Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam title has reached the finals at the 2019 Wimbledon championships.Williams advanced to the championship round at the All England Club for an 11th time with Thursday’s straight-sets victory over Barbora Strycova in the semifinals. The seven-time Wimbledon champion remains one Grand Slam victory shy of Margaret Court’s singles record of 24 — a mark she hopes to equal in 2019. Williams’ last major victory came at the Australian Open in 2017, the longest drought of her career.To finally catch Court, Williams must defeat Simona Halep in the final. The Romanian challenger, seeded seventh, knocked off No. 8 Elina Svitolina in straight sets to reach the final for the first time at Wimbledon. Halep, 27, won the 2018 French Open and is 1-3 in Grand Slam finals for her career.LIVE: Follow scores from every match at Wimbledon 2019Williams is 9-2 lifetime against Halep and has won their last five head-to-head matchups, most recently at this year’s Australian Open.If Williams falls at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open in August will be her final chance of 2019 to match Court’s record. She went 0-2 in the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018, has yet to win a tournament on the 2019 schedule, and this might be one of the last, best chances the all-time great has to make history.Here is everything you need to keep track of Williams’ run at Wimbledon in 2019, including a guide to watch her matches live on TV or stream online along with live scoring updates and results from All England Club.When is Serena Williams’ next match at Wimbledon 2019?Serena Williams’ Wimbledon final match against Simona Halep is scheduled to start around 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 13. This is the 12th meeting between the two. Williams has won their previous five matchups, including their most recent head-to-head match in the 2019 Australian Open fourth round.Match schedule, results from All England ClubThe Wimbledon women’s singles final will be broadcast live on ESPN and the Tennis Channel. You can also stream the match live at ESPN.com or with the ESPN app.RoundOpponentTime/TV channel/result1def. Giulia Gatto-Monticone6-2, 7-52def. Kaja Juvan2-6, 6-2, 6-43def. No. 18 Julia Gorges6-3, 6-44def. No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro6-2, 6-2Quarterfinaldef. Alison Riske6-4, 4-6, 6-3Semifinaldef. Barbora Strycova6-1, 6-2Finalvs. Simona Halep9 a.m. ET (ESPN)MORE: Follow SN’s live coverage of Serena Williams’ semifinal match2019 Wimbledon final: Williams vs. Halep live scoreBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles final.WimbledonFinalSaturday 13 JulyEndSerena Williams (11)22-Simona Halep (7)66-All start times are estimates Click here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard.How many times has Serena Williams won Wimbledon?Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam championships, including seven at Wimbledon, than anyone in tennis history — man or woman — except Margaret Court. It’s not unlike Tiger Woods’ famous pursuit of Jack Nicklaus in golf, but Williams has a more realistic chance to finish as her sport’s undisputed GOAT than Woods.Here’s how Williams and Court compare performing on tennis’ biggest stages. Margaret CourtSerena WilliamsAustralian Open117French Open53Wimbledon37U.S. Open56All-time finals W/L24-523-8
Group C P W D L GF GA GD PtsLesotho 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5Zimbabwe 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5Namibia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Angola 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1TOURNAMENT STATSMatches Played: 22Goals scored: 39Biggest victory: Egypt 3 Uganda 1 (Third-Place Play-Off, December 16)Most goals in a game: 5 – Swaziland 2 Malawi 3 (Group A, December 6)GOALSCORERS4 goals – Muhammad Shaban (Uganda)3 – Abdelrahman Amr (Egypt), Lyle Foster (South Africa), Luvuyo Mkatshana (South Africa),2 – Roshdi Ashraf (Egypt), Order Mamba (Swaziland), Francisco Mwepu (Zambia), Patrick Phiri (Malawi), Raboama Koloti (Lesotho), Muzi Tsabedze (Swaziland)1 – Hussein Abdelkader (Egypt), Peter Banda (Malawi), Kamo-Kamo Cumbane (Mozambique), Romario Hawiseb (Namibia), Domingos Junior (Mozambique), Mohamed Karem (Egypt), Francisco Madinga (Malawi), Rethabile Mokokoane (Lesotho), Stephen Mukwala (Uganda), Enzo Mungendje (Namibia), King Nasama (Zimbabwe), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa), Allan Okello (Uganda), Kamogelo Sambo (South Africa).Share on: WhatsApp Zambia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Swaziland 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3 1Group B P W D L GF GA GD PtsSouth Africa 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9Egypt 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6Mozambique 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3Mauritius 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6 0 Roshdi Ashraf of Egypt gets away from Abdelmoaty Mahmoud of Egypt during the 2017 COSAFA U20 3rd Place Playoff football match. Egypt beat Uganda for 3rd place. COURTESY PHOTOS BackpagePix/Cosafa mediaSouth