Lee Charnley apologises to Newcastle fans for bad start to season

first_img Press Association “After six league games, the truth is we have not achieved the points that any of us had hoped and expected we would do. “None of us can, or will, shirk the responsibility for this situation. Now is the time for collective action, and for us to find solutions to the problems rather than allow ourselves to be consumed by them. “It is important to state that we bear collective responsibility for our position in the table. Identifying the problems in order to find the solutions is crucial, but we are not in the business of apportioning blame. We are a team, from the boardroom to the boot room, and we will respond like one. “So we have sat down as a collective – myself with Steve and his coaching team, and Steve with his players – to discuss the concerns and to look for the solutions together.” The start has piled the pressure on McClaren, whose side have lost their last four games in all competitions and face champions Chelsea and current leaders Manchester City in the next two. But Charnley said: “Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for. “Whilst you may be tired of hearing this, I believe, as we have said from the start, all of this rebuilding and reshaping isn’t something that can happen overnight; it will take time to see the benefit of the changes we made during the summer.” Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has apologised for the club’s dreadful start to the new season. center_img Owner Mike Ashley’s right-hand man, who oversaw the appointment of head coach Steve McClaren and the club’s £52million summer recruitment drive, has insisted the club’s hierarchy will take “collective responsibility” for the failures which have resulted in only one victory from eight games to date this season – none of them in the Barclays Premier League – and an embarrassing Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Sky Bet Championship Sheffield Wednesday. In an e-mail to the club’s supporters, Charnley said: “There is no hiding from the fact that this has been a very disappointing start to our Premier League campaign, and a painful early exit from a cup competition that we were determined to give everything in this year. We apologise to you for this. last_img read more

Sad farewell for injured Bolt as Britain win 4x100m relay

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday.Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down his leg the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward roll to the ground, to gasps from the 60,000 sell out London Stadium.The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led US four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).Bolt missed out on his bid to retain his 100m title earlier in the week, losing out to Gatlin and silver medallist Christian Coleman, who ran relay anchor for the Americans on Saturday.But hopes were high for Bolt’s final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting newly-crowned 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake in their line-up.Jamaica were afforded a rousing welcome from the crowd, Bolt applauding the stands, with pictures of him constantly shown on the stadium’s big screens.Gatlin and the US team also including another convicted doping cheat, Mike Rodgers, and Jaylen Bacon were booed when introduced although the jeering was less than for the individual 100m event. A close first three legs saw Britain, the United States and Jamaica level-pegged for the final leg.But there was to be drama as a visibly swearing Bolt pulled up, allowing the Japanese quartet to nip in for third.The result means Bolt, 100 and 200m world record holder, finishes his career with 14 world medals to go with eight Olympic golds.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Leafs Robson Cramer commits to SFU Clan of BCIHL for next season

first_imgThe Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team landed a big catch when Nelson’s leading scorer Robson Cramer committed to the Burnaby Mountain squad for the 2015-16 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season.“Robson is a player who has been on our radar for a couple of years now and we know he is very dedicated to both hockey and academics,” said SFU Men’s Hockey Head Coach Mark Coletta.Cramer, 20, is in this third season with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Leafs.In 37 games, he leads Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points.”(Robson) is a very skilled, smooth skating defenseman who can contribute offensively,” said Coletta. “It’s a good thing – a very good thing – to be able to solidify our team early in the recruiting season with a bonafide top six defenseman.”Cramer, listed at 5’10” and 160 pounds, is tops among all blueliners in the KIJHL.Nine of his 16 goals have been scored with the Leafs on the man advantage, which is tied for third-most in the league. “I am excited to be a part of SFU’s outstanding hockey program and attend one of the top universities in the country,” said Cramer.“I am an offensive defenseman who has solid vision and I feel that I show composure in both the offensive and defensive zones. I am a pretty powerful skater and in the offensive zone, move effectively to help create scoring opportunities.” The graduate of the North American Prospect Hockey League’s Midget Minor Pikes Peak Miners started his junior hockey career in 2011-12 with Osoyoos, finishing the season with three goals and 34 assists in 49 games as a 17-year-old.Cramer joined the junior A Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League in 2012-13, but returned to the KIJHL after posting two assists in three games. He was named alternate captain upon his return to Osoyoos and was traded to Nelson in January 2013.To this point, Cramer’s KIJHL career totals include 30 goals and 100 assists for 130 points in 163 games. He also has a goal and eight assists in 21 career KIJHL playoff games. “In my first year on campus starting in September, I hope to contribute to SFU winning a championship and to establish myself as a successful student in the business program,” said Cramer. Cramer is the first recruit thus far in what is expected to be a very strong recruiting class for the 2015-16 season for SFU.Cramer will be playing against two former teammates when he takes to the ice for SFU.Forwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill currently play for Victoria Vikes.last_img read more

