Perfect answers ‘minor labor law’ challenges

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Legislation recently introduced by Indiana state senator Chip Perfect has unintentionally ignited a firestorm of negative coverage.Perfect, owner of Perfect North Slopes, employs about 400 minors, Holiday World employs about 600 minors. Because of this, they have invested a substantial amount of business capital to develop systems to ensure they pass state labor inspections. He says the cost of the investment is justified by properly employing minors and avoiding violations of the law.Perfect says, “We’re a citizen legislature that means we rely on the people that are the most “expert” in a particular subject to carry the legislation and carry it to the other members.”The goal of this legislation is to rewrite statutes codified in the 1930s up to date and make complying with labor laws for small businesses more manageable.Publications like the Indianapolis Star and Washington Post jumped on Perfect to point out a conflict of interest, despite exoneration from his colleagues. Curiously, just before the bill was heard in committee, members of the newspaper industry requested to be amended into a bill that would recognize their delivery personnel as independent contractors, similar designations given to people who participate in direct sales.The bill is likely headed to Summer Study.last_img read more

EPL: Norwich face Wolves tricky test

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Spurs sign right-back Doherty from Wolves Wolves need more players next season, says manager Nuno Norwich City vs. Wolves Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 4PMWolverhampton Wanderers make the long trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City looking to respond to last weekend’s last-gasp defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. While Wolves received widespread plaudits for their performance against Spurs last weekend, the 2-1 defeat to the North London side ultimately ended their 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Going a prolonged period without suffering defeat resulted in Wolves moving as high as fifth position, but the club now find themselves in a situation where a second successive setback could lead to dropping down into the bottom half of the standings. Given their overall progression in recent months, Nuno Espirito Santo will not be too concerned, although the competitive nature for a top-six spot this season means that Wolves can ill afford a run of three games without a win. However, the Portuguese may feel that his close-knit squad can only have benefitted from having no match in midweek, something which has not happened since the beginning of the campaign. In theory, the small rest period has come at the right time with Wolves facing back-to-back encounters with Manchester City and Liverpool after Saturday’s visit to the East Coast. As for Norwich, they head into the game having failed to emerge victorious from any of their last four outings, but Daniel Farke will be pleased with the recent performances from his team. After being unfortunate to miss out on points against Southampton and Sheffield United respectively, Norwich impressed in claiming a draw away at in-form Leicester last weekend. The Canaries found themselves under pressure in the East Midlands, especially during the second half, but there were times when they should have perhaps taken advantage of opportunities towards the end of the contest. Despite having mixed feelings at the end of the game, Farke would have been delighted with the mindset of his players, who could have easily accepted that a point against the title challengers was more than respectable. Ahead of home clashes with Wolves, Spurs and Crystal Palace, the result and manner of the performance should put Norwich in a good frame of mind as they bid to make up ground on 17th-placed Aston Villa, who they also face over the Christmas period. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Tettey, Trybull, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Pukki. Wolverhampton Wanderers possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.Tags: Daniel FarkeNorwich CityWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Blind to the rescue for Red Devils

