CIC slams Hockey India for refusing info on complimentary passes

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Terming as “unacceptable excuse” the denial of details on complimentary passes for hockey matches, the Central Information Commission has directed Hockey India to put in public domain such information in the interest of transparency and prevention of corruption, an official order said.It has also asked the authority concerned to provide details whether any spouse of the playing team member was in the management of Hockey India or Hockey India League “to rule out the possibility of conflict of interest”.Hockey India (HI) acts as the governing body to promote and encourage hockey in the country. It receives funds from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Sports Authority of India for participation of Indian teams in international tournaments towards boarding, lodging, air tickets, field charges, local transport, visa fee and medical insurance.Hockey India League (HIL), which is also known as Coal India Hockey India League, does not receive any government funding, according to its website and the CIC’s order.RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal had in 2015 filed an RTI application with Hockey India, seeking details on commission or other monetary benefits having been paid to get sponsors for HIL matches, and on the system of distribution of free complimentary tickets/passes for different types of matches, among others.Some parts of the the information sought by the appellant was denied by the Central Public Information Officer. Aggrieved over the response, Agrawal had filed first appeal with the body which was also declined.He then moved the Commission in October 2015 which heard the matter on different occasions.advertisementThe final order was passed by the CIC on Thursday, nearly after three years of filing the Right To Information (RTI) application.With regard to the information on complimentary passes, the Hockey India had invoked section 8(1) (d) of the RTI Act — that bars disclosure of information including those of commercial confidence and trade secret — among others.The Commission finds the contention that even complimentary tickets permitted to sponsors as ‘confidential’ with competitive commercial element is absolutely ‘baseless’ and reflects the intention of the HI not to give any bit of information about the favours they are doling out to their favourites, it said.”Especially when the HI and HIL are not inviting sponsors openly, but confined to a limited or single most choice through a marketing agent, the competitive commercial interest question does not arise at all. This is an unacceptable excuse for which clause 8(1)(d) cannot be invoked,” the order said.Hence, the Commission directs the respondent authority to put in public domain, every time when they permit the complimentary passes for the hockey matches, in the interest of transparency and prevention of corruption along with a detailed break up of distribution of complementary passes, the order said.”The people have a right to know for each match how many complimentaries are given, and whether anybody is making any money over distribution of those complimentary passes. The Commission feels that the HI has to give the break up and other details of the complimentary passes for each sponsor in each match also,” it said in its November 8 order.The CIC has also asked the respondent to provide revised information pertaining to rules/norms relating the fee to be paid by the public authority to their counsel, to the appellant, within seven days from the date of receipt of this order, it added. PTI AKV SRYlast_img read more

Board of Control for Cricket in India announces two-year ban for age frauds

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a minimum of two-year suspension for players found guilty of age fraud.”The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments,” said the BCCI in a statement.”As conveyed to state associations at the start of the season, BCCI wishes to reiterate that from the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons,” it added.Earlier, a cricketer faced a ban of one year.In September, the BCCI had banned a Meghalya-bound Delhi player, Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva, for producing a fake birth certificate to play in an Under-19 tournament.Age fraud is a perennial phenomenon facing junior cricket. In 2016, former India captain Rahul Dravid had acknowledged age-fudging as a major problem in Indian cricket and welcomed BCCI’s decision to allow a player to compete in the U-19 World Cup only once.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

277 revision surgeries have been performed due to faulty J&J hip implants: Minister

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) A total of 277 revision surgeries have been performed due to the faulty ASR hip implants manufactured by DePuy International Ltd, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.The minister was replying to a question on whether faulty hip implants had resulted in deaths and disability of several patients. “As per the information available with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), 277 revision surgeries were undertaken because of disability due to faulty Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implants manufactured by M/s DePuy International Limited, UK, (now M/s Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd),” Choubey said in his reply. He said the government had set up a panel to examine issues relating to the faulty hip implants. The committee, after a detailed examination of the issue, submitted its report to the government, which accepted the recommendations with some modifications. Based on the accepted recommendations, the government constituted a central expert committee under the chairmanship of Sports Injury Centre Director RK Arya inter-alia to determine the quantum of compensation, Choubey said. The Health Ministry has also requested all the states/UTs to form state-level committees to examine the affected patients within their jurisdiction so that the process is less arduous for them.”A formula for determining compensation for the affected patients has also been formulated and placed in public domain. The affected patients can approach either the central expert committee or state-level committee as per their convenience,” Choubey said.advertisement Responding to a question on whether the government was aware that the hip implants of the same manufacturer were recalled in the United States due to its faulty equipments and if so, the reasons it was allowed to market the product in India, Choubey said the product was recalled in the US in August 2010. In India, the firm recalled it on August 24, 2010 and Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) acknowledged their recall and no further import of the product was allowed, he said. PTI PLB AARlast_img read more

JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7 winners donate prize money for Pulwama attack martyrs families

first_imgThe JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, India’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally, ended on an intense, patriotic note with the participants paying homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror strike and the winners dedicating their victories to the country’s armed forces.The three-time champions, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa decided to donate their entire prize money of Rs 1 lakh to a fund that will help the families of the CRPF soldiers who tragically passed away in Pulwama on February 14.The rally’s prize distribution ceremony at Club Montana Vista in Siliguri commenced with the national anthem and was followed by a two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the terror attack at Pulwama.The dignitaries, the competitors and the organisers, lit candles in front of a collage of portraits of the Pulwama martyrs. Air Commodore (retired) S.K. Agarwal, speaking on behalf of India’s armed forces, recalled his training as a fighter pilot and the commitment of soldiers to sacrifice their lives for the country. He also recalled interacting with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was a high school student when Agarwal was posted at an IAF base along with Abhinandan’s father Air Marshal (retired) S Varthaman.At the prize distribution ceremony that followed, most of the winners in the various categories dedicated their successes to the country’s armed forces.Rally champion Ajgar Ali from the port town of Haldia in West Bengal announced that he would donate his prize money to the CRPF welfare fund for martyrs’ families.advertisementAjgar’s younger brother Shaikh Ibrahim, who came fourth in the open category, also dedicated his victory to India’s armed forces and thanked the country’s soldiers for guarding the country in the face of extreme adversities.The winners in the other categories also paid homage to the armed forces and to the martrys.Also Read | ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchlast_img read more

Andre Russell celebrates his 31st birthday in style: One of my best T20 days

first_imgAndre Russell walked the talk on Sunday as he produced an all-round effort to help Kolkata Knight Riders crush Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in the Indian Premier League.Russell, who also turned 31 after the match, bludgeoned 80 not out off 40 balls and took 2 wickets for 25 runs as the Knight Riders restricted Mumbai Indians to 198 for 7 while defending a mammoth total of 232 in 20 overs.Russell also took a couple of catches in the second innings as he almost single-handedly helped KKR end their six-match losing streak in their final home game. The win was also KKR’s 100th in T20 cricket.Before this game Russell had expressed his disappointment at Kolkata’s bowling and decision-making in the IPL so far this season. Russell’s words seemed to have hit the right spot as Knight Riders certainly pulled up their socks after that with the all-rounder leading the way for them once again.”If the fans say that I am a super-hero I am happy. Hand-eye co-ordination, a good bat speed and balance is important. I generate a lot of power from the shoulders and core. Everything works together. You need to make sure your body is fit and strong in order to play those upward shots in those moments,” Russell said after getting the man-of-the-match award.DRE RUSS is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant 80* and bowling figures of 2/25 pic.twitter.com/rY5uWxvWDaIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2019Needing a victory to even dream of a berth in the playoffs, KKR were off to a flying start riding on Lynn (54; 29 balls, 4×8, 6×2) and Gill’s (76; 45 balls, 4×6, 6×4) 96-run opening stand which came off just 57 deliveries. Gill’s chanceless knock was also his highest T20 score.advertisementAfter Lynn’s dismissal in the 10th over, Russell made the most of a reprieve — he was dropped on 1 by Evin Lewis — to remain unbeaten and blast his highest score this season off just 40 balls with the help of six fours and eight sixes.Russell shared a 62-run stand for the second wicket with Gill off 35 balls and then combined with skipper Dinesh Karthik (15 not out) for an unbroken 74-run partnership which came off just 29 deliveries.There is no stopping this fella. A wicket of his very first delivery pic.twitter.com/NMXV1mV1PWIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2019In the last three overs, Russell made mincemeat of Mumbai’s famed bowlers Hardik Pandya, Jasrpit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, taking 20, 15 and 20 runs off them, respectively, as the hosts plundered 55 runs in that period.”We have given ourselves a chance. Hopefully the result in the next two games goes our way. One of my best T20 days, definitely. We needed to get 200-plus but getting 230 was just enough. If it was just over 200 we would have been on the losing end. We kept our heads calm under pressure and executed our plans well,” Russell said.Finishing the innings with a MASSIVE SIX – courtesy DRE RUSS pic.twitter.com/ZVm91qpuaeIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2019Mumbai came close to the target thanks mainly to Hardik Pandya’s brutal 91 off 34 balls but the rest of the batsmen failed to fire which eventually led to their defeat. MI though, are still placed third on the table with 14 points from 12 games while KKR are fifth with 10 points.Two teams – Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals – have already advanced to the playoffs. All the other six sides are in contention for the last two playoff spots.Also Read | KKR vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019: Kolkata crush Mumbai by 34 runs at Eden GardensAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma fumes after cheap dismissal against Kolkata Knight RidersAlso Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019last_img read more

Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan’s girlfriend Giorgia Andriani slay gym fashion in tank top and tights

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World Cup 2019 gears up for Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and India

