Team Barloworld doubles up again

first_img10 March 2008Robert Hunter put the exclamation mark on a successful week’s racing for Team Barloworld when he took line honours in the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday to help his team repeat as Cycle Tour and Giro del Capo winners after Christian Pfannberger claimed the five-day stage race on Saturday.The Cycle Tour, one of only nine prestigious UCI Golden Bike Series events, was ridden at a very fast pace in ideal conditions. The high average speed, though, meant that no one was able to launch an attack off the front of the peleton, which remained together for almost the entire race.With the riders tightly packed, the push for the finish came in a little earlier than it might have happened had the weather conditions been tougher – about five kilometres from the finish.Charging for the finish lineBarloworld, however, felt comfortable that they were in control of the race and this was proved true as the finishing line came into sight. With the sprinters charging towards the line, a Danish cyclist threw up an arm with about 200 metres to go – it wasn’t clear whether he mistakenly thought he had won or was protesting something – but it caused some confusion in the pack.Barloworld’s Felix Cardenas and Chris Froome, however, responded well, powering past, with Hunter ideally positioned for the final surge which took him to victory.Neotel’s Nolan Hoffman, the winner of the Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge, finished runner-up to Hunter, with MTN Energade’s experienced Malcolm Lange capturing third place.Hunter’s winning time was two hours, 27 minutes and 30 seconds, a new record by more than five minutes over the previous mark he had set in his 2007 victory.Interviewed on television after his win, South Africa’s leading road cycling star said: “The orders were to keep the race together for the final and that is what they did – hats off to my team. They rode their guts out today for me to get the result and glad for them that I managed to pull through in the end.”Women’s winnerThe women’s title went to MTN Energade’s Cherise Taylor who, at 18 years old, became the youngest ever winner of the race. Lynette Burger of Cyclelab Toyota finished second, with five-time champion Anriette Schoeman in third.“I am very happy, and actually astonished,” Taylor said with a grin. “I cannot believe I did it, but I had an amazing team behind me.”The leading women were grouped with the top men’s veterans, which led to Taylor, who won silver at the Junior Road World Championships last year, finishing in amongst a huge pack of cyclists.However, she had no problem with the two categories being mixed together. She, in fact, welcomed the decision by the organisers to join the two categories, saying it was “the only way we (women) can improve.” Her winning time was two minutes, 52 minutes and 50 seconds.The Cycle Tour is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world, with Sunday’s field totaling a massive 39 000 entrants.Giro del CapoThe MTN Giro del Capo, which preceded the Cycle Tour, was won by Team Barloworld which signalled its intention from the 105-kilometre first stage when Christian Pfannberger took the win by 52 seconds over Robbie Hunter.All six team members crossed the line within the top eight finishers and the top three places in the Points’ Race and the King of the Mountains belonged to Barloworld whose lead in the team competition was a substantial seven minutes and 12 seconds after the stage.Stage two, covering 179.5 kilometres, was won by Michael Morkov of the Danish National Team. Pezula Racing’s David O’Loughlin took second, followed by Shaun Davel of Pro Mr Price WP.It was a courageous win by Morkov, who was part of a seven-rider breakaway that raced clear after only 14 kilometres. His aggressive riding, apart from earning him the stage victory, also lifted him into the Powerade King of the Mountains jersey.Deja vuStage three, a tough 174.5 kilometres that included the challenging Franschhoek and Du Toit’s Kloof Passes, provided a case of deja vu as Luke Roberts of Team Kuota-Senges edged out Barloworld’s Christian Pfannberger in a sprint for the line to take victory. In 2007, Roberts won the same stage, over the same course, in a similar manner.Belgium National Team rider Dominique Cornu claimed the final place on the podium.On the fourth stage, Cornu moved up two places to capture victory by 12 seconds over Barloworld’s Hugo Sabido and 15 seconds clear of Malaya van Ruitenbeek of Kuota-Senges.Race leader Christian Pfannberger remained in close attendance, crossing the finishing line in fifth place, while Robbie Hunter led the way in the King of the Mountains’ competition. He raced at the front of the stage for a good distance before a puncture saw him tumble down to 52nd place.Heading into the final stage on Saturday, an individual time trial up Signal Hill, Pfannberger enjoyed a lead of one minute and four seconds over second placed Johannes Kachelhoffer of House of Paints, with Jacques Janse van Rensburg of Neotel sharing third place with Barloworld’s Christopher Froome, one minute and eight seconds off the pace.Final stage, overall resultsThe honours on the day went to Team MTN Energade’s David George, who proved himself the king of Signal Hill as he won the gruelling individual time trial for the third year in succession and the fifth time in total in a time of 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds.Cornu finished second, just over seven seconds back, with Pfannberger in third, 12 seconds off the pace.The Austrian national champion claimed the Giro title, after wearing the leader’s pink jersey from the opening stage, by a minute and 41 seconds from his Barloworld teammate Christopher Froome. Neotel’s Jacques Janse van Rensburg took third and won the white jersey awarded to the top under-23 rider.Team Barloworld claimed a convincing win in the team classification by almost 13 minutes over MTN Energade, with Kuota-Senges some distance back in third place.Robbie Hunter claimed the Powerade King of the Mountains title by just two points from Janse van Rensburg, while Pfannberger added victory in the Pickfords’ Points Sprint Race to his overall title. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mbeki to reach out to African diaspora

first_img14 August 2015It is believed that Africa’s brain gain is an important step to achieving an African renaissance and there is no bigger supporter of this notion than former South African president, Thabo Mbeki.Mbeki will be the keynote speaker at Speed Meet Jozi, which will bring together influential professionals and entrepreneurs from across Africa.The event, hosted by brain gain company Homecoming Revolution in association with Brand South Africa, takes place on Friday, 14 August at the Hilton Sandton. It is a prelude to Homecoming’s Speed Meet New York that will be held on 24 September.“Bringing Africa’s diaspora home is a critical part of achieving the vision of an African renaissance,” says Max Boqwana, the chief executive of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. “We are proud to be associated with Homecoming Revolution and share their vision of getting the continent’s brightest sons and daughters home.”Another highlight of the event will be the release of the Homecoming Insights 2015 report. The report examines a broad range of issues including the core reasons why people move abroad, the key trigger factors that encourage people to return home, what people miss most and least about home and what links people still retain with their home countries.Angel Jones, chief executive of Homecoming Revolution, says the report offers an exciting snapshot of African immigration patterns and yielded surprising results. “Our survey has yielded some invaluable insights on both Africans in the diaspora and returnees. The results offer fantastic snippets into thoughts of both these groups and has provided us with an accurate snapshot of how strong the pull of home remains for so many Africans abroad.”Bringing together movers and shakersAccording to Jones, Speed Meet Jozi is a great opportunity for pan-African corporates and captains of industry, ambassadors, diaspora professionals and other “homecomers” to meet and discuss the brain gain issue.“The speed networking format enables African movers and shakers from all corners of the continent to meet in an interactive and relaxed setting. Homecoming Revolution shares Mr Mbeki’s vision of an African Renaissance and aims to fulfil that goal by connecting influential Africans across many different borders.”Brand South Africa’s acting chief marketing officer, Sithembile Ntombela, says that “those who want to play their part and contribute to our country and continent’s growth and development are enabled to do so”.Other guests include singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mail & Guardian owner Trevor Ncube, and Nigerian television presenter and writer Moky Makura.Click here for more information on Speed Meet Jozi.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Another solid night for Giannis Antetokounmpo as Bucks trip Jazz

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) tips in a shot over Utah Jazz’s Kyle Korver during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE  — After not playing at all in the Milwaukee Bucks’ previous game, Thon Maker got a chance to shine in a hard-fought win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.Maker had a season-high 15 points off the bench for the Bucks, who clamped down on defense in the second half to secure a 114-102 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Maker’s performance “flipped the script.”“He made a lot of different things happen on the court,” Budenholzer said. “I really feel like he was a difference-maker tonight.”Budenholzer specifically pointed to Maker’s three-point play early in the fourth quarter after Utah had made a 3 on the other end.“He was a spark plug for us,” Brook Lopez said. “He had such great energy and emotion. He got us going, he got the crowd going and everyone on the bench was going. We really fed off him tonight.”Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points for the Bucks, who were coming off a 123-116 loss to Toronto on Saturday night. Milwaukee improved to 28-11, the second-best record in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost starting point guard Ricky Rubio to a right hamstring injury less than five minutes into the game. He didn’t return.“We can’t sulk,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to go out there and compete.”The Jazz held a three-point advantage heading to the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee grabbed control late after Brogdon’s 3-pointer pushed its lead to 105-99. The Bucks built the margin to eight with about three minutes left on two free throws by Lopez, who nailed a deep 3 about a minute later to give Milwaukee an 11-point cushion and seal the victory.Antetokounmpo, who grabbed 10 rebounds, fouled out with 42.9 seconds remaining.After a tightly contested first half, the Jazz opened an 11-point lead early in the third quarter before the Bucks stormed back, taking a lead late in the period when Brogdon hit back-to-back shots. Utah rebounded and led 86-83 heading into the fourth.The Jazz were up 62-58 at halftime, with Mitchell providing 15 points and Jae Crowder adding 11 off the bench. The first half featured 19 lead changes and eight ties.GETTING DEFENSIVEAfter allowing 62 points in the first half, the Bucks held the Jazz to 40 in the second half.“We weren’t very happy at halftime with our defense,” Budenholzer said. “The way we improved and got better in the second half gave us a chance to find a way offensively in the fourth quarter.”Utah scored just 16 points in the fourth quarter. Bucks: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday as the teams meet for the first time this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We won the game because of him,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks with 30 points. “He brought energy, played hard, he made shots. It was just amazing seeing Thon compete hard out there.”Maker had seen regular minutes off the bench recently with Ersan Ilyasova out with a broken nose. His playing time diminished after Ilyasova’s return and the emergence of second-year player D.J. Wilson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“That’s when your professionalism comes in,” Maker said. “You’ve just got to stay ready whenever your name is called.”Maker shot 6 of 8 from the field, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had some open looks,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We just weren’t able to get them to go.”STAT LINEThe Bucks scored 68 points in the paint to 36 for the Jazz. Milwaukee also had a 19-2 edge in fast-break points.BOUNCING BACKMilwaukee hasn’t lost back-to-back games this season, improving to 11-0 after a loss.TIP-INSJazz: Rubio scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting before exiting. … Gobert had 12 rebounds in the first half, matching his average for a full game this season.Bucks: Wilson didn’t play due to a left hip pointer. Budenholzer said he is hopeful Wilson will be able to return Wednesday at Houston. … G Donte DiVincenzo sat out with right ankle soreness. “It’s a little bit of a recurring theme,” Budenholzer said. “There wasn’t an incident or twisted ankle or anything like that.” … Milwaukee recalled F Christian Wood from its G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.UP NEXTJazz: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Utah has won 12 of the last 16 meetings. 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“Terry best Premier League defender ever” : Jamie Redknapp

first_imgAdvertisementFormer England and Chelsea captain announced retirement from football. The announcement was made by the Stamford Bridge legend himself on his Instagram handle this late Sunday evening. Terry, who has been a free agent since his successful but short spell at Aston Villa finally decided to call it a career and his colleagues and fellow professionals have nothing but commendation for him.Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp paid tribute to Terry after the news broke. “Amazing career,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.“A Premier League great. He’s probably the best defender we’ve seen, we talk about the great names but I think John Terry is the best for me.“He was the sort of guy that you wanted on your team, he was a winner and he was just a great – he really was.”John Terry won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League title in his time at Stamford Bridge, becoming the club’s most decorated player.The centre-back also won five league cups and a Europa League in more than 700 appearances for Chelsea becoming the clubs all-time highest scoring defender with 67 goals.Twenty-two years as a Blue. Fifteen major trophies. One of the finest careers of any Englishman in the history of the game. Enjoy your retirement, JT. 💙 #CaptainLeaderLegend pic.twitter.com/t3KuoHomhK— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 7, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeat

first_imgTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Serge Aurier was arrested before defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.The Daily Mail reports the 26-year-old was held the night before Sunday’s defeat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Wembley after an alleged argument with his partner. Aurier missed the clash against United.Aurier denies the accusations of assault and Hertfordshire Police released the full-back without charge. It remains to be seen whether Aurier will face internal disciplinary procedures from Tottenham following the incident.A Tottenham spokesman confirmed: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend. The player was released without charge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​AC Milan and Inter unveil concept designs for new stadium

first_img​AC Milan and Inter unveil concept designs for new stadiumby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan and FC Internazionale have unveiled the shortlisted concept designs for the new Milano Stadium together with plans for an urban redevelopment project for the surrounding San Siro area, reports www.fcbusiness.co.uk”The Rings of Milano” by Manica/Sportium consists of two iconic rings, interlocked and set apart in perfect balance, symbolising the story of how two clubs, forever in opposition, and now united in their cause to preserve one of Milano’s most storied traditions.The stadium’s iconic linked rings accommodate both LED and architectural solutions for branding and team changeover between matches. The new Stadium of Milano is carefully integrated into a broader masterplan development that will revitalise and transform San Siro into a park and entertainment district for the people of Milano to experience year-round, preserving the original pitch’s location and reimagining it as a gift to the community for all to enjoy. “The Cathedral” by Populous draws inspiration from two of Milano’s most iconic buildings; the Duomo and the Galleria. In fact, a sunlit galleria encircles the stadium enveloped by an elegant glass façade. The Cathedral has been designed to create a unique home for the fans and supporters with bespoke installations. The stadium is designed to be the most sustainable in Europe: the galleria is naturally cooled and passively heated, photovoltaic panels line the stadium roof, and all rainwater is collected from the roof and reused. The stadium is surrounded by 22 acres of green space, which reduce water runoff. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoBesiktas goalkeeper Karius: I’m happy for Adrian at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Besiktas goalkeeper Karius: I’m happy for Adrian at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius has praised the improvement of the defence at parent club Liverpool.Adrian has made 10 appearances this term as Alisson recovers from the calf injury he sustained in the win over Norwich in the opening game of the Premier League season.”Every goalkeeper would feel comfortable behind that defence but Adrian is doing a good job,” Karius told the Daily Mail. “He seems like a nice guy; I am happy he is getting game time.”The defence has improved brilliantly over the last season and a bit and they rarely concede goals anymore. It was solid even back then but now it’s on another level because the whole has team improved.”The longer people are together the better it works. They have been playing together quite a bit and with the potential they have it looks really promising.”I hope they can win the league. The season is so long but it’s always good to have a good start and get some points ahead so it looks good. I can’t see them losing a game.” last_img read more

