Chemung County investigating COVID cluster in county jail

first_imgThe CCHD says they worked with the New York State Department of Health to conduct a testing event for the staff and inmates at the jail over the concern of the virus spreading in a congregate setting. After a number of positive cases were reported in connection with the Lighthouse Baptist Church in recent weeks, the health department received a positive COVID test result from an employee at the jail who was a member of the church. Shortly after, a second positive test result was reported from another staff member at the jail, not associated with the church. Officials from the Chemung County Jail says the safety of the staff and inmates is of utmost concern, and they are working closely with the Health Department to isolate the inmates and clean and disinfect the facility. The testing event showed positive results for five inmates and two additional staff members. The positive staff members and those who have come in contact with them have been placed on quarantine. CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chemung County Health Department is investigating a cluster of coronavirus cases associated with the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads and the Chemung County Jail. last_img read more

Avian flu may portend a 1918-like pandemic, says Osterholm

first_imgNov 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The nature of the widespread avian influenza outbreaks in Asia points to the threat of a human flu pandemic that could rival the disastrous pandemic of 1918-1920, infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, warned in a public forum in Minneapolis last week.There are disquieting signs that the H5N1 virus circulating in Asian poultry flocks could do as much damage to humanity as the “Spanish flu” virus of 1918, said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of this Web site.The H5N1 virus has already killed 32 people in Asia, and disease experts say it could trigger a pandemic if it acquired the ability to spread easily from person to person. If that happened, said Osterholm, it’s unlikely that an effective vaccine could be made available quickly.”At minimum, assume we will not have a vaccine in the first 6 to 8 months of a pandemic,” he told healthcare professionals at a clinical infectious disease conference Nov 12 at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome.Osterholm spoke the same day the World Health Organziation (WHO) concluded a 2-day international conference on pandemic flu that drew about 50 vaccine company executives and government officials to WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO officials at the meeting urged governments to invest in vaccine development to help head off a pandemic.Osterholm said the 1918 pandemic caused “at least 40 million deaths, but probably closer to 100 million, if you talk to the historians.” A disproportionate number of victims were healthy young adults, he added.Given the lack of good defenses, Osterholm estimated that a 1918-like virus arising today could cause more than 1.7 million deaths in the United States and as many as 177 million worldwide. (Editor’s note: The estimate of 264 million deaths that was originally published here was later recalculated to adjust for age.) The US death toll in 1918 was about 500,000.In 1918, he said, flu victims suffered severe lung damage that led to acute respiratory distress syndrome and often died within 48 hours, he said. Further, it was the virus itself, rather than a secondary bacterial infection, that led to death in many cases.Osterholm cited signs that the H5N1 virus could cause the same kind of severe disease as the 1918 H1N1 virus if it triggered a pandemic. He said researchers recently have largely recreated the 1918 virus by sequencing its genome from preserved tissue samples from victims of the pandemic.In lab experiments, researchers have spliced key genes from the 1918 virus into present-day flu viruses and then exposed mice to the genetically engineered viruses, Osterholm said. Viruses that normally wouldn’t harm the mice have been rendered lethal by this procedure. “It’s not only killing the animals, but the pathology is identical to what we saw in 1918” and in human cases of H5N1, he said.Further, Osterholm said studies of the H5N1 virus isolated from recent human patients point to a gene that causes a “cytokine storm”—a flood of molecular messengers triggering inflammation—similar to what was seen in the 1918 victims. In effect, the body’s immune system response to the infection, rather than the infection itself, is what makes the situation so dangerous. It also explains why healthy young adults, with their robust immune system, may be at particular risk.Multiple obstacles would make it next to impossible to produce an effective vaccine and make it rapidly and widely available if a pandemic began now, according to Osterholm.The world’s total production capacity is about 300 million doses, with manufacturers concentrated in just nine countries. With current technology, it takes 6 months or more to grow flu vaccines in chicken eggs, and the yield from a given number of eggs is no more predictable than a corn crop.”Production capacity will not increase significantly in the next several years,” Osterholm predicted. He said vaccine makers want to develop a cell-culture method of producing flu vaccine and are unlikely to spend money to increase production with the traditional egg-based technology.The National Institutes of Health is developing a vaccine for the H5N1 virus, with Aventis Pasteur under contract to make 2 million doses. But Osterholm said the immunogenicity (ability to trigger an immune response in laboratory tests) of the candidate vaccine “has been poor.””The earlier versions of this [vaccine] are not protective against the current strains,” he said.In the early stages of a pandemic, he concluded, “I don’t believe we’ll have a pandemic influenza vaccine of any substantial nature.”He added that while antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir could be helpful in fighting a pandemic virus, they would be in short supply.last_img read more

