Hamilton wins British GP, cuts Vettel’s F1 lead to 1 point

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP)SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival was left reeling by a late puncture.Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tire shred – immediately after Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s car experienced the same fate.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Raikkonen still made the podium by replacing Vettel in third, but the championship leader fell back to seventh as the 25-point lead he held over Hamilton going into the 10th round of the 20-race season was all but wiped out on an overcast afternoon in central England.It capped a dominant weekend for Hamilton in front of his home fans and the three-time world champion was assisted by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas making up seven places to join him on the podium after finishing second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Great drive by Valtteri,” Hamilton said over the team radio after claiming victory. “Fantastic job, all weekend.”For Hamilton, the victory after failing to make the podium in his last two races will vindicate the decision to embark on a two-day holiday to Greece after last weekend’s Austrian GP. The jaunt annoyed racing fans in London who turned up to a flagship showcase of the sport that was attended by the other 19 drivers. Morado: Winning just secondary in charity game Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

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Clearview girls hockey team to take part in provincials in Fort St. John starting Sunday

first_imgThe opening ceremonies for the tournament take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre  on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. That’s followed by the Clearview girls squad taking to the ice for their first game against Williams Lake at 8 p.m.The following day Clearview will play in their second games as they face Surrey at 5 p.m. Tuesday the squad will be in action twice with games against South Vancouver Island at 8 a.m., and against Kamloops at 5 p.m. On Wednesday they’ll square off against North Shore at 8 p.m. and in their final game on Thursday they’ll face Castlegar at 2 p.m. The finals go the same day at 8 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PVEA welcomes Site-C study

first_img[asset|aid=2499|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8a0071e167a90e541b2e99146a425688-hoffmann 1_1_Pub.mp3] She mentions both dams generated a spike in jobs, which abruptly came to an end after the project’s completion. She says this led to a drop in population numbers, and low real estate values.In the end, Hoffmann admits the best result would be the cancelation of Site-C, so that there would be no impacts on the Peace River.For Senator Neufeld’s address to council on Monday night, Click Here.Advertisement By Christine RumleskieThe Peace Valley Environment Association is pleased with City Council’s decision to conduct a socio economic Site-C impact and mitigation study.The PVEA is a group of Peace Region residents, who are trying to nip Site-C in the bud. The locally based group wants to preserve the Peace Valley for future generations.- Advertisement -Spokesperson Sandra Hoffmann spoke out on Tuesday morning, following a council address by Senator Richard Neufeld on Monday. Hoffmann says the PVEA is welcoming Neufeld’s confirmation that Site-C is not a done deal, and that Fort St. John should investigate all of its options. [asset|aid=2498|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8a0071e167a90e541b2e99146a425688-Hoffmann 2_1_Pub.mp3] She says the PVEA hopes the study will also include the economic consequences from the construction of the two previous dams on the Peace River. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chamber hears how to prepare for the boom

first_imgChapman has extensive first hand experience in dealing with the difficulties faced by Fort MacMurray during its boom period. He addressed the Chamber in an effort to ease the community’s concerns regarding the pressure we may face should the various proposed energy projects go forward in the Fort St. John area.To prepare, Chapman says, “you need to use your community leaders. Don’t wait for it to happen to you. Get together now and design for it. You can see it (the boom) coming, so rather than wait until it comes and work on a panic basis, start working with industry, start working with local government and start designing.”As a community, we need to sit down and take a good look at what we need – what assets does the community have and what more do we need, as well as how to get what we need in a timely manner, said Chapman. “Sit down with the companies and ask, what are your plans? What does that translate to in terms of schools, roads, hospitals, recreational and cultural needs? You can start planning for those things now and budgeting for them.”- Advertisement -“If you work with the community, and plan for it, you do it with people. You don’t have it done to you.”Everyone with a stake in the community needs to be involved, said Chapman. The Chamber of Commerce, institutional leaders, young community leaders, the business community, school boards, social service agencies and faith groups all need to be involved in the planning process, he said.“Bring them together and ask them: What is it that we want this community to be?”Advertisement Taking BC Hydro and the Site C dam as an example, many people might feel that BC Hydro is an adversary. Chapman says that companies like BC Hydro live in a regulatory environment and have to pass a lot of regulatory hurdles to get permits. But permits are only two-thirds of the process. On the social license side, they need permissions, Chapman said. That means they have to have the support of the community.“The biggest third (of the process) is how do you make sure the community benefits from this (project) and thrives?”Albertan energy companies, which have been operating in the area for many years, are already thinking this way, said Chapman, but the community still needs to go to them and let them know we want the same things.“Don’t look at it as philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and compliance. Look at it as co-creation of a better community.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Maradona: playing genius but coaching misfit

