Novak Djokovic clinches sixth year-end No 1 ranking to equal Pete Sampras | Tennis News

first_img In September, Djokovic also overtook American Pete Sampras, who ended as No 1 for six straight years between 1993 and 1998, for the most weeks overall at the top ranking and will begin his 294th week in first spot on Monday In September, Djokovic also overtook American Pete Sampras, who ended as No 1 for six straight years between 1993 and 1998, for the most weeks overall at the top ranking and will begin his 294th week in first spot on Monday

AXA Switzerland eyes CHF260m domestic equity allocation

first_imgAXA’s Swiss pensions business is seeking to allocate CHF260m (€231m) to domestic companies, according to two searches launched via IPE Quest.It has tendered two equally-sized mandates, one for small and mid-sized listed equities (search QN-2541), and the other extended to large caps (search QN-2542). Both searches are for high-conviction, growth-oriented active managers to run a segregated mandate.The benchmark for the small- and mid-cap mandate is the SPI Extra index and for the large cap mandate it is either the SPI or the SXI Switzerland Sustainability 25. With regard to the large cap strategy, AXA Switzerland said managers’ investment style should “support ecological goals”.  The minimum tracking error is 1.5%.Managers bidding for the mandates should state performance gross of fees to 30 April 2019. The minimum required track record is three years.They should also have at least CHF750m already invested in the respective desired strategies, and at least CHF1bn under management as a firm.AXA Switzerland also stated that “managers should describe their selection criteria for positions and the underlying process”.The deadline for submissions is 4 June at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email read more

John Greco, 20

first_imgJohn Greco, age 20, of Dillsboro, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home. John was born on December 1, 1995 in Lawrenceburg to Fortunato “Lucky” and Susan Lewis Greco and graduated from South Dearborn High School with the class of 2014. John attended Valparaiso University, majoring in International Business. John enjoyed languages, he spoke Spanish and Italian, and enjoyed being around people. many of his high school contemporaries mentioned that when someone was down, John was there to help and be with them. John made people smile, and had many friends. he loved special needs people and would always befriend them. he played soccer in high school, and enjoyed skateboarding. There there was a new skateboard track around, he would find it. John loved animals; he could sit in the woods by himself and watch deer for hours on end. He watched many more animals than he killed out in the field. John was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Lewis in 2015. Surviving are his parent, Fortuanto and Susan (Lewis) Greco; his 2 brothers, Salvatore Greco, of Erlanger, KY and Damian (Pasia) Gilchrist, of Manahawkin, New jersey; his nephew, Jaden Gilchrist; his maternal grandmother, Albert Lewis, of Dillsboro, and his paternal grandmother, Anna Greco, of Italy. The funeral service for John will be Friday, march 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at Dillsboro United Methodist Church, 10071 Front St. Dillsobro, with his Pastor, Rev. Mona Safley and his former pastor, Rev. Dennis Alstott officiating. he will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Friends may meet his family at the Methodist Church on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 5 to 8 PM. memorials in John’s memory may be given to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or to the Jim O’Brien Scholarship Fund for Soccer. DeVries Funeral Home is serving the Family.last_img read more

