Serena Williams blasts Indian Wells CEO for ‘women riding men’s coattails’ remark

first_imgBNP Paribas Open chief executive and tournament director Raymond Moore provoked outrage on Sunday with controversial comments he made before the women’s and men’s finals at Indian Wells, and later issued an official apology.The 69-year-old South African had earlier told reporters that top-level women’s players rode “on the coattails of the men”, did not make any decisions and were “very, very lucky” to have equal prize money, sparking a firestorm on social media. (Also read: Victoria Azarenka stuns Serena Williams in Indian Wells final)Moore also singled out Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza as being among the “very attractive prospects” on the WTA circuit tour, before explaining that they were “physically attractive and competitively attractive”. World number one Novak Djokovic said Moore’s comments were “not politically correct” and that women players had “fought for what they deserve, and they got it”. (Also read: Novak Djokovic crushes Milos Raonic, wins fifth Indian Wells title) However, he also suggested the men’s tour should receive more money as it draws more fans.”On the other hand, I think that our men’s tennis world … should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches.”I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.”Moore, in a statement which he issued later in the day, said: “At my morning breakfast with the media, I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous.advertisement”I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologise to all the players and WTA as a whole.”We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”Moore, a former ATP Tour player who won eight doubles titles during the 1970s and early 1980s, issued his apology after former world number one Victoria Azarenka had beaten an error-prone Serena Williams 6-4 6-4 in the women’s final.Serena not impressed with Moore’s comments Williams, when asked in her post-match news conference about Moore’s initial comments, replied: “Those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”Moore landed himself in hot water when he said during his annual breakfast with media covering the Indian Wells event: “You know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, because they ride on the coattails of the men.”They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky. If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”Moore went on to say that Muguruza and Bouchard were among a “handful of very attractive prospects” who could take up the mantle in the women’s game.When asked what he meant by attractive, he replied: “They are physically attractive and competitively attractive. They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop.”Billie Jean King, who co-founded the WTA Tour and has long been a pioneer in the women’s game, tweeted: “Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success.”Fellow American Chris Evert, an 18-time grand slam champion, tweeted: “Now is the Golden Era 4 men, no doubt, but women have worked, fought harder, and have been bigger draws many times.”last_img read more

ISL: Late Alfaro brace helps FC Pune City edge past Mumbai City FC 2-1

first_imgUruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro scored a winner in the 93rd minute as FC Pune City edged past Mumbai City FC in a dramatic Maharashtra derby which ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.Diego Carlos scampered away after Mumbai’s high defensive line was caught out of position three minutes into injury time and laid it off perfectly for Alfaro to tap into the back of the net and break the hearts of Mumbai City fans.Pune were trailing when Balwant Singh cut in from the right to send a stunning shot into the corner of the net in the 15th minute.The goal came after Gerson Vieira’s brilliant curling effort was saved by Kamaljit Singh. The Brazilian was man of the match, but wasted a glorious opportunity to win it for Mumbai City when his header from point blank range somehow missed the target.Make that no. 4 for our current top scorer! #LetsFootball #PUNMUM pic.twitter.com/ObgrJocNDT- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017Mumbai City were in the ascendancy after opening the scoring, but Pune slowly worked their way back into the contest. Their efforts were finally rewarded when Raju Gaikwad’s clumsy challenge on Diego resulted in a penalty which Alfaro converted with ease.With just 18 minutes of regulation time left, Pune pushed men forward. Jonatan Lucca’s stinging effort was kept out by Amrinder and Marcelinho couldn’t play Kean Lewis through with the match in its dying seconds, but the home side had the last laugh with a sucker punch goal from which Mumbai couldn’t recover.advertisementThere were chances at both ends with the goalkeepers coming under tremendous pressure.?? ???? ?? ? ? ? ?? ?, ???? ?? ????? – ???https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX #ISLRecap #PUNMUM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/JW2mVBS1sR- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017 Vieira’s low shot awkwardly bounced off Kamaljit but his teammate Lalchhuanmawia Fanai cleared the ball with the dangerous Balwant lurking to tap in the rebound. A total of 24 shots were taken in the match, with a mammoth 15 of them being on target.But it was everything that one expects from a derby, including full blooded tackles. Both teams committed a combined 34 fouls as they fought for the three points.Pune have now won two games in a row after their heroics in Kolkata against ATK. They are now sitting pretty in 2nd place after three matches, but top of the table Bengaluru FC have a match in hand. For Mumbai City, the result means they are in 6th place having lost two games out of three. But all the teams below them are yet to play their third match – which makes the result in Pune all the more important.The Stallions host Chennaiyin FC next while Mumbai City have a difficult trip to the Kerala Blasters.Raise your hands if you enjoyed that win, @FCPuneCity fans!#LetsFootball #PUNMUM pic.twitter.com/kIvMYwQ4GU- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Spain hold Morocco to 2-2 draw in tense encounter

