Daniel Tadevosyan/iStockBy DARREN REYNOLDS and WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Residents in parts of the Poconos have been asked to shelter in place after multiple shootings at multiple locations left at least four injured Monday night, according to officials.The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management said those on the 196 corridor between Pocono Country Place and Pocono Farms East should seek shelter and report any suspicious activity.The suspect is at large, according to Mount Pocono Mayor Michael Penn.“Please consider this a developing community safety danger,” Penn wrote on Facebook.Rapid gunfire, according to the mayor, was reported in a Pocono Country Place, at the Dollar General store in Tobyhanna and at Stoogies on Rouge 196.Police were dispatched at 5 p.m. to a report of multiple gunshots, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Christopher Wagner said at a press conference Monday night. At that time, they started receiving other calls of gunshots around in the township.Police said the initial response was at a residence and then at a shopping plaza where a 47-year-old woman was shot in the back and a 19-year-old male was shot in the arm. The woman had to be flown to a hospital trauma center.A third victim, a 20-year-old male, was shot in the head at a parking lot and is out of consciousness, police said. Later, the fourth victim was found at a motor vehicle accident, where another 20-year-old male was shot in the leg.The conditions of the victims are unknown.Dollar General Store Manager Nicole Hull told ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV she heard several gunshots.“It was scary. I’m used to living next to a gun range so, in my head, it’s oh, it’s the gun range, but in reality. It was right next to us and it started in our parking lot,” Hull told the station.A person of interest is being questioned, but no arrests have been made, according to authorities.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Corporate America began embracing programs to reduce sexual harassment at work nearly 50 years ago, but new research suggests many of the efforts aren’t succeeding and that women’s career growth is suffering.In a paper published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Sociology Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University, studied the effectiveness of harassment grievance procedures and training programs over three decades.The researchers looked at survey data on corporate sexual harassment programs at 805 companies from 1971 to 2002 from the Princeton Survey Research Center and annual census figures on the ethnicity, race, and gender of private-sector workers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).Dobbin and Kalev examined changes in the share of women in management after companies adopted grievance procedures and training programs. Numbers of women managers tended to grow in more supportive work environments.“In existing literature on harassment in the workplace, we see that women who file grievances most often face retaliation and have to leave their jobs because they find their workplaces so toxic,” said Dobbin.Conversely, he said, “You can see that a workplace is getting better for a particular group when you see significant increases in the numbers of a particular group in the management ranks.”According to Dobbin and Kalev, 98 percent of surveyed employers had established grievance procedures for harassment by 2002, while 82 percent had manager training and 64 percent had employee training. Eighteen percent implemented all three.Researchers found that grievance procedures and employee training that focused on preventing illegal or negative behavior were followed by decreases in the numbers of women in management.On the other hand, training that helped managers understand and effectively address incidents of harassment was followed by increases of women in leadership roles. In companies with more female managers, such training was especially helpful for black, Hispanic, and Asian American women. “We’re seeing a growing recognition that workplace sexual harassment isn’t a side issue when it comes to gender equity; it’s one of the central issues.” — Professor of Sociology Frank Dobbin Programs expand commitment to preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based harassment Related “In order for employers to diagnose and address the problems they have, they have to collect more data,” said Dobbin, citing surveys like the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire developed by psychologist Louise Fitzgerald. “But there’s a catch [to that], because if they collect more data, they might get into trouble in court … for allowing a culture of harassment to persist.”Corporate policies alone won’t solve the problem of harassment, said Dobbin. It’s also essential for employers to change workplace culture by recruiting and retaining managers of all genders with proven commitments to ending sexual harassment at work.