Stunning rally gives Skaneateles girls volleyball sectional Class C title

first_imgHaving not played a match in 17 days, Skaneateles would take quite a while to find a rhythm, and Cazenovia, though it had gone through its own 11-day break since beating Jordan-Elbridge in the semifinals, took full advantage.Helped by some tremendous serving, Cazenovia rattled off seven consecutive points at two different times in the opening set, building a 20-7 margin and, though Skaneateles did make up some ground, it dropped that first set 25-16.Recovering from another 7-0 run by Cazenovia early in the second set, Skaneateles eventually broke a 22-22 tie and, at 24-22, had a pair of set points. But Cazenovia negated both of them and then scored two more points to claim that set 26-24.Such a turn of events appeared to cripple Skaneateles, as evidenced by the other Lakers sprinting out in front 13-6 in the third set. Mulroy said he was getting discouraged when Canty ran over and told him to pick up his spirits.Aided in no small part by great serves from Kristen Henry, Skaneateles made up the ground, setting up a remarkable final sequence in that set where, again, it led 24-22 and, again, missed out on two set points.In fact, Cazenovia, at 26-25 and 27-26, twice had match points to end it in a sweep. Both times, Skaneateles survived and, by a 29-27 margin, kept the match alive.Such survival seemed a consolation prize when, again serving well, Cazenovia roared out to a 16-5 advantage in the fourth set. But just like in the third set, Henry’s serves produced an 8-0 Skaneateles run, and things were close again.Still trailing 21-19, Skaneateles used a timeout. It got the serve back and, with Canty now offering strong deliveries, reeled off five straight points, eventually taking the set 25-22 and sending this championship match to a fifth set.The two Lakers sides went back and forth for most of that last set, with eight early ties. But at 13-13, Skaneateles put together a 7-1 run and never got caught. Fittingly, Henry closed it out with an ace on match point.“We knew we had the ability,” said Mulroy. “At the end, we finally put it together.”Canty, who finished with 21 kills, three blocks, four aces and 23 digs, gave high praise to both Henry, who had eight aces and nine kills, and setter Emma Keady, who earned 34 assists after taking over late in the season for the injured Lily Delasin.Mulroy echoed that praise, saying that Keady was reluctant at first to claim the setter’s role, but never complained and, through hard work and plenty of practice developing her rhythm with Keady, settled in – as she showed in the comeback against Cazenovia.Keady also finished with 12 digs and Henry earned 16 digs, with Alex Csemez getting 12 digs and Emma Miller finishing with 17 digs. Rory Comer had six dig sand Stella Zang produced seven  kills and seven digs.And next Saturday at 5 p.m. at Jamesville-DeWitt, the Lakers will take on the Section V/VI champion in the Class C regional final, with a berth in the Nov. 23-24 state final four in Glens Falls on the line. “I don’t know how to explain it,” said head coach Dan Mulroy.“It feels surreal,” said senior hitter Maeve Canty. “When we were down, we knew we had each other’s back and knew that one point at a time was all we needed.”Of course, a whole lot of timely points were required in the wake of how things started. Tags: skaneatelesvolleyball Winning the Section III Class C championship in 2019 will always prove special to members of the Skaneateles girls volleyball team. How it was accomplished will be remembered for a lifetime for all who bore witness to it, players and fans alike.With an epochal comeback, Skaneateles defeated Cazenovia in five sets in Friday night’s sectional final at Fayetteville-Manlius, rescuing itself several different times from what looked like certain defeat to pull it out.In the third set, Skaneateles was down seven points and, twice, faced match point. Then in the fourth set, it trailed by 11 points. Each time, it roared back, won those sets and then played its best volleyball in the final set to claim the title at the expense of its Lakers rivals to the east. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Reggie Bullock has back surgery one day after signing with Knicks

first_img Related News The team added it will provide an update on Bullock’s rehabilitation and progress from the procedure around the start of training camp in September.Bullock, who had just his new two-year contract with the Knicks one day earlier, also has a history of knee and back issues as well as plantar fasciitis. The two sides were forced to rework his deal after his medical problems prompted the team to back out of their initial two-year, $21 million offer. Reggie Bullock’s tenure in New York didn’t get off to the greatest start.The 28-year-old shooting guard underwent surgery Wednesday for a cervical disk herniation, the Knicks announced. Kemba Walker will ‘forever love’ Michael Jordan Tacko Fall could make Celtics’ roster, team taking ‘his development very seriously,’ Danny Ainge says Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves The final agreement was a reported two-year contract worth $8.2 million.Bullock was originally selected by the Clippers with the 25th overall pick of the 2013 draft and remained in Los Angeles until he was traded to the Suns in 2015, though he was deal to Detroit later that year and eventually made his way back to L.A. in February.He averaged 11.3 points in 63 games for the Pistons and Lakers last season.last_img read more

