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Antique bans new coal power plants

first_img“Our goal to reduce carbon emissions will beimpossible if we will continue to allow the construction and operation ofadditional coal-fired power plants. Thus, this crucial action of our localgovernment is a vital step towards climate resilience,” Legarda added. ILOILOCity – One coal-fired power plant is enough for Antique. Approvedon Feb. 21, Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-194 cited the ill effects of coalpower plants to the environment. Underthe ordinance, administrative sanctions will be imposed on any governmentofficial and government employee – in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 60 ofthe Local Government Code of 1991 and Civil Service Rules – who shall seek,assistor work for an endorsement of new coal-fired power plants in theprovince. Antiquehas one coal-fired power plant. It is in Semirara Island – where coal is beingmined – under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Caluya. It is beingoperated by the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. Antique’sCong. Loren Legarda commended the Provincial Board.She said the ordinance will help the province reduce harmful emissions andpursue resilient and sustainable development while protecting the environmentand safeguarding the health of Antiqueños. Previously, other provinces have issuedcoal-free local legislations such as Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, IlocosNorte, Guimaras, Sorsogon, Bohol and Occidental Mindoro while the cities ofSorsogon, Masbate and Ozamiz have issued similar ordinances. Itfurther cited the government’s Climate Change Commission’s Resolution No.2016-001 that at a global level, coal-fired power plants are the biggest sourceof man-made carbon dioxide emissions which account for 35 percent of globalgreenhouse gas emissions.center_img “Asan agricultural province with most of its population being farmers andfisherfolk, Antique can ill afford to bear the destructive effects of coalpower on agriculture and fisheries, such as thermal pollution, coal ashre-suspension and spillage to water bodies,” read part of the ordinanceauthored by Provincial Board member Karmila Rose Dimamay. “We have to wean our economies from overdependence on coal and other fossil fuels. Proliferation of new coal-firedpower plants will only contribute to our own destruction and will only goagainst our commitment to reduce emissions to ensure livable communities todayand for the future,” said Legarda “Whilethe Philippines is not one of the major contributions of carbon emissions, wenevertheless have a duty to reduce the impact of our (coal) consumption andhave an energy mix that is not dependent on coal,” the ordinance added. Coal-fired power plants are the country’s topsource of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary cause of global warming, shesaid. TheSangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique passed an ordinance prohibiting theconstruction of new coal power plants in the province. “We must continue to lead the provincetowards the better path of resilience and sustainability. Let us keep in mindthat the survival of the present and future generations depends on thedecisions and actions that we make today,” said Legarda./PNlast_img read more

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Allstar Performance returns as sponsor of IMCA heat race winner decal program

first_imgAllstar Performance is in its second season as sponsor of the heat winner de­cal program. The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer provides the decals given to heat race winners in all eight IMCA divisions. Drivers winning 10 or more heat races receive $100 Allstar Performance gift cards while the driver with the most heat race wins gets a $250 gift card.  Drivers are required to send a photo of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office to be eligi­ble for those awards. WATERVLIET, Mich. – Allstar Performance makes sure every IMCA heat race winner is recognized again in 2019, with post-season awards in store for a select group of those drivers.  Infor­mation about Allstar Performance products and dealer locations is available at the www.allstarperformance.com web­site, by calling 269 463-8000 and on Facebook.center_img “Our team at Allstar Performance is happy to be a marketing partner of IMCA for the ninth year.  IMCA has an impressive amount of drivers, teams and fans that is unequalled in our industry,” said Performance Advertis­ing Manager/Race Track Promotions John Berglund. “They do a great job of implementing sensible rules that result in full fields of cars and highly competitive racing.”  “We are always looking for drivers winning 10 or more heat races in a season and last year we had a great number of them,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Congratulations to Ramsey and Cody for their incredible accomplishment of 29 heat wins, and we will see if anyone can top that in 2019.” Mach-1 Sport Compact national champion Ramsey Meyer and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track champion Cody Williams headed a plethora of Allstar award recipients last season. Each won 29 heat races and re­ceived $250 gift cards.last_img read more

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EPL: Gunners, Red Devils face off in London

