Last week saw numerous big breaking stories hit the headlines so we take a look back at the most important of the last seven days.
After a Russian SU-24 bomber taking part in ongoing combat operations in Syria supposedly ignored warnings and strayed into Turkish airspace, for 17 seconds or so, patrolling aircraft from the Turkish Air Force shot it down. One pilot was killed, the other recovered. Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the first such incident between a NATO nation and Russia since the 1950s, imposing sanctions on Turkey. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan regretted the incident. Moscow demands a full apology.
President Barack Obama once again had cause to call for tighter gun controls in the US last week following a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. A policeman and two civilians were killed in the attack which also injured nine others. The president described the attack as having been perpetrated with “an assault weapon” and regretted the “easy accessibility of weapons of war” in the US. Police arrested loner Robert Lewis Dear of Carolina for the attack.
Donald Trump, still the leading Republican candidate for the party’s nomination for the presidential race in 2016, behaved in a manner the New York Times described as “outrageous” last week when he did an impersonation of one of their reporters, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition. Trump had used the work of Mr. Kovaleski to back up his stupid claims “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated after 9/11, something the reporter denies inferring in his work.
In sport Andy Murray beat David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give Great Britain its first Davis Cup trophy since 1936. Team GB won its first title for 79 years after winning the best of five tie in Ghent which saw Jamie Murray win the doubles with his brother. Having achieved so much for British tennis does a knighthood beckon for Andy Murray? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s some of the biggest stories we covered over the last week.
1. 63-year old Avondale resident Cecilia Randel had been named the holder of the sole winning ticket of the $475,000 Louisiana Lottery jackpot.
2. There were a number of exciting Thanksgiving Day NFL games that took place on Thursday, including Philadelphia versus Detroit, Carolina versus Dallas, and Chicago versus Green Bay.
3. Philadelphia is easily the saddest pro sports city in the USA right now, given that its teams in all major sports leagues are doing poorly in games and rankings.
4. A British couple won the £1 million EuroMillions jackpot for the second time in two years, having had first won it in 2013. It was the 10th biggest EuroMillions jackpot to be won in the UK.
5. Despite the huge amount players wagered in Las Vegas, overall gaming revenues dropped in Nevada 2015 October.
Meanwhile “Cards Against Humanity”, manufacturer of the popular game of the same name, offered its customers something different this Black Friday by putting absolutely nothing on sale on their website for the bargain price of $5. The offer, that required takers to tick a check box reading “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return”, netted the company $71,000. The company then released an exhaustive and eclectic list of what their staff spent the money on.
The Men’s Singles event at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships saw small renaissance of the serving and volleying approach so far, and this helped Richard Gasquet to turn the game over in the fifth set against Stanislas Wawrinka, when it looked that the momentum was on the Swiss’ side. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer wins serve-and-volley points more often than ever since the 2003 tournament at the All England Club. Both of them will meet baseline players in the semis, probably the two best tennis players in the world currently in that regard, and this means that there are some exciting matches ahead of us. Especially the Federer vs Murray semi, that will be something like an early final.
It was smooth sailing for world number 1, 2 and 3 – all former Wimbledon Champions – to reach the semifinals, however reigning Roland Garros champion and no. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka met Richard Gasquet, and the Frenchman stopped him in a five-set thriller, online gambling news report.
As keen followers of sports scores might know, it would be the first time in 20 years that the top ranked quartet played in the semifinals in Southwest London, however world number 21 Gasquet intervened beating Wawrinka 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. The Frenchman had the opportunity to seal the match earlier, when he served for the semifinal at 5-3 in the fifth set.
“The last game was incredible,” Gasquet said after the game. “I kept fighting a lot. And I did it. It’s a great match for me. It would be difficult for me to lose that one after [leading] 5-3.” He reached his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2007, and will play against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray faced Roger Federer for the last time at Wimbledon in 2012. In that year they actually met twice at the All England Club, deciding both the Grand Slam and the Olympic finals between each other, as many gamblers who follow live sports results might remember.
