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Lions stay awake at night, stomp Badgers

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen a home crowd’s loudest cheer comes during the entrance of a backup quarterback, you know things aren’t going your way.That’s what happened Saturday night, as visiting No. 6 Penn State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) came into Camp Randall Stadium and completely dismantled Wisconsin 48-7, dominating all facets of the game.“Here at Camp Randall, we don’t want to lose at home,” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “Last week, we had a tough one against Ohio State; this one, just getting blown out, it definitely hurts. We take pride in defending our home turf.”The loss dropped the Badgers to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play.“When you get into the coaching profession, there’s going to be good days and bad days,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “Today our team at times did some good things, but overall, obviously didn’t do very many positive things, especially in the first half.”The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of a Wisconsin offense that punted on its first five possessions and had trouble moving the ball all night.“We just got spanked. It’s never fun when you get spanked all the way across the board,” quarterback Allan Evridge said. “We weren’t on our game tonight, and that’s the way it turned out.”After throwing a third-quarter interception that Bielema later called an “easy read,” Evridge was replaced by backup Dustin Sherer.“The pick was obviously very frustrating; that wasn’t a good way to go out,” said Evridge, who finished the game just 2-of-10 for 50 yards and one interception.The Lions only led by a 3-0 margin after the first quarter, but the Badgers’ inefficiency on offense and some poor Brad Nortman punts gave the visitors a consistently short field with which to work, allowing them to score 21 second-quarter points, en route to a 24-7 halftime lead.Penn State then took the second-half kickoff and marched 76 yards down the field for another score, capped by a 4-yard Daryll Clark touchdown run.“When they started the second half and were able to score on their first drive, it really made it a difficult day from that point forward,” Bielema said. “I really saw some momentum swing at that point that we were never going to get back.”Clark led the Lions attack all night, scoring points at will, finishing with three total touchdowns and 244 yards passing.“He’s a great player, a big, physical guy,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “He throws the ball very well; his strength allows him to get outside the tackles and get that ball out still.”Bielema was also impressed.“Penn State is a very good football team,” he said. “Of all the teams we’ve faced, they’ve got the most talent that we’ve seen to date.”Still, Levy feels accountable.“I point to myself. I don’t think I contributed enough to the defense,” the senior said. “I don’t think we played the best we could have.”Penn State converted 7-of-14 third-down opportunities.“We didn’t get off the field today; we didn’t tackle too well today,” Levy continued. “We tackled well last week, but we can’t be up and down like that.“Inconsistency is killing us right now.”Sloppy play, including eight penalties and four turnovers, also contributed to the Badgers’ downfall.“The little things were killing us,” center John Moffitt said. “Every week it seems we’re getting a drive, getting momentum moving, and then we go offsides or we got lined up [improperly]. We’re our own worst enemy in that aspect, and we’re picking ourselves apart.”The lone highlight for Wisconsin came on a 5-yard Evridge touchdown scramble, after he ran for 19 yards earlier in the drive.“The design of the play was you have one guy front side, and we were trying sneak two out the back,” Evridge said. “I had to go through my progression and look to the back, and luckily Billy (Rentmeester) did a great job, and I was able to get in the end [zone] and outrun those guys.”But ultimately, the Badgers were simply embarrassed in front of their home fans, who booed them periodically as the night progressed.“It’s not fun. There’s a lot of pain going into everybody,” Evridge said. “It’s not fun being here right now, it’s not fun coming off of a huge loss like that. Those guys played awesome and whooped us all the way across the board.”“I went around telling the seniors that I apologize,” running back John Clay added. “We’ve got a good group of guys, and this shouldn’t be happening to us.”Bielema simply looked helpless.“I’ve never I don’t think lost three [straight] ball games in my time, let alone as a head coach,” he said. “As those things go against you, you define who you are when you’re faced with adversity as a man, as a player, as a coach, as an assistant coach. You have to make sure that you’re hardest on yourself and make sure that you’re able to supply the leadership to move forward as a football team.”last_img read more