first_img Wayne Rooney, Falcao, Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie all started for Manchester United against an injury-depleted West Ham, who deployed midfielder Kouyate in central defence. The fact goalkeeper David de Gea was the away team’s best player after 30 minutes, saving twice from Enner Valencia, told how Louis van Gaal’s expensively assembled side struggled to assert themselves. Kouyate’s deflected strike, after Rooney’s poor header, sparked United into life, but they had not won away from home after conceding first since December 2013, and not at all under Van Gaal. But they avoided following Liverpool and Manchester City in leaving Upton Park defeated this term as Blind swept the ball into the net when Carl Jenkinson, on his 23rd birthday, failed to clear Marcos Rojo’s lofted ball into the box. It was harsh on West Ham but extended Manchester United’s unbeaten away run in the Premier League to seven games. Juan Mata was the odd man out as Van Gaal made five changes, while Kouyate might have felt uncomfortable at the back on his return from the African Nations Cup and injury. Alex Song’s hospital pass towards Kouyate almost gifted the visitors an opener inside five minutes. Van Persie intercepted, but could not control the ball. The hosts then benefited from a poor defensive decision as Rojo failed to head clear Song’s lofted pass and Enner Valencia struck a swerving effort from 25 yards which De Gea saved. The goalkeeper denied the West Ham striker with a more acrobatic save from the resulting corner after James Tomkins had won the ball. Even when United had a corner, West Ham were a threat, as Adrian plucked Rooney’s set-piece from the air before launching a counter-attack. Diafra Sakho, in for the absent Andy Carroll (ankle), found Enner Valencia, who over-hit his return pass enough so that United’s Antonio Valencia could snuff out the danger. Van Persie was perhaps fortunate to escape a booking for catching Tomkins with a flailing arm as the pair duelled for an aerial ball. The incident was alarming for Sam Allardyce, given his defensive troubles, but Tomkins recovered to head Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick down into the six-yard box. Fortunately for the visitors it was De Gea who got to the ball first. West Ham’s pace troubled United again when Rojo miscontrolled a pass, lost out to Enner Valencia and clattered Mark Noble. Referee Mark Clattenburg played advantage, but Sakho’s cross was poor. A yellow card for Rojo followed, but only after Di Maria had an effort from 25 yards saved by Adrian. West Ham took the lead four minutes into the second period when United’s defensive flaws were exposed. Rooney failed to clear Noble’s free-kick and the ball fell to Kouyate, who was being marked by the United captain. The Senegal midfielder-turned-defender pulled the ball down with his back to goal, took a second touch to steady himself – all the while with the ball in the air – and then struck a fierce finish through the crowded six-yard box, helped by a deflection. The strike seemed to awaken United from their Sunday afternoon slumber, with Falcao firing wide from 25 yards and Van Persie volleying at Adrian. United’s lacklustre afternoon continued when Falcao sliced horribly wide following a one-two with Van Persie, who had another effort saved by Adrian. The hosts might have had a second, but De Gea saved from Noble and Kevin Nolan in quick succession and substitute Matt Jarvis could only head off target. Marouane Fellaini, on for Januzaj, caused havoc and Blind’s goal came when Rojo hopefully lofted the ball into the area and Jenkinson’s weak header fell for the Dutchman to fire low into the corner. There was only time for Shaw to be sent off for a second bookable offence after he caught Stewart Downing out wide as the Hammers were denied. The Hammers had looked like enhancing their European hopes and denting Manchester United’s bid for Champions League football when makeshift defender Cheikhou Kouyate twice juggled the ball before, with his third touch, hitting a superb volley on the turn into the net. Radamel Falcao missed a glorious opportunity to equalise 14 minutes from time, but Blind popped up to score late on and earn a 1-1 draw for the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men as Luke Shaw was sent off for two bookable offences. West Ham were denied a first Premier League win over Manchester United in seven years and 13 attempts by Daley Blind’s stoppage-time strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

USA Water Polo recognizes USC’s Vavic

first_imgUSA Water Polo honored USC men’s and women’s head coach Jovan Vavic with the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men’s Coaching Award on Monday. The award, annually given at the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction and National Awards Dinner, honored Vavic for his contributions to the USA Water Polo program. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vavic took over head coaching duties for the USA Men’s Senior National Team last year on an interim basis, helping the team qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships.The skipper · In 19 years at USC, Jovan Vavic has won 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year Awards. Last fall, Vavic claimed a record sixth consecutive national championship with the men’s squad. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanVavic has been remarkably successful in his 19-year tenure at USC. In that timespan, he won a combined 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year awards with the men’s and women’s programs. He has led the men’s team to a record six consecutive national championships in the past six seasons, a record the Trojans will put to the test once again next fall. Last week, Vavic’s women’s team lost for the first time in 28 games, a streak dating back to the team’s 2013 National Championship season.Recently USC water polo has been a family affair for Vavic  — he has coached both his son Nikola and his daughter Monica to great individual success. Nikola, who won four consecutive national championships with the Trojans from 2010-2013, was a four-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year. He also became the school’s all-time leading scorer as a senior.Monica, a junior on the women’s team, has already become one of the best players in program history. She is a two-time first team All-American, and was named the MPSF Player of the Year last season. Her 57 goals so far in 2014 are currently tops for the Women of Troy.Though he graduated from crosstown rival UCLA, the elder Vavic will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest Trojans of all time. Next year will be his 20th year coaching the men’s squad — in the last 19 years, the team has finished outside the top three in the country just five times. Since 1996, when the USC women’s team entered Division I play, the Women of Troy have finished outside the top three only seven times. Jovan and Monica are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host No. 11 Loyola Marymount at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more

