Naomi Osaka wins debut Olympic tennis match after skipping French Open, Wimbledon


Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka told reporters she felt a “little bit out of my body” after winning her Olympic debut match in Tokyo on Sunday – her first victory in more than two months. 

The athlete, 23, withdrew from the French Open in May to take a mental health break, revealing that she has dealt with depression. She then sat out from Wimbledon.

After leaving the French Open, Osaka said she would be avoiding news conferences because they give her severe anxiety.

But the time away didn’t seem to leave the superstar rusty. She defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 in the Sunday match. 

NAOMI OSAKA LIGHTS OLYMPIC CAULDRON TO END TOKYO OLYMPIC CEREMONY 

“More than anything else I’m just focused on playing tennis,” the No. 2-ranked Osaka told reporters after the match. “The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again.”

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, serves to China's Zheng Saisai during the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Associated Press)

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, serves to China’s Zheng Saisai during the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Associated Press)

She was sharp from the start, serving an ace down the T on the opening point of the match and racing out to a 5-0 lead. She served six aces in all and produced 25 winners to Zheng’s 10.

She admitted to reporters she “did a bit wrong but I think I can improve in the matches that I continue playing.”

She added that she felt a “little bit out of my body right now” because she was “really nervous” because she hadn’t played since May. 

The tennis player also had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron in her home country on Friday during the Opening ceremony. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“When I lit the flame I was super honored,” she added. “I think that’s a position that you dream about and not anyone can do it so for me when they asked me if I wanted to I was very surprised but very honored and I’m just very happy to be here and very happy to play — especially in Tokyo.”

Osaka will next face 50th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Source link

Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm out of Tokyo Olympics after positive coronavirus tests


Two of the top Tokyo Olympics golfers are out after testing positive for coronavirus.

Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau and Spain’s Jon Rahm will have to miss the Games after testing positive for COVID-19.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

DeChambeau had yet to depart for Tokyo. Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau on Team USA.

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” he said in a statement, via ESPN. “Representing my country means the world to me, and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo.

LIVE UPDATES: TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021

“I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so.”

Rahm, who already tested positive for coronavirus earlier in the year sparking an uproar amid his removal from the Memorial. The Spanish Olympic Committee announced Rahm’s positive test Sunday.

Spain will not replace Rahm in the Olympics. Adri Arnaus is the country’s only golfer in the tournament.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

It was Rahm’s second positive test in two months. The Spanish Olympic Committee said that golfers need to undergo three PCR tests and pass them all. Rahm’s first two PCR tests were negative.



Source link

Husky abandoned on Texas roadside in viral video is rescued, adopted; suspect facing animal cruelty charges


A Texas man was arrested Friday, accused of animal cruelty just days after he allegedly abandoned a husky along a roadside near El Paso, authorities said. 

Luis Antonio Campos, 68, was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on $5,000 bond, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said, adding that another arrest was expected as the investigation continued. 

The alleged crime was captured on video that quickly went viral after being shared on social media. 

The clip appears to show someone unleashing the dog along the roadside while a driver waits in a nearby Jeep. The pair then drive away as the dog desperately chases the SUV, unable to catch up. 

“I don’t know how those people could get in that vehicle, see that dog in the mirror running behind them and then just drive off,” Ronald Comeau, who rescues pets, told KFOX 14 of El Paso. “I don’t know how you could do that as a human being.”

Comeau said he has been rescuing pets in El Paso for six years.

DOG TRAPPED INSIDE STOLEN TRUCK TAKEN ON HIGH-SPEED POLICE CHASE

Twitter commenters were also disgusted and saddened by the video. 

Luis Antonio Campos, 68, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, authorities said Friday. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

Luis Antonio Campos, 68, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, authorities said Friday. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

“How do people have the heart to do this. Horrible people,” one person wrote while another suggested, “don’t get a dog if you can’t take care of it.”

A third commenter wrote, “I can not describe my absolute anger seeing this.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Less than 24 hours after the video went viral, “Nanook,” as the dog was newly named, had a new family. 

“I think he’s doing us an active kindness by completing our family,” the new owner told KFOX. “He’s not lost anymore.” 



Source link

Team USA picks up first gold medals of the Olympics


Team USA picked up its first two gold medals of the Olympics on Sunday after starting the Tokyo Games without any for the first time in a few decades.

Chase Kalisz got the U.S. on board in the pool, winning the 400-meter individual medley. It was the first of six medals the Americans won in the pool.

“I’m happy to be here and kick the U.S. off,” Kalisz said.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Jay Litherland, who was born in Osaka, finished right behind Kalisz in the IM. 

The U.S. swimming team had never won six gold medals in the first session of the finals.

