Jamaica senior netball team coach, Minneth Reynolds, said they selected the 12 best available players for the Netball World Cup, which ended in Sydney on Sunday.Jamaica went into the tournament confident of coming away with the top prize, but walked away empty-handed, finishing fourth.As a result, the Jill McIntosh-led coaching staff was heavily criticised not only for their performance, but for not taking the best players to represent the country.”This is certainly one of the best Jamaica teams we have taken to a championship. We had some very good games and some not-so-good games and that cost us not to medal,” Reynolds said.”We took 12 girls, and at any given time, any of those 12 girls could be out there. It’s what we had working with, and I think those 12 girls gave a good account of themselves,” she said.Some observers, including top local netball coach, Winston Nevers, believed some of the country’s best players were left behind. He also argued that the most reliable players were overworked.”Our selection is about people who want who they want and not the best person,” he told The Gleaner. “I personally would not blame Jill … she only had three months, we should have given her three years because Jill would go out in the areas and select the players that she wants.”In such a short period, she had to work with what she saw. The coaches that are there should have selected good players for Jill to work with,” he stressed.Absent playersHe noted that the absence of players Malaysia Kelly, Shamara Sterling and Shatel Slater was greatly felt, as the bench lacked depth.”Those people are more than six feet who can play in mid-court. They were all in the programme, so somebody needs to come and tell us why those players were left out.”We didn’t have a bench and they had to do a lot of work in the mid-court, so the mid-court was overworked. But we didn’t select the right persons and we are blaming Jill, and I think coaches are to be blamed.”Reynolds noted their disappointment.”We used all 12 girls in all of our games, but we had some tough games that we had to use our strongest team, so it’s not that some players were overplayed and some were underplayed,” she explained.”If we had won a medal at the championships, there would be no question about the 12 we took. We are disappointed that we did not get a medal, but we will not dwell on what we did not get, but what we learnt,” she noted.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua:The West Indies Cricket Board paid tribute yesterday to Steve Camacho, the former manager of the West Indies team and chief executive officer (CEO) of the WICB, who died on Friday night in Antigua.Camacho was 69 at the time of his passing.George Stephen Camacho was born on October 12, 1945 in British Guiana and played club cricket at the historic Georgetown Cricket Club. He went on to play 76 first-class matches as a right-handed top-order batsman, scoring 4,079 runs including seven centuries and 24 half centuries.In an 11-Test career between 1968 and 1971, Camacho scored 640 runs, and played in several outstanding West Indies teams alongside Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks and Rohan Kanhai.He became the 126th capped West Indies Test cricket when he debuted against England at Queen’s Park Oval in 1969. He also captained the West Indies President’s XI against touring teams.It was as an outstanding cricket administrator that he distinguished himself. After retirement as a player, he was manager of the West Indies team during the halcyon period of the 1980s. He also served as secretary of the then West Indies Cricket Board of Control and the first CEO of the WICB.President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron described Camacho as “a true stalwart, champion and leader of the game” in the West Indies.”I want to first extend my condolences to wife, Allison, family and friends of Steve Camacho. We, the members of the cricket family of the West Indies, have lost a great man, someone who would always stand up and give his best for West Indies cricket. He was a true stalwart and champion of the game in the Caribbean,” Cameron said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP):FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon said yesterday than he is facing a 19-year suspension by the ethics committee of the world football body for alleged ethics breaches surrounding South Korea’s failed bid for the 2022 World Cup and also for openly criticising the committee.The South Korean billionaire denied any wrongdoing and accused the committee of acting as a “hit man” of current FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who Chung says is attempting to damage his candidacy.”The true danger is that they won’t stop at sabotaging only my candidacy, but also destructing FIFA’s presidential election and FIFA itself,” the former FIFA vice-president said in a news conference in Seoul.Chung said the ethics committee is planning to hit him soon with a 15-year suspension for proposing, in letters to members of FIFA’s executive committee, a $777 million fund to finance football development projects around the world.Chung said his proposals were in line with FIFA’s rules. He said FIFA had already investigated the issue in 2010 and determined the matter as closed, but reopened the case after he declared his presidential candidacy in August.