Tag Archives: heat

Lauren Davis stung on the backside by wasp at Sony Open

Sting in the tail: Tennis teen Davis suffers wasp attack on the backside at Sony Open… and accidentally recreates iconic poster

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

10:54 GMT, 25 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 25 March 2013

This is not a recreation of Martin Elliott’s iconic tennis poster from 1976 but something altogether more painful.

When 19-year-old Lauren Davis lost her third-round match at the Sony Open, it was not just the defeat that stung.

During the gruelling defeat by world No 36 Alize Cornet under the Florida sun, the American was stung by a wasp on her backside.

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Wasp attack: Lauren Davis was stung on the backside while playing Alize Cornet (or should that be hornet)

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

Lauren Davis of the USA reacts after being stung by a wasp

She was in obvious pain and battled on to lose 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 but she refused to blame her defeat on the wasp's sting.

The pictures of Davis resembled the iconic poster taken by photographer Elliott of a female tennis player, his girlfriend at the time, that sold more than two million copies.

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Heat stroke: Cornet collapses in the Florida heat during the match

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Escape route: Cornet is escorted from the court in a wheelchair, as was her stung rival

Temperatures on court soared to well over
32C and both Davis and Cornet were left so physically exhausted by such
a long match in the humidity that both players left the court in
wheelchairs.

Martin Elliot's original image

Sharapova

Iconic: The image shot by Martin Elliot (left) has been recreated before – unintentionally by Maria Sharapova

Other posers…

Kylie Minogue (see below)

Keith Lemon

Courtney Stoddon

Laura Robson passed up the chance to become British No 1 on Friday night, beaten in three sets in the second round defeat by Cornet.

The 19-year-old started well but, in a match which lasted two hours 36 minutes but was stretched over seven hours due to rain delays and power cuts in Miami, the 32nd-seeded Frenchwoman emerged a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 winner.

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

Old times: Fiona Walker, at 53, poses with a picture of herself as the 18-year-old 'Athena tennis poster girl'

And who could forget…

Another version: Pop star Kylie Minogue posed for magazine GQ back in 2000

Qatar set deadline over decision to move 2022 World Cup from summer to winter

Qatar chief sets FIFA deadline over decision to move World Cup from summer to winter

|

UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

The head of Qatar's World Cup organising committee says FIFA must decide in the next two years if they want to move the 2022 tournament to winter.

Michel Platini, currently president of UEFA and tipped to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, has said he would prefer moving the World Cup to winter because of the extreme heat in Qatar during the summer.

But it would be a controversial move, with the Premier League and other national organisations opposed to disrupting their domestic seasons.

Too hot: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar could become a winter tournament

Too hot: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar could become a winter tournament

Paul Jewell staying at Ipswich for Derby game

Under-fire Jewell staying at Ipswich for must-win game against Derby

|

UPDATED:

11:50 GMT, 22 October 2012

Paul Jewell has revealed he will remain as manager of Ipswich for Tuesday's npower Championship match at home to Derby as pressure mounts on his future.

Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has been linked with replacing Jewell, who considered quitting the Suffolk club following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull left struggling Town winless in 10 games and still second-bottom in the table.

But the Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his decision and has opted to stay, although he acknowledges results must improve and quickly.

Under pressure: Ipswich manager Paul Jewell faces a must-win game against Derby

Under pressure: Ipswich manager Paul Jewell faces a must-win game against Derby

'I had another restless night on Saturday and then spoke to Marcus Evans (Ipswich's owner) on Sunday afternoon about the situation,' Jewell told the club's official website.

'We had a good chat and yet again he gave me his 100 per cent backing. I couldn't really ask for more support from the owner to be honest.

'I've had text messages of support from the players as well, from other managers and from players who have played for this club – even some I have let go!

Football League blog

'That has meant a lot to me. I've spoken to the coaching staff and we're now preparing for what is obviously a very important game on Tuesday against Derby.

'I said a few things after Saturday's game – perhaps in the heat of the moment but it's clear that results on the pitch have not been good enough. I can only continue to do my best for this football club to turn things around. That has to happen very quickly though.'

Jewell will now hope to turn matters around against Derby, with whom he endured a failed spell in charge between November 2007 and December 2008 before resigning.

Another former employer are the visitors to Portman Road on Saturday in Sheffield Wednesday, where Jewell spent eight months before his sacking in February 2001.

