US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong

first_imgConstruction crews work on the Louis Armstrong Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Thursday, May 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The old No. 1 stadium at the U.S. Open is about to be replaced by a better-than-ever No. 2.Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted two decades of championship tennis, memorable matches on the court that often hid its inadequacies off it.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Back and better: Porter Jr. says he’s best in NBA draft class Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial And as USTA officials showed off the progress of the stadium Thursday under rainy skies that were forecast to last into the weekend, it was comforting to know they now had two places where they could keep the action going if faced with the same weather in late summer.“Now with two stadiums with roofs, you know that if you’ve got a ticket to the U.S. Open, you’re going to see tennis, regardless of the weather conditions,” USTA President Katrina Adams said.The roof over the main Arthur Ashe Stadium has been operational since 2016, the middle of a transformation that included a new Grandstand stadium and additional seats on outer courts.Work began on the new Armstrong following that tournament. A temporary, 8,500-seat Armstrong was constructed for last year’s event while work continued on the new $200 million Armstrong that will seat 14,000 and stands about 95 percent completed.It will be the first naturally ventilated stadium of its kind with a retractable roof, as openings at the north and south end allow outside air to flow through even when the roof is closed, which will take less than five minutes. Usually, some form of air conditioning is needed to cool a stadium when the roof isn’t open.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The stadium fits almost entirely in the footprint for the original Armstrong and Grandstand, which was constructed where the Singer Bowl was built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The U.S. Open would move there for the 1978 tournament and Armstrong would remain the main stadium until Ashe opened in 1997.“For 40 years we made great use of that stadium. The magic on court and history and what went on has always been spectacular but quite frankly the fan experience was maybe subpar at best,” said Danny Zausner, the chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center. “They were so lost in the action on the court they never really recognized that those bathrooms were built for the ’64 World’s Fair.”The new restrooms and concession stands will be four times bigger, and fans will be able to see the action on the court from the expanded concourses. The seating capacity that was 10,500 in Armstrong’s final years will increase, with 6,600 reserved seats in the lower bowl and 7,400 general admission ones upstairs.“We’ve got so much more open space, so the days of seeing maybe 500 people standing in line outside to try to get into the stadium should hopefully go away, because we have that many more seats,” Zausner said.The Armstrong schedule will feature three day-session matches for the first nine days of the year’s final Grand Slam tournament, and a night session with two matches for the first six days. And the best part for those ticket holders, as with the ones who had Ashe seats for the last two years, is they are going to see tennis.“For this year’s U.S. Open, we can guarantee up to 40,000 fans that if we were to get rain — hopefully we won’t, but if we do — that between these two stadiums 40,000 people will be able to watch tennis uninterrupted,” Zausner said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Rain would send spectators scattering, fleeing onto crowded concourses and toward cramped restrooms.Not anymore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhen the new Armstrong opens for play in August at the U.S. Open’s 50th anniversary, complete for the first time with both a day and night session, the U.S. Tennis Association believes its second stadium will be second to none.Topped by a retractable roof, it’s the final stage of a five-year, $600 million project that remade the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, all without ever interfering with the tournament. 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Manchester United defeats Chelsea, advances to FA Cup quarterfinals

first_imgManchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Manchester United won 2-0. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Monday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.United, which has lost just once in interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge, has reached the quarterfinals of the competition for the fifth consecutive season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title A rematch of last year’s final won by Chelsea, Herrera put United ahead in the 31st minute and Pogba came through just before halftime to double the lead.United had not played since losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16 last week — a defeat that ended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“You want to see a reaction,” Solskjaer said Monday. “There’s a balance between being too eager (and not) after losing a game, so this was brilliant.”The game took an odd twist late as Chelsea fans fed up with manager Maurizio Sarri joined their United counterparts in chanting for his firing. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Chris Smalling might have put United in front after nine minutes, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved the weak header before Chelsea’s best stretch of the game.United’s Sergio Romero then made two saves in quick succession, punching David Luiz’s free kick to Pedro, whose volley was gathered by the goalkeeper.Eden Hazard later curled wide before Gonzalo Higuain headed narrowly off target from a cross by Cesar Azpilicueta.Pogba, deployed on the left of United’s midfield, set up the opening goal when he crossed from the left to Herrera, who headed in unnoticed at the back post.A second goal followed as Pogba won the ball in midfield, fed Marcus Rashford down the right wing and was then found by Rashford’s pinpoint cross.Hazard tried to spark Chelsea in the second half by cutting in from the right, but his shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof.Chelsea fans then started to grow restless, greeting Sarri’s predictable substitution of Willian for Pedro with sarcastic applause and doing so again when Mateo Kovacic was replaced by Ross Barkley.“You don’t know what you’re doing” was followed by a chant of “you’re getting sacked in the morning,” and more boos followed when Davide Zappacosta replaced Azpilicueta.United will face Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, which will take place March 15-17. 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Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer, went unbeaten over his first 18 games in all competitions but has won just six of 12 games since Jan. 1.“I can understand the situation and our fans, because the result wasn’t really good,” Sarri said. “We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about our results.“We were unlucky. In the first half, we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them, so we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well. We need, of course, more aggression, more determination.”A change of manager has had the desired effect for United, which appointed Solskjaer after firing Jose Mourinho on Dec. 18.Sarri selected a predictable lineup and Chelsea began well, but United grew into the game and always looked dangerous.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Guyana committed to sustainability of rum industry – Granger

