Japan seals Davis Cup World Group playoff victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina

first_imgMcLachlan and Uchiyama fired 12 aces and 32 winners, while Brkic and Fatic served six double faults, twice as many as their opponents.With the win, Japan secured its spot in the 2019 World Group, the top tier of next year’s Davis Cup, and a seeded berth in next February’s qualifying round.Japan’s Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka won their respective singles rubbers on Friday to give Japan a 2-0 lead.Japan was consigned to the Davis Cup World Group playoffs following a first-round defeat against Italy in February. OSAKA – Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama defeated Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic in straight sets in the doubles rubber on Saturday as Japan won its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0.The Japanese duo completed a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brkic and Fatic in 1 hour, 52 minutes at the ITC Utsubo Tennis Center. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Davis Cup, Yasutaka Uchiyama, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ben McLachlan, Tomislav Brkic, Nerman Fatic center_img Japan’s Ben McLachlan (left) plays a shot as partner Yasutaka Uchiyama looks on in a Davis Cup World Group playoff doubles match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday in Osaka. The duo defeated Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

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No. 19 Stanford women defeat No. 7 Oregon State 69-58

first_imgCORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Stanford played an unusual role — at least for the Cardinal — against No. 7 Oregon State: Spoiler.Lili Thompson had 13 points to lead five players in double figures as the No. 19 Cardinal snapped Oregon State’s 21-game winning streak at Gill Coliseum with a 69-58 victory on Thursday night.The loss kept the Beavers from clinching the Pac-12 regular-season title outright for the first time in school history.Stanford isn’t accustomed to this; the Cardinal had finished atop the Pac-12 regular-season standings for the last 14 seasons.“We knew that this was going to be a big game for them. But we know that we’re Stanford. Stanford does big things. We call ourselves the party crashers,” sophomore forward Erica McCall said.McCall and Amber Orrange each added 12 points in Stanford’s 29th consecutive win over the Beavers. The Cardinal (21-8, 13-4 Pac-12) wrap up the regular season at Oregon on Sunday.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Oregon State (25-3, 15-2), which has already won more games this season than any other team in school history.Jamie Weisner and Deven Hunter each had 18 points for the Beavers, who had previously clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title and the top seed in the conference tournament next week in Seattle. Oregon State hosts California on Saturday in the regular-season finale.The Beavers can still claim the outright title with a victory against Cal — or if No. 10 Arizona State loses at home to Utah on Friday.Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said there were a lot of “strange dynamics” going on with the team’s first title on the line, the Gill winning streak and the fact that the Beavers hadn’t faced Stanford this season.“Perfect storm tonight. A little bit strange. Stanford played great,” Rueck said, boiling the night down to four quick sentences. “Next game.”The Cardinal, who led by as many as 13 points, improved to 53-6 all-time against Oregon State.Guard Brittany McPhee earned her first start for the Cardinal, who were coming off a 63-53 loss at home to Cal last weekend. McPhee had 24 points off the bench in that defeat — which took Stanford out of the running for its 15 straight regular-season championship.While the Beavers had a distinct size advantage, Stanford played aggressive defense through the first 10 minutes to take a 20-13 lead. The Cardinal bench stood and cheered enthusiastically for each basket.McCall’s layup extended Stanford’s lead to 26-17.Oregon State closed to within three points at 28-25 on Weisner’s 3-pointer with 6:16 left in the half, but couldn’t get closer until the final basket of the half, a layup by Hunter, narrowed it to 34-33.Stanford pulled ahead 46-39 on Bonnie Samuelson’s 3-pointer with 5:19 left. The Cardinal stretched the lead to double digits when McCall’s tip in made it 52-41.Briana Roberson was whistled for her fourth foul with just more than 8 minutes remaining and went to the bench. She finished with 11 points for Stanford.“I think that some teams are tough matchups for other teams, and what our strength is, is what they don’t like. And in some ways, it’s the other way around: What their strength is we don’t like to play against,” coach Tara VanDerveer said. “It was a one-point game at halftime. We had to dig in. we made some big shots in the second half.”The last time Oregon State beat the Cardinal was on Jan. 11, 2001, an 81-65 win at Gill Coliseum.___TIP INSStanford: Roberson made just her sixth start of the season. Twelve of Stanford’s 29 opponents this season were in the top 30 of the NCAA RPI. … Karli Samuelson appeared to injure her right hand in a spill late in the first half and did not return. … Stanford was 11-0 when four of their players scored in double figures.Oregon State: It was the first time that both teams have been ranked for a game since 1996. Oregon State has never been ranked higher than the Cardinal for a game. … Before Thursday night, Oregon State had lost just twice this season, at Tennessee in late December and then at Washington earlier this month.BENERGYThat cheering that Stanford’s bench does? It has a name.“We call that benergy,” VanDerveer said. “Bench energy. It’s a big part of who we are. You know, this is a transitional year, without some of the post players that we’ve had or some of the upperclassmen. But this has stayed with us: We have excellent leadership on our team and we have excellent camaraderie.”UP NEXTStanford: At Oregon on Sunday.Oregon State: Hosts California on Saturday.last_img read more

