A decision made by the Orlando, Florida Police Department appears to be a victory for privacy advocates. The city announced yesterday police have stopped using Amazon’s facial recognition program after 15 months of testing. But due to bandwidth problems the program never went live.Orlando says it will stop testing Amazon’s facial-recognition tool. The city wanted Rekognition to alert if anyone on a police watchlist passed one of their surveillance cameras, but they never made “any noticeable progress” https://t.co/SUJxJZk3W2— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) July 18, 2019 The program was designed to find suspects by scanning public spaces with facial recognition software. The ACLU was among those who criticized the program, but Mayor Buddy Dyer says the decision not to pursue the program was based on a lack of resources. The technology is designed to automatically identify and track suspects in real-time using facial recognition algorithms.“At this time, the city was not able to dedicate the resources to the pilot to enable us to make any noticeable progress toward completing the needed configuration and testing,” Orlando’s Chief Administrative Office said in a memo to City Council, adding that the city has “no immediate plans regarding future pilots to explore this type of facial recognition technology.”The American Civil Liberties Union brought Orlando’s pilot with Amazon to light in May 2018, triggering nationwide pushback from civil rights groups concerned about privacy breaches, the technology’s potential for abuse and its tendency to misidentify dark-skinned women more frequently than white men. Plus there is still the uncertainty over whether the controversial face-scanning technology “actually works.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The second day of the Boxing Day Test witnessed a hilarious sledging contest between Rohit Sharma and Australia cricket skipper Tim Paine. In a conversation that was recorded by the stump microphone, Paine is trying to distract Rohit with some hilarious banter as the batsman prepares to face Nathan Lyon. Paine was trying to break Rohit’s concentration and he egged him to hit a six off Lyon. “It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai,” Paine was heard saying to Finch. However, before the start of day 3, Rohit admitted that he had heard the banter and he had a quick laugh with Ajinkya Rahane, who is the captain of the Rajasthan Royals side.“I heard that but when I’m batting I just focus on the job at hand. I had a chat with Ajinkya Rahane and I joked that if he (Paine) gets a hundred here, I will put in a word about him to my boss at Mumbai Indians and we’ll buy him. Looks like he’s a fan of Mumbai,” Rohit quipped. Rohit Sharma is the current captain of the Mumbai Indians side and he has led the franchise to three IPL titles in addition to a Champions League T20 title in 2013.Read More | ‘If he hits a six, I am supporting Mumbai’- Paine sledges Rohit SharmaRohit scored his 10th fifty and curbed his attacking instincts but the Mumbai batsman was troubled by a back injury and he added that the injury needed to be managed properly. “I had a chat with Virat because he’s had it before. He says it’s a recurring issue. I didn’t feel anything yesterday but I have to be really careful,” Rohit said.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeAustralia struggled to handle Jasprit Bumrah, who took a career-best haul of 6/33 as they were shot out for 151, giving India a massive 292-run lead. India did not enforce the follow-on and they were reduced to 54/5, with Pat Cummins taking 4/10. Rohit failed in the second innings as he edged a short ball from Josh Hazlewood to depart for 5. India ended the day with a lead of 346 runs and they would be eyeing an early declaration in order to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “For seven years in Montreal, we were thinking about bringing our suitcases to head back to the Dominican (Republic) in August,” Guerrero said. “Here in Anaheim, you play baseball in August because you’re winning. … Winning is the key thing I remember about being here.”As for the current number 27, Trout said he came to understand the significance of sharing a number with Guerrero over time.“To wear that number, and obviously the Hall of Fame, just his career statistics, and the time he was with the Angels – it’s pretty remarkable,” Trout said. “He comes in here, and he’s just another guy. Just comes in here and talks to us, good friends with all of us.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousFormer Angel outfielder Vladimir Guerrero waves to fans during a ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero prepares to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for Friday’s game after a pregame ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero throws out the ceremonial first pitch as former Angels Mike Witt, left, Chuck Finley, second from left, and Garret Anderson watch during a ceremony to celebrate Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, right, puts a jersey on team owner Arte Moreno during a ceremony to celebrate Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game against the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels owner Arte Moreno hugs former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero during a ceremony celebrating Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels manager Mike Scioscia shakes hands with team owner Arte Moreno during a ceremony celebrating the recent induction of former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Former Angel outfielder Vladimir Guerrero waves to fans during a ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 8Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — The equipment manager in each team’s home clubhouse is traditionally charged with assigning jersey numbers. Since 2009, the Angels’ equipment manager has been a man named Keith Tarter.When Tarter handed Mike Trout a number 27 jersey on the day of his major league debut – July 8, 2011 – Trout decided to quietly accept his fate.