Dyche: We were due some luck

first_img Boss Dyche said: “You need a scratch of luck and we got that with the goal. “It can’t be said for the penalty save because I think it’s an absolutely outstanding save rather than a miss, and their lad (Victor Wanyama) put one over later in the game. “They are the margins and we’ve been on the wrong side of those margins at times. Overall I thought the luck that went in our favour was well deserved. “There’s a belief about what we do and I’ve made it clear – we didn’t come into this division thinking we’re going to have 500 passes a game and rip teams to shreds. “We knew we’d have to find different ways of winning. We did that last year. We’ve taken that mentality into this year. “I thought some of the football in the first half was very good, with pockets of it in the second half. That’s our fifth clean sheet in 15 games, which is a marker in itself at this level.” Barnes also scored the winner against Hull and appears to have established himself as the regular strike partner for leading scorer Danny Ings. Dyche signed the 25-year-old from Brighton in January, and he said: “He keeps going, he’s an awkward customer. “He can be clean at times, sometimes not so clean at others, but he’s very awkward at this level. He’s a newcomer, people won’t know much about him and he sticks at it. “His stats are through the roof and he’ll give you everything.” The game looked like a good chance for Southampton to get back on track after successive defeats to three of the Premier League’s big boys but it was not to be. Manager Ronald Koeman hailed Burnley’s “unbelievable spirit” but was disappointed with the penalty, saying: “It’s good goalkeeping but it’s a bad penalty.” Southampton had 60 per cent of the possession and 15 shots to Burnley’s seven but Koeman was left frustrated that again they could not make their chances count. “I’m very disappointed,” he said. “I think it’s the same story as the last few games. “We played well. The start of the game was difficult, they started a little bit better. They played direct football, battled for the second ball, but I think after 20 minutes we controlled the game. “We didn’t create a lot in the first half but from the start of the second half until missing the penalty we played great football. We had the best chances, had total domination and I waited for the goal. “We had good chances to kill the game at that moment and one mistake – it’s our throw-in and it ended with a goal for Burnley. “Why we didn’t win today, why we didn’t win against Manchester United, and why we had a run of winning games, it’s all about scoring chances and more mistakes in defence. “Maybe it’s a little bit confidence now as well after the four defeats.” Press Association Ashley Barnes’ deflected shot in the 73rd minute, after Tom Heaton had earlier saved Dusan Tadic’s penalty, earned the Clarets a 1-0 victory over Southampton. It was enough to lift Burnley out of the relegation zone, at least until QPR play Everton on Monday. Sean Dyche felt Burnley deserved the luck that helped them to a third win in six Premier League games.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports April 26, 2020 — The Minnesota Vikings made the defensive line their first priority on the final day of the draft. They took South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum and Baylor defensive tackle James Lynch with their first two selections in the fourth round. The Vikings wrapped up the draft with 15 picks, the most by any NFL team since the event was trimmed to seven rounds in 1994. Wonnum was targeted by the Vikings for his potential similar to what they saw in Danielle Hunter in 2015. Hunter last year became the youngest player in league history to reach 50 career sacks.— The Patriots didn’t find a replacement for Tom Brady in the draft, if that was even possible. But they did attempt to address almost every other one of their needs. New England drafted 10 players over three days. Four of the picks were on defense, which was hit hard in free agency. Five were used on offense, including a pair of tight ends. That position was unproductive for New England last year after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, who’s now making a comeback to join Brady in Tampa. New England also drafted a kicker to replace Stephen Gostkowksi.— The Philadelphia Eagles addressed their need for speed in the NFL draft. After selecting TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick in the first round, the Eagles acquired wideout Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday and chose two other fast receivers. The Eagles picked Boise State’s John Hightower in the fifth round and Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins in the sixth round. The receivers will help remake a group that struggled last season, in part because of injuries. Carson Wentz led the Eagles to four straight wins in December and an NFC East title with mostly castoffs at receiver.— Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is ready for an unusual offseason now that his first draft with Dallas is complete. It isn’t known when players will be able to go to team facilities. The Cowboys also don’t know when quarterback Dak Prescott will be under contract. Meantime, they’ve given him another weapon with a receiver they didn’t think would be available in Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb. Dallas used the last day to add a cornerback, center, pass rusher and quarterback.