Race To London: Federer In The Mix But With Work To Do

London emergency calls include spider on pillow, shoe on roof

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.

2013-10-11 roger federer atp finals

Five players Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic remain strongly in the mix for three slots. The elite eight-player field at London’s indoor O2 Arena runs Nov. 4-11. SHANGHAI: Djokovic, Nadal into semifinals No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 David Ferrer already have qualified (No. 3 Andy Murray, the Wimbledon champion, is out following back surgery). 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.

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