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Captain Jason Holder said he remained hopeful West Indies would survive their current rocky period and emerge a better side, after watching them crash to a 72-run defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.Chasing 244 for victory on the final day at the P Sara Oval, the visitors were dismissed for 171 in their second innings, after resuming on 20 for one.The defeat handed them a 0-2 loss in the series and extended their dismal record of never having won a Test on Sri Lankan soil in the 25-year history of bilateral series between the two teams.Holder, in his first series as Test captain, said the side was an inexperienced one and still developing, but, once they remained united, possessed the ability to turn their fortunes around.”It (series) is a good gauge to see where we are at. Again, we’re a very young side. This is probably the second or third series we’ve had with this bunch of guys and the guys are getting a feel for international cricket,” Holder told a post-match media conference.”It is important now that we just keep learning and learning as quickly as possible. It is not every day we’re going to be at the same stage in life. We need to keep progressing and looking for ways to get better.”In going forward, we just need to keep building, not giving up but keep fighting as a team. Sticking together is very, very important and we will get through this phase. I have full confidence in the guys to get through this stage and we will be better.”West Indies appeared on course to defy their poor record in Sri Lanka when Darren Bravo and opener Shai Hope guided them up to 80 for one at the first drinks break.However, Hope fell for 35 to the fifth delivery following the resumption and West Indies steadily declined to be all out half-hour before tea for 171.Bravo top-scored with 61, but he and Hope were the only two batsmen to pass 20.”At that stage (80 for one), we were pretty much in control then we lost wickets. Marlon (Samuels) came in under a little bit of pressure and couldn’t get out of the situation,” Holder explained.”We didn’t rebuild when he had to rebuild and Sri Lanka got on top of us with some very good bowling. They were applying some pressure on us and we gave into the pressure at that stage.”The Windies were undone by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who picked up four for 56 and off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with three for 25.Herath also proved the trump card for Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle with a 10-wicket haul and Holder said he had exposed deficiencies in the West Indies’ batsmen.”I wouldn’t say we have a difficulty facing spin. The nature of our wickets back home are not too far apart from the ones here in Sri Lanka,” he pointed out.”I just think our patience was lacking at certain parts of the innings and we probably didn’t trust our defence as long as we probably should’ve.”He added: “It is clear we need to work on our temperament. At times we have to be a lot more patient and know which phases of the game we have to hang in and which phases we can attack.”Sometimes we can look a little bit rash and sometimes we can look a little bit too defensive so we need to curb our aggression with defence and be a lot more selective.”SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st Innings 200WEST INDIES 1st Innings 163SRI LANKA 2nd Innings 206WEST INDIES 2nd Innings(overnight 20 for one)K Brathwaite lbw b Prasad 3S Hope st K Perera b Siriwardana 35D Bravo c Matthews b Herath 61M Samuels c Mathews b D Perera 6J Blackwood lbw b Siriwardana 4+D Ramdin c Mathews b Herath 10*J Holder lbw b Siriwardana 7K Roach lbw b Herath 13J Taylor c Siriwardana b Herath 1D Bishoo run out 0J Warrican not out 20Extras (b3, lb1, w1, nb6) 11TOTAL (all out, 65.5 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Brathwaite), 2-80 (Hope), 3-97 (Samuels), 4-102 (Blackwood), 5-124 (Ramdin), 6-125 (Bravo), 7-133 (Holder), 8-136 (Taylor), 9-138 (Bishoo), 10-171 (Roach)Bowling: Prasad 10-2-38-1 (w1, nb1), Pradeep 3-0-11-0 (nb1), Herath 19.5-3-56-4, D Perera 20-4-37-1, Siriwardana 13-1-25-3.Result: Sri Lanka won by 72 runs.Series: Sri Lanka won two-Test series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Milinda Siriwardana.Man-of-the-Series: Rangana Herath.Umpires: Simon Fry, Rod Tucker; TV – Marais Erasmus.
