Giants’ most intense competition for roster spots set to begin

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–With rain expected to fall throughout the day, the Giants took the field early Friday and shortened their final workout before Cactus League play begins.The team started practice about an hour ahead of schedule so Jeff Samardzija, Dereck Rodríguez and Sam Coonrod could throw live batting practice against hitters. Samardzija and Rodríguez are expected to start games at the beginning of next week for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy said it was important the pitchers had the …last_img read more

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Soccer City: jewel in 2010 crown

first_img7 October 2009 Johannesburg’s calabash-shaped Soccer City Stadium will be the jewel among the 10 stadiums that will host the first football World Cup to be played on African soil. Situated south-west of Johannesburg, a stone’s throw from the famous township of Soweto, Soccer City Stadium will host the opening ceremony and the opening and final matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Here it is on the Map Bigger than the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the Stade De France in Paris and the Yokohama International Stadium in Japan, Soccer City will be one of the largest stadiums to host a football World Cup. Nearing 90% complete, with the pitch laid and work on the stadium precinct already well under way, the sheer scale of the stadium awed experts from Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee South Africa (OC) during a recent stadium inspection tour. The stadium’s unique calabash shape will be seen by millions of television viewers around the world, and remain as an enduring symbol of one of the proudest moments in South Africa’s post-democratic history.Comprehensive design shift To take its place among the top sports venues in the world – such as the Olympia Stadium in Berlin, the Stadio San Siro in Milan, New Wembley in London and Bernabeu in Madrid – Soccer City underwent a comprehensive design shift. The original stadium, known by locals as the FNB Stadium, was almost completely demolished, with significant parts of the new structure being built from scratch, starting in early 2007. The budget for the reconstruction of the stadium – the biggest roofed stadium ever built for a World Cup final – is estimated at R1.2-billion. Stadium manager Brian Carter told BuaNews that the stadium’s seating capacity has been increased from 88 000 to 94 700 through extensions to the upper tiers around the stadium. In addition, 99 more suites have been added to bring the total to 184, with private boxes and VIP suites being built. “Eight television presentation studios, a soccer museum and a 300-seater restaurant are being built, as well as a parking area that will accommodate 15 000 vehicles,” Carter said. The International Broadcasting Centre that will house the world’s media for the duration of the tournament is under construction next to the stadium. Safa House, headquarters for Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee, is also situated nearby. ‘Melting pot of African cultures’ However, the feature that will grab the most attention when the world of football descends on South Africa in June 2010 will be the stadium’s calabash-shaped design Selected from a number of competing designs, the calabash was picked as a uniquely African object and a recognisable symbol of the African continent. In Africa, the calabash is used for cooking food, traditionally over a fire. It is socially synonymous with family time, entertaining friends and sharing stories. “The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’,” Carter said, adding that spectators and television viewers would get the impression that they were sitting inside a giant cauldron. For South Africans, the future Soccer City always evoke the original venue and its rich history. First built in 1987, the stadium has become synonymous with South African football and has hosted some of the best-known games played in the country, including numerous cup finals and South Africa’s victory in the 1996 African Cup of Nations. Rally to welcome Mandela from prison Soccer City is also remembered for the mass rally held to welcome former President Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990, when more than 100 000 people crowded the stadium to hear Mandela call for a non-racial, unified South Africa. Together with the newly revamped Orlando and Dobsonville Stadiums as official 2010 training grounds, Soccer City will entrench Johannesburg and Soweto as Africa’s premier footballing city. Construction at the stadium is expected to be completed in time for hand-over to Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee by October 2009. The stadium will host the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 June 2010, followed by group stage matches, a second-round match and a quarter-final. On 11 July 2010, the two best teams in the world will step onto the turf of Soccer City to determine which country will lift the Jules Rimet Trophy. Source: BuaNews and the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Zuma to lead SA team to US-Africa summit

