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IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten shifts to Challenge Family

first_img Related Featuring around 3,500 athletes and one of ‘the nicest bike courses in the world’, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten in Austria has been discontinued. From 2020, the event will be part of the Challenge Family international triathlon series.From 2020, the event organizers, including Jürgen Geiss and Christoph Schwarz, will organize the triathlon in St. Pölten together with Challenge Family under the name of Challenge St. Pölten.“We were able to develop the location of St. Pölten into a strong brand in the worldwide community of triathletes,” said Christoph Schwarz. “It all started with 150 volunteers in the year of 2007. And now there are around 2,000 volunteers taking care of around 3,500 athletes, to create ideal conditions to race.”Challenge Family cites 41 races in 21 countries that are held under its event brand. In total, around 75,000 athletes take part in Challenge Family events each year.In a release, Challenge Family notes that… St. Pölten calls itself the ‘fittest city of Austria’ and the lower Austrian region will continue to support this amazing event. The triathlon festival will take place for the first time on 24 May 2020 through the streets and past the lakes between the capital city and Wachau.Christoph Schwarz explained the reasons for the change from IRONMAN to Challenge Family. He said, “We want to live the familiar and enthusiastic spirit for the sport of triathlon St. Pölten to the fullest. The clearly defined goal is to fix lower Austria and its capital city in the calendars of international triathlon families.”challenge-stpoelten.comlast_img read more


Federer eyes Djokovic after rebounding against Berrettini

first_imgLONDON,  (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic suffered defeat in a thriller against an inspired Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals yesterday and now faces a showdown with great rival Roger Federer to decide who will reach the last four at the season-ender. Swiss Federer shrugged of defeat by Austria’s Thiem in his opening group match to comfortably beat Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6(2) 6-3 in the day’s opening singles.But the real drama at The O2 arena came later when Thiem beat Djokovic 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5) in the standout match of the tournament so far.World number five Thiem blazed 50 winners in a sensational display of aggressive hitting to claim his second group win and seal his first semi-final in his fourth appearance. Whatever his result against the already-eliminated Berrettini the Austrian will progress, but only victory will do for Djokovic and Federer as they clash for the 49th time and first since Djokovic won an epic Wimbledon final in July.While Federer is trying to avoid only his second group stage exit in 17 appearances at the year-ending showpiece, the stakes will be even higher for Djokovic.Defeat would not only halt his bid to equal Federer’s six titles but would also mean he cannot end the year ranked number one. Djokovic must reach at least the final to overhaul Rafael Nadal and equal Pete Sampras’s feat of finishing a year ranked number one on six occasions. He will have to recover quickly after being stretched to breaking point by Thiem in a match lasting nearly three hours.“We go head to head with Roger. Winner goes to semis. Loser doesn’t qualify. As simple as that,” Djokovic, who led 4-1 in the final-set tiebreaker against Thiem, told reporters.Thiem responded to losing a high-quality opening set in stunning fashion, ripping winners all over the blue court to take the second set and move a break ahead in the decider. Few players know how to weather a storm quite like Djokovic though and when he broke back and had Thiem serving at 4-5, 30-30 it seemed he was closing in on victory.He thought he had reached match point when Thiem’s rasping forehand winner was called out but the Austrian challenged and Hawkeye ruled the ball had shaved the line.Thiem broke in the next game but again Djokovic hit back to drag the match into a tiebreak. Djokovic led 4-1 but Thiem would not be denied and reeled off five points in a row to give himself two match points.Thiem thought he had served an ace at 6-4 but it was called out and this time his Hawkeye challenge was unsuccessful.However, the Austrian made sure at the second time of asking as a weary Djokovic netted.Generous in defeat, Djokovic said: “I thought he deserved to win. He just played very courageous tennis and was just smacking the ball. He went for broke. “It was amazing. I have played him before. I know his game. But what he did tonight was just out of ordinary.”The 26-year-old Thiem is the first Austrian to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.Federer was pushed hard by Berrettini in the first set as the Italian powerhouse showed the kind of form that has propelled him into the world’s top 10. But once Federer changed gear to claim 10 of 11 points to breeze through the first set tiebreak and break to love at the start of the second his 58th victory at the tournament was never in doubt. The 38-year-old’s thoughts then turned to Djokovic.“We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said when asked if the memory of his Wimbledon loss to Djokovic was still bitter.“I think we both can take away some confidence from the match. Him obviously a lot. Me maybe a tad bit less. “But at the end of the day, I didn’t hope I was never going to play him again. Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back or whatever it is. Personally, excited to play Novak on Thursday.”last_img read more