Johnson treble fires Sunderland

first_img Lee Cattermole, so often derided as the wrong side of aggressive, nullified Adel Taarabt in a clear analysis-room ploy from Sunderland boss Poyet. Fulham’s immediate second-half riposte almost created a gritty contest, with Sidwell heading home Damien Duff’s corner. But the home side could not sustain any kind of comeback, and Sunderland powered to a fine result. Berbatov had two gilt-edged chances in the opening 10 minutes as Fulham settled faster and brighter. The big Bulgarian barged his way to a clear header from an early corner, only to add no power as he nodded into the ground. Sascha Riether then robbed Wes Brown before drilling a fine low cross into the area. Half a yard behind the play though, Berbatov was just not quite sharp enough to control. The ball bobbled into touch on the other side of the field, and with it went Fulham’s first-half opportunities. Buoyed by avoiding early censure the Black Cats started to build a foothold. Riether had to move smartly to cut out Fabio Borini’s neat through-ball, denying Jack Colback a sight of goal, and Phil Bardsley’s 20-yard shot was tipped away by Stockdale. Steven Fletcher then headed over after John O’Shea nodded back across goal from a well-worked Johnson free-kick. Riether’s near-post flick on evaded any Fulham team-mate as the hosts battled to regain the ascendancy. And Taarabt rejected the smart positioning of both Berbatov and Dempsey to try a tricky near-post effort that Vito Mannone was more than wise to. Berbatov’s acrobatic effort came to nought as well, as Fulham failed to generate any cast-iron opportunities in their second spell of dominance. It was all too short-lived for Rene Meulensteen’s men though, as Sunderland pinched the lead thanks to Johnson’s curling free-kick. Sidwell was incensed referee Mike Dean even awarded the foul, with Johnson capitalising on minimal touch to go down 20 yards out. Stockdale will certainly feel he should have tipped Johnson’s shot around his left post though, after getting a glove to the accurate effort. Fulham’s second-choice goalkeeper then spilled a Sunderland cross, only for Fernando Amorebieta to head Marcos Alonso’s shot clear. Sunderland’s pressure told again when Johnson’s low free-kick reached Swansea loan man Ki, who finished courtesy of a Senderos deflection. Taarabt wasted a promising free-kick to open the second half, before Riether flashed the ball across goal, only for Mannone to claim. Duff’s pinpoint corner delivery dragged Fulham back into the contest though, with Sidwell sneaking free to nod home. Senderos had to mop up as Stockdale made a brave call to come out of his area for a clearance, only for Fletcher to put him under pressure. The match opened up with both sides sensing their time to strike. And Sunderland made the most of a lightning break to steal control again. Racing through a sparse midfield with Fulham over-committed, Ki bided his time and threaded a superlative ball through to the onrushing Johnson. The former Manchester City midfielder slotted past the motionless Stockdale to reassert Sunderland’s dominance. And with time running out Johnson rolled a penalty past Stockdale, after Senderos left a leg hanging out to take down Altidore. Johnson had laid on Sunderland’s second for Ki, before the South Korean returned the favour for the Black Cats’ third. Swansea loan man Ki’s fine slide-rule pass allowed Johnson to kill off the game, and the 26-year-old delivered as Sunderland claimed their first league win in three attempts. The Sunderland-born winger then slotted a penalty in the dying stages after Philippe Senderos fouled Jozy Altidore. Poyet’s side had seen off Carlisle and Manchester United in cup action since the turn of the year, but badly needed a Premier League win. Two smart Johnson free-kicks had Sunderland in control, the first a curler into the top corner that David Stockdale could not tip clear. Johnson’s second set-piece allowed Ki to fire home via Senderos’ deflection. Dimitar Berbatov wasted two chances in the first 10 minutes as Fulham fired out of the blocks, but the impetus yielded neither reward nor control. Clint Dempsey could offer minimal impact as Fulham’s influence waned, with regimented Sunderland’s superior organisation paying dividend. Adam Johnson’s hat-trick spearheaded Sunderland’s third win in six days, a ruthless 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Fulham. The 11-cap England midfielder laid on Sunderland’s other goal as Gus Poyet’s men drove to a comprehensive win at Craven Cottage. Goals from Johnson and Ki Sung-Yueng had Sunderland in total control at the break, before Steve Sidwell headed his fifth of the season for Fulham after the turnaround. Press Associationlast_img read more

