Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings

first_img(REUTERS) – Serena Williams returned to the world’s top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up.The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing Saturday’s final at the All England Club to German Angelique Kerber, Williams’s fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third-round exit at Wimbledon.In the men’s rankings, Novak Djokovic’s fourth Wimbledon crown propelled him back to 10th in the world after falling outside the top 20 for the first time since 2006. South Africa’s Kevin Anderson moved up three places to a career-high fifth after reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time in his career.Spaniard Rafael Nadal remained at the top of the rankings and increased his lead over number two Roger Federer, whose Wimbledon title defence was ended by Anderson in a marathon quarter-final.last_img read more

Norwich v QPR player ratings

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR are just five points above the relegation zone following a 4-0 thrashing at Norwich. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the defeat at Carrow Road.Joe Lumley: 5Unconvincing throughout. Flapped at several balls into his box and should have prevented the second goal but failed to keep out Marco Stiepermann’s shot.Angel Rangel: 6Escaped much of the battering Rangers were subjected to in the opening 35 minutes as it mostly came on the opposite flank. The veteran defender was solid enough, had a left-footed strike saved, and showed his versatility by switching to left-back after Jake Bidwell went off injured.AdChoices广告Embed from Getty Images Darnell Furlong: 5Moved into centre-back. Tried harder than some of his team-mates but was often horribly out of position as Rangers were torn apart by Norwich’s passing and movement. Almost pulled a goal back when his second-half header was saved by keeper Tim Krul.Joel Lynch: 4A truly abysmal performance. Not helped by a lack of protection in front of him, but Lynch’s half-hearted display was appalling to watch.Jake Bidwell: 5Went off in the first half after picking up an injury. Had endured a miserable 34 minutes as a complete lack of help from Luke Freeman and Ebere Eze enabled Norwich to cut through at will on the flank.Embed from Getty Images Pawel Wszolek: 5Did little of note on the right. His renowned work-rate and willingness to track back would surely have been better utilised on the opposite side, where Rangers were being carved open.Geoff Cameron: 5Totally failed to do his job of shielding the back four. Off the pace.Jordan Cousins: 5Anonymous for large spells. A complete non-entity of a performance.Luke Freeman: 5So often QPR’s star man, Freeman had a total shocker. He switched off and allowed Max Aarons to wander free down the right to set up the first goal and he gave the ball away leading to the third. A woeful day at the office.Embed from Getty Images See also:Sherwood indicates he is interested in QPR jobEustace claims there are ‘positives to take’ for QPR Ebere Eze: 5Showed his ability in flashes, with some fancy footwork and a cross to Furlong. The Eze-Freeman axis was Rangers’ undoing though, with their dreadful failure to track back causing all sorts of problems.Nahki Wells: 5Isolated up front and looks short of confidence.Toni Leistner: 5Again left out of the starting line-up. Came on for Bidwell and looked shaky, with a highly questionable ball inside to Freeman leading to the third goal.Josh Scowen: 6Replaced Cameron just before the hour mark and was able to cover more ground.Bright Osayi-Samuel: 6Came on for the final 15 minutes and was lively, almost scoring when his shot nearly squirmed under Krul.Click here to subscribe to West London Sport’s YouTube channellast_img read more

Riga “Dinamo” approves Nizhny Novgorod and Vilkoit as Ant assistants –…

first_imgRaimonds Vilkoits was the head coach of the HK “Rīga” team last season, but Aleksandrs Nizhivijs was his assistant, and under the leadership of these specialists, the team entered the MHL championship play-off. Raimonds Vilkoits (1990) after the end of his hockey career in the summer of 2017 became the assistant head coach of HK “Rīga”, but in 2019 he was appointed the head coach of the HK “Rīga” team.Aleksandrs Ņiživijs (1976) is a legend of the Latvian national team and the Riga “Dinamo” team, the club announced. After the end of his brilliant career as a player, Nizhevijs started working as a coach in the Riga “Dinamo” club system in the summer of 2014. For part of the season, Aleksandrs Nizhivijs also worked as the head coach of HK “Lido” in the Latvian championship.Raivis Miezāns (1987) has been performing the duties of a physical fitness coach in the DINAMO RĪGA team since the summer of 2016.In an interview with Sportacentrs.com on Monday, the ant already indicated that it will work with these specialists in training, but an addition to the team of coaches is still expected. Ant did not deny that the goalkeeper coach could be from Russia, saying that it is being worked on.Resources used:https://www.dinamoriga.lv/lv/zinas/…last_img read more