first_imgThe 2019 Cricket World Cup got underway on May 30. Plenty has happened since. West Indies announced their intentions with a bullying victory over Pakistan. Pakistan bounced back after a shambolic defeat to stun England and David Warner endured booing to steer Australia to victory over a gutsy Afghanistan.In short, it has been a gripping first week at the 2019 World Cup. Yet, the game’s biggest superstars have not yet arrived on the park. India will begin their campaign on Wednesday at Southampton against South Africa who are reeling from defeats to England and Bangladesh and the loss of Dale Steyn to a shoulder injury.It has been a strange build-up for the Indians in the lead-up to this World Cup. In 2015, India had spent months in Australia before storming to the semifinals. The 2011 World Cup was played at home which India won. 2019 has been a different story.While most other teams played intense internationals and spent enough time together to gear up, India played their last ODI on March 13. India have since only played the Indian Premier League and then two warm-up matches, one of which they lost.All geared up – @imVkohli & Co. not willing to take South Africa lightly ahead of World Cup opener #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/pD6I3YEEViBCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2019But Virat Kohli is far from worried. His bowlers are in top shape. The openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – did not get many runs in the warm-ups but these two men always get in the groove in big tournaments. Virat Kohli is never far away from an impact innings – the top 3 are therefore not much cause for concern.advertisementWhat could worry India is their middle-order. After some sweating and worrying, India seem to have zeroed in on KL Rahul for the No.4 spot but Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar could still give him a run for his money.Then there are the likes of MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Japsprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami who select themselves.India are the rockstars of world cricket. They have been among the most dominant teams in World Cups this century. They reached the final in 2003 and won the tournament in 2011 after being knocked out of the group stages in 2007. In 2015, India reached the semifinals before losing to Australia. Again.In 2019, almost every expert believes India and England will play the final provided both teams play to their potential.India have a huge fan following in England. They love playing in England as was evident in the Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017. When India play, the cricket world watches in awe.Indeed, India struggled in England last year when they lost the ODI and the Test series but they are a different team in ICC events.In 2013, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy and won. In 2014, India made it to the final of the T20 World Cup and lost. In 2015 and 2016, India reached the finals of the 50-over and T20 World Cups. In 2017, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy. That’s staggering consistency.No wonder then, fans expect the world from India in England this year. And, they will turn up in numbers to cheer for the team across England. Indians from India and from the world over have landed up in England to make it a party to remember for the ages.Also Read | India in their World Cup openers: 5 wins and 6 defeatsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India confident of defending any total, feels Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs India

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar expressed surprise at Australia’s tactics in their failed chase of 353 vs India in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 outing at The Oval in London.Sachin Tendulkar pointed out Australia’s decision to hold back big-hitter Glenn Maxwell in their steep chase worked in favour of India and said he hasn’t seen Warner bat slower than he did against India on Sunday.India vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportChasing 353, Australia got off to an uncharacteristically slow start with David Warner struggling to put bat to ball. The pressure on Aaron Finch was so much so that he was run-out when trying to steal an improbable second.Warner took his time and scored a fifty off 77 balls but failed to build on it as he perished for 56 off 84 balls while trying to take India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on in the 25th over.Following Warner’s departure, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja struggled to get the boundaries as India’s wrist-spinners put the brakes on in the middle overs. Khawaja tried to accelerate but he perished in the 37th over even as the asking rate shot past 10 runs per over.Glenn Maxwell, who walked in at No. 4, smashed a 28-ball 14 but it came a bit too late in Australia’s innings. Alex Carey played a blinder, hitting the World Cup 2019’s fastest fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia fell short of the total by 36 runs.”That [holding Glenn Maxwell back] was a wrong move, I believe that worked beautifully in India’s favour,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.advertisementHe added: “At the stage, I completely understand that you needed a left hand-right hand combination. But when that can work is when you need 6 or 7 runs an over and Usman Khawaja comes and rotates the strike. But you needed someone to play the big shots and change the momentum.”When Maxwell walked in, he took no time to strike at 300. At that stage, the body language of India players also changed. Suddenly a red flag was waved. And Chahal did it beautifully again. He’s had a fair amount of success against Maxwell.”Have seen Starc bowl much better: TendulkarSachin Tendulkar also pointed out Mitchell Starc’s inability to move the ball on a flat Oval wicket let Australia down.”When Starc is not bringing the ball back in, he is not as effective. He is not that threatening when he is not able to do that. I have been Starc bowl much better. He becomes effective when he is bowling 145-plus. He is full up and swinging it back to hit the stumps,” Tendulkar said.”The ball was not swinging that much. I think that was something Australians were hoping didn’t happen. Australia were hoping for an early wicket, considering the platform India were building at that point in time.”India flaunted their batting firepower to post 353 after Shikhar Dhawan smashed 117 and Virat Kohli a well-paced 82. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni smashed late cameos as India went past the 350-run mark.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan urges Afghanistan not to repeat mistakes vs India

first_imgAfghanistan’s campaign has gone from bad to worse in the World Cup 2019 as five defeats and blame games within the team is taking a toll on the players. The team is languishing in last place in the points table and have no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.Afghanistan’s next challenge is against India, which has been the team to beat in the tournament so far along with New Zealand. India will be the favourites once again when they take the field in Southampton on Saturday.Taking on a formidable side like India will be an uphill task for the Afghans and they will be looking to bring in their A-game against Kohli and Co. on Saturday. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan urged his teammates to not repeat the same mistakes that they have made in this tournament so far against India.Rashid admitted that things haven’t gone according to plan for Afghanistan but they are still upbeat about their chances in the remaining four matches.”We had come in with a lot of preparation and a plan. We tried a lot, we should have won against Sri Lanka and we had also targeted that game. But we were unlucky, we didn’t play responsibly.”As a batting unit we had the capability to chase the target but there are always bad days. We learnt from that game. We have learnt a lot from other games, we still have 4 matches left so we hope we won’t make the same mistakes.”We have played against India in the Asia Cup, it will be a tough game. With the kind of batting and bowling they have, they are one of the top teams in the tournament. But we will try not to repeat the same mistakes. Our main focus will be to field well. We will try to play positively. Whatever talent we have we will try to showcase it on the ground against India,” Rashid Khan told India Today.advertisementAfghanistan have just not been unable to recreate the magic they did in the World Cup Qualifiers and Asia Cup last year, and have faced five defeats in as many games so far. They have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause.Fielding is one area where they are working extra hard and Rashid said they will have to be at their best in the match against India, who he labelled as the team which can win the World Cup.”There is no doubt India cannot win the world cup. The combination they have, the bowling lineup and the fielders they have. In this World Cup, the teams which are fielding well are winning matches. India have the skills in the fielding. They have better batsmen than bowlers, one of the best teams here. They can win there is no doubt,” Rashid Khan said.Also Read | Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh Pantlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Tab A 10.1 launched in India: Price, specs and availability

