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first_imgBy Martyn HermanHome favourite Andy Murray stayed afloat at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 7-5 win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Tuesday night.After losing to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in his opening Group B match at the season’s finale on Sunday, Murray knew only a win against Raonic would keep his hopes alive and he duly delivered with a solid display at a jam-packed 02 Arena.Murray needed one break of serve to clinch the opening set and struck again at 5-5 in the second as Raonic faltered.He clinched victory in one hour 31 minutes and on his second match point and will now go into his final Group B match against six-time champion Roger Federer on Thursday with a place in the semi-finals at stake.Federer is top of the group with a 100 per cent record after beating Nishikori earlier.last_img read more

first_imgAbout 160 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Dexter, Edwards, Los Nietos and Graves middle schools have enrolled in the math program. The program also has higher-math courses aimed at local high school students. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” said Gonzalez, who also is the president of the school board for the Whittier City School District. “The idea behind this is twofold. First, the middle-school students get to come to their high school and stay in the area. But most importantly, by participating in this program, they can come here as ninth-graders and go straight into geometry. And that means they’re set up to take calculus before they graduate,” he said. In 1974, Escalante was hired as a basic mathematics teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He got national attention by teaching advanced mathematics to students considered “unteachable.” His success was profiled in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver.” Encouraging high school students in less-affluent urban areas to complete high school math early so that they can take college math while still in high school was was the driving force behind Escalante’s overall philosophy, Gonzalez noted. WEST WHITTIER – Although he was never a student of Jaime Escalante, Pioneer High School teacher Javier Gonzalez considers the famed East Los Angeles math teacher as the person who most inspired him to become an educator. It was during the 1980s when Gonzalez took a summer job as a tutor with the Jaime Escalante Math Program at East Los Angeles College. Aimed specifically at inner-city children at risk of failing, the program engages the students in higher-level math courses. Passing those courses can become a ticket to university acceptance. Now Gonzalez is bringing the program to Pioneer High this summer. “I wanted to do this because I don’t really have anything to do during the summer,” said Edwards Middle School eighth-grader Ilene Ruiz, 13. “I was going to go to the \ math academy, but this is going to be much better for me in high school. I’ve learned a lot already, and it’s only been a few days.” The program also has a math analysis/algebra 2/geometry portion for Pioneer High students. The high-schoolers get college credit for the course through East Los Angeles College. Plus, it frees them up to take calculus BC – the second level of calculus – by the time they are seniors. Gonzalez credited Pioneer administrators and the middle schools for working together to bring the program to West Whittier this year. “This required all of our districts to work together to benefit the kids and the community,” said Pioneer High Principal Alex Flores. “These kids will be our kids someday, and we want to provide as much support as possible.” Edwards Principal Monica Sena said when school starts up in the fall, eighth-grade teachers will continue the algebra I lessons from the summer program. “And because of \ and this program, the spirit of Jaime Escalante lives on in West Whittier,” said Sena. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgTogether with Mars #Believe we‘re getting Moose musically match fit so he can show his support for the England team this summer in France. Each week Moose will be challenged to sing the ‘We Love You England’ chant in a different style and this time out it’s jazz, following on from his rock and opera versions.To help him we’ve enlisted the help of top singing coach, Xavier Jones to make sure he’s pitch perfect.Watch the video above to see how he got on in his practice session and make sure to look out for tomorrow’s video to see Moose summoning his inner Frank Sinatra!Mars #Believe also want you to get involved by singing your support for England. Just post your singing selfie videos of the ‘We Love You England’ chant on Twitter, using the hashtag #believe.last_img

first_imgThere is a long-awaited Sport Magazine Podcast debut for chief subeditor and cycling expert Graham Willgoss as deputy editor Alex Reid hosts an episode that begins by looking at the ideal qualities in a Premier League manager (00:40).Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is this week’s cover star and senior writer Amit Katwala, who interviewed him for issue 472 of Sport, begins a discussion on whether the suave Argentinian can lead Spurs to the title (05:12).Next, Sarah Shephard examines the route ahead for England Women after speaking to Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott (12.28).Finally, the team turn to the career of Mark Cavendish and ponder how the Manx MIssile will be remembered (16:26).Subscribe to the Sport Magazine Podcast and leave a review here.last_img

