Order of play on the main showcourts at the US Open on Saturday (prefix numbers denote seeding):Arthur Ashe Stadium (1500 GMT/11 AM ET) 31-Timea Babos (Hungary) v 5-Simona Halep (Romania)(1700 GMT/1 PM ET) 1-Serena Williams (US) v Johanna Larsson (Sweden) Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) v 2-Andy Murray (Britain)(2300 GMT/7 PM ET) 26-Laura Siegemund (Germany) v 6-Venus Williams (US) 14-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v Illya Marchenko (Ukraine)Louis Armstrong Stadium (1500 GMT/11 AM ET) 11-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) v 19-Elena Vesnina (Russia) 4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) v 25-Caroline Garcia (France) Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) v 11-David Ferrer (Spain) Daniel Evans (Britain) v 3-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)– –Grandstand (1500 GMT/11 AM ET) 8-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) Ana Konjuh (Croatia) v Varvara Lepchenko (US) 10-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) v 17-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 6-Kei Nishikori (Japan) v Nicolas Mahut (France)
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant’s first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.Now five years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path.ADVERTISEMENT Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-seven championship series begins Thursday at Oakland, California.READ: NBA Finals coverage still hangs FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 French Open takes player’s credential for harassing reporter Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “He didn’t make the decision he made to go to the finals. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. To go win. Not just go to the finals. No one remembers second place. It’s about winning.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said.“You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that’s what makes them more dangerous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “It’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. “I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship.READ: Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance“So it’s a little different now, obviously. We have a bigger goal in mind. But you’ve got to enjoy everything, man. When we look at it, this is just a blip on the radar in terms of our whole life. So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it.”And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with “Big Three” teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.“Our chemistry is getting better and better,” Durant said. “We’re going to need it even more now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead ‘It’s going to be a battle’The Warriors have the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0. They are the ninth team in league history to reach the finals undefeated, in eras with fewer games needed to make the championship round, but only five of the first eight won the title.“I’m just proud of the work we’ve put in from the beginning of the season,” Durant said. “We just kept grinding. We didn’t talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. Simple as that.“We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn’t matter going into the next series,” Durant said.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies“We know it’s going to be a battle.”Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year’s Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far.Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors’ perfect playoff start.“Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he’s gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC,” Green said. “To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk. To win it would be even better.READ: Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals View comments
The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has deliberately, recklessly and wickedly targeted sugar workers in their plan to consolidate their dictatorship in Guyana. Sugar workers and sugar communities are being transformed into desolate, depressed, impoverished communities. Already two suicide deaths have occurred among terminated sugar workers. Ralph Ramkarran has warned of the consequences of crime and under-development in these communities. Elders of the Working People’s Alliance, such as Eusi Kwayana, Moses Bhagwan and Andaiye, have stood up and spoken out against the callousness of this Government. President Granger’s talk of social cohesion is hypocrisy and unholy political gymnastics as sugar workers and their families are denied the right to “fit and proper” living. We must all stand up and speak out. Silence is acquiescence.The latest betrayal is APNU/AFC’s promise of paying sugar workers their severance payments in January 2018, an obligation under the laws of Guyana. This appears to be an empty promise.Only a cynic, a hypocrite or a fool would argue that APNU/AFC does not suffer from a pathological allergy to the truth. In fact, three things can be expected on a daily basis – another example of lying, another example of corruption, another broken promise. Sugar workers have borne a disproportionate share of APNU/ AFC’s lies, corruption and broken promises. A couple of weeks ago, I cautioned that the Agriculture Minister has an aversion to the truth whenever he addresses issues concerning sugar workers. At the time, he was promising that the more than 4000 sugar workers who received termination letters from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) would be paid their severance in January. We assumed he was talking about payments being made in January 2018.Now, shamelessly, the Agriculture Minister ominously admits the Finance Minister is trying desperately to “scrape up” the required funds to affect the payment to sugar workers. Budget 2018 had not yet been passed when APNU/AFC approved the termination of the sugar workers. In fact, long before they had begun the preparation of Budget 2018, they had already announced the closure of Rose Hall, Skeldon and Enmore. One would have thought they would have made provisions to pay the workers. Incidentally, many of the sugar workers from Wales who were terminated since 2016 have not been paid their severance. Neither the workers nor I believe that APNU/AFC will keep their promise of paying severance this month. Everyone in the APNU/AFC machinery now concedes, as I had warned a couple of weeks ago, that Budget 2018 did not cater for severance payment for sugar workers.The expected broken severance payment promise to the sugar workers will be another knife in the back of sugar workers. APNU/AFC and their cloying sycophants will argue that we are still in January, but if there were any intention to make the payments, they would already know where the money is. GuySuCo has stated it has no money to pay and they cannot say when and if the workers will be paid. The fact that APNU/AFC now says they are “scraping” to find the money is a giveaway that they have every intention to break their promise to the sugar workers. There is US$18 million sitting in the secret Bank of Guyana account. “Scrape” it from there.No right-thinking Guyanese would be shocked by another broken promise to sugar workers. They promised they would not close any sugar estate – they broke that promise. They promised sugar workers a 20 per cent increase – in fact, they have frozen wages at the 2014 level, with zero increase in 2015, 2016, 2017. They promised better management – we have had the worse annual production in the last 100 years. The next lie will drop later in the year – closure of Uitvlugt. In all of this, the self-proclaimed “champions” of the sugar workers – Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan – are silent.
