Tim Henman believes Andy Murray is still driven to fight injury problems | Tennis News

first_imgHenman ranks that moment as his highlight of the last 11 years of the event being in London.“It is the end of an era of the ATP Finals at the O2,” he said. “(Roger) Federer has won a couple of times, Djokovic has won four in a row, there has been some amazing ends to the year.“For me Murray winning in 2016, he had been on such a hot streak, for it to go down to the final match of the year, playing against one of his biggest rivals in Djokovic, the final match to decide not only the champion but also the end of year number one.“For Andy to win that in front of his home crowd was special.” Andy Murray cut short the 2020 season and instead is prioritising his preparation for next year Andy Murray cut short the 2020 season and instead is prioritising his preparation for next year
Andy Murray cut short the 2020 season and instead is prioritising his preparation for next year

Other Sports Sebastian Vettel snatches dramatic pole position in Canadian Grand Prix

first_imgCharles LeClerc secured the third spot in the Canadian Grand Prix.Sebastian Vettel secured pole position for the second time.Vettel had won the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix from pole position. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Montreal: Sebastian Vettel ended Mercedes’ run of early-season qualifying supremacy on Saturday when he claimed a dramatic late pole position for Ferrari in a crash-hit showdown at the Canadian Grand Prix. “I feel so very, very happy for the team,” Vettel said. “I am full of adrenaline and the last few weeks have been tough for us. The car felt very good and now I hope we can carry that into the race.”     The four-time champion repeated his 2018 success, when he won from pole, by outpacing championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes by two-tenths of a second at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It was Vettel’s first pole position triumph of the season, his first pole in 17 races since last year’s German Grand Prix and a signal that Ferrari’s superior straight-line speed was well-suited to the track. “Seb did a stunning lap and he deserved to be on pole,” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff. “Lewis picked up a couple of mistakes in the hairpin.”      Defending five-time champion Hamilton of Mercedes had appeared to be on course for his record seventh Canadian pole until the final laps when he was outpaced by Vettel in the dying seconds. “We’re certainly very happy and the entire weekend here we have been performing ok so this is a positive surprise for us,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.RELATED     “The track will improve. It will be a lot hotter on Sunday so it will be a tough race.” Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc claimed third place on the grid.    “I don’t really know how I struggled with the car and the set-up,” he said.     “Congratulations to Seb. He deserves it and hopefully, I’ll have a better race from my side tomorrow. We are strong on the long run pace and hopefully, it will be the same tomorrow and we can have a good run.” Pulsating battle     Vettel beamed as he talked to a congratulatory Hamilton after the session.    Vettel clocked a best lap of one minute and 10.240 seconds to beat Hamilton’s lap in 1:10.446. “He’s bloody good in qualifying,” said Vettel, pointing to Hamilton. “Hard to crack … I really enjoyed it.”      “You know what, the feeling in the car when it just keeps coming and the feeling – it felt so good. I enjoyed it and I’m very happy and happy for the team over the last few races, it’s been very tough.” Hamilton said: “I don’t feel disappointment. We gave it everything I had got. They were faster and in the last sector they were killing us, the timing was right, procedures were perfect, we had P1 for a second, but we knew they were quick.    “I’m glad I was able to split the Ferraris. The weather is fantastic, we’ve got some great fans here so hopefully, we can put on a great show.” Mercedes had been fastest in qualifying in five of the six races since the start of the year and will now face a battle to extend their record run of six season-opening wins in Sunday’s race.    It was the 56th pole position of Vettel’s career and came after Kevin Magnussen had crashed into the “wall of champions” in his Haas car at the end of Q2. He was unhurt. Daniel Ricciardo of Renault qualified fourth, ahead of Pierre Gasly of Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes. The Finn spun in Q3 and was unable to recover and clock an improved lap.Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the second Renault ahead of the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. Magnussen qualified 10th.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Football: Wisconsin heads to BYU for final non-conference game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is closing their non-conference season this weekend when they head to Provo, Utah to take on BYU.Bringham Young is in a difficult place right now, with a 1-2 record currently this season. The Cougars star quarterback Tanner Mangnum took a hit during their most recent game against Utah and left the game with an ankle injury. As of Wednesday morning, it is has not been confirmed that he will start against the Badgers.His backup, Beau Hoge, might seem intimidating at first glance, as the 6-foot-11, 205-pound sophomore is the son of former NFL running back Merril Hoge, but Hoge gets much less intimidating the closer you look at him. While Hoge is certainly better off physically than Mangnum, and he is more capable of running than his predecessor, his throwing arm leaves much to be desired.Football: With Cichy out, Orr helps bring momentum to Wisconsin defenseThis season looked like it was going to be an easy one for the University of Wisconsin defense, until inside Read…Hoge has only played in three games during his collegiate career, during which he threw for 137 yards, completing 10 out of 17 passes and managing to score a touchdown. However, that was back in 2015, and Hoge has not been on the field for BYU since then because he decided to red-shirt his 2016 season.This level of inexperience could be the biggest disadvantage that BYU has Saturday, and it could lead to the Cougars relying heavily on their running game. So far this season, BYU has managed to net a grand total 229 yards and two touchdowns from their running game, and they have also managed to lose a grand total of 55 yards because of their running game.In comparison, the Badgers have managed to gain a grand total of 591 yards and seven touchdowns from their running game, and they have only managed to give up 28 yards. It should be easy for the Wisconsin defense to stop the BYU running backs, and to easily take control of this game.Schreter: What we learned from Wisconsin’s opening win against Utah StateAfter coming out of the gate slow and falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, Wisconsin began hitting on all Read…The Badgers have managed to squeeze out two wins during their tenure at Camp Randall, but there are still many things that UW can improve on during their battle against the Cougars.Communication needs to improveIt seems as though one of the biggest issues with this Wisconsin team thus far has been communication, or lack thereof. The defense has stumbled over themselves due to a miscommunication as to what diagram they’re running.The offense has the same issue, with quarterback Alex Hornibrook accidentally throwing three interceptions within the first two games of the year due to a misplacement of receivers. If this team can nail down their communication and all get on the same page of the playbook, they should be able to out skill the Cougars easily.The Badgers need to keep their momentum goingWisconsin has been having an issue with keeping up any momentum that they manage to gain, especially during the first half of the game. Their game against BYU is going to be a close game, and UW will need to be on their toes the whole time.There can’t be a second quarter lull like there has been in the last two games of the season. If Wisconsin wants to be victorious this season, they need to come out of the gates strong and continue to build momentum throughout the game, not lose it.Football: Wisconsin starts game strong, fails to continue momentumWhen the NCAA scheduled the University of Wisconsin football team to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls, everyone thought that Read…The safeties need to keep doing what they’ve been doingWisconsin has had some truly stellar moments this season thanks to their safeties. From Joe Ferguson’s 99 yard-interception, to D’Cota Dixon earning an interception during the Utah State game, Wisconsin’s safeties have been managing to create waves in the secondary.It is clear that this Wisconsin secondary is on their way to becoming one of the most dangerous secondaries the Badgers have ever possessed. If they keep this momentum up, BYU is going to have a hard time getting the ball into the end zone.While Saturday’s game will still be a challenge for Wisconsin, it is clear they have all of the tools they need to produce a win. The best chance they have to succeed is to ensure their communication lines stay open and they continue to play the quality game they are capable of playing.last_img read more

