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first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Ice House is excited to welcome Daily Show correspondent, actor and comedian Al Madrigal on July 18 and 19. Named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Al Madrigal’s comedy has been called “dynamic” by the New York Times.A correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2011, Madrigal’s unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central, including his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, and Pretend Time with Nick Swardson, and, of course, his work on The Daily Show. Al has also appeared with Conan O’Brien (as one of the first 20 guests during his stint as host of The Tonight Show, and on Conan on TBS) as well as multiple appearances on Lopez Tonight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live.Madrigal’s television roles include the CBS show Welcome to the Captain, and Gary, Unmarried. Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong) played his father on a sitcom, The Ortegas, that was set to debut on Fox in 2003 in the time slot after The Simpsons before it was shelved at the last minute. Al can be seen in the new NBC comedy About A Boy.Al Madrigal will perform four (4) shows on July 18 and 19. The complete show schedule for July 10 through 20 is listed below:Thu. 7/10 – Comedy Juice (Privately Produced, Special Event) – 8 p.m.; $10Fri. 7/11 – Maz Jobrani (Special Event) – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; $30Sat. 7/12 – Maz Jobrani (Special Event) – 8 & 10 p.m.; $30Sun. 7/13 – Maz Jobrani (Special Event) – 7 p.m.; $30Mon. 7/14 – ClosedTue. 7/15 – ClosedWed. 7/16 – Rudy Moreno’s Wednesday Night Funnies – 8 p.m.; $12.50Thu. 7/17 – 7 Comedians for $7 with James P. Connolly, Tymon Shipp and more – 8 p.m.; $7Fri. 7/18 – Al Madrigal (Special Event) – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; $20Sat. 7/19 – Private Event – 6 p.m. / Al Madrigal (Special Event) – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; $20Sun. 7/20 – Fritz Coleman Speaks to a Generation – to benefit Shelter Partnership (Special Event) – 7 p.m.; $15There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit www.icehousecomedy.com. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News 120 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Nightlife See Him Live as Al Madrigal Headlines at the Ice House Club From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 4:36 pm Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Subscribe More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


first_img Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Newsx Adverts Facebook Previous articleGAA – Tyrone v Antrim Refixed For SundayNext articleSoccer – Derry City Take First Points News Highland WhatsApp A woman has died following a road crash in the Derry.The single vehicle collision happened in the Westland Stree  at half past ten this morning.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward. WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Pinterest Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Woman dies in Derry collision Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – March 12, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in Northlast_img read more


first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 291,000 people worldwide.More than 4.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 82,387 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:7:25 a.m.: ‘We’ll never be completely open until we have a cure,’ Los Angeles mayor saysLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the city will “never be completely open until we have a cure,” as county health officials recommend stay-at-home orders remain in place for months longer to help suppress the spread of the novel coronavirus. “I think we have to all recognize that we’re not moving beyond COVID-19, we’re learning to live with it,” Garcetti told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.Garcetti urged residents “not to overreact” to the comments made Tuesday by Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the public health director of Los Angeles County, who recommended that the county extend stay-at-home orders for at least three more months. The county’s original stay-at-home order is set to expire Friday. “But it’s important to take this serious because [the virus] is as dangerous today as it was the first day that it arrived in our cities and our country,” Garcetti added. “So quite frankly, there’s no so-called open state or open country that doesn’t continue to have health orders telling us to cover our faces, physically distance and to tell people that you’re safest working from and staying at home. That’s all that the county health director was saying, and we can’t expect that to disappear in a matter of weeks or even a few months.”The mayor said he hopes the city’s K-12 school will be able to reopen in “some sense,” though he cautioned “it won’t be in the way that we’ve known school in the past” and vulnerable children won’t be able to go back “for some time.” “It might be fewer days a week, it might be staggered because we have to maintain that physical distance,” Garcetti said. “Look, we have to tell the hard truths and protect our people. At the same time, we take steps forward.” “We’ve never been fully closed. We’ll never be completely open until we have a cure,” he continued. “I do believe that we can take steps but monitor those numbers, listen to the scientists and the medical professionals and make the tough calls even when there’s criticism.” More than 32,000 people in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 