Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tennis Star Andy Murray Sells Miami Condo for $2.375M

Sir Andy Murray, the world’s No. 1-ranked tennis player, has finally offloaded his Miami pad for $2.375 million, after actively trying to sell it for more than two years with several price adjustments.
The sale of the four-bedroom apartment on Brickell Bay Drive was closed last Friday, according to Claudine Letz, an agent with Fortune International Realty who represented the buyer. It went into contract at the end of June with a listing price of $2.5 million.
The property first hit the market for $2.99 million in April 2016, went into contract shortly after but failed to close. It was relisted for $2.69 million in October 2016, and the price dropped to $2.59 million one month later. The listing price went up and down a few times before it settled at $2.5 million in March 2017, according to listing records.
In addition to four bedrooms, the 3,415-square-foot apartment also includes five bathrooms, a spacious living and dining area and a game room, per the listing with City Realty Group International.

Johanna Konta to miss WTA Finals after pulling out of Kremlin Cup

British number one Johanna Konta will miss this month's WTA Finals after withdrawing from next week's Kremlin Cup with a foot injury.
The 26-year-old world number 10 had to reach the final of the Moscow event in order to secure a place at the Singapore season finale which features the top eight players in the world.
Konta suffered the injury prior to the Hong Kong Open earlier this month.
Until then, the Briton had held the last WTA Finals qualifying spot.
A losing streak which extended to five matches with a first-round defeat at the China Open saw her displaced by Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who has won her last two tournaments.
Despite missing out on the WTA Finals, which begin on 22 October, Konta is still in line to qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy, which gets under way on 31 October in Zhuhai, China.
The Elite Trophy features 12 players - those ranked from ninth to 19th, plus one wildcard.

The story of rugby's injury crisis from the players, a coach and a doctor

The statistics have been piling up at the start of this rugby season: 10 of the 12 Premiership clubs suffering a combined 82 injuries to first-team players; one of them, Wasps, beginning October with 15 players out injured; Pro14 side Dragons going into this weekend with 24 players on the sick list.
It may turn out to be a freakish blip, a cruel upsurge in a sport where the number of professional players injured has been relatively static over the past eight years. The Rugby Football Union's annual injury audit in the new year should tell us more.
For now, for those on the front line, it is about more than numbers. This is the story from those living through it: the coach missing half his team, the international player who wakes up in pain but keeps coming back for more, the rugby obsessive forced to retire young, the doctor who tries to patch them up and keep them going.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes and the 'fine art' of grand prix qualifying

A Radio 5 live special, P1: Lewis, Mercedes and the Art of Qualifying, will be broadcast at 21:00 BST on Thursday.
A record 71 pole positions and counting.
Of all Lewis Hamilton's many skills as a Formula 1 driver, this is one talent he has really made his own.
Race after race, Hamilton redefines the boundaries of the possible with those flat-out laps that decide the grid order - and quite often the race victory, too.
It is a moment when the essence of a grand prix weekend is distilled into 90 seconds of purity - the quickest cars on earth, and 20 men driving as fast as is humanly possible.
One man in particular.
"It's shorter," Hamilton says. "It's intense. It's enthused with so much energy. The pressure is at the utmost. You go out, and you have that one lap to perfect and deliver. I love that challenge.
"It is the ultimate performance, putting all the pieces of the performance together and I have always loved that. That's when you attack. It's when you really go into battle. The car is light, it is the fastest you get to drive at any point in any weekend and it all comes down to that one moment and the decisions you make and I love it."
In a sport where margins are measured to the thousandth of a second, Hamilton is frequently several tenths quicker than other drivers - even ones with the same car.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder will give 'full explanation' after arrest

England cricketer Ben Stokes will give a full explanation when the time is right after his arrest, says his agent.
The all-rounder, 26, was arrested on 26 September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident near a Bristol nightclub.
"Ben will make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right," said Neil Fairbrother.
"On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward."
Former Lancashire and England batsman Fairbrother said Stokes does not wish to prejudice the legal process.

Scotland: Gordon Strachan leaves his position as national manager

Gordon Strachan has left his position as Scotland manager by "mutual consent".

The decision, taken in conjunction with the Scottish FA board, follows two failed qualification campaigns.

Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee have stepped down with immediate effect.

"On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team," said Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.

Could FIFA demand Panama-Costa Rica replay and save U.S. World Cup 2018 hopes?

Games have been ordered to be restaged following controversial calls, but the U.S. national team expects a ghost goal to cost them qualification.
The fallout from the U.S. national team's controversial elimination from 2018 World Cup qualifying rumbles on, with calls for Panama’s clash with Costa Rica to be replayed.

A bemusing call from the match officials during a meeting between the two nations Tuesday has resulted in pressure being put on FIFA to review the case.

An already infamous "ghost goal" helped Panama to book its ticket to Russia, with Gabriel Torres credited with forcing the ball over the line despite clear evidence that Costa Rica had repelled the effort.