Tottenham move up to third, Cardiff closer to relegation

first_imgKane is expected to miss the rest of the season due to ankle ligament damage suffered during Spurs’ 1-0 win over Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.Dele Alli was also sidelined by a broken hand, while coach Mauricio Pochettino took the chance to rest some other key personnel such as Son Heung-min ahead of the second leg against City on Wednesday.Lucas took his chance to shine against the already relegated Terriers to show Pochettino he could be an important weapon in Kane’s absence as Spurs look to tie down a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.“Players need to play to show their quality. The hat-trick is going to build his confidence,” said Pochettino.Victor Wanyama opened the scoring on 24 minutes to allay any fears that Tottenham might suffer a European hangover.Lucas made it 2-0 three minutes later and then struck twice more in the final three minutes as Pochettino’s men made it three wins from three at their impressive new 62,000-capacity home.And Pochettino was delighted to see his side rack up the score in the final stages with goal difference potentially pivotal come the end of the season.“It is going to be a very tough race. To score several goals is important. The goal difference can be decisive to achieve the top four at the end,” added the Argentine.Tottenham move a point clear of Chelsea, who travel to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday, while fifth-placed Arsenal are now four points adrift of their north London rivals but have a game in hand at Watford on Monday.– Controversial Cardiff defeat –Chris Wood scored both goals in Burnley’s 2-0 win over Cardiff. AFP/Lindsey PARNABYWhile the title and fight for Champions League places look set to go down to the wire, the relegation battle could be all but over should Brighton beat Cardiff on Tuesday.The Welsh side are still five points adrift of safety after a controversial defeat at Turf Moor.Chris Wood gave the hosts a deserved half-time lead, but Cardiff were left furious after referee Mike Dean overruled his assistant’s decision to award a penalty to the visitors after the break.Another big Cardiff penalty appeal was turned down before Wood sealed the win in stoppage time.Brighton remain catchable for Neil Warnock’s men as they succumbed to a humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.Eddie Howe’s side had lost 11 of their last 12 games on the road, but moved up to 12th thanks to goals from Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser was on target in a 5-0 win at Brighton. AFP/Glyn KIRK A dreadful day for the Seagulls was rounded off by a red card for Anthony Knockaert.Southampton further eased their relegation fears with a 3-1 win over Wolves to move eight points clear of the drop zone.Nathan Redmond scored twice either side of Willy Boly’s equaliser in the first-half before Shane Long sealed a vital three points with 19 minutes left.Fulham’s relegation to the Championship is already assured, but they secured just a fifth win of the season by beating Everton 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel.last_img read more


Taking to the field

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Ten-try Ireland fire out World Cup warning

first_imgIreland 58-10 Malta Irelands fourth try scored by centre Paddy James ~ Ireland V Malta in the Carlisle grounds Bray Sat 8th October 2016© Michael Chester+ 353 87 [email protected] Ireland fired a World Cup warning to their rivals with a 10-try demolition of Malta in their international rugby league match at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray.center_img The Irish Wolfhounds were too fast, too powerful and too skillful for the visiting Maltese. They raced into a 28-4 half-time lead with tries from prop Gareth Gill, wing Rob Armstrong, centres Alan McMahon and Paddy James, and hooker Connor Philips.Malta shored up their defence at the start of the second-half but further tires came through McMahon, scrum-half James Kelly twice, captain Casey Dunne and substitute Adam Boyce as Ireland demonstrated some tremendous handling skills and lines of attack.It was an impressive performance from an Ireland team comprised entirely of home-based amateur players, against a Malta Knights team of both amateurs and professionals. Several of the Irish put their hands up for inclusion in the squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Russia later this month when Ireland’s overseas-based professionals will also be available for selection.Ireland face Jamaica in Bray next Sunday in another warm-up match before travelling to face Spain and hosting Russia at the Carlisle Grounds on October 29th.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more