—The Denver Broncos injected plenty of speed into their offense as they try to catch up to the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Broncos general manager John Elway went into the draft intent on adding playmakers for second-year quarterback Drew Lock and he grabbed three speedy receivers and one of the fastest tight ends in the draft. Elway also drafted a new center. Elway didn’t exactly neglect his defense as he added an inside linebacker and an edge rusher Saturday to go with a cornerback and a D-tackle he took on the first two nights. Associated Press MLB-UMPIRE LAWSUITMLB official thought Manfred would stop Hernández for SeriesNEW YORK (AP) — A major league official testified he suggested Ángel Hernández be removed from consideration for the 2015 World Series because he did not think Commissioner Rob Manfred would approve the umpire to work baseball’s premier event. The Cuba-born Hernández sued Major League Baseball in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited his failure to be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and MLB not promoting him to crew chief. The documents and testimony from senior VP Peter Woodfork were filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.A member of the big-league staff since 1993, the Cuba-born Hernández worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. He was not picked after Joe Torre was hired in 2011 to head baseball operations.Hernández was involved in a controversy in 2013 when Oakland’s Adam Rosales was awarded a double after a video review rather than a home run. The replay system in use at the time did not provide sufficiently clear images to the New York control room. Officials did not announce attendance figures.The government says there have been only 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and three deaths in Nicaragua, though outside health officials are deeply skeptical.The country’s baseball and soccer leagues are still playing, too.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSWake Forest fires coach Danny Manning after losing stretchUNDATED (AP) — Wake Forest fired coach Danny Manning on Saturday after losing seasons in five of his six years and only one NCAA Tournament appearance.The decision came more than six weeks after the Demon Deacons lost to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, capping a third straight losing season.Manning, a former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, went 78-111 in Winston-Salem with a 30-80 mark in ACC regular-season games. Those league struggles included a 6-49 mark in league road games and 1-6 in the ACC Tournament. — Eric DeCosta wanted to make Baltimore’s impressive offense even better. Over the course of three days, DeCosta added several key pieces to a unit that led the league in scoring and rushing yardage last season. Baltimore snagged Ohio State star running back J.K. Dobbins, wide receivers Devin Duvernay of Texas and James Proche of SMU and a pair of offensive linemen who hope to ease the sting of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda’s retirement in March. DeCosta also secured LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round.— The two-win Bengals took full advantage of their favorable draft position and made themselves interesting again. How it translates into on-field success is still a question. Taking quarterback Joe Burrow and receiver Tee Higgins with their first two picks set them on a very different course on offense. The defense also will look much different in coach Zac Taylor’s second season with an influx from both free agency and the draft.— The Miami Dolphins this week have added 11 draft picks, including a potential franchise quarterback, and a veteran running back. Even so, they may still be at least a year away from playoff contention. That’s partly because last season’s team was so bereft of talent, and partly because of the type of players Miami drafted, especially with the top two picks. Neither is likely to start when the 2020 season begins. That includes No. 5 overall choice Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah), who is still recovering from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in mid-November.— The Green Bay Packers found Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor but didn’t give their star quarterback any new wide receivers. The Packers didn’t select any receivers even though this draft class was heralded for its depth at that position. Davante Adams is the only Packer who caught as many as 50 passes or accumulated as many as 500 yards receiving during the 2019 regular season. The Packers spent much of this draft trying to solve long-term issues rather than focusing on immediate needs. That included selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.— Maybe the Southeastern Conference should simply hold onto its players and become part of the NFL. The home of national champion LSU and perennial contenders Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, the SEC dominated the first four rounds of the NFL draft. By the time this unusual draft was over, 63 players had come from the SEC’s 14 teams — well, 13, because Ole Miss was ignored. LSU sent 14, tying the most in a seven-round draft, followed by Alabama with nine. The SEC fell just short of last year’s record of 63 selectees. San Francisco then traded wideout Marquise Goodwin to Philadelphia for a swap of sixth-round spots.NFL-DRAFTNFL draft wrapping upUNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft entered its third and final day with Cincinnati selecting an Appalachian State linebacker. Akeem Davis-Gaither was the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year and a standout at the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals coaching staff worked.The Redskins dealt their unhappy veteran tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco on Saturday morning, then chose LSU tackle Saahdiq Charles. NFL-NEWS-TAMPA-BRADY APOLOGYTampa mayor lightheartedly apologizes to NFL’s Tom BradyTAMPA — Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is poking fun at last week’s attention-grabbing incident involving NFL superstar Tom Brady. Tampa didn’t exactly give Brady the best of welcomes when he was ejected from a downtown park while working out last Monday. In a letter posted on social media, the mayor apologized “for the miscommunication,” saying her previous law enforcement background prompted her to “investigate the sighting of a G.O.A.T running wild in one of our beautiful city parks.” Brady is considered by some as the NFL’s “greatest of all time.” Brady recently left the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.On Monday, Brady was working out at the park and spotted by staff patrol, who ordered the four-time Super Bowl MVP to leave because the park was closed to the public because of the coronavirus outbreak.In her letter, the mayor thanked Brady “for being a good sport.” VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANBA to allow some practices starting FridayMIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement. Any workouts that take place would be voluntary and individual sessions only. The directives from the league were not released publicly.Group practices would not be allowed yet, and teams will not yet be permitted to organize in-person workouts.The NBA’s move is not a sign that a return to play is imminent. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said on several occasions that the league does not anticipate being able to decide until sometime in May. His victory snapped a three-race iRacing winning streak for Team Penske that included consecutive victories by Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN’ PA’-zheh-noh).VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEarnhardt race car up for auction to fund virus relief workUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.The Charlotte Observer reports that this is the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt car from his personal collection. A news release from Richard Children Racing officials doesn’t specify which of Earnhardt’s trademark No. 3 race cars is up for auction. Childress tweeted Friday that parting with one of his cars is “a small sacrifice” for him to make. Earnhardt died in a crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.DODGERS-SCULLYScully back home after fallLOS ANGESLES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is back home after falling and being hospitalized.The team quoted him as saying he was resting comfortably with his wife and awaiting the start of the baseball season, which is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first quarterback chosen on Day 3 was Washington’s Jacob Eason, who went to Indianapolis. The Colts already have Philip Rivers, who signed as a free agent, and incumbent Jacoby Brissett. But both have contracts only through this year. Eason transferred to Washington after losing out to Jake Fromm at Georgia. Fromm was claimed by Buffalo with the 167th overall pick.The New York Jets took Florida International QB James Morgan with the 125th pick.In other NFL draft news:— The Kansas City Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters who helped them win the Super Bowl last season, so they spent their six picks in the NFL draft on guys who could help them not only defend the title but also plan for the future. They took LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round, Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr. in the second and TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang in the third. They wrapped up the draft Saturday by selecting Louisiana Tech defensive back L’Jarius Sneed, Michigan defensive end Mike Danna and Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes.— The Las Vegas Raiders spent the first two days of the NFL draft getting quarterback Derek Carr playmakers such as Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards. They added some offensive line depth and a promising cornerback prospect in Amik Robertson on the final day. Now the question for the Raiders is if all the moves they made in free agency and the draft will help close the gap in the AFC West with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.  F1 driver Lando Norris wins in IndyCar iRacing debutUNDATED (AP) — Formula One driver Lando Norris embarrassed the field in his IndyCar iRacing debut by dominating Saturday’s race at virtual Circuit of the Americas in Texas.Norris was poised to begin his second F1 season with McLaren in March when a team member tested positive for the new coronavirus at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the series immediately suspended competition.The 20-year-old British driver is a skilled iRacer and competed in the virtual event for Arrow McLaren SP, an IndyCar team that McLaren partnered with for this season to enter the American series.Norris dominated qualifying to start from the pole and relinquished the lead during a pit stop. He then picked his way back through the 33-driver field on the virtual road course in Austin, Texas, and regained the lead with four laps remaining when Felix Rosenqvist spun. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-TRADES49ers make a series of tradesUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a flurry of trades on Saturday, the final day of the NFL draft. They agreed to acquire seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder.The 49ers had a big need at left tackle because their longtime standout left tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement Saturday.The 31-year-old Williams must pass a physical for the trade to be finalized. He sat out the entire 2019 season because of a dispute with Washington’s front office. The Redskins did not trade him before the Oct. 29 deadline and Williams renewed his request for a trade this offseason. In November, Williams revealed he had cancer and said that situation led him to distrust the Redskins’ medical staff and organization as a whole.The deal reunites Williams with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.The 49ers later sent Matt Breida, who was their starting running back for part of their NFC title season, to Miami for a fifth-rounder. They used the pick to select West Virginia tackle Colton McKivitz. Scully was in the hospital since Tuesday after falling at his Los Angeles-area home. The 92-year-old retired after the 2016 season, ending a career in which, he called Dodgers games for 67 years.NICARAGUA-BOXING RESTARTSFights resume in Nicaragua because ‘boxers have to eat’MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua has gone forward with an eight-fight boxing card before a live, though sparse audience in Managua amid the coronavirus pandemic.Former world champion Rosendo Álvarez promoted Saturday’s event, which was televised. Alvarez has dismissed the threat of the virus. But his offer of free tickets appeared to fill only about a tenth of the 8,000 seats in the Alexis Argoello gym. Manning had said after the Pitt loss on March 10 that he “absolutely” expected to return next season.In other college basketball news:— Gonzaga sophomore Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft on Saturday but will not hire an agent. The 6-foot-5 guard from France said his top option remains returning for his junior season. Ayayi averaged 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season and was voted the most outstanding player of the West Coast Conference Tournament. He is the second Gonzaga player to declare for the draft without hiring an agent, joining Corey Kispert.—Chris Marcus, a two-time Associated Press All-America honorable mention during a decorated career at center for Western Kentucky, has died. He was 40. The school said Marcus died in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, but did not state a cause of death. Considered one of WKU’s most dominant big men, the 7-foot-1 Marcus posted 1,113 points and 795 rebounds for the Hilltoppers and led the nation at 12.1 boards per game in 2001. He was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year that season and earned his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGlast_img read more