Time to check for cold weather injury in wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is the time for growers to check their wheat crops to see if last month’s cold snap injured susceptible plants, a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University said.Because temperatures hit near or below freezing during the week of April 20 in some parts of Ohio, wheat growers may consider checking their crops for potential injury, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.Depending on the wheat’s growth stage and how cold the temperatures were, some plants could have been hurt by the freeze, Lindsey said, noting that the later the growth stage of the plant, the more potential for damage.“As wheat greens up, the plants are more susceptible to damage in freezing temperatures, especially after jointing,” she said. “Based on observations and reports we’ve received from some growers with concerns about the cold and its impact on their wheat crops, we think maybe 3 to 5% of fields may have sustained injury in Ohio.”Statewide, most wheat is between Feekes growth stage 5, or green-up, and Feekes growth stage 6, or jointing, Lindsey said. For plants at Feekes growth stage 6, exposure to temperatures below 24 degrees for at least two hours can cause injury, she said.“The damage to the plant is the most severe when the wheat is at the boot and heading growth stage,” Lindsey said. “Growers whose crops have experienced significant damage still have time to consider whether it would be more advantageous to get rid of the wheat crop and plant soybeans instead.”Signs of wheat injury include discoloration and deformation, she said. For example, on plants in between Feekes growth stages 6 and 8, leaves and stems on freeze-damaged plants become twisted and turn light green or yellow with death of the leaf tips, Lindsey said.“At Feekes 8, the emerging flag leaf appears yellow or dead instead of being a normal healthy green color,” she said. “Secondary unaffected tillers will still develop and produce grain, but those tillers with damaged growing points will stop growing and will not produce a head.”last_img read more

Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

first_imgEls invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’ll stick with it.”Harris scored 21 points in the first quarter, as the Pistons rolled to a season-high 40 points and a 40-19 lead.“Obviously, Tobias had a heck of a first quarter, but it all was clicking, on all cylinders,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said. “Everybody was scoring.”Drummond finished with 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. The entire starting five for the Pacers combined for just eight rebounds and their offensive output was a season low.“I have no explanation for that, absolutely none,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re just digging a hole for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “He just told me to clear my head and go out there and enjoy the game and just play off everything that happens,” Harris said. “That’s what I’ve been able to do and it’s been working.”It worked to near perfection Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time). Harris scored 30 points as the Pistons downed the Indiana Pacers 107-83.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarris was 10-of-11 from the floor, including making seven of eight 3′s.“It’s a new approach I have, since I was not shooting as well as I was before, so I’m just letting the game come to me and just try to feed off what the game brings,” Harris said. “You go on with a better mindset playing in the game. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Ish Smith (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11) also reached double digits for Detroit.Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 13 points. Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 10 points.The victory moved the Pistons (19-14) past the Pacers (19-15) into second spot in the NBA’s Central Division and gave the Pistons a 3-1 decision in the season series between the two teams, the first time Detroit had won the season set from Indiana since going 4-0 against the Pacers in 2007-08.“That’s a team we’re looking forward to playing in the playoffs, so to get that advantage is huge for us,” Drummond said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDETROIT — A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.Van Gundy’s message to Harris, who was struggling with his shot, was to get out of his own head and just be in the moment.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Coach Leo Austria described Meralco as San Miguel’s first test in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.He was right as the Beermen barely escaped the Bolts, 103-97, Wednesday night at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next June Mar Fajardo was in his usual dominant self, unloading 26 points and nine rebounds while the guards, led by Alex Cabagnot, fired on all cylinders that kept Meralco at bay.Cabagnot led all scorers with 29 points that went with seven boards, and four assists, Marcio Lassiter got 18 points built on four treys, with five rebounds and three dimes, while Von Pessumal shot 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wind up with 11 markers on top of five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’m so thankful that we ended the year with a bang,” said Austria as his side shot 13-of-29 from rainbow country. “With this win, I think this will motivate us to play better next time.”The victory almost slipped from the Beermen’s grip as a late charge from the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 22 points, threatened and came to within, 102-97, after Mike Tolomia drilled a trey with 38.9 seconds remaining. MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Meralco had a chance to trim the lead further, but Nino Cañaleta’s three went in and out as Fajardo secured the rebound and Chris Ross iced the game with a split at the free throw line with 5.3 ticks left.Tolomia dropped 21 points on a 5-of-9 clip from threes, to go along with four rebounds and six assists.Cañaleta added 17 markers and nine boards, while Reynel Hugnatan had 16.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 103 — Cabagnot 29, Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 11, Ross 9, Santos 8, Mamaril 2, Lanete 0, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MERALCO 97 –  Tolomia 21, Canaleta 17, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 13, Lanete 10, Bono 8, Amer 7, Baracael 2, Ballesteros 2, Caram 1, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 30-18, 59-41, 81-73, 103-97. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Revilla puts past behind with Phoenix win over former team Kia View commentslast_img read more