U15 Baltic Cup: Latvian guys lose to Estonia’s U16 national team

first_imgThe boys of the Latvian U15 national team in Tallinn, at the “Audentes” sports complex, started the ongoing U15 Baltic Cup with a loss to the Estonian U16 national team – 76:93 (16:26, 38:47, 59:69). On Saturday, the Latvian U15 national team will play with the Estonian U15 teams. The game for girls will start at 15:30, for boys – at 17:45. Live games can be seen on the Estonian Basketball Federation’s YouTube channel.At the last minute, the Finnish team refused to participate in the tournament and the Estonian U16 national team took a vacancy in the boys’ society. In the fight against the oldest opponents of the year, the Latvian U15 team lost in the first half even with a difference of 17 points (28:45 – in the 18th minute), after a big break equalized the course and the result (57:57 – in the 28th minute), but by the third by the end of the quarter, the homeowners had regained a comfortable advantage.The Latvians convincingly won the fight against the baskets (57 – 37), but lagged behind the opponents in the accuracy of the throws (2p.22 / 50 – 26/41, 3p. 5/25 – 9/28), as well as made more mistakes (22-15).Krišjānis Āboltiņš scored 16 points, Edvards Egle 12.Only three Baltic national teams are participating in the girls’ tournament. The Latvian team will take part in the fight on Saturday.Schedule of other games:Saturday, August 22, at 15:30 Estonia – Latvia (girls)Saturday, August 22, at 17:45 Estonia – Latvia (boys)Sunday, Aug. 23, at 10:00 Latvia – Lithuania (girls)Sunday, August 23, at 12:15 Latvia – Lithuania (boys)last_img read more

Twelve Orioles thoughts in first full week of March

first_img12. Preston Palmeiro and Ryan Ripken each received a look as minor-league replacements in games this past week, which had to be pretty cool for their families. The 24-year-old Palmeiro remains a sleeper type to monitor. With the start of the 2019 regular season just over three weeks away, I’ve offered a dozen Orioles thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. We all know not to draw conclusions from a handful of spring games, but it’s impossible to ignore Chris Davis striking out seven times and registering only one hit — a homer — in his first 14 plate appearances. If he’s not going to show improvement in the Grapefruit League, then what?2. Hopes of the new regime fixing Davis have been discussed plenty, but Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde have no prior ties to feel obligated to be patient. If he’s simply “finished” as a player, how long do you keep him in the lineup or even in the organization?3. Trey Mancini playing left field a little longer probably isn’t hindering anyone’s development drastically, but Ryan Mountcastle taking to first base and tearing up Triple A would put Baltimore in position to improve by cutting Davis later this year if he shows no improvement. The money’s already been spent, folks.4. Chance Sisco already has four home runs and four walks in 14 plate appearances. If nothing else, that should really help his confidence level, something that took a major hit in the midst of his difficult 2018 campaign.5. Nate Karns being set to return to game action after experiencing arm soreness is good news, but it’s a reminder why he received only an $800,000 contract. Pitchers have returned from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, but it’s not a high-percentage outcome for someone with his injury history.6. Kudos to the new regime for not wasting time in reassigning Hunter Harvey to minor-league camp. He’s pitched just 63 2/3 professional innings since being shut down the first time in July 2014. Leave the 24-year-old alone this year to — hopefully — stay healthy and log innings in the minors.7. Reviews for Richie Martin at shortstop have been positive, and he’s gone 7-for-17 with two doubles and two walks. He isn’t the first Rule 5 pick with spring success, of course, but Alcides Escobar registered a combined 0.4 wins above replacement from 2015-18. The bar needn’t be very high8. The acquisition of right-hander Xavier Moore from Minnesota marked the Orioles’ second spring trade of international signing bonus slots. I’ve said it before, but Kevin Gausman would have been a great piece for Mike Elias to trade instead of being included in a salary dump for unused slots.9. Austin Hays is off to a strong start with two homers and a triple in his first 15 plate appearances, but it’s been interesting to note that four of his five starts have come in center field. He’s much healthier and moving better now after last fall’s ankle surgery.10. Joey Rickard is easily forgotten with the collection of outfield prospects moving up the ladder, but he’s started spring games at all three outfield spots. He’ll be 28 in May, so this is probably his last chance to establish himself as more than a fringe reserve in Baltimore.11. Jimmy Yacabonis has five strikeouts in four innings of one-hit ball so far. He remains one of my interesting names to watch knowing what Houston has done for pitchers possessing plus sliders.last_img read more