The promising claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey teamed up with 7-2 chance EDISON to win the highly competitive overnight allowance feature over 1300 metres from the fast-finishing SHINING LIGHT (9-2) at Caymanas Park yesterday.Harvey, who is a past student of Waterford High, had the Richard Azan-trained EDISON handily placed passing the half-mile as the 54-1 outsider BLACK THORN led the 13-horse field, ahead of the chasing RED FLAG (7-1). EDISON was soon sent in chase of BLACK THORN and went by on the outside entering the straight and held on grimly by a neck to thwart a late run from SHINING LIGHT under in-form Aaron Chatrie.Harvey, who was notching his 17th winner since graduating from the Jockeys’ School last September, said EDISON had a perfect trip.”He was well drawn on the outside of the field on a muddy track and was able to avoid traffic,” said the young rider.”When I improved into second three furlongs out, I knew he was ready to run, and in the end, held them at bay for the victory,” he added. A 7-y-o bay gelding by Outrigger-Perfect Ten, EDISON is owned by Elite Bloodstock Limited and bred by Dave Girod and Laurence Heffes.The 6-5 favourite COMMANDING CHIEF, seeking his first win since August 2014, could fare no better than fifth under leading jockey Dane Nelson, who said: “He was never that far off the pace, but took a lot of riding leaving the half-mile and really needed a longer trip and a more relaxed pace.”Trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ NuÒes saddled two winners on the afternoon in COME DANCE WITH ME and the lightly raced 3-y-o colt SOY EL SENOR, both obliging at 2-1.
tomorrowThe 2016 Clarendon Netball Association (CNA) season begins tomorrow at the Mineral Heights Sports Complex, with the start of the Jamalco Open League.As usual, the first day of competition will feature an opening rally of the 21 teams that have been registered. The opening ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m., will feature newly elected President of Netball Jamaica, Dr. Paula Daley-Morris, as guest speaker.Long-standing chief organiser, Winston Nevers told The Gleaner all is in place for asuccessful start.He said: “The people always look forward to the Jamalco League as you know that when Jamalco is involved the sponsorship is sure and things will be in place.”The competition is in its 17th year.Sporting Central, Jamalco head Venom on top in domino competition’s first roundVenom finished on top in the first round of the inaugural Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic five-team franchises cross the table domino competition, which took place at Classic home ground, Portmore Drive.Venom finished on 63 points, five clear of Warriors in second, followed by Destroyers 51, Legend 49 and Punisher, who ended on 11 points, but failed to make it to the second round. All teams played eight matches each.The second phase of the competition gets under way tomorrow and will see the four teams that advanced playing each other twice, in a round robin format.At the conclusion, the top two teams play each other in the first preliminary round match, with the winner going straight to the final, while the loser goes to the second preliminary round. The third and fourth place teams play each other to decide who will take on the loser from the first preliminary round match. The winner of the second preliminary round match will move on to the final, where the winner will be crowned kingpins of cross the table dominoes.The competition will see the biggest monetary payout ever offered locally, with the winning team walking away with $600,000 and the second place team $400,000, while the team finishing third will receive $200,000.Mandeville hosts Street Gun contestThe Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club will host the first leg of the Jamaica National Street Gun Championships tomorrow at its Lincoln range, near Spur Tree. Starting time is 10 a.m., although the range will be opened at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate practice.The Street Gun contest is a popular shooting competition as it is categorised as a ‘minor affair’, meaning the firearm required is the regular carry-on weapon by ordinary licensed firearm holders. No rigs are attached, hence all competitors, including the established professionals, compete with the same disadvantages.Additional excitement is also created by the nature of the stages. There will be eight requiring only 100 rounds. The stages will be created to resemble practical scenarios and will test the shooter’s skill and ability to respond quickly.The organisers have promised trophies for first and second positions in each division. Food and refreshments will also be free.Tight battle for Manchester Major League semisWith just one round to complete, it remains anybody’s bet the three other teams that will join Hillstars in the semi-finals of Manchester Football Association (MFA) Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League competition.Hillstars are the unassailable leaders from Group One with 35 points and also the overall leaders in the 12-team slate. They are two points clear of their nearest challenger in Group One, but maintaining the overall lead is significant as the MFA awards a tidy sum to the team which accumulates the most points at the completion of the preliminary rounds, which includes return legs in group play, as well as cross zone matches.In the overall standings, Hillstars hold a slim lead over Ricam Academy (33) and Alligator Pond (32). Downs (31) are out of that contest, but are still in the pecking for a semi-final spot.Ricam, Alligator Pond and Downs are in a tight race to claim two semi-final slots from Zone Two. All three are therefore faced with must win scenarios.Meanwhile, Mile Gully (23) and Georges Valley (21) have the best chance of joining Hillstars from Group One. Either team must also win their final match and hope the other loses.In the penultimate round of matches played earlier this week, Georges Valley scored goals in the fourth and fifth minutes to defeat Greenvale United 2-1, Hillstars outscored Mile Gully 3-1, while in the biggest surprise of the day, Alligator Pond beat Downs in their own backyard 3-1.Clarendon netball season begins quarter-final chargeFormer National Premier League campaigners, Sporting Central Academy, as well as defending champions Jamalco, headline the qualifiers for the quarter-finals of the Captain’s Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League.Sporting Central qualified unbeaten from Zone Three with 20 points from six wins and two draws. They lead two other qualifiers from this group, namely Moores and Original Hazard, which both finished on 11 points. The latter qualified as one of two best third-placed teams, since there were three zones with two automatic qualifiers.Jamalco topped Group Two ahead of New Bowens. The champions mined 22 points from six wins and a draw. They scored 20 goals and conceded just once.Zone I, which featured the closest of the preliminarybattles, is headed by Kemps Hill (15), York Town (13) and Comfort (12).Starz Academy gain Manchester Division One leadStarz Academy have taken over the lead of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One. Starz Academy leapfrogged Technical Strikers after shutting out Mandeville United 3-0 earlier this week. They now have 10 points, one more than Technical Strikers, who have played one game less.Los Perfectos, who are making a return to the Manchester league after an absence of 10 years, are in third position with eight points from four games. Their second win of the season came on Tuesday, after a 2-0 effort against 360 degrees Youth Football Academy.Fourth on goal difference are Plowden, who walloped Epping Forest 4-0. They lead five other teams who have mined four points. Fourth is narrowly held on goal difference by Trinity, who have four points. In fact, the latter leads a quartet of teams who have also mined four points.Black Star, St Bess FC lead semi-final charge in St ElizabethWith just two rounds to complete the preliminary phase of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League, defending champions Black Star sit pretty on top of the standings. In fact, their total of 43 points cannot be surpassed.Last Sunday, they celebrated their quarter-final berth with a 2-1 win over form team St Bess FC. On Wednesday, they added the scalp of Tafari Lions with a 1-0 win.Despite the loss to Black Star, St Bess FC (32) are still poised for a semi-final berth in their first year at Major League, after rebounding with a crucial 1-0 win over Holland Police Youth Club (28) who are also eager to make the semi-final cut.Other teams in the reckoning for semi-finals are Real Treasure Beach (26) and Appleton and Super Action. However, the latter two must win their remaining two games and hope for adverse results from the front-runners.Spit Fyah on topSpit Fyah domino team has carved out a four-point lead atop the standings of the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Portmore Domino League after the ninth round of matches last Sunday.Spit Fyah (33 points) won their eighth match of the season, as they outclassed third place Right Stuff (29) 300-274. Spit Fyah’s nearest rivals, Exceptional International, cut down Soursop Tree 300-281. Exceptional International lead Right Stuff with a better points average.In other games, Waterhouse United got past Highlight Strikers 300-289, eighth-placed Eradication humbled Ken’s Wildflower 300-280, Fort International blew away Chedwin Strikers 300-266, Spring Village scolded Correctional Services300-268, while Garveymeade whipped Felluchie Strikers 300-258.Games on tomorrow (Home teams named first): Masterpiece vs Ken’s Wildflower; Exceptional International vs Highlight Strikers, Passagefort United vs Garveymeade, Spring Village vs Soursop Tree, Right Stuff vs Naggo Head, Chedwin Strikers vs Correctional Services, Spit Fyah vs Memory Lane, Felluchie Strikers vs Eradication and Waterhouse United vs Fort International.Cumberland, Racing replay for KO crownThe final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition between Cumberland and Racing United was rained out at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex last Sunday. A new date for this match will be announced shortly by the organisers.In