Sinner denies Pospisil his first ATP title with win in Sofia Open final

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil has fallen one win short of capturing his first career ATP Tour title.

The 30-year-old Pospisil lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner in the final of the Sofia Open indoor hardcourt tournament on Saturday.

Pospisil, ranked 74th in the world, had an 0-2 record in finals before Saturday’s result at the ATP Tour 250 event.

He also advanced to the final of an indoor hardcourt tournament in Montpelier, France, in February.

It was the sixth loss in as many final appearances for Canadians on the ATP Tour this season.

Sinner, the world No. 44, has had a breakthrough year, becoming the youngest player to reach the French Open quarterfinals since 2011.

The Italian becomes the youngest player to win an ATP Tour title in 12 years.

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Canada’s Lance Stroll takes pole position at Turkish Grand Prix

A rare sight in Formula One qualifying saw record-breaking Lewis Hamilton struggle and Lance Stroll tame a treacherous track to claim his first pole position on Saturday.

Not only did Hamilton miss out on a 98th career pole, the championship leader qualified only sixth at the Turkish Grand Prix as his Mercedes skidded around on a resurfaced and rain-soaked circuit not used in F1 since 2011.

“The track feels terrible, it’s just like driving on ice,” he said. “This whole weekend has been a nightmare, the grip’s so poor.”

Mercedes is so dominant that Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas took pole in the previous 13 races. This time, Bottas was ninth.

The day belonged to Stroll, a much-criticized driver because his billionaire father owns the Racing Point team and because of poor recent form.

Since clinching the second podium of his career at the Italian GP in early September, Stroll failed to finish three straight races and placed 13th in the other.

“It’s such a great way to bounce back after a few rough weeks,” said Stroll, who had the coronavirus last month. “I haven’t scored a point since my podium in Monza. It’s been a rough run, with incidents and COVID. So much has been going on.”

The Canadian driver showed his ability in the wet by placing .3 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 1.56 ahead of Racing Point teammate Sergio Perez.

“A special moment for me,” Stroll said. “The highlight of my career.”

His jubilation was evident as he threw himself into the arms of his engineers and mechanics, then clenched his fist as he grabbed a Canadian flag with his other hand.

“I can’t really put it into words. I’m shocked,” Stroll said. “I nailed pretty much every corner and put it together.”

Verstappen looked

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Jennica Garcia helps typhoon victims with rescue team in Rizal, Marikina

Jennica Garcia (L) and members of the Alliance Search and Rescue. Image: Instagram/@jennicauytingco

Jennica Garcia joined a group of rescuers to track down and assist residents of Marikina City and Rizal who were severely affected by the recent Typhoon Ulysses.

During their search, the Alliance Search and Rescue team retrieved the body of a deceased homeless woman in the floodwater. The woman, identified only as Terry, drowned at Tumana, Marikina, as per Garcia’s Instagram post last Thursday, Nov. 12.

However, they were unable to immediately bring her to land because they did not have a stretcher and other necessary equipment at the time. They also had to leave her belongings behind due to a wave that approached them.

“We had to improvise to get her inside our boat,” she noted. “Ang bangka na gamit namin ay hiram lamang at hindi de-motor. Sinagwan namin ito at itinutulak hanggat kaya pag ang tubig ay mas mababa sa aming dibdib.”

(The boat we were using was just borrowed and was not motor-operated. We paddled and pushed it for as long as the water did not reach our chests.)

“[Nawa’y] nasa tabi na po sana kayo ng ating Tagapaglikha (I hope you are by the side of our Creator). Rest in Peace Manang Terry,” she said.

Following their time in Marikina, the group had a short break before heading to Cainta, Rizal. Garcia also thanked an unknown person who stopped by the side of the road to hand them boxes of donuts.

“Please continue to pray for us, the families in Cainta and everybody in the Philippines who are still in dire need of help,” Garcia said while thanking those supporting her and her team.

The actress is currently seeking donations for a rescue boat to conduct medical operations in Cagayan.

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