QPR ‘determined to ship Barton out one way or another’

first_imgQPR wanted to fine Joey Barton three months’ rather than six weeks’ wages for his violent outburst against Manchester City, the Daily Mirror say.The PFA are said to have stepped in to stop him being fined close to £1m by the club.Rangers are determined to ship Barton out of Loftus Road one way or another, the Daily Mail report, and manager Mark Hughes is likely to make him train with the reserves until the player leaves.Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles is an £8m target for Napoli, according to the Mirror.It is claimed that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made enquiries to Meireles’ agents and is keen to try and make the move happen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Behind big 4th quarter, Montgomery beats Mack in AIBT semifinal

first_imgARCATA >> In a close, hard-fought basketball game, the team that makes the big shots down the stretch wins.In the fourth quarter of Friday’s Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament semifinal match, that team was the Montgomery Vikings.Montgomery, behind 10 points in the quarter by a red-hot Evan Paulsen, stretched a one-point lead entering the fourth and turned it into a 63-46 victory over McKinleyville — outscoring the Panthers 26-10 in the period.“We got a few threes early in …last_img read more

College of the Redwoods’ Miguel Ramirez signs letter of intent to play soccer at Chico State

first_imgEureka >> College of the Redwoods defender Miguel Ramirez had options as to where he wanted to play his soccer next.But there was just something about a school a couple hours away on State Route 299 that seemed right.And, in his own words, he “just decided to go for it.”Ramirez signed a letter of intent to continue his educational and soccer career at Chico State, as he becomes the latest in what has become an impressive list of former Fortuna High School alums to make it to the four-year …last_img read more

South African opera diva’s big win in Moscow

first_imgRay Maota René Barbera, the male winner of theOperalia Competition, with PlacidoDomingo and Pretty Yende.(Image: Operalia Competition) Luciano Pavarotti, the legendary Italiantenor, died in 2007.(Image: Luciano Pavarotti)MEDIA CONTACTS• Accademia Teatro Alla Scala+02 854 5111RELATED ARTICLES• BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen• Opera for and from Africa• SA producer gets Olympics for Korea• SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene• Hot SA musicians head to CannesPretty Yende, a graduate of the South African College of Music, has brought the country’s opera singers into the spotlight by winning the prestigious Operalia Competition.The event took place in Moscow, Russia, from 18 to 24 July 2011, at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre.Operalia took place in three stages with 40 contestants selected to compete during the quarter- and semi-finals from 18 to 23 July. Only 13 contestants made it to the finals on 24 July – these included past winners, Erwin Schrott and the sensational Rolando Villazon.Founded in 1993 to give young, early-career singers exposure on an international scale, Operalia is held in a different city each year. This year’s edition was the 19th.Yende, the only African to compete, won the US$30 000 (R200 000) first prize for best female singer, the $10 000 (R66 785) Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela prize and the audience favourite prize of a Rolex watch.Plácido Domingo, world-renowned opera singer and founder of the competition, said: “My purpose in Operalia is to help identify not only the best voices, but also to discover those singers whose personalities, characters and powers of interpretation show that they have the potential to become complete artists.“Individuals such as these become tomorrow’s stars. This is why the jury is not exclusively made up of great singers, but also includes general managers, stage directors and casting directors.”Dreams do come trueThe soprano, who currently resides in Milan, Italy, attributes her success to her sense of determination.Yende said: “I spent five years applying for admission and was never accepted. I, however, did not part with my dream to compete in and win Operalia.“I want to thank everybody for all the help, whether it was financially, personally or artistically.”Yende is a resident singer at the La Scala Opera Studio in Milan and has had a highly successful two years.The soprano has won several competitions, including the Vincenzo Bellini International Voice Competition, Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, Montserrat Cabbalé International Singing Competition, and sharing first prize at the Savonnlina International Competition.Yende performed Vincenzo Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda: O miei fedeli, with Domingo conducting the orchestra during the Operalia finals.Bellini was an 18th century Italian opera composer.Yende is billed to perform at the Arts Cape Theatre in Cape Town on 4 August 2011 and will appear in four productions put on by the La Scala Opera Studio.Legendary tenorDomingo, who has dominated the opera scene along with José Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti for years, was honoured with the Russian Order of Friendship at the competition for his work in cultural exchange.The three opera singers used to perform together as The Three Tenors.With a career spanning 50 years, Domingo has won 12 Grammy Awards, performed 3 500 times and recorded more than 100 opera concerts.The tenor has also received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to music and charity work.He celebrated his half century in the music industry in May 2011.Domingo has recently spoken out about music piracy after being appointed chairperson of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).The tenor said: “I was seeing my own royalties diminishing little by little. At first, I thought it was logical that old records sell less over time, but then I stopped receiving any royalties at all and I knew there was a problem.“On my own, I couldn’t do anything so when the IFPI asked me to help them, I immediately said yes.”last_img read more

