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Throughout the 73 minutes that constituted Johanna Konta’s biggest match http://www.officialpacershop.com/authentic-0-aaron-brooks-jersey.html of her late-flowering career her mother, Gabrielle, paced the grounds of the All-England Club, biting at her nails and taking furtive glances at the big screen. A fulsome Centre Court crowd, along with thousands more scrunched tight on the Hill to watch her semi-final against Venus Williams, knew precisely the anguish she was going through.They willed the British No1’s piledrivers home, gasping and rasping every time a winner pinged off her racket. But, as Williams’ immense class and experience began fully to emerge, hope gave way to the painful realisation that this would not be Konta’s year. The 6-4, 6-2 score was harsh but no one doubted that the better player had won – and won well.The 26-year-old Konta had arrived on Centre Court hoping to become the first British Danielle Hunter Womens Jersey woman to win a Wimbledon singles’ semi-final since Virginia Wade toppled Chris Evert in three topsy-turvy sets in 1977. One contemporary match report noted the crowds “murmurs of pleasurable surprise”, yet stressed “they were happy but dared not make it too obvious”. Forty years on the crowd had no such inhibitions. Konta was given a standing ovation as she walked on to court.What followed was furious and unrelenting. Williams is one of the 90s originators of power tennis; Konta one of her progeny. Few rallies lasted much more than four shots. It was brutal and often astounding.Unfortunately for the home crowd, Konta was unable to take the thin opportunities that tumbled her way. At 4-4 in the first set, she had two break points which came and went in a flash – as http://www.nikeminnesotavikingstore.com/danielle-hunter-jersey-for-sale-c-21.html Williams saved the first and then smashed down a 106mph second serve to wriggle out of the next. “It was one of the few opportunities I had and she took that away,” admitted Konta, who rapidly surrendered her concentration, her serve and the first set.At this stage the Hill – or Kontamanjaro as some wags dubbed it – still believed. Among the fans were three young men sporting home-made T-shirts bearing the slogans “You Konta touch this”, “I Konta believe it” and “You Konta be serious”. But soon the gaps between the shouts grew longer. Reality had started to bite.Konta had survived several lengthy battles at this Wimbledon, including a three-hour-10-minute epic against Donna Vekic – the longest match in the women’s tournament – but this time she had no answer to the barrage coming from the other side of the net.It was not that she played badly but Williams’s movement was just sharper, her hitting Gustav Nyquist Womens Jersey spikier. Throughout the contest the American’s serve also remained an undecipherable puzzle, with Konta winning only 13 of 50 points on it all match.As she later conceded: “It was very difficult for me to get a http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-14-gustav-nyquist-jersey.html good foothold in the match. It came down on the day, and Venus played better than me. I don’t think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her.”Williams will now face the Spanish player Garbiñe Muguruza, who steamrollered Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in 64 minutes, in Saturday’s final. If the American were to add to her five Wimbledon titles – the last of which she won in 2008 – she will become the oldest Wimbledon champion since 1908.Those grand slam winning days had appeared to be long gone when she was diagnosed with Sjogrens syndrome, which causes immense fatigue and leads to swollen joints, in 2011. Yet here she is at 37, having reached the final of the Australian Open in January and now with the rich scent of another title wafting towards her nostrils. “I had a lot of issues and this year has been amazing in terms of my play, so of course I’m excited about being in another final,” she said.Last week Williams had also broken down at a press conference when asked about being blamed for a car accident in which an elderly passenger in another vehicle was killed. The police’s verdict has since been reversed and Williams carries a lightness that was not evident then.And with Roger Federer the favourite on the men’s side there is every chance that Wimbledon could see a startling throwback in time to 2005 and 2007, when Federer and Williams – then in the prime of their careers – were crowned the singles’ champions.Konta insisted afterwards that she could yet join them. She knows there is room for improvement – she barely played a slice, a vicious weapon in the hands of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, or came to the net. But the way she has risen from 147 in the world in June 2015 to a top-five position next week gives plenty of reason for optimism. Wimbledon, as well as Konta’s mum, will hope for many more nailbiting moments in the future.Marin Cilic, a former US Open champion playing his best tennis in years, should have the better of it against Querrey, who is unfamiliar with these heady surroundings, but he could struggle in a final against Federer, who can then return to Switzerland with Mirka and their four children to mull over the most astonishing comeback in modern sport.
