Serena may lack intimidation factor when she returns on tour, says Evert

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Evert said standards in women’s tennis had risen this year since Williams stepped off the tour, warning that the 36-year-old would be returning to a more competitive environment.“I think that this whole year, the level has gone up because Serena hasn’t been dominant and the other players have all felt that they had a shot at it, at the number one ranking,” Evert said, speaking in her role as an ambassador for this month’s WTA Finals in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think that because of that challenge, they have improved in the physical and the mental part of it because they’ve all had a shot at it and they’ve pushed each other and that’s why there have been so many different winners. So I think the level will have improved by the time Serena comes back.”Since Williams’ last match –- January’s Australian Open final against her sister Venus –- Jelena Ostapenko was a surprise winner of the French Open, Garbine Muguruza triumphed at Wimbledon and Sloane Stephens capped a brilliant return from injury to lift the US Open trophy. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Muguruza, the current number one, have all held the top ranking this season, and Russia’s Maria Sharapova is back on the scene after returning from a 15-month drug ban.Asian upsets“There’s so many things we don’t know about Serena, how it’s going to feel to her being a mother coming back, is it going to distract her, is it going to motivate her more?” Evert said.“Or how being a mother emotionally will pull at her and will it take her away from tennis? There’s so many elements here that we don’t know about Serena and her comeback,” she said, adding: “I think the other players have gotten better and I think they’re not going to be as intimidated when Serena comes back.”Evert also dismissed concerns about the WTA Tour’s ‘Asian swing’, where top players have suffered a series of upsets as the season draws to a close — including at last week’s Wuhan Open, where only one seed reached the semi-finals.ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort ‘lends’ Franz to Adamson Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games United States’ Serena Williams.  AP FILE PHOTONew mother Serena Williams will lack some of her trademark intimidation factor when she returns to tennis, US great Chris Evert told AFP, warning that the 23-time Grand Slam-winner may find her comeback tough.Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl in September, has said she’s planning to defend her title at the Australian Open in January –- just four-and-a-half months after becoming a mother.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “This has been an issue that’s been ongoing as long as tennis has existed, and that is the fact that it’s such a physical, mental and emotional sport that by the time you get around to the end of the year… it’s understandable that players are starting to feel the effects,” she said.“It has nothing to do with the Asian swing, you can find it in the men’s too,” Evert added. “The fact of the matter is, in the beginning of the year you’re rested and sharp and it’s a big year, with a lot of depth in the game and you’re getting a lot more tough matches than previous eras.“So you really have to manage your schedule so that when it comes around to the fall, you want to be feeling fit and sharp and not injured. But that’s about managing the whole year, it’s not just about the Asian circuit.” View commentslast_img read more

Meb runs final NYC Marathon to cheers, collapsing at finish

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Meb is Meb. There’s nobody quite like him,” she said. “It’s been a joy getting to know him through our sport. If this is in fact his last marathon, he’ll continue to be very involved in the sport at every level.”The face of American long-distance running, who became more familiar through Skechers shoe commercials, says he’ll coach, run as a pacer and work with youth through his MEB Foundation.“The marathon, you can’t act it,” he said. “From Mile 1 all the way, you have to get there somehow. That’s what life is. I hope I’ve been a good ambassador of the sport.” Read Next “What a day for America,” Keflezighi said. “I heard she won at 24 (miles). I think I did a jump with both hands in the air.”NYC marathon race director Peter Ciaccia called this “the Mebathon.” He surpassed the great Grete Waitz of Norway with his 11th appearance here. Throughout his career, Keflezighi has produced eight top-10 finishes in New York.Five days after the bike path terror attack killed eight people near the World Trade Center, more than 50,000 runners from 125 countries and all 50 states ran through the various ethnic neighborhoods of the five boroughs.Keflezighi was ahead at Mile 7. He wound up about five minutes behind winner Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya.Keflezighi’s dramatic victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon came a year after the deadly bombings there. He triumphantly broke the tape with the names of three victims and a slain police officer written on his bib, finishing in a personal-best time of 2:08:37.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meb Keflezighi of the United States approaches the finish line of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Meb Keflezighi left it all on the course in his final New York City Marathon, blowing kisses and giving the thumbs-up to the adoring crowds in Central Park before collapsing at the finish line.Wearing his signature “MEB” bib, the 42-year-old Keflezighi led the pack early and finished 11th on Sunday in his 26th and final marathon in the city where he made his 2002 debut.ADVERTISEMENT Race officials, his wife and young daughters lifted him off the pavement after a 26.2-mile effort that lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes, 29 seconds.“It was a beautiful victory lap to be up in the front,” said Keflezighi, whose goal was to finish in the top 10. “Emotions get to you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMore than 70 friends and family were on hand to witness the final bow of the only runner to win an Olympic medal and the New York and Boston marathons. Keflezighi became a U.S. citizen in 1998, a decade after his family left war-torn Eritrea.In 2009, he became the first American man since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the NYC marathon. On Sunday, his friend Shalane Flanagan of Boston became the first American woman in 40 years to win the event. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He was part of healing Boston after the bombings,” Flanagan said. “His performance meant the world to me and to the people who helped raise me. So today, I thought, just be like Meb.”Keflezighi was brought to tears this week upon hearing he’d receive the Abebe Bikila Award. It’s for outstanding contribution to the sport of distance running, handed out by the New York Road Runners.“Growing up without television, electricity or running water, probably the first athlete I ever heard about was Abebe Bikila,” he said. “The second athlete was Pele.”Keflezighi and his family immigrated to Italy and then San Diego to escape Eritrea’s war of independence from Ethiopia. Bikila, a two-time Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, set a world record while running barefoot in the 1960 Rome Games.“Sports were something, when I didn’t speak a word of English, it got me the thumbs-up,” said Keflezighi about his teen track performances in the U.S. “It’s self-esteem, that you belong to something.”A four-time NCAA title winner primarily in the 5K and 10K at UCLA, he vowed his first NYC marathon would be his last after hitting the wall in mile 21. But Keflezighi’s long-distance career took off when he won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first U.S. man since Frank Shorter in 1976 to win a medal in the marathon.He broke his hip at the U.S. Olympic trials in 2007 in Central Park, a race where friend and training partner Ryan Shay collapsed and died of a heart attack. He followed that sadness with a 2009 NYC Marathon win.Keflezighi is one of 10 children who maximized their potential in the United States, becoming doctors, lawyers, nurses and engineers.“My dad first taught me that hard work beats everything and never judge a book by its cover,” he said. “You do the best you can do, get the best out of yourself. Sports, Nelson Mandela says, unites us more than anything else.”Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won gold at the first women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, says Keflezighi has left a “unique legacy.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Perkins arrives to Phoenix practice way before call time, but still not the earliestlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ask Arsenal boss Emery about Rabiot