first_imgBut while Andalon said studies are under way to determine whether more can be recovered, he said collection efforts are hampered by a variety of issues including thousands of unregistered vehicles and hard-to-locate vehicle owners. And DOT General Manager Gloria Jeff defended the department’s record. “These are cumulative figures, and we do an outstanding job of collecting monies owed through parking citations,” Jeff said. “Problems occur that make collections very difficult, and they include some issues that are outside the city.” The exact number of unregistered vehicles in the city is unavailable, but officials have estimated that about 250,000 in Los Angeles County are unregistered. Records show that city traffic officers issued 9.5 million parking tickets valued at $494.9 million from June 2003 to this July. Of that, $330.4 million has been collected. While officials expect to collect an additional $52.8 million, that still leaves a balance of 1.3 million citations worth $111.7 million. The average parking citation costs about $41, but additional tickets and unpaid fines can cause the total to soar. Jeff said the department plans to check whether new technology could improve collections, but Andalon said such efforts won’t solve every problem. “If there’s no registered owner (of a vehicle) … we don’t know who it is and can’t send the notice,” he said. “Or we think you live at a certain address, but then can’t find them. Or you sold the vehicle and the new person hasn’t registered it.” Collection tools include sending scofflaws’ accounts to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which requires outstanding citations to be paid before it issues or renews registration tags. Offenders also are sent notices on the letterhead of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, although unpaid tickets aren’t currently referred to the city attorney for prosecution. Parking enforcement officers’ handheld ticket devices also automatically identify when a vehicle has received its fifth outstanding ticket, and officers can then have it impounded. Last fiscal year, the city “booted,” or immobilized, 8,339 vehicles and impounded 6,291. In some cases, officials have gone after violators’ state income tax refunds. Karen Sisson, deputy mayor for finance and performance innovation, said a review of the ticket-collection system is planned. “Any time we can improve collections, it’s a pot of money,” Sisson said. City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka said his staff will review the collection system to see whether more can be reclaimed. “It’s not one single problem,” Fujioka said. “You have folks with bad addresses. The DMV can’t even find some of these folks. I’m of the opinion we need to `boot’ more of them.” (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles officials have failed to collect more than $164 million in parking fines and penalties in the past three years, nearly one-third the value of all citations issued, according to city records. The scofflaws include eight motorists who have racked up bills of more than $5,000 each, including one – driving a white GMC van with Arizona plates – who owes $10,031, according to city Department of Transportation records. While some officials defend the city’s collection efforts, others expressed concern about the millions of dollars that could be tapped to aid cash-strapped Los Angeles. “This is revenue that could fund more public services, transportation fixes and cops on the street,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s Transportation Committee. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Greuel said she has formed a task force to review whether city workers should take over collections from Affiliated Computer Services, based in Dallas, Texas. Under a five-year contract awarded in March, ACS is paid on a sliding scale – from $2.03 to $2.78 for each ticket processed and fine collected. It also gets $21 for every hard-to-collect ticket that it is able to process. Last year, ACS collected about 78 percent of outstanding citations and received $6.9 million, according to city records. ACS spokesman Joe Barrett declined to comment, referring calls to the city’s Department of Transportation. Robert Andalon, bureau manager for the DOT’s Office of Regulatory Services, said Los Angeles trails San Francisco’s collection rate by 1 percent or 2 percent, which would equate to an additional $3 million to $6 million over the three years. last_img