1,570 have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Garcetti said he was proud of how his city and the county has stood up its own testing centers, which he said is essential for reopening. “We have a capacity of 20,000 tests a day just in Los Angeles County, whereas the country is doing 300,000 tests a day and we’re just 3% of the population,” he said. “We’ve got to keep that going and we have to make it regular. For kids to go back to school, we need testing. For workers to get back to work, we need testing.” “We were the first city in America to offer widespread testing to people with and without symptoms,” he added, “because we’ve got to find the silent spreaders that are amongst us as well.”7:06 a.m.: Hong Kong reports locally-transmitted cases for first time in 23 daysHong Kong reported two new locally-transmitted infections of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after 23 straight days with only imported cases.Health officials are working to trace any close contacts of the two new patients.“We are all very concerned,” Dr. Chui Tak-yi, undersecretary of Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau, told a press conference Wednesday. “We must heighten our alertness. Citizens cannot let their guards down and must continue to carry out anti-epidemic measures.”The semiautonomous Chinese city now has 1,051 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including four deaths.6:13 a.m.: California authorities says Tesla can reopen factory with new safety measuresTesla can reopen its sole U.S. vehicle factory in California as soon as next week, so long as the electric carmaker adopts extra safety recommendations amid the coronavirus pandemic, local officials said.The Alameda County Health Department released a statement late Tuesday announcing that the plant in Fremont, some 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, will be allowed to go beyond basic operations this week and start manufacturing vehicles on Monday if Tesla holds up its part of the agreement.“We reviewed the plan and held productive discussions today with Tesla’s representatives about their safety and prevention plans, including some additional safety recommendations,” the health department said in the statement. “If Tesla’s Prevention and Control Plan includes these updates, and the public health indicators remain stable or improve, we have agreed that Tesla can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week.”The Alameda County Health Department noted that it will be working with the Fremont Police Department to verify whether Tesla “is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production.”Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter earlier this week that he was restarting production at the Fremont factory in defiance of the county’s ordinance. Operations at the plant apparently continued into Tuesday, although the company met a Monday deadline to submit a site-specific plan for worker safety.“I will be on the line with everyone else,” Musk tweeted. “If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”It’s unclear whether Tesla would face any punishment for the reopening.5:10 a.m.: Russia reports over 10,000 new cases for 11th straight dayRussia reported more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday for the 11th day in a row, as the country emerges as a new hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.There were 10,028 new infections confirmed in Russia over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 242,271, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has the second-largest national tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States. The country reported a record 11,656 new infections on Monday.Russia also has one of the world’s fastest rates of new infections in the coronavirus pandemic, second only to the U.S.However, the country’s death toll from the disease remains relatively low with just 96 new fatalities reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 2,212, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.4:41 a.m.: Pakistan reports record daily spike in COVID-19 casesPakistan saw more than 2,000 new infections of the novel coronavirus in a single day for the first time since the outbreak began.The country’s health ministry said Wednesday there were a record 2,255 new cases of COVID-19 registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 34,312.The spike comes just days after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan began a phased reopening of the nation after a weekslong lockdown.Khan has argued that the country’s poorest were worst-affected by the coronavirus restrictions, as a vast majority of the population earn barely $75 a month, mostly doing daily wage work. 3:28 a.m.: Fresno City Council president cited for three counts of assault after confrontation with protestersFresno City Council President Miguel Arias was cited for three counts of assault after a group of anti-lockdown protesters approached his home Tuesday afternoon, police said.The unarmed protesters showed up at Arias’ residence to demand the reopening of businesses and the lifting of social-distancing restrictions in the California city. A spokesman for the Fresno Police Department told ABC News there was sufficient evidence that Arias committed assault against the protesters.Video allegedly taken by one of the protesters purportedly shows the city council president shoving a man down a staircase away from the front door of his apartment.Arias claims the protesters tried to break into his home and refused to leave.