Playing the Stock Market – It’s Chess Not Checkers

In playing the stock market, it is imperative that you strategize first about picking stock. This is an art based on set criteria with the aim of achieving a rate of return that is greater than the market’s overall average. These criteria may include, but are in no way limited to risk and risk tolerance. These criteria should also be personalized, based on your wealth and expectations of the company under consideration. However, it is important to understand that there is no foolproof method of picking stock, risks are always involved. Strategizing just makes your chances more favorable.

In investing, there are many different approaches. Two basic approaches are fundamental and technical. Fundamental approach refers to analyzing companies by their financial statements, business trends and general economic conditions. The Technical approach focuses on price actions in markets through the use of charts and quantitative techniques to attempt to forecast price trends regardless of the company’s financial prospects. Other investors choose a blend of technical, fundamental and environmental factors to influence where to invest and the timing of the investment. These strategies reject the chance theory of investing and attribute their higher level of returns to insight and discipline.

When strategizing, it is important to know that there is never going to be a perfect time or product to invest in. Your strategy should take into account the time you are prepared to devote, whether you are investing for use after or before retirement and other personal factors. Your investment should be with your expectations of future earnings in mind.

Even the best companies, industries and sectors fall out of favor from time to time. A fully informed investor can enter a turbulent market and purchase of these struggling companies at a fraction of their intrinsic value. This is the bad news strategy. Insider trading strategy makes use of a company’s director, manager or employee to compute the percent of stock held in a company. Most investments using this outlook are based on changes in insider holdings.

Finally, the most widely used strategy is bottom buying. Individuals buy stocks that look cheap because they are down a lot in price or selling near their lows. Then, when these stocks recover, they can be sold for more than they were bought for. It should be noted that what seems too high and risky usually goes higher and what seems low and cheap usually goes lower.

These strategies should be combined to better your chances of favorable returns while playing the stock market.

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Mobile Phones Rewrite World Cup History

Sydney (PRWEB) June 22, 2014

For the fans who did not make it to Brazil for the World Cup, what’s the next best thing? Feeling like they are part of the match themselves from the comfort of their couches, made possible by a new App designed by Australian mobile communications specialist Mnet (http://www.mnetmobile.com).

Designed for client Kia, Mnet’s new App running on SBS’ 2014 World Cup broadcasts delivers soccer fans multiple opportunities to rewrite the global sport’s history – by using their smartphones to save some of the World Cup’s most famous goals.

A total of seven World Cup goal attempts by Football’s most famous players including England’s David Beckham and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are appearing on Australian televisions during the 2014 World Cup competition. Using a newly developed App and Mnet’s proprietary second-screen HARK™ technology, fans can attempt to save these goals and build their points in a national competition.

Mnet CEO Travis Johnson said, “The seven goals in the series were digitally re-created from a goal keeper’s perspective to bring a highly realistic view of the ball strikes and potential goal-saving action.”

See main site and sample videos:

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Action scenes for the series were filmed at Sydney Olympic Stadium with David Zdrilic, who is an SBS Ambassador and played 30 times for Australia, once scoring eight goals in a single game. The World Cup Shootout app is being promoted throughout the tournament by SBS and can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play stores. The video challenges are also hosted on Kia’s website, the channel’s website and to a global audience on YouTube.

Steve Watt, General Manager, Marketing, for Kia in Australia, said, “This is a perfect platform to promote the sporty Kia Pro_cee’d GT to a technology savvy, and highly engaged, World Cup audience.”

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Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston Wins Skateboard Street Gold at X Games Austin 2014 – Wins Fifth Career Gold Medal


Austin, Texas (PRWEB) June 09, 2014

Monster Energy congratulates Nyjah Huston on his gold medal finish in Monster Energy’s Skateboard Street at X Games Austin 2014, where he dominated the Texas-themed concrete course with a barrage of technical tricks delivered with incredible consistency. In front of a roaring crowd at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, the 19-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, California bagged his 9th career medal at X Games and made history as the street skateboarder with the most X Games Gold medals.

