10 July 2008The face of professional road cycling in South Africa is set to change dramatically. This follows an announcement that the World’s View Challenge has been invited to be part of the International Cycling Union’s (UCI’s) ProTour from 2010.The World’s View Challenge is only the second event outside of Europe to be considered for the ProTour. It is currently staged at at Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) UCI 1.1 level in Pietermaritzburg, but with its enhanced status, the event will see the best pro cycling teams in the world competing in South Africa for the first time.Stated in other terms, those teams people love watching in the Tour de France will be the teams that are expected to take part in the race.Inaugural raceThe inaugural World’s View Challenge, which is owned and managed by Treble Entertainment, was made up of five one-day races staged in February this year.ProTour teams, Liquigas and Milram, were included in the event alongside other international teams, such as Team Barloworld and Pezula Racing; they did battle against the best that South Africa and Africa had to offer.The 2009 event is again scheduled as a series of UCI 1.1 races with three one-day races, from 13 February to 15 February, and will again be staged in Pietermaritzburg.The UCI ProTourThe UCI ProTour was initiated in 2005, when the top 27 events and the top 18 professional cycling teams were awarded UCI ProTour licences. This ensures that the best international riders and teams participate in the most prestigious events in the world.Initially all events in the series were staged in Europe, but in 2008 the Tour Down Under in Australia was added to the list and now the World’s View Challenge has been invited to join.‘An amazing development’Event Director, Alec Lenferna, was upbeat about the invitation: “This really is an amazing development, especially if you consider that we have only staged one edition of the event to date. However, we know that the event was a great success, a first for this country, and one which impressed the top teams and resulted in positive feedback to the pro peloton in Europe, as well as the UCI.“It is an honour to be asked to join the UCI ProTour and we will go back with renewed vigour and stage the 2009 event to meet the exacting standards, demands and regulations outlined by the UCI,” he added.“I am confident that our capabilities are comparable with the best in the world.”PietermaritzburgLenferna went on to say: “The level of support and enthusiasm the City of Pietermaritzburg has given to the international cycling events programme exceeds any other city’s input and they are now starting to see the benefits.“We would not have been successful without their fantastic buy-in and they are an example of how a bit of faith and foresight can work for you.”Treble Entertainment is also the organizer of the 2009 UCI BMX World Cup and UCI MTB World Cup, as well as the 2010 UCI MTB World Cup and 2010 UCI BMX World Championships – all to be staged in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.Big event organiserLenferna is no stranger to organising big cycling events. He was event manager of the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour – the world’s largest individually timed cycling event – from 2000 to 2003. He then left to join the UCI, world cycling’s governing body.During his time with the UCI he was responsible for the elite Golden Bike Series (of which the Argus Cycle Tour is a part), the Masters World Championships (which, back then, included the Juniors), and the Men’s and Women’s Road World Cups. He was also part of the design team for the UCI ProTour.World ChampionshipsLast year, Lenferna’s Treble Entertainment organised the UCI ‘B’ World Championships in Cape Town. This year they have organised the UCI Junior World Championships, which take place in the Mother City from 12 July to 20 July.Despite Lenferna’s fine list of achievements, this – having the World’s View Challenge invited to be part of the UCI ProTour after only one year of the event – might take the cake.What a coup!SAinfo reporter
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Los Angeles, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, the team confirmed on Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released but local media reports said the 22-year-old shooting guard had inked a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Cavaliers have also agreed to pay $700,000 to Turkish club Anadolu Efes to help meet his $1 million buyout clause.Osman heads to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons with Anadolu in the Turkish Basketball League first division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 6ft 8in forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Gilas enters killer stretch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With the Thunder in control the whole game, Batangas threatened to close in and got the lead to as low as 11, 84-73, with 9:53 remaining, but Salamat and Torres torched the nets to once again bring the lead back to 20.New recruit Robby Celiz paced Batangas (6-4) with 15 points off the bench, while Cedric de Joya had 14 markers and five assists.The defeat brought the Batangueños down to fifth-seed, as they will now brace for the fourth-ranked CEU in the quarterfinals, which will start on Thursday.The Scores:FLYING V 116 – Torres 26, Teng 24, Salamat 22, Thiele 13, Paredes 9, Tampus 7, Banal 5, Dionisio 5, Cañada 4, Austria 1, Koga 0.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Perpetual holds off San Sebastian for back-to-back wins View comments MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng tallied a historic third triple-double and led Flying V to a dominant 116-101 blowout of Batangas and complete the team’s perfect 10-0 campaign this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The La Salle stalwart registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists to lead the romp for the Thunder as it became only the fourth team to reach the milestone previously done by NLEX in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, and Cagayan Valley in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BATANGAS 101 – Celiz 15, De Joya 14, Isit 13, Ablaza 11, Saitanan 10, Mendoza 8, Ragasa 7, Avenido 6, Anderson 5, Gabayni 4, Dela Peña 3, Bulawan 3, Bautista 2, Laude 0.Quarters: 36-24, 57-46, 84-71, 116-101.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, coach Eric Altamirano isn’t putting too much on Flying V’s eliminations sweep as he prepares his team for the semifinals as the top-seed.“We’re happy that we’re able to get it done, but I’ll be happier if we win it all the way,” he said. “As much as we want to win a championship, we can’t look beyond that yet. Our focus right now is the playoffs and we have to hurdle the semis first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThomas Torres caught fire from the outside as he went on a flawless 6-of-6 clip from threes to wound up with 26 markers and five boards.Eric Salamat also had 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds in the win. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
