January 8, 2011 |
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner beat Belgium's Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans , 6-1, 6-3, in mixed doubles Saturday to give the United States its sixth team tennis title in the Hopman Cup at Perth, Australia. Isner evened the title contest 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bemelmans after Henin won the final five games of her match against Mattek-Sands, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Belgium advanced as a surprise finalist from Group A when first-place finisher Serbia could not play the final due to an abdominal injury to Ana Ivanovic . Isner's booming serve and all-court cover put the Americans in control in the mixed doubles decider.
August 31, 2010 |
The former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church acknowledged Monday that he was wrong to have urged a sexual abuse victim to stay quiet until after the bishop who repeatedly molested him over a span of 13 years could retire. The statement by Cardinal Godfried Danneels came after transcripts of secret tapes of a meeting between him and the now-grown victim were published over the weekend in two newspapers, causing an outcry in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. "The whole approach … was not the right one," Danneels' spokesman, Toon Osaer, told the Associated Press on Monday.
August 29, 2010 |
This 2-year-old house inspired by the historic homes of Belgium feels as if it could be sitting in the countryside rather than in a Santa Monica neighborhood just blocks from the boutiques on Montana Avenue. The house, completed in 2008, is constructed with 17th century limestone floors, Belgian bluestone details, elaborate ironwork and refitted antique doors. The living room, which features a fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling stone face, has twin sets of iron doors that open to a cobblestone courtyard and fountain.
August 24, 2010
POP MUSIC Norah Jones In support of her fourth album, "The Fall," Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones presents an evening of rootsy torch songs. British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who in the past few years has become almost as much of a concert draw as Jones, will be opening. Santa Barbara Bowl , 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. $48.50-$73.50. (805) 962-7411. www.sbbowl.org . EVENTS The Art of Surfboard Shaping For the dedicated, surfing is more than a sport — it's a spiritual pursuit, and that means surfboard shapers like Scott Anderson are akin to shamans.
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August 22, 2010 |
Michael Been, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of the Northern California modern rock band the Call, which broke out with the 1983 MTV hit "The Walls Came Down," has died. He was 60. Been (pronounced Bean) died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium, where he had been serving as a sound engineer for his son Robert's band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. His death was announced in a statement from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's publicist, Juliana Plotkin.
June 27, 2010 |
When Chivas USA lost both of its captains in a matter of weeks, the players could have panicked. Instead, after watching defender Jonathan Bornstein depart for the World Cup and midfielder Sacha Kljestan sign with Anderlecht in Belgium, other leaders stepped up. "We were worried a little bit because they were our leaders, but we have experienced players," said defender Mariano Trujillo, who assumed the captain's role for Chivas' June 12...
June 26, 2010 |
That last forehand Sam Querrey hit, a winner from deep behind the baseline, the one that touched every line, it seemed, came just in time. It was getting dark again at the All England Club, well past 9 p.m., and a tall, gangly American was deep into a fifth set with no tiebreaker to save him and Mohamed Lahyani in the chair, possibly crossing his legs uncomfortably. Lahyani, after all, was the umpire who supervised the 11-hour, 5-minute, three-day marathon won, 70-68, in the fifth set by John Isner over Nicolas Mahut in the first round, and there he was again as Querrey and Xavier Malisse of Belgium stood tied, 7-7, in the fifth set. But Querrey, the 22-year-old from Santa Monica who is seeded 18th, put on some blinders, kicked his game into a higher power mode and finished off Malisse before play was stopped Saturday, advancing to the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-7 (4)
June 25, 2010 |
Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin , for all the history the two Belgians have together, have played each other at Wimbledon only once. Henin beat Clijsters in the semifinals in 2006. On Monday in the fourth round, they will play here for a second time. That matchup was set Friday after each won with relative ease. Henin, seeded 17th, beat 12th-seeded Nadia Petrova , 6-1, 6-4, and the eighth-seeded Clijsters had an equally routine win over another Russian, 27th-seeded Maria Kirilenko , 6-3, 6-3. Henin and Clijsters have played 24 times as professionals and have so far split the meetings down the middle, each winning 12 times.
June 21, 2010 |
Defending champion Roger Federer almost lost at Wimbledon on Monday and so did third-seeded Novak Djokovic, and because of that we found out there was an 11 p.m. curfew at the All England Club. Good thing there's a roof. The tennis playing was leisurely on Centre Court. First up, Federer dawdled through five sets before beating back an unexpected challenge from Colombia's Alejandro Falla and winning, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0. Last up, Djokovic took every minute of time available before finishing off little Olivier Rochus of Belgium, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The winning shot was hit at 10:59 p.m. Just in the nick of time.