Andreescu Becomes Canada’s First-Ever Grand Slam Champion

first_imgNew York: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned 23-time major champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to become Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion here in the US Open finals.Williams was denied a record-equaling 24th Slam title as the 19-year-old Andreescu on Saturday became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.While it was the fourth successive defeat in the finals for Willams, Andreescu tied Monica Seles, who lifted the 1990 Roland Garros trophy in her fourth major, for the record as the fastest player to grab a first Slam crown in the Open era.The morning showed the day as Williams by conceded her opening service game with successive double faults at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Andreescu did not let the gifts go in vain as she capitalized on them and took the first set as Williams handed her the first with another double fault.In the second set, Andreescu, who had failed to reach the main draw at Flushing Meadows in the previous two years, surged 2-0 ahead.Williams fought back from being 5-1 down to level 5-5 by hitting 14 of 17 points in a pulsating contest.The Canadian then held for 6-5 and Williams erred on a backhand to give Andreescu two more shots at the title. Williams hit an ace to save the first but Andreescu secured victory on the next with a crisp forehand return. IANSAlso Read: Sachin Tendulkar Explains What Sets Smith Apart From Other BatsmenAlso Watch:AJYCP forms Human Chain against NHPC at Gogamukh in Dhemaji | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

Florida Democratic Party calls on Rick Scott to extend voter registration…

first_imgAs 35 counties in North Florida are in a state of emergency preparing for Hurricane Michael, the Florida Democratic Party is asking Governor Scott to extend voter registration past the original October 9th deadline.In the request to Governor Scott, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo wrote that “The impending hurricane will adversely impact the ability of eligible, but unregistered, individuals who may have waited until the last day to register to vote. These individuals may forego registering, in view of your warnings regarding the danger of the storm, the need to prepare, and anticipated and existing evacuation orders.“While 11 Counties have already issued evacuation orders, it is expected that even more local governments in the area of the emergency declaration will consider closing offices and issuing evacuation orders on Tuesday in anticipation of the hurricane’s landfall, also affecting the ability of these individuals to register.”Meanwhile Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner has issued the following statement: The Florida Department of State is committed to ensuring that all eligible Floridians are able to register to vote, including those Floridians who may be impacted by Hurricane Michael, which is forecasted to make landfall as a category 3 storm on Florida’s Gulf Coast. We encourage all Floridians to use the Department’s secure, fast, and easy online voter registration website: The website is mobile-friendly and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department’s efforts to launch voter registration online have been successful with more than 40,000 people utilizing this new tool to register to vote or update their voter registration online during the past week. Florida law requires the voter registration books to be closed on the 29th day before each election. For the For the 2018 General Election, the deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. At the same time, thirty-five Florida counties are currently under a declared state of emergency due to the approach of Hurricane Michael.In my capacity as the Chief Elections Officer of the State of Florida and pursuant to my authority in section 97.012(16), Florida Statutes (2018), and as directed by Governor Rick Scott, I hereby issue this directive regarding the book closing deadline established by section 97.055, Florida Statutes.Registration applications can be collected after Oct 9Any Supervisor of Elections whose office is closed on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the book closing deadline, as a result of Hurricane Michael is authorized to accept paper voter registration applications for the 2018 General Election on the next day that his or her office is reopened. This will ensure that each Supervisor of Elections Office has the same amount of days to register voters at their offices.On line applications must be by midnight Oct. 9The deadline to submit an online voter registration application will not change and will remain at 11:59 p.m., October 9, 2018. Please notify the Division of Elections if your offices will be closed on October 9, 2018, due to Hurricane Michael and the date your office reopens following the storm. This will allow Department staff to process voter registration applications consistent with this directive.last_img read more