“When you get called up to the big leagues, you don’t really want to ask the clubbie the first day to get a different number if you want a different number,” Trout said. “He just gave me 27.”So it was on Friday that Vladimir Guerrero found himself answering a question about whether or not his uniform number – also 27 – would be retired by the Angels now that he’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame. “We’ve got to wait and see,” Guerrero said through an interpreter, “but the guy in it right now does a very good job with number 27.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels feted Guerrero, 43, in a pregame ceremony for the second straight summer on Friday. In 2017, he became the 16th inductee into the Angels’ team Hall of Fame. Guerrero was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January and was formally inducted less than two weeks ago along with Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.“To come back now as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, I’m very happy to be able to share that with the fans,” Guerrero said.Related Articles Of the 323 enshrinees in Cooperstown, 11 were Angels once. Guerrero is the first to don the team’s cap on his plaque. The 2004 American League MVP played six seasons in Anaheim (2004-09), batting .319 with 173 home runs and 616 RBIs in 846 games.Guerrero debuted in 1996 with the Montreal Expos and did not leave until signing with the Angels in January 2004. He played two more seasons after leaving Anaheim, one with the Rangers and another with the Orioles, and finished with 449 career home runs. 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“Now I look at it differently,” Crawford said. “I look at it like, I take pride in it. I take pride on if I’m in the wrong spot. I take pride in if I make a defensive mistake, because I care. I want to be a better all-around player and I want to help this team.“And I think I can help it more than just scoring.”Rivers apparently had a lot to do with this metamorphosis of sorts.“Doc and his system; he helped me look at basketball differently,” Crawford said.Crawford, 34, is in his 15th season, third with the Clippers. A 3-point-basket-making fool, he is No. 10 all-time with 1,739 and figures to climb at least two more rungs on that ladder this season. He has a career scoring average of 15.6 and averaged 16.5 points and 18.6, respectively, his first two seasons with the Clippers; he’s averaging 16.7 this season. Indeed, the man can score. Some of the long-distance shots are crazy deep. He makes them when he’s off-balance, or when a defender is in his face. Now, he’s trying to be that lock-down defender even though most foes can’t lock him down. His teammates see it, and appreciate it.“I think just the pride that he takes in his defense,” point guard Chris Paul said, when asked what he has noticed in Crawford’s play in that regard. “Jamal’s been in this league a long time and everybody knows how he scores the ball and he’s unguardable.“And I think he’s just made a concerted effort to just defend, and it’s huge for our team.”Paul is a terrific defensive player, so that means a lot coming from him. Post DeAndre Jordan – a sensational defender – also gives Crawford rave reviews.“Yeah, Jamal can just outscore anybody, so nobody can outscore Jamal Crawford; nobody,” Jordan said. “But he’s definitely taken pride a lot the last two years that we’ve played together on giving a conscious effort of being in the right spot, wanting to guard a guy, not wanting as much help, not relying on as much help as he did before.“You can see it in practice and in games, that he really is focused on defense and getting a stop, so it’s good.”Rivers believes Crawford has turned a corner in his defensive play. But like most coaches with their players, he wants to get as much out of Crawford as he can, so he’s not going to label him a splendid defender just yet.“Yeah, I think his team defense has been great,” Rivers said. “You have to remind him some about the individual defense, but I think he absolutely knows it. He wants to do it, he wants to do it right. That’s all you can ask. … He’s been good.”That will be music to Crawford’s ears. “Just being a winning player, you want to do everything,” Crawford said. “You don’t want to be labeled as just something. I mean, I’m always going to be a scorer because that’s who I am. But if I can be solid or pretty good on defense, that’s good.”It would be easy, maybe even understandable, for Crawford to rest on his laurels. But that’s not him.“I don’t want to be an age number, where people say, ‘You’re a certain age, you can’t improve,’ “ he said. “I want to keep getting better until I’m no longer in the NBA.”Nothing wrong with a little progressive thinking.CRAWFORD FILEHeight: 6-foot-5Postion: Small forward/sixth-manAge: 34Born: Seattle, Wash.Scoring average in 2014-15: 16.73-pointers: 1,739, No. 10 all-time PLAYA VISTA — Jamal Crawford stood inside the Los Angeles Clippers’ practice facility wearing a smile, like he usually does. The smile stayed even when asked what his approach to defense had been before Doc Rivers arrived for the 2013-14 season to coach the Clippers.“Offense was my defense,” said Crawford, a career-long scoring machine who can knock down a fall-away 3-pointer while being fouled and convert it into a four-point play with the best. “I figured I was one of the best offensive players and I could outscore the guy I’m guarding.“That, honestly, was my mentality.”Not anymore. Crawford, a two-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner – he won it in 2009-10 and 2013-14 – has a new attitude about defense that began in ‘13-’14. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Jalen Ramsey’s agent claps back at Tom Coughlin’s voluntary workout comments “I couldn’t figure out what was going on, so we kind of had a little laugh about it,” Marrone told reporters, via Jacksonville.com. “Now I have the right number. He’s always had my number, so it’s good.”It got very dramatic during the Jaguars’ voluntary workout period last week when Ramsey and Telvin Smith were not in attendance. Jacksonville front office chief Tom Coughlin was vocal in the media about the men needing to be there. Related News Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin makes voluntary workouts sound pretty mandatory ″We’re very close to 100% attendance, and quite frankly, all our players should be here,” Coughlin said. ″Building the concept of team, working hard side-by-side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals.″Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.”Ramsey’s agent responded by saying the defensive back was spending time with his family and working out on his own.“He’s spending time with his young daughter & family while training in his hometown of Nashville,” David Mulugheta wrote on Twitter. “In addition the Jags are fully aware of why he is not taking part in the voluntary off season program.” Things in Jacksonville might have been a little more dramatic than they needed to be.Last week, when coach Doug Marrone told reporters he was unable to get a hold of Jalen Ramsey who was not in attendance for voluntary workouts, it caused a stir. But Monday, it became clear as to why to two had trouble connecting — Marrone didn’t actually have Ramsey’s phone number. Marrone said he has spoken to Ramsey now and things appear to be on their way to being smoothed over.”We had a great talk,″ Marrone said. ″He is training with his brother (at home in Tennessee). He’s spending time with his family and he says he’s going to come back in the best shape that he’s ever been in and he’s all fired up. That was pretty much the conversation. It was a good conversation.″Marrone has not yet been able to get into contact with Smith. It is unclear if he has his correct telephone number.
England won the Women’s Home Internationals for the third year in a row with a comprehensive 7-2 victory over the hosts, Wales, on the final day of the championship at Conwy Golf Club.They added it to a halved result with Ireland on the opening day and a 6-3 win over Scotland to retain the title – and follow up on England’s earlier triumph in the European women’s team championship.The team was (pictured, back row from left): Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Olivia Winning (Rotherham), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe); (front row from left), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Sammie Giles (St Mellion), Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and captain Elaine Ratcliffe (Essendon). Image courtesy The LGU.This is England’s fifth win in the last six years and was achieved in difficult weather conditions, which included very strong winds and heavy showers.Team captain Elaine Ratcliffe commented: “I can’t say enough times that I saw some wonderful golf this week in tough conditions. I am very proud of how the girls always battled and were patient out there.”The series began against Ireland, described by Ratcliffe, as “tough opposition who, in the conditions, played some amazing golf and whose short game was second to none in the foursomes.”England managed just one halved result from the three foursomes, but dominated the singles, winning four of the six games to halve the match. “We went out and played our hearts out to halve,” said Ratcliffe.On the second day against Scotland, the team again struggled in the foursomes, winning just one point. But again they were superb in the singles, winning five of the six games.“At least we had one point from the foursomes but again we had a tall mountain to climb,” said Ratcliffe. “The girls went out and played well, we had some tight matches and they were magnificent from 12 onwards to turn some games around and to get the win.”In the final match against Wales, Ratcliffe mixed up two of the foursomes pairings and “it all came together” with the team winning all three games.Wales came out for the singles in determined mood and in the early stages the match was close. But then Meghan MacLaren and Gemma Clews drew away for big wins, 6/5 and 4/3 respectively; while Sammie Giles and Emma Allen worked steadily towards identical winning scorelines of 2/1 – to complete the victory.During the series Lizzie Prior celebrated her 19th birthday and Ratcliffe added: “We had a great week, some lovely ice cream in Conwy, a birthday cake for Lizzie and to top it off we won the Home Internationals!”Click here for more informationMeanwhile, England finished the Girls’ Home Internationals – played simultaneously at Conwy – with a 6.5-2.5 win over Wales. Earlier they had halved with Ireland and lost 3-6 to Scotland. The results stopped their winning run in the championship, which had lasted for eight years, and the 2016 title went to Ireland for the first time ever.England saved their best for last. In the final day’s foursomes they won two foursomes, thanks to Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson; and to Louisa Brunt and Sharna Dutrieux. In the singles the points were scored by Humphreys, Williamson, Brunt and Annabell Fuller with a half from Dutrieux.Team: Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux, (Wrotham Heath), Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).Click here for more information 6 Aug 2016 England make it three in a row at Women’s Home Internationals
