Thiem, Zverev into US Open final

first_imgDominic Thiem of Austria will play Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the US Open final for their first Grand Slam titles after they won their last-four matches in contrasting styles Friday. Second seed Thiem ousted third-seeded Russian and last year’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev in a closely fought three-setter that was packed with powerful baseline rallies and impressive serving. The 27-year-old Thiem won 6-2, 7-6 (9⁄7) 7-6 (7⁄5) in 2hr 56 min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach his fourth Grand Slam final. Earlier, Zverev came from two sets down to complete a remarkable comeback against 20th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta and reach his first tennis major final. The 23-year-old German won an error-strewn, scrappy encounter 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in 3hr 23min, also on the famous Ashe court. It marked the first time in Zverev’s career that he came from two sets behind to win. “I actually looked at the scoreboard when I was down two sets to love,” Zverev said. “I was like, ‘I can’t believe it. I’m playing in a semi-final, I’m supposed to be the favourite and I have no chance, I’m playing that bad.”Advertisement Zverev made 36 unforced errors in the first two sets compared to just 12 for Carreno Busta as the nerves of the occasion seemed to get the better of him. But Zverev began to cut down on his mistakes in the third set, upping his service game and taking control of rallies with more powerful, accurate groundstrokes. “I started taking the ball more on the rise. I started giving myself the chance to be the one that is aggressive,” said the German, adding: “I’m through to my first Grand Slam final and that’s all that matters.” Carreno Busta said he had lost “a big opportunity” to reach a first Slam final. Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates winning his semi-final match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the 2020 US Open Read Also: Messi: Barcelona president harassed in first public outing “I made the semi-finals here. I know that is a good result, is a good performance, but now in this moment it’s tough,” he told reporters. Zverev becomes the first German man to reach the final of a tennis major since Rainer Schuttler at the 2003 Australian Open. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Pink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

T-Time: Here’s who USC won’t hire as coach

first_imgOthers wanted Bohn to roll the dice and row the boat by hiring Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, who at the very least would turn stale press conferences into Disney Plus-level premium content (though it has been nice being able to copy and paste Helton’s phrases from week to week). But any chance of that ended when Fleck signed a contract extension last week that will keep him in the Twin Cities through 2026. “But Alicia, USC was THIS CLOSE to digging up the remains of Howard Jones, re-animating him and surrounding him with a staff from the SEC West,” tweets user kingcambie. “It was going to happen!”  Unless quarterback Russell Wilson abruptly retires to be a stay-at-home dad or Amazon buys out the Seahawks and outsources their coaching to Bangladesh, this isn’t happening. But USC fans can keep dreaming. To cope, I usually watch the first hour of ESPN 30 for 30’s “Trojan War” and drift off to sleep before the NCAA intervenes.  Trevor Denton is a senior writing about sports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Thursday. The other day, I was scouring Twitter for any new information on the head coaching search, and I came across this gem from a USC fan, in response to beat writer Alica de Artola, who was trying to curtail fan expectations.  First of all, Dad, if you already have the answer, then why are you asking me? And second of all, please stop. Florida Atlantic has put up a solid 23-13 record during Kiffin’s tenure, but he’s shown no signs of maturing from when he called for a 76-yard field goal as the Raiders’ head coach. He still tweets more than his own players and burns bridges at every stop.  Special thanks to the king of cambie for inspiring me to come up with this list of the most unlikely candidates to replace Helton. I can’t tell you who USC will hire, but perhaps ruling out a few names will end those recurring nightmares of Jeff Fisher leading the team out of the Coliseum tunnel. Here we go.  New athletic director Mike Bohn is officially on the clock, and that’s bad news for head football coach Clay Helton. Unless the first quarter of the Arizona State game was the only USC football Bohn has ever seen — in that case, brace yourself for a five-year extension.  Every time my dad calls me, he asks me who I think USC’s next head coach will be. Every time, I tell him I don’t know. And every time he responds, “You’re bringing back Lane Kiffin.”  USC had its chance to give Orgeron the keys to the program back in 2013 when he led the team to a 6-2 finish as interim head coach. During Orgeron’s run, which included an upset over No. 4 Stanford, then-athletic director Pat Haden said, “I had 136 pro-Coach O emails today. Those were just emails. That doesn’t count the tweets, letters and phone calls. In my day, they sent ‘em by carrier pigeon. Now, I get ‘em four or five ways.” Honestly, why not? He’s a steady presence. He has the most wins in USC history (127). He understands the program by virtue of constantly lingering around. Give the man his job back.  Let’s leave this idea on the tarmac once and for all.  The only silver lining is that, at age 68, Carroll is youthful enough to coach into his mid-90s. Maybe he’ll come back around 2040, but don’t even count on that.  Why’d he have to go, I don’t know, he wouldn’t say / Reggie did something [not even really] wrong, now I long for yesterday. Since the BYU loss, fans have speculated over USC’s next head coaching hire. Most are clamoring for Urban Meyer to ride in on his white horse, win a few national championships and retreat to CBS Sports when things inevitably go south. This would give him the coveted three rings at three different schools and three retirements at three different broadcast networks (college football’s version of the EGOT).  LSU head coach Ed Orgeron  The John McKay statue outside of the John McKay Center  And yet he ignored all of those messages — through all four or five ways they were delivered — and hired Steve Sarkisian, who, um, wasn’t really head coach material. Now Orgeron is the head coach of LSU, a job the Louisiana-born part-man-mostly-alligator was put on this earth to do. Since taking over, the Tigers have gone 28-7 and just took down No. 2 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium over the weekend. I’d be more upset about it, but it’s hard to argue with destiny. Orgeron will be coaching the Tiguhs until the bayou dries up and Haden’s decision remains one of USC’s worst in recent history, which says a lot.  Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher  Just no. The last season Fisher led a team at the Coliseum, it finished 4-12 even though that same team had enough talent to make the Super Bowl two years later. Fisher can rest easy knowing he’ll forever go down in history … as the losingest coach in NFL history (tied with Dan Reeves at 165 losses). Fisher will be name-dropped in every USC head coaching search until the end of time, all because he played for the Trojans in the early 1980s (The Trojan Family is real! Fight On!). At least it’s impossible to go 7-9 in college football, if USC does somehow end up with Fisher.  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll  Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin A lot is up in the air, but one thing is certain: No one knows anything yet, and it’s causing the fanbase to lose its collective mind. last_img read more

