September 11, 2020 The Latest: Medvedev gets into it again with US Open umpire Zverev, the No. 5 seed, is in his second straight major semifinal after getting there at the Australian Open. Carreno Busta lost in this round at the 2017 U.S. Open.___1:40 p.mVera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund won the U.S. Open women’s doubles title in their first tournament together, beating the third-seeded duo of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 U.S. Open title she won with Nathalie Dechy. She also was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters. The No. 5 seed completed his first career comeback from two sets down and the first in the U.S. Open semifinals since Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in 2011.Zverev is trying to become Germany’s first Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open. He will face either No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem or No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up.Carreño Busta, the No. 20 seed, lost in the U.S. Open semifinals for the second time in four years.___ 7:05 p.m. Associated Press Daniil Medvedev has gotten into it again with chair umpire Damien Dumusois at the U.S. Open.The trouble started when Medvedev hit a serve that he believed was long while trailing 3-2 in the first set of his semifinal against Dominic Thiem. The ball was called in and Medvedev wanted to challenge the call, but Dumusois said he signaled for it too late.Medvedev crossed the net to show where he thought the mark was, and Dumusois called the violation. Medvedev then pleaded his case — sarcastically — to Grand Slam supervisor Wayne McKewen, who informed Medvedev he wasn’t allowed to cross the net.Responded Medvedev: “Sorry, I think I killed someone, right? Sorry, I was so bad to cross the net. Sorry, my apologies, my sincere apologies to the U.S. Open for crossing the net. Oh my God.”Dumusois gave Medvedev a code violation in a match last year after the Russian snatched a towel from a ballperson. The crowd booed Medvedev, who egged them on the rest of the match. But Thiem is a much higher-quality opponent, a three-time Grand Slam finalist who is also seeking his first major title.The winner faces No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.___7:45 p.m.Alexander Zverev rallied to reach his first Grand Slam final, beating Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open. The point gave Thiem a 4-2 lead and he went on to take the first set.___8:05 p.m.Daniil Medvedev is trying to take the last and what should be the toughest step toward a return to the U.S. Open final, facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem.Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final and has been cruising in his quest to get back to it. The third-seeded Russian hasn’t dropped a set in his five matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___8:45 p.m. But she began playing less after giving birth to daughter Evelina in 2016.Xu and Melichar finished second for the second straight tournament in New York. They were runners-up at the Western & Southern Open that’s usually played in Ohio.___ 12:30 p.m.The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open. Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreño Busta are going to a fifth set in the first men’s semifinal at the U.S. Open.The 20th-seeded Carreño Busta appeared on his way to winning in a rout, taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. But the fifth-seeded Zverev bounced back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4.Both players are trying to reach their first Grand Slam final. Carreno Busta will have to win a third five-set match in this year’s tournament to do so.He received medical treatment after the fourth set.The semifinal between No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, will follow. ___4:20 p.m.Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta are first up in the U.S. Open men’s semifinals, with the winner earning a spot in his first Grand Slam final.Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, and No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem meet in the second semifinal on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where “9-11 We Remember” signs are on cloth covering the empty seats.None of the four has won a major championship, but this year presented a great opportunity for young players. Neither Roger Federer nor defending champion Rafael Nadal is in New York, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Carreno Busta for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball while walking to the sideline after dropping a game. Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
It’s amazing how expectations can change in a month.It seems like just yesterday the sky was the limit for a Wisconsin football team that many predicted would not only be a lock for the Rose Bowl, but also a national championship contender. The buzz surrounding this year’s team in the offseason made a third-straight trip to Pasadena seem inevitable. After all, for many of us, including myself and all those who are juniors and younger, the Rose Bowl appearances are all we have known in our time on campus.After two seasons filled with weekly drubbings of whichever team dared travel to Camp Randall – sometimes running up the score as high as 83-20 against Indiana in 2010 – the football experience is not what it once was.Barring a sudden return to its form from the past two years, Wisconsin fans are now more than content with a victory, a complete annihilation of the competition suddenly pushed to the back of their mind. What was once a yellow brick road leading to Pasadena now seems to have been traded in for a dirt path to a consolation bowl game.All of the anticipation and hope that goes along with supporting a title contender is now gone as many fans have already accepted that greatness may simply be out of reach this season.But what many Wisconsin football fans might be surprised to learn is the football team was not the only UW program that was supposed to have a great story this year.In fact, the UW women’s soccer team might just have the best story of them all.The Badgers were coming off of a mediocre 2011 campaign. They had finished the season 10-7-3 and earned a middle-of-the-pack fourth place finish in the Big Ten. Preseason expectations were non-existent.So when UW opened up its season and immediately began to clobber