Inter flying high in Italy

first_imgMILAN (AP):Inter Milan moved provisionally clear at the top of the Serie A table with a 1-0 win at Torino yesterday, while Roma kept up the pressure with a 2-0 victory over Lazio in the capital derby.Napoli remained two points behind Inter after Gonzalo Higuain scored his ninth league goal of the season to help them beat Udinese 1-0.Geoffrey Kondogbia scored his first Serie A goal to leave Inter one point clear of Roma and three ahead of Fiorentina, which was scheduled to play Sampdoria later. Key saves by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic were also decisive in preserving his side’s lead.”These are three fundamental points because we get to the international break at the top,” Handanovic said. “At the end we were clinical and we got what we deserved. … We have to be humble, things might not go well all the time. Only a third of the season has gone, it would be pointless to think of the title now.”There was a controversial penalty for Roma’s opener, while both teams hit the woodwork in an entertaining match. But unusually few spectators watched the match amid a boycott to protest new security measures.Elsewhere, Juventus came back from a goal down to win 3-1 at Empoli and move above Lazio on goal difference, with the capital side having lost four of their past five matches.High-flying Sassuolo beat relegation-threatened Carpi 1-0, while Genoa rescued a 2-2 draw at fellow struggler Frosinone despite playing more than 50 minutes with 10 men after Sebastian De Maio was sent off for two bookings. Palermo beat Chievo Verona 1-0.Inter were top of the table and hadn’t lost at Torino in 21 years but was almost behind 30 minutes in when Marco Benassi’s strike from distance crashed off the crossbar.The visitors took the lead moments later when Rodrigo Palacio nodded on Yuto Nagatomo’s free kick for Kondogbia to volley in at the back post.Inter, which had two shots on target all match, held out for a third successive 1-0 victory. The last time Inter won by more than one goal was April 11 — a 3-0 win at Hellas Verona.Juventus, which needed a last-gasp goal to win last week’s derby, was still struggling to find form and found themselves behind in the 19th minute when Massimo Maccarone drove into the bottom left corner against the run of play.However, they turned the match around shortly after with two goals in six minutes from Mario Mandzukic and Patrice Evra.Substitute Paulo Dybala sealed the match six minutes from time.last_img read more

Bank on General Togo

first_imgHOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The island’s only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson’s 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice’s claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.UPTHEPACEGENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3×47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.Lawrence Freemantle’s AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year’s Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.FRANCIA’S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS(3) GENERAL TOGO(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY(5) BIGDADDYKOOL(6) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/PINELOPE(7) NEVER GIVE UPlast_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 SWANSEA CITY 2 GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: GRADEL 37th; KING 50th; COOK 78th. SWANSEA: BARROW 39th; SIGURDSSON 62nd.Bournemouth claimed valuable points with a third successive league win against Swansea. Max Gradel put the home side ahead. Modou Barrow replied for the Swans, before Joshua King restored Bournemouth’s lead, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to level. But Steve Cook headed in late on to clinch the win for the Cherries.NORWICH CITY 0 MANCHESTER CITY 0Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a huge setback as they drew at struggling Norwich and are now nine points behind leaders Leicester, who play tonight. Norwich came closest to a goal when a 25-yard Patrick Bamford shot hit the crossbar. The home side might even have stolen a late winner, but Graham Dorrans put a shot wide when well placed.STOKE CITY 1 SOUTHAMPTON 2 GOALS:- STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 52nd. SOUTHAMPTON: PELLE 11th, 30th.Graziano Pelle scored twice to send Southampton up to seventh place in the Barclays Premier League. Pelle, who had not scored in his previous 12 league games, struck twice in the first half with a header and a low shot. Stoke replied in the second half when Marko Arnautovic flicked in from close range. The Saints finished with 10 men when Sadio Mane wasdismissed for an elbow late on.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | A ‘hairy’ situation

first_img Word is that when the girls do the swimming drills, their expensive hairstyles get severely compromised, often to the degree of thousands of dollars. The story continues that most of the girls have to go about their normal lives as office workers and university students with their hair in a mess. Human beings are naturally resistant to change, even when change could ultimately be beneficial to the individual and wider good. I posit the example of the Reggae Boyz’ former Brazilian football coach RenÈ Simies, who upon his first arrival in Jamaica in 1994, sought to change every minute detail of how Jamaicans thought about football, how we govern the game, and how we played the game. At the time, Simies had several detractors, squabbles, spats and even confrontations with members of the football family, including some of his star players. The feisty little Brazilian was called everything ranging from a “madman” to a “cab driver”. Within three years, Simoes’s status shifted from villain to Jamaica’s favourite honorary son, as he historically guided the Reggae Boyz to the promised land of the World Cup Finals in 1998. There are absolutely no guarantees or even indicators to suggest that coach Allison-McCracken will commensurately replicate Simoes’ football success, in netball, but she has started out with the right attitude, which is obviously ruffling some HAIR. RESISTANT TO CHANGE The recent decision by new Sunshine Girls head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken to boot three members of the national senior team continues to cause a stir across the local netball and general sports fraternity. Opinions are predictably split between those in support of the actions of the new coach and those in support for the now suspended players. However, it is a no-brainer for me. The coach is the person in ultimate control and with full responsibility for matters relating to training methods, tactics, and team selection. It is completely the prerogative of the coach to fairly and appropriately discipline members of the team she is charged with preparing. The three ladies involved in this latest saga, Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Nicole Dixon, were to varying degrees guilty of open defiance of the coach’s instructions, an offence that is reasonably punishable by suspension at this level of sport. The point of no return is nay whenever sports stars begin to see themselves as indispensable. Certainly, a new coach with as challenging a mandate for change as Mrs Allison-McCracken has, must act fairly and decisively to set the tone for the journey down the path of change. One could empathise with the suspended players if it could be reasonably deemed that the new training measures and exercises being introduced were foreign, extreme or draconian. Incredibly, the epicentre of this controversy seems to revolve around the desire of the national coach for senior team representatives to spend more time in the swimming pool. There is now of course, talk about the WAY the coach talks to the players, and suggestions that she is a dictator with a touch of sophisticated arrogance. There is even talk of a possible “swimming phobia” sweeping through the national netball squad. The rhetoric goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with the revelation that the real problem is that the majority of the sunshine girls are against the frequent pool exercises because they do not want to get their hair wet.last_img read more

Odom opens up about brush with death

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Solid debut for KaTropa View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES He recalled his shock upon waking in the hospital, having collapsed at the Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas.“At some point, the main doctor came in and told me what had happened,” Odom wrote. “He said, ‘Mr. Odom, you’ve been in a coma for the last four days. Do you understand?’ I couldn’t talk. So I just nodded. He said, ‘It’s a miracle that you’re here. We didn’t think you were going to make it.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Odom was a two-time NBA champion who gained wider fame as the star of a reality television series with wife Khloe Kardashian. —AFP Lamar Odom. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Former NBA star Lamar Odom opened up on the Players’ Tribune on Thursday about the roller-coaster of cocaine addiction that left him comatose and close to death after a Nevada brothel binge in 2015.Although he’s sober now, Odom wrote on the website that it’s “an everyday struggle.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Lindor’s 33rd homer leads Indians over Mariners