US Open 2018: Nadal, Serena Cruise into Second Round

first_img“It is sad for me to see him finish like this,” said 32-year-old Nadal.“I’m very very sorry for him, he is one of my closest friends on tour and we have shared amazing moments together, playing in French Open finals and playing together in the Davis Cup and Davis Cup finals.Top seed Nadal is among the favourites to retain his crown and has a seemingly favourable draw at Flushing Meadows, with two top 10 players – Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem – in his quarter.Anderson lost to Nadal in last year’s final and has never beaten him in five attempts, while Thiem has only won four matches since finishing runner-up to the Spaniard at the French Open in June.Before looking that far ahead, Nadal must focus on beating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, ranked 88th, in the second round today.In the women’s section, six-time champion Serena Williams made her return to the US Open with a clinical first-round win over Poland’s Magda Linette.Williams, 36, missed her home Slam last year, giving birth to daughter Olympia shortly after the tournament started.Opening Monday’s night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she won 6-4 6-0 against her 68th-ranked opponent.The 17th seed will meet Germany’s Carina Witthoeft in the second round.Williams is still on course to meet older sister Venus in the third round, although the prospect of facing world number one Simona Halep – her projected last-16 opponent – has disappeared after the Romanian’s shock defeat by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.Although she will face tougher challenges, Williams looks well placed to challenge for the record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on the evidence of her victory over Linette.She put the Pole’s serve under pressure in a lengthy third game without being able to convert, going on to break it in the seventh.After avoiding a brief scare when she was taken to deuce in the following game, she saw out the opening set without facing a break point.The second set was a different story.Linette could not cope with her power and accuracy in a 28-minute set, winning just nine points as Williams sealed victory with a 114mph ace out wide.“It was such a good feeling to be back here – it is one of the best feelings in the world,” Williams said.“The first set was tight, it was my first match back here in New York so it wasn’t the easiest.“Once I got settled I started to do what I’ve been doing in practise and I felt better.“I think I’m getting there – I’ve been feeling great in practice.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion Rafael Nadal moved into the US Open second round after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer’s Grand Slam farewell was ruined by injury.Nadal led 6-3 3-4 in Monday’s late tie on Arthur Ashe Stadium before Ferrer had to give up with a calf injury.Ferrer, the 36-year-old former world number three, will retire after playing in Barcelona or Madrid next year, but says this will be his final Grand Slam.last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Errant Nations Cup referee gets six-month ban

