Local fighter says first fight taught him how to keep going

first_imgHe also discussed what this type of opponent and fight has taught him, saying, “overall, he gave me a good idea of where I’ve got to go from here, to keep working on my cardio, try to be faster and a little more experienced on my feet. At least now I know I can take a hit and keep on going.”After the biggest fight of his MMA career, it’s back to work for Doherty, literally and figuratively. The recently married fighter will return to the grind for a bit, but says he’s looking to drop weight to fight in the Light Heavyweight division. Although, he also said he may take another Heavyweight fight in the near future. However, his main focus is to stay in shape, and continue to enjoy the sport of MMA. Fort St. John resident Reece Doherty made his professional MMA debut on Friday, Oct. 28, when the Encana Events Centre hosted the King of the Cage “Goldmine”. Doherty impressed those in attendance, going the distance with the much larger Logan Jarrell.Doherty, who tries to mimic the fighting styles of UFC legends Randy Couture, Chuck Lidell, and Cain Velasquez, began his training years ago, studying Judo and Kung-Fu. Recently, he made the switch to begin training in MMA, including boxing, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu, which he studies at the Iron Rhino MMA gym in Fort St. John.He also has the pleasure of training with UFC fighter Jeremy Horn, an experience he says is extremely beneficial as a pro fighter.- Advertisement -After a month of intensive training, Doherty was prepared to take part in his first professional MMA bout, and King of the Cage “Goldmine” provided him with that opportunity.The 250 plus pound Heavyweight was matched up against a slightly more experienced Logan Jarrell, who had two fights under his belt before entering Friday’s bout, compared to Doherty, who only had one fight prior to the event. Neither fighter had recorded a win before Goldmine.Doherty did his homework on his opponent before entering the fight. He knew he was a hard striker and had excellent stand up skills. Despite never training with Jarrell or knowing him on a personal level, Doherty felt he was the underdog entering the fight.Advertisement When discussing his game plan entering the fight, Doherty said he knew how hard of a hitter Jarrell was, and intended to stay out of striking range to avoid taking any big shots. He said he followed that game plan “to a tee”, as most of the fight was spent on the ground, with Doherty on top, imposing his will through a constant barrage of hammer fists, elbows and body shots. Although, he knew there was some risks on the ground, as ending up on the bottom of a heavyweight is bad news for a fighter.He gave credit to his opponent, as Doherty tried multiple times to lock in a submission from the top position, saying Jarrell had excellent submission defence. He also praised his opponent’s stand up, saying he was much quicker then he anticipated, and displayed an excellent combination of speed, power and accuracy.”Every time he hit, it was like getting hit with a brick; it hurt. I’ve never really been hit like that before and it took a lot out of me.” The condition of his face post fight backs up that statement.With a successful first two rounds behind him, Doherty’s corner urged him to continue to push the fight, something he admits was much harder than it seems. He admits he was extremely gassed entering the third round, which could be contributed to the large shots he took at the end of the second round. He also said this was his first 15 minute fight of his career (three five-minute rounds). He said he dedicated that third round to avoiding putting himself in a vulnerable position.Advertisementlast_img read more

Brazilian goal machine wanted by Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea

first_imgThree of the Premier League’s top sides are set to battle it out for £35million-rated Benfica sensation Talisca in the coming months as his scintillating form continues.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he has had his eyes on the talented Brazilian since 2012 but Arsene Wenger has also had his scouts watching the midfielder, while Manchester United also have an interest in him.So talkSPORT takes a look at why the trio are looking so intently at the 20-year-old.Name: Anderson Souza Conceição (known as Anderson Talisca or Talisca)Date of birth: 1 February, 1994Birthplace: Feira de Santana, BrazilPosition: Attacking midfielder/ForwardClub: BenficaInternational appearances: Two (Brazil Under-23)What’s the latest?Arsenal are attempting to trump Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United as they look to lure Benfica star Talisca to England. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has sent scouts to cast their eyes over the forward but they will have to move fast with Jose Mourinho already speaking about his pursuit of the player.Did you know?1) Talisca joined Brazil side Bahia in 2009 and eventually graduated from their academy, making his debut in a game against Corinthians on July 7, 2013.2) His first goal for the club came in his very next match as he helped them come from behind to beat Sao Paulo 2-1.3) The starlet was then called up by Brazil’s Under-20s and took part in the 2013 Toulon Tournament with the Selecao.4) Before leaving Brazil, Talisca helped the club lift the Campeonato Baiano (the state league in Bahia) for the 42nd time with a 4-2 aggregate win over Vitoria.5) The youngster’s performances from midfield saw him compared with one Premier League star and eventually he earned the nickname ‘Yaya Talisca’.6) A €4million move to Benfica swiftly followed and Jorge Jesus has reaped the rewards with him hitting eight goals in nine matches, including a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Vitoria de Setubal.7) Along the way, his form was so good he won the Primeira Liga Player of the Month award for both August and September and has admitted he is basing his game on compatriot Neymar.8) Talisca then transferred his domestic form onto the European stage and scored Benfica’s winner in a 1-0 triumph over Monaco in the Champions League.They say:“I think Benfica hired well,” said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “They say Talisca is unknown, but he is only so unknown because he’s only not playing in England because he doesn’t have a work permit. If he had one, he would be here!“There were many English teams, great teams and important, that wanted him. Moreover, there were those who wanted to sign him, even though he could not play for now.“They wanted to sign him, put him in a minor league [on loan] and hope that eventually he came to be selected [for Brazil’s national team], and would consequently then get the work permit.”And when Benfica coach Jorge Jesus cast suspicion on his words, he countered: “I don’t like when a professional colleague doubts my words. Talisca is one of two players we’ve been scouting since 2012.”He says:“I am thinking only of Benfica. I know I have and am able to learn much from this wonderful group, with its supporters and with the coach.”Video evidence: Benfica striker Talisca 1last_img read more

Roy Hodgson refuses to talk up England’s Euro 2016 chances

first_img1 Roy Hodgson is excited about his side’s potential but not getting carried away ahead of England’s final friendly before having to decide the squad going to Euro 2016.Impressive progress has been made since their embarrassing World Cup exit, having gone through qualification for this summer’s tournament with a 100 per cent record.England have lost just one of 17 matches after returning from Brazil and tonight welcome Holland to Wembley looking to build on back-to-back wins over Euro 2016 favourites France and Germany.It is the final chance for the players to step out for the Three Lions before Hodgson announces his squad on May 12 and comes on the back of Saturday’s impressive 3-2 comeback win against Joachim Low’s world champions.The England boss squirmed when asked whether he thought they can win the tournament – “whatever I say, I am going to make headlines” – but the belief in his inexperienced side was clear, if restrained.“They haven’t yet done it in a tournament,” Hodgson said.“We still don’t really know… quite how they’re going to perform in tournament conditions against these much more experienced teams.“Germany have already got experience of winning tournament and reaching semi-finals, and France are the home nation, so the question still remains an impossible one to answer.“I can only be boring and cliche-ridden in saying that I believe in the team. Absolutely.“I believe we are going to be ready and I believe the players will go into games believing they can win them.“And I believe they’ll go into the tournament believing they can do well but then for me to say this is what we’re going to do would be foolhardy and dishonest because I don’t know.”Hodgson may not want to talk up England’s chances but they are fourth favourites to win a tournament that Tuesday’s opponents will not even be at.Danny Drinkwater is set to make his debut against Holland and Danny Rose is likely to win his second cap, while Fraser Forster, stand-in captain James Milner and Daniel Sturridge will start at Wembley.The latter will make his first England appearance in 19 months and Hodgson hopes the oft-injured Liverpool striker, like Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, can use prove his fitness and ability before the season is out.“We’re pleased to have another quality player like Daniel available and knocking on the door, trying to make it clear that he should be the first name on the team sheet,” the England boss said of Sturridge.“All I can do is to give him the opportunity when he comes with the England team.“I hope he continues to get those opportunities as well with his club side and that he’ll take those opportunities and will continue to get more games behind him.”Hodgson added: “I don’t see any reason at the moment to doubt the pair of them or their ability and capacity to challenge and to show us they’re the best people for the job.“But the next few weeks are important for those two because I’d like to see them getting a bit more match play and fitness under their belts.” England manager Roy Hodgson last_img read more

GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgBUNCRANA GAA NOTES FOR WEEK ENDING SUN 15th January 2012CLG Bun Crannach Dinner Dance 2012The committee and members of CLG Bun Crannach are happy to announce that our Dinner Dance will take place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Saturday 25th February. A great night is guaranteed with entertainment provided by Keltic Kaos plus some very special guests. Tickets will be on sale soon via club members, priced at EUR25. Everyone welcome, the more the merrier!Ulster GAA Coaching ConferenceThe annual Ulster GAA Coaching Conference will be held on Saturday 28th January in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. The theme this year is “Education and Club Links in the GAA”. If any club coach is interested in attending or would like more information please contact Sean Noonan 087 9232988. Strictly Come Dancing DVDThe DVD of this fantastic entertaining night is now available at a cost of EUR20, copies are available from Hugh Quirke 086 062 6477.RecyclingFollowing on from our recent Scrap Saturdays initiative, Clothes recycling bins are now located at the Scarvy. All donations are welcome.LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,360 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 3rd January in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 13-20-23-31.There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Chloe McLaughlin, 12 Carraig Fern.Sean Fleming, Barrick Hill.Charlie Donaghey, Drumfries.;Mary Dixon, Inch Island;Sarah McDaid, 15 Riverside, Gransha. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.CongratulationsThe committee and members of CLG Bun Crannach would like to congratulate Ryan and Claire Bradley on their recent wedding. Ryan yet again put in a strong performance for Donegal on Sunday, having convinced Claire to postpone the honeymoon.Use of FacilitiesUse of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisin at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list.If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisin atbuncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa orwww.twitter.com/buncranagaa Club P.R.O. Oisín DohertyEmail: buncrana.pro@gmail.com, oisindoherty03@gmail.comTel: 0863390666GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 9th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

John Motson returns to the commentary box for the first time on talkSPORT

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 “When I started, there weren’t any names on shirts!” 😅#MottysBack📻 Tune in: https://t.co/xd4pRq1IBA pic.twitter.com/8grLCvKFOX— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 1, 2018 huge blow MOTTY IS BACK!British broadcasting legend John Motson finally returned to our airwaves today for his first live commentary game on the talkSPORT network.The sheep-skinned hero announced he had ended his retirement to become talkSPORT’s first summer signing back in July. possible standings smart causal MAKE WAY FOR A LEGEND: Motty comes out of retirement to join talkSPORTAnd he was back in the commentary box on Saturday afternoon, alongside Perry Groves, to bring you the Premier League clash between West Ham and Wolves. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img no dice shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars silverware REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures He’s back! 🙌John Motson back in the commentary box for #WHUFC v #WWFC 🎙📻 Tune in: https://t.co/xd4pRq1IBA pic.twitter.com/nPJLIWbsZ5— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 1, 2018talkSPORT 2 took a moment to herald the arrival of a true footballing icon but, in true Motty fashion, he ensured the football took centre stage:“It’s 2018 and, yes, I’m still here!“I’m delighted to be here today, it’s a new opportunity for me obviously, but more importantly it’s a new opportunity for these two teams, West Ham and Wolves, to try and get their first win in the Premier League this season…”And just like that, he was off.It’s like he never left!last_img read more

