American Maritime Congress Announces Appointment of James E. Caponiti as President

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

The American Maritime Congress (AMC), a non-profit organization representing the U.S. maritime industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of James E. Caponiti as President. Mr. Caponiti joined AMC as Executive Director in October 2011 upon the completion of more than 38 years of distinguished service with the Federal government. Mr. Caponiti’s appointment as President was effective on March 12, 2014. In that capacity, he oversees AMC business affairs, promotes its message on behalf of the United States maritime industry, and manages its daily operations.

“We are fortunate to have someone with the depth of experience on maritime issues that Mr. Caponiti has amassed over a long career in government and during his recent tenure with AMC,” said Marshall Ainley, AMC Board Chairman and President of Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA). “Throughout his service to our industry, Jim has been committed to strengthening the U.S. Merchant Marine to maintain the viability of maritime jobs while promoting the economic and national security of the United States.”

Mr. Caponiti enjoys a wealth of maritime experience stemming from more than three decades with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which culminated in his role as the senior career executive at MARAD. His expertise spans most of the agency’s promotional programs supporting the U.S.-flag industry, and most significantly he was responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and its companion program the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA). Mr. Caponiti earned numerous medals and honors throughout his career at MARAD, including the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the highest Civil Service awards for Senior Executives.

“As AMC President, Mr. Caponiti will continue his strong advocacy for U.S.-flag shipping,” commented AMC Board Vice Chairman R. Christian Johnsen. “Jim’s resourcefulness coupled with his unique background forging strategic partnerships to develop solutions will assist our industry to address the many challenges it faces today.”

About the American Maritime Congress

Founded in 1977, American Maritime Congress is a non-profit, non-partisan educational and research organization dedicated to informing the public, the media, and our legislators in Washington on the issues and policies affecting the U.S.-flag merchant marine and maritime industry. For more than 35 years, AMC has delivered its message of “ships and jobs” in our Nation’s Capital. Whether for our ships sailing internationally or for our Jones Act domestic fleet, AMC is a leading advocate for responsible maritime policy, an effective commercially operating fleet to promote our national and economic security, and a level playing field to maintain jobs and to ensure the success and viability of the U.S.-flag maritime industry.

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Newport Beach Resorts Announce Exclusive 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival Travel Packages

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

In partnership with world-renowned Newport Beach Film Festival, the award-winning Balboa Bay Resort and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach announced their Newport Beach Film Festival packages just in time for the 2014 Festival’s eight-day run from April 24 to May 1, 2014.

“The 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival will be one of the strongest film festivals yet,” says Gregg Schwenk, CEO, Executive Director, and Founder of the Newport Beach Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be the largest Festival in Southern California and to be able to spotlight international films in the world-class setting of Newport Beach, California.”

Live Like a Star in Newport Beach at Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resorts’ “Live Like a Star in Newport Beach” package gives out-of-town guests and Southern California locals the opportunity to see some of the festival’s 300 films, attend celebrity-studded red carpet events, and hear compelling filmmaker seminars – all while experiencing the best that the famed destination of Newport Beach, California has to offer.

In addition to two all-access passes to the film festival, this package includes one night in the luxurious Presidential Suite at Balboa Bay Resort, two signature spa treatments with Kashwere robes, $ 200 dinner credit to Waterline Newport Beach, Veuve Clicquot champagne, and valet parking. Guests will also enjoy a Duffy boat excursion on Newport Bay with bottle of wine and cheese plate. This exclusive package is available for $ 1,999 and reservations are available through Balboa Bay Resort as (888) 445-7153.

Film for the Whole Family at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach invites film-loving families to attend the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival while enjoying the resort’s newly re-imagined family-friendly amenities including the Oasis pool slide and water playground, lawn games, and a life-size chess set. Their package, which is available for $ 199 per night includes accommodations for a family of four, four tickets to a film screening, parking, and free shuttle service to Fashion Island. Reservations are available at (949) 729-1234.