Faeces throwing caseColumnist Freddie Kissoon failed to demonstrate comprehension of basic questions posited to him by defence attorney Glen Hanoman, during the trial of the three men accused of throwing faeces on him. The trial continued on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.In a packed Courtroom, the three defendants, Sean Hinds, Kwame McCoy and Jason Abdulla appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Hanoman continued his cross-examination but Kissoon had to be caution several times by Magistrate Latchman after he kept ranting at every question posited to him by the attorney. Kissoon went on to ask the Magistrate if he was required to answer certain questions that were put to him by the attorney, of which the magistrate replied in the affirmative.Freddie KissoonHanoman experienced great difficulties securing direct answers from Kissoon, who opted to respond to every question with a philosophical answer. His responses seemed to entertain the courtroom that chuckled every time he answered. More than once Kissoon sought to overpower the attorney and instead began to question him. Kissoon further pleaded with the magistrate to answer a particular question that the Magistrate ruled she would not be allowing in her courtroom.Hanoman requested that the evidence given by Kissoon to be withdrawn since he has proven on several occasions that he is incompetent to stand trial. He added that several criteria are met by Kissoon that can deem him to be incompetent which are, memory lapse, understanding the questions and unable to give simple and direct answers.The defence council told the court that Kissoon was unaware he had to tell the whole truth to the court since he told the court that he is only there to tell the truth which has dimensions. A frustrated Hanoman blurted that “too much education is a bad thing.”At the previous hearing when the question was posited to Kissoon about whether or not he could have identified the person/persons who threw the substance on him he replied in the negative.Kissoon claimed that he did not recognise anyone of the accused as the person who threw the “nasty-smelly” substance on him when questioned by Police Prosecutor, Kerry Bostwick. In fact Kissoon told the court that the image of the person that threw the substance is engraved in his mind as much as the first time he kissed his wife.He added that he can describe the ‘culprit’s’ facial features and height since at the time the substance was thrown at him, he was wearing his glasses and it did not affect his ability to see. In his evidence, he told the court that prior to the incident he had never seen the individual.Kissoon further explained that he saw the person who threw the substance on him for 90 seconds, who later ran east to west of North Road.He was cross-examined by attorney Latchmie Rahamat at the first hearing, who is representing McCoy, while Abdula’s attorney, Glen Hanoman, concluded his cross-examination on Friday.Attorney George Thomas, who is representing Hinds, will be cross-examining Kissoon at the next court hearing on September 16. It is alleged that on May 24, 2010, in Georgetown, McCoy, Abdulla and Hinds assaulted Kissoon.The trio allegedly walked up to Kissoon and instigated the throwing of faeces in Kissoon’s face after he had emerged from Nigel’s Supermarket, Robb Street, Georgetown.