Freddie Flintoff to train as a boxer

Flintoff to make sensational sporting comeback… as a professional boxer!

|

UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 6 September 2012


Pulling no punches: Flintoff is to train as a heavyweight boxer for a new Sky TV series, even taking part in a professional bout

Pulling no punches: Flintoff is to train as a heavyweight boxer for a new Sky TV series, even taking part in a professional bout

As one of England's most feared and revered cricketers, he never once pulled a punch in the heat of battle.

And now Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is to step back into the professional sporting arena as a heavyweight boxer.

The former England all-rounder, who retired from the game in 2009, will put his reputation on the line to train for a live professional boxing bout in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Manchester Arena.

Flintoff will be trained by boxing legend Barry McGuigan, who believes Freddie has what it takes to become a decent fighter – the right age, agility and a 'devastating' right punch.

Barry and his boxer son, Shane, face a four month battle to persuade Freddie to give up the pie, mash and pints and embark on a gruelling training regime for the fight, against a credible pro opponent.

The Sky TV cameras will follow Freddie and his family as he takes on the intensive regime of sparring, skipping and steamed vegetables.

The three episode series, called 'The Gloves are off…' will be screened on Sky One later in the year, while the fight will be broadcast live on BoxNation.

Flintoff said of the challenge: 'This is an amazing opportunity to try a sport that I love, to be tutored by a man I respect and admire and, at the age of 34, the chance to be a professional sportsman again.

'It's a huge challenge – probably the biggest I have ever undertaken, especially in such a short time frame. I have a long road ahead and a lot of work in front of me. The stakes are high.'

Barry McGuigan added: 'It is an enormous undertaking to have a professional fight having no experience whatsoever. it is even more demanding when you're a legend in another sport.

'The pressure for Freddie, myself and my son is phenomenal given the little time we have. But I'm convinced Freddie will make a successful pro debut as a boxer.'

National Hero: Flintoff never shirked a challenge during his playing days, but will a bout against a professional heavyweight boxer prove too tough

National Hero: Flintoff never shirked a challenge during his playing days, but will a bout against a professional heavyweight boxer prove too tough

Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket in July 2009 during the Ashes series with Australia after persistent injuries became too much.

He ended his career on a high by taking five wickets in the second innings of the second test at Lord's and memorably ran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the fifth test at The Oval.

Flintoff confirmed his retirement from all forms of professional cricket in September 2010 after taking medical advice.

Since quitting the sport, Flintoff has appeared on a number of television game shows and also works as a darts commentator.

Qatar World Cup 2022 matches could be played at night

World Cup 2022 matches should be played at night to avoid Qatar heat, says FIFA chief Boyce

|

UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 6 July 2012

FIFA should consider playing World Cup matches late at night at Qatar 2022 in order to avoid the extreme heat, says FIFA British vice-president Jim Boyce.

‘We should look at anything that will improve spectator and player comfort,’ said Boyce.

The organisation has come in for criticism for awarding the World Cup to Qatar despite the various problems which will come with it.

Suggestion: FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce (left) with Michel Platini

Suggestion: FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce (left) with Michel Platini

London 2012 Olympics: Alistair and Jon Brownlee dead-heat at Blenheim

Brotherly love as Brownlees dead-heat at Blenheim

|

UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 10 June 2012

Alistair Brownlee dead-heated with brother Jon at triathlon's World Series event at Blenheim to complete a perfect comeback after three months rehabilitating from an achilles injury.

The two were named in Britain's Olympic team with domestique Stuart Hayes to assist them.

Will Clarke, last year's world No 9, who was left out, called the selection process 'a really bad system'.

Sibling revelry: Alistair Brownlee (left) and brother Jonathan

Sibling revelry: Alistair Brownlee (left) and brother Jonathan

James Morrison apologises to Stoke fans for gesture after goal

Nice guy Morrison apologises for gesture towards Stoke fans

West Bromwich midfielder James Morrison says he is sorry for his gesture to Stoke fans following his goal in Albion's 2-1 win on Saturday.

Morrison celebrated in front of Stoke supporters and gave a fist-pumping gesture which could have been construed as offensive.

Sorry: James Morrison apologised for his gestures towards the home fans after scoring against Stoke

Sorry: James Morrison apologised for his gestures towards the home fans after scoring against Stoke

The Scotland midfielder said: ‘It was a little bit “heat of the moment” and I didn’t mean anything by it.

'I like to think I’m a nice guy on the pitch, so if anything comes of it I apologise.' The FA are likely to look into the incident on Monday.