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Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Newport Beach Film Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

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Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the “Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S.,” Newport Beach also is distinguished as one of the country’s “Top 10 Best Family Beaches.” A mild climate and picturesque backdrop minutes from the newly expanded Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) offers year-round appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary visitor guide, please visit our website, or call (800) 94-COAST.

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Recent sports news

The recent sports news in India is very varied and interesting. This month is witnessing the on-going Tri-series between India, Australia and Sri Lanka. Football in India will witness the I-League Championship where all national teams will compete against each other to attain the position. In Boxing, the 49kg weight category Indian boxer, Laishram Devendro Singh played at the international Boxing Tournament in Kazakhstan starting last week.

Wrestling is also set to view the Grand Prix, which will be the first time in India. Also, Golf will soon witness the SAIL Open in New Delhi. In Archery, India won gold, silver and bronze in different sub sections in the Asian Grand Prix Archery tournament and Mawana Sugar hosted a recent marathon in New Delhi.

The tri series is rocking the sports news these days, after Ponting’s deplorable condition in the series and Tendulkar’s another try to fix his 100. The series seem to be taking a whole new shape. Another major sport that is doing rounds in the recent sports news quota is that of Hockey, which is fighting like a tiger in the Olympics qualifiers. The team after beating the Singaporeans badly and Italy is all set to take over France in a killer mode.

Football is also going to view the I- League which kick starts on 24th march at 1 pm and will go on for a while, also the AFC Challenge which jump starts on the 8th of March is more of a social sports, but of course sports news it is. In terms of Boxing, the Indian team had left for Kazakhstan for their first international tour of the year which went on till the 18th of Feb, 2012.

Wrestling is going to witness the Grand Prix for the first time in India.

The Indian Sports news fraternity is all exited for the same. Last but not the least, Golf’s SAIL Open kick starts on the 22nd of Feb and the bad blood cricket is also back, IPL kick starts in April to paint the town red.

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Year Round Cultural Festivals and Events in Stockton, California

Stockton, CA (PRWEB) February 22, 2014

From food fests to cultural celebrations Stockton is home to some of the best events in Northern California. With great weather year-round and its central location,Stockton is the ideal venue for great festivals, celebrations and events.

A sampling of the key events for 2014 are:

Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration – March 2, Downtown Stockton and Civic Auditorium. A family favorite, celebrating the “Year of the Horse” 2014.

Brubeck Festival – March 27-29, Various locations throughout Stockton. An annual event that celebrates and explores the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck, as well as his influence on the world of music and ideas. The Festival features performances of jazz, contemporary concert music, lectures, and academic symposia. Featured performers include Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Great Stockton Asparagus Dineout – April 5-20, Restaurants throughout Stockton will celebrate our favorite spear by featuring asparagus inspired appetizers, entrees, desserts and cocktails.

26th Annual Stockton Earth Day – April 6, Victory Park. A festival focused on helping people recognize the importance of caring for our earth and natural resources.

Stockton Cambodian Temple New Year Celebration – April17-20, Cambodian Buddhist Temple. Held each year in early spring, the celebration blends traditional dances, games, foods and rituals with modern entertainment at the Carpenter Road temple, a special source of pride and connection for the local Cambodian community. Wat Dhammararam is among the largest Cambodian Buddhist temples in California.

Stockton Asparagus Festival – April 25-27, Downtown Stockton Waterfront. The Central Valley’s largest food festival with 100,000 people enjoying such delicious dishes as deep-fried asparagus, asparagus pasta, and asparagus ice cream! A family friendly, entertainment packed event. 2014 main stage entertainment includes Meghan Linsey, Soul Asylum, Berlin and War.

El Concilio’s Cinco de Mayo Family Festival – May 4, Weber Point. Mexican-American festival of food, music, culture and fun. $ 5 for ages 14 and up.

41st Annual Temple Israel Jewish Food Fair & Festival – June 1, Temple Israel. A celebration of Jewish culture with brunch, a bake shop, great food, music, games and tours.