South African web use surges

first_imgThe report – “South Africa’s Exploding Internet” – states that the number of South African internet browsers increased by 121% in the last two years, from 1.8-million in May 2005 to 3.8-million in May 2007.Over the same period, the number of South African web page “views” grew by 129%, from 91-million to 207-million.Affordable internet connectivity has been boosted recently, with state-owned telecoms company Telkom offering ADSL and broadband, cellular operators like Vodacom and MTN offering 3G and HSDPA access, and other companies like Sentech and iBurst offering wireless broadband.South Africa’s second fixed-line network operator, Neotel, is expected to offer similar services once it becomes fully operational.“In terms of the number of people using the internet, the most developed markets in the Northern Hemisphere have seen a plateauing of growth over the last year or so,” says Nielsen/NetRatings analyst Alex Burmaster.“In contrast, South Africa has seen phenomenal expansion – growing by around 50% in each of the last two years.“This type of growth is, of course, something we have seen across all markets as the internet has taken hold and moves away from being a niche activity to a very mainstream form of media and an integral part of life.”African language potentialThe majority of South Africa’s internet population speaks English, and the vast majority of South African online content is English.However, while the South African internet is experiencing huge growth in this area, Burmaster believes the opportunity for future “hyper-audience” growth lies in targeting African language speakers.English is generally understood across South Africa, being the language of business, politics and the media, and the country’s lingua franca. But it only ranks joint fifth out of 11 as a home language.According to the 2001 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of 23.8% of South Africa’s population, followed by isiXhosa at 17.6%, Afrikaans at 13.3%, Sepedi at 9.4%, and English and Setswana each at 8.2%.Nielsen/NetRatings’ research report made the following findings on the demographics of South African internet surfers:SA’s internet population is split 54% male (2.15-million people), 45% female (1.79-million people)At 1.42-million people, South Africa’s 25- to 34-year-olds are the most dominant age group, accounting for 36% of the country’s online population – closely followed by 35- to 49-year-olds (1.37 -million: 35%).English is the dominant language – being the home language of around 2.10-million online South Africans (52% of SA’s internet population). Afrikaans follows at 1.11-million (28% of SA’s internet population).Burmaster says South Africa’s internet population is more concentrated around 25- to 49-year-olds than is the case in other English-speaking internet countries.“In South Africa this group makes up around 70% of the internet population, compared to less than 50% in the UK, around 45% in Australia and 40% in the US,” he said.last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Tasmania

