28 January 2014 South African competitors dominated the cross-country event at the African Continental MTB Championships in the Western Cape on Saturday, with Mariske Strauss claiming the women’s elite title and Philip Buys taking the men’s honours. Having made the move up to the elite category this year, Strauss showed her intent from the start, firing to the front right from the get-go and retaining her position until the end of the contest in very hot and dry conditions. The 23-year-old local put together a calculated race, taking into account the extra lap and time required in her new category, to take the top honours on a technical course.‘It was a good, hard race’ “It was a good, hard race,” Strauss said afterwards. “The first race of the season is always an interesting one. “It’s always good to be in control from the start, and I was happy to do that and just keep it together because it was very hot out there. On the second last lap, I just kicked in. I could really feel the last lap, but my training has been good and I’ve been preparing for this beforehand. It was an awesome track and there was a great vibe out there today.” Samantha Sanders (RSA) finished in second place in 01:30:44, with Cherie Vale completing the podium in third place, in a time of 01:33:56.Women’s under-23 cross-country Candice Neethling (RSA) won the women’s under-23 race over five laps in one hour 15 minutes and 23 seconds, with Ashleigh Moffatt (RSA) second in 01:20:26, and Hayley Smith (RSA) third in 01:21:01. The junior women’s race honours went to Bianca Haw (RSA), who completed the four laps in 01:02:48. She was followed across the finishing line by Frances du Toit (RSA) in a time of 01:04:41, with Mauritian Kimberley Le Court De Billot rounding out the podium in 01:06:22.Men’s elite race The tempo was high in the elite men’s race, but it was Philip Buys who packed the final punch to take the victory over eight laps in a time of 01:39:15. His victory came only after a tight tussle with fellow South Africans Rourke Croeser and Lourens Luus. “It was a hard race today,” Buys commented after securing the title. “I knew I had the shape, and I tried to wear the guys out in the first four laps. I really wanted to play it safe out in front for the final laps, but then I cut my wheel, and had to limp to the tech zone. “When I rejoined, I was about a minute off the lead pace of Rourke and Lourens, and was lying in third place. It took me a lap to get back to them, but I rode that too quickly and it took me another lap to recover. I just made it difficult for myself, but these things do happen in mountain biking. I am very happy with the win.” Luus claimed the silver medal in a time of 01:39:20, followed closely by Croeser in 01:40:06.Men’s under-23 cross-country In the under-23 men’s category, South Africa’s James Reid took the title over seven laps in a time of 01:23:54. Defending champion Brendon Davids (RSA) finished in second place in 01:26:02, with Arno du Toit (RSA) taking third in 01:26:35. South African Stephen Senekal captured the top honours in the junior men’s category after completing the six laps in a time of 01:15:56. Local rider Sybrand Strauss (RSA), in second place in 01:16:18 and Alan Hatherly (RSA), in third in 01:17:35, rounded out a South African 1-2-3.Elite men’s downhill Western Cape local Andrew Neethling, who competes for the international Giant Factory Racing Team, sped to the elite men’s downhill title at Contermanskloof on Sunday. Neethling, who clocked 02:06.94, was pushed all the way, with less than four seconds separating the top five finishers. Tiaan Odendaal, second in 2013, repeated his finish by claiming silver yet again, only 0.42 seconds off the pace, with fellow local rider Johann Potgieter taking the bronze medal a further 1.30 seconds back. Tim Bentley and Stefan Garlicki finished in fourth and fifth places respectively, clocking 02:09.25 and 02:10.69 respectively in their final runs.‘I have been working hard’ “My off-season has been good, but good means hard,” said Neethling after his victory. “I’ve been working hard at my fitness and my coach has not been easy on me. It felt good to race again after a long training block.” Looking back on the Contermanskloof course, Neethling said: The top section of the track makes the racing very close, but it is the second half of the track where it gets really exciting. The trail becomes a lot looser and dustier, with holes developing, and the racing lines changing as the day progresses. “My seeding run was consistent. It was what I wanted. Tiaan’s result was not a surprise, but he was a lot closer than I expected. He is a great rider. I knew Johann and Stefan would be fast on the local course and that they would be out for blood as usual.” p> Neethling’s next big event with his pro team is in early April when the UCI World Cup season kicks off in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.Elite women’s downhill The elite women’s title was claimed by Hayley-Ann Adamson in a time of 4 minutes 38.79 seconds. Andrew Martin posted the fastest time in the junior men’s category to secure victory in 02:18.60. SAinfo reporter
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant brace for England U21sby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi scored two brilliant goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.The Chelsea winger converted a difficult volley to open to scoring for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.His second goal was a display of sublime speed and dribbling as he travelled more than half of the pitch before dispatching the ball into the top-corner. Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah collected the match ball after scoring the game’s other three goals.Hudson-Odoi with a great volley. @btsportfootballpic.twitter.com/At5TMN0wZW— Paree (@ACParee) October 15, 2019Watch HUDSON ODOI goal and retweet pic.twitter.com/z4YJWKrljG— Chelsea4Ever (@wadja_roland) October 15, 2019
Liverpool manager Klopp confirms Salah back for Genk; TAA, Matip outby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will return to action against Genk on Wednesday.However, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) will miss the trip to Belgium.Klopp told the club’s website: “It’s absolutely good to have him (Salah) back.”The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”He added: “Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.”It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].”Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to InsideCarolina.com, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story: http://t.co/tlCYi18qKg pic.twitter.com/e5YOogQb30— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.