first_imgSamsung has launched two new tablets for the Indian market. The Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 have been launched in the country touting slim and lightweight designs with an emphasis on offering edge-to-edge displays and PC-like performance with DeX support. The Galaxy Tab S5e is a premium mid-range tablet with a thin frame, Super AMOLED display and quad speakers. The Tab A 10.1 is an affordable tablet that offers narrow bezels for an immersive viewing experience.The Galaxy Tab S5e has been launched starting at Rs 35,999 for the Wi-Fi-only model, while the Wi-Fi + LTE variant will cost Rs 39,999. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 starts at a more affordable price of Rs 14,999, which is for the Wi-Fi-only variant. The Wi-Fi + LTE model is priced at Rs 19,999. Both the Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 will be available in Silver, Black and Gold colours.The Galaxy Tab S5e will go on sale from June 24 across leading retail stores, Samsung e-shop and Samsung Opera House. The Wi-Fi variant of the Tab S5e will also be available on Amazon.in, while the Wi-Fi + LTE model will be available on Flipkart. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi-only model will go on sale starting June 26 on Amazon.in and Samsung’s online store, while the Wi-Fi + LTE variant will go on sale starting July 1 across all leading retail stores, Samsung e-Shop, Samsung Opera House and Amazon India.Samsung is also offering an exclusive launch deal for the Tab S5e until July 31 where you can get a POGO keyboard for just Rs 3,500 instead of its original price of Rs 7,999.advertisementGalaxy Tab S5e specificationsThe Galaxy Tab S5e is all about offering a slip and lightweight tablet. It measures 5.5mm in thickness and weighs just around 400 grams. The Tab S5e offers a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 670 chipset and ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.The premium tablet offers quad stereo speakers tuned by AKG and supports Dolby Atmos as well. It houses a 7,040mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging. The Galaxt Tab S5e runs on Android Pie with One UI on top, which means you get a system-wide Night mode and a new UI for easier usability. The Tab S5e also supports DeX mode that offers a PC-like experience when using it with a POGO keyboard.Galaxy Tab A 10.1 specificationsThe affordable Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is made for consumers who want an entertainment-focused tablet. It offers a 10.1-inch FHD+ LCD display with narrow bezels all around. It measures 7.5mm in thickness and weighs around 470 grams.The Tab A 10.1 is powered by an Exynos 7904A octa-core chipset paired with 32GB of internal storage which can also be expanded via microSD card. The tablet houses a 6,150mAh battery and comes with dual speakers with Dolby Atmos support. It sports an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera. It also ships with Android Pie-based One UI. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 also features a Kids Home mode that offers curated apps and media for children and allows parents to monitor their kids’ screen time and what they access.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirmslast_img read more

India lost the least matches but England won the World Cup

first_imgEngland’s long-held dream has been realized. After beating New Zealand in the final on Sunday, England lifted their maiden men’s World Cup in the 44-year-old history of the tournament. For New Zealand, it was another heartbreak at the summit of the sport after having lost to Australia in the 2015 World Cup final. While New Zealand will certainly feel hard done by the result, the Indian team also has reasons to be disappointed after crashing out in the semi-final at the hands of the Kiwis.England might be the new world champions but they lost 3 matches during the course of the tournament. India, on the other hand, lost the least number of matches (2) among all teams in the tournament. Here is the complete list of the 10 teams’ wins and losses (wins, losses):India – 7,2Australia – 7,3England – 8,3New Zealand – 6,4Pakistan – 5,3Sri Lanka – 3,4South Africa – 3,5Bangladesh – 3,5West Indies – 2,6Afghanistan – 0,9The match went to a super over after scores were tied at the end of England’s chase of 242. England scored 15 off their six balls but New Zealand did well to match them shot for shot by ending up with 15 runs of their own. However, England were declared winners as they had scored more boundaries (in the match including the super over). While New Zealand scored 17 boundaries in total, England were far more superior in the department, having blazed 26 fours and sixes.Chasing 16 in the Super Over, New Zealand managed 15 but England won because they scored more boundaries in the match and in the Super Over.advertisementAlso Read | England win World Cup 2019 despite tied Super Over vs New ZealandAlso Read | New Zealand players are shattered: Kane Williamson after England win World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws

first_imgNovak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal in order to get more rest before opening his hard court season, the world number one said on Thursday.Djokovic, a four-times champion in Canada, said he needs more time to recover after a physically demanding run at Wimbledon, where he beat Swiss Roger Federer in a five-set final to secure his 16th Grand Slam title.”I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” said Djokovic. “With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play.”With the Serb’s withdrawal, Spain’s Rafa Nadal will be the top seed at the Aug. 3-11 tournament.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who injured himself at Queen’s this year and has since had surgery on his right knee, will also skip the tournament.”In del Potro’s case, we wish him a speedy recovery, he who has experienced his share of injuries in the past few years,” said Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “We look forward to seeing him back on court in the near future.”Also Read | Watch: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena sing a Croatian song with klapa group from Korcula islandAlso See:last_img read more

