Gauff, 15, stuns five-time winner Venus Williams in massive upset

first_imgFIFTEEN-year-old American qualifier Cori Gauff caused a stunning upset by defeating five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round.World number 313 Gauff beat Williams – 24 years her senior at 39 – 6-4 6-4.Fellow American Williams had won four Grand Slam titles – including two at Wimbledon – before Gauff was born.“It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match,” said Gauff, who previously said Venus and sister Serena were her “idols”.“I don’t know how to explain how I feel.“I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I had to remind myself that the lines are the same lines, the courts are the same size and after every point I told myself ‘stay calm’.”Gauff will play Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova – 15 years her senior – in the second round.Williams turned professional 10 years before her opponent was born, with Gauff being the youngest player to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw since the Open era began in 1968.She previously said the Williams sisters inspired her to first pick up a tennis racquet.“Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did,” Gauff added.“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her – I told her she was so inspiring and I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts to before.“My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I’m so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we’re successful.“I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now.“I’m really happy Wimbledon gave me the chance to play, I never thought I would get this far.”(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Anthony Adams XI reach 80 for 2 on rain-affected day

first_imgRAIN forced the greater part of the opening day’s play in the first Regional 4-day practice match at the Guyana National Stadium to be subjected to a number of inspections by the umpires. Following their final check at 14:30hrs, they decided play would commence at 15:00hrs.At stumps, Anthony Adams’ XI had reached 80 for 2 from 34 overs against Leon Johnson’s XI, heading into day two, reeling from a double-strike by veteran leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who claimed both wickets in the only session of the day.Heading into the second day, Tevin Imlach, the former Windies U-19 player was not out on 23 off 97 balls and will be looking to carry on with night-watchman Niall Smith. Imlach stroked just one boundary while his opening partner Raymond Perez crunched three eye-catching fours as he chalked up 24 off 48 balls.When Perez fell to Bishoo, Adams XI were 47 for 1 before Kemol Savory and Imlach teamed up to help stabilise the innings. Guyana Jaguars’ newest addition, Savory, was the other batsman to fall  to  Bishoo a few overs before stumps.The left-hander mirrored an innings almost similar to that of Perez, as he too soaked up 48 balls and hit 3 fours but managed only 18.Bishoo’s return to Jaguars colours was a good sign for the Leon Johnson’s XI. The 34-year-old was wily in his approach as he outfoxed his two victims in Perez and Savory, to end with opening day figures of 2-26 from 10 overs.Action on day two is now set to start at 09:00hrs, weather permitting. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Digital age reaches classrooms, creating the latest college click

first_imgScholars can even conduct physics experiments or sit through complicated engineering lectures – in their pajamas. “There’s an academic transformation going on right now,” said Steven Fitzgerald, an associate professor of computer science at California State University, Northridge. “These new technologies are allowing students to participate interactively and allowing them to make it to class without having to face traffic or fight for parking spaces.” Gadgets such as handheld remotes that communicate with laptops, touch-screen devices called smart boards and paperless e-books are just a few examples of how colleges are adapting to the digital revolution that has swept their students. The influence of technology on education can also be seen in the increasing number of courses being offered online. NORTHRIDGE _ Raising your hand to answer a question in class? That is so 20th century. Today’s college students can simply tap away on classroom clickers to beam lecture questions and test answers directly into their professors’ laptops. Notebooks, pencils and heavy textbooks have been replaced by computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets that can send and store digital information. CSUN offered 30 online classes in 1999. Today, there are some 12,000 students enrolled electronically in 300 courses – a tenfold increase in less than a decade. Two-thirds of CSUN’s 32,000 students are receiving some online academic service on the university’s learning management system, WebCT. Digital drawbacks But there are some downsides to the digital revolution. For one thing, the high-tech educational tools can make cheating a lot easier, especially plagiarism. Colleges have had to invest in programs such as Turn it In, which scans essays against billions of papers stored in databases and found on the Internet. Text-messaging slang like LOL (laughing out loud) and BRB (be right back) often slips into assignments, irritating some professors already burdened by having to learn high-tech programs and gadgets. Still, college officials say there is no escaping the future. “The way that students learn is different than what it was in the past,” said Mark Pracher, a technology grant writer for Pierce College. “We need ways to present information differently, engage students in classroom activities and help them understand the material.” Investing in the future Over the past five years, Pierce has invested nearly $2 million in improving its campus technology that includes private lessons for faculty members on the newest educational software and converting classrooms into “smart” rooms. The rooms come equipped with giant screens and wireless tablets that allow teachers to replace the overhead projector with a slew of Web-based media presentation tools. “In many ways it is just the generational evolution of how society has changed,” Pracher said. Randall Cummings, CSUN’s director of online instruction, said the university will spend $4 million on academic technology programs this year. “These are gen-net kids. They were born with digital mobiles in their cribs,” Cummings said. “They have always had some sort of handheld gadget.” Danny O’Kelley, 19, a general-education student at College of the Canyons, said teachers should learn technology because students will bring it into their classrooms one way or another. “We do everything online,” he said. So much so that four months ago, when O’Kelley couldn’t sell his used textbooks for a reasonable price, he started The Web site was supposed to give students a place to buy and sell books. But the site has morphed into a meeting ground where students can discuss classes, set up study groups and, of course, gossip about professors. “With technology, you can do things that you can’t physically do,” said Diana Oblinger, associate vice president of Educause, a nonprofit promoting technology in academics. For future nature scientists, a new social networking project, the National Ecological Observatory Network, lets students from around the world study Earth and its ecological changes. Still, the transition isn’t easy for everyone. Lucille Russell went back to school four years ago, after having five children. She was used to watching her kids surf the Internet, but the religious-studies student said she had vowed she would not become a part of the Web revolution. “I did not even want an e-mail address,” she said. Now Russell admits that being connected to the latest technologies is necessary – for her college career and her future. “I need to know how to use all this stuff if I am going to be a teacher,” she said. “That’s the only way to connect with young people.” [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want 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