“A pretty good start for the U.S.,” Kieran Smith added. “We executed today. I’m really proud of us.”

LIVE UPDATES: TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021

Chase Kalisz of the US reacts after winning the Men's 400m individual medley at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Chase Kalisz of the US reacts after winning the Men’s 400m individual medley at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Smith added a bronze in the men’s 400 freestyle to the U.S. total.

The second gold medal came in the 10-meter rifle event.

Will Shaner was able to hold off China’s Yang Haoran and Sheng Lihao to pick up the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. in the event. He recorded a score of 251.6, better than Haoran’s 229.4 and Lihao’s 250.9.

Shaner, 20, was one of the top youth shooters in the country and has a decorated collegiate career at the University of Kentucky, finishing second in the NCAA championships and getting a team gold in consecutive seasons. He was a First-Team All-American as a freshman.

Saturday marked a disappointing day for the American’s competing in archery, cycling, fencing, judo, air rifle and pistol shooting, taekwondo, and weightlifting, with not a single athlete taking the podium to receive a medal.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The last time Team USA walked away without any hardware on the first day of the Summer Olympics was at the 1972 Munich Games, USA Today reported. They previously failed to medal on day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics as well. 

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the AP contributed to this report.



Source link

Arizona driver nearly impaled after metal pole crashes through her windshield: report


Mandy Poff of Arizona says she hasn’t been able to sleep since a metal pole came crashing through the windshield of her SUV on Thursday morning, narrowly missing her as it pierced the back seat of her vehicle.

Poff says the mishap occurred while she was merging her vehicle onto Highway 51 in Mesa. The pole had popped off the back of a passing truck after it hit a bump in the road, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported.

She saw the four-foot-long piece of metal coming at her – but claims there was nothing she could do to avoid it.

“It kind of bounced on the road and flipped up straight through the windshield by my face,” Poff told FOX 10. “Went up and lodged itself into my car and into my back seat.

PENNSYLVANIA FIREFIGHTER DEAD, FIRST RESPONDERS INJURED AFTER DRIVER PLOWS INTO CRASH SITE: OFFICIALS

“It went right by my face,” she continued. “It was terrifying.”

A metal pole is seen extending into the rear seat of Mandy Poff's vehicle. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

A metal pole is seen extending into the rear seat of Mandy Poff’s vehicle. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Photos posted on social media by the Arizona Department of Public Safety show a big hole in the windshield of Poff’s vehicle, and the metal pole jabbed into the center portion of her vehicle’s rear seat.

“It was flying literally, like, in the air like a missile,” Poff continued, according to FOX 10.

The drive says she was startled but still managed to pull over safely. After stopping her vehicle, she brushed away shards of windshield glass from her body – only to be relieved that the pole had missed her and she suffered no serious injuries.

WYOMING RANCHER PINNED BY ATV SURVIVES ON BEER, WATER 2 DAYS

A police officer who arrived on the scene also couldn’t believe she was OK, she told FOX 10.

“I can’t believe you’re still alive,” Poff recalls the officer telling her. “I can’t believe this happened.”

Driver Mandy Poff's vehicle is seen after Thursday's highway mishap, in which a metal pole from a passing truck crashed through her vehicle's windshield. The truck driver hasn't yet been located, authorities say. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Driver Mandy Poff’s vehicle is seen after Thursday’s highway mishap, in which a metal pole from a passing truck crashed through her vehicle’s windshield. The truck driver hasn’t yet been located, authorities say. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)

The accident, however, has left her jittery, she told the station.

“I can’t sleep,” she told FOX 10. “I’m terrified to be in a car.”

The driver claims she has an additional problem: The truck driver drove off, so she has had some trouble putting together her insurance claim, she told FOX 10.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Nevertheless, Poff told the station she won’t let the ordeal keep her off the road. She also shared some wise advice to her fellow motorists.

She asked every driver to make sure any items loaded onto their cars or trucks are securely fastened to prevent similar mishaps on the road.

In its Facebook post, the Arizona Department of Public Safety shared the same advice.



Source link

Texas man accused of burning down home, killing brother, hurting mom, because they didn't follow Bible: report


A Texas man is accused of setting his El Paso home on fire, resulting in the death of his brother and leaving his mother with severe burn injuries, according to reports. 

Phillip Daniel Mills, 40, was arrested on Friday, charged with capital murder and arson, according to KFOX 14 of El Paso. 

Mills allegedly confessed to setting the fire while being questioned by authorities, KVIA-TV of El Paso reported. He reportedly told investigators he broke a TV in the home and later set a couch on fire to rid the home of “evil.”

Mills was allegedly angry that his family didn’t follow the Bible, KTSM-TV of El Paso reported. 

