• A look at how Chris Froome won the Tour de France

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    January 29, 2018 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome is the second successive British rider to win the Tour de France. Here’s a look at his key moments:

    Stage 1

    Froome only had a few difficult moments on the bike. But one of those happened before the race had begun, with Froome tumbling off his bike after clipping a curb and grazing his right knee before the Stage 1 start. He changed bikes and returned to the peloton ahead of the official flag drop to start the Tour. If anything, it was the right time to fall because Froome avoided a heavy crash later on in the stage, when organizers changed the finish line area at the last minute because a team bus was camped on the line and unable to move.

    ”If that’s the only crash I have this Tour, I’ll take that,” Froome said at the time.

    Stage 8

    The first week of the Tour was about avoiding crashes and drinking enough water to cope with the searing heat as the race moved from Corsica and along the Mediterranean to Nice, Marseille and Montpellier. Once the race hit the high mountains of the Pyrenees, Froome launched a devastating attack on the last climb up to Ax 3 Domaines, and none of his rivals could even come close to catching him. That earned him the race leader’s yellow jersey – and the first question about doping. Froome’s incredible uphill speed drew comparisons to serial doping cheat Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of all seven Tour titles. Froome said he understood the suspicion but insisted he is clean. It would be the first of a barrage of questions he and Sky team manager Dave Brailsford would have to answer.

    Stage 9

    Isolated in the Pyrenees on a day when his Sky teammates fell apart, Froome had to withstand attacks from rivals all on his own. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana attacked him four times on the last climb but couldn’t break the Briton’s resolve. It was a defining moment as it showed he could defend just as well as he attacks.

    Rest Day 1

    Why was this rest day significant? Because Froome and Brailsford had to answer several questions about doping as the atmosphere started to turn sour. Self-professed Twitter experts provided a myriad of data, cycling blogs were full of comparisons with Armstrong and mainstream media outlets were keen to probe into why Froome is so good. It was a mere appetizer compared to what would happen on Rest Day 2.

    Stage 11

    Froome comes second to Tony Martin in the first time trial, missing out on victory by 12 seconds. It was still a victorious day for Froome as he finished more than 2 minutes ahead of archrival Alberto Contador and extended his race lead over the Spaniard to nearly 4 minutes.

    Stage 13

    For the first and only time, Froome loses to Contador after the Spaniard launched a clever late attack on a windy sprint stage to claw back more than 1 minute. It raised hopes – which proved fleeting – that the 2007 and ’09 champion could close the gap.

    Stage 15

    Froome did it again: another solo burst on the last climb up Mont Ventoux in Provence, one of the Tour’s most famed climbs. Froome showed rare emotion as he spoke of the pride he felt wearing the yellow jersey on the 100th Tour. His lead over Contador grew to 4 minutes, 25 seconds.

    Rest Day 2

    More questions about doping. Froome and Brailsford again assured reporters that they are racing clean. Brailsford offered to give the World Anti-Doping Agency unlimited access to Froome’s performance data. Froome snapped: ”Lance Armstrong cheated. I’m not cheating. End of story.”

    Stage 17

    Froome clinched his third stage victory, finally getting the time trial win he craved on a hilly course. Froome made up ground in the last third of the course after changing bikes, beating Contador by 9 seconds to move 4:34 ahead of him.

    Stage 20(equals)

    Froome assured everyone he would not go for any more stage wins in the three tough Alpine stages of the race. He stayed safe on Stages 18 and 19, but could not resist one last go on the penultimate 20th stage, jousting with Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez on the day’s last climb up to Annecy-Semnoz. This time, Quintana beat him. But Froome still managed to extend his lead over Contador, who slipped off the podium and down to fourth.

    Stage 21

    Nothing left for Froome to do except ride safely on the processional stage and then enjoy a glass or three of chilled Champagne.

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  • Champion Philippines, Indonesia Fails Translucent Big 3

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    January 28, 2018 /  Football

    Yogyakarta – Philippines managed to come out as champions in the SEABA U-16 Championship held in Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, Indonesia has failed to meet its target to penetrate the top three.