Ebsford Awarded Environmental Remediation Contract

first_imgEbsford Environmental has been appointed as remediation specialists to work with the Coal Authority and Environment Agency on a project to improve up to 60km of rivers in the North Pennines.Partnering with civil engineering firm JN Bentley, Ebsford will support the firm in developing and executing a safe and environmentally sensitive plan of removing sediment contaminated by metals such as lead, cadmium and zinc left behind from historic lead mining operations upstream.During a four-week period, Ebsford will deploy specialist equipment to safely remove hundreds of tonnes of sediment that has collected behind a series of sediment traps in the River Nent, at Nenthead, Cumbria.The traps were installed by Cumbria County Council around 20 years ago. Removing the sediment will help to improve the water quality in the Rivers Nent and South Tyne for local wildlife and minimize downstream movement of sediment to the Tyne estuary.The environmental impact of this government project, which is jointly funded by Defra and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, has been carefully considered.To minimize adverse effects from the works, and rapid changes in water levels due to flash floods, Ebsford will temporarily dam and over-pump two stretches of the river to reduce the risk of sediment being washed downstream during removal.last_img read more

Negros Island’s Kanlaon unaffected by Taal unrest

first_imgA child is seen steering his bike along a rice field toward Mount Kanlaon in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. PHOTO BY THOMAS TAYLOR BACOLOD City – The Negros OccidentalProvincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program(PDRRMP) has warned the public against false reports circulating across socialmedia platforms about the Kanlaon volcanic activity that can misinform andconfuse those who come across them. “Always verify the source and please stop sharing this news because it willonly cause misinformation and confuse the public,” PDRRMD head Zeaphard Caeliansaid. Kanlaon, part of the Negros VolcanicBelt, is a large stratovolcano dotted with numerous flank cones and craters,many of which contain lakes. The volcano, which last erupted in 2006, is themost active in Central Visayas and is located between Negros Occidental andNegros Oriental./PN He advised the public get onlyaccurate and reliable information and updates such as official governmentwebsites and social media accounts.center_img The provincial official cited a socialmedia post by a certain QR Zaguirre.Last Monday, the individual in question posted on Facebook: “Mt. Kanlaon Lord… sana pasabugin muna din ito… plz… plz…TY.”“They should think about this,” Caelian said. “These people do not know thatlives, livelihood, and the environment [are] at stake.”“Pray for a safe province and always be prepared and be proactive in disasterpreparedness,” he added.Earlier this week, Caelian assured Kanlaon has not been affected by thevolcanic activity of Taal in Batangas. He said the alert level at Kanlaon waslowered to “Alert Level Zero” by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology andSeismology last year due to the volcano’s “signs of normalcy.”“Taal and Kanlaon have separate activities,” he added.  last_img read more