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Arsenal vs. Man United Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 9PMThe New Year gets underway in style as Arsenal and Manchester United renew hostilities with the latest chapter in arguably the most enduring and defining rivalry of the Premier League era. Far from the peak of the 1990s and early 2000s, though, both sides enter the new decade sitting outside the top four and looking to rediscover their past glories under the leadership of a former player. There is no getting away from the fact that fixtures between Arsenal and Manchester United are a far cry from their heyday, but in Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there are now two men in charge who know all about this contest. Solskjaer played when the rivalry was at its fiercest and most ferocious, while Arteta faced United more often than he did any other club during his playing career, not to mention his more recent ties with their local rivals Manchester City. Arteta is now in the position of having to mastermind victory against the foe he knows so well, and there would be few sweeter opponents for him to get his first win as Arsenal boss against. The Spaniard has certainly brought about an improvement from the Gunners since his appointment, at least in terms of performances if not results. Just one point from his opening two games is not the return he would have wanted, but the displays have been encouraging and the players appear to have bought into his demand for a greater work ethic and structure. It looked for a long time as though he would pick up a maiden victory in his first home game at the helm, with Arsenal the better side for much of Sunday’s London derby with Chelsea, only for a howler from Bernd Leno to gift the Blues a route back into the match as they pulled off a dramatic late turnaround to win 2-1. Such costly individual errors are perhaps the priority for Arteta to stamp out if Arsenal are to begin building any sort of consistency, with the Gunners ending 2019 by winning just one of their final 15 games across all competitions and one of their last 12 in the league. It is an unforgivable run of form for a club of Arsenal’s stature, and that is not even the most damning statistic; the North Londoners have now lost four consecutive home games for the first time in 60 years, including three in a row in the league for the first time since 1977, while they have conceded at least twice in each of their last five matches at the Emirates – their worst such run since 1965. The wait for a victory at the Emirates now stretches back seven games to October – their longest streak since 1995 – and only five teams have picked up fewer points in front of their own fans in the league this season. Sunday’s defeat means that they have now lost as many home league games in their last three outings as they had in their previous 37, and worryingly such stats go on and on. All of that has contributed to Arsenal beginning 2020 in 12th place and just six points clear of the relegation zone, with 11 points separating them from the final Champions League spot despite those above them also having struggled for consistency this season. The Gunners were 14 points better off at the same stage of last season, whereas at the start of the last decade they were still challenging for the Premier League title – something they are a whopping 31 points off doing right now. That said, the theme of the mighty falling by no means applies to just Arsenal; this would have been a top-two battle at the beginning of the 2010s, but now you could add Arsenal and United’s points together and they would only be level with league leaders Liverpool. United have at least been better than Arsenal this season, and they ended 2019 in promising fashion with wins over Newcastle United and Burnley helping to make up for their shock defeat at Watford just before Christmas. Consistency has been a major issue for the Red Devils and they have not won three consecutive league games for almost a year, but they have also only lost one of their last nine matches and have been beaten the same number of times as champions Manchester City this term. Indeed, only Liverpool picked up more points than United over the last six games of 2019, helping them to close the gap on the Champions League places to four points. The Red Devils have a difficult start to the New Year with Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers twice, Man City twice, Liverpool and Chelsea to come in their first nine games of 2020, although it is those matches which have showcased the best of Solskjaer’s side so far this season. United have beaten the likes of Man City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City, as well as being the only team to take points off Liverpool, yet they have lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Astana and Watford. It is a damning indictment of Arsenal that many will consider them closer to the second batch of teams rather than the first right now, but the occasion and history of this rivalry could be enough to generate the big game fever which United seem to relish. Solskjaer’s side will certainly need that away from home over the coming months considering that their next five away games see them travel to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham. Right now this trip to the Emirates looks like the easiest of the lot, although they will expect Arsenal to be much better than they have been for the most part in front of their own fans this season as Arteta once again goes in search of his first win. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Torreira, Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Greenwood, Pogba, Rashford, Martial.Tags: londonManchester UnitedMikel ArtetaOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Fletcher back on track at West Brom