first_imgIago Aspas’ 91st minute goal salvaged a point for Spain in a tense Group B encounter against Morocco in Kaliningrad.The match in which Morocco were easily the better side against a shaky Spanish defence, ended in a 2-2 draw and with some more questions raised over the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).Aspas, who flicked on from a quickly taken corner was first ruled offside but VAR came into play again and the decision was overturned and a goal was awarded to the Spaniards — therefore, completing their comeback for the second time in the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith the draw and Portugal drawing against Iran as well in Saransk, Spain finished on top of Group B and will face Russia in the last 16 in the Luzhniki Stadium.#ESP #ESP #ESPCongratulations, @SeFutbol! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/6vUQwSKw89FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018The first team eliminated from the World Cup following two 1-0 losses, Morocco began to play with the intensity that indicated they had every intention of returning home with a Spanish scalp and Khalid Boutaid put them ahead in the 14th minute.Snatching the ball from Sergio Ramos in midfield Boutaid ran through alone and coolly slotted home between the legs of David de Gea for Morocco’s first goal of the World Cup and their first at the global showpiece tournament for 20 years.The goal shocked Spain into action and Isco equalised for the 2010 world champions five minutes later, taking Andres Iniesta’s pass and crashing it into the roof of the net.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESpain nearly grabbed a second just before halftime when Iniesta fired a low pass across the goalmouth that a sliding Diego Costa just missed getting his foot to.Morocco returned to the pitch with renewed purpose after the break, taking the play to Spain and Nordin Amrabat nearly gave the North Africans the lead in the 56th minute when his thunderbolt from 25 yards clanged off the far post and crossbar.It was Spain’s turn to go close next as Morocco defender Romain Saiss cleared Isco’s header off the line.With time running out Spain finally began to play with urgency but could not find the equaliser until Aspas struck and his goal was finally given after a long wait for VAR confirmation.”We leave the World Cup with our heads held high,” Morocco midfielder Faycal Fajr said. “We gave everything, we defended our colours.”People didn’t know Morocco before the World Cup we gave a good example, and now people know about Morocco.”last_img read more

2019 NRL Touch Premiership Draw

first_imgThe 2019 NRL Touch Premiership draw had to be revised slightly (Brisbane Broncos homegames were changed to suit Suncorp Stadium requirements). This is the up-to-date draw.To buy tickets to these NRL Touch Premiership men’s and women’s matches and their subsequent NRL fixtures, go to tickets.nrl.com26 gamedays16 teams8 clubs12 stadiums9 cities5 months2 nationsStarting 6th April 2019!last_img

SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS ANIMATION SUPERVISOR JOSH BEVERIDGE TALKS ABOUT SPIDERMAN INTO THE

first_imgBy now you know the story. A radioactive spider bites nerdy young Peter Parker giving him a unique set of super powers that leads to him becoming the Amazing Spider-Man. So when Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) turns up in the new animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s not a surprise.Until he and Afro-Latino Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) meet up and both of their mutual spidey-sense kicks-off.Spider-Man meet Spider-Man. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Coming from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the creative team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — this feature length cartoon is receiving rave advance press. Along with the hit movie Venom, the wiley web-crawler is swinging back into action. Taking the series launched by 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi as its cue, rather than the far less appealing later reboot attempts, the animation and VFX work in the new flick was done entirely at Vancouver-based Sony Imageworks.Josh Beveridge was the animation supervisor handling what is rumoured in the industry as being one of the largest teams ever assembled for one project. By the end of this film, viewers will meet everyone from Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage) from the ever-expanding “Spider-verse” multiverse. Each character brings their own distinctive animated style and reality with them, so the work included many unique CG and hand-drawn techniques as well as groundbreaking comic-style quirks.Multiple Spider-Verse characters converge in a Brooklyn bedroom in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG“There were a lot of pressures on this one, beginning with knowing that it was another Spider-Man movie and we had to answer ‘why?’” said Beveridge.“The answer was that it was Miles Morales’ story and told in animation which meant that visually it was going to be wildly different.Plus, people care deeply about this particular character and we had to address that very carefully too. It’s a movie that is a love letter to comic books, which is not a single medium, so that meant we got to show the different universes and styles in the film.”Josh Beveridge. Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor. PNGMuch has been made of such stylistic choices as going to comic book frame layouts in certain action sequences to even evoking old style comic printing on frames. As Beveridge says, it’s not a genre it’s a medium and one that is relatively young and exploding with technology. The team held back on a lot of the digital tricks.“We didn’t want this to be a case of ‘how much can the computer do?,’” he said. “Instead we wanted it to be how much it could feel like a moving comic book playing out in front of you. That meant developing some very high-tech solutions as well as some very low tech.”The cast of characters all clearly had to be “spider people” who looked cool and capable when they were fighting and could convince viewers that they could take out baddies. One thing proved constant in the animators’ study of the different universes. All spider heroes were about extreme angles and suspension of gravity when they were in action. So this became a unifying constant across worlds.“So Peter is able to move more like an older veteran who has taken his shots, Gwen with a dancer’s grace and Miles as a completely modern young kid who didn’t really want to become Spider-Man,” he said. “Then we greatly exaggerated for Spider-Ham with more traditional classical animation and Peni Parker uses all manner of anime styles which constantly change. These characters had to be built completely differently from the others, because they just wouldn’t work otherwise.”The expansion into the Spider-Verse means that Beveridge and team could be spending a lot of time in there, as the potential storylines to develop are plentiful. The typical cinematic universe divisions meant animation was targeted to the TV and live-action blockbusters to the movie theatre. This film confuses that separation and if it is as big a hit as expected, will guarantee more to come.“That’s great, because with animation you can truly stretch out as the only limitation is your imagination,” said Beveridge. “I have always thought that it was wrong that the two were separated, particularly when you are talking about comic book superheroes. We chose an esthetic that straddled between the two worlds to tell the story and I think it really works.”After dozens of live-action VFX mega-budget blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther, the idea of taking superheroes back onto the printed page, or animated screen seems like an excellent plan. Because — wait for it — superheroes aren’t real.BY STUART DERDEYN | VANCOUVER SUN | twitter.com/stuartderdeyn Advertisementcenter_img SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Miles gets his Spider-sense. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Massive Nunavut mining project closer to reality

