Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Angels hadn’t come close to a hit and Leake hadn’t gone to a three-ball count before Rengifo grounded a clean hit to right field on Leake’s 79th pitch.The fans gave Leake a standing ovation and he quickly waved to acknowledge their cheers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter a walk, Leake (8-8) retired the next three batters for a one-hitter, striking out Mike Trout on a full-count pitch to end it. Leake fanned six overall and walked one.Leake’s second career shutout came exactly a week after he was tagged by the Angels in his previous start, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk while getting just two outs. The Angels pitched a combined no-hitter that night in Anaheim while the entire club wore jerseys honoring late teammate Tyler Skaggs. LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch over Robles to center-field warning track, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6½ games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington.YANKEES 8, ROCKIES 2NEW YORK — Edwin Encarnación hit a go-ahead grand slam, a trio of ex-Rockies beat up on their former team and New York defeated Colorado.Encarnación lined his 12th career slam in the third inning off Kyle Freeland, and first-year Yankees DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino and Mike Tauchman poured it on in their first games against their old club. LeMahieu had two hits and two RBIs, Ottavino struck out the side in a perfect relief inning and Tauchman had a career-high three hits, a stolen base and threw out a runner at home plate from left field.Aaron Judge added a two-run homer, and J.A. Happ (8-5) struck out eight while pitching two-run ball over five innings for the Yankees. New York came from behind to win for a fourth straight game and improved to a major league-best 63-33 — 30 games over .500 for the first time this season. The Yankees lead second-place Tampa Bay by a season-high nine games in the AL East.ASTROS 4, RANGERS 3HOUSTON — Justin Verlander struck out 12 in six solid innings, four Houston players hit solo home runs and the Astros held on to beat Texas.Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez led off the third inning with consecutive home runs to extend Houston’s lead to 4-0. Altuve hit his homer to left-center field, and Bregman sent his to left on the next pitch before Alvarez hit a 474-foot monster shot into the second deck in right field.It was the first time the Astros had hit three straight homers since June, 20, 2018, against Tampa Bay.Yuli Gurriel led off the second with a solo shot to left. Verlander (12-4) allowed two runs and eight hits. The right-hander struck out at least 11 for the fourth time this season.ATHLETICS 5, TWINS 3MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Semien led off the game with a home run and later tripled and doubled as Oakland kept rolling, topping Minnesota on a sweltering night.The temperature at first pitch was 94 degrees on a humid, muggy evening. It was tied for the second-hottest start in Target Field’s 10-year history, trailing only a 97-degree reading on July 16, 2012.Khris Davis hit a pair of RBI singles as the A’s won for the 20th time in 26 games. The AL Central-leading Twins have lost four of five.Chris Bassitt (7-4) allowed two earned runs in five innings. Liam Hendriks earned his seventh save by retiring the final five batters.DODGERS 2, MARLINS 1LOS ANGELES — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings and combined with Kenta Maeda and Kenley Jansen to help Los Angeles beat Miami.Playing at Dodger Stadium for the first time since the All-Star break, the NL West leaders turned a Miami error into the go-ahead run in the sixth.Ryu (11-2), who started for the National League in the All-Star game, gave up one run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Mercado had an RBI double in the third inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth. He also scored twice.Mercado is batting .423 (11 for 26) with three home runs and eight RBIs over the last eight games. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus on May 14 and became the 12th Indians rookie since 1913 to have at least five hits in a game.Shane Bieber (9-3), making his second start since being named MVP of the All-Star Game held at Progressive Field, allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.CUBS 6, PADRES 5CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam and Chicago overcame an early home run by Manny Machado to beat San Diego.Javier Báez also homered for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who have won six of seven since the All-Star break.Josh Naylor tied the score 5-5 in the eighth inning against Pedro Strop (2-3) with his first career pinch homer, but the Cubs went back ahead in the bottom half.Anthony Rizzo singled off Craig Stammen (6-5), rookie shortstop Fernandez Tatis Jr. threw Addison Russell’s grounder into center field for an error, Jason Heyward was intentionally walked and David Bote hit a grounder to third. Machado threw home for a forceout and catcher Francisco Mejia threw to first, even though he didn’t have a play on Bote. The ball hit off the glove of first baseman Eric Hosmer and bounced into short right field as Rizzo scored on Hosmer’s error.