HY-VEE TO MATCH CUSTOMER DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

first_imgHy-Vee Food Stores will be accepting and matching customers donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.Hy-Vee says it will match all donations received from August 30th through September 30th up to $100,000.Customers will have the ability to donate $1 or $5 amounts at the cash register of any Hy-Vee store.You may add the amount to your purchase, or donate separately if not purchasing groceries.Funds will be provided to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts, including supporting volunteer work, opening shelters and providing meals and other supplies.last_img

TRIAL OF ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT CONTINUED

first_imgThe attempted murder trial of a Sioux City man charged in the shooting of another man in the 200 block of Alice Street has been continued until March 5th.23-year-old Isaac McDonald is accused of shooting 28-year-old John Mercure in the head back on August 1st.McDonald’s trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but a delay was granted in the case.McDonald remains held in the Woodbury County Jail on $100,000 bond.last_img

Berizzo to undergo prostate cancer surgery

first_imgSevilla Sevilla boss Berizzo to undergo prostate cancer surgery Peter Hanson 22:40 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EduardoBerizzo - cropped Getty Images Sevilla Villarreal v Sevilla Villarreal Primera División Sevilla v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League The 48-year-old will got under the knife following his prostate cancer diagnosis, with assistant Ernesto Marcucci taking charge of first-team affairs Sevilla head coach Eduardo Berizzo will undergo surgery on Tuesday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, the La Liga club have confirmed.Berizzo’s assistant Ernesto Marcucci, who also worked as his number two at Celta Vigo, will take charge of the first-team in his absence.In a statement, Sevilla said: “The return of the Argentine coach to Sevilla FC bench will depend both on the operation and on the evolution of the post-surgery . Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Sevilla FC is confident that this return will be as soon as possible.”Eduardo Berizzo is to undergo surgery this TuesdayHis return to the dugout will depend on post-operative development. Ernesto Marcucci will take charge of the First Team in his absencehttps://t.co/FMfiOzlZn8#AguanteToto pic.twitter.com/Lhw35Dm8GL— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) November 27, 2017News of Berizzo’s illness came to light in the aftermath of Sevilla’s Champions League match against Liverpool last week, where Wissam Ben Yedder’s brace and a stoppage-time goal from Guido Pizarro secured a 3-3 draw from 3-0 down.A similarly stunning comeback followed on Sunday, with Villarreal two goals to the good before Clement Lenglet, Franco Vazquez and Ever Banega sealed a 3-2 triumph that leaves Sevilla fifth in La Liga.Marcucci’s first game in charge will be against Cartagena in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, with his side holding a 3-0 advantage from last month’s first leg.last_img read more

Barcelona’s Valverde blames referee for Las Palmas draw before facing Atlético

first_img Antoine Griezmann scores four as Atlético close on leaders Barcelona Share on Pinterest La Liga Share via Email Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp European club football Barcelona Las Palmas Share on Twitter Read more Ernesto Valverde was not at all impressed with the penalty decision that gave lowly Las Palmas, 18th in La Liga, an equaliser at Estadio Gran Canaria. Jonathan Calleri, briefly of West Ham United, converted the kick to level the match at 1-1, and in the 42 minutes plus injury time that remained, Barcelona could not find another goal. “We have defended very well, with intensity and courage,” gushed Las Palmas’ manager, Paco Jémez.The Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, chose instead to focus on referee Antonio Lahoz. In particular, he was outraged at his decision to penalise Lucas Digne for handball – and not Sergi Roberto’s foul on Matias Aguirregaray as some thought at the time. Reuse this content Share on Facebook “We don’t know what the referee blew for during that play,” he said. “Nobody knows in the dressing room. In that phase of play we don’t understand what he blew for, it was inexplicable. We hope that his decision will become a little clearer when we see a replay. It was an invisible penalty.” Valverde was also vexed that, just before half-time, Antonio Mateu failed to punish Las Palmas’s goalkeeper; Leandro Chichizola appeared to handle out of his box deliberately. “For me, it was really clear,” he said. Though Barcelona remain unbeaten at the top of the league, they now look pregnable. In their last five games they have dropped six points, half their season’s total, were unimpressive in the Champions League against Chelsea, and on Sunday face their nearest challengers at Camp Nou. Atlético Madrid sit five points off the lead but have won eight matches in a row, the last two in devastating style. They will form as formidable a defensive barrier and offer as dangerous a counter-attacking threat as Barcelona encountered at Stamford Bridge – but their experience makes them unlikely to provide the kind of error through which Andreas Christensen facilitated Lionel Messi’s equaliser, while neither Eden Hazard nor Willian were in form as devastating as Antoine Griezmann, who has scored seven times in his last two games. “The match against Atletico comes up fast and it’ll be important for both teams,” said Valverde. “We go in to it with a bad taste in our mouths, because we could have got a win. We’re the leaders and we’re keen to stay in first place.” Share on Messengerlast_img read more

