Top Seed Serena crashes out of French Open

first_imgThe French Open slid towards anarchy on the fourth day. The defending champion and world No1 Serena Williams is out, as is her sister, Venus, joining the No2 seed Li Na, as well as the Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, the game’s glamour boy, Grigor Dimitrov, and Japan’s latest hope, Kei Nishikori, who had already left gaping holes in the men’s draw.Serena’s departure means the top two seeds are gone from the draw after two rounds, the earliest such high-class cull in the tournament’s history. In a summer of doubt, the only certainty in tennis would seem to be that the next surprise is not far away.Williams might still be the best player in the world. And she could yet add to her collection of 17 grand slam titles, her next opportunity arriving at Wimbledon in June. But the 32-year-old American looked anything but a champion in Paris, either during her desultory 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat by the 20-year-old Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, when she was near tears towards the end – or in a press conference afterwards that had all the buzz of a coroner’s inquest.Serena – who would not blame injury or the occasional gusts of wind on a grey day for her error-strewn tennis – looked beat, sounded exasperated and, once she had tetchily batted away questions about the most disappointing performance of her career, could not wait to leave a place where she has won two of her slam titles.last_img read more

Luke Walton favored to be atop Lakers’ ‘long list’ of coaching candidates

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The race has just started. But where will the finish line end?With the Lakers parting ways with Byron Scott on Sunday night, they did not just try to cleanse themselves from two seasons that ended with their worst record in franchise history. The Lakers also hoped to find the right coach, with their fourth search since Phil Jackson retired in 2011.As of now, the Lakers are treating how to fill their current coaching vacancy with an open mind. They plan to compile a “long list of people,” as one person familiar with the situation said. Those candidates will include varying backgrounds and degrees of coaching experience.Former NBA coaches could include Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Current NBA assistants could include Golden State’s Luke Walton and San Antonio’s Ettore Messina, which would require the Lakers to seek permission from both teams to interview. College coaches could include Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Villanova’s Jay Wright. The Lakers plan to go through multiple stages of interviewing and reevaluating candidates before narrowing their list and hiring their next coach. Still, the sentiment around the league casts Walton as the favored candidate for multiple reasons.Walton has built close relationships with various members of the Lakers organization after playing as a key reserve from 2004 to 2012, which included NBA championship runs in 2009 and 2010. Walton has also sparked buzz for guiding the defending champion Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery.Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid-May before the Warriors’ eventual title run.If the Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their first-round series in Oakland on Wednesday, that could make it easier for the Lakers and Walton to schedule any possible interview before the Western Conference semifinals begin.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN VALUABLE POINT AGAINST LETTERKENNY GAELS

first_imgUrris GAA News:SENIOR & RESERVES FOOTBALL: The Seniors and Reserves played Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday night in Straid, two most enjoyable games.Final score in reserve game Urris 3-07 letterkenny gaels 2-08. Senior game ended in a draw Urris 1-08 Letterkenny Gaels 1-08. Both teams home to Red Hughs, Killygordon on Saturday night. Please check our Facebook page for times. Support most welcome. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies are playing Termon B team on Sunday in Termon. BUT again Please check our Facebook page for time etc as fixture may change.CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday April 9th: No Jackpot winner–numbers drawn: 15, 16, 18 & 21. €15 winners: Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey, Anne Mc Gilloway, Roxtown, B Smith C/o Bayside Caravan Park, Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey and The Noone Wains, Tornabratley. Jackpot next week €940. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers each week and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.  U16 Boys: Next match is away to Carndonagh on Friday night at 6.30pm in the Darren Downey/Gary Mc Laughlin Memorial Cup. U12 Go Games: The U12 team to Muff in the Maurice Mc Menamin Memorial Cup on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. U6 & U8 : Training every Saturday from 11am to 12 noon, please note out in Straid now. Also, U10 girls training every Saturday in Straid from 12 to 1pm.BINGO: Club bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.LAST MAN STANDING: Congrats to Brian Kelly Our Last Man Standing and thanks to all who took part in the competition and to Donal Kelly for organising.   GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN VALUABLE POINT AGAINST LETTERKENNY GAELS was last modified: April 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more