WADA instructs cancellation of Greaves cycle race

first_imgThe much anticipated Alonzo Greaves birth anniversary 30-lap cycle race which was scheduled for the inner circuit of the National Park yesterday was called off,according to the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF).According to a GCF source, the reason for the cancellation is the fact that Greaves is still serving a one year ban in accordance to the Union of Cycling International (UCI) rules.Speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday, Greaves said he feels very depressed because the two previous events which were organized in his name,the local cyclists were very happy and enthusiastic to be a part of the activity.“I am not staging this event to make money, rather, I’m am putting money into the cyclist’s pockets as a reward for their hard work and dedication” Greaves stated, adding “I just want to give back to the sport and assist with the development of the sport local. It’s not that I want to party or anything like that for my birth anniversary.”Greaves said the suspension will end on November 1 and he will either stage the event just after or probably wait until next year.Once a cyclist has been served with a ban, that cyclist cannot in any way be associated with the sport until that ban is over.However, he/she can train in isolation but not alongside any cyclist/s.The much talked about event, carried in all the dailies over a three-week period,had attracted great support from the cycling fraternity and other persons right up to yesterday morning,just prior to the scheduled 11:00hrs startGuyana’s leading wheelmen,including defending champion Geron Williams, Raynauth Jeffrey, Raul Leal, Orville Hinds, Michael Anthony, Mark Harris, Jamal John, Andrew Hicks, Romello Crawford and Akeem Wilkinson,were among the attendees.Greaves was suspended for one year by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after he failed a doping test. He was one of 10 identified by the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) for random testing at the conclusion of the Tour of Guyana Five-Stage race in November 2015.The Disciplinary Panel noted that Greaves admitted to the charge, but stated that the infraction was not intentional. This is his first violation and he waived his right to have the “B” sample analyzed.It was decided that Greaves shall be disqualified in respect of the Tour of Guyana Five-Stage Cycle Race and any prize money and ranking points obtained therein shall be forfeited. The 12-month period of ineligibility started on November 1, 2015 and ends on November 1, 2016.During this period, Greaves would be barred from participating in any capacity in any event or activity or competition authorized, organized or sanctioned by the Guyana Olympic Association, and is ineligible to participate in any capacity in any national, regional or international sport activity for a period of 12 months.last_img read more

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Kansas City Chiefs rally to beat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl, franchise’s first championship in 50 years

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs rally to beat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl, franchise’s first championship in 50 years. February 2, 2020 Associated Press center_img Kansas City Chiefs rally to beat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl, franchise’s first championship in 50 yearslast_img

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Fox helps bring Syracuse into national spotlight

first_imgSyracuse has made a name for itself in the Atlantic Coast Conference under head coach Chris Fox. For the three-time Big East championship team — all three won under the coaching of Fox — this year’s success was expected. Fox has led both SU cross-country and track and field teams to record-breaking finishes since 2005.Fox began his running career as a student-athlete at Auburn University. While running at Auburn, Fox set several school records including the 5,000-meter run record of 13:34.14. Professionally, Fox ran for seven years as a member of the Nike-Athletics West team.Following his Nike career, Fox also competed nationally and at world levels with Brooks Sports for three years. After finishing his professional career, Fox began to pursue coaching for track and field and cross-country. He coached for North Carolina, George Washington and his alma mater before bringing his coaching talents to Syracuse.“You do what you know best and this is what I know best,” Fox said.Fox’s coaching days at Syracuse began in 2005 and have brought many great accomplishments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He wants to be successful and he has done a really good job at it by getting the most out of these kids,” said assistant coach Adam Smith.Fox’s willingness to strive for success has shown in the past seven seasons. In 2009, Fox brought the Orange men’s team, who were previously unranked, to a No. 11 national ranking. The Orange won its first Big East championship in school history later that season. Fast forward three years later and the Orange has won three out of four Big East championships and three consecutive NCAA regional championships. Fox led the women’s team to its first NCAA regional championship title in 2009 as well as its first NCAA championship title in 2008.After seven seasons in the Big East, transitioning into the ACC was no issue for Fox and the Orange. In this season, the men’s team has placed first overall in the conference championships as well as placing first this past weekend in the NCAA regionals. The team has become more and more successful during the years through Fox.“He really knows how to help us become really strong runners,” Brianna Nerud said, “not just in one year but over the course of our college career.” Comments Published on November 19, 2013 at 2:37 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Kylian Mbappe: From Bondy Babysit to World Cup Star

first_imgIn less than two years he has become a double Ligue 1 title winner and a regular for France and Paris St-Germain for whom he is expected to sign permanently this summer for 180m Euros.Mbappe spent his formative years developing his skills at AS Bondy in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. The club are experiencing a surge in popularity and are inundated with new members wanting to follow in the footsteps of Mbappe.‘Kylian was born into football’AS Bondy’s senior team play in the 10th tier of French football, in the “Excellence” division of the League of Paris ile-de-France but they have a very successful youth system. Players who have passed through their age groups include Sevilla’s Sebastien Corchia and DR Congo international Fabrice N’Sakala.Until only three months ago, Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, was one of the sporting directors at the club looking after the age groups from under-10s up to under-17s but he has had various roles over 25 years at AS Bondy.“You could say that Kylian was born here at this club. He was here as a baby when his father was a player and a coach. He was always here and learning about football, even as a toddler. “When we played games, just before kick-off you’d see a two-year-old walk in with a ball and he’d sit with us to listen to the team talks. I think he’s the player here who must have heard the record number of pre-match team talks,” said Atmane Airouche, President of AS Bondy.“He was born into football and sport. His father was a youth leader, working with children in the local area and then he was brought in to AS Bondy. He only left us three months ago but his imprint will be here forever. He gave 25 years of his life to us. And his mother is also a big influence. She was a very good professional handball player,” he added. Antonio Riccardi, U-13s coach at AS Bondy, said that “His father is like my second father so I knew Kylian as a baby but the first time I coached him was when he was six years old. Just a few months after he had started playing here for the debutants age group you could tell he was different.“Kylian could do much more than the other children. His dribbling was already fantastic and he was much faster than the others.”‘He had posters of Ronaldo on his wall’“Kylian would always think about football, always talk about football, always watch football and if he wasn’t doing that he’d be playing football games on the PlayStation.“He’d even turn his living room into a football pitch. When he was young I used to take Kylian home from training and I’d babysit until his mother got home from work.“He always wanted to play in the living room! The sofa or the table would be the goal. He’d say: ‘Don’t tell my mother, don’t tell my father because they don’t want me to play here. Please don’t tell.’ So we used to play and I kept that secret for him. Luckily he never broke anything,” Riccard said. “He was a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. They were the posters on his bedroom wall, but he was a fan of lots of great players. He didn’t follow a particular team but he was a fan of many top footballers. Ronaldo was definitely his childhood hero though,” he added.“He only thinks about football and that’s what makes the difference compared to others.“Other players think that once they’ve signed for a club or gone to Clairefontaine they’ve achieved something, that they’ve arrived. But no, the hard work is only just starting and Kylian knew that. He’d play anywhere.“If he came here now and fancied a game he’d just play even now he’s a pro. All he thinks about is the game,” Airouche noted.‘The others went out partying, he went to bed’Mbappe agreed to sign for Monaco at the age of 14. He is said to have turned down every other Ligue 1 side, plus Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.He made his first-team debut for Monaco on December 2, 2015 as a late substitute – in the process breaking former France striker Thierry Henry’s record to become Monaco’s youngest player at 16 years, 347 days.Mbappe was one of the stars of the Under-19 Euros in Germany in 2016, scoring five goals, including two in the semi-final. The top scorer at that tournament was Jean-Kevin Augustin, who has just left PSG to join German side RB Leipzig.“Kylian was always enthusiastic. You have to work hard when you have a talent like he does because if you don’t, others that are less talented but are working hard can catch up.“In Bondy there were no real moments of difficulty for him because he was far better than the others. But I know that in Monaco the first year was difficult for him because he had a coach that didn’t like him very much. Today that coach is no longer at Monaco and Kylian is in PSG and the national team. So it was the coach who was in the wrong,” Riccardi said.“We went to watch him at the under-19 final, which France won. We met him outside the stadium and we were shocked that he didn’t want to go partying with his team-mates. Instead he wanted to go straight home.“To him, he had achieved his goal to be European champion and was already thinking about his next goal: going back to Monaco, getting into their team, winning more titles.“I remember when Monaco became champions he was the only player on the pitch who didn’t have a mobile phone with him during the celebrations. All the others went out partying, he was the only one who went home to sleep. That’s what is so great about him.“Other professionals should learn from Kylian. You’ve never reached your goal. Work harder and harder every day,” Airouche said.‘He has the maturity of a 40-year-old’Mbappe often posts on social media about his family and is very close to his father, Wilfried, and mother, Fayza. He passed his high school exams in science and technology management, combining his studies with his football development.“He’s a little boy from Bondy who loves football and respects people. That’s what we give to our children here. He loves his town, he loves this club, he still talks about it to this day. He’s always behind us and when he gets the chance to see the little ones here he does it. That’s why lots of people like him because he is simply himself.“He is a young man who seems to have the maturity of a 40-year-old when he speaks. That’s his personality. Generous, respectful and when he comes here he’s always just a boy from Bondy and a boy from ASB,” Airouche said.“Kylian’s personality – when you see him speaking at 18 but sounding like he’s 30, talking with phenomenal maturity – is because of what his parents gave him. They’re people that always had their hands on their hearts, they helped a lot. Not just their children but the children here at the club, for them it was the same,” he added.“He’s the same now as he was back then. If he came here now he would say hello to all the young players here, he would give all the coaches a hug, he would take a ball and play with the others.“We still call and text each other and it’s the same easy-going conversations that we had when I was his babysitter. He will never change because his education is so good. Behind him he has his parents, who are fantastic people. He has a great family unit. He believes in family and he doesn’t want to let them down,” Riccardi said.  ‘Talent? Nobody has come close’“A move he used to do as a kid that he still does now in the ‘passement de jambes’ (the stepover). It was his trademark as a boy. From seven or eight years old he was doing that.“He was the best player I’ve ever seen in 15 years coaching here. Nobody has even come close. In Paris there are many talents but I’d never seen a talent like him. He was what we call a ‘craque’ (the best),” Riccardi said.“When he was little he was always the smallest but he had technique and vision in the game that most children just don’t have. That’s why when you see him now you notice he has amazing senses. He’s got eyes in the back of his head. He knows how to anticipate where the ball will go.“Here, he never played for his proper age group, he always played with older children because there was no point leaving him with kids his own age. He’d just get bored.“Physically that was tough because he was small, but he had the talent that made the difference. He was a phenomenon. Then suddenly, he grew up. I remember not seeing him for a while and then when we met up again he was suddenly as tall as me,” Airouche said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alot has happened in a short space of time for Kylian Mbappe.Aged 19, he is lighting up the World Cup for France, scoring twice in their 4-3 victory over Argentina in the last 16.It is the latest step in a remarkable rise for a player who was celebrating passing his French high school exams just three summers ago. last_img read more