John McEnroe insists Serena Williams should be seeded at Wimbledon

first_imgBut, despite flashes of enlightenment, the All England Club is a tough establishment nut to crack. Last week they denied Dan Evans a wildcard – in the main draw and qualifying – even though his ban for taking cocaine last year ended in April, since when he has won 20 of 24 matches, 14 on grass, the most by any British player this summer. After coming through a pre-qualifying tournament, Evans needs three more wins at Roehampton this coming week to confront his doubters at Wimbledon.There remains the small matter of the unfortunate fixture clash on Sunday 15 July, when the men’s final bumps up against the World Cup final in Russia. The BBC is understood to be lobbying behind the scenes for Wimbledon to bring forward its starting time an hour to 1pm, to lessen the impact on ratings for the football, which starts at 4pm. The response has been muted but common sense may yet prevail.Meanwhile, McEnroe is going in to bat for Williams. “I don’t think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight. Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second, third round? Nor should they, in my opinion.”The core issue has been whether Williams or any player should be seeded when returning to the Tour after pregnancy. On Saturday Katrina Adams, the president and chair of the United States Tennis Association, told the New York Times that such players should not be “penalised” for starting a family.As for the argument that seeding Williams might be unfair to the player edged out of the top 32 – which the British No 1, Jo Konta, thinks ought to be considered – McEnroe says: “What’s her name? No offence. You’re talking about Serena.”McEnroe said the first day Williams played in the French Open last month, ratings on NBC were “50% more than a year ago”. He added: “It’s like Tiger Woods when he came back. All of a sudden it’s top of the ratings. Forget the fact that she has won 23 majors and what she brings to the table. I’m sorry, I apologise to the 32nd player in the world. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. I just don’t think it’s right to think that way.” news Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Read more The wise burghers of Wimbledon are treading delicately through a few moral minefields before the 150th championships, which begin on Monday week, but John McEnroe is adamant about one thing: the seven-times champion Serena Williams should be seeded.The tournament seedings committee, on which the former champion sits, will decide on Tuesday whether Williams – ranked 183 in the world as she continues her comeback after having her first child last September – should be included among the top 32 entrants in the women’s singles draw. Asked where he would rank his 36-year-old compatriot at Wimbledon, McEnroe said: “Somewhere between one and 10 – one and 16 at the worst.” Wimbledon Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Share on LinkedIncenter_img Reuse this content Tennis John McEnroe Share via Email Serena Williams The Observer Roger Federer: the more we love him, the nicer he becomes Share on Messenger Roger Federer: Serena Williams may well be best overall tennis player ever Share on Twitter Wimbledon 2018 Elsewhere, Andy Murray, who gave Nick Kyrgios three tough sets in his first match in 342 days in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships on Tuesday, will decide about Wimbledon after he has played at Eastbourne – where he has drawn Stan Wawrinka in the first round, with the winner playing Kyle Edmund. That’s one tough draw.At Queen’s on Saturday, Kyrgios added 16 aces to the 82 he had served this week but lost concentration in the tie-breaks as Marin Cilic went through to his fourth final, winning 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in an hour and 26 minutes. “I was a little more composed in these situations,” the No 1 seed said.Cilic plays Novak Djokovic, who looked strangely out of sorts but found enough to beat Jérémy Chardy, 7-6 (5), 6-4. “I was very pleased to go through to the finals. Every tournament I am hoping I can play the way I know I can play.” It was a low-key reaction after playing some brilliant tennis. It should be an excellent final.In Halle, a below-par Roger Federer had to fight hard to win his 20th match in a row on grass, beating the world No 109, Denis Kudla, 7-6 (1), 7-5. He goes for his décima in Sunday’s final against Borna Coric, who got a walkover from the injured Roberto Bautista Agut. The world No 1 has struggled for rhythm this week but will surely turn up at Wimbledon in good shape to defend his title.last_img read more