first_imgWith a cultured left foot and mesmerising dribbles he was twice signed for a world record fee, first by Barcelona and then Napoli.He played for some of Argentina’s biggest and most prestigious clubs: Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys and Argentinos Juniors, while also representing his country 91 times and scoring 34 goals.“If I die, I want to be born again and play football to give the people joy,” he once said.Father time has long caught up with the 57-year-old, though, as he wryly notes: “I have shorter legs than a picture frame, if I want to train I get torn all the way up to the shoulders.”After the glittering playing highs, his coaching career, barring a two-year stint in charge of the Argentine national team, has been largely spent far away from the glitz and glamour.– Unmitigated failures –This is not the first time he’s taken charge of a second-division side — he left Al Fujairah of the United Arab Emirates in May after failing to guide them to promotion despite seven wins in 11 matches.Other spells at Deportivo Mandiyu and Racing Club in Argentina and UAE’s Al Wasl were unmitigated failures.During the first two, from 1994-95, he won a combined three out of 23 matches and subsequently resumed his playing career, albeit briefly.In this latest quest he can only improve the team’s performances given they have yet to win a game this season.The club’s fans seem unperturbed by his poor coaching record, with one holding up a placard proclaiming: “Welcome golden god!” as Maradona arrived at the Culiacan airport on Saturday.One teenage fan, Bryan Felix, has faith that even at 57, Maradona can still improve.“His other coaching experiences weren’t good but that’s the same for other coaches when they started,” he said.Diego Maradona says he has happy memories of Mexico where he scored two famous goals against England in the 1986 World Cup © AFP / STAFFMaradona’s first coaching experience was five years before Felix was even born.Dorados president Jose Antonio Nunez is another beating the same drum, attempting to find a positive twist on his high-profile signing’s record.“He knows what it’s like to start from the bottom, he knows the value of a lower league,” he said.– ‘Happy memories’ –Maradona has a special affinity for Mexico as it was there that he enjoyed his finest hour, leading Argentina to a 3-2 victory over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final.At the weekend he wrote on Instagram that he was “happy to return to the land where I was world champion and where I retain very happy memories”.He will do so while retaining his other official positon, as honorary president of Belarusian outfit Dinamo Brest, a post he only took up in July, but to great fanfare as he was paraded around town to cheering crowds and given a diamond ring.That would have come in handy for someone who has suffered financial difficulties in recent times, not least with a multi-million euro unpaid Italian tax bill hanging over his head.It might explain his need to take up a coaching position in such a relative backwater.It’s also an ideological fit for a man who was friends with two of Latin America’s most famous socialist leaders: Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Hugo Chaves of Venezuela, and sports a tattoo of revolutionary icon Che Guevara.Diego Maradona is also acting as honorary poresident of Dinamo Brest, who unveiled him to their fans in July © AFP/File / Sergei GAPONMaradona sent a welcome message to new Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador while hitting out at “imperialism” in a clear reference to the United States.He has changed little over the years but, if his coaching fortunes don’t experience a dramatic upsurge, this could be another brief footnote in a career that will always be remembered more for his on-field skills than any off-field antics.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Maradona was mobbed at Culiacan airport after he flew in to be presented as coach of Mexican second-division club Dorados © AFP / PEDRO PARDOBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Sep 10 – As much as he was a genius with the ball at his feet, Diego Maradona’s coaching career has been far from distinguished and took a curious turn when he joined Mexican second-division outfit Dorados.The man who led Argentina to just their second World Cup crown — according to many almost single-handedly — and whose brilliance inspired Napoli to the only two Serie A titles in their history, has ploughed a less succesful coaching furrow.last_img read more

