Gallery: Liverpool wins on homecoming over Corcoran, 22-8

first_imgLIVERPOOL — Liverpool (3-2) started the season with two losses. But the Warriors have bounced back in their last three games to string together a winning streak. On Friday night, homecoming at Liverpool High School, defense and special teams combined with homecoming king Kaleb Ohlemacher to lead the Warriors to a 22-8 win over Corcoran. Comments Published on September 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Djokovic top of the world after completing remarkable turnaround

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Only a semi-final defeat at the French Open prevented him from becoming just the third man to capture a calendar Grand Slam.He finished 2011 with a 70-6 win-loss record, a haul of 10 tournament victories and the year-end number one spot for the first time.– People’s champion? –Back-to-back Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although three heart-breaking final defeats kept the French Open frustratingly out of reach until 2016, when his breakthrough win at Roland Garros allowed him to complete his career Slam.In Paris that year, he also became the first player to break through the $100 million (87.8 million euro) prize money barrier.Djokovic has also not been afraid to take chances and innovate his game, bringing in Boris Becker as part of his coaching team for the start of the 2014 season, although he has since reunited with long-time mentor Marian Vajda.Off court, Djokovic married long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic in July 2014. They have two children, a son Stefan and daughter Tara.However, despite his achievements, Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same warm esteem as Federer and Nadal.There are those who see something a little more calculating in the Djokovic make-up.He was castigated during the 2015 French Open semi-finals for taking an eight-minute medical time-out after dropping the third set to Andy Murray, and at Indian Wells the next year he was roundly criticised for suggesting that men should “fight” to get more prize money than women.“The stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches,” he said.At Wimbledon this year, he hit out at some Centre Court fans for a perceived lack of respect while schedulers also felt his ire for exiling him to Court Two for a third round match.Despite the doubts, the plaudits were generous on Monday.“What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks,” said ATP president Chris Kermode. Paris, France | AFP | Novak Djokovic’s return to the world number one spot, just five months after slumping to his lowest ranking in 12 years, leaves little doubt that he is one of the sport’s greats.The Serb is back on the top of the pile for the first time in two years, at the end of a roller-coaster season for the 14-time major winner.Djokovic, 31, underwent elbow surgery in January and slipped to 22nd in the world after a depressing quarter-final exit at Roland Garros in June, which left him briefly threatening to skip Wimbledon.But he regrouped, romped to a fourth Wimbledon title the following month, a 32nd Masters in Cincinnati and then a third triumph at the US Open in September.Despite his loss in the final of the Paris Masters to Karen Khachanov on Sunday — which ended a 22-match win streak — his record since the start of Wimbledon stands at 31-2.“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the last year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic, who has knocked Rafael Nadal from the world top spot.“I’m very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.”– ‘He has everything’ –Djokovic is now just three behind Nadal’s total of 17 Grand Slams and six shy of Roger Federer’s record of 20.But he has time on his side — Federer has already celebrated his 37th birthday while injury-plagued Nadal is 32.Furthermore, Djokovic enjoys a lifetime 25-22 record over Federer and 27-25 against Nadal.“Novak has everything to make records in this sport,” said Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro after losing to Djokovic in the US Open final.Djokovic’s ability to thrive amongst the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions in his early days.At Wimbledon in 2007, he retired with a back injury in the third set of his semi-final against Nadal.He also quit at the 2006 and 2007 French Opens at the third round and quarter-final stages respectively, while at the 2009 Australian Open, where he was defending champion, he pulled out of his quarter-final with Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion.But nobody could question his courage at the 2012 Australian Open, when he beat Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final of all time, a draining 5hr 53min epic.Djokovic captured the first of his majors in Melbourne in 2008, but it was three years before he added his second.After leading Serbia to a maiden Davis Cup in 2010, he raced through the first half of 2011, building up a 48-1 winning run.last_img read more

Villa snap up Tanzanian Samatta in bid for survival

first_imgTanzanian striker Samatta First Tanzanian to score in the European CL First Tanzanian to score in the Europa League First Tanzanian to win the African CL First Tanzanian to play in the English Premier LeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Aston Villa completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk for a reported £8.5 million ($11 million) fee on Monday.Samatta has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted.The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season, including against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield.“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club,” said Villa manager Dean Smith.“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Smith was badly in need of reinforcements up front after Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season due to knee ligament damage.Villa have been forced to play without a recognised striker since the Brazilian was injured in a New Year’s Day win at Burnley.Samatta’s deal was not completed in time to face Watford on Tuesday in a huge clash at the bottom of the table.Villa are in the relegation zone, but just one point behind the Hornets, who are unbeaten in their last six league games.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

SHOEMAKER MILE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016

first_img“He had been training so good the last couple weeks coming off the layoff. He was a little bit unlucky in that he hit two soft turf courses, and he doesn’t like it soft. He likes it firm like today, and when you get that firm turf course, he’ll give you a performance like this. We were going to sit 1-2. If the 1 was adamant on going, we were going to sit right on him, and if he wanted to sit back, we were going to do what we did today. It went as planned.” JOSE LEZCANO, TOURIST, SECOND: “It was a fast pace, but the horse on the lead just kept going. The plan was to lay close. My horse ran a good race and he gave me everything he had.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES             PHIL D’AMATO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “He had his ears up the whole time. If he had his ears pinned back and he looked like he was going full speed, I would have been concerned. But I thought Raffy saved a little bit at the top of the lane. It’s vindication, because I thought he should have won it last year. He was kind of up against it, but he’s vindicated, and now he’s a Grade I winner. Onward to the Breeders’ Cup.”center_img RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “I knew Heart to Heart was going to try for the lead and if I let him get to the lead, he’d control it. Julien tried to relax his horse right away. My horse is tough to control and I don’t want to fight with him, so I let him run a little bit into the first turn. After that I tried to get set up, tried to get him relaxed and I had a lot of horse. I had plenty of horse and he just took off.” JULIEN LEPAROUX, (FAVORED) HEART TO HEART, FOURTH: “We had a good trip, we had no excuses today. He settled nicely for me and he just didn’t have any kick left at the end, that’s it.” -30-last_img read more