Cricket News Romania vs Turkey Cricket Match Produces THIS World Record In Twenty20s

first_img New Delhi: Romania and Turkey are decent football powers in Europe. Do you also know that these two also play cricket? The chances are that many would not know. However, these kind of matches produce some freakish results. On Thursday, a new world record was created in the ongoing Romania Cup series at the Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground at Ilfov County in Bucharest. Romania blasted 226/6 and in response, bowled Turkey out for 53 to win by 173 runs. The victory margin of 173 runs is the largest in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, breaking the previous record of 172 which was achieved by Sri Lanka against Kenya in the 2007 World T20 clash in Johannesburg. The Romania Cup involves four other teams in Austria, Turkey, Czech Republic and Luxembourg. However, the match between Romania and Turkey witnessed something special.Turkey chose to field but they were immediately on the backfoot when Sivakumar Periyalwar blasted 105 off 40 balls. The knock included 12 fours and six sixes and he was given good support by Rajesh Kumar who hammered 32 while Cosmin Zaviou hit 27. In response, Turkey started off in disastrous fashion with just two batsmen managing double digits. Mehmat Sert top scored with 16 and Ali Kose hit 15 as Turkey were bowled out for 53. Rajendra Pisal took 3/4 in three overs while Cosmin Zaviou took 3/4. This was Romania’s second win in the tournament after beating Austria by 31 runs in the opening game. Turkey had already gained notoriety in the first game when they were bowled out for a woeful 28 against Luxembourg with Ankush Nanda taking 5/6.Earlier, Romanian cricket was a subject of ridicule when a video emerged during the European Cricket League. Pavel Florin’ action video went viral and he was a subject of ridicule in many media stories, most notably from the sub-continent. Many media headlines stated that his action will leave everyone in splits and it invited plenty of scorn. However, Florin, in a mature response, made the cricketing world stand up and applaud his love for the game. “Someone said that my bowling is not beautiful. Or Not effective. I don’t care. I love cricket. When I bowl like this, I saw that it is going to take a wicket. It is not beautiful. Everyone is saying. However, I am a slow bowler,” Florin said. Romania won by 173 runs against Turkey.The previous best was 172 by Sri Lanka against Kenya. Sivakumar Periyalwar blasted 105 off 40 balls. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The members, time frame and format of the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee broken down

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Commentscenter_img If Jim Boeheim appeals his nine-game suspension, which ESPN’s Andy Katz reported on Mar. 7 that he would, or Syracuse University appeals part of the NCAA’s ruling, they’ll do so to the Infractions Appeals Committee. Who sits on the committee? What does it take to get the initial ruling changed? How long will it take to find out the result of an appeal? Here are all those questions, and more, answered.Who will sit on the Infractions Appeals Committee?Five members sit on the Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The group is composed of representatives from the membership and general public, according to NCAA.org, and the reps from the membership require conference- or school-level experience. Here are the five current members sitting on the committee:W. Anthony Jenkins, attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit – Jenkins is the chief diversity officer for Dickinson Wright, and his areas of practice include municipal law and finance, real estate and leasing.David Williams II, athletic director and vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs, Vanderbilt University – Williams is a professor of law at VU, and he’s written and lectured on the topics of tax law, sports law, law and education and legal history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusan Lipnickey, faculty athletics representative, Miami University (Ohio) – Lipnickey is an associate professor in MU’s School of Education, Health and Society, and her areas of practice include criminal law and estate planning, among others.Patricia C. Ohlendorf, vice president of institutional relations and legal affairs, University of Texas at Austin – Ohlendorf is the VP for legal affairs at UTA and oversees 11 others in the university’s legal affairs department.Jack H. Friedenthal, professor of law, George Washington University – Friedenthal joined GWU’s Law School in 1988, and has been a “special master” in multiple major federal cases including ones between the NFL and the Football Players Association.What will it take for Boeheim to get the ruling reversed?Boeheim and Syracuse must prove one of the following, according to NCAA.org, in order for the Infractions Appeals Committee to reverse or modify a ruling:1) the ruling by the committee on infractions was clearly contrary to the evidence2) the individual or school did not actually break NCAA rules3) there was a procedural error that caused the committee on infractions to find a violation of NCAA rules4) the penalty was excessiveIf Boeheim does appeal, how long will it take to find out the result of the appeal?NCAA.org states, “the membership-approved process spells out a 110-day timeline, but it may take longer depending on the complexity of the case.” The site also emphasizes the desire to make the most fair judgement, not the quickest.The NCAA took 126 days after the Committee on Infractions held a hearing in Chicago to announce the sanctions it would levy on SU. Normally, 30-60 days are required to release the findings after a Committee on Infractions hearing.What is the format of an appeal?For a hearing to be in-person, per NCAA.org, the school or individual must have appeared in-person before a committee on infractions, which Boeheim and others from the university did.The site states, “The process calls for the appellants, the involved committee on infractions and the NCAA enforcement staff to submit written information before the committee deliberates.”The hearing in front of the Infractions Appeals Committee is the only round of appeals. The appeals committee doesn’t weigh any evidence not presented in front of the Committee on Infractions, and the two committees don’t share any members.last_img read more