semi-final action recently, Cumberland defeated Cedar Grove 2-1, while Racing’s win over Braeton United was a no-contest as the Gregory Park-based club ran out 4-1 winners over Braeton, the side that took home the midseason crown.Church cricket begins March 19The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Twenty20 Church Cricket League commences on Saturday, March 19, with adouble-header at Bridgeport Sports ground.Defending champions Power of Faith International will start against their brother team Power of Faith Development at 10 a.m., while at 2 p.m., Faith Temple New Testament will oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly.The league will be staged on a round robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final.”There is also a new development this year as an over-50 match is being planned during the course of the competition,” said Mark Williamson, coordinator of the competition.The competition is used as a tool to bring fellowship among churches and to seek souls for the Kingdom of Heaven.
UNOFFICIAL TIME Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race to sweep the four major marathons for the fourth straight year. The 27-year-old American finished with an unofficial time of 1:47:43. She completed the Grand Slam by winning in London, Boston, Chicago and New York, extending her record streak to 17 straight wins in major marathons. McFadden, who won six medals at the Rio Paralympics, took the lead for good at the 15-mile mark and comfortably led the rest of the course to win for the fifth time in New York. Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second NYC Marathon title in the men’s race and his sixth marathon this year. He edged Australia’s Kurt Fearnley by sixth-tenths of a second, repeating their photo finish at last month’s Chicago marathon. Defending champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa came in fourth. NEW YORK (AP): Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the New York City (NYC) Marathon yesterday. Keitany became the first woman to win three straight titles since Grete Waltz won five straight from 1982 to 1986. She pulled away around the 15th mile and finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds – one second behind her time last year. Ghebreslassie finished his debut in New York with a time of 2:7:51. For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebreslassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich, and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By mile 20, Ghebreslassie began gradually pulling away. The 20-year-old beat Rotich by 62 seconds to become the youngest male winner in New York. The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, both won as 22-year-olds. Defending champion Stanley Biwott of Kenya withdrew at the 10-mile mark with a right calf injury. He also dropped out in the Rio Olympics after getting sick. American Abdi Abdirahman placed third. Desisa, who was the runner-up in New York in 2014 and a two-time Boston Marathon winner, dropped out at the 22nd mile.
“Nicholas is one of the best boxers in the world, and if he applies himself the right way, he can be back to the top in less than a year,” he stated. “I can get him back there, if he is willing to listen to me,” he ended. The Gleaner then spoke with Walters, and he conceded that he had not prepared properly for the fight. A lot of time, he stated, was spent making sure that his weight was right. In hindsight, he said, there were a lot of things that he would have done differently. Asked directly if he would renew his partnership with Deschamps, Walters said that it is something to which he would give very serious consideration. “Mr Deschamps has been very good to me and I owe him a lot. I really do not have any problem with him. We have some differences but we can talk.” He added that he is taking some downtime, during which he would make an assessment of his situation. “Next year is an important one, and I want to have at least three fights. I have a lot of important decisions to make and I will make them early in the new year,” he ended. “Nicholas was not prepared for his fight against Lomachenko, physically, mentally or technically” was the view of his estranged manager, Jacques Deschamps, when The Gleaner asked him yesterday, why Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters, had given such a poor performance last Saturday, November 26, in his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super featherweight title fight against Ukranian, Vasyl Lomachenko, at the Hotel Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After being completely outclassed by Lomachenko for seven rounds, Walters did not come out for the eighth round, thereby suffering his first defeat in 28 fights, His record is now 26-1-1, while Lomachenko’s is 7-1, and he is a title holder. Deschamps is the man who took Walters under his wings in 2008 as an amateur, and relocated him at his expense from Jamaica to Panama, to be guided by ace trainer of champions, Celso