Chaves takes lead in Vuelta
Esteban Chaves of Colombia timed his final charge perfectly to win the Vuelta a Espana’s sixth stage, notching up his second stage win to take the overall race lead on Thursday. The 25-year-old fended off challenges by Daniel Martin of Ireland and Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands up the final ascent and finished in four hours, 46 minutes, 16 seconds. Martin finished second, five seconds behind, and Dumoulin third on the same time. The Orica-GreenEdge rider acknowledged he had done something “pretty big” by winning two stages in the 11-stage race, but insisted he had to “keep his feet on the ground.” Chaves leads overall on 21 hours, 55 minutes, 13 seconds, with Dumoulin second overall and Martin third.
‘Chocolate Thunder’ dies
Darryl Dawkins, the former NBA star whose powerful dunks earned him the nickname “Chocolate Thunder,” died on Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 58, his family said. “It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack,” his family said in a statement issued through the NBA. “Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart.” In 1975, Dawkins was the first player drafted out of high school into the NBA — as the fifth overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to play 15 seasons with four teams: the Sixers (1975-1982), the New Jersey Nets (1982-1987), the Utah Jazz (1988) and the Detroit Pistons (1988-1989). His dunks — which he dubbed with names such as “Rim Wrecker” — were so powerful that he shattered two backboards in 1979. After his NBA career, he spent two years playing in Italy before joining the Harlem Globetrotters. “The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins,” the league said in a statement. “We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity.”
Chelsea make Zhang offer
Chelsea have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported yesterday. The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday, Titan Sports Weekly said. “I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” the newspaper quoted Zhang as saying. “I’ve worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.” Zhang and the clubs were working through the terms of his transfer, Titan said, which was likely to be a loan deal.
Rehman critical of fake turf
Pahang FC’s experienced Pakistani defender Zesh Rehman has criticized the Asian Football Confederation for allowing AFC Cup matches to be played on artificial turf, saying it is unsafe and unfair. Rehman’s Malaysian side were thrashed 4-0 on the fake grass in Dushanbe by Tajikistan champions FC Istiklol in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday, leaving them all but out of the second-tier continental tournament. “I have played in the AFC Cup for four years out of the past five and have never previously played on an artificial surface,” Rehman told ESPN FC.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
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The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire