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Tour de France..| Pinot tames rivals again as Yates takes 15th stage win

first_imgBy Julien PretotFOIX, France (Reuters) – Thibaut Pinot emerged as the strongest of the main contenders to win the Tour de France after dominating his rivals for the second successive day in the 15th stage, a 185-km mountain battle won by Briton Simon Yates on Sunday.The Frenchman, who claimed victory at top of the iconic Col du Tourmalet on Saturday, left everyone gasping for air with a brutal attack seven kilometres from the finish in the final ascent to the Prat d’Albis.He crossed the line 33 seconds behind Yates, who prevailed from the day’s breakaway for a second stage win as his fellow Briton, defending champion Geraint Thomas lost further ground.France’s Julian Alaphilippe was among those dropped but he retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey going into today’s second rest day.Behind Alaphilippe, five riders are within 39 seconds, setting the stage for a pulsating final week in the Alps.“It’s not a surprise that I cracked against the best climbers at the end of the second week, having given so much since the start,” world number one Alaphilippe, who has never raced for the general classification, told reporters.Alaphilippe still leads Thomas by one minute 35 seconds, Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk by 1:47 and fourth-placed Pinot by 1:50.Thomas’s Ineos team mate Egan Bernal, of Colombia, who was the last rider dropped by Pinot, is fifth overall, 2:02 off the pace.“We have a very strong team and our plan worked today, even if Thibaut’s attack was not premeditated,” his Groupama-FDJ sports director Yvon Madiot said.“It was a very good Pyrenean leg. Now onto the rest day and the Alps. We’re not setting any limit.”Pinot was left delighted. “I gained time on everyone. It’s very good and we must continue like this,” he said, after writing off over two days the 100 seconds he lost to Thomas when caught at the wrong end of a bunch split in the crosswinds last Monday.“When you have good legs you have to seize the opportunities.”No Frenchman has won the Tour de France since Bernard Hinault claimed the last of his five titles in 1985.Pinot, after some great work from team mates David Gaudu and Sebastien Reichenbach had put some rivals in the red, made his move seven kilometres from the top.Thomas and Kruijswijk were dropped as Bernal crushed the pedals to join the Frenchman, taking Alaphilippe and German Emanuel Buchmann in his slipstreamBut another burst from Pinot was fatal to Alaphilippe before Bernal and Buchmann eventually also lost the Frenchman’s wheel.Yates’s advantage was, however, comfortable enough for the Mitchelton-Scott rider to grab another stage win.Thomas saved his second place in the general classification with a late acceleration to finish 1:22 behind Yates and 51 seconds adrift of Bernal.Thomas said he had good legs but did not want to attack after Pinot because Bernal was up the road.“It’s kind of a difficult one, tactics-wise, because I wanted to go, I had the legs to go but I wasn’t going to chase down Egan with the guys in the wheel,” the Welshman said.last_img read more

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Francis Orbih’s Badminton Board Gets Winning Start