Three years ago Federer won the Wimbledon Championships – his last Grand Slam title to date. Murray was able to beat him at the Summer Olympics. Looking at his current form and the possible support of the home fans, the Scot is considered as the favourite to advance this time by online sportsbooks in the EU.
World number two Federer eliminated Gilles Simon in little more than one and a half an hour in the quarterfinals, while no. 3 Murray needed a bit more than two hours to put Vasek Pospisil aside. The Scot hopes that the spectators will support him in the semi, though he knows that Federer is the topmost favourite of tennis fans all around the world, including London.
Once upon a time serving and volleying was the ultimate rule for Wimbledon, as virtually every player approached the net to settle things as soon as possible. Tennis has changed however, but serving and volleying didn’t disappear for good. The real gamblers of the game use it again, and use it more often than ever since 2007.
According to gambling facts, serve-and-volley points per match are at 10.4 percent in this year’s Men’s Singles tournament at the Wimbledon Championships. For last year it was only 8 percent, but those players, who accepted that by approaching the net, they will clearly lose some points, however the odds will favor them on the long, are quite successful through the approach.
Roger Federer marched to the semifinals easily with his newly found game – he did not win so many serve-and-volley points since 2003, when he abandoned this approach – and Richard Gasquet was able to turn over the fifth set in his quarter-final against Stan Wawrinka via serving and volleying when things started to go to his opponent’s favor.
Andy Murray is in great form ahead of the 2015 Wimbledon championship, and he is tipped by many to reclaim the title this year after he succeeded two years ago. In 2013 he became the first British player to win the men’s single competition in 77 years, and fellow Briton Tim Henman thinks that 2015 could be the Scot’s year again. Murray, who was seeded third and could meet with top seed Novak Djokovic or second seed Roger Federer in the semifinal, lives in a stable relationship, which, unlike in the previous decades, now is almost a must for tennis players who want to compete for the biggest trophies.
Tim Henman expressed that Andy Murray, who enjoys the form of his life, has a considerable chance to win his second Wimbledon title two years after his first success in London. Henman, who was ranked number four in the ATP list in the past, fancies his fellow Brit to win the tournament after Murray went all the way to the semi-finals of the French Open and won his fourth Queen’s Club title.
Henman said, “This first six months of the year is as good as I’ve ever seen Murray play. He’s in the form of his life and is definitely in the best shape to fight for the Wimbledon title again. He’s won everything before on grass, so he will really fancy his chances.”
Followers of sports scores might remember that in 2013 Murray became the first British man who won in Wimbledon in 77 years. He already enjoyed a great clay season with titles in Munich and Madrid, and according to Henman, he could be able to capitalize on the momentum he gained.
2013 British Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been seeded third before this year’s tournament, with two-time Spanish Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal dropped back to 10th. The low position of Nadal means that he could play against a top player as early as the round of 16.
The first seed obviously went to world number one Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and who also won the Roland Garros last month. Roger Federer, who won seven times in Wimbledon, has been seeded second. According to the draw, either of them could meet Andy Murray in the semifinal, online gambling news report.
Keen followers of live sports results might know that grass court performances had extra weight when the men’s seeding was done. This meant that Milos Raonic, who went all the way to the semifinals last year, was seeded ahead of David Ferrer, otherwise the seeding regarding the top eight reflects the current world ranking.
With the age of tennis playboys has long been passed, a stable relationship is considered as a significant contributor to the achievements of tennis players. Andy Murray is one of them, who acted like a real macho sportsman when he was younger, but became more modest during the years of his relationship with Kim Sears.
He expressed that “Marriage works,” after his title win in Madrid recently and he is expected to carry on playing in Wimbledon with his wedding ring tied to his shoe. On the contrary, as senior gambling blog readers might know, former Romanian Grand Slam winner Ilie Nastase claimed that during the time he ruled the court, he chased women like Casanova.
A 2007 study, that examined players in the top 100 of the ATP ranking between 1995 and 2005, found that married players performed far worse in the first year after their wedding than in the year before. The reason behind this is that the men’s competitiveness weakened as husbands. However, this all changed in the past decade, most notably with Roger Federer, who beat Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam record as a fresh husband.