‘He’s been fantastic’ – Man United defender reveals his admiration for Mourinho

first_img tense gameday cracker Victor Lindelof celebrates Manchester United’s win over Juventus in the Champions League. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest TOP WORK Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops Most Popular Premier League Stories The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY center_img huge blow Mourinho was on the hunt for a new centre-back in the summer too, which could have been a blow to the 24-year-old, but he’s now coming through the other side and showing a big development.And Lindelof has put this down to excellent coaching for the Portuguese boss.“Ever since I came, he’s been very important to me,” the defender said. revealed “He talks to me, tries to help me, he gives me – how do you say it in English… to improve my game and stuff like that.“He’s been very important. I think he’s been fantastic and I’m very happy to have him as a coach.”And after an extended run of games the Swede is still in a good place, despite a tiring schedule.“It feels good,” Lindelof said. “I’ve been playing a lot of games since the start of the season, I’m just trying to keep on going and doing the best for the team.“At the moment I feel good – my body is fresh.“No, I never doubt [myself]. I’ve always been confident. You have to work hard, you know.” How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has heaped praise on manager Jose Mourinho after his recent improvements at Old Trafford.The Swede hasn’t had the best start to life at Old Trafford and has been criticised by supporters at several points this season, with Jamie Carragher also condemning him early on. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? predicted last_img read more

DONEGAL OYSTERS BANNED AFTER NOVOVIRUS SCARE

first_imgOYSTERS produced in Donegal have been banned in Hong Kong, it has emerged.An outbreak of the food-poisoning novovirus has led to the import of raw oysters produced in Donegal being banned by Hong Kong’s centre for food safety (CFS), part of the territory’s food and environmental hygiene department.“While following up on recent food poisoning outbreaks caused by norovirus, the CFS was notified by the Irish authorities that the virus was found in a raw-oyster-processing plant in Donegal county,” the agency said in a statement. “For the sake of prudence, the CFS has banned the import of all raw oysters from Donegal county into Hong Kong since February 17th.”The agency also said that, despite the ban, the CFS had since found raw oysters originated from Donegal imported into Hong Kong via France.“The importer concerned has voluntarily surrendered the batch of raw oysters concerned to the CFS for disposal,” it said.The investigation is ongoing.  DONEGAL OYSTERS BANNED AFTER NOVOVIRUS SCARE was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:bandonegalnovovirusoysterslast_img read more

Wakiso commissions new stadium, unveils state of the art bus

first_imgMagogo (Centre) is shown around the Wakisha Stadiam on Thursday, 17 May 2019. Left is Wakiso Giants CEO Sula Kamoga, Right is one Club’s Directors Hassan Lule. (PHOTOS/WAKISO GIANTS MEDIA)WAKISO – It is now official that Wakiso Giants are very much intent on shifting to a new stadium.The club that was started last year and has been hosting their games at the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe, in the just concluded 2018/19 season, .However, on Thursday, 16th May, the FUFA Big League-Elgon Group winners, invited FUFA President Moses Magogo, Wakiso District Chairperson Matia Lwanga and Journalists as they embarked on efforts to renovate the Wakiso Recreation Center play ground and also unveiled their new team bus.The Wakiso Giants bus that was unveiled on Thursday.Speaking at the function, Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President Moses Magogo expressed his delight on how Wakiso Giants is beefing up efforts to improve, by the day.“As FUFA, our objective is seeing very organized clubs playing at the highest level. That promotes the development of the game and gives our players an opportunity to play in good conditions, noted Magogo.“I was invited at this event to look at the works going on at the proposed stadium and the FUFA Licensing committee will definitely come and do their evaluations, he continued.“From my point of view, whatever is missing here, can easily be done. The only issue would be the pitch and i am sure if it is worked on, there is no reason as to why the club wouldn’t host their games here.“It is a very good pitch that is if you look at the standards here in Uganda but i will leave it to the technical people to complete their job.Magogo also noted that Wakiso Giants management assured him that they are in constant communication with the Licensing committee, something that the FUFA President sighted as a positive move.“I have been assured by the club’s management that they are in constant communication with the Licensing committee and hopefully by the beginning of the season, everything will be already.About the Club’s bus, Magogo lauded Wakiso Giants brand Ambassador Jose Chameleon on a job well done.“Am grateful to Jose Chameleon for the job he has done for the club. But also thankful that through his connections, helped the club acquire a bus. In football, we all know how important a bus can be.Magogo (Center) unveils new Wakiso Giants bus. Also speaking at the same event, Wakiso District Chairperson Matia Lwanga assured the club that he will invest his resources and efforts so that Wakiso Giants moves forward.“After learning that the stadium is not yet up to standard, i am going to do all in my power to help cub the issue because i have the resource to help in that area, said Lwanga.“My plea to the FUFA president (Magogo) is that he joins me to try and save the situation of sports facilities in the country. Take an example of Lugogo which was once flooded by stadia but now embracing shopping malls. It is an act of people who don’t care about sports.The issue of stadiums has been a huge cry amongst the football fraternity for a while now with several top tier side still sharing home grounds.In the just concluded StarTimes Uganda premier League, up to 10 sides have been sharing stadiums.Wakiso is trying to avoid a similar scenarios as they enter into their first ever season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.One of Wakiso Giants Directors, Hassan Lule who was also in attendance at the event highlighted on the club’s ambitions and also called upon Magogo (Moses) and Lwanga (Matia) to come along and help the team move forward.“This team was set up with a view of helping to promote talent and that is where we put most of our emphasis, noted Lule.“We also support our ex-internationals like it is evident from the number of former Cranes’ personnel that we have in out team. It would be a huge task if we did it alone and right now i would love to say thanks everyone who has invested an effort starting with the Wakiso District Chairperson who has pledged his support towards all our activities, the FUFA President who has come out to embrace the job we are doing, our Ambassador Jose Chameleon, our coach who worked tirelessly to ensure that we reach where we are today.“As Directors of this club, we assure everyone that Wakiso Giants will not be a disappointment in the top flight. Lastly we ask our fans to continue their support so as to push us to further platforms.Wakiso was elevated from the just completed 2018/19 FUFA Big League to the top flight, with a game to play after a dominate display in the Elgon Group that saw them finish winners in the end.On Saturday, they take on Rwenzori Group toppers Proline FC in a match that will determine the overall winner of the Big League.Comments Tags: FUFAfufa big leagueHassan LuleMatia LwangaMoses MagogoStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopwakiso districtWakiso GiantsWakiso Reactreation Centerlast_img read more