first_img… viability of industry threatened by US trade measurePresident David Grangerhas declared his commitment to providing much needed support to the local rum industry to ensure its survival and sustainability in the face of the major threat to its competitiveness on account of trade-distorting measures taken by the United States federal government.He made this declaration Monday last while addressing a gathering of industry leaders, the business community and the diplomatic corps who were present during the launch of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) El Dorado Grand Special Reserve 50th Anniversary Special Rum at the El Dorado Rum Heritage Centre.Caribbean countries stand to lose approximately US$700 million per annum if the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are allowed to continue current arrangements in which the governments of those two United States possessions enjoy a tax rebate from the US Federal Government to provide huge benefits to companies to produce and market rum for the United States market.In 2012, Caricom countries had confronted the US on the unfair rum trade in the region and the worrying threat it poses on the competitiveness of Caribbean rum entering the US markets.Though the engagement proved to be futile, President Granger urged the Caricom nations to sustain its protests against the actions being taken by the US government.“The Caribbean Community’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has protested against these discriminatory measures. They are seen as being inimical to the sale of Caribbean rums in the US market and threaten the “long-term viability of this very important industry on our region,” he expressed.He noted too that litigation in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is likely to be an extremely expensive and exhausting process and therefore Caricom must use its diplomatic strength to help resolve this problem, which is affecting the health of economies and the wealth of countries.President Granger went on to underscore the importance of the rum industry to the local economy, acknowledging the country’s only two rum production companies (DDL and Banks DIH Limited) – which are also the two largest local corporations.He explained that because of the profitability of the rum enterprise, the two corporate giants earned the ability to diversify its operations into banking, fast food and shipping – ultimately creating thousands of jobs.In this regard, the President noted that Guyana’s rum industry is precious and it is therefore critical that it be protected and preserved in the face of the US government’s actions.“Workers jobs and the livelihood of those who indirectly depend on the industry are at stake. The loss of foreign exchange and excise earnings by the rum industry can result in severe problems in our economy.Guyana’s rums are an important economic sub-sector. It is in the national interest to ensure the survival and sustainability of this industry. The government of Guyana is committed to supporting the industry,” he stated.last_img read more

Lone gunman robs Mahaicony salesman

first_imgA salesman was robbed of 0,000 and a quantity of phone cards when he was held at gunpoint by a lone bandit at Novar Village, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Reports are that Tahir Yusuph, who hails from Rosignol, Berbice, had just visited a location where he conducts business and was about to enter his vehicle when the gunman pounced.This newspaper was told that the gunman placed the gun Yusuph’s face and demanded the case and phone cards.He then escaped.However, police have apprehended a man said to fit the description of the bandit. He is presently in police custody as investigations continue into the matter.last_img read more

Nagbe Upbeat of Lone Star Chances

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports Lenn Eugene Nagbe has added its voice to local football experts and fans, expressing optimism over the weekend that the national team has a great chance to advance over the 2018 World Cup playoff-off, although it’s a fact that the tougher game lies ahead against Cote d’Ivoire.Minister Nagbe said the nightmare of the country in 2002 has ended, and he is positive with the caliber of players under Coach James Debbah.He said the 1-0 win over Tunisia is the caveat and that the game has restored confidence and passion like the days of George Weah X1.The Alpha Oldtimers’ striker stated in an interview that Lone Star’s win over Tunisia has brought the country back to win and predicted that Liberia would definitely defeat Guinea Bissau at home and away to meet Ivory Coast, that he said Lone Star would also crush.Technically, according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s ranking, Guinea Bissau is 142, but its position in FIFA World Rankings is 165, while Liberia is at 160 and its position is 114, meaning Liberia has an edge.In the FIFA fixtures for the two-leg tie, the games are scheduled between between 5 – 13 October. The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association, Alphonso Armah said Liberia would host Guinea Bissau on Thursday, 8 October at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and the return leg on Tuesday, October 13.So given the current position of Cote D’Ivoire, 21st position and 34 points, Minister Nagbe and other Liberians are still confident that Lone Star can whip the Elephants to form part of the 20 winners from the second round to qualify for the third round – comprising five groups of four. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup.The need for “wins” to replenish the belief of “ending the qualifying drought” is something many Liberians are hopeful, considering Tunisia (33rd position and 36 points) that was outclassed with a country of 160th position with154 points, can be possible for other countries in spite of any ranks.In order to make certain of the prediction, Minister Nagbe has disclosed that a “fruitful meeting” was held with the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, about taking care of Liberia’s remaining international games.“We are 100% positive that we will win the remaining four games in this year, including Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast – and by that we would qualify for the World Cup group stage,” Minister. Nagbe said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murder trial underway for FSJ man

first_imgThe trial for a Fort St. John man who is accused of killing a man in Prince George is underway.Jesse Norman Sweder has been on trial for the murder of 35 year-old Peter John Letendre in December of 2004.His defecnce lawyer says he told an undercover police officer that he killed a man because he wanted to gain favour with someone he thought was a Hell’s Angel biker.- Advertisement -He says he may have been immature, but that he is not a murderer.last_img

