The US Open experience, Part 1

first_imgThecomplex occupies an area of about 18 hectares and houses the Arthur AsheStadium, the largest in the world that can seat 23,770 fans; the LouisArmstrong Stadium (14,000 seats); and the Grandstand (8,130 seats).  You’llknow you’re nearing your destination because the venue is visible as the trainnears the Mets-Willets Point Station, the train stop where you get off.  You follow the crowd thru a board walk whereyou can see below a train yard.  Acrossthe station is the Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets baseballteam.  The trainsnakes from underground in Manhattan, speeding under the East River and then toQueens where it sees daylight running on elevated tracks.  Along the way, you’ll see buildingsconstructed in the early 1900s, a stark contrast from the modern high-riseapartments of the now distant Manhattan. I supposeyou’ve seen the line umpires, the ball boys and girls outfitted with RalphLauren apparels from head to foot.  Theyhave a big shop selling them – from caps, to towels to socks to umbrellas.  They’re nice but the prices are not friendly. It was agood idea to bring some food and water. Of course, there are lots of food but prices are atrocious.  A 12 ounce Coke sells for $6.50, a can ofHeineken beer goes for $12. A Grey Goose vodka mix sets you back $20.  If booze is too early for you, there’s aLavazza shop brewing one of the best Italian coffees.   I’m a coffee drinker but could not find thesweetness in the bitter with the $7.50 tag.  AFTERhaving a close encounter with Roger Federer a few days before, me, my wifeDenise and mom-in-law decided to go to the USTA Billie Jean King NationalTennis Center, taking advantage of the free admission because it was Fan Week,and also with the hope of getting some more autographs from the tennis stars. Gettinginside one of the subway stations in midtown Manhattan to catch the 7 train toFlushing Meadows, you have to go thru the rush of humanity getting connectionsto other stations, not to mention some groups of performers or occasionalmusicians on some corners hoping that you’ll be generous with your dollar.center_img Averageticket prices at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with a new retractable roof whenhostilities began was $220, other venues averaged $135.  The most expensive seats can be had at$3,700. There’s a $35 entrance fee and that admits you to the open courts on afirst come, first served basis.  Almost10,000 seats were added all across the venue and we could only imagine all therevenue generated in three weeks, including the Fan Week. MercedesBenz is a major US Open partner and their high-end models were displayed insidetheir tent.  People can sit inside thecars, smell and feel what a luxury car is like. I was attracted most to the matte black 2019 G500 Wagon and was amusedwith the Chinese-looking kid happily playing with the switches on the digitaldashboard.  His father sternly told himto stop but the kid replied something like, “I want this broken so you can buythe car.” I don’t know if his dad bought it.(To be continued/PN) Becausewe went there during fan week, a Friday, the train was a bit full but notpacked as the tournament is yet to start officially in two days.  Security was tight and prior to entering thevenue, backpacks and large bags are to be deposited at a designated locker, fora $5 fee. Inside, we were assisted by a staff member, a Cebuano from Lahug,Cebu City. He probably heard us speaking Bisaya that he approached us. Scatteredaround the complex are 30 other tennis courts, all with cushioned acrylicsurfaces and re-surfaced a month before the tournament starts. It’s amassive site and scattered around the area are food stalls, coffee stands,bars, branded shops and tents.  Yes,indeed, that place is a burial ground for your hard-earned money with all theeye candies around.  You need to have thestrong resolve of the most pious monk not to give in to the temptations,especially the caps and shirts that don’t go down below $25.  Newly migrated to the US, I could not bringmyself to spend on US Open merchandise as there’s always the tendency to convertdollars to our currency.last_img read more