Novak Djokovic has admitted he could be forced to take an extended break Nolan Ryan Youth Jersey from the sport after his Wimbledon hopes were ended by injury during his quarter-final against the Czech Tomas Berdych.The three-time champion, who had looked to be back near to his best in the opening week, was trailing 7-6 (2),Muller said the break at the start of the fifth had been crucial. “It was kind of tough to take that because that’s not the way you want to start out a fifth set,” he said. “He was http://www.authenticlosangelesangels.com/Ricky-Nolasco-Jersey just too good at the end.” 2-0 when he called it a day, having had treatment to his right elbow at the end of the first set. It was a disappointing end to what had been a much-improved tournament for Djokovic after months of below-par outings but he may now have to miss the US Open and perhaps even longer to put right an injury which he said has been bothering him, on and off, for 18 months.“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning surgery, mentioning different options,” said Djokovic, who later said in Serbian that the break could be longer than he has ever taken before. “Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine. But adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, 10 months, but now the [last] seven months is not working that great. Obviously it’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets. I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”Djokovic, who said the pain was worst when serving and hitting forehands, said Authentic David Wright Womens Jersey he would talk to doctors about how best to deal with it. “I haven’t felt this much pain ever since I’ve had this injury. So it’s not a good sign. Obviously the schedule will be readjusted. I’m not thinking too much ahead because I’m not able to play. I’ll try to understand everything that goes around and we’ll see where I can play next.”Djokovic said he had been feeling discomfort from the beginning of the tournament but having also had to play on Tuesday because of the rain-delay that postponed his fourth-round battle, he had little time to recover. “It was only getting worse,” he said. “Unfortunately today was the worst day. Probably the fact that I played yesterday, kind of days adding up, as I’ve said http://www.authenticnewyorkmets.com/Dwight-Gooden-Jersey before, it wasn’t helping at all.”Murray refused to describe the nature of the injury, and speculation among armchair experts ranged from hip-flexor strain to osteoarthritis, which often plagues long-career athletes. Whatever it is, it plainly turned Murray from the lightning-quick saviour of lost causes into a sitting duck. “I’m not going to go into all the details of exactly what my hip issues are,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with it for a very long time. As you get older, things are a bit tougher to manage than they are when you’re younger. There’s more wear and tear. I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it.“I feel Adidas Eric Lindros Womens Jersey like I’ve done all of the right stuff, but I’ll try to do more, try to get myself in better shape. Hopefully I’ll come through the other side of it a better player, a better athlete.“I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. I wanted, if possible, to find a way at the end. Sam served great. The end of the fourth set and fifth set, he hardly missed any first serves. He was acing me pretty much every time. I wasn’t getting enough power on my serve to put him in any bother. He was dictating all of the points.”After his defeat, Murray also corrected one reporter who stated that Sam Querrey was the first American player to reach the semi-final of a grand slam since 2009. “Male player,” Murray interrupted.As for his ranking, which he ripped away from Djokovic in a frantic charge over the latter part of 2016, and speaking before his rival retired from his match, Murray said: “I haven’t played well enough this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen by the end of the US Open.”As Murray was heading home to Oxshott, 11 miles away in north Surrey, to recover with his wife Kim and daughter Sophia, Federer was still in cruise control, two sets up against Milos Raonic, and heading for his 101st match at Wimbledon, and a record 12th semi-final.Muller began the match in superb style, breaking Cilic in the seventh game thanks to a stunning forehand and broke again two games later to take the set, the first the Croat had dropped in the tournament. The left-hander yielded just one break point in the first two sets – at 6-5 in the second – and for long periods Cilic was just hanging in there, looking for something to happen. The tiebreak proved to be the pivotal moment of the match, with Cilic taking it 8-6 to level, before breaking once in the third to go up two sets to one
Novak Djokovic has admitted he could be forced to take an extended break Cameron Wake Authentic Jersey from the sport after his Wimbledon hopes were ended by injury during his quarter-final against the Czech Tomas Berdych.The three-time champion, who had looked to be back near to his best in the opening week, was trailing 7-6 (2),Muller said the break at the start of the fifth had been crucial. “It was kind of tough to take that because that’s not the way you want to start out a fifth set,” he said. “He was http://www.miamidolphinsauthorizedstore.com/cameron-wake-jersey just too good at the end.” 2-0 when he called it a day, having had treatment to his right elbow at the end of the first set. It was a disappointing end to what had been a much-improved tournament for Djokovic after months of below-par outings but he may now have to miss the US Open and perhaps even longer to put right an injury which he said has been bothering him, on and off, for 18 months.“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning surgery, mentioning different options,” said Djokovic, who later said in Serbian that the break could be longer than he has ever taken before. “Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine. But adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, 10 months, but now the [last] seven months is not working that great. Obviously it’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets. I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”Djokovic, who said the pain was worst when serving and hitting forehands, said Aaron Rodgers Womens Jersey he would talk to doctors about how best to deal with it. “I haven’t felt this much pain ever since I’ve had this injury. So it’s not a good sign. Obviously the schedule will be readjusted. I’m not thinking too much ahead because I’m not able to play. I’ll try to understand everything that goes around and we’ll see where I can play next.”Djokovic said he had been feeling discomfort from the beginning of the tournament but having also had to play on Tuesday because of the rain-delay that postponed his fourth-round battle, he had little time to recover. “It was only getting worse,” he said. “Unfortunately today was the worst day. Probably the fact that I played yesterday, kind of days adding up, as I’ve said http://www.packersnflofficialprostore.com/AUTHENTIC+BART+STARR+JERSEY before, it wasn’t helping at all.”Murray refused to describe the nature of the injury, and speculation among armchair experts ranged from hip-flexor strain to osteoarthritis, which often plagues long-career athletes. Whatever it is, it plainly turned Murray from the lightning-quick saviour of lost causes into a sitting duck. “I’m not going to go into all the details of exactly what my hip issues are,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with it for a very long time. As you get older, things are a bit tougher to manage than they are when you’re younger. There’s more wear and tear. I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it.