SAT, OCTOBER 17CHELSEA 2ASTON VILLA 0GOALS: CHELSEA: COSTA 34; HUTTON OG 54.Diego Costa returned from a three-match ban to secure a valuable win for Chelsea and pile more pressure on troubled Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood. The striker converted Willian’s delivery in the first half. And the Blues added a second when Villa’s Alan Hutton deflected in Costa’s shot early in the second.CRYSTAL PALACE 1WEST HAM UNITED 3GOALS: PALACE: CABAYE PEN 23. WEST HAM: JENKINSON 22; LANZINI 88; PAYET 90.West Ham maintained the best away record in the Barclays Premier League against 10-man Crystal Palace. The Hammers extended their unbeaten away run to five games – including four wins – with Carl Jenkinson giving them an early lead. Yohan Cabaye replied from the penalty spot but after Dwight Gayle was red-carded, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet confirmed the win.EVERTON 0MANCHESTER UNITED 3GOALS: UNITED: SCHNEIDERLIN 18; HERRERA 22; ROONEY 62.Manchester United made amends for their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal with a similar win over Everton. Morgan Schneiderlin claimed his first United goal and the home side fell further behind through Ander Herrera’s header. Romelu Lukaku came close for Everton, as Wayne Rooney coolly tucked in his first away league goal in 11 months.MANCHESTER CITY 5AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS: CITY: STERLING 7, 29, 45; BONY 11, 89. BOURNEMOUTH: MURRAY 22.Manchester City maintained their charge towards the Barclays Premier League title thanks to a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling and a brace from Wilfried Bony. City were without the injured Sergio Ag¸ero but took the lead when Sterling scored from close range. Bony added a second before Glenn Murray replied from long distance. Sterling added a second and then completed his hat-trick before Bony added a late fifth.SOUTHAMPTON 2LEICESTER CITY 2GOALS: SOUTHAMPTON: FONTE 21; VAN DIJK 37.LEICESTER: VARDY 66, 90.Jamie Vardy maintained his remarkable run of goals to help Leicester City’s sensational comeback at Southampton. Jose Fonte’s first goal for 18 months gave the Saints the lead before Virgil van Dijk added a second from close range. But Vardy headed Leicester back into the match, before claiming home his ninth goal of the season in added time – the sixth game in a row in which he has scored.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: NONE.Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager began with a draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved from Spurs substitute Clinton Njie and from Harry Kane in each half. Liverpool also had chances to win as Belgium striker Divock Origi struck the bar with an early header but neither side could break the deadlock.WATFORD 0ARSENAL 3GOALS: ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 62; GIROUD 68; RAMSEY 74.Arsenal are second in the Barclays Premier League after Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring at Vivarage Road. Olivier Giroud came on to claim the second, before Aaron Ramsey slotted in his first for the club this season. Watford’s best chance came in the first half when Odion Ighalo screwed his shot wide from 12 yards.WEST BROM 1SUNDERLAND 0GOALS: WBA: BERAHINO 54.Saido Berahino ruined Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland with the game’s only goal at The Hawthorns. Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was unable to collect Chris Brunt’s cross and Berahino slotted in the winner from close range. That leaves Sunderland without a win in the Barclays Premier League and stuck at the foot of the table.SUN, OCTOBER 18NEWCASTLE UNITED 6NORWICH CITY 2GOALS: NEWCASTLE: WIJNALDUM 14, 26, 66, 85; PEREZ 33; MITROVIC 64. NORWICH: MBOKANI 20; REDMOND 34.Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals to ease the pressure on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren and earn the Magpies a first win of the Barclays Premier League season. Wijnaldum struck the first then Dieumerci Mbokani replied for the Canaries. Wijnaldum scored his second and Ayoze Perez added Newcastle’s third. Nathan Redmond made it 3-2 before Wijnaldum (two more) and Aleksandar Mitrovic completed the rout.