Mills’ brother Paul Aaron Mills, 54, was pulled from the home and later pronounced dead at a hospital. His mother, Florence Annette Mills, 82, was able to walk out of the home and remained hospitalized, being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. 

TEXAS SUSPECT ACCUSED OF KILLING SWAT OFFICER DURING STANDOFF FACES FEDERAL ASSAULT CHARGE

“Phillip Daniel Mills set fire to the inside of his home and fled, leaving his mother and brother inside the burning residence,” El Paso police said in a statement, according to KVIA. 

Phillip Daniel Mills, 40, was arrested Friday, charged with capital murder and arson after he allegedly set his home on fire, killing his brother and leaving his mother with critical burn injuries. (El Paso Police)

Phillip Daniel Mills, 40, was arrested Friday, charged with capital murder and arson after he allegedly set his home on fire, killing his brother and leaving his mother with critical burn injuries. (El Paso Police)

“The defendant states that he left the residence and allowed his mother to be in a ‘happy place’ throughout the day and waited for both his mother and brother to go to bed, before starting the fire,” police said, according to KTSM. 

COUPLE CHARGED IN CALIFORNIA FIRE SPARKED BY GENDER REVEAL

“We came out running and the house was just engulfed in flames,” a neighbor who lives accords the street told KFOX of the Thursday night fire. “There was no way that we could run in there to do anything.” 

Mills allegedly laughed when officers told him his mother survived the fire and called it a “‘failed attempt,” KTSM reported. 

The neighbor told KFOX Mills was a bit of a “drifter.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“He would leave and come back, then leave, and come back stay a couple of months,” he said. 

Mills was booked into jail on a $2.5 million bond, according to KVIA

He has an extensive arrest record, KTSM reported. 



Source link

David Lust, former GOP lawmaker in South Dakota, dead at 53


David Lust, a former Republican state lawmaker in South Dakota who served four years as the state GOP’s majority leader, died suddenly Friday, according to reports.

The cause was believed to be a heart attack, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls reported.

Lust, 53, was most recently serving as a partner of a law firm in Rapid City, according to the newspaper.

He served two stints in the South Dakota House of Representatives, serving from January 2007 to January 2015, following his first election victory in 2006.

David Lust, a former South Dakota state lawmaker who died Friday at age 53, was a married father of four children.

David Lust, a former South Dakota state lawmaker who died Friday at age 53, was a married father of four children.

After leaving public office, Lust returned in September 2016, being appointed by then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard to succeed state Rep. Dan Dryden, following Dryden’s death from cancer. Lust served until January 2019.

NOEM SAYS SHE’S ‘COUNTING’ ON TRUMP RUNNING AGAIN IN 2024

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican who served alongside Lust when she was a state legislator, told the Argus Leader that she remembered Lust as an effective lawmaker who showed commitment to criminal justice issues.

“He and I got elected together and we were both whips at the same time,” Noem told the newspaper. “He was a great legislator and a serious legislator, but also the kind that everyone could approach. He was a fantastic man.”

EDWIN EDWARDS, FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR WHO DOMINATED STATE POLITICS BEFORE GOING TO PRISON, DEAD AT 93

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds posted a remembrance of Lust on Twitter.

“David Lust was a true public servant, a brilliant legal mind and a devoted family man,” Rounds wrote. “His thoughtful leadership made a lasting impact on the community of Rapid City and the state of South Dakota. Jean and I lift up Becky and their four children in prayer.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Daugaard also spoke of Lust’s commitment to public service.

“We didn’t always agree on things, but he was very professional,” Daugaard told the Argus Leader. “I always respected and admired him, and I liked him a lot.”

Lust, a graduate of Dartmouth College, leaves a wife and four children.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



Source link

Texas suspect accused of killing SWAT officer during standoff faces federal assault charge


A suspect accused of killing a Texas SWAT officer during a standoff earlier this month was additionally charged Friday with assaulting a federal officer who responded to the scene.

Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, allegedly fired multiple times at officers during the hours-long July 15 standoff at a house in Levelland, Texas, near Lubbock, killing Lubbock County sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett. 

Soto-Chavira is accused of wounding three other officers in the incident. Levelland police Sgt. Shawn Wilson remained hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head during the standoff, federal prosecutors said. 

TEXAS SWAT COMMANDER KILLED, 3 OTHER OFFICERS WOUNDED IN STANDOFF; SUSPECT ARRESTED 

Bartlett, who commanded the SWAT team, was shot in the neck soon after arriving and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Omar Soto-Chavira is charged in the fatal shooting of a SWAT officer in Texas, prosecutors say. (Lubbock County Detention Center via Associated Press)

Omar Soto-Chavira is charged in the fatal shooting of a SWAT officer in Texas, prosecutors say. (Lubbock County Detention Center via Associated Press)

Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said in a news release that if Soto-Chavira were to post the $500,000 bond set in the state case, he would be transferred to federal custody, where criminal defendants can be detained without bond.

