Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff has defeated last year’s winner of the Australian Open and the third seed Naomi Osaka.Now the 15 year old phenom is on to the fourth round the furthest she has made it in a slam. 6-3, 6-4 in the third round at Melbourne Park on Friday.Also, 23-time major champion Serena Williams lost to 27th-seeded Wang Qiang 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5Gauff pulled this off with some big serving, consistent groundstrokes and by letting Osaka largely be her own undoing.Osaka made 30 unforced errors, Gauff merely 17. This was a rematch from the third round at the U.S. Open last September; Osaka won that one in straight sets, then consoled a crying Gauff afterward and encouraged her to speak to the fans.Osaka, for her part, made her own rapid ascent to the top of tennis, claiming the trophies at the U.S. Open in 2018 and Australian Open in 2019 to rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She is only 22 herself.
March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Michigan State’s victory over Duke in the Elite Eight The win moves Michigan State into the Final Four for the eighth time under Izzo. The team, however, has taken home the championship just once with him as coach.“You know now what I’ve got to do is refocus,” Izzo said. “I have to reassess how I handle (the Final Four), what I do. … It’s going to be grind city again. And we’ve got to figure out how we do things a little different because there’s some good teams up there, and not get enamored with this win even though this is a big win for us and our program.”Michigan State star Cassius Winston tallied 20 points and 10 assists to lead his team to the victory. He’s just the third player in program history to register those numbers in an NCAA Tournament game. Magic Johnson and Draymond Green are the other two. What a CLUTCH 3️⃣ to put @MSU_Basketball up ✌️! #MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/OX5Dpe9OgL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Izzo discussed the win when he met with reporters after the game.“Everybody that beats Duke is, you know, ready to put that on the wall because that’s the program (coach Mike Krzyzewski) has built,” Izzo said. “And that’s what I’m hoping to still build. I mean, the respect everybody has for Duke is why it’s a big game. I do think we beat arguably the best team in the country. But there’s another game coming up.” Related News Tom Izzo wants his team to refocus.Michigan State pulled off a 68-67 upset of top-seeded Duke in the Elite Eight on Sunday at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Duke entered the regional finals as the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson discusses Duke’s loss to Michigan State 13-0 run for @MSU_Basketball to take a 4 point lead before the half! 😳#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/J5jBYilNBo— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019“Nothing was given, everything was earned,” Winston said. “Just working hard, constantly getting better and better. … I think I took 20-some shots today, (my teammates and coaches) didn’t say a word. They encouraged me just to keep going, keep doing what I do best for this team. It’s just an amazing environment for me.”Michigan State will face Texas Tech on Saturday.
According to the new amendment, all claims arising from accidents that occurred from 1 August 2008 onwards will be administered under the amended Act. The major changes that will be introduced by the Act include claims relating to loss of earnings that will be capped at R160 000 per annum. This, according to the amended Act, means that irrespective of the actual loss, the annual loss will proportionally be calculated at an amount not exceeding R160 000 per annum. The booklets, which will be distributed at airports across the country, at Home Affairs offices and at the South African Reserve Bank, form part of a Department of Transport campaign scheduled to run during the two football tournaments. The Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill Act 56 of 1996 introduced a number of limitations on the Fund’s liability to pay for certain types of compensation. It is expected that these limitations will improve the organisation’s financial position to ensure its ability to pay out future claims. A new booklet will give people visiting South Africa for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup a clear description of local road regulations, as well as procedures to be followed in case of any accidents on the road. “The claimant will need to be assessed by a medical practitioner and such a practitioner must use the American Medical Association Guides to assess serious bodily injuries,” says the amended Act. “The booklet will further help us to regulate claims by tourists in an event where they are involved in a car accident while in the country as this will help the Road Accident Fund in situations where large amounts of money have to be paid to foreign tourists.” The amended Act’s objective is to pay compensation for loss or damage wrongfully caused by the driving of motor vehicles. She added that the booklet would encourage tourists to use public transport, both to curb the congestion on the country’s roads as well as to minimise possible accidents. RAF limitations General damages, however, will only be paid out if the injuries have been assessed to be “serious injuries”, while compensation will be paid out in a lump sum. “With the booklet in mind, we will be able to instil traffic rules and regulations especially to those tourists who are used to left-hand drive vehicles, so that they know the implications when using our roads,” Department of Transport official Matshidiso Setai told BuaNews this week. Source: BuaNews 8 September 2008
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College football season kicked off 69 days ago, on Aug. 26. But with the College Football Playoff committee releasing its first set of rankings Tuesday night, the season for irrational pigskin arguments has only just begun.Take the committee’s initial rankings: Although the top three of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan didn’t surprise anyone — they’re three of the only four remaining undefeated major-conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the decision to put one-loss Texas A&M at No. 4 over unbeaten Washington was generally seen as a head-scratcher. And that’s just the first edition of the rankings! A whole lot more can happen between now and Dec. 4, when the final version drops.To help you sort it all out, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching our College Football Playoff prediction model for the 2016 season. In fact, this year we’ve built a continually updating page that lets you view the current favorites, as well as the not-so-favorites: Every team with at least a 0.1 percent chance of making the playoff is listed. You can also choose custom scenarios for the future, letting you see how the model changes if a given team wins or loses its next game, or if it wins out over the remainder of its schedule. As for the nuts and bolts of the model, we’re using the same system we rolled out last year, itself an improvement over the version we used in Year 1 of the CFP.Here’s a brief refresher on how our model works: It takes the most recent version of the CFP committee’s rankings, simulates the next week of games using ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), uses a version of our old friend the Elo rating to guesstimate how the committee would react to those FPI-simulated results,1With uncertainty-generating mechanisms in place to “scramble” the rankings in ways that might not always follow historical precedent. and then repeats the process until we have a simulated version of the committee’s final rankings.Do that 10,000 times, and we can estimate the likelihood of any team ranking in the committee’s top four when the dust clears on the season. But … does it actually work? Well, for what it’s worth, the model did a pretty good job of predicting the field last season. Just don’t ask us about what happened in 2014. (Don’t worry, we also tweaked the model afterward to fix some of its first-year bugs.)This season, Clemson, Alabama and Michigan check in at Nos. 1-3 in playoff probability — which isn’t exactly a shock. And Washington fans shouldn’t feel too bummed about their team’s snub in the first CFP rankings. Despite placing fifth in the committee rankings, our model gives the Huskies a 47 percent probability of making the playoff, the fourth-best odds of any team, and greater than a 99 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out (though it gives the Huskies just a 25 percent chance of doing that).Of course, the model also comes with a lot of built-in uncertainty, especially at this early stage of playoff speculation. It says there’s an 84 percent chance that at least one team outside the Clemson-Alabama-Michigan-Washington quartet crashes the CFP party by season’s end — most likely Ohio State (though the Buckeyes probably need to beat Michigan on Nov. 26 to do it), Louisville, Texas A&M or Wisconsin, all of whom have a 10 percent shot or better at the playoff.Some of those teams need more help than others, however. The Buckeyes and Badgers could control their own destinies to some degree by winning out — Ohio State’s odds would be 96 percent if it ran the table, Wisconsin’s would be 74 percent if they did the same, and Texas A&M’s would be 61 percent. But Louisville’s chances at the playoff would only be 39 percent even if we knew they’d win all their games from here out. (Gaming out contingencies such as those are where the choose-your-own-scenario feature of our interactive comes in handy. Hint, hint.)Even with the perfect number of undefeated major-conference teams for a four-team playoff, the crystal ball is still pretty cloudy at this point. There’s a lot of football left to be played. But our model should at least be a useful guide for making sense of the silliness that’s surely waiting in the season’s second half.Check out our college football predictions. Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season »
Coach Urban Meyer (left), co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck (center, without helmet) and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash led the Buckeyes on the first day of spring practice March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes kicked off practice less than 2 months after winning the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer has won three national championships and led the Buckeyes to their first title in 12 years less than two months ago — and he isn’t letting up. OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said Meyer and the rest of the coaches were just as intense on the first day of spring practice as they have ever been. “They want to coach us really hard and they want to put us in those situations where we have to kind of fight a little bit,” Perry said. “They want to make sure we get the best out of everybody and we want to develop young players and make sure the older players know what they’re doing and have great leadership.”Perry, who was part of Meyer’s first recruiting class at OSU, led the Buckeyes in tackles during their title run. Another member of his recruiting class, senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, said Tuesday that Meyer’s consistency is what has led to the success of the football program at OSU. “He is the same guy. He is not going to change,” Decker said. “He will recognize guys for their efforts but he is not going to change the type of person and the type of program or the culture that we have around here.”That culture took a slight hit this offseason as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman bolted to the University of Houston for a head coaching position while running backs coach Stan Drayton accepted the same position with the NFL’s Chicago Bears.Meyer said losing a coach like Drayton worries him. “You lose a Stan Drayton who is a heck of a football coach. You worry, will there be a drop off in that room?” Meyer said. “I am going to watch it even more closely now than I ever have.”Meyer will likely also be watching over the quarterback room, which is now occupied by Tim Beck, who was hired from Nebraska to replace Herman. Meyer said the reason for bringing in coaches like Beck to replace Herman and Tony Alford from Notre Dame to replace Drayton is important because of what they can add to an already established culture.