first_imgThe last of those came by the same scoreline in the final of the China Open in Beijing in October but this time it was the crunching groundstrokes of Konta that prevailed over the wily skills of Radwanska.The 25-year-old, who was born in Sydney, broke the Radwanska serve in the third game and deservedly took the first set.She increased her dominance in the second set, racing into a 4-0 lead and serving out the victory with an ace.The title comes in just her second tournament with new coach Wim Fissette and follows on from her maiden tournament win in Stanford last summer. British number one Johanna Konta has won her second WTA Tour title of her career after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the Apia International final.Konta did not drop a set throughout the tournament in Sydney, seeing her head into the Australian Open in fine form.The victory in New South Wales has made her a dark horse for the first Grand Slam of the year, as Konta goes in search of her first major title.Konta is in fine form. PAShe hit 32 winners as she overpowered world number three Radwanska to win 6-4 6-2, avenging two previous losses to the Pole. Speaking at the trophy presentation on BT Sport, Radwanska praised Konta’s “unbelievable tennis”.Konta, who was watched by her sister, nieces and nephews, said: “I was born here so this is a very special moment for me.”last_img read more

first_imgNorth Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional betting. The House voted for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago. The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A Cooper spokesman says the bill will be reviewed before he makes a decision on whether to sign it. The sports-book option took shape after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal. State law already lets the Eastern Band offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games.last_img read more

first_imgTigers end WVC season with 2-3 recordBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Bryce Gadke and Jacob Limmex each won in straight sets, and the Marshfield boys tennis team finished its Wisconsin Valley Conference regular-season schedule with a 4-3 win over Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday at the Boson Courts.Gadke won at the No. 1 singles and Limmex at No. 2 by identical 6-3, 6-3 scores.Dylan Handrich and Sam Trudeau won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, and Tanner Boson and Tom Kruger won in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3, at No. 3 doubles for Marshfield’s other two wins.The Tigers finish the WVC dual meet schedule with a 2-3 record. Marshfield will compete at the Tomah Quad on Saturday and at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Wausau East and West high schools.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3Singles: 1. Bryce Gadke (M) def. Dane Steidl 6-3, 6-3; 2. Jacob Limmex (M) def. Zach Gilmaster 6-3, 6-3; 3. Tyler Wolosek (WR) def. John Weisenberger 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; 4. Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. Tyler Droste 6-1, 6-1.Doubles: 1. Dylan Handrich-Sam Trudeau (M) def. Josh Beyer-Stevie Hanzlik 6-3, 6-1; 2. Sam O’Shasky-Shane Glinski (WR) def. Austin Christianson-Jared Draxler 6-1, 6-1; 3. Tanner Boson-Tom Kruger (M) def. Luke Mertes-Marcus Bean 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3.Records: Wisconsin Rapids 1-4; Marshfield 2-3.last_img read more

first_img12 March 2010The staff at Durban/eThekwini Municipality’s Revenue Call Centre have launched their own version of Football Fridays, wearing different football jerseys each week to represent the different countries that will be participating at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.They are also planning to have their meals coordinate with whatever country they are supporting that week.“We will be representing each country with food, arts and culture”, says eThekwini Municipality’s Jade Estelle Chetty.Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more