Inside Neymar’s close-knit family of mum Nadine, her toy-boy lover aged 22, beloved sister Rafaella and dad Neymar Snr

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FAMILY is everything for Neymar Jr, one of the greatest exponents of the beautiful game.The PSG forward grew up in a poor slum in southern Brazil with mum Nadine Santos, dad Neymar Santos Sr, and younger sister Rafaella.Neymar’s mum and dad were instrumental in his riseCredit: ReutersWhile Neymar has always shared a close bond with his sister RafaellaCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrAnd despite his epic rise in the game – from making his debut aged 17 at Santos to becoming the most expensive player in the world when he signed for the French champions – he’s never forgotten his roots.Here’s the story behind Neymar Jr’s family life.MUM – NADINE GONCALVESIn 2016, Neymar Jr’s mum Nadine split from his dad after 25 years of marriage together.But that brought the superstar even closer to her, and he’s always keen to share pictures and video of them together on social media, and also has her image tattooed on his arm.And Nadine isn’t afraid to speak her mind when it comes to her son.Neymar Jr dotes on his mum, NadineCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrNeymar has given his approval to the relationshipNadine Goncalves at a gala night in Sao PauloShe told Spanish newspaper ABC in 2018 she wasn’t happy with PSG’s treatment of Neymar Jr and said he should move to Real Madrid, where he will be treated “as if he were one of the team.”Now, rather bizarrely, 52-year-old Nadine has stolen the limelight off her son by dating a younger man.She has shacked up with 22-year-old professional gamer Tiago Ramos.Neymar loves his mum so much he has her name tattooed on his wrist and her face inked on his bicep.He has her name tattooed on his wristCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrNeymar revealed a tattoo of his mum’s face on his bicepCredit: instagramNadine Santos is very protective of her sonCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrNadine Santos once told a Spanish newspaper she thought her son should leave PSG for Real MadridCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrHER TOY-BOY LOVER – TIAGO RAMOSNadine’s new boyfriend is just 22, and is an avowed superfan of Neymar.Nadine revealed on Instagram that she is dating gamer Tiago Ramos – which makes him Neymar’s new ‘step dad’ even though he is six years younger than him.She posted a picture of herself embracing Ramos in a garden.And she accompanied the snap with the caption: “The inexplicable cannot be explained, you live it… ❤️”Brazilian outlet UEL Esporte has shed more light on Ramos, revealing him to be part of a gaming team called 4K Easy.The 52-year-old is now dating professional gamer Tiago RamosCredit: Instagram / @tiagoramoss / Tiago RamosRamos attended Neymar’s birthday party in FebruaryAnd Neymar Jr has also also given the relationship his seal of approval too.He commented on her Insta post: “Be happy mom ❤️ love you.”To boot, Ramos is a self-confessed Neymar Jr superfan too.Ramos is also a super-fan of her superstar son NeymarSISTER – RAFAELLA BECKRANNeymar Jr’s best friend is his little sis, Raffaela.The Brazil star never misses her birthday celebrations, and seems to always be injured or suspended for his club at the end of January so he can jet off and see her.Unbelievably, that happened five years in a row!In 2015, the pair showed their love for one another in tattoos when Neymar Jr got a portrait of his sister’s FACE on his right bicep. She returned the favour and got a tattoo of his EYES on her right arm.Rafaella is Neymar’s 24-year-old sisterCredit: Instagram / @rafaellaNeymar Jr and his