“Not only did they go into private property that’s gated that requires security to get through, but they showed up to my front door and banged on my front door,” Arias told Fresno ABC station KFSN-TV. “Folks didn’t want to give way to my private property, so I moved them out of the way.”Investigators are still trying to determine whether there was an attempted break-in. Police said they are beefing up security at the homes of other city leaders at this time as a precaution. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img In a statement published on West Brom’s official website on Friday, Peace – chairman since 2002 – said: “For a club of our resources, it was always going to be difficult to repeat our highest Premier League finish of eighth in the previous season. “However, it was not the campaign we hoped for or expected and, as chairman of the football club, the buck stops with me.” Few of the players signed by West Brom last term produced much in the way of success, and Peace emphasised Albion are particularly focusing on their recruitment policy. He said: “The squad we assembled during the summer transfer window – regarded in some outside quarters at the time as our strongest for more than three decades – has not performed as consistently or as well as we would have hoped. “We have been taking a long, hard look as to why this has proved to be the case, especially in terms of our player recruitment. “Of course, there is often a thin line between success and failure and some of the fine margins that appeared to go our way in previous campaigns did not this time around. “The Financial Fair Play rules mean there is now very little to choose between the teams below the top six whilst the influx of money from the new media rights deal has resulted in the league becoming more competitive than ever. “We recorded far too many draws and a run of key match decisions going against us during the season, which never seemed to even out, did not help. Albion’s 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign finished with them having slumped to 17th place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone – a year after achieving a record-high final position of eighth. The club parted company with their head coach Pepe Mel, who was brought in as a replacement for the sacked Steve Clarke in January, by mutual consent last week. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has stressed lessons have been learned from what he rates as his toughest season in the job, admitting: “The buck stops with me.” Press Association “However, these are only contributory factors to, and not excuses for, the fact we finished 17th. “With our search for a new head coach now under way, we’ve been addressing the areas within the club that need strengthening.” And Peace conceded that the club’s first aim for next season will be to finish above the bottom three. “With what is at stake, this has undoubtedly been the toughest season I can remember,” he added. “But the most important thing is that we can attempt to correct the mistakes that have been made whilst still a top-flight club. “For a club of our size, this has, and always will be, our number one objective and we hope that we can achieve this in a less fraught manner in future seasons. “Terry (Burton, who is coming in as technical director on June 1) will provide more footballing knowledge and experience at the highest level of the club. “The structure we have had in place for the past six or so years has generally worked well and been a key factor in the club returning to the Premier League and staying there. We are certainly not going to rip it up and start from scratch after one poor season. “However, there is no doubt that the structure needs strengthening and this process is underway. “Although we have signed several talented players over the past few years, we have always sought to improve our recruitment methodology and last season has underlined the strides we still need to make. “We are also endeavouring to put more processes in place that de-risk the signing of new players. “We continue to run the club on a proven business model and that will not change. “But we face another big summer. Decisions that are made over the next few months will have a huge impact on our fortunes next season. “I recognise the frustration many of our supporters have been feeling this season. I would like to thank them personally for the way they rallied behind the team, especially in the closing weeks of the season, which proved pivotal in getting the club over the line.” last_img read more


first_imgDHL has become the first official partner of F1’s new esports series.The details and length of the new partnership agreement have not been disclosed but it was put to paper ahead of 2018 F1 season in Melbourne. DHL’s partnership with F1 is longstanding, and the logistics company will retain its role as the ‘official logistics partner’ of F1, and the company will continue to present both the DHL Fastest Lap Award and the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award.Arjan Sissing, Head of Corporate Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group commented: “As logistics partner, DHL is in charge of the complex shipping of Formula 1 vehicles and equipment. The brand is therefore an integral component of this highly emotional sporting and entertainment experience with global reach.“As the first official partner of the F1 eSports Series, we are very pleased to accompany Formula One on its digital journey and to actively contribute to the expansion and emotionalisation of the product range for fans.”Melbourne kicks off the new season on March 25th, Silverstone is July 8th and the season ends in Abu Dhabi on November 25th. As part of this renewed partnership, DHL fan festivals will be organised in F1’s ‘core and growth markets’, and this will include the involvement with the esports side of things. You can read more about the F1 Esports Series here. The inaugural season saw Brendon Leigh crowned champion, and it generated some impressive viewing figures. F1 will be hoping for more of the same this time around. Esports Insider says: DHL has played it smart by extending its partnership with F1 into the esports world. This second season should see more notable engagement levels, after the final event of last season saw a total of 1.8m views on Facebook.last_img read more