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It’s cool. Something that’ll be there for a long time,” Lindor said, “but I’m just focusing on trying to win. When you focus on winning, those things happen.”Carlos Carrasco (17-6) matched teammate Cory Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the most wins in the AL, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Yan Gomes homered twice and had four RBIs, and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCleveland, which set the AL record with a 22-game winning streak this month, matched the 1884 Providence Grays for the best big league record over a 30-game span at 28-2. The Indians (97-58) lead Houston (95-59) for AL home-field advantage in the playoffs.Lindor, a 23-year-old shortstop, homered on the eighth pitch from Andrew Moore (1-5) and surpassed the 32 home runs hit by second baseman Joe Gordon in 1948, the last year Cleveland won the World Series. Marc Buoniconti: It’s time to ban youth football Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Indians: INF Yandy Diaz has missed three games since spraining the middle finger in his right hand against the Los Angeles Angels.UP NEXTKluber enters Sunday 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five games and has not allowed a run in 22 innings. He is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts against Seattle. RHP Mike Leake (3-0 for Seattle and 10-2 overall, is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six starts against the Indians.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Cleveland Indians center fielder Greg Allen climbs the wall as fans cheer and look up for a home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE — Now that he’s set a Cleveland record for home runs by a middle infielder, Francisco Lindor would rather remember 2017 for a far bigger accomplishment.Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners, 11-4,  Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Lindor began the year without power expectations.“I envisioned myself driving the ball,” he said. “Going 30 times, 33, 34 or 20 times, doesn’t matter to me, as long as I’m helping my team win.”He has 18 home runs in 55 games hitting leadoff and 15 in 93 times in the No. 2 hole.“I like leading off,” Lindor said. “I get to see what the pitcher is going to bring that day. I like getting things going.”Seattle, which won 3-1 Friday, committed five errors and lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Mariners fell six games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with seven games left.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody “I’m disappointed. … We just didn’t respond today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It was about catching the baseball and doing things right fundamentally. We haven’t done that. We’ve struggled with that. That’s one area we need to address here as we go forward.”Nelson Cruz hit his 37th home run for Seattle, his fourth in four games. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the hand by a thrown ball in the ninth and was removed. X-rays were negative.Cleveland right fielder Jay Bruce also exited the game early because of a nagging heel injury. He is expected to be a designated hitter in Sunday’s series finale.PLAYOFF POSITIONINGCleveland manager Terry Francona is focused on both home-field advantage and preparing the AL Central champions for the Division Series.“We’re trying put a lineup out there to win every day, but we also need to keep our house in order.”Francona has moved starter Mike Clevinger to the bullpen.“We kind of think he could be a weapon out there,” the manager said.Jason Kipnis is making the transition from the infield to the outfield. Reliever Andrew Miller, coming back from a DL stint, is to pitch in consecutive games next week.TRAINER’S ROOM Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosion

first_imgDAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Manganti in the right place at right time to save the Falcons Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pasaol’s career game, the most in 15 years after now National University head coach Jeff Napa scored 43 in 2002, wasn’t enough for UE as La Salle big men Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter also produced career-highs.Mbala broke his personal record for the third time this season finishing with 39 points to go along 15 rebounds while Tratter put up 24 points with 10 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLa Salle, however, didn’t cruise to the victory as UE outscored the defending champion 25-6 in the final four minutes.“For the first 36 minutes of the game, we played really good except for the last four minutes,” said assistant coach Miggy Solitaria. “I think there was the factor that we were up by 25 and the team kind of relaxed after that. Fortunately we got the win.” Mark Olayon was able to cut the deficit to seven, 104-97, after driving the lane for the layup at the 37-second mark.Tratter responded with a tip-in with around 13 seconds left in the game to stop UE’s comeback and give La Salle a 106-98 lead.Philip Manalang ad Olayon also finished in double digits for UE with 14 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle extended University of the East’s misery in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament with a 106-100 win Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers improved to 5-1 to stay at the second seed as they overcame Alvin Pasaol’s 49-point showing for the Red Warriors, who dropped to 0-6 and tied University of Santo Tomas at the bottom.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Shots in the dark: Warriors work in Miami with lights out

