NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams

first_imgMembers of the public are being advised to be on the alert to a phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be calling from utility companies on the pretence that there are issues with the customer’s broadband service.The warning comes from An Garda Síochána, in association with the FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative led by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).The fraudsters are using the name of a utility company (telephone/mobile phone provider, broadband provider or software company) to call householders, offering to “fix” computer or broadband problems. The caller will attempt to trick you into revealing your banking or card details and providing codes from your card reader to access your online banking and make fraudulent payments.The householder may be asked to allow the caller to take remote control of your computer to “assist” you. However, this could allow the fraudster to show you fraudulent screens.The callers are professional and will be able to transfer you to their “supervisor” should you request this. They sound genuine.A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána gives the following advice. “If you have received a suspicious call, hang up and phone the company the person is purporting to be from directly yourself.“Do not use a number given to you by the caller and make sure you hear a dial tone before making the call. If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact your local garda station and also your bank.”Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, stated: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts especially those asking for personal details or payments.“Never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but do not be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks.“The caller will try to rush you or make you feel foolish and negligent if you don’t follow their instructions, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.” Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Western Province lift Currie Cup

first_img29 October 2012Western Province were crowned South African provincial rugby champions for the first time since 2001 after an upset 25-18 defeat of the Natal Sharks in the Absa Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday night. It was a tight but deserved win for Allister Coetzee’s charges.Before the game, most pundits agreed that the Sharks had too much firepower for the men from Cape Town. They had better depth, they were more experienced and they had beaten Province (or the Stormers) in their four previous meetings in 2012.In addition, the game was at Mr Price Kings Park where the Sharks had lost only to the Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, all year, and when the same two teams met in the 2010 final in Durban, the Sharks ran out convincing 30-10 winners.But that is why the game is played. Victories on paper don’t count.FlyhalfThe star of the Sharks’ 20-point victory in 2010 was flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who scored 25 of the home team’s 30 points. He had been in superb form heading into the 2012 final and was expected to dominate his Western Province counterpart Demetri Catrakilis.It didn’t turn out that way as Catrakilis played a pivotal part in Province’s victory, performing efficiently throughout and landing two drop goals, one with his right foot and the other off his left foot to stretch his team’s lead to seven points right at the death.Early on, it looked as if a Sharks’ victory would be a formality. The game was hard-fought, but the Sharks were bossing it.With their all-Springbok front row, they were clearly stronger in the tight scrums, but Province, led by Bok lock Eben Etzebeth, gave the Sharks fits at lineout time. Nonetheless, they appeared in control of the game.DominatedAfter Catrakilis landed an early penalty, the Sharks dominated possession and territory. By the 27th minute they led 12-3 after forcing four kickable penalties, which Lambie landed.While Province resisted strongly – their defence has been their strength throughout 2012 – they did not appear threatening on the offence, especially after losing star winger Bryan Habana to injury early on, and with the Sharks playing most of the game in the Western Province half, it looked as if regularly kicking penalties would win it for the hosts.Dion Fourie and company, however, pulled back three points in the 33rd minute when Joe Pietersen, Habana’s replacement, landed a long distance kick at posts.TryThen, with half-time drawing near, Juan de Jongh won Province a scrum inside Sharks’ territory with some good defence. From the set piece, the visitors executed a planned move to perfection as De Jongh took a pass from Catrakilis and just evaded the tackles of two defenders. He then wrong-footed Lwazi Mvovo to race through and score under the uprights.Catrakilis added the conversion to put Province, who had been under the cosh, into a narrow 13-12 lead.The try seemed to inject the visiting team with belief and