come back. We dug in and stayed focused.” Australian Spoons – Final LeaderboardTracey Mann/Carole Kane (Whittlebury Park G&CC) 30 pointsSarah Ross/Pam Wevill (Launceston GC) 27Vivien Ward/Valerie Tyler (Bourn GC) 24Jackie Brown/Sue Johnstone (Pinner Hill GC) 21Sue Ratcliffe/Lynn Ellerton (Market Drayton GC) 21Kay Vickers/Janet Brimmell (Doncaster GC) 19View hole-by-hole results hereImage copyright of Leaderboard Photographycenter_img Tags: Australian Spoons, Golf Weeklast_img read more

Tennis Director Rips Female Players

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open criticized the WTA Tour, saying women’s pro tennis players “ride on the coattails of the men” while describing them as “physically attractive and competitively attractive.”Raymond Moore, a 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa, oversees the $7 million tournament in the California desert featuring the men’s and women’s tours. He made his comments in a session with reporters before the March 20 finals, and they quickly appeared on social media.Top-ranked Serena Williams objected, saying, “Those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”Moore was asked if the WTA Tour should change its designation for the Indian Wells tournament, which is a premier mandatory event, to raise its status even higher.“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he said. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”Williams said after she lost 6-4, 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka in the final: “Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.”Williams called Moore’s comments a disservice to Billie Jean King, one of the co-founders of the WTA Tour, female athletes and “every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.”King later tweeted: “Disappointed in (hashtag) Raymond Moore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success.”Asked about Moore’s comments, top-ranked Novak Djokovic said, “We have to be fair to say that it’s not politically correct.”Djokovic was coached by a woman early in his career, and he noted that women pros often delay or sacrifice having families to play professionally, something men don’t face.“I have tremendous respect for what women in global sport are doing and achieving,” he said. “I’m completely for women power.”Azarenka, of Belarus, said such criticism toward women remains an issue in the world, including the fields of sports and business.“What women do best is rise above those comments. You don’t hear complaints or bad comments towards men,” she said. “If we rise above that and keep working hard in everything we do, we’re better. We’re better at taking opportunities and being graceful. It’s our duty to keep just working hard through whatever comments there is. We’ve got to rise above that.”Moore cited Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and Garbine Muguruza of Spain as being among the “attractive prospects” on the tour. In a follow-up question, he was asked what he meant by attractive.“They are physically attractive and competitively attractive,” he said. “They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop. They really have quite a few very, very attractive players.”Moore’s longtime colleague at Indian Wells and predecessor as tournament director, Steve Simon, became the WTA’s CEO last fall.Moore later apologized in a written statement.“I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous,” he said. “I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more