It was Konta’s first time in the last sixteen of a Grand Slam.The two-time Wimbledon champion beat her in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s through to the quarter-finals where he’ll meet Richard Gasquet. He was beaten by South African Kevin Anderson in four sets.The British number one failed to win a single point in the fourth set tie break.Britain’s Johanna Konta is out of the US Open at the fourth round stage at the hands of Petra Kvitova.
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Manager of the Year Dave Roberts applied every day of his own struggle to running the Dodgers this season
He hit .272 and stole 65 bases and the world little noted nor long remembered. But his manager did.“Dave was out there working on his throwing every day before games,” said Tim Torricelli. “And he was an absolute sponge. He asked me questions about everything you think of. So, no, I wasn’t surprised at all when he started managing in the big leagues.”Playing in the big leagues? Many were surprised at that.Roberts did not get there for five more years, at least not for good. General manager Dan Evans and manager Jim Tracy allowed him to shoot for the Dodgers’ centerfield job in 2002 and he took it, and he stole 45 bases and hit .272, but he was 29 then. When he stole the Base Heard Round The World for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, he was 32.Roberts never had managed a club before Andrew Friedman hired him to run the Dodgers this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering that he was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, with 16 first place votes to Joe Maddon’s eight, you’re tempted to say experience is overrated.But every day of Roberts’ long quest, and the ability to trust the existence of light behind the darkness, contributed to 2016.He proved that, in managing or any kind of executive position, who you are is more important than what you know. Maddon and Terry Francona did, too.Roberts, who is the first Dodgers’ manager to win the honor since Tommy Lasorda in 1988, also proved that civility is not the antonym of strength. Three times he removed a starting pitcher from a no-hitter or a perfect game. He took brazen chances in the postseason, when the Dodgers beat Washington in the Division Series and when Clayton Kershaw saved Game 5 for Kenley Jansen. He lived with the hits and misses.The Dodgers won their fewest games (91) since 2012 and gave up their most runs since 2010. Yet they won a fourth straight N.L. West title. Yet they were forced to use 15 starting pitchers and played without Kershaw for nearly two-and-a-half months. They were Dodger Blue Cross for most of the season, and Roberts kept throwing minor league pedestrians like Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin into late-season drama, and everything kept working.A frivolous, fractious clubhouse came together. Professionals like Howie Kendrick, who left his second base comfort zone to play left-field and third base, made that happen. So did Roberts’ knack of reaching out or backing off and knowing when to do either or both.J.P. Howell formerly was the Dodgers main lefthanded setup man. Roberts did not include Howell on the postseason roster. Instead he selected Grant Dayton, who came from the wilderness of the Marlins’ system. Mentally, Howell remained on board.“We’ve tried to come together as a group, every year since I’ve been here,” Howell said, “but we never did. You’d come in and go home. It was like a job. Now it’s a family, and Dave’s the leader of the family.“My favorite managers are the ones who can relate to each individual. There’s egos involved in the clubhouse, different cultures, different people. Dave made it possible for us to police it. None of his opinions are negative.”Roberts is not the first manager to let his position players know when days off are coming, but the Dodgers appreciated it nonetheless.“Twelve more hours to relax,” Howell said. “You know you shut it down. You don’t want to show up and find out you’re not playing and say, hey, last night I could have gone to the movies.“You don’t play for yourself here anymore, you play for Dave. If you have a bad outing, he’s wearing it, too. We could win 5-3 and I could give up 3 runs, and he’s bummed for me. The old-school way would be to say, ‘Just clean it up.’ The way he expresses his opinions, it’s clean.”Roberts’ reward is to absorb more upheaval in 2017. It’s tough to find a good sponge. They don’t make cuddly movies about baseball teams like the 1996 Visalia Oaks.That club was The Walking Dead.The Oaks were pasted together from different organizations, including some Japanese players on loan. They lost 90 of 150 games. They played at three different parks. Somehow four of them found their way to the major leagues. Dave Roberts and Rod Barajas played in World Series.Roberts was an outfielder for Visalia, or wanted to be. He was still fighting the effects of two shoulder operations. For 30 games he was a designated hitter.