For the highly anticipated finals, six of the world’s best street skateboarders took their individual approaches to the concrete course that incorporated typical Texan industrial features such as road barriers, ditch-like banks, drainage pipes, and a propane tank.

After qualifying in first place, Huston unleashed his biggest tricks during the finals.

In his flawless second run, Huston secured his win early on with a switch frontside 50-50 down the big rail, frontside noseblunt slide on the Jersey barrier, 360 kickflip and backside 180 kickflip over the flower box gap, and a nollie cab to frontside boardslide on the big rail for a 95.00 score.

With a more than seven point lead over his next competitor, Huston took his 3rd and final run as a victory lap, throwing in an extremely difficult nollie backside overcrook on the bank rail for the fans.

Upon winning Gold, Nyjah said, “The crowd was my favorite part. They really pumped me up. It feels awesome to take home gold from the very first X Games in Austin.”

Prior to today’s final, Huston qualified in first place with a perfect 94.00 run, stringing together state-of-the art moves such as frontside nosegrind down the big rail, nollie crooked on the bank rail, kickflip backside lipslide across the flower box gap rail and an extremely difficult fakie 5-0 grind down the big rail.

An incredibly technical and consistent rider, Huston has grown into a dominant force in street skateboarding since first competing at the X Games in 2006. Huston, 19, ended his last X Games season on a high note with a Gold medal in Skateboard Street at X Games Los Angeles 2013, and recently bagged 1st place at the SLS Monster Energy Pro Open in May 2014. Having won more prize money in skateboarding competitions than any other rider in history, he now adds this 9th X Games medal to five gold medals (one of them being for the X Games Real Street Video), two silver medals, and one bronze.

Barely missing the finals by one place despite a strong showing in the prelims, Monster Energy’s Curren Caples covered the entire street course with a contorted tuck-knee frontside air over the hip, backside Smith grind on the big rail, frontside nosebluntslide on the A-frame rail, and a huge frontside flip transfer out of the quarter pipe all the way up to the top deck bank.

Teammate Shane O’Neill looked like a strong contender for a spot in the finals, but took a heavy slam in his first prelims run. O’Neill still landed precise technical moves including backside tailslide across the flower box gap rail, bigspin frontside boardslide on the A-frame rail and a nollie backside 180 heelflip down the big stair set.

Four-day attendance at X Games Austin 2014, the first-ever X Games in the Texan state capitol after being in LA since 2003, was at 160,000 spectators. For the opening night on Thursday, June 5, a crowd of 12,000 fans watched the BMX and Skateboard Vert event at the outdoor venue in downtown Austin. Overall, the weekend in Austin sets an important X Games milestone: all-time X Games attendance has now surpassed five million, with the grand total for the 41st X Games at 5,069,115 spectators.

Visit monsterenergy.com for more on Huston, O’Neill, Caples, Wair and the rest of the Monster Energy athletes at X Games Austin 2014. The site is filled with behind-the-scenes photos and updates from Austin as they happen.

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About Monster Beverage Corporation:

Based in Corona, California, Monster Beverage Corporation is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Beverage Corporation supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Beverage Corporation including all of its drinks at http://www.monsterenergy.com.







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MEDIA ALERT: Hiring Event for People with Disabilities


Chicago (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

As the nation’s federal contractors and subcontractors gear up to implement a new regulation that sets a hiring goal for 7% of their workforce to be comprised of qualified people with disabilities, Think Beyond the Label is hosting its popular online career fair for people with disabilities on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair is a virtual networking event for employers looking to find and recruit job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Think Beyond the Label’s community includes 6,000 registered members; most have five or more years of work experience and college or advanced degrees.

Employers participating in the May 21 fair include Aetna, ASCO Numatics, Dart Container Corporation, Discover Communications, KPMG, Learning Tree International, Navigant, Rockefeller University and VHA. There is still time for employers to enroll in the career fair.