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The power didn’t fail: The Warriors’ sound system kept working, blaring Miami-centric tunes like Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” and Trick Daddy’s “Take It To Da House.”“You need your eyes to be able to get a sense of perception,” Curry said. “But you don’t necessarily need to see the rim in HD, full, spotlight-type situation to knock it down.”A couple of players were done by the time the lights went out, including Kevin Durant.“Luckily, the lights cut off right after I got done, so I was good,” Durant said. “But I’ve shot in the dark plenty of times before.”The start of a Heat-Pacers game at Miami in 2016 was delayed 27 minutes because the lights were not working.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eagles on top Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It wasn’t immediately known why the lights went out Sunday, and the Warriors didn’t seem to think anything peculiar or some sort of gamesmanship was happening. Heat players went through their shootaround earlier Sunday in the upstairs practice facility, not on the game floor that visiting teams typically use on game days in Miami.They didn’t know the Warriors were working out in the dark until afterward.“The way they shoot, I don’t think it matters,” Heat veteran Udonis Haslem said. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The last 15 minutes or so of the Warriors’ game-day shootaround practice in Miami on Sunday went on despite all the lights in the arena’s bowl being out. Some of the lights on the concourse were visible, but the floor was dark.Undeterred, the Warriors kept shooting. And because they’re the Warriors, they made plenty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“That is a first,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “Nice little, I guess, test of muscle memory. You can somewhat see the rim, know where you are on the floor, but it’s kind of a different experience because you don’t get it every day. So that’s pretty cool.”The lights went out toward the end of the session, when coach Steve Kerr was addressing reporters and the Warriors were doing shooting drills mainly from the 3-point line. Some of the Warriors yelled in mock anger. There was at least one stretch where a group on one end of the court made eight 3-pointers in a row despite the challenged visibility. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2015.  APMIAMI, United States — Golden State really can shoot the lights out.Or at least with the lights out.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Froome found to have double the legal limit of asthma drug

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 SMB, Ginebra, TNT emerge as favorites for PBA PH Cup title “Analysis indicated the presence of salbutamol at a concentration of 2,000 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), compared with the WADA threshold of 1,000 ng/ml,” Team Sky said .Team Sky said it has been informed by the International Cycling Union that the urine test was taken on Sept. 7, during the three-week Spanish Vuelta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseFroome said the UCI has asked him to provide information about the failed test, which was taken after Stage 18.Froome’s use of asthma medication has been well documented, and the Kenyan-born rider has often been spotted using inhalers in the peloton. He has repeatedly faced questions on whether he is a clean rider, especially during the Tour de France, and has always denied wrongdoing. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Britain’s Chris Froome smiles after winning the Spanish Vuelta cycling race, in Madrid. Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has been required by cycling’s governing body to provide information after he returned an abnormal doping test for an asthma drug at the Vuelta. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)PARIS — Chris Froome failed a doping test during the Spanish Vuelta in September and is facing suspension from the sport ahead of his attempt to win a record-equaling fifth Tour de France title next year.Froome won his fourth Tour title this year and followed it with a victory at the Vuelta. But Team Sky said Wednesday that Froome, who has not been suspended, had a concentration of asthma drug salbutamol two times higher than the World Anti-Doping Agency’s permitted levels.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Salbutamol is a drug that helps expand lung capacity and can be used as a performance-enhancing drug to increase endurance. Commonly marketed as Ventolin, salbutamol is classified as a beta-2 agonist and WADA allows it to be taken through inhalation only, in limited amounts.Sky said Froome had to take an increased dosage of salbutamol without exceeding the permissible dose after he “experienced acute asthma symptoms” during the final week of the Vuelta.If found guilty of doping, the 32-year-old Froome could lose his Vuelta title and be suspended for a long period. Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi was suspended for one year for testing positive for salbutamol during the 2007 Giro d’Italia.Vuelta organizers said they will not comment until they receive official notification about the case.Froome was expected to attempt to join cycling greats Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain on the list of five-time Tour de France champions in July. Lance Armstrong won seven titles, but all of them were stripped because of doping.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Team Sky has been dominating the field at the Tour de France in recent years, but has been targeted by doping accusations. Britain’s anti-doping agency last month closed an investigation into the team without bringing charges. The case centered on the contents of a medical package dispatched to former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins at a key pre-Tour race in 2011.Team Sky was established in 2009 by Dave Brailsford, the man behind Britain’s 14 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the target of producing the country’s first Tour champion — a feat accomplished by Wiggins in 2012. Froome, his former teammate, has taken over since as Britain’s most successful road rider.After successfully defending his Tour de France title in July, Froome went on to win the Spanish Vuelta for the first time.“My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my Salbutamol dosage,” Froome said. “As always, I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose. I take my leadership position in my sport very seriously. The UCI is absolutely right to examine test results and, together with the team, I will provide whatever information it requires.”The UCI said in a statement that Froome’s “B” sample confirmed the result, but stressed that “the presence of a specified substance such as salbutamol in a sample does not result in the imposition of such mandatory provisional suspension against the rider.”Sky stressed the abnormal result does not mean Froome has breached anti-doping rules and Brailsford insisted he has the “utmost confidence that Chris followed the medical guidance in managing his asthma symptoms, staying within the permissible dose for Salbutamol.”Froome said last month that he wants to ride in next year’s Giro d’Italia in an attempt to win his third Grand Tour in a row. A victory at the Italian race would make him the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours, and only the third to hold the three titles at the same time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Warriors beat Bulls for 14th straight road win