The consensus No. 1

first_img Wynne’s take? “It’s all surreal.” Just a year ago, he was a highly regarded prospect just finding his way onto the U.S. under-20 national team, but his stock skyrocketed following a superb World Youth Championship performance last summer in the Netherlands and an All-America campaign for UCLA. CARSON – Marvell Wynne had time to reflect on the past year and think about what the future holds as he headed to Philadelphia for today’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The 19-year-old defender, who emerged as one of the world’s most coveted outside backs, chose to forgo his junior and senior seasons at UCLA, resisted several tempting offers from European clubs, signed a developmental contract with MLS and now finds himself as the odds-on favorite to be taken first during this afternoon’s festivities. “The thing people realize,” said UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo, a former MLS midfielder, “is that his level of play will increase on th a weekly basis. … He doesn’t get overwhelmed by his environment, and his athleticism and his pace makes up for the little nuances of the game that he still needs to develop.” Said Yorks: “I think the sky’s the limit. I haven’t seen personally an athlete as good as him come through, so now it’s getting to the next environment, MLS, and seeing where the game takes him.” Wynne came out of Poway High, near San Diego, and into a starting role at UCLA, and he opened eyes with his performance last summer with the U.S. U-20s. He assisted the lone U.S. goal in an opening-round victory over tournament champion Argentina and was pivotal on a U.S. defense that shutout all three opponents in group play. Clubs from Germany, Holland, France and Belgium expressed interest, and Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht offered a guaranteed contract. Wynne balked. “Marvell, he’s American through and through,” Salcedo said. “And what I mean by that is if you talk to him about the world game, he’s not too knowledgeable and savvy about what goes on over there. So that tells me that maybe this is the right spot for him.” Wynne tried his father’s sport as a child but “didn’t like it” because it was “too slow.” The senior Wynne, an outfielder for San Diego, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs, provided plenty of support. “He told me to just go for it. Have fun,” Wynne said. “This is your life … this is your living now. You have to stay focused and go out there and do your best.” Talk that he’ll get his chance with Chivas excites Wynne, who trained with the club on several occasions while with the U-20s. “That would be really comfortable,” he said. “Being from UCLA, I could possibly stay in my own apartment. … It would be great. I would feel right at home.” There is still some skepticism about becoming a professional. And Wynne will readily admit that’s he’s slightly intimidated. He has had the benefit from talking with some former UCLA players who have gone onto MLS careers, including Chicago’s Chad Barrett and Leonard Griffin and Galaxy forward Mike Enfield. “They all told me it’s like going from high school to college,” Wynne said. “There’s going to be some jitters early on, but once you get into the flow of it … you just play your game.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] MLS SUPERDRAFT Area players available in MLS’s draft today in Philadelphia: Name, Pos., School Will Beard M CS Northridge Ivan Becerra F UC Santa Barbara San Fernando HS, Mission College Jonathan Bornstein F UCLA Evan Corey F UCLA L.A. Baptist HS Alec de Mattos F CS Northridge Chaminade HS Gianni Facio M CS Northridge El Camino Real HS Zach Feldman M CA Northridge El Camino Real HS Jordan Harvey D UCLA Patrick Ianni D/M UCLA Yura Movsisyan F Pasadena CC Daniel Paladini M CS Northridge St. Francis HS Willie Sims F CS Northridge Ryan Valdez M UCLA Marvell Wynne D UCLA 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Chivas USA, preparing for its second season at Home Depot Center, owns the top pick, and all signs are – unless a trade offer too good to refuse is made – that it’ll use it on Wynne. “Most people would say he’s the likely No. 1 pick, and he’s earned that,” Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley said. “He’s obviously a special kind of athlete. And when you talk about somebody who can adjust and play right away, his athletic qualities allow him to do that.” Bradley says he’s received several offers for the selection, and draft-eve talk had the former Chicago Fire and MetroStars coach ready to deal for two of his former players: midfielder Jesse Marsch and former UCLA forward Ante Razov. “You never know until draft day,” said Lyle Yorks, Wynne’s agent. “There could be trades, but at this point, word on the street, speculation, is he’ll be No. 1 for Chivas.” Wynne, the son of former major-league baseball star Marvell Wynne, possesses spectacular speed and athleticism, and he’s addressing his technical deficiencies. last_img read more