Simona Halep wins in Montreal, beating Sloane Stephens

first_imgSimona Halep of Romania reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States to win the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Top-ranked Simona Halep outlasted third-ranked Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win her second Rogers Cup title.The 26-year-old Romanian star also won the hard-court event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal in 2016 in Montreal.ADVERTISEMENT She broke back for 2-2, but then suffered a letdown as Halep broke service twice more to take the lead. Stephens fought off three match points for one last service break before Halep closed it out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 A large Romanian contingent waving their red and yellow flags chanted Halep’s name between points. However, there were just as many pulling for Stephens in a match of two players who don’t overpower with their serve but hammer groundstrokes down the lines.“I thought I played well, I thought she played well,” Stephens said. “Obviously, in a final, you hope for matches like that — super competitive, high energy. There’s nothing more than you could hope for in a final. It’s obviously upsetting that I didn’t win, but I think I got better than the last final we played. Yeah, it’s disappointing, but I think this will help me moving forward, getting ready to go into (Cincinnati) and the U.S. Open.”A back-and-forth opening set saw Halep jump to a 4-1 lead before Stephens found the range with her forehand and broke service three times to take a 6-5 lead. The American then wasted two set points as Halep forced a tiebreaker.Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set. It was the first set Stephens lost all week.Stephens added three more breaks to take the second set, but lost her serve to open the third.ADVERTISEMENT In a rematch of Halep’s French Open final victory, she overcame Stephens in the match that had 15 service breaks. Halep has won her last six meetings with the 25-year-old American. Stephens, preparing for her U.S. Open title defense, is 0-8 against No. 1-ranked players.“I couldn’t believe that it’s over,” Halep said. “I was really tired. I feel like these tournaments, at this level, you have to have one day off between the matches. It’s really tough. It’s brutal. This week it was really tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Halep won her third title of the year and 18th overall.“Both matches were crazy good,” Halep said about the French and Rogers finals. “She makes me play better and better every time we meet each other. That’s a great thing for me. I feel like she improved in her mental (side) also. She doesn’t give up that much now. Of course, she’s a strong player. I think she’s a complex player. She has everything.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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NASSCORP Donates to ETUs

first_imgAs many more Ebola afflicted patients are now being discharged from the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the country, the management of the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP) yesterday made a huge donation to several ETU  centers in and around Monrovia.Last weekend’s donation was  part of the Corporation’s social responsibility to identify with institutions that are engaged in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).The NASSCORP management donated several bags of rice and other assorted items to the managements of the various ETUs in and around Monrovia, including the ELWA-ll and the one near the Island Clinic.NASSCORP’s Public Affairs Coordinator, David Q. Beekeh, who presented the first consignment of the items to the management of ELWA-ll treatment center, said those materials were part of the entity’s board of directors and management way of identifying with people that are being afflicted by the EVD as well as medical practitioners who are catering to them at the various ETUs.The donation by the NASSCORP coincided with this year’s Thanksgiving ceremony.  The Corporation thought the gesture was in line with one of her slogans, “Social Security Touches the Life of Everyone.”“Consignments presented during this Thanksgiving Day are part of what the Corporation started doing already since the outbreak commenced, thus signifying to our many customers and Liberians in general that our our determination to touch the lives of those afflicted by this devastating situation,” Mr. Beekeh declared.He presented the consignment to the manager of ELWA-ll ETU, Nathaniel K. DeVillie.The items are intended for the sick, so that they may eat and get well. He promised that the Corporation would bring more other items whenever the need arises. The NASSCORP management yesterday made similar donations to ETU authorities at  the Island Clinic on Bushrod Island.Items presented included nutrient-rich cartoons of biscuits, several 25 kg bags of rice, packages of canned food, juices and sacks of mineral water, etc.  ELWA Devillie’s expressed gratitude to NASSCORP on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) and the management of ELWA-ll for the gesture.According to him, the items represent some of the essential materials the ETU  managements needed to administer to the patients to fast-track their recovery processes, especially the water to replace lost fluids. Mr. Devillie has meanwhile disclosed that as of last  Wednesday, November 5, the center had discharged 19 patients, among them, women and children, as well as the elderly males.“The Ebola situation was getting better. This means we are getting better by reducing Ebola cases. He welcomed this development, he said, because  doctors and nurses themselves were all getting afraid, in the midst of the stigmas from the outside,” Mr. Devillie asserted as he beamed a smile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Village Girl