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Benefits of township living Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maeda took over for Ryu in the eighth, his first relief appearance this season. Maeda is expected to return to the rotation, but he was used out of the bullpen this time after a 35-pitch, rain-shortened start Wednesday at Philadelphia.GIANTS 1, METS 0, 10 INNINGS.SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Dickerson raced home from first on a botched fly ball to shallow left field with two outs in the 10th inning and San Francisco won its season-high seventh straight game.On a night dominated by starting pitchers Jacob deGrom of New York and Tyler Beede of San Francisco, it took a misplay in the field to score the only run of the game. Pablo Sandoval hit a fly ball off Jacob Rhame (0-1) that looked like it would be a routine out to end the inning. But left fielder Dominic Smith came in and misplayed the ball for an error, perhaps distracted by shortstop Amed Rosario.Dickerson never stopped running and scored when cutoff man Todd Frazier’s throw home was off target, sending the Giants pouring out of the dugout in celebration. The victory lifted the Giants’ record to 49-49, the first time they have been at .500 since the start of the season.Sam Dyson (4-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.DIAMONDBACKS 10, BREWERS 7PHOENIX— Christian Walker hit a two-run homer to cap the first natural cycle in Arizona’s history, lifting the Diamondbacks over Milwaukee.The Diamondbacks broke open the game with six runs in the third inning against Jhoulys Chacin (3-10), punctuated by hitting a single, double, triple and home run in four straight at-bats.Arizona’s Eduardo Escobar homered and had a run-scoring triple, and All-Star Ketel Marte had two RBIs for a career-high 60. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Archie Bradley (3-4) allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings and Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save.Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer, his majors-leading 35th, and Lorenzo Cain hit a solo shot for the Brewers, who scored three runs in the seventh inning to pull within 10-7.WHITE SOX 9, RAYS 2ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Leury García had four hits, including three doubles, Reynaldo López won for the first time in six starts and Chicago stopped a seven-game losing streak by beating slumping Tampa Bay.García became the first White Sox player to have three doubles in a game since Adam Eaton against Minnesota on Aug. 2, 2014.López (5-8) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. He had been 0-2 with a 5.34 ERA since beating Kansas City on June 9.Tampa Bay dropped a season-high nine games behind the AL East-leading Yankees after arriving about 3:30 a.m. following a doubleheader loss in New York. The Rays have dropped behind Cleveland and Oakland for the two AL wild-card spots. The Rays held an eight-game lead over the third-place team in the wild-card race at the start of play on June 11 but have lost 20 of 35 since.Rays rookie Brendan McKay (1-1) lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his fourth start, allowing six runs — five earned — and nine hits as his ERA doubled from 1.69 to 3.72.ORIOLES 11, RED SOX 2BALTIMORE— Anthony Santander and Keon Broxton homered off David Price, and Baltimore got six solid innings from rookie right-hander John Means in a rout of Boston. DETROIT — Marcus Stroman breezed through seven scoreless innings, and Toronto batted around in both the fourth and the sixth on its way to a rout of Detroit.Teoscar Hernandez homered for Toronto, which scored four runs in the fourth and five in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate in each inning. The Tigers lost for the 26th time in their last 29 home games. That does not include a May 19 game in which Detroit was also losing when the contest was suspended.Stroman (6-10) allowed six hits. The All-Star right-hander struck out five with no walks in what was his first career start at Detroit.Jordan Zimmermann (0-7) is now winless in his last 16 starts.PHILLIES 6, PIRATES 1PITTSBURGH — Bryce Harper’s go-ahead RBI single was one of 15 hits Philadelphia used to beat Pittsburgh.Harper hit a seventh-inning single off Pirates reliever Richard Rodríguez (3-4) that scored pinch-hitter Brad Miller to give the Phillies their first lead of the game.Rookie outfielder Adam Haseley added a solo homer to start the scoring and a run-scoring double to cap it for the Phillies. The rally made a winner of Juan Nicasio (2-3), who pitched one-third of an inning in relief of starter Jake Arrieta.INDIANS 10, ROYALS 5CLEVELAND — Rookie Oscar Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as Cleveland won its sixth straight game, beating Kansas City. Price (7-3) allowed six runs, eight hits and a walk in four innings to take his first loss in 13 starts since April 27. The left-hander was 8-0 at Camden Yards and 16-5 lifetime against the Orioles before turning in a surprisingly ineffective performance in 96-degree heat against the team with the worst record in the big leagues.Sam Travis homered for the Red Sox, who had won 14 of their previous 16 road games.Boston leadoff hitter Mookie Betts had his streak of scoring in 13 straight games come to an end, one short of breaking the franchise record he now shares with Ted Williams (1946).Means (8-5), the Orioles’ lone representative on the AL All-Star team, gave up two runs and four hits.CARDINALS 12, REDS 11CINCINNATI — Jose Martinez homered and singled during a 10-run rally in the sixth inning and St. Louis overcame a seven-run deficit for a wild win over Cincinnati.Down 7-0, the Cardinals put together their biggest inning of the season on the way to their sixth win in seven games.Jesse Winker hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth off Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez. But Joey Votto grounded out with runners at the corners to give Martinez his seventh save.Journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway hit two homers, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs for Cincinnati in his first game in the majors this season.BLUE JAYS 12, TIGERS 1 Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Brazilian football player convicted of murder leaves prison Daniel Vogelbach hit two homers and drove in six runs as Seattle stopped a six-game losing streak.BRAVES 4, NATIONALS 3ATLANTA— Josh Donaldson’s bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta over Washington after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half.Ronald Acuña Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson’s single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases.Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake, center, is greeted by teammates after he threw a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. The Mariners won 10-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners lost his bid to pitch a perfect game on a leadoff single in the ninth inning by rookie Luis Rengifo, then finished off the Los Angeles Angels for a 10-0 win Friday night.A week after the worst start of his career, Leake almost achieved baseball immortality.