Authorities find body of a woman in freezer of home where missing woman lived

first_imgAuthorities in Spokane, Washington are currently searching for the husband of a missing woman who was later found dead and stuffed in a freezer at the apartment she and her husband shared.The discovery was made Tuesday after an investigation into 24-year-old Afghan refugee, Arezu Kashify’s disappearance.According to the report, a friend of Arezu contacted authorities on May 30th claiming that they had not seen or heard from her since sometime around May 26th. The friend then went into further detail, telling police that she heard word that Arezu had plans to leave her husband Wahid Kashify, and was planning to tell him before her disappearance. The friend also told authorities that Arezu seemed to fear her husband and that she once saw a bruise on Arezu’s leg.After gathering this information, authorities went to the home, however, they reported that they found nothing out of order.A nurse practitioner then gained word of the report and contacted authorities to tell them that during visits in March and April, Arezu gave her the impression that she was afraid of her husband, however, when she offered to contact authorities, Arezu told her that she did not want that because her husband would kill her immediately.Another friend of Arezu contacted authorities to report that she was unexpectedly handed the couple’s 1 and 5-year-old children by a panicked Wahid just three days after Arezu disappeared.Around the same time, a coworker of Wahid’s contacted police to report that Wahid told him that his wife was upset with him because he was constantly in the company of other women and that Wahid said he would “go back to Afghanistan to get a new wife.”Following these tips, investigators went back to search the couple’s apartment more thoroughly and discovered a woman’s body hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer Tuesday.While authorities have not confirmed that body belongs to Arezu, they have reported that they are now investigating Arezu’s disappearance as a homicide.On June 1st, authorities also announced that they located the couple’s vehicle at an airport and later discovered that Wahid bought a one-way ticket to an undisclosed destination.The couple’s children have been placed in protective custody.last_img read more

Tennis trio headed to USTA Nationals

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — Alan Toothaker is living his dream — a dream likely shared among tennis players across the country and maybe, after this winter, some snow-loathing Maine residents.Later this month, the 54-year-old veterinarian will travel to balmy Indian Wells, Calif., with his two teammates, Ben Beverly and Phid Lawless, to compete on the same courts as the professionals in the United States Tennis Association’s tri-level national championships.And while the three players will not be slamming down aces against Roger Federer, they’ll get to watch the Swiss pro compete in the BNP Paribas Open, which will take place each day before their own USTA matches from March 20-22.“Roger Federer could be playing on a court, and we might be scheduled to go on right after him,” said Toothaker, who also is the team’s captain. “I think anyone playing USTA tennis would tell you that’s the goal — to get to nationals.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe tournament merges the worlds of amateur players with the pros. They are even united on a 10-point spectrum from ratings of 2.5 to 7.0 — novice to world-class professional. Toothaker’s team falls somewhere in the middle at 4.0.The trio, which rotates as a doubles team, advanced to the national stage by notching both state and New England titles in the 4.0 age 18+ division. At the tri-level, Toothaker, Beverly and Lawless will compete as a unit along with New England’s 3.5 and 4.5-rated champions. The three teams, which have never met each other, will represent the region — one of 17 in the country.Toothaker has never before made it to nationals, but in a sport where success is measured in the quantity of T-shirts won, his dresser drawers are filled to the brim.“It’s all about the T-shirts,” Toothaker said. “Because that’s basically what you end up winning: more and more shirts.”But the root of Toothaker’s love for the sport stretches beyond his enthusiasm for cotton tees. The Ellsworth native grew up playing tennis with his father on the only court once available in town: a private facility owned by a late tennis aficionado, Roger Willey.Toothaker shifted to the Ellsworth Tennis Center (ETC) in 2001 once Susan Scherbel’s recreational complex — four indoor and two outdoor courts — was built off of Downeast Highway. Since then, Toothaker, Beverly and Lawless have been practicing there together every Monday night.“It’s the nicest tennis center in the state,” Toothaker said. “And we get the advantage of using it.”Alan Toothaker returns the ball backhand in a match at the Ellsworth Tennis Center in a Monday night practice.The tennis gene didn’t skip a generation with the Toothakers. His two sons — now adults — also frequent ETC and accompany their dad every summer to New York to watch the U.S. Open — a family tradition dating back to their childhood.“The first year I took my kids, they spent the entire time chasing down Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,” Toothaker said. “They have autographed tennis balls galore.”Toothaker, owner of Ellsworth’s Small Animal Clinic, has never experienced a demand for his signature on any Wilson-branded balls. But he didn’t miss an opportunity to play the role of a celebrity athlete when Beverly walked into the ETC lobby before Monday night’s practice.“Ben, come over and get your interview in,” Toothaker called out to the Ellsworth carpenter. “It’s time to be a star.”At 35 years old, Beverly is nearly half the age of 65-year-old teammate and veteran player Lawless, who lives in Sullivan and owns a concrete planter-manufacturing business called Lunaform.Their ages don’t seem to concern Toothaker, even in a division shared with opponents not yet legally old enough to drink alcohol.“If they’ve been playing at all, they know looks are deceiving,” Toothaker said of his much younger competitors.At the USTA New England championships held centrally in Springfield, Mass., the three men beat a team of two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old from Connecticut in the 4.0 finals for the regional title.“If you can play smarter, you can usually outfox them,” Toothaker said.“That’s what we definitely have to hope for,” he added in a serious tone before breaking into laughter.In just more than two weeks, Toothaker’s team will step into one of the world’s largest tennis stadiums and perform in front of tens of thousands of spectators. And whether those fans will be there to see Federer or Hancock Country’s own tennis trio won’t really matter to Toothaker under the Palm Springs sun.“We’ll basically get treated like the pros,” Toothaker said. “That’s the cool thing about going to nationals: They send you somewhere nice, treat you really well…“Plus, you get way better T-shirts.” Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

