SA runner wins Two Oceans

first_img10 April 2007South Africa’s Bethuel Netshifhefhe broke a three-year Zimbabwean stranglehold on the men’s race as he won the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, with 1996 Olympic marathon champion Josiah Thugwane finishing in second. Russia’s Madina Biktagirova won the women’s event on her debut in the race.Netshifhefhe won in 3:08:03, one minute and 49 seconds clear of Thugwane, with Hatiwane Nyamande of Zimbabwe in third.Frans Chauke made the early running, leading for the first 15 kilometres, before the main contenders started reeling him in near False Bay. Running in a group of 30, they started closing on Chauke until, by the halfway mark, they had caught him.Chapman’s PeakThe pace then started to pick up, driven by Netshifhefhe, Thugwane, Nyamande, Sipho Ngomane and last year’s winner, Moses Njodzi, as Chapman’s Peak, the first big climb, approached. Immediately, the climb separated the wheat from the chaff as the top runners pulled clear.Netshifhefhe led, with Thugwane tracking him, as they reached the 40-kilometre mark in Hout Bay, with 16 kilometres still to go.That’s when the next big climb took place, up Constantia Nek, with Netshifhefhe, second in the Port Elizabeth City Marathon in February, still leading from Thugwane. Just over a minute back, Nobanda, the winner in 2003 and runner-up in 2004, followed alongside Nyamande.A stitchAt the top of the climb, Netshifhefhe and Thugwane were still in front, with the gap to the chasers having grown. On they continued past the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, but with just over 50 kilometres having been run Thugwane started suffering from a stitch.Netshifhefhe took advantage of the former Olympic champion’s misfortune to pull clear, but Thugwane managed to recover, although he couldn’t haul in his compatriot.Netshifhefhe crossed the line in first place with Thugwane in second. Behind them, Nobanda was in trouble and he faded to an eventual fifteenth-place finish. Zimbabwe’s Nyamamde, who ended eleventh in 2006 to just miss out on a gold medal, went on to take third in 3:11:14.Russian women dominateThe women’s race was dominated by Russians as they secured the top four places, but the top two finishers were unexpected.Madina Biktagirova, who like the runner-up Liliya Yadzhak had never run an ultra-marathon before, claimed victory in 3:35:11, with Yadzhak finishing second 11 seconds adrift. It was the fourth time in succession that a Russian athlete had won the women’s event.They were followed across the finish line by the Nurgalieva twins, with Yelena finishing in 3:35:41 and Olesya in 3:36:02, only 51 seconds behind the winner. Hungary’s Simone Staicu, the winner in 2003, had to settle for fifth place, while Farwa Mentoor was the top South African, securing ninth spot in 3:53:10.Biktagirova, who was eighth in the Boston Marathon last year, took victory in the second-fastest time yet by a woman in the Two Oceans, trailing only Frith van der Merwe’s record of 3:30:36, set way back in 1989.Interviewed afterwards, both Biktagirova and Yadzhak said they felt Van der Merwe’s record could be broken. Biktagirova also said she would be back in South Africa to tackle the Comrades Marathon later in the year.Half-marathonKenya’s Willy Mwangi won the men’s half-marathon in 63:05, finishing 20 seconds clear of Enos Matalane, with Lesotho’s Lebenya Nkoka coming home in third.Namibia’s Helalia Lukeiko Johannes won the women’s race in a course record 73:06, bettering the mark she set in 2006 by 19 seconds. Rene Kalmer ended second in 73:42, with Zintle Xiniwe in third, over a minute back.Kenya’s highly-decorated Tegla Loroupe managed only a sixth-place finish. She said she couldn’t have expected a much better result because of all the traveling she had been doing.The 2007 Old Mutual Two Oceans draw a record entry of 19 000 runners, including 8 000 for the ultra-marathon.ResultsUltramarathon (56 km)Men 1. Bethuel Netshifhefhe (RSA)2. Josiah Thugwane (RSA)3. Hatiwande Nyamande (ZIM)4. Claude Moshiywa (RSA)5. Moses Njodzi (ZIM)6. Mabule Raphotle (RSA)7. Sipho Ngomane (RSA)8. John Mboko (RSA)9. Joseph Maerman (RSA)10. Neo Molema (RSA)Women1. Madina Biktagirova (RUS)2. Lilia Yadzhak (RUS)3. Yelana Nurgalieva (RUS)4. Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS)5. Simona Staicu (HUN)6. Samukeliso Moyo (ZIM)7. Tatyana Zhirkova (RUS)8. Mamorallo Tjoka (LES)9. Farwa Mentoor (RSA)10. Angeline Molaba (RSA)Half-MarathonMen 1. Willy Mwangi (KEN)2. Enos Matalane (RSA)3. Lebenya Nkoka (LES)4. Elijah Mbogo (KEN)5. Kanie Simons (RSA)6. Charles Wanjohi (KEN)7. Lusapho April (RSA)8. Luwis Masunda (ZIM)9. Motone Motsamai (RSA)10. Tsotang Maine (LES)Women1. Helalia Lukeiko Johannes (NAM)2. Rene Kalmer (RSA)3. Zintle Xiniwe (RSA)4. Thabita Tsatsa (ZIM)5. Tegla Loroupe (KEN)6. Gloria Baeba (RSA)7. Johanna van Schalkwyk (RSA)8. Moleboheng Mafata (RSA)9. Sharon Tavenga (ZIM)10. Giovanna Mandy (USA)  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Double trouble: Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid There may be nothing better in sports than a Game 7 — and the second round of these NBA playoffs ends Sunday with a pair of deciders: third-seeded Philadelphia at second-seeded Toronto in an Eastern Conference semifinal; third-seeded Portland at second-seeded Denver in a Western Conference semifinal.The Portland-Denver winner will visit top-seeded Golden State in Game 1 of the West finals Tuesday. The Philadelphia-Toronto winner goes to top-seeded Milwaukee for Game 1 of the East finals Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve been fortunate to be in a few Game 7s and they’re very unique,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “They’re special. They are a life lesson, a life opportunity.”There have been 133 Game 7s in NBA history — home teams have won 105, or 79%. Roughly one of every four Game 7s has been decided by three points or less; 56% have been decided by a single-digit margin. Blowouts are rare, with only 14 Game 7s getting decided by more than 20 points. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after getting up from the floor following a collision with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Kyle Lowry was talking in Toronto on Saturday, discussing any number of topics, offering eloquent answers to every question that came his way. His last sentence was all that really needed to be said.“Nothing matters,” the Raptors guard said, “but Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PORTLAND VS. DENVERTrail Blazers: 1-2 all-time, 0-2 on roadNuggets: 2-2 all-time, 2-0 at homeHead-to-head in Game 7: First meetingNotable: Portland hasn’t played in a Game 7 since 2003, and that was Arvydas Sabonis’ last game in the NBA. Denver is aiming to become the fifth team in the current playoff format to win Game 7s in each of the first two playoff rounds joining Toronto in 2016, Boston in 2008, Phoenix in 2006 and Dallas in 2003.PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO76ers: 6-9 all-time, 1-8 on roadRaptors: 2-2 all-time, 2-1 at homeHead-to-head in Game 7: Philadelphia, 1-0 (88-87, 2001, East 2nd round, in Philadelphia)Notable: Philly’s Jimmy Butler has never trailed in a Game 7 — his Chicago Bulls won at Brooklyn in 2013, a game the Nets never led. Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard is 1-2 in his previous Game 7s, shooting 45 percent and averaging 15.7 points. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Read Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SUNDAY’S GAMESTRAIL BLAZERS AT NUGGETSSeries tied 3-3. Game 7, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABCNEED TO KNOW: A series that had a four-overtime game is going to go the distance, and that’s fitting. Portland’s two top scorers, Lillard and CJ McCollum, have combined for 311 points in the series. Denver’s two top scorers, Jokic and Jamal Murray, have combined for 309. Given how the star power seems to cancel out, expect Game 7 to be decided by a third option or role player who steps up.INJURY WATCH: Rotations aren’t expected to change much, if at all, for either team going into Game 7.KEEP AN EYE ON: Denver’s 3-point shooting. The Nuggets beat the Spurs in a Game 7 despite going 2 for 20 from beyond the arc. They can’t expect to do that again and beat the Blazers.PRESSURE IS ON: Slightly more on Denver, simply because the Nuggets are home. Being on the road may actually keep Portland somewhat loose.76ERS AT RAPTORSSeries tied 3-3. Game 7, 7 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Both teams have a five-point road win already in this series, and the other four games have all been double-digit victories by the home club. Having two days off between Game 6 and Game 7 probably was welcomed by everybody, particularly 76ers star Joel Embiid, who will likely need to play very big minutes Sunday. The 76ers have outscored the Raptors by 80 points in 192 minutes with Embiid on the floor in this series, and the Raptors have outscored the 76ers by 97 points in the 96 minutes that he’s been on the bench. INJURY WATCH: All the usual names are expected to play.KEEP AN EYE ON: The first few minutes. Nerves get amped up in Game 7 and the first team to settle into a rhythm will have a major edge. Toronto is 7-0 in the playoffs when leading at halftime, 0-4 when trailing at the break.PRESSURE IS ON: Everybody, of course, but Philadelphia has only four players who know what Game 7 feels like. Toronto has nine Game 7 veterans. Rafael Nadal loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid as clay slump continues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s for our season, for all the marbles,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.Denver has already won a Game 7 this season, also at home, topping San Antonio in the first round. Nikola Jokic had a triple-double — 21 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists — in that game for the Nuggets, and coach Michael Malone is fond of saying his team has the best home-court advantage in the NBA.But Jokic isn’t banking on home court being enough of an edge. He says it’s imperative to bring more energy Sunday — and adds there’s no reason to get nervous.“I’ve played basketball for 15 years,” Jokic said. “That’s what I’ve done my whole life. Why would I be nervous right now? … You control the game. You’re the one who’s playing. As long as you’re giving 100 percent, you can’t be nervous because you’re focused on the plays and actions and whatever you’re doing on the floor. You don’t have time to be nervous.”GAME 7 HISTORIESADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Masters Trans Tasman Awards

