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Murray celebrates 29th birthday with win over Djokovic in Rome Masters final

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first_imgJust a week after Djokovic had beaten him in the final of the Madrid Masters, the Scot gained his revenge over the world number one in another claycourt final with a superb 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and 35 minutes.Djokovic was not at his best and in a grumpy mood, complaining on several occasions to the umpire about the slippery court surface on a damp day at the Foro Italico.Yet the defeat, just his third of the entire season, could not be totally put down to hints of weariness from Djokovic after a tough week’s work as he told Murray afterwards: “Well done Andy, you were just too good.”It was an emphatic triumph, after finishing runner-up in Madrid and making the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, to convince Murray that he now must have his best shot yet at winning the French Open, which begins next weekend.In the week that Murray announced an amicable split from coach Amelie Mauresmo, this was only the second time in their last 14 meetings that he had beaten Djokovic and it was his first victory in their six duels on clay.The light rain in the Italian capital really seemed to dampen Djokovic’s spirit as he complained to the umpire that it was “too dangerous” to continue but his appeals were brushed aside by the official, Damian Steiner.Murray was aggressive from the start, taking command in the light drizzle, and even when Djokovic appeared to be fighting back in the second set, Murray saved break points in successive games to begin imposing himself again.At the end, Djokovic capitulated with surprising swiftness, hitting a couple of errant forehands and a double fault at 3-5 down before Murray conjured up one inspirational backhand winner from way beyond the tramlines to lift the title.No British man had won the Italian title since Patrick Hughes in 1931 and the triumph will put Murray into the world number two spot on Monday ahead of Roger Federer before the second of the season’s slams starts in Paris.Reuterslast_img read more

WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway

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first_imgJust @KingJames & the @cavs making the Monday morning NY subway commute. NBD. pic.twitter.com/kfCSNH1ghQ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 13, 2017Between a 45-minute bus ride and a six-minute subway trip, it was an easy choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneLeBron James and the visiting Cavaliers had to take the New York City Subway from the Madison Square Garden to their hotel nearby after their morning shootarounds due to traffic delays.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ While waiting at the 34th Street-Penn Station platform just below the Garden, James revealed that it was his first time riding the subway in NYC.ADVERTISEMENT A subway rider sitting beside James, though, looked uncomfortable being filmed and had to transfer seats.ADVERTISEMENT The guy, who was later identified as comedian James Michael Angelo, said in a Twitter post later that he didn’t know who James, one of the biggest basketball stars in the planet, was.Just for the record @KingJames pic.twitter.com/oBu28u4m5f— James Michael Angelo (@JMANewYork) November 13, 2017The Cavaliers defeated the Knicks, 104-101, later in the day after rallying from 15 points down in the fourth quarter.  They are now at ninth place in the Eastern Division with a 7-7 record. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Trying to look like a real citizen, man,” J.R. Smith said in the video posted on NBA’s Instagram.While onboard the train, James continued documenting their quick trip on video, looking ecstatic about taking a “different mode of transporation.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cariño named Perpetual Help volleyball director, women’s coach LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Under fire, Sablan quits as UST coach

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first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny A report by The Varsitarian, however, said that Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. “has given the go-signal for Sablan’s suspension.”Sablan, according to the UST publication’s Twitter account (@varsitarianust), is barred from the Tigers’ practices and other activities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSablan, together with assistants Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective Nov. 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record. The Inquirer tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas after being at the receiving end of an onslaught of criticisms during the current UAAP season.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Video: Watch Marcelo perform one of the worst dives ever during Real Madrid loss

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first_imgMarcelo has been scorned on social media.The Real Madrid defender has hit the headlines after his side’s shock 2-0 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash for his theatrical antics.In the 70th minute and two goals down, the Brazilian gently pushed his head into the midriff of Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold before diving to the ground, holding his face in search of attention from the officials.Watch the full clip of the incident below… is this one of the worst dives ever? Marcelo argues with an official during Los Blancos’ 2-0 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg 1last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Releases 2018 Schedule

