How can Andy Murray become world number one in men’s tennis?

first_img“These last few months have proved that to me.”I may never get another chance to be number one, so I’ll give it my best shot to do that while I have the opportunity.”What’s the deal?Murray is closing in on the current world number one Novak Djokovic on the Emirates ATP Race to London. He trails the Serb by 915 points.His comments that he “can get there” came in the wake of beating Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters.For that, the 29-year-old earned 1,000 ranking points. Djokovic lost to Bautista Agut in the semi-final.Murray is in the form of his life. His win on Sunday was his 41st tournament victory, a tour-best 65th match victory of the season and his sixth trophy of the year, which ties a career best.Spain’s Bautista Agut, who was playing his first Masters final, said it was clear how much Murray wanted to secure the top spot.”I think I can see it in his eyes,” he said. “He’s really focused on getting number one.”What’s up next for Murray?The Scot has three tournaments left to play this year – the Vienna Open (24-30 October), which he won in 2014, the Paris Masters (31 October-6 November) and his eighth season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London (13-20 November), where the 200 points he won last year will drop off before the tournament begins.Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam winner, is not scheduled to play until the event in Paris and will then compete in London.A tournament win for Murray in Vienna would lift his points tally by 500 points, while Djokovic rests.The Serb’s 2,300 points from last year’s Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals drop off on 7 November.Murray, who is defending 600 points from last season’s efforts in Paris, will hope to have secured a fresh 1,000 points for winning in the preceding days in the city.Some 1,500 points are up for grabs at London’s O2 for an undefeated winner at the World Tour Finals.What else has Murray been saying?Murray told Sky Sports: “My goal wasn’t to finish number one at the end of this year but in the early parts of next year there is an opportunity – 900 points doesn’t seem like loads.”But Novak will win matches. He is the best player in the world. I don’t think he has lost an indoor game in a long time.”And he told the ATP website: “I still have to win three more tournaments. That’s not an easy thing to do.”I have never had success like I have had the last few months in my career, so to keep that going, I’m aware it’s going to be a difficult thing to do.”I need to keep myself motivated and be smart with my schedule and my time off, as well.”Analysis – Murray showing Djokovic-style formBBC Sport tennis correspondent Russell Fuller”Andy Murray is showing the end-of-season form usually associated with Novak Djokovic.”He has won 23 sets in a row since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the Davis Cup semi-final, and heads to Vienna in a week’s time with the chance to make further inroads into the Serb’s rapidly evaporating lead at the top of the world rankings.”Djokovic is not due to play until the Paris Masters, an event he has won three years in a row and four times in total.”Murray has never won the Paris title, and fatigue may become an issue. But were he to win in both Vienna and Paris, then he would become world number one if Djokovic failed to reach the final in the French capital.”last_img read more

After the drama, City face Spurs again with title pressure on

first_imgLittle over 60 hours after their extraordinary Champions League drama, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face each other again at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, this time in the Premier League.City’s dream of a quadruple of titles ended with their away-goals loss after Wednesday’s second-leg ended with a 4-3 win, but a 4-4 aggregate score.The destiny of the Premier League remains in the hands of Pep Guardiola’s side, however, and they know that if they win their remaining five games they will retain their title.Yet this is now a major test of their character after what was a crushing exit from Europe – with a late goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent City through, ruled out for offside following a VAR video review.“We have to react, close time, same team. But don’t think too much right now, sleep as much as possible and then we will prepare for the game,” said Guardiola.City have won the League Cup and are in the final of the FA Cup, meaning a treble remains a realistic objective.“We fought a lot, nine, ten months for the Premier League. It’s in our hands,” added Guardiola.“It’s tough, of course, but we have to do it.”City are two points behind leaders Liverpool, but have a game in hand – although that fixture is against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford next Wednesday.If they can remove the emotion from the Champions League loss, City will draw heart from the fact that they dominated large parts of the game, enjoying 66 per cent possession and 20 shots to Spurs’ 11.While Mauricio Pochettino’s options are limited by injuries, including to attacking fulcrum Harry Kane, Guardiola has plenty of fresh alternatives to call on, including German winger Leroy Sane, who did not feature until the 84th minute on Wednesday.Third-placed Spurs have plenty to play for as well – the battle for a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League is tight with Arsenal and Chelsea just a point behind and sixth-placed Manchester United only three points adrift.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pochettino said his players are “still in a dream” after reaching the Champions League semi-finals but expects his side to be ready for Saturday’s clash“We are all tired after an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night,” Pochettino said.“It means a lot (to reach the semi-finals). We still haven’t realised because we are still in a dream. We’re still in a bubble. We can feel the happiness of our fans, also through the messages of family and friends.“But because we are so focused and busy preparing for Saturday, you do not allow yourself to live your reality. Our job is to be focused and concentrated and use all the tools to be ready for Saturday.”Liverpool meanwhile will expect to pick up three points at 18th-placed Cardiff City on Sunday, although Neil Warnock’s team have been boosted by Tuesday’s win at Brighton, which kept their survival hopes alive.Brighton, who are now just two points above the Welsh side, although with a game in hand, are at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.Arsenal will expect three points from a home fixture with Crystal Palace and Chelsea will want the same from their meeting with Burnley on Easter Monday.United, smarting from their Champions League exit to Barcelona, have a tricky trip to Everton on Sunday.last_img read more