first_imgThe referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea to reach the  Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months, CAF said in a statement on Tuesday.Rajindraparsad Seechurn of Mauritius has also been excluded from the list of top African officials, effectively ending his international career, the Confederation of African Football added.The Tunisian team, some of whom attempted to attack the referee after Saturday’s 2-1 quarter-final loss after the extra time in Bata, were handed a US$ 50,000  fine but  no individual sanctions were announced.Opponents Equatorial Guinea were also sanctioned for poor security at the match.CAF’s REPORT:  At its extraordinary meeting held at the CAF headquarters In Bata, Equatorial Guinea on the 2ndFebruary, 2015, the CAF Referees Committee reviewed the performance of the referee Seechurn Rajindrapasard (Mauritius) during Match No. 26, Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea played on 31 January 2015 in Bata in the final tournament of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations. The Referees Committee noted with regret the poor performance of the referee during the match, including an unacceptable failure to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match. Hence the Referees Committee decided: – To end the mission of Seechurn Rajindrapasard as a referee for the Orange AFCON 2015– To suspend him for a period of six (6) months for poor performance– To delist him from the CAF “A” Elite Referees panel. _ _ _ _ _   At its meeting at CAF Headquarters in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, on the 3rd February 2015, the Disciplinary Board considered all the incidents and reports of the various officials relating to the match no. 26 Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea played on 31 January 2015. The incidents noted in the meeting, included a pitch invasion by fans, the aggressive attitude of some supporters in the stands, invading of the pitch after the final whistle by players and substitutes of the Tunisian team – insulting the referee of the match and trying to physically assault him – the regrettable behavior of the president of the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF), Mr. Wadie Jary, entering the field of play and strongly criticizing the referee and CAF; and vandalism by some Tunisian players which included breaking of a door in the locker room area and a fridge.  The disciplinary board also studied two letters sent by the Tunisian Federation dated the 2ndFebruary 2015; the first letter concerning the explanation of the FTF in connection with the above incidents, the second correspondence requesting an investigation. The second letter clearly suggested that CAF and its officials were questionable and biased against Tunisia in general and that CAF, its officials and committees were devoid of sporting ethics, causing in a premeditated manner the elimination of Tunisia from the Orange AFCON 2015.  The following decisions were taken against the respective parties, Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea: Tunisian Football FederationBased on Articles 82, 83, 125 and 133 of the Disciplinary Code of CAF, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF:  – Asked the Equatorial Guinean party to estimate the cost of repairing the damage caused by the Tunisian party at the stadium in Bata and CAF will provide this amount to the Tunisian Federation to cover it. – Condemned the conduct of Mr. Wadie Jary, president of the Tunisian Football Federation and member of the Organising Committee of the AFCON. – Imposed on the Tunisian Federation a fine of US$ 50,000 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for the insolent, aggressive and unacceptable behavior of the players and officials of the Tunisian team during the aforementioned game. – Instructed the Tunisian Federation to send to CAF before February 5th at midnight, a letter of apology for the insinuations of bias and lack of ethics against CAF and its officials, or to present irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations of the FTF. Should the Federation not send this letter of apology or required evidence before the stated deadline, the disciplinary panel would suggest to the Executive Committee of CAF additional sanctions, including the possibility not to accept the participation of the national team of Tunisia in the next edition of Cup of Nations, AFCON, 2017. Equatorial Guinean Football FederationConsidering the pitch invasion by some Equatoguinean fans and the lack of security measures observed, and based on Article 151 para 2 of the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF imposed a financial penalty of US$5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars) on FEGUIFUT, and asked them to ensure that all security arrangements are taken to ensure the smooth running of the matches of the semifinals and finals of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015last_img read more

Petr Cech: Why I left Chelsea

first_imgArsenal’s new signing Petr Cech has explained his reasons for leaving Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.The goalkeeper’s move to the Gunners was officially announced on Monday, with shot-stopper explaining why he felt it was the right time to leave the league champions.“It was probably the hardest decision for me to go, but last year I realised that I am not in a phase of my career when I would sit on the bench,” he told Arsenal’s official website.“I want to be playing. I want to have a chance to compete for my position in the team and I want to be useful for the team and do the usual stuff on the pitch week in, week out.“I hope I will have that possibility to compete for my place here at Arsenal and I hope that I can bring something a little extra to the team that can help.”The 33-year-old spent over 10-years as Chelsea’s number one, before losing his place to Belgian goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois. Despite Mourinho wanting to keep Chelsea’s long-standing keeper, Cech made the decision to leave the Blues, in search of regular first-team football.Cech kept 228 clean-sheets in 493 games at Chelsea, –last_img read more