“I feel Aaron Brooks Youth Jersey like I’ve done all of the right stuff, but I’ll try to do more, try to get myself in better shape. Hopefully I’ll come through the other side of it a better player, a better athlete.“I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. I wanted, if possible, to find a way at the end. Sam served great. The end of the fourth set and fifth set, he hardly missed any first serves. He was acing me pretty much every time. I wasn’t getting enough power on my serve to put him in any bother. He was dictating all of the points.”After his defeat, Murray also corrected one reporter who stated that Sam Querrey was the first American player to reach the semi-final of a grand slam since 2009. “Male player,” Murray interrupted.As for his ranking, which he ripped away from Djokovic in a frantic charge over the latter part of 2016, and speaking before his rival retired from his match, Murray said: “I haven’t played well enough this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen by the end of the US Open.”As Murray was heading home to Oxshott, 11 miles away in north Surrey, to recover with his wife Kim and daughter Sophia, Federer was still in cruise control, two sets up against Milos Raonic, and heading for his 101st match at Wimbledon, and a record 12th semi-final.Muller began the match in superb style, breaking Cilic in the seventh game thanks to a stunning forehand and broke again two games later to take the set, the first the Croat had dropped in the tournament. The left-hander yielded just one break point in the first two sets – at 6-5 in the second – and for long periods Cilic was just hanging in there, looking for something to happen. The tiebreak proved to be the pivotal moment of the match, with Cilic taking it 8-6 to level, before breaking once in the third to go up two sets to one
Johanna Konta did more than win a tennis match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. In the performance http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com of her life – which may well lead to many others – she turned doubters into believers and conquering the nerves that once threatened to strangle her talent, beat the world No2, Simona Halep, in three sets of the highest quality to become the first British woman semi-finalist here since Virginia Wade in 1978.Wade was on Centre Court to witness the gripping 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 quarter-final win by the No6 seed and like the rest of the crowd was aware that two more wins would deliver Konta an even bigger slice of history: the Wimbledon title that Wade secured 40 years ago.Wimbledon Bucks Youth Jersey 2017: Johanna Konta beats Halep to reach semi-finals – as it happened Rolling report: Join Barry Glendenning at SW19 for the women’s quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in held-over action To give herself a shot at the Venus Rosewater dish Konta has to beat the ageless Venus Williams in the semi-finals, knowing the 37-year-old American looked back to her best in beating the young French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5. “Age is not a factor,” Konta said in the immediate aftermath. “She’s a tremendous champion. I feel privileged to share a court with her.”Konta, who beat Williams on hardcourt in Miami this year, then lost to her on the clay of Rome, added later: “I’ve never played her on grass, so that will be a new challenge. The way Venus and her sister have elevated women’s tennis is truly inspiring. I feel very excited and very humbled.”In a rare insight, Konta then shared her feelings about her former mind coach, the late Juan Coto. “Juan was a tremendous influence on me. That went beyond Darren Collison Authentic Jersey my tennis career. He approached his work with me in a very holistic manner. It was more about me as a human being. He did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, dealing with life in general. He looked to help me enjoy something that I’ve loved since I was a little girl.“ I’d like to think that my success is my own, and, actually, that’s what he said as well. I do the work. I bear the consequences of everything that I do, the wins and the http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Darren_Collison_Jersey losses.”There was a £50m investment programme and the deal done to host the race from 2010 to 2026 was known at the time to be difficult to meet, especially the escalator clause that ensures the fees rise each year but taken on in the hope that revenues would increase. Silverstone had been given a more generous deal than many circuits but the figures remain intimidating. Over the opening eight years the 5% escalator saw the fee rise from £11.5 million in 2010 to £16.2 million in 2017. It would be set to reach £25m by 2026.The Formula One Group made it clear in advance of the break clause being initiated that they were not willing to renegotiate. They have also been vocal in their stated support for keeping classic European races and helping promoters generate more revenue. However Silverstone http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Ray_Allen_Jersey is already almost at a maximum in terms of revenue from ticket sales. It is the best-attended F1 race and has had ticket sales of 139,000 for the past two years.The difficulty they are rightly stressing is that it would be virtually impossible to sell more tickets and have made it clear they do not believe prices can go any higher. “You can’t just keep putting prices up for the fans,” said Stuart Pringle, the circuit’s sporting director. “There is a breaking point beyond which fans will not go.” Suggestions that London would be able to host the British Grand Prix remain largely fanciful. The central difficulties with the concept – including fundamental organisational, safety and financial issues – remain unsolved are unlikely to be resolved before 2020.The decision has been interpreted in some quarters as posturing in a bid to coerce Liberty Media back to negotiating a new contract and the circuit has stressed it is still working with them. However that this was only part of a ploy to arrange a new deal was denied. “We don’t do this lightly,” said Pringle. “We are fully cognisant of the implications of our actions but the reality is we can’t carry on with unsustainable losses.”As much as it might have been an optical illusion, the hitting between them, within their own parameters of power, seemed more venomous than that in the opening match between Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino. In that men’s fourth-round match, the emphasis was on placement above power. In this women’s three-setter, each punch was loaded for a knockout, hit flat and fast across the lowest point of the net.Variety is not just the spice of life, it is the best way to induce doubt on a tennis court. Roger Federer was amazed, for instance, that his young doppelgänger, Grigor Dimitrov, did not serve and volley once in the entirety of their match on Monday – or the tournament for that matter.