first_img24 July 2014President Jacob Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the first United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit taking place in Washington on 5 and 6 August, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said on Thursday.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting, Muthambi said the summit was expected to provide a boost for Africa’s regional integration initiatives, as well as for various African Union (AU) economic development programmes.The White House made the announcement that US President Barack Obama would host the summit in January, saying that he looked forward to “further strengthen[ing] ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions.“The summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people,” the White House said.There will also be meetings of US and African CEOs, as well as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) ministerial meeting, both aimed at strengthening trade and investment between the US and Africa.Agoa, which enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States, has seen total African exports to the US more than quadruple, and US exports to sub-Saharan Africa more than triple, since its inception in 2000In August, US Trade Representative Michael Froman told a two-day forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that the US was looking to work with African experts and leaders on forging an improved “Agoa 2.0” before the expiry of its current version in 2015.Some members of the US Congress have questioned whether South Africa, being relatively developed in Africa, should continue to be included in Agoa. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, speaking to journalists ahead of Obama’s visit to the country last June, argued against this view, saying it would be detrimental for the US market if South Africa were excluded.“South Africa has been a beneficiary of Agoa, but we also think that Agoa is a very significant instrument to benefit the US, not least because it is a widely appreciated measure by the US, which builds the US a high degree of goodwill in its relations with other countries on the African continent,” Davies said.Around 43% of South Africa’s exports, totalling to about $4.6-billion, have entered the US under the Agoa programme and this, according to Davies, has helped support the development of the economy, notably in manufacturing.Elizabeth Thabethe, then deputy trade and industry minister – now deputy small business development minister – said at the time that Agoa should be developed into a programme that supported African integration more directly.“This is where we need to be innovative in defining mechanisms that support Africa’s integration,” Thabethe said, adding that larger, more integrated African markets would underpin growth and development in Africa, which in turn would encourage growth in US trade and investment to Africa.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Roger Federer, 36, becomes oldest number one

first_imgRead Next Elite Alive “What an amazing run it’s been, to be number one again means a lot to me,” Federer said.“This is incredibly special, I’m so happy. I didn’t really think I could get back to number one, this is a significant moment in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer surpasses Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33 years and 131 days in 2003, as the oldest man to claim the world number one spot.It is Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top position in February 2004. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.The ageless wonder dropped his first set of the week against Haase, who later said he had been sick all week and unable to do any more than play his matches.Federer is back on top after winning three majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open in January.– ‘Double nice at my age’ –Federer was on his heels in the opening set as the aggressive Haase prevailed, but the Swiss top seed regained control to ease to the victory as he controlled the Dutchman in the remainder of the contest.The Swiss triumphed to the cheers of the fans in 79 minutes, ending with six aces. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point.Federer will now face a decision whether to try and stretch his leading margin over Nadal by competing in just over a week in Dubai, his Gulf training base.“To rank this high, I don’t know how I did it. This is really big for me, especially because of the gap (between his last time at the top).“It’s double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it.”Despite his achievement, Federer still has a semi-final to play on Saturday. “I hope all this is not a distraction, it may or may not be. I came here to get to number one and then win the tournament.“But I’ve got all day tomorrow to recalibrate. This could also free me up, lay the pressure aside and start to play my best tennis.”Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first final in Rotterdam as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withdrew prior to his quarter-final, with the Czech’s absence putting fourth seed David Goffin into the semi-finals. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. When you’re older you have to work double the amount, you have to wrestle it back from someone who’s also worked hard to get there. It’s a dream come true,” added an emotional Federer.“It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer.“36 years 195 days… @rogerfederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!,” tweeted the American.Federer had talked on Thursday of his desire to retake the world number one spot but doubted it would ever happen after he underwent knee surgery last year.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Roger Federer faces the media Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after becoming ranked as the world number one player. Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence Friday, returning to the top of the world rankings for the first time in more than five years and becoming the oldest player to reach the top spot. (AP Photo/Michael C. Corder)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer became the oldest world number one on Friday when the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.The 36-year-old Swiss overcame an early setback to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will replace old rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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