Freestyle skier Uemura set to retire

first_imgThe Hyogo native appeared in five consecutive Winter Olympics. Although she never medaled, she finished in the top eight in all five competitions. She won two titles at the 2009 world freestyle championships.Uemura will compete in her last freestyle meet in the national championships in Nagano Prefecture on Thursday. She will not compete in the women’s dual moguls on Friday. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Freestyle moguls skier Aiko Uemura will retire at the end of the season, informed sources said Wednesday.Uemura, 34, who won the overall World Cup crown during the 2007-2008 season, is scheduled to announce her retirement at a press conference next Tuesday.last_img read more

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Kyrgios earns Nishikori matchup in Shanghai

first_img KEYWORDS “Kei’s one of the best players in the world right now,” said Kyrgios. “He’s got unbelievable returns. He’s a great athlete. He’s playing well. So I know what I have to do.”Slovak Martin Klizan beat local favorite Zhang Ze 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 and now runs into top seed Novak Djokovic, who is gunning for his ninth title of the year.Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, who prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, also faces a formidable second-round opponent in 2009 runnerup Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in Sunday’s China Open final.American John Isner burnished his big-serving reputation with 20 aces in a 6-1, 6-2 romp against Adrian Mannarino, while Roberto Bautista Agut also had it easy against fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who was beaten 6-2, 6-3.American Steve Johnson cut short Italian Andreas Seppi’s campaign with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) win. SHANGHAI – Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios swept aside Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets on Monday to set up a second-round clash with Kei Nishikori in the Shanghai Masters.The outspoken Australian, who fired 13 aces and saved all five break points in a 6-3, 6-2 win over his Austrian opponent, has no illusions about the task ahead. Kei Nishikori, Shanghai Masters, Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a shot during the Japan Open at Ariake Colosseum last week. | AFP-JIJIcenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Japan claims four gold medals on first day of Paris Grand Slam

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Naohisa Takato squares off with Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov in the men’s 60-kg final of the Paris Grand Slam judo event in Paris. Takado won to claim one of Japan’s four gold medals on Saturday. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “The world level (of competition) in the 60-kg division is fairly low, so it’s typical for me to win. I stayed calm and was able to find my opponent’s weak spot,” Takato said. “I think I can start a winning streak from here out going into 2019 and 2020.”In the men’s 73-kg weight class, former world champion Soichi Hashimoto also took gold at AccorHotels Arena after throwing Mongolia’s Tsendochir Tsogtbaatar right-sided seoi-otoshi for ippon. He earned his first individual win on the IJF World Judo Tour since 2017.On the women’s side, Rio de Janeiro Olympic bronze medalist Ami Kondo earned her first win in Paris and sixth Grand Slam title by beating 48-kg opponent Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo with an inner leg reap for ippon.“I had put my whole heart into gradually getting a gold medal. (The time I couldn’t win) was incredibly difficult,” said Kondo, who is one step closer toward selection for the Aug. 25-Sept. 1 world championships in Tokyo. “I’ve seen the bottom, so now I want to go up.”Ai Shishime rounded out Japan’s gold medal winners with a victory in the women’s 52-kg division against compatriot Natsumi Tsunoda, who settled for silver after earning a third shido penalty for passivity.Among other results at the first Grand Slam of the year, Japan’s Momo Tamaoki and Nami Nabekura took respective bronzes in the women’s 57-kg and 63-kg divisions. center_img PARIS – Reigning world champion judoka Naohisa Takato led Japan’s haul of four gold medals on Saturday, the first day of the Paris Grand Slam in the French capital.Takato picked up his fourth win at the prestigious event after defeating former world champion Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s 60-kilogram division. The 25-year-old countered a last-ditch effort from Smetov with 13 seconds left in the final for a waza-ari and a record ninth Grand Slam title. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Soldotna’s Popular Annual Financial Report Highlights City’s Position

first_imgMayor Sprague: “It really does show what the city does for the residents. Of course, we’re always looking to the future. It does have the organizational chart, it talks about what we’re doing in the future, we’re looking at annexation for one, just events we hold in the city. It really shows how low our mill rate is, compared to surrounding areas.” Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague says the 16-page color booklet (which can be found by clicking here) is a simple way for the city’s administration to keep the community up to date… The Popular Annual Financial Report is a simpler version of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Close to 2,000 copies of Soldotna’s Popular Annual Financial Report have been sent around the community, providing an overview of the city’s finances and operations for 2016.last_img read more