    In the last match against Singapore in GOR Among Rogo, Thursday (07/18/2013) evening local time, the Philippines won a landslide victory 84-44.

    With this victory, the Philippines maintain perfection by winning four matches are skipped. Michael Ray Jarin landing team was also featured as a champion after the final standings.

    Thus, the right to represent the Philippines in Southeast Asia Championship FIBA ​​Asia U-16 to be held in Tehran, Iran, at the end of September to early October 2013. Also qualified with the Philippines is Thailand and Malaysia respectively finished second and third in the standings.

    Philippines completes her title with the MVP award disabet by players, Jose Lorenzo Mendoza. He was entitled to receive the trophy from the King of Yogyakarta lane X.

    Philippines coach, Michael Jay Jarin, said he was happy with the results achieved in the championship in Indonesia. However, he would still instruct young students to train hard in order to face the FIBA ​​U-16 Championship in Tehran later.

    “After this we will train harder and improve all the time lacked the match in Indonesia. Skill players will be increased again, especially when defense and offense,” said Michael.

    “There are still about 3 months to train better and harder. Banga And we become one of the country’s representative in Southeast Asia for the next championship,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Indonesia failed to meet predetermined targets, which qualified for the big three. In the last match against Thailand, Indonesia was forced to give up 59-67.

    Thus, Indonesia had to settle for fourth place. Team ‘Red and White’ recorded one win and three defeats. While the caretaker position occupied by Singapore.

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  • Will Kobe Bryant look out for Lakers?

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    January 28, 2018 /  Basketball

    This week, with the release of the official salary cap numbers and onset of formal contract signings, was supposed to bring clarity to the NBA. Instead it left us debating the kind of obligations not covered by the collective bargaining agreement, a hazy realm of morals and values.

    You could gather as many lawyers and accountants as you want and you still couldn’t come up with a definitive answer to the question: What do the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant? Conversely, how much does he owe them?

    These are the central questions governing the Lakers as they make their key decisions for the next few years. Should they go all-out for another championship in Kobe’s shrinking window among the league’s elite, or should they embark on a long-term strategy to win down the road? Should Kobe forsake the fair compensation coming his way in order to facilitate the Lakers’ moves?

    The Lakers have paid Bryant a quarter of a billion dollars during his NBA career. They’ve put him in position to win five championships. In return he has played through every circumstance short of being strapped to a hospital gurney, and has scored more points than all but three players in the history of the league.

    So far it appears the Lakers are operating under the premise that they’re beholden to Bryant, the guy they’ve been tied to since 1996. It’s not the way things usually work in Los Angeles, where spouses and leased cars are often returned at a similar rate. The Lakers used their one-time amnesty provision on Metta World Peace‘s $7.7 million salary, even though taking Bryant’s $30 million off the books would have had a more dramatic financial impact and still provided an opportunity for him to return in 2014-15.

    A promise to cut Kobe loose (along with axing Mike D’Antoni) also would have been a much more meaningful sign to Dwight Howard than those “Stay” billboards that the Lakers were committed to the center.

    Dramatic moves? Surely. But if you think about it, they would have been no different from what the Lakers did in 2004 when they were desperate to retain Kobe. They let Phil Jackson go and traded Shaquille O’Neal to Miami. When it came to choosing between Kobe and Shaq, the Lakers went with the 25-year-old over the 32-year-old. They also went with the more popular of the two. Lakers fans were infatuated with Kobe, and growing increasingly frustrated with Shaq.

    Kobe won the crowd. And if there were any doubts that he still holds exalted status, he quelled those when he made his way out to the Lakers bench on crutches, shortly after Howard was ejected from the Lakers’ final playoff game. The crowd responded with its loudest cheer of the day.

    It’s why the Lakers are riding with Bryant, who turns 35 next month and is coming off a major injury, over the 27-year-old Howard, who sent neither the franchise nor its fan base into mourning when he decided to leave for Houston. It’s also because Howard built no equity with the Lakers. He didn’t win a single playoff game.