inspiration and they began to take the game to the Sharks more, whilst maintaining a stubborn and hard- hitting defence.Right before the half-time whistle, Catrakilis added a further penalty to the Western Province score to make it 16-12 to the underdogs at the break.Massive scrumThe Sharks began the second half with a massive scrum that destroyed the Province front eight and earned the home team a penalty. Another successful kick from Lambie reduced the deficit to only one point.Province were put under significant pressure for the next 10 minutes, but the Sharks could not find a way over the try line and had to settle for Lambie’s sixth penalty after 56 minutes, which did, nonetheless, give them a narrow 18-16 lead.It didn’t last long as the men in blue and white forced their way deep into Sharks’ territory, where they put the home side under heavy pressure. They were awarded a penalty and Catrakilis made no mistake with the easy kick to edge his side 19-18 in front.Drop goalTwo minutes later, captain Dion Fourie made a break and after a number of phases Catrakilis struck with a well-taken drop goal to extend his team’s lead to four points.Western Province kept up the pressure and played the game in the Sharks’ half, but when they won a penalty Joe Pietersen was wide with a longer range effort.With five minutes to play, Province won a tighthead and took play into the Sharks’ 22. Catrakilis then stuck a dagger in the hearts of Sharks’ supporters by scrambling to his left and striking a left-footed drop goal low over the posts.At 25-18 down, the home team needed a converted try to level the contest and they very nearly got it.Guessed correctlyAn excellent break down the right put Louis Ludik in the clear, with Charl McLeod racing up on his outside, and only Pietersen to beat. Ludik drew Pietersen and passed to McLeod. The fullback, though, guessed correctly and at the last moment pulled out of tackling Ludik and dragged McLeod down.With time up, Province had a scrum and needed only to kick the ball out to win. McLeod, though, forced a turnover and the Sharks’ faithful looked on. hoping for a fairytale ending.The men in black and white worked their way up the field, pushing Western Province back, but, after going through numerous phases, a knock on meant the Cape Town-based team had won the Currie Cup for the first time in 11 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Net-Zero Homes, Part 3

first_imgIn Part 3 of this episode, the net zero conversation winds down as Phil and I talk about the “cost trade-off” game in which the homeowners will likely engage. We also have a bit of a disagreement as to how much the clients need to know about the energy-saving details being incorporated into their homes. (Good stuff.)The Highlights:How to make net zero cost-effective. It’s a trade-off between mechanicals and envelope design.Photovoltaics: Expensive, but right now you get 30% off. Why aren’t we all putting PV on our homes?Again, remember 10, 20, 40, 60: It’s a good rule of thumb to get you close to what you need. (R-10 basement slab, R-20 foundation walls, R-40 exterior walls, R-60 roof/ceiling assembly)Net-zero ready counts! It’s relatively easy to add PV later; not so with insulation and window upgrades.Point, counterpoint! Phil and I have different ideas about how much the clients “need to know” about the details of energy efficiency in their homes.Lessons learned: Integrated design. Have well-established goals. Pay attention to the Germans and Canadians. Don’t be afraid of transparency—seek and share advice. Chris: No.Phil: Do they assume the building we design is going to leak?Chris: It is not going to leak.Phil: Do they assume the building is going to use a lot of energy?Chris: No.Phil: Exactly. Why do we need to tell them? They come to us for that. Why do we need to have a conversation about your wall section? No, we don’t have to have that. We just have to know we did the best job internally. Why do the owners have to know it unless it’s going to cost them more money?Chris: The second I’ve got you pegged, you always surprise me, Phil.Phil: We don’t need to talk about wall sections and detailing and which way the wall dries out and how much insulation. We only need to talk about quality, comfort, durability and security — and that it’s not going to cost them any more. I am proposing something radical: Don’t talk to your client about how much more insulation you’re going to put in and don’t try to sell them on it. It’s not an issue anymore.Chris: You make the assumption that the client wants an energy-efficient house, is that what you’re saying?Phil: Well, you make the assumption that the client wants a high quality house, right? Can you give them high quality and comfort that doesn’t cost more? As long as the client wants that, we’re not going to talk about anything else.Chris: You’ve blown my mind, Phil. But there’s a part of me that wants to say, Wait, I want to show the client what I’m working on.Phil: That’s the geeky ego. I have a hard time resisting that.Chris: I know! Look at this! Look at the gorgeous detail, Mr. Client! Look at what I’ve