Wikki Back at the Summit, Rangers Falter against Lobi

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Tunde Oyedele in AkureWikki Tourists are back on top of the Nigeria league after they beat Abia Warriors 2-0 at home and closest rivals Enugu Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Lobi Stars.Both Wikki and Rangers are on 47 points each after 27 matches, but the Bauchi have a superiors goals difference.Godwin Obaje is now the leading scorer in the league after he finally netted his 14th goal for Wikki after Ibrahim Alhassan ‘Muazam’ opened scoring for the home team against Abia Warriors.In Enugu, Ocheme Edoh scored his first goal for Rangers, but the home team’s joy was cut short when 10-man Lobi pegged back ‘The Flying Antelopes’ late in the second half.Rivers United remains in third place with 44 points from 26 matches after they lost 1-0 at Sunshine.Dele Olorundare’s free kick was all the Akure Gunners needed to snatch maximum points in an interesting Match Day 28 encounter in the Ondo State capital.The home side started the game on a bright note when eventual match hero, Olorundare missed a free chance in the box that could have been the first goal on 11 minutes.After missing series of opportunities and forcing the visitors to their half, Sunshine raised their game and trouble started for the Garden City boys when Referee Aliu Abdulahi from Kaduna sent Rivers United Assistant coach to the stands for indecent comment against a call on the 15th minute.That was before their defender, Chinedu Ali was stretchered off and replaced by Ofem Inah in the 23rd minute.Just as the match was nearing the half time, the home side got the needed goal on 41 minutes as free kick specialist Olorundare perfectly tucked in a beautiful strike that left goalkeeper Rotimi Sunday stranded.The hosts had so similar advantages early in the game but the chances were wasted and when they had this free kick at the edge of the box as Seun Olulayo was coming in for Abiodun Joseph, Olorundare powered in the free kick with a thunderbolt that sent the stands on jubilation.The half ended 1-0 in favour of the Akure Gunners.During the re-start, Aremu Afeez, a former player of Sunshine Stars, produced some cheering moves, as the visitors had the chance to level score. Fredrick Obomate’s got the chance to score but his effort went far from the net.No other goal was scored until the final whistle, and looking at a bigger picture, after missing glaring chances and losing some games scandalously on the road, Coach Solomon Ogbeide tried to convince many that he had found a winning formula at Akure Stadium. He said the victory came at the right time.last_img read more

