Serena voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time

first_img Serena Williams was named The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer Katie Ledecky32 That loss leaves her one major title shy of Margaret Court’s record as she starts play next year in a WTA Tour that will look different in part because of new rules coming about after issues involving Williams. Players returning to the tour may use a “special ranking” for up to three years from the birth of a child, and the exemption can be used for seedings at big events. Also, the tour says players can wear leggings or compression shorts at its tournaments without a skirt over them.Williams insists she is still driven to play and win as much if not more than before she was a mother. That drive is the focus of a Nike ad showing her in action.“Getting this far, crazy,” it says. “Stopping now, crazier.”Williams won’t.“I’m still on the way up,” she said. “There’s still much more that I plan on doing.”The rest of the top five:Simone Biles, gymnastics. The American won four golds and six medals overall in the world championships in Qatar, giving her 20 in her career to tie Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most by a female gymnast. Stephanie Gilmore2 Simone Biles68 Simona Halep2 Jamie Anderson2 Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Julie Ertz9 Published: December 26, 2018, 9:49am Mikaela Shiffrin19 Marta6 Ariya Jutanugarn2 Claressa Shields3 Chloe Kim39 Serena voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time She reach two Grand Slam tennis finals in 2018center_img Williams received 93 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Wednesday, while gymnast Simone Biles was second with 68. Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale was third, while Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and swimmer Katie Ledecky, the 2017 winner, rounded out the top five.All of those players won a title or titles in 2018, while Williams had to settle for just coming close a couple of times.Now 37 and a new mother facing some players who weren’t even born when she turned pro in 1995, Williams isn’t the same person who ruthlessly ran her way to 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the last of which came at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.“I’m still waiting to get to be the Serena that I was, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be that, physically, emotionally, mentally. But I’m on my way,” Williams said on the eve of the U.S. Open final. “I feel like I still have a ways to go. Once I get there, I’ll be able to play even hopefully better.” Arike Ogunbowale, women’s basketball. She hit one jumper to knock off previously unbeaten Connecticut in the Final Four, then a 3-pointer in the championship game to lift Notre Dame over Mississippi State.Chloe Kim, snowboarding. At 17, the Californian won the halfpipe Olympic gold medal in South Korea, where her parents were from before they immigrated to the United States.Katie Ledecky, swimming. The 21-year-old U.S. Olympian tuned up for the 2020 Games in Tokyo by winning five medals in the city at the Pan Pacific Championships.2018 Female Athlete of the Year Voting Serena Williams93 She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices.Williams didn’t win those or any other tournaments, which in every other situation might have made for a forgettable year.In 2018, it was a remarkable one.Her rapid return to tennis after a health scare following childbirth was a victory in itself, and for that, Williams was voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time. Ester Ledecka16 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Oksana Masters1 Subscribe Today Breanna Stewart22 AthletePts Alina Zagitova1 GO Share: Arike Ogunbowale41 The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. The women’s award has been won more only by Babe Didrikson Zaharias, whose six wins included one for track and five for golf.Williams’ previous times winning the AP honor, in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015, were because of her dominance.This one was about her perseverance.Williams developed blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1, 2017, and four surgeries would follow. She returned to the WTA Tour in March and played in just a pair of events before the French Open, where she competed in a skin-tight, full-length black catsuit.She said the outfit — worn partly for health reasons because of the clots — made her feel like a superhero, but her game was rarely in superstar shape. She had to withdraw in Paris because of a right pectoral injury and didn’t play again until Wimbledon, where she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.Williams came up short again in New York, where her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final will be remembered best for her outburst toward chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who had penalized Williams for receiving coaching and later penalized her an entire game for calling him a “thief” while arguing.last_img read more

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Emerald Waterways Offers Smart Phone Photography Workshops On Board August Rhone River Sailing

first_imgVeteran Travel Photographer Jack Hollingsworth to Lead Onboard Photo Classes   Boston and Vancouver, BC, November 2017 – European river cruises offer endless opportunities to capture gorgeous photographs, from the grandiose cathedrals and castles to the bucolic countryside. But for many, even in the era of the ubiquitous smartphone, returning home with impressive vacation photos is often easier said than done. Emerald Waterways is offering guests aboard the August 4, 2018 Sensations of Southern France sailing the chance to improve their skills and learn to use their smart phones to take sharper, more captivating photos with one of the industry’s best, Jack Hollingsworth. During this special sailing, Hollingsworth will lead guests in multiple on-board workshops showing even novice smartphone users his tricks of the trade. Guests will learn everything from how to compose a better shot, which apps the pros use (and how to use them) and how make the most of the powerful cameras that live inside our smart phones. To reinforce these lessons, Hollingsworth will offer hands-on assistance during afternoon and evening sailings and on shore excursions to further insure guests will go home with photos that will be the envy of their friends and families. Jack Hollingsworth is a recognized name in travel and lifestyle photography, especially when it comes to shooting with a smart phone, and the author of the book, “The Joy of iPhotography.” He shot commercially for year using traditional cameras until he fell in love with his iPhone camera, which he now uses as his primary capture tool. Over the past six years, he has shot over 500,000 images in over 20 countries using only his iPhone and his work has appeared in Apple’s popular #ShotoniPhone campaign. Hollingsworth also teaches seminars and classes on smart phone photography across the country, which have inspired thousands to further explore the power of their camera phones. Emerald Waterways Sensations of Southern France cruises take place on board the newly launched Emerald Liberte and travel through the popular Provence and Burgundy region on eight-night itineraries from either Lyon or Arles between April and October. The itinerary includes Chalon-Sur-Saône, Beaune, Macon, Tournon, Arles and historic Avignon. Eight-day sailings in 2018 start at $2,995 per person based on double occupancy. Scenic Luxury Cruises has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star-Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and an exclusive charter on the MV Navigator for sailings in South East Asia, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer the only truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations. Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, www.emeraldwaterways.com in the U.S. and www.emeraldwaterways.ca in Canada; or by calling the US consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-222-3214) or Canadian consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-444-0161). Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.last_img read more

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Proctor Gamble donates 529000 to US womens soccer team

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble, a sponsor of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, is now supporting its members’ fight for equal pay.The company, which supports U.S. soccer through its Secret deodorant brand, says it will donate $529,000 — $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the U.S. team that won the World Cup earlier this month — to help close the pay gap. The sponsor took out a full-page ad printed in The New York Times on Sunday urging the U.S. Soccer Federation to “be on the right side of history.”“Let’s take this moment of celebration to propel women’s sports forward,” Secret says in the ad. “We urge the US Soccer Federation to be a beacon of strength and end gender pay inequality once and for all.”In March, 28 members of the USWNT sued the US Soccer Federation for alleged gender discrimination. The suit claims the federation pays the women less than members of the men’s national team.The Associated Press read more

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