DeltaFusion – June 28, Victory Park. The DeltaFusion parade and pageant uses giant puppets, masks and music, to tell the story of the people of the Delta region and their connections with the land and water. Free event.

Stockton Obon Bazaar – July, Stockton Buddhist Temple. The Cultural Bazaar is a two-day celebration that includes Japanese food booths, arts and crafts and games as well as a raffle.

Miracle Mile 4th of July Parade – July 4, Miracle Mile. Led by local veterans organizations, this family-favorite event takes place on Pacific Avenue between Harding Way and Tuxedo Avenue.

Stockton Beer Week – August 22-31. Restaurant and bars throughout Stockton celebrate regional craft and micro brews with tap takeovers, tastings and beer paring dinners.

Reggae on the Delta – August 23, Breadfruit Tree on the Delta. Jam to reggae music and enjoy the regions best Caribbean food at this boat friendly event.

Stockton-Con – August 9 & 10, Stockton Arena. The goal of Stockton-Con is to raise awareness of outstanding artists in the San Joaquin Valley area – and to give attendees the chance to experience Popular Culture (Comics, Card Games, Video Games, Cards, Anime, Manga, Science Fiction, Toys, Television and Movies).

Stockton Pride Festival – August 23, Oak Grove Regional Park. The local LGBT community will come together at a festival to celebrate diversity and educate the public about the importance of respect, tolerance and equality. The family friendly event will feature a children’s play zone, a teen dance tent and local cultural performances.

The Record’s Family Day at the Park – September 20, University Park. This free event celebrates literacy in Stockton and features a variety of fun family activates including making bookmarks, greeting cards, art projects and storytelling! Meet and be inspired by published children’s authors and illustrators. They will be telling stories, teaching, signing books and answering questions. Also, be sure to check out the more than 5,000 book titles offered by The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale.

St Basil Greek Festival – September 12-14, St Basil Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy fine Greek cuisine and pastries to the tune of authentic Greek music and dancing, tours of the church with choir performances and plenty of games.

Horse Racing at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds – September, San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Live horse racing.

Stockton Is Magnificent – October 4, Victory Park. Show your civic pride and celebrate a town like no other: Stockton, California! Now in its fourth year, this annual family-friendly event brings Stocktonians together to celebrate the talent, great deeds, and history of our great city. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, community booths, local history, artist’s alley and more!

Stocktoberfest – October 4, Waterfront Warehouse, Downtown Stockton. Keg lifting competitions, craft beers on tap, sausages, home brews, chicken dance dance-offs and, of course, beer stein holding competitions, Stocktoberfest is not to be missed! Modeled after a German Octoberfest with a Stockton twist, Stocktoberfest seating is outdoors on the waterfront with long tables, wooden benches and BIG glass steins.

Thanksgiving Run or Walk Against Hunger – Thanksgiving Morning, Downtown Stockton. Join 5,000 runners and walkers, burn calories, have a great time on the scenic Stockton waterfront, and help raise money for the nutrition programs of the Emergency Food Bank!

Stockton Hmong New Year Celebration – November, San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Celebrating Stockton’s Hmong culture with sporting events, all types of folkloric, colorful, traditional outfits, a variety of merchant booths, delicious traditional Hmong food, on-stage cultural performances, live bands, and music.

Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade – December 6, Downtown Stockton Waterfont. The Marina West Yacht Club sponsors the lighted boat parade as a gift to the community. The parade begins and ends at Light 39 in the Stockton Deep Water Channel, and cruises to the Weber Point area where it turns around. Dozens of brilliantly lit boats usually reach downtown Stockton around 6:00pm. This is a wonderful family holiday event.

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Film Annex Sponsors First International Sporting Event Paid in Bitcoin (BTC) – New York Open Team Judo Championship Sunday, March 2, 2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 07, 2014

The New York Open Team Judo Championship will be a showdown between France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Poland and USA on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the New York Athletic Club. The teams in the Judo tournament include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring World Champions and Olympians.

Match Schedule – Sunday March 2, 2014

Preliminary rounds at 10 am

Semifinals at 2 pm, and

Finals begin at 4 pm.

