Monday, September 1, 2014

Federer shines in New York rain

FEDERER-ADVANCES NEW YORK, September 1- Five-time champion Roger Federer sat out a two-hour break for torrential rain to race into the US Open fourth round on Sunday on a stormy, humid New York day which saw David Ferrer crash to defeat.

Second-seeded Federer, the champion between 2004-2008, came back from a set down to defeat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 by racing away with 20 of the last 24 games of the match which had been interrupted due to rain and the threat of lightning.

Federer, bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years, clinched his 70th win at the tournament on the back of 57 winners and 13 aces.

But the 33-year-old had struggled in the first set where he slipped to 2-5 down against the world number 42 before he grasped welcome respite in the locker room to sit out the storm.

“It was a good match and I managed to turn it around as Marcel was on fire at the start,” said Federer.

“The break helped me and when I came back I played some great tennis. The conditions were windy and quick at the start but when we got back it was humid and that played in my favour.”

Federer will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the quarter-finals.

Gilles Simon sent Spanish fourth seed Ferrer crashing to his earliest US Open defeat in five years with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.

The 26th seeded Simon capitalised on the 52 unforced errors of the 32-year-old Ferrer, a semi-finalist in 2007 and 2012, who appeared to struggle physically towards the end of their third-round clash.

Simon goes on to face Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, for a place in the quarter-finals in a clash of two men who both missed the 2013 US Open.

- Monfils wins all-French affair -

Simon was back in France for the birth of his second child while Cilic was serving out a doping ban.

The wiry 29-year-old Frenchman admitted he was delighted to have got the better of Ferrer against whom he had lost five times in six meetings.

“He destroyed me five times before,” said Simon, one of five Frenchmen to reach the third round.

“So I just tried to stay loose and relaxed and enjoy myself on court. But I am tired. The weather forecast said it would be cooler today but it didn’t feel like it.”

Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, beat Georgian-born Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and next plays Dominic Thiem of Austria, the youngest player in the top 50 at just 20.

Thiem, who turns 21 on Wednesday, reached his first Grand Slam last-16 with an impressive 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over left-handed serve-and-volleyer Feliciano Lopez of Spain who is 12 years his senior.

“It’s my first US Open. I love to play at night and everything went well tonight,” said Thiem.

Gael Monfils, the 20th seed, celebrated his 28th birthday a day early by sweeping past French Davis Cup teammate Richard Gasquet, the 12th seed, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 despite his protests that the damp Louis Armstrong court was too treacherous to play on.

It was Monfils’ third win this year over his compatriot.

Monfils, who made the quarter-finals in 2010, will face either Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, who had never won a match in New York in three appearances before this year, or Belgium’s David Goffin, the world 56.

Goffin had also never won a match in New York before this year and he comes into the event buoyed by a recent maiden title in Kitzbuhel and a quarter-final run at Winston-Salem where he had to qualify.

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Apparent Hollywood hack attack nabs stars’ nude pix

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported. “It’s so weird and hard how people take your privacy away from you,” Lawrence said in a tweet on Sunday. The actress’ agent, meanwhile, vowed to take […]

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

China announces national ‘Martyrs’ Day’

BEIJING, September 1- Chinese lawmakers have approved a national day to commemorate people who died in wars resisting foreign invaders, state media reported, at a time when Beijing remains at loggerheads with Tokyo over territory and history. The country’s top legislature on Sunday declared September 30 as Martyrs’ Day, which will be marked “with events […]

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Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

LAGOS, September 1- Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers. Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding […]

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Men can also have headaches


(OYUNGA PALA) It is generally assumed that men cannot wait to get it off. Girls grow up with the notion that men have to be resisted because that is all men think about is sex. But not all men are built alike. There are some guys who do not seem the least bit interested in sex and would rather watch a good movie. It gets even more frightening when the man is a partner and he seems to always come up with one excuse or the other for avoiding lovemaking. Well, here is the thing. Men can also have headaches.

Why would a gentleman who treats you okay keep finding something more pressing to attend to even when the woman makes it absolutely clear that she is horny. What’s his problem? Doesn’t he find me attractive? Is he cheating on me? Is he gay! Not necessarily.

As men get older and as result more eligible as steady partners, they start to get more discerning about their sexual partners. Experience they say is the best teacher and sex can be quite the chore when compatibility is lacking.