Letting Spurs play ‘home’ Carabao Cup clash at MK Dons is a dangerous precedent

first_imgPLAY wherever you like, fellas.Can’t get White Hart Lane built for the big kick-off? Play at Wembley.7 White Hart Lane is still not ready for Spurs – leading to all sorts of complicationsCan’t play at Wembley for a cup game? Stadium MK will host you. MK a bit busy for the next round? Choose somewhere else.Tottenham, given permission by the Football League to play their Carabao Cup third-round tie with Watford at Stadium MK, will not even be in their own parish on September 26.To be allowed out of the boundaries of London is a dangerous precedent for a competition fighting to stay relevant.This is not Brazil, where clubs routinely mix and match by playing in different stadiums depending on the quality of the opposition and the level of interest in the competition.7 The next ridiculous twist could see Spurs playing at MK Dons in the Carabao Cup7 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could have more than two “home” venuesCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdTottenham are messing with the heritage and the culture of the sport in this country, desperately trying to find solutions because they misjudged progress on their new stadium.This is not what Premier League chief exec Richard Scudamore envisaged when he announced, in July 2015, “that you can’t have ten at Milton Keynes and nine at Wembley”.Now you can.Decisions like this mean there is nothing stopping Manchester United, for example, announcing “essential midweek maintenance work” at Old Trafford and taking their brand on the road for a Carabao Cup tie in future.Dele Alli’s long list of superstitions from bracelet’s to eight-minute ice baths A third-round clash at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby, as they are this year, would be a convenient moment for United to play in front of their fanbase in another part of the country.‘United on the Road — Coming to a Ground Near You’, just as they did when they were once forced to play a Cup Winners’ Cup tie against St Etienne at Plymouth’s Home Park in 1977 because of crowd disturbances.The south west would love to see them back there for a one-off game.And the money men would love it, showcasing some of their stars to a paying public and reinforcing those red shirts to people who would ordinarily never get to watch United’s first team.With Old Trafford unlikely to be anywhere near full for the visit of a Championship club, selling-out someone else’s stadium for a night under the floodlights would be a decent marketing tool.Even so, it is not in the spirit of the competition. The fans, as usual, have been overlooked in the Football League’s desperation to keep one of their high-profile Premier League clubs sweet. They are powerless, terrified of the top Premier League clubs easing their congested fixture lists by pulling out of this competition.7 The long-awaited move for Tottenham to the White Hart Lane stadium is on holdCredit: Alamy Live NewsThere is no real money in it for them — only the prestige of lifting the season’s first trophy.Winning £100,000 for the Carabao Cup does not compare with £2million for the FA Cup, £150m for the Premier League or the £100m jackpot for Champions League success.By caving in, by giving Spurs special dispensation to play this third-round tie 51 miles up the road at a “neutral venue”, Spurs fans have come off worst again.most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordThey are being shunted here, there and everywhere as these players — assuming White Hart Lane opens its doors before the end of the season — prepare to play at a third venue.The Football League board — comprising departing chairman Ian Lenegan, Shaun Harvey, Debbie Jevans CBE, Ian Watmore, Cliff Crown, Mark Ashton, Nigel Howe, Stefan Gamble, Jim Rodwell, John Nixon — folded at their monthly meeting yesterday.Even though history will claim this third-round tie was played on neutral turf, Spurs will be in control of everything in the build-up.7 Tottenham superstars Harry Kane and Dele Alli are away on England duty while the saga over their club’s ground drifts onCredit: AFP or licensorsThey will sell tickets, kickstart marketing campaigns in an attempt to fill the 30,500-capacity stadium and pay all the other costs of putting on a game — just like they would at home.They have been kicked out of Wembley, told to find another venue for the night because the grass at the stadium needs a rest after some NFL action and an Anthony Joshua fight on September 22.Three days later, it would be good for the sport if Watford dealt another knockout blow.Awkward moment Spurs keeper Michel Vorm hits goal kick out for a CORNER against WatfordForst prizeFRASER FORSTER was an England keeper when Southampton gave him a new five-year contract last summer.Saints’ £95,000-a-week keeper is one of the best-paid No 1s in the world, in a tier below the obvious examples of Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer and David De Gea.Even so, he cannot even make the substitutes’ bench at St Mary’s after losing his place to Alex McCarthy and falling to third choice behind Angus Gunn.7 Fraser Forster has dropped down to third choice at Southampton despite big wagesCredit: PA:Press AssociationForster, 30, was dropped by Mauricio Pellegrino last season after conceding five against Tottenham and has not played first-team football since Boxing Day.He has picked up £3million in wages since, rejecting a loan move to Turkey and vowing to fight for his place.Even if he doesn’t win it back, Forster’s future has already been taken care of.Ex-Southampton star Dani Osvaldo performs with band Barrio Viejo in Barcelona Ultras’ boycott grounds EaglesTHE ultras at Crystal Palace generated a vibrant, raucous and intimidating atmosphere — before they went through with their threat to boycott games at Selhurst Park.They were part of fan culture, admired worldwide for their passionate and boisterous support.But they fell out with the Eagles after being told they could not move into a central area behind one of the goals.Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton: Saints pick up first win of the season as Palace miss injured Wilfried ZahaPalace are reluctant to move long-standing season-ticket holders — some have been occupying those seats for 30 years — from their favourite spot.Unless a resolution is found, that famous Palace atmosphere will fade away.FightlessIT is a dangerous era for England when players are able to pick and choose their availability.Although Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have not officially turned their back on England, they do not fancy being a spare part in Gareth Southgate’s squad.7 Elite aces like Jamie Vardy must fight harder to win a regular place with EnglandCredit: PA:Empics SportThey gave decent service but you cannot look back on their Three Lions careers and think the pair were particularly distinguished servants.Vardy, 31, earned 26 caps while Cahill, 32, made 62 appearances for his country under five head coaches.The challenge for elite footballers, especially when the competitive juices are flowing, is to push so hard for a place and to perform so well that the manager has no choice but to pick you.Sadly for the English game, they did not have the fight for it.Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy reveals he learned about his England call-up during an interview with a journalistlast_img read more