first_imgTucked away in Jenay Wenay, a small village on the outskirts of Grand Cape Mount County, is eight year-old Siatta Massaley, another Ebola survivor and orphan. Wearing a look of grief, loneliness and despair on her sad face, Siatta prefers sitting silently in her corner of pain rather then playing as any normal child would.Villagers in Siatta’s town say the child has seen more than her little heart can handle and that she’s not alone in her depression.According to Jenay Wenay’s assistant town chief Moumou S. Massaley, there are over 150 Ebola orphans nestled in the care of various people who are trying to help.“We have many children who either lost a parent or both parents. In fact, many of our relatives from the Massaley family lost their lives to Ebola. All in all, we lost 45 people to Ebola and each left behind their child” he added.Jenneh Massaley, one of the two wives that Siatta’s father traditionally married, says Siatta’s father went to Monrovia after the family was infected with Ebola and has yet to return back to the village.“It was my mate, Siatta’s mother, who had Ebola and passed it on to Siatta, my grandson Fasisu Kaiwe, my husband and myself. Siatta contracted Ebola because she was the one cleaning all of our vomit when we were sick in the house,” Jenneh added.Upon hearing her story being explained to this paper, Siatta placed her sweatshirt hood over her head as if to hide from what she was hearing and from the memories.According to Jenneh, who says she survived Ebola as well, Siatta and her family went through days of hiding, weeks of being in the hospital and now find themselves trying to grasp what happened to them.“Siatta is hurting. We lost Fasisu who was only six years old and Siatta’s mother. The child is seriously traumatized as you can see and I’m appealing for help in bringing her back to life,” Jenneh pleaded.Meanwhile, Siatta, who held back tears, moved about on the porch slowly while pacing back and forth as her stepmother recalled a day in December 2014.“After Siatta’s mother became ill, Siatta did all the cleaning up after her. Then her father fell ill and passed it on to me. My grandson Fasisu was sleeping with Siatta and myself and that’s how he became ill with the virus,” she added,”After Siatta’s mother died and we all became ill, I ran away from our village with the two children and went into Monrovia to seek treatment. Anywhere we went, they refused us and because of that, I had to hide with the kids sometimes in dark places like garages and so on,” she said.According to Jenneh, contact tracers from Cape Mount alerted officials that she had escaped along with two sick children, one being on the verge of death.“We were so sick and unable to get help on our own. Luckily a contact tracer traced us in a garage after residents there told them that we were lying there for two days. We were lucky enough to get help and were taken to the ETU on December 6, 2014 and released on the 20th. Fasisu, my baby, my poor grandson didn’t make it.  He died there two days after we were admitted,” she tearfully said.Meanwhile, Jenay Wenay has seen much devastation since Ebola hit its tightly knit village in the past three months.Presently, Jenay Wenay has no livestock, crops or drinking water in the village. After taking a tour of three of its farms which were once run by many who have since passed from Ebola, empty rice fields now filled with grass and bushes are all that’s left.“Our main market that generates the most money was closed down by the government months ago and should be opening by the time this story is published. We were asked to stop mining gold and other things that involved too much physical contact,” Moumou added.” Because of not being able to get money from the mining and so on, we had to abandon our farms and some of the farm owners died from Ebola,” he said.While Jenay Wenay has been secluded from all activity, the town says there has not been a single case of Ebola since January, which doesn’t hide the fact that there is a lot of infrastructure and rehabilitation needed in its village.And while residents wait for things to fall back into place, Siatta silently sits and waits for what more might happen.“I’m only looking forward to school opening, that’s all,” she shrugged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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EIGHT JOBS LOST WITH SUDDEN CLOSURE OF LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP

first_imgAt least eight jobs have been lost following the closure of well-known local car dealership Murray Motors in Manorcunningham.Murray Motors in Manor closed on Friday.Staff at the Opel dealership were told of its closure on Friday.Locals have reacted with shock at the news of the closure of the business which was opened in 1964. Many local families bought many of their cars through the friendly family-run dealership.A well as the eight people employed by Murrays, members of the Murray have also lost positions at the company.Local councillors Liam Doherty and Paul Canning said the closure of the business will be another blow to the area including the loss of the jobs.  EIGHT JOBS LOST WITH SUDDEN CLOSURE OF LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car dealershipdonegalmanorcunninghamMurray Motorslast_img read more

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HALLOWEEN MADNESS AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Management at Sister Sara’s is gearing for another weekend of Halloween madness with some sensational entertainment.A student themed night kicks off the festivities on Wednesday, then there’s the Karaoke favourite on a Friday night. On Saturday night – it’s Halloween with prizes for the best dressed on the night and some superb promotional offers available throughout.Then on Sunday it’s a jukebox special behind the bar.Make sure you drop into Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub SISTER SARA’S this weekend.HALLOWEEN MADNESS AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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IS GREASE THE WORD FOR YOU? AUDITIONS FOR HIT MUSICAL