Dino Babers defends decision to go deep 3 times in Wake Forest loss

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.After Dino Babers called for three consecutive throws to the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter, all of which were unsuccessful, the TV cameras showed Syracuse’s head coach opting to send out the field goal team without much hesitation. Then, for a fleeting moment, Babers rested his head on the palm of his right hand while a disappointed gaze shot from his eyes.Senior kicker Cole Murphy missed. First-and-10 on Wake Forest’s 33-yard line did not result in points for Syracuse. The Demon Deacons took over possession and went on to score 24 unanswered to win in decisive fashion.So, in hindsight, was going deep three times in a row the right choice?“Absolutely,” Babers said Monday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his weekly press conference, Babers showed no regret for what could be described as a turning point in the third consecutive loss for Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) since upsetting then-No. 2 Clemson in the Carrier Dome in mid-October. He instead stressed heavily that his team must now focus solely on the week’s task of traveling to Kentucky and beating a Louisville (6-4, 3-4 ACC) team led by the reigning Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. Babers was blunt about the decision to throw to the endzone.“Their DBs were playing short,” Babers said of Wake Forest. “We threw the first one to Devin Butler and he had his guy beat. Then we threw the second one, if I’m not mistaken, to (senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael), and he had his guy beat. And we threw the third one, I believe, to Ish in the middle of the field and I believe he had his guy beat.”Babers’ assessment of what could have been is not far off. On the first-down toss to Butler, the sophomore wide receiver jostled with Wake Forest cornerback Ja’Sir Taylor all the way down the left sideline. When the ball fell in front of a diving Butler, Taylor’s forearm appeared to touch Butler, who wanted a flag. He did not get one.On the next play, SU quarterback Zack Mahoney, who started in place of the injured Eric Dungey, faked a handoff and immediately threw for the right edge of the end zone. Ishmael fell backwards out of bounds without the ball.One snap later, Ishmael ran straight down the middle of the field, only to have this pass land in the end zone several yards in front of him. Of the three plays, this was the the one with the best chance. Mahoney misfired.After the game, Mahoney said SU “liked the opportunities that presented themselves and we liked the matchups.”“I think the biggest thing about being good on offense,” Babers said Monday, “is being unpredictable.”More SU football notes:Junior quarterback Eric Dungey warmed up but did not play against Wake Forest after Babers said last week that Dungey would be “ready to go.” On Monday, Babers said Dungey made “drastic improvement” over the course of last week. As for this week, “If he’s capable,” Babers said, “I expect him to go.”Syracuse’s regular season finale against Boston College on Nov. 25 will kickoff in the Carrier Dome at 12:20 p.m., the ACC announced Monday. The ACC Network will televise the game.Steve Ishmael on Monday was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s best wide receiver. No other ACC receivers made the list. Ishmael has 92 catches for 1,131 yards in 2017, both career highs. With six touchdowns, he is one shy of matching his total of seven from his sophomore season.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers saw three key components in rout of Lakers

first_imgGood ball movement, proper spacing and defense. All were on display for the Clippers in their 114-89 rout of the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.Clippers coach Doc Rivers took notice.“The ball movement was fantastic,” said Rivers, whose team will play host to the Dallas Mavericks at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “The opponent does not matter; you need to make shots. We had great spacing and ball movement.“We need that every night, but it was beautiful to watch. Our defensive intensity was also very high, and that is good to see.” Lakers coach Byron Scott before the game reiterated what he’s been saying since he took over the helm this season, that this is not yet a rivalry and that Los Angeles is still a “purple and gold” town.Rivers believes these games against each other do carry some kind of special meaning.“Both teams can say this game did not mean anything,” Rivers said. “Yes, it does not mean anything in the big scope of everything, but when you play people you know, those games are fun.“You always want to beat the guys that you will see all of the time. You could see the energy in the building.”No question, the Clippers were pumped. Part of it might have been because they were ticked at losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Part of it might have been the long-lasting effects of last season’s opening-night loss to the Lakers, Griffin suggested.“Last year, we still had a pretty bad taste in our mouth from losing that first game on opening night,” he said. “There has to be a little bit of pride, but at the same time, I don’t think we do anything different to get ready for this game than we do for any other game.”Matt Barnes, who scored 19 points and played solid defense on Kobe Bryant — Bryant scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting — chimed in on the so-called rivalry games against the Lakers.