done for you!Phil: Look at how smart I am! But really, we have bigger goals now. In ten years we’re not going to be talking about it. We don’t tell clients we’re using 2×6 walls or batt insulation; they don’t give a damn. Ten years from now, they’re not going to give a damn about double-stud walls or 4 inches of rigid foam. Most don’t give a damn now.Chris: And the name of my business won’t be Green Design Studio, because Green will be meaningless.Phil: Unless you change your last name to Green.Chris: Which maybe I’ll do.Phil: OK, let’s talk about the lessons we’ve learned doing net-zero homes. I know I sounded cavalier about it, but we’re here to push a little bit.Chris: It could be the drink. It makes you sound tough.Phil: I wish it were that simple.Chris: What are the lessons you’ve learned?Phil: There’s been a lot of talk about the integrated design process — getting the builder on board early.Chris: You and I do that all the time. When’s the last time you’ve taken a house out to bid traditionally?Phil: Not.Chris: Me neither. It just doesn’t happen anymore.Phil: You just have to advocate to your client that’s not the smartest way to go.Chris: We have to do a podcast on the construction contract of delivering your green house.Phil: We have some good builders around here who do that on a regular basis.Chris: You have a design plan, elevations, wall sections, that’s it — and the rest is all assumptions. You invite some builders in to talk about it. They become part of the team — not only for the price and cost, but also for some of the responsibilities of delivering this. You’re not going to hit an ach50 of 0.6, or 1 even, without the builder being fully on board for delivering a tight house. If they just want to do business as usual and get this thing done and go home…Phil: Or not lose money and say to the client, “I could save you a lot of money by not doing this. Trust me, it’ll be close enough, don’t worry about it.”Chris: “I’ve been building like this for years. It’s how my dad taught me.”Phil: So, you’ll get yourself in trouble without an integrated design process.Chris: And we want good numbers, right? Integrated design process — and you have goals in terms of … You want net zero and you have the builder and client at the table, and you say, “Here’s where we need to be, folks. We want a HERS score of about 40. We want our Btu per square foot to be…” What?Phil: I say 20,000.Chris: Btu per square foot per year.Phil: A Passivhaus is under 5,000 Btu, but we don’t have to get that low.Chris: Cause we’re going to supplement with PV. Or something.Phil: Down to 20,000, but if we get down lower that’s great.Chris: And your ach50—you want to try for 1.0. You get a pat on the back and the stamp of approval from Green Architects’ Lounge that you designed and built a nice house.Phil: But you can get a 0.6. You, builder right there, you can’t do it? I’m telling you, you can, if you’re good enough.Chris: If you’re man enough.Phil: But the math is hard.Chris: You know what’s working for you? The sun. It rises and sets each day and gives you free light and heat. You’ve got to work with that, right?Phil: Right. You’ve got to use it. It’s free. Pay attention to the Canadians and the Germans.Chris: What’s up with them? They’re culturally opposite, don’t you think? But they come from northern climes, and we can get really great glazing from the Canadians. And from the Germans.Phil: Canadians do it a little cheaper. Germans do it a little better. Martin Holladay has a great slide from his superinsulation slide show: It’s not the Canadians and the Germans; it’s the Canadians and the hippies. Don’t be afraid of transparency. Give and receive, learn, read, research; don’t do this yourself.Chris: And balance. You can overglaze and you can underglaze. We gravitate toward those great light spaces, but dude, be careful. It’s a delicate dance. Use those energy models. What else, Phil?Phil: Have clear goals at the outset. Know what you’re going for. Yes, net-zero is one.Chris: But everything it entails.Phil: The clear goals at the outset, when you sit down with your client, are to say we want to be net zero. Are you on board? Here’s what we need to do. Not to say, “Well, we did a pretty good house. Do you want to take it to net zero?” Too late. The bird has flown.Chris: I think we’re wrapping up this thing.Phil: Do you have a six-digit idea, Chris?Chris: You know I do. The minisplit is all the rage, right? I can’t be the first one to think of this. In cold climates, what’s the problem with heat pumps? The colder it gets, the less efficient they are — which is the most annoying thing about them, because you need them the most when it’s cold.I just went to a great heat-pump seminar. The truth is most of your heating and cooling is in the more moderate seasons. Rarely here in Maine does it stay below zero. At that point, is my COP 1 because the resistance is on?Here’s my point: Can we make a directional minisplit unit? By that I mean, instead of having a unit that sits outside the building shedding cold and pumping heat into your house, can’t we make it directional and put most