North Allegheny uses superior lineage to shove USC aside in Quad A

first_imgTwo of the WPIAL heavyweights battled and it took overtime to produce a 28-21 North Allegheny victory.One of the Tigers’ offensive catalysts this season has been junior quarterback Mack Leftwich. He was the backup quarterback on Tulsa Union High’s Class 6A state champion in Oklahoma last season before moving to Wexford when his father, Spencer, took an assistant coaching role at Pitt.Leftwich brought a passing dimension North Allegheny didn’t fully enjoy when it won its WPIAL and PIAA crowns last season. But this night, he also added a running dimension, racking up 117 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.He scored the Tiger’s first touchdown at the 10:55 mark of the second quarter on a 66-yard run and then what proved to be the winning score in overtime on a 1-yard keeper. He also threw for 148 yards.Paving the way for North Allegheny is Pat Kugler, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound two way lineman and the son of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.  His brother, Rob, is a freshman tight end at Purdue.A timeworn cliché of football is that the most popular player on the team is the backup quarterback. This does not hold true at Upper St. Clair. Pitt recruit, quarterback, Dakota Conwell was injured and unable to play and that was the difference between taking home Gold or Silver.Tiger’s coach Art Walker is a four-time WPIAL champion as a head coach, winning titles in consecutive years at Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 2003 and 2004. Walker also won a WPIAL crown as the offensive coordinator at West Allegheny High School in 1997.North Allegheny is reaping the benefits of the sons of the Steelers and University of Pittsburgh coaches. The Tigers could be a dynasty if the staff from the Penguins and the Pirates can take up residence also.last_img read more

Library Association Presents Checks to Sandy-Damaged Libraries

first_imgOCEANPORT – New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) officials presented $1,942 checks to three Monmouth County libraries – Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach – that were damaged last year during Super Storm Sandy.During a ceremony at the Oceanport Library last month, NJLA Executive Director Patricia Tumulty and NJLA President Eileen Palmer gave the checks to Monmouth County library officials, including Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, library liaison, and Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz.Monmouth County Library Board Chairwoman Renee B. Swartz, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Oceanport Branch Manager Katie Kenny, Sea Bright Library Director Joan Walsh and Monmouth Beach Library Director Judith Bakos.“We are touched by all the people who donated to our libraries damaged by Sandy, and we thank them for their generosity,” Burry said. “We all know how much the residents in Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Oceanport value their libraries, and the money will be put to good use.”Burry noted that many of the Monmouth County library branches and member librar­ies were able to act as “ports in the storm” during Sandy, offering residents a warm and dry refuge with a place to charge their electronic devices and use public computers.Swartz emphasized the Monmouth County library’s increasing role in the community. “Hurricane Sandy was yet another example of how the library in recent years has evolved and expanded, so that the library now functions as a true community center for residents,” Swartz saud.Palmer said the NJLA received calls from people all over the country – and from as far away as Scotland – who wished to help New Jersey libraries damaged by Super Storm Sandy. As a result, the NJLA took in more than $13,000 in donations and formed the Save Our New Jersey Libraries fund, according to Tumulty.The money raised is being equally distributed to the seven libraries throughout the state that were damaged by the storm. Each library will receive $1,942.Oceanport branch manager Katie Kenny, Monmouth Beach Library director Judith Bakos and Sea Bright Library director Joan Walsh accepted the checks.The Oceanport Library, which was flooded with almost 2 feet of water from the Shrewsbury River during Sandy, was closed for renovation for almost nine months, and reopened on July 1.The library on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright was severely damaged by the storm’s tidal surge, but borough officials are currently renovating the building.The Monmouth Beach Library is now operating out of a room in the Monmouth Beach Borough Hall until a decision is more about a permanent placement.last_img read more