first_img He said: “Yes but it’s winning football matches, so I relate to it. It’s actually a bigger pressure – strange really – but it’s still about winning. “This season it’s the aim to get 40 points but next season let’s try to kick on and get up the league table. There are always challenges as a football player.” West Brom were soundly beaten at the Etihad Stadium but the game’s crucial moment occurred in the second minute when Gareth McAuley was wrongly sent off for a foul committed by team-mate Craig Dawson. Referee Neil Swarbrick later acknowledged and apologised for the incidence of mistaken identity but West Brom were still unhappy Dawson’s challenge on Wilfried Bony was deemed a sending-off offence. After that, City cruised to victory with goals from Bony, Fernando and David Silva. Fletcher said: “It was the first minute of the game and you look at Bony’s reaction – he tries to play on. So in that respect, it kills the game. “You come here with a gameplan, you’re really looking forward to it after them losing to Barcelona, an opportunity to get something. But it wasn’t to be – a really uphill battle from then.” Since moving to The Hawthorns he has been made captain and is relishing the chances he is now getting as one of the senior figures in the side. Fletcher said: “I’m enjoying working with this manager and the club. It’s a great club, a real family club. The players too. I can’t speak highly enough of all aspects of it. “The key for me was to play games and for a manager to want you and believe in you, and have high standards for you. As a player that’s what you want – a manager who wants and puts trust in you. I think I’ve responded to that. “Being captain was a surprise but a great honour. The manager threw it at me. It was a bit strange but all the lads have taken to me and been great. “We’ve got good leaders in the dressing room, it’s up to me to keep standards high and keep everyone at it.” Pulis himself is new to the club having been brought in as new head coach in January following a poor start to the season under previous boss Alan Irvine. Under Pulis fortunes have improved but, after Saturday’s comprehensive – albeit controversial – 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, there is still work to be done to guarantee safety. Albion are eight points above the drop zone with eight games to play and nobody is taking anything for granted yet – although relegation battles are an alien concept to Fletcher. Scotland midfielder Fletcher ended a 20-year association with Manchester United to join the Baggies in January. The 31-year-old had found opportunities limited over the previous year at Old Trafford after returning from a lengthy spell out of the game through illness. Darren Fletcher feels he is getting his career back on track under the guidance of Tony Pulis at West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Local man caught cutting breaks on ride sharing electric scooters

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale Police Department is reporting that they have arrested a suspect who has been cutting the break lines on electric ride sharing scooters.Authorities arrested 59-year-old Randall Williams Sunday after a ring.com video showed Williams in the act of tampering with several scooters.Upon further investigation authorities found 20 other scooters in the area with severed breaks.Officials say they have been investigating the case since April of 2019 and that Williams is responsible for damaging over 140 scooters, all in the area of 1200 East Broward Boulevard.Williams is now facing a charge of criminal mischief which is a 3rd degree felony.The electric scooter vendor has since been contacted to remove the damaged scooters, however, authorities are asking residents to contact the vendor if they believe they have found a scooter that has been tampered with.Additionally, officials are asking residents to contact police if they witness someone tampering with an electric scooter.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Kane Williamson’s ton drill another nail in South Africa’s semis hope

first_imgKane Williamson was adjudicated as the man-of-the-match. New Zealand now has 9 points and move to top of the table. South Africa are virtually knocked out of the tournament.  New Delhi : Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 106 off 138 deliveries while chasing a stiff target of 242 set by South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham turned out to be a match winning knock as New Zealand managed to upstage Proteas comprehensively in the end to go top on the points table. South Africa played their heart out but was overshadowed by some stupendous all-around performance from the team in form. With this loss, South Africa have been knocked out of this mega event and their losing streak against Kiwis is set to continue for a minimum of four years. Needing 12 off last seven balls, Williamson steered a Lungi Ngidi slower delivery to third man boundary to bring down the equation to 8 off the last over.With Ngidi (1/47), Kagiso Rabada (1/42) and Chris Morris (3/49) all bowling their full quota, Faf Du Plessis had no option but to use their weakest link Andile Phehlykwayo. Williamson promptly hit the second delivery for his first six of the match to close the encounter.With this win, New Zealand for a day went on top of points table with nine points from five games while South Africa after their fourth defeat in six games have little chance of making it to the last four.Williamson’s innings had eight fours and a six, while De Grandhomme was the aggressor during the stand with five fours and two sixes. Earlier, New Zealand’s bowling unit fired in unison as they restricted South Africa to 241 for six in the rain-truncated  encounter.The match was reduced to 49-a-side affair after wet ground outfield delayed the start.Despite half centuries from Hashim Amla (55 off 83 balls, 4x4s) and Rassie van der Dussen (67 not out off 64 balls, 2x4s, 34x6s), the Black Caps managed to keep the South African batsmen under tight leash.Lockie Ferguson (3 for 59 in 10 overs) was the most successful bowler for New Zealand, while Colin de Grandhomme (1/33 in 10 overs) turned out to be the most economical.De Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (1/45 in 9 overs) maintained tight discipline during the middle overs and did not allow any opposition batsmen to get away.Van der Dussen and David Miller (36 off 37 balls) added 72 runs for the fifth wicket in 12.2 overs but facing a must-win situation, South Africa could never really up the ante.Van der Dussen hit two fours and three sixes while Miller hit two boundaries and a six.The last nine overs produced 72 runs after Faf Du Plessis (23) added 50 with Amla, who completed 8000 ODI runs and became second fastest to complete the feat.Trent Boult castled Quinton de Kock early in the innings and Matt Henry (0/34 in 10 overs) bowled tight lines from the other end after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first.Du Plessis was yorked by Ferguson and Amla was bowled by a classical left-arm spinners delivery that hit the top of off stump.(With Inputs: PTI) highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Father’s memory inspired Hayden Walsh to match-winning knock against Ireland