    Accomplishments don’t always mean obligations. Paul Pierce played 1,102 games for theBoston Celtics, helped them hang their 17th championship banner, scored more points in the green and white jersey than anyone other than John Havlicek — and yet those things didn’t allow him to finish his career in Boston. There’s no provision in the salary-cap rules for that, no way for the Celtics to retool while keeping Pierce aboard at a salary commensurate with his service. So now he’s a Brooklyn Net.

    The Celtics chose their future over honoring Pierce’s past effort, or fielding a competitive team in the present. Is that fair to Pierce, or the fans, who will still be charged full price? Let’s just say the Celtics are operating at an obligation deficit right now.

    You know an organization that shows a balance of zero “debt” right now? The Clippers. They got the best available coach (even though he technically wasn’t available) and paid him a salary most coaches don’t get anymore, they’ve got their two biggest stars — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin — under long-term contracts, and they filled out their roster with role players such as J.J. RedickJared DudleyDarren CollisonMatt Barnes and Ryan Hollins.

    That might explain in part why Paul declined a free-agency tour of his own. He could have squeezed another personnel move or two out of the Clippers, or lured other teams into rearranging their rosters to accommodate him.

    “I didn’t feel like that would be fair,” Paul said. “I’m pretty aware of what could have happened, or where you could go. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the situations. There was no need to put any of that added stress on anybody.”

    So he told the other teams not to waste their time, committed to the Clippers from the outset, then signed the paperwork at the first possible opportunity. Then again, I’d be pretty eager to sign my name to a contract that had $107 million coming my way, too.

    We won’t see Kobe command such big numbers again. The salary-cap restrictions mean that if Kobe wants to continue playing beyond next season and bring in the best available talent, he and the Lakers will have to reach agreement on a salary that pays him below his worth. Even if he can’t produce at the same level, you could argue he still deserves a max contract based on all the years that same concept — a salary ceiling — prevented him from receiving his fair cut of the tickets, jerseys and sponsorships he sold. But he’ll be forced to choose between competition and compensation. I’m guessing the competitor will win out.

    Shaquille O’Neal took a $7 million pay cut with the Miami Heat in 2005, a move that enabled the Heat to reconfigure their roster and bring in the pieces that won them the championship in 2006. In 2007, Kevin Garnett’s reduced salary (he made about the same in the first three years of his new contract as he did in the final two years of his previous, landmark contract) made it easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves to send him to the Celtics in the trade that redefined his career.

    Bryant could be asked for an even steeper drop-off, up to $20 million a year. After the Lakers showed their faith in him this summer, next year will be his time to return the favor.

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  • Raikkonen was asked not to move to Red Bull

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    January 27, 2018 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    Lotus Kimi Raikkonen tried to convince to stay on the team and did not move to Red Bull.
    “In the last two years we managed to close the gap to Red Bull. And we continue to catch up with this,” said Eric Boullier, Lotus boss told the BBC.
    Raikkonen speculation of a move to Red Bull’s Mark Webber came after deciding not to renew his contract with Red Bull.
    Click Webber will leave Formula 1 at the end of this year and will jump in NASCAR.
    With Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso team, Raikkonen is considered as an ideal replacement for Webber.
    end of August
    Click Raikkonen record of achievement is quite impressive and for a while was in third position in the championship under the Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
    Boullier said that Raikkonen at Lotus future will be decided before August.
    “He’s old enough to decide what is best for him. Sides There is a positive side and a negative if he decided to move to Red Bull next year,” said Boullier.
    Beyond the technical factors, Boullier said there was a problem between Lotus and Raikkonen related payroll but Boullier confirmed that the salary arrears is now complete.
    Red Bull Webber himself said a replacement will be announced in late August.

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  • Howard: teammate with Kobe Not Fun

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    January 25, 2018 /  Basketball

    Houston – Dwight Howard expressed his frustration during his career at the LA Lakers. One is to be a team with Kobe Bryant called Howard not a pleasant thing.