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The faces of the 56th

first_imgFlowers said she opposes raising taxes – at least right now. “I am not interested in raising taxes until the Legislature looks at the budget and cleans it up,” she said. But Mendoza, while he opposes any across-the-board tax increase, said loopholes for corporations to avoid paying taxes are wrong. “Everybody should pay their fair share,” he said. Ramirez also opposes across-the-board tax increases. “Any tax increase would have to be specific and targeted in order to fund certain programs,” he said. Another dividing issue also pits Flowers vs. Mendoza and Ramirez. The two men say that Flowers gets most of her support from Republicans. “Fourteen of the 16 people who endorsed her are Republicans,” Mendoza said. “Her base is basically Republican.” Flowers said she doesn’t care who endorses her, saying her opponents’ complaints are just sour grapes. “With the local officials who endorsed me, I called every single one,” she said. “They’re the movers and shakers in the cities. Even my opponents would be happy to have them.” Also dividing all three is their experience. “I represent the largest portion of the district and I understand its dynamics,” Ramirez said. “I am a local leader who can collaboratively work with local officials from Whittier to Buena Park.” Mendoza also cites his experience. “I’ve sat on both sides of the negotiating table whether it’s as a city councilman negotiating a contract with city employees or as a school teacher who is on the board of the United Teachers of Los Angeles,” he said. Flowers cites her business experience. “My accounting experience affords me the ability to look at a budget and financial statements and be able to dissect them,” she said. “I can tell what effect it will have on industry.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ramirez is trying to follow in the footsteps of former state Sen. Cecil Green, former Assemblyman Bob Epple, Rep. Grace Napolitano and Bermudez – all of whom are from Norwalk. That city has 30 percent of the registered Democrats in the district. It all provides interesting dynamics in the race, said Ralph Pacheco, a South Whittier political consultant and member of the Whittier Union High School District Board. You have two Latinos and one Latina,” he said. “It’s a Latino cadre of candidates and there’s the gender issue.” You also have two members of the same City Council battling it out for the same nomination.” And waiting to battle the winner in November is the lone Republican, former Councilwoman Grace Hu. Still, with all these dynamics, there are only a few differences in terms of issues, with the main exception being taxes. There are a number of fascinating angles from which to view the Democratic side of the June 6 primary election in the 56th Assembly District. Artesia Councilwoman Sally Flowers is on her second try for the seat. She lost to then-Norwalk Councilman Rudy Bermudez in 2002. Another angle is that Flowers is competing this time around against Tony Mendoza, who is also a co-member on the Artesia City Council. Mendoza has the endorsement of current 56th District Assemblyman Bermudez, who is vacating the seat after four years to run for the 30th state Senate seat. Then there’s the third Democratic candidate, Norwalk Councilman Rick Ramirez. last_img read more