DATE: Wednesday, May 21

TIME: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Eastern Time

SIGN UP: Online registration is available now

COST: Free for job seekers with disabilities

FUTURE 2014 FAIR DATES: July 30 and Oct. 22

Who Should Attend

    Job seekers with disabilities from all backgrounds, with all skill levels, nationwide
    Federal contractors and subcontractors who have jobs for people with disabilities and want to enhance their compliance efforts
    Employers nationwide who value workplace diversity and inclusive team-building

The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair series helps companies build a pipeline of qualified candidates with disabilities to diversify their workforce and, if applicable, to meet Section 503 regulations.

Section 503 rules, which went into effect on March 24, 2014, require federal contractors to proactively recruit people with disabilities as well as report their hiring activities. Job applicants and existing employees will be provided with a voluntary self-disclosure form to aid in employers’ tracking efforts.

For more than a year, the Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair has connected qualified job candidates with disabilities to top U.S. government agencies, global corporations and colleges and universities, including: The Boeing Company, KPMG, Wells Fargo, The Internal Revenue Service, The Hartford, AT&T, Union Pacific, IBM, UnitedHealth Group, Qualcomm, Aetna, Graybar, WellPoint, Merck, Pearson, TRW Automotive, Trustmark Companies, NextEra Energy, Exelon, LGS Innovations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clark University and many others.

The events are hosted in partnership with Brazen Careerist, a leading recruiting technology firm.

About Think Beyond the Label

Think Beyond the Label is a cross-sector collaborative that helps businesses and the public workforce system more effectively recruit, hire and retain job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Think Beyond the Label connects the entire range of job seekers with disabilities to employers looking to hire through its virtual career fairs, online jobs portal, social platforms and community profiles. Our partnership spans state health and human service and employment agencies; businesses; and Health & Disability Advocates, a national private nonprofit organization that manages the Think Beyond the Label partnership. For more information, please visit http://www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

About Brazen Careerist

Brazen Careerist is transforming career and professional development through its live, online event platform Brazen Connect. The cloud-based platform is leveraged by hundreds of employers, universities, job boards, associations and media companies for better recruiting, expanded networking and valuable audience engagement. For more information, please go to http://www.brazencareerist.com.







EPIC Announces Real Time Data Access with DART

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 05, 2014

EPIC Loan Systems today announced the immediate availability of a new service to provide clients real-time access to their loan portfolio data. EPIC DART (Data Access in Real Time) provides a fully managed Microsoft SQL database server instance, which frees portfolio owners from the tasks of database administration enabling them to focus on advanced analytics.

“Real time access to portfolio data has become an absolute necessity for many EPIC Clients,” said Brian Martin, President of EPIC. “DART allows our Lenders to obtain meaningful insights into the health of their portfolios and the effectiveness of their operational and business strategies.” He continued that the DART advantage “will allow them to quickly and confidently make adjustments that can improve their performance, identify crucial opportunities for growth and maximize their efficiency.”

DART is accessed through an encrypted ODBC connection and provides Lenders with the ability to run ad-hoc SQL queries on their data. Ken Maier, Chief Technology Officer at EPIC, explained that “DART is service designed to give immediate access to data in a reliable, secure environment. DART is built on the latest technology and provides Lenders with a tool they can use for ad-hoc reporting, system integration with their customer portals to show customers real-time data. DART can be used with any BI tool supporting an ODBC connection.”

EPIC DART Availability

EPIC DART is available immediately as a monthly subscription. A performance version is available for clients with greater computing needs. Discounts are available for multi-portfolio and multi-month commitments. EPIC Clients should contact Sales at 877-305-3742 Option 1 with questions and to request access.

About EPIC Loan Systems

EPIC is a premier provider of Loan Management Software. Founded in 2010, the company offers a SaaS application designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of the online lending marketplace.

EPIC and DART are trademarks of Advanced Loan Technologies, LLC in the United States.