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is one of the most ambitious and expensive mining projects in Canadian history.Baffinland Corporation wants to mine a huge deposit of iron ore in Nunavut.To do so, they also want to build a railway and Arctic port.Late last week, the company received a nod of approval from the territory, bringing the project one step closer to reality.APTN National News reporter Malaya Qaunirq Chapman has more.last_img

City crews conducting work ahead of repaving 100th and 100th intersection later

first_imgHe explained that crews will be filling in some of the larger ruts and potholes in the intersection that were caused by weathering and by emergency maintenance to repair a broken water main earlier this Spring.Harvey said that crews will also be repairing the manhole covers in the intersection by lifting them to the level of the pavement, since the covers have sunk in recent years.He said that the work is required to lift the manhole covers so that crews can resurface the entire intersection with a new layer of asphalt, adding that workers won’t need to close the entire intersection – like today – in order to accomplish the work.Though he was not able to provide an exact date for when the repaving work would start, Harvey did say that the project is scheduled to be done before the end of the summer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews with the City of Fort St. John have closed off the intersection of 100th St. and 100th Ave. today to conduct maintenance on the roads before the entire intersection gets repaved later this summer.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the intersection was closed at around 8:00 this morning and is scheduled to be reopened sometime later this evening.Detours have been set up on 99th and 101st Avenues, and on 98th and 102nd Streets so that motorists can get around the closed intersection.last_img read more

The price of silence

first_imgThe small municipal town of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district has numerous first generation learners. It is easier to soft-target women in such a situation, as precisely has happened in the small town. The apprehension of few accused at the end of February brings more than a semblance of justice to the victims; it brings to highlight the prevalence of normalised sexual abuse of the vulnerable to appalling extents. This has snowballed into a major scandal with the emergence of local reports that at least a few hundred women in the town were victims of organised racket of sexual abuse, blackmail, and extortion. The reports state that just one survivor has filed a complaint despite that fact that many have confirmed on police helpline that they have suffered abuse, blackmail, and extortion at the hands of predators. The apparent reason for them not putting in a written complaint is the pervading culture of victim-shaming. Further, among the accused was a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (who was subsequently removed from the party), and Opposition parties allege that the case involves those much higher in the State’s ruling party leadership. What we see here is that the crumpled social fabric is losing focus from the issue at hand and instead, this incident is pushed towards unnecessary politicisation. The case was subsequently handed over to CBI upon the Governor’s consent, but this does not address the reasons that led to such disgrace. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Sexual abuse, assault, misconduct are much more prevalent than perceived but hardly spoken about due to social apathy in general for such things. The price of not speaking up is enormous – and is paid collectively. Young women from the town are expressly avoided for matrimonial consideration by neighbouring regions and communities. Apart from taking a toll on their self-esteem and self-worth, higher education of women is severely threatened. They are encouraged to enroll in correspondence courses instead of regular ones. This is a very retrograde trend whereby education is a mere formality or socially acceptable method of biding time (until marriage) and not valued for its intrinsic quality. If women are not free to go out and get education, they are virtually incapacitated to go out and do anything on their own. Legal intervention is only the first step in setting things right. Ultimately it is a social issue that must be addressed by a concerned civil society. Silence must be actively discouraged. Survivors must be supported.last_img read more