sister are best friendsCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrNeymar Jr has his sister’s face tattooed on his bicepCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrRafaella also has tattoos on her body in honour of  her famous siblingCredit: Instagram / @rafaellaAnd their body art for each other doesn’t stop there.Neymar Jr and Rafaella have matching crowns on their left arms – his has the word ‘Sorella’, which means sister in Italian, while hers reads ‘Fratello’, meaning brother.Neymar Jr also has her name tattooed on his wrist.He once wrote about her: “My heart is yours, my love is yours, my smile is yours, my day, my night, my longing, my best company”.DAD – NEYMAR SANTOS SRAlthough the family were poor, the former Barcelona star was never left wanting for anything.His dad, a former footballer himself, always made sure his son had a ball to practice on the streets with.Although he was talented, he never made it out of Mogi Das Cruzes – the industrial suburb where Neymar Jr was raised and played for semi-professional teams.When Neymar Sr retired, he put all his efforts and focus into ensuring his son bettered his career.After initially hiring Wagner Ribeiro as his agent and manager, it was Neymar Jr’s dad who soon became the person responsible for shaping the footballer’s career.Ex-Santos coach Muricy Ramalho revealed how Neymar Sr was the driving force in his son’s life.“We spoke a lot with his father before he went to Barca and he takes great care of Neymar’s professional and commercial life,” he told Goal.Neymar Santos Sr has always been there for his son and grandsonCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrBefore he became Neymar’s agent, his dad was a semi-pro footballerCredit: Getty – ContributorInsiders in the game say Neymar Santos Sr was the driving force behind his son’s careerCredit: Getty Images – GettyWith Neymar Santos Sr’s help his son became the world’s most expensive footballer when he moved to PSGCredit: Getty – ContributorNeymar’s dad is a celebrity in his own right in Brazil appearing on a float at Rio CarnivalCredit: Rex Features“He put everything into place for Neymar to become the best in the world.”In 2017, Neymar Sr secured the record-breaking £198million move from Camp Nou to Paris.Neymar is said to worship his father, a celebrity in Brazil in his own right now, and once revealed: “My father has been by my side since I was little. He takes care of things, my finances and my family.”SON –  DAVI LUCCA DA SILVA SANTOSNeymar became a father aged just 19.His ex-girlfriend Carolina Nogueira gave birth to Davi in 2011 in a Sao Paulo hospital, when she was just 17.They had split before Davi was born, however Neymar Jr kept a cordial relationship with the blonde beauty, and they are still on good terms today.Neymar Jr became a dad at 19 to son DaviCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrDavi’s mum is Neymar Jr’s ex-girlfriend Carolina NogueiraCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrDavi could follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a footballerCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrThe Neymar family are close knit and always stick togetherCredit: Instagram / @neymarjrThat’s allowed Neymar Jr and Carolina share custody of their son, who may follow in the footsteps of his father and become a footballer.When Davi was just six, he was enrolled at FCB Escola, a soccer camp run for young kids Barcelona.He played alongside Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, and Lionel Messi’s kids… now how’s that for a youth super team?Inside Neymar’s amazing £7million mansion with helipad where he is spending coronavirus crisis with his pals on Rio outskirts last_img read more