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action.Leaders Manchester City look set to welcome Sergio Aguero back against Liverpool and the Argentine striker is 7/2 to open the scoring at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal, level on points with City in second, take on West Brom at the Hawthorns and are 8/15 favourites to triumph.He also reveals a special offer for new Coral customers if they back Manchester United to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi Roma are lining up a summer move for Chelsea and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi.The 30-year-old Argentine forward is on the radar of both English clubs and had looked set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this month with his contract up in June.However, has decided to stay put in the French capital until the end of the season when he will choose who to join on a free transfer.Now reports in France have revealed that Roma are ready to join the race to sign him amid interest from London and Barcelona.Inter Milan are also understood to be keen on luring Lavezzi back to Serie A but it is Roma who are said to be the Italian club currently in pole position to sign him. 1
A loan move to Serie A club Torino would NOT be a step down for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to former defender Tony Dorigo.The England number one has been strongly linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium after being dropped by Pep Guardiola, and latest reports claim he has left the Three Lions’ training camp to undergo a medical in Turin.But former Chelsea, Aston Villa and Leeds United defender Dorigo, who spent a season with Torino before returning to English football, is adamant the move shouldn’t be viewed as a demotion.Torino are historically one of Italy’s greatest sides, having won seven Italian championship titles, and Dorigo is confident Hart will love life in Italy and at the club, should he sign before Wednesday’s transfer window.“I’m delighted Joe has decided to take that step and I have some sympathy for him as well, because it doesn’t seem he’s been given a chance to even try and play the Guardiola way.“However, he’s going to Torino, which is wonderful news. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and they have incredibly passionate supporters. They’ve got Juventus across the road, so the derbies will be incredible.“I’m not sure if many know this, but Il Grande Torino – the great Torino side – won four or five championship in the late 40’s.“They’ve won more titles than Manchester City ever have!”That Grande Torino side are regarded as one of the strongest Italian teams in history and won five back-to-back Italian titles in the 40’s – a record tied with Juventus and Inter Milan.“But of course they had tragedy as well,” he continued.“That great team all died in a plane crash [the Superga air disaster in 1949], and from then, they’ve rebuilt and been a bit of a yo-yo side. But they’re a great passionate club and I’m sure they’ll love Joe.”When asked what it takes to succeed when you move from the Premier League to an oversees club, Dorigo added: “It’s all about the attitude.“When you play aboard, I thought it was a wonderful experience for both my football career and on a personal level. You’ve just got to throw yourself into it completely.“For Joe at his age, 29, he’s got that experience and his attitude will be, ‘let’s give it a go, get out there and do it’.“There also are no other English players at Torino, so he’s got to throw himself into the Italian way, into the language and hopefully that happens quickly for him.”
Eleven fans were arrested after Port Vale’s derby clash with Stoke City‘s Under-21s ended in ‘despicable’ violence on Tuesday night.Match stewards were caught in the crossfire as supporters hurled bottles at coins onto the pitch in the first Potteries derby between the local rivals in 16 years.Stoke’s youngster’s lost the Checkatrade Trophy game 4-0.‘Considerable damage’ was caused to Vale Park – including seats being ripped out, windows smashed and toilets broken. The state of the away end toilets after tonight’s Vale v Stoke game #pvfc #portvale #scfc #stokecity pic.twitter.com/ZEpzxgIShC— Mike Baggaley (@MBaggers37) December 4, 2018Over 150 officers were deployed to the match between the fierce Staffordshire rivals on Tuesday night.Staffordshire Police said 11 arrests had been made for violence and public order offences after disruptive behaviour from large sections of the away fans.Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, commander for the policing operation, said: “I would like to express my thanks to all the officers that helped us deliver a challenging policing operation. There was some despicable behaviour by a large number of fans, which has caused considerable damage to the away section of Vale Park.“We are taking this very seriously and I expect there to be more arrests in the coming days as we examine CCTV coverage and gather evidence of the crimes committed. We are better than this as a city. Or at least we should be. If you’re one of the morons involved in trouble or damage tonight I hope you get nicked. If you’re celebrating this behaviour, you’re an idiot. Thanks to @ChiefSuptStaffs and @StaffsPolice. V tough job. #PVFC #StokeCity pic.twitter.com/oRf4tISoMO— Martin Tideswell (@MartinTideswell) December 4, 2018“My officers have shown bravery and dedication tonight and the support from stewards and partners has been first class in ensuring that those intent on fighting each other were unable to do so.“I am also grateful for local pubs working with us and shutting early to ensure the safety of those in Burslem.”Mr Jones added: “This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and I would like to reassure you that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.”
It was still a solid performance from the Spaniard, who has found opportunities limited this season, as he managed to dictate the play, showcasing his trademark passes.When his number went up in the 84th minute, the Chelsea fans rose in unison to give the midfield maestro a standing ovation as he was replaced by N’Golo Kante.Hugs were shared with his team-mates and he was embraced by manager Maurizio Sarri as he took his familiar place on the substitutes’ bench.The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, with Chelsea and Monaco close to agreeing a deal for a move to Ligue 1. An emotional Cesc Fabregas waved farewell to Chelsea and their supporters as he tearfully left the pitch at Stamford Bridge.It was a somewhat anticlimactic end to his stay at the club, when after being named captain for the FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, he then missed the chance to put Chelsea ahead when his penalty was saved. 1 Cesc Fabregas waves farewell at Stamford Bridge Cesc Fabregas says goodbye 👋 🏟 501 Games⚽️ 81 Goals🎯 149 Assists🏆🏆 Premier League🏆🏆 FA Cup🏆 League Cup🏆 Community ShieldA brilliant career in English football 👏 pic.twitter.com/1Bplha05bZ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 5, 2019