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt a decision the movers and shakers at Kootenay International Junior Hockey League headquarters said would not happen, move into a larger markets like Kamloops or Kelowna.But in 2006 Osoyoos was granted a move to Spoolmak Country and in the spring of 2010, there was the KIJHL announcing the Chase Chiefs were moving south to the red-hot hockey market of Kelowna for the 2010-11 campaign.Nine months later the mighty Chiefs are cruising along in second spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The team has made peace with the WHL Rockets — who held the junior hockey rights in the Central Okanagan City — and have quietly made an impact during season one.“That was the rumour mill at its finest,” Ken Andrusiak, head coach of the Chiefs told The Nelson Daily prior to last week’s game against Nelson at the NDCC Arena. “We started the process of getting a franchise in Kelowna about a year ago and have always had the Rockets on side.”“We had to get the City, we had to get the rink and we had to get KIJHL on side, so we had bigger fish to fry than the Rockets,” Andrusiak added. “So we never had a problem with them one way or another.”Fact is the Rockets are glad to have the Chiefs in town. The junior B league allows the WHL power to groom its two 16-year-olds in preparation for a spot on the Tier I squad.As for the rest of the roster, Andrusiak had more than enough players to choose from.“In the first year at least half of our team came with the team,” Andrusiak explained. “We had to take some of the players from the Chase franchise and mix them in with local players from Kelowna.”“As for the future, there is an abundance of local players . . . we have six right now on our team,” he added.That number should grow next year and the season after. However, the Chiefs gain is a loss for many of the other teams in the league.Nelson, for one, has used Kelowna players to fill out the majority of its roster for the past few seasons. Stats show more than 40 players in the KIJHL originate from Kelowna Minor Hockey.“We’re not going to be able to recruit all of those players, but I believe with our franchise now in Kelowna, we’ll put a major dent in that number, for sure,” said Andrusiak, who has two former Nelson Leafs on the roster, son Landon and winger Dane Rupert.Both younger Andrusiak and Rupert are happy to be able to play before the 300-400 plus family and friends that attend games at the Rutland Arena.”I really like playing at home, so for me it was the right move,” Rupert said.”It’s a good feeling to play at home . . . now I’m going to university and to play in front of family and friends is definitely pretty special,” said Landon Andrusiak.The Chiefs also bolsters the Okanagan invasion in the KIJHL.The league has gone from a few teams to two divisions of four. That number grows when Chase is welcomed back to the league following a one-year hiatus.Which begs the question, will there be two junior B leagues in the B.C. Interior in the not too distant future?“I hope not, but reading between the lines I think that’s where (KIJHL) is going,” Andrusiak confessed. “You’d lose the characteristics of this league if (Kootenay and Okanagan teams) only played each other in the playoffs.But economically that’s the push coming from out end of the league,” added Andrusiak, hoping the KI never loses its identity and ability for smaller communities to ice teams that can compete.“It’s very expensive to bring a team over here for two of three games and the dollar is probably going to win out in that argument.”Which makes you wonder why the KIJHL ever expanded into the big markets after all.Only time will tell.NOTES: The Kelowna Rockets have made a history of finding players in the KIJHL. Those players who have made their mark with WHL franchise, but started in the KI, include Chuck Kobasew (Osoyoos 1998-99), Shea Webber (Sicamous 2001-02), Clayton Bauer (Sicamous 2003-03), Justin Keller (Summerland 2002-03) and James McEwan (Castlegar 2003-04).firstname.lastname@example.org
Coates, seen as a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, said he would be “very, very surprised” if the IOC overturned the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”It’s an International Federation’s right to suspend a National Federation and I don’t think we would overturn that at all,” he said.The Australian, who has described the Russian testing system as “rotten to the core”, also welcomed similar investigations now taking place within other sports.This comes after the IAAF Council decided unanimously yesterday against lifting the ban due to a Russian failure to meet criteria required by the body’s Task Force.Only Russians who can prove they have been operating in an “effective testing system” will be permitted to compete as independent athletes – with this essentially meaning only those who have been based outside of the country.The IOC have generally been seen as opposed to the suspension, partly to provide all countries with a right to participate and partly in order to maintain their close political relations with Russia.An Olympic Stakeholders Summit is due to be held in Lausanne on Tuesday (June 21) with the aim of finding a compromise between “collective responsibility and individual justice”.
View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title A dominant fourth round display saw the 33-year-old rock Cleverly with a thunderous left hook to extend his lead.The fifth round was almost entirely one-way traffic, Jack connecting with a stream of jabs and hooks to force Cleverly onto the ropes.With Jack jolting Cleverly at will, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, halting the fight to protect the champion from further punishment. ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Badou Jack celebrates after winning by TKO in the fifth round of his WBA light heavyweight championship bout against Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSweden’s Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter’s WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday.Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly from start to finish to score a technical knockout after 2min 47sec of the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The bout was one of the scheduled highlights of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena.Cleverly, defending his title for the first time, was struggling from the opening bell, with Jack’s piercing jab and right hand finding their target repeatedly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Cleverly looked to be finding his range with a flurry of punches at the end of the first, connecting with a right to the chin.But it was a fleeting rally with Jack firmly back in control thereafter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. 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 Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. 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