Boring sex is a mood killer. Too many good looking women spend a great deal of effort on their outward appearance but tend to make no investment in lovemaking skills. After a long winded chase, a man takes a woman home to discover that he carted an Egyptian mummy to bed. Boring sex is like a slow puncture, diffusing progressively all the passion and desire in a relationship.

Another factor that kills desire is the power games some women play. A man comes home after a long and stressful day at the office. All he wants is a hot meal, some down time in front of the TV and possibly a little tenderness between the sheets afterwards. He walks through the door and meets a confrontational woman with 101 questions to ask, “Where were you?” It is depressing and to expect him to be interested in make-up sex afterwards is presumptuous.

Too many women are socialized to believe that a man must plead and beg before he gets even a peek. It works in high school but in grown up circles, the level of runaround gets old. When a woman takes on an entitled position, treating sex as a privilege that she controls, it drives men away. When he realizes that sex is totally dependent on his wife’s mood he will get tired of negotiating and find a plan B and sometimes, it as innocent as making his work his mistress.

Then there is performance pressure. Imagine a 70 year old man trying to keep spirited 22 year old happy. It is heart stopping affair. The pressure to please and scale heights until toes curl can get intimidating. Sexually aggressive women scare guys off. The reasons could also be psychological. The embarrassment of erectile dysfunction and men who feel that they are not adequately equipped. Somewhere along the growth path, a man had shown up in bed all set and ready and the girl of the moment had laughed off his equipment. That sort of dismissal cuts deep and it would takes years to get over the trauma of inadequacy.

The reason a lot of attached or married men prefer to masturbate is because it comes with guarantees and is usually drama free. Guys learn quickly that is no such thing as free things in life. Sex can turn a potentially easy relationship into an ego contest leading to unplanned parenthood with an alimony bill attached to it.

Mostly though, the reason men avoid sex is simply because he is just not that into you.

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Tom Hanks designs typewriting app


Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has turned his hand to technology, creating and launching a design app that recreates the feeling of using a typewriter on an iPad.


The star, who has long been an advocate of the humble manual writing machine, joined with Hitcents to create the “Hanx Writer.”

Inspired by vintage typewriters

The app designs were inspired by three of the actor’s vintage machines and the concept features both tactile and audio elements. Each of the ‘typewriters’ available has a different typeface, with three unique fonts on offer in total.

“With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with shook shook or fitt-fitt,” explains Hanks.

Texts created using the app can be emailed, printed and shared. There are three options available – the Hanx Prime Select, which is free, the Hanx 707 and the Hanx Golden Touch, whch cost €2.69 (around R40, Ksh 400) each.

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Wenger defends mis-firing Sanogo

SANOGO-SANCHEZ LEICESTER, September 1- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Yaya Sanogo’s struggles in front of goal are becoming an increasing problem, but refused to offer any guarantees he will delve into the transfer market for a new striker.

Sanogo, yet to score in any of his 17 competitive outings since his arrival from Auxerre last year following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, provided little evidence to suggest he is a ready-made replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud.

“When you are 21 and play up front and don’t score it is very quickly a problem,” said Wenger.

“I don’t think that problem will last very long but when you have the chance to play for Arsenal and you don’t score it is a problem.

“He tried very hard. You can say he didn’t score, yes. Is it on his mind? Of course. He is a striker and scored many goals as a young player.”

One potential solution is no longer available after Loic Remy completed a switch to rivals Chelsea from QPR on Sunday.

But Wenger has refused to raise hopes that he is about to repeat last year’s significant spending on deadline-day, when Mesut Ozil was recruited for £42.5 million (53.7m euros, $70.5m).

“The solution (for the fans) every time you don’t win a game is to buy somebody,” he said. “They have to trust us to buy the best possible solution.

“Why did Manchester city not beat Stoke? They have plenty of strikers. Football is a team sport, not an individual one.

“I don’t like to promise what 100 percent doesn’t only depend on me. We can talk and talk. Even if we sign someone or not could we win today (Sunday) without anybody? Yes.”

Within two minutes Leonardo Ulloa cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s first Barclays Premier League goal and the Foxes were good value for their point on what proved a frustrating afternoon for Wenger, whose side remain unbeaten on five points but lost ground at the top of the table.