first_imgWomen’s 30’sPlayer’s Player: Giselle MartinCoaches Award: Amanda BourneMen’s 30’sPlayer’s Player: Phil GyemoreCoaches Award: Garry SondaMen’s 40’sPlayer’s Player: Troy MorganCoaches Award: Paul ThomassonMen’s 45’sPlayer’s Player: Derek DuguidCoaches Award: Trevor JollyMen’s 50’s Player’s Player: Don BaartzCoaches Award: Bob BehnkeReferee of the Tournament: Bill Sladelast_img

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9 months agoWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn

first_imgWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/L82ic7yaSD— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

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Logan Stieber finishes decorated Ohio State career with fourth national title

OSU redshirt-senior Logan Stieber reacts after winning his 4th consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEach year, 330 wrestlers compete for a National Championship. Since 1929, when national championships were officially first handed out, only three had won four individual titles.That number rose to four on Saturday when Ohio State redshirt-senior Logan Stieber accomplished the feat for himself. But even after inking his name in the history books, Stieber’s time on the mat isn’t over.The celebration won’t last long as the Monroeville, Ohio, native sets his sights on the World Team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympics.“I’ll be able to take a week and a half off, and let my body rest and start lifting again and I’ll get three weeks of hard freestyle training in and be ready for the U.S. Open,” Stieber said.His title puts him alongside Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-2002), Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-1992, 1994) in the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA titles. Stieber accumulated a 119-3 record as a Buckeye, and he became the first OSU wrestler to tally four Big Ten individual crowns as well.Logan’s father, Jeff, said he was happy to see his son’s hard work pay off in his last tournament at OSU.“I’m extremely proud and happy for him,” he said. “To see all the hard work he’s put in pay off is amazing. Winning a team title was one of Logan’s biggest goals and he was able to get his fourth along with it. You couldn’t ask for a better ending.”The four-time Ohio state champion at Monroeville High School finished the year 29-0, marking his second undefeated season, and leading OSU to its first team title in school history. He won the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and the NWCA Most Outstanding Wrestler awards along the way.As much individual success as Stieber has had, he continued to give credit to those around him and said he wants to do everything in his power to help them achieve their goals.“It means so much,” Stieber said of the team title. “It’s just hard to put into words. It’s something we’ve wanted so bad. Our coaches, they’ve been sick. They’re so anxious, so nervous, they want to win so bad. Everyone wants to win so bad. I’m happy to be a part of this team.”His coach, Tom Ryan, said he wanted to see Stieber leave the program the right way and that he has put this team in the right direction.“To think that this little kid from a small farm town in Monroeville, Ohio, did what he did, is pretty awesome, pretty amazing,” Ryan said. “I’m so happy for him and his family, and they believed early on in the process of us getting to the point we are. And now he can pass the torch to the other guys.”Stieber said people think he’s putting on a front when asked about the pressure that surrounds him, but he continues to block out all nervousness and is never affected.“This has been so much fun,” Stieber said. ”I haven’t been nervous at all. I was nervous for Kyle Snyder, I was nervous for Nathan Tomasello. In my match, if I have an inch of nervousness, I push it out right away. And this is fun. It’s like wrestling in the practice room. I really, really enjoy it. And it’s a little bit of relief to be done and be able to, I guess, celebrate with my family and friends.”After enjoying his individual success and that of the people around him, the four time All-American will go down as the most decorated wrestler to yet don the scarlet and gray. read more

