H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Novel flu dominance Down Under, Tamiflu resistance in US, Paraguay emergency steps, tweets from flu summit

first_imgCDC releases pandemic H1N1 vaccine guidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations today to help state and local health officials decide who should get novel H1N1 vaccine when supplies are initially limited. Target groups include schoolchildren and staff, children in daycare and staff, pregnant women and contacts of newborns, those with medical underling conditions, and health workers. The report also discusses weighing the needs of other nations and military personnel, but it focuses on US civilians.[Jul 8 CDC recommendations]Novel strain may dominate Australia’s flu seasonThe novel flu virus seems poised to dominate Australia’s flu season, the country’s health minister, Nicola Roxon, said today, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. Flu surveillance for the week ending Jun 20 revealed that almost two thirds of the infections were from the pandemic H1N1 virus. Roxon said the new virus will likely replace seasonal flu, rather than circulate alongside it.[Jul 9 Advertiser story]Tamiflu-resistant strain found in US travelerFederal and state health departments are increasing their testing of novel flu viruses for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The measures were prompted by a report of a resistant strain isolated from a San Francisco resident who had arrived in Hong Kong in June. The girl had had not taken osteltamivir. The CDC has asked states to send more samples for resistance testing, and California said it has stepped up its testing.[Jul 8 AP story]Paraguay lawmakers pass emergency measuresParaguay’s government passed emergency legislation yesterday aimed at curbing the spread of pandemic flu, the AP reported today. The law gives the country’s president expanded powers to respond to the flu outbreak and allows health officials to use $19.2 million from the treasury to fund programs to boost healthcare capacity.[Jul 8 AP story]Live feeds from tomorrow’s White House flu summitThe two plenary sessions of tomorrow’s White House pandemic H1N1 flu preparedness summit—a substantial portion of the event— will be broadcast over the Web via flu.gov, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, David Hale, a biomedical informatics and social media expert, will be providing live Twitter updates during the entire event. His Twitter name is lostonroute66. The day-long event starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.[Dave Hale’s Twitter home page]last_img read more

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Museums in Croatia have seen a large drop in visitors and millions in losses

first_imgA good indicator is Zagreb’s, globally most popular museum, the one with broken connections where the crown “ate” 85,9% of visitors, from last year’s 34.045 visitors in July and August fell to 4.788, which is not surprising because a comparison of Croatian Tourist Board data shows that In July 2020, the city of Zagreb recorded a decrease of 76% in tourist arrivals compared to the same month last year. Croatian museums, like those around the world, have been hit by an unprecedented crisis. Source: MDC / Photo: Una Laurencic, Pexels.com What this decline means to those museums that make serious money on tickets is best shown by the data provided to MDC by Darko Komšo, director of the Archaeological Museum of Istria. This museum earned HRK 8,4 million on tickets at all its sites last summer in July and August, and HRK 4,5 million in the same period this year. The loss of almost four million means that this agile museum lost almost 150 thousand euros every week this summer. The data will be even gloomier at the end of the year because the season is over, COVID is unfortunately not, school visits and excursions are on hold, and most of Zagreb’s museums remain closed. The Museum Documentation Center (MDC) conducted a survey on a sample of the most visited Croatian museums, among which those that traditionally bring the largest number of foreign tourists in the summer stand out. Already in the first wave of the pandemic, many museums reported revenue losses ranging from 75 to 80%, and large museums and those located in tourist areas counted losses in the hundreds of thousands of euros a week, according to the MDC. Klovićevi dvori Gallery, although collectively recording an increase of 13% from 17.555 to 19.861 visitors, in its comprehensive report explains that 17.000 visitors were “earned” by the changes caused by the pandemic and earthquake that moved our festival from June to July and returned to their outdoor spaces. on Grič and the Amadeo Summer Stage. When you look at the visit to the exhibitions in Klovićevi dvori and Kula Lotrščak, you can see that the visit dropped from 16.555 last summer to 1.361 this season. But at the beginning of the summer, when museums began to open and tourists arrived, the hope arose that the drop in visits would not be as significant as predicted. Although cultural tourism accounts for 40% of its tourism in Europe, a certain positive trend of tourist arrival did not affect the number of visitors to museums. Namely, only in July and August in Croatia there was a drop in visitors of 79,18 percent. After NEMO (Network of European Museum Organizations) published its conclusions in May this year research on the impact of COVID on museums predicting a “long-term dramatic drop in revenue” until the end of 2020. According to the annual statistics collected and analyzed by MDC in recent years, the Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula and the Museum of the City of Split are the most frequently visited among the top five most visited Croatian museums, under which our most attractive ancient monuments are Arena and Diocletian’s Cellars, Dubrovnik Museums, and Klovićevi dvori broken connections. The Nikola Tesla Technical Museum and the Museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje are also very popular, but foreign tourists do not make up the majority of the audience. Dubrovnik museums in 2019 and August had 84.480 visitors, and this year 18.197 or a minus of 78,4%. Last year, the Museum of the City of Split recorded 99.761 visitors in the middle of the season in two months, and in 2020 15.589 or a drop of 84,3%. The Archaeological Museum of Istria, the absolute champion of attendance for years, lost 55,6% of visits this summer and fell in the summer months from 247.344 to 109.687. Although only at the beginning of 2021, when we collect statistical data for the whole of 2020 from all museums in the Republic of Croatia, we will be able to accurately determine the dimensions of the number of visitors, data on visits to these five museum houses, which annually attract a third of all visitors. in July and August, a decline of 79,18 percent was recorded, according to the survey. last_img read more