first_imgSolskjaer has given a first start to Rojo, who is likely to deputise at left-back in the absence of suspended pair Young and Shaw.Meanwhile, Lingard and Martial are deemed fit enough to start.Paul Pogba will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet after going eight games without a goal.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has made three changes to his team.Pablo Zabaletam, Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass replace the ill Marko Arnautovic, Aaron Cresswell and Ryan Fredericks. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining REPLY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF gameday cracker tense West Ham won 3-1 against United at the London Stadium in September thanks to strikes from Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and a Lindelof own goal.Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Fred, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Martial, LukakuSubs: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Pereira, McTominay, Greenwood, RashfordWest Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Anderson, HernandezSubs: Adrian, Obiang, Diop, Fredericks, Antonio, Diangana, Holland Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made five changes to his team as Manchester United host West Ham, live on talkSPORT.Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial come in for Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay. ADVICE no dice Marcos Rojo will have a chance to impress Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow REVEALED last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Verona patron Maurizio Setti claims his club have been made a “scapegoat” as their chief operating officer is “perplexed” by the partial stadium ban for racism. The FIGC ruled on Monday that part of Verona’s curva would be closed for their next game after fans racially abused Mario Balotelli during their 2-1 win against Brescia at the weekend. “We’ve been made a scapegoat,” Setti told Rainews24. The Gialloblu reacted by giving an 11-year ban to ultras leader Luca Castellini, who claimed the racism was all “in Balotelli’s head” and repeatedly referred to him as ‘n***o’ in a controversial interview. Director Francesco Barresi told Sky Sport Italia: “It’s a decision we took after careful consideration on Monday. “We’ve never tolerated and will never tolerate this type of behaviour, while fighting any form of discrimination. “We proceeded to take this measure because the principles and values ​​that the club expects from any of its stakeholders proved to be alien to the subject in question. “As for the section of our curva being closed off, it’s a decision that’s just been made aware to us: we’ll evaluate the action taken and then decide how to move. “However, I must say that the measure leaves us perplexed and even amazed, given we consider it very harsh, especially if we were to identify those few subjects, as specified by the FIGC judge, in the context of a sector that holds thousands of fans. “We want to see this thing through because we believe it isn’t correct to punish an entire sector because of a few individuals, whom we’re trying to identify, to protect the many people and families that have been supporting Hellas Verona for many years.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid’s retirement from international cricket means that the country’s fabulous four has now been reduced to the terrible three, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman, who have been in miserable touch with the bat in Test cricket.”I thought I had a great run. I have given this a serious thought. I knew I had to go… I did not feel the need to drag it on any longer,” Dravid said on Friday while announcing his retirement, probably also showing the other three veterans the way. It would be beneficial to Indian cricket if they retire when the time is right so that the young generation finally gets a go for India in Test cricket. Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag had a miserable 2011. “…the time was right to move on and I was happy with what I had achieved,” Dravid said replying to a question. Now that ‘the Wall’ has shown the way, probably the time has come for the other gentlemen to follow his example. Age seems to have caught up with Tendulkar and Laxman, while Sehwag seems to have no application or intent to put a value to his wicket in Test cricket. Rookie fast bowlers in England and then in Australia made the big three of Indian cricket hop, skip and jump. No wonder, the calls for their retirement are gathering force. Recently, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev said in an interview to Headlines Today that Tendulkar should have retired at least from the ODI soon after he achieved the biggest feat in a cricketer’s life by winning the World Cup last year. Even Sourav Ganguly too advocated for the Master Blaster’s retirement. With Virat Kohli finally showing his potential and the likes of Manoj Tiwary making the most of his limited opportunities, it seems time for the old generation to make way for the young guns. Probably it is time for Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag to follow Dravid and retire gracefully to usher in the future of Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBengaluru, Sept 20 (PTI) Having earned a maiden call-up in the Indian ODI side for the upcoming South Africa series, Punjab all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann today said that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh are his batting and bowling role models respectively. Gurkeerat, who was rewarded with a place in the ODI team for his consistent performance for India A in the recent limited