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IndyCar’s Sage Karam poised to follow in Josef Newgarden’s footsteps

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:3fd48a1d10ba38bec3f2b612 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-247015-4166346378001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. A few months ago, Karam wasn’t so sure about that assessment. In the opening minutes of his first test session of the season in March, Karam bottomed out on a tricky section at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and shot into a steel barrier. The impact broke his right wrist.“That crash really brought my confidence down a bunch,” said Karam, who is coached by four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti. “It was right before the start of the season, so for the first four races, I competed with a brace on my wrist. That really put a damper on the whole going fast thing for a little bit.“I was doing my absolute best, but deep down I think I was still worried about my wrist. I was thinking about other things and the results weren’t very great. I wasn’t driving 110 percent. Once I figured it out and got that brace off, we started showing speed.”Once he got going, Karam got the results he wanted. At Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in June, he finished fifth. Three weeks later at Iowa Speedway, he finished third — his best finish so far — in a controversial battle with Ed Carpenter, who confronted Karam afterward.KARAM: Defends himself after Carpenter criticismIt hasn’t been a perfect season by any means — an incident in qualifying and a spin during the race at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 2 drew criticism — but Karam hasn’t backed down.“I don’t think a driver should be a doormat; I don’t think a driver should give an inch,” Hull said. “I think a driver needs to be going fast in order to learn how to drive. Because of all of those things and the lack of experience, young drivers are going to make mistakes. But the element that’s important is that they learn from their mistakes and come back stronger.”That he has. Hull says the best results might not emerge for another season or two — Karam will have competed in just 12 of 16 races this season. While he’s in the running for rookie of the year, it’s more likely Gabby Chaves or Stefano Colletti will wrap that up since they have raced a full slate.MENTOR: Four-time IndyCar champion takes Karam under his wingMeanwhile, the best thing to aid Karam’s improvement is more laps.“He has an owner in Chip who has supported his on-track time to gain experience to get him to the level that he needs to be,” Hull said. “I think it’s a building process. A driver like Sage with sheer talent in IndyCar today needs frankly two full seasons — 36 or 38 races or whatever it might be — in order to be the steady element that you need driving your car. I think it’s that simple.”While Hull says the future of Karam in the No. 8 for 2016 is an “ongoing” effort, Karam feels like the improvement is just starting to show.“The only way to get better is to get more laps,” Karam said. “I think you’re seeing at the end of the season that I’ve gotten better results. I’m starting to get up to the top of the speed charts. That’s all just a blend of getting more comfortable in the car and working better with the team, working better with my engineer, talking to my teammates more, understanding the car better and ultimately just getting miles. That’s really the difference from the beginning of the season until now: I’m logging miles and learning.”(Greg Hester, USA TODAY Sports)(Greg Hester, USA TODAY Sports)center_img Sage Karam (Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)Sage Karam (Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)Mike Hull compares his rookie driver, Sage Karam, with another young IndyCar driver, Josef Newgarden. Funny, because some fans mistakenly confuse the two.“I have people come up to me at the racetrack all the time who say, ‘Hey, Josef, can I get an autograph?’ ” Karam told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “It happens to both of us. They always switch us up. Everyone says we look alike.”NEWGARDEN: Focused on futureKaram, the 20-year-old rookie for Chip Ganassi Racing, will wrap up his 2015 campaign Sunday at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, just 32 miles from his hometown of Nazareth, Pa. Newgarden, 24, in his fourth season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, recorded his first two victories this season and could be on the verge of a major step up in 2016.Q&A: Karam on rookie season, high school wrestling and driving a pink CamaroHull, managing director for Chip Ganassi Racing, sees similarities between Karam’s rookie season and Newgarden’s debut in 2010, when he didn’t record any top-10 finishes, but finished 11th at St. Petersburg, Fla., 12th at Mid-Ohio and 13th at Texas and Toronto.“He was extremely fast at times, showed sheer speed and ability, showed natural talent. There were flashes of all of that,” Hull told USA TODAY Sports. “He did good things on the racetrack and things that were perceived as not so good, but the reality is he was there. He had a presence. Everybody looked at him and said, ‘Man, here’s a guy who’s really going to go somewhere.’“ … I look at Sage in the same way. He has the same pedigree, the same background. He has the same ability.”last_img read more