of it in a passive solar box? You’d have a tiny passive solar building that the compressor sits in, so when it’s 1 degree outside and sunny, it’s probably 30 in that thing, where its efficiency is much better and it’s throwing heat outside the box. I’m talking about passive solar heating of the unit to keep it warm.Phil: It’s clever, but how much does it cost to build a building for the unit?Chris: Go to Home Depot, 85 bucks. But I’m saying, “Hey manufacturers, hey Japanese!”Phil: The minisplits need some ventilation around them, though, right?Chris: They need lots of ventilation.Phil: So you’d need an open box, right?Chris: Yeah, but blow it out all to one side, like my laptop ventilates.Phil: Did you just tell me to blow it out one side, Chris?Chris: Yeah, blow it out to one side! Do you have a six-digit idea, hotshot?Phil: I don’t have a six-digit idea; I have a six-digit idea in hot pursuit.Chris: Ooo, now I’m interested! Is this a new segment?Phil: We need hot pursuit music from “C.H.I.P.S.” So, you mentioned cellulose SIPs, right?Chris: Yeah, a long time ago. Why not?Phil: And we talked about doing a deep-energy retrofit. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a deep-energy retrofit system that included the windows? Well, we’re working on a deep-energy retrofit project and we’re doing some brainstorming around those ideas, so stay tuned. We’re working on a SIPS panel with Paradigm triple-glazed windows pre-installed. I think we could be in and out in three days.Chris: No way! That’s the holy grail! Perhaps. Except for the vinyl. Paradigm, I love you, but…Phil: It’s affordable, though. If we could do this affordably, we could change a lot of houses. Stay tuned.[The guys end with a friendly discussion about Conor Oberst, his band Bright Eyes, hipsters, Omaha, and Phil as the coolest guy in town. They listen to the Bright Eyes song “Shell Games.”] RELATED ARTICLES PODCAST: Net-Zero Homes, Part 1PODCAST: Net-Zero Homes, Part 2PODCAST: Passivhaus, Part 1 Net-Zero Energy versus Passivhaus Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage?Testing… Testing… Homes as Net-Zero LaboratoriesNet-Zero Modular Homes Head for Peaks Island, MainePinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineThinking About Net Zero Energycenter_img We finish with a couple of “six-digit ideas”—ideas that we think would earn a sum that has at least six digits if someone ran with them and developed them. Mine is basically improving the efficiency of a heat pump by housing it in a “passive solar shroud.” Phil’s is a six-digit idea “in hot pursuit”; he reports that a builder with whom he is working is running with one of our previous ideas, the “cellulose SIP.” Then, of course, Phil takes us out with music he thinks you should be listening to: “Shell Games” by Bright Eyes.Also, don’t forget to go back to Part 2 where you can download Phil’s handy spreadsheet, which his office uses to help run the options and find that “sweet spot” for net-zero homes (it’s a living document that has recently been updated).Thanks for tuning in everyone. Cheers.TRANSCRIPTPhil Kaplan: Where were we, Chris? We’re going to talk about how to make net-zero cost-effective.Chris Briley: That’s right. Would you mind if I just throw that question right back at you? Because you did — you’ve done — a net-zero. Isn’t that the biggest hurdle? Net-zero sounds great — you talked a great game in the last episode — but how is it cost-effective; how is it smart?Phil: Well, the key is to make it cost-neutral, because then it’s a home-run and there’s no reason not to be doing this.Chris: Given the choice between two things that are equal, but one is greener…Phil: Or more durable…Chris: Or energy-efficient…Phil: Right, then there’s no reason to do the first one. If we can reduce the mechanicals, improve the envelope, do everything right that we talked about previously — daylighting, solar gain to reduce the electric load, and natural ventilation — to get rid of the furnace, to get rid of fossil fuels, we can get a single point source of heat, like a wood stove or an air-source heat pump with a wood stove backup.The furnace is gone, we have solar hot water, then we reduce our need for renewables. We use our cost optimization spreadsheet, which you can download. We’re spending $30,000 or so for all the PV we need and solar hot water, not $160,000, because we’ve done the first two things right. The costs are offset. You take that money you saved and put it in the envelope. The argument also is that PV is not that cheap now. But that’s OK, because net-zero-ready also counts. When the PV gets real cheap and your state has proper kickbacks, then you’re going to add that PV; just prep for it.Chris: But right now, with the federal tax credit, you’re getting 30 percent off that thing, which is huge.Phil: That begs the question: Why not do this in every home, Chris? I don’t know!Chris: I don’t know either. I don’t have it in my house, but my roof is terrible for it.Phil: So keep going! The truth is we do know.Chris: Because it’s expensive!Phil: I don’t know that it’s expensive. There are cost offsets.Chris: Phil, can I borrow $20,000? No…. because you don’t have $20,000.Phil: Yes, Chris, you can! I was going to spend this $20,000 on a furnace, but I don’t need a furnace. Take this $20,000.Chris: Well done. Touché.Phil: I honestly think it’s about that trade-off. No toe-dipping — you have to jump right in. You need to do all this to a certain point, where the need for a mechanical system drops away and you can take that money and put it in the envelope.Chris: If you’re doing net-zero and your client is on board, it’s like jumping the Grand Canyon. You can’t do it in two steps. You have to prepare, you have to talk, you have to be deliberate in everything you do before taking one gorgeous jump across this canyon. There’s no halfway on this.Phil: But there is a learning curve. Why not do this in every home? Well, people are still trying to figure it out. We can say 10, 20, 40, 60 — most architects don’t know what that means, and most builders don’t know what that means. They’ll laugh. Even when we draw it, if you’ve never built one before, it’s tricky. We need to figure out how to get things this airtight, and it’s a risk. It’s scary advocating not to have a mechanical system in your house.Chris: Let’s say I’m a skeptic. There’s no way net-zero is cost-effective. Give me $12,000, I’ll put an oil boiler in my house, and boom, I’m done. None of this $40,000 PV. How is this cost-effective, Mr. Smarty-Pants Architect?Phil: You don’t need the oil boiler. You just don’t need it.Chris: OK. You’ll save $12,000 on the boiler because you’re not buying it, but you’ll spend $40,000 on the PV — but you’re also not going to spend $4,000 every year; you’ll spend $400 every year. In fact, essentially you’re spending nothing after you’re done. Right? Once you’re net-zero, your utility bills are zero. You’re living there for free. It’s kind of like if you took the cost of your house for 30 years, how much does it cost to live there for 30 years? With buildings in general, the construction cost represents 11% of the cost of the building. Tiny. Tiny. Buildings last a long time, and the cost of everything goes up. The construction is a fraction. But that’s what you’re getting a loan for — the construction cost. It’s what you’re investing in — this number. But you’re living in this house and it’s consuming and the numbers add up — 5 grand every year, over and over and over again. It’s a lot of money.Phil: It is, if you start adding those numbers up. But right now, you’re going to have trouble financing that PV. You just have to have faith that the cost of PV will come down. Again, net-zero ready counts.Chris: It will. PV will come down, oil will go up.Phil: I have a rhetorical question. Is a commitment from the owner necessary?Chris. Oh my gosh, yes.Phil: Point, counterpoint. Chris Briley says yes! Phil Kaplan says, “Well, I don’t know about that…”Chris: No way!Phil: If it’s cost-neutral, and if the owner doesn’t care one way or the other, why even tell him? Chris, do we walk owners through the flashing details? Phil and I would love to hear from you. If you have a great idea for an upcoming topic, want to leave general feedback, or want to share your favorite cocktail recipe, you can e-mail us at GALounge@greenbuildingadvisor.com. If you’d like to complain about our tangential ramblings, fragment sentences, or our general irreverence, you can email us at Complaints@StraightToTheTrashBin.com. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes—you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free!RELATED MULTIMEDIAlast_img read more

Female Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha

first_imgA female Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire between the rebels and security personnel inside Sirla forest near Tumudibandh in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Wednesday.Four guns, three grenades, one landmine and other items were seized from the encounter spot. According to Odisha Police’s Additional Director General (Operations) R.P. Koche, acting on a tip-off about a secret Maoist camp operating in the area, Special Operations Group personnel and District Voluntary Force started a joint operation in the region on Wednesday morning. The Maoists fired at the security personnel, following which they retaliated. In the exchange of fire a female Maoist was killed and others fled taking advantage of the hilly terrain.The identity of the dead Maoist has not been ascertained yet. The post-mortem of the body would be conducted at Baliguda sub-divisional hospital. Combing operation has been stepped up in the area to track down the rebels who escaped from the spot.last_img read more

Dying at Wimbledon would have been acceptable—Bartoli

