Rival Libyan factions say they are upbeat about the course of UN-mediated talks under way in Morocco . The talks are aimed at brokering a deal on a national unity government and finding someone to head it . UN special envoy Bernardino Leon, who has been trying to bring the two sides together for weeks and who chaired the talks said the meeting took place in a “positive and constructive” spirit. The U.N. talks in Morocco are seen as the only hope of forming a unity government and halting the fighting in Libya . But previous talks have yielded little.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Odense: India’s campaign at the USD 775,000 Denmark Open came to a disappointing end with the trioka of PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma — all-exiting after suffering straight-game losses, in Odense on Thursday. World Champion Sindhu, seeded fifth, yet again struggled to buck the trend of recent early exits as she was knocked out after she lost 14-21 17-21 to Korea’s An Se Young in a 40-minute second-round women’s singles clash at the BWF World Tour Super 750 event. This was Sindhu’s third successive early exit from a tournament since claiming the World Championship at Basel, Switzerland in August. The 24-year-old Indian had lost in the second and first round at the China Open and Korea Open respectively in the last two events. It turned out to be a dismal day for Indian shuttlers in general as B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, and men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down in straight games in their second rounds. While Praneeth was outclassed by two-time World Champion Kento Momota of Japan 6-21 14-21 in yet another dominating show, Sameer lost 12-21 10-21 to Olympic champion Chen Long of China. Thailand Open champions Satwik and Chirag also suffered a 16-21 15-21 defeat against sixth seed Chinese combination of Han Cheng Kai and Zhou Hao Dong in men’s doubles. Later in the day, Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy put up a gallant fight before going down 24-26 21-13 11-21 to fourth seeded Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the mixed doubles competition.In the 40-minute women’s singles duel, Korea’s Se Young showed great control and precision as she didn’t allow Sindhu to execute her game plan. The Korean raced to a 6-1 lead early on but Sindhu narrowed it down to 7-8 at one stage, raising expectations of a change of script. But Se Young was relentless as she zoomed to a 14-7 advantage and then slowly moved ahead to pocket the opening game. In the second game, Sindhu held a 8-4 lead at one stage but Se Young surpassed her with a 9-8 advantage.Also Read | PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth Crash Out Of Korea Open Badminton TournamentSindhu again moved ahead before the Korean reeled off six straight points from 14-16 to grab four match points and converted it on her second attempt to seal her place in the quarters.
JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “Yeah, it was (a great race). I tried to sit back a little bit and run at the end. I was worried a little bit on the backside because they slowed down, and I was a bit farther back than I wanted. When the dirt started hitting, it kicked back, he started slowing down a bit so I had to move out. When I moved out, that was it; it’s just another gear that he has.“I wanted to wait turning for home a little longer, because when he takes the lead, normally he waits for horses. I didn’t want to take the lead too soon, but the other horses couldn’t keep up with me so I just had to let him run.“He was a fun ride for me, he did everything I asked him do, and it was amazing today. What can I say, the trainer John, he’s the best when it comes to these big races and these types of horses. It makes my job much easier and fun.” MIKE SMITH, ROADSTER, SECOND: “He ran awesome. Of course, I was expecting a little hotter pace up front. That would have set me up perfect, but they went kind of easy the first part of the race. I made a really good run, but (Flagstaff) finished. This was a big step forward for him, and there’s a lot of room to grow.”TRAINER QUOTES JOHN SADLER, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “He waits a little bit when he gets in front so Victor was trying to sit behind as long as he could. Victor told me he got to the front a little quick, he was loaded today, plenty of horse, he’s really strong.“I feel really good, we ran second (Navetta) in the previous race and my first time starter ran great so here we go!” KOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, HRONIS RACING, LLC, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “The race set up well. He’s not real keen about getting dirt in his face and Victor kept him clear, so he was comfortable. He rode a great race.” WILLIAM FARISH, PART OWNER, LANE’S END RACING, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “Yeah the race really set up nice, we were just talking about how the three (Roadster) got out in front and we got stuck behind him and picked up the pieces.(On the importance of racing in California) “We are rooting hard, believe me. Back in Kentucky we know how important California is. It is fun to be here in person, so we have to keep it going.”NOTES: The winning owners are Lane’s End Racing or Hronis Racing, LLC.