Soto-Chavira bonded out of jail just four days before the standoff after being accused of assaulting family members, KAMC-TV of Lubbock, reported. Texas has seen a rise in crimes by defendants out on bond – and earlier this month the state Senate passed a bond reform bill aimed at addressing the problem.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The nearly 11-hour standoff between the defendant and law enforcement started after someone reported a man as possibly armed along a street, authorities have said.

Fox News’ Paul Best and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Source link

Wisconsin man sentenced to 25 years for fatally shooting bystander during fight


A Wisconsin man was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison and 10 years supervision following his conviction in May for shooting and killing a bystander during a fight last year. 

Antwon Matthews, 31, was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Robert Roy on April 1, 2020, in Milwaukee, according to FOX 6 in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 

A physical fight reportedly broke out outside a convenience store on the north side of the city and several bystanders gathered to watch, according to the Journal-Sentinel. 

CALIFORNIA DEATH ROW INMATE, ‘DATING GAME KILLER,’ DIES IN PRISON OF NATURAL CAUSES

Antwon Matthews, 31, was sentenced to 25 years for first-degree reckless homicide. (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office)

Antwon Matthews, 31, was sentenced to 25 years for first-degree reckless homicide. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

“Get the gun! Get the gun!” someone can be heard yelling on a cell phone video taken of the incident.

A man later identified as Matthews is reportedly seen pointing a weapon in the direction of Roy, the Journal-Sentinel reported. The recording shows Matthews fire one shot and the sound of two others is heard as the person recording the incident flees the scene. 

Someone also says, “He shot an innocent man!” on the video, according to FOX 6. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS  APP

A witness who was part of the original fistfight told police Matthews had originally tried to break it up. The witness said he also noticed Matthews had a gun with an extended magazine sticking out of his pocket.  

He said he saw Matthews point a gun toward Roy and heard the shot and saw him fall to the ground. 

The victim later died at a hospital, FOX 6 reported. 



Source link

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington recovering after emergency heart procedure: reports


The last active original member of the classic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was recovering Saturday night after recently undergoing an emergency heart procedure, according to the band.

Guitarist Gary Rossington, 69, who has been playing with the band since its earliest days in Jacksonville, Florida, was resting at home with his family and expecting “a full recovery,” the band wrote Friday in a Facebook post.

Lead singer Johnny Van Zant told fans at a recent concert in Minnesota that Rossington had been sidelined because he had to “have an emergency stent put in his heart,” the website Ultimate Classic Rock reported.

Rossington has had a history of heart issues, having undergone surgery following a heart attack in 2015, and again to repair a heart valve in 2019, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The 2019 surgery forced the postponement of a Lynyrd Skynyrd tour, according to the outlet.

JOHN MELLENCAMP, 69, STEPS OUT WITH NEW GIRLFRIEND NATASHA BARRETT, 46

Rossington has missed a recent string of the band’s shows, including Friday night’s concert in Minot, North Dakota, according to Rolling Stone.

The band has brought in Alabama-based guitarist Damon Johnson to fill in while Rossington continues his recovery, AL.com reported

The band claimed in its Facebook post that the decision to proceed with its touring schedule came at Rossington’s urging.

Aside from Rossington, only drummer Artimus Pyle – who has been estranged from the group – survives from the band’s 1970s peak, when it was known for songs such as “Free Bird.” 

ROLLING STONES RELAUNCH US ‘NO FILTER’ TOUR AFTER PANDEMIC DELAY

In October 1977, a plane crash in Mississippi killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and siblings Steve and Cassie Gaines, a guitarist and background singer, respectively. After a hiatus following the plane crash, the band re-emerged as the Rossington Collins Band in the early 1980s, with Rossington’s wife, Dale Krantz Rossington, as its lead singer.

Members of the most recent lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd, including lead singer Johnny Van Zant (front, second from left) and guitarist Gary Rossington (center).

Members of the most recent lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd, including lead singer Johnny Van Zant (front, second from left) and guitarist Gary Rossington (center).

But a few years later Johnny Van Zant formed a revamped version of his late brother Ronnie’s band, and they’ve been touring and recording ever since.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Over the years since the crash, band members including Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, Ed King and Bob Burns have died from various causes.

Rossington and the band performed on “Fox & Friends” in June 2018, performing a set of songs that included “What’s Your Name?” “Gimme Three Steps,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”



Source link