Alaska fought back from a third-quarter deficit and finished off Globalport, 109-103, to maintain its winning run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sean Anthony gave the Batang Pier one last gasp of hope with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 107-104, but JVee Casio took Pao Javelona to the cup for the game’s final field goal with 39 seconds left in the game.Vic Manuel finished with a team-high 22 points to lead the Aces while Chris Banchero added 19 points, five boards, and seven assists.Antonio Campbell had 18 and 18 rebounds to help Alaska while Casio and Racal chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.Malcolm White had 27 ponts and six rebounds to lead Globalport while Stanley Pringle finished with 26 points and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Valdez confident Ravena will come back stronger Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Aces were down 71-58 midway through the third quarter but went on a fiery 14-2 run, capped off with a three-pointer from Simon Enciso, to turn the deficit into an 85-83 lead heading into the fourth.Alaska’s spirited fight extended its wins streak to five games for a 5-1 record while the Batang Pier fell off the .500 territory and dropped to a 3-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I love the grit and I expected that we needed it this game, Globalport is one of the grittiest teams in the league, the guys in that team are physical and they play hard,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.Globalport regained the lead, 90-87, early in the fourth before Alaska went on another scoring spurt with Vic Manuel converting on two consecutive baseline jumpers to cap off the 18-3 run for a 105-93 lead with 2:48 left. MOST READ View comments
In a post on the Philippine Sports Commission’s official Facebook page, Clarkson is shown clad in a Barong Tagalog just hours away from the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.Clarkson, who was a last-minute inclusion to the Philippine men’s basketball team, was chosen to be the country’s flag-bearer for this year’s continental showcase and lead the march of 270-plus Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Cleveland Cavaliers guard in the NBA arrived in Indonesia on Thursday.He was in attendance when the Philippines crushed Kazakhstan, 96-59. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 26-year-old Clarkson will make his PH debut on Tuesday against powerhouse China, which features two NBA players in Zhou Qi of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yangyuhang of the Dallas Mavericks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warning Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Before Jordan Clarkson puts on the Philippines’ nifty basketball uniforms on Tuesday, the Filipino-American basketball star gets to wear the country’s national costume first.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Zoe Pennue Movement for Development (ZPMD) has identified with the Obstetric Department of the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital (MTMH) in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County with a cash donation of L$100, 000. Speaking to this newspaper upon making the donation to the hospital’s administration, the ZPMD Vice Chairman for Administration, Cephus Zulu, said the gesture is the fulfillment of a promise to the people of Tchien District by Rep. Zoe Emmanuel Pennue to ensure that the organization’s development agenda is felt at all levels, not only in the Tchien District but Grand Gedeh as a whole.The head of the Obstetric Department, Florence Davis, lauded Rep. Pennue for the gesture and pleaded for additional support such as beds to strengthen the hospital’s delivery to the people.The Director of Nurses at the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital, Mr. Philip Desuah, said the donation was necessary because as the only referral hospital in the county, MTMH has over the years helped to reduce maternal mortality.It may be recalled that the Zoe Pennue Movement for Development (ZPMD) made a cash donation of L$200, 000 to the same hospital, from which some pregnant women received L$1, 500 each.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We feel it. We feel that same vibe we did in the last NCAA Tournament, which is good,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “It’s more serious, and more aware of losing, because in the tournament you only have one (loss) and you’re done. All these games coming down to the tournament, you want to prepare yourself for that.” UCLA (23-3, 12-2) used a Pac-10 regular-season and tournament title to push to a No. 2 seed last season, and used venues in San Diego and Oakland as de facto home courts to fuel a run to the Final Four. With an RPI rating of No. 1 and a top-five ranking most of the season, the first-place Bruins likely would secure a No. 1 seed by winning the Pac-10 regular-season title, and the players know that. “(Howland said) this is the most important time,” Afflalo said, “when our focus must be at our highest, when our intensity and our practice habits & we must do everything to the fullest of our potential to ensure we go as far as possible once again this year.” How important is playing in front of home fans for UCLA? Fourth-ranked UCLA has four regular-season games remaining and the one-and-down practice round of the Pacific 10 Conference Tournament before the one-and-down NCAAs