Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win

first_img“I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well. Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set.”Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.She gained a second-set edge with a backhand winner on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.“That’s never easy,” she said. “I’m going to go with that. I didn’t play that badly. She was a little fresher. It was just not a great day.”The 11th-ranked Dimitrov, who lost in the last year’s semifinal to eventual champion Marin Cilic, had just one double fault and finished with nine unforced errors to No. 19 Isner’s 28 in the 2-hour, 3-minute match. The Bulgarian will play the winner of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer.“Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient,” Dimitrov said. “I think that that was the key. I knew I’m not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he’s going to serve big, bold serves. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. I’m just happy obviously with the win, but I’m just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it’s nerve-wracking from outside, but it’s even tougher when you’re in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 mph.”Dimitrov’s composure was the key, according to Isner.“The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments,” Isner said. “He was a little calmer as well — a little more free-flowing in big moments. I thought he played a high-level match. He certainly is in good form. I played well enough to beat a lot of players today — just not him.”Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap. They combined for six break points, converting none. The fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first W&S final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over defending champion Pliskova.The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first men’s semifinal. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHalep, seeking her first No. 1 ranking, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time.“I think I played my best match on hardcourt so far,” said Halep, who can become the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1. “It felt great. I moved very well today. From the first point, I felt like I was going to play good tennis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The final Sunday will be the first on American soil for Muguruza, who lost to Pliskova in last year’s W&S semifinals after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 finals. The Spaniard had lost six straight matches against Pliskova since winning their first in 2013.“I was very precise with my shots,” said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven’t played since 2015. “I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots. I felt pretty good out there – under control. Everything went my way.”Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another Friday after rain forced postponements Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 13.Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament’s longest match, a 2-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.“I don’t think I played my best tennis today,” Pliskova said. “I think the energy was pretty low from my side. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days – three matches in about not even 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacent Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sloane Stephens during Day 8 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Interesting Facts About Kansas As Oklahoma State Heads To Lawrence

first_imgHere are a few facts you might not know about KU as OSU heads to Lawrence on Saturday.• Homecoming Unis. KU will suit up in their “limestone” edition uniforms for the Homecoming game this Saturday and Coach Gundy will be reunited with original staff member and former OSU special teams coach Joe Deforrest (or “Defo”). Defo did an incredible job with OSU special teams coaching the likes of Ray Guy winner Matt Fodge and all-time great Dan Bailey among others.• Near Miss on Russell. In July of 2011, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell was committed to play quarterback from the Kansas Jayhawks. He de-committed after then coach Turner Gil was fired and decided to look a little closer to his home in Garland, Texas eventually winding up in Waco.• Famous alums. Include Bill James (sabermetrician discussed in the movie Moneyball), actor Paul Ruud, most famous basketball coaches (Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Phog Allen, Ralph Miller) and• Broken Arrow Punter. KU Punter Cole Moos was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his monstrous 50.4 yard per punt average last week against Baylor, including an unreal 82 yard punt where he had one foot in one endzone and the ball was downed at the opposing three yard line. While Cowboy fans are very much contented with Zach Sinor, Moos hails from close by Broken Arrow.• Academic Advantage. As conference expansion was recently on the minds of the Big 12, KU with a struggling football program is at times considered to be an odd man out but something KU has working in their favor is they are an AAU (Association of American Universities) member.This indicates a stellar academic reputation (among other research requirements) that only 60 schools in the country have, but is essentially a must have if you want to join the Big 10 conference. Rutgers and KU football games would be… must-not-see football.• Rock Chalk. The famous “Rock Chalk” chant was started by a chemistry teacher on campus in 1886 for the science club. Originally “Rah, Rah Jayhawk, KU”, “Rock Chalk” was substituted as a tip of the cap to all of the limestone around campus that is often referred to as chalk rock. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Think Rashaun Woods’ Record is Safe

