In Slovakia, the roof on an ice hockey rink collapsed in dramatic fashion as several players, including former NHL star Richard Zednik, escape the deadly accident.
The rink is a year old, having been constructed in November 2010. The cause of the collapse was reportedly due to too much snow and ice accumulating on the rink’s roof.
Thankfully, the AP’s John Belmont reports that no one was hurt in the collapse.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus took the 2012 Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Maria Sharapova and in turn took over the No. 1 spot in the WTA tennis rankings. All tournament long, Azarenka used big goundstrokes and a consistnet serve to tear down opponents.
“I would like to thank my team – you guys have been supporting me for so long and believing in me, and it made me realise that I can believe in myself and I can finally raise this trophy.
“I want to thank my parents, who are watching for sure now, my friends, my boyfriend and my grandmother, the person who inspires me the most in my life.
It was the 25th Grand Slam tournament for Azarenka and the first time she reached a final.
Azarenka took the top for the first time in her career from No.3, while Petra Kvitova stayed at No.2, Sharapova moved up one place to No.3 and Caroline Wozniacki – who lost the No.1 spot with her quarter-final defeat to Kim Clijsters, slid all the way to fourth.
Had Sharapova won, she would have returned to the top spot she took for the first time in 2005 and last held in 2008 before a shoulder problem kept her out of the game for nearly 10 months.
Even with the loss, Sharapova was gracious in defeat.
“She did everything better than I did today. I had a good first couple of games, and that was about it,” Sharapova said. “Then she was the one that was taking the first ball and hitting it deep and aggressive. I was always the one running around like a rabbit, you know, trying to play catch-up all the time.”
Azarenka and Sharapova went into the match having played each other six times, splitting the wins 3-3, although the Belarussian had won each of the two finals they had played, both on hardcourt, in 2010 and 2011.