begin. And the Bruins are in control for a No. 1 seed in the West Region, which means a path to the Final Foul in Atlanta would run through Sacramento and San Jose. LOS ANGELES – UCLA coach Ben Howland gathered his team Monday, and gave what junior guard Arron Afflalo described as a motivational speech. The message was simple: The postseason is nearing, so it is time to go from serious to ultra-serious to get in position for a length NCAA Tournament stay. Afflalo pointed to the Bruins’ 14-0 home record, 4-0 mark on neutral floors and 5-3 record on the road as a reason to push for the West’s top seed. “That’s pretty much what it’s about, that support system,” Afflalo said. “We’re just a much better team when you have your support system nearby. We’re just like everybody else. We’re capable of staying here in California, where it’s mostly UCLA fans. Why not strive for that?” That means no slip-ups at home this weekend – when UCLA hosts injury-riddled California on Thursday, and Stanford on Saturday. The Bruins then visit second-place Washington State on March 1 and Washington two days later to end the regular season. “I’m not sure if sometimes you’re not better off being a lower seed, where you have the chance to play the 12 (seed) rather than the 8-9 (winner) because those 5-12 games seem to go the 12 way so often,” Howland said. “At the end of the day, you have to show up at the NCAA Tournament and win. Every game is difficult. The first round all the way through. “Would I rather play in Sacramento and San Jose rather than going farther away? Absolutely. It’s better for our fans, it’s better for our team, it’s better for the parents of the players to not have to travel across the country.” Motivation Although Cal (14-12, 6-8) is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 and is without centers DeVon Hardin (foot) and Jordan Wilkes (knee) and guard Nikola Knezevic, Howland came up with a way to inspire the Bruins. “They’ve beaten us here the last two years in a row,” Howland said. “Josh (Shipp) and Arron and Lorenzo (Mata) have never beaten Cal-Berkeley at Pauley Pavilion. Those three are 0 for 2 here. They’ve beaten us two years in a row, so they’re not coming in here intimidated by playing in Pauley Pavilion.” The Bruins won at Cal, 62-46, last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The new legislation runs parallel to a commitment made in Accessibility 2024 – the government’s 10-year action plan to make B.C. the most progressive province in Canada for persons with disabilities. VICTORIA, B.C. — Starting this Monday, new legislation will modernize guide and service dog regulations in B.C.Dog handlers will be able to submit certification applications to the Security Programs Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.Once these applications are processed, handlers seeking certification for guide and service dogs that were not trained by an accredited school will be able to have the Justice Institute of British Columbia test their dogs.- Advertisement -Another big change is for the tenancy of retired dogs. Once a dog is no longer certified as a working animal due to age, injury or disease, it will now be able to be certified as retired and remain in the home with its handler.“The Guide Dog and Service Dog Act is one more step toward making B.C. the most progressive province in the country for people with disabilities,” says Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of B.C.“These certification changes will enable people who rely on a guide or service dog to enjoy the same protected rights and opportunities as every citizen.”Advertisement
23 February 2005The Overseas Private Investment Corporation has entered into a partnership with the SA government, Lazare Kaplan International Inc and Nozala Diamonds to provide finance for diamond and mining beneficiation projects in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) is a US government agency that supports economic development by promoting US private investment in developing countries.Lazare Kaplan International (LKI) is engaged in the cutting, polishing and sales of ideally proportioned diamonds internationally.Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the chairperson of Nozala Diamonds, Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane, signed the agreement on behalf of South Africa this month.LKI’s Maurice Tempelsman said the joint venture aimed “to encourage participation of empowerment groups and change some of the historical dynamics to make it possible, in a very concrete way, for African nations to ‘go downstream’.”Mlambo-Ngcuka said there was “a serious problem in raising capital for beneficiation projects, and we are in a country where there has not been a history of aggressive value addition.“To actually build the industry from scratch, we need these instruments to get started, to make sure that people who do not have a family tradition or old money also have a chance to begin.”The minister said the fact that the fund anticipated an element of risk management was important, because it meant that it was “not naive about the challenges people [in the mining industry] face along the way”.“On our side as government, through regulation, training, support and provision of infrastructure, we would want to be partners to make sure that we give optimum conditions for these initiatives.”Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest WOTUS has been reinstated by a U.S. District Court in South Carolina and is now the law in Ohio.Agriculture lobbied hard against the controversial 2015 Waters of the United States rule because it expanded Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. In August, U.S. District Judge David Norton issued a ruling saying the Trump administration did not comply with rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act in previously suspending the rule.The Trump Environmental Protection Agency a year ago said it would repeal and replace the Obama Administration regulation, and it delayed the rule’s effective date until 2020. The rule, which took effect in August 2015, was enjoined in 24 states that brought lawsuits against it. A U.S. District Court in Georgia in June issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the regulation in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and a District Court in North Dakota in August 2015 did the same for Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. But, U.S. District Judge Norton agreed with environmental groups in his August ruling that EPA did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act when suspending the rule, making the regulation effective in the 26 states where it had not been blocked, including Ohio.There is an effort underway in Ohio to address WOTUS concerns, however. In September of 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine registered his support for permanently rescinding WOTUS language. DeWine filed two letters with the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, one solely on behalf of Ohio and a second as part of a 25-state coalition, as part of the EPA review of the WOTUS rule.The letters encourage the EPA and the Corps to preserve the states’ role in protecting water resources by fully eliminating the Obama-era rule and enforcing pre-existing rules until more concise language can be adopted.“The Agencies improperly expanded their own jurisdiction under the 2015 WOTUS Rule, to the detriment of the States, and placed onerous permitting requirements on landowners who had no expectation that their properties contained ‘waters of the United States,’” Attorney General DeWine wrote in his letter.In addition, earlier this year, the business and agricultural coalition asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas for a nationwide stay of the WOTUS rule, arguing that the EPA’s repeal-and-replace process likely will be subjected to legal challenges and that “a nationwide preliminary injunction is imperative.”The WOTUS rule expanded EPA’s authority over various waters to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also covered lands adjacent to such waters. The agency’s jurisdiction had included only “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters.Farmers in those 26 states where WOTUS is law are now faced with “immediate irreparable harm,” according to the Southern Texas filing. “Important and consequential national regulations like the WOTUS Rule should not apply differently depending on the happenstance of location.” The groups urge the court not to allow a “crazy-quilt regulatory environment” and to grant a nationwide injunction against the 2015 WOTUS Rule “as expeditiously as possible.”
Pune: Former Chief Minister and Maharashtra Swabhiman Party (MSP) chief Narayan Rane on Friday once again attacked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray over the upcoming mega refinery in Konkan’s Ratnagiri district. “I do not care how many cases are lodged against me… But I will continue my protest until this project is cancelled,” said Mr. Rane, speaking in Rajapur to display solidarity with families displaced by the project. Opposed by villagersThe project is being opposed by more than 3,000 residents of around 15 villages in Rajapur taluk. Locals allege that the project, if implemented, will ruin 14,000 hectares of fertile land besides the thriving mango and cashew nut cultivation for which the region is famous. The mega refinery and petrochemical complex project, set to come up in Rajapur, has already kicked off a political storm, with the Sena at loggerheads with its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the project pegged at ₹1.5 trillion. “The Sena is merely pretending to oppose the project and take sides with the afflicted families. Show me proof that the Sena is truly against the project, and I will quit politics,” Mr. Rane said attacking the Sena for its ‘doublespeak’ over the mega project. He also warned the district authorities against interfering with the agitation. Resistance from partyThe Konkan strongman, who first made his political fortunes with the Shiv Sena, joined the Congress only to quit it in October last year in the hope of securing a cabinet berth in the BJP-led government in the State. However, he faces fierce opposition from the Sena. In December last year, Union Heavy Industries Minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete had criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the project and declared that the Sena would vociferously oppose it.“We are against the project as locals people are opposing it. Many people would have to be displaced during the land acquisition process and this is not acceptable,” Mr. Geete had said at the time and termed the project as “erroneous”. The minister had lambasted Mr. Fadnavis over media reports quoting the Chief Minister saying that Mr. Geete and the Sena MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Vinayak Raut had requested the refinery project.
The Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village is confronting a civic problem again. It is not the dirty loos or spit-stained bathrooms, but choked drains, which are now causing problems.And this time, the athletes themselves are to blame.When some toilets used by the athletes were found clogged, plumbers were called in to clean them. They found that thousands of used condoms, which had been flushed down, were clogging the system.A HUGE HIT: The condom vending machine installed at the Games Village.The plumbers reported this to the authorities.Since used condoms are not bio- degradable waste, they can choke the toilets.Officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said the civic agency wasn’t responsible for the management of the waste generated inside the Village.”We are not dealing with the garbage inside the Games Village towers. We haven’t analysed the exact proportion of degradable and non-degradable garbage. It will be done after the Games,” MCD’s chief public relations officer Deep Mathur said.The Delhi government has constituted 34 teams, headed by one officer each from the Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Civil Service (DANICS), to monitor housekeeping and cleanliness in the towers at the Village.Each team comprises electrical, plumbing, carpeting and housekeeping experts. A protocol team, headed by a DANICS official, has also been constituted for each tower. So, when complaints of clogged toilets came, plumbers were promptly sent for cleaning.Condoms, being supplied free at the Games Village, are in huge demand. A large condom vending machine has been installed at the Village which contains at least 4,000 contraceptive packs.advertisementOfficials said more than half the condoms in the machine have already been taken out. The condoms are available at the Games Village polyclinic. “We have installed a big condom vending machine which contains at least 4,000 contraceptives.According to reports from the Village, more than 2,000 condoms have been used so far. We will refill the machine, if need be,” a health official said. The machine at the polyclinic contains four master cartons, each of which contains 960 packets and one packet contains two condoms.To prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases during the CWG, the National AIDS Control Organisation, the Delhi State AIDS Control Society and the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust have also installed condom vending machines at various Games venues, hotels and markets.4,000 is the number of packs the condom vending machine at the Games Village contains129 condom vending machines installed at Games venues and markets across the city1,00,000 condoms were used up by athletes within a week at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 Around 129 machines have been installed across Delhi to make condoms available round the clock. People have been hired to take care of the machines.”The machines at the Village and other venues have been branded in sync with the CWG theme to spread the message of ‘Play Safe’,” an official said.Condoms are always in demand at all residential quarters for athletes during every big international sporting event.There was a shortage of condoms in the Vancouver Winter Olympics held in February this year. Health officials there had provided one lakh free condoms to roughly 7,000 athletes and officials, but the supply ran short within four days of the start of the event.In the Beijing Olympics Village, too, one lakh condoms were supplied, but the authorities had to replenish the stock at the start of the second week itself.In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the initial batch of 70,000 condoms vanished within days and the authorities had to order 20,000 on an emergency basis.
Men to watch at the Australian Open, where play begins Monday:___NOVAK DJOKOVICRanked: 1Country: SerbiaAge: 312018 Match Record: 53-122018 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 72Grand Slam Singles Titles: 14 — Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), French Open (2016), Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018), U.S. Open (2011, 2015, 2018)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-Lost in 4th Rd, 2017-2nd Rd, 2016-Won Championship, 2015-W, 2014-QFAces: Has won an ATP-best 27.4 percent of his return games against top-10 opponents over his career.Topspin: Had surgery on his right elbow shortly after last year’s early departure in Melbourne and really returned to his best play in the season’s second half, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. … Even if he got off to a slow start to 2019, hard to pick against him getting title No. 7 in Australia.___RAFAEL NADALRanked: 2Country: SpainAge: 322018 Match Record: 45-42018 Singles Titles: 5Career Singles Titles: 80Grand Slam Singles Titles: 17 — Australian Open (2009), French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), Wimbledon (2008, 2010), U.S. Open (2010, 2013, 2017)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-Runner-Up, 2016-1st, 2015-QF, 2014-RUAces: Led ATP by winning 36.6 percent of return games in 2018; no one else was even at 31 percent.Topspin: Pulled out of Brisbane tuneup event, citing a strained thigh muscle, so fitness in Melbourne will be worth keeping an eye on early. … Hard courts give his body trouble, but if he’s OK, could make a deep run at only Slam he hasn’t won at least twice.