SETI Craziness Continues

first_imgThey have no evidence but need to look busy, so SETI enthusiasts come up with crazier stories to keep public hopes up.Extraterrestrial life could be more common than previously thought, new study says (Fox News Science). How can anyone say that space aliens can be more common than thought, when not one has ever been found? The crazy reason here is that binary stars may have more planets with an earthlike tilt (which seems highly doubtful). As evolutionists, they think “if you build it, they will come”— give aliens a place to live, and they will pop into existence. Why? Because magic powers exist in chemical evolution and natural selection. Why, intelligent life is inevitable! One advocate admits with chagrin, “this is quite optimistic.”NIST’s Light-Sensing Camera May Help Detect Extraterrestrial Life, Dark Matter (NIST). Double or nothing! This article discusses two no-shows in alien searches: aliens and dark matter. Oh, but the new instrument “might” find them in the future:With more than 1,000 sensors, or pixels, NIST’s camera may be useful in future space-based telescopes searching for chemical signs of life on other planets, and in new instruments designed to search for the elusive “dark matter” believed to constitute most of the “stuff” in the universe.‘Are we alone?’ Study refines which exoplanets are potentially habitable (NASA Astrobiology Institute). It’s predictable that the NASA bio-astrology folks are going to be optimistic and imagine lots of habitable worlds for their space buddies. Sure enough, they predict two planets per habitable zone. That multiplies out to gazillions of homes for their cosmic friends to live in.How Long Will It Take to Find Proof of Alien Life? (Space.com). In order to keep public hope alive, SETI believers got together and speculated about how soon space aliens will be found. Some said 10 years; others 20, 35, or within their lifetime. No evidence was offered for any of their imaginative hopes. How can they be called “educated” guesses?But these are all guesses, albeit educated ones, and that showed in how some confronted the question. “I certainly would like to think within my lifetime,” Bill Diamond, president and CEO of the SETI Institute, said. “Hopefully that’s more years than I think, but I absolutely think within my lifetime. Probably in the month of March, and hopefully the discovery comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.“Could the Moon Act As a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life? (Live Science). This dreamer is not even looking for life, but for the “building blocks” of life that might arrive on space debris from other stars and be protected on the moon. “The idea is to consider the moon’s surface as a fishing net for interstellar objects collected over time and potentially deliver building blocks of life from the habitable environments around other stars.” And if the building blocks are different from earth life, they might be pieces of space aliens; perhaps their bellybutton lint.Not All the Hype Is HopefulAmong the news articles about SETI recently, some are depressing:Finding extraterrestrial life ‘probably going to take a long time,’ astronomer says (Fox News Science). One person, Sara Seager, has the opinion that it’s going to take a long time. Talk about raining on a parade.Asteroid Impacts Might Wipe Out Alien Life Around Dwarf Stars (Space.com). Many dwarf stars can’t hold onto their atmospheres. A big wallop might blast away alien’s air, leaving them choking on the surface.Scientists find a spot where no life can survive. That’s bad news for alien hunters (Fox News Science). There’s a volcanic area in Ethiopia where nothing seems to live. We can’t assume aliens can live anywhere.Before We Find Aliens, Humans Need to Figure Ourselves Out (Space.com). That’s the only sensible question in the list. But it’s answered in a non-sensible way. The author worries about how we might contaminate the aliens or enslave them.If you want to figure yourself out, read the Manufacturer’s Manual. (Visited 472 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享33last_img read more

