Rohan Bopanna targets London ticket
There are about four places up for grabs and about nine to ten teams in the running.” There are quite a number of teams targeting the London ticket besides the Shanghai Masters champs Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo. Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer; Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco; Poles Mariuz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski; Belarus’ Max Mirnyi and Romania’s Horia Tecau; Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Frenchman Julien Benneteau; Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and American Scot Lipsky; Brit Jamie Murray and Aussie John Peers; Swede Robert Lindstedt and Canada’s Daniel Nestor; Philippines’ Treat Huey and Brit Dominic Inglot and Bopanna and Vasselin are in the running. For the 33-year-old Bangalorean, who is tipped to partner Pakistan’s Qureshi next season, it has largely been a start-stop affair this year. He started the season with American Rajeev Ram and moved on to Mahesh Bhupathi in the spring before settling with the Frenchman in June. In a year in which Bopanna has risen to No. 3 in the individual rankings, with two titles in Marseilles and Tokyo with Colin Fleming and Vasselin, he has struggled on the partner front. In all Bopanna and Vasselin, a sometimes doubles player, ranked 64 in the world in singles, have only played six events together – Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open, Metz, Tokyo and Shanghai – making three semifinals and winning a title in Tokyo. “We hadn’t lost our first match in a tournament before this,” a perplexed Bopanna said, following his early exit in Shanghai, “Against Treat and Inglot in the second round, we were up 4-0 in the super tie-break. It was just bizarre, but that’s tennis. A couple of bad points and you are out of it before you know it.” Typically then the big-serving Kodava dumped the math and used the matches to call on his team’s position vis-a-vis the London finale. “We need to a win a Masters title at this stage to make it to London,” Bopanna, a finalist last year, said. “We have to win Paris and also do well in Basel.
Savills, along with Hamptons International, is also selling Bayfields Farm, a country house in Hampshire, about 30 miles from Highclere Castle, where TV show Downton Abbey is filmed, for 2 million pounds. The value of U.K. luxury homes had plunged in the wake of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and the ensuing credit freeze and recession. Average prices of homes in Londons most expensive neighborhoods fell 25 percent in 2008, while those in the countryside declined 20 percent, Knight Franks Bailey said. Mortgages of more than 500,000 pounds to home buyers dropped by almost 50 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders . Affluent Foreigners Londons property market began to recover in 2009, in part because of affluent foreigners seeking a haven from turmoil in the Middle East and the wider European debt crisis. These buyers, attracted by mansions a short walk from Harrods and Buckingham Palace, helped push the price of luxury homes in central London up 23 percent since their last peak in the autumn of 2007. Prices of prime country homes remain down 20 percent, according to Knight Frank. Now the recovery is spreading beyond London. The number of homes sold in the U.K. reached the most in nearly four years in July, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors . That helped push the value of prime country homes up for the third consecutive quarter, Knight Frank said. House prices in affluent areas about an hour from London climbed 1.6 percent during the three months, while those in the remainder of the south of England climbed 1.2 percent, according to Savills.
London Zoo’s tiger cub, first born at zoo in 17 years, drowns
The biggest obstacle left to overcome is the bad plays that keep the positive momentum from translating into victories. “I believe in the progress that we’ve seen here offensively,” London said. “I believe that defensively, with the moves and guys that will be put in position … that they will get better. And so that’s the whole process that’s involved here is just you’d like to put your finger on one thing.” London would like to see the transition to winning come against Duke (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday. The Blue Devils have won four of the last five meetings between the schools. The Cavaliers (2-4, 0-2) lost their second game in a row Saturday, 27-26 at Maryland, when Alec Vozenilek’s 42-yard field goal try sailed wide right with under a minute remaining. It was the final miscue but in spite of many improvements, far from the only one. Virginia ran for 242 yards, but got stuffed on consecutive plays from inside the Terps’ 2 in the first quarter. It was one of four trips inside the Maryland 20 that ended with Vozenilek kicking a field goal. “It is disappointing knowing that maybe if one of those field goals had turned into a touchdown, we would have won the game,” right guard Jay Whitmire said Monday. On defense, Maryland gained 468 yards, none more damaging than the 47-yard pass backup quarterback Caleb Rowe completed to Deon Long on third-and-22. Long was double-covered on the catch, but still came down with the ball on the game-winning drive. “We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were presented before us,” linebacker Henry Coley said.
Virginia coach London looks to turn improvements into wins when Cavaliers play surprising Duke
STORY HIGHLIGHTS Keepers “heartbroken” as tiger cub found dead in enclosure at London Zoo Newborn animal believed to have drowned in pond after mother carried it outside Three-week-old cub was first Sumatran tiger to be born at zoo in 17 years London (CNN) — Keepers at London Zoo are “distraught” after a newborn tiger cub — the first Sumatran tiger born there for 17 years — drowned in a pool at its enclosure. The animal was born to five-year-old first-time-mom Melati just three weeks ago, and its arrival was greeted with huge excitement and celebration at the zoo, where experts were “over-the-moon” about the birth. But on Saturday, keepers raised the alarm when they could no longer see the young tiger on cameras inside its den; a search of the enclosure revealed the animal’s body. It is thought Melati carried the cub out into the paddock area of the zoo’s “Tiger Territory,” where it fell into the pond and drowned. Meet the newest resident at London Zoo Animals weighing in at London Zoo Wanted: Female for last surviving fish “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened,” said London Zoo’s Malcolm Fitzpatrick. Melati is said to be a very nervous tiger who prefers routine, and experts at the zoo had opted to allow her full access to the whole enclosure fearing that any changes to her environment might cause her to injure or abandon her cub. “At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal,” Fitzpatrick said. “We didn’t want to put her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.” London Zoo is to carry out a full review of the circumstances which led to the cub’s death. “We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what’s happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day,” said Fitzpatrick. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.” The zoo had kept Melati’s pregnancy a secret for about 105 days before her cub was born on September 22. Hidden cameras were installed in her enclosure to keep watch over her throughout, and the speedy birth, which lasted just six minutes, was also caught on video.