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in Gameweek 6

first_img In: Matt Targett (Southampton) – £4.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – … Maybe like Mr Targett. The young Saint is enjoying an extended spell in the side due to Ryan Bertrand’s injury and is a solid player to have on your bench at this moment in time given the fact he’s likely to start their next few games. 12 12 12 12 In: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The ex-Liverpool man faced more criticism for his finishing on Tuesday night as he missed two good chances against Juventus but we reckon his pace against West Ham’s backline could be pivotal and net him and few points and possibly a goal too. Clashes with the pedestrian Tottenham and Newcastle defences are coming up too so he’ll be a good long-term buy. 12 In: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He’s too cheap not to have. The Algerian has been the star of the Premier League season so far and is a must for your team simply on the basis that 44 per cent of players have him. Don’t get left behind. Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The left-back had been in brilliant form and probably would have been a tip to add to your team but, sadly, he suffered a broken leg in midweek and now faces six months out. 12 Out: Pedro (Chelsea) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The spritely Spaniard has taken a knock and, after the Blues’ Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jose Mourinho is sure the player will miss their clash with Arsenal. He’s too expensivee to be an absentee. 12 12 12 12 Out: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The big German is doubtful for the weekend and the Gunner will face Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United in the next few weeks if he is fit, so we reckon he won’t get too many points. Leave him out until Arsenal’s form picks up. 12 In: Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – £8.5m – After that stunning overhead kick against Manchester United, the Belgian could be about to go on a goal spree. Out: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – £10.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The striker is doubtful for Manchester United’s match with Southampton so it’s wise to keep him out of your thinking until he’s got at least one more Premier League goal to his name. Out: Willian (Chelsea) – £6.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Another injured Blues star to drop from your team. A good point-scoring start to the season saw many of you throw him into your squad but it’s wise to ditch him now. 12 Last week was an excellent reminder it’s not always the household names who get all the points in Fantasy Premier League.The team of the week included just one player who finished in the top four last season (Daley Blind), while players like Ritchie de Laet, Wes Hoolahan, Steven Naismith and Odion Ighalo mopped up the points.It’s a wake up call to those persisting with stars from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, and may mean you’re lagging behind your rivals.If so, talkSPORT’s crack team of Fantasy Premier League minds have put together this list of six players you need to get this week, and six you should be looking to ditch!Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A hamstring injury means the Italian centre-back could miss around four games for the Hammers. He’s hardly been a spectacular point scorer so won’t be missed too much and it will give you an opportunity to bring in a cheaper player who gets more… In: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The stern-faced Serbian has been getting points left, right, and centre this season. Manchester City have some decent fixtures coming up too and should continue to keep clean sheets, if he can get the odd assist too then you’ll be laughing. In: Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Surprisingly, more teams have opted for Nathaniel Clyne than Joe Gomez out of Liverpool’s defenders. The English youngster is dirt cheap and getting plenty of points, so pick him up as a cheap alternative. The Reds face Norwich and Aston Villa at Anfield in their next two games so he should get at least one clean sheet, we reckon. last_img read more