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Heavy rating on the line

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Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and Gabriel

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 4:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.4kShares Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and Gabriel Comment There are big expectations on Arsenal new boys William Saliba and Gabriel (Picture: Getty)Owen Hargreaves is confident both William Saliba and Gabriel will turn out to be excellent signings but has issued a word of caution to Arsenal supporters, given neither player has any experience of Premier League football.Arsenal conceded 48 goals in the English top flight last season and Mikel Arteta prioritised a move for a top-class centre-back at the start of the summer transfer window with a view to fixing the side’s leaky defence.The Gunners agreed a £27 million deal with Lille for Gabriel at the start of the month and the 22-year-old Brazilian arrives with huge expectations on his shoulders after establishing himself as one of the top young defenders in Ligue 1. Arteta’s men start the season at Craven Cottage this weekend (Picture: Getty)Gabriel is looking forward to playing alongside Saliba in Arsenal’s defence this season and believes the teenagers has all the necessary qualities to become a key player for the club.‘I know Saliba is a talented young player and if he is joining Arsenal it is because of his quality,’ he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘We have a few friends in common and I did play against him before. ‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe ex-Lille man is also excited to share a pitch with compatriot David Luiz, a player he idolised as a youngster.‘For sure David is an example, he is a player I admire very much,’ Gabriel added.‘I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved.‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AdvertisementAdvertisementFor more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta provides update on Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal futureMORE: Arsenal bad boy Matteo Guendouzi has rejected three offers to leave Hargreaves says Arsenal fans should be patient with Saliba and Gabriel (Picture: Optus Sport)‘I think the biggest one is defensively. He’s signed a super player in Saliba, even though he’s young and Gabriel is another really good player. He’s competitive, he’s aggressive.‘But the only problem is that these two guys that he’s signed don’t really know this division. Getting centre-backs to come to this league and adapt takes time.‘Even for the great ones, we saw it with Nemanja Vidic even.‘I think he’s trying to sort the defence out and maybe having David Luiz play in the middle of those guys which would work with those young guys.’ Fulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 19:31FullscreenFulham v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/fulham-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2247382/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta has also has Saliba, 19, at his disposal after his return from Saint-Etienne and the Frenchman is expected to start this weekend as the north London giants kick off their campaign away to Fulham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer Manchester United and England midfielder Hargreaves was impressed with the defensive improvements made after Arteta took over the reins from Unai Emery last season but has urged fans to be patient with new signings Gabriel and Saliba. ‘I think they’ve started to show a different side already under Arteta. They started to compete more against the bigger teams,’ Hargreaves said on Optus Sport’s The Weekend Preview.‘We saw it against Liverpool, we’ve seen it against Manchester City, we’ve seen them win one-off games where you wouldn’t have fancied them before so I think they’re harder to play against.last_img read more