Senseon Secure Access Advises Jewelers on How to Avoid Holiday Theft

first_imgFor retail jewelers, the holiday season offers tremendous opportunities – for business revenue and for thieves.Crowds, extra inventory and more transactions create an open invitation for shoplifters and employee theft unless jewelers take special precautions, warns Sid Kalantar, senior vice president of sales and marketing of Senseon™ Secure Access, which provides a keyless, hidden, electronic locking system ideal for jewelry display cases.“During the holiday season, retail jewelers must be super-vigilant and take additional steps to minimize merchandise losses,” Kalantar said. “Beyond surveillance and alarms, they need to pay Scrooge-like attention to every piece of jewelry kept in a display case and shown to shoppers.”- Sponsor – He added: “Most thefts involve jewelry being taken from showcases, which need better protection. The locking systems for cases and the way sales associates handle merchandise often create opportunities for criminals.”Retail jewelry theft is rising. Crimes committed against US jewelers reported to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance increased to 1,245 in 2016, up 5.8 percent from 2015. Dollar losses also rose to $72.4 million, up 4.5 percent, in that time frame. And violence and guns are becoming more common in jewelry-store robberies.Kalantar said the holidays pose particular challenges for jewelers, including an influx of shoppers and high demand for sales. This can cause sales associates to multitask and become distracted. Moreover, temporary, less-experienced employees hired during the holidays are prime targets for criminals. What can jewelers do to cut down on theft this holiday season?“Take advantage of emerging technologies that make it easier to deter theft,” Kalantar said.He recommended adding smash-proof glass, auto relocking of doors and drawers, and an access control system that eliminates metal keys (avoiding keyholes and key-management issues) and hides locks.Also, for tracking, jewelers can use small radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and etch information on jewelry. In addition, monitor movement of individual items by particular salespeople – also helpful for boosting productivity. In fact, jewelers may want to take a page from top jewelers that inventory every piece of merchandise at the end of the day and shut down stores if any items are missing.In addition, Kalantar offered these tips:Require associates to serve one customer at a time and show one item at a time.Never let an associate step away from an unlocked fixture.Remove all merchandise from cases overnight.Train temporary employees and remind established employees to always be mindful. Educate temps, especially important for large chain stores, where they are more prevalent.“Benefits transcend loss prevention,” said Kalantar. “A seamless security system and best employee practices improve the customer experience while invisible merchandise protection contributes to aesthetics. The result is an especially happy holiday season for jewelers.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Marchisio raided by armed robbers