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Hayden Walsh has said that he was inspired by the 10-year anniversary of his father’s death after helping to secure a tense, one-wicket win for West Indies in Barbados.The match at Kensington Oval went down to the penultimate ball, with No.9 Walsh unbeaten on 46 when Sheldon Cottrell hit a six to seal victory. Walsh was batting for only the third time in his ODI career, but shared in partnerships of 52 and 32 for the eighth and ninth wickets as West Indies recovered from 148 for 7 to hold off Ireland and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Walsh, 27, said that he had been confident of getting the job done, having played as batting all-rounder at Under-19 level. Still, there were a couple of nervy moments with victory in sight, as Cottrell was nearly run-out twice in consecutive deliveries during the final over – with the bowler, Mark Adair, fumbling on both occasions.“It was nerve-wracking,” Walsh said. “I went down to Sheldon and he said he was not in but he thinks the guy dropped the ball, so I was more confident on that one. The last one, I didn’t expect him to come back for (a second run), because the guy had the ball in his hands, so I didn’t want to take any unwanted risks and lose a wicket.“I also backed Sheldon to do his part. I wasn’t looking to get the strike unless it was the last ball. I was hoping that he would get a single or we could scramble one and I could face the last ball.”Asked if the crowd’s support had had an impact, Walsh, who plays for Barbados Tridents in the CPL, said that he had been more focussed on the date, 10 years on from losing his father, also called Hayden Walsh, as a teenager.“Today marks the 10th anniversary of my father’s death and I got that inspiration to take the team over the line,” he said.“It was a bit overwhelming. I was talking myself through the whole innings and to get over the line was like a long journey. Felt like I had just run a whole marathon.”Before ekeing out the last few runs with Cottrell, Walsh put on vital stands with Khary Pierre and Alzarri Joseph. “I reassured them that we’re going to do this, all we need to do is watch the ball and look at the scoreboard,” he said.West Indies and Ireland face off again in one more ODI, in Grenada tomorrow, before playing three T20Is. Despite the gap between the sides narrowing sharply, following West Indies’ five-wicket win on Tuesday, Walsh said there was no sense of the home side taking their opponents lightly.“We were expecting them to come back hard,” Walsh said. “The performance that they did in the first game, I wouldn’t say it would reflect what they’d like. So I was expecting them to come back harder and give a better shot of winning the game.“They wanted it a little bit more, but it’s cricket; you can’t just come and ‘bang, bang, bang’ and win a game, you have to actually build an innings. I don’t think we did that very well and the Irish bowled pretty well.”last_img read more

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Chukwu Heads APC’s National Unity Soccer Championship

first_imgThe football competition, which is targetted at youths and non-league players, will be competed for by all the six geo-political zone in the country.Inaugurating the committee at the headquarters of the ruling party in Abuja yesterday, APC National Youth Leader, Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo, said that the competition, scheduled to begin next month is part of the promise to implement strategic programmes that would endear the party to Nigerian youths.He said competition is being organised in conjunction with zonal and states youth leaders as approved by the party.Said Jalo: “The competition would be between states of the federation and be played at the six geo-political zones with two teams emerging from each zone for the next stage. The final game is scheduled to hold in Abuja.He disclosed that the kick-off date for the competition, its format, as well as the prize money for the winning teams would be resolved by the Chukwu Committee.“I would seize this singular opportunity to call on the leaders of our party especially the state chairmen and their governors to support this initiative for the benefit of the party and our teaming youths in various states and LGAs especially the sports lovers,” he appealed.Chukwu who was represented by a former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, James Peters, commended APC for the initiative, assuring stakeholders that the competition will produce abundant talents to feed the national teams.“All Sports and Games Consult (AGC) has asked me to warmly welcome you to the epoch-making event comprising the inauguration of the National Organising Committee, unveiling of the Chairman’s Trophy and presentation of branded football for the APC National Unity Cup Tournament.“Today’s event marks the high point of several months of hard work and consultations to ensure the plan to stage the first edition of the APC National Unity Cup Football Championship is successful.“The APC National Unity Cup project is on a rescue mission, to help untapped talents. It is an intervention programme aimed to restore youths’ confidence in government, national unity and assurances of means of decent livelihood.“This is an open competition for non-league players. Players in the professional NPFL and NNFL are exempted from this competition. It is a nationwide tournament attracting winning prizes, consolation prizes and career progression packages for exceptionally talented players to be discovered,” Chukwu concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Onyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaFormer Super Eagles Captain and Chief Coach, Christian Chukwu, is to head a football talent hunt competition tagged National Unity Cup Football Competition sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC).last_img read more

