Nadal pulls out of French Open

first_imgPARIS, France (AP):For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.Yesterday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news that he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.”To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him. “And the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible.”His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career”, overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.Nadal’s withdrawal robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled out because of lingering back problems.AIMING FOR FOURTH TITLEIt cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semi-finals.Fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.last_img read more

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REVEALED! The highest scoring English top flight teams ever!

first_img 7. Newcastle – 5047 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which recent super power makes number six – Just four goals ahead of their north-east rivals at time of writing*, Newcastle are one of English football’s traditional heavyweights. Their debut in the top flight came in 1898 – some five years after they joined the league system – and they mustered 49 league goals in their inaugural First Division season. Since then the Magpies have gone on to add another 4998 to their tally. 5. Man United – 6229 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see an equally surprising number four – Unquestionably one of English football’s giants, the Red Devils have passed the 100 goal mark in a top flight season three times. The 20 time league winners made their first appearance at the highest level in 1892 and have been an ever present in the top flight since 1975. 10. Chelsea have 4890 top flight goals in total* – Click the arrow to see which clubs have scored more goals in English football’s top division – The Blues’ first campaign in the top flight came in the 1907/08 season. That campaign they scored just 53 goals, a far cry from the Premier League record 103 goals they bagged in the 2009/10. The top tier of English football saw a new milestone reached on Monday night, as Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind scored the 140,000th top flight goal, grabbing a late equaliser to help the Red Devils draw 2-2 against West Brom.The history of the top flight is traced back to 8 September, 1888, when the first round of league fixtures was contested by 10 of league’s 12 teams, with the honour of the first ever goal being awarded to Aston Villa defender Gershom Cox, who inadvertently scored an own goal in a 1-1 draw with Wolves.Since then 64 teams have been fortunate enough to score in the top flight, and here are the 10 to have massed the most goals.Click the arrow to find out who is number one.*Correct up to 21 October 2014Source: Infostrada 10 3. Arsenal – 6518 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which club is second – One of England’s traditional heavyweights, Arsenal have spent just two seasons outside of the top flight since making their debut in the England’s premier competition in 1904. The Gunners’ highest scoring season came in 1930/31 as they bagged 127 league goals to storm to the title. 1. Everton – 6776 top flight goals – Click the arrow for more – Another founding member of league football in England, Everton have spent just four years outside of the top flight since 1888 – a remarkable achievement. The Toffees finished the inaugural campaign in eighth spot, scoring just 35 goals in 22 games. Since then they have added an unparalleled 6741 goals. 10 10 9. Tottenham – 5015 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which traditional giant is number eight – Celebrated as the first club to win a League and FA Cup double in the 20th century – a feat they achieved in the 1960/61 season – Spurs have only spent 16 years outside of the top flight since making their Football League debut in 1908. 10 8. Sunderland – 5043 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which rival club is seventh – One of the most historic clubs in English football, Sunderland were ever-present in the top flight from their debut in 1890 through to the conclusion of the 1958/59 campaign when they first tasted relegation. Very much a yo-yo club ever since, the Mackems have still managed to record a respectable 5043 top flight goals since. 6. Man City – 5274 top flight goals – Click the arrow for a very surprising number five – Another side to bounce around the English league system throughout their history, Man City’s longevity as a pillar of the game means that they have enjoyed some 86 campaigns in the top flight. Over the course of their history, City’s highest scoring season came in 1936/37, when they hit 107 goals to win the league. 2. Aston Villa – 6554 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which club has scored more top flight goals than any other – One of the founding members of the Football League in England, Aston Villa have earned their spot on this list due to their longevity. The seven-time champions of England faced midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first-ever league match, drawing 1-1. 10 4. Liverpool – 6515 top flight goals – Click the arrow to see which London club is third – One of English football’s most successful teams, it is no surprise to see Liverpool included in this list. An ever present in the top flight since 1962, the Merseysiders have scored 80+ goals in a Division One/Premier League season on 14 occasions. 10 10 10 10 10last_img read more

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Fan remakes Resident Evil 2 in Unreal Engine 3 as a learning

first_imgTypically, if you’re learning how to use a new game engine you’ll go through a few tutorials and create some simple games to help understand the concepts and workflow. Developer Rod Lima took that idea a step further and decided to fully recreate Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 in Unreal Engine 3.Lima saw the game remake as the perfect way to learn UnrealScript, the scripting language that Unreal Engine 3 relies upon. The finished project is of such good quality Capcom could pick this up and release it has a HD version of the game tomorrow.Here’s a full playthrough of his creation by Lima:The only thing Lima owns from the project is the UnrealScript files he wrote. The models, animations, and scenarios were all extracted from the original game. Understandably then, Lima isn’t going to release the project for anyone else to play. Capcom’s legal team would quickly pounce on any such release. However, what Capcom should do is consider offering Lima a job, maybe even on the Resident Evil team, as he’s clearly very talented.If nothing else, this Resident Evil 2 remake shows you just what’s possible with the game engines available to all developers today. Lima didn’t even have to purchase a license for Unreal Engine 3 to allow his project to happen. Instead he used the freely available UDK (Unreal Development Kit) and the online learning resources Epic Games provides for UnrealScript.If Capcom isn’t interested in Lima’s talents then he should take what he’s learned and develop his own survival horror game. I’m sure it would do well on Steam Greenlight, or maybe as a Kickstarter depending on what he came up with.last_img read more

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