“I think that any time — throwing their record out — (a game against the Lakers) is going to be good,” said Barnes, whose team has won nine of the past 10 against the Lakers dating to Nov. 2, 2012. “They are going to play a little better than they normally play, we are going to play a little better than we normally play.“The crowd is electric. The (blowout victory) is just what’s been happening lately.”After losing 116-103 on opening night of 2013-14, the Clippers beat the Lakers 123-87, 142-94 and 120-97 before winning 118-111 in the second game of this season.This and thatShooting guard Monta Ellis is leading Dallas in scoring with a 20.5 average and power forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. … The Mavericks are shooting 47.6 percent from the field, second in the NBA. The Clippers are fourth at 47.2 percent. … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is leading the league in rebounding (13.6 average) and field-goal percentage (71.0).BREAKOUTAfter Saturday’s game against Dallas, the Clippers will host Miami (15-20) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Blake Griffin, who led the team with 27 points, said the team’s mind-set going into the game was all of the above.“Obviously, you have to execute,” Griffin said. “But that was what we talked about in shootaround and pregame amongst the players. I thought we came out and did everything we wanted to do.”With all that said, Griffin seemed happiest the Clippers did not let up on the Lakers. Lack of a killer instinct has been one of the team’s issues.“We said at halftime that we have to keep (pushing) the pedal, keep going and come out with energy and focus,” Griffin said. “We did just that.”Beating Lakers means somethingcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oh, sister: Venus Williams beats Serena at Indian Wells

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Venus faced two break points in the next game, but got bailed out on Serena’s consecutive forehand errors to get to deuce. Venus hung on from there to end their 29th meeting.“Missing shots that I never miss, and so close,” Serena said. “At least they’re in the margin. I’m getting there. It’s not exactly where I want to be, but I’ll get there eventually.”Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.“I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there,” Serena said last weekend. “It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.”It was obvious at the net when they greeted each other with a one-arm hug and neither smiled. Venus did her usual victory pirouette, but still didn’t smile.A stone-faced Serena exited the court to cheers, pointing her right index finger in the air.Serena was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since ending a 14-month absence during which she gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr. and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sat courtside.“It’s good that I don’t have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost,” Serena said. “My room for improvement is incredible.”Typically, the sisters wouldn’t meet until the later rounds of a tournament. But 36-year-old Serena was unseeded in this event. Venus is seeded eighth.Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It was their earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.“That’s going to be a huge story, maybe the story of the year,” men’s No. 1 Roger Federer said of Serena’s comeback. “Hopefully, she decides to play a lot and enjoy herself in the process and get back to who knows how high? It almost doesn’t matter, but it would just be amazing to see her do it now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut this night belonged to Aunt Venus.She closed out the 1 ½-hour match on her second match point when Serena’s forehand service return sailed long. It was one of Serena’s 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side. “I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” Venus said on court afterward. “She just came roaring back. I had chances for the match to be over, but it wasn’t.”Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 mph and 120 mph.“I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does,” Serena said. “She served very consistently. She just did everything great.”Venus raced out to leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the second set. Serena’s shot went wide to set up her sister’s first match point. But Serena cracked a backhand winner down the line for deuce. Venus’ forehand was long and she double-faulted away the game to make it 5-3.Serena held to trail 5-4 with an ace and a clean winner.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I think she’s going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later,” Venus said.The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001. A packed stadium awaited their semifinal but shortly before the match was to begin Venus withdrew with a right knee injury.Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. Venus and her father Richard were greeted with boos as they made their way to their seats, with some fans believing Richard had been behind Venus’ withdrawal.Richard Williams said he heard racial slurs from the crowd and he paused to shake his fist at them. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert.After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.Both sisters have been greeted warmly by fans each time they’ve played here since that turbulent time.“It never crossed my mind,” Venus said. Venus Williams, right, hugs opponent and sister Serena Williams after defeating Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby. The other is rejuvenated at 37, back in the world’s top 10.An unwanted rivalry with roots going back 20 years had its latest chapter Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, with Venus Williams beating sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round for her first win over her younger sibling since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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