The owners of the Silverstone circuit, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, have Cameron Wake Youth Jersey activated the break clause on their contract to host the British Grand Prix and will now only hold the race until 2019. There are currently no other circuits in the UK with the classification to host Formula One and there are no credible alternatives. If the BRDC fails to come to a new agreement with owners the Formula One Group (formerly Liberty Media) there is a genuine possibility there would be no British Grand Prix, an event that has been on the F1 calendar since the world championship began in 1950.With this year’s British Grand Prix set to take place this weekend and despite another huge crowd expected to attend to watch http://www.miamidolphinsauthorizedstore.com/cameron-wake-jersey Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to win his fourth race in a row there, the event remains loss-making for the circuit.“It is not financially viable for us to deliver the British Grand Prix under the terms of our current contract,” said John Grant, chairman of the BRDC. “We sustained losses of £2.8m in 2015 and £4.8m in 2016, and we expect to lose a similar amount this year. We have reached the tipping point where we can no longer let our passion for the sport rule our heads.”The Formula One Group, insisted they had offered Silverstone longer to consider invoking the break clause and claimed the circuit was looking to make a short-term gain. “We deeply regret that Silverstone has chosen instead to use this week to posture and position themselves and invoke a break clause that will take effect in three years’ time,” said a statement.“We offered to extend the current deadlines in order to focus on everything that is great about Silverstone and Formula One. Regretfully the Silverstone management has chosen to look for a short Aaron Rodgers Womens Jersey term advantage to benefit their position.”Before the current contract was signed in 2009 there was considerable expectation that the circuit would not be able to meet the demand for new facilities at the track nor the hosting fees demanded by F1 management – at the time led by Bernie Ecclestone. They met both criteria but in doing so assumed the current financial difficulties.As for her opponent in Tuesday’s quarter-final, Halep brought out the very best in Konta, who has blossomed beyond all expectation. “It’s a little bit surreal,” the Briton said. “It’s incredible how quickly things go in tennis. I’m still digesting http://www.packersnflofficialprostore.com/AUTHENTIC+AARON+RODGERS+JERSEY things. I felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve out there, regardless of whether it was going my way or not. I knew she was really not going to give me much for free. I had to create my own chances, and I was fortunate to take a few of them.”Indeed she did, breaking the tough Romanian twice from Pacers Youth Jersey eight chances. Her serve was solid, some of her groundstrokes blistering and her composure as impressive as at any time in her career.Konta, at 26, has become the player that Laura Robson – still only 23 – often was and might yet be again: an uncompromising hitter whose core strategy is to drill the ball deep, shot after shot, and grind her opponent down. Robson probably hit the ball harder at her peak before injury cut her down, but Konta has a more mechanical and reliable swing that brings her winners through attrition rather than spectacularly.All of her skills and a few lingering wisps of her old vulnerability were on show. However, it was not the occasion that induced fault lines in her attack, but her wonderful opponent, whose discipline kept her unforced errors to only nine over two hours and 38 minutes. This was an unmitigated battle of muscle, endurance and courage in the shot. Neither of them held back for a second.Here, there was not a hint of a drop shot until the third point of the 12th game, 43 minutes into the match, even though there were several openings before then. Not many followed. Both coaches, Wim Fissette for Konta and Halep’s Darren Cahill, are acknowledged tacticians; maybe they also see ripping the ball to shreds as the safest route to victory.Reinforcing that suspicion, the relentless power-punching of Konta earned her a break-back to love in the 25th minute, and she kept it up all the way to the tie-break. A couple of elementary mistakes cost her the set. Would she fold or fight?Her challenge was not just subduing her wired-up opponent but also her own nerves. It is a task she has managed well in two close wins against Halep on the Tour, and she diligently worked her way back into the match. There were moments of anxiety in the fifth game as she looked like blowing a 40-love lead before staying ahead in the serving cycle. Halep fought doggedly to hold for four-all.The noise when they went to the second tie-break was amplified to the point of hysteria under the roof. Konta could afford no slip-ups; Halep, of course, wanted to end it here. Konta bullied her across the baseline in a high-level rally for set point and after an hour and 50 minutes, served out, bringing the stadium to a pitch of excitement normally seen in the closing moments of a final.
Andy Murray insists that his ailing hip is not hindering the defence Vikings Womens Jersey of his Wimbledon title. Still, in quieter conversations with Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team, he may find at least a moment to reflect on a few moments of flickering anxiety in his three-set win over Benoît Paire on Centre Court.The world No1 did what he always does: found a way. He expressed himself satisfied with his ball-striking over the two hours and 21 minutes it took to subdue Paire’s transparent yet occasionally exacting challenge, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4, and advance to the quarter-finals for the 10th successive time.Indeed, there was little wrong with Murray’s spring-loaded dashes to the net as he turned a string of his opponent’s telegraphed drop-shots into winning points. He admits he would have liked to serve with more consistency and he could have done without 42 unforced errors, although that is not a catastrophic number. He soaked up 10 aces and returned well enough.Nevertheless, across the baseline – the very area where higher-calibre opponents will seek to test his mobility – he was not http://www.nikeminnesotavikingstore.com always a wing-footed god.Whether or not that is a minor vulnerability Sam Querrey can exploit when they meet on Wednesday is uncertain. The American’s method is pretty uncomplicated – and he did squander four match points in the fourth set before beating Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes on Court 18.On Centre Court – where the grass seems to be holding up well enough after days of criticism in the dry, warm conditions – Paire wrongfooted Murray on each wing a few times in the first set, which was to his credit. But it is such a common sight to see the world No1 hunt down the impossible gets that, on those occasions when he did not return the ball with either that trademark backhand lob or running forehand crosscourt that can turn desperation into opportunity, he seemed temporarily frustrated.He put Bart Starr Womens Jersey that to rights once he had figured out the Frenchman’s threat and, as the exchanges lengthened, so Murray’s self-assurance grew.“Like I said at the beginning of the tournament, I’ll be able to get through seven matches if that’s what I have to do,” he repeated. “Obviously, I want to try to get to the final. I’ve done a good job so far. Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball. I was happy about that.“The last couple of days, practice has been really good as well. I didn’t feel great during my last match [an elongated fight to get rid of Fabio Fognini over four sets in dwindling light on Friday evening]. I didn’t feel like I played so well, not loads of rhythm in the first two matches, but I definitely felt better today. That’s positive moving into the last few days of the tournament.”