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Is it time for Spurrier to finally let it go?

first_imgMaybe Steve Spurrier should consider if it’s time to get out of coaching.Maybe Steve Spurrier should consider if it’s time to get out of coaching.Sooner or later, if you stick around long enough, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done.They’re going to get you.That’s the case for just about anyone in any occupation in today’s society. Especially in sports, where rosters change, the ball bounces a different way than it did a few years ago, a key player gets hurt. Or you just simply lose too much and are appreciated too little.But in this case, sure, it’s pretty incredible that the vultures are starting to circle in Columbia, S.C., where Steve Spurrier is coming off a 7-6 season after being forecast by many to play in the SEC title game after three straight 11-win seasons.But there they are flying up above, looking down, hungry. From fans to media to anyone who follows college football there are whispers. Spurrier, who hit the big 7-oh this year just might finally be coaching his last year.“We’re hoping to return to where we were the prior three years, a top 10 team. We believe we have a fighting chance to do that,” Spurrier said earlier this week at the annual SEC media days. “I know the critics are out there, and that’s why they’re called critics. They criticize every chance they get, and we gave them some chances to criticize us last year, which is okay.”Jones: Foley’s latest hires could be legacy at UFSpurrier just doesn’t get it. Frankly, that kind of shocks me. After all, this was the guy who for years while winning SEC titles in Gainesville made jokes about Bobby Bowden at FSU and why he wouldn’t just give it up.I hope Spurrier doesn’t become Bowden.The clock is ticking, Steve. And all you have to do is talk to a few high school recruits and coaches to understand.It’s not just a question of what Spurrier can accomplish this year, or even the next. It’s about the fact that nobody realistically expects him to be around that much longer. Bowden, as fine a human being as you could meet, had the fault too many of us own. He held on too long at Florida State. The program suffered. The losses piled up, the recruits started looking over his shoulder to see who else was in line.Realistically, if you are a high school senior in Brevard County, do you really want to think about South Carolina? A handful of coaches and players in the last 4-5 months have asked me the same question. Spurrier calls their schools. He’s got his eye on a few guys.But those elite Brevard recruits are asking the same question. Will you still be there when I’m in my third year of college? And Spurrier has to look them all in the eye and has no answer. Not any more.It’s all about the recruits. It’s all about building in college football. High school athletes after sophomore years get piles recruiting letters now. The push to add talent often includes athletes who don’t even have a license to drive a car.What they do have is the license to drive a recruiting class. The way recruiting is now, with years invested in players, they have to believe 2-3 years ahead of time you’re going to be there. The key is landing the top guys right now who are at their oldest high school juniors. Which means they’ll be in college in two years.Memories of the USFL, Bandits and what could have beenDoes anyone really believe Spurrier will be at South Carolina four years from now? Come on. He may not want to admit it but to hang around a while longer? He’s killing his own program’s future.“None of us know how long we’re going to be here,” he said. “None of us know. … When the recruits sign on, they’re sort of looking you in the eye and saying, ‘Coach, you know I’m signing on to play for you, don’t you?’ That’s what they’re sort of saying. It’s tough.”Spurrier vowed he’d never be Bowden. Maybe he just doesn’t get it. Everyone has a time, everyone has a place. Unlike most of us, he gets to pick. When even recruits in Brevard wonder if you’ll even be there when they get to campus?It’s time Steve. It may hurt. It may be hard. But we all need to try to realize when it’s our time.Contact Jones at djones@floridatoday or follow on Twitter: @DaveJonesSports.last_img read more

