Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille to set up showdown with Rafael Nadal

first_imgNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a mouthwatering Australian Open final following an imperious straight-sets demolition of Lucas Pouille.The world No. 1 barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, producing a masterclass to crush first-time grand slam semifinalist Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic, aiming to become the only man to win the first major of the year seven times, took just an hour and 23 minutes to disdainfully end Pouille’s unexpected run at Melbourne Park.The top seed made only five unforced errors in a relentless performance to set up another blockbuster showdown with Nadal on Sunday, when he will go in search of a third consecutive major title and a 15th of his incredible career.Frenchman Pouille was given a brutal lesson by a fresh-looking Djokovic, who was a man on a mission as he lost just eight points on serve in a crushing victory.Masterclass @DjokerNole def. Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to advance to his seventh #AusOpen final. pic.twitter.com/LwJT5J4BFB— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019The 28th seed’s nerves were evident from the start and a double fault gifted the six-time champion a 2-0 lead.Djokovic — who spent just 52 minutes on court in his quarter-final before Kei Nishikori retired due to injury — continued to apply the pressure, not allowing Pouille to settle as he returned majestically and raced through his service games.The world No. 31 did not know what had hit him as he walked back to his chair after spraying a forehand wide to go a set down in only 23 minutes, and Djokovic continued to show no mercy in the second. Pouille got on the board with a cross-court forehand pass to hold at 1-1, but a prowling Djokovic stepped up the intensity to go a break up, another double fault from the surprise package putting him 3-1 down.The domineering Serb was two sets up when Pouille drilled another backhand wide and an error off the forehand wing put the helpless underdog a break down at 3-1 in the third.Pouille was put out of his misery when he was forced back by another searing return and crashed a backhand into the net to bow out. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNDjokovic [1] bt Pouille [28] 6-0 6-2 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSDjokovic – 24/5Pouille – 18/27ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSDjokovic – 6/0Pouille – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONDjokovic – 7/12Pouille – 0/0 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEDjokovic – 72Pouille – 54PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEDjokovic – 84/87Pouille – 68/26TOTAL POINTSDjokovic – 83Pouille – 44last_img read more

Axne talks about support of House Speaker’s impeachment inquiry

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — The three Democrats in the Iowa congressional delegation support the move to begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, says her support of the inquiry is based on the oath she took when entering Congress earlier this year.“Learning that the president pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political opponent is a clear abuse of power. And, we know that he did that–he admitted to that,” Axne says “Beyond that abuse of power, there’s also allegations that the president threatened to leverage U.S. taxpayer dollars–military aid–that Congress had already appropriated to the Ukraine to extort that foreign government. So, if that piece is true, that constitutes an unequivocal violation of our federal laws, and the Constitution that I swore to defend.”Axne stops short of saying she would vote for impeachment IF the inquiry determined any wrongdoing on Trump’s part. “I always judge what I do based on facts,” Axne says. “That is how I operate, I’ve never differed from that. My background is being in fact finding, it’s overseeing strategy for the state, it’s holding government accountable. So, I will wait and hold out an opinion on that before I see the information.”Republican Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley — accuse Democrats of trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election. Iowa’s Fourth District Republican Congressman Steve King says the impeachment inquiry is vicious, unpatriotic and puts the constitution at risk by trying to unseat Trump.Axne backs Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to move forward. “This is not something that the speaker took lightly,” the congresswoman says, “This is absolutely something that I don’t take lightly. I don’t come to these decisions lightly. I regret that the president’s actions require these measures. You know, as a country, we never want to get to the point where we would look at impeachment of a president.” Axne says, “This is all based on facts, this is based on what is legal, and that’s why the speaker is moving forward.”Democrat Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City says the American people deserve the truth and there is no other way to get the information than an impeachment inquiry. Democrat First District Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque says the investigation is needed to defend our democracy and the Constitution.last_img read more

Sheriff: Broward School Campus Monitor Accused of Soliciting Minors

first_imgA Broward County Public Schools campus monitor finds himself behind bars for allegedly soliciting minors, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Alton Johnson, of Lauderhill, faces criminal charges including soliciting minors and transmitting harmful material to minors.Detectives are concerned that there may be more victims in the community.Last February, detectives began a joint investigation with the Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit into Johnson.The probe revealed that Johnson, who worked at Blanche Ely High School at the time, solicited two minors to send him sexually explicit videos.Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s OfficeIn one of those cases, Johnson offered money in exchange for the video.The Sheriff’s Office says Johnson is also accused of sending photos of porn to one of the minors.He is also being charged with being an authority figure engaged in lewd conduct with a student.Johnson was booked into the Broward County Jail on Tuesday.Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Robert Rausch at (954) 321-4234.last_img read more