Kolkata: The police arrested a person on Saturday, for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife and father. The incident took place at China Town in Tangra on Friday, triggering tension among the local residents.The victims have been identified as Lee Ka Sang (80) and Hau Mi Ha (60). The accused, Lee Wan Sang, the husband of Mi Ha and a son of Ka Sang, has admitted to his crime during a prolonged police interrogation. Lee might have been involved in an extra marital relationship, which had deteriorated the relation between the couple, suspect police as per the preliminary investigation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe investigating officers came to know in the course of the probe that the couple used to have frequent quarrels after Mi Ha came to know about her husband’s illicit relationship with another woman. She had also raised a strong objection to the extra marital relationship but failed to dissuade her husband. On Friday night, a quarrel broke out between the two. During the scuffle, the accused hit his wife with an iron bucket in a fit of rage, resulting in serious injuries to her head. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe accused’s father rushed to the spot and found the woman lying in a pool of blood. After his father demanded an explanation as to why he had hit his wife, Lee hit his father with the same bucket. After committing the crime, the accused locked the main entrance gate from inside and left the house by jumping over the boundary wall of the house, to evade suspicion of the police. A few hours after the incident, the accused returned home and drew the attention of the local residents to the locked door. He then entered the house again, along with others. The local residents called the police after seeing the bodies inside. The investigating officers soon went through the tower location of the mobile phone of the accused and found that he was there at the same spot at the time of the incident. Police also recovered the bucket which contained blood stains. Lee subsequently collapsed during interrogation and admitted to the twin murder.
The Ohio State wrestling team suffered its first two losses of the season to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Buckeyes, who entered Friday night’s contest against Nebraska undefeated, were beaten, 18-16, in Lincoln, Neb., and again defeated, 24-13, at Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Minnesota seized control of the dual early by winning the first six matches, which left the Buckeyes down, 18-0, at intermission. It wasn’t until freshman Hunter Stieber scored an 11-8 decision against Minnesota redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes in the 141-pound match up that the Buckeyes finally got on the board. OSU mounted a comeback behind victories from freshman Cam Tessari, who pinned Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Ness in the 149-pound match, and freshman Josh Demas scored a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds. In the final match of the afternoon, OSU freshman Derek Garcia dropped a 5-3 decision to the Golden Gopher’s redshirt junior Cody Yohn at 165-pounds, sealing a 24-13 win for Minnesota. The Buckeyes dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improved to 5-2 and 2-0. OSU was able to split the victories in the dual, 5-5, but was edged as Nebraska managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 3-1, in major decisions. Freshman Johnni Dijulius, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, Tessari, redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin and freshman Andrew Campolattano all collected wins for OSU. While the Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers early, 3-0, Dijulius, a true freshman, was able to score a major decision, 11-3, against Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel at 125-pounds to put OSU up, 4-3. At 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber helped the Buckeyes build a slim 7-3 lead with an 8-2 decision against Ridge Kiley. Up next at 141-pounds, freshman Hunter Stieber surrendered a major decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn which left the Buckeyes tied, 7-7, before OSU redshirt freshman Tessari scored a takedown in overtime which again gave OSU the lead, 10-7. OSU would only manage to win one of the next four matches, which gave Nebraska an 18-13 lead with only the Buckeyes’ redshirt sophomore Heflin defeating Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn, 6-2, at the 174-pound weight class. Campolattano finished the dual in the 197-pound weight class with a 5-3 decision against James Nakashima. OSU will look to redeem itself and continue its march toward a Big Ten title against fellow Big Ten member Purdue this Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. The Boilermakers, also coming off a loss, are 6-5 overall with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. Purdue managed only three wins out of 10 matches in their previous dual at home against Illinois.
Just a couple months after his brother, Malik, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, three-star 2018 cornerback class Marcus Hooker committed to Ohio State Thursday afternoon.My Journey Begins!!!#Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/DbTCKmnrJR— Marcus Hooker (@marcushooker23) July 27, 2017Hooker, a New Castle, Pennsylvania, native, is the No. 587 overall player and the 52nd best cornerback in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings.Of the Buckeyes’ 16 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class, two players – Hooker and running back Master Teague – are three-star recruits.Hooker joins four-star prospect Sevyn Banks as the only two cornerbacks in their class committed to Ohio State.