Rather than bipartisan friendships, Klobuchar emphasizes results — candidates Ryan, O’Rourke in area this week
=== Ohio Representative Tim Ryan will be in Mason City today touring Golden Grain Energy at 2 o’clock and then holding an education roundtable at HyVee East at 3:30. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke will be in the area tomorrow. He’ll be at a house party in St. Ansgar Wednesday afternoon before touring the carnival in downtown Clear Lake at 4:45 PM. ATLANTIC — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is the first of nine Democratic presidential candidates planning to campaign in Iowa this week, heading into a flurry of festivities surrounding Independence Day.Klobuchar started out Monday speaking to a crowd of Democrats in Atlantic, mentioning her appearance in last week’s candidate debate in Miami.“I really enjoyed it. I was on the first night as you know,” Klobuchar said to cheers. “Our night maybe was a little more tame, as you may have heard.”Without mentioning the name of any rival, Klobuchar told the crowd she isn’t the candidate who’ll be making a bunch of “huge promises.”“But I’m going to make some very important bold promises and that is that I’m going to have your back — and you can see all our plans on our website,” Klobuchar said, “that I’m going to tell you the truth, that I am someone that will govern with integrity.”Klobuchar later told reporters candidates need to make sure what they promise can get done soon after they take office. And she seemed to strike a contrast with former Vice President Biden, who has touted his ability to work across party lines.“It’s not a goal just to say: ‘Hey, I get along with people,’” Klobuchar said. “That’s great. O.K., maybe that’s fun if you want to, like, go out for dinner or something, but it won’t accomplish anything. What matters is what are the results and if one of the ways to get results is to push the envelope on the first 100 days, I’m going to do it.”In the months leading up to Iowa’s 2020 Caucuses, Klobuchar said she’ll be “all over” Iowa in the same way she’s campaigned in neighboring Minnesota.“I’m used to visiting a lot of counties,” Klobuchar said. “I do it every year in Minnesota. I visit all 87 counties every single year.”Klobuchar’s campaign is hosting a potluck tonight in Adel. One of her staffers is using Klobuchar’s recipe for a “hot dish” featuring tater tots and pepper jack cheese. Klobuchar won a “hot dish” contest with the recipe a few years ago.
Russell also had problems on and off the court with the team that drafted him. He was criticized for recording a video of former Lakers teammate Nick Young that aired sordid details about Young’s private life. The Lakers gave up on Russell and drafted Lonzo Ball as his replacement.“I feel like we’re similar in that we have a lot to prove,” Okafor said. “I know he’s working his (butt) off as well. Right now he’s rehabbing, trying to get back on the court. I think we both have a chip on our shoulder and we have a lot to prove. We’re definitely similar in that regard.”Okafor understands he has areas to improve, mainly defense and rebounding.“I’m not a perfect player,” Okafor said. “I’m 21. There are things that I need to work on, that I have worked on and that I’ll continue to work on.”He’s excited about fulfilling his potential with a new team.“I feel really motivated right now, but I’ve always been motivated,” Okafor said. “This is the first time where people are against me in a sense because I’ve always been the hyped-up guy. It’s something new for me to experience, so I’m glad that I am experiencing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Then things changed drastically.Okafor struggled with injuries and a logjam at his position in his second season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“When I first got drafted there, we already had Nerlens (Noel) there, Joel (Embiid) was there, so we’re trying to have three starting centers on the same team,” Okafor said Monday at his introductory news conference with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets.“It just never really was the right fit.” FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. A person familiar with the deal says 76ers are set to trade beleaguered center Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW YORK — Jahlil Okafor finally got the fresh start he wanted.Okafor was the consensus No. 1 high school player in his class, won a national championship at Duke, and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds in his rookie campaign for the Philadelphia 76ers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set NBA: Irving out of Celtics-Bulls clash OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 76ers traded Okafor along with seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas and two draft picks to the Nets on Thursday. Philadelphia got forward Trevor Booker from Brooklyn.Okafor also had off-court problems during his time in Philadelphia. He got a speeding ticket for driving 108 miles per hour and was suspended by the 76ers for two games after in an altercation outside of a Boston nightclub with a heckler.“Speeding obviously is illegal,” Okafor said. “I know that’s not what you’re supposed to do. I guess you just learn how the page can turn on you and how everything can flip. I can’t really say I learned anything, because you know going in that’s not right. You just learn from your mistakes, but (it was) a tough thing that I went through, I got past, and I’m looking to better times now.”Okafor, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, joins D’Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in the same draft class, on the Nets.“We’re just very excited to get on the court together,” Okafor said. “You never would’ve thought the number two and number three picks would be playing on the same team a few years after, but like I said, everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited.”ADVERTISEMENT