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Blue Jays Edge Twins 6-5 in 10 Innings

first_img 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The Twins lost 6-5 in 10 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night.  Yan Gomes hit a solo homerun off Glen Perkins in the 9th inning to force extra innings before Anthony Gose hit the game-winning RBI single off Brian Duensing in the 10th inning.  Trevor Plouffe was 2-3 with a 2-run homerun and 3 RBIs and Jamey Carroll went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI for the Twins.Esmerling Vasquez threw 5 2/3 innings with 3 earned runs allowed for the Twins.  Minnesota is 66-94 and will play at Toronto in the 2nd to last game of the year tonight at 6:07, pregame on WJON at 5:35.  Righthander Anthony Swarzak (3-5) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and righthander Chad Jenkins (0-3) toes the rubber for the Blue Jays. 1/1 About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) 720p HD About Connatix V56892 1080p HDlast_img read more

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SCSU Basketball Teams To Open NSIC Tournaments Wednesday [PODCAST]

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56490 720p HD 1/1 Auto (360p) 1080p HD The St. Cloud State men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their respective NSIC Tournaments Wednesday night. The women will host Wayne State at Halenbeck Hall on WJON, while the men head to Sioux Falls for a matchup with Augustana.The voice of the Huskies, JW Cox, joined WJON’s “Hang Up and Listen” to talk about the teams and preview the postseason. About Connatix V56490 360plast_img read more

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Raptors court is two-tone..