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expected to receive 5-year contract extension, report says

first_imgTo receive the extension, he needs the votes of at least 23 of the 30 team owners. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to receive a five-year contract extension, according to USA Today.The league’s owners will meet next week in Atlanta to vote on Manfred’s extension. According to the report, Manfred is expected to receive a unanimous vote. Other topics that will be discussed during the owners’ meetings are a 20-second pitch clock for 2019, diminishing the use of “openers” instead of starting pitchers, and decreasing the amount of pitching changes. Related News MLB announces 2018 Gold Glove Awards: Red Sox, Braves with three winners each One controversial point that several general managers are in favor of is having a 28-man roster in April, then limiting active players on the roster in September. But deputy commissioner Dan Halem said that could affect the collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire in 2021.“In the collective bargaining in 2016, it was a topic that was heavily discussed,’’ Halem said. “We came very close to an agreement on that topic. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t make an agreement on expanding the 25-man roster. I’m sure there will be discussions certainly in the next collective bargaining round. Maybe there will be discussions before, but it’s a topic that we’ll continue to discuss in the future.’’last_img read more

Traskowsky Times Two for Feature Wins at Salina Speedway

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (April 22) – Three new IMCA feature winners visited the O’Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane for the first time in the early season on Friday at Salina Speedway. The night was presented by B Strong Running Company of Salina.Of those winners, two were father and son, something that doesn’t happen often at all on the same night.First was Fred Traskowsky, who pulled out to the lead from the front row at the start of the M&H Motors IMCA Northern SportMod feature. He held off a resurgent Tyler Watts to capture his first win of the season. Watts finished second with Chris Humphries and Tim Echevarria rounding out the top four.The final win of the night went to Fred’s son Mike as he raced to his second win in a row in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Mike had no problem working his way from an eighth place starting position to capture the top prize, with Kelly Pihl, Tony Slothower, and Cody Williams chasing him across the finish line.Defending Long McArthur IMCA Modified Track Champion Mike Petersilie chased down pole-start­ing Brian Knoell to move past en route to a triumph on the tricky 3/8 mile. Starting eighth, Peter­silie’s win propelled him into a tie for the points lead after two races with week one winner Tyler Frye, who finished fourth. Knoell settled for second while Joe Cleveland finished third.Coors Light IMCA Stock Car ace Scot Granzella made his return to Victory Lane as he piloted his no. 91E to a win from fifth place at the start. He got by Craig Miller to capture first, with Craig Mil­ler in tow with second. Scott Miller wound up third with Tanner Portenier fourth.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: At least 5 teams working out veteran Joe Johnson

first_imgThe 2009-10 All-NBA performer spent his final season in the NBA with the Jazz where he averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists over his 17-year career. Related News NBA free agency 2019: Who the Lakers, Rockets should consider Ex-NBA guard Joe Johnson is in Philadelphia and is working out for the Sixers tomorrow, a source told @espn @TheUndefeated . The MVP of @thebig3 also is expected to work out for the Clippers, Bucks & Nuggets. Joe Johnson & the Triplets are playing in the Big 3 title game Sunday.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) August 28, 2019Add the Pelicans to that list of interest in Joe Johnson, a source said. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and VP David Griffin watched Joe Johnson play in the @thebig3 in New Orleans last week. https://t.co/ubMxbwqKfu— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) August 28, 2019Johnson, 38, sat out the 2018-19 NBA season but won the Big 3 MVP after scoring a league-high 175 points and leading the Triplets to the title game against the Killer 3’s, which will be played Sunday. Joe Johnson has a list of suitors lined up in the NBA.The seven-time All-Star has a workout set up for Thursday with the 76ers and likely will get a look from the Clippers, Bucks, Pelicans and Nuggets, according to a report from The Undefeated. Philadelphia was 19th in the NBA last season in 3-pointers made per game (10.8). Johnson is a career 37.1 percent 3-point shooter and shot 41.1 percent as recently as 2016-17.Johnson played for the Jazz, Nets, Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Heat and Rockets in his NBA career. NBA champion Jeremy Lin to play in China with Beijing Ducks next season FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA players push back on criticism of rosterlast_img read more

Napoli reject the bid of £90M for Koulibaly from Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement 39naNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshvnuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehfnt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9btWould you ever consider trying this?😱t64Can your students do this? 🌚cooRoller skating! Powered by Firework Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is going to be hot property in the transfer market in the upcoming summer transfer window. Accoding to the sources, many top European clubs are eyeing to make a move for Kaldiou Koulibaly for the next season.Advertisement There is one certain advantage that will go in his favour. He is still young and the defender can become a World class centre back within next few seasons. That’s why his current club Napoli is still negotiating with many clubs. According to the sources in Italy, Napoli will not let the young centre back go to a new club with a transfer fees less than £100 million in this summer transfer window.Advertisement Real Madrid are trying to rebuild their squad with a new set of players. They were having the worst season of recent times in the previous year. Sergio Ramos might also leave Bernabeu by the end of next season. He is also ageing; so the Los Blancos badly need a centre back who can lead the side from back.Kalidou Koulibaly might just be the ideal choice for the Los Blancos in this circumstances. However, their bid of £80 million has been rejected by the club management of Napoli at this moment.Advertisement Romelu Lukaku’s brace enough for Manchester United to secure a win against Crystal Palace  Advertisementlast_img read more