first_img“It was almost a miracle from God to win Wimbledon,” said Bartoli, whose highest world ranking was seven.Bartoli says the weight loss was so dramatic she was reduced to buying clothes made for young teenagers.“I was in the public eye and I could hear people talking behind my back and saying, ‘Oh, she’s anorexic’ and I wanted to scream out and say, ‘You have no idea what I’m going through’,” said Bartoli, who went through her 2013 Wimbledon campaign without dropping a set.“It was a battle to survive every day. I could not believe people were thinking I was doing that on purpose to myself. I was scared of everything.“I was not processing protein, I was losing my hair and I love my long hair, and my teeth were almost falling out and my skin was breaking down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img French former tennis player Marion Bartoli. AFPMarion Bartoli has battled back from ill health to be fighting fit for her role commentating at Wimbledon but the former French tennis star admitted on Monday she feared she would die.The 32-year-old who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to win the 2013 Wimbledon title, retired later that year and faded away to a mere shadow of the robust looking athlete she once was.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES She told The Times she was battling the HINI virus, the swine flu bug blamed for wiping out millions in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, but was only diagnosed after Wimbledon last year, laying to rest the rumours she was anorexic.“I did not know if I would wake up alive the next morning,” she said while taking time out from commentating on the WTA tournament at Eastbourne last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But I thought, ‘if I have to die, then if it is at Wimbledon, I would accept it.’”Bartoli, who also reached the 2007 Wimbledon final, says her career-defining victory in 2013 came just at the moment she was physically falling apart. “I could not wash myself with normal water, I could not type an email, my skin was so thin that I could feel the electricity. I had arthritis. I was buying clothes for 14-year-olds.”Following her diagnosis last year Bartoli spent four months in hospital in Paris and then required daily visits from a nurse at her home in Dubai.She puts her illness down to battering her body incessantly from a very young age in her bid to succeed in the sport.“I felt it happened for a reason. My body was reminding me that it has been going non-stop since I was eight years old until the moment I got ill,” said Bartoli, whose immediate target is to focus on her personal life and her desire to find love and found  a family.“I am starting to feel alive again and ready to build a love story, to start a family,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Serena Williams, Roger Federer ease into US Open’s 4th round

first_imgSerena Williams does not enjoy viewing videos of her losses. Not one bit.She used to engage in that sort of film work, Williams said, but “it was so painful; it was like stabbing myself.”So even though Williams knew her third-round opponent at the U.S. Open would be the same woman she lost to at the Australian Open, preparing by studying a replay of that January defeat simply was out of the question.Did not seem to matter at all.After splitting Saturday’s first eight games against 42nd-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, the fourth-seeded Williams got into high gear and breezed to a 6-4, 6-0 victory, reeling off the last eight games in a row.”Definitely was motivated. Knowing that I lost; could definitely happen again. Did not want that to happen,” said Williams, who hit 13 aces to raise her tour-leading total this season to 408.”I really hate watching matches that I lose, unless I’m punishing myself,” added the 14-time Grand Slam champion. “I didn’t punish myself.”She hasn’t been losing much lately.Since the only first-round Grand Slam exit of her career, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano at the French Open on May 29, Williams is 22-1 in singles, including the title at Wimbledon and gold medal at the London Olympics.That sort of excellence sure saves money for clothes: Williams said she threw out all of the dresses she brought to Paris to wear during matches there.No such problems so far in New York, where Williams has dropped only 12 games entering her fourth-round match against 82nd-round Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic. Hlavackova, the 2011 French Open doubles champion, bawled on court after her 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over 14th-seeded Maria Kirilenko, whose boyfriend, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, was in New York to cheer for her.The woman Williams beat in the Wimbledon final, second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, dealt with the 90-degree heat and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic with equal aplomb during a 6-3, 7-5 victory.”I was melting there,” Radwanska said. “I survived the match.”She wasn’t the only one who felt that way.Olympic champion Andy Murray, still seeking his first Grand Slam title after four losses in finals, eked out a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 30 Feliciano Lopez, who led in each of the three tiebreakers before faltering.”Could have gone either way,” Murray acknowledged. “It was very hot and humid in the middle part of the match. I was struggling a bit with that.”The man