Ifeatu Melifonwu’s defense saved SU from a 3rd-straight loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 25, 2018 at 12:22 am Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Ifeatu Melifonwu kept glancing at the sidelines during his first defensive drive against North Carolina, looking to see if Chris Fredrick was ready to check back in. Fredrick sprained his ankle defending a fly route down the sidelines in the first quarter. Play after play, Melifonwu looked at the injury tent waiting for Fredrick to emerge. He didn’t.After North Carolina’s drive ended in the beginning of the second quarter, Melifonwu jogged back over to the sidelines, where Fredrick found him and informed the redshirt freshman that he couldn’t go back in the game.“He kinda told me to just do my job, win my one-on-one,” Melifonwu said. “That calmed me down.”In Fredrick’s absence, Melifonwu produced one of the best games of the season by an SU defensive back and helped lead Syracuse (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) to a 40-37 overtime win against North Carolina on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. In just three quarters of play, Melifonwu broke up four passes, which now leads all Orange players. Melifonwu was particularly effective in the fourth quarter when he posted three break ups to lead SU defensively in a comeback victory, which moved the Orange within one win of a bowl game.Melifonwu was nervous when he first entered the contest, he said, especially on the first snap. And early on in the second quarter, those nerves showed. On UNC’s second drive in the second quarter, Antoine Green beat Melifonwu down the sidelines for a 23-yard reception.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wasn’t afraid of anything in particular,” Melifonwu said. “I just wasn’t settled in.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorAt 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Melifonwu is one of the biggest defensive backs on the team. During fall camp he constantly matched up with Jamal Custis, who at 6-foot-5 is the tallest wideout on SU. It was against Custis that he refined his press, throwing wide receivers back at the line of scrimmage, and halting them from getting out in open space.“That battle was always competitive,” Custis said. “He’s a bigger guy. Sometimes he’d win. Sometimes I’d win. He’s a tough player.”In the second half against UNC, Melifonwu played more aggressively. On his first break up, a pass intended for Green late in the third quarter, the receiver attempted a slant-and-go. Green failed to bait Melifonwu on the slant, Melifonwu said, so he stayed on top of Green and broke up the pass.Heading into the final frame, the SU coaches spoke to the defense. They reinforced to the players to “do their 1/11th,” focus on their assignment and do their job. Fredrick found Melifonwu and reiterated his message from before.“He just told me to focus on my call and win my one-on-one,” Melifonwu said.After UNC quarterback Nathan Elliott completed a nine-yard pass to Anthony Ratliff-Williams three minutes into the fourth, Melifonwu locked him down. Minutes later, Elliott aimed another pass for Ratliff-Williams, but Melifonwu read the three-step drop and jumped ahead, breaking up the pass.For most of the remainder of the quarter, Elliott didn’t throw the ball in Melifonwu’s direction often, but after Tommy DeVito threw a late-game interception to give UNC the ball on the SU 39-yard line, Melifonwu stepped up.With 54 seconds to go, Elliott threw Melifonwu’s way. While Melifonwu played most of the game keeping his distance and then attacking late, he said, on this play he “pressed big” and stuttered Ratliff-Williams. When the ball came their way, Melifonwu stepped in and knocked it down.Three plays later, with Syracuse in a Cover 2 set, Melifonwu forced his man down the sidelines and broke up another intended pass to keep North Carolina stationary at the 39-yard-line. That kept UNC out of field goal range, forcing overtime, and allowing the SU offense another possession.The coaches told Melifonwu he had a good game, he said, and to follow it up next time out.“We got some guys banged up and he’s gotten an opportunity,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said, “and like some of the other freshmen around here, he’s really taken advantage of his opportunity.” Commentslast_img read more