Baseball takes two of three against Utah

first_imgUSC baseball welcomed Utah to Dedeaux Field this weekend in the Trojans’ third Pac-12 series of the season. On the heels of a midweek, extra-inning victory over Pepperdine, USC looked to push themselves to and over the .500 mark in their three-game set against the Utes. After taking the first two games, the Trojans went into Sunday’s contest trying for the sweep.Senior pitcher Kyle Davis drew the start in the series finale, but the veteran righty struggled through 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits — two of them home runs.The bullpen had been lights out for two days, before imploded spectacularly on Sunday, coughing up nine runs in relief of Davis and putting USC in a 13-run hole by the bottom of the fifth. Junior Andrew Wright, senior Brent Wheatley and sophomore Mason Perryman combined to give up the nine runs over 3 1/3 innings following Davis’ exit.The Trojans did their best to rally offensively. Senior David Oppenheim drove in three runs on Sunday, plating redshirt sophomore Frankie Rios twice, as well as redshirt junior Reggie Southall. Senior AJ Ramirez crushed a 2-run shot, and juniors Corey Dempster and Jeremy Martinez both chipped in with an RBI apiece. Four Trojans recorded multi-hit days, but they never sniffed the lead, falling 14-8 after scoring 7 unanswered runs.The series got off to a great start for the Trojans, as redshirt junior pitcher Joe Navilhon enjoyed another career night on the mound. The right-hander fanned nine over seven innings — both career highs — en route to his third win of the year.“Navilhon has been huge for the first two games of the last two [series],” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “If we get that kind of pitching on a Friday … we’re right where we want to be.”As Navilhon dealt, the offense spread the love on Friday. Senior outfielder Timmy Robinson, senior infielder AJ Ramirez and redshirt junior shortstop Reggie Southall all chipped in with an RBI apiece, and junior catcher Jeremy Martinez led the team with two runs batted in. Senior Brooks Kriske notched a four-out save to cap the night, earning all his outs via strikeout, and USC opened the series with a 5-2 victory.Sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart continued his comeback from injury the following day, starting his second game of the season on Saturday. He gave up four hits and a run in his three innings of work and notched his first strikeout of the year before making way for junior Bernardo Flores. The left-hander pitched a scoreless frame before the Trojan bats got on the board.In the bottom of the fourth, Robinson lined a two-out single up the middle before stealing second base. He broke for the plate when sophomore infielder Angelo Armenta followed up with an infield single, and Robinson slid home safely on an errant throw to tie things at one. Ramirez singled to drive in Armenta and give USC a 2-1 lead.Armenta raced home again in the sixth to double the Trojans’ advantage on a Southall RBI single. Junior outfielder Corey Dempster then crushed a 3-run shot to extend the USC lead to 5 runs. Meanwhile, Flores continued to cruise through the Utes’ lineup. He put a bow on his impressive six scoreless innings of relief in the ninth, earning his first win of the season by sealing the Trojans’ 6-1 victory.“I was relaxed, executing all my pitches,” Flores said. “[My teammates] were behind me the whole way, and I just let them do the work for me.”Being relaxed seemed to be a theme among the USC players this weekend, and their confident approach paid dividends both on the mound and at the plate.“Everyone’s starting to feel a little more comfortable,” Dempster said. “You relax and just do your job, and if you don’t do your job, the next guy’s going to do your job and pick you up.”Next up for the Trojans is a visit to Pepperdine on Tuesday. After the rematch against the Waves, they will prepare for a tough weekend road trip to Eugene, as USC returns to Pac-12 play against Oregon.last_img read more