Africa 2 Lesotho 1; Egypt 3 Uganda 1Kitwe, Zambia | COSAFA MEDIA | South Africa claimed their sixth regional title after a 2-1 victory over Lesotho in the final of the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia on Saturday.Lyle Foster and Kamogelo Sambo bagged the goals for the South Africans, while Rethabile Mokokoane replied with an excellent long-range effort for Lesotho, who remain without a victory in the competition after three final defeats.North African guest nation Egypt finished third when they beat fellow invitees Uganda 3-1 in the third-place play-off.South Africa were head inside five minutes when Lyle Foster scored his third goal of the tournament with a neat finish into the bottom corner after Luvuyo Mkatshana had been tackled in the box. And Amajita made it 2-0 just before halftime when Kamogelo Sambo bundled the ball home after Keanu Cupido’s close-range effort had been blocked by substitute Lesotho goalkeeper Silase Kopano.Lesotho almost found a way back into the game late in the first half when Bonang Mohapi’s free-kick struck a post and bounced away to safety. Lesotho pulled a goal back in fine fashion when Rethabile Mokokoane, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, shot from 40-yards, the ball nestling in the top corner as South Africa goalkeeper Sanele Tshabalala appeared to react late to the could not keep the ball out.Lesotho might have equalized soon afterwards when Mokoteli Mohapi found himself with an empty net to aim at, but he side-footed his shot wide. Egypt collected the bronze medal with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Uganda in the earlier match.The North Africans were ahead on 19 minutes as Roshdi Ashraf swept a hard and low shot past diving Uganda goalkeeper Eric Kibowa at the near post. But Uganda drew level as Muhammad Shaban headed home a minute before the break, his fourth of the competition and a goal they deserved for the pressure they had applied.Ashraf netted his second when he reacted quickest to a shot that had rebounded off the post and buried the loose ball. Allan Okello had a superb chance to equalize again for the Ugandans, but he put his diving header wide of the goal.The win was secured for Egypt though deep into injury-time when Abdelrahman Amr volleyed home a superb long-range effort for his third goal of the competition.David Owori of Uganda challenged by Mohamed Mahfouz of Egypt .The Player of the Tournament award went to Mkatshana, while Shaban claimed the Golden Boot. Monaheng Ramalefane was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament prize, while Lesotho picked up the Fair Play Award.SATURDAY’S RESULTSThird-Place Play-Off Egypt 3 (Ashraf 19′, 59’, A. Amr 90’) Uganda 1 (Shaban 44’)FinalSouth Africa 2 (Foster 5’, Sambo 40’) Lesotho 1 (Mokokoane 59’)STANDINGSGroup A P W D L GF GA GD Pts Uganda 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5Malawi 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
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Let’s take a look at some of the key matches to watch out for in the final stages of the Qualifying group stages of the UEFA EURO 2020: Advertisement Advertisement England vs. Montenegro England started off the campaign as favourites and still take that spot but with the recent clash between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez possibly upsetting the status quo, this group stage match became all the more exciting for fans. The match this weekend will be England’s 1000th international game against Montenegro and the last match ended with an embarrassing defeat for the latter but they will look to turn things around this time. Gareth Southgate’s squad convened three points to make it to the top of Group A, and need just one more point from their two remaining games to seal their place at next summer’s European Championships. However, having said that, the fans can expect nothing less than fireworks at the stadium while these two play it rough to seal a qualification spot at UEFA EURO 2020 this weekend.Watch England vs. Montenegro Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). Portugal vs. Lithuania The current European champions Portugal are all set to host Lithuania at the Estadio Algarve, which might prove to be a crucial match for the home side in Group B to qualify this year. Portugal entered the qualifying campaign as favourites being the Defending Champions, but faced a major setback and lost the spot by losing against Ukraine. Lithuania, on the other hand, have a poor record as they have only managed to win one away game in the 11 matches, making their chances seem bleak against the powerhouse that is Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. Watch Portugal vs. Lithuania Live and Exclusive on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). France vs. Moldova France’s inability to win their division in the UEFA Nations League makes the European Championships 2020 qualification stage much more important for the FIFA World Cup winners. With a four-match winning run ending with a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey last month, France is sure of their qualification if they win this