Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years,” Wawrinka said.Wawrinka follows countryman Roger Federer in having to cut his season short because of his knee. Federer sat out the second half of 2016 but has returned strong this year, winning two majors and beating Wawrinka in the finals at Indian Wells.Djokovic decided late last month he would miss the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow, ending his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. He aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men’s singles match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK  — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured knee. He will have a medical procedure and sit out the rest of 2017.“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said Friday in a statement through his agency.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.The fourth-ranked Wawrinka added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.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 32-year old Swiss was clearly bothered by his left knee then, icing it during changeovers. He said after the defeat the knee had been a problem on and off all season and he needed to figure out what was wrong.He finishes with just one title this season and says he is already looking toward his recovery and playing in 2018. Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title By getting better, Compton meant in a jiffy, with the Aces to slug it out with the Elite on Sunday in a match that could very well determine either side’s aspirations for a top four finish and a twice-to-beat privilege that goes with it.“Absolutely,” Compton answered if he thinks that the Sunday clash against Blackwater is crucial. “We better be a different team (for that game) because it’s going to be a hard game for us if we play this way. That’s a massive game (for both teams).”Harris scored 25 points in the first half and scattered the rest during times when the Dyip tried to come up with rallies.“Good thing that he (Harris) is a stud,” Compton said. “But we don’t want to be over-reliant on our import.”Vic Manuel scored 16 points and JV Casio and Chris Banchero had 10 apiece for the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESIt was easy to understand why Alex Compton looked and sounded defeated even though he was doing the customary winning coach’s interview.Playing a team that has done practically nothing worth remembering in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Compton’s Alaska Aces needed 44 points and 27 rebounds from import Mike Harris to turn back Columbian, 104-94, to earn at least a tie for a playoff berth in the season-closing conference on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP: Adamson back on track after two straight losses with dumping of NU For such a powerhouse team to be dragged into a close contest by such a lowly squad, Compton faced reporters with a long face, a somber tone and words of displeasure towards his charges who are up for a crucial game with another top four contender on Monday.Without Compton actually saying it, the Aces certainly didn’t need a lethargic performance like this one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s an interesting feeling, we won that game but I am really unhappy right now,” he said even after the Aces improved to 6-2 and tied Blackwater for third spot with less than three weeks left in the elimination round. “No disrespect to anybody, but my concern is my team.“I think we’re a stronger team than Columbian, but we didn’t play the way we needed to play,” he said. “We have to get better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Gor begin hunt for title number 19 in Kisumu

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrating with the KPL trophy after winning the 2018/19 season. Photo/SPORTPESA NEWSNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Gor Mahia have been simply unplayable for the last six Kenyan Premier League seasons, winning the title in each of the years from 2013 apart from 2016 when they lost it to Tusker after being docked points due to crowd trouble.The record Kenyan champions start the journey for title number 20 on Saturday afternoon at their traditional home turf in Kisumu and all eyes will be on whether K’Ogalo will be able to dominate the league once again or a new force will come to knock them off their feet. -New coach, new captainGor have once again turned to English magic to keep their hunt alive with the appointment of Steven Polack who took charge after the exit of former boss Hassan Oktay after just one season.Polack is unbeaten so far having led Gor to victory over Burundi’s Aigle Noir in the Champions League and won the first trophy after hitting Bandari 1-0 to win the season opening KPL Super Cup.New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack is unveiled by club chairman Ambrose Rachier on August 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe former Asante Kotoko man is said to be a strict disciplinarian and his decision to make do without striker Dennis Oliech who has not yet reported to training went a mile to show he doesn’t condone cheap indiscipline.The club will also be led by a new man in the field, Kenneth Muguna having been appointed captain after the exit of Harun Shakava.Not the loudest on the pitch and obviously not the most combative, Muguna lets his football do the talking on the pitch and so far he has been sensational. His leadership qualities have however come into question due to his soft spoken nature, but this is a role he says he is ready to grow in.-Exit of players, entry of new menGor lost three key players from the just concluded campaign. Skipper Shakava left for Zambian side Nkana, striker Jacques Tuyisenge joined Angola’s Petro Atletico while midfielder Francis Kahata crossed the border to join Tanzanian outfit Simba SC.Gor Mahia players Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge and Karim Nizigiyimana celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe three were lock and key to Gor’s success last term, each playing a crucial role in their campaign with Kahata being named midfielder of the year.While most fear that the exit of the three men would prove detrimental to Gor’s campaign, the players they have brought on board look set to ensure the team remains a force to reckon with.One standout figure so far is former Sony Sugar midfielder Tobias Otieno who has been pulling the strings in the middle of the pack and his combative, hard working nature added on to some good passing range give the club some sense of calm.His ability to sweep all through midfield has given Muguna some freedom to operate and it is no wonder he has started the season well. Add this to the notable improvement of Lawrence Juma and Gor will be smiling.The team has also improved the goalkeeping department with the arrival of Tanzanian David Mapigano from Singida United and the shot stopper looks all set to be the number one choice this term having started in all the competitive games.Mapigano has only conceded once in the three games and behind him, he has some serious competition with former Kenyan international Boniface Oluoch and Fredrick Odhiambo breathing on his neck.It is only in attack that they seem not to have landed a replacement for Tuyisenge. Ivorian Gislein Yikpe is yet to start a competitive match due to injury while Ghanaian Francis Afriyie was far from convincing when he played against Bandari.-Season opener against TuskerGor Mahia forward Samuel Onyango attempts to go past Tusker FC’s Hillary Wandera and Clyde Senaji during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timtohy OlobuluThe reigning champions have a tough task in their opening game in Kisumu against the brewers. It will be a homecoming for the Kenyan Premier League Most valuable Player Joash Onyango and their skipper Muguna, but this will be far from a party in the lakeside.Tusker have quietly assembled a strong team and with two former Gor players in George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Humphrey Mieno in their ranks, Robert Matano and his alemen will be out to spoil the party and begin their own charge to the league crown.The bookmakers hugely favor Gor to pick victory in Kisumu as in 23 meetings between the two, they have lost only five, winning 10 and drawing eight. Their last loss against the brewers was last October when they went down 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more