“We’re seeing a growing recognition that workplace sexual harassment isn’t a side issue when it comes to gender equity; it’s one of the central issues,” he said. “There are long-term negative career consequences for women who face harassment and try to do something about it and for women who face harassment and don’t do anything about it. One of the positive effects of the #MeToo movement is that more people are now realizing that what we have [in place] doesn’t work.” The #MeToo surge against sexual abuse provides opportunities for pivotal societal change, but challenges too Organizers assure participants that ‘we will take their responses seriously and react in accordance with what we learn’ “We see that management training works pretty well to increase the numbers of white women in organizations that don’t have a lot of women in management already, but it works better to increase the numbers of minority women in organizations that do have a lot of women in management,” said Dobbin. “The theory behind that result is that [in general], women respond more positively to training than men do and, following training, are less likely to blame the victim. Men in general are more likely to blame the victim” if approached with a complaint.However, Dobbin cautions that simply growing the ranks of women managers isn’t a silver bullet for halting harassment. When the overall share of women in leadership rose above 15 percent, harassment training for managers tended to have an adverse effect on white women in particular. Researchers theorize that this negative effect reflects resistance by a dominant group to the perceived encroachment of a minority group into their sphere of power. Because there are more white than minority women in corporate management roles, they become viewed as a greater threat.“We see a pattern here in workplaces with a management team of mostly men,” said Dobbin. “As the number of women starts to increase, men start to resist the addition of more women to the management team,” resulting in retaliation against them.In the paper, the researchers offer possible solutions to harassment and retaliation, highlighting potential changes to training and grievance models that increase employee engagement and lessen victim-blaming.As an alternative to the existing grievance process, Dobbin and Kalev point to the growing use of independent ombudspersons, who offer a confidential, third-party resource for people to report harassment and think through feasible and appropriate solutions. This model is also recommended by the EEOC as one that helps mitigate the possibility of retaliation and provides a complainant with an ally.Training programs have continued to proliferate across the country, but many are online and less effective than in-person training, according to Dobbin. He and Kalev recommend bystander-intervention training, which has been adopted in the military and in higher education with positive results.“When it comes to harassment training, the bystander-intervention model is one of the promising avenues,” said Dobbin. “Bystander training can work because it’s not accusatory and starts out by trying to get the people who are being trained onto the side of the person who is facing harassment. It puts people in the position of the third party observing a situation, but it can also make people scrutinize their own behavior.”Dobbin also highlighted the importance of companies collecting and analyzing their own data on harassment and workplace safety, and pointed out that many firms do not track or share information on complaints. The women’s revolt: Why now, and where to Harvard adds to Title IX initiatives New student survey asks about sexual assault and misconduct
Published on January 6, 2015 at 9:17 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Three-star quarterback Alin Edouard is no longer planning to arrive in Syracuse this week, according to the JUCO Football Frenzy Twitter account.On Tuesday morning, the account tweeted that Edouard, a Class of 2014 prospect who already delayed his enrollment at SU, will now attend Garden City (Kansas) Community College. A text message to Edouard on Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.Edouard’s initial delayed arrival was due to undisclosed personal matters, and the reason this time around is still unknown.In September, Edouard told The Daily Orange that he would arrive at SU in January because he wanted a “fresh start.” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer also said that he’d get Edouard into spring and summer practices to get him up to speed with the rising sophomores.But the quarterback, who some said would be the most talented on the Orange’s roster, will no longer join SU. That leaves four signal-callers on the team in freshman AJ Long, junior Terrel Hunt, sophomore Austin Wilson and incoming freshman Eric Dungey.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-1) looks to bounce back after its first loss of the season when it welcomes Central Michigan (2-0) to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee State topped the Orange, 30-23 last week, while the Chippewas traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, and bested the Jayhawks, 45-27.Jim Lahde is the sports editor of The Morning Sun, which is based in Alma, Michigan, just under 20 miles from CMU’s campus. The Daily Orange spoke with him about Saturday’s matchup.The Daily Orange: CMU barely snuck by Rhode Island but then embarrassed Kansas. What was the difference?Jim Lahde: Against Rhode Island, defensively, they played well. They had six interceptions which tied the single-game school record. The defense played well. It’s just the offense never got going. They could’ve lost that game had the URI kicker not missed a chip shot. The offense just was not going at the time. Week 2, obviously it started clicking. It’s just a matter of getting out there and finding their rhythm.The D.O.: With eight interceptions already, is there something the secondary throws at offenses that is especially tricky?