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King of the hill: Syracuse looks to avoid upset versus Notre Dame as likely No. 1

first_imgIn a season where most Syracuse players have been hesitant to show joy, even this extremely poised group of players wore smiles after the team’s historic 91-89 win over Duke on Saturday.C.J. Fair carried his off the court, right fist held high. Tyler Ennis flashed his when talking about the team’s heart in the locker room. Jerami Grant showed his as soon as the television cameras lit up.They knew that the victory was a special one. But what they didn’t know was that it would make the Orange the No. 1 team in the nation when the Top 25 polls are released on Monday.Later on Saturday, No. 1 Arizona lost to California 60-58 on Justin Cobb’s last-second fadeaway jumper.“It’s definitely special,” Cooney said. “We don’t want to just settle on that one. We want to keep moving and keep winning and keep playing well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo days after the most emotional program victory in recent memory, No. 2 Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast) will host Notre Dame (12-10, 3-6) on Monday at 7 p.m. in its first game as the nation’s top team since the 2011-12 season. An emotional hangover, coupled with a Fighting Irish team potent enough to knock off the Blue Devils even after losing Jerian Grant to academic issues, stand between the Orange and extending its program-best start to 22 wins. “It definitely felt good to win,” Cooney said, “but to play a tough team like Notre Dame on Monday, you’ve got to start focusing on them.”Since Jerian Grant — Jerami’s older brother — left the team due to an academic issue on Dec. 23, Notre Dame has struggled without its leading scorer and assist maker. After beating Duke on Jan. 4, the Fighting Irish is just 2-6 with its only victories coming against Virginia Tech and Boston College (OT) — the last- and second-to-last-place teams in the conference standings. Leading active scorer Garrick Sherman has just 15 points combined in the last two games.Senior guard Eric Atkins lifted ND to an exciting overtime win of its own on Saturday, draining a 3-pointer with one second left to beat Boston College 76-73.“I’m happy for him because he has really had to lead under tough situations and his style of play has changed a lot since losing his backcourt mate,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. “I was happy that he could deliver for us, and he certainly did.”For Syracuse, the Irish is a team with enough scoring ability to hang around — especially considering SU’s 91 points on Saturday was only its second 70-plus point output in conference play.To take care of what should be a very winnable game, the Orange will look to churn out its second straight complete performance.“We played from beginning to end and a little bit more,” Grant said after the Duke game. “But at the same time we know we’ve got a game Monday so we have to go get some rest and get ready for tomorrow’s practice.”On Saturday, Duke thrashed Syracuse with 15 3-pointers. They kept the Blue Devils in the game during Fair’s second-half tear and gave them a three-point lead with 1:23 in overtime.On Monday, the Orange will face another batch of shooters. Atkins and Pat Connaughton are capable of hitting from the outside, and Steve Vasturia has taken 73.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.SU will need to extend its pressure to earn win number 22 and keep the train rolling on its incredible start.Said Cooney: “It was definitely something that was special. You’ve just got to keep moving forward and continuing to play well.” Comments Published on February 3, 2014 at 2:05 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Džumhur: By the End of this Year I want to be Among 100 best Tennis Players in the World

first_imgI want to be among 100 best players of the world by the end of this year – said today at the press conference our best player Damir Džumhur who is currently at the 118th place on the ATP list.Džumhur had his best placement this year, 105th place on the ATP list of professional tennis players. He performed very well at the Challenger tournaments and at the Grand Slam tournaments Australian Open and Roland Garros which brought him great success.“This year I have achieved my goals, but I also have a new one and that is to get to the top 100 best players concurrence by the end of this year. I work hard and I am preparing myself. There is the tournament in Winston- Salem ahead of me and then after that, there is also US Open – said Džumhur.I am very glad I won’t have to participate the qualifications for the US Open. Qualifications matches can be rather exhausting so I guess it will be easier for me at the tournament in USA. – said the young player.After the US Open Džumhur will play with the Davis Cup team of B&H which will play against Lithuania for the placement in the A division and there is also a possibility for him to play at the Challenger Masters tournament where eight best tennis players will participate.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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