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Pit bull shows nurturing side

first_img Share Madonna the pit bull is shown nursing orphan pups. (Photo by Chrissy Dijkman)By THERESA VASQUEZSpecial to the PRESSDo you recall Petey, the dog (with the black eye patch) from “The Little Rascals?” Can you remember what type of dog he was?He was a pit bull, and today many would be shocked to find the pit-bull the most likely to be placed on an animal shelter ‘kill-list’ due to their perceived vicious nature. According to Beth Fedigan, President of the Laguna Madre Humane Society (LMHS), “all we are trying to do is bring awareness to the plight these dogs are having because they have been listed as killers, and they are not. They are wonderful dogs.”Although the nature of pit bull dogs is highly misunderstood, evidence of great nature continues to prevail as with Madonna, the mother pit bull of 11 pups (four orphans/seven of her own). She was brought into the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter after she was found in the parking lot of Walmart. Madonna was pregnant and about to give birth, so the animal shelter contacted the LMHS and notified them of the dangers presented to puppies with compromised immune systems.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Feb. 13 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLMHS works to save pit bullsBy THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS The Laguna Madre Humane Society has experienced significant changes over the last year, including their newest endeavor of saving pit bulls from euthanasia. You may recall a horrific headline in recent months of the pit bull, Champ; he was abused and beaten allegedly…February 9, 2012In “News”Creatures Among Us: The Bull Snake, a Welcome Valley Resident  By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE Unable to ignore our blue heeler’s fervent barking, I peered outside. A long, plump snake, creamy with dark blotches, glided towards our glass door, its tail just beneath the fence. Shoving the dog inside, I locked the door—as if the snake…January 10, 2020In “News”‘Friends’ play role at ShelterBy JOE R. BOWLING, JR. As the City of Port Isa­bel and the Laguna Madre Humane Society were work­ing through the process of operations at the Port Isabel Animal Shelter, a group was forming that is now in place as an integral part in moving forward in a positive manor.…May 9, 2011In “News”last_img read more

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Island ladies organize pajama drive

first_img Share By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESSWhat began as a small idea for a charity pajama party by two South Padre Island women soon resulted in a pajama drive that netted over 200 pairs of pajamas for local families.It all started with Kris Martinaitis, a Winter Texan from Illinois, who got the idea from a post on the website, Pinterest. She then approached her friend, Island resident Sally Scaman, putting forth the idea to hold a pajama party at one location on the Island.“Let’s go big if we’re going to do it at all!” Scaman replied.The two ladies kicked off their pajama drive at City Hall on Friday, Nov. 17. City employees were allowed to come to work in their PJs as long as they donated a pair of new PJs for families in need. Scaman said it took off from there.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedIsland hosts forum ahead of electionBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Five candidates laid everything out in the open as they answered questions from South Padre Island residents ahead of the November election. Incumbent Alita Bagley, Sally Scaman, Theresa Metty, Ron Pitcock and Paul Munarriz all sat for a panel discussion at the South…October 12, 2015In “News”Woman inspires cancer fundraiserBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS A diagnosis of cancer is devastating news to receive. In an instant, perspectives shift, priorities change, and every minute of life becomes a precious commodity. Most react with tears, denial, shock, and understandably, enormous fear. But not Sally Scaman. She accepted the news…June 17, 2016In “News”It’s Heeeere!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Well, we’ve been waiting for it all year and it’s finally here: Spring Break 2016. Things seem to be going well so far. The traffic jams are few, the glasses are full and the music is loud, just as it should be. While…March 18, 2016In “Editor’s Column”last_img read more

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West Florida men’s tennis comes in at No. 2 in latest ITA rankings

