___7:45 p.m.The Australian Open final is underway, with Novak Djokovic bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park and Dominic Thiem aiming for his first.Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he’s contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. No. 5-seeded Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens, his best performance so far at the majors.Djokovic won the toss and was serving first. 8:40 p.m.Novak Djokovic has taken the first set in the Australian Open final against fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem. Djokovic, who is bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park, broke Thiem’s serve in the last game to clinch the set 6-4 in 52 minutes. Thiem served a double-fault on set point. Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he’s contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens. ___4:45 p.m.Rajeev Ram’s decision to focus on doubles paid off when he teamed with Joe Salisbury to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title.The No. 11 seeds were in control from early in the opening set to beat Australian wild-card entries Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2 in 70 minutes.It’s Ram’s second Grand Slam title – he teamed with Barbora Krejcikova to win the Australian Open mixed doubles last year. Krejcikova successfully defended that title with Croatia’s Nikola Mektic on Saturday. Novak Djokovic has won his record-extending eighth Australian Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating Dominic Thiem in five sets in the final.Djokovic’s 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Rafael Nadal.Djokovic improved to 16-0 in semifinals and finals at Melbourne Park. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.Djokovic adds his Australian Open haul to his five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open.Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Nadal, with 19, have won more men’s Grand Slam singles trophies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):12:45 p.m.After trading shots for five sets vying for the Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem united to recognize the impact of the deadly wildfires on the tournament’s host country. Associated Press February 2, 2020 Thiem was appearing in his third major final. He has lost them all.___11 p.m.Novak Djokovic has rallied to take the fourth set 6-3 and send the Australian Open final against Dominic Thiem to a fifth set.Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won the first set 6-4, but lost six straight games after being called for a time violation on his serve in the ninth game of the second set. Thiem took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2. Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won the first set 6-4, but lost six straight games after being called for a time violation on his serve in the ninth game of the second set. Thiem took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic had only dropped one set in the tournament — in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff — until the final. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.Fifth-seeded Thiem, a 26-year-old Austrian, is aiming for his first major title after losing the last two finals at the French Open to Rafael Nadal.___9:30 p.m. Dominic Thiem has taken the second set to level the Australian Open final against seven-time champion Novak Djokovic.After surrendering the first 6-4 with a double-fault on set point, Thiem broke Djokovic’s serve in the third game and then fended off a break point in the sixth game before dropping serve in the eighth to make it 4-4.Fifth-seeded Thiem broke again in the next game after Djokovic was first warned by chair umpire Damien Dumusois for exceeding the 25-second serve clock at 15-30 and then penalized with a fault on break point for exceeding the time allowance again.At the change over, Djokovic told Dumusois he’d done a “great job, especially in the second one. You made yourself famous.” Thiem held in the next game to take the set 6-4.___ Djokovic had only dropped one set in the tournament — in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff — until the final. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.Djokovic has never lost a final or semifinal at the Australian Open.___10:15 p.m.Dominic Thiem has won the third set to lead the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic by two sets to one. The Latest: Thiem: Australian Open was a great distraction “We all saw, before the tournament, also during, what we’re doing is by far — there are way more important things in life,” Thiem said after his five-set loss to Djokovic, now an eight-time champion at Melbourne Park. “It’s very tough what this beautiful country has been through, or still going through.”He said he hoped the tournament, where millions of dollars was raised to go toward the bush fire recovery, was “a great distraction” for people affected and that “a disaster like this is never happening again.” Djokovic mentioned the fires among “some devastating things that started 2020.”Fires across southern and eastern Australia have claimed at least 33 lives since September, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed more than 10.6 million hectares (26.2 million acres).___11:45 p.m. This was Salisbury’s first Grand Slam final. ___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Harris said that the mural was a way for Black Trojans to express themselves by documenting their history and celebrating Black History Month. Notable Black figures from the USC community and symbols of Black excellence are the focus of a mural created by the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, in partnership with LA Commons, University Communications and the Black History Month Legacy Project. The mural replica was unveiled Thursday at the Fisher Museum of Art and will be displayed in the CBCSA office. Local high school students, invited through the project, worked with Holbert and Minor on the mural. Minor said she had wanted a mural for CBCSA since freshman year when she saw the murals at La CASA. She said it motivated her decision to be a part of the project and help bring the mural to life. Lead artist Amani Holbert, an art teacher at the Boys & Girls Club, applied to work on the mural initially because her interests aligned with its purpose to celebrate Black history with the surrounding South Central community. Minor, a junior majoring in design, said students with an interest in art were encouraged to give back to the community through the project. “I had the chance to meet some of the students and it was really interesting to hear their perspectives on being Black students on campus,” Holbert said at the event. “Attending a predominantly white institution myself, I can relate to a lot of their experiences and their stories.” Keviette Minor is an artist for the Daily Trojan. “We wanted to be very student-centered, and we wanted to make sure the students were as much [a part] of [the] process,” Harris said. “It was very much a community effort both internally and externally, which is really cool [for] engagement and really cool for the history and for what the space is.” Angela Cao, Twesha Dikshit and Mimi Geller contributed to this report. “It really just encouraged me, seeing all the support from the students and that they really wanted to see something to represent them in the [CBCSA office] space,” Holbert said. The mural includes notable Black alumnus John Singleton, the first African American and youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, and John and Vada Somerville, the namesakes of Somerville Place, the Black student cultural floor in Fluor Tower. Harris said student engagement both within USC and the local community was important in the process of creating the mural. Students at the town hall also wished to commemorate Victor McElhaney, a USC student who was fatally shot last March. “[He was] a student who was very amazing and even though I didn’t get to meet him, I saw his impact in the CBCSA but also in the Black community, so we had to have him on the mural as well,” CBCSA director Greedley Harris said. “I think it’s a big step of us recording who we are, and showing who we are … and just showing what being a Black Trojan is,” Harris said. “I want to highlight that, recognize that, celebrate that it’s Black History Month. It was very important for us to unveil it during this time period.” The mural also depicts Durag Day, a national day of Black self-love and empowerment celebrated on college campuses and a 1970s Black student publication AllUsWe that depicts diverse stories. Holbert said she was able to relate to the students’ experiences and enjoyed uplifting the voices of those who are a part of marginalized groups on campus. “It’s just another way to engage them artistically, while also involving them in the USC community and just kind of bridging the gap between the surrounding community of South Central and the USC community,” Minor said. “It just means a lot to me that we’re finally being able to express ourselves in that way and see ourselves reflected in the space and on the walls,” Minor said. Keviette Minor, one of the artists and student mentors for the mural project, said a town hall was held at CBCSA to discuss what symbols students wished to incorporate in the mural. Those chosen included West African Adinkra symbols that students used to represent unity, radiance and patience. High school students from the Black History Month Legacy Project worked with USC student-artist Keviette Minor and lead artist Amani Holbert to paint significant stories of the USC and Los Angeles Black community. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan)
DIT will face Mary I today, while UL host NUIG in Limerick and GMIT take-on UUJ in Carnmore.Those games will all throw-in at 2 o’clock today, while there’s a half-past two start at the Mardyke where UCC will face LIT.There’s a further three matches later this evening as Maynooth University travel to Belfield to take-on UCD while DCU host local rivals St Pats/Mater Dei and IT Carlow go up against Waterford IT. Those matches will all get underway at 7pm.