Serena Williams simple to fourth round

MELBOURNE, Jan 21, 2017 – A “super-focused” Serena Williams joined sister Venus in the fourth round of the Australian Open Saturday, ruthlessly snuffing out Nicole Gibbs’s challenge as she accelerates towards a record 23rd Grand Slam title.

The second seed clinically dispatched her fellow American 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena, further dispelling any lingering doubts about her early-season form.

It is the 14th time in her 17 Australian Opens she has made at least the fourth round, and sets her up with a clash against 16th-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova, who beat French 21st seed Caroline Garcia.

If she gets through that, Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki or Ekaterina Makarova could be waiting for her in the quarter-finals.

“It was really good to get this under my belt,” she said. “I always try to take everyone super-serious and I’m always super-focused.”

Williams, looking to become the most decorated Grand Slam champion in the Open era, contested just eight events in an injury-shortened 2016, concluding with the US Open.

But any doubts about her form have been put to bed in Melbourne with three comfortable wins — including over former top-ten players Belinda Bencic and Lucie Safarova.

She hardly got out of first gear against Gibbs, dictating terms from the opening game against a player ranked 92 who had never been past the third round at any major.

Gibbs, who was only two years old when Williams made her WTA debut in 1995, was overawed and broken in the fourth game, with the 35-year-old winning every net point she contested.

It was a leisurely work-out with Williams having an answer for everything Gibbs threw at her, breaking again to race through the set in just 26 minutes.

After her second round, Williams said she had been trying to channel positive thoughts on court as she targets a seventh Australian crown, which would also take her past Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major titles.

She cranked up the pressure in the second set, breaking Gibbs on a double fault to go 2-1 ahead.

Williams, who played her first match on Rod Laver Arena 19 years ago, was going through the motions but she let her guard down briefly when serving for the match, allowing Gibbs to secure her first and only break.

It only delayed the inevitable, with Gibbs promptly broken for the fifth time as Williams drew her masterclass to a close.

Melbourne Park is a happy hunting ground for Williams, who claimed her first Australian Open title way back in 2003, beating elder sister Venus in the final.

Source: TheNation

‘Attracting Depay is a dream come true’

‘Attracting Depay is a dream come true’

The joy at Olympique Lyon is big now Memphis Depay his contract signed with the number four of the French league. “It’s a dream come true,” said president Jean-Michel Aulas on international who comes from Manchester United.

“Memphis is exactly the type of player to which we were looking for,” said Aulas against RMC Sport. “Moreover, he has a certain flair. Under Jose Mourinho he did not play much, but it gave us the opportunity to negotiate with United.

“We get a player who wants to show his huge talent. There was a lot of interest in him after his time at PSV, where he had two fantastic seasons. If you see him, you get the impression that he really wants to let see his enormous talent. We hope we will not be disappointed.”

Rafael Nadal smashes Marcos Baghdatis

Rafael Nadal dispatched Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets on Thursday night to set up a tantalising third-round clash against German teen sensation Alexander Zverev.

The 14-time grand slam champion muscled his way past Baghdatis, a beaten finalist at Melbourne Park in 2006, in an impressive 6-3-6-1 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena.

“I won in straight sets against a difficult opponent, so very happy for the victory,” Nadal said.

“I think I can do things better, is true. I need to have some less mistakes. But in general, I have been playing well. I played solid with my serve.

“Then I created lot of chances on the return against a player that serves, well, no? So that’s good news.”

A jubilant Nadal punched the air in delight after he closed out the match.

Carlos Tevez welcomed by thousands of singing Chinese

The Chinese adventure of Carlos Tevez has officially begun. The Argentine striker (32) goes receive tons of money at Shanghai Shenhua and already got a taste of what awaits him.

At Shanghai Pudong International Airport were thousands of Chinese people waiting on Tevez who was loudly sung.

Carlos Tevez is a former player of Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, and Boca Juniors
At Shenhua, last season the number 4 of the Chinese league, he’s teammate of Demba Ba and Obafemi Martins.

Unique loss Novak Djokovic

MELBOURNE, Jan 19, 2017 – Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday.

The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena.

It was the world number two’s earliest Grand Slam exit since Wimbledon 2008, when he was beaten by Marat Safin in the second round.

It was also only Djokovic’s second loss to a player outside the top 100 in seven years, after his defeat to 145th-ranked Juan Martin del Potro at last year’s Rio Olympics.

“He played obviously above his level. You got to give him credit for that,” Djokovic said. “Many things came together for him today. He’s a well-deserved winner.

“He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments. There’s not much I could do.”

Istomin, who got into the main draw as the winner of the Asia wildcard play-off in December, said it was the high point of his playing career.

“It is the biggest win for me, and it means so much,” Istomin said, struggling with the emotions of his achievement.

“So now I can feel that I can play with these guys and to be with them on the same level.”

He added: “I feel sorry for Novak. I was playing so good today. I mean, I also surprised myself today.”

Serbia’s Djokovic was bidding to win a record seventh Australian Open title and overtake Australian Roy Emerson, who won six in the 1960s.