first_img Share on other sites Share on other sites 2 Share this post Sports Logo News It’s a funny contradiction with all the Maple Leaf blue everywhere. Share this post Members Posted October 21, 2006 158 Members 0 reppact JaykaShman Members (edited) Go To Topic Listing Prev Share on other sites Posted October 20, 2006 6 0 Link to post 5,731 posts 0 SportsLogos.Net Share on other sites Share this post Share on other sites jsdryden 0 2 1,844 Link to post Share on other sites The Creamer 0 Posted October 20, 2006 Banned Share this post 0 kiwi_canadian Share this post Link to post Location:Tampa, FL Share on other sites 15 Share this post 0 whalersjets Shroinke Share on other sites 40 Prev 0 0 Share this post Link to post Link to post Share this post Link to post 0 6 Share this post 0 Admin Share on other sites Posted October 20, 2006 Getting sick of this two tone stuff already.. Raptors court is two-tone.. 40 CC97 This topic is now closed to further replies. 2,669 posts Sign in to follow this   SportsLogo 22 3,972 Location:America 1,857 posts Sign in to follow this   0 0 dfwabel uniguy22 Members uniguy22 Members Followers 0 154 The Nation I really like this new court. Love the claw logo at centre. 0 1,549 posts 154 0 Sports Logo News Link to post By Old School Fool, October 20, 2006 in Sports Logo News Is it just me, or does it look like there was a half-assed job done at center court where the claw is? It looks like the varnish is lighter there, kind of in a circular shape around the claw. It’s as if they removed the previous logo from that spot, and did a poor job matching the varnish color to the rest of the court. 1,555 Members 685 posts It’s a funny contradiction with all the Maple Leaf blue everywhere.really not much maple leaf blue, the only blue is in the upper bowl, where half the seats are blue, but not much blue in the ACC. 0 Posted October 21, 2006 3,972 steiny_ramone 40 dfwabel Share on other sites Forums Home Sports Logos 0 Members 175 357 posts Share this post Is it just me, or does it look like there was a half-assed job done at center court where the claw is? It looks like the varnish is lighter there, kind of in a circular shape around the claw. It’s as if they removed the previous logo from that spot, and did a poor job matching the varnish color to the rest of the court.I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed that. Members Posted October 21, 2006 It’s a funny contradiction with all the Maple Leaf blue everywhere.really not much maple leaf blue, the only blue is in the upper bowl, where half the seats are blue, but not much blue in the ACC.And a bunch of upper bowl seats are purple too, they really tried to divide the exposure at the ACC between the two teams. Posted October 21, 2006 0 Share on other sites 4,155 Link to post Raider Nation Posted October 20, 2006 158 0 kiwi_canadian 318 posts 2,298 posts 322 posts Share this post Members Members Long time lurker, first time poster…To carry on Paul Lukas’s topic of the ball in the logo, old eight panel ball used in the claw logo…Hmm. Maybe the Raps can get Shaq now As for the lighter circle, I’m almost positive that’s the scoreboard. It’s exactly the same size as the circle on the underside of the scoreboard. jsdryden Members fonz Red everywhere EXCEPT center court….. 0 0 They had the two tone last year. The only thing new is the claw. Posted October 20, 2006 Edited October 20, 2006 by SportsLogo 6 Share this post JaykaShman Share this post Link to post Link to post 0 Share on other sites Share on other sites Recommended Posts Share on other sites Posted October 20, 2006 Share on other sites 0 Share this post In all kinds of weather 0 EddieJ1984 4,760 posts All Activity 15 Members Raider Nation 3,972 Posted October 20, 2006 Posted October 20, 2006 SportsLogo Link to post Link to post Link to post Page 1 of 2   1,844 See Red 1,555 johnwfb12 Members 43 posts Forums Home 0 0 0 Old School Fool Share this post Location:Toronto Share on other sites Shroinke Share this post BigShoop 0 0 0 Page 1 of 2   Raptors court is two-tone.. 0 Seriously though. With all the work they’ve done repainting their court, switching road and alternates unis, and then coming up with new uniform sets, you’d think they’d bother to announce a new primary logo for the team. How hard is it to add some script to the claw logo (which is now everywhere, with the Barney look-a-like nowhere to be seen) and slap it on a background for a press conference? It’s just stupid for them to have a court, uniforms, and general look that doesn’t match their logo at all. Members Share this post steiny_ramone Next Next 4,155 3,972 Link to post 0 Old School Fool Link to post 15 The Nation johnwfb12 1,555 Posted October 21, 2006 SportsLogos.Net 175 1,195 posts whalersjets Getting sick of this two tone stuff already..Agreed. kmw_29 BigShoop 1 post 7 posts Share this post I can’t remember if it was at SkyDome or when they first played at Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors used to have a floor that was parque but kind of on an angle, it was like no other floor I had ever seen. It was almost zig-zag and maze-like That court was perhaps the best court in NBA history (besides the Bucks MECCA/Robert Indiana Floor).I can’t find a photo of it, but maybe someone here remembers what I am talking about. Location:California 154 Posted October 20, 2006 Members 0 Old School Fool Posted October 21, 2006 158 0 1 1,844 16,158 posts Members 28,545 posts Location:Naperville, IL 0 Posted October 20, 2006 0 14 posts 0 0 Posted October 20, 2006 Link to post Out of the different varnished, maple courts, this one looks the best. Better than PHX and CLE. One thing that I am not sure about is the fact that they have the NBA free throw lane in a separate color (red). If there was a Canadian collegaiate game, wouldn’t they replace the key with International squares to make the hexagon? Officials can tell a 3-pointer from a regular attempt, for sure here.the only other thing I noticed was that Air Canada Center when empty look a lot like the American Airlines Arena (Miami) when empty. reppact Link to post Posted October 21, 2006 I can’t remember if it was at SkyDome or when they first played at Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors used to have a floor that was parque but kind of on an angle, it was like no other floor I had ever seen. It was almost zig-zag and maze-like That court was perhaps the best court in NBA history (besides the Bucks MECCA/Robert Indiana Floor).I can’t find a photo of it, but maybe someone here remembers what I am talking about.I remember, and I’m only 16. Members Link to post Is it just me, or does it look like there was a half-assed job done at center court where the claw is? It looks like the varnish is lighter there, kind of in a circular shape around the claw. It’s as if they removed the previous logo from that spot, and did a poor job matching the varnish color to the rest of the court.Could that be from the scoreboard above? I believe the Air Canada logo at the bottom of the scoreboard has light shining through it, maybe it’s a reflection of that light? There are a number of other places on the court where you can see light hitting the floor. Not sure. Share on other sites 22 Location:Ontario Share on other sites 175 Some animals are more equal than others. 14,123 posts See Red fonz 1,349 posts Share on other sites EddieJ1984 22 Share this post Posted October 21, 2006 0 3,972 Screw this two tone crap.Id rather have paint galore than this crap! Old School Fool Location:St. Catharines, ON Share on other sites Good catch on center court, but I’m sure it’s from the bottom of the scoreboard.The court looks great, even with the two tone. I love that logo being at center court. 1 Location:California CC97 0 Long time lurker, first time poster…To carry on Paul Lukas’s topic of the ball in the logo, old eight panel ball used in the claw logo… Sports Logos Link to post 0 kmw_29 Location:Tampa, FL 5,731 posts 0 Posted October 21, 2006 Location:Edmonton, AB 3,972 0 Followers 0 Link to post All Activity Members Share this post 0 4,155 Raptors court is two-tone..last_img read more