Blair Kinghorn hat-trick sparks Scotland’s Six Nations victory over Italy

first_imgThe Observer Asked if his players were down at the end of the game because of its unsatisfactory conclusion, Townsend suggested it could be regarded as a salutary reminder of the work they have to do before the tougher challenges that await.“Yes, and maybe it’s not a bad thing. It’s the first game of the tournament and we’re playing the No 2 team in the world on Saturday. We’re then going to a place where we’ve not won in 20 years, then playing the No 3 team in the world, then going to a place where we haven’t won since 1983.“Feet on the ground is good for us,” Townsend continued. “We’ve started with a solid win and scoring five tries is a credit to the players. But we know next week’s challenge is going to be huge and we have to get the focus right almost immediately. The players will start to absorb the gameplan and what we need to do better to win next week.”The Italians might easily have conceded more than five tries, and though they did take an early lead through a Tommy Allan penalty, Scotland needed only two minutes to hit back through Kinghorn. Greig Laidlaw stole the ball at the breakdown following the restart, and Finn Russell angled an inch-perfect kick for Kinghorn to gather and run in from the edge of the opposition 22. Midway through the half Kinghorn again got on the end of a wide move to score.Josh Strauss, a substitute for the injured Sam Skinner, began the move with a pick-up from the base of a scrum. He fed Laidlaw, who switched direction to Russell, and the stand-off then looped around the debutant Sam Johnson before passing to Hogg. The full-back’s pass to Kinghorn went to ground, but the left winger was nonetheless able to take it in his stride and sprint over in the corner. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Italy rugby union team Share on Facebook Share on Messenger The Azzurri did rally towards half-time, but they were repelled. Scotland increased the tempo from the restart and a third try seemed only a matter of time. They got it after 47 minutes when Hogg beat Angelo Esposito in the race to ground a kick into the in-goal area from Russell – even though a replay cast doubt on how much downward pressure the scorer had exerted.Scotland had half an hour to get the fourth try and claim the bonus point. They only needed five minutes. Laidlaw and Jamie Ritchie exchanged passes, and the captain put Kinghorn through from 15 metres out. Another conversion made it 26-3.With the game won, Townsend went to his bench, and one of the replacements, Harris, got the fifth try with his first touch after another astute break by Hogg set up good position. With Laidlaw having given way to Ali Price, Russell took over the duties and converted to make it 33-3. match reports Read more Topics Support The Guardian Italy rallied in what remained of the game, and scored three late tries. The first was from short range through Guglielmo Palazzani after Berghan had been sin-binned for collapsing the maul, with Allan’s conversion taking them into the respectability of double figures.Edoardo Padovani got the second with a simple score after Scotland had run out of numbers on the right, but the substitute Ian McKinley was off target with the conversion. Angelo Esposito got the third, again from a break up the right, with two minutes left. The winger drop-kicked his conversion attempt back off the post.That late recovery notwithstanding, the Italians’ limited contribution has to be a concern to Conor O’Shea, who has yet to enjoy a win in the tournament as their coach. “We hadn’t the ball – pretty simple,” the coach said when asked to explain the defeat.“It felt like were defending the whole time. I’m disappointed, because if we’d held on to the ball we’ve got players who can do damage. We know the challenge. We know we’ve started a process that is doing the right thing – and we have a lot to do.” Six Nations Scotland rugby union team Read more Warren Gatland’s Wales head to Rome with another record on their minds Twitter Share on Twitter Pinterest Rugby union Since you’re here… Six Nations 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share via Email Scotland 33-20 Italy: Six Nations 2019 – as it happened Blair Kinghorn of Scotland celebrates after he scores his team’s fourth try. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images BLAIR Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first Championship hat-trick in 30 years as the home team got their Six Nations campaign off to a competent start against a limited Italian side. Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris also touched down as Gregor Townsend’s team had the bonus point wrapped up with 25 minutes to play, but some chaos and confusion ensued in a final 10-minute spell which saw Italy, who previously had only a penalty to their name, claim three tries to put a gloss on the scoreline.The sin-binning of the substitute Simon Berghan was the catalyst for that late lapse, and Townsend is well aware that his team will have to tighten up in some respects before Ireland visit Murrayfield on Saturday. On balance, however, the head coach was satisfied with a performance during which his team improved significantly on the autumn Tests in areas such as the breakdown and the kick chase.last_img read more

Chris Wood boosts Burnley and keeps Cardiff deep in relegation mire

first_img 29 Niasse Share on Messenger match reports Substitutes 2 Peltier CAR BUR (s 81′) 7 Burnley Off target 12 Cardiff 7 Burnley On target 2 Cardiff 33 Hoilett Ashley Barnes appears to kiss Joe Bennett of Cardiff City on the nose. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images 21 Victor Camarasa 1 Heaton Share on LinkedIn 20 Hart Possession Fouls 4 Morrison Cardiff Burnley Goal attempts 7 Arter 28 Murphy Lineups 5 Ecuele Manga The Observer 3 Taylor 7 10 A game featuring a referee’s change of heart over a controversial penalty award, a player booked for twice kissing an opponent and two headed goals from Chris Wood was never dull. If it was a little bad-tempered at times it probably reflected the tension of a relegation six-pointer that ended with Burnley all but mathematically safe and Cardiff travelling to a freefalling Brighton on Tuesday knowing victory could still boost their slim hopes of staying in the Premier League.“If Brighton beat us it’s probably all over,” said a surprisingly sanguine Neil Warnock who had turned incandescent when his Cardiff side were awarded a penalty after a linesman spotted a handball by Ben Mee, only for the referee, Mike Dean, to change his mind.“But I think we’re going to be inundated with luck in our final five games.”The visitors had only themselves to blame for a poor first half and the game had barely begun when Wood hit the post after making a headed connection with a whipped-in free-kick from Burnley’s highly promising winger, Dwight McNeil.The 19-year-old’s dead-ball delivery and crossing posed Cardiff a litany of problems and he created both Wood’s goals. The first came from a McNeil corner met by the unmarked New Zealand striker whose perfectly timed advance encountered zero resistance from a slapdash visiting defence. Wood glanced his header beyond Neil Etheridge and nudged Cardiff closer to the Championship.The loss of Sol Bamba, their best defender, to a season-ending injury has hit them hard and their backline reverted to papier-mache mode again as Ashley Westwood found himself clean through with only Etheridge to beat. The goalkeeper, partly assisted by the distraction offered by a desperately backpedaling Sean Morrison, did well to come off his line and make an important save but he should never have been placed in that position.A series of tetchy sub-plots was unfolding involving assorted warring players. The most notable involved Joe Bennett clashing with Ashley Barnes and both players were booked shortly before half-time, Cardiff’s left-back for fouling the home forward and Barnes for appearing to kiss Bennett twice on the nose in mischievous response. (s 73′) 11 Wood 15 Bacuna Burnley players probably felt like kissing Dean following his volte face. The referee had awarded Cardiff a penalty after being alerted to a handball. After pointing to the spot and initially appearing to tell protesting players he would not be discussing the matter with the linesman, Dean then changed his mind and the decision. Replays suggested that in attempting to cut out a cross, the defender had accidentally headed the ball on to his hand. “It’s tough on Cardiff but the officials reached the right decision,” said Sean Dyche.The decision left Warnock chewing gum with a frighteningly manic intensity. “It’s one of those things,” he said. “I’ve been to see the referee but that’s between us. It’s annoying, we keep getting one kick in the teeth after another.“He does seem to lift his hand to the ball, so there is some movement there. But I can’t fault my players, they really tried hard and we’ve got to be ready for Brighton now.”It would be no consolation to Cardiff’s manager that, by then, his side had improved significantly. While Harry Arter curled a shot tantalisingly over the bar and Junior Hoilett tested Tom Heaton with a tricky 25 yard shot; Hoilett then scuffed his shot after being set up by Kenneth Zohore.“I really thought we could have won it in the second half,” said Warnock. Instead he had to endure watching more clever wing play from McNeil preface Wood heading his 13th goal of the campaign after the youngster’s cross was deflected by Bruno Ecuele Manga.Burnley have reached the nirvana otherwise known as 39 points and the Royal Dyche, the nearby pub re-named in their manager’s honour, could anticipate brisk Saturday-night trade.“The lads have been terrific,” said Dyche, whose side have collected 27 points from their past 15 games. “They deserve to stay up.” 12 Brady Share on Twitter Substitutes Match stats 18 Westwood 4 Cork Premier League 1 Etheridge Cardiff City 2 Lowton 23 Ward Topics 28 Long 10 Zohore 11 Murphy Pinterest 8 4 3 Bennett 8 Ralls Share via Email 31 McNeil 27 Vydra Corners Facebook 6 Mee (s 78′) 5 Tarkowski 19 Mendez-Laing 7 Gudmundsson 14 Gibson 14 Reid Twitter Burnley CAR53BUR47% Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook 10 Barnes 53 47 18 Cunningham 13 Hendrick Reuse this content Share on Pinterest 17 Gunnarssonlast_img read more