first_imgIt was a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania, with the 2013 Club Championships and Schools Championships taking place in Devonport. Club ChampionshipsThe 2013 Club Championships, although a northern based event, were extremely well supported this year by Southern Touch clubs with the Pirates taking the Men’s Division One title, the Condors taking out the Mixed and the Pirates being named the overall Club Champions.The Men’s division was well fought with the mostly young Launceston-based Sharks boys pushing the Pirates all the way. The Pirates came out on top in a fiery Grand Final, but certainly had to work for their 9-7 victory.Sharks veteran Jon Harmey was awarded the Player of the Final, and with 15 touchdowns for the day and a dominating display across the event, the Pirates’ Jez Edwards was named an unmatched Player of the Series.The Men’s three versus four play-off again was well contested by two Devonport Men’s teams with the favoured Unicorns defeating the Cobras 5-3.Once again, there was a great mix of youth and experience in both teams, with the DTA showing signs of better things to come when State Cup rolls around.The Mixed event was also well contested, with the Southern Touch Condors team proving too strong at the end of the day for the Grasscutters and winning the Grand Final 10-6.Once again the DTA showed a great spirit in competing in this event, with a growing strength in Mixed Touch, due partly to a great Mixed competition held regularly in their region.Sam Williams led the Condors well in the Grand Final and was rewarded with the Player of the Final award, with fellow teammate Nat Curtis taking out the female Player of the Series, and Grasscutter Tom Gardiner awarded the male Player of the Series.Southern Referee Klaire Carrick continued the great day for Southern members, being awarded the Referee of the Tournament.Schools ChampionshipsAlthough Riverside High School has once again shown their dominance at the junior event, they didn’t have it all their own way this year.The Boys 9/10 division was a fantastic division with all teams pushing each other in every game, and winning results changing from rounds to finals.The inclusion of Don College this year just strengthened the competition and after Reece High defeated the Riverside boys in the round game, Riverside hit back in the elimination final to put themselves in a great position to take on the undefeated Devonport High boys in the Grand Final and to replay the final from the last Schools Champs event.Whilst the game continued to be tight throughout, the Devonport High team were just too tough and took out the game 11-7.Devonport High’s Bailey Charleston was name the Player of the Final, with Riverside’s Mackenzie Nason taking out the Player of the Series.The 9/10 Girls was also a strong event, with great representation from the Devonport schools.The Riverside High girls experienced showed, with their ability to manage their seven players through the event to an 8-0 Grand Final win.Emily Nason was the stand out in a very classy Riverside team winning both the Player of the Final and Player of the Series awards.The Boys and Girls 7/8 divisions were extremely tough for all who came up against the incredible strength of both Riverside High teams.The girls completed their day with an 18-0 win over the Reece Flying Pigs and the boys winning 16-1 again over the Reece High school team.As would be expected, the Riverside players took away all of the individual awards with Amelia Bransden named as Player of the Final, and Alice Robinson the Player of the Series for the girls, and Toby Bott Player of the Final and Jacob Boyd Player of the Series for the boys.One of the highlights of the day was seeing the amount of Primary School students having so much fun participating in this event.The Exeter Primary girls took out the best of three series against an ever improving Riverside Primary Team, with Exeter’s Montana Wakeford being named Player of the Series.The boys division was a great standard and no doubt all have learnt so much over the day to take back to their schools and clubs.The Riverside 6’s were too big and too strong for the  Exeter Primary boys winning their Grand Final 8-0.With the younger Riverside boys also competing so well in this division, Riverside Primary is looking like being a force for some time.Jock Goodyer from the Riverside 6’s was named the Player of the Final, with his team mate Rakesh Dave awarded the Player of the Series.Riverside Primary narrowly defeated Exeter Primary to be awarded the Primary School Champions.Devonport referee Britt Gibson was awarded the Referee of the Tournament with Exeter Girls coach (and Exeter Coordinator) James Edmunds awarded the Coach of the Tournament.To view photos of the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Tasmania/209283589096471?fref=ts Related LinksBig Weekend in TAS!last_img read more

Position Vacant – Sport Operations Manager (NT)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Sport Operations Manager – Northern Territory, based in our Darwin branch office. To view the Position Description, please click on the attachment below.Applications for this opportunity close at 9.00am (AEDST) on Friday, 12 February 2016. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email careers@touchfootball.com.au.Related Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format_03-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more