“November,” Rooney replied to the question of when he had started to think he had to cut himself free from Old Trafford. “I started the season doing OK. I’d done well, I had a bad game at Watford away, and that was it [out of the team].”And after that? http://www.packersnflofficialprostore.com/AUTHENTIC+BART+STARR+JERSEY “The hardest part was actually lifting the two trophies, the League Cup and the Europa League. You don’t feel like you deserve it because you haven’t been part of the games. That was hard. You’re naturally happy because you have won but you don’t celebrate as much as if you were on the pitch.“It was just a frustrating time. It was the first time in my career I didn’t play. I was on the bench and that’s not me. I needed to play but I was also the captain of Manchester United so I needed to stay positive around the place and try not to bring any negativity. I spoke to José in January to see what his opinions were and he always said he wanted me to stay and help the team until the end of the season. I did that. But I knew I had to leave for my career.”Moving to a suite overlooking the Goodison pitch, Rooney made it clear he had abandoned his wish to reinvent himself as a midfielder and would be leading from the front for Ronald Koeman’s team.Beyond that, there is next year’s World Cup and the sense, perhaps, that his England career should not be talked about in the past tense, after all. “If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day,” Rooney said. Not on Merseyside, though. “I want to play for England. You can’t get in the England squad because of what you have done before. You need to be playing well to represent your country. I understand that and I respect that. That’s what I have to do now.”The second coming will begin at home to Stoke City on 12 August but it would be wrong to assume his return to Old Trafford on 17 September is the fixture that will mean the most to him in the coming season.Rooney deadpanned that he would be going back to Manchester, the club where he won 12 major trophies and scored more goals than any other player in history, with the sole aim of trying to win three points. But his eyes lit up when someone asked if there was a date circled in red in his diary. “There’s already one: the Liverpool game [9 December]. That was one of my biggest regrets when I left Everton, not scoring in the derby. I came on in my first one [a 0-0 draw in December 2002] and I hit the crossbar. To score against Liverpool for Everton? That would be great.”
Andy Murray insists that his ailing hip is not hindering the defence Michael Stone Womens Jersey of his Wimbledon title. Still, in quieter conversations with Ivan Lendl and the rest of his team, he may find at least a moment to reflect on a few moments of flickering anxiety in his three-set win over Benoît Paire on Centre Court.The world No1 did what he always does: found a way. He expressed himself satisfied with his ball-striking over the two hours and 21 minutes it took to subdue Paire’s transparent yet occasionally exacting challenge, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4, and advance to the quarter-finals for the 10th successive time.Indeed, there was little wrong with Murray’s spring-loaded dashes to the net as he turned a string of his opponent’s telegraphed drop-shots into winning points. He admits he would have liked to serve with more consistency and he could have done without 42 unforced errors, although that is not a catastrophic number. He soaked up 10 aces and returned well enough.Nevertheless, across the baseline – the very area where higher-calibre opponents will seek to test his mobility – he was not http://www.officialarizonacoyotes.com/Adidas-Michael-Stone-Jersey always a wing-footed god.Whether or not that is a minor vulnerability Sam Querrey can exploit when they meet on Wednesday is uncertain. The American’s method is pretty uncomplicated – and he did squander four match points in the fourth set before beating Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes on Court 18.On Centre Court – where the grass seems to be holding up well enough after days of criticism in the dry, warm conditions – Paire wrongfooted Murray on each wing a few times in the first set, which was to his credit. But it is such a common sight to see the world No1 hunt down the impossible gets that, on those occasions when he did not return the ball with either that trademark backhand lob or running forehand crosscourt that can turn desperation into opportunity, he seemed temporarily frustrated.He put Denis Savard Womens Jersey that to rights once he had figured out the Frenchman’s threat and, as the exchanges lengthened, so Murray’s self-assurance grew.“Like I said at the beginning of the tournament, I’ll be able to get through seven matches if that’s what I have to do,” he repeated. “Obviously, I want to try to get to the final. I’ve done a good job so far. Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball. I was happy about that.“The last couple of days, practice has been really good as well. I didn’t feel great during my last match [an elongated fight to get rid of Fabio Fognini over four sets in dwindling light on Friday evening]. I didn’t feel like I played so well, not loads of rhythm in the first two matches, but I definitely felt better today. That’s positive moving into the last few days of the tournament.”“November,” Rooney replied to the question of when he had started to think he had to cut himself free from Old Trafford. “I started the season doing OK. I’d done well, I had a bad game at Watford away, and that was it [out of the team].”And after that? http://www.officialchicagoblackhawks.com/Adidas-Denis-Savard-Jersey “The hardest part was actually lifting the two trophies, the League Cup and the Europa League. You don’t feel like you deserve it because you haven’t been part of the games. That was hard. You’re naturally happy because you have won but you don’t celebrate as much as if you were on the pitch.“It was just a frustrating time. It was the first time in my career I didn’t play. I was on the bench and that’s not me. I needed to play but I was also the captain of Manchester United so I needed to stay positive around the place and try not to bring any negativity. I spoke to José in January to see what his opinions were and he always said he wanted me to stay and help the team until the end of the season. I did that. But I knew I had to leave for my career.”Moving to a suite overlooking the Goodison pitch, Rooney made it clear he had abandoned his wish to reinvent himself as a midfielder and would be leading from the front for Ronald Koeman’s team.Beyond that, there is next year’s World Cup and the sense, perhaps, that his England career should not be talked about in the past tense, after all. “If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day,” Rooney said. Not on Merseyside, though. “I want to play for England. You can’t get in the England squad because of what you have done before. You need to be playing well to represent your country. I understand that and I respect that. That’s what I have to do now.”The second coming will begin at home to Stoke City on 12 August but it would be wrong to assume his return to Old Trafford on 17 September is the fixture that will mean the most to him in the coming season.Rooney deadpanned that he would be going back to Manchester, the club where he won 12 major trophies and scored more goals than any other player in history, with the sole aim of trying to win three points. But his eyes lit up when someone asked if there was a date circled in red in his diary. “There’s already one: the Liverpool game [9 December]. That was one of my biggest regrets when I left Everton, not scoring in the derby. I came on in my first one [a 0-0 draw in December 2002] and I hit the crossbar. To score against Liverpool for Everton? That would be great.”