Assistant rowing coach embarks on trans-Pacific journey

first_imgMost of us have grand ambitions. Few of us actually strive to achieve them.Megan Biging, an assistant coach on the women’s rowing team, is not simply talking the talk when it comes to lavish dreams — she’s walking the walk. Biging and her partner, Vicki Otmani, will attempt to become the first North American pair to complete the Great Pacific Race, a 2,400-mile journey from Monterey, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, that will take anywhere from 30-80 days.To question their dedication would be an insult. The pair will make no money off the race, with all funds going toward covering the cost of equipment and all excess proceeds being donated to Ocean Conservancy, a charity that fights against ocean contamination.“I don’t get anything personally out of this except for the excitement and happiness and experience and pride, and hopefully the ability to inspire other people,” Biging said.Sitting in her office in Heritage Hall, Biging is surprisingly calm for a person about to embark on an arduous and potentially dangerous journey across an entire body of water, spending months on end in the open sea.“I feel like rowers in general are so mentally tough and strong that we’re able to push ourselves beyond limits that other people might not be able to,” Biging said.Though neither she nor her partner have rowed across an ocean, Biging has a variety of experience in the sport. She began rowing in her junior year of high school at a local club in Marina del Rey and was recruited by USC to row collegiately. She spent all four years on rowing team, serving as a team captain before rowing competitively in Philadelphia for a couple of years. But a slew of injuries cut her career short, and she returned to coach at USC, where she is in her fifth year as an assistant.“The biggest thing I like about coaching is being able to bring out the best in people that maybe they don’t see or they don’t believe in themselves, so trying to work with them to bring out the best they could possibly be,” Biging said.The same can be said about her ambitious goal. Biging got on board with Otmani for the race just about a year ago, and as the months turn into weeks, and the weeks into days — she leaves on May 15 to prepare for the race, which begins on June 4 — the nerves are kicking it.“The mental [aspect] didn’t scare me initially,” Biging said. “As I’m getting closer, the gravity of being in the middle of the ocean for two months is starting to get to me, but I feel I’ll be able to mentally handle it.”It will be challenging mentally, emotionally and physically, testing the limits of “survival mode.” The rules stipulate that the competitors have no assistance: no engines, no sails, no safety boat. Part of the description on the race’s website reads, “This extreme adventure is not for the faint hearted and the size of the challenge should not be underestimated.”All of the pair’s food will come in the form of pre-packed, dehydrated meals, nuts and fruit.“Nothing too tasty,” Biging said.The pair will depend on a desalinator — which cleans out salt and waste from ocean water that can be turned into fresh water — for drinking water.To add to the challenges, competitors will be in solitude for a majority of the trip.“We’ll all start at the same time, but just the way things work you drift apart so quickly that within the first day or so we won’t see anyone for the rest of the time,” Biging said.Sleep will be a challenge, since any time not spent rowing is time lost. The pair, whose goal is to finish in close to 60 days with an average speed of 40 miles per hour, plans to alternate the rowing responsibilities — two hours on, two hours off.Biging, who typically gets eight hours of sleep a night, admits it will be a challenge to alter her body clock both to the tune of the open sea and when she arrives in Hawaii.“It’ll be just as difficult re-assimilating into normal life as we know it because I’ll have gotten into this meditative, calm, simple, survival mode,” Biging said.They will have access to a satellite phone that they can use to call for help along with a GPS system. Additionally, they will be able to update Twitter and their blog.Nevertheless, the experience appears daunting. Though, it helps that their boat, the Sedna, was previously owned by Roz Savage, a renowned English rower who has crossed the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along with the Pacific.“It has a good history behind it,” Biging said.Storms are inevitable in the open sea, but Biging is confident in the Sedna’s protection.“I’m not as worried about [a storm],” Biging said. “I’m worried about the progress that we won’t get when we’re in a storm because it will be throwing us around. The way the boat’s built, we can hole ourselves up in the cabin and just bob around until it’s over.”Reaching Hawaii at the conclusion of the journey will be a symbolic one for Biging, who will no longer be coaching at USC. Her next step after the race is up in the air.“I really 100 percent don’t know,” Biging said about her plans for the future. “I won’t have a job. It will be a restarting moment of my life. This whole journey has turned into a, ‘Find yourself and get it together kind of trip.’ So I don’t know. We’ll see.”Biging agrees with the assessment that this will be a cornerstone moment in her life. But amid all that is at stake — the preparation, the mental, physical and emotional toll, the uncertainty that awaits on the other side — the hard work will pay off.“No amount of pain or agony or challenge is more significant than the glory at the end of all this,” Biging said. “It all becomes worth it.”last_img read more