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona ask Arsenal boss Emery about Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken to Barcelona chief Eric Abidal about Adrien Rabiot.Barca are chasing the PSG midfielder, who is off contract in June and Abidal has sought the opinion of Emery on the player, says AS.Emery worked with Rabiot for two years as PSG coach and had only positive things to say.Abidal is keen on signing the France international, though also has alternative midfield transfer targets under consideration.Arsenal have also been linked, though given Emery’s willingness to recommend Rabiot does suggest he isn’t a genuine target for the Gunners. last_img read more

9 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesiasby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA raft of Premier League clubs are eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias.La Vanguardia says Leicester City, Wolves and Crystal Palace are all keen on the forward.Iglesias’ contract carries a €28m buyout clause.For now, Espanyol are yet to field any offers for Iglesias, though are aware of the English speculation.Espanyol’s record transfer is €20m for Gerard Moreno when he was sold to Villarreal. last_img read more

Alabama 5-Star RB Commit Damien Harris Responds To Twitter Hater, “We’ll Still Beat Tennessee”

first_imgThe week of National Signing Day is not a good time for a recruit to be on Twitter. This is typically when the trolls will be at their most frivolous, telling 17-and-18-year-old prospects how dumb they are for deciding to attend a certain university. A Tennessee fan, @ChooChooTrain00, spent much of Friday morning tweeting at five-star running back Damien Harris, an Alabama commit. The user criticized Harris’ decision to play for the Crimson Tide, telling him he’ll be riding the bench for the duration of his career in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Harris decided to respond to the hater, letting him know what will happen when Alabama faces his beloved Volunteers. @DHx34 thats what it will feel like workin that bama bench for 4 years. U got about 6 5 star rb and 5 5 star athletes ahead of you.— Shua Johnson (@ChooChooTrain00) February 6, 2015This is Harris’ response, which he later deleted. Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 1.52.42 PMAlabama has defeated Tennessee eight years in a row. The Crimson Tide and the Volunteers will meet this fall on Oct. 24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.last_img read more

JK Rowling Announces Charity eBook Publication Of The Tales Of Beedle The

first_imgJK Rowling has issued an online message to let readers in the digital world know about the eBook publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and encourage them to support the vital work of Lumos.Video: J.K. Rowling Announces eBook version of The Tales of Beedle The Bard to Benefit LumosAnd a moving animation about the work of Lumos, narrated by J.K. Rowling, is available for the first time today.Video: J.K. Rowling: This is LumosThe Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizarding fairy tales mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book of the series. J.K. Rowling originally produced an edition of seven handwritten, illustrated manuscripts. In 2007, one was offered at public auction and sold for £1.95 million, setting a record auction price for any modern literary manuscript.Following public demand ‘Beedle’ was published in hardback in 2008 and became the fastest selling book of the year. To date both the auction copy and the published book have raised over £18 million for Lumos.Eight million children globally live in large institutions that deny them individual love and care, can damage their brain development and destroy their understanding of right and wrong.Less than 10% of these children are orphans. Most have families who love them and want them, but they are separated because of poverty or discrimination. When they grow into adults, they struggle to cope in society. Research shows they are: 10 times more likely than their peers to be involved in prostitution 20 times more likely to have a criminal record 500 times more likely to commit suicideLumos works at every level, from international decision makers to individual children, to transform outdated systems. Institutions are replaced with family and community based services, so that all children can have a real chance of a childhood and a future. J.K.Rowling is the Founder and Chair of Lumos.To find out more about the charity, click here.The eBook The Tales of Beedle the Bard price £3.99 is available from the Pottermore Shop.last_img read more