Twin lights up Dial-A-Bet

first_imgTwinlight bounced right back to his best to win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and in the process condemn Hidden Cyclone to the runner-up spot in the Leopardstown feature for the second year running. Willie Mullins’ unpredictable seven-year-old was sent off at 16-1 as he was pulled up on his last outing in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork. However, yet again he showed that when he is on a going day and in the right conditions, he is a very good two-miler chaser. Hidden Cyclone ran his usual game race from the front, seeing off Uxizandre at the head of affairs with a mile to run and putting the rest under pressure, despite jumping to his right on occasions. All bar Twinlight were in trouble turning into the straight and it was he who saw out the race best in the conditions, winning by four and three-quarter lengths, giving a welcome change of luck to Paul Townend, who was beaten on some red-hot favourites a day earlier. Nicky Richards’ Simply Ned stayed on gamely for third, but the favourite Uxizandre and Ballycasey were very disappointing. Mullins said: “At Cork I had said to Paul ‘I want you to go down the inner and just wing your fences’ and two or three other horses kept up to him. I said to Paul today to do the same, and he said he wanted to change the plan. Paul said ‘no, I want to go the outside’. “They went such a gallop today that Paul was on the outside, on his own and I think at about halfway the horse started to enjoy it and if you look at, I think, the second fence down the back, he put in as big a jump as I ever saw around here and he landed running. “Hidden Cyclone ran a fantastic race – I thought he had us beaten going to the last – but our fella just met it right and I’m delighted for Paul to get a Grade One winner, against the head, as we say.” Denis O’Regan’s decision to make the journey back to Ireland was fully vindicated when he produced Living Next Door with a typically patient ride to win the hugely valuable Paddy Power Chase. A close fifth in the four-miler at Cheltenham in March, Tony Martin’s charge had shown little in two runs this season but bounced right back to his best under his confident jockey, who had earlier won on the yard’s Blair Perrone. Press Association Top-weight Foxrock, sent off the 7-2 favourite, made a bold bid under Adrian Heskin and had everything else in trouble approaching the final fence, but O’Regan had stalked him into the straight going particularly well. The eight-year-old put in a massive leap and the 20-1 chance saw off his rival by a length and a quarter, with Vics Canvas running a fine race in third and The Job Is Right fourth in a thrilling finish. Martin said: “These are the sort of races you like winning. You target them, and it’s wonderful that it’s worked out. Every fence he made ground and O’Regan gave him the ride of the year as far as I’m concerned. ” We’ll have a think about where we go next, but he won’t be going anywhere for at least a month anyway.” last_img read more

Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward hints at more expensive signings

first_img “Our record revenue and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) guidance for 2016 reflects the underlying strength of our business and our confidence in its continued growth.” United, owned by the United States-based Glazer family, also announced they will seek to raise another 400million US dollars (£257.5million) by selling new shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The move was announced in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission saying that the club will make 24 million Class A shares available. The Glazers have three years under the current prospectus to go ahead with the share sale. The Glazer family who own Manchester United are set to make more than £15million in dividends from the club this season. United announced today it will pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since the shares were sold on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, at a rate of 4.5 cents per share per quarter. The five sons and one daughter of the late Malcolm Glazer own 80 per cent of the 180million shares. Avram, Joel, Kevin, Bryan and Edward Glazer, and their sister, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and stand to make a total of £15.2million – £2.5million each annually. United say the club’s strong financial position and predicted income allow them to pay a dividend while still investing in players and competing at the highest level. A spokesman said: “In addition, there are significant funds available for transfers and wages and the dividend won’t impact the club’s ability to buy top players.” Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has raised the prospect of more expensive signings by the club next year by predicting bringing fewer players in – but not necessarily less spending. Asked by one investor if 2015 represented a peak in terms of capital investment in players, Woodward said: “Was 2015 a peak? I think it’s impossible to answer that question. We have seen a large number of ins and outs in terms of the squad in the last couple of summer windows. “We have previously guided on a more modest number in and out. It is a number-times-price calculation – the number can vary and obviously the price can vary quite materially based on who you are purchasing so it is difficult for us to guide on that.” United announced they expect to become the first English club to break the £0.5billion income barrier this season after revealing the full cost of the absence from the Champions League last season. The club reported revenues down last season by 8.8 per cent to £395.2million. United’s income fell by £38million from £433.2million – the loss of £50million in income from Europe being partially offset by an increase in commercial income. United’s adjusted profit was down to £3.1million from £28.7million, and gross debt increased to £411million from £341million a year ago – partly due to refinancing old bonds and partly due to exchange rate changes with the dollar. Net debt however was down to £255.2million from £275.4million. As in previous years, the club has budgeted on Louis van Gaal’s side reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. Woodward added: “As we look to the new season, we are enthusiastic about our strong position, both on and off the pitch. “In recent weeks we have further strengthened our squad with an exciting mix of experience and youth, qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and seen an impressive launch of our partnership with adidas. Press Association Woodward, speaking on a conference call with United investors, said that he anticipated fewer players coming into the club – but could not guarantee a drop in the overall amount spent on transfer fees. United spent more than £115million during the summer including £36million on teenage French striker Anthony Martial, but sold £59.7million record signing Angel di Maria to Paris St Germain for around £45million. last_img read more

The Latest: Napoli president questions trip to Barcelona

first_img July 30, 2020 Associated Press De Laurentiis says “I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they’re acting like nothing is wrong. What does it take to say, ‘Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?’”The Barcelona-Napoli game is scheduled for Aug. 8. The first leg of the round-of-16 encounter finished 1-1 in Naples in February. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals in Lisbon, Portugal.The Napoli president says “if they’ve decided to play the Champions League in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16. I don’t understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation.”___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is concerned about his club traveling to face Barcelona in the Champions League amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The Latest: Napoli president questions trip to Barcelonalast_img read more

Over 50 horses entered as Trophy Stall donates trophies for outstanding performers

first_imgMORE than 50 horses are expected to take the track today when the Rising Sun Turf Club, in collaboration with Banks DIH Limited and Trophy Stall, stages its grand one-day horse race meet at the Rising Sun Turf Club Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.Six races are carded for the day with close to $3M in cash, trophies and other prizes up for grabs.The feature event is for horses classified G and Lower over 1400m for a winning take of $400 000 with stakes and trophy donated by Banks DIH Limited.A ding-dong battle is expected with Settling Star, Santa Cruz Lady, Valentina, Goodwill Boy, Chamelie and Precise Moment looking to attain the top prize.Among those entered to compete in the 1400m event for H3 maiden horses and those that did not race for over a year for the $300 000 winning take are Sweet Return, Not This Time, Miss Olympic, Catch A Glimpse and Touch Down.Bank Note, Simba, She is a Man Eater, Perfect Dream, Catholic Boy, Perfect Drift, Sunday Silence, Up Top Boss, Perfect Storm and Perfect Pleasure will all be looking for a perfect day in the event for three-year-olds Open Guyana-bred animals .The top prize is $300 000 and trophy for the Over-1100m.The K and Lower event will see animals race over 1100m for a winner’s take of $200 000 and trophy. Cherish Me, Irish Boy, First Prince, Prince D and Game Over are among those set to compete.The L and Lower Open animals will be galloping for a bounty of $150 000 and trophy over a distance of 1100m. Looking to cross the line first are Fresh Prince, Secret Escape, Fresh Dancer, Prince D and Irish Boy.The L Class maiden race has the likes of The Republican, Osana, Song Bird, Dan Star, Escape, Princess Selene, City Of Lights, Maximum Cash, Rhiman Star and Joyful Love competing over 1100m for the winning prize of $125 000 and trophy.Sponsors are Banks DIH Limited, Colin Elcock Delmur Trading, Trophy Stall, Romell Jagroop, Jumbo Jet and Shariff Racing Stables among others.Outstanding jockey, stable and trainer will all be presented with accolades, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall.Contact and queries can be made with Fazal Habibulla on telephone 657-7010. Race time is 13:00hrs.last_img read more

Reports: Kobe, Gianna Bryant laid to rest

first_imgKOBE Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried in a private funeral service in Southern California last week, multiple outlets reported late Tuesday.Citing Kobe Bryant’s death certificate, Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV reported the remains of the former Lakers star and his daughter were transferred to Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona del Mar. Kobe and Gianna were laid to rest in a private ceremony there last Friday.According to KTTV, the death certificate cited Kobe’s cause of death as “blunt trauma” sustained in a “commercial helicopter crash.” It also said his death was “rapid”.Corona del Mar is a community within Newport Beach, where the Bryant family lives.Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when the helicopter they were in crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, on January 26. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa, 14 – who played on the same club basketball team as Gianna Bryant – also were killed.Christina Mauser, a 38-year-old who was the top assistant coach of the Mamba girls basketball team, was also killed in the accident, as were Sarah Chester, 45; her daughter Payton Chester, 13; and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.A public memorial service for the Bryants will be held February 24 at Staples Center, beginning at 10:00hrs PT. While the date – 2/24 – conveniently falls between two Lakers’ home games, it still could have been chosen symbolically. Gianna – one Kobe and Vanessa’ four daughters – wore No. 2 on her basketball jersey while Kobe was No. 24 for part of his 20-year-tenure with the Lakers, and his retired jerseys – he also wore No. 8 – hang at Staples Center.The Los Angeles Times reported that “entry is expected to be severely restricted” at the venue despite Staples Center’s capacity of about 20 000.last_img read more