Thunder waive guard Alex Abrines, report says

first_imgAbrines is averaging 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 2018-19.He has played in two games since Dec. 23. Related News NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kevin Durant not surprised to be on Team LeBron again In a surprising move on Saturday, the Thunder released 25-year-old shooting guard Alex Abrines, according to The Athletic.The Thunder guard has been waived so he can devote more time to a personal matter, according to the Oklahoman.center_img He was in the final season of a three-year, $17.2 million deal.last_img read more

Pjanić might go to play for Barcelona

first_imgItalian newspaper ”La Repubblica” said that FC Roma, despite having some great players, did not achieve good results, and so many of them may leave the team.One of them is BiH football player Pjanić, who’s been watched by FC Barcelona for quite some time.According to ”La Repubblica”, FC Barcelona offered 30 million EUR for  22 year old BiH player Pjanić, who is supposed to be new Xavi.last_img

Cleansing Without Actually Going On A Cleanse

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0When I first heard about cleansing, I thought that a cleanse meant only drinking juice or water for several days straight. It didn’t sound very fun, until I learned that there are gentle ways to cleanse, and certain food that you can eat every day which will support your body to release toxins, and the chemical build-up that came through all that we have eaten, inhaled, and touched over the course of our lifetime. We have the opportunity to cleanse each time we eat a piece of food.Here’s why this is significant:If any of your organs become stagnant or store up a pool of toxins, it heightens your risk of medical complications later. Plus, toxic bodies show a variety of other symptoms, like skin breakouts, constipation, and headaches.Below are naturally cleansing foods that a fairly healthy person can eat. If you have had severe complications from toxicity, it’s important to first confirm dietary changes with your medical provider.Bentonite clay ~ I’ve used a cleansing system for the past few years that relies on the benefits of bentonite clay mixed with juice, and I never realized the significance of this ingredient until recently. The electrical charge of clay is attracted to the charge of toxins and radiation. Once they connect, the clay pulls those toxins through our digestive tract to be released.Pau d’arco tea – You’ll find the tea at most health food stores, and it naturally cleanses the blood and has been shown to reduce the overgrowth of bad bacteria.Aloe vera -Aloe cleanses the digestive tract, and is soothing for people who have intestinal irritation. Some people have complications when ingesting aloe, so please consult with your healthcare provider before using it.Seaweed and cilantro – These are 2 of my favorites to eat because they also bind to heavy metals and radiation, and then pull it from our body.Other high fiber foods – Our body is always cleansing, and toxins are flushed to the intestines for removal. Sadly, if we are eating food without the fiber to soak up these toxins, our body reabsorbs them. Eat fresh vegetables like kale, cabbage, beets, blueberries, celery, garlic and also have flaxseed. Fresh juice can be very healing, but I prefer to blend all of the ingredients in a blender, instead of juicing them. This preserves the fibers of the plants.You can see that it is important to eat cleansing food each day, but this is only half of the story. To renew your body in a more complete way, it’s time to eat much less of the sprayed, processed, fried, non-organic, sick food that we have so much access to. It’s time to discover what tastes great and will benefit you most as you cleanse daily and forever.Ava Waits is a Nutrition Mentor and Global Nutrition Concierge™ at www.ParisianPicnics.com. She supports busy people who are often away from their kitchens, especially for long workdays and for travel. If you’d like to sample her gentle and enjoyable approach to nutrition, please visit her website for more tips, recipes and videos.last_img read more