first_imgITA DII Men’s National RankingsSKILLMAN, N.J. – The University of West Florida men’s tennis team dropped one spot to No. 2 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings after starting the season 13-1. West Florida’s only blemish on the year so far came in a 5-4 loss to the new No. 1-ranked team Hawaii Pacific on March 13 in La Jolla, California. UWF was ranked No. 1 in the nation for 42 matches dating back to the start of last season. UWF senior Elio Latella (Sydney, Australia) and junior Warren Kuhn (Johannesburg, South Africa) come in as the top-ranked doubles team in the country in the latest national rankings after starting the season 10-1 with a 2-0 record against nationally ranked opponents. Sophomore Alex Peyrot (Castelnaudary, France) comes in at No. 9 in the latest national singles rankings after starting the season 9-3 with 1-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. Kuhn is ranked No. 25 while junior Kenny Brasil (Apucarana, Brazil) ranked No. 31. West Florida will next face Alabama Huntsville on Thursday, March 26 at 1 p.m. CT before facing No. 18 BYU-Hawaii on Friday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. CT. UWF will then face No. 32 Florida Southern on Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. CT. West Florida will wrap up the weekend by facing No. 40 Delta State on Sunday, March 29 at 9 a.m. CT before facing Christian Brothers later that day at 1 p.m. CT. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Cavs Play First of Back-To-Back Home Affairs Tonight Against Utah Jazz

first_imgLocation:Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OhProbable Starters:Cleveland:Collin SextonCedi OsmanAlec BurksRodney HoodTristan ThompsonUtah:Ricky RubioDonovan MitchellJoe InglesDerrick FavorsRudy GobertTonight it’s the first of two at Quicken Loans Arena for the Cavaliers as they take on the Utah Jazz, and Saturday night they welcome in the New Orleans Pelicans.The Jazz enter action tonight with a mark of 18-20, four in the Northwest Division of the NBA out West. They are led by Donovan Mitchell, who is putting up 20.4 points per game. Center Rudy Gobert is doing a good job on the boards for Utah, as he’s averaging 12.4 rebounds per night.Utah is coming off a 122-116 loss at Toronto on New Year’s Day, a game in which they allowed 45 points to Kawhi Leonard. Former Cavalier forward Jae Crowder had a big night in the loss, as he scored 30 points, and is averaging 12.4 points per game.This is the second of four straight road affairs for the Jazz, who will travel to Detroit to play the Pistons on Saturday before wrapping up the trip with a game in Milwaukee on Monday night.The Cavs and Jazz will see each other again soon, as the two teams will play in Utah on January 18th during the Cavs west coast swing to start 2019. The Cavs have had great home success against the Jazz, winning each of the last six games at home against the Jazz, their second-longest active home winning streak against a single opponent.Looking to Stop the StreakThe Cavs have lost a season-high seven straight games, this after a bad loss Wednesday night at home against the Miami Heat.In the seven straight setbacks for the Cavs, they have struggled on both ends of the court, allowing 112.7 points per game, scoring just 97.4 points. “We’ve got to be grimy as far as our style of play,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said following the loss on Wednesday against the Heat. “We can’t play cute. We can’t play pretty. We’ve got to get on the floor for loose balls. We’ve got to get our body on people when they go in (the lane). We’ve got to do all the little things, which add up to be big things.”One positive for the Cavs in the loss on Wednesday was the return of two players that should help as things move along this month, as both Tristian Thompson and Rodney Hood both were back on the court.Thompson was back after a 10-game absence due to a sprained left foot. He had 14 points in 23 minutes. Hood had an Achilles injury, and in 23 minutes he scored 13 points. One other thing to watch tonight is the Cleveland return of Kyle Korver, who played a pair of seasons with the Cavs while they made the NBA Finals in two losses to the Golden State Warriors.“Some people come back with a chip on their shoulder and feel like they’ve got to give it to the other team, but it’s not going to be like that for me,” Korver told the Deseret News. “Just a lot of gratitude for the time I had there.” Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsCavsNBAUtah Jazzcenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

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Mikel Obi Set For Chelsea Return

first_imgTrabzonspor midfielder John Mikel Obi has an open cheque to join Chelsea’s coaching crew once he brings his career on the pitch to an end.Mikel’s Nigerian representative Babawo Mohammed is said to have leaked the information according to owngoalnigeria.comThe former Nigerian captain revealed his desire to assist Frank Lampard in October 2019 according to reports.The open cheque was given by Chelsea owner Roman Abrahimovich as reward for his commitment to the club during his ten and a half years stint, the website reported.” For now Mikel is pushing to win the league with Trabzonspor but in the future he will return to Chelsea as a coach maybe with the youth team or as one of the assistants of the first team. That promise was made to him by Abramovich,” Babawo was quoted as saying.Trabzonspor are currently in second place in the Turkish Super Lig, one point behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.RelatedMikel To Sign For Championship Club – ReportsAugust 15, 2020In “England”Mikel Obi Open To Egyptian League TransferJune 11, 2020In “Africa”John Mikel Obi Completes Stoke City MoveAugust 17, 2020In “England”last_img read more