In the news today Aug 22

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 22———SECURITY TIGHTENED FOR POMPEO VISITSecurity around Parliament Hill has been tightened in anticipation of today’s visit to Ottawa by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Parliamentary Protective Service is warning of visibly heightened security around the precinct for Pompeo’s visit “due to the nature of the event.” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office says discussions with Pompeo will centre around Canada-U.S. co-operation on a number of domestic and international fronts, as well as security and foreign policy matters. The State Department says the crisis in Venezuela will also be on the agenda.———B.C. FATHER DENIES KILLING TWO DAUGHTERSA Vancouver Island man has told a B.C. court that he didn’t kill his two daughters. Andrew Berry took the stand Wednesday in Vancouver and also denied that he tried to take his own life on Christmas Day 2017. Berry is on trial for two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey, who were stabbed to death in his Oak Bay apartment. The jury has already heard that Berry was found injured in the tub. Defence lawyer Kevin McCullough has told the jury that Berry will testify he owed loan sharks thousands of dollars and he was attacked in the apartment on the day the girls were killed. The jury has already heard how police found a note at the scene addressed to Berry’s sister that read, “Betrayed, bullied, and miscast I set out to leave with the kids.”  ———STUDY POINTS TO AUTISM OVERDIAGNOSIS: EXPERTAn analysis of 11 previous major studies concludes that autism has become so over-diagnosed that within five to 10 years, there could be almost no difference between those diagnosed with it and those who have not. Montreal researcher Laurent Mottron found that the differences have decreased in five of the seven main constructs that define autism, including emotion recognition, theory of mind, planning and brain size. He says the gap could soon narrow to nothing because the criteria have lowered to the point where a diagnosis could become nearly meaningless. The study’s authors say their findings may be due to several factors, including a true increase in the condition, greater public awareness, the fact that a diagnosis leads to greater support, a lowered threshold for diagnosis and a greater tendency to diagnose individuals with a normal IQ.———DOCTOR SERVICES GROUP TO REPORT BACK ON SAVINGS PLANA group established to look into restricting inappropriate or overused physician services in Ontario will report on its recommendations today. The group, which has members from the provincial government and the Ontario Medical Association, is expected to reveal a list of recommendations designed to save money in the health-care system. It was formed in the wake of a four-year contract struck between the province and its doctors in February. At the time, the working group was created to recommend changes to physicians services or payments that could result in $460 million in savings.———B.C. FISHERMAN HAULS IN $60M LOTTO JACKPOTA retired fisherman from Richmond, B.C., has reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a $60-million lottery haul. The B.C. Lottery Corp. says Joseph Katalinic matched all seven numbers in last month’s Lotto Max draw to win the largest lottery prize in the province’s history. It says in a release there have previously been three $50-million winners in the province. Katalinic retired as a commercial fisherman 20 years ago and told the lottery corporation he now plans to “live like a king.” He says there was a lot of hugging and kissing when he broke the news to his family, which is planning a vacation in Hawaii and a visit to a town in Europe where his parents were born.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains will announce funding for Canadian cleantech companies across the country.— Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett participates in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Metis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. — Statistics Canada is expected to release today its wholesale trade figures for June.— A judge is to give his verdict in the second-degree murder trial for Silva Koshwal, who has pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible in the death of Nadine Skow. She was stabbed 101 times in her apartment in August 2015.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dont Expect to See a Triple Crown Anytime Soon