Quality assurance for autonomous systems

Citation: Quality assurance for autonomous systems (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Developing standardised testing methodsTo be able to test an autonomous car at all, you have to let it drive for some 200 million kilometres. In comparison, with traditional cars you need 10,000 or 20,000 kilometres. Against the background of virtual tests, which are a viable alternative, autonomous cars as well as self-learning and adaptive systems in general raise some big questions: What scenarios will take place at all? How will they be combined with each other? And in particular: regarding a system that has constantly learnt and adapted itself, when do you know that it has been sufficiently tested and when can you issue a guarantee for this?In the framework of the CD lab, researchers will also apply themselves to the question as to how the system can find its way out of unfavourable scenarios independently. Wotawa: “We have to know in what framework an autonomous cyber-physical system works, for instance what absolutely must not be allowed to happen. And when that worst-case scenario does happen, how the system can be safeguarded so that it will take measures to pull itself out of this violation of conditions as soon as possible.” Such a violation in the case of an autonomous car, for instance, would be when the car wants to brake or accelerate, but the sensors report that the tyres have not reacted. “The system must not only immediately recognise that something has happened, it’s also an urgent question of how it reacts.”But even outside the automotive industry, quality assurance measures for software of interacting electronic systems, whether for communication, data transfer or monitoring, are in demand now. Franz Wotawa emphasises: “The example of autonomous driving is an application case for us in which we can illustrate our very theoretical work in the context of the CD lab. There are many other applications of cyber-physical systems which have nothing to do with autonomous driving, for instance Smart Production, the Internet of Things (IoT) with its digital business models and robotics.” BlackBerry, Baidu announce autonomous vehicle partnership The cooperation of many years between AVL and the Christian Doppler Society has allowed the company to deepen its knowledge of technologies and methods and thus to expand its product portfolio. Mihai Nica, contact and research partner of AVL, confirms: “To bring autonomous vehicles to market, the industry needs new verification approaches from the field of informatics and software. The challenge lies in defining a testing programme which could safeguard such self-driving software-driven systems with respect to all critical traffic situations.” In this sense, the CD lab complements AVL’s further research activities in the field of quality assurance measures for autonomous vehicles. The team of the latest CD laboratory at TU Graz (from left): Florian Klück, Nour Chetouane, laboratory manager Franz Wotawa, Bernhard Peischl and Martin Zimmermann. Credit: Lunghammer – TU Graz Franz Wotawa, Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Methods for Quality Assurance of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems at TU Graz. Credit: Lunghammer – TU Graz This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Cyber-physical systems combine electronics, software and mechanics. They are highly complex, and in addition to many application possibilities, raises a whole range of issues. They are dependent on error-free software, and the issue of proven quality assurance thus becomes increasingly urgent. Using the example of autonomous vehicles, a team from TU Graz’s Institute of Software Engineering together with AVL List GmbH will develop methodologies for quality assurance in such systems in the framework of the “Christian Doppler Laboratory for Quality Assurance Methodologies for Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems.” The official starting shot for this currently seventh active CD lab of TU Graz sounded in the Assembly Hall of TU Graz yesterday, 3rd April 2018. Provided by Graz University of Technology The Christian Doppler lab has been conceived for a duration of seven years. The Christian Doppler Society and the corporate partner will provide two million euros, with half of this coming from the public sector. The most important funding body is the Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise for which CD labs count among the most important instruments at the interface between science and the economy.Economics ministry promotes basic research and innovation”Whether autonomous vehicles or Industry 4.0, to ensure that digitalisation works, its systems and applications must be secure,” stressed Dr. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs. “This CD lab is making an important contribution to this and at the same time will strengthen competitiveness of the corporate partner. Not only all those involved but in the final analysis the whole of society will benefit from the new answers to the challenges of digitalisation.””MOT certificate’ for autonomous systems softwareThere are still a number of hurdles for autonomous vehicles, from technical feasibility and legal issues to general acceptance by the population. From the point of view of the automotive industry, the question of guaranteeing safety is paramount. Franz Wotawa, head of the new CD lab explains: “Boldly stated: a traditional car has to go for a regular inspection and receives an MOT certificate (certificate of road worthiness). In an autonomous car, the software is itself an element which must fulfill high-quality criteria and be certified itself. Standardised inspection procedures are necessary for this. We now want to develop methods and techniques for this quality assurance in the CD lab together with AVL using autonomous driving as an application case, but also which would be valid in an extended sense for all cyber-physical systems.” Explore further read more