OSU freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) pressures Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon during a game Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorPreparing for an intrastate opponent could easily be an afterthought for the Ohio State football team.The Buckeyes have not lost a game to coach Urban Meyer’s alma mater Cincinnati since 1897. But the Bearcats enter the matchup against OSU with a top tier passing offense, ranking ninth in the country.Meyer said Wednesday that the matchup pitting the Bearcats’ aerial assault against the Buckeye defense will be the key to the game. He added that he has confidence in his secondary that just a year ago ranked 112 out of 125 teams in pass yards allowed per game. “That’s the big one,” Meyer said. “I do (have confidence) from what I see not because I hope. They are highly-recruited kids. I see what I see in practice and this will be the big challenge for them.”The Bearcats’ redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, who was highly recruited out of high school, earned high praises from Meyer. He said Kiel has impressed him with his play thus far in 2014. “He is big, strong and he runs pretty good when he runs,” Meyer said. “He looks giant on film and on TV. He just looks like a big, gunslinger-type quarterback.”Kiel, who committed to Indiana and Louisiana State University before spending a year at Notre Dame, transferred to Cincinnati in 2013 and sat out all of last season. But just two games into his career, he is already impressing his peers. OSU junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the Buckeye defense cannot let Kiel be comfortable in the pocket, or he will be able to make plays.“We have a lot of respect for Gunner Kiel and he is a great quarterback,” Schutt said Wednesday. “Our job up front is to get after him and disrupt his game. A huge part of our game plan is getting after the quarterback.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell makes an interception during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell agreed with his defensive teammate, adding that the Buckeyes will need to disturb Kiel in order to be successful. “He is pretty calm back there,” Bell said Wednesday. “We got to bring a lot of chaos. We are going to bring something for him, so we got to get him mixed up in the head, cover our guys and do our jobs.”Containing the Bearcats’ receivers is something that the OSU defense is also focusing on this week as Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville called his receiving corps the best he has ever coached. In comparison, Tuberville has coached at Auburn and Texas Tech amongst other schools, going undefeated at Auburn in 2004. Bell said he knows the Buckeyes will be tested Saturday, but remains confident the OSU defense will hold its own. “It’s a challenge for us, (but) it is a challenge for them too,” Bell said. “We got a good group of guys, they got a good group of guys. It’s going to be a real good contest out there. We are going to fight to the end.” After receiving scrutiny last season, Bell said the Buckeye secondary is excited to prove that they are no longer the weak link on the football team. “We are going to show the world who we are,” Bell said.The Buckeyes will have the chance to do that in their second primetime game of the season and fourth overall contest Saturday, something Schutt said he is looking forward to following a week off. “A bye week is always tough, sitting at home watching everyone play,” Schutt said. “We are definitely eager to get after it.”OSU and Cincinnati are scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State then-junior catcher, now shortstop, Jalen Washington bats against Northwestern on March 26, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team has never encountered much trouble opening up the season at home. They were undefeated at home under head coach Greg Beals and have not lost since 2004, but that streak ended this weekend, as did their three-game winning streak as they were swept by Xavier. The team is now 8-11 on the season, while Xavier improves to an even 10-10.The team was able to find the power stroke as they received six home runs over the weekend. This home run production was not spread out too far, however, as only three players combined for those six.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan blasted three home runs in Game 3, senior shortstop Jalen Washington knocked two over the fence in Game 2 and junior left fielder Tyler Cowles had one of his own in Game 2 as well.Game 1The Buckeyes took the Musketeers to extra innings, but surrendered a run in the top of the 13th inning to lose their home opener, 3-2.Xavier may have been on the road, but they were still able to get things going early. Their first batter of the game reached first, stole second and later advanced on to third base to give the Musketeers their first scoring chance of the night. Freshman first baseman Nate Monastra was able to come through for his team and delivered an RBI single up the middle to give his team the early 1-0 lead.The second inning started off quite similar to the first. Again, Xavier lead off the inning with a base hit, this time a double. The runner then advanced on to third on a single that put runners on the corners.Senior center fielder Matt Fallon followed that up with a successful squeeze bunt attempt to the first baseman was that pushed across the second Xavier run of the night, giving them a 2-0 lead.It did not take long for the Buckeyes to respond. In the bottom of the third inning, a walk, error and sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to put OSU on the board.