New year brings new hope for Alaska after disastrous 2017

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next After contending for practically every season since its inclusion in 1986, the Aces faced incredible uncertainty in 2017 when they experienced their worst losing streak in history at 14 straight games between the two import conferences.After a fairly decent All-Filipino Conference finishing with a 7-4 card, Alaska went into free fall in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups tallying a combined record of just 7-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Aces also ended the year with 106-98 loss to TNT on Friday, but head coach Alex Compton wants his players to just let of everything that had happened in 2017.“For us as a team, the year 2017 wasn’t that pretty,” said Compton in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “There will always come a time that you will face challenges in your life.” Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ LATEST STORIES Still, Compton remains positive that they can turn things around and start on a winning note after starting the new season 0-2 in the Philippine Cup.“Then again I’ve told them to enjoy the New Year, celebrate the New Year with their families and flush everything bad down the toilet because 2018 will be the new hope.”center_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed If there’s one year that Alaska would like to forget in its storied history in the PBA, it has to be 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Allen, Crabbe help Nets beat Magic

first_imgMOST READ Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) looks to pass against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Rookie Jarrett Allen had a career-high 16 points, Allen Crabbe added 15 points and blocked a potential tying shot, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Orlando Magic 98-95 on Monday night.Caris LeVert also had 15 points, while DeMarre Carroll chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and the tiebreaking free throw with 34.5 seconds remaining. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 13 for the Nets, who opened up the new year with a win after closing out 2017 with a 1-4 road trip.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Hollis-Jefferson then made two free throws to close the lead to 93-92 with 1:31 remaining and LeVert converted on a three-point play to put the Nets up 95-93. Orlando’s Wes Iwundu then answered with a basket to even it again at 95-all.Carroll was then fouled under the basket and put the Nets ahead for good.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando’s last road win took place Dec. 3 across town from Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.Nets: Brooklyn, second in the league with 34.3 3-pointers per game this season, attempted only nine 3s in the first half, making three. . Nets lead the lead season series 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, steers Raptors past Bucks UP NEXTMagic: Host Houston on Wednesday.Nets: Host Minnesota on Wednesday. Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Elfrid Payton added 17 points for an Orlando team that has lost its last seven games on the road.Bismack Biyombo posted his own double-double with 13 points and a season-high 17 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderCrabbe made two free throws to give the Nets their three-point lead with 18 seconds left. He then followed it by blocking Evan Fournier’s 3-point attempt with seven seconds left, and DJ Augustin missed Orlando’s final chance to tie.Orlando squandered a 93-90 lead with 1:51 to go in the fourth after Gordon made a pair of free throws. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ Ball, Lopez cleared for practice return from injury

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to return to practice after recent injury absences.Ball and Lopez are both questionable for the Lakers’ next game against Oklahoma City on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23, missing five consecutive games. The rookie No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 10.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game.Lopez has missed eight games since spraining his right ankle Dec. 18. The veteran big man is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his first season with Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight games to fall back into last place in the Western Conference standings. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Since winning his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open — becoming the first man in nearly a half-century with four in a row — Djokovic has made it past the quarterfinals at only one of the past six major tournaments, finishing as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open.A year ago at the Australian Open, as the two-time defending champion, he bowed out in the second round against 117th-ranked Denis Istomin, the first time Djokovic exited so early at any major in nearly a decade. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kei Nishikori out of Australian Open because wrist not ready Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Djokovic hasn’t played in any tournament since retiring from his match in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July because of the elbow injury. At the time, he acknowledged that his right arm had been bothering him for more than a year but that he had decided against having surgery.The extended absence dropped the former No. 1 player to No. 12 in the current ATP rankings.Djokovic is hardly alone when it comes to high-profile men’s tennis players dealing with injuries as the new season begins.Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, the runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open last year, withdrew from this week’s Brisbane International tuneup tournament because of a bothersome right knee. Nadal won the French Open and U.S. Open in 2017 to raise his major count to 16.Three-time major champion Andy Murray, meanwhile, also pulled out of the Brisbane International and is considering having an operation because of a bad hip. Like Djokovic, he last competed at Wimbledon, nearly six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq After that, the statement says, “the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season.”Djokovic, who is right-handed, cited the elbow problem on Dec. 30, when he withdrew from this week’s Qatar Open, a hard-court tuneup tournament for the Australian Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThat was supposed to be the 30-year-old Serb’s final competitive preparation before play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 15.He previously pulled out of a United Arab Emirates exhibition tournament. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Read Next FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Dkokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where has won six of his 12 major championships. Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted on his website Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017, says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events next week. After that, the statement says, “the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season.”(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)Novak Djokovic is still not sure whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open, where he has won six of his 12 major championships.Djokovic has been dealing with pain in his right elbow. A statement posted on his website on Wednesday says he will travel to Australia to participate in two exhibition events there next week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more