Monthly Archives: May 2020

Froome poised for Tour glory, Quintana wins stage

first_imgBy Julien PretotChris Froome virtually sealed his maiden Tour de France title with yet another strong climbing performance in Saturday’s penultimate stage won by Colombia’s Nairo Quintana.Britain’s Froome leads Quintana by 5:03 overall, with Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez jumping into third 5:47 off the pace after Alberto Contador, the 2007 and 2009 champion, slipped out of the top three when he cracked in the final ascent of the 125-km 20th stage.Contador, who was dripping with sweat on the slopes of Semnoz, is fourth 7:10 behind Froome going into Sunday’s final stage, a festive parade from Versailles to Paris with only the final sprint being contested.Barring a crash, Team Sky’s Froome will succeed compatriot and team mate Bradley Wiggins, who missed this year’s race because of a knee injury.“I think for the GC (general classification), this time it’s done,” said Froome.“Tomorrow will be for the sprinters. We, are done.”Slovakian Peter Sagan is set to retain the green jersey after opening an unassailable lead in the points classification over Mark Cavendish, who will look to claim his fifth straight win on the Champs-Elysées on Sunday.On his Tour debut, Quintana is also about to secure the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider as well as the polka-dot jersey for the best climber.“I can’t ask for more. I almost have everything, it’s fantastic. Thank you to my team mates and my sports directors, who have helped me achieve this,” the 23-year-old, Colombia’s first stage winner since Mauricio Soler in 2007, told reporters.Quintana of the Movistar team sped away with one kilometre left in the final climb, dropping Froome who had earlier shaken up a group of favourites with a trademark attack – rooted to his saddle, jutting elbows and nodding head.Froome was then overtaken by Rodriguez, who had worked hard in front of Quintana and the Briton in the final kilometres to distance Contador and become the second rider to feature on all grand Tours podiums without winning any of them.last_img read more

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Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

first_imgBy Steve GinsburgAmerican swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence.The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested for drunken driving early on September 30 after speeding and then crossing the double yellow lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.“The last three months of my life have been some of the hardest times I’ve ever gone through, some of the biggest learning experiences I’ve ever had,” the 29-year-old, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie, told reporters.“I’m happy to be moving forward. I’ll continue to grow from this.”Phelps, known as the ‘Baltimore Bullet’, was clocked by radar at around 1:40 am traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone, police said, adding that he blew a .14 on a Breathalyser, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Maryland.He faced up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.“I hope we don’t have this conversation again and I’m optimistic that we won’t have this conversation again,” Judge Nathan Braverman told Phelps during his sentencing.Among the observers in the courtroom were Phelps’ mother, Debbie, his two sisters, and close friend Ray Lewis, the retired 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.Police said an officer followed Phelps’ 2014 Land Rover onto northbound Interstate 95, through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, and pulled him over just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.The drunken-driving arrest was the second for Phelps, who has spent most his life working feverishly in the pool but admits he likes to have a good time when not competing.Following his arrest, Phelps, who is eyeing a spot on the US team for the 2016 Olympics, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming and barred from representing the United States at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia.Phelps said he completed a 45-day rehab program at an Arizona treatment centre following his arrest, continues aftercare in Baltimore, and will participate in Alcoholics Anonymous.“What I did was wrong, and I made a bad mistake,” Phelps told Braverman. “I’m looking forward to having a much brighter future than I had in the past.”Phelps was charged in Salisbury, Maryland, in 2004 for drunken driving. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months’ probation.last_img read more

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APOEL take Cup glory but final marred by violence