Marathonbet launches co-branded Man Utd ‘Score Legend’ pachinko game

first_img Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor December 8, 2019 StumbleUpon Marathonbet secures official partnership with Real Madrid November 28, 2019 Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Michael Rasmussen – MarathonbetEuropean online bookmaker Marathonbet has expanded its official betting partnership with Manchester United, announcing the launch of its co-branded pachinko skill-based game ‘Score Legend’.Developed internally by Marathonbet, Score Legend takes the ‘classic Japanese pinball game adding a Red Devils’ twist’.Marathonbet’s pachinko game sees players use footballs instead of pinballs, with the aim of scoring as many goals as possible during game time.Adding further Manchester United elements to Score Legend’s gameplay, the pachinko game transforms its pins into United players as allowing customers for greater chance to score!Michael Rasmussen Head of Global Marketing and PR on behalf of Marathonbet said:“We’re all about the extraordinary at Marathonbet and are excited to be able to offer our customers a highly enjoyable Pachinko-based game in Score Legend, all while immersed in Manchester United colours and emblems.“We’re confident the exclusive skill element added to the game will make the experience all the more enjoyable for players.”last_img read more

Hoornstra: MLB punishing alleged sign stealers is more difficult than banging a trash can

first_imgBaseball will continue in Boston and Houston, no matter the extent of illegal sign-stealing by the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox as described in The Athletic. The Dodgers lost the World Series to both alleged cheaters. Now, in Southern California and beyond, the stench of moral failure is strong.But what constitutes just punishment? Electronic sign stealing is nothing new, but it’s difficult to reconcile with our concept of cheating for some unusually subversive reasons. Whether spiking coffee with amphetamines or rubbing foreign substances on bats and balls, baseball players have blurred the lines between cheating and trying many times before.“If it’s not explicitly banned in the rules, it’s permitted,” said John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball. “You can stretch the rules as far as they will expand.”In September 2017, MLB fined the Red Sox an undisclosed amount after an investigation concluded they had sent electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout for the purpose of stealing opponents’ signs.In announcing the Red Sox’s punishment, Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement saying “all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.” Electronically assisted sign stealing is not merely an explicit crime, then. For two years, it’s been accompanied by an explicit punishment. Subsequent video evidence corroborated the initial suspicions that the Astros stole signs from Dodgers catchers in the 2017 World Series, a month after Manfred issued his warning. Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirmed on the record to The Athletic that a sign-stealing system was in place that season.The Red Sox named Astros bench coach Alex Cora their new manager after the World Series concluded, and The Athletic reported Cora “played a key role in devising the sign-stealing system the Astros used in 2017.”In the long view of history – baseball history included – it should come as no surprise that Manfred’s warning did little to deter cheaters.“The prohibition of basic human tendencies – lying, cheating, stealing – has proven over the millenia to be futile,” Thorn said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t have rules and try to enforce them. Baseball probably can do better, given the digital technology. But if you’re trying to regulate or ban basic human tendencies … it’s not going to work.”Seeking ethically dubious advantages wherever they exist in competition is a basic human tendency. Thorn notes King Kelly, a famous baseball player of the 19th century, was notorious for cutting from first base to third when the umpire’s back was turned.A more recent example, if less relatable, is the prolific use of undetected performance-enhancing drugs. After scarcely policing PEDs for most of its history, MLB now punishes violators with half-season and full-season suspensions. Pitcher Jenrry Mejia received the first and only lifetime ban for PED use, in February 2016. He was conditionally reinstated in 2019 and signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.It is tempting to compare the punishments given to PED users to those awaiting the sign stealers. Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and perhaps others have been denied election to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of PED associations. But the comparison will always remain imperfect. Bonds is still a hero in San Francisco. McGwire has no plaque in Cooperstown, but a statue of him sits in storage in St. Louis.