Saints continue to roll through BCIHL teams, blast UVic 10-2

first_imgMcLaughlin finished the game with the hat-trick while Jordan Wood added a pair. Other goals were scored by Mason Spear, Thomas Hardy, Scott Swiston and Logan Proulx.Replying for UVic were Brad Robinson and Mark Prest.Stephen Wolff stopped 23 of 21 shots to register the win in goal for the Saints.”We’ve been putting up some big numbers the last few times out and that’s been the result of hard-working, honest and unselfish hockey,” Dubois said.”When we stick to those habits the results have been very good.”The win was the third of the season for Selkirk over the Island squad.The first two games were one goal affairs.The Saints will now prepare for a tough weekend on the road that includes a visit to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Friday night and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on Saturday.Both games can be viewed online at www.fasthockey.com.SAINTS NOTES: Connor McLaughlin led the way offensively for the Saints with a hat trick and two assists, while his line accounted for a dozen points with Mason Spear (four points) and Scott Swiston (three) also in on the action. . . .Jordan Wood leads the Saints and BCIHL in scoring with 14 points. Selkirk players hold down the top nine spots in BCIHL scoring. . . .Selkirk has now outscored their opponents by a margin of 35-4 in four home games 44-11 overall. Selkirk scored eight unanswered goals, two by former KIJHL star Connor McLaughlin, to blast the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champ University of Victoria 10-2 in action Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The win runs the Saints unbeaten streak to six to start the season and gives the West Kootenay squad four-point lead over second-place Simon Fraser University in BCIHL standings.”We came out slow tonight and about halfway through the first period it looked like we were determined to get away from what had made us successful through the first three weeks of the season,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”But to the credit of our group the feet started moving and the work habits for the remainder of the game were excellent.”UVic scored first before the Saints got going to lead 2-1 after one frame on goals by McLaughlin and Cody Fidget.Selkirk then took over the game, scoring four times in the second before adding four more markers in the third.last_img read more

Award for best groundsman at Hero CPL venues introduced

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League has created an award for the groundsman who has overseen the greatest improvement in the pitches at tournament venues since the league’s inception in 2013. The award will see the winning head groundsman being flown to New Zealand to work with world renowned pitch expert Mark Perham.The award winner will visit New Zealand for three weeks, spending time in both Christchurch and Auckland to see how pitches in other countries are prepared.This is an amazing opportunity for professional development, and further cements the Hero CPL’s commitment to improving pitches across the region.Speaking about the award, Mark Perham said, “I have been delighted to work with the groundsmen across the region to help improve the pitches in the Caribbean. This opportunity for the groundsman that has made the biggest improvement to the standard of wickets at their venue is just reward for a lot of hard work; but I would also like to extend my thanks to all the ground staff who have also put in a lot of hard graft over the years.”Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “As a tournament, we are firmly committed to playing our part in the improvement of cricketing infrastructure across the Caribbean, and we are very pleased to have been involved in the improvement of pitches. This award is another example of CPL investing in the development of West Indies cricket.”last_img read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup. CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. 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NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Less than a week before the highly anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the league’s 30 General Managers have given their predictions for the upcoming tourney.According to NBA.com’s annual GM survey, the defending champions Golden State Warriors are expected to once again hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy—garnering an astonishing 93 percent of total votes from the league executives.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Azkals lose Ott to injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Coming in at a far second are the team’s bitter rivals, the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers, who only managed to score 7 percent from the survey.The result marked the highest margin in the 16-year history of the survey, the report said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, 69 percent of GMs correctly predicted that the Warriors would capture the title, while 53 percent said the Cavs would win it all, a season prior.Meanwhile, the league’s premier superstar, LeBron James, is still pegged by most executives as the front runner for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next A four-time winner of the league’s most prestigious individual honor, James is expected to carry a bigger load for the Cavaliers after the departure of fellow superstar Kyrie Irving.Surprisingly, reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wasn’t even in the top 5 selection for GMs. His exclusion is most likely due to the arrival of two ball dominant stars in Oklahoma City—Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—which could mean less touches and a dip in overall statistical production for the explosive guard.Other categories included “Most likely to have a breakout year” (Karl Anthony Towns), “Best Point Guard in the NBA” (Steph Curry) and “Most Improved Team” (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.Check out the full list of categories here. /raADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more