first_imgThis one turned out closer than I thought it would. James Washington needs nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his senior season to surpass Rashaun Woods’ career record of 4,414, and 43 percent think he’ll get it.That 1,500 yards would be the 4th best single season in school history (two Blackmons and a Rashaun). I’m with the majority here. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to do it, although with the benefit of a couple extra games (Big 12 title? Playoff?), it becomes more feasible.Washington would have to average 107 yards a game on a 14-game schedule. He averaged 106 last year. I think between the depth of OSU’s receivers, the uncertainty of a Big 12 title appearance and the threat of injury, the safer bet is that he doesn’t get to 1,500 and surpass Rashaun. I’ll go with that, but I also won’t be surprised if it happens.Tuesday poll question: James Washington has 2,923 career receiving yards. Will he catch #okstate record holder Rashaun Woods at 4,414?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 23, 2017Here are your comments.Trigiddy: I say no because we have too much firepower to have to force it to James for 1500 yards next season. He’ll see safety help all year, and the rest of the receiving corps will produce in spades.Lokeasy: If we can make it to the Big 12 championship and then both rounds of the CFP, sure. Those extra opportunities might get him there. Otherwise, nah.Clint: Don’t think he’ll get there – and that’s NOTHING against him. He’s going to be covered up and he’s going to have #2 slinging the ball to a slew of other Cowboys. Weeden2Blackmon was great! But, Rudolph2Washington has solidified an era!Nate: 2002 (Rashaun’s best year) “other” WRs:John LewisTD BryantGabe Lindsay(No other WR had more than 10 catches)Night and day difference between the supporting WRs in 2017 and 2002. Washington won’t come close to breaking Woods’ record.Sonny: With the plethora of talent at receiver, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Woods. IMO, the better question is, how many yards can Justice Hill rack up as opposing linebackers are forced to drop into coverage? Or better yet, how many team rushing yards could the RB’s grind out? Opponents, like voters in a national election, are going to be required to pick a poison.Matt B: I could see him getting the 1500 simply because we start beating defenses over the head with our other receivers and at least once or twice a game James catches a deep ball for a TD or close to it. Assuming at 13-game season, James needs to average just under 115 yards a game. If we make it a 15 game season, that number drops to about 99.5 yards/game. While there’s a lot of potential for fewer receptions and therefore yards, team won’t be able to double team him without giving up regular chunks of yards.I’d also argue that our receiving corps was pretty good last year and he still grabbed over 1,300 yards. We forgot about a few of the misses Mason tossed James, but they were there and it’s likely that there will be fewer such missteps this time around. Also, James had to leave the Texas game and Colorado game, and only had 9 yards against Kansas. Just things to think about. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Take The 2017 Oklahoma State Survey

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You know it’s officially football season when OKC Dave puts together his annual survey for OSU fans.Incredibly, this year is the 10th edition of what has now evolved into a preseason ritual for most people, myself included. Please take the survey in the link provided and feel free to leave any additional comments below. Dave will close the survey on August 11, and results (which will be up on the site) should be available around August 15.Here are the results from last year.Take The SurveyAdChoices广告last_img read more

Free webinar: speed consulting for better year-end sites

first_imgAs we enter into year-end fundraising season, now’s the time to make sure your website is in tip-top shape. Have you ever wondered what should – or shouldn’t – be on your nonprofit website? Can supporters find your donate button? Do you really need to post your address and phone number? Where do you make your case for giving? Join Network for Good’s Nonprofit Team as they give homepage tips and tricks!Attend this webinar on November 27 to learn ways to maximize your website during the holiday fundraising rush and walk away with the following:• An overview of year-end website best practices• 60 second critiques of actual nonprofit websites (submit yours in the registration form!)• Question and answer period to address any nonprofit website issuesRegister now.last_img read more

5 Tips for Getting Started with Nonprofit Video

first_imgNot sure how to include music in your videos without getting into copyright issues? Check out Music Bakery for royalty-free music. With a good story as the foundation for your video, your organization can use YouTube to spread your message and raise money online. Here are some tips for nonprofits venturing into the world of online video:No video camera? No problem. Videos created with still images, audio, and text can be just as powerful as moving images. Programs like Animoto can help you create a powerful video with no need to shoot footage. For a great example of video storytelling without moving images, check out Epic Change’s video featuring a thank you letter from a student in Tanzania. Don’t forget: Tell a story! Give people a reason to watch your video and suggest a clear, simple action they can take to respond to what they just watched.For more on the telling compelling story, check out our on-demand nonprofit storytelling webinar. Is your video missing a call to action? YouTube offers a way for nonprofits to add an overlay message to their video with a clear message.center_img If your organization is struggling to develop video content, consider sharing short pieces (think 30 seconds) with simple storylines and clear call to actions before going all out and creating a 7-minute, year-end campaign video. charity: water uses a call to action overlay that pops up at the end of their YouTube videos.last_img read more