Whicker: Tiger Woods mourns the loss of Bryant, his partner in sports dominance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNearly 150 miles to the north of Torrey Pines, a 28-year-old helicopter began failing.About 90 minutes after that, Dennis Paulson of the Golf Channel quietly told Joe LaCava, Woods’ caddie, that Kobe Bryant was gone.LaCava kept it to himself. As Woods walked through the back nine, he occasionally heard someone yell, “Mamba” or “Do it for Mamba.” He tuned it out; no sportsman on earth has heard more extraneous fan comments than Woods.Once Woods holed his final putt for a 70 and a ninth-place finish in the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, LaCava gave him the indigestible news.“I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, it’s part of me, it’s all I remember,” Woods said, caught in the numbness that precedes the first wave of grief. “This is one of the most shocking, tragic days that I can ever remember.” Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, nicknamed Gigi, were headed to Gigi’s basketball game. John Altobelli, who won a state championship last spring coaching Orange Coast College’s baseball team, was on the chopper with his daughter. The four of them frequently traveled like that. The crash claimed them and five others.Bryant and wife Vanessa and the four girls occasionally came to Lakers games, and he coached his daughters’ teams. “Gigi’s a dog,” Bryant proudly told the Sparks’ Candace Parker and TNT’s Kristen Ledlow on a recent podcast. “She loves to compete.”The news penetrated the hardest bubbles, even the one that surrounds the PGA Tour.Matthew Wolff is from Westlake, Max Homa from Valencia.“I talk to Justin Thomas all the time, about how much we try to emulate him,” Homa said. “He’s been a big part of my life. My caddie pulled me aside after a good day of golf (a 67, good for ninth) and said he had terrible news. It’s awful and sad and shocking. My wife and I were on the couch watching his last game (the 60-pointer at the end of the 2016 season). He was my first-ish basketball memory.“He’s Superman. He played the game with, like, eight broken fingers. He shot two free throws with a torn Achilles. It’s hard to believe anybody like that could have the sniffles, let alone something like this happening.”Homa said he’s been inspired by a poster he’d read about and that Bryant kept in his locker.It was the quote from Jacob Riis that adorns the San Antonio Spurs’ locker room in several languages: “Look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know that it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”“It’s devastating,” Wolff said. “You feel sick to your stomach. Nothing feels right at this point because you’re not just losing a great player, you’re losing a legend as a person. He’s a light. There’s really nothing you can say except you can’t take anything for granted. I’m devastated and I didn’t even know him.”But Tiger was Kobe’s career Doppelganger.Sign up for the Purple and Bold newsletter for complete Lakers coverage delivered 3 days a week. Subscribe here.Bryant was drafted in June of 1996. Tiger turned pro three months later. When Bryant and the Lakers won the 2000 NBA championship and then the next two, Woods was in the midst of a one-man dynasty. One month after that 2000 Lakers title, which Bryant cemented in Game 4 of the Finals, Woods won the British Open. At that point, he held all four major championship trophies at once.Woods won his 14th major in June of 2008. Bryant won his fourth Lakers title 12 months later and the MVP. Their bodies betrayed them at about the same time. Bryant retired in 2016, a year in which Woods was too injured to play at all.Now Woods is well into his second golfing act. He and Bryant shared so much, shared boundless ambition and intelligence. Each had a massive belief in his destiny.Bryant played voraciously and without mercy. He nicknamed himself after the most vicious reptile in the world. Woods saw no reason to win by five when it was possible to win by 10. They were kindred spirit animals.“When I lived in Newport Beach we’d work out together,” Woods said. “We really connected more on the mental side of it. The amount of hours he’d spend in the gym, it looked like it came natural on the court, but he spent more hours looking at film and working on the details. That’s where he and I connected.“We’re very similar. We had our 20-year run together. It’s shocking.”The coldest, cruelest part of Sunday was the knowledge of the aftershocks that are rolling toward a city that worshiped Kobe Bryant like no one else in its history.This was the calm before the pain. We are providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by subscribing here. SAN DIEGO — At 9:45 a.m. they greeted one of the two essential American athletes of the past 25 years.They had no clue what was about to happen to the other one.Three guys wore orange tiger suits, with stripes and tail. One old fellow near the first green saw the man coming and yelled, “I’ve been waiting for 20 years for this.”The fairways were lined and the hopes were high. The world slams the brakes whenever Tiger Woods stalks a victory. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jamal James happy to lead boxing resurgence in Minnesota, still looking for title shot