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first_imgThe Bulldogs will play four of their next five match at home, hosting Western Illinois (Feb. 23), Colorado State (Feb. 25), Montana State (March 9) and Grand Canyon University (March 14). DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head women’s tennis coach Mai-Ly Tran announced the Bulldogs 2018 schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by 12 matches in the friendly confine sof the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake wraps up its home schedule on April 14 and April 15 when it hosts Illinois State and Bradley, respectively. Story Links The Bulldogs opens the final month of the season at new MVC member Valparaiso on April 6 and then at Evansville on April 8. The Bulldogs begin the second month of the season at Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 3 and will also face-off against North Dakota in a neutral site match. Drake hosts Milwaukee on Feb. 9 before heading to Minnesota on Feb. 11. 2018 Schedule The Bulldogs close out their non-conference schedule on March 29 as they host in-state foe Iowa State. Drake then heads to California for a pair of matches as the Bulldogs square off against Cal State Northridge (March 14) and UC Riverside (March 16). Drake opens the season with a three-match homestand, starting with Creighton on Jan. 19 and then against South Dakota and Ausgustana (S.D.) for a doubleheader on Jan. 28. Drake opens Missouri Valley Conference play on March 31 when it welcomes UNI. The Bulldogs concludes the regular season with a trip to Missouri State on April 22 and will travel back to Springfield, Mo. for the MVC Championships on April 27-29. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Things Colorists Tweet: Insights from Professional Colorists

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first_imgOne colorist who loves a particularly tricky form of Q+A is colorist Juan Salvo who occasionally posts these kind of questions. To which he always knows the answer. There doesn’t seem to be much that Juan doesn’t know. Hit the video embedded in this tweet to hear from ICA colorist Warren Eagles with the results of his “What are you grading 2014?” survey. Some really interesting stats on the changing nature of the business!What a Professional Color Grading Suite Looks LikeIn this tweet from colorist Jim Wicks you get a good sense of how a professional colorist lays out his colour grading suite including his colour grading surface, UI monitor, scopes, grading and client monitors.One benefit to using an ultra-wide monitor like this is that you’ve got the right screen real-estate to see what you’re doing. You can never have enough space to make room for your scopes, nodes, curves, keyframes, colour wheels and more as a colorist.Then again, you also need plenty of desk space too for your colour grading surface. In this tweet the Tangent Element, which is normally composed of 4 unique units that can be put together in any way you like, with as many units as you need joined together… If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to be a colorist, keep an eye on the things colorists’ tweet.Following the right people on Twitter can give you a drip-fed education in pretty much any subject. These colorists who tweet have really helpful insights, skills and solutions to share. Add them to your feed and keep an eye open! Occasionally you don’t even have to be looking that hard to come away with some valuable gems.center_img This peak into the colour grading suite sometimes includes a look at their nodes or before and after comparisons like the one at the top of this post.The Questions Colorist’s AskOne of the best ways of learning from other colorist’s is to see the kind of questions they ask when they encounter problems and the answers they get. That’s part of the beauty of Twitter is that you’ve got access to a world-wide community of experts, and the rest of us get to look in on the conversation. Click on the date stamp in the following tweets to read through the full thread.last_img read more