first_imgASPIRING and experienced actors and singers aged sixteen years and over are invited to attend auditions for the hit musical ‘Grease’ in Ballybofey.The Butt Drama Circle will host the auditions in the Balor Theatre on Saturday May 7, from 10am and will consist of three parts – Singing, dancing and acting.Auditionees will, as a group, take part in a dance workshop led by choreographer, Zara Gillespie, and then do a reading of a scene or two from the script with director Caroline Bell. Finally, all girls are asked to prepare for the song ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, and for boys to prepare ‘Sandy’. Both songs are from the show and can be found for rehearsal online.While there is an age limit of 16 and over, it should be noted that there are a variety of parts for adults in the show, so those of a certain vintage are more than welcome to audition.The show will run from Tuesday, August 9, at the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, for a number of dates which will be confirmed shortly.For further information, email GreaseAuditions16@gmail.com IS GREASE THE WORD FOR YOU? AUDITIONS FOR HIT MUSICAL was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auditionsdonegalGREASElast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14 GIRLS FACE NAOMH PADRAIG IN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgFour Masters GAA News: U14 Girls: Best of luck to the U14 girls tomorrow evening in the final against Naomh Padraig (Muff) in Convoy at 7pm. All support welcome. Best of luck to Karl Lacey and the Donegal team against Monaghan on Saturday.Congatulations to the U10 Girls that took part in the football blitz on Saturday in Ballybofey.Congratulations to the U10 Boys and Girls who took part in the hurling blitz on Sunday in Convoy.Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot €1500 in week 49 of the 2015/16 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday the 20th of June. The €25 winners in the lucky dip were Cathal Mc Gonagle, Ballyboyle, Nicola and Barry Dunnion, Mountcharles, Conor Cawdwell, Doonan, Ciaran Meehan,Drimore Mouncharles. The Numbers drawn were 11, 16,17, and 21. Congratulations to all winners. The next draw will take place on the 27th of June.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14 GIRLS FACE NAOMH PADRAIG IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: June 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more

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Liverpool star: ‘Alisson was starting most of our passing moves’

first_img possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Alisson made his debut on Saturday highlights “From day one he settled in quite quickly.“I think everyone knew from his first interview he spoke very good English so the settling-in period is over for him and I think he is very much part of the squad.“Today he looked at home, he looked comfortable and when he was called upon he made the saves he had to make, so long may that continue and that will give him more confidence than he has already got and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the season ahead.” Robertson against Napoli Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Andy Robertson was struck by Alisson’s passing ability during his Liverpool debut against Napoli on Saturday.The world’s most expensive goalkeeper featured in the Reds’ emphatic 5-0 victory over the Italians in Dublin. possible xi How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2center_img NEW ERA gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Alisson’s clean-sheet was hardly threatened, however his distribution was notably impressive according to Robertson.“All goalkeepers are different so it takes a bit of time but today will help the defence and help him know how we play as well,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com after the game.“I thought he looked very comfortable and I think we adapted to him quite easily.“He was very comfortable on the ball five minutes in and it meant we could show for it and he was starting most of our play, so it was a very good performance from him, but overall the squad performed very well today. smart causal 2last_img read more

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WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL PRIEST CELEBRATES HIS BIG 5-0 – IN PICTURES!

first_imgWell-known Letterkenny priest Fr Eamonn Kelly celebrated his 50th birthday in style last night.The much loved cleric started the night with a beautiful mass at St.Eunan’s Cathedral. The night then moved to the Mount Errigal Hotel for a concert and a dance which saw hundreds of people turned up to wish FrKelly congratulations.Many thanks to Tony Duffy for the pictures.WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL PRIEST CELEBRATES HIS BIG 5-0 – IN PICTURES! was last modified: September 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:50th birthdayFr Eamonn KellyletterkennySt Eunanslast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Advances To 2015 Lady Rebel Round-Up Title Game

first_img Box Score (HTML) LAS VEGAS – Four players scored double figures as the Drake University women’s basketball team held off Tulsa, 91-80, in the first game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up Saturday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The win improved Drake to 5-0 overall as it moves on to face the tournament host, UNLV also at 5-0, Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the tournament title game. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first double-double of 2015, all 10 of rebounds came in the second half and included three offensive boards. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) recorded her first career double double-with 14 points and 12 doubles. Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) chipped in 17 points. Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) posted a solid stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds, seven rebounds and two steals. Tulsa (1-4) was led in scoring by Ashley Clark’s game-high 22 points. “Tulsa is a great team and they exposed us in a lot of areas today and they are a team we haven’t seen yet, who are very athletically and push the tempo,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “But I’m so proud of our overall today and this is another great team win for us.” The game featured nine lead changes and seven ties as both teams had leads in the final two quarters. However, it was Drake who grabbed hold of the game after the seventh tie when Clark knocked down a jumper to make the score 72-72. Rhine followed with a layup and senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) knocked down a three. Tulsa later pulled within two points with 4:06 to play, but the Bulldogs outscored the Golden Hurricane, 12-3, to close the game and hold on for the win. The opening two quarters were polar opposites for the Bulldogs as they raced out of the gates, scoring a season-best 31 points in the first quarter. Drake was excellent with ball distribution as it had 12 baskets and 11 assists in the quarter. Tulsa bounced back in the second quarter outscoring Drake, 22-13, as the Golden Hurricane got as close as three points. However, Wendell answered with a three-pointer with seven seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 44-38 lead at halftime. Wendell led the Bulldogs with 11 points while Dean and Rhine chipped in 10 and eight points, respectively. Drake and UNLV are meeting for just third time with the last matchup taking place in 1983. The Lady Rebels have won both previous meetings.  Print Friendly Version Next Game: Preview at UNLV 11/29/2015 – 4:30 Story Linkscenter_img Box Score (PDF) Listen Live Live Stats ESPN 1350 Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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