    27-year-old center is only just one season with the Lakers before leaving to Houston Rocketrs. In Los Angeles, Howard is expected to add strength to the Lakers actually disappointing.

    Howard could not be united with his teammates and coach Mike D’Antoni. As a result, Howard was not uncommon heavily criticized.

    Nicks stats in the regular season was worse with an average of 17.1 points per games – the second-worst of his career – and 12.4 rebounds per games, fourth worst in his career.

    With Howard, Lakers painstakingly entered into the Western Conference playoff zone. After qualifying was, the Lakers only up to the first round after dilibas San Antonio Spurs without resistance alias 0-4.

    “Is it hard to play with Kobe? Yeah, used to be very difficult,” said the former Orlando Magic player was quoted by Fox Sports.

    “Me and Kobe, we debated several times. Everybody knows Kobe wants to score and there is some time we scramble to get the ball. And it happens within a team.”

    “But playing with Kobe does not affect my decision to join with Houston. I just think Houston offers a better situation for me and my career.”

    Rumors of a rift between Howard and Bryant even clearer. Kobe is no longer known memfollow’s former colleagues on Twitter.

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  • Kompany: Big spending not Guarantee Success City Next Season

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    January 22, 2018 /  Football

    Hong Kong – Manchester City have spent a lot of money, although the new transfer window opened earlier this month. But it is not a guarantee to be able to bring the Citizens success next season.

    So far four players brought in by the City that Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. Total of about 100 pounds, also has spent to bring his fourth club management.

    With the new transfer window ending 2 September, it is quite possible there will be another top names who entered into such habits City Etihad Stadium in previous seasons, which always bring in star players.

    Examples are when winning the Premier League in season 2011/2012, they are investing heavily to buy Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, James Milner, David Silva, and others.

    When compared with city rivals Manchester United, who are still cool and calm in this transfer window, City may say one step ahead in preparation for the title next season. But that does not mean they will be easily able to snatch the title from Manchester United.

    “It’s not enough just to spend a lot of money, I think the other teams are also doing the same thing. Should be something special, but we will do what we can in preparation for this time period,” said team captain, Vincent Kompany, as reported by ESPN.

    “Buying new players are important, but the way we make preparations so far so good and we want to do our best to be a team that can compete in all competitions,” he continued.

    “You can ask this to five or six clubs and certainly the same answer. Premie League That’s why so most competitive league in the world.”

    Kompany further mention that solidity team during the current season is the most important thing to be able to bring the team’s success. Unlike last season where City many internal problems plagued the team that one of them dispute with Mario Balotelli Roberto Mancini.

    This is also a hard task that must be carried Manuel Pellegrini as the new City Manager. Especially in the last two test matches they always defeat in the pre-season tour to South Africa.

    “Football is more than just buying a new player.’s About the team, be a family and he himself also. When he came, we ensure comfort for him because it is not easy being away from your home,” said he.

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  • Madrid and Napoli Agree to Higuain

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    January 22, 2018 /  Football

    Real Madrid and Napoli rumored to have agreed on the transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain. The official announcement from both camps will be issued as soon as possible.
    As reported by Spanish media two based in Madrid, Marca and AS, Il Partenopei agreed to buy El Pipita with detailed price was 37 million euros plus 3 million euros in the form of bonuses.
    At the San Paolo, 25-year-old players will get paid $ 6 million euros per season or 1 million euros more than his salary in El Real. With the value of this salary, Higuain will be one of the players with the biggest salary in Serie A.
    Higuain true some time ago almost joined Arsenal, but the Gunners camp would not pay more than 28 million euros to ask for her hand.

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  • Inter Want Ramirez? Expensive!

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    January 22, 2018 /  Football
  • DBL Indonesia Selection team trials to Australia

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    January 17, 2018 /  Basketball

    Surabaya – the biggest student basketball league in Indonesia, Honda Development Basketball League (DBL), will send a team selection in 2011 to Perth, Australia, to learn and compete in the land of kangaroos.

    The plan, DBL Indonesia Selection Team 2011 will follow the various series of activities, both educational and related matters improved technical capability to learn with youth teams in Perth.

