Portugal Launches Tender for Vasco da Gama Terminal in Port of Sines

first_imgThe Portuguese government has issued a tender for the development of the Vasco da Gama container terminal at the Port of Sines, seeking a concessionaire who would invest in the project.The successful contender is expected to invest an estimated EUR 642 million (USD 708 million) in the terminal that will have an annual handling capacity of 3.5 million TEU.The government further noted that the facility would be capable of hosting 24,000 TEU boxship giants thanks to a 1,375 meter quay with three simultaneous docking positions.According to the government, the concession contract is expected to be awarded in the last quarter of 2020, with work on the project starting in 2021.It was noted that the Vasco da Gama terminal would be built and financed exclusively by private funds through the concessionaire. The concession space will remain in the public domain under port jurisdiction.Related: Up to USD 613 Mn to Be Injected in Portugal’s Port of Sineslast_img read more

Update* Storms Prompt Change Of Venue, Time For “Frozen”

first_imgUpdate (10:55 a.m.)Due to the threat of showers and storms this evening the free showing of the movie “Frozen” has been changed to the Gibson Theatre beginning at 7 p.m.First Report (6:50 a.m.)BATESVILLE – A free showing of the family favorite movie “Frozen” will be held tonight at Liberty Park.The film starts at 7:30 p.m. inside the pavilion. The free movie event is presented by Batesville Parks and Recreation and the Gibson Theatre. Coolers and chairs are welcome and free popcorn will also be available.If you haven’t seen the film here is a plot summary featured on IMdB.com:Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.Park Superintendent Chris Bradford says a free movie event will also be held next month and the film will likely have a Halloween theme.last_img read more

Erickson: Johnson’s search for a men’s job should continue

first_imgWisconsin women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson is a legend on the ice and as a coach, but it seems things aren’t exactly going his way in the latter arena.Last fall Penn State received an $88 million private donation intended for a start-of-the-art hockey arena and to found a Division I men’s and women’s hockey program.With an impressive resume, Johnson applied for the job, but lost out to Princeton’s Guy Gadowsky. Johnson told Madison.com he wasn’t certain he’d take the job if offered, but he had high enough interest in the position to visit Happy Valley for an interview.This hasn’t been the first time Johnson has lost out on the head coaching position for a men’s team.Johnson first started coaching at the collegiate level in 1996 as an assistant coach for the UW men’s team. But in 2002 when the new head coaching job opened up for both the men’s and women’s teams, Johnson was beat out by former teammate and current head coach Mike Eaves for the men’s team opening. Johnson then took over the women’s program.In their time here, both coaches have led their teams to national championships – most notably in 2006 when they both won. Johnson continued to bring his team back to the national championship game, winning in 2007, 2009, 2011 and finishing runner-up in 2008. If you’ve already forgotten, Eaves also led the men’s team to the national championship game in 2010 as well.For Johnson, in his eight years with the women’s team – he took 2010 off to coach the U.S. Olympic squad – he’s led Wisconsin to five national championships, winning four of them. Pretty impressive.In that time he also led the 2010 U.S. women’s Olympic team to a silver medal and won the WCHA coach of the year award in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Each year his squad has won a national championship he was also honored as the AHCA coach of the year.His resume speaks volumes, but for some reason he just can’t seem to land himself a coaching job with a men’s team.Johnson has always mentioned he enjoys coaching women’s hockey – probably due to the fact their egos are virtually nonexistent. But with accomplishing nearly all he can for a team, of course he’s going to want to move onto something new.As sad as it would have been to see him leave UW – after all, he played here while coached by his dad “Badger” Bob Johnson – he’s done about as much as anybody could possibly do for the sport of women’s hockey and the sport still isn’t receiving the attention or respect it should after 10 years in the NCAA.Women’s hockey rarely gets televised and has to play national championships in arenas that are shockingly unworthy to hold such an event. (For more on this see my column from March 25). Despite taking a program and transforming it into one of the best in the nation – if not the best – and in effect bringing more attention to the sport itself, people just tend to look the other way while still praising Johnson for his career on the ice.If there was anything else he could possibly do for the sport it would be to bring back gold instead of silver from the Olympics and that wasn’t even all on him.Having done all he can for one side of hockey, Johnson deserves the chance to coach a men’s team. It’s a different brand of hockey and a little closer to home for him. But by no means should he wait for Eaves to leave the Badgers before trying to take that next step.The perfect opportunity arose with Penn State establishing a hockey program. While he didn’t get the job in the end, there was no reason he shouldn’t have gone after it. Sure he has so many ties to Wisconsin that the idea of him coaching here is all too perfect, but let’s be honest, if it was a perfect situation he’d be in charge of the men’s team, not the women’s.With these ties in mind, there’s no reason Johnson should hold back from moving on to a new challenge if he sees fit. If athletes always had to play by this idea of being part of the organization they have the most ties to or is essentially their home, Aaron Rodgers would be playing for the 49ers, the NHL itself would get a complete makeover and Kevin Garnett would have never left the Timberwolves.Sounds ridiculous right?Wisconsin is certainly lucky to have Johnson around for a little longer. Whether they win four more national championships in the coming years or come close, the Badgers have the opportunity to keep one of greatest to ever be a part of the game.Without Johnson, hockey would certainly be missing something. But UW has to know they won’t be able to hold onto him forever.Kelly is a sophomore intending to major in journalism. Do you think Mark Johnson should forever remain a Badger? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup

first_imgNow that the halfway point in the 2016-17 NCAA College Football season has come and gone, The Badger Herald Sports section is happy to introduce a weekly double feature that highlights the biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday.For any fellow College Football junkies out there, feel free to chime in and tweet any questions, comments or requests to @BHeraldSports for the column going forward.Football: No. 11 Wisconsin hosts No. 7 Nebraska as budding rivalry returns to MadisonAlthough the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska football teams have met only 10 times in the program’s Read…No. 7 Nebraska (7-0) at No. 11 Wisconsin (5-2)Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: ESPN (Channel 660 on Residence Hall Cable) / WatchESPNLine: Wisconsin (-9.0)Since the University of Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, its football team has faced University of Wisconsin five times. The Badgers have won four of those games by an average of 26.75 points. The Cornhuskers have not faired well in Madison. Their lone win was a 30-27 advantage in Lincoln during the 2012 season. Nebraska’s last three Big Ten games have come against teams boasting a combined 3-9 record in conference play. Their masquerade as an undefeated team ends in Madison this weekend.Geistlinger: Wisconsin 34, Nebraska 13Hayes: Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 19No. 3 Clemson (7-0) at No. 12 Florida State (5-2)Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FloridaWhen: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 TV: ABC (Channel 607 in Residence Halls) / WatchESPNLine: Clemson (-4.0)The last few seasons have seen this game quickly blossom into a decisive brawl for ACC bragging rights, and the winner of this matchup has appeared in two of the last three national championships. Last season’s game was dead even through the third quarter, but Clemson University star quarterback Deshaun Watson and his fourth-quarter heroics gave the Tigers a 10-point edge by the final whistle. Florida State University has been too inconsistent to warrant a four-point cover from me. Clemson will win it, and Watson will have a defining performance for his stock in the race for the Heisman Trophy.Geistlinger: Clemson 27, Florida State 20Hayes: Clemson 31, Florida State 17Football: UW still searching for definitive starting five on offensive lineUnofficially, the University of Wisconsin football team used at least four different offensive line combinations during Wisconsin’s 17-9 win over Read…No. 4 Washington (7-0) at No. 17 Utah (6-1)Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UtahWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: FS1 (Channel 672 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Washington (-11.0)Many prominent college football analysts are trying to convince everyone in the central and eastern time zones that the University of Washington is a playoff-caliber team with a Heisman candidate in quarterback Jake Browning. For the most part, there is no choice but to believe this as most of us in the central and eastern zones don’t prefer to watch Pac-12 games with 10:30 p.m. kickoffs. At 7-0, Washington has rebounded from an embarrassing start to the season after defeating Rutgers University by only 35 points in Week 1. This line seems like it should probably be closer to two touchdowns.Geistlinger: Washington 45, Utah 21Hayes: Washington 34, Utah 28Geistlinger’s Upset Alert: No. 14 Florida (7-0) at Georgia (6-1)Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FloridaWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: CBS (Channel 603 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Florida (-8)This SEC matchup between the University of Georgia and the University of Florida will be played at EverBank field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Georgia’s keys to victory lie in the hands of junior running back Nick Chubb and his ability to take pressure off of 18-year-old and true-freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Thanks to things like miracle Hail Mary passes from University of Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, close games have been cruel to Georgia this season. But I think this week the Bulldogs will conquer those demons and get over the hump against the Gators in a close one Saturday.Geistlinger: Georgia 28, Florida 27Football: No. 10 Wisconsin brings back Heartland Trophy to Madison with 17-9 win over IowaIt appeared Bart Houston had been discarded, cast away for the younger, more exciting option with an eye toward the Read…Hayes’ Upset Alert: No. 15 Auburn (5-2) at Ole Miss (3-4)Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MississippiWhen: 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: WatchESPN (Streaming Only) / SEC NetworkLine: Auburn (-4.0)I think Auburn University stunned most of the country last Saturday with their 56-3 beatdown over the University of Arkansas at Jordan-Hare, but I am not sold on these Tigers just yet. On top of that, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is no easy venue either. Just look at the way the Rebels have challenged Auburn’s in-state rival and national powerhouse No. 1 University of Alabama during their last two visits. I’m taking Mississippi at home in The Grove.Hayes: Ole Miss 34, Auburn 21last_img read more