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Will there be a coaching cast? CSKA called Kruscic

first_imgMore on the topicCSKA bosses summoned coach Milos Kruscic to a meeting today, Blitz writes. It is not clear what will be discussed at the meeting, but the future of the Bulgarian Army specialist is uncertain.According to unconfirmed information, the “red” bosses will inform the Serbian coach that if he does not win the Bulgarian Cup, their paths will diverge. In case of failure in the tournament for the state trophy, Kruscic is out, and his place will be taken by Stamen Belchev.Moreover, it is rumored that even if Milos lifts the Cup, his stay is not at all certain.Gol.bg announced this more than a month ago, as CSKA has already agreed with Stamen Belchev, who will return to the “Army” after the end of the season.last_img read more

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Injured Vikas Krishan forced out of Asian Qualifiers final; ends with silver

first_imgLast Updated: 11th March, 2020 11:55 IST Injured Vikas Krishan Forced Out Of Asian Qualifiers Final; Ends With Silver Olympic-bound Vikas Krishan (69kg) signed off with a silver medal at the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers after an eye injury forced him to pull out of the final game WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 11th March, 2020 11:55 IST COMMENT Olympic-bound Commonwealth Games champion Vikas Krishan (69kg) signed off with a silver medal at the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers after an eye injury forced him to pull out of the final on Wednesday. Krishan, a world and Asian medallist, was to take on Jordan’s Zeyad Eashash in the summit clash. “He will not compete because of the cut. He has been told by the doctors to pull out,” a source close to the boxer told PTI.Injured Vikas Krishan ends with silverHe defeated second seed Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan, a two-time world bronze medallist, in the semifinals on Tuesday. He sustained a cut on his left eyelid in the second round of the bout before claiming a split decision victory.  He,  along with seven other Indians, secured a Tokyo Olympics ticket by making the semifinals of the ongoing qualifiers. Image credits: @SAI_media / Twitter FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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The International 9 will be hosted in Shanghai

first_imgThe International is famous for having the biggest prize pool in the entirety of esports, topping itself in the record books year-in, year-out. This year, over $25.5 million was dished out in total after 110 days of crowdfunding; a battle pass was made available for purchase in-game, with a portion of the sales going straight to the prize pot for the professionals to earn.Esports Insider says: This move does make some sense, despite everybody becoming accustom to the annual event being hosted in North America. China has a huge fan base when it comes to Dota 2, and a good number of TI champions, too. This change will likely be welcomed by the majority of fans and players as the experience in the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be electric.Sign up to our newsletter! Valve will be making a major change to The International when it returns in 2019, relocating it to Shanghai, China.The first iteration of The International, back in 2011, was hosted in Cologne, Germany. Ever since then, the prestigious Dota 2 tournament has found itself in North America.From 2012 to 2017, The International was hosted in Seattle, US, but things changed this year when it moved to Vancouver, Canada. This was a small change, but nothing compared to what’s coming next year.The Mercedes-Benz Arena is no stranger to hosting important Dota 2 tournaments. In 2016, the Valve-sanctioned Shanghai Major was hosted out of this very venue. Team Secret emerged victorious at the event, which was infamously plagued by technical issues. Our fingers are crossed that TI9 is a huge step up when it comes around.It’s no surprise that The International is returning for a ninth year, considering the ridiculously-high prize pool and the overwhelming positive response from fans, players, and personalities alike.last_img read more

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Doha 2019 World Athletics Championships LIVE: It’s GOLD for Dina Asher-Smith in the 200 metres

first_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!!center_img DINA ASHER-SMITH has won GOLD at the World Athletics Championships in the 200 metres.The 23-year-old adds the World title to her silver medal in the women’s 100m sprint on Monday.Dina came second behind Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the shorter race. There was also impressive running by Laura Muir in the 1500 metres.Decathlon starts but Tim Duckworth pulls outKatarina Johnson-Thompson lies in first in the heptathlonAndy Pozzi fails to make the 110 metres finalWatch on BBC Two and live stream on BBC iPlayerLoad more entries… People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Source: Athletics – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

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