“We always have a sneaking admiration for miscreants,” Thorn explained. “As fans, we think, ‘If only we could disregard the rules of the workplace like him.’ We like the rogues.”When it comes to stealing signs, no one player or coach stands to serve as a lightning rod for our emotions.“We can’t decipher individuals in the same way,” Thorn said. “It seems not romantic, but merely grubby.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In his book, “A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations that Shaped Baseball,” author Peter Morris writes that the cat-and-mouse game “between sign-givers and sign-stealers” in baseball began in the ’80s.The 1880s, that is.The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, ancestors of today’s Dodgers, finished in first place in their league in 1889 and 1890. Morris writes that Brooklyn shortstop George Smith credited the Bridegrooms’ success to stealing their opponents’ signs – a practice as legal then as it is now.In 1900, the Philadelphia Phillies devised an illegal sign-stealing system involving a man with a spyglass in center field, and an electronic buzzer that extended to the third-base coach’s box. During the first game of a Sept. 17 doubleheader in Philadelphia, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Tommy Corcoran decided to do something. When Corcoran noticed third-base coach Pearce Chiles’ leg twitching, Corcoran dug at the dirt under Chiles’ feet with his shoe spikes. He uncovered a wooden box containing electronic wires, a crude but effective means for relaying signs to the Phillies’ hitters. The punishment for the crime was mere shame; the umpire allowed the game to continue. As Joe Dittmar wrote in the SABR Baseball Research Journal, the Reds settled for the greater moral victory. Thorn compared it to corporate espionage. There too, baseball provides an example in Chris Correa. The former Cardinals scouting director was able to hack into the Astros’ proprietary database by correctly guessing the password of his former boss, Sig Mejdal, after Mejdal left the Cardinals to work for the Astros. Correa was sentenced to federal prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer.The crime was at once unambiguous and reminiscent of a relatable temptation to log in to your ex’s Instagram account. Is that what the Astros and Red Sox did? If so, how many draft picks are required as penance?To punish sign stealing is unimaginably more challenging than watching a television monitor and banging a trash can. Manfred has at least 120 years of precedent, but it’s surprisingly useless. You don’t have to shock the third-base coach’s leg to transmit an opponent’s signs electronically, and it’s only going to get easier in the years to come.The politics of the Red Sox and Astros situations allow Manfred to err on the side of severity – and simultaneously guard against future acts of espionage. Lifetime bans aren’t out of the question, as Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen suggested in November. The only question should be who gets them.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic pleased with ‘quite unreal’ win against Roger Federer

first_img“It’s a bit strange to play a tie-break from 12-12, as well. I was hoping I could get to the tie-break (after winning two earlier).”Number five tastes good #Wimbledon | @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/ktpL2usWOw— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019Federer may have fallen short of making history, but Djokovic, who now has 16 grand slams to his rival’s 20, says he can still only hope to match his rival’s achievements.”Roger hopes that he can give other people belief they can do it at 37 – I’m one of them,” said the Serbian. “He inspires me, for sure.” Novak Djokovic described a “quite unreal” victory as he sympathized with opponent Roger Federer following Wimbledon’s longest ever final.An epic clash that lasted four hours and 57 minutes, and concluded with Djokovic edging a historic fifth-set tie-break to defend his All England Club title, denying Federer the honor of becoming the oldest grand slam champion in history. Unsurprisingly, after an exhausting effort, the triumphant world number one, who saved two match points, was keen to commiserate with Federer.”I think that was if not the most exciting, thrilling final I’ve ever been in, then (in the) top two or three in my career,” he said. “And against one of the greatest players of all time, Roger, who I respect a lot.”Unfortunately, in these kind of matches, one of these players has to lose. We both had our chances and it’s quite unreal to be two match points down and to come back.last_img read more