Carter shocks Higgins

first_img Carter, who could not take part in last month’s Haikou World Open due to complications with his Crohn’s disease, sealed a place in the last 16 with the win. He took advantage of a missed red to make a 79 clearance in the first frame before Higgins made it 1-1 with a run of 111. Carter then made it 3-1 and 4-2 to progress. Fit-again Ali Carter upset four-time world champion John Higgins with a 4-2 victory in the first round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway. “I’ve been really struggling with my Crohn’s disease and haven’t been able to practise much so it’s a big win for me,” said Carter. “I just dug in and it was a good performance. The first frame was massive, it’s hard to clear up from 60 behind, especially against John Higgins. Chinese number one Ding Junhui reversed a 3-1 deficit to defeat Andrew Higginson 4-3. Higginson, a semi-finalist here last year, reeled off breaks of 57 and 71 on his way to a two-frame lead but Ding changed the momentum irreversibly with a turn of 118 in the fifth. “I didn’t play well for the first few frames, I found it difficult to control the white. After that I came back nicely,” said Ding. “I’ve been playing okay for the last few months so I’m happy at the moment.” His compatriot Xiao Guodong was also successful, securing a 4-1 win over former world champion Graeme Dott, who was in ragged form. Rod Lawler denied China another winner on the night as he defeated Cao Yupeng 4-2. After losing the opening frame, Liverpudlian Lawler took the next three to put him on the road to victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Badgers suffer hockey heartbreak

first_imgForward Brooke Ammerman takes a moment to collect herself following Sunday’s loss.[/media-credit]DULUTH, Minn. – You can’t win them all.The Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA Division I championship game Sunday afternoon, denying the Badgers their fifth title.The Badgers found themselves trailing early, but fought back to tie the game at two before Minnesota regained control of the game.Minnesota scored its third goal late in the first period off an Emily West penalty shot and relied on tough defense and lock-down goaltending the rest of the way.In the later periods, Wisconsin could not find a way to phase UM goalie Noora Raty. Despite giving up two goals in the first period, Raty recorded 42 saves, making game-saving blocks throughout the afternoon. As the nation’s top defense this season, Raty and the Minnesota defensemen slowed down Patty Kazmaier winner Brianna Decker and the rest of UW’s top forwards.Senior forward Hilary Knight and the Badgers’ put 44 shots on goal – 19 more than the Gophers – but only managed to score twice.Afterward, Knight stressed the importance of not getting frustrated by tough defense and goaltending.“You just have to stay positive,” Knight said. “When you’re working hard the bounces are going to come, at least when you’re in the moment, you think they are and you’re going to capitalize on them.”Despite a disappointing end to another stellar season, Wisconsin players and coaches were proud of the team’s resiliency – especially during the first period comeback.Head coach Mark Johnson liked his team’s effort, but said a few missed opportunities left his team on the losing end.“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Johnson said, who has won four titles with the Badgers.Knight – Wisconsin’s all-time leading goal scorer – did not end her career at Wisconsin the way she had imagined, but she remained proud of her team.“We can walk out of here knowing that we fought valiantly,” Knight said. “And I’m so proud of everyone sitting to the right and left of me in the locker room and just being a part of something so great and so special.”Wisconsin got off to a rough start, giving up two goals early in the first period.Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel opened the game’s scoring. Coming off a center ice faceoff, the speedy sophomore faked out UW goaltender Alex Rigsby before finding the right side of the net.Minnesota continued its hot start thanks to a Sarah Erickson’s deep one-timer goal, further setting the tone for the Gophers play early.The high-paced, intense first period quickly turned in Wisconsin’s favor after it responded with two goals of its own.UW junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough struck first, capitalizing on the Badgers’ first power play of the game. McKeough scored on a deep wrist shot with just two seconds remaining on the power play.Less than two minutes later, UW forward Brooke Ammerman tapped in a short goal off a rebound to even the score at two.But Minnesota again swung the momentum in its favor once and for all after West’s penalty shot goal.The rest of the game featured the tough defense and goaltending of Minnesota. The only other goal of the game came from Erickson once again early in the third period, making a Wisconsin comeback extremely difficult.It is a disappointing end for a Badger squad that ranked No. 1 nationally for all but one week of the year. Wisconsin finished the regular season as WCHA champions as well, but Minnesota earned the season’s most important victory.Despite the disappointment, Knight could not have been more proud of the way Wisconsin played.“Not once in that game did we ever give up, and I think that’s the important thing that we can take away from here,” Knight said. “Again, at the end of the day it is a loss and it hurts, but we had a great season and I’m proud to be a part of such a great group.”last_img read more

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Surely this depravity should not be allowed to continue

first_imgDear Editor,As an earnest tax paying citizen of Georgetown, can the Council inform us when the current Mayor and Councillors of the city of Georgetown will embark upon correcting the wrongs and repairing the extensive damage that was wilfully done to our capital city by a former senior administrative municipal staffer?If one were to take a stroll in the Bel Air Park neighbourhood along where the empty lots known as R3 and R4 are located, one can still observe the remaining evidence of the venal attempt at land grabbing by the “Fantastic Four”. There is an old shipping container and a dilapidated and teetering guard hut defacing one side whilst the other side has been made into a swamp that breeds mosquitoes and cultivates copious amounts of wild brush, weeds and trees due to it being recklessly excavated when the gang was trying to illegally convert this dedicated open space into a dedicated upscale housing plot for themselves. The area needs to be restored into an aesthetically pleasing open space. The same goes for the Farnum Ground in the Subryanville area where another illegal land grab attempt was made.In the downtown area, there are old cut-up railway tracks that have been placed along some sidewalks, which serve no useful purpose other than to have given “the boys” some jobs and some free money to cut up and bolt down this scrap metal. This should be removed and sold to the scrap metal dealers.And then there is the unfinished and now derelict “Presidential Park” at the eastern extremity of Church Street and North Road, which was an unrefined attempt to pander to the politicians. This eyesore needs to be either completed by the relevant agency or torn down. Should this area not be returned to a green space as part of our city’s and country’s green agenda?And further west of these same two roadways, there is the area that was assigned to street barbers, cosmetologists, and beauticians, many of whom are unlicensed which is now nothing short of a shantytown with a number of rickety makeshift tents barely standing, adorned with scraps of multi-coloured plastic, cloth, and canvas, and which is ironically named “The Beauty Promenade”. In the interest of developing our tourism industry, this area should be cleared and cleaned in addition to the dog kennel type structures that were constructed a little further west which is supposedly a “Farmers Market” for wholesalers who bring their produce for sale on Thursdays and Fridays from the rural areas.Surely this depravity should not be allowed to continue. We need to take back our city from this unlawfulness.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

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