first_imgBy Andreas VouAPOEL clinched their 21st Cyprus Cup and their second in successive seasons with a convincing 4-2 victory over AEL on Wednesday but the game was marred by fan violence midway through the second half.While there was a lot to be admired about the action on the pitch, only the opposite could be said about what took place in the stands as objects were launched onto the playing surface and at the APOEL dugout by AEL supporters just after the Nicosia side’s fourth goal, leading to a lengthy delay.League leaders APOEL were the favourites to lift the trophy going into the game against an AEL side who had not won since the first week of March. However, it was the team from Limassol who started the brighter of the two and took the lead after just 11 minutes.A free-kick from Luciano Bebe found an unmarked Maic Sema who headed the ball past veteran APOEL goalkeeper Dionisis Chiotis, who was deputising for the injured Urko Pardo.The goal seemed to give APOEL the wake-up call they needed. Just as he did after AEK Larnaca took an early lead on Saturday, Tomas De Vincenti brought the Cup holders level with a free-kick which looked to be intended as a cross, but AEL’s Karim Fegrouche misjudged the flight of the ball as it looped over his head and into the goal.AEL came close to regaining the lead before the break when Sema broke clear of the defence but his left-foot strike was diverted onto the post by Chiotis, and the Swede could only find the side-netting with the rebound.AEL would be left to rue their missed opportunities as, just three minutes later, APOEL took the lead. Stathis Aloneftis’ cross was only half dealt with by the AEL defence and Giorgos Efrem was on hand to stab the ball home from close range.Just as he ended the first-half, Efrem started the second as the Cypriot forward doubled his personal tally and extended APOEL’s lead to 3-1 after another error from Fegrouch.The goalkeeper rushed out of his area but was beaten to the ball by De Vincenti who played it wide to Efrem, who had the simple task of passing the ball into an empty net.The Cup was wrapped up and sealed for APOEL when John Arne Riise, as he did so often in his time at Liverpool, hit a thunderous left-footed free-kick, off the post and into the net.As APOEL fans rejoiced, a large section of AEL supporters vented their discontent by throwing flares and rocks onto the field which led to a near forty-five minute delay.Czech referee Pavel Kralovec halted play and guided both sets of players and staff back to the changing rooms until the violence subsided. The game resumed with the majority of AEL fans having left the stadium and those remaining fighting police officers.The Cyprus News Agency reported that fires were lit in the streets outside the stadium and the surrounding area.AEL claimed a late second through Valentinos Sielis but their nightmare sequence in Cup finals continues; their latest heartbreak makes it their sixth consecutive final where they ended up as runners-up.For APOEL, they extend their record Cup haul to 21 and remain on course to repeat last year’s double if they earn just a point in their final game of the season this coming Sunday against Ermis.last_img read more

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Australia executed perfect game plan, says Johnson

first_imgBy Ed OsmondAustralia have hit back hard following their surprise defeat in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said after his team took complete control of the second match at Lord’s.They piled up 566 for eight declared before reducing England to 85 for four on the second day and are in a commanding position to level the series at 1-1.“We came here, won the toss and were able to put the runs on the board and put England under pressure straightaway,” Johnson, who claimed two wickets, told Sky Sports.“We knew the wicket would have a bit more bounce than Cardiff. The boys have done well. They’ve started this Test match really well after Cardiff.”The Australian pace attack quickly knocked over Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell and Joe Root, who made a superb century in Cardiff to lay the foundation for England’s victory.“The plan was to go pretty hard at Root – be more aggressive, don’t let him settle,” Johnson said.“In English conditions, we talk about bowling fuller than we would back home. We know Ballance is deep in the crease but it’s nice when a plan comes off like that.”England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who took four wickets, attempted to sound positive after a second successive chastening day for the hosts.“We have to try our best to avoid the follow-on (target 367),” he said.“We will hope for blue skies in the morning and then we have to apply ourselves. There are no demons in the pitch but we had a ropey 20 minutes earlier. We’ve still got a chance to bat big.“We’ve got 16 wickets to play with in this Test. If people get in and play to their game plan, they’re going to be hard to get rid of.”England collapsed to 30 for four, exactly as they did on the first morning of the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s in May, before recovering to 85 for four.They fought back to beat the Kiwis in an enthralling Test match but, 481 runs behind the Australians, salvaging a draw appears to be England’s only realistic hope.last_img read more