How fitting.Kvitova was a bit overwhelmed by the whole scene as she returned to the site of her two Grand Slam titles, a little more than six months after being cut by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Still unable to clench her hand for celebratory fist pumps or grip her racket fully, Kvitova came back to the All England Club and beat Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAll five fingers on the lefty’s racket-swinging hand were injured in the late December attack. At the time, Kvitova was told there was a possibility she might not play tennis again.Scars on that hand serve as a reminder of what happened, and she thinks the cream that she often rubs on her hands during changeovers — something she’s long done, even before the stabbing — might help her improve her grip strength. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend She acknowledged dealing with some jitters at the outset against Larsson, a Swede who is ranked 53rd. That might have led to three early double-faults.But Kvitova quickly found her game and was on her way. And she noticed that the crowd, clearly familiar with what she went through not that long ago, cheered even more loudly than usual for her.She’s popular among British bookmakers, too: Some have made her the favorite to take home the trophy in two weeks’ time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Suns sign draft pick Josh Jackson, guard Mike James Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning her Women’s Singles Match against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — The surgeon who repaired Petra Kvitova’s left hand was in the Centre Court stands to watch her win in Wimbledon’s first round on Monday.“It was very nice that he sat in the box for my match. It was a special one,” Kvitova said. “I’m really glad that he took the invitation. He came with his wife to support me here.”ADVERTISEMENT She first returned to practice a little before the French Open, then began her competitive comeback in Paris in late May. A tournament title came next, on grass courts at Birmingham, England, in June.Those were both important milestones, to be sure.It was still a thrill to play once again at Wimbledon, where she won the championship in 2011 and 2014.“It was beautiful to be back on the court, playing my game, on the beautiful Centre Court, of course,” the 11th-seeded Kvitova said. “I couldn’t wish (for) more.”After winning Birmingham, she pulled out of a tuneup tournament at Eastbourne, citing an abdominal injury she thinks was a result of having the unwanted time off to begin the season.ADVERTISEMENT
STR/AFP/Getty ImagesShe has been struggling this year but Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu seems to be back to her best. Sindhu crushed China’s best hope and All England champion Chen Yufei in a one-sided contest 21-19, 21-10 at the 2019 Indonesia Open Super 1000 event in BWF World Tour. The match started on an even keel with Chen appearing in good form. But Sindhu showed great defence and managed to keep up with her Chinese opponent. The game was evenly poised at the first break in the first game. Both players were showing admirable defence and Yufei was playing some good shots. This allowed her to get a four-point lead. But then, Sindhu started to get momentum behind her and started playing some brilliant shots. What was impressive was Sindhu’s net play as she didn’t concede a single point when exchanging net shots. The first game went down to the wire but Sindhu managed to win it 21-19. The second game started well with the Chinese racing to a 4-0 lead. It seemed that the change of ends was favouring Yufei but then Sindhu tightened up her game and with her good shots turned the tables. After the mid-game break, it seemd that Yufei was out of steam or no longer interested in giving a fight. Sindhu bulldozed her opponent and raced to a comprehensive victory. She will now face Akane Yamaguchi in the final to win her first World Tour title this year.
