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

L.A. Clippers rally to defeat Portland Trail Blazers 106-102 behind J.J. Redick’s 30 point game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick was joined by a big game from Jamal Crawford (20 points), including two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and a last-second defensive rebound to seal the win. “J.J. and Jamal were terrific,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Jamal had his stretch and J.J. had his stretch.” Those stretches came in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, when the Clippers needed a jolt after trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half. Crawford went off for 11 points in the third quarter, making 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range to give the Clippers their first lead. And with the score tied at 79 entering the fourth quarter, Redick scored nine points down the stretch. That, along with Chris Paul’s eight fourth-quarter points (he totaled 22 points and 11 assists), allowed L.A. to take the lead for good. RELATED STORY: Griffin plays through stomach bug; new President of Business Operations introduced As an eight-year veteran of the NBA and star at Duke, J.J. Redick has played in front of his fair share of crowds. But on Saturday, Redick played in front of someone he never had before: his 11-week-old son Knox. “My wife brought him onto the court with about 12 minutes left until the game and it was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Redick. “I got emotional … I could have gone 0 for 30 and it still would have been one of the top three days in my life to have my son at my NBA game. It’s incredible.” But there would be no 0-for-30 performance. Instead, Redick put on a show for the Staples Center crowd and his special spectator, busting out of a shooting slump with 30 points to lead the Clippers to a 106-102 win over Portland in a battle of Western Conference contenders. PHOTOS: Clippers defeat Portland Trail Blazers 106-102center_img Portland’s Damian Lillard (25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) put the Clippers fans on edge in the final seconds, cutting the lead to two points twice with driving layups. The Clippers’ ensuing possession after Lillard’s drive cut the lead to 104-102 ended with a missed shot and groans from the crowd. But that quickly became roaring cheers as a last-second tip of the ball by DeAndre Jordan sent it to Crawford, who drew the foul and hit the two clinching free throws. L.A.’s win helped remove the bad taste from Wednesday’s 121-104 drubbing at the hands of Golden State and helps get Redick back into form. “I’m a believer in the law of averages, everything balancing out,” Redick said. “It’s tough to be in a shooting slump and shots are not falling. But I’m a very positive person … I knew I would eventually make some shots.” In addition to Redick and Crawford’s second-half play, the Clippers got a gutty effort from Blake Griffin, who was battling a stomach bug all afternoon. The star power forward managed to finish with 23 points and never considered sitting out. “He was big for us tonight to play and be out there battling,” said Redick. “He is an ultimate competitor and he knows how much this team needs him, particularly right now with the way we are playing this season. He was there for us for sure. It was great.” Portland outplayed the Clippers on their home court in the opening half, building up a nine-point lead behind some early hot 3-point shooting, as it hit six of its first seven attempts from deep. While the Clippers’ 3-point defense tightened up in the second quarter, holding Portland without one, the Blazers also put in 18 second-chance points. last_img read more

Reynolds approves 24-hour waiting period for abortions

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds has approved a bill that creates a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortions in Iowa, but it may not go into effect as planned this Wednesday.On Monday, a district court judge heard opening arguments in the lawsuit the ACLU AND Planned Parenthood and the A-C-L-U filed to block the law. Critics say it’s designed as a deterrent to abortion, since women must attend two appointments on different days before obtaining an abortion.In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a 72-hour waiting period for abortions, ruling it was unconstitutional, but Governor Reynolds has now appointed a majority of the court’s justices. In a written statement after approving the waiting period, Reynolds said she is quote “proud to stand up for the sanctity of human life.”last_img read more