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Bayern’s unstoppable force faces Juve’s immovable defence

first_imgNOT much has thwarted the predatory instincts of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski this season but even that dynamic duo will have their work cut out to pierce the rock-solid Juventus defence on Tuesday (9.45pm).Muller and Lewandowski have scored a remarkable 56 goals between them in all competitions this season but in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 round they will be up against a Juve rearguard which has kept nine successive clean sheets.It is one of many reasons why the tie at the Juventus Stadium is likely to be a titanic duel between the champions and leaders of Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga, even though Juve would lose top spot if Napoli beat AC Milan last night.Both are unbeaten in all competitions since early December and both have exactly the same record in their last 10 matches – nine wins and one draw.Bayern’s last reverse, one of only two all season for Pep Guardiola’s outfit, was against Borussia Monchengladbach on December 5 while Juventus have not been beaten since they lost 1-0 at Sevilla in the Champions League on December 8.There will also be a return to savour for Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal, back at the club he helped to four Serie A titles in a row, while Juve striker Mario Mandzukic is also in line to face his former team-mates.“We know that Bayern are one of the three best teams in the world, but we’re playing at home and Juventus Stadium will give us a real boost,” said Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli.“Every team has its weaknesses and it’s our job to find them.”Vidal has already promised he will not celebrate if he scores and told Gazzetta dello Sport that he was relishing the prospect of facing Paul Pogba in midfield.The teams last met in the quarter-finals of the same competition three seasons ago, when Bayern won both legs 2-0. Since that second leg, Juventus have played 16 European home games without defeat.Overall, Juventus and Bayern have met eight times with only two wins for Juventus – the last in 2005.Former Bayern forward Miroslav Klose summed up the difficulties facing the Bavarians.“I know from my own experience that it’s very, very hard to score against Juve,” said Klose who now plays in Serie A with Lazio.“They’re very compact and their defence is very organised even when they lose possession but they also have great quality in the centre and up front.“You don’t want to go a goal down against them, that just makes it even harder.”He added: “Bayern might make it difficult for Juve in their own half with aggressive pressing. They have to disrupt their build-up play and be quick on the break. This is Juve’s weakness if you can call it one after so many wins.”last_img read more

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Murray battles past Stepanek in cliffhanger, Nadal races through

first_imgAndy Murray survived a nervy fifth-set decider against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek to complete a 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5 comeback win and scrape into the French Open second round on Tuesday.The second seed had been tormented by the 37-year-old Stepanek the previous evening, being outplayed in the opening two sets, but had repaired some of the damage before play was suspended with him leading 4-2 in the fourth set.On the resumption Murray survived two break points in his opening service game before levelling the match but a reinvigorated and inspired Stepanek refused to go away quietly, producing some inspired shot-making.Briton Murray was two points from defeat when serving at 4-5 but held his nerve and broke in the next game.Murray double-faulted on his first match point but sealed victory, the ninth of his career from a two-set deficit, when Stepanek netted an attempted drop-volley two points later.Murray sportingly applauded Stepanek off the court as the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd showed their appreciation for the efforts of the oldest man in the men’s draw.Murray, three-times a semi-finalist at Roland Garros, next faces French wildcard Mathias Bourge. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-breaking 10th French Open title in merciless fashion, demolishing Australian Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1.The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who will play either Argentine Facundo Bagnis or French qualifier Kenny de Schepper in the second round, played flawless tennis throughout, making only three unforced errors in a one-sided match.Nadal, who turns 30 next week, has won two titles on clay this season, including the Monte Carlo Masters in April.He ended his opponent’s misery with a trademark cross-court forehand winner on his second match point on Court Suzanne Lenglenlast_img read more

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Classy Raonic powers past Querrey into Wimbledon last four

first_imgCanada’s Milos Raonic produced an irresistible display of classic grasscourt tennis to overcome giant-killer Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4 on Wednesday and power into the Wimbledon semi-finals.The influence of John McEnroe, a new addition to his coaching team, was apparent as sixth-seeded Raonic charged into the net behind his booming first serves and confounded American Querrey with a succession of deft winning volleys.So great was the 25-year-old’s control of the first two sets that he lost just seven points on his serve during that period and faced no break points, in a display at times reminiscent of Pete Sampras in his heyday.Querrey, for his part, was not able to produce the kind of scintillating form from the baseline that saw him dump world number one Novak Djokovic out of the tournament.The ferociously whipped topspin forehand that had served the American so well in previous matches misfired at critical times against Raonic.The 28th seed raised his game to finally break the Canadian’s serve in the third set and take the match into a fourth. Raonic failed to reproduce the champagne tennis of the early stages, but nonetheless reasserted his dominance to close out the match and reach his second Wimbledon semi-final.last_img read more