Allowed time and space by his marker Laurent Koscielny — still rattled by a heavy aerial collision with Jeffrey Schlupp shortly before which had required the all clear from the club doctor for him to continue — Ulloa could pick his spot, heading inside the left post.

“If he wasn’t injured, we wouldn’t have conceded the goal,” Wenger said. “I was told he could come back on but, after that, he asked to come off. He was not concussed but there was an open wound on top of the head.”

Foxes manager Nigel Pearson insisted there still more to come from his team, but is satisfied with their start after picking up points against the Gunners and Everton either side of a defeat to Chelsea.

“It’s frustrating for us to have not won a game yet but I have seen encouraging signs,” Pearson said. “We created a number of good opportunities again and we have been putting out opponents under pressure.

“I think we have played better, but we showed flashes. You can’t go into the Premier League being tight all the time, you have to create opportunities.”

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Liverpool back to their best, Rodgers

BALOTELLI-GERRARD LONDON, September 1- Brendan Rodgers warned Liverpool’s title rivals that his team are back in the groove after they marked Mario Balotelli’s debut with a scintillating 3-0 win at Tottenham.

Balotelli was supposed to steal the spotlight on his return to the Premier League, but the flamboyant Italy striker had to play second fiddle to new team-mates Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson on Sunday.

Sterling scored Liverpool’s opening goal early in the first half and delivered a sparkling display at the top of the midfield diamond formation Rodgers employed to overwhelm Tottenham’s fragile defence.

Balotelli’s strike partner Sturridge was a constant menace, while Henderson covered almost every blade of grass in midfield in a typically energetic showing.

Second half goals from Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno sealed the rout, capping the kind of vibrant performance that became Liverpool’s hallmark as they went within touching distance of winning the Premier League last season before Steven Gerrard’s crucial slip against Chelsea gifted the title to Manchester City.

Now, despite the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Rodgers’s team look to have got over last season’s title race meltdown and the Reds boss believes they will be among the main contenders to win the English crown once again.

“I thought we were excellent. It was an outstanding performance,” Rodgers said.

“We have risen to every challenge since I’ve been here. It was the same last year when people wondered if we could keep it up. The beauty of this group is they are very humble.

“We clicked back to where we were last season. That was good to see, I think people will enjoy watching us this season.”

- Vast talent -

Balotelli offered glimpses of his vast talent with some neat combinations with Sterling and Sturridge during his 61-minute debut, but Rodgers knows the former AC Milan forward has much more to offer once he gets comfortable at Anfield.

He impressed Rodgers with his willingness to tackle the defensive side of the game, even marking at a corner for the first time in his career according to the Reds boss.

But the temperamental Balotelli’s current place in the Liverpool hierarchy was underlined when the Reds were awarded a second half penalty.

Balotelli — something of a spot-kick expert — might have hoped to be given the chance to score his first goal, but captain Steven Gerrard is Rodgers’ preferred penalty taker and he swept his shot past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before exchanging a joke with his new striker.

“He’s scored 26 and only missed one, so he’s got every right to be asking about taking penalties. But Steven Gerrard is an excellent penalty taker and he showed great composure again,” Rodgers said.

“Mario’s a good guy. If you take away some of the circus that surrounds him and treat him like an adult, it’ll bring the best out of him.

“He’s now at an age where he has to show maturity and I’m giving him responsibility.”

While Rodgers was keen to accentuate the positive with Balotelli, he reserved special praise for 19-year-old England midfielder Sterling.

“We’ve tried to develop Raheem into a player that can start inside and also play wide. You’ve seen the flexibility from him today,” Rodgers said.

“It’s important for me they have that intelligence to play in a number of systems. For a kid of 19, he is excellent.”

Ironically, Sterling fluffed his chance to score an early contender for goal of the season when his dribble past four defenders ended with a woeful finish, prompting Rodgers to joke: “Raheem ran into the box like (Tottenham legend) Ricky Villa and finished it like (comedian) Ricky Gervais”.

Tottenham’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino, frustrated by the first defeat of his reign, said: “We are very disappointed with the result.

“We competed well in the first half, then in the second half we conceded a very soft penalty at a key moment.”

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