    This program occurs thanks to the cooperation of PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) Indonesia, manager of Honda DBL 2011, with the World Basketball Academy (WBA) led by Australian basketball legend Andrew Vlahov.

    “In 2010, we were able to send two teams to go abroad. Teams DBL Indonesia All-Star to Seattle, United States, and DBL Indonesia Selection team tournaments in Malaysia Southeast Asia. This year, we again could send two teams. All- Star remains to America, being the team Selection to Australia. This demonstrates our commitment to deliver as much as the student athlete, “said Director of DBL, Azrul Ananda, in a release received editorial detiksport, Tuesday (06/09/2011).

    He added to Australia program is a continuation of a partnership that has been entered into with various parties in the country. The players who joined the team and the All-Star Selection is chosen by coaches as DBL Camp Australia in July 2011 DBL Arena in Surabaya.

    “The players are to Australia is totally different from that to American players. We thank Andrew Vlahov and his team, which has in recent years helped many programs DBL Indonesia,” said Azrul.

    In Australia, DBL Indonesia Selection team in 2011 will be met also with the men’s national team of Indonesia. At the same time, the national team is preparing for the SEA Games XXVI training program in Perth. Vlahov and WBA is also acting as a technical consultant for the Indonesian national team.

    A total of 20 players (10 men, 10 women) who joined DBL Indonesia Selection team in 2011. They guided the four coaches, who also selected from the competition Honda DBL 2011.

    Coach composition is Andromeda Manuputty (UPH College Tangeran) and Hardi (SMA Methodist 2 Palembang) to coach the men’s team. While the women’s team coached Freddy M. Gorey (SMA Methodist 2 Medan) and Anton Maruhun (SMAN 1 Payakumbuh).

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  • Fasting challenge Indonesian Badminton National Team Players

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    January 16, 2018 /  Badminton

    Jakarta – The badminton Cipayung national training residents face a “dilemma” every time the month of Ramadan arrives. How do they get around fast, while strenuous exercise also can not be compromised?

    Every day the players practiced twice the national training, morning and afternoon, except Wednesday morning only. Saturday and Sunday while they were off. Currently they practice to prepare for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, August 5 to 11 next.

    There was no difference in the portion of practice on normal days with during the fasting month. Their morning practice from 7 to 10, while the afternoon from 4 to 6 o’clock.

    “This time my Ramadan fasting four days, only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday),” said the specialist players mixed doubles, Tontowi Ahmad, when met detiksport yesterday (23/7).

    However, not all completed fast. “Last Sunday I tried fasting, but it turned out to not be feeling well. Felt like fainting at practice Monday,” added the pair Liliyana Natsir.

    Men’s singles player Tommy Sugiarto also choose not to fast if there is exercise, but try to live on Saturdays and Sundays.

    “I’ve tried to keep the fast, on the second day, but I actually had to go to the hospital because of lack of fluids,” said the eighth ranked player in the world.

    While the men’s doubles players Ulinnuha Muhammad admitted trying to remain abstinent even have to undergo training at the national training weight.

    “It was not unusual since the club first. Mrs. advised that I always intend to fast. Issue if later forced to stop in the middle of the road, no problem,” said the player who is familiarly called Ulin it.

    Until yesterday he said the new one missed fasting. “Yes dikuat-reinforced. Temptation is greatest in the middle of the day, even when it’s afternoon was no problem, including when it comes to the afternoon practice.”

    So how fast they pay the debt? Tontowi choose to pay fidyah. “According to the mother, fidyah pay up to Rp 15 million. Was since who knows when I’m not fasting,” he said.

    Tommy, who claims often perforated fasting since last 10 years, combining pay fidyah with fasting in other months when the weeekend.

    “I often think when pursuing the hereafter, not just merely take care of the world,” lirihnya. “How to pay for fasting on the weekends when I can do outside of national training. Looking back now it may be easier to pay fidyah.”

    The Ulin, who rarely breaking his fast, his fast would prefer to pay debts in the ordinary.

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