There are several defining images from the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour, many http://www.officialphiladelphiaflyers.com/Adidas-Brian-Propp-Jersey of them involving the same colour: the red card shown to Sonny Bill Williams in Wellington, Warren Gatland’s red clown nose, the oceans of red in the stadiums and, perhaps above all else, the red?shirted Lions captain, Sam Warburton, jokingly yanking the trophy towards himself as Darryl Sittler Youth Jersey he and his New Zealand opposite number, Kieran Read, posed for end-of-series photographs.For the Lions to have even one hand on the prize at the end was extraordinary. It is impossible to overstate the barriers they have hurdled to compete on this tour and the shared spoils have earned them fresh respect in both hemispheres. A final tour record of P10 W5 D2 L3, with a positive aggregate try count of 18-16 and only one defeat by more than one score, is rather better than Gatland’s detractors expected.Not everything was perfect; the saga of the extra six replacements was poorly handled, the lack of Scottish Test involvement was a shame and the old warm rapport on Lions tours between the squad and the travelling media has floated away into the anti-social media ether. For all the commercial rapaciousness of the modern Lions operation, however, this tour has http://www.officialtorontomapleleafs.com/Adidas-Darryl-Sittler-Jersey otherwise restored faith in a noble ideal and, in Warburton, the squad had one of the all-time great ambassadors.Not even Willie John McBride captained two successive undefeated Lions squads nor bounced back from failing to make the starting XV for the first Test to deny a hugely motivated New Zealand in the last two brutal, defining games. If Jonathan Davies was a deserved winner of the players’ player of the tour award, it was Warburton who made the quietly persuasive request for Romain Poite to re?examine his initial decision to award New Zealand a kickable penalty in the closing moments with the scoreboard reading 15-15.If Ramírez is firing, Yannick Bolasie fit by January and Ross Barkley suitably engaged, it is difficult to see where Rooney might find a niche. Ademola Lookman’s rapid progress cannot be overlooked and then there is Tom Davies, whose strides of last season will be expected to continue. Gylfi Sigurdsson may yet join them from Swansea. All can operate at the tempo Koeman demands while Rooney, although not the physical wreck depicted by those who tiresomely lampooned him during his later years at United, cannot be expected to complete a full season at that kind of tilt. Practically, his greatest use might lie in the versatility that has been as much a curse as a blessing in recent seasons; Rooney has more than enough quality to influence games from Chris Wormley Womens Jersey across the forward line or playing behind a centre?forward, even if only in bursts. Over a long campaign, that blend of experience and adaptability should have ample benefits.All of this is to second-guess Koeman’s intentions for Rooney but also to speak blindly of Rooney’s own plans. It is clear he wishes to play more football but the end he is aiming for may supersede everything else. Winning silverware with Everton would be “the pinnacle”, he said – the crowning point in a career that has brought 11 major titles. Not everybody in the squad will feel that way, at least not as viscerally. Rooney has changed in the past 13 years but Everton are changing quickly, too; should their stadium move to Bramley Moore dock go through in the next half-decade, their identity will have morphed decisively from that of the club that had never held serious hope of seeing their prodigal son’s best years. He embodies, albeit in the most http://www.baltimoreravensauthorizedstore.com/chris-wormley-jersey-elite interrupted of ways, continuity; the value of somebody for whom the badge signifies everything, and who just happens to be England’s best player of this millennium, should transcend the pitch.“We should be winning trophies and I think we’re taking steps to being involved in trying to win some,” Rooney said. It is a reminder that the stakes are higher here than when Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal in 2012, already a serial winner with the club and bearing no burden of unfinished business, or when Robbie Fowler enjoyed a euphoric first half-season back at Liverpool six years previously. Everton are a club growing into their new skin and, having had his successes elsewhere, Rooney cannot afford to be seen as a wallflower in their effort to reach the next level. Yet Koeman is shrewd enough to have calculated his gamble to an infinitesimal degree; should it come off, then the ardour that cautiously reignited two summers ago will reach a temperature nobody had thought possible.But who are we kidding? It would be greedy to ask for more than three epic Test matches, the extraordinary long-range goal-kicking of Farrell and Elliot Daly, the electric dash of Barrett, the soaring all-round impact of Maro Itoje and Brodie Retallick, the infectious atmosphere in the stadiums and the sportsmanship of Warburton and Read. Apart from a final outright winner, the 2017 series had it all.we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too