first_imgIn the world of sports, boxing has ranked pretty low in the state of Minnesota. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has the NFL’s Vikings, MLB’s Twins, NBA’s Timberwolves, NHL’s Wild and fishing, after all.But the sweet science has seen a resurgence there over the last calendar year, thanks to resident fighters Rob Brant — the WBA (regular) middleweight champion — Caleb Traux — the former IBF super middleweight champion — and rising welterweight contender Jamal James. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year​Traux fights in his home state on Aug. 31 in a rematch against Peter Quillin, but James is up first, headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event on Saturday vs. former lightweight titleholder Antonio Demarco at The Armory in Minneapolis (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1).James returns to compete in his backyard for the fourth consecutive time, winning his three contests there, two via stoppage. The 30-year-old has seen the surge in popularity of the sport in the state, and is proud to help lead the charge.”It’s huge because I’m one of the parts helping to build the scene back up in Minnesota along Caleb Traux and Rob Brant,” James told Sporting News. “Being able to fight at home, right in downtown Minneapolis at The Armory means the world. It’s really hospitable, and the fans are really getting behind us. For me, it’s just amazing because I know that people are coming to see me. Realizing that makes me work harder, train harder, and fight harder.”Having the motivation to do what you love shouldn’t be extraordinarily tricky when you choose to do it for a living. Getting the opportunity to ply your craft at home, however, brings the intensity to another level that’s hard for some to understand.”It’s just the fact of knowing all the people are coming to see you,” James told SN. “Your friends and your family are coming to see you, and all the fans in the arena are from your hometown. You don’t want to lose at all. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to lose any fights, but you definitely don’t want to lose at home in front of your people. You want to be able to put on a good show, and the fans can know when the night ends that they enjoyed being because of what you did. After the fight ends and do all the interviews, you can go into the crowd and talk to your family, friends, and fans.”MORE: Demetrius Andrade masterful again, but still no fights with Canelo, GGGJames has had a successful career in both the amateur ranks, where he was the runner-up in the National Golden Gloves, and in the pros, where he currently sits at 25-1 with 12 knockouts. The only thing eluding him is a shot at a world title in the talent-rich welterweight division, led by IBF champion Errol Spence Jr., WBC titleist Shawn Porter, WBA champion Keith Thurman, WBO titleholder Terence Crawford and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.”Shango” hasn’t been able to break through to this point. But he feels that, if he continues to do what he’s been doing, his lifelong dream will come true. None of it happens without beating Demarco.”Just keep winning and getting my name out there,” James said.  “With that said, I’m ready now for a title fight. But I have total trust in my management team, Al Haymon and his team. He and his team have done amazing things for my family. When I get inside the ring, I need to put on a show and make my case as to why I should be in there fighting for a title against one of the champions.”People like to see fan-friendly fights. As long as I win and do it excitingly, then my name will be at the tip of people’s tongues and get those title shots. We provide a service to the fans. I just need to continue to stay humble, stay focused, give 100 percent, and the time will come. After this fight on Saturday, I will see what they have in store. I think a win over DeMarco does it for me.”last_img read more

Davis Cup: Basic defeated Grigelis, BiH – Lithuania 2: 0

first_imgThe second meeting of the last round of the Second group of Euro Africa zone between Davis Cup teams of Lithuania and BiH played Laurynas Grigelis and Mirza Basic. Our tennis player won with the score 3: 1 in sets (7: 6.7: 5/7: 6/7: 0 /, 3: 6, 6: 3) and thus increased the lead of our team to 2: 0.After Damir Dzumhur defeated Lukas Mugevicius with the score 3: 0 (6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 3) in sets, Mirza Basic (157 ATP) played with Laurynas Grigelis (454 ATP).There was a great fight in the first set, and it was resolved in the tie-break, where Basic was more successful with the score 7: 5, who thus led 1: 0 in sets after 49 minutes.The second set ended in a tie-break as well first. Basic was more focused and better and won a tie-break 7: 0, as well as the second set to take the lead 2: 0 in the match.Grigelis must save in the third set to stay in the match, in which he succeeded. After 34 minutes of play he got the third set with 6: 3 in games.However, Mirza played in the fourth set much better and did not allow a surprise. He won the set with 6: 3 in games and enrolled victory against Grigelis and increased the lead of BiH against Lithuania on 2: 0. The match lasted for 2 hours and 48 minutes.To recall, with the victory over Lithuania, BiH would qualify in the first group of Euro Africa zone, which would be a historic achievement for BH Davis Cup team.Davis Cup:Lithuania – BiH 0: 2, Laurynas Grigelis – Mirza Basic 1: 3 (6: 7/5: 7/6: 7/0: 7 /, 6: 3, 3: 6)Other matches in the duel between Lithuania and BiH:Saturday, 2 pm:Tadas Babelis / Tomas Vaise – Mirza Basic / Tomislav BrkicSunday, 1 pm:Laurynas Grigelis – Damir DzumhurLukas Mugevicius – Mirza Basic(Source: D. B./ read more