Chris Froome says he is lucky to be alive after serious accident

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Chris Froome Read more Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK)”I hope he was watching, this one was for Chris!” @WoutPoels dedicates his Dauphine stage win to injured teammate @chrisfroome 💪 #Dauphiné pic.twitter.com/aXqVtuRMmyJune 15, 2019 Share on WhatsApp Speaking to Eurosport, Poels added: “I hope he watches this one, it was really for Chris, especially with what happened this week. [It’s] really nice for the team and I also hope it gives Chris strength to be come really strong back.” Share on Twitter Cycling Share via Email Team Ineos Read morecenter_img Meanwhile, Wout Poels gave Team Ineos something to celebrate by winning stage seven of the Dauphiné, as Britain’s Adam Yates lost his grip on the overall lead.The Dutchman let out a huge roar as he won on the Montee de Pipay, having bridged across to leading duo Jakob Fuglsang and Emanuel Buchmann in the last kilometre before beating the pair to the finish line.Astana’s Fuglsang did enough to claim the yellow jersey from Yates, who will start Sunday’s final stage with an eight-second disadvantage. Poels’s first stage victory of the year moved him up to fifth, 28 seconds behind Fuglsang.“It’s really nice for the team and it’s a gift for Chris also,” said Poels. “I felt pretty strong all day. The team did an amazing job.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Topics news Share on Facebook “I know how lucky I am to be here today and how much I owe to all the paramedics and medical staff on the race,” said Froome. “Whilst this is a setback and a major one at that, I am focusing on looking forward. There is a long road to recovery ahead, but that recovery starts now and I am fully focused on returning back to my best.”The post was issued with a picture of Froome giving the thumbs up from his bed at the University Hospital of St Etienne, where he has been receiving treatment.“I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent their best wishes to me since the crash,” added Froome. “This is obviously a tough time but I have taken a lot of strength from the support over the last three days. The outpouring of support has been really humbling and something I would never have expected.“I’d also like to extend my gratitude to the team, especially [Team Ineos] doctor Richard Usher and his medical staff, who have been exemplary since the crash. In addition, I am so thankful to the emergency services and everyone at Roanne Hospital who assisted and stabilised me, as well as the surgeons, doctors and nurses at the University Hospital of St Etienne, who have really gone above and beyond the call of duty, for which I am ever so grateful.”Froome took his hand off his handlebars to blow his nose before a gust of wind destabilised his bike. He crashed into a wall and lost consciousness. The Briton was airlifted to hospital where he has since been joined by his wife Michelle. Lizzie Deignan takes Women’s Tour glory by two seconds Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Observer Chris Froome has admitted he is lucky to be alive after speaking for the first time since his horror cycling accident.The four-time Tour de France winner came off his bike and hit a wall at 37mph on Wednesday while examining a time-trial stage route in the Critérium de Dauphiné. He sustained multiple fractures, including a broken leg, elbow and several ribs, requiring extensive surgery. It has been also been reported that Froome suffered a fractured neck, faces six weeks in hospital and is not expected to compete again this year. Reuse this contentlast_img read more