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan then followed up Washington’s sacrifice fly with the Buckeyes’ first hit of the game that knotted the game up at two.The score remained tied at two apiece until the top of the 13th inning. The Musketeers loaded up the bases on a pair of hits and a walk before the Buckeyes struck out the next two batters. With the bases loaded and two away, senior right fielder Joe Gellenbeck took the six-pitch walk that pushed across the would-be winning run and bring the score to 3-2.The most potent force at the dish for OSU was again junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt. The leadoff hitter for OSU continued his hot streak into the home opener by delivering three hits in five at-bats. He has now reached base in all 17 games and owns a team-leading .365 batting average. Game 2Hoping to gain some momentum coming off their home-opener, the Buckeyes led the game late, but blew a 4-3 lead and lost in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.For the second game in a row, the Musketeers got started early. In the bottom of the second inning, a pair of walks and a single loaded up the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly put the team up early 1-0 before a squeeze bunt scored another run. The scoring finished with Gallagher lining only the second hit of the game up the middle to put Xavier on top 3-0.The Scarlet and Gray did not wait long before responding. Half an inning later in the top of the third, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles blasted a home run over the left field wall to bring the score to 3-1.With the score now 3-1, the Buckeyes were looking for some more offense and they found it in the form of co-captain Washington. In the top of the fourth inning, he crushed OSU’s second home run of the game over the left field wall and brought the game to within one.The following inning, the team again found some offense off the bat of Washington. With a runner on first and two away, Washington again connected off Xavier’s starter and sent his second home run of the game out and gave OSU its first lead of the game.After being held scoreless for four straight innings, Xavier lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh to tie up the game at four.The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. A hit-by-pitch, walk and single loaded up the bases with one away for Xavier junior shortstop Mitch Gallagher. Gallagher lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game to center field, bringing home the winning run for the team and sealing the 5-4 victory.This was Washington’s first game batting third in the lineup and he delivered exactly what the team was looking for. The fourth-year co-captain came to the plate four times and finished the game with two hits (both home runs), two runs scored and three RBI’s.Game 3OSU built up three leads against Xavier, but blew all three and lost 6-5 in walk-off fashion for the second-straight game.Coming off a loss in which they gave up three early runs, the Buckeyes were all set to get on the scoreboard as early as possible. With the game still tied at zero in the top of the third, McGowan stepped up to the plate and launched the ball over the left field fence to put his team ahead 1-0.The Buckeyes had the early lead, but it would not take long for the Musketeers to respond. With two outs and a runner on second base in the bottom of the third, junior designated hitter Blaine Griffiths doubled to right field and tied the game up at one.The game stayed tied until the seventh inning when McGowan came to bat with runners on the corners. For the second time, he homered to left field to put the Buckeyes ahead 4-1.Xavier again responded quickly to the offensive strike by the Buckeyes. The first batter of the bottom of the seventh inning homered to left field to bring the game to only a two-run gap.But the Musketeers weren’t done there. The next inning, they put runners on first and second for junior catcher Nate Soria, who singled to left to bring Xavier to within one. Another single loaded up the bases for junior left fielder Will LaRue, who walked to tie the game. Xavier had tied the game up, but the McGowan show was still going on. OSU’s second baseman stepped up to the plate for the fifth time and for the third time, he homered to left field to give OSU the 5-4 lead.Now trailing for the third time in this game, Xavier was down to its final three outs. After the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, Gellenbeck homered to right-center field to deliver the Musketeers the 6-5 victory and secure the three-game sweep.This was the clear standout game for McGowan. The third-year transfer from McClellan Community College finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored, five RBI and three home runs in the game. The Buckeyes will take the field again at Bill Davis for only the second time this season when they host Youngstown State on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed reports that Sadio Mane is currently struggling with an injury issue and is set to undertake further medical assessments before their match against Stoke City on SaturdayThe Senegalese forward was absent from a club training session on Thursday after scoring in Liverpool’s 5-2 win against AS Roma on Tuesday’s first leg for the semi-finals of the Champions League.Speaking ahead of their encounter against Stoke in the Premier League, Klopp reported that the issue that Mane has is “not that serious”.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Of course there is something. We will see,” said Klopp, according to the club website.“It is not that serious; there is a chance for tomorrow. If we use that chance or not… it is quite early in the day.“In these times, you always have to use each second and minute, speak to the player, speak to the Doc, speak to the physiotherapists and all that stuff. At the end, you have to make a decision and I will make a decision.
Olivier Giroud proved that he is a man of his word after following through with his promise of shaving his head if France were to win the 2018 World CupPrior to the start of this summer’s tournament in Russia, several members of the French World Cup squad had promised to carry out a number of different challenges if they were successful.As it turns out, France won the World Cup for the second time in their history earlier this month after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final at Moscow.Giroud, Nabil Fekir and captain Hugo Lloris all promised to shave their hair off with Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi set to ride a bicycle from Paris to Turin.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…And it appears that Giroud has come good in his promise after unveiling his new hairstyle on Twitter on Sunday.Chose promise chose due! ??#MerciThomas #Paritenu #???? #FierdetreBleus #???? pic.twitter.com/V8c9YpXD3J— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) July 22, 2018