Prize Money in Bitcoin

The New York Team Judo Open will be the first international sports competition to pay its prize money in Bitcoin, which is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency. At the time of this press release, 1 BTC = $ 850 USD. Each team consists of five athletes in the following weight divisions: 66 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 90 kg and over 90 kg. Total prize money of $ 3,500 (4.12 BTC) and a coveted champion’s plaque is at stake: the winning team will receive the champion’s plaque and $ 2,000 (2.35 BTC) to proudly bring back to their native country. Second place team will win $ 1,000 (1.18 BTC) and third place team will win $ 500 (0.59 BTC).

Film Annex Founder and Fourth Degree Blackbelt Yodan Francesco Rulli stated, “As a premier international sporting event, the New York Open Team Judo Championship is the perfect event to introduce Bitcoin as a payment system for international sporting events. We look forward to our continuing sponsorship and support of Judo and its athletes.”

About Judo

Judo debuted as an official Olympic sport in 1964 and is practiced by millions of people throughout the world today. The United States won its first Gold Medal in judo at the 2012 London Olympic Games (Kayla Harrison). The discipline of Judo is a Japanese martial art and combat sport that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Best known for stunning throws, Judo also involves much grappling on the ground like wrestling, using hold-downs, submission chokes and arm locks.

Judo, translated as “gentle way,” teaches balance, leverage and flexibility in performing throws and other skills, and helps to develop complete body control and fast reflexive action. Technique and timing, rather than brute strength, are the essential ingredients for success in this sport. Worldwide, over 20 million people practice Judo, with all age groups, both sexes and disabled persons all able to participate in learning and practicing the sport.

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others, and helps teach self-confidence, concentration and leadership skills. It’s no coincidence that several world leaders have also studied Judo, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau, former U.S. Senator of Colorado and Olympian Ben Campbell, and former President Theodore Roosevelt, as well as many celebrity judo practitioners such as director Guy Ritchie, actors Chuck Norris, James Cagney and Peter Sellers.

About Film Annex

Francesco Rulli created Film Annex in 2006 as a leading online short film distribution platform. Film Annex educates and entertains audiences by distributing meaningful, diverse, and high-quality films and content to a global audience averaging 1.5 million viewers per day. Film Annex pioneered the internet with an advertising revenue share model for independent filmmakers, bloggers, and its 300,000+ registered community builders. Content creators receive Bitcoin (BTC) payments for their work, and Bitcoin is currently being used on hundreds of e-commerce websites and trading platforms. Film Annex now has users in 245 countries and territories, and those users can spend their Bitcoin payments online or convert BTC into local currency. Film Annex is a proud supporter of the New York Judo Open and Olympic athletics in Judo, Fencing, and Wrestling. For more information please visit, our 501 3(C) Foundation supporting women’s empowerment,, and the corporate site,

About the New York Athletic Club

Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club can boast of a unique history. The Club’s founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. Quickly, the NYAC organized the first US championships in boxing, wrestling and outdoor track and field. Today, our New York City Club House stands in tribute to an unmatched athletic history and our on-going commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence. The NYAC was voted the #1 Athletic Club in the United States, the #1 Private Club in New York State and Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, 2013. For more information about the New York Athletic Club, visit

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The Real Tooth Fairies Deliver Personalized Letters To Girls For Taking Care of Their Teeth

Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) January 17, 2014

The Real Tooth Fairies announced today new personalized Tooth Fairy letters to girls that inspire and reward them for taking care of their teeth. The new letter topic girls can choose is called “Taking Care of My Teeth,” and like all the Magic Letters from The Real Tooth Fairies, these fun letters are delivered to girls on their pillows!