ICC World Cup Australia pacer Jhye Richardson ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

first_imgAustralia will begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan.Jhye Richardson suffered a shoulder injury in the series against Pakistan.Kane Richardson has played just one ODI in the entire three months. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Richardson has played just one ODI for Australia in the last couple of months and it came in the series against Pakistan which Australia won 5-0. In 20 ODIs, he has taken 29 wickets and his best haul of 5/68 came against India in Canberra in 2016. However, Josh Hazlewood has been overlooked for the tournament yet again with the pacer apparently suffering a back injury.When the squad was announced last month, chief selector Trevor Hohns said the focus was on having Hazlewood ready for the Ashes Test series in England which begins in August. He was instead named in Australia’s one-day A squad, which will play games in England while the World Cup is on. Both Jhye Richarson and Hazlewood will be hoping to be fit and ready for the five-match Ashes series against England which begins immediately after the World Cup. Australia will open their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Australia updated World Cup squadAaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa New Delhi: Jhye Richardson had made an impressive impression on the international stage during Australia’s series against India in January 2019. The young right-arm pacer got rid of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in all the three games of the series and made a big impression. Although Australia lost the series 1-2, Richardson was touted for greater things. However, during the series against Pakistan, Richardson fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder and his World Cup participation was in doubt. However, the youngsters worst fears came true after recent tests revealed that Richardson had not recovered from the injury in time.“This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process. After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required. Therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad,” Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said.last_img read more

56 straight: Germantown captures second-consecutive Division 1 title

first_imgPerfection.It’s something few teams can boast. But, with Wisconsin Mr. Basketball winner Luke Fischer leading the way, Germantown can now say they’ve done it two consecutive years.And, well, they can say they’ve won 56 straight games, too.Being named the MVP of the tournament and finishing the game with 17 points and seven rebounds, Fischer led Germantown (28-0) past Mukwonago (23-5) 57-28 Saturday night at the Kohl Center, capping the program’s second-straight perfect season.“It’s been a long journey and a long March to get here,” Germantown head coach Steve Showalter said. “Once we did it once, it was much more difficult to do it again. This game, while the score probably doesn’t reflect it as much as it reflects inside of me, this game was a battle, a war, a struggle the whole way.”It wasn’t the usual way of victory for Germantown. The usual hot-scoring hands of juniors Jake Showalter and Lamonte Bearden were limited to a combined eight points and the team’s prolific offense was held below 60 points for the first time all season.The transition opportunities weren’t there either, as Mukwonago’s physical, tough style of play allowed its opponent only four fast-break points and brought the pace of the game to a grinding halt in a half-court slugfest.The game was tight the entire first half, with Germantown holding a 25-18 lead going into the break thanks to a layup from Fischer with 42 seconds left.While Germantown is known as an offensive team, it was the group’s defense that got the job done to capture the State Championship. The Warhawks held their opponent to just 20.9 percent shooting from the field and didn’t allow a single Indians’ player to get into double digits.“Germantown is a heck of a basketball team,” Mukwonago head coach Jim Haasser said. “I thought we battled about as hard as we could battle. I’m very proud of the boys. I thought we competed right up to the end.”The Warhawks’ balance and depth proved too much for the Indians to handle throughout the game. Every time Mukwonago would make a run or spark their fans to life, Germantown had an answer, as all six players in its rotation scored.Fischer, a member of the Indiana Hoosiers’ 2013 recruiting class, made his presence known in the game, going 8-for-10 from the field with high percentage looks while contesting every rebound in the paint.But, Mukwonago made a point to attack the 7-footer early in the game, as their strong game around the rim forced Fischer into two quick fouls in the first quarter and limited him to just 12 minutes in the first half. Still, Fischer scored 11 points, including seven in the second quarter after checking back in.Just a day earlier, Fischer had enjoyed exerting low block position on Oshkosh North in the semifinals, but against a physically-gifted Indians’ squad Fischer found himself many times far out of the paint.“It wasn’t like last night where I could float around and have the ball lobbed up to me,” Fischer said. “I had to work for it and we all did a great job busting our butts to try to get offensive rebounds, but they’re just a big solid team.”Fatigue finally worked its way into Mukwonago in the game’s final eight minutes. Entering the fourth quarter trailing 36-22, the Indians whittled the Warhawks’ lead down to 10 with 5:23 left in the game. But, the floodgates burst open, as Germantown went on a final and season-defining run, scoring 19 consecutive unanswered points to close the game while not allowing their opponent to score a single point.“We just kept missing shot after shot,” Mukwonago junior Dominic Cizauskas said, who finished with nine points to lead his team. “We shot awful, it was pretty bad. We just weren’t hitting anything.”The Indians played with a short rotation, as every starter logged more than 24 minutes of play in the game. But, a day removed from winning a tremendously physical game against Milwaukee King, it became apparent there wasn’t much gas left in the tank, as the team committed uncharacteristically sloppy passes and shots in the final minutes of the game.“80-2 in three years, that’s a pretty good record for Luke Fischer and our team,” Showalter said. “Winning is so much sweeter. We’re going to do whatever we can to keep something going here.”last_img read more

