Roger Federer picks Pete Sampras among others he would love to see again

first_imgZurich: Roger Federer wants to bring back Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, Swedish Stefan Edberg and American Pete Sampras among others if he could, the Swiss tennis ace said in an interactive social media session with fans.On Thursday, Federer retweeted Tennis TV’s post and opted to “bring back your favorite retired tennis player.”Tennis fans were excited to know Federer’s choices and the 38-year-old Swiss did not disappoint.Federer replied to his fans taking out names and by doing so he carried out an interactive session.Federer said he wants to bring back Brazilian tennis player and three-time Roland Garros champ Kuerten as he replied to a fan with “Yessss!!!”He also hailed the idea of bringing three-time Grand Slam champ Edberg back, saying “Obviously a great choice, Who else would be amazing?”Roger Federer, expectedly, chose Sampras as one of his favorite players. “1 of them is definitely the pistol baby,” he tweeted.Roger’s fourth-round match on Wimbledon’s center-court in 2001 against Sampras is one of the most memorable. Federer was playing his idol Sampras for the first time.Federer has been exploring new ways to embrace tennis at home and recently found a fun method at the wall where he’d previously put on a trick-shot show on ice.In a video, he stood just inches from the wall and hit rapid fire forehand volleys. Federer was already hitting volleys when the video began and he was still doing so when the video ended. The shots that he hit against the wall were too quick to count, but he hit about 200 consecutive volleys in one minute without moving his feet.The 20-time Grand Slam champion previously had posted clips of himself hitting against a wall in the snow, including around-the-back or through-the-leg-tweener trick shots.The men’s and women’s professional tours remain suspended until at least mid-July because of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed more than thousands of lives across the world. IANSAlso Read: Roger Federer brings out funny side with Rafael Nadal remark to a fanAlso Watch: One arrested in mysterious murder case of 14 year old girl in Lumdinglast_img read more