___ROGER FEDERERRanked: 3Country: SwitzerlandAge: 372018 Match Record: 48-102018 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 99Grand Slam Singles Titles: 20 — Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018), French Open (2009), Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017), U.S. Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-W, 2017-W, 2016-SF, 2015-3rd, 2014-SFAces: Will try again for his 100th career title. … Bids for a third consecutive Australian Open trophy; only Djokovic has done that in the Open era.Topspin: Everyone keeps wondering how much longer he can keep contending for majors, but still no reason to doubt him.___ALEXANDER ZVEREVRanked: 4Country: GermanyAge: 212018 Match Record: 58-192018 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 10Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, French Open (2018)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-3rd, 2016-1st, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNPAces: Now working with Ivan Lendl, an eight-time major champ as a player and former coach of Andy Murray. … Only 44th-best at saving break points last season, doing so just 58 percent of the time.Topspin: Supremely talented, but biggest impediment to reaching the last weekend of a major seems to be health; pulled out of tuneup in Adelaide after hurting a hamstring in practice.___KEVIN ANDERSONRanked: 6Country: South AfricaAge: 322018 Match Record: 47-192018 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 6Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open (2017), Wimbledon (2018)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-1st, 2015-4th, 2014-4thAces: At 6-foot-8 (2.03 meters), can deliver dangerous serves with the best of them. His 1,082 aces ranked second on tour in 2018.Topspin: Seemingly has a game built for success in Melbourne, but hasn’t won a match there in four years. With confidence built from runs to finals at two of the past five majors, could he be ready to do some damage at this one?___DOMINIC THIEMRanked: 8Country: AustriaAge: 252018 Match Record: 54-202018 Singles Titles: 3Career Singles Titles: 11Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, French Open (2018)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-4th, 2016-3rd, 2015-1st, 2014-2ndAces: Only two career titles have come on hard courts; eight on clay, where he managed to beat Nadal last year and also reached his first major final.Topspin: A physical presence on court who can bully an opponent during baseline exchanges, certainly capable of sticking around into the second week in Australia.___KEI NISHIKORIRanked: 9Country: JapanAge: 292018 Match Record: 43-212018 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 12Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open (2014)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-DNP, 2017-4th, 2016-QF, 2015-QF, 2014-4thAces: Held in 81.4 percent of his service games last season, the lowest rate of any member of the year-end top 10.Topspin: If the bracket breaks in his favor, could make a deep run. Past four exits in Melbourne came against Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Wawrinka, who’ve all won the tournament.___JOHN ISNERRanked: 10Country: United StatesAge: 332018 Match Record: 34-222018 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 14Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: SF, Wimbledon (2018)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-2nd, 2016-4th, 2015-3rd, 2014-1stAces: Led ATP last year by winning 93.6 percent of his service games. … Led tour with 1,213 aces in 2018.Topspin: After quick exit in Australia, wound up having best season of career in 2018; maybe he channels last year’s Grand Slam success at Wimbledon, U.S. Open and making his first quarterfinal in Melbourne.___STEFANOS TSISIPASRanked: 15Country: GreeceAge: 202018 Match Record: 46-272018 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 1Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, Wimbledon (’18)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNPAces: Will be making just his seventh career appearance in the main draw of a major tournament. … One of the brightest young up-and-coming stars on tour.Topspin: A terrific mover at 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), uses a big forehand and good hands at the net. Probably needs to improve his serve to take the next step into the top 10.___NICK KYRGIOSFILE – In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, Nick Kyrgios of Australia,reacts to a winning shot by by Roger Federer of Switzerland during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Kyrgios is one of the men to keep an eye on at the Australian Open, Jan. 14-27, 2019.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Ranked: 51Country: AustraliaAge: 232018 Match Record: 25-132018 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 4Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Australian Open (’15), Wimbledon (’14)Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-2nd, 2016-3rd, 2015-QF, 2014-2ndAces: 44 aces in match at Brisbane to open year, only one shy of record for an ATP three-setter. … Averaged 19.8 aces per match last season.Topspin: As talented and mercurial as they come, as liable to beat one of the Big 3 in the second week as he is to bow out in the early rounds.___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares