Royal Vibes fancied

first_img (2) TWILIGHT ROCKET/OMEGA (2) CHACE THE GREAT/AIR MARSHALL (3) EDISON/LADY SHANKARI (4) UNBREAKABLE/PERSIAN BELLE (5) ROYAL VIBES (6) FREE RANGE/ABOGADO – O.C. Thanks to a 38-1 upset by BROWN GIRL in the eighth race, the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carryover to tomorrow stands at $1.39 million. Both Super-6s were caught and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000 each. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. Although proving expensive to follow, the Anthony Nunes-trained TWILIGHT ROCKET with leading jockey Shane Ellis retaining the ride, should rebound in the opening race for maiden 4-y-os and up over 1500. His twin dangers in the seven-horse field are OMEGA and MY FAVOURITE DANCER, both of whom had him behind when second and third, respectively, to SMOKIN PRINCESS over 1300 metres on November 7. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

‘We lost our minds’ – Liverpool manager reacts to thumping at Watfo

first_imgLONDON (AP): Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League yesterday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool now trail the Champions League places by five points after their latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point. Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes. Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corner. Odion Ighalo then netted twice, with a composed finish in the 15th, before heading in unmarked in the 85th as Liverpool were punished for a stagnant and unimaginative performance. Manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side’s reaction to conceding early contributed to the rest of their display. “We lost our minds after the first goal; we lost our compact formation,” Klopp said. “The reaction has to be better. We came here to do something really different than what you saw. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool FC life from now on.” NO WORRY FOR WATFORD Liverpool failed to offer anything in attack that worried Watford, which played at a higher tempo and with more attacking intent throughout the encounter. The victory is their fourth in a row in the Premier League and leaves them only a point behind Tottenham in fourth, on 28. “We are fighting a lot; we are very competitive,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said. “I feel completely happy with the performance and the players. We are playing against amazing teams, but we control the matches.” In Wales, Swansea missed some good chances in the first half against West Ham as theyfailed to claim the victory that would have lifted them out of the relegation zone. Andre Ayew, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork failed to convert opportunities as Swansea stayed in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety. West Ham substitute Enner Valencia almost won it for the visitors late on, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski as Slaven Bilic’s side settled for their third straight goalless draw. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis challenged his team to be more ruthless in attack. “We can all see that we are lacking a cutting edge,” Curtis said. “At least we looked like a Swansea City team again, but we need to find something in the final third.”last_img read more

Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more

More Sports In Brief

first_img US Open champion is pregnant Past US Open champion Flavia Pennetta is expecting her first child. Pennetta, who announced her 2015 retirement from tennis during the trophy presentation after her lone Grand Slam title, and her husband, touring pro Fabio Fognini, issued matching statements yesterday on Twitter about the pregnancy. “Baby Fognetta is coming,” they wrote. When she beat childhood friend Roberta Vinci at Flushing Meadows in an all-Italian 2015 final, Pennetta became, at age 33, the oldest woman in the Open era to win her first major title. In June, she married Fognini, who was ranked as high as 13th in 2014 and finished this season at No. 49. Barcelona to extend Suarez contract MADRID, Spain (AP): Barcelona have reached a deal to extend the contract of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to June 2021, securing another piece of their powerful attack for four more seasons. The club recently also extended Neymar’s contract until 2021, and now it will try to seal a deal with Lionel Messi to keep together their formidable trio. Barcelona said that Suarez’s new contract – which has a buyout clause of US $210 million – will be signed today. His previous deal was due to expire in 2019. “I’m incredibly happy for being where I want to be,” Suarez said. “It was a decision that I wanted and that the club wanted. We have a good relationship.” Jones taking snub in stride PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Kenwyne Jones said he had no ill will towards new Trinidad & Tobago Soca Warriors head coach Tom Saintfiet after his shocking omission from a 28-member squad to prepare for two international friendlies at the end of the month. Saintfiet stunned the T&T football community when he failed to name Jones, the incumbent national captain, in a training squad ahead of matches against Nicaragua on December 27 and 30 in Managua. “I wish the team all the best,” the 32-year-old striker told the T&T Newsday. “It is nothing surprising to me. I had a meeting with the coach, and obviously, that is not a squad that he picked, so at the end of the day, I wish the team all the best and I hope that they come out successful in the games coming up.” Jones, who played for Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City and Cardiff City in the World-renowned English Premier League, said he still harboured the desire to play for the Soca Warriors again.last_img read more

Lorne Targets Best Chess In 2017

first_imgBuoyed by his impressive joint second place in the Sub Zonal Chess Tournament last year, National representative, Malaku Lorne is targeting more consistency and improvements to attain his best game, in 2017.The tournament is part of the World Championships qualification cycle and the Jamaican will line up against competitors at this year’s Zonal which is expected to be held in El Salvador in March.”This year, I am trying to do a lot better and be more consistent, I have represented Jamaica on three occasions now,” he explained.The former Chess Master scored seven points from his nine games to place joint second (third on tie-break), in the 2.3.5 Sub-Zonal Chess Tournament held in Barbados from April 28 to May 2, last year.Courtesy of that performance, he earned the title International FIDE Master (FM).”To the best of my knowledge, I am only the second Jamaican to qualify for this stage of the zonal, so I want to do really well at this one,” Lorne said.Lorne has represented Jamaica at three Olympiads so far; 2004, 2014 and 2016, and will be looking to do so again in 2018.His career spans 24 years, and Lorne considers himself a professional player according to Jamaican standards.He received the Chess Sportsman of the year award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year ceremony, recently.”To be honest, I wasn’t aiming to win this accolade. I was just aiming to do my best throughout the year, and surprised to win it,” he told The Gleaner.”It will definitely help with marketing. One of my problems was sponsorship, and winning this award will help me get more sponsorship,” he said.Lorne said that preparations are in full swing to lift his game.”I can get a lot better, based on some performance I have put in I will do a lot better, I just want more consistency,” he observed.last_img read more

Archibald, Dinal top record-breaking Sigma 5k

first_img Wheelchair Females 1. Jozanne Harrus- Sun Island Ltd. 24.16 2. Faeiona Clarke Pitter- Pepsi Janaica Bottling Ltd 24:20 3. Onecia Bryan Ministry of Industry 24:33 Males 1. Robin Rowe UWI 18:40 2. Keroy Benjamin Seprod 18:46 3.Gerald Palmer Dennis Electrical 20:29 CORPORATE JAMAICA GC Foster College’s Oshane Archibald and Juliet Dinal were the top male and female finishers at yesterday’s staging of the Sagicor Sigma 5K Run in New Kingston which had a record number of 25000 participants. That was not the only record set at the event where over $50 million was raised for charity. Archibald continued his good form this season following success two weeks ago at the High Mountain 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester, where he won the event. This time around it was not that easy for Archibald who prevailed in what was very close finish, eventually winning in 16 minutes 52 seconds. He had to see off the challenges of Garfield Gordon (16:53) and Dwyane Graham (17:02), who finished second and third respectively. “I knew it was going to be tough in winning but I am in the best shape of my life as I am preparing for the NACAC Cross Country Championships”, said Archibald. Females 1. Sylvia Grant. 31:11 2. COLEEN Morrison – 36:26 3, Vinette Green 37:40 Males 1.Alphanso Cunningham 26:56 2. Leroy Cole 29:33 3. Joel Brown 31:17center_img Selected Top 3 Results SECOND SUCCESS Dinal had her second success at after topping the female section in 22 minutes 38 seconds, easily turning back the challenges of Tamika James, who was second in 23:57 and Karen Blagrove (24:15) in third. “I am extremely happy for the win as it was a miracle I was able to compete because coming to the event I had some medical issues but I am grateful to participate because it was for a worthy cause in helping needy children”, said Dinal. Ingrid Card, vice-president of Group Marketing at Sagicor was elated about this year’s staging. “I am really happy and we all are excited as over 25000 registered and over $50M was raised bearing in mind we raised $35 million last year. Our target was to raise $60M but we have time to do so as we have until March and I am confident we will reach that target”, said Card. “Next year will be our 20th staging and we will be hoping to select more beneficiaries and I would like to thank corporate Jamaica and all those who participated, along with my management team, including over 300 volunteers from Sagicor, who worked tirelessly to make this venture successful.” One of the institution to benefit from yesterday’s staging is the Spanish Town Hospital’s Special Care Unit and Gregory Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of that institution was grateful for the gesture. “I feel overwhelmed and happy to see the turnout from my company as over 430 turned out and it was not easy to pull out our doctors and nurses but it is for a worthy cause and we feel humbled for what Sagicor has done and we salute them for choosing my institution as they really don’t have to do it,” he said. Olympic 100 metres finalist, Yohan Blake who was the Patron of this year’s staging was pleased to play a role in the event. “It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of this venture as I know what struggles have been as I have gone through that in my career and there are many needy children out there and I am willing to contribute in any way I can”, said Blake. Other institutions to benefit from this year’s staging included, Bethlehem Home for abandoned children (operated by Missionaries of the Poor) and Mandeville Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).last_img read more

Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint

first_imgAs in the past stagings of the event, the Biñan, Laguna-born Baniqued is once again the favorite to win the boys’ 13-14 category after ruling for the past two years.Out to deny him of a three-peat are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao, as the field gun to dislodge Baniqued out of his throne in the grueling 12.4-kilometer course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Tara, meanwhile, bested her older sister Sam last year as the Borlains once again finished 1-2 in the girls’ 13-14 category.Ruling the swim-bike-run event since joining the field five years ago, Borlain hopes to extend that reign in her final IronKids run. View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite However, Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad emerge as the biggest threat to snare away her tiara.A total of 335 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will partake in the 400-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike, and 3-kilometer run course which will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot.All in all, 263 budding triathletes answered the challenge, comprised of 155 boys and 108 girls divided into four age groups.Younger triathletes will join in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IronKids champion Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLAPU-LAPU CITY — Dominating their age group for the past few years, Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain are both out for a fitting curtain call as they join in their final Alaska IronKids on Saturday at the Shangri-La Mactan here.Graduating from the 14-and-below age group, the former champions seek for one last victory lap as they banner the young triathletes for one last time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Soaring Eagles eye sweep of eliminations

first_imgAfter racking up four straight victories in emphatic fashions, reigning back-to-back UAAP champion Ateneo braces for a tougher stretch of three matches in its drive for a sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference eliminations at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Break new ground Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settledcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But going by the way they crushed the field so far, the Eagles look headed to accomplishing the mission for a crack at the inaugural men’s crown of the league organized by Sports Vision.Ateneo trounced the FEU Tamaraws last Sept. 3 to open its campaign then strung up shutout victories over San Beda, UST and St. Benilde to zero in on the first semifinal berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTop hitter Marck Espejo has been lording it over the field with 76 hits, including 68 attack points, after four games.Midway though the tournament, the dominant Eagles are soaring in the stats sheet. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Veterans at the forefront as powerlifting squad shoots for 2 gold medals With Espejo emerging as the leading scorer, the four-time UAAP MVP also paces the spiking department with 60.71 percent success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hotshots reach semis

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees PBA IMAGESStar became the first team to reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup even when the top-seeded Meralco Bolts had an earlier game schedule—and a supposedly lighter quarterfinal opponent.The Hotshots came back in the second half to eliminate the NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena.center_img DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ “We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. LATEST STORIES Ateneo shoots for 5th straight triumph Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Dkokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where has won six of his 12 major championships. Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted on his website Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017, says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events next week. After that, the statement says, “the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season.”(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Novak Djokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where he has won six of his 12 major championships.Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted on his website on Wednesday says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events there next week.ADVERTISEMENT After that, the statement says, “the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season.”Djokovic, who is right-handed, cited the elbow problem on Dec. 30, when he withdrew from this week’s Qatar Open, a hard-court tuneup tournament for the Australian Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat was supposed to be the 30-year-old Serb’s final competitive preparation before play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 15.He previously pulled out of a United Arab Emirates exhibition tournament. Kei Nishikori out of Australian Open because wrist not ready Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Since winning his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open — becoming the first man in nearly a half-century with four in a row — Djokovic has made it past the quarterfinals at only one of the past six major tournaments, finishing as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open.A year ago at the Australian Open, as the two-time defending champion, he bowed out in the second round against 117th-ranked Denis Istomin, the first time Djokovic exited so early at any major in nearly a decade.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Djokovic hasn’t played in any tournament since retiring from his match in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July because of the elbow injury. At the time, he acknowledged that his right arm had been bothering him for more than a year but that he had decided against having surgery.The extended absence dropped the former No. 1 player to No. 12 in the current ATP rankings.Djokovic is hardly alone when it comes to high-profile men’s tennis players dealing with injuries as the new season begins.Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, the runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open last year, withdrew from this week’s Brisbane International tuneup tournament because of a bothersome right knee. Nadal won the French Open and U.S. Open in 2017 to raise his major count to 16.Three-time major champion Andy Murray, meanwhile, also pulled out of the Brisbane International and is considering having an operation because of a bad hip. Like Djokovic, he last competed at Wimbledon, nearly six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more