Nine people are dead after a small airplane crashed in Hawaii, Friday evening.The twin-engine King Air plane was used in skydiving, according to authorities.Honolulu fire officials say the aircraft went down near Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s north shore and then burst into flames.The fire chief later reported that no one aboard the aircraft survived.The crash is being called one of the deadliest for a civilian airplane in Hawaii history.An investigation is ongoing.
Murray cut a frustrated figure as he battled his way past Illya Marchenko in straight sets, shouting up to his box on numerous occasions, but he never looked like missing the opportunity to progress.The world number one had to contend with very troublesome conditions as the sun blazed down on Rod Laver Arena, but he found just enough class to come through the tricky opening encounter – all while his wife Kim Sears battled away with the ‘player box’ cam.Venus, meanwhile, was on very fine form as she overcame Kateryna Kozlova, playing some superb tennis before producing one of the most memorable post-match interviews at Melbourne Park.Venus was in no mood to let interviewer Sam Smith get away with joking about her age, firing back in humorous and pretty cutting fashion.Sadly for Simona Halep, she was not in as high spirits as Venus as she trudged away in heartbreaking fashion after suffering a first-round exit to world number 52 Shelby Rogers.It was hard to watch Halep walk off court with a hood over her head, and then to have to walk down a tunnel with the faces of past winners plastered all over the walls. With Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, controversy’s Nick Kyrgios and defending champion Angelique Kerber still to come, the opening day in Melbourne is just getting started.Monday’s highlightsAndy Murray secures his place in the second round after a straight sets victory over Illya Marcheko in searing Melbourne heat.Venus Williams survives a rocky start to reach the second round of her 17th Australian Open, beating Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 7-5Seventh seed Garbine Muguruza battles through an injury to overcome Marina Erakovic 7-5 6-4.Fourth seed Simona Halep suffers a shock defeat to world number 52 Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-1. Olympic champion Monica Puig hammers Patricia Tig 6-0 6-1 for the first completed match of this year’s tournament.American Varvara Lepchenko produces an upset over last year’s French Open semi-finalist Kiki Bertens, beating the Belgian 19th seed 7-5 7-6(5).Britain’s Aljaz Bedene loses 7-6 7-5 0-6 6-3 to world number 103 Victor Estrella Burgos to exit in the first round.Kei Nishikori is forced to dig deep with the world number five taken the distance by Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov before eking out a 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-7(6) 6-2 win.Coco Vandeweghe collapses to the ground after sealing her place in the second round of the Australian Open having battled an illness, 6-1 7-6 over Roberta Vinci. BritwatchAljaz Bedene suffered a very disappointing four-set defeat to world number 103 Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.Bedene had been tipped to make a surprise run in Melbourne but, as Eurosport commentator Simon Reed reflected, he “made way too many mistakes” when it really mattered.It is the fifth time in a row Bedene has lost in Melbourne in the opening round while world number 103 Estrella Burgos goes through to face Australian Bernard Tomic.Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Andy Murray made it through in straight sets with victory over Illya Marchenko in very tough conditions. The heat proved a real issue throughout the match, but Murray battled his way through to a second-round clash with qualifier, Russia’s Andrey Rublev.Daniel Evans is also in action against Facundo Bagnis, seeking to secure his place in the second round.Stat of the dayPoor Simona Halep – this stat really puts the enormity of her shock first-round defeat in context:RespectCoco Vandeweghe collapsed to the ground after sealing her place in the second round of the Australian Open having battled an illness.It was a highly emotional moment as Vandeweghe was helped at her chair by medical staff and the crowd gave her their full support. The image of the player shaking on the ground having secured victory over Roberta Vinci of Italy was a very powerful one. read more
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I read something where Cody said he didn’t want to believe the hype. That’s a good thing,” Roberts said. “He’s in a good space right now. The process is good, the results are good.” “It’s a combination of things,” Roberts said of the strides Bellinger has made after taking a step back in his sophomore season. “But I will say that the mental clarity is probably, for me, the most important. Underneath that, you’ve got mechanics, you’ve got approach, you’ve got conversations that he’s having with teammates, with the hitting guys – all this kind of stuff. When I look back on last year until now, it’s slowed down. It’s clarity of mind.“I think it clicked from the winter. The conversations he had from the winter, going into spring training – and I thought he was swinging the bat real well in spring training – and now carrying it over into the season.”The early-season success has reinforced those lessons learned during the winter and spring, Roberts said. And the manager was glad to read Bellinger’s comments after Sunday’s game, saying he was trying not to let “the hype” over his hot start get in his head. Bellinger did that well enough in the first 10 games to enter Monday leading the majors in home runs (seven), RBIs (18), slugging percentage (1.023), hits (20), total bases (45) and runs (17). According to Stats LLC, only two other players since 1920 have started the season by scoring 15 or more runs and driving in 15 or more in their team’s first 10 games of a season – Babe Ruth in 1926 (15 runs, 16 RBIs) and Willie Mays in 1964 (17 runs, 18 RBIs).More to Roberts’ point about Bellinger’s improved plate discipline – he went into Monday’s game with more home runs than strikeouts (six).Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire ST. LOUIS — Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Week for his rampage through the Giants’ and Rockies’ pitching staffs last week.But this week could go a long way to showing whether Bellinger’s opening salvo was just a hot streak or a sign that he truly has evolved into an elite hitter in his third season.“I think it’s a hot streak as far as results,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I do think this is who he is as far as he’s a guy I expect to consistently stay in the strike zone and to take walks. Because what’s going to happen is the league is really going to see how hot he is and they’re going to pitch around him. He’s got to be willing to take those walks and let the guy behind him (hit) – that’s going to be the challenge.“And that’s what you’re going to see, I wouldn’t be surprised, this series and going forward. Everyone watches the highlights and you’re not going to let the hot guy beat you. But for a young player, that’s where you have to still stay stubborn in the strike zone.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more