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Murder of 8-year-oldFollowing a post mortem examination that proved that eight-year-old Isaiah Smartt of “E” Field Sophia was murdered, the Police arrested a “spiritualist” in connection with the murder. The body of the boy was found in a swampy area a few yards away from the back door of the woman’s house.Dead: Isaiah SmarttBased on reports, the woman was arrested on Friday afternoon and taken to the Alberttown Police Station, where a statement was taken.Residents in the area have said that the woman would normally lock herself in the house belonging to her family and pray all the time. She is assisting with the investigations, but the mother of the dead child has, from the inception, been holding out that her son was murdered.According to reports, the child’s mother was under the impression that he had gone to his father’s home, and when he did not return home, she did not pay much heed –until his body was discovered and an alarm was raised.Eyewitnesses state that the body was swollen, suggesting that it might have been there for at least two days.The late Isaiah Smartt was last seen alive on Monday afternoon, playing around the area, and it was not until a relative had retired to bed that the child was discovered missing. Isaiah was described as a mannerly child and a great cricketer by those who had known him.
0Shares0000David Villa of New York City FC poses for a photo with the 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP trophy at Spring Studios on December 6, 2016 in New York City © Getty/AFP / Michael ReavesNEW YORK, United States, Dec 6 – Former Spain striker David Villa was named as Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player on Tuesday in recognition of a prolific season which helped transform New York City FC’s fortunes.The Spanish World Cup winner’s goals helped take New York, who finished 17th in their inaugural season, to the club’s first appearance in the playoffs. Villa, 35, scored 23 goals — the second highest tally in the league — and contributed four assists.The former Barcelona star has been the highest scorer in the MLS over the past two seasons along with Bradley Wright-Phillips, with a combined total of 41 goals.New York Red Bulls forward Wright-Phillips finished second in the voting for the MLS MVP award, with Sacha Kljestan in third place and Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco fourth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWeil’s art career began in first grade when her teacher and principal suggested that she receive professional training. She was further inspired by her great-grandfather, who helped settle the Badlands of the Dakotas, and her childhood neighbor, Nudie the rodeo tailor, who gave her colorful scraps of leather to play with. “I’ve always used a lot of color in all of my paintings most of my life,” Weil said. “I like people to look at my paintings and see something totally different, and they usually do.” Weil’s artwork has been displayed in galleries in London, Beverly Hills, Pavo Real, Lake Hughes, Lancaster and Wrightwood. She has another exhibit planned for San Diego and two paintings will be included in a silent action Saturday at the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild in Lake Hughes. The auction features local artists’ interpretations of their favorite masters. Weil painted her works in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, a floral artist; and John Nieto, an American Indian painter. For tickets to the auction, call Weil at (661) 724-9264. All of Weil’s artwork on display at the Playhouse will be for sale as well as greeting cards featuring her art. PALMDALE – Artist Donna Weil’s oil paintings and painted wood cutouts of Western animals, cowgirls and Indians are on display in the Palmdale Playhouse Gallery. The public can talk to her at a reception, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29. The show will run through Oct. 8. Weil just finished an unusual project for the city of Santa Clarita: She painted a 50-gallon trash can with images of a cougar, red-tailed hawk, bear and coyote. Her colorful Western interpretation was chosen from among 80 submissions to become one of 10 trash receptacles that will be installed as part of the city’s plan to refurbish downtown Newhall. Regular Playhouse Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission is free. The Playhouse is located at 38334 10th St. E.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Attorney General Curtis T. Hill, Jr.Attorney General Curtis T. Hill, Jr. will be the featured speaker at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Southern Hills Church on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30p. Doors Open 5:30 p.m. with the dinner at 6:30 p.m.Table Sponsorship Levels are:Platinum: $500Gold: $300Silver: $200Individual Tickets: $25The evening will also feature a silent auction and door prizes.Hill was born February 21, 1961) and has served as the 43rd Attorney General of Indiana since 2017. He defeated his opponent, Lorenzo Arredondo, on November 8, 2016, with 61.94% to 38.06% of the vote. The 1,643,689 ballots cast for Hill made him the top vote-getter of any elected official in Indiana history. He took office on January 9, 2017.Please RSVP to Tara Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-844-6003Tickets also available at Green’s Auto Sales, Salem, IndianaMake checks payable to: Washington County Republican Central Committee or mail to: P.O. Box 173, Salem, IN 47167
1 February 2013 While 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, 18 suspected poachers have been arrested and three fatally wounded as the authorities step up their enforcement activities. Forty-two rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park, six in KwaZulu-Natal, six in North West, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga province, according to the latest data released by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department cited the recent floods in the Kruger National Park, thick summer vegetation, two weeks of a full moon, and aggressive incursions from Mozambique as some of the factors contributing to the spike in poaching. Despite the floods that have left large parts of the park inaccessible to vehicles and rangers on foot, the area was still being patrolled with the assistance of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Eleven of the 18 suspected poachers arrested this year were arrested in the park, while three were arrested in Limpopo province following a tip-off about their activities in Kruger, and two were arrested in North West province. Despite increased incursions from Mozambique, particularly in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region in the north of the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO David Mabunda said their anti-poaching operations were starting to yield results. “We bled in December, but as of January 1 there has been a change in strategy from a conservation management system to greater law enforcement, and this is working,” Mabunda said. “Our operations are more militaristic. The number of poachers arrested has increased inside and outside the park.” Six suspected poachers were arrested and seven rhino horns recovered, along with heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment, during three operations in the Kruger National Park on 18 and 19 January. Since last Friday, a further six suspected poachers had been arrested and two fatally wounded by South African and Mozambican authorities. All were armed. Last week, anti-poaching operatives in the Houtbosrand section of the park were involved in a shootout with two suspected poachers at the site of a freshly killed rhino. One of the suspects was fatally wounded, while the other managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and the rhino’s horn were recovered. An intelligence-driven operation on same day resulted in the arrest of two more suspected rhino poachers by the Mozambican authorities inside Mozambique, adjacent to Houtbosrand. The group was allegedly on its way to the Kruger National Park when its members were arrested. A heavy calibre rifle and ammunition were recovered. And this Wednesday, joint forces were again involved in a shootout with armed suspected poachers in the Houtbosrand area. One of the suspects was wounded and arrested, while his two accomplices managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered. The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated SANParks’ anti-poaching units, the police and the South African National Defence Force for their recent successes. South Africans are urged to report any information or tip-offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111, or CrimeLine on 32211. Source: SANews.gov.za
SAinfo reporter R250 000 For 2014, the event’s first year as a UCI-graded stage race, Bridge has increased the Swartberg Pass stage prize money to R125 000 for the first men’s team and R125 000 for the first women’s team. “This is really great news. It’s a huge step towards equality in a sport that has been dominated by men for so many years,” said 2013 women’s champion Ariane Kleinhans. Neels Grobler, the Chief Growth Officer at Bridge, announced that the third year of the company’s involvement would see increased focus on the women’s category, starting with equal prize money on the Swartberg Pass stage. This year, the first men’s team to the summit of the Swartberg Pass, Asrin Cycling’s James Reid (RSA) and Jens Schuermans (Bel) collected R112 000 ($12 000). The first women’s team earned prize money of R25 000 ($2 500), which was donated by Khombisa Media. Other top competitors included former South African marathon champions, Yolande Speedy and Cherise Stander, current South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot and current Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag. 30 October 2013 The 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek – the fifth edition of the event – attracted 400 entrants who tackled a total distance of over 500 kilometres with more than 11 500 metres of vertical ascent over seven days. A total of 20% of the field was from outside South Africa, with 13 countries represented, including the host nation. The women’s field this year included two-time marathon world champion, Annika Langvad, who is also the current Danish national marathon champion. She partnered with current Swiss marathon champion Arianne Kleinhans in the RE:CM Davinci team, which won the women’s title in dominant fashion. Their main rivals were Britain’s Jane Nuessli and Switzerland’s former marathon world champion, Esther Suss. ‘A lot more depth’“We had a strong, but small women’s field in the race this year. With UCI points on offer next year and this big prize money boost from Bridge, we are expecting similar high quality riders, but a lot more depth in the women’s race in 2014,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management. “I take it somehow as a reward for all us ladies that put a huge amount of effort into the sport and push ourselves to the absolute limit. But it should also act as motivation for me and all the other ladies to live up to the expectations and grow in our numbers as well as our performance,” she added. ‘Rare’“It’s rare to have a mountain-top finish in a mountain bike race because of the logistical challenge involved, especially in a remote area like the Swartberg Mountains, but Bridge and our other sponsors have embraced this challenge and have helped us make it into a special feature of the Cape Pioneer Trek,” said Carel Herhold of Dryland Event Management. The 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been given a fresh boost following the announcement that Bridge, the title sponsor, has significantly increased the prize money for the race’s Swartberg Pass stage with its iconic mountain-top finish. “The top women make just as much sacrifice and show just as much commitment as the men. They deserve the same reward,” Grobler said in a statement on Tuesday. The R250 000 total prize money for the two winning teams (male and female) on the Swartberg Pass stage is the biggest cash prize for any mountain bike race stage in the world.
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Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina will have to wait for their first Grand Slam title together as they lost the closely fought Wimbledon mixed doubles summit clash to Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, here on Sunday.The fourth seeded Indo-Russian pair suffered a 3-6 7-5 4-6 defeat at the hands of second seed Americans after battling for two hours and four minutes.It is for the second time in this season that Paes and Vesnina have ended runners-up at a tennis Major as they had lost the final of the Australian Open in January to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau.Nevertheless, it was creditable performance by Paes after a stormy build up to the Wimbledon, caused by selection drama for London Olympics.Paes was forced to pair with lower-ranked Vishnu Vardhan after both Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to play with him. Paes was teamed with Sania Mirza for the mixed doubles event.Although Sania did not refuse to play alongside Paes, she made it clear that her preferred partner was Bhupathi, with whom she has won two Grand Slam titles.Paes is the highest Grand Slam title winner for India with 13 trophies, six of them are mixed doubles.In today’s match, Vesnina served brilliantly and Paes too played well but the margin of error was little against the strong pair of Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond, who had a superb all round game.It was the pair of Paes and Vesnina that got the first chance to go ahead but they squandered a break opportunity in the fifth game of the opening set.advertisementThe break chance came about following a brilliant rally by an agile Vesnina at the net.As if that waste of chance was not enough, Paes dropped his serve in the next game. The Indian saved the first break chance with an ace but could not stop Mike Bryan from converting the second.With that break Paes and Vesnina were trailing 2-5 and finally Mike Bryan served out the set in the ninth game. The Indo-Russian pair though saved three set points before conceding the lead.Paes and Vesnina were tested severely at the start of the second set as they had to save several break chances before getting on board.However, the Americans succeeded in converting a break in the third game and opened up a 3-1 lead with a comfortable hold in the fourth game.The early break gave the Americans a hold over the match.Paes and Vesnina saved a match point in the 10th game and went on to break Mike Bryan in that game to spice up the match as it levelled the scores 5-5.Vesnina held the next game to make it 6-5 and they broke Raymond to stretch the issue to the deciding third set.However, Paes continued to struggle with his serve and was broken in the very first game of the final set.The Americans accepted the chance gleefully and Mike Bryan made it 2-0 after saving a chance. But their joy was short-lived as the Indo-Russian team broke Raymond in the fourth game, which witnessed five deuces, to bring the match back to level terms.It was a see-saw affair from then on with both the teams struggling to hold serve and faced immense pressure to stay in the match. Vesnina lost her serve in the seventh game and Raymond’s easy hold put the Americans one game away from the championship.Paes held to stay in the match but Mike Bryan clinched the issue in the next game.
Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has admitted that he is struggling to find motivation to keep playing amid mounting speculation that he could retire.The 36-year-old Brazilian has not played competitively since his contract with Brazil’s Fluminense was rescinded by mutual consent in September last year, reports Xinhua.In the past year, he has played friendlies in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, the United States and China, as well as a futsal tournament in India. (Ronaldinho arrives in India to take part in Premier Futsal)”After playing for so many years, with so many successes, it’s hard to find motivation and new objectives,” Ronaldinho was quoted as saying by Brazil’s Uol news portal on Wednesday.”Thankfully my legs are still feeling great. I haven’t had many injuries during my career. (Brazilian legend Ronaldinho escapes fatal injury in Kerala)”I want to continue with my music and do some other things. I will see if I’m going to say goodbye next year or play for a few months. I’ll take the rest of the year off to decide,” he added.Ronaldinho is regarded as one of the best players in history and was at his peak during his spell with Barcelona from 2003 to 2008.The attacking midfielder was capped 102 times for Brazil and was a key member of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team that won the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.