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PERTH: World number one Rafael Nadal won a battle of attrition against fellow left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6(4), 6-4 to seal Spain’s spot in the final eight of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth on Wednesday.Meanwhile his long-time rival, world number two Novak Djokovic, had an easier outing in Brisbane, strolling past Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3 to stay undefeated in the new year and to ensure Serbia will travel to Sydney for the knockouts having won all three of their ties.Nadal had to twice fight back from a break down against the Japanese world number 72 in the opening set before winning the tiebreaker while the Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve to go up 5-4 in the second before holding serve for victory.”It’s the first day I was playing under such heavy conditions, two previous days I had played in the night. The feeling on court was completely different,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.”I played against an opponent who started the season on fire, winning two matches against two great players with very comfortable results. Today was a very, very tough one.”It was Nadal’s third singles win in the $15 million ATP Cup, which features 24 nations competing in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days.All six group winners and the two best second-placed teams will advance to the final eight stage in Sydney. Besides hosts Australia, Serbia, Britain, Russia and Spain have qualified.Garin broke Djokovic in the second set to go up 3-1 but it seemed to bruise the seven-times Australian Open winner’s ego as he won the next five games to complete victory.”Sydney’s got a big Serbian community, hopefully the support can be as good as it was here, even better,” Djokovic said.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz also picked up his third singles win of the tournament with an upset 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) win over world number four Dominic Thiem of Austria in Sydney.It was the second loss in the new season for Thiem, who also lost to Croatia’s Borna Coric in his opening match. AgenciesAlso Read: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal calls for the merger of ATP Cup, Davis Cup Also Watch: United Workmen Union at Guwahati Refinery stage protest against BJP-Govt over CAA 2019
The exhibit, which honors Wayne’s 152-film history with displays of costumes, personal items, film clips and photos, was installed June 2012. The exhibit materials will be housed in the school’s archives. While they may not be accessible to the public, they will remain usable for future reference and research, according to the statement. The John Wayne exhibit in the School of Cinematic Arts will be removed as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, SCA Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Evan Hughes announced Friday. Hughes said the school intends to remove it before the start of the fall semester, though the definite timeline is uncertain. In September, students, led by rising senior Eric Plant, protested for the removal of the exhibit, accusing the school of “endorsing white supremacy” by dedicating an exhibit to the racist actor. While the school said it would consider the removal, it ultimately decided in December to keep the Wayne exhibit but convert the space into one that discusses the “complex narrative” of the American West as told in cinema. “In the events that have happened this summer, the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, I just think that we’re in a different moment than we were even six months ago, and I think it’s important that SCA really take a stand and say that in order to reinforce our anti-racist agenda, we need to take certain steps to kind of ensure that we’re modeling the best behavior, and so that’s why we changed the decision to do that,” Hughes told the Daily Trojan. The decision also follows President Carol Folt’s June announcement of the removal of former USC president and known eugenicist Rufus von KleinSmid from The Center for International and Public Affairs. “I believe in white supremacy,” Wayne said. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks.” “Conversations about systemic racism in our cultural institutions along with the recent global, civil uprising by the Black Lives Matter Movement require that we consider the role our School can play as a change maker in promoting antiracist cultural values and experience,” Hughes wrote in an email to the SCA community. Controversy regarding Wayne came up after a1971 Playboy magazine interview revealed his support of white supremacy and anti-Black racism. “Placing them within the proper archival and research context will allow scholarship to continue on the rule that John Wayne’s films played in the history of cinema,” Hughes wrote.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Introduction• Photo gallery of Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Dramatic change in Los Angeles sports power structure Name: Magic JohnsonTitle: Owner, Dodgers and SparksAge: 55If there is a sports-related venture ongoing in Los Angeles, Johnson likely has a hand in it. Perhaps the most beloved athlete in the city’s history, the former Lakers point guard is now a part-owner of three L.A. sports franchises, among many other businesses ventures. He is the face of the Guggenheim Partners who purchased the Dodgers in 2012 and the Sparks last year. Johnson sold his stake in the Lakers in 2010, but as of October, he is a part-owner of the MLS expansion franchise in Los Angeles set to launch in 2017.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Logan Thomas threw an early touchdown pass, Cody Journell kicked four field goals and No. 24 Virginia Tech sacked Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage eight times in a 19-9 victory on Saturday.The Hokies (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth straight game and ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers, avenging a 35-17 loss a year ago that sent Virginia Tech into a long skid.This time, they proved just as inhospitable hosts to the ACC newcomer Panthers (3-2, 2-2).Savage, who tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes three weeks ago in a 58-55 victory against Duke, never had much of a chance to get wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd into the game.Savage’s sacks totaled minus-49 yards, and he has now been sacked 15 times in his past two appearances. Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) delivers a hit on Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Virginia Tech won 19-9. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)