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World Taco Day: the best Gold Coast houses to host a Mexican fiesta

first_img This is the perfect spot to enjoy a taco or two.The buyers of this property will be grabbing their tacos, hard or soft, and heading to the patio every Tuesday. The four-bedroom house at 55-57 Sierra Drive (ironically close to the word siesta) is on the market with a $779,000 price tag through Ray White Rural agents Emma Hawker and Cherie Todd. MORE NEWS: Insane $45m mega-mansion hits market Does World Taco Day have you inspired to buy a house to host a fiesta?IN celebration of World Taco Day we have found the best Gold Coast houses to host a Mexican fiesta. If you want an authentic setting to chow down your favourite taco, you won’t be able to go past this Tamborine Mountain property. It’s bright, it’s bold and the exterior will have you feeling like you’re walking the streets of the North American country. RELATED: Extensive renovation takes estate from dated to daring MORE NEWS: Curved beach house lands sweet seven-figure deal A grand estate at 25 Fyfes Rd, Gilston, would be the perfect spot for a fiesta. The fanciest of Mexican feasts could be made in this kitchen.If you’re looking for more of a luxurious abode to host a colourful fiesta, a grand Gilston property at 25 Fyfes Rd will fit the bill. Originally built for a Malaysian prince in the 1970s and once owned by ‘pyjama party king’ and property developer Bernie Else, the property is no stranger to a soiree. While it’s the epitome of opulence, the property has splashes of colour throughout and ample entertainment areas that make it the perfect spot for a fiesta. It is on the market with a $2.7-$3 million price guide through Michael Kollosche and Rob Lamb of Kollosche. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01 Speak Spanish? A Spanish-inspired manor at 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston, is seeking a buyer.And if Mexico’s many languages are enough to inspire you, this manor with touches of a Spanish castle might be a match. Limestone walls, soaring ceilings and an atrium are highlights of the four-bedroom house at 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston which has a $5.5 million price tag. So touch up on your Spanish and you’ll fit right in.last_img read more

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Gazprom, Lukoil talk gas cooperation

first_imgImage courtesy of GazpromRussian companies, Gazprom and Lukoil discussed the advancement of prospects for the collaboration in the areas of gas supplies, transmission and processing.The two companies are bound by a 2014-2024 general agreement on strategic partnership under which Lukoil supplies gas to Gazprom’s transmission system.The parties also take part in the development of the Tsentralnoye field in the Caspian Sea, Gazprom reminded in its statement.In October 2015, associated petroleum gas started flowing to Gazprom’s Sosnogorsk gas processing plant from the northern group of fields developed by Lukoil-Komi. Prior to that, Gazprom and Lukoil implemented a joint project for rearranging the gas supply scheme for consumers within the Pechora industrial cluster.last_img

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Media ruckus over court hearings in Turks and Caicos