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Book believes that Manchester City are the best

first_imgTony Book was a part of a very successful Manchester City team back in 1970 but he believes that the current squad can achieve even more and win many collective and individual trophies.The Manchester City legend believes that the team has got “the best squad and the best manager in Europe” at the moment and it is just a question of time when they are going to win the Champions League.Book spoke about the qualities of the current team as he said, according to Goal:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The one thing my team achieved that this current team must have is a success in Europe and I think it’s only a matter of time before Pep delivers another European trophy.”“It’s going to be a tough two games against Liverpool, but I think City will go through because I look at the strength of both teams and I have absolutely no doubt that Pep has the best squad.”“In fact, I’d go as far as to say that City now have the best squad and the best manager in Europe. I think that they have even more quality in depth than both Barcelona and Real Madrid. I feel that City can go anywhere and win.”last_img read more

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Yaya Toure returns to Greece

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has returned to Greek club Olympiakos, 12 years after leaving them to sign for French side AS Monaco.The Ivorian first had his huge breakthrough in European football with the Piraeus-based side during the 2005-2006 season, scoring three goals in 20 matches.Toure moved to Barcelona in 2007 after spending only one season in the French Ligue 1 with AS Monaco.After their Gulf-based owners injected huge funds into Manchester City, Toure was one of the key signings who helped the club win three Premier League titles in seven seasons.He represented City in 230 games, scoring 59 goals, but was released at the end of last season after another title triumph.The energetic midfielder is now back with Olympiakos, although the club have not released any financial details or the duration of the contract.Official: Yaya Toure joins Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai Andrew Smyth – July 4, 2019 Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has returned to football with Chinese second-tier side Qingdao Huanghai following a seven-month spell on the sidelines.Toure wrote on his website, as quoted by Sky Sports:“It is an honour to be back at Olympiakos!”“When I left in 2006 I said I would come back and I am delighted to keep my word. I had offers from lots of clubs across Europe, Asia and the USA.”“Ultimately, I made my decision based on the special relationship I have with this incredible club.”“I am as hungry for success now as I was when I first arrived here many years ago and I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve.”“It is now time to let my football do the talking once again. Let’s do this!”last_img read more

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UEFA award Real Madrid €886m for Champions League win

first_imgThe UEFA announced that Real Madrid earned €88.6m for last season’s Champions League triumphThe football governing body confirmed payments that have been made to clubs who participated in the 2017/18 Champions League on Thursday morning.And it’s been announced on the UEFA website that Real have emerged as top earners with over €88m.Under Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos won their third successive European title after defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the final at Kiev in May through a brace from Gareth Bale and another from Karim Benzema.While they didn’t claim the top prize last season, Liverpool will still receive €81.2m in total from UEFA for their final appearance.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid earned €16.1m for their Europa League triumph last season and a further €31.7m for their participation in the Champions League, while beaten finalists Marseille got €23m.All clubs that competed in the Champions League group stage received a minimum of €12.7m.Overall, €1.412bn was paid out to all competing clubs Champions League and another €428.1m to those in the Europa League.Below is a list of the top earners from last season’s Champions LeagueReal Madrid (€88m)AS Roma (€83m)Liverpool (€81m)Juventus (€80m)Bayern Munich (€70m)Chelsea (€65m)Manchester City (€63m)PSG (€62m)Barcelona (€57m)Manchester United (€40m)last_img read more

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