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COVID Kickoff: Central Arkansas-Austin Peay begin the season

first_img LIVE TV First Published: 29th August, 2020 08:51 IST Associated Press Television News COMMENT When Central Arkansas and Austin Peay signed up to play in the first game of the college football season, little did they know how notable it would become.With a large cloud of uncertainty still looming over the sport, the teams will start the shortened season Saturday night in the Guardian FCS Kickoff Classic before a limited number of fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are the show in Week Zero and the game to really kick off football, not just college football but also professional football,” Central Arkansas coach Nathan Brown said. “Really the first live football game of the year is a big deal. We know it’s going to be a must-see game.“We’re representing football players and football coaches across the nation right now. So it’s a big deal and something that we’ve talked about and educated our student-athletes about.”It will be a chance to acclimate to the new reality for college sports in the pandemic. The NBA and Major League Baseball have played games without fans. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are among college conferences that have already opted out of playing this fall.And while the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12 are scheduled to play, that’s not a guarantee either.Saturday night’s game ordinarily wouldn’t cause much of a national ripple even though it does involve teams that made the FCS playoffs last season. But there is nothing ordinary about this season, or this game.ESPN will broadcast the contest but the announcers will be working remotely. There were only 2,000 tickets distributed to the schools and sponsors, about 9% of the 22,000-seat capacity at Cramton Bowl, down the road from Alabama’s Statehouse, officials said.Fans are required to wear masks entering the stadium or moving around, and practice social distancing at all times.Concession stands will sell only prepackaged items.One infectious disease expert said even with distancing in the stands, he’d worry about fans congregating at the entrances and exits more than about the players and coaches who are being tested regularly.“But my biggest concern is compliance with mask wearing,” said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor of infectious diseases and associate dean for Global Health at UAB. “I’ve seen plenty of venues where masks are required to get in and as soon as people walk through the turnstile or the door, the mask disappears or goes around the neck. Cheering and screaming as well as singing are some of the most egregious activities as far as putting the virus into the air around somebody.“And if somebody’s closer than six feet and a mask’s not being worn, even if it’s outside, there’s a pretty good chance of transmission.”Saag, who described himself as “a huge football fan,” said he wouldn’t go to a game as a fan. He also noted troubling images of some high school games around the state, where fans, many not wearing masks, packed the stands. Unlike high schools, colleges have the resources to test players and staff at least weekly.The Austin Peay and Central Arkansas teams were tested on Wednesday. Austin Peay interim head coach Marquase Lovings, who was elevated to the position in July, declined to disclose information on any COVID-19 positive tests on the team.Central Arkansas athletic director Brad Teague said the school has been testing weekly since early August.“There have been 3 positive results and those were not on the practice squad,” Teague said in an email. “We have lots of PPE and educate and remind daily of our procedures.”Central Arkansas isn’t heading back to Conway for a while after traveling to Montgomery on Friday. The team is heading straight to Birmingham after the game and remaining there through Thursday night’s matchup with UAB.The teams did travel to Alabama with a new focus on health beyond injuries.“Make sure nobody gets on the bus that’s sick,” Brown said. “Bottom line: that’s going to be the key to playing this football season and obviously keeping our players safe, but also keeping Austin Peay’s players safe and not spreading the virus. That’s really the big difference.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 08:51 IST COVID Kickoff: Central Arkansas-Austin Peay Begin The Season When Central Arkansas and Austin Peay signed up to play in the first game of the college football season, little did they know how notable it would become WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Epsom Downs confirms Unibet as betting partner of The Investec Derby