For more information:

Mike Morales, VP of Sales

877-305-3742 ext. 1

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Top Holiday Rentals Website Reveals 15 of the Worlds Most Beautiful Lesser Known Public Squares


(PRWEB UK) 22 April 2014

With a few notable exceptions – Times Square in New York, Moscow’s Red Square and Leicester Square in London spring to mind – the world’s many beautiful public squares and plazas rarely seem to gain the appreciation they deserve. According to a list of ‘Top 15 Beautiful & Lesser Known Squares Around The World’ recently published by leading holiday rentals specialist AlphaHolidayLettings.com, many of the most adored public piazzas are located at off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Take the sublime Plaça Reial (Royal Plaza) in Barcelona, for example. This popular and cosmopolitan urban oasis, dotted with mature palm trees, is situated off the city’s famous La Rambla and was built in the nineteenth century. The historic arcaded buildings which surround the square house many inviting restaurants, tapas bars and cafes which provide a perfect setting in which to take a break from the bustle of the city or enjoy an atmospheric and romantic evening meal.

Manhattan’s Washington Square Park provides one of New York’s most beautiful public spaces. The square itself is dominated by a magnificent and iconic arch, constructed from marble and reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Built in 1892 the arch celebrates George Washington’s inauguration as the American President. Washington Square is surrounded by a delightful park beloved of street entertainers, dog walkers and old-timers playing chess. Located at the southern end of Fifth Avenue, Washington Square Park is an idyllic spot to relax awhile in the city that never sleeps.

Italy, of course, is renowned for its wealth of stunning and historic architecture and boasts an abundance of beautiful piazzas. One of the oldest and most impressive is the remarkably-preserved Piazza Grande in the city of Arezzo in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounding this sloped red-brick and limestone-paved square – once the city’s marketplace – which dates from medieval times is an awe inspiring collection of historic buildings including the sixth-century Town Hall, the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve and the Episcopal Palace both dating from the thirteenth century, and the Gothic-styled Palace of the Lay Fraternity built in the fourteenth-century.

Exploring these and any of the world’s other beautiful public squares and open spaces is not only enjoyable and rewarding but also affordable thanks to the vast range of superb holiday rental properties available via Alpha Holiday Lettings. With something to suit every holidaymaker’s taste and budget, here is a sample of just some of the fabulous holiday homes available to rent:

Barcelona, Spain

Catalonia’s capital city has it all; family-friendly golden sandy beaches, stunning Gothic architecture, superb shopping and nightlife, a rich culture and cuisine and sufficient fun attractions and activities – covering everything from theme parks to flamenco lessons – to guarantee a happy holiday for everyone.

Property 111595: a luxurious and fully-equipped apartment ideally located at Barcelona’s centre (sleeps 6), from €3780 – €4830 per week.

New York City, USA

A city of endless possibilities and adventures, the Big Apple is as famous for its shopping, entertainment, restaurants and nightlife as it is for landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building and Broadway. With something new and exciting around every corner, a break in New York is both fun and unforgettable for couples, families and kids of all ages.

Property 122172: a modern and stylish loft apartment in New York’s fashionable Lower East Side (sleeps 7) within easy reach of many shops, restaurants and attractions, from $ 2450 – $ 3150 per week.

Arezzo Province, Italy

Tuscany is renowned for its tranquillity and breath-taking natural beauty, and the Arezzo Province, dotted with charming and historic towns and bordered by the Apennine Mountains, offers an unrivalled setting for a relaxing escape in a region with a rich cultural and artistic heritage and wonderful distinctive gastronomy.

Property 14912: A stunning and luxurious rural Tuscan villa with private pool (sleeps 10) and panoramic views of the Tuscany countryside yet within easy reach of many famous towns and attractions, from €1850 – €3990 per week

About Alpha Holiday Lettings

Alpha Holiday Lettings a leading holiday rentals website, offering self-catering apartments, cottages and holiday villas in France, Spain, England, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and other destinations around the world. Most properties listed on Alpha Holiday Lettings are privately owned and are booked directly with holiday home owners. For more information, visit http://www.alphaholidaylettings.com.







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. http://www.americanmaritime.org







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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.

Members of England’s 100 club

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115: David Beckham (1996-2009)

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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