Reel Adventures Charters — Big Fish Season is happening

first_imgHappy New Year from Kerry Reed and all the staff at Reel Adventures Fishing Charters.2013 is a upon us and so is more great fishing on Kootenay Lake.So sit back and enjoy a preview of how to catch the big one on your next fishing outing with the Reel Adventures Charters Fishing Report The past couple months have not been as productive as I expected.  However, the past couple weeks have helped make up for it. November & December saw some inconsistent fishing.  Seems like the fish would only feed once a week. And if you were lucky enough to be out there on that day, it was rewarding. Over the holidays, our fishing really began to get good though. Finally, maybe it’s just a late start to our fall fishery. The past couple weeks we have had many days with many fish to the boat.  Some days catching up to 1a dozen fish has made it exciting. And it’s that time of year when we seem to catch our biggest fish. In fact, last week, in two days we managed to hook into 20 fish ranging from 10 – 20 pounds. Those were a couple of hot days. I hope to see more of that throughout our winter. What are they biting on??? A little bit of everything it seems. When the fishing has been slow, people are trying every lure in the box. But, when the fish are feeding, it’s the usual suspects that go to work. We’re still catching on Bucktail flies. My favorites are the 203, 210, 215, and 228. Or for those that don’t know the numbers: Grey ghost, November Special, and black/white. Also working at this time of year are the Bill Norman lures. Common colors like the purple/silver, black/silver, or the rainbow trout. These will work good throughout the winter, but make sure you slow your speed down for these lures. And finally, my Lyman plugs have been working a bit also. Some on the surface, or some on downrigger.  It all depends what the fish want.  My favorites lately have been # 10, 55, 69, and 160. Big fish season is here.  So, be patient and be rewarded !! Tight lines…………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.Clast_img read more

Man Utd and Arsenal among eight rivals appealing to enforce City’s UCL ban

first_imgReports that rivals were furious with what they see as City’s disregard for the rules have circulated for some time.And when proceedings do begin, the body will not only have City’s legal team to contend with – but also their rivals’.The Mail quote one source as saying: “For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.”The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”City were accused of attempting to deceive financial officials by covering up millions of funding by their Emirati owners as legitimate sponsorship income.Coach Guardiola has always maintained that his bosses have been open and honest, giving him confidence of overturning the ban.latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossGuardiola said in February: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.”However all CAS cases are currently suspended until May 1, at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic.José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man City AT LEAST eight Premier League clubs reportedly want to stop Manchester City from gaining a stay of execution in next season’s Champions League.Rivals including Manchester United and Arsenal are said to have lodged an application to prevent City putting off the ban while their appeal is heard.1 Pep Guardiola has asserted his confidence that City played by the rulesCredit: PA:Press AssociationUefa banned Pep Guardiola’s side from the competition for two years and handed down a fine of £25million for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations in February.City immediately denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear their name – but domestic rivals are now throwing their weight behind the authorities.According to Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League’s top ten have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is heard.A CAS statement in March confirmed last season’s Premier League champions had begun the appeal process and they can apply to have their punishment held off until their case is heard.That could gain them entry to next season’s competition, should that begin before the process is completed.Of the top ten, only City and Sheffield United are said to have not signed the application, with the standings completed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley.last_img read more

Euro 2016: England and Russia given disqualification warning

first_img‘Utter disgust’In a strongly-worded statement, European football’s governing body said it would not hesitate to impose sanctions on either Russia or England should such violence occur again.Measures included the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, it said.Earlier Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Uefa had “done the right thing” to start a disciplinary case against the Russian Football Union, R-Sport news agency reported.”There were flares, there was a flare gun, there had been clashes in the stands, it’s necessary to sort all of this out,” he reportedly said.”The fans were rooting greatly, but there are people who do not come for the football.”Also on Sunday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said alcohol restrictions near “sensitive” venues would be extended, with sales bans on match days and the eve of match days. ‘Slack’ securityEngland spectators who were at the match have described a “desperate scramble” to escape charging Russia fans, some of who were wearing gum shields and MMA (mixed martial arts) gloves, one witness claimed.Cory McLeod, who was in the stadium, told the BBC: “A wall of Russian fans charged at our section, which had kids, women, and even some Russian fans in.”I couldn’t see if any of them had weapons or anything but people were running fast, it was manic, just a desperate scramble towards a large fence in the corner.” It has begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia – but not England – after “totally unacceptable” scenes at Saturday’s England-Russia game.Footage appeared to show Russia fans rush at England supporters after the Euro 2016 1-1 draw in Marseille.Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, Uefa confirmed.There were issues with segregation of fans, the body admitted, promising security would be “strengthened”.The UK government said it had offered to send extra British police to France ahead of England’s next match in Lens on Thursday.Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game. Some then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart.A number of Russia supporters appeared to kick and punch fleeing England fans, who were forced to clamber over fencing to escape.Earlier in the day, England, Russia and local fans were embroiled in ugly clashes with riot police, with a number of bloodied fans being taken to hospital.last_img read more