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Chelsea hold meeting today to try and get deal over the…

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has left Napoli and he has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the Italian club. According to Calciomercato, the 59-year-old manager is the firm candidate to become the new Chelsea manager. The Blues currently have Antonio Conte as their boss at Stamford Bridge.Conte will be shown the exit door after he failed to guide the west London club to a top four finish in the league. The Premier League outfit are “more and more close” to parting ways with their current manager.Calciomercato claims there is a meeting scheduled between the leaders of Chelsea and Sarri today. During the meeting, Chelsea and Sarri will “try to find an agreement”.Apart from Chelsea, Zenit St. Petersburg are also interested in bringing Sarri to Russia as Roberto Mancini’s successor. The ex-Manchester City manager left his position at Zenit and was appointed as new Italy coach earlier this month.Zenit are ready to pay an annual salary of €6 million plus bonuses to convince Sarri to join them. However, the former Napoli manager isn’t so keen.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

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Hamilton wins in Brazil as Mercedes take fifth F1 title

first_imgSAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – A lucky Lewis Hamilton won a tense Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday as his Mercedes team clinched the constructors’ title for the fifth year in a row and Max Verstappen raged at a lost opportunity. The win was the 72nd of Hamilton’s stellar career and 10th of a season that has already seen the 33-year-old Briton clinch his fifth championship, delivering Mercedes their fifth successive double.Hamilton had started on pole position but could not hold off Red Bull’s Verstappen, who led until a collision with Force India backmarker Esteban Ocon on the 44th of 71 laps sent the Dutchman into a spin and put the Mercedes driver back in front.A seething and swearing Verstappen battled back but could not close the gap, finishing runner-up 1.469 seconds adrift of Hamilton, who had never previously won in a season where he has taken the title with races to spare. Verstappen then took matters into his own hands in an angry post-race confrontation with Ocon that led to both being summoned by stewards.Ferrari’s veteran Kimi Raikkonen held off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to complete the podium on his 150th start for the Italian team.Ferrari had to score 13 points more than Mercedes to keep their hopes alive until Abu Dhabi at the end of the month but failed, with Sebastian Vettel finishing only sixth and behind Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in fifth. Mercedes now have 620 points with Ferrari on 553 and 43 still to be won.“That’s it. That’s the double, mate. MercedesAMG are the world champs,” Hamilton was told as he took the chequered flag at Interlagos after a race fraught with concerns about his tyres and engine.“It’s been an incredible journey with them. This is what everyone worked for, for the whole year,” said the ecstatic champion as the celebrations started with one race to go. “I’ve always told you how much of an honour it is to drive for them. Today was the best style that we could do it because we were struggling, we had problems to the end. We were a sitting duck at one stage.”Only the sport’s oldest and most successful team Ferrari have previously managed to win five championships in a row, taking six in succession during their golden Michael Schumacher era from 1999 to 2004.“It was a very difficult season, we had up and downs. Ferrari came back very strong and Red Bull at the end but that makes the championship victory even more enjoyable,” said team boss Toto Wolff. Verstappen, winner in Mexico two weeks ago, joined Hamilton on the podium but the Dutchman knew he should have been on the top step.The collision was the talking point of the day, with arguments on both sides.Ocon was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for causing it but that came as no consolation for Verstappen, whose colourful language over the radio was largely bleeped out for television viewers.When the Dutchman found Ocon, at the post-race scales, matters became more physical with the Red Bull driver caught on television confronting the young Frenchman and giving him a shove. “You do everything well, you go through the field, we had a great car and then by such an idiot you get taken out while he’s being lapped. I have no words,” said Verstappen.“You can easily say afterwards that I have much more to lose than him but I’m just trying to do my race. Suddenly, a backmarker is trying to race you and taking a stupid risk to dive inside. What can I do about it?“The penalty for me is that I lost the victory but hopefully in 15 years’ time we can laugh about it.” Sauber’s Ferrari-bound rookie Charles Leclerc was ‘best of the rest’, the Monegasque finishing seventh after running as high as fourth during the pitstops.Haas savoured a double points finish to close on fourth-placed Renault, with Romain Grosjean eighth and Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen ninth.Ocon’s Mexican team mate Sergio Perez took the final point for a team that had hoped for much more.last_img read more