Former Syracuse runner Ryan Urie battles acute myeloid leukemia

first_imgSun beamed down on the grass trails of Balboa Park in San Diego as two former Syracuse runners inched back to midseason form with each stride. The course, weaving alongside cookouts, dogs playing fetch and kids throwing footballs, was Ryan Urie’s stomping ground.The San Diego native, along with Billy Cvecko, gradually lengthened their runs from 20 minutes upward after taking 2-3 weeks off since SU’s season ended.Three weeks ago, Urie began feeling more discomfort than usual. It’s a normal occurrence for runners once or twice a month, Cvecko said, a byproduct of little sleep, lack of food or even a hangover. But on this day, the third of excessive fatigue, Urie’s vision turned white while crossing a hill on the backside of the trail. It was only 15 minutes into a 45-minute workout.Urie saw a doctor and was referred to a specialist. After a follow-up appointment with the specialist, Cvecko texted Urie, ready for their normal run.I would love to go for a run, but I have leukemia.Ryan Urie“It didn’t feel real,” Urie said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe official diagnosis is acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer in which bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells or platelets. He’s told it’s advantageous to be young and healthy, but for now there’s no timetable for the future. It’s just wait and hope.“You live a healthy lifestyle and everything felt fine,” Urie said. “… and all of a sudden, just one day, things kind of change.”Starting in August, Urie’s initial fatigue set in. On walks with his dog Moose, he’d lose breath. After standing up from the couch, he’d pass out, but he just thought it was blood rushing to his head. And even after being short of breath on that early September day, Cvecko considered only the heat, an iron deficiency or mononucleosis as causes.Sitting in his doctor’s office less than three weeks ago, Urie learned the unfathomable. What exactly is leukemia, he thought. What’s the treatment process? Is it genetic? Then came what Urie calls the “hurry up and wait approach.”The wake-up call for blood testing is 6 a.m. at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, followed by a couple hours of rest before breakfast. Doctors check Urie’s vital signs, and then he watches sports on TV, checking on his fantasy football team led by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Doctors check vitals again in the middle of the day. Lunch and dinner is delivered and more testing follows before bed. In 15 years on the job, Urie’s doctor had never seen a bone so strong. Standard procedure calls for a sample of bone marrow to be tested, but Urie’s wouldn’t chip off.Urie’s influx of visitors span from his parents to close friends from home, extended family and Cvecko. Any guest has to wear a surgical mask and wash their hands since he’s easily susceptible.Instead of running alongside him, Cvecko now sits in Urie’s hospital room, watching TV and talking sports. They discuss Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his injury. The progress of Justyn Knight, Martin Hehir and the rest of the SU cross-country team. Even this year’s Juice Jam lineup comes up.Cvecko brought a small “good luck” turtle to the hospital because it’s what got his father through cancer, too. This one reads “hope and faith.”“He’s like everything I could’ve asked for and that’s why I hope he pulls through and remains strong,” Cvecko said. “…I always wonder why people as good-hearted as Ryan or my dad or other people’s parents get cancer.”Cvecko posted a picture of him and Urie in the hospital room on Facebook, using the hashtags #RunforRyan and #PrayforRyan. People who don’t know Urie text Cvecko asking for the hospital’s address to send care packages. Syracuse’s field hockey captains didn’t know Urie well, but they too have asked what can be done.The cross-country team mails gifts and cards to Urie and on the early-season bus rides the Orange has taken, guys are always communicating with him. Assistant coach Adam Smith talks with Urie once a week and head coach Chris Fox texts him every day, mostly about sports and straying away from the medical side.“I know he’s going through chemo here and it’s supposed to be a bad week for him and I never heard a bad word out of him,” Fox said. “Last week was supposed to be his toughest week and he never said anything but ‘I feel great.’”Urie’s equipped for the fight even if the biggest scare is simply not knowing. Will he be fatigued again? Will a rash break out? Will hair start falling out? Questions without answers, but a future with hope.Before last Friday’s race in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Urie’s name had a spot in Syracuse’s pre-race pep talk. The Orange placed five runners in the top 10, including Knight and Hehir first and third, respectively.It definitely adds fuel to the fire.Martin HehirTo this day, Urie’s 2012 Big East Championship run is the best race Smith has seen from him. Syracuse was top-heavy, needing a strong outing from runners outside its top two to exit the conference with a title.Urie, a sophomore at the time, finished third for SU in 24:52, good for ninth overall and a conference title. As he crossed the finish line, he grimaced, extending both arms in full flex and clenching his fists.He conquered that fight. Now he’ll try and conquer this one.“Day by day,” Urie said. “That’s how I’ve been living life is day by day.” Comments Published on September 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Asante Kotoko continue recent dominance over Hearts of Oak in Accra

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko went into Sunday’s Super Clash against Hearts of Oak in very high spirits.Aside the fact that Kotoko were two points clear of their rivals in the Ghana Premier League and the fact that they had won their previous game comfortably, the Porcupine Warriors were travelling to Accra for the game.That might seem strange considering the fact that it was Hearts of Oak who were playing at home.However, the Accra Sports Stadium provides as much home comfort as the Baba Yara Stadium when they play Hearts of Oak, particularly in recent years.Kotoko fans could be forgiven for even being a little too confident given the fact that they held the upper hand in their last six meetings against Hearts in Accra.That run stretches back to May 2013, a match which ended 1-1.Significantly, that was the only draw of the stretch as Kotoko won the next three games 1-0 and 2-1 and 1-0 in September 2013, August 2015 and May 2016 respectively.Their most recent meeting, prior to this weened was their encounter in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition in 2019, which Kotoko won 2-1.In fact, Hearts’ only win in those five games – a 1-0 win in March 2017 – involved a controversial penalty awarded them by referee Samuel Suka, who, as revealed by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ #Number12 exposé, was influenced to point to the spot.On Sunday, Kotoko looked very much on course to improve their record when Justice Blay headed home an 11th-minute goal.Hearts found an equaliser in the 64th minute through Joseph Esso but Kotoko persisted until the very last minute of the 90.The referee pointed to the spot after he adjudged that a Hearts player handled the ball in the box.Naby Keita, with the hopes of half the stadium on his shoulders, kept his cool to slot into the net to give the Porcupine Warriors their fourth win in Accra n their last six meetings.Accra might still be the official home of Hearts of Oak but it’s still definitely a home away from home for Kotoko as well.Take a look at Naby Keita’s winner for Kotoko below (posted by Twitter user @Efson_ ).KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO fans please enjoy your winning goal against HEARTS OF OAK. Naby Keita ❤️❤️— fiifi (@Efson_) January 26, 2020last_img read more