By Julien PretotRoger Federer booked his place in the ATP World Tour Finals for a record-tying 12th consecutive year when he dismissed South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.The win meant former world number one Federer, who started the week seventh in the ATP Race to London, made sure of finishing in the top nine. That is enough to earn him a spot in the Finals as Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is out with a back problem.Top seed Rafa Nadal also progressed to the third round in the French capital with a 7-5 7-5 triumph over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.By qualifying for the event every year since 2002, Federer equalled Ivan Lendl’s mark for the most successive appearances at the season-ending event.“It’s one of the highlights for all the players, all the top 10, top 20 talk about that from the beginning of the year or during the off-season,” the Swiss told a news conference.“Being among the very best is very enjoyable. Also it’s one of the tournaments where I haven’t had the greatest success.”Two more places are still available for next week’s showdown in London and Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka stayed on course to snatch one of them by beating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-6 6-3.Wawrinka, Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 6-4, are the last three candidates for a spot at the Finals.Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych have already qualified for the eight-man event.Wawrinka’s victory meant Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was ruled out of the race. German Tommy Haas, beaten 6-2 6-2 by fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber, also dropped out.Federer barely broke sweat against Anderson, breaking serve in the first game and never looking back as the South African made a series of unforced errors.Nadal, aiming to bag one of the three Masters titles he has never won, broke serve in the 11th game of each set against compatriot Granollers to set up a meeting with last year’s runner-up Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.“There is no easy opponent on a surface like this one, in a tough tournament like this one,” said the eight-times French Open champion. “But hopefully for my opponents I’m not going to be good news either.”
San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo goes up for a shot against Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has extended his PBA reign into the new year as he is on his way to winning another Best Player of the Conference award.But the three-time MVP said his focus is solely on winning games for San Miguel Beer, which is currently on top of the standings midway through the 2017 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ang layo pa, at ‘di ko pa iniisip yan (It’s still too far away and I don’t think about it much),” Fajardo told INQUIRER.net Monday. “Ang iniisip namin ang manalo ng games kasi malalakas na rin kalaban (Our focus is winning and our opponents have become stronger now).”“Iyong BPC ‘di ko masyadong pinapansin (I really don’t think about the BPC that much).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFajardo is averaging 44.2 SPs, 20.2 points 17.2 rebounds that are both career-highs to go along 1.5 blocks.The 27-year-old Fajardo is just one BPC plum shy of matching his mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most number of awards with five. MOST READ Fajardo tipped to make history anew in new year ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Fajardo’s teammates are also in the hunt for the Philippine Cup BPC award with point guard Alex Cabagnot in third and 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in sixth and the award’s frontrunner doesn’t mind sharing the limelight. “Okay naman kasi balanced nga scoring namin ngayon and suportahan namin lagi ang maganda nilalaro (This is good because we have this balanced scoring in the team, and we’ll support anyone who’s having a good game),” said Fajardo. He also acknowledged Cabagnot’s efforts in their 101-86 win over Meralco on Wednesday. Cabagnot had a team-high 21 points before leaving the game early after suffering an injury early in the third quarter.“Makaka treinta ata siya kung di siya na injure eh, (He could’ve scored 30 if he didn’t get injured),” said Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,Dear Editor,I refer to Mr E.B. John’s response in KN edition of July 11th, 2017 to my letter and wish to state categorically that I have zero interest in attacking any person(s) and maximum interest in addressing issues and debunking nonsense. Editor, Mr John’s response is considered worthless as it did not address a single direct question that was posed to him. From his admission, the “elephant” title arose out of technical & financial reports accessible to him. However, he cleverly conceals some important facts which is typical of a propagandist. Editor, since Mr John opted to masquerade on this issue. I will present some details to my fellow citizens who can formulate their own conclusions:1. The overseas experts being referred to, is the Diesel Power Company which conducted an audit of Skeldon. A pertinent question is, why have Diesel Power Experts to audit a Sugar Factory? Why not use sugar experts? Interestingly, the Prime Minister’s son-in-Law brought a team of sugar experts who reportedly concluded that Skeldon can become profitable in 18 months. Mr John, have you forgotten that report?2. The local experts mentioned must be the three (3) Sugar CoI members who Mr John employed to function in GuySuCo’s Executive structure. If we go by GuySuCo’s recent performances in efficiencies, sugar recovery, project implementation, etc, as measurement of their expertise, then it is safe to conclude that these “local experts” need expert guidance urgently. 