Soul of the US Open: Venus, Serena Williams Advance to Second Round; Most Seeds Follow

first_img*Round one of the 2014 US Open has come to a close, with struggles for sure, but not very many surprises.The Marquee players, Serena Williams, Roger Federer John Isner, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, John Isner, Gael Monfils, Eugenie Bouchard, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniaki, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilifred Tsonga, all pulled through their first round matches, but things weren’t that straightforward for some of them.Romanian Simona Halep started on day one on Arthur Ashe against a young American qualifier, Danielle Rose Collins, who came out playing “lights out” tennis against the jittery world no. 2. Halep lost the first set, but found a way to turn the match around and she escaped an early departure with the score line 6-7,6-1,6-2.Venus Williams had nearly the same narrative, except she started strong then the wheels fell off early in the first set. She was up a game with three break points to lead 2-0 against the oldest woman in the tournament, 43-year-old Kamiko Date-Krumm of Japan, but she couldn’t convert; the first set was all down hill from there. Venus couldn’t find her rhythm and the unforced errors began to mount, causing her to lose the set 2-6. She recovered at the beginning of the second, however, by securing an immediate break, then went on to comfortably take it, 6-3. She built on that momentum and cruised all the way to a 5-0 lead in the third, but the wheels, once again, began to fall off. She couldn’t close the set out and allowed Date-Krum to stage a mini-comeback, drawing closer to the former champion’s score. But as tensions rose for Venus, Date-Krumm ultimately succumbed to her own and handed Venus the win through unforced errors while serving at 3-5 in the third. The final scoreline was Venus, 2-6,6-3,6-3.Andy Murray was similarly met with turbulence on day one, but it was of a different nature. He comfortably took the first set, 6-3, but then experienced a loss of concentration and inexplicable discomfort that turned the match into a drama-filled seesaw. The Brit, who’s struggled the entire 2014 season, ultimately ended up on top, but not before dropping a set and trailing 0-4 in another against his unseeded opponent. Murray sealed it with a 6-3,7-6,1-6,7-5 scoreline, but now has plenty of questions to answer about his erratic play.Caroline Wozniaki of Denmark (aka Serena Wiliams’ tour “bestie”), Angelique Kerber (GER) and Jo-Wilifred Tsonga (FRA) all dropped sets as well on day one, but were able to come out with first round wins, Wozniacki’s by retirement.Also on day one, Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic both cruised to easy wins over Russia’s Maria Kirilenko (aka Sharapova’s former “bestie”) and D. Schwartzman respectively; Agnieszka Radwanska completed her first round drubbing of Canadian Sharon Finchman in just 48 minutes, with a 6-1,6-0 scoreline; and American, Sloane Stephens, true to form for her at Grand Slams, took her opponent, Germany’s Annika Beck to the woodshed with a 6-0,6-3 beat down.On Tuesday, the legend that is America’s Serena Williams played the future of American tennis, Taylor Townsend, in a night match on Ashe. It was relatively highly anticipated due to strides Townsend has made on the WTA tour recently, but she was unable to trouble Williams, a veteran, not only on the tour, but at the US Open. Williams has won it five times and obviously knows her way around the at-times-hot-and-blustery Ashe stadium court. The top seed and two-time defending champion easily dispatched the youngster, sealing deal with a 6-3,6-1 scoreline.Another accomplished US Open seed, however, wasn’t so fortunate. Dominika Cibulkova, the tournament’s no. 12 seed was eliminated after a three-set battle with a 15-year-old American. Catherine Bellis qualified for the tournament by winning a junior’s tournament, but played well beyond her age in sending the Slovakian packing. Bellis is now this year’s Cinderella story on the order of USA’s Melanie Oudin, who toppled several top players on her way reaching the quarterfinals back in 2009.The only other remotely surprising outcomes of the first round were American Donald Young going out in the first round to Slovak, Blaz Kavcic in straight sets, 7-5,6-4,6-4; 21st seeded Mikhail Youzhny being taking out by Australian teen sensation Nick Kyrgios 7-5,7-6,2-6,7-6; former US Open champion, 20th seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, going out to unseeded New Zealander, Marina Erakovic, and Jack Sock retiring due to injury against Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Krygios had already earned a name for himself by decisively taking out then world no. 1, Rafael Nadal recently during the Wimbledon championships and his ascension continues. The young Aussie, whom they call “wild thing” plays a mature game, but his age shows in his temperament as he was issued three code violations on Monday for tantrum-throwing (launched a ball out of the stadium, spewed audible expletive and racquet abuse). He came just one violation shy of being booted from the tournament.Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/08/soul-of-the-us-open-venus-serena-williams-advance-to-second-round-most-seeds-follow/#GjKAiYbMcxvmDiLg.99last_img read more