Accused to stand trial in High Court

first_imgPatricia Sanasie executionafter the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry into the death of Patricia Sanasie, who was shot dead January last, Richard Stanton, the murder accused, was committed to stand trial in the High Court.He appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Zamilla Ally.Stanton was informed by Magistrate Ally that a prima facie case was made out against him to establish the offence of murder and, as such, he was to face a judge and jury at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes inAccused: Richard StantonJuly.Stanton is facing charges, which state that on January 12, 2015 at 129 Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara, he murdered Sanasie, a 43-year-old businesswoman.It is alleged that on the night in question, the woman, along with her daughter, returned home from church and she got out of her vehicle to open her gate when she was confronted by a lone gunman, who opened fire on her.Eyewitnesses told investigators that a “big built” man exited a silver Raum and discharged four rounds at the woman.According to reports, she was shot to her chest, abdomen, neck and groin. She was pronounced dead on arrivalMurdered: Patricia Sanasieat the Georgetown Public Hospital.Sanasie was the former Director of Studies of the Academy of Professional Studies.A similar attempt was made on her husband’s (Deonarine Sanasie’s) life just one year prior to her death, and she, along with her brother, Vishnu Persaud, was implicated.The daughter of the now deceased woman who was in the car and witnessed the shooting positively identified Stanton as the shooter; as such, he was arrested and charged.last_img read more

$2B revetment programme proposed for Linden

first_imgA two-billion-dollar revetment programme is being proposed for the mining town of Linden, Region Ten.According to Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, such a programme is needed to address the effects of climate change on the town.Mayor of Linden, Carwyn HollandThe Linden Mayor noted there was once a time when Linden was considered a safe zone from changing weather patterns, but recent climate change effects have been taking a toll on the town’s infrastructure. The revetment programme is one way by which the council is looking to remedy the situation.“You have many, many houses that are on the verge of falling. A lot of them as well because of the erosion. Some of them you can see their entire foundation is exposed, as a result of the sand and so on (having been) washed away from their buildings, and these buildings are on the hills…This calls for a massive revetment programme…We need to get that going now.”Mayor Holland added that the project document is being crafted so that it can be sent to Cabinet for assessment. Once given the go-ahead, the programme, according to Holland, would achieve two objectives. First, to create a safe environment for residents; and second, provide jobs for youths residing in the town.According to the Department of Public Information, the Mayor explained: “It (would) provide jobs for the hundreds of young people, young men that we have here in Linden who are living in those very valleys and alleys, who are not working. They are unemployed, and through the revetment programme, you can have many persons gainfully employed; and as a result, Government, and Guyana by extension, (would) be protecting and saving lives due to these changing weather patterns.”Freak storms are becoming more common locally, and several have struck Linden in the last month. One recent storm had swept through the Wismar Housing Scheme and neighbouring communities, leaving several houses without roofs, uprooting utility poles and trees, and in some cases resulting in millions of dollars in losses.last_img read more

Mexico stun Brazil to win gold

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, August 11 – Mexico stunned Brazil to win their first gold in the Olympic men’s football tournament as Oribe Peralta’s double clinched a shock 2-1 victory over the five-time world champions Saturday.Peralta struck after just 30 seconds and the Mexican striker sealed one of the all-time great Olympic upsets when he scored again late in the second half. Hulk got one back in stoppage-time but Mexico, playing in their first Olympic final, were deserved winners as Brazil once again failed to end their long wait for a first football gold.While Brazil have graced the World Cup with some of the best players and most dazzling performances ever seen on football’s grandest stage, the Selecao have never managed to replicate those golden moments at the Games and this was another miserable chapter in their Olympic history.Brazil, bronze medallists in Beijing in 2008, lost in the Olympic final in 1984 and 1988 and their failure to win gold has rankled with such a proud football nation for decades.Mano Menezes’s team are unlikely to get a sympathetic reception on their return home after such a lacklustre display riddled with nerves and defensive blunders.“You can see by the look on my face what my feelings are. It’s not difficult to guess. I’m very sad we did not win,” Menezes said.“If you lose you feel under dark skies and that was the mood I left behind in the dressing room.“We did excellent work throughout the tournament and believed we had a very good chance of getting gold, but it was not to be.”Mexico manager Luis Fernando Tena added: “We are extremely happy. It’s a wonderful moment for our country. Mexico will be on the streets partying right now.“It’s a great moment for a coach to see his players singing the national anthem with gold medals around their necks.”Mexico had won three of their past five matches against Brazil, including a 2-0 friendly victory in June, and there was no sign of an inferiority complex as Tena’s side made an astonishing start.Just 30 seconds had been played when Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva dwelt on the ball and then poked a hesitant pass towards Sandro, who was caught flat-footed as Javier Aquino stole possession.Peralta latched onto Aquino’s pass and the Santos Laguna striker advanced unchecked before slipping a clever low shot past Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel from just outside the penalty area.Brazil seemed shell-shocked by such a disastrous opening. It took 21 minutes for Brazil’s first shot on target and Menezes was growing increasingly frustrated on the touchline.By the 32nd minute he had seen enough and hauled off Alex Sandro, with Porto striker Hulk sent on. That at least gave Brazil a brief spark and defender Marcelo slashed wide after Oscar’s flick gave him a sight of goal, then Hulk surged forward and forced Jose Corona to parry his long-range strike.Leandro Damiao was quickly onto the rebound, but Corona recovered his footing to block the striker’s follow-up.Brazil needed more from Neymar in the second half but the Santos striker’s composure deserted him when he lashed a good chance high over the bar.Marco Fabian should have made Neymar pay for that miss when the Mexico midfielder harried Juan Jesus out of possession. But Gabriel blocked Fabian’s first shot and from the rebound the Mexican’s overhead kick looped onto the crossbar.Moments later Peralta saw his shot ruled out for offside, but Brazil’s defensive frailties were exposed again in the 75th minute.When a free-kick was curled over from the right, Peralta was granted the freedom of the penalty area to power home a header that left Brazil exchanging angry recriminations.Hulk gave them hope of a dramatic late fight-back when he burst through to drive a low shot under Corona in the first minute of stoppage-time.And incredibly Oscar should have forced extra-time, but the Chelsea midfielder headed over with the goal at his mercy as Mexico held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Watford re-sign Adrian Mariappa

first_imgWatford have re-signed Adrian Mariappa on a three-year contract.The defender, 29, has returned to the club four years after leaving for Reading and having been released by Crystal Palace earlier this summer.He came through Watford’s academy, establishing himself at the club in the 2006-07 season before their relegation from the Premier League.After 247 appearances Mariappa joined Reading, who were similarly relegated back to the Sky Bet Championship, before signing for Palace a year later.The last of his appearances there came in May’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United. Adrian Mariappa: The defender left Vicarage Road in 2012 1last_img read more

Swansea agree initial fee for Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll

first_img It is understood Spurs have accepted a basic offer of around £5million 1 Swansea are edging closer to the signing of Tom Carroll after agreeing an initial fee for the Tottenham midfielder.It is understood Spurs have accepted a basic offer of around £5million for Carroll but want the overall deal to be worth around £9million when add-ons are included.That is more than the bid Swansea have currently put on the table but talks are ongoing, with both clubs confident a resolution will be found.Carroll’s switch could be finalised as early as next week as new manager Paul Clement continues to shake up his squad for the fight against relegation. Swansea sit 19th ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Arsenal.Luciano Narsingh’s move from PSV was completed on Thursday and, as well as Carroll, Clement has confirmed the club are in negotiations with Norwich over a deal for defender Martin Olsson.Carroll is already familiar with Swansea after spending a successful season on loan at the Liberty Stadium in 2014-15.The 24-year-old joined Tottenham’s academy in 2008 but has never established himself as a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino.He has made only one Premier League appearance for Spurs this season, coming on as a last-minute substitute against Crystal Palace in August.last_img read more

Jose: Don’t rule out move to France or Germany – I’m not leaving United just yet

first_img Mourinho is enjoying life at Manchester United 1 Jose Mourinho hasn’t ruled-out managing in France or Germany, but says he won’t be leaving Manchester United any time soon.Mourinho has worked in his native Portugal (FC Porto), Spain (Real Madrid) and in Italy (Inter Milan) and at Chelsea and United in England – but hasn’t worked in Europe’s two other ‘top’ European leagues.But with the massive task of taking United back to the top of the game the Portuguese says he loving the challenge of guiding United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.Mourinho told The Times: “In the past I always wanted to coach in different places. When I came to Chelsea in 2004 I never thought to stay for 20 years. Never. When I went to Italy I always had in mind I had to go to Spain. If in this moment now you ask me can I go to France or to Germany, I say, ‘Why not? Why not?’“But I’m in a different moment in my career now. I always had Spain and Italy [as places where he hoped to manage], but England is my passion and at this moment I can say I would like to stay many years.“It’s about having the most challenging project that I can have. In this moment the United one is great because the club was and is living a new period — the post-Sir Alex period.“Sir Alex, then David [Moyes], then Mr [Louis] Van Gaal and now me. Trying to find again success is a challenging period for the club and something that I’m enjoying.”last_img read more