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJ.L.: It’s a little luck and a little good fortune more than anything else. Rhode Island, they were throwing it all over the place. CMU just kept picking them off. Amari Coleman is a very good defensive back. I believe he has two or three already, including a one-handed one.The defensive play against Rhode Island isn’t going to be a world leader by any means, but with a little luck and little good defensive game-planning. In the Kansas game, they did play well defensively too. A couple of picks in that one. I don’t know if it’s the scheme, but they’ve been playing good defense since the opener. That’s my two cents on that.Courtesy of CMU AthleticsThe D.O.: With wide receivers and Corey Willis and Brandon Childress out, how does that change the offense?J.L.: Good point. Childress was a kid that emerged a little last year and they were hoping he would step up a little more this year. He’s an All-American basketball player out of high school in Michigan. The best kid in the class he played in. I thought he’d go play basketball. He was a kid emerging into a star, whereas Willis is a little more established. He was the top receiver on the team returning. He can make the big play, great in the open field, good vision. Losing him is pretty significant.They also had Ty Conklin who’s their starting tight end. He’s got a foot injury. he’s coming along faster than anticipated. He’s out of his boot, but it’s going to put the onus on kids like Logan Hessbrook. Logan’s a local kid out of mid-Michigan here. He’s kind of emerged at the tight end spot. He’s done some good things the last couple of weeks.There’s another wide receiver, No. 3, he’s a senior leader. It’s going to fall on those two and the young kids. They threw for 467 yards and five touchdowns last week, so the players are out there. The question is, who’s going to step up and into those roles?The D.O.: How about quarterback Shane Morris?J.L.: Shane for Week 1 didn’t do much. Week 2, gosh, he was a superstar. He went for 467 yards and five touchdowns. He looked like Dan LeFevour or Cooper Rush out there. To me, it was a matter of first-game jitters. Teams are looking to find their rhythm and it’s going to be elusive for a while. It takes a game or two to really find it. I think CMU’s coming along and Morris has led that. It’s just a matter of who he is going to turn to. I expect Hessbrook to have a big game. He’s a good kid. He’s a big kid. He’s a physical kid. The running game hasn’t emerged too much in the spread.They changed offenses from last year to this year. They went a little more pro, power style last year and now they’re going to a more spread look, throw it around the yard — which they used to do 10 years ago when they had Dan LeFevour and Antonio Brown and that crew here. They were spreading. It led to good things, but then for five or six years, they went to that spread. I think that might play into it, too. There’s going to be growing pains. That might have been evident Week 1 also. I expect Shane Morris to do more good things. He had a cup of coffee at the university of Michigan. It didn’t work out. He’s up here for his senior year. He looked great last week, I can tell you that much.The D.O.: Syracuse wants to improve its run game but has struggled so far. Quarterback Eric Dungey, though, said CMU has a stout defensive line. Can they dictate play?J.L.: Eh, you look at the interceptions and I think that’s the bigger stat. But in their opener against Rhode Island, I don’t think the defense gave up a whole lot of yardage and rushing until the second half when Rhode Island really put it together and was down 21 to come back and tie it. And at Kansas, CMU’s defense played pretty good. I think it’s the same as Syracuse where they haven’t run for a whole lot of yardage. they’ve been throwing it around the yard. The defensive line has played well but the secondary has been the key. Comments Published on September 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss
A verdict is on some of the counts in the sexual assault trial of former movie producer Harvey Weinstein.Weinstein is accused of sexual assaulting two women. He was found not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault and rape in the first degree. He has claimed the encounters were consensual.
A field of forty started early, courtesy of the starter, and the battle commenced.The format is all about consistency – both golfers having to avoid the same barren hole and playing with a modicum of safety in mind. “Arai?” At Eastern Star?The result was a very close contest with countbacks being used to order the top twelve teams. In fourth place the Aussie pairing of John Coetzee and Terry Dreier lost out to third place Steve Moxey and Niall Caven, both recording 42 points.One point ahead were Nigel Harrison and the redoubtable Bill Copeland with 43 points, losing the major prize on countback. That honour went to Pat Lavin and Phil Swift who had the benefit of a stronger back nine in their favour.The placings from five to twelve were only separated by three points, such was the quality of the competition.Mike Firkin and Bryan Barrell raced to a front nine score of 23 points for the consolation prize with Kenny Jepson and Dave Moore performing even better on the back nine with 24 points.Near pins: Pat Lavin (3), Steve Moxey (6), Nigel Harrison (13), Phil Swift (17).1st Place – Pat Lavin (12) / Phil Swift (10) – 43 pts c/back2nd Place – Nigel Harrison (22) / Bill Copeland (12) – 43 pts3rd Place – Steve Moxey (10) / Niall Caven (24) – 42 pts c/back4th Place – John Coetzee (23) / Terry Dreier (16) – 42 ptsBest Front Nine (non-winners) – Mike Firkin / Bryan Barrell – 23 ptsBest Front Nine (non-winners) – Kenny Jepson / Dave Moore – 24 ptsIn another refreshing change the booby prizes were left in the bag, which pleased some golfers at the nether end of the scoreboard.The change to the format proved popular and it is to be hoped that more events of this type can be arranged during high season.A final word of thanks to Team PLGS for stewarding a most enjoyable day, with no fireworks spoiling the show. They would all come later in a gridlocked Pattaya. The winning team of Pat Lavin (L) and Phil Swift (R).PSC Pattaya Links Golf SocietyFriday, Nov. 29 Eastern Star Pairs Better BallSeeking relief from the daily slog of individual Stableford the Pattaya Links Golf Society revised its format to Pairs Better Ball at Eastern Star on the final Friday in November.As Eastern Star is a tough call on the best of days it was a much more enjoyable prospect, even with lightly sanded greens and dry fairways.