LeoVegas overturns Swedish licensing restrictions

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has re-established its five-year Swedish gaming licence, having won its appeal against gaming inspectorate Spelinspektionen.LeoVegas governance had challenged Spelinspektionen’s decision to limit its licence to a two-year operating period, in relation to committing UK advertising violations.Filing a challenge with the Swedish Administrative Court of Linköping, LeoVegas governance contested the decision by stating that foreign regulatory discrepancies should hold no bearing on an incumbent’s licence conditions.Contesting Spelinspektionen actions, LeoVegas governance cited that its UK marketing discrepancies related to 2016 and that the operator had implemented all the demands administered by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), fulfiling its licensee terms for the UK market.“A regulated market has more extensive requirements in relation to responsible gaming with a strong consumer protection focus,” says Vala Karimi, General Counsel LeoVegas. “LeoVegas welcomed the regulation even before its introduction and sees the decision of the Administrative Court as very positive and it gives us an opportunity to continue to focus on compliance.”In its update, LeoVegas governance underlines its commitment to responsible gambling as a Swedish licensed operator, with the company having launched its LeoSafePlay vertical as a separate business unit with the goal of creating the ‘best conditions for the next generation system, based on machine learning and artificial intelligence’.Commenting on developments, Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO LeoVegas, said:”After our investments in regulatory compliance and our experiences from regulated markets, this decision is a receipt that we are conducting a professional business. I am proud of our teams that have delivered this in the difficult-navigating environment in which we operate.“The extended license gives us continued peace of mind in the Swedish market, where we take market shares month by month. We also see that several smaller players are leaving the market at the same time as marketing has diminished. With our eight gaming licenses I look forward to the continued offensive expansion, and this year alone we have gone live in several new markets and we will continue to focus on profitable growth.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 22, 2016•5:43 a.m. Kalum L. Marshall, 23, Udall, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. (radar)•6:30 a.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Jerald G. Loughmiller, Wellington.•11:47 a.m. Officers investigated making false information in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 300 block S. B, Wellington.•3:31 p.m. Officers investigated identity theft in the 900 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. James R. Gressel, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrants for probation violations on original charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.•4:27 p.m. Joshua A. Bodner, 25, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with probation violation.•5:03 p.m. Officers took a report of a verbal disturbance by known subjects in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•11:57 p.m. Dannielle M. Newboles, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and defective headlight in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

Djokovic – Thiem: schedule, TV and how to watch the Australian Open final

first_imgTv: How to watch the Djokovic vs Thiem?The match between Djokovic and Thiem could be adopted by Eurosport The unique streaming platform of the sports activities world, DAZN, It consists of the risk of seeing Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD amongst its contents, after the settlement reached with Discovery final summer season. It may also be adopted in Eurosport by Movistar +.Web: The place to comply with the Australian Open on-line?In AS you may also comply with the Djokovic-Thiem dwell. With us you’ll have the finest minute by minute, the most spectacular photographs of the assembly and the statements of the protagonists, in addition to the chronicle as quickly as we conclude. Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem the faces are seen in the final of the Australian Open 2020. The primary nice title of 2020 will probably be the 17th in the winners of the Serbian, or the first of the Austrian, this being the first time they’re measured in Melbourne. Face-to-face is dominated by Djokovic 6-4.Observe the match between Djokovic and Thiem dwell.Hours: What time does Djokovic vs Thiem begin?Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will play the males’s group final on Sunday at the Australian Open. The encounter between the Swiss and the Serbian will probably be performed at the Rod Laver Enviornment about 09:30 in the morning in Spain.last_img read more