Venus Williams: 2 1st-round Grand Slam exits in row for 1st time

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Williams bowed out in the first round in her 21st appearance at Roland Garros, beaten 6-4, 7-5 by 85th-ranked Wang Qiang of China. That follows an equally abrupt exit for the 37-year-old American at the Australian Open in January.“The girl’s weapon is her forehand, but Venus kept hitting second serves to her forehand. You’ve got to realize what’s going on out there when you’re losing. And you’ve got to change. She didn’t change,” Witt said after watching Williams’ match Sunday from a guest box behind one of the baselines at Court Suzanne Lenglen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m sitting there, going, ‘OK, you can’t keep making that mistake,’ but she does,” Witt said. “It’s easier said than done. Somebody watching can see it. Somebody that’s playing sometimes can’t see it, regardless if they’ve played 20 years or more.”The ninth-seeded Williams offered mostly terse answers in her news conference. “I mean,” she said, “nobody plans on this.”As for whether there were things she thought she could have tried to do differently Sunday, she replied: “Yeah, I think ‘differently’ is win the point.”She actually built a 3-0 lead in the second set, then frittered that away. Over and over, she would shank a shot — backhands, more than anything — then look over in Witt’s direction with a hand on her hip. Her often-terrific serve was not on target, either, with only 56 percent of first serves landing in and four double-faults.Over the course of 100 minutes on a muggy afternoon, Williams offered up 12 break points, four of which Wang converted. Williams made 16 of the match’s first 25 unforced groundstroke errors. She finished with 35 unforced errors in all, 21 more than Wang.“I just wanted to play no mistakes — not too many mistakes — and if I get a chance (at a winner), I just go for it,” said Wang, who entered the day with only six victories in 20 previous Grand Slam matches.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Venus Williams has lost her opening match at two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in her illustrious career.Her coach, David Witt, thinks the quick exit at the French Open on Sunday was because Williams did not do a good enough job of switching tactics on the red clay that has never been her best surface.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Those 14 losses include one apiece against Williams at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2017.Those times, Wang said, she was “a little bit nervous,” but on Sunday, “I think: ‘I have nothing to lose.’”She has never been past the second round at a major.Williams, in contrast, owns seven Grand Slam singles championships and has been the runner-up nine times, including a loss to her younger sister, Serena, in the 2002 French Open final. The siblings are entered in doubles in Paris, where Serena will be participating in a major in singles for the first time since January 2017, returning after giving birth to a daughter.The older Williams revived her career last season by reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But she is just 10-7 in 2018, including 1-3 on red clay.“Last year was probably one of her best years ever, as far as consistency. That’s going to be hard to duplicate,” Witt said. “The red clay — you sit there and say, ‘It’s not her surface.’ But at the same time, you see players like (Garbine) Muguruza win the French Open. You see Maria Sharapova win the French Open. You see big hitters.”But Williams, Witt said, is “a hard-court player trying to play on a red-clay court. … You can’t rely on hitting 30, 40 winners. You can’t rely on hitting that one, big knockout punch and think you’re going to get away with it. On red clay, if you go for the knockout punch, you leave yourself open. You have to learn to jab-jab-jab-jab-jab and work the point.”The two Williams siblings did not practice together in Paris in the leadup to the French Open, according to Witt. He said Venus worked last week on what she needs to do to succeed on clay, such as hitting angles and finishing volleys.That went out the window against Wang.“The easiest thing to do when you get out there, if you start losing, is to go back to your old ways of thinking: ’I’m just going to blast the ball and I’m going to win that way,’” Witt said. “It’s not going to happen.” Finals bound: LeBron leads Cavs over Celtics in Game 7 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more