The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings Authentic Rasmus Andersson Youth Jersey when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Sam_Bennett_Jersey the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else, it suggested that on both sides the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.“I read a great quote from Michael Johnson which stuck with me,” said Warburton, his on-field labours finally over. “He said: ‘Pressure is just the shadow of great opportunity.’ That’s how I see it. Don’t be afraid of what you could lose. Be excited about what you could achieve. You’ve got to be brave, take chances and make things happen. When you get in the real big games, you don’t want occasions to blur for players. You still want them to have a go, play with freedom and instinct.”The Lions were certainly true to their pre-tour word about giving it everything. If the final body count was slightly lower than expected, the scans Authentic Roberto Luongo Youth Jersey awaiting Sean O’Brien and Johnny Sexton, both high?class Test “animals”, before they fly home were a reminder of just how much commitment these tours require.Warburton, for example, found it difficult to address his players beforehand, so conscious was he of the magnitude of the occasion: “I probably didn’t say as much as I normally would because I felt very emotional before the game. You think of all sorts – my family, my little girl, my wife – and all the things you sacrifice to get here: your diet, your sleep, your lifestyle. When I chat to youngsters, I always say to them that being a professional rugby player is a lifestyle. It’s not about the five or six hours you’re at a training ground each day, it is what you do off the field, how you look after yourself. When you have been committed for four years and you get to a Lions series, all that effort goes into one 80-minute game. You just want to do yourself justice.”He and his team-mates deserve a good rest now but the administrators negotiating the dates and itinerary for the 2021 Lions tour and beyond should be made to sit with Warburton for an hour and listen to the modern player’s perspective. “I know there are things that are over my head when it comes to the finances and the politics of it http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Shawn_Thornton_Jersey but from a playing perspective I would like to give my opinion,” the 28-year-old said. “Speaking on behalf of the players, we’d always want the Lions to happen. I am sure most players would say the Lions is the most special thing you’ll do in your international career. I think it’s a must the Lions should continue.”New Zealanders would all echo that sentiment. There has been a relentless crackle to this series, probably more so than for any other games seen here since the 2011 World Cup. If the All Blacks were unlucky to lose both Ben Smith and Dane Coles, the Lions would have fancied making a still bigger dent had Billy Vunipola been fit.Against that New Zealand were slightly unfortunate to concede the last-minute penalty that allowed Owen Farrell to win the second Test and, but for a greasy ball, the third Test might have concluded differently too. Then again, what Tim Hardaway Jr.Authentic Jersey if Farrell’s long ball had not been intercepted by Barrett on Saturday with the score at 0-0 and the Lions on the verge of seizing the initiative? It is not impossible we could have been talking 1971 all over again rather than 1955, the last time the Lions drew a series.It is a safe bet that the decibel levels will be far higher when Rooney steps out for Everton against Stoke on 12 August, assuming throats have soothed since a home friendly with Sevilla the weekend before. Everton’s support had, broadly, been split over the notion that a player whose departure in 2004 left long-term scars might sign back on with the winter of his career nearing; the likelihood of a reunion grew steadily since that toe was dipped back into the water at Goodison and there is a sense now that a picturebook development of this kind should be embraced.Rooney has played that side of things well – “I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years but I’ve been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids,” he told the club’s in-house television channel after his transfer was confirmed – and only a minority of hardliners in Liverpool’s blue half would doubt his authenticity. More pertinent is what exactly Rooney can offer and what he represents. The improvements wrought by Ronald Koeman last season have been followed up on by sharp use of Farhad Moshiri’s funds and a keen anticipation of the post-Romelu Lukaku era. It is not overly damning to state that the sense of purpose around Everton is brisker than at any time since the mid-1980s; upwardly mobile arrivals like Davy Klaessen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramírez fit a certain mould and in some respects the addition of a forward who turns 32 in October appears divergent.
Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test with England South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second Test against Authentic Charles Harris Womens Jersey England at Trent Bridge after being charged for the use of abusive language towards Ben Stokes on the opening day of the current Lord’s Test.The South African fast bowler told Stokes to “fuck off” after removing the all-rounder caught behind for 56 in England’s first innings and was reported to the International Cricket Council match referee, Jeff Crowe, by the on-field umpires. With the words picked up by the stump microphones, the level one charge was accepted by the 22-year-old on Friday.This led to Rabada being fined 15% of his match fee and given one demerit point on his disciplinary record. But with three points there already for “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella during a one-day international in February, a one match suspension was automatically triggered.Bad blood between Rabada and Stokes surfaced during England’s 2-1 series win in South Africa in early http://www.miamidolphinsauthorizedstore.com/chris-culliver-jersey 2016, with this new episode providing a late twist to events on the second day at Lord’s where Joe Root’s side took control of proceedings, posting 458 with the bat before reducing the tourists to 214 for five by the close.It was a day that was savoured by Moeen Ali in particular, as he became the second fastest England all-rounder to reach 2,000 runs and 100 wickets, in his 38th Test match – one more than it took Tony Greig to complete this double in 1975 – and the seventh overall, as well as the fifth quickest in world cricket.Moeen became the second cricketer after Ravi Shastri to achieve both parts of the feat in the same Test, first in his 87 with the bat before claiming two for 35 with his off-breaks including the prized scalp of Hashim Amla. He admitted after stumps that he has surpassed his own expectations, not least with the ball given he still considers himself to be “learning on the job”.Asked how he felt to reach the mark quicker than a player such as the West Indies great, Sir Garfield Sobers, who took 48 Tests, Moeen jokingly replied: “In my garden I was better than Sobers! I’m just pleased to have played so many Tests. I’m much happier with my bowling stats – I would never have thought I’d have 100 Test wickets.“I feel like a big part of the team. I know I’m a bit inconsistent. Root Crockett Gillmore Youth Jersey wants me to attack a bit more as a bowler and almost a mind-set change. He wants me to take wickets and not worry too much about runs. That’s exactly how I used to http://www.baltimoreravensauthorizedstore.com/danny-woodhead-jersey-elite think when I first came in the side. I used to try and take wickets and not bowl safe.”It perhaps should not take this particular statistic to bring Moeen’s value to the Test side into sharp focus – not least with the bat. His four centuries last year were the most by an England batsman while since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2014 he has selflessly batted everywhere from one to nine, never once uttering a peep of disgruntlement either on or off the record.The decision to keep Jonny Bairstow at No5, having finished the India tour there, was in part down to the selectors finally agreeing that Moeen’s languid cover drives are best unfurled from No7 – the position that once prompted his father, Munir, to withdraw him from a club match at Moseley Ashfield aged 13 in protest.At Test level coming in at seven is working out rather nicely for the 30-year-old, however, producing three of his five Test centuries as well as an average of 87.75 from 11 innings. This figure was touching 99 on the second morning at Lord’s before Rabada got one to jag down the slope from the Nursery End and rattle the off stump.“I feel like Dave Keon Youth Jersey a big part of the team. I know I’m a bit inconsistent. Root wants me to attack a bit more as a bowler and almost a mind-set change. He wants me to take wickets and not worry too much about runs. That’s exactly how I used to think when I first came in the side. I used to try and take wickets and not bowl safe.”It perhaps should not take this particular statistic to bring Moeen’s value to the Test side into sharp focus – not least with the bat. His four centuries last year were the most by an England batsman while since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2014 he has selflessly batted everywhere from one to nine, never once uttering a peep of disgruntlement either on or off the record.The decision to keep Jonny Bairstow at No5, having finished the India tour there, was in part down to the selectors finally agreeing that Moeen’s languid cover drives are best unfurled from No7 – the position that once prompted his father, Munir, to withdraw him from a club match at Moseley Ashfield aged 13 in protest.At Test level coming in at seven is working out rather nicely for the 30-year-old, however, producing three of his five Test centuries as well as an average of 87.75 from 11 innings. This figure was touching 99 on the second morning at Lord’s before Rabada got one to jag down the slope from the Nursery End and rattle the off stump.
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But with three points there already for “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella during a one-day international in February, a one match suspension was automatically triggered.Bad blood between Rabada and Stokes surfaced during England’s 2-1 series win in South Africa in early http://www.officialarizonacoyotes.com/Adidas-Max-Domi-Jersey 2016, with this new episode providing a late twist to events on the second day at Lord’s where Joe Root’s side took control of proceedings, posting 458 with the bat before reducing the tourists to 214 for five by the close.It was a day that was savoured by Moeen Ali in particular, as he became the second fastest England all-rounder to reach 2,000 runs and 100 wickets, in his 38th Test match – one more than it took Tony Greig to complete this double in 1975 – and the seventh overall, as well as the fifth quickest in world cricket.Moeen became the second cricketer after Ravi Shastri to achieve both parts of the feat in the same Test, first in his 87 with the bat before claiming two for 35 with his off-breaks including the prized scalp of Hashim Amla. He admitted after stumps that he has surpassed his own expectations, not least with the ball given he still considers himself to be “learning on the job”.Asked how he felt to reach the mark quicker than a player such as the West Indies great, Sir Garfield Sobers, who took 48 Tests, Moeen jokingly replied: “In my garden I was better than Sobers! I’m just pleased to have played so many Tests. I’m much happier with my bowling stats – I would never have thought I’d have 100 Test wickets.“I feel like a big part of the team. I know I’m a bit inconsistent. Root Corey Crawford Authentic Jersey wants me to attack a bit more as a bowler and almost a mind-set change. He wants me to take wickets and not worry too much about runs. That’s exactly how I used to http://www.officialchicagoblackhawks.com/Adidas-Corey-Crawford-Jersey think when I first came in the side. 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His four centuries last year were the most by an England batsman while since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2014 he has selflessly batted everywhere from one to nine, never once uttering a peep of disgruntlement either on or off the record.The decision to keep Jonny Bairstow at No5, having finished the India tour there, was in part down to the selectors finally agreeing that Moeen’s languid cover drives are best unfurled from No7 – the position that once prompted his father, Munir, to withdraw him from a club match at Moseley Ashfield aged 13 in protest.At Test level coming in at seven is working out rather nicely for the 30-year-old, however, producing three of his five Test centuries as well as an average of 87.75 from 11 innings. This figure was touching 99 on the second morning at Lord’s before Rabada got one to jag down the slope from the Nursery End and rattle the off stump.
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