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Tax Credits for Energy Upgrades

first_imgThere are some great opportunities right now to upgrade your home energy performance with support from federal tax credits. These tax credits, created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 greatly expanded tax credits that had been put in place through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Over the next few weeks I’ll describe these tax credits–addressing what they cover and how you can benefit–but also editorializing a bit about some of the poorly thought-out features.A 30% federal tax credit with a cap of $1,500 is available for 2009 and 2010 for six broad energy conservation measures and equipment purchases. This tax credit is available only for existing homes that serve as principal residences, and the $1,500 is a total figure that can be spread over multiple energy improvements, but can’t be exceeded. This group of tax credits is described briefly below, and a number of them will be covered in greater detail in future columns.For certain renewable energy systems and ground-source heat pumps, a 30% federal tax credit with no upper limit is also available through the end of 2016. These will also be addressed in future columns.Biomass stoves. Any wood stove, pellet stove, or other stove that burns agricultural products or fuels made from biomass, and that has an efficiency of at least 75%, is eligible for this tax credit. The 30% tax credit is based on the total cost, including installation. In researching biomass stoves, ask the dealer or look online for the signed “Manufacturer’s Certification Statement” declaring that a particular stove complies with the efficiency requirement. The stove must be installed by December 31, 2010.HVAC equipment. High-efficiency gas- and oil-fired furnaces and boilers, air-source heat pumps, and central air conditioners all can earn this 30% tax credit. Installation is included in the covered cost. The minimum energy performance requirements vary by product type and are listed below (AFUE, HSPF, EER, and SEER are specialized measures of efficiency or energy performance that relate to certain types of equipment):• Natural gas or propane furnace: AFUE ≥ 95%• Oil furnace: AFUE ≥ 90%• Natural gas, propane, or oil boiler: AFUE ≥ 90%• Air-source heat pump (split system): HSPF ≥ 8.5; EER ≥12.5; SEER ≥ 15• Air-source heat pump (packaged system): HSPF ≥ 8.; EER ≥12; SEER ≥ 14• Central air conditioner (split system): SEER ≥ 16; EER ≥ 13• Central air conditioner (packaged system): SEER ≥ 14; EER ≥ 12Water heaters (non-solar). Natural gas, propane, and oil water heaters can earn the 30% tax credit as long as the Energy Factor is at least 0.82 or the thermal efficiency (a measure of peak efficiency, not factoring in stand-by and on-off cycling losses) is at least 90%. With electric water heaters, the Energy Factor has to be at least 2.0, a performance level that only heat-pump water heaters can achieve. The tax credit is based on total cost, including installation.Insulation and air-sealing products. Any type of insulation can earn this tax credit, including batts, rolls, loose-fill or blow-in fiberglass, cellulose, rigid board, spray-foam, and pour-in place. Also covered in this category is weatherstripping, spray foam sealant, caulk for air-sealing, and housewrap (such as Tyvek or Typar). Only the material cost is covered, not installation.Reflective roofing. To earn the 30% tax credit, roofing must meet the Energy Star requirements for reflective roofing, and only certain materials comply. Covered materials include metal roofing with pigmented coatings and asphalt shingles or “modified bitumen” with light-colored granules that meet the reflectivity requirements (information available on the Energy Star website). You must include a “Manufacturer Certification Statement” declaring that the roofing meets the Energy Star requirements. Only the roofing cost is covered, not installation.Windows and Doors. Windows, including skylights, can earn the 30% tax credit as long as the U-factor and the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) are both 0.30 or lower. U-factor is a measure of heat flow through a window; it accounts for window edges and frames as well as the glass; U-factor is the inverse of R-value, so a U-factor of 0.30 equals an R-value of 3.3. The SHGC is a measure of the total solar energy transmitted through a window; the credit can only be obtained for windows that block out most of the solar gain (at least 70%). Next week I’ll address why this “one-size-fits-all” requirement is a bad idea. Doors must meet the same performance requirements. With both windows and doors, only the product cost is covered, not installation.To obtain any of these credits, homeowners have to use IRS form 5695. Consult with your accountant or tax attorney for specific information on compliance; information provided here is for general guidance only.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitter.last_img read more