fixture. Moldova, on the other hand, have lost seven of their eight matches in this qualifying campaign, with only two more teams with them sharing the bottom of the qualifiers. It is predicted that the appointment of their new coach also hasn’t given the team a lot of time for coordination and strategy, which can possibly be the reason of their for their performance. Watch France vs. Moldova Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 15th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). Romania vs. Sweden A place at the 2020 European Championship will be at stake when Romania and Sweden face each other at Arena Nationala. With only one point separating the two teams in the standings, a close encounter is on the horizon, and, the fans can expect nothing less than fireworks at the showdown this weekend. Romania are undefeated in the previous three group games, and the game against Sweden will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Hence, currently the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and the Swedes on the contrary, have suffered only one loss in Euro 2020 qualifiers. So it’s predicted that either they are going to grab something from Arena Nationala clash, or the fans are ready to bet for a draw! Watch Spain vs. Malta Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 16th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). Russia vs. Belgium The top position in Group I will be at stake when Russia and Belgium face each other at Saint-Petersburg Stadium, making it the most crucial matches of the league so far. The Russians are on a seven-game winning run in the EURO 2020 qualifiers, and will go that extra mile to block the spot. The Belgians, on the contrary have passed their qualification and are likely be a little stress-free but will certainly pose a much bigger threat to the hosts than their previous rivals. Russia, on the game point of view, are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Group I derby as they are three points behind Belgium in the standings. The two last met in Brussels where Belgium defeated Russia with a 3-1. Watch Russia vs. Belgium Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 16th November 2019 at 10:30 pm (IST). Germany vs. Belarus Germany will now be eyeing a back-to-back win in Group C while they travel to Belarus for their second EURO 2020 qualification match this weekend, while Belarus, the overwhelming underdogs entering this match staring at a third straight defeat in the section. The White Wings have never qualified for the finals of a World Cup or European Championships, and it seems unlikely that they will be able to do that even now. Germany, on the other hand opened their qualification campaign with a brilliant 3-2 win away against the Netherlands. The 90-minute strike from Nico Schulz which secured all three points, made them eye for another victory, which was followed by an astonishing win over Estonia with 0-3 score. Germany have qualified for every European Championship since 1968. They are three-time winners of the competition but have not triumphed since EURO 1996 in England. Watch Germany vs. Belarus Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 17th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). Croatia vs. Slovakia All eyes will be on Stadion HNK Rijeka when Croatia and Slovakia face each other in the Group E derby for the Euro Qualifiers this season. Croatia, who are rising to become the favorites especially after their stellar World Cup performance, are only one point away from booking their place at the EURO 2020, and so it is likely that they choose to play defensive in order to be extra cautious. Seeing that the Croats would not be an easy task at home, it would be interesting to watch the Slovakians put their best foot forward under the strategic guidance of their coach. Pavel Hapel’s men play host to Azerbaijan in their last qualifying match, and a victory over the former Soviet Republic is likely to help them qualify for the next year’s showpiece tournament. So far, there have been no news of any suspensions and injuries and the path seems clear with the fans of both sides awaiting a clash of all times. Watch Croatia vs. Slovakia Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 17th November 2019 at 01:15 am (IST). UEFA EURO 2020 is set to be amongst the most exciting sporting tournaments of 2020 and the Qualifiers this year are setting the stage for the prestigious tournament. Apart from this fan-favourite tournament, Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more. Watch the European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 live and exclusive from 14th November 2019 onwards only on Sony Pictures Sports Network. 