Black buck poaching case: Jodhpur court to pronounce verdict today

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first_img“It was the elite that was targeted this time. Five star hotels and all. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is why not before? Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much,” Salman said during an interview to in 2010. Salman also claimed that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the attacks. The actor, later apologised for his comments. In 2008, the two actors allegedly got into a fistfight during a birthday party of Salman’s then girlfriend Katrina Kaif. The relationship between the two stars has never been the same since then and digs at the Khans’ relationship have filled up gossip columns. However, recently the two actors got back together on a good foot in an Iftar party and King Khan also attended Salman’s sister’s wedding to bless the couple. Shah Rukh also visited Salman hours before the verdict on the hit-and-run case. Vivek Oberoi accused Salman of “threatening to kill him, abusing and indulging in character assassination.” Rumour mill was spinning after this press conference as Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai were reportedly in a relationship. A Magistrate’s court will pronounce its judgment here on Thursday in the blackbuck poaching case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan and others, against whom the trial has been going on since 1998.  Mr. Khan, who boarded a chartered plane from Mumbai, arrived here on Wednesday. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, who will appear in the court as accused along with Mr. Khan for pronouncement of the verdict, also reached here separately by the evening. After their presence in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, the couple’s relationship was in the eye of the storm. After they broke up in 2002, Aishwarya alleged that the actor harassed her. The former Miss. World said that Khan was unable to come to terms with the ending of their relationship. A case was also registered against Salman by Aishwarya’s parents. Vivek Oberoi accused Salman of “threatening to kill him, abusing and indulging in character assassination.” Rumour mill was spinning after this press conference as Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai were reportedly in a relationship. The actor was accused of poaching two Blackbucks in 1998 at a village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. In 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting of the endangered species. Actor Saif Ali Khan was also accused in the case. Salman Khan is known to be a close friend of Namal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son. The actor appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hindu had reported. The actor also invited some flak over his association with the then Sri Lankan President. Photo: Special Arrangement Salman Khan is known to be a close friend of Namal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son. The actor appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hindu had reported. The actor also invited some flak over his association with the then Sri Lankan President. Photo: Special Arrangement “It was the elite that was targeted this time. Five star hotels and all. So they panicked. Then they got up and spoke about it. My question is why not before? Attacks have happened in trains and small towns too, but no one talked about it so much,” Salman said during an interview to in 2010. Salman also claimed that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the attacks. The actor, later apologised for his comments. (L)Tabu, Shonali Bendre, Neelam The actor was accused of poaching two Blackbucks in 1998 at a village near Jodhpur during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain. In 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting of the endangered species. Actor Saif Ali Khan was also accused in the case. After their presence in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, the couple’s relationship was in the eye of the storm. After they broke up in 2002, Aishwarya alleged that the actor harassed her. The former Miss. World said that Khan was unable to come to terms with the ending of their relationship. A case was also registered against Salman by Aishwarya’s parents. In 2008, the two actors allegedly got into a fistfight during a birthday party of Salman’s then girlfriend Katrina Kaif. The relationship between the two stars has never been the same since then and digs at the Khans’ relationship have filled up gossip columns. However, recently the two actors got back together on a good foot in an Iftar party and King Khan also attended Salman’s sister’s wedding to bless the couple. Shah Rukh also visited Salman hours before the verdict on the hit-and-run case. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. In 2007, the actor was also issued a ‘fatwa’ by a Uttar Pradesh-based Muslim clergy for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. A sessions court in Mumbai sentenced Salman Khan to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide for the death of a man in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bollywood actor was held guilty of all counts in the 13-year-old case. Photo: Vivek Bendre A sessions court in Mumbai sentenced Salman Khan to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide for the death of a man in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bollywood actor was held guilty of all counts in the 13-year-old case. Photo: Vivek Bendre Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved his judgment on March 28 after completion of final arguments in the 20-year-old case.Mr. Khan has been accused of killing two blackbucks in Kankani village, near here, on the night of October 1-2, 1998, when he was shooting for Hindi film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. The other actors were accused of travelling with him in a Gypsy car. All of them allegedly fled when they were chased by the villagers.Mr. Khan is facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and the others under the same provision of law read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Slideshow: Tarantulas Loved to Extinction?