first_img StumbleUpon Ed NicholsonEuropean online bookmaker Unibet (Kindred Group), has been announced as the official betting partner of The Investec Derby Festival. The bookmaker forms a three-year (2017-2019) partnership between the bookmaker and Epsom Downs Racecourse.On the first weekend of June (Friday 2-Saturday 3) Epsom Downs Racecourse will welcome many thousands of racegoers to witness two days of top-class flat racing, attracting best-thoroughbred racehorses in Europe.The Investec Derby (Saturday 3 June), renowned as the greatest flat race in the world, this year boasts a record minimum total prize fund of £1.5 million. Unibet estimates that there will in excess of  £60 million wagered across the industry on this year’s Investec Derby, while the 2017’s renewal will see more people betting via their mobile phone than ever before.Ed Nicholson, Head of Racing Communications and Sponsorship at Kindred Group, said: “The Investec Derby remains the most prestigious flat race in the world. It is a British institution whose history and tradition resonates around the globe, and Unibet are honoured to be associated with such an iconic race as official betting partner.”Tony Langenegger, Sponsorship Manager for The Jockey Club’s London region, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Unibet as the new official betting partner for the Investec Derby Festival in this three-year deal. This year’s Investec Derby promises to deliver another great contest, with 129 horses currently entered for the £1.5m contest.” Related Articles Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

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Alpena’s 2nd Annual Tunnel To Towers 5k – 2017

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena hosted their 2nd Annual Tunnel To Towers 5k. This 2017 event commemorated the life of Stephen Siller, those who passed away on 9/11 and celebrates current service members.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 5K, alpena, Stephen Siller, Tunnel To TowersContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Theatre Hosting Anniversary Event this Weekend Find Out Details!Next Get Into Your Sanctuary: Diving In The Great Lakes Ep.3last_img read more

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Pele underwent hip surgery

first_imgA Brazilian hospital says Pele is undergoing physiotherapy following surgery on his right hip.Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said Wednesday that Pele remains in good condition and is already walking around his room.The hospital said the Brazilian soccer great underwent ”total arthroplasty,” a procedure aimed at restoring proper function to his hip. The surgery was performed Saturday.Pele, who turned 72 in October, is expected to leave the hospital this week.It isn’t clear if he will be able to attend the Confederations Cup draw on Dec. 1.Pele won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored nearly 1,300 career goals, most of them with Brazilian club Santos.last_img read more