Binghamton had jumped to a 3-0 first period lead only to watch the Monarchs outscore the Sens 4-1 to force overtime.Binghamton held period leads of 3-0 and 3-2.Kinrade, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is in his second season of professional hockey in Binghamton, has yet to gain a point in the three games.Game four is set for Tuesday in Binghamton with game five also being played in the Sens’ arena.Friday Derek Grant scored in extra time to give the Sens a road split of the two games in Manchester. Bud Holloway scored in overtime to lift the Manchester Monarchs to a 5-4 victory over the Senators in American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff action Sunday in Binghamton.The win gives the Monarchs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after the Baby Sens evened the set Friday with a 4-3 overtime road win of their own in Manchester.Sunday’s loss was tough to swallow for Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade, a defenceman with the NHL Ottawa farm team, and the rest of the Sens.
White Rock scored runs in the first three innings en route to a 9-2 victory over West Kootenay Allstars from Trail on opening day at the BC Little League Championships Saturday in Victoria. Trail Allstars open BC Championships Saturday against White Rock The Trail Allstars, with players from Trail, Castlegar, Nelson Baseball Association and Salmo, open the BC Major Championships Saturday in Victoria with a game against White Rock. Trail also played in tournaments in Lethbridge and Kalispell, Montana. Trail Allstars now faces Little Mountain from Vancouver Monday at noon before playing Highlands, New Westminster, Layritz and host Beacon Hill to complete the round robin draw. The BC Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships with the winner advancing to represent Canada in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Trail Allstars scored singles in the third and fourth to cut into the deficit. However, White Rock scored a pair in the top of the fifth to put the game away. The Trail Allstars include players, Cody Wert, Izack Dawson, Koa Wintraub of Nelson, Connor Stainer, Chance Fisher, Jake Maniago, Reid Gerrand, Brady Augustin of Nelson, Nathan Dann, Calvin Morrison, Landan Uzeloc, Aiden Paterson and Tyler O’Keefe. The Lower Mainland squad jumped on West Kootenay starter Koa Wintraub for a single in the first frame and four in the second to chase the Nelson pitcher from the game. The Major Allstars, ages 11-12 years, enter the tournament riding a 13-4 season record after clinching the Chewelah, Washington tournament title Sunday with a victory over Spokane Dodgers. Cody Wert had an RBI single for the Allstars. The BC Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships with the winner advancing to represent Canada in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. The Provincials are hosted by Beacon Hill in Victoria and runs to Sunday, July 30 when the tournament champion will be crowned. The coaching staff includes assistants Mike Boisvert, Jim Maniago and head coach DJ Ashman. Trail plays White Rock at 6 p.m. Saturday, then meets Little Mountain Monday at noon. The Allstars play Highlands Tuesday at noon; New Westminster Wednesday at 3 p.m.; host Beacon Hill Thursday at 6 p.m. before concluding the round robin draw with a game Friday at 3 p.m. against Layritz.