nonconference opponents, sometimes beating them by three, four or five goals (hey, that’s a lot for a sport that all too frequently ends 0-0), coaches noticed. And the unknown Badger team suddenly had a No. 20 ranking that soon turned into a No. 14 ranking. They even climbed as high as No. 13 before eventually settling at No. 14 in the most recent coaches poll. By the end of its nonconference season, the UW women’s soccer team had finished with a 6-1 record, their only loss coming against No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the football team went 3-1 in its nonconference and lost to an unranked Oregon State after being held scoreless for over three quarters.So why do I bring this up? Because it shows that the football team was not UW’s only chance at nonconference domination or postseason glory this year, nor is it the only team worth investing interest in.As UW football continues to falter, other teams have their own great stories emerging, many of them just as good as the tale of a certain transfer quarterback from North Carolina State a year ago. You just have to know where to look for them.But football reigns supreme over all other fall sports, so when the Badgers are plowing through their opponents and winning games easily, it is easy to ignore what goes on in the other sports around campus, regardless of each Wisconsin sport’s respective success. As a result, many talented UW programs have slipped through the cracks.And while the idea that many of the unheralded sports on campus deserve more attention is not an original one, what is new is the fact that the football team’s poor play gives more leverage to that argument than ever before.Over the last few years, it was simple – and understandable – to shrug off non-revenue sports because UW had a great football program; winning was the standard and the expectations were high. But now, those aspirations no longer apply, and it might just be time that other programs are finally given their time in the spotlight. Who knows? You might even be surprised by the athletic talent UW has to offer beyond the confines of Camp Randall.The women’s soccer team is just one of a growing list of storylines worthy of students’ attention playing out all across Wisconsin’s many athletic programs this fall. Of course, there is the top-ranked men’s cross country team who is looking for its second-straight national championship, led by Olympian Mohammed Ahmed. And don’t forget about a women’s hockey team looking to prove itself worthy of a No. 2 preseason ranking.So if the prospect of the football team heading to Lincoln, Neb., Saturday has you worried about a potential defeat, don’t forget to also check in on the women’s soccer game against rival Minnesota Thursday.You never know, this UW team’s story might just be a special one.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Do you think that football deserves all the attention on campus? Let him know what you think by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @npdaniels31.
Communications member of Techiman City, Armstrong Nana Frimpong Addo, believes no team can defeat Techiman City at their home grounds this season.Techiman City have enjoyed a good start to the premier league since their promotion winning all three games at home without conceding.Ahead of the clash against Hearts of Oak, Armstrong is confident of maintaining their fine home run.“We don’t care what Accra Hearts of Oak is going through and we will make sure we take all the maximum three points from them.”“No team in the premier league will defeat us on our home grounds this season.”“We are not performing in away matches but in our home matches played against Chelsea, Aduana Stars and Dreams FC we won all those matches so I am sounding a strong warning to Hearts of Oak that there is no way they will take a point from Techiman.” “When you can compare player to player, I can say that Techiman City is far ahead from Hearts of Oak”.He also revealed that their home grounds are not favorite grounds for white men so Hearts of Oak should not be expectant.“In the previous matches played here all white men that have come here have lost so Kenichi will be the next person.”“We have to start scoring as a team and we will start with Accra Hearts of Oak and even if we will go on relegation, we will make sure that we defeat Hearts of Oak before we get relegated.” – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Housing markets and mortgage terms can vary significantly across the United States. Did you know that a potential homebuyer in one state might be able to get approved for a loan more easily than someone with a similar income and credit score who lives in another? It’s something to consider for homebuyers in the market to buy or refinance, the zip code can make a big difference in their mortgage. A recent study by LendingTree analyzed data from its users in different states to see how the markets compare. The study looked at several factors in the home buying process, like average annual percentage rates (APRs), loan-to-value ratios, home loan amounts, and down payment averages. It also noted the spread between high and low APRs, to show how shopping around for a mortgage can help a potential buyer save money.The average interest rate for all 50 states is 4.84 percent, with California, New Jersey, Washington and Massachusetts offering the lowest, bottoming out at 4.74 percent. On the opposite end of the scale, New York, Iowa, and Arkansas offer the highest topping off at 4.96 percent. When it comes to down payments, West Virginia is the lowest, where the average buyer only needs approximately $15,000. However, the same buyer in New York will need almost triple that amount ($43,404) for the average down payment.Buying a home is a major investment and shopping around for loans can save a lot of money. If you want to narrow down the top 10 states for the lowest average mortgage rates, here are the results in order starting with California at 4.74 percent ending with Idaho at 4.89 percent: California New JerseyWashingtonMassachusettsUtahColoradoMarylandKentuckyVirginiaSouth DakotaTo find out which states offer the highest rates and more facts read the full report here. Down Payment homes HOUSING Lending LendingTree loans mortgage 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojha Share February 12, 2019 969 Views Which 10 States Offer the Lowest Mortgage Rates? in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News