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Mourinho receives mixed reception in final game as Real Madrid coach

first_imgJose Mourinho received a mixed reception from supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu as he took charge of his last Real Madrid game as head coach.The Special One saw his side defeat Osasuna 4-2 in an entertaining encounter to finish the Liga campaign in second place on 85 points from their 38 matches.In an eventful afternoon for Mourinho, the match had to be briefly halted due to commotion on the touchline just a minute in.Having initially delayed his entrance from the tunnel until right on kick-off, photographers crowded the Madrid boss in his technical area as stadium security staff and the fourth official struggled to force them away.Midway through the first half, the club’s ultras behind one of the goals broke out in a strong chant of the coach’s name, but were met by loud whistles from other areas of the stadium in attempts to drown them out.Michael Essien ran over to the dugout to share a moment of celebration with his manager after heading home the second goal of the match on 38 minutes. In the second half, pockets of the home support began another pro-Mourinho chant which was again met by whistles.The Portuguese coach spent most of the match in the dugout and showed little emotion after any of the goals were scored.When he did venture out into his technical area in the closing stages, the ultras unveiled two large banners reading “Mourinho, thanks for fighting through hell and high water” – which was again greeted with a mixture of applause and whistles.At full-time, Mourinho waved and acknowledged the vocal ultras behind the goal who had been offering their support and briskly made his way to the tunnel as the players remained on the pitch to acknowledge the fans’ attendance over the course of the campaign.last_img read more

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Mike Bolsinger gives Dodgers a much-needed lift in 3-1 win over Braves

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The bottom of the Dodgers’ lineup stepped up to push across three runs in the fifth inning against Braves starter Julio Teheran (6-5). Light-hitting third baseman Alberto Callaspo, lighter-hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins and All-Star center fielder Joc Pederson drove in the runs. For Rollins, it was his first hit since the All-Star break.With a Braves runner on first base and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on the mound, Callaspo also made a diving stab at third base to rob Nick Markakis of a possible extra-base hit in the ninth inning. Jansen collected his 17th save of the season.Bolsinger lowered his earned-run average to 2.79, which ranks behind only Greinke and Kershaw among the Dodgers’ starters. He did it without the benefit of a 90 mph fastball (Teheran was sitting in the mid-90s), though he commanded whatever he threw. Bolsinger threw 98 pitches Wednesday, 66 of them strikes. Eleven resulted in ground balls and seven were hit to Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick.Kendrick got dirty on occasion but generally stayed on his feet to record seven assists, two shy of his career high.“I thought Howie was incredible today,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He made a bunch of good plays at second base. One time, just getting the lead runner in an area where a lot of guys won’t make that throw. He was willing to do it.”The Dodgers began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The win prevented the Braves from sweeping the three-game series.Teheran, who was once a heralded prospect, demonstrated for the millionth time that the game is not won on the radar gun. Bolsinger, who was never a heralded prospect, made the Dodgers’ starting rotation seem less battered and beaten than it seemed a day ago. The former Diamondbacks castaway is still averaging less than six innings per start, but he showed he can dig down deep when needed.“It’s fun to always prove people wrong,” he said. “That’s what you go out there and do. You like to prove people wrong. It’s been fun. I’m just going to keep a smile on my face and have a good time.” Later on, recalling the trade that sent him from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Dodgers last November for cash, Bolsinger said he uses everything as motivation.“To me it doesn’t get in my head at all,” he said. “It more personally kind of bothers me when you read stuff, but it’s never something I let affect me on the field.”Egged on by the Braves, the usually mild-mannered pitcher was fired up when he left the mound in the seventh inning. He got the last word in, literally and figuratively, by allowing only one unearned run in seven innings. Bolsinger (5-3) had only pitched seven innings without allowing an earned run once before in 24 career starts.The Dodgers probably needed those seven innings more than Bolsinger needed the motivation. Short starts by Brett Anderson on Tuesday and Brandon Beachy on Monday forced the bullpen to throw 9 1/3 innings over two days.Now, with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke lined up to start the next two days against the Mets, the ‘pen can look forward to enjoying the benefits of rest.center_img ATLANTA >> For Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger, it doesn’t really matter who said it or even what they said. When someone in the Atlanta Braves’ dugout shouted something at him in the spirit of the moment Wednesday, Bolsinger had another ounce of motivation.What were they chirping about?“I guess I was throwing too many curveballs,” Bolsinger said after the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. “If you’re showing me you’re not hitting a pitch, why would I go to something else?”The shouting match took place in the seventh inning. It lasted long enough for a couple of umpires to get between the mound and the Atlanta dugout, but not long enough for Bolsinger to identify who was shouting. That’s what he said, at least.last_img read more

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