Biologists project lower harvests of pink salmon this season

first_imgFederal fishery biologists expect only 30-million pink salmon, or humpies, will be harvested in Southeast Alaska 2016. That’s well short of 2015’s disappointing harvest of 34 million fish and 2013’s record catch of 95-million pinks.Download Audio(Photo courtesy of NOAA)As part of a post mortem on last year’s wonky salmon runs, KTOO’s Matt Miller visited a weir near Juneau that has been recording salmon going out and coming back earlier and earlier for the last 35 years.Last year’s pink salmon runs in Southeast Alaska weren’t horrible, but they weren’t great either. It actually made a big difference where the fish returned in the Panhandle.“Northern Southeast turned out good, above average,” said Joe Orsi, a research fisheries biologist at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. “But southern Southeast just tanked.”Orsi speculated that warm sea surface temperatures may be responsible for this year’s high survival rates or larger fish size. But those results were not universal for all Southeast Alaska pink runs.“Basically it’s about a million or so fish higher than the ten year average in northern Southeast,” said Orsi. “But southern Southeast Alaska, it’s been like ten million fish below the ten year average. So, there appears to be a split in the production and survival of pink salmon about in the middle of Southeast Alaska.”Prince William Sound and Kodiak pink runs also came in strong.But why? For now, Orsi said they can only speculate on the reasons.“I know they had a lot of flooding events last winter down there,” Orsi said. “That’s a possibility. There could’ve been a mismatch of the fish entering the marine environment and the timing of the zooplankton down there. There could’ve been an assortment of predators or competitors that came up with the warm Blob that may have impacted the juvenile salmon. There’s just a lot of unknowns.”Pink salmon returning to Southeast Alaska last year were the children of 2013’s big return that formed the basis for that season’s record 95-million fish harvest.Orsi earlier predicted that 54-million pinks would be harvested last season. Going off of his numbers, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasted a range of 37- to 58-million fish that would be taken by all gear types.But only about 34 million were caught.Orsi concededed he was way off“ Last year, we predicted a fairly good pink salmon return to Southeast Alaska,” said Orsi. “I kind of have to face the music. We didn’t get that strong return this year.”It’s still unclear whether a persistent warm water anomaly nicknamed The Blob or a developing El Nino had any impact on those runs.Auke Creek is just one example of how some streams in northern Southeast had better returns than other streams further south. The Auke Creek Weir and Hatchery is a small, federally-operated facility tucked away in the woods in the 15-hundred feet between Auke Lake and Auke Bay.John Joyce, one of Orsi’s colleagues, is a research fisheries biologist at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute who spends a lot of his time at the weir. He says local geography and the relatively low drainage area are big factors in the health of the system.“Flow is very important.” Joyce said.A low snowpack in the Auke Lake drainage melted early in March and April  last year. That was followed by a very dry May and then heavy rain by July.“So, all of that affects not only the flow in the creek, but also the temperature,” said Joyce. “Temperature and flow are really important factors for fish that migrate, for juveniles and adults.”Joyce used words like “phenomenal” and “incredible” to describe over 24-thousand big pinks that returned to Auke Creek this summer. That’s over a 51 percent marine survival rate for the 47-thousand juvenile salmon that passed out of Auke Creek and into the ocean previous year. Normal survival rates for returning salmon range from a tenth of one percent to ten percent.The Auke Creek facility is unique because biologists have data on stream flow and water temperatures that correspond with 35 years of continuously counting salmon.Joyce said they noticed silver returns have been compressed into largely a two-week period while pink runs have trended two weeks earlier over the last three decades.“It’s substantial,” said Joyce. “And it has ecological implications, too, because these juveniles have adapted to certain timing to enter the ocean. Well, that adaption to timing could be differently influenced in fresh water than salt water. So, you could potentially have a mismatch where they’re going faster in fresh water but the ocean is not ready for them.Joyce said their research into migratory behavior and ocean survival has implications for resource management.“If you have salmon that used to run over a month and you could access them and now they’re running over two weeks, it affects your ability to harvest, it affects predators’ ability to kill,” said Joyce. “So, it does have ecological impacts in terms of the systems, too.”Joyce says they’re collaborating with the University of Alaska of Southeast which is using their 35-year data sets in their research to determine how climate change is influencing migratory behavior, marine survival and productivity.last_img read more