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admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Hills residents have the opportunity over the next 30 days to review and comment on the city’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan.The plan, completed every five years, helps to chart the course for future needs and also makes the city eligible for funding through the state’s Department of Natural Resources. It provides a road map for the parks, recreation, facilities, and programming decisions made by the Special Services Department.A public hearing on the plan will be held on January 14, 2019. It is available at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Plan may also be viewed in the “Latest News” section at fhgov.com.For more information, call 248-473-1800.–Press release Reported by
KUMAMOTO – Overnight leader Momoko Ueda shot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round of the Life Card Ladies on Saturday heading into the final round two strokes clear of South Korea’s Shin Hyun Ju. Looking for her first career victory, the 20-year-old Ueda carded four birdies and three bogeys to hold onto the top of the leaderboard at Kumamoto Kuko Country Club.Shin, a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA circuit, moved up from a tie for third after a 70 that put her in title contention for the second straight week following a third-place finish at the Studio Alice Ladies Open. Erina Hara, a 19-year-old former world junior runnerup, also had a 70 to stand alone in third at even-par 144. South Korean Lee Ji Hee and Chie Arimura were another stroke back, both shooting 72s. Six-time money title winner Yuri Fudo shot a 70 to move into a ninth-place group. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Purple haze: Maria Sharapova stretches for a shot during her 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Wednesday. | AP Sharapova, making her seventh appearance here with titles in 2005 and 2009, rolled out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Safarova bounced back and broke the Russian former world No. 1 at triple breakpoint in the fifth game.The pair played a see-saw battle, tying it twice at 4-4 and 5-5, and Safarova broke Sharapova again in the 11th game before her serve deserted her in the next game to force the extras.“After winning the first set, and going up 3-0 in the second, I think I became a little frustrated. I thought I had the momentum,” said Sharapova, adding that she struggled against the lefty’s serve.“The spin comes from a different direction (than right-handers), and it takes a little longer to get used to. When her serve is on, it can become quite tricky,” she said.Sharapova took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, but Safarova rallied to tie it at 4-4. The Russian pulled ahead and served out the match with an ace on the final point to finish in 1 hour, 43 minutes. Sharapova will next face Australian No. 8 seed Samantha Stosur, a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in another third-round match.Asked her prospects on facing Stosur in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Sharapova said, “I have a good record against her. But she is certainly a solid player; uses a lot of spin. It will be important to keep improving and play at a higher level against her.”Stosur, ranked ninth in the world and making her sixth appearance here, improved to 3-0 for her career against the world 13th-ranked Cibulkova, who played for the fourth time in Tokyo. Stosur broke her opponent three times and saved four out of five break points.Italy’s Sara Errani, the No. 6 seed, took advantage of France’s Marion Bartoli’s errant service game to rally in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win. Ninth-seed Bartoli shot herself down with 12 double faults.“It was a different environment than I’m used to and a faster surface, so it was harder to play my game. I didn’t start well, but from the second set after the first three games, she was more tired and I played a little better,” said Errani.Russian Nadia Petrova, the 17th seed, outlasted Croat Petra Martic 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 to reach the final eight. World No. 2 Maria Sharapova staved off a strong challenge from Lucie Safarova to beat her Czech opponent in a straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.The career Gram Slam titleholder dominated the first set, but the world 17th-ranked player dug deep in her energy reserves to force a tiebreaker in the second on a balmy day on center court at Ariake Tennis Forest Park. RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
– Heartbreak for hosts in Harare THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) broke around 20 million hearts and made nearly 50 million friends when they eliminated Zimbabwe from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 race to give Afghanistan and Ireland a lifeline, by turning their last Super Six match as a shootout for the last remaining spot in the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event, which will be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.The UAE, who were out of World Cup contention last week after losing to Scotland, did a huge favour to Afghanistan and Ireland, when against all odds and expectations they defeated Zimbabwe by three runs in the penultimate match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in front of a packed-to-capacity Harare Sports Stadium.Yesterday’s result means the winner of today’s match will become the second qualifiers after the Windies, to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and will also feature in Sunday’s final.Apart from the significance of this match, it will be Niall O’Brien’s 100th ODI while Rashid Khan will be looking to claim four wickets to become the quickest bowler to 100 wickets.The only way Zimbabwe can qualify for the World Cup is in the scenario of a tie (in which each side bats for, at least, 25 overs). In this situation, Ireland’s net run-rate will drop behind Zimbabwe.A vibrant, lively and cheering crowd of around 12 000 spectators could not dampen the spirits of the UAE players who saved their best performance of the tournament for Zimbabwe’s most crucial match to knock them out of contention for a place in the World Cup.The UAE also got a stroke of luck when rain came down in force with their score at 235 for seven in 47.5 overs. However, when play resumed after a loss of 119 minutes (including 30 minutes of lunch break), Zimbabwe’s target was revised to 230 in 40 overs.The UAE then turned the heat on the Zimbabwe batsmen when they reduced them to 45 for three