The Seahawks Dont Stand A Chance Unless Russell Wilson Can Keep Up

The most anticipated matchup of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs might be the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 3 scoring defense. But the game between the two teams may be decided when the ball is in Russell Wilson’s hand.When the two met in Week 6, the Seahawks edged the Falcons in Seattle, 26-24. But both teams have played a lot of football since then, and though Wilson has already led the Seahawks to eight playoff wins in his young career, he might not have enough talent around him to go into the Georgia Dome on Saturday and end the Falcons’ season.The most obvious change to either team has been the Seahawks’ loss of safety Earl Thomas; his five-year Pro Bowl streak ended when he missed five of the Seahawks’ last six regular-season games with injuries. With him patrolling the backfield, the Seahawks allowed just 16.4 points per game. In the Seahawks’ five regular-season games without him, opponents averaged 22.4 points, including 34 points in a home capitulation to the already-eliminated Arizona Cardinals.But as much as the Seahawks have missed Thomas, it is their offense that has struggled with explosiveness and consistency all season. The 26-6 final score of last week’s wild card game against the Detroit Lions might make it look as though the Seahawks are back to business as usual. But going into the fourth quarter the score was just 10-6.While the Seahawks’ offensive line earned praise for its dominant run-blocking performance against Detroit, it also allowed slumping Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to register two sacks, as many as he tallied throughout the regular season. The Seahawks will have a much tougher task on Saturday when they face the Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 15.5 sacks in the regular season.Tailback Thomas Rawls set a franchise playoff rushing record against the Lions, but going into the rematch with the Falcons there’s little depth behind him. Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ top rusher in the first Atlanta game, now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that C.J. Procise, who has been out since Week 11 with a shoulder injury, will be a game-time decision; fifth-round rookie Alex Collins would be the only option behind Rawls if Procise can’t go.Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks’ 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game. Wilson targeted wideouts on just 43.2 percent of his attempts; according to Pro Football Reference’s charting, he attempted only two passes deeper than 14 yards all day. He threw no touchdowns.The lack of deep passing that day was partly by design, to keep opposing pass-rushers off the banged-up Wilson.“We’ve been careful in how we would expose Russ,” head coach Pete Carroll later told the team’s official site. “He was begging us to do more and all that, but we were trying to do the right thing by him, and he was doing phenomenal things just to play for the last two months.” But Wilson’s adjusted yards-per-attempt didn’t increase meaningfully after that interview.Though three rushing touchdowns got Seattle the points they needed to win in Week 6, they might not have happened if the Falcons hadn’t set them up: Ryan’s sack-fumble on his own nine-yard line led to the game’s first score; his interception near midfield set up the last one.Even then, it almost wasn’t enough. The Seahawks’ final go-ahead field goal still left Ryan and company with a 1:57 to drive for a game-winning score; a controversial fourth-down no-call sent them packing:Since that play, however, the Falcons spent the season improving — and proving themselves the better team.In Football Outsiders’ Weighted DVOA, which prioritizes recent performance, the Falcons are the No. 4-ranked overall team at 19.8 percent; the Seahawks are ranked 14th at 4.7 percent. While the Seahawks’ offense ranked 17th in both season-long (-2.7 percent) and weighted (-2.1 percent) DVOA, the Falcons’ defense rises from 27th (8.1 percent) to 22nd (5.6 percent) when recent games are more heavily weighted.Now Wilson will have go on the road and score more points against the improved Falcons than Ryan can score against the Seahawks’ struggling defense.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Spalletti bemoans penalty decision

first_imgInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has blamed a “clear as day” penalty decision after they lost 1-0 at home to Parma.There was also controversy in the match, as Dimarco appeared to make contact with the ball his elbow, but VAR officials refused to award Inter Milan a penalty. A decision that has drawn the ire of Spalletti.“Now I see the video, that really did look to be handball. I don’t know how VAR works, but he really did deflect the ball away from the goal with his arm. It was outstretched, that ball could’ve gone anywhere. That was clear as day.” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.“It’s disappointing that Parma came out to obstruct and time-waste, we even saw Luigi Sepe throw an extra ball on to the pitch to stop us taking a quick corner.”Spalletti also questioned his side’s attitude during the game.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I don’t understand this sluggish approach in some situations compared to others. Nothing is owed to us, no matter what our names are.“That attitude can at times come from the desire to do something more, it doesn’t work, so we get disorganised and the opposition takes advantage.“We messed up too many crosses, too many passes for the quality at our disposal. We introduced Matteo Politano for the second half to add fresh legs, but he looked weighed down by the pressure and could barely run. It’s not physical form or fitness training, it’s the desperate attempt to do more and it leads to fractures within the team’s organisation.“Now we must do well to analyse these games in the right way and realise we have the capability to do far more than this. If the players perform below their capabilities, that is the responsibility of the Coach.”last_img read more