The owner of California Chrome, which failed in his Triple Crown quest Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, had some controversial things to say about how it’s “not fair” that a lot of Chrome’s Belmont competitors didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby and/or the Preakness Stakes.But California Chrome’s loss should surprise no one. This is the new normal.California Chrome is now the 13th horse to have won the first two races but failed to win the Belmont since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978. Of the 13, one was scratched the day of the race, and eight lost to horses that didn’t even run in the Preakness.Having a number of “fresh” horses in the Belmont field was common in the era leading up to Affirmed’s Triple Crown, though perhaps a little less so. But the extent that these horses have been dominating in the Belmont is just one aspect of a bigger issue.Of the 23 horses that won the Preakness and not the Derby since 1979, just five won the Belmont (the last to do so was Afleet Alex in 2005). And of the 23 that won the Derby but not the Preakness, just two won the Belmont: Swale in 1984 and Thunder Gulch in 1995. In total, 59 horses have won either the Derby or the Preakness or both since 1979, and of those, just seven have won the Belmont.The main thing that separates the Belmont from the other two races is its length: At 1.5 miles (or 2.4 kilometers, or 12 furlongs), it’s over a quarter-mile longer than either the Derby or the Preakness. This distance has become increasingly rare in American horse-racing over time, to the point where almost all horses entering the Belmont these days have never raced it. Even highly experienced trainers may not have much experience with it. One trainer has come across Belmont’s extra distance only one in every 1,000 races.Belmont is billed as the “Test of the Champion” — kind of like a final exam for a horse to prove itself the most worthy — but in reality it’s more like a test of a deliberately different skill set: i.e., 1.5 miles is to 1.25 miles as the SAT Math section is to the SAT Verbal.The Triple Crown races weren’t always different types of tests. In the late 1800s, all three were 1.5 miles. The Derby switched to 1.25 miles in 1896, while the Preakness experimented with a number of different lengths between 1894 and 1923 before settling on 1.1875 miles (or 9.5 furlongs) in 1924. The Belmont was actually the first to abandon the longer distance, switching to 1.25 miles in 1890, but it switched back for good in 1926.For at least a half-century after the distances were settled, the three legs of the Triple Crown seemed about equally likely to be won by a horse that would (or did) win one of the others. But since 1979, the short track/long track divide has become huge, and the 13 failed Triple Crown attempts are just part of the story.Between 1926 and 1978, of the 20 horses that won the Derby and Preakness, 10 of them won the Belmont — since 1979 those horses are zero for 13. Between 1926 and 1978, 33 Belmont Stakes included no horse that won both precursors, and of those 33 races, 14 were won by a horse that had won one of the prior Crown races (21 percent of the 66 such horses). Since 1979, there have been 23 years where no horse won both precursors, and just seven Belmonts were won by a horse that had won one precursor (15 percent of 46 such horses).We can compare those rates to the Belmont odds for horses that won neither the Derby nor the Preakness. This is a little difficult, because field sizes vary and often have a number of serious long-shots in them, so I’ve made this comparison based on an assumed pool of six “competitive” horses per race. Thus we can see how a horse’s performance in the precursors has affected its chances of winning the Belmont:As you can see, the odds drop significantly for horses with one win on the shorter tracks going in, and completely for horses with two wins. As a natural result, the odds of winning the Belmont for a horse with zero wins in the previous two races have grown — to the point where they may (amazingly) even be higher than for a horse with a winning track record. Thus, each marginal precursor win has actually decreased a horse’s chances of winning the Belmont (note that racebooks have completely failed to capture this effect).Perhaps this is partly because winning precursor races places horses at a disadvantage to fresher horses (as California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn seems to think). But, more importantly, winning the shorter precursors is further evidence that a horse is more calibrated to the shorter distance.That top horses are calibrated to shorter distances is also evidenced by the rate at which Derby and Preakness winners match each other: California Chrome was the ninth such horse in the past 18 years.This is how it is now: More Triple Crown attempts, fewer Triple Crowns. Get used to it. read more

Egypt coach Cuper thinks Salah is one of the best in

first_imgThe Liverpool player is definitely of the highest importance to Egypt’s international team, considering the fact that they are now preparing for a World Cup finals appearance – something they haven’t done since 1990.Salah has been one of the most discussed players lately, and there is a reason behind that – he is currently leading the Premier League in goals scored this season as he recently claimed the first place from Harry Kane after he scored four goals in a single game against Watford.“I think Salah is one of the best players in the world right now and I don’t know if he can be the best player in the world but what he’s doing now is really important,” Egypt coach Cuper shared.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I always say that behind a great player there has to be a great team.”“I don’t know if we are a great team but we cover what Salah gives us, we try to give as much security as we can as a team and until now we have been able to achieve things,” Cuper added, according to Goal.last_img read more