GFA Extraordinary Congress underway at Physician and Surgeon’s College

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association is holding its Extraordinary Congress at the Physician and Surgeon’s College in AccraThe Congress will bring together the Normalisation Committee and the members of the association which are the various football clubs to discuss proposals to the current statutes of the Association.Members of the GFA registering at the CongressThe proposals were put together by the Normalisation Committee as part of its mandate from FIFA and should they get accepted by the clubs, they will form the statutes that will run the association when a new President and Executive Committee are elected later this month.Apart from the club representatives who will be at the Congress, there will be a FIFA representative, Luca Nicola, to observe proceedings. Nicola is the FIFA Head of Member of Associations Governance Services.The Normalisation Committee was tasked by FIFA to run Ghana football on an interim basis after the events of the “Number 12” documentary in June 2018.The committee is expected to end its work by September 30 and part of that work is to organise elections so that a new management will be put in place for the running of football in Ghana.What has happened so far?The roll call of members has been done by the General Secretary and that marks the official start of the Congress. All 94 members of the association have been termed as present and thus, the congress can go on as expected.last_img read more

Duke Micah gets first world title shot

first_imgGhanaian Bantamweight boxer, Duke Akuetteh Micah, is set for a ring return on September 26, to face World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World Bantamweight Champion, John Riel Casimero of Philippines.The bout is part of a PBC on Showtime pay-per-view featuring Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario in a unification bout.This is the first world title shot for Micah who is undefeated in his career having won 24 bouts with 19 coming by way of knockout. Source: GNA Micah would be looking to continue his impressive run despite being out of the ring almost a year with a unanimous decision win against Janiel Rivera back in July 2019.He is a two-time Africa and Commonwealth champion and represented Ghana at the 2012 Olympic Games.last_img

Chris Sale, Red Sox ‘mutually invested’ in contract extension

first_img Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PED use “But just because I’m in a different area of my life doesn’t mean I have to change my values or my focus. What I’ve done my entire career has been just baseball — play baseball. That’s it.“I’ve been stuck in that way for so long that I have a really hard time thinking I’ll have to find a way out of it.”Sale is one of several notable arms scheduled for free agency along with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner. And though it may not matter to Sale, he deserves the biggest payday of them all. Justin Verlander not thinking about retiring, open to re-signing with Astros If any pitcher deserves a new, lucrative contract it’s Red Sox ace Chris Sale.Sale has been named an All-Star each of the last seven seasons and finished in the top five of Cy Young voting each of the last six. And by the way, he’s doing it on a steal of a contract.center_img Sale made $12 million in 2017, his first season with the Red Sox, and $12.5 million in 2018. For a little perspective, teammate David Price made $30 million each of those seasons and won seven fewer games with an ERA nearly a point higher than Sale.It’s unlikely Boston will be able to keep Sale’s services at that meager rate, but according to the lanky lefty, both sides want to get something done before he hits the market in 2020. Related News “I think we’re both mutually invested in this,” Sale said this week, via The Boston Globe. “We’ve both said on both sides that it’s a possibility, for sure.”The last time Sale signed a contract was in 2013 when he agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the White Sox that included two separate team options that kept him off the market and out of line for hefty free-agent money.Sale said he has no regrets about signing that deal.“If I didn’t have kids, wasn’t married, I probably wouldn’t have signed that deal,” he said. “But I was 23 years old. I’ve got a 2-year-old at the house, been married two years at that point. Put $30 million in front of me, I’m taking it.”However, even with those millions now in the bank, Sales priorities haven’t shifted much.“Obviously, this go-round is a little different than the last one with the contract situation. The wheels could fall off tomorrow and I can just take it to the house. There’s no worst-case scenario for me, knock on wood,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do. I can’t really complain past, present, or future.last_img read more