[Cyclo-cross] Scott Thiltges : «Le plus costaud s’imposera» à Mersch

first_img Partager Scott Thiltges, qui fut sacré champion national de cyclo-cross en 2017, effectue sa meilleure saison. Il fera forcément partie des favoris, samedi, à Mersch.Scott Thiltges (27 ans) a déjà connu la joie d’un titre national, en 2017 à Remerschen. Cet architecte qui travaille à Bonnevoie a parfaitement construit sa saison. À une course de la fin (l’épreuve internationale de Leudelange), il reste le solide leader de la Skoda Cross Cup. Il fait donc partie d’un des trois grands favoris qui se dégagent.Comment se présente ce championnat national pour vous ? J’ai fait une belle saison, j’ai bien travaillé ma forme. Je pars du principe qu’il s’agit d’une course comme les autres. Il me faudra un peu de chance, une bonne journée. Je ne me stresse pas trop.Quel souvenir gardez-vous de votre titre acquis à Remerschen en 2017 ?J’y pense souvent encore, c’était une journée formidable, une formidable organisation avec beaucoup de public. Ce jour-là, j’ai réalisé une course parfaite, sans doute ai-je eu un peu de chance également. Le terrain était très glissant. Je n’avais pas la pression que j’aurai ce samedi car je n’étais pas un favori en 2017. Cela m’avait aidé. C’est un jour que je n’oublierai jamais.Vous irez reconnaître le circuit de Mersch ?Non, je n’aurai pas le temps cette semaine donc je le ferai samedi en matinée. Le parcours va encore changer au fil de la semaine avec toutes les reconnaissances. Les repères actuels ne serviront à rien. Je connais le tracé, on a déjà couru sur ce parcours en début de saison et ce sera très différent pour le championnat.C’est un circuit qui peut vous convenir ?Je pense que oui, c’est un parcours que je compare à celui de Tétange. C’est un bon parcours selon moi. Il y a également des parties techniques dans la prairie. Je dirais qu’il y a des parcours qui me conviennent moins.Ressentez-vous le stress monter dans la dernière semaine ?Bien sûr, c’est une autre course, j’essaie de rester calme mais tout le monde parle beaucoup du championnat.Dans quel domaine pensez-vous avoir progressé ?Dans le domaine physique, depuis que je travaille avec mon entraîneur Philippe Gillen, j’ai progressé. Ma saison a été constante, je ne suis quasiment jamais sorti du podium. J’ai bien progressé.Vincent est sans doute un peu au-dessus de nous deux concernant la tactique. Quant à Lex, il est plus fort au niveau physique.Quel scénario imaginez-vous pour samedi ?Il faudra voir selon les conditions. Si c’est très gras, comme on peut s’y attendre, on peut penser que ce sera du chacun pour soi. Si jamais le circuit séchait, on pourrait penser à un petit groupe. Mais je pense que le plus costaud s’imposera.Avec Lex Reichling et Vincent Dias dos Santos, vous avez dominé la saison. Pensez-vous possible que le titre échappe à l’un de vous trois ?Normalement non. Mais le championnat reste une course particulière. On peut avoir des problèmes mécaniques. Je pense que les espoirs (Raphaël) Kockelmann et (Loïc) Bettendorff seront sans doute pas mal sur ce parcours physique. Mais, par exemple, un coureur comme Gusty (Bausch), je ne pense pas qu’il puisse venir sur le podium. Sören (Nissen), j’imagine qu’il sera trop fatigué par son entraînement spécifique pour le VTT marathon pour briguer un nouveau titre (il fut sacré en 2018).Qu’avez-vous retenu de la récente épreuve de Hesperange concernant vos rivaux ?On a couru ensemble tout au long de la saison et je connais forcément les forces et les faiblesses de mes rivaux. Nous sommes près les uns des autres. Vincent est sans doute un peu au-dessus de nous deux concernant la tactique. Il sait bien gérer la course, comme on l’a vu dimanche dernier. Quant à Lex, il est plus fort au niveau physique.Les week-ends sont totalement consacrés à çaComme Lex Reichling, 2020/ 2021 sera votre dernière saison ?Oui, c’est ce que j’ai prévu. J’ai confirmé ça à mon sponsor. Je vais voir ce que je ferai ensuite.Une saison de cross impose beaucoup de sacrifices ?Oui, ce n’est pas facile, les week-ends sont totalement consacrés à ça. On ne peut pas faire de sorties avec les amis, ni avant la course ni après, car il faut tout nettoyer. Le lundi, c’est le retour au travail et c’est reparti pour l’entraînement. On ne fait pas de pause. Si on est devant, on ressent la pression. J’aime toujours le faire, mais ce n’est pas facile. Et puis, il y a des moments où il faut progresser dans son travail et dans sa vie privée.Un titre, ça récompense tout cet investissement ?Oui, bien sûr. Même une victoire dans une épreuve du calendrier, ça permet de donner de la motivation.Entretien avec Denis Bastienlast_img read more