Imagine you’re a girl who has found the way to Magic Message your Tooth Fairy online — and she answers you back with a letter on your pillow! Now more than a fanciful imagining, it’s a reality for girls ages 5 to 10 years-old. This is thanks to the Royal Council of the Real Fairyland, LLC, an entertainment company dedicated to inspiring imagination, fostering creativity, and building character through a girl’s special friendship with her Tooth Fairy. The Real Tooth Fairies’ mission is to celebrate every girl and encourage her to spread kindness and change the world by being a part of the magic at

“Taking Care of My Teeth” is a new personalized letter topic that is in keeping with The Real Tooth Fairies mission of promoting oral care. “Our goal is to help girls around the world build a habit of brushing their teeth twice a day to have a healthy smile,” says Marilyn Bollinger, CEO of The Real Tooth Fairies. “Girls know their Real Tooth Fairy celebrates them in every way that they’re growing and glowing.”

So far, the reaction has been enthusiastically positive. Girls have been writing their Tooth Fairies with Magic Messages such as, “When I brushed my teeth for two minutes, I felt like a better person;” “I flossed after I brushed and I felt very clean in my mouth,” and “I felt happy because now I’m going to get a letter!”

How it works is simple. A girl goes online to the company’s award-winning website, – with her parent’s permission – and gets matched to her own Tooth Fairy. This begins a sweet friendship between a Tooth Fairy and an “Earthie,” as human girls are called. The two write back and forth like best friends sharing a growing girl’s day to day experiences – her proud moments and her challenges. Topics a girl can write about include: being proud of an activity, making friends, having a good day at school, a big moment in sports, a birthday, being sick or injured, or EVEN having a lost tooth! Parents play an important part by giving The Real Tooth Fairies permission to fly the letters to their girls’ pillows.

The “Taking Care of My Teeth” letters are part of an oral care program that features Dr. Glowsmile, The Real Tooth Fairies own fairy dentist. Dr. Glowsmile offers a goal-oriented brushing program with weekly tooth brushing charts parents can download and print. Dr. Glowsmile appears in some of the Magic Letters the girls receive and displays her dentist office and her wall of Healthy Brushing Heroes from Real Fairyland. Even the Furries get regular dental check-ups with Dr. Glowsmile.

Parents praise the new tooth care letters with comments such as, “My daughter pays more attention to her brushing techniques now and takes special care of her gums. She loves her Tooth Fairy so much that she wants her Tooth Fairy to be proud of her for her good tooth habits;” and “It’s different now when she brushes her teeth – she doesn’t want to let her tooth fairy down.”

As Queen Sirona of The Real Tooth Fairies says: “Your teeth are like the jewels in your smile, so take special care of them to keep your smile glowing!”

About The Real Tooth Fairies

The Real Tooth Fairies are represented to Earthies by the Royal Council of the Real Fairyland, LLC, an entertainment company dedicated to the production of excellence in programming and interactive media, tied to consumer products that inspire imagination, foster creativity, and encourage children to spread kindness and change the world. The Real Tooth Fairies focus on character-building content through positive role models, the 20 Lost Tooth Virtues, and the Every Kindness Counts program.

Marilyn Bollinger, CEO of The Real Tooth Fairies, is the author of many Disney books and has consulted for LeapFrog, Fisher-Price and other top children’s companies. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has practiced family and children’s therapy and been leader of parenting workshops. And of course, she’s honored to be the Earth’s ambassador to all things Real Fairyland, where Love is Magic and Every Kindness Counts!

Girls can Get Matched to their Tooth Fairy at

Parents can learn about The Real Tooth Fairies Magic Letters at

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Nigeria 4 – 1 Burkina Faso….

Eagles demolish Burkina 4-1

The African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria, confirmed their supremacy over Stallions of Burkina Faso in Tuesday’s international friendly played in Kaduna. The match is somewhat a replay of the finals of the African Cup of Nations involving the two teams earlier in the year in South Africa. The Super Eagles proved that their victory over Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations played earlier this year was no fluke as they silenced the Stallions 4-1 in an international friendly played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Tuesday.
A first half brace from Brown Ideye plus second half goals from Shola Ameobi and Emmanuel Emenike were all the reigning African champions needed to send their boastful west African neigbours back home empty-handed. Saidou Simpore scored a consolatory goal for the visitors late in the second half.