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Cyprus Rally 2016 preparations almost complete

first_imgTHE pace of preparations is picking up for the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally. The national rally will host the tenth and final round of the European Rallying Championship (ERC) and is to take place from October 7-9. At the same time the rally will also host the fifth round of the Middle East Rally Championship. Once again, this means that this is the only time during 2016 that one rally hosts two regional championship rounds of the FIA. The organising committee has commenced preparations two months ago so that the rally will be at its best. The rally has been designed with Nicosia as the headquarters, while a Eurosport delegation has visited the island in order to be informed regarding the course and its confirmation. The ERC committee have stated that they are very pleased with the rally course and they are in constant contact with the rally organisers.One main difference from last year is that the Ceremonial Start and Finish will take place in Limassol. Specifically, the crews will start and finish the rally on a specially prepared installation on the beach front of the city.Simultaneously, with the support of the Cyprus Tourist Organisation, the Love Cyprus Golden Stage returns to the national rally. The crews taking part in the event will have the chance to fight for a share of the 60,000 euro prize in the last two special stages of the 2016 season. Moreover, thousands of rally fans will also enjoy the Super Special Stage which will be identical to last year’s one. The organisation decided to repeat it after it was met with extreme success in the previous year and is guaranteed to excite fans to no end. Clerk of the Course, Nayia Kontopoulou stated: “For many months now the Cyprus Rally organisation has been working tirelessly to ensure another successful rally. This year’s rally has three main ‘highlights’. Friday night will see the return of Night Special Stages while the Nicosia Super Special Stage will take place on Saturday, the 8th of October, in the afternoon. Moreover, the crews will have the chance to compete for a hefty financial prize during the Love Cyprus Golden Stage which will be comprised of the last two Special Stages.” Like last year, the HQ will be based in the Filoxenia Conference Centre, while the Service Park will be situated on Evangelos Florakis street in Nicosia, right by the Police Headquarters. The rally will take place on a mixed surface (dirt and asphalt), something which had begun in Cyprus in 2009. Participants from Europe and the Middle East will battle it out with Cypriot crews in the CNP ASFALISTIKI Cyprus Rally 2016. The next, and penultimate, rally of the ERC will be hosted in Latvia from the 16th to 19th of Septemberlast_img read more

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Madang Soccer Association to enter preseason grandfinal

first_imgMSA secretary Charles Romo says the grand final will kick off at 11am with Under 16 third playoffs and end at 3pm with open men’s grand final.Romo says the U16 division third play offs will see Tusbab Kumuls taking on Wata FC while the grand final will be between Mimlon and Kuima FTM.He says in the open women’s division, Masters will go up against the strong Tusbab Kumuls side while the grand final will be between Marlins challenging Wata FC.Romo adds that the open men’s will be the game to watch, in third play offs Kula will rub legs with Wagsford while the grand final will see Nabasa FC taking on Tusbab Kumuls.Those two teams have experienced National Soccer League players in the likes of Neill Hans, Emmanuel Ariem, Steven Inia and Maskulan Pulung for Nabase, while Max Sengum will lead the Tusbab men.The game will end with presentation in the afternoon before the season proper next week, said Romo.last_img read more

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Australian basketballer guest speaker at SP Sports Awards

first_imgThe news was announced by chairman of the sports awards organising committee, Andrew Lepani.Jackson has played at the elite level for over 15 years which includes an extensive list of accolades spanning across several leagues including the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL), American (WNBA), European (EuroLeage) and Asian (WKBL) Women’s Basketball.Her notable achievements include being the first Australian in history to be selected as the first overall pick in an international and professional draft and being crowned an All – Star in her first WNBA season.In 2003 Jackson was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the American WNBA, making her the youngest player to receive this award and the first non-American to win an MVP.She was the flag bearer for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2012 London Olympics and was instrumental in the Australian Opals winning Bronze.Now retired, Jackson is considered by many as Australia’s greatest female basketballer.“I know this is the night of nights for sports athletes in Papua New Guinea and I’m really excited to be part of the event,” said Jackson.The Sports Awards will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby.last_img read more

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