Facebook for Fundraising: Worth It or Waste of Time?

first_imgWith refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. There are two main reasons Facebook use is more in question than ever:1. Longtime challenge: Facebook constantly changes its algorithm for which posts are fed to your page fans’ newsfeeds and its page design—without advance notice or how-tos. Keeping up with these changes requires an enormous expenditure of time and expense, especially for those of us with limited staff and budgets (most nonprofits).2. Most recent ugh: Pay to play, along with a huge decline in organic reach for your content. Now the frequency with which your posts appear on fans’ newsfeeds depends on your organization’s level of Facebook ad spend.As the chart above illustrates, if you don’t pay Facebook to boost your content, you can expect that only six of every 100 fans will even see your posts. How many people do you expect to read, much less act, on it?What’s clear is that Facebook isn’t free. Plan to pay to have your messages delivered. Now it’s just another paid advertising channel, albeit one with targeted reach if your organization thinks the expense is worth it.My recommendation: Use Facebook only if you fulfill all of these criteria:1. You’ve selected Facebook as the social media channel of choice because you know that your low-hanging fruit (priority prospects and donors) are on Facebook, and you have a good way to drive them to your page and keep them there. Few organizations can effectively utilize more than one social media channel, at least to start.2. You use Facebook as a complementary channel to direct marketing (online and offline), your website, and the other places where you have a positive track record of motivating the actions you want (giving, registering, etc.). Content, look, and feel are consistent across channels. Tone varies depending on the channel and segment of folks you’re reaching out to in each channel or campaign.3. You set concrete goals for whatever is measurable on your page (much isn’t) and try to link actions taken on other channels back to Facebook (and other influences).4. You are willing to invest a lot of time and expertise in your Facebook presence, plus a lot of cash for ad buys. Your nonprofit will be competing against Zappos and Proctor & Gamble—what are your chances?Most organizations I know don’t fit this profile. So, for most, Facebook is not worth the investment, even if your CEO or board chair is pushing it hard.Exceptions!1) If your organization works with cats, puppies, or other adorable animals, that’s another reason to pursue Facebook reach. Take at look at RedRover’s Facebook page. Cute animal photos pull big-time on Facebook!2) If you’ve successfully built a loyal, active group on Facebook, keep up the good work. Two examples, from small to mammoth, are the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and Planned Parenthood of America, which has nurtured a dedicated, at-the-ready group of activists via Facebook.If you decide to invest in Facebook, these relevancy strategies will help build your reach:• Be transparent, helpful, and accessible.• Share behind-the-scenes content.• Engage your audience with questions.• Share self-explanatory pictures and visual content. Your organization’s free Facebook ride is over! Now, when checking Facebook page activity stats (aka Insights) for our client organizations, I make sure to dive in with a sweet treat in hand. That’s because I need to balance the bad news—which tends to decrease followers and reach—with something good.I bet you’ve noticed the change, too—that is, if your organization is striving to use Facebook to strengthen connections with supporters and prospects and spur them to give. And by now you’ve probably heard the raging discussion about Facebook’s value—or lack thereof—for nonprofits and for-profits alike.If you’re not up on these changes or are unclear on the facts, let me fill you in. You need to know what’s going on so you can make the right decisions for your fundraising and marketing agendas.Facebook—so adored, so dear to so many of us at a personal level—has dramatically changed its spots.Those of us who have been in the Facebook weeds for a while, trying to figure out how best to use it to drive causes and donations forward, know how tough it’s always been—and now it’s even tougher.This graph, from a recent study by EdgeRank Checker, says it all:last_img read more

What is your biggest fundraising challenge?