China Masters: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter quarter-finals

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made their way into the quarter-finals of China Open Super 750 quite comfortably on Thursday with victories over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, respectively.While Sindhu advanced with a straight games victory, Srikanth took a while to get into his groove but completely dominated Sugiarto once he got the hang of the court.Sindhu and Srikanth are India’s only hopes in singles after Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy and HS Prannoy crashed out of women’s singles and men’s singles, respectively, on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth pulled out of the tournament to take rest.Sindhu will next take on China’s He Bingjiao, who beat Canada’s Michelle Li 18-21, 21-13, 21-18. Sindhu recently lost to Bingjiao in the French Open quarter-finals.Srikanth will Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-finals, who earlier beat Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-15, 21-19. Srikanth has lost the last two matches he has played against Chou.The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also advanced to the quaeter-finals with a come from behind win against Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira and Ade Yusuf Santoso of Indonesia.Satwik-Chirag started on a shaky note but held on and played smartly second game onwards to forge a 16-21, 21-14, 21-15 victory.They will next be up against another Indonesian pair but will have a far more difficult task ahead with Ahsan and Setiawan to compete against.PV Sindhu was at her dominant best against Ongbamrungphan on Thursday as she did not allow the Thai to take any charge in the match-up and absolutely raced away to a 21-12, 21-15 win.advertisementSindhu through to the Quarters of China [email protected] beats her opponent,’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan rather easily 21-12; 21-15 to make it to the QF of #FuzhouChinaOpenSuper750. Keep the going, girl! #IndiaontheRise #badminton #Sindhu pic.twitter.com/uudcI5wB4GBAI Media (@BAI_Media) November 8, 2018Sindhu was able to execute her attacking style of play against Ongbamrungphan even as the Thai kept trying to retrieve and get Sindhu towards the net.Recently, Sindhu has shown good improvement in varying the pace and style of game when her opponents are trying to drag her to the front and the world No.2 was able to stick to her plans against the Thai.After taking the first game comfortably, Ongbamrungphan had a brief moment where she took a two-point lead over Sindhu but it was never a worry for the Indian as she kept to her game and won the match in 37 minutes.SRIKANTH BRINGS UP COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN China Masters: Kidambi Srikanth rallied from behind to outclass Tommy Sugiarto. (Reuters Photo)Kidambi Srikanth is known to be a slow starter and sometimes, he takes it a bit too seriously. Srikanth had to fight from a game down against Sugiarto to win 10-21, 21-9, 21-9 and enter the quarters.Sugiarto took early control of the match as Srikanth took time to settle into the court and the environment. By the time, Srikanth began to find his strokes, Sugiarto was high on momentum and had no trouble whatsoever in taking the first game 21-10.However, it was from the second game onwards that the Chinese crowd saw the dominant Srikanth that had won the China Open in 2015.The final two games of the match were all about Srikanth as Sugiarto struggled to keep pace with the Indian and match the aggressiveness that Srikanth brought along.Sugiarto had won 21 points in the first game but in the next two games combined, he could bring up just 18 points as Srikanth thrashed the Indonesian in 45 minutes.last_img read more