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The administration last week proposed an amendment for salary increases for ferry system workers under two unions, which a Micciche aide said can be taken up by Senate Finance as it drafts its version of the operating budget. Sen. Micciche (R-Soldotna): “At some point we have to stop budgeting at the likely top of the oil price spectrum.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Senate subcommittee chaired by Soldotna Senator Peter Micciche has proposed a $23 million cut to Alaska’s transportation department budget. The new version is $8.9 million slimmer than the bill passed by the House. Senator Micciche insists state services must become more efficient given Alaska’s projected $3.5 billion budget shortfall. The proposals from his committee would slice 88 jobs from the DOT, with 33 of those jobs coming from the ferry system. Senator Dennis Egan expressed frustration with the ferry system cuts, which Micciche acknowledged were significant, but overall the amendments will reduce ferry spending by $12.3 million compared to last year.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES World No. 18 Petrova steamrolled Radwanska in the opening set before Radwanska rallied to take the next, but the Russian took control near the end of the last set in a 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 victory on a spectacular day on center court at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.“To be honest with you, I don’t know where I found the strength and willpower to fight to three sets. This is the biggest title I’ve ever won. This is a great accomplishment,” said Petrova, who won her 12th career WTA title.“I was really low on energy in that third, but my coach was really giving me a lot of mental support,” she said.Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon finalist, had held a 3-1 career record against Petrova, but the 23-year-old was a shell of herself early on before bouncing back to make things interesting.The 30-year-old Petrova, the 17th seed in her sixth appearance here, went better than her 2008 semifinal loss to win her second title of the season following her victory at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.The pair played evenly in the third set with neither conceding a break point, until things took an awkward turn for Radwanska in the eighth game.Radwanska doubled faulted for the first deuce of the set, and she doubled faulted again to give Petrova advantage before the Russian broke the Pole with a passing shot just out of reach.“She was just a little better than I was today. I was hoping for the title again this year, but just couldn’t quite get there,” said Radwanska, who choked up in her post-match interview. “Her serves and returns were really working for her today.”Petrova rolled in the ninth game to triple match point before Radwanska pushed within 40-15. But the Russian served out the match, ending it with a forehand smash after 1 hour, 41 minutes.“The first set was perfect tennis; I put a lot of energy into it. But I hit an energy low in the second set. After I had a change of clothes following the second set, I got back in the game.”Petrova had 11 aces to just six for Radwanska. “I was very happy with my service game in the first and third set but hit a slump in the second. I thought she started to have trouble with some of my high kick serves.”In the doubles final, Raquel Kop-Jones and partner Abigail Spears of the United States defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Czech Kveta Peschke 6-1, 6-4.The tournament turned out to be something of a dud after world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka pulled out before her quarterfinal match with dizzy spells, and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova bounced out of the final eight after a loss to Australian Samantha Stosur on Thursday.Nishikori into semisAFP-JjijiKUALA LUMPURRussia’s Nikolay Davydenko retired from his Malaysian Open quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori on Friday after suffering a muscle injury in his left leg.The former world No. 3 and winner of the inaugural Malaysian Open in 2009 had lost the first set against the third seeded Nishikori 6-4 before calling it quits.Davydenko, who has dropped to No. 44 in the world, first pulled up injured in the eighth game of the first set. He called for a medical timeout and only played another two games before losing that set. He then decided to quit the tournament, handing Nishikori a semifinal berth.In the semis, the 22-year-old, who at No. 17 is the highest ranked Asian in the world, will meet second seed Juan Monaco of Argentina.“Now that I have qualified for the semifinals, my thoughts are on my opponent and close friend Monaco,” Nishikori said.“I have been practicing with him since we arrived in Malaysia. I expect a difficult match as we know each other’s game very well . . . He likes to play from the baseline so I will have to adjust my game plan accordingly.”World No. 11 Monaco easily defeated Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4 in an earlier match.Seventh seed Julien Benneteau of France also smashed Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-2, 6-2.Friday’s last quarterfinal saw world No. 5 and top seed David Ferrer of Spain put away Dutchman Igor Sijsling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Russian Nadia Petrova played spoiler Saturday, denying world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in her bid for a successful title defense at the Pan Pacific Open.Radwanska, the third seed, failed to become the first player to win back-to-back titles since Lindsay Davenport achieved the feat in 2003-04. Petrova claimed prize money of $385,000. RELATED PHOTOS Breakthrough: Russia’s Nadia Petrova holds up her prize after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday at Ariake Colosseum. | AFP-JIJI
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Manchester City took control of the Premier League title race with two games remaining after a derby victory saw them leapfrog rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.Vincent Kompany’s header in first-half stoppage time gave City the win that means they have wiped out the eight-point advantage held by United three weeks ago, and move to the summit on goal difference.City needed the victory while Sir Alex Ferguson knew a draw would suit his purposes more than opposite number Roberto Mancini – and this was reflected in his team selection that saw Wayne Rooney desperately isolated as a lone striker.In a game of few chances, City were the more positive side and deserved the three points on offer in what had been labelled the biggest game in the Premier League’s 20-year history.United, in contrast, were passive, poor and lacking inspiration despite the high stakes, failing to get a shot on target as City keeper Joe Hart enjoyed a virtually untroubled night.And Ferguson’s frustrations boiled over in the closing stages when he angrily confronted Mancini after City substitute Nigel de Jong was booked for fouling Danny Welbeck. The Italian delighted City’s support by giving the Scot as good as he got – complete with gestures – as they went head-to-head before fourth official Mike Jones stepped in to restore order.With United dropping eight points out of their last 12, the momentum and advantage is now with City. Mancini knows victory in their last two games, away at Newcastle United and at home to Queen’s Park Rangers, would give them their first title since 1967-68.City’s recent resurgence has also proved decisive for their goal difference as they now hold an eight-goal advantage over United and, as referee Andre Marriner sounded the final whistle, their fans joyously celebrated a victory they clearly felt would prove decisive.Ferguson’s selection had an almost European look to it, with Rooney starting as the lone front man and Ji-Sung Park starting in the Premier League for the first time since January with the apparent detail of marking Yaya Toure.Watched from the stands by his father-in-law Diego Maradona, Sergio Aguero had City’s best early chances but the Argentine was twice off target. Rooney cut an isolated figure in a United side seemingly set out for containment – but he was still lively enough to enjoy several feisty exchanges with Kompany, one of which earned the City captain a yellow card from referee Marriner.After being frustrated by United early on, City gradually increased the pressure and were rewarded with the breakthrough in first-half stoppage time. Chris Smalling failed to make contact with David Silva’s corner and Kompany powered an unstoppable header past United keeper David de Gea.Park’s contribution had been minimal and it was no surprise when he was the first player sacrificed by Ferguson before the hour, as he chose to give United more offensive options by introducing Welbeck.Carlos Tevez had also worked hard but had been on the margins. He was replaced with the more defensive-minded De Jong after 67 minutes.Mancini attempted to close the game down further by introducing Micah Richards for David Silva, United responding by introducing Ashley Young for the disappointing Nani, an alteration that met with little attacking response from United. Toure had been a dominant figure for City and he almost wrapped up the victory with a trademark surge from midfield and a 20-yard shot that was just wide.In the closing moments it was City applying the pressure as opposed to United, with De Gea saving well from Gael Clichy and the otherwise excellent Samir Nasri guilty of over-elaboration with an opportunity in the area after another powerhouse run from Toure.United’s display was so poor that they were unable to even rouse themselves for their trademark late rally, City surviving in complete comfort to take control of the title race.