How much testosterone is too much for a female athlete?

first_imgThe Caster Semenya caseSouth Africa | DANIEL KELLY | The South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events.Last year, the IAAF introduced new regulation for female athletes with “difference of sexual development” (DSD). Athletes with circulating testosterone of five nanomoles per litre of blood (5nmol/L) or above and who are androgen-sensitive, have to meet certain criteria if they wish to compete internationally. One criterion is that DSD athlete must use medication to reduce their blood testosterone level to below 5nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months.Semenya felt that the IAAF was targeting her, specifically. She took her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the court rejected the 28-year-old athlete’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules. Although CAS found the rules to be discriminatory, it also said that they were “necessary, reasonable and proportionate”.Difference of sexual developmentSo what exactly is DSD and does a serum testosterone level above 5nmol/L really confer an unfair advantage in running events? DSDs are a group of rare conditions that are acquired before birth, where the reproductive organs and genitals don’t develop as expected. While the condition can be inherited, it usually occurs at random.A person with DSD may have a mix of both male and female sexual characteristics. For example, they may be genetically female, but with reproductive organs that are of the opposite sex (or the other way around), a combination of both male and female, or not clearly either.As the testes are the primary site of testosterone production, if a female is born with these male reproductive organs, their testosterone level will be high, often reaching male levels. Testosterone is involved in many factors that may confer athletic benefit including increased muscle size and strength, along with the ability for the blood to deliver oxygen to those working muscles. This is why elite male athletes are generally faster and stronger than females – and also why males don’t compete against females in most sports. Semenya has high levels of testosterone so she will undoubtedly have at least some associated metabolic benefits.How much benefit testosterone gives female athletes is difficult to define as women cannot convert testosterone into its more potent form and do not possess the same numbers of testosterone receptors (to carry out its actions) as men. The IAAF level of 5nmol/L is still high for female levels, which normally range from 0.1 – 1.8nmol/L. Judging the actual benefit of testosterone and where to draw these lines would require a lot more research and investigation.Where does it stop?However, Semenya hasn’t artificially altered her testosterone levels and while her condition is rare – and gives her a large advantage as a track athlete, they are naturally occurring – so is it not discrimination to make her change her body to compete? Does this take the phrase “all men are equal” to the extreme and try to make everyone the same, even by artificial measures? And where does this stop? Many genetic physical attributes can contribute to athletic performance such as height, muscle composition and aerobic capacity.Dutee Chand, the female sprinter who was also barred from competing against women in 2014 because her natural levels of testosterone exceeded guidelines for female athletes, publicly expressed her disbelief as to why she was penalised for her natural body when she competes against women who are taller and from wealthier backgrounds, which certainly put them at an advantage.Cases like Semenya and Chand will always be contentious and generate more questions than solutions, and there will always be disagreement among athletes and fans over the right way to approach this sensitive issue in elite sport.****Daniel Kelly is a Lecturer in Biochemistry, Sheffield Hallam UniversityShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

