Canada’s Shapovalov and Raonic advance to second round of Italian Open

ROME — Denis Shapovalov needed fewer than 90 minutes to reach the second round of the Italian Open, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic had to wait on Mother Nature before earning his chance to advance on Tuesday.

The No. 12-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat world No. 37 Guido Pella of Argentina 6-2, 6-3 at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. Later, No. 13-seeded Raonic defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (3), 6-2 following a rain delay.

Shapovalov won 85 per cent of points when he got his first serve in (22 of 26), well above Pella’s 62 per-cent clip (22 of 40).

Shapovalov will face world No. 109 Pedro Martinez, a qualifier from Spain, in the second round.

The 21-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a run to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was up 3-2 on world No. 38 Mannarino before play was halted due to rain. After a delay just short of an hour, Raonic won the first set via tiebreak before rolling to victory.

The Canadian had 12 aces compared to Mannarino’s one. Raonic will square off against world No. 25 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the next round.

No. 16 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal lost his first-round match to Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic’s first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open will come against local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in the second round.

The 87th-ranked Caruso defeated American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) Tuesday in the opening round at the empty Foro Italico, where fans are being kept away because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Caruso saved a match point late in the third set before closing it out after nearly three hours on a steamy 32 C day.

The top-ranked Djokovic, who had

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Grammy Museum develops streaming platform

Finneas and sister Billie Eilish will help inaugurate the new Grammy Museum streaming platform. Image: AFP/Valerie Macon.

The Grammy Museum is looking to innovate when it comes to sharing its collection with the public. While the number of subscriptions to streaming services has jumped 23% in the last six months, the Grammy Museum is preparing to launch its own music streaming platform on Sept 17.

On the program: interviews with artists, musical performances and archival documents rarely seen in the past. Billie Eilish and singer Finneas, accompanied by composer Hans Zimmmer, will launch the new service.

The streaming platform, entitled “COLLECTION: live”, will offer music lovers all over the world an exclusive interview with American singers and collaborators Eilish and Finneas.

The two artists, whose album “When We All Fall, Where Do We Go?” received multiple awards at the last Grammy Awards, spoke at length with Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman.

They were also joined by Zimmer, who spoke about his collaboration with the brother-sister duo on the track “No Time To Die”. Unveiled last February, this melancholy song with 86 million views on YouTube will be the official theme of the next James Bond movie.

A platform supported by the biggest names in the music industry

Eilish and Finneas are not the only artists whose concerts and interviews will be available on the collection. The Grammy Museum has already announced that music fans will soon be able to discover content featuring Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and the band Glass Animals starting Sept. 17.

BTS, Tame Impala and Rufus Wainwright will also be featured in the coming weeks. The platform has set subscription prices at $29.99 (approx. P1,400) a year or $2.99 (around P140) a month.

“COLLECTION:live represents another phase of the GRAMMY Museum’s continued success with delivering

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Eager to finish Lakan season, MBPL plans bubble set-up

San Juan Knights. MPBL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is determined to finish its Lakan Season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And with only four teams left, the league is optimistic it will be able to crown a champion in a bubble-like environment.

“As per our founder and CEO senator Manny (Pacquiao), we really need to finish the national finals of our Lakan Season,” said league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes during Tuesdays PSA Forum webcast.

“We’re already on our division finals which are both knockout games so it’s easy for us to setup a bubble-type tournament because we only have four teams left and on the first day, two teams will be eliminated right away.”

The tournament, which was halted by the pandemic, is down to the last four teams with San Juan and Makati in the North division, and Basilan and Davao Occidental in the South. Both best-of-threes are tied at 1-1.

The winners clash in a best-of-five national final.

But before anything else, the league will have to wait for the go-signal by the Inter-Agency Task Force first before it can get the ball rolling again.

Duremdes also said the MPBL has been getting several offers where it can hold its bubble similar to what the PBA has been planning for.

“Actually there are a lot of people who want to help the MPBL. One of which is Araneta, there’s also Subic and others who are willing to help just to finish the season. We’re just finding out where is the best place to stage our bubble for the four remaining teams,” said Duremdes, who also added that a private property in Tanay, Rizal is also a possible location for the league’s bubble.

Safety and health, of course, are of utmost importance.

“What’s really important for

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