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Snowsill shines in historic win for Barbarians

first_imgWhat happened?The Barbarians Women took on the USA Eagles in their inaugural test match and what a game of Rugby Union it proved to be. Bristol Bears Women fly-half Elinor Snowsill started in the number ten jersey for the famous club side and put on a dazzling display in Denver to help her side fight back and claim an historic result. Unfortunately, Amelia Buckland-Hurry sustained an ankle injury in the warm-up and had to be withdrawn from the matchday squad. Former Bristol speedster, Jasmine Joyce opened the scoring inside five minutes with a scything run to break the USA defence and get her side off to a dream start. The Eagles responded with two tries of their own in the first period as Amy Naber-Bante and Neariah Persinger crashed over the whitewash for the USA. Joyce levelled the scoring, before sealing a 35-minute hat-trick in emphatic style, running 80 metres and beating four defenders on her way to the tryline. The breathless nature of Barbarians rugby continued with the Baa-Baas scoring two further tries before the half was up, winger, Alison Miller and Welsh flanker, Alisha Butchers crossed the chalk to see the visitors take a 29-12 lead heading into half-time. Elinor Snowsill (@elsnowsill) nails the back kick! 👏 @Barbarian_FC— FloRugby (@FloRugby) April 26, 2019Elinor Snowsill was on fire through Friday’s game, orchestrating her side in attack and showcasing her full skillset in true Barbarian style. As the second half progressed the USA clawed their way back into the game with three unanswered tries via Eti Haungatau, a second for Neariah Persinger before a try in the seventy-seventh minute from Kate Zackary looked to all but seal a stunning comeback victory for the Eagles. However, the Baa-Baas had other ideas. The visitors reclaimed possession and showed great patience to break down the US defence and Jasmine Joyce capped a phenomenal display with a fourth try in the eightieth minute to snatch victory at the death for the Baa-Baas. The Barbarians will be back in action this summer as they take on England Women at Twickenham on Sunday, June 2nd as part of a double header with the men’s teams.last_img read more

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High school wrestling: Airline wins Evangel Eagle Open

first_imgThe Airline Vikings won the Evangel Eagle Open on Saturday.Airline scored 163 points. Parkway’s JV team was second with 125.5, Byrd third with 124.5, Evangel fourth with 82.5 and Bossier fifth with 79.0.Four parish wrestlers won their respective weight divisions — Parkway’s David Viers (106), Bossier’s William Teppenpaw (145), Parkway’s Brody Boone (152) and Parkway’s Mylo Flores (220).Eight Airline wrestlers finished runner-up — Memphis Brace (113), Mason Lambright (126), Peyton Bass (132), Cayden Cockrell (138), Josh Franklin (145), Calvin Niemann (152), Trey Wright (160) and RJ Culpepper (195).Bossier’s Chase Bounds (120) and Jordan White (195) also finished runner-up in their respective divisions.Third-place finishers from Bossier Parish schools were Bossier’s Jacory Tyler (126), Parkway’s Brandon Turner (132), Parkway’s Braden Primeaux (145), Airline’s Christian James (170), Airline’s Peyton Bailiff (195) and Airline’s Christian Caradine (220).Fourth-place finishers were Parkway’s Brady Barger (126), Parkway’s Conner Harper (152), Parkway’s John Sutis (170), Airline’s Michael Salinas (182), Airline’s Dreyton Holder (195) and Parkway’s Dylan Coleman (285). Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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