first_img Share Chal Misick, appeared to face various charges of bribery, corruption and money laundering Chal Misick. Phtoo credit: tcinewsnow.comPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos islands — Reporting restrictions on the proceedings at a preliminary or “sufficiency” hearing in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) this week in the prosecutions of former Progressive National Party (PNP) ministers, their attorneys and relatives resulted in the arrest of one prominent media personality and public complaints from another.The hearing in Providenciales, held to determine if there is sufficient evidence to commit each individual charged to the Supreme Court for trial, was open to the public but cameras and recording devices were excluded, as is customary in the TCI. Also, the media has been cautioned not to report the events as they unfold as this may prejudice the proceedings. However, the restrictions have been extended to prohibit media from taking photos of those being charged as they enter or exit the building. This has prompted the publisher/editor of the TCI Weekly News, Bythe Duncanson, to take to local television to complain that the restrictions have gone too far and are not appropriate in a free democratic country.Former CEO of now defunct Blaze Radio, Devon Williams, was caught operating a recording device in the packed courtroom and when he reportedly defied instructions to discontinue its use, he was removed from the room and handcuffed.He was subsequently arrested and charged, although he later apologised to the court.This incident is not Williams’ first brush with the law in defiance of authority. He was arrested at last year’s airport road protest demonstration, which was staged by PNP activists, including former premier Michael Misick.Also reported to have attended Monday’s hearing was another former PNP premier, Galmo Williams, and the last chairman of the board of directors of the failed TCI Bank, Norman Hamilton.Appearing to face various charges of bribery, corruption and money laundering were Michael Misick’s brother Chal Misick, an attorney; former finance minister and deputy premier, Floyd Hall, his wife Lisa and brother Quinton; former environment minister McAlister Hanchell; former minister of works Jeffrey Hall and his former attorney Melbourne Wilson; former education and health minister Lillian Boyce and her brother Earlson; and Boyce’s former husband Samuel Been. Also due to answer charges were Seven Stars resort developer Jak Civre, and Third Turtle developer Richard Padgett, along with former Speaker of the House and now PNP leader, Clayton Greene.All those accused have had their travel documents confiscated and are currently free on bail, the largest such surety reportedly being $30 million for Civre. Chal Misick has the second highest bail amount, reported to be $3 million.Former premier Michael Misick himself remains a fugitive from justice following the issue of an arrest warrant in the TCI and a corresponding “Red Notice” issued by Interpol.By Caribbean News Now contributor 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share LocalNews Media ruckus over court hearings in Turks and Caicos by: – April 21, 2012last_img read more

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Bruce calls for unity

first_img Back-to-back Premier League wins have given Steve Bruce’s side real hope of staying up, even if they have to face in-form Arsenal at the KC Stadium on Monday night. But despite recent good results some fans continue to demand the exit of Allam, who has refused to give up on his ambition to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers. The dispute has intensified after it was revealed Hull have not spent any of the £200,000 Away Supporters Initiative (ASI) money provided from central Premier League coffers on their own fans. Instead of subsidising away travel, the club say they have spent the money on improving the match experience at the KC Stadium for visiting supporters. Mark Gretton, chairman of the Hull City Supporters’ Trust, said: “We’re bitterly disappointed that the club has once again treated its supporters in an utterly disdainful manner, a manner that, sadly, we are becoming used to.” Co-owner Ehab Allam insists the club’s policy falls completely within Premier League guidelines but there were chants of “We want Allam out” at Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool and Bruce has appealed for togetherness for the final few matches of the season. Bruce said: “Without the owner, let alone not having a team that beats Liverpool, we would not even have a bus. “Away fans has been the next debate and has provided this undercurrent for the protests. But I keep reminding people that without the owner and something like £70million of his own money there wouldn’t be a club. It’s frustrating for him, disappointing. “For goodness’ sake, let’s go forward together.” Bruce is certain to keep faith with the same line-up that beat Liverpool and Crystal Palace before that, including a remarkable swansong from 40-year-old keeper Steve Harper who has been outstanding since being brought in to replace an out-of-form Allan McGregor. Hull City’s nail-biting campaign to avoid the drop is being overshadowed by a stand-off between the club’s owner Assem Allam and a vocal section of Tiger supporters. Bruce added: “He’s certainly a calm customer who over two years has never let us down. His experience and positioning has proved what a very, very good goalkeeper he is. “He can’t play week in and week out for a season but he’s been a terrific signing when Allan has lost a bit of form.” Bruce should have striker Nikica Jelavic back on the bench against Arsenal – the Croatian striker has been sidelined since having surgery on a knee problem in March. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Tech