“You look at what Nebraska, the last 10 years, it’s one of the winningest programs in America. I picked their brains about some of the things they did well,” Meyer said. “Then Tony Alford came from one of the great programs, they played for a title two years ago. I try to absorb and pull information out of them.” Make no mistake, though: Meyer is committed to what OSU is doing and is sticking to it. “We have a coach’s manual that we kind of went through. There is a very detailed way we teach. The expectation level of your unit room, the culture of the program, there are three parts of the culture you are expected to know,” Meyer said. “I would have to say that’s one area I am insane about.”But while Meyer is worrying about introducing new coaches into the OSU environment, he said he is also encouraged by the coaches who have already been in the system. “Our defensive coaches … they actually led a team meeting today,” Meyer said. “Chris Ash and Luke Fickell (led it) and it was magical. You have meetings that are reactive and proactive. Reactive meetings are awful. The meeting we had today was proactive.”While the defensive coaches are starting to lead team meetings, it’s an offensive coach who received an offseason promotion. Offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was upgraded to offensive coordinator after Herman’s departure, which Decker said he was happy to see. “He deserved something like that, a promotion like that. When coach Herman told us he was leaving, I knew coach Warinner wanted that spot because he had been in that seat before,” Decker said. “I am completely confident in his ability to do that.”Warinner served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Kansas for three years before coaching for two years at Notre Dame.So with a mix of new and returning coaches, how is Meyer going to monitor his team? “That’s something I’m going to watch like a hawk,” Meyer said. “That the culture here is established now we have to just add to it not change it.”The Buckeyes are set to play their annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium before starting the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.
Spain boss Fernando Hierro is feeling confident over his side’s chances against Russia in their knockout match today due to the number of players in the squad that are capable of making the “difference”The 2010 champions have overcome a controversial start, when head coach Julen Lopetegui was dismissed two days before their opening match, to finish top of Group B following tricky encounters against Portugal, Iran and Morrocco.Next up for Spain is a last of 16 tie against Russia and the pressure will on for La Roja with many expecting them to overcome the hosts and reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, despite the fact that they have generally struggled in the group stages against lesser sides.But Hierro is feeling optimistic and insists that his players are in good shape for today’s match.“We have players that any one of them at any moment can make a difference,” said the 50-year-old, as stated on The National.“We have a lot of faith, that’s most important. The players have worked very well. My players are very fit not only physically but mentally.“We want to be positive and believe everything is going to work out well. We shouldn’t fear the unknown. Nobody knows the unknown. We have trust in our group and in our players.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“All will be settled on details. Tomorrow we’re starting a new tournament. We have to be positive, have faith in ourselves and believe things are going to turn out well. And we all are positive that it will.”Spain will be reliant on veteran players like Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique.The trio have extensive experience playing in major tournaments at both club and international level and they were a part of the World Cup-winning squad from 2010.“We know a football match is decided on the pitch,” Hierro said.“My lads are used to playing in big stadiums, with a lot pressure, playing away from home. So we have clearly in mind that whatever’s going to be achieved will be achieved on the pitch.“It’s all about tomorrow, what happens at 5pm. The rest is irrelevant. We know we’re going to play against the hosts. They’re going to be supported by the people, watching in the stands and on television. But we’re also going to have 11 million Spaniards no less watching us on television. And we want to do as best we can.”Spain will take on Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2) today.
Mohamed Salah has hinted that he will continue to represent Egypt at international after posting a cryptic social media message calling for an unspecified “change”The 26-year-old was present in the Egyptian national team at the World Cup this summer, despite nursing a shoulder injury that was sustained in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid back in May.But, despite his struggles to regain fitness in time, Salah made a comeback in Egypt’s second game against hosts Russia and managed to score twice in his two games for the national side.But even the inclusion of Salah failed to have the required impact needed for Egypt with Hector Cuper’s side having a dismal campaign in what was their first appearance in the World Cup for nearly 30 years.After their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their final Group A game, reports emerged that Salah was prepared to call time on his international career after he felt “used” by the Egyptian FA for political gain.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But, after head coach Cuper’s exit, the Pharaohs look to have received a welcome boost with Salah now suggesting that he may continue.“Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change,” he wrote on Twitter.Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018