Another heart-break for Federer in bid for 21st grand slam title

first_imgBy Amy TenneryNEW YORK. USA (Reuters) – Fresh from a heart-breaking loss at the All-England Tennis Club, the abrupt end to Roger Federer’s U.S. Open on Tuesday raised questions whether the 38-year-old can deliver on a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.Federer had hoped to shake off the agony of his most recent Wimbledon final, where the top prize slipped through his fingers and into the arms of frequent rival Novak Djokovic after he failed to convert two championship points.But unseeded Grigor Dimitrov thwarted the effort in Flushing Meadows in a five-set marathon, leaving a puzzled crowd to wonder if the Swiss will ever again hoist a Grand Slam trophy.“I don’t have the crystal ball. Do you?”, quipped the third seed, after a reporter asked if he expected to win another Grand Slam title at his age. “We never know. I hope so, of course. I think still it’s been a positive season. Disappointing now, but I’ll get back up, I’ll be all right.”He batted down suggestions that his Wimbledon performance this year played a role in his surprise U.S. Open upset.“I didn’t think of it. If you move on, it’s a thing of the past. I do remember playing good semis there, so it wasn’t bad. If I think of that, I’m, like, really happy,” he said.For Federer, nothing is out of the question – and not without precedent: The oldest man to win the U.S. Open title was Bill Larned, who was 38 years, 8 months and 3 days old when he triumphed. Of course, that was in 1911.And past precedent is likely little comfort for Federer, who laid out for reporters an aggressive schedule of future competition.“Laver Cup, Shanghai, Basel, maybe Paris, London. That’s the schedule for now. I don’t know if the team have other ideas or not,” said Federer. “I’m happy to get a bit of a break now, go back to practice, reassess and attack from there.”In four months, he’ll renew his effort to add to his Grand Slam coffers at the Australian Open, where he collected his last title in 2018. “(I have) got to take the losses. They’re part of the game,” said Federer. “Looking forward to family time and all that stuff, so… Life’s all right.”last_img read more

Pair of sweeps helps USC win 10th straight match

first_imgThe No. 3 USC men’s volleyball team extended its winning streak after sweeping both No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara with scores of 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 and 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 respectively over spring break. The young Trojan team has hit its stride. Since the unceremonious loss in consecutive sets at home against the Bruins more than a month ago, the Trojans have been on a 10-match tear.“We keep getting better with more time on the court together,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “Also, Tony Ciarelli has been nothing short of remarkable since the Stanford match. He willed us to win against UCLA and Pepperdine.”The Trojans (15-4, 12-4) exacted revenge on the Bruins (19-4, 13-3) in response to a disappointing loss at home more than a month ago.USC rallied behind senior outside hitter and co-captain Ciarelli’s match-high 14 kills and six aces. The national player of the year candidate has been remarkable, with 15 aces in the last two weeks .“I really got in a rhythm, starting with the Pepperdine match. I figured out my toss and it makes it easier to serve tough,” Ciarelli said. “The aces come and go, but the more important thing is that I haven’t missed many serves.”The Trojans also got boosts from redshirt junior outside hitter Steven Mochalski, who finished with 12 kills at a .421 rate, and from junior opposite Maddison McKibbin, who finished with 11 kills.“We’re more mature than we were in February. We have a lot more experience and that’s especially helped for the young guys,” Ciarelli said. Even though we won in three it felt like a five-game match because it was so emotional and the rivalry was so big. We really wanted it.”The Bruins tried a variety of lineups in an effort to kick-start their offense. The Bruins had no player with more than Jeremy Casebeer’s seven kills as the Trojans held the Bruins to .282 hitting.“Coach [Jeff] Nygaard’s blocking gameplan was great. Their big hitters Weston Dunlap and Thomas Amberg had decent percentages but not a lot of kills,” Ferguson said. “We served much better this time around and we forced them to be predictable. We didn’t get a ton of stuffs but we altered a lot of shots and got them uncomfortable.”The Trojans continued their tour de force two days later against struggling UC Santa Barbara (5-17, 3-14) behind an overwhelming performance attacking, serving, blocking and digging. The Trojans out-hit (.379 to .117), out-blocked (9-3), out-dug (20-14) and out-served (7-3 aces) the Gauchos en route to a 3-0 victory.“I was really proud of the fact that we came out after an emotional win against UCLA and we still maintained our poise and focus,” Ferguson said. “That’s a perfect trap match — it’s a tough place to play and they make a lot of substitutions, so it’s tough to gameplan against them. We had to focus on us and how we played. We were a little more sloppy but we were still good enough to get it done ugly.”Ciarelli again led the way with a team-high 10 kills earned at a .412 rate. Freshman setter Micah Christensen continued his steady improvement as the Trojans’ main distributor, connecting on 30 assists that resulted in the team’s phenomenal hitting efficiency.“[Christensen’s] been impressive. He’s very detail oriented. He picks up nuances and tendencies from the other team really well and he follows the gameplan impeccably,” Ferguson said. “There’s always a play in a match where he sees something that we looked at on video that’s different — like a quarterback audible — and he’ll pick it up. He’s a great competitor and play’s with a lot of poise.”The win streak brought sixth-year coach Bill Ferguson his 100th career victory at USC. Ferguson now sports a 100-62 career record at USC. Though his career has been impressive, the man at the helm of the Trojans’ men’s volleyball program remains fixed on the national title.“It’s a credit to the coaches I work with and players we’ve been fortunate enough to coach. It’s very humbling to do that in our league with all these great coaches and I’m fortunate I get to do it at a place like at ‘SC,” Ferguson said. “But I’m only worried about a two-game winning streak in May.”USC’s next match is Friday against George Mason University in the Physical Education North Gym, where the Trojans played before moving to the Galen Center.last_img read more

Cloth face masks available to the community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— When entering a public facility, the local health department is encouraging residents to wear face masks. Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store in Alpena is giving away free masks to residents and local agencies who need them.Cloth face masks are free to the community and pre-assembled. The inside of Joann’s is closed to the public, but masks are available for curbside pick up.Staff is operating from 11am to 6pm Monday through Sunday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 testing site now available to patientsNext Survey shows one in seven small businesses not confident of surviving the COVID-19 Pandemiclast_img read more

Tyreek Hill’s meeting with NFL lasts 8 hours, report says

first_img Kansas City radio host suspended indefinitely after Andy Reid comments Now, the question is what all this means in terms of Hill’s availability this season. The NFL has shown in the past it will punish players even without criminal charges being filed. One factor that won’t play out in Hill’s favor is his past history. While at Oklahoma State in 2015, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and received three years of probation. Tyreek Hill’s meeting Wednesday with NFL officials in Kansas City lasted eight hours, according to Yahoo Sports.According to the report, league officials met with Hill and his legal team from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Chiefs wide receiver is currently banned from the team’s training facility as the Kansas Department of Children and Families investigates possible child abuse, battery or neglect stemming from an incident in March in which Hill’s 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm. The NFL had previously said it would wait for the agency to conclude its investigation before the league would investigate. A source told Yahoo Sports the agency is still looking into the matter.There is currently no criminal investigation into the incident. Related Newscenter_img NFL news and notes: Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy says Patriots culture will overcome losses Panthers to be featured on Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’last_img read more