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Lampard to win 100 England caps….

England midfielder Frank Lampard

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap against Ukraine on Tuesday. The Chelsea midfielder, 35, will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone, joining team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole. Lampard made his England debut in October 1999 under previous boss Kevin Keegan in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Since then he has gone on to score 29 times for his country and has captained them five times.

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108: Bobby Moore (1962-1973)

106: Bobby Charlton (1958-1970)

105: Billy Wright (1946-1959)

104: Ashley Cole (2001-present)

104: Steven Gerrard (2000-present)

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Eto to quit Lions….

Chelsea new boy Samuel Eto’o will be able to devote more time to helping the club win trophies after announcing he is to retire from international football. The 32-year-old striker said he would quit the Cameroon national team for ‘family reasons’ after a reported row with coach Volker Finke over team selection, despite helping his side to reach the final round of African qualification for the World Cup in Brazil. Eto’o, who also threatened to retire from international football in September 2012 before changing his mind, told team-mates in the dressing room after Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Libya he was ending his 16-year career with the Indomitable Lions, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. His announcement follows a week of tension in the team camp after Eto’o demanded the selection of goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and striker Achille Webo against Libya, with German Finke refusing to agree. Eto’o, four times African Footballer of the Year, initially suggested he was not fit to play because of a groin injury but did take part in the match and even wore the captain’s armband before being replaced on the hour mark. Cameroon now face a two-legged playoff in October and November to qualify for Brazil. Eto’o, who signed for Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala last month, has scored 56 goals in 114 appearances for Cameroon and appeared at three World Cup finals in 1998, 2002 and 2010.

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Serena Williams wins US Open….

World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title in a thrilling final against Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows. The American, 31, overcame a determined opponent and a testing wind to win 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 and repeat last year’s final victory against the Belarusian. Williams has now won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her to within one of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and seven short of Margaret Court’s record total of 24. But after letting a double-break lead slip in the second set, and twice failing to serve out the match, Williams was made to dig as deep as in any of her 16 previous major wins. “Vika’s such a great opponent, such a great fighter and that’s why she’s been able to win multiple Grand Slams,” Williams said of Azarenka after their contest. “That’s why it was never over until match point.” Azarenka, 24, had beaten Williams twice this year, the last time in Cincinnati on the eve of the US Open, and clearly believed she could defeat the American on a bigger stage.

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Pellegrini is new Manchester City manager….

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester City after signing a three-year contract. The 59-year-old Chilean arrives from Malaga and fills the role vacated by Roberto Mancini, who was sacked in May. “I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity,” said Pellegrini, who will begin his new job on 24 June. “The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.” Brian Kidd will remain on the coaching staff, with Ruben Cousillas joining as assistant manager, and goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello also part of the new backroom set-up. The trio worked under Pellegrini at Malaga.

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Nadal wins French Open….

Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy

Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title. Nadal, 27, came through 6-3 6-2 6-3 to reaffirm his dominance on clay, and further elevate himself among the greats of the sport. “I’m very happy, very emotional,” he said. “It’s a very important victory for me.” However, the final was interrupted by a brief protest high in the stands during the second set that was quickly followed by an intruder leaping onto the court while brandishing a flare. Security guards managed to bundle the man to the ground as he approached Nadal, and the player even took care to shake an official’s hand before returning to the action. “Just can I say thank you very much to all the security guys,” he said afterwards. “They did just amazing work. “They were very quick, and they were very courageous about what they did in the first moment.”

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Serena Williams wins 2013 Women’s French Open title….

Serena Williams

World number one Serena Williams today won a second French Open title 11 years after her first with a convincing win over defending champion Maria Sharapova. The American, 31, was pushed at times but led throughout, winning 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes. Williams has now won 16 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her to within two of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, who have 18 each. And with an unbeaten run that now stands at 31 matches, she will be strongly favoured to add to that tally at Wimbledon next month. Sharapova had come into Saturday’s final promising to “try something different” after failing to beat Williams in their last 12 matches, stretching back to 2004.


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