he beat for the gold at the Summer Games, and lost to in the Wimbledon title match, Roger Federer, is also Murray’s potential semifinal opponent in New York. Federer, as is often the case, barely was bothered Saturday while dismissing No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.Five of Federer ‘s record 17 Grand Slam titles came at Flushing Meadows, and he’s sure looking capable of adding to those numbers.”He didn’t give me many chances with his serve,” observed Verdasco, who held only one break point and failed to convert it.Federer also was pretty good at the net, winning 26 of the 27 points when he moved forward. He next will take on No. 23 Mardy Fish, who needed to set aside 75 unforced errors over more than 3 hours to beat No. 16 Gilles Simon 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a match that ended after 1 a.m. Sunday.Asked in an on-court interview what he’ll need to do to beat Federer and reach the quarterfinals, Fish said: “I have no idea right now, to be honest. A lot more than I did today, but we’ll try to rest as best we can and see what we can do.”They didn’t start their match until past 10 p.m. Saturday night, after No. 1 Ana Ivanovic overcame a poor start, 56 unforced errors and a partisan crowd to beat 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Ivanovic also eliminated Stephens in the third round at Flushing Meadows a year ago.Murray gets No. 15 Milos Raonic, who hit his 29th ace of the day, and 89th of the week, to cap a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory against 32-year-old American wild-card entry James Blake.Other men winning Saturday included No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, who ended the run of 19-year-old American Jack Sock 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-1 and now will play 2010 Wimledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, a four-set winner over No. 27 Sam Querrey; No. 12 Marin Cilic, who defeated No. 17 Kei Nishikori; and 50th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who beat No. 32 Jeremy Chardy.On Saturday against Makarova, things were even at 4-all in the first set, before Williams held serve to go up 5-4. In the next game, Williams broke the left-handed Makarova for the first time to take the opening set and seize control in Arthur Ashe Stadium.At 15-all, Williams hit a backhand winner down the line. Then she earned a set point with big forehand to a corner that allowed her to put away a swinging backhand volley winner. And when Makarova pushed a down-the-line forehand long to cap the set, Williams let out a loud, excited yell of “Come on!”Beginning to put the match out of reach, Williams got another break point the next time Makarova served with a reflex forehand volley passing shot off an overhead, and followed up with a strong backhand approach that her opponent couldn’t handle. That made it 2-0 in the second set, and Williams’ older sister, seven-time major champion Venus, applauded from her seat in the stands.In all, Williams won 32 of 40 points on her serve and never faced a break point.By the time it was over, she also held a 31-10 edge in winners, moving a step closer to adding a fourth U.S. Open trophy to the ones she won in 1999, 2002 and 2008.The last time these two women played each other, it wasn’t close, either. The difference, surprisingly, was that Makarova won 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round in Melbourne. She got plenty of help from seven double-faults and 37 total unforced errors by Williams, who joked that day, “Maybe I should have started serving lefty.”That loss remains the only one for Williams in 22 Grand Slam matches against lefties.”She served so much better than she did in Australia. So when she’s serving that good, it’s really tough to play against her,” Makarova said. “I knew she would start aggressive, because that’s how it is anytime she loses and she really wants to beat someone.”After Saturday’s victory in the rematch, Williams, who turns 31 this month, was asked during an on-court interview about decisions by her contemporaries Andy Roddick, 30, and Kim Clijsters, 29, to quit professional tennis after the U.S. Open.”I’m nowhere near close to retiring,” Williams replied, drawing a roar of approval from the crowd. “I can’t leave you guys. I love this sport way too much, and now that Andy and Kim are done, I feel that I need to stay out here for the tennis. I’m not going anywhere.”The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player headed into retirement after she and Bob Bryan lost their second-round mixed doubles match against Makarova and Bruno Soares. Clijsters announced months ago the U.S. Open would be her last tournament, and she already was out of singles and women’s doubles.Clijsters is.advertisementadvertisementClijsters bid adieu to the sport with her husband and 4-year-old daughter sitting in the stands at Court 17.”I’ve been telling her I’m going to be home a lot when this tournament is completely done,” Clijsters said. “I don’t think she understands the meaning of the word ‘retirement.'”advertisementlast_img read more