Chavez. Walters turned professional on August 2, 2008, became the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin featherweight champion on December 18, 2009 and WBA featherweight champion on December 8, 2012, a phenomenal achievement. After three spectacular title defences, with victories against Alberto Gaza, Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, he was declared to be a Super champion by the World Boxing Association. The champion’s problems with Deschamps started with his fight against Donaire. Deschamps wanted to make that match, because of the aura surrounding Donaire, a former champion, who was highly regarded at the time, and was being highly sought after. Deschamps calculated that a victory by Walters over Donaire would boost his bargaining power and he agreed to the fight at a purse that was then below market. Walters was unhappy with this, however. Deschamps’ calculation proved to be correct, because Walters defeated Donaire by technical knockout (TKO) in round six, and the WBA were so impressed, that they named him a Super champion after that victory. A rift had developed, however, between Walters and Deschamps. The next opponent for Walters was Miguel Marriaga and negotiations were started by Deschamps. At a very critical point in these negotiations, Walters decided that he wanted to do them himself, and told the Bob Arum/Top Rank team that they should now talk to him and not Deschamps. At the end of those negotiations, Walters is said to have eventually settled for less than Deschamps had already negotiated. ONE OF THE BEST MILLION DOLLAR PAYDAY The biggest blow came at the weigh-in, however, when Walters was overweight, and lost his title on the scales. He went on to win the fight, but he had already lost his title, and with it any bargaining power that he had. It has been all down hill since then. Arum offered Walters the opportunity to fight Lomachenko and a US$550,000 purse, but Walters demanded a million dollar payday instead. That demand was rejected and Lomachenko went on to fight for the WBO Super Featherweight title on June 11 this year, and knocked out the champion Roman Fernandez in five rounds. He was now “King of the Hill”, with two titles. He eventually elected to keep the Super featherweight title, since he could only keep one. Walters was again given the opportunity to fight Lomachenko for his new title, but for less money, and not having fought for a long time, Walters accepted. The rest is history, and the question now is where does he go from here. Deschamps told The Gleaner that everything went wrong for Walters in the fight. “For a fighter like Lomachenko,” he said, “you have to be well prepared.” Walters he stated, should have had at least a two-month training camp, at which attention should have been paid to “conditioning, technical ability and mental toughness.” “Apart from the physical aspects, Lomachenko’s style had to be taken into consideration and sparring partners should have been engaged to do what he was likely to do on fight night. I am sure that this was not done.” He conceded that the lay-off of nearly one year, was bad for Walters, but was of the opinion that things could have been done to lessen the impact. He feels, however, that with just one loss in a stellar career, Walters can bounce back, and said that he is willing to help him to get back to the top.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome reached the first time check after 10.2km in second place, two seconds behind team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, with Bodnar third at 6sec.By then it was already clear there would be no grandstand finish as Uran was 23sec down on Froome having begun with a 29sec deficit, while Bardet had given up 44sec to the British leader.CrisisBy the second time check, Colombian Uran was starting to gain back a bit of time and looked certain to take second overall.But Bardet was in crisis, already 1min 17sec off Kwiatkowski, who still had the best time at the second check, although only fractions of a second ahead of Spanish veteran Alberto Contador, after 15.6km and the climb up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, with Froome fourth at 3sec.Spaniard Landa, who had started the day 1:13 behind Bardet, was now starting to threaten the Frenchman’s podium hopes.At the finish, Uran almost came a cropper, hitting the side boardings on a tight bend in a technical run-in to the Velodrome.It cost him a few seconds but disaster was averted as he stayed upright to finish 31 seconds behind four-time Polish time-trial champion Bodnar, whose strong final section took him a second ahead of Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road race champion.“Coming second in this race is the most important result in my career,” said Uran, 30, who has also twice finished runner-up at the Giro d’Italia.Landa had finished 51sec back and as Bardet came into the stadium, fans were counting down the seconds to see if he would hang on to third place, while the looming yellow-clad figure of Froome lurked in his rear-view mirrors. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer LATEST STORIES “It’s incredible, the atmosphere here in Marseille, it’s massive being here in the stadium,” said Froome, 32, who will nonetheless finish without a stage win this year.“It’s the Tour de France, you can’t always win everything,” said the Sky team leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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After the stage when I went alone I was thinking, ‘I have to do something nice again’.“Today I got more luck than the other stage, I’m really happy about this.”In what has been the closest Tour battle in years, the top three riders started the day separated by less than 30 seconds, building hope for a grandstand finale in the steamy southern port city ahead of Sunday’s procession into Paris.But any such romantic notions of Frenchman Bardet overturning his 23sec deficit to Froome had disappeared long before the end of Saturday’s 22.5km race against the clock, which began and ended in Marseille’s iconic Velodrome football stadium.Bardet started the day second overall but only narrowly escaped the double humiliation of being pushed off the podium by Landa and overtaken by a charging Froome, who started his time-trial two minutes after the Frenchman.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Great Britain’s Christopher Froome wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey competes in a 22,5 km individual time-trial, the twentieth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22, 2017 in and around Marseille, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISChris Froome all but secured a fourth Tour de France title by finishing third in Saturday’s 20th stage time-trial in Marseille as Maciej Bodnar took the stage victory.Rigoberto Uran moved into second overall at 54 seconds, set to be the tightest winning margin of Froome’s four Tour successes, while Romain Bardet held on for third by just one second ahead of Mikel Landa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Bardet finished 2:02 behind Bodnar to hold onto third by a single second while Froome crossed the line moments later, to claim third place on the stage and secure a fourth Tour title.“I’m at my limit, I’m tired, I gave everything,” said the 26-year-old.“I’m delighted to have given it everything and there’s a little bit of success in having saved a podium place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments
Archers book Final 4 berth; Amid calls for coach’s head, UST drops 11th straight game “They are really tough to beat, they play hard every game,” Black said of the Kings, who trailed by 20 at one point in the first half before crawling to within four in the stretch. “We had to fight every second (of the game) to beat them.”Reynel Hugnatan came through with 24 points and the veteran forward’s six triples loosened Ginebra’s interior defense.“We just have to do it one more time,” Black added. “It comes down to one game for our entire season and I am just happy that my players responded (in this game).”Durham, the reigning two-time Best Import, took on Ginebra’s twin towers practically by himself, finishing with 28 hard-earned points that went with 19 rebounds as he became an unsolvable puzzle for the Ginebra defense.“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said. “We struggled with our shooting. We can’t spend time feeling bad about this game. We have to go to a Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “They dominated us all game long,” Cone went on as Meralco topped the statistical departments that mattered, including assists (24-16), rebounds (51-41), and steals, (8-1).“Game 7 is an animal all by itself. It’s a 50-50 game that’s why you don’t want to play a Game 7,” he said. “But it’s the best two words in sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BOCAUE—A series this beautiful deserves a Game 7 for an ending.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Meralco took its PBA Governors’ Cup title playoffs with Barangay Ginebra to the distance before a boisterous, animated crowd of almost 54,000 on Wednesday night as the Bolts took the best that Gin Kings could offer before pulling out a 98-91 victory at Philippine Arena here.“This is where you want to be, what we have been thinking of the entire conference,” Meralco coach Norman Black said after his Bolts played with sustained brilliance in a no-tomorrow game to have some sort of a psychological advantage going into Friday’s decider.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We just want to get it done (in Game 7),” he went on. “One team is going to get it done, that’s for sure, and we just hope that it’s us who does that.”The Bolts answered the opening tip with all guns locked and loaded. Garvo Lanete got them going from afar with Allen Durham controlling the lanes with impunity as Meralco erected commanding leads early before holding off the crowd-darlings whose calling card has been come-from-behind wins.