first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Read Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The two are thankful for the experience they gained in the D-League.“During our practices, everyone was always competitive and it helped us to be more aggressive in our game,” Gomez de Liaño said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’For Prado, the D-League helped him hone his mental toughness.Engineers head coach Koy Banal thanked the effort of the two Maroons in helping them get a playoff spot. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West PBA IMAGESJerson Prado and Javi Gomez de Liaño played their last game for Marinerong Pilipino-TIP as they prepare for the upcoming UAAP Season 81 season.Gomez de Liaño and Prado will return to the University of the Philippines to play in the Passi Invitational Inter-collegiate Basketball Tournament at Iloilo on July 11. They will also join the Maroons’ training camp in Serbia this month.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a good send off game for Javi and Jerson. They’ve given us good minutes not only in this game (against Che’lu) but also in other games that they’ve played,” Banal said. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Cavs coach Lue to talk LeBron James with Lakers’ Walton Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgB.C is offering up 25 parcels covering nearly 14,000 hectares in the province’s third monthly sale of Natural Gas and Petroleum rights for 2011.The sale follows two very poor revenue generating sales in January and February, which totalled just slightly more than $10 million in bonus bids.- Advertisement -That leaves this year’s total at about one third of last year’s two month total and the cash strapped provincial government, looking for help to recover from the recession, could certainly use a bigger and better sale Wednesday.It would take about a $33 million sale for this month to bring the current fiscal year total up to the 2010 calendar year total of $844 million.last_img


first_img Tags: African Starsallan okelloCAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCMike MutebiMustapha Kizzatop KCCA FC foward Allan Okello (25) in action against African Stars on Saturday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CAF Champions LeagueKCCA FC 2-0 African Stars FC (aggregate 4:3)StarTimes Stadium,LugogoFriday, 23 08 2019LUGOGO – Belief, belief,belief-the thine line between glory and a second consecutive preliminary knockout for Ugandan powerhouse -KCCA FC.Within the crowd, nerves were starting to brew, blood was boiling and pigments of frustration were evident, but the Kasasiros kept believing until they got the ball past the line.Perhaps against one of the most tactically organized team they have faced at home in awhile since the Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 in 2016.African stars cast a lot of doubt in the minds of the players and could have made a tough outing even horrible early in the second half after a defensive splitter invited KCCA FC’s shot stopper out of his territory to keep the game within frame.And that’s the moment that turned the tables around-more possession in the final third, more shots in between the uprights and then goals.Both Mustafa Kiiza and Allan Okello saw the back of the net in the 80th and 85th minute respectively.Speaking to the press after the match head coach Mike Mutebi said that he has a good team, and his players are still young but the way they play doesn’t really exemplify their age.“I have a good team and my players are young, but the way they play doesn’t exemplify that they are young” Mutebi said.He also said that; “our target is to get into the group stages but we need to first go past our next opponents to fulfill our dreams.”KCCA proceeds to the next round of the CAF champions league.Comments last_img read more


first_imgWith more than one million Aids orphans in South Africa today, Dr Tracey Matube decided she couldn’t sit back and watch a parentless generation fend for themselves. In her own words . Operations director: AFRiKiDS Fast Facts For more information, visit AFRiKiDS. To make a donation, either phone AFRiKiDS on +27 11 275 0294, or download a donations form on their website. Tracey joined AFRiKiDS, using her knowledge and expertise in medicine to ensure that these orphans would have some kind of normalcy restored to their lives. Why is Tracey an Everyday Hero? “If we don’t come up with creative ways and fresh new ideas of raising these orphans, it’ going to impact negatively on our society.” AFRiKiDS was the outcome of a group of concerned business leaders that got together in 2006 and focused their considerable business acumen on the Aids pandemic.AFRiKiDS focuses on the 0-6 age group mainly because they believe you can make the most powerful impact on a human being’s life if you take care of their developmental needs first.Dr Tracey Matube also made a valuable impact in the medical tourism industry as medical director and head of health promotion and screening at Serokolo Health Tourism.Eight out 10 children in Africa that are orphaned by HIV are from the sub-Saharan region.It is predicted that by 2015 South Africa will have close to 2-million Aids orphans. AFRiKiDS also partners with respected community organisations to ensure that the community plays an important role in helping raise their children to become responsible, caring human beings. To do this, AFRiKiDS either buys a house or gets one via a generous donation, to house and raise the Aids orphans in stable environment. Story published on SAinfo on 9 September 2008. Source: Brand South Africa How can I help?last_img read more