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Brookdale’s 5K Helps Students Study Abroad

first_img-Brookdale’s 5K Helps Students Study AbroadBy Judy O’Gorman Alvarez In addition, the Global Citizen Project was developed to educate and engage students and the college community in global issues to improve the world and foster a life-long commitment to global citizenship. Through student clubs, nonprofit organizations, volunteerism and experiential learning, Brookdale’s International Education Center is making the world a little bit smaller. The proceeds of the 5K—the first of what organizers hope to be an annual event—will benefit the Elaine Baran Scholarship fund, that was started 10 years ago and has provided Brookdale students with study abroad opportunities in 30 countries all over the world. Students can choose from over 80 programs for a spring, fall or summer term. Registration fee for the 5K is $25. Information is available at http://international.bookdalecc.edu or by calling 732-224-2799. Although spending a semester studying abroad is a common rite among American college students, costly travel and expenses keep some Brookdale students from taking advantage of the opportunity. A scholarship fund like this “helps reduce the barriers for studying abroad,” says Thomas. “Elaine Baran was a beloved faculty member in the foreign language department and one of the early directors of the International Center, who was taken from us far too soon,” says Janice M. Thomas, director of Brookdale’s International Education Center. The International Education Center holds intercultural and international events throughout the year, including films lectures, excursion and festivals, and invite students, faculty, staff and the community. Since 2007, the center has been advising international students, as well. “We like to say we deal with imports and exports,” says Thomas. Lincroft, NJ might seem out of the way for European, Asian or Latin American students, but many international students have learned about Brookdale through relatives who live in the area or from searching the Internet for good, affordable U.S. colleges. Equipped with a student visa, they often stay with relatives or friends, live on their own, or participate in a homestay program and live with local families. “We have a cohort of students from a variety of countries, including France, Brazil, India, and China,” says Thomas. “They come from all over to attend Brookdale.” Since it began 35 years ago, Brookdale’s International Education Center has changed. Through various programs the center exposes students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, to develop global literacy and cultural empathy. It’s not just exchange students anymore. In addition to study abroad programs for students, the center offers professional development opportunities including faculty/staff exchanges, international grant-funded initiatives, and multicultural events. In past years, students have studied in Morocco, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland and Italy. The center also offers a variety of faculty-led short-term study abroad programs each year during the winterim and summer terms. Brookdale Community College’s International Education Advisory Committee is sponsoring the Brookdale 5K Run/Walk Challenge on Sunday, October 30, at 9 am, at Thompson Park in Lincroft. Tim McLoone, musician, restaurateur, and philanthropist—and runner—will serve as honorary race master.last_img read more

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Wildcats prove Kootenay roundball no pushover at Single-A provincials in Nakusp

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats dispatched zone rival and tournament host Nakusp 7-2 in consolation round action at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Soccer Championships.The win was the first the tournament for the Cats, giving the Kootenay zone champs 15th spot in the tournament.“As for the results, I’m thrilled,” said coach Dan Szabo.“My goal was to not get clobbered and we competed with the best.”“But I think we deserved a better position in the end,” Szabo added. “I’d say we were good enough for top eight, but that’s what can happen in these tournaments.”Aaron Abrosimoff scored three times in the consolation match fro Mount Sentinel with Bryce Twible scoring twice and Johnny Johnson and Aslan Mackay adding singles.Mount Sentinel opened the tournament Thursday poised for the upset.Riley Osachoff scored five minutes into the match as the aggressive attacking style of the Wildcats proved troublesome for West Vancouver Mulgrave defenders.The Cats led for most of the first half before Mulgrave got settled and took advantage of a few Mt. Sentinel errors and miscommunication in the defending third to jump to a 3-1 lead in the second half.Twible score midway through the half to make it 3-2 and Mt. Sentinel pressed hard for the equalizer late in the match but it would be Mulgrave scoring a late marker to seal it.Game two against Immaculata from Kelowna saw the Okanagan powerhouse score three unanswered goals in the second half to dump the Cats 4-1.Trailing 1-0, Johnson took a pass from teammate Patrick Falle before placing a perfect shot past the Immaculata keeper. However, the euphoria was short-lived as Immaculata would score just one minute later to restore the lead before adding two more goals. “When you go up against a strong team like Immaculata, you just hope for the best,” Szabo explained. “They are a skilled side, deep and always near the top in the province but we gave them a game for 70 minutes and left it all on the pitch.”Day two saw Mount Sentinel lose 4-2 to Westside of Prince George.Goals by Twible and Johnson allowed Mount Sentinel to rally from a 2-0 deficit by halftime.Mt. Sentinel was aggressive again in the second half, getting plenty of chances. But errors would cost them midway through the half, as Westside would hang on for the win.The final game of the round robin saw the Wildcats lose 3-1 to Pemberton.Abrosimoff scored a cracker in the second half for the lone Cats marker.Erik Stewart, a Grade 10 student, was keeper for the entire tournament for Mount Sentinel.“It was his first time at that position and despite not having experience played unbelievably well,” said Szabo.“His reflexes, especially in-close were truly remarkable.”Szabo also was impressed with the play of Carlos Berger for the energy he brought to the tournament.Midfielder Spencer Szabo was named Commissioner’s winner for team MVP at the Friday night banquet.Glenlyon Norfolk School of Victoria secured their sixth straight single-A boys provincial soccer title with a 1-0 victory over Immaculata on Saturday.“(We had) only two subs and played one gutsy provincial tournament — five games in three days,” Szabo said.“And like I told our players, the result doesn’t matter if you gave it every thing you have. Boy, did they.”last_img read more

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HEFTY TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $361,436 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA; TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO REACH $1.5 MILLION

first_imgSINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT SWELLS TO $77,450 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–With a Pick Six carryover of $115,062 coming into Thursday at Santa Anita, punters wagered $461,173 in “new money,” however no one tabbed all six winners, thus creating a two-day carryover of $361,436 into Friday.Track officials project Friday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $1.5 million by third race post time, which is the beginning of tomorrow’s Pick Six sequence. Barring any late scratches, there are 58 horses entered in the six race series that ends with race eight.Additionally, Santa Anita’s new Single Ticket Jackpot carryover has swelled to $77,450.First post time on Friday is at 12:30 p.m. Approximate post time for race three is at 1:30 p.m. PDT.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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