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Nowitzki ‘disgusted’ by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench during the first half of the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 14, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday night he was “disgusted” to read about allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.The 20-year player who has spent his entire career with the Mavericks told reporters after the first post-All-Star break practice in Los Angeles that he was glad the franchise was addressing the situation by hiring outside counsel to investigate the allegations.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Cuban declined comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday.Two women claimed Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.A day earlier, the NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed. The league said it would “closely monitor” the investigation.“Their findings are going to go directly to Mark Cuban and (Commissioner) Adam Silver, and the Mavericks will abide by whatever recommendations are made,” coach Rick Carlisle said after practice. “I can tell you that when it comes to anything involving the Mavericks, Mark Cuban is a strong believer in extreme ownership, extreme accountability.”SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC D-League: Eze leads as Perpetual hammers Batangas-EAC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LATEST STORIES “It’s very disappointing,” Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked … that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on.”Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. 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London Olympics: Michael Phelps retires after winning gold in 4x100m medley relay swimming

first_imgMichael Phelps got up to leave his last news conference at the Olympic pool when his relay mates were asked if they thought he would really stay retired. Before they could answer, Phelps smiled and said emphatically, “Yes, yes.”The most decorated Olympian called it a career on Saturday night with a fitting ending – a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay at the London Games.Phelps’ totals in four Olympics: 22 medals, 18 golds, 51 races and 9,900 meters of swimming.”I’ve been able to do everything that I wanted,” he said. “If you can say that about your career, there’s no need to move forward. Time for other things.”Having hung up his suit, cap and goggles for the last time, the 27-year-old from Baltimore is looking forward to the rest of his life.He wants to travel and see places beyond the pools and hotel rooms of the last 12 years. His intended destinations include Australia and Europe. He wants to go cage diving among great white sharks in South Africa with Chad le Clos, the last man to beat him in the Olympics.”I’ve been able to see so many amazing places in the world, but I’ve really never gotten to experience them,” Phelps said.There’s golf and poker to be played, too. He can’t wait for his hometown Ravens to start another football season, and don’t be surprised if turns up to watch some soccer matches.”He’s a true sports fanatic,” Debbie Phelps said.And Mom knows best, “He needs time for himself first,” she said.advertisementPhelps still plans to be around the sport that made him rich and famous, saying, “I would like to try to take it to an even higher level than it is now.”He certainly left it on a high note.Phelps regained the lead in the medley relay with his trademark butterfly stroke, then handed it over to freestyle anchor Nathan Adrian.Adrian brought it home in 3 minutes, 29.35 seconds. Japan took the silver in 3:31.26 and Australia got the bronze in 3:31.68. The team of Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen, Phelps and Adrian hugged it out before Phelps waved and smiled to the crowd.Later, he grew reflective, saying, “I’m a lot more relaxed than I thought I’d be in this moment.”Warming up before his last race, Phelps called his coach over to the side of the practice pool. He thanked Bob Bowman for helping him win all those medals, a feat they accomplished together.That private moment got to both of them.”I said, ‘My tears could hide behind my goggles. Yours are streaming down your face,'” Phelps said. “I wouldn’t be here today without everything he’s done for me. I love him to death.”last_img read more

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India to tour West Indies for four Tests as BCCI resumes ties with WICB

first_imgIndia will tour West Indies for a four-match Test series in July-August this year, putting an end to the long impasse between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).In a media statement, the BCCI on Saturday said both the boards have resolved outstanding issues that arose following West Indies’ abandonment of their tour to India in 2014.”With this understanding, bilateral series as part of the Future Tours Programme will be resumed with the Indian cricket team touring the West Indies in July-August, 2016 for a 4 match Test series,” the BCCI said on Saturday.Reacting to the development, WICB president Dave Cameron said: “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties. West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.”BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the Indian board is happy to resume ties with the West Indies and added that the tour will further strength the bond between the two Test nations.”BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours. This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronized this glorious game of cricket,” Thakur said.advertisementIndia are ranked number two in the ICC Test rankings while West Indies are on the eighth spot.last_img read more

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