that included the prized scalp of the tournament’s leading run-getter Brendan Taylor. Sean Williams and Peter Moor, playing his first match of the tournament, lifted them to 124 before the climbing required run-rate resulted in the demise of Moor (39).When the last eight-over Power Play started, Zimbabwe needed 70 to win but despite Sikandar Raza 34 (26b, 2×4, 1×6) and Williams’ 80 (80b, 5×4, 1×6) they finished at 226 for seven.It was the third time in this tournament that an Associate member defeated a Full member. Earlier, Scotland had beaten Afghanistan, while Hong Kong also beat Afghanistan.Earlier, the UAE, put in to bat, were 235 for seven in 47.5 overs when heavy downpour ended their innings.Rameez Shahzad, who scored 112 against the Windies but then missed matches due to illness, returned to finish as his side’s top scorer with a 61-ball 59, which included four fours and two sixes.Ghulam Shabbir (40), Shaiman Anwar (33) and Rohan Mustafa (31) were the other contributors, while Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza was the most successful bowler with three for 41. He is now his side’s leading wicket-taker with 12.Scores in briefUAE beat Zimbabwe by three runs (DLS method), Harare Sports ClubUAE 235-7, 47.5 overs (Rameez Shahzad 59, Ghulam Shabbir 40, Shaiman Anwar 33, Rohan Mustafa 31; Sikandar Raza 3-41, Tendai Chatara 2-49)Zimbabwe 226-7, 40 overs (Sean Williams 80, Peter Moor 39, Sikandar Raza 34, Craig Ervine 22 not out; Mohammad Naveed 3-40, Rohan Mustafa 2-56). (ICC)
We spent the better part of five seasons acknowledging the accomplishments of Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, but the focus would inevitably revert to what they hadn’t done in the John Harbaugh era.Flacco had never led the Ravens to a Super Bowl as many wondered even just a few short weeks ago whether the fifth-year quarterback really had the ability to do.Baltimore was the only team in the NFL to have advanced to the postseason and won at least one playoff game in each of the last five seasons, but the Ravens were always a bridesmaid but never the bride to represent the AFC on the biggest stage in professional sports.Despite coming within a Lee Evans catch of toppling Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in last year’s conference championship, Flacco didn’t take the quantum leap many thought he would during the regular season. His Week 15 interception returned for a touchdown in a blowout loss at home to the Denver Broncos appeared to be the lowest point of his career.Anyone who watched these Ravens play over the course of the 2012 season would agree that they weren’t the best team in the conference. They certainly weren’t the most talented as critics dismissed a 9-2 start while pointing out their many flaws and shortcomings due to a significant number of injuries. An inconsistent offense and a diminishing, aging defense didn’t exactly scream “Super Bowl contender” in the eyes of even the most optimistic Ravens fans.A three-game losing streak to start the month of December that included the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron appeared to be a death sentence. Instead, it was the precursor to three straight wins in the month of January as the Ravens flattened New England in the second half Sunday night to win 28-13 and advance to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.Even if they weren’t the AFC’s best from September through December, Flacco and the Ravens proved to be the superior quarterback and the superior team when it really mattered.As Harbaugh preached about the entire team’s effort following Sunday’s game, pointing to a second half when the Ravens outscored New England 21-0 to turn a 13-7 halftime deficit into a comfortable 15-point victory in Foxborough, the biggest story was once again Flacco. Arguably scrutinized more than any quarterback in the league, Flacco followed up an outstanding performance against Peyton Manning in the divisional round with a brilliant second half at Gillette Stadium while Tom Brady wilted against the Baltimore defense to lose the first home game of his career in which the Patriots led at the half.In the Ravens’ path to Super Bowl XLVII, Flacco has thrown for 853 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions for a 114.7 passer rating in three playoff wins. He hasn’t tossed an interception since that fateful day when he laid face-down on the turf at M&T Bank Stadium following Chris Harris’ 98-yard return for a touchdown on Dec. 16.The question really isn’t whether Flacco is an “elite” quarterback as so many like to ask. The University of Delaware product has been the best the AFC had to offer in the playoffs and is now 60 minutes away from an invitation to join a select group of Super Bowl winners that includes Manning, Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Drew Brees.Instead of chastising him for what he’s not, it’s time to recognize Flacco for what he is — a great quarterback with an unwavering ability to remain cool under pressure. His demeanor over this last month never changed as he adjusted to Jim Caldwell’s new role as offensive coordinator and put the Ravens on his back to land them in the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.This is far from Harbaugh’s most talented group of players, but the difference is the Ravens have a quarterback not only capable of leading them to the Super Bowl, but they have one who did it with an exclamation point on Sunday night.For years, the vaunted Ravens defense was always looking across the field at a Brady or a Manning or a Roethlisberger and could only wonder what might have been if the unit had a signal-caller like that on its side. Baltimore no longer has to do that as many teams around the league will now begin to look at Flacco with a similar kind of reverence.If we’ve learned anything about him over these last three weeks, it’s not only that he’s a great quarterback, but we now expect — not hope for — him to be great on the biggest stage. The Ravens will once again be underdogs against Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, but the confidence once enjoyed only in places like New England, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh is now bursting at the seams in Baltimore over its quarterback.They will have a great chance to win because they have a great quarterback. It’s that simple, even if it’s been a long time coming for the Ravens.It doesn’t matter that Flacco wasn’t the best quarterback and the Ravens weren’t the best team in the AFC in the regular season.They’re standing at the top and they earned it by toppling the best the conference had to offer in January.