Martin Garcia3955713%44%$344,774 Drayden Van Dyke4255512%36%$304,964 Patrick Gallagher1432221%50%$228,758 Steve Knapp1331223%46%$97,320 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado59105717%37%$328,710 Doug O’Neill6159128%43%$291,092 Kent Desormeaux3347512%48%$329,970 Joseph Talamo68891012%40%$415,164 Steven Miyadi2036315%60%$116,214 Mario Gutierrez71815711%42%$442,604 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 William Spawr1453136%64%$132,314 Philip D’Amato4187920%59%$488,570 Vladimir Cerin1041240%70%$111,300 John Sadler2533212%32%$149,650 David Lopez631341121%44%$365,528 J. Eric Kruljac1531220%40%$50,150 Jeff Mullins1032030%50%$88,980 Fernando Perez63741111%35%$299,916 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Richard Baltas3875318%39%$456,104 Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Flavien Prat61841213%39%$429,978 Gary Stevens2142019%29%$492,680 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Mike Smith3843311%26%$427,650 Jerry Hollendorfer484578%33%$252,262 J. Keith Desormeaux1940621%53%$100,920 FINISH LINES: The lead news item today at the Great Race Place: A massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $307,069. It’s expected today’s total Pick Six pool should approach $2 million. OCHO OCHO OCHO MAKES DOWNHILL DEBUT SUNDAYOcho Ocho Ocho makes his first start on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course Sunday when he runs in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs.“It’s actually the second time he’s been entered to run down the hill,” pointed out Jim Cassidy, who trains the four-year-old colt for owner Deron Pearson, campaigning as DP Racing. “The last time was in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on Breeders’ Cup day in 2014, but the race was taken off the grass.”That didn’t stop the son of Street Sense from winning by nearly six lengths. His last two races have come at one mile on turf, including the Mathis Brothers Mile on Dec. 26, in which he finished ninth after a wide trip. It was his first start in seven months.The Clockers’ Corner marks the first time in his last six races that Ocho Ocho Ocho has not run in a graded stakes. His last win came in the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 22, 2014, when he held on by a nose under Mike Smith, who rides veteran Silentio in the Clockers’ corner.In other Clockers’ Corner news:Leading trainer Phil D’Amato has two horses scheduled to go in the Clockers’ Corner.One is Cape Wolfe, a four-year-old English-bred gelding who makes his U.S. debut, and Coastline, who was second by a neck in his first start down the hill, in the Grade III Daytona on Dec. 30.“Cape Wolfe is a nice horse and is in the race to kind of get started,” D’Amato said of the bay son of Piccolo who has not raced since last July, when he won his third straight race in Ireland. “He’ll be coming late. We’ll see if 6 ½ is too short or not for him, but I think down the road he’s going to be best going a mile.”Home Run Kitten makes his first start in eight months when he runs in the Clockers’ Corner.“He might need this race, but with the weather being what it’s been lately, we decided we’d better get a race into him and not worry too much about working,” said trainer David Hofmans of the son of the prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy.“Our long-range goal would be the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here in November. We’re working towards that.”In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten finished 11th but was beaten only four lengths in a field of 14.The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1.STAKES WINNER GERVINHO STANDS AT LEGACY RANCHGrade II winner Gervinho has relocated for his second season as a stallion to Legacy Ranch in Clements, CA. A stakes winner at two and three, and a California champion at three, he won Santa Anita’s Grade II Sir Beaufort Stakes and Del Mar’s $100,000 Oceanside Stakes.Gervinho earned over $420,000 and was on the board in eight of nine career starts, including the Grade I Hollywood Derby, the Grade II Del Mar Derby and Santa Anita’s Grade III Twilight Derby.A six-year-old son of Unusual Heat out of Foreverinthegame, by Out of Place, who raced primarily on turf, Gervinho possess solid credentials for multiple surfaces.“One of the best horses I have ever trained, Gervinho had an amazing turn of foot and an incredible mind,” said trainer Carla Gaines. “It’s very disappointing we never had the chance to try him on the dirt as he trained brilliantly on it.”“Gervinho is absolutely gorgeous physically and has so much to offer California breeders,” said Gayle Van Leer, manager of the stallion who stands in 2016 for $3,500 live foal with consideration to approved mares. For more information visit www.legacyranchinc.com MOR SPIRIT BREEZES FOR LEWIS STAKES ON FEB. 6TRAINERS AT THE READY FOR CLOCKERS’ CORNERTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER STANDS AT $307,069 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 MOR SPIRIT IN ‘STIFF’ WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTUnder a 360-degree cloud cover that obliterated old Sol, leading Triple Crown contender Mor Spirit worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in a relatively pedestrian 1:13.60 in preparation for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.Trainer Bob Baffert had the Kentucky-bred colt by Eskendereya galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29 flat.Regular rider Gary Stevens was aboard Mor Spirit, who worked in company with Mt Veeder, who was also timed in 1:13.60.“It was a good stiff work for him,” Baffert said of Mor Spirit, who last raced on Dec. 19 when he won the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity by a length and a quarter. “The track is very demanding in the mornings.“It’s on to the Lewis. He’s on schedule.”Exaggerator worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent in the irons as the Delta Jackpot winner readies for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Santiago Gonzalez952113922%45%$758,658 Martin Pedroza3752114%22%$93,940 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller4363314%28%$212,370 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 22) Tyler Baze85714118%38%$389,702
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionHis playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history. “I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game . footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