Jones’ off-field behavior under investigation

first_imgCapt. Mike Pruitt, head of Fayette County’s drug task force, said they found no marijuana in the Corvette, but the car’s interior smelled of smoke. He said Jones admitted smoking in the car. Since being drafted, Jones has been arrested five times, and all but an obstruction charges in Fayetteville in February 2006 have been dismissed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jones has drawn police interest at least 10 times since the Titans made him their top draft pick in 2005. He now has the NFL’s attention, too. On Thursday, NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Jones’ behavior is being reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy. Jones’ most recent brush with police was at a Las Vegas strip club where three people were shot and one man paralyzed Feb. 19. This week, it became public that he is charged with another felony in another case in Georgia last year, which prompted the search for drugs at the home he bought for his mother. The Titans, waiting for Las Vegas police to conclude their investigation, again declined to comment Thursday on the latest reports in Georgia involving their best defensive player. Atlanta attorney Manny Arora said Jones has not been convicted despite being accused repeatedly, because he has done nothing wrong in any of the incidents. “No matter how the media may want to paint it, nobody gets that lucky,” Arora said. “He’s just made some poor decisions with the people he’s associated with, and they’re trying to drag him down.” Jones was charged with possession of marijuana after being arrested in Fayette County, just south of Atlanta. That misdemeanor charge was dismissed in January, although his mother, Deborah Jones, and a friend were convicted. center_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Adam “Pacman” Jones got out of his Corvette while a SWAT team served a search warrant at his Georgia home last year, a drug investigator said the sports car reeked of marijuana. As officers questioned him, the Tennessee Titans’ cornerback acknowledged he couldn’t pass a drug screen for another week or two. But Jones said he would be ready to pass it when the NFL tests him, according to the police report of March 23, 2006. last_img read more

‘He’s the American John Stones!’ – Chelsea fans react to signing

first_img1 New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga Chelsea signing of New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, for £3.5m, raised a few eyebrows.The United States international wrapped up a move to Stamford Bridge, but are Blues supporters excited by the prospect of a player with limited experience in Major League Soccer trying his luck in England’s top flight?Check out what they think below…last_img

Emanuele Giaccherini close to leaving Sunderland for Napoli

first_img Emanuele Giaccherini fell out with former Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat Emanuele Giaccherini is close to completing a move from Sunderland to Napoli, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Bologna after falling out of favour with former Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat and has now set his sights on a permanent switch back to his home country.Torino were in advanced talks with the 31-year-old and had a £2.5m bid accepted by Sunderland, but Napoli have now appeared to have hijacked the move.The lure of Champions League football with Napoli was pivotal in Giaccherini’s last-minute change of heart, and, according to Sportitalia, he has travelled to Italy to hold talks with the club’s sporting director.Giaccherini joined Sunderland from Juventus in 2013 but made only 27 appearances in his two campaigns at the Stadium of Light. 1last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein County Councillor Cllr Harvey has succeeded in gaining a united County front to promote and develop the towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar as a Sporting Capital of Donegal.Speaking on her motion Cllr Harvey said: “Each Electoral Area has there own unique potential to promote and develop for tourism potential , I feel that within the Stranorlar Electoral Area sport is our niche, we have the infrastructure, we have the various sporting organisations, we have exceptional accommodation , what we need is a desiginated committed approach.“I have asked that Donegal County Council engage with all relevant stakeholders, including Failte Ireland to promote, develop and market the towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar as a sporting destination capital of Donegal taking a strategic co-ordinated approach which involves all stake holders including GAA County Board, Soccer league, Boxing clubs, Tennis, Rugby, FV AC, hotels, tourism office, chamber of commerce and BASSIC.” Cllr Harvey added: “This is not a new concept, the idea of promoting tourism through sport has been around for decades, however a local co-ordinated approach on a County basis has been absent.“I want the Council to specifically focus this concept for Ballybofey and Stranorlar in the first instance, I believe this has huge potential, we have the infrastructure in place and this need to be promoted and enhanced. I understand some Councillors have reservations.“I want tourism promotion packages in place, co-ordination between the relevant stakeholders, marketing from Failte Ireland, investment from Central and Local Government.“I am delighted for the support for my motion and I look forward to the outcome, I expect stakeholder meetings to take place in the next quarter of the year”  TWIN TOWNS TO BE COUNTY SPORTING CAPITAL was last modified: January 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCllr Cora Harveysports capitalStranorlartwin townslast_img read more