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first_imgMorkelskerFound in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve of southern Sri Lanka, the fringed ornamental (Poecilotheria ornata) inflicts a painful bite. Like other tarantulas, its venom is not fatal to humans. Laurence LivermoreThe brown parachute spider (Poecilotheria subfusca) comes from south-central Sri Lanka. Scientists surveying their habitat from 2003 to 2005 found only 20 individuals. Brent MooreThe striated parachute spider (Poecilotheria striata) is popular among pet traders and collectors. It’s found across 2000 km2 of the Western Ghats in India, where its habitat continues to decline. BayLee’s 8 Legged ArtThe beautiful parachute spider (Poecilotheria formosa) lives in the Eastern Ghats in southern India and is poorly known. Males have never been discovered. Zoological Survey of IndiaThe Rameshwaram parachute spider (Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica) was discovered in 2004 in a sacred grove on Rameshwaram Island in southern India. They ambush insects. BayLee’s 8 Legged ArtThe reddish parachute spider (Poecilotheria rufilata) ambushes prey and has been seen capturing young bats. They are smuggled from India into Europe and America for the pet trade. Spiders may not be the most cuddly of species, but some are so prized by collectors that their existence could be in peril. The pet trade is one of the reasons that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) this week took a step toward putting 11 species of tarantula on its list of endangered species. This slideshow highlights some of these colorful species and their natural history.The spiders live in India and Sri Lanka, so the main impact of listing them would be to generally prohibit their importation or sale within the United States. Most of the species live in trees and are threatened by deforestation. Some will enter homes, where people kill them. All of them are threatened by collection for the pet trade. The reddish parachute spider (Poecilotheria rufilata), in particular, is difficult to breed in captivity, and requires wild individuals.Brent Hendrixson, a spider biologist at Millsaps College in Jackson, says that habitat destruction is most likely the largest threat to the tarantulas. “It might be a stretch to say that overcollecting is driving the numbers down,” he says. “We don’t have any concrete data on exports from India or Sri Lanka in terms of wild-caught animals.” Most of the individuals in the United States have been propagated through captive breeding programs, he adds. The peacock tarantula (Poecilotheria metallica), in particular, is well suited because it is easy to breed and grows rapidly. 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That is supposed to take a year, but often stretches out longer. FWS will accept public comments until 3 February. Søren RafnThe peacock tarantula (Poecilotheria metallica) is known only from a small forest reserve in Andhra Pradesh, India. Like others in the genus, they make funnel webs inside deep crevices of old growth trees. B. SmithThe wonderful parachute spider (Poecilotheria miranda) gets its name because males will sail down from trees to the ground. The population, in the Chhota Nagpur region of northeast India, is thought to be decreasing.last_img read more

People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Kohli is worlds best batsman: Lawson

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first_imgMumbai, May 28 (PTI) Former Australia pacer Geoff Lawson has heaped praise on in-form Indias Test captain Virat Kohli, saying the star batsman is “arguably the number one batsman in the world”. “Kohli at the moment, is arguably the number one batsman in the world. He is in the form of his life. I was impressed with him when I saw him on the first tour to Australia (in 2011-12),” Lawson told reporters here today. “He was (among) the few Indian batsmen who took on the challenge of playing on the bouncy Australian wickets,” said the former Australia fast bowler, who is on a short coaching sting at the Payyade Sports Club in suburban Kandivili. Lawson, who took 180 wickets in 46 Tests and 88 in 79 ODIs in a career spanning nine years between 1980 and 1989, was referring to Kohli topping the batting averages with 300 runs in the disastrous 0-4 whitewash under Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2011-12 season. “You can see in his face, he took it on as a personal challenge to be good on those pitches. While the other batsmen, including (Sachin) Tendulkar, were sort of failing around him, Kohli really relished something different. For him it is not good just playing in India, you need to (be) good all over the world,” Lawson added. Kohli, who has been in tremendous form in the T20 format of the game that includes the ongoing IPL, notched the only century by an Indian in the series – in the Adelaide Test. According to Lawson, since that first visit Down Under Kohli has got better and better. “I wouldnt like to be bowling to him in in the IPL. It is difficult to get him out and if you do so, you have to get out Ab de Villiers and Shane Watson (who both bat in the top order for RCB) as well,” quipped Lawson. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur, who has been picked for Indias upcoming four-Test series in the West Indies, was felicitated by Lawson in the presence of Mumbai Cricket Associations joint secretary, P V Shetty. PTI NRB SSR ARS BS AH RDSadvertisementlast_img read more