John Franklin Taken by Rams in Fourth Round

first_img Year Player Rd. Pick Team 1998 Mikhael Ricks 2 59 San Diego Chargers 1970 David King 9 215 Philadelphia Eagles “I feel really good and ready to get to work for the Rams,” commented Franklin after being picked in the draft. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL and now I have been given the opportunity. I look forward to making the most of it.” 1965 Bud Marshall 10 136 Green Bay Packers Prior to the 2017 season, Franklin was tabbed as the 31st most important player in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Franklin completed his Lumberjack career fifth on SFA’s all-time career tackles for loss list with 37.5 over the past four seasons, while finishing ninth in program history in all-time career sacks (17.5). He compiled 130 total tackles across the last four years, including making 70 solo stops, forcing five fumbles and pressuring 22 quarterback hurries. In January, Franklin had a spectacular performance at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl inside the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Leading the Mike Martz’ coached National Team to a 23-0 rout over the American squad, Franklin posted a team-high tying seven total tackles, including a tackle for loss, and had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Larry Centers 5 115 Phoenix Cardinals 1990 David Whitmore 4 107 New York Giants The second Southland Conference football player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Franklin joins defensive tackle P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State, who went 55th overall in the second round, as 2018 draftees from the conference. In early March, Franklin was the Southland’s only representative at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. He became the first Lumberjack to be invited to the coveted workout since All-American and SFA’s all-time leading rusher, running back Gus Johnson, participated in the pre-draft showcase in 2015. 1952 Bobby Cross 9 104 Chicago Bears 1973 Lawrence Eaglin 11 261 Houston Oilers The Rams went 11-5 in 2017 and posted a 4-2 record in the NFC West, clinching the division and earning the No. 3 seed in the NFC. 1974 Sam Hunt 15 374 New England Patriots 2018 John Franklin 4 135 Los Angeles Rams 2002 Wes Pate 7 236 Baltimore Ravens While at the NFL Combine, Franklin posted top-10 marks among all defensive lineman in five different workouts. Franklin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, fifth-fastest among defensive lineman at the event, tied for sixth in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.48 seconds), was seventh in the vertical jump (33 inches), tied for eighth in the broad jump (113 inches) and was ninth in the three-cone drill (7.36 seconds). Franklin becomes the fifth SFA player to currently be signed with a professional team, joining tight end Zach Conque (Houston Texans), wide receiver Justice Liggins (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Willie Jefferson (Saskatchewan Roughriders) and offensive lineman Terran Vaughn (Saskatchewan Roughriders). Furthermore, Franklin will become the fifth Lumberjack to suit up for an NFL team during the Clint Conque era at SFA. He joins Gus Johnson (2014), Vaughn (2015), Zach Conque (2016) and Liggins (2016) as former ‘Jacks who played for coach Conque at SFA and have made appearances on NFL rosters in recent years. Franklin is coach Conque’s fifth defensive end drafted in the NFL during his time as a head coach, including his years as Central Arkansas’ lead man. James Greer 10 255 Cleveland Browns 2009 Dominique Edison 6 206 Tennessee Titans 1984^ Todd Fowler 1 25 Dallas Cowboys 1995 Terrance Shaw 2 34 San Diego Chargers The 6-foot-4, 283-pound defensive lineman becomes the Lumberjacks’ 33rd NFL Draft pick in program history and highest in 20 years, when Mikhael Ricks was taken 59th overall in the second round and Jeremiah Trotter 72nd overall in the third round of the 1998 draft. The Greenville, Texas, native is the first NFL Draft pick for SFA in seven years. Former All-American linebacker Jabara Williams was the last Lumberjack to be drafted when he was taken 228th in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A three-time All-Southland honoree, including being a second team pick this past fall, Franklin finished out his Lumberjack career as one of SFA’s top performers on the defensive line all-time. He led the Lumberjacks’ defensive front in his final season suiting up for the Purple and White, posting a team-best 13.5 tackles for loss for negative 46 yards, including dishing out 3.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards. In league play, Franklin’s 11.5 tackles for loss were fifth-most in the Southland as he tied for sixth in tackles for loss per game (1.28). Ranked 42nd nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.2), Franklin finished with the fifth-most total tackles (55) on the team and had 27 solo stops.center_img Robert Pearce 13 337 Minnesota Vikings 1968 Frank Lane 6 151 St. Louis Cardinals Todd Hammel 12 307 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1950 Bill Roberson 15 189 New York Giants 1956 Jim Murphy 22 258 Chicago Cardinals 1984 Duan Hanks 3 82 Miami Dolphins Anthony Landry 10 253 New England Patriots 2011 Jabara Williams 7 228 St. Louis Rams All-Time Stephen F. Austin Draft Picks 1996 Joey Wylie 7 248 Oakland Raiders Howard Tisdale 18 207 Green Bay Packers Buddy Terry 26 309 Detroit Lions 1960 Royse Shelton 20 230 Los Angeles Rams 2001 Derrick Blalock 5 150 Kansas City Chiefs 1997 Anthony DeGrate 7 209 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ARLINGTON, Texas – After going 0-40 as a prep player at Greenville High School, Stephen F. Austin defensive end John Franklin has achieved his childhood dream of becoming a professional football player. Saturday afternoon Franklin’s name was called during the fourth round of the 2018 National Football League Draft as the Los Angeles Rams chose him 135th overall. He was the 15th defensive end taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. 1971 Andy Hopkins 15 368 Houston Oilers Jeremiah Trotter 3 72 Philadelphia Eagles “Myself and our entire coaching staff are very excited for John,” SFA head football coach Clint Conque said. “He put in a solid four years here at SFA and has been a mainstay on the defensive front for us. Franklin has a very high ceiling and the Los Angeles Rams recognized the same things that we did in him four years ago. What’s great about the organization John will be joining, is that the Rams have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL. He will be able to learn from the best in the business.” Mark Moseley 14 346 Philadelphia Eagles 1986 Floyd Dixon 6 154 Atlanta Falcons 1958 George Shirkey 16 191 San Francisco 49erslast_img read more

Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru

first_imgWell before the frenetic finale, veteran French rider Thomas Voeckler launched hostilities on the outskirts of Toulouse.Under a bright sunshine, Voeckler was joined at the front by four other riders who took advantage of the peloton’s apathy.The pack, however, kept the quintet on a leash as they rolled through the Aveyron province, keeping its deficit under 2 1/2 minutes.With less than 100 kilometers left, the peloton passed Carmaux, the hometown of French Socialist leader Jean Jaures. But there was no sign of insurrection within the pack, with the Sunweb, Bahrain, and BMC teams riding at the front at a pedestrian pace.But when the road began to climb, the leading group struggled to stay together. Thomas De Gendt went solo with 36.5 kilometers left but the Lotto rider lacked stamina and could not resist the peloton’s chase on roads with constant ups and downs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome said his teammates played an essential role in keeping him at the front, allowing him to pounce on the final climb while Aru was stuck.In the last frenzied dash, Froome said teammate Michal Kwiatowski was urging him on over their radio system, yelling: “Froomey, go, go, go! There are gaps everywhere!”Froome remained wary, because the top five were still very close. He said he’d always expected this Tour to be very open, with its atypical route over all five of France’s mountain ranges, a prediction that is coming true, with just 29 seconds separating the top four.“Everyone is fighting for every second they can get,” Froome said. “The time I made up today could be very vital.”Matthews, who beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the sprint to claim his second stage win at the Tour, said he’d targeted the stage win all year, and trained specifically for the last climb.The Australian rider also eyed this stage when the Tour last visited Rodez in 2015. But he was riding injured that year, with four broken ribs. He said he planned to celebrate the stage victory with champagne.It was the second consecutive win for the Sunweb team, after Warren Barguil’s victory on Friday, Bastille Day.Matthews described his emotions crossing the line as “disbelief.”He was so assured of victory that he sat up at the end and cruised over the line.“I’ve been dreaming of winning like that since I started cycling,” he said. “I could sit up and enjoy the win in the Tour de France.” LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite It was unclear whether the Italy champion suffered a mechanical problem in the closing stages, or simply made a mistake by riding at the back.Froome, who trailed Aru by six seconds at the start of the stage in Blagnac, was well positioned at the front and had no problem tackling the final climb. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, pours water on his arms to cool off while Italy’s Fabio Aru, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, second left, drinks during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 187.5 kilometers (116.5 miles) with start in Dole and finish in Station des Rousses, France, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)RODEZ, France — Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final short, sharp ascent of the Cote de Saint Pierre in the town of Rodez and crossed the line 25 seconds behind Matthews.ADVERTISEMENT “I need to say thank you to my teammates who rode at the front in the final 10 kilometers,” he said. “In the final climb we made a big difference on other favorites. Every second counts at this Tour.”Froome enjoys an 18-second advantage over Aru, who is paying for the weakness of his Astana team, which lost key member Jakon Fuglsang on Friday after he broke a wrist and elbow.French rider Romain Bardet, the runner-up to Froome last year, is 23 seconds back from the leader, in third place.In fourth is Rigoberto Uran, who stuck with Froome on the final climb. He trails the Briton by 29 seconds overall.Froome could hardly believe he won back so much time and recovered the yellow jersey on a stage that, on paper, didn’t seem set up to pose such difficulties for Aru.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Venus Williams falls short of 6th Wimbledon title at age 37 View commentslast_img read more