first_imgWe recently asked our nonprofit Learning Center community about their biggest fundraising challenges. These fundraisers and marketers overwhelmingly indicated that acquiring new donors was the biggest challenge, with 61% choosing this as their top issue, followed by diversifying funding sources (16%), donor retention (9%), and increasing demand/staff constraints (both coming in at 7%).There’s a lot that goes into a successful donor acquisition strategy. Once you have a strong marketing plan in place, it’s important to understand how to effectively tell your nonprofit’s story and make the case for giving to actually convert your target audience into donors. We have two free guides that will help you do just that:Storytelling for NonprofitsHow to Make the Case for GivingWhat’s your biggest fundraising challenge and how are you working to solve it? Share your story in the comments below and we’ll feature selected responses in an upcoming post.last_img read more

Motivate ’Em Messages: What Secrets Can You Share?

first_imgWhen I saw this Facebook post from the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), my smile spread like wildfire. You see, we’ve been working with the ECHH team on year-end fundraising campaigns for a few years, and among the countless things I was surprised to learn when we started is just how many of the individuals and families they serve are working full-time (or more, holding multiple jobs) but still can’t make ends meet—68%!Sixty-eight percent is a huge segment—almost two-thirds of those served by ECHH. These folks aren’t alone. Unfortunately, the “working poor” population is growing fast, but many people are still unaware of that critical detail.In fact, there’s a common misperception that people without homes bring it on themselves through laziness (like not working or not trying to find a job), addiction, or other issues. Even though that’s untrue for so many of ECHH’s clients and for other families who have lost their homes, widespread misperceptions like this one often become so entrenched that they seem like facts.Kudos to ECHH for opening eyes and minds to this crucial fact across its communication channels, including Facebook. It’s a potential game-changer and is likely to move some prospects from no to maybe or yes on the donate meter.ECHH strives to correct misperceptions that stand in the way of a donation with stories that highlight the efforts those served are putting in to take care of their families. Similar stories that engage readers through likeable protagonists just like themselves were featured in a recent campaign letter: We helped Jeannie find extra work to supplement her salary from her full-time job (and build up some savings) and to get the full allotment of food stamps the family deserved.With Martha and Renee now back to their happy selves and Jack busy in college, Jeannie is once again beginning to feel that her family is secure.Your organization has stories and stats that are equally vital but unknown. Discover what your secrets are and unmask them asap! They may be the tipping point for your year-end fundraising campaign.last_img read more

5 Ways to Use Online Tools for Nonprofit Event Management

first_img5 Ways to Use Online Tools for Nonprofit Event ManagementNonprofit event management includes planning, scheduling, coordinating, recruiting, and especially promoting. It can be a lot to deal with, but by making the most of your online fundraising tools, you can make it much more manageable. Here are five things you need to do, including details on how to tie in your Facebook fundraising with your other social media.Plan a “launch.” Set the date for your event, then determine when you want to send out the announcements/invitations. Traditionally, the launch date would be the day you mail out invitations and email announcements. Schedule reminder emails between your launch date and the event, and get them written and set up to be automatically delivered so you don’t have to worry about them during the busy days leading up to your event. Your social media campaign and other outreach should be designed and set up to launch concurrently (or scheduled strategically).Current donors will receive email announcements, but to make sure you don’t miss potential new donors, put the full event information on your website. Include the event in any community calendars that you publish to as well, and if possible, include a link directly to the event info on your site.Before the invitations go out, set up a registration page that integrates social sharing, using a tool such as Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising pages that allow you to quickly set up and sell tickets and accept online donations. Be sure to use one that lets you put your branding on the page so donors know they are in the right place.Promote the event on your Facebook page, but be sure to also set up a Facebook event page. This lets you post updates about the event that won’t get lost in a bunch of other posts and lets your supporters help generate “buzz” by commenting on event updates that you post. If this is a repeat affair, use pictures from last year’s event. Remember, Facebook images are small, so use photos that capture the moment and focus on an individual or small group, avoid shots that are too broad to identify in the Facebook feed.Tweet about it. Write your Twitter messages so that they are ready to retweet and your followers are much more likely to send them to their own followers. Since tweets have to be so short, it can be tempting to avoid saying something your followers already know, but be sure to include what their friends need to know about your event.These five actions will get you off to a great start using online fundraising tools to make nonprofit event management easier and help you reach more potential donors.Ready to start your own fundraising event? We’re here to help! Network for Good has helped over 125,000 nonprofit organizations raise more than $2.5 billion in donations. To discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, contact us now!last_img read more