Philippe Coutinho unveiled at the Nou Camp as Barcelona finalise £142m deal

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho has completed his record-breaking move from Liverpool to Barcelona – but will not be able to make his debut for three weeks due to injury.Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Barca at Monday lunchtime to finalise a transfer that could be worth up to £142million to Liverpool.However, Barca fans will have to wait to see their new signing in action after the Catalan giants announced he presented with a thigh injury during his medical this morning, which is set to keep him sidelined for around 20 days.Coutinho also missed both of Liverpool’s opening two games in 2018 with a thigh problem.The issue did not derail his move to the runaway LaLiga leaders, though, and he put pen to paper on his contract before being officially welcomed to the club by president Josep Maria Bartomeu.Bartomeu said on his club’s website: “We’re delighted to present Philippe Coutinho, a player who we’ve tried to get to come and play for us since last summer.“We knew it was not going to be easy to get him here, we’ve been talking and working for months on this but one of the important aspects was he wanted to come here. And he helped make an effort, and he was patient, and that was been key in him coming here.“And I’m very pleased to announce the signing of one the world’s star players and he will be here for many years. “I also want to thank Liverpool, one of Europe’s biggest clubs, for allowing him to leave and come here.”Making a brief comment before getting ready to head out on to the Nou Camp pitch for a photo shoot in front of the club’s supporters, Coutinho said: “I want to thank the president and everyone who has made the transfer possible.“I’m very happy, as I’ve said it was my dream. I hope to live up to expectations on the pitch.”Coutinho becomes the second most expensive footballer in history after compatriot Neymar, who left Barca for Paris St Germain last summer in a £200.6million deal.It is the biggest transfer fee involving a British club and is also the most Barca have ever paid for a player, eclipsing the £96.8million – rising to a possible £135.5million – they splashed out on Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele last August.Barca have had to bide their time to secure Coutinho’s services, having seen a £118million bid rejected by Liverpool in August after making him their number one target to replace Neymar.Coutinho also handed in a transfer request at the time in an attempt to force a move, but was unsuccessful.Barca maintained their interest in the former Inter Milan man, though, and on Saturday the clubs announced a deal had been struck.If Coutinho, who spent six months on loan at Barca’s city rivals Espanyol from Inter in 2012, is unavailable for the remainder of the month then he would miss at least four LaLiga and Copa del Rey games for his new employers.Barca’s first match of February is scheduled to be the derby against Espanyol. Philippe Coutinho is unveiled as a Barcelona player last_img read more

Dundee Utd chairman vows radical change but silent on manager future

first_imgDundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has said drastic changes will have to be made following the club’s relegation but made no comment on the future of manager Mixu Paatelainen.Paatelainen’s future has been in doubt following the team’s poor run in form, which resulted in their drop to the Championship after defeat to city rivals Dundee on Monday night. The Finn was summoned to Tannadice on Tuesday and left after a 25 minute meeting but a subsequent statement from the club made no mention of his position.Instead, Thompson made an apology to supporters and promised radical change at the club.He said: “Dundee United have let you, the supporters, down this season. I apologise unreservedly to all of you for our relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership. “I am currently seeking fresh investment in the club which may in time lead to me standing aside, and I aim to strengthen our current financial position to launch a bid for an immediate return to the top flight,” he said.“I understand calls for change and am open to realistic well-funded proposals that can bring in major investment.“However, with the serious financial challenges we face in the Championship, I will not put the club’s existence in peril by simply handing over the keys unless any proposed investor is well financed and can offer a sustainable alternative.“The board has worked over a period of time to review and restructure the club.“Financially, there will be a substantial drop in income due to relegation that will mean cost reductions across the club. These include both on and off-field operations that will be implemented after consultation with employees.” “As the chairman the buck stops with me and I accept full responsibility for what has happened. The big decisions were mine and I got some of them wrong.“I have backed managers with the third biggest budget in the league but the results have not been acceptable. In the near future many radical changes will be made to try to ensure our quick return to the top league.“Further changes will see increased fan representation as well as boardroom changes to re-vitalise and re-energise the club.”United’s finances are expected to take a significant blow as they adjust to life in the second tier and the chairman said that he was seeking for an injection of funds. Thompson will listen to offers to buy the club but insisted he would be careful of the long-term future when evaluating offers.last_img read more