Federer, Djokovic wonder if Wimbledon courts can improve

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Federer followed Djokovic on Centre Court and described it as “a tad slippery” after losing his footing during one point in a victory over Mischa Zverev, who also took a tumble.“But I didn’t feel like it was unsafe,” said Federer, who has won seven of his record 18 major titles at Wimbledon. “Maybe you don’t want players to feel that way, because the moment you become scared of moving properly, it’s really difficult to play, I must admit. The last thing we want to see is horrible injuries.”Some players voiced concerns about the court conditions over the opening week, including Kristina Mladenovic of France and Alison Riske of the United States, who each fell early during their second-round match on Court 18 on Thursday.Riske, who won the match, said afterward that the dirt “is like ice.”Measurements taken throughout Wimbledon’s first week show the grass courts are as healthy as they have been in recent years, according to Neil Stubley, the head of courts and horticulture at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami Roger Federer and his opponent slipped during their third-round match.The two past champions are wondering what sort of work can be done on the middle Sunday, when there is no competition, so the court conditions improve when action resumes with all 16 fourth-round singles matches scheduled for Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The first two matches I didn’t see any significant difference. But I was hearing a lot of comments from the other players. They were complaining. Especially on the outside courts,” Djokovic said after beating Ernests Gulbis in straight sets at Centre Court on Saturday.“Today, I could see there is a difference in grass, in (the) turf itself. It was a bit softer, I would say, especially around a couple of feet inside and outside, around the baseline area,” said Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club. “I haven’t had that kind of experience before in Wimbledon, to be honest. I mean, the courts are always perfect here.” “We looked at the baselines and the areas that they thought there was an issue,” Stubley said. “We didn’t feel there was. The Grand Slam supervisor and assistant referee didn’t believe that there was either. When you look at the comparisons of other courts … they were in or around the same condition as the other courts.”Very little rain has fallen over the first six days of the tournament, which Stubley said led to more wear on the courts.Still, although he acknowledged the courts are under stress, he said there’s “not a doubt” they will hold up throughout Wimbledon’s second week.“Because we have daily monitoring, we can keep a very tight rein on everything,” he said. “It never gets to the point where it’s ever going to get away from us because we’re on top of it every single day.”Still, Djokovic was sure that something wasn’t quite the same as in the past.“I’m sure they know what they’re doing. They know their job the best in the world. But you can see that there is a slight difference in the quality of the grass,” he said. “This year seems like it’s a bit softer.”Noted Federer: “They have time to figure out how they’re going to prep (the courts) for Monday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns to Germany’s Mischa Zverev during their Men’s Singles Match on day six at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — With a week still to go, Wimbledon’s grass courts already are not the lush lawns players — and TV viewers — are accustomed to seeing early in the tournament.Novak Djokovic noticed the ball bouncing differently in some patches.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View commentslast_img read more