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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Drugmaker Merck & Co., squeezed by Vioxx lawsuits, tumbling revenues and other troubles, is eliminating 7,000 jobs and five production plants and revamping manufacturing in the first phase of a global reorganization. The long-awaited announcement Monday drove Merck shares down more than 4 percent. The restructuring of manufacturing, supply chain and research operations, meant to lower pretax costs by $3.5 billion to $4 billion through 2010, includes immediately starting to cut 11 percent of Merck’s work force, with 60 percent of the reductions in manufacturing. The rest of the job cuts – the third round announced since October 2003 – are to be spread across the company, with about half in the United States. By the end of 2008, Merck also plans to close one basic research site and two preclinical development sites, close or sell five of its 31 manufacturing plants and reduce operations at some others. It will also streamline manufacturing and outsource more of it, and reduce supply costs, with the latter effort expected to produce about half the savings. Analysts said the move is part of an emerging trend in an industry that for years never had to worry about cutting costs, given gross profit margins well above 70 percent and limited pressure on prices until recently. Pfizer, Wyeth and a number of smaller companies have announced a restructuring and job cuts in the last year or so. “This is in response to a very challenging environment,” said Morgan Stanley managing director Jami Rubin. “I would expect broader cuts to be announced within the sales force, marketing, general and (administration) as well as R&D over the longer run.” In December, then-chief executive officer Raymond V. Gilmartin announced several similar changes aimed at cutting Merck’s costs by $2.4 billion through 2008. Merck also eliminated 5,100 jobs through buyouts and layoffs in 2003-04 and an additional 825 this year. Richard T. Clark, who took over as CEO in May, said Merck’s revenue and legal troubles didn’t play a role in his strategy, which is meant to create a more efficient, competitive business. Meanwhile, he said, the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based company must maintain sales of its top drugs, launch new ones and better integrate late-stage research and manufacturing to reduce the time to launch new products. “We need to execute flawlessly all of those ingredients in order to turn this around,” Clark told The Associated Press in an interview. Merck has slipped from the world’s third biggest pharmaceutical company to No. 5, by revenue, in recent years. It is facing thousands of lawsuits and tens of billions of dollars in potential liability from its recalled painkiller Vioxx, a weak pipeline of new medicines and the loss of patent protection, in June, for its blockbuster cholesterol fighter Zocor. Zocor now generates about 20 percent of Merck revenues and is the world’s second-biggest drug. With coming competition from generic drug makers, Merck expects Zocor sales to drop to $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion in 2006, from $4.2 billion to $4.5 billion this year. Tony Butler, senior pharmaceutical analyst with Lehman Brothers, said Vioxx, Zocor and an industry cost-cutting trend were behind the move. “There’s not a company that’s not swept up in this wave of cost analysis,” Butler said. Henry L. Miller, a plaintiff’s attorney from Newtown Square, Pa., who has two Vioxx cases pending, said it would be hard to draw a connection between that litigation and the restructuring, however. “If every company the size of Merck that had lawsuits filed against it went out and started closing plants, nobody would be doing any business,” Miller said. The first federal Vioxx liability trial is to start in Houston on Tuesday. Merck has won once and lost once in state trials in New Jersey and Texas. Merck employs just under 63,400 people, including about 8,000 in New Jersey, 15,000 in Pennsylvania and a total of 31,000 in the United States. Vacant jobs and ones held by temporary workers will be cut first and full-time workers will get severance packages, but no buyouts are planned, Clark said. Willie A. Deese, head of Merck manufacturing, said the company won’t name facilities being closed, sold or scaled back until workers are notified in the next couple of days. He said the new supply strategy will transform Merck’s manufacturing and enhance shareholder value. Merck shares fell $1.42 to close at $29.56 in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange – down about two-thirds from its value five years ago. Health care analyst Hemant Shah of HKS & Co. in Warren, N.J., said it’s hard to tell if the reductions are the right size, because Merck still has to market existing drugs and new medications in what he called a “lackluster” pipeline. Medications in their final stages of development include drugs for insomnia, diabetes and nausea caused by chemotherapy, and vaccines for rotavirus, shingles and cervical cancer. Restructuring costs from the changes are expected to total up to $2.2 billion through 2008, much of that through accelerated depreciation of closed facilities. Further details are expected at Merck’s Dec. 15 annual business briefing. Merck reiterated its earnings-per-share forecasts of $2.04 to $2.10, including one-time charges, for 2005 and $1.98 to $2.12, with one-time charges, for 2006. Associated Press writers Bonnie Pfister in Trenton and John Curran in Atlantic City contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!