London Emergency Calls Include Spider On Pillow, Shoe On Roof

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Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych, comfortably in position Nos. 5-6, will almost certainly make the cut. FEDERER: Critics need to back off That leaves three positions hanging in the balance and just 380 points separating seventh-place Wawrinka (3,150) from 11th-place Raonic (2,770) following Friday’s results at the Shanghai Masters. A player could add as many as 1,750 points in the next three weeks with a number of 250, 500 and the 1,000-point Paris Masters still to come. Those alive at this week’s Shanghai Masters could earn more. Federer didn’t help his chances in China when he lost in three sets to Gael Monfils in the third round. The 32-year-old Swiss, a six-time winner of the tour finale, has qualified every year since 2002 but is coming off his worst season in more than a decade. A no-show by 17-time Grand Slam champion would be the biggest surprise. “It’s pretty simple: You just keep on working hard, make sure that you get back on winning ways, then you become confident again, sort of get there,” Federer said. Federer’s compatriot Wawrinka advanced 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 over Canada’s Raonic, one of the hottest players this fall with back-to-back final showings in Japan and Thailand, where he won the title. The win moved Wawrinka five points ahead of Federer in the race to London. The U.S. Open semifinalist could not solidify his position further when he lost to Nadal in Friday’s quarterfinals. Also boosting their bids on Thursday were France’s Tsonga and Argentina’s del Potro.

11, 2013 | 12:23 PM LONDON, Oct. 11 (UPI) — Authorities in London said some of the most unusual reports to its 999 emergency line include a spider on a pillow and a shoe stuck on a garage roof. The London Fire Brigade said the top 10 bizarre 999 calls include a woman reporting a spider on her pillow, an elderly woman who accidentally threw her dentures at a pair of fighting dogs when she tossed a glass of water at them and a father who called to report his son’s shoe was on the garage roof and it was an emergency because the boy needed the shoe to play soccer. The calls also included a woman complaining of a squirrel in her kitchen, a woman whose cellphone fell into her toilet, a woman who spotted a fox with “an odd look on its face” in her garden and an au pair who was unable to close a window and didn’t want to upset her host family. The brigade said a man called for help changing a tire, a woman called for help freeing her husband from a titanium chastity belt and a woman called to complain of a bat in her kitchen. Officials said they are hoping to stem the tide of non-emergency 999 calls. “Our advice is simple — if it’s not an emergency, don’t ring 999,” Third Officer Dave Brown said. “If you’re calling because you have a serious phobia, then arrange for a housemate, friend, or neighbor to help you. If you’re calling because there’s an unexpected animal in your home, call the RSPCA. Firefighters are here for Londoners but we can’t be on speed dial when something trivial happens.” 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.

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The NFL announced Tuesday it will stage another regular season game in the British capital in 2014. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will each host a home game at Wembley Stadium next season. A regular season game was first played in London in 2007 but, for the first time this season, two games were scheduled on the opposite side of the Atlantic. The NFL’s global strategy Luck: NFL is ready for gay players The Minnesota Vikings played to a sell-out crowd in September as they finally ended their season drought with victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read: Europeans learn to love American football The Jackonsonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on 27 October. Both NFL games at Wembley Stadium sold out within hours. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. “By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” The sport is hungry to increase its global profile and the appetite for American football in London suggests the feeling is mutual.