first_img February 21, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTexas Tech (17-9, 8-5) vs. Iowa State (11-15, 4-9)James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Tech after dropping the first matchup in Lubbock. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Red Raiders outshot Iowa State from the field 54.3 percent to 35.7 percent and made six more 3-pointers on the way to a 72-52 victory. Associated Press center_img LEADING THE CHARGE: The Red Raiders have been led by Jahmi’us Ramsey and Kyler Edwards. Ramsey is averaging 14 points while Edwards is putting up 12 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The Cyclones have been led by sophomores Tyrese Haliburton and Rasir Bolton, who have combined to score 27.5 points per outing.JUMPING FOR JAHMI’US: Ramsey has connected on 44.8 percent of the 116 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 15 over the last three games. He’s also made 64.3 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Red Raiders are 0-5 when they score 61 points or fewer and 17-4 when they exceed 61 points. The Cyclones are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 68 points and 11-6 on the season, otherwise.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Red Raiders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cyclones. Iowa State has 43 assists on 79 field goals (54.4 percent) across its previous three contests while Texas Tech has assists on 54 of 79 field goals (68.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Texas Tech defense has held opponents to just 63.2 points per game, the 29th-lowest in Division I. Iowa State has given up an average of 72.6 points through 26 games (ranked 234th, nationally).___ Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Techlast_img read more

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The Latest: 2017 champion Stephens advances to 3rd round

first_imgStephens wore a “No Justice/No Peace” mask for her post-match interview.The 26th-seeded Stephens won at Flushing Meadows in 2017. She won two straight matches after entering the tournament with a 1-7 record in 2020 and she had lost in the first round in last year’s U.S. Open.She could face Serena Williams in the third round. Williams plays later in the night against Russian Margarita Gasparyan.___5:30 p.m. Amanda Anisimova has won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Anisimova, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open last year, steadied her game in the second set and pulled away. The 16-year-old Scott is ranked 637th and was coming off her first tour-level victory in the opening round Tuesday when she made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam.Anisimova, who is seeded 22nd, won the girls’ singles at the Open in 2017.___12:55 p.m. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):6:15 p.m.Sloane Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. The Latest: 2017 champion Stephens advances to 3rd round Matteo Berrettini produced a memorable shot at the U.S. Open — and a reminder that the rules of tennis don’t say the ball must go over the net. Around the net is just fine, too.At 5-all in the third set of his third-round victory, the 2019 semifinalist sprinted to his right, far wide of the doubles alley, to get to a ball that seemed completely out of reach and somehow laced a forehand that went between the net post and the chair umpire, curling in for a winner.In a wonderful display of “act like you’ve been there” vibes, Berrettini simply turned around and strutted away. No wild celebration. There was still a match to win, and soon enough it was over, with the sixth-seeded Italian beating Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6).___ ____1:10 p.m.Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.Seeded No. 2, Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point. The American has lost in the third round at the Open each of the past three years, and will try to snap that streak Saturday.___center_img Tsvetana Pironkova has pulled off an upset to reach the third round at the U.S. Open, her first tournament after a three-year break to focus on motherhood.Pironkova, who has no ranking because of her layoff, beat No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-3.A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova left the women’s tour to give birth to her son Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and it’s her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.___ Pospisil next plays No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut. Pospisil and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic would be the co-presidents of a new group they are trying to set up to represent men’s professional tennis players.___1:55 p.m.Second-seeded Dominic Thiem earned a spot in the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal. Thiem, who turned 27 on Thursday, faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the next round. On the women’s side, ninth-seeded Johanna Konta had an early exit at Flushing Meadows. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off Konta 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round. September 3, 2020 4:55 p.m.Vasek Pospisil beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open.Pospisil has been strong since returning from surgery last year on a herniated disk and helped Canada reach the 2019 Davis Cup final. He was strong over the last three sets to hold off the 25th-seeded Raonic.It’s been a strong start at Flushing Meadows for the Canadians. Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov of Toronto also won their men’s opening matches to send four men into the second round for the first time since 1959.Pospisil is into the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in his career. Raonic has never advanced past the third round of this tournament. He seemed poised for better things after reaching the final of the Western & Southern Open. 11:25 a.m.The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open, with Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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