overs matches, said that he got to learn a lot from just watching the limited-overs skipper Dhoni play. “In the current lot, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is my batting role model because we both play very much at the same batting order. I relate to his game a lot, and I earnestly watch him bat whenever he is playing for India. I get to learn a lot from him,” Gurkeerat told reporters after India A won the third unofficial ODI against Bangladesh A to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here. Gurkeerat struck a fine 65 in the opening game and also returned with figures of 5/29 with his off-spin to give India A the lead. The Muktsar-born player said he always looked up to the veteran off-spinner Harbhajan for tips. “My bowling role model is Harbhajan Singh. We were lucky to have him play in this years Ranji Trophy. Whenever I had a bowling problem I went up to him for some vital tips,” he said. Asked if he was surprised at the call-up in the Indian squad, Gurkeerat said, “Selection is something which you have no control on and there is no point thinking about that.” Asked about the challenge of playing alongside senior players like Dhoni and others, Gurkeerat said he would gain experience by rubbing shoulders with some of the legends of the game. “More than challenge, I will gain experience, because I will share dressing room with seniors who are legends. Thats it I would learn from them,” Gurkeerat said. More PTI BDN FK PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT tennis India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran   –  THE HINDU sport January 31, 2019center_img India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran   –  THE HINDU Published on Davis Cup × India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifiers starting here from Friday.At the official draw on the eve of their matches, Italy pulled a surprise on India when they left out their top-ranked Marco Cecchinato out of the singles draw, naming veteran Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini, who will make Davis Cup debut at 22 years.Ramkumar Ramanathan will take on world number 37 Seppi, while Berrettini is seen to lend the X-factor to the side as he will face India number one Prajnesh in the opening day’s rubbers.Cecchinato has been named in the doubles and he would partner the 2015 Australian Open doubles winner Simone Bolelli against India’s formidable duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan.The rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November.Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years. The venue boasts of an impressive 8-2 win-loss record for India, including the solitary victory over Italy in the 1985’s World Group 1st Round.“It’s grass, not clay! Maybe next time, we will play on clay against India. We have nothing to complain,” said 1976 Davis Cup winner Corrado Barazzutti, the non-playing captain of Italy.Another boost for India is the shortened format. The popular ‘home-away’ format has been retained for the qualifiers and the ties now will be held in two days with two singles on Friday and a doubles plus two return singles on Saturday.Matches will now be played over best-of-three sets in place of gruelling best of five, adding to the unpredictability factor and Italy, despite having three of their five players inside top-50, cannot breathe easy.India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has already said there is no room for excuses for the home side and would be banking on their top-ranked singles player Prajnesh (102) to get the hosts off the block.The big-serving southpaw, who is fresh from making his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, achieved one of the best wins of his career on grass when he shocked Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, the current world number 25.And it’s no surprise that Bhupathi will heavily bank on Prajnesh in singles while the most-experienced Bopanna will look to carry on his fine momentum with comeback man Divij in doubles. The duo won the Tata Maharashtra Open earlier this month.With the hosts needing to win at least three rubbers to secure a place in the finals, Prajnesh will play a key role, while the doubles will be equally crucial as has been the case historically for India.India lost 0-4 to Serbia in their World Group play-off clash in Kraljevo and the upcoming tie will be a litmus test for non-playing captain Bhupathi with reports indicating that his contract may not be renewed.The venue has produced some of the epic encounters for India in the history of Davis Cup, including the 3-2 win over Australia to reach the Eastern Final in 1974 but conceded the title to South Africa, protesting the Apartheid regime.But it was India’s World Group first round win over Switzerland in 1993 that had made headlines after they had triumphed 3-2 in a rain-interrupted tie which was termed “black magic” by the referee.“It had rained whole night and the referee had booked return tickets. But we worked whole night to get the court ready,” Bengal Tennis Association COO Sujoy Ghosh recalled.“In the morning, the referee came and said it is ‘Indian black magic’ and we won. Their big serving player Marc Rosset almost looked redundant.” COMMENTSlast_img read more