It was a miserable start to the Grand Slam season for Djokovic, who surrendered his top world ranking to Andy Murray last year and fell to second in the world for the first time since June 2014.

Istomin played at an extraordinary level from the opening game, which took 16 minutes — signalling the impending struggle for Djokovic.

Last year Djokovic survived an epic four-and-a-half hour five-setter against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the Australian Open fourth round, but this time there was no escape.

Istomin broke the defending champion’s serve in the seventh game before Djokovic broke back in the following game as the marathon first set went to a tiebreaker.

Djokovic had two set points but it was Istomin who grabbed the set 10-8, ending an 85-minute struggle.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion had more early problems when he clutched his left hamstring after stretching for a volley in the third game of the second set, and called for the trainer at the next changeover.

Istomin held two set points at 5-4 for a two-love lead but Djokovic fought them off and broke the Uzbek in the next game before levelling the match after almost two-and-a-half hours.

Istomin looked to be tiring and he dropped three straight service games as Djokovic surged back to take the third set and hit the front for the first time.

But Istomin wouldn’t go away. He broke Djokovic’s serve early in the fourth set and had a set point at 5-4, but the Serb saved it.

Istomin had control of the tiebreaker and got to 5-1 before he took the match into a fifth set with a second-serve ace on his fourth set point.

He was too strong in the final set, breaking Djokovic’s serve in the fifth game and admirably handling the pressure to serve it out.

He only needed the first of his two match points to claim victory when Djokovic’s return of service went over the baseline.

Istomin will now meet Spanish 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round.

Source: TheNation

 

FIA approved officially billion acquisition of Formula 1

The FIA has approved the acquisition of Formula 1 by Liberty Media following an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Geneva on Wednesday.

Liberty Media announced in September that it had agreed an $8 billion deal to purchase Delta Topco, Formula 1’s parent company, and aimed for the deal to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

Following the approval of plans for the acquisition from Liberty shareholders on Tuesday, the FIA has now green lighted the deal, approving the sale of F1’s commercial rights as required.

“The World Motor Sport Council has unanimously approved the change of control of Delta Topco Limited (the holding company of the Formula One Group and thus the owner of the Commercial Rights of the FIA Formula One World Championship) from CVC Capital Partners in favour of Liberty Media Corporation at an extraordinary meeting today in Geneva,” a statement from the FIA reads.

“The transaction will see the transfer of 100% of the shares in Delta Topco to Liberty Media Group, one of the tracking stocks of Liberty Media Corporation.

“During the meeting, the representatives of the prospective new owner made a detailed presentation of their strategy. The members of the World Motor Sport Council then had the opportunity to ask questions about the specifics of the agreement, the ongoing working relationship with the FIA and Liberty’s plans for the sport.

“Liberty, Formula One Group and the FIA intend to collaborate to create a constructive relationship that will ensure the continued success and the development of the FIA Formula One World Championship in the long term.

“The World Motor Sport Council’s decision confirms the FIA’s belief that Liberty, as a renowned media organization with expertise in both sport and entertainment, is clearly well positioned to ensure the continued development of its pinnacle Championship.

“The FIA holds a one per cent shareholding in Delta Topco. As part of the sale by CVC to Liberty Media Corporation, and in line with the agreements between the FIA and the Formula One Group, the FIA will be dragged along in the sale process under the same conditions as CVC and all the other shareholders.

“The FIA looks forward to working with the new owners of the Formula One Group on further developing the unrivaled global spectacle that is the FIA Formula One World Championship for all stakeholders.”

Following the announcement, Liberty issued a statement of its own confirming receipt of the FIA’s approval and its intention to complete the deal by the end of the month – a much shorter timespan than most expected.

“Liberty Media Corporation announced today that it has received the requisite consents and approvals from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (“FIA”), the governing body of Formula 1, in connection with its pending acquisition of Formula 1, and that the closing conditions related to the FIA have now been satisfied,” it reads.

Memphis Depay signs for 4.5 years at Olympique Lyon

Olympique Lyon and Manchester United have agreed on the transfer of Memphis Depay. President Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed tonight that the two clubs have reached an agreement in principle. He responded to earlier reports of the French sports newspaper L’Equipe, which reported that only a few details of the deal should be settled.

Memphis (22) undergoes on Short-term a medical examination at the French club. The striker signed for 4.5 years. With the transition would take between 15 and 20 million euros. ManUnited thereby suffers loss on the 22-year-old international, who the club last summer around 30 million euros had paid. Playboy Memphis could not live up to the high expectations. This season he has hardly played of coach Jose Mourinho.

The Football Transfer market is wide open

Manchester City goes once again for Lionel Messi
City want to pay 113 million for the striker.

Manchester United goes for Antoine Griezmann for the same amount.
Last year Manchester United broke the transfer record for Paul Pogba and now the Red Devils want to break the record.

Olympique Lyon increases offer for Memphis Depay.
After the first bid for the Orange International – reportedly 13 million – from the table was swept by the Red Devils, Olympique Lyon screwed the amount to 15 million euros. United would like to have at least 17 million. To be continued in the coming days.

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