first_imgBelgium’s Kim Clijsters (R) with China’s Li Na pose for a photo prior to the start of their final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday in the Australian Open final.The result ended the outstanding run of Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final.Li appeared to become upset with some of the Chinese spectators in the crowd in the third set, and asked the chair umpire to intervene. She later complained about the flashes from photographers at center court.U.S. Open champion Clijsters’ win came in what is likely her last appearance at Melbourne Park – she said that 2011 could be her last full year on the tour.After the match, though, she appeared to qualify that – maybe “full” year means a restricted schedule for next year.Asked by a television interviewer if she would be back to defend her Australian Open title, she replied: “Yes, I would like to.”Clijsters, who has three U.S. Open titles, lost the 2004 Australian Open final to Justine Henin and has been reached the semifinals four other times.”I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim because I won the title,” Clijsters said at the trophy presentations, referring to her crowd favoritism that came from her former relationship with Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.”Even when things weren’t going good, you guys were really supportive of me and I really appreciate it.”Looking at Li, Clijsters said: “I think we’ll have a lot more tough battles to come, hopefully a few more Grand Slam finals would be nice.”It was the first night match for Li at Rod Laver Arena, where the cooler temperatures after the sun sets usually makes the hard court slower. But Melbourne warmed up late Saturday, making even the night conditions similar to what Li would have experienced in cooler day matches earlier in the tournament.Li, with her courtside humor and bubbly personality, endeared herself to the fans here and around the world. Back home, she was a huge hit.”The Chinese fans were prepared to express their feelings and shed their tears of excitement. We were just one step from victory,” China Central Television announcer Tong Kexin said Saturday. CCTV predicted that about 15 million people watched the match live on its sports channel.Li was at her joking best after her loss.”I think I played great tennis, but she played better than me,” Li said “After the match, back to the locker room, I make joke, tennis should only play one set.”Clijsters led 4-2 in head-to-head matches before the match, but Li beat Clijsters in the Sydney International final two weeks ago after the Belgian player had led 5-0 in the opening set.Li and Clijsters weren’t into any mind games before the match, seen outside the dressing room doors joking and smiling with each other. Li seemed uncharacteristically nervous in her pre-match TV interview, though, and that translated on to the court.Clijsters opened the match with an ace, winning the first game on four straight points, then breaking Li the same way for a 2-0 lead after just a few minutes.But Li found her range and seemed to lose her nervousness in the third game, breaking Clijsters and then holding for 2-2.The turnaround continued when Li saved two big break points, then broke Clijsters in the final game of the set. She set up two set points with a stinging forehand that Clijsters didn’t bother to run for, then two points later stunned Clijsters with a crosscourt forehand to close out the first set in 38 minutes.There were four straight service breaks to open the second set before Li held to lead 3-2. Then Clijsters held for the first time in four games to level the set at 3-3. Clijsters, with a backhand winner to the open court, broke Li in the next game to lead 4-3.After that service break, Li went up to chair umpire Alison Lang of Britain and asked: “Can you tell the Chinese don’t teach me how to play tennis.” That was in reference to some people in the crowd yelling out – apparently exhorting her to “finish her,” and “beat her,” and later “calm down” in Chinese that seemed to be bothering LiLi also snapped at her husband and coach, “stop shouting at me.”Clijsters, who dropped serve in four straight games from the end the first set, staged a remarkable turnaround, holding serve to open the deciding set and breaking Li’s service to take a 2-0 lead, just as she had in the opening set.The Belgian player went up 3-1 when Li again lost her service for the seventh time in the match, then held in the next to go up 4-1.Serving for the match at 5-3, Clijsters finished as she started it, taking four points in a row and winning the title when Li’s last forehand landed wide.After walking back to her chair, Clijsters buried her head in a towel. Li also had tears in her eyes on the other side of the court.Andy Murray will try to become the first British man in almost 75 years to win a Grand Slam singles title when he plays 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in the men’s final Sunday.- With inputs from AP advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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