first_imgAn unranked Nigeria’s Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori has won this year’s Men’s singles event of the Côte d’ Ivoire International Badminton Tournament which ended in Abidjan at the weekend.He was the best among 65 players from 11 countries across the world that participated at the event.The allure of Nigeria’s performance was that there were three Nigerians among the four on the podium for the Men’s singles title. Not just that it was almost a clean sweep by Nigeria in the Mixed Doubles Event.The pair of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji defeated another Nigerian pair of Gideon Babalola and Uchechukwu Ukeh 21-18; 21-18 thus making Nigeria to win gold and silver medals.Another Nigerian pair of Jafar Salih Umar and Zainab Momoh won the bronze medal along with Ghana’s Emmanuel Yaw Donkor and Stella Kote Amasah. In all, the Nigerian contingent won two gold, two silver and four bronze medals.In the Men’s Singles title, Nigeria’s Opeyori beat Jordanian Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik 21-18; 21-16 in the keenly contested final duel to give the Francis Orbih’s board of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), a winning start.When it was becoming a near impossibility for Nigeria to send a team, Francis Orbih, the BFN president-elect had to swing into action and successfully got sponsorship package from the Lagos State Government to send a 25-man Nigerian team to the tournament.An elated Orbih told Sports Village Square that he could not wait to be sworn in before swinging into action as he had promised to raise the standard of badminton during his tenure.He along with his board members and the boards of other sports federations will be sworn in next week Monday in Abuja.“I am really grateful to Governor Ambode for his magnanimity in sponsoring the team despite a very short notice given to him.“Little wonder, things are working in Lagos as an action man is at the helms.“I am sure, he will be very glad that his efforts have not been in vain”, remarked Orbih.He told the Sports Village Square, that he would not have allowed vacuum to occur by waiting to be sworn in before ensuring the attendance of a Nigerian team in an international tournament that will not only give them good exposure, but also help in the overall ranking of Nigerian players.He concluded that it would have amounted to big disservice, if he had failed to facilitate the performance of the Nigerian team in Abidjan. The team will move to Benin Republic to begin another campaign for honours on Wednesday.He was particularly elated at the success of Anuoluwapo Opeyori, a player he personally discovered as the chairman of Lagos State Badminton Association.“Our participation in the West Africa Badminton Circuit was preceded by a three-week closed camp for the 27 Nigerian players made up of nine female and 18 male players.“We can see what camping does to players, instead of merely calling them up for trips to tournaments’, said Orbih.On his way to glory, Opeyori beat Ghana’s Abraham Ayittey 22-20; 21-19 before having to face a Nigerian, Habeeb Temitope Bello in the next round. He won 21-19; 21-16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse expects record crowd of 35,446 for Duke game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu | @Brett_Samuels27 Syracuse University Athletics announced today that 35,446 fans are expected to attend the basketball game against Duke on Saturday night, which would set a new on-campus attendance record.The capacity crowd will surpass the current record of 35,012 held by SU. That record was set last season when the Orange hosted Georgetown University on Feb. 23.According to the SU Athletics release, fans are encouraged to arrive early.Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and SU alumna Vanessa Williams will perform the national anthem before tip off.Festivities in the Dome will begin that morning when College GameDay broadcasts live from center court at 11 a.m. on ESPN.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Badgers head to South Carolina for second round of NCAA tournament

first_imgAfter a dominant 5-0 blowout victory over Toledo last Friday evening, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has moved onto the second round of the NCAA tournament and will be matching up against #1 seed South Carolina on Friday night.That game featured Grace Douglas’s first two goals of her season, as well as goals by Lauren Rice, Jordan McNeese, and Allie Winterfield. This was by far the Badgers most dominant performance of the season and one that has to have Wisconsin feeling good about their upset chances against South Carolina.Women’s soccer: Badgers dominate Hawkeyes in final road challengeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team took down the University of Iowa 3-0 Saturday evening in what was the Read…They have now won 4 out of their past 5 games, with all of those victories being shutouts. The defense has been there all season for the Badgers, but only recently has the offense began to rise up. South Carolina is currently 16-2-1 on the season, including 8-0-1 at home, which is where this game will be played.Their only losses this year are against Wake Forest and Arkansas, which occurred in their first game of the SEC tournament. They are coming off a 3-0 victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week. They are led in scoring by Savannah McCaskill and Elexa Bahr with 7 and 8 goals, respectively.They have been impressive on both ends of the field this season and had no problem at all with SEC competition. They went 9-0-1 against the SEC and have pitched shutouts in 14 of their 19 games. This will be a tough challenge for the Badgers, who have had some struggles offensively this year.Women’s soccer: Northwestern hands Wisconsin surprising 2-0 lossThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 4-3-2 Big Ten) was unable to put up any points Sunday against Read…They will likely need to play a strong defensive game and keep South Carolina from scoring if they want a decent chance at the upset. Goaltender Caitlyn Clem has been a huge presence for the Badgers all year long and this would be the perfect chance for her to come up big for Wisconsin in their biggest game of the season.This 2nd round game will happen on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina in a game that will decide each team’ postseason fate. It will be available to watch on the SEC Network. Tune in to watch the Badgers attempt to upset top-ranked South Carolina in a must-win match-up.last_img read more

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