Branislav uncertain of future with Foton

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I don’t know. My contract will be finished this month,” said Branislav after Foton blanked Cocolife, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, in the battle for the bronze medal on Saturday. “I don’t know. Maybe I’ll coach Foton, maybe not,” he added. “At this moment I have no offer from Foton.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseBranislav was appointed as head coach of the Tornadoes in 2016 as a replacement for Italian mentor Fabio Menta.He guided Foton to a Grand Prix title last year but this year, the Tornadoes fell short in their title defense after losing to the Petron Blaze Spikers in the semifinals. Arum, White deny Pacquiao-McGregor talkscenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Foton coach Moro Branislav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMoro Branislav may have just coached his last game for Foton in the Philippine Superliga.The Serbian head coach said he is still uncertain about his future with the Tornadoes, who settled for third place in the 2017 PSL Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UP turns back St. benilde

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Lady Blazers remain in contention for the last Final Four seat, but need victories over San Sebastian and Adamson coupled with a pair of losses by UP to get there.In men’s action, La Salle scored a stunning victory over erstwhile undefeated National U, 27-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, for only its second win in six matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’UP, meanwhile, ripped St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23, for its fourth victory in six outings and dealt the Blazers their third loss in six games.FEU tied St. Benilde in the standings after hacking out a 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Arellano. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines showed some endgame flair to repulse St. Benilde, 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, Wednesday night and kept its semifinals hope alive in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.With the victory, the Lady Maroons climbed to 3-2 and can make the semifinals outright with victories over Far Eastern University and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UST’s Rondina teams up with new partner in BVR Manila Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Davis Cup overhauled for 2019 with season-ending team event

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The finalists will be placed into six, three-team groups for round-robin play, involving two singles matches and one doubles, all best-of-three-sets — instead of the current best-of-five format featuring four singles matches and one doubles. The winners, along with the next two teams with the best records, will advance to the single-elimination quarterfinals.The first championship will be held on an indoor hardcourt from Nov. 18-24, 2019, in either Madrid or Lille, France. ITF President David Haggerty said he expected that announcement in the next two weeks.The new event was developed in partnership with the investment group Kosmos, which was founded by Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique.The original plan called for simply an 18-team championship at the end of the year, but was amended after some nations objected to the loss of home-site matches. So those were added to the proposal as the qualifying round, though that still wasn’t enough for critics of the plan who felt neutral-site matches were too much of a change for an event that dates to 1900.“Those that were opposed were generally opposed because they may believe that home-and-away should be the way that the format is played and always should be every round,” Haggerty said, adding he believed the February qualifying round “gives us the combination of history and tradition that we maintain as well as innovation with the finals.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, members of the French team lift up their trophies after France won the Davis Cup final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. The Davis Cup will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament beginning next year. The new format replaces the one in which the Davis Cup is played over four weekends throughout the year. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)The Davis Cup is getting a radical makeover in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some luster.Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The U.S. Tennis Association was among the national federations that backed the changes.The organization said the new format will “project Davis Cup into the 21st century” and elevate the competition to “the heights it deserves.”The Americans will play at Croatia in this year’s semifinals in September, with Spain and France meeting in the other semifinals. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is expected to play for Spain, but Roger Federer has frequently passed on playing for Switzerland.The new format would cut in half the Davis Cup time commitment. Pique is among those who think the World Cup-style format is the boost the event needs.“This is the beginning of a new stage that guarantees the pre-eminent and legitimate place that the Davis Cup should have as a competition for national teams while adapting to the demands of this professional sport at the highest level,” he said in a statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The International Tennis Federation believes this format will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule.Teams will play one week in February to advance to the championship in November, replacing the current Davis Cup format that is played over four weekends throughout the year. Players will compete for what the ITF says rivals Grand Slam prize money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The $3 billion, 25-year agreement was approved Thursday at the organization’s conference in Orlando, Florida. Two-thirds of the delegates needed to vote for the reforms, and 71 percent did.Beginning in 2019, 24 nations will compete in a home-or-away qualifying round in February, with the 12 winners advancing to the final tournament. They will be joined by the four semifinalists from the previous year, along with two wild-card teams, who need to be in either the top 50 of the Davis Cup rankings or have a top-10 singles player to be eligible. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more