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Golden State moved into a tie for the third-longest road winning streak in a season in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the record with 16 straight road wins during the 1971-72 season.Next up for the NBA-leading Warriors (37-9) is a prime-time showdown with Houston on Saturday in the finale of a five-game trip.“It’s going to be a very tough game Saturday, probably the toughest of the trip,” Thompson said, “and if we could go undefeated on this road trip that would be incredible.”Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points for Chicago, which dropped to 14-8 since its 3-20 start. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and Kris Dunn also had 16.“We played three quarters of really good basketball, but you take one off against a team like this, you’re not going to win,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 14th straight road win.“It was an old-school Splash Brother game,” coach Steve Kerr said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe “Splash Brothers” nickname for Thompson and Curry has faded in prominence since Durant joined the duo before last season, but the sharpshooting guards can still put on a show. Thompson was 7 for 13 from 3-point range and Curry was 6 for 11 from behind the arc; no other player made a 3 for the Warriors.“When they got it going like that, you just play your role and know your place, man,” Durant said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba (11) steals the ball from Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) as Lauri Markkanen also defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The Warriors won 119-112. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is content with a supporting role.Such is life for the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Rain or Shine reduces Phoenix to ashes OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Warriors played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala due to injuries, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to his feet. He tried to put pressure on his leg and grimaced before he opted for a wheelchair ride off the court.The 23-year-old Bell was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draft and then dealt to the Warriors for financial considerations. X-rays were negative, but he was using crutches and a walking boot after the win and will have an MRI on Thursday.“It was definitely way worse than a normal sprain,” Bell said. “Like I said, I thought I broke it.”Thompson and Curry led the way as Golden State outscored Chicago 32-12 in the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 9:23 left in the period, sparking a 19-0 run for the Warriors.The Bulls made a late charge, closing to 112-107 on Dunn’s fast-break dunk with 2:55 left. Dunn landed awkwardly on the play and his face slammed into the floor. He was being evaluated for a possible concussion after the loss.The NBA champion Warriors responded with Thompson’s driving layup and a three-point play for Durant. Thompson also made two foul shots with 17.4 seconds left to help Golden State secure the win.LaVINE’S NIGHTBulls guard Zach LaVine had five points on 2-for-12 shooting in his third game of the season after recovering from left knee surgery. He has been on a minutes restriction, but the plan is to re-evaluate the situation at this point for possible extended action.“We’ll get together with the medical staff tomorrow and we’ll map out a plan moving forward for the next week,” Hoiberg said. “He feels great and I think had a great first three games for us.”TIP-INSWarriors: Green is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. … F Omri Casspi played for the first time in a week after being sidelined by lower back soreness. Casspi was available for Golden State’s win at Cleveland, but Kerr held him out. “I wasn’t comfortable playing him yet, because he hadn’t really played enough with that bad back,” Kerr said. “I’m a little sensitive to bad backs. I wanted him to get a good workout (on Tuesday).”Bulls: Hoiberg had lunch with Kerr after he got the job with Chicago. “I think the world of Steve,” said Hoiberg, who is in his third season with the Bulls. “He’s been great to me since I’ve been in the league.” … The Bulls lost 143-94 at Golden State in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 24.UP NEXT Warriors: Split their first two games this season against the Rockets, losing 122-121 at home on Oct. 17 and winning 124-114 at Houston on Jan. 4.Bulls: Open a three-game trip Saturday at Atlanta. They also visit New Orleans and Philadelphia next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more