Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgCarpio 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 “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Near electrocution can’t stop this marriage

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When it came time to cancel the caterers and call the wedding guests with the bad news, Howard Hull and Kristen Word couldn’t do it. Love, not logistics, was the reason they were getting married. “Marriage isn’t about some big production and a lot of fancy stuff; it’s about love,” the bride said Wednesday from the doctors dining room at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where she was getting ready for her wedding with her mom and bridesmaids. Howard, the groom, was standing outside in the hallway with his best man, an IV line carrying medication into his left hand to keep the circulation going. The apprentice line mechanic for the Burbank Water and Power Department touched a couple of electrical lines a week and a half ago that were supposed to have been de-energized. They weren’t. More than 4,000 volts of electricity entered Howard’s body through his chin and exited through his left hand, basically blowing off two fingertips. Which is why he was standing here in a hospital hallway on his wedding day instead of in the backyard of his mother’s Glendale home with 40 invited guests and plenty of flowers and other fancy stuff. The couple could have postponed the wedding until Howard got out of the hospital in a week or so. But when you’ve been zapped by 4,000 volts and are still around to talk about it, it puts things in perspective, Howard says. “It makes you realize some things are important; others are not. Kristen showed me incredible love and strength through all this. “She only reaffirmed my desire to marry her right now, on the day we had planned. There was no reason to wait.” Because marriage isn’t about some big, fancy production. It’s about love. And love doesn’t care where you get married. When you work in a hospital burn center, good news is like a cool breeze on a miserably hot, smoggy day. It makes you take a deep breath and smile. The veteran nurses at Grossman Burn Center have seen more than their share of pain and tears, so they were more than ready for laughs and wedding cake. “Once we decided to go ahead with the wedding here, it was a matter of making sure it was OK with Howard’s doctor and pulling it all together in time,” Kristen said. The couple looked around Howard’s hospital room and figured they would have to cut the guest list in half to cram everyone in. “I told them to go ahead and invite everyone they already had invited; we’d find the space,” said Herb Altman, who has operated the center’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber for the past 34 years. Herb and the nurses threw Howard a bachelor party, then helped the staff set up chairs and carry in flowers and cake to the conference room. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, 40 family members and friends of the couple — none of whom had ever been to a wedding in a hospital conference room — stood and applauded as Kristen walked out the door of the doctors dining room on the arm of her dad, ReaganWord. “Nothing could stop this day from happening, not even electrocution,” wedding officiant Alan Katz said, beginning the ceremony with a laugh. Fifteen minutes later, Howard Hull and Kristen Word were officially pronounced husband and wife. After the reception, they returned to Howard’s hospital room and found the nurses had filled it with white balloons and electric candles. “They brought us dinner and let me stay way past visiting hours were over,” the new bride said Thursday morning. Smiling. — Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) [email protected]last_img read more