“House of Cards” debuted in 2013, starting Netflix’s foray into original programming.Courtesy of Netflix ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We never spent one minute trying to save the DVD business,” Sarandos says. And yet even as it scales unprecedented heights, the company does still send DVDs via its trademark red envelopes to about 3 million subscribers.The strategy for expansion came down to a question of timing for the streaming launch. Broadband speeds and streaming technology built into consumer devices had to hit a critical mass before Netflix would strike. The company was mindful of the bad reception consumers gave to earlier online movie-distribution ventures that could take hours to download a two-hour film. Apple’s iTunes service offered a better system, but it still wasn’t instant for users.“Back then, [Hastings] said that postage rates were going to keep going up and the internet was going to get twice as fast at half the price every 18 months,” Sarandos recalls. “At some point those lines would cross, and it would become more cost-efficient to stream a movie rather than to mail a video. And that’s when we get in.”The lines crossed in early 2007. Netflix began offering subscribers the option of streaming licensed movies and a few TV series. As streaming took off, Sarandos and his team began to gain insights into how the company’s subscribers watched TV. They began to recognize the demand for viewers to binge-watch one series at a time and the potential for algorithm-driven recommendations to keep customers engaged with Netflix’s service for hours on end. The Netflix team couldn’t help but see signs that many users opted to watch back-to-back episodes of a series in bursts, and that many would stick to episodes of one or two shows at a time. They had also recognized, even from the DVD days, the potential value of being able to make taste-based recommendations to subscribers. Popular on Variety Since then, Netflix has slowly been shedding DVD subscribers every quarter while adding new streaming subs by the millions. The company ended its last quarter with nearly 3 million DVD subscribers, all of whom are in the United States, and 130 million streaming subscribers from all around the world.So why doesn’t Netflix close down its DVD business to fully focus on streaming? Because the profit margins for each DVD subscriber are still very good. Those 3 million subscribers contributed close to $53 million to the company’s profits during its most recent quarter.And while Netflix has been increasingly profitable, the company has had plenty of quarters in the past where the DVD service made all the difference. In fact, it built its entire streaming business with profits derived from the DVD side. And the company hasn’t completely given up on investing in its DVD.com unit.In early 2017, DVD.com even launched a mobile app to help its members organize their rentals from their phones. Some of these optimizations are starting to pay off, with relative profit margins increasing over time. In the second quarter of 2016, DVD.com subscribers contributed an average of $15.65 to Netflix’s profits. Two years later, that number has climbed to $17.66 per member per quarter.However, those DVD profits won’t last forever. Netflix has lost approximately 190,000 DVD subscribers every quarter for the past two years. At this rate, the company will say good-bye to its last DVD members by 2022. The flip side is that the costs for operating DVD.com are also declining. Netflix spent $77 million on buying DVDs in 2016; last year that expense fell to less than $54 million.“Pay television didn’t have a distribution problem — it had a packaging problem and a content problem.”Ted SarandosNetflix’s original-content push took off in earnest on Feb. 1, 2013, with the debut of “House of Cards.” Five years later, the streaming service has grown to the point where it is projected this year to deliver more than 80 new feature films (original and acquired) and an astounding 700 new TV series.In essence, Netflix has reinvented the cable bundle for the on-demand era. Rather than focusing on a collection of channels that inevitably carry a lot of chaff between the wheat, Netflix opted to put the emphasis on distinctive programs spanning all manner of genres. It studied what did and didn’t work about the cable business and set about improving it from the company’s Silicon Valley confines in Los Gatos, Calif. Today, Sarandos sees more competitors, including Disney, entering Netflix’s arena, but says he views that as a positive for the overall industry. Netflix is spending an astounding amount on content — an estimated $13 billion this year — and is still a young enough business to be focused on market share rather than profits. Those are advantages its older rivals don’t have. But Hastings, in Sarandos’ view, came into the marketplace with the coveted asset that money can’t buy: vision.“Pay television didn’t have a distribution problem — it had a packaging problem and a content problem,” says Sarandos. “We saw that a lot of [cable customers] were paying for sports they didn’t want and channels they didn’t watch. There’s got to be much more equilibrium between consumer demand and pricing. Through the growth of all these direct-to-consumer services, television will become better and better.” The company stirred the ire of subscribers when it officially split its DVD and streaming subscriptions into two plans in 2011, at which point it was still sending out discs to 14 million customers. When Ted Sarandos first met with Netflix founder Reed Hastings about working for his start-up online video-rental service in 1999, Hastings laid out his vision for the new recruit.Hastings saw his company’s future as providing streaming video delivered to subscribers via the internet, even though Netflix at the time made its money by mailing DVDs to subscribers across the country.Sarandos, who has been Netflix’s head of content since early 2000, was impressed by the clarity of Hastings’ plans. This was right around the time that music file-sharing service Napster was starting to make headlines and provoke copyright infringement lawsuits. Sarandos took the job with the understanding that Netflix wasn’t going to be strictly a mail-order DVD service for long. But what he couldn’t have known was how profoundly the company’s pioneering efforts would upend the traditional entertainment industry.