first_imgFormer Juventus star Claudio Marchisio had his home burgled by armed robbers on Tuesday and was forced to give up his most prized possessions. ANSA reports how four masked men jumped Marchisio and his wife Roberta at their villa in Turin last night. The pair were threatened with pistols and screwdrivers to ensure they opened the safe containing some of their most valuable items. The band of criminals would have then got away with jewels, cash and watches, of an unconfirmed but no less “large” value. The incident is currently being investigated by the local police, who are studying surveillance cameras in the area. The 33-year-old had not long returned to northern Italy after leaving Zenit St Petersburg over the summer and retiring from professional football. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more


Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake trauma

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES ONE launches Super Series for stand-up martial arts On March 11, 2011, the day the quake hit, Hanyu was practising at a skating rink in his hometown of Sendai, one of the cities worst impacted in the powerful tremor.The young Hanyu had to watch in horror as the ice began to crack beneath his skates and the walls shook.After fearing his skating career had been washed away with the closure of the ruined rink, Hanyu moved to Tokyo to train, opting to stay in Japan despite fears over radiation levels from the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima.Hanyu said Saturday that when asked the same question about the quake four years ago in Sochi, scene of his first gold, he did not know how to reply.But now a double Olympic champion, Hanyu was more forthcoming.“Four years ago, when I won gold, I was able to say ‘hello’ to those people affected (in the quake), they were able to show me a lot of smiles,” Hanyu said.“Maybe this time the affected people can give me more smiles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe The slender star with a huge following in Japan was lucky to survive after being caught close to the epicenter of the magnitude-9.0 earthquake which triggered a huge tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeast Japan.READ: Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAsked by journalists to reveal more about that fateful day, Hanyu — a budding teenage skater at the time — paused for several seconds as he composed himself in front of the world’s media, and inhaled deeply.“Those were really extremely rough days,” he said. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I was in the inner land of the area that was affected and I was affected by the earthquake.“The electricity, gas and water were shut down and those days were very rough.READ: Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program“But there were more people who were affected to a more serious degree, particularly those affected by the tsunami and nuclear power-plant issues.“I felt very sorry for those people.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Double Olympic figure-skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu battled his emotions on Saturday to open up on the trauma he suffered in surviving the deadly 2011 Japan earthquake.Moments after the 23-year-old Japanese successfully defended his crown at the Pyeongchang Games, there was a sombre moment when he was asked to talk about the quake and consequent tsunami that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more



first_imgIt was a massive weekend for Touch around Australia, as delegates from each state and territory gathered in Canberra to vote on a new constitution that would fundamentally change the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. The vote in favour of the new constitution was unanimous, with all state delegates raising their hands to bring a new direction for Touch and a revolution in management for the sport itself. The constitution is currently being tidied up by legal representatives, after lengthy discussion on several clauses. An updated version will be available on the ATA website as soon as possible. A Change Management Committee is currently being established, involving delegates from all around the nation. They will work on how to successfully implement the Unitary Model of Management and how to make sure all see and receive the benefits of the changes set to take place. “The decision to move forward with the new constitution and Unitary Model of Management is a fantastic step for Touch in Australia,” ATA CEO Kevin Thompson said. “However, the changes to the constitution and the successful vote were just the first step of many, we’ve got a lot more hard work to do to ensure that all those involved with Touch reap the benefits of coming under the Unitary Model of Management.” A media release with more information will be issued later this afternoon, with Chairman Michael Sparks set to comment on the weekend’s result.last_img read more