Johanna Konta ground down Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in over 30 years.The 47th-ranked Konta battled nerves and a wayward serve at times but overpowered the 133rd-ranked Zhang from the baseline to wrap up the match in one hour and 23 minutes on a warm, sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.After trading service breaks at the start of the second set, Konta roared to a 5-1 lead before sealing the win on the third match point with a lucky net cord that gave Zhang no chance.The last British woman to reach the semis of a grand slam was Jo Durie at the 1983 U.S. Open. Konta will seek to continue her fairytale run when she takes on German seventh seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.
98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers stands over LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 30, 2014 in Miami, Florida. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland star LeBron James, who has been urging Cavaliers management to add some talent, said Wednesday he’d have no problem if they fill a roster spot with forward Lance Stephenson, despite their on-court history.Stephenson once tried to rattle James by blowing in his ear during a playoff game between James’ former team, the Miami Heat, and the Indiana Pacers in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT James played four seasons in Miami with Chalmers as the Heat’s primary starting point guard.Stephenson was on the Pacers teams that the Heat faced in the playoffs for three consecutive postseasons from 2012 to 2014.Stephenson averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in six games this season before needing groin surgery. He was cut by the Pelicans in November.The Cavaliers have a vacant roster spot and could create another by releasing Center Chris Andersen, who has a season-ending knee injury.James, who had not suffered a losing month in an NBA season since 2006, has called upon owner Dan Gilbert to add a veteran playmaker to the roster, preferably as a reserve to star point guard Kyrie Irving. CBBADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town But James said that if Stephenson can help the Cavaliers retain their NBA title, he’d be all for his arrival.“I just want to win, man,” James said after the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers’ home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCleveland was set to work out several free agent players on Wednesday afternoon, including guards Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar, and Stephenson.“I’ve got a history with all those guys except Jordan,” James said. “I’ve got a history with Lance too, obviously. I’ve got a history versus Kirk. I played him in a lot of playoff series. And I’ve got a history with Rio (Chalmers). … At the end of the day, Rio is recovering from his Achilles tear. I hope he’s been doing everything he needs to do just to get back on the floor. He loves to play the game.” Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos AMA eyes rebound vs Tanduay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
As the last fuses fizzle for this Fourth of July fireworks season, the tensions over their use remain explosive.Initial reports from local law enforcement show that fires and injuries related to fireworks were fairly minimal this year, with only one reported structure fire — caused by smoking fireworks put in a paper bag next to a home. But Vancouver city councilors said they’ve received enough distressed emails and calls from citizens to warrant a review of their policy.At least one councilor, Pat Campbell, favors a ban on all personal firework use, while others say they simply want to see if there’s anything that can be tweaked to make things safer. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes will give the council an early report on this year’s fireworks-related calls to police and fire on Monday; a workshop will also be held this fall.“I’m sure that council will have a lot of input, given the number of emails we’ve received and even conversations we’ve had walking down Main Street,” Mayor Tim Leavitt said Thursday. “We’ll go from there, see what council’s pleasure is.”The city council has tightened its regulations on fireworks three times in the last decade, said Jan Bader, Vancouver’s program and policy manager. First, it voted to eliminate legal use of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Next, it made using fireworks on July 5 illegal. In 2008, it cut the legal use days to four, an ordinance that went into effect last year.Clark County commissioners have made it clear they have no desire to tighten their laws on legal fireworks, and declined to shorten their legal use dates when the city did so in 2008. They repeated that sentiment this year.