3. The responsible person to account for the misdeed of a plant that was not commissioned is no other than the present CEO of GuySuCo. His previous employer was the Project Manager who delivered an un-commissioned plant at Skeldon. He even compounded that misdeed by accepting an un-commissioned plant at that moment of history when he was also the CEO. Mr John, you need to have a conversation with your master Mr Hanoman on this misdeed.In closing, I will restate my questions to Mr John: (1) As GuySuCo’s Human Resource Director, have you visited GuySuCo’s business frontline recently to experience the conditions under which workers function? Have you crossed a canal and visit workers in-field since 2015 to experience what they experience? Have you ever walked the various floors of Skeldon Sugar Factory to have a feel for the factory? Mr John, you must know at this late stage of your working life that the frontline dictates the bottom-line. Strikes do not fall from the sky, they are caused. Unfortunately, GuySuCo focuses on effects of strikes rather than examining the causative factors. No wonder it continues unabated.Regards, Sookram Persaud
1 Best Real Madrid European goals Real Madrid beat Swiss side Basel 5-1 in their opening Champions League match on Tuesday evening and in doing so, scored their 1,000th European goal.Karim Benzema scored the landmark goal and it got us thinking about the club’s greatest ever strikes, so we picked five from the competition they’ve won 10 times, the Champions League.We feel like we’re missing one, though…Cristiano Ronaldo v Ajax – 2011/12 Champions League group stageSteve McManaman v Valencia – 2000 Champions League finalRonaldo’s hat-trick goal v Man United – 2002/03 Champions League quarter-finalCristiano Ronaldo v Marseille – 2009/10 Champions League group stageRaul v Barcelona – 2001/02 Champions League semi-finalNever mind Real Madrid, what’s the best Champions League goal you’ve ever seen?
1 Udinese are eyeing up a January swoop for Watford flop Alessandro Diamanti.The Italian is currently on a season-long loan at Vicarage Road from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.However since making the move the attacking midfielder has struggled to win a spot in Quique Sanchez Flores’ first-team.That, according to TMW, has sparked interest from Udinese and they are ready to bring Diamanti back to Italy.The Serie A side are hoping to cut short the 32-year-old’s loan with Watford and instead bring him to the Stadio Friuli for the remainder of the season. Alessandro Diamanti
Aberdeen have been unsuccessful in their bid to have Mikey Devlin’s red card against Kilmarnock overturned on appeal.Devlin was sent off just four minutes into the match at Pittodrie for hauling down Eammon Brophy near the halfway line as the striker sped towards goal. Kilmarnock went on to win 2-0, ending a long wait for an away win against the Dons.Aberdeen immediately indicated that they would appeal the decision but, after a panel met on Wednesday to consider the matter, referee Craig Thomson’s decision was ruled to be correct.In a brief statement on their official website, an Aberdeen spokesperson said: “The club has this morning received confirmation it has been unsuccessful with the appeal for the red card shown to Michael Devlin last weekend. “We are extremely disappointed with this outcome, which will now mean Michael misses our important league match against St Johnstone after the international break.“The club will be making no further comment.”
Jimmy Buffett comes to town and with special guest Huey Lewis & the News this is the must see concert of the summer. We can’t wait to see all of the Parrotheads return and fill our parking lot and venue with their awesome outfits and decorations. Do not miss out on this party!”Parrotheads have already given the “Fins Up” for the first ever floating Margaritaville Restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar aboard the all new Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape. It’s based in Miami and sails the Caribbean Sea.Meanwhile, back on land, the idea of turning Margaritaville into a musical has been percolating for quite a while but now it’s gearing up to make its debut in the near future. It will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story. Get your shaker of salt ready! Stay tuned for more….Thursday, June 23rdKlipsch Music CenterTickets On Sale Friday, February 12th at 10amEight ticket limit per customer.Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets,Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices subject to applicable fees. The wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, together with special guest Huey Lewis & the News, will perform at Klipsch Music Center for one night only, Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm, as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know’” Tour 2016.Local Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience.“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome back Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band to Indianapolis,” said Andrew Newport, General Manager of Klipsch Music Center. “Summer doesn’t get into full swing until
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Brian McMahon won the annual Warriors Run event in Strandhill on Saturday, with the Clonliffe Harriers clubman coming home in 52 minutes 51 seconds, ahead of second-placed John Travers.Jake O’Regan was third, and Sligo AC’s Seamus Somers finished fourth, just ahead of another Sligo finisher in Aidan McMoreland.Sarah McCormack from the Munster Mountain Running Club was the first female home, and eighth overall.