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Why Drogba will remain at Chealsea

first_imgDidier Drogba had been strongly tipped to quit Chelsea last season after featuring infrequently under Luiz Felipe Scolari.The Cote d’Ivoire international rediscovered his form under Guus Hiddink, but speculation concerning his exit intensified after he verbally abused referee Tom Henning Ovrebo following his side’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.But he penned a three-year deal with Chelsea last week and he has now explained his reasons in an interview with Goal.com.“I tranquilly spoke with the club and the new coach [Carlo Ancelotti] and I believe my place is here,” he said.“Instead of trying an adventure in another club, I decided to stay at Chelsea. This decision was well thought over and I believe it is the best for all parties.”The former Marseille frontman revealed he received “other offers” through his agent from “foreign clubs”, insisting that Chelsea “were always my first option”. Regarding his new boss, Drogba qualified Ancelotti as “a great coach, with an important resume.“I spoke with him and he clearly said what he wanted from me. I think I can do it and I accept the challenge of fighting for all I achieved during years with Jose Mourinho on the bench of Chelsea.”Credit: Luís Mira, Goal.comlast_img read more

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Netflix announces release date for Michael B. Jordan superhero drama ‘Raising Dion’

first_imgABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix has officially set a release date for Michael B. Jordan’s highly anticipated super hero drama Raising Dion.The streamer announced on Friday that the series, which will have nine one-hour episodes, will launch on October 4.Based on Dennis Liu‘s short film and comic book of the same name, the series follows a recently widowed mother who discovers her young son, Dion, has supernatural abilities.Jordan, who will executive produce the project through his Outlier Society production company, will also appear as Dion’s dead father. Meanwhile, newcomer Ja’Siah Young will play Dion Reese, “a curious, playful, and intelligent seven-year-old boy” who learns he can move things with his mind. Dion’s mother, Nicole, will be played by Alisha Wainwright.Raising Dion will also star Jason Ritter and Jazmyn Simon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Baby survives nearly 10-story fall as residents flee deadly London high-rise fire

first_imgCarl Court/Getty Images(LONDON) — A baby reportedly survived a nearly 10-story fall as residents scrambled to escape a massive blaze early Wednesday morning at a residential high-rise building in West London.One witness said a lady was saying, “ ‘I’m about to throw my baby. Please, catch the baby.’ ”On Wednesday, a fire engulfed the 24-story Grenfell Tower. More than 70 people were injured and 12 were killed, according to authorities.The infant was reportedly caught by a bystander. Witnesses said they could see people screaming from windows: “Help! Help!”Others said they saw mothers tossing their children from windows and people simply jumping. Images and videos showed residents dropping makeshift ropes made from bedsheets from windows in an attempt to escape. Authorities said they are monitoring the stability of the charred structure, but that firefighters have managed to search “most” of the building for remaining people. The Metropolitan Police Service confirmed the rising death toll at a news conference Wednesday.“I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12,” Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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