Africans dominate NYC Half
Ethiopia’s Belay Tilahun and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won their New York City racing debuts in the NYC Half on Sunday. The 24-year-old Tilahun completed the 13.1-mile (21km) course through Brooklyn and Manhattan in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds — overtaking Eritrea’s Daniel Mesfun, who led for the majority of the race, but finished six seconds behind. Jepkosgei, the world record-holder in the half-marathon, won her first-ever solo race in the US in 1:10:07. Mary Ngugi, also of Kenya, finished one minute later in second place.
Ospina has injury scare
David Ospina collapsed on Sunday during his SSC Napoli side’s 4-2 Serie A win over Udinese, but the club and coach Carlo Ancelotti said the injury was not serious. The Colombian goalkeeper, who arrived on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the close season, collided with Udinese’s Ignacio Pussetto early in the game and collapsed later in the first half before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. “Fortunately, it’s nothing serious,” Ancelotti said after the game. Napoli gave a further update on Twitter, saying that Ospina would stay in a clinic overnight for observation.
Biles tops Stuttgart podium
Simone Biles easily won this year’s debut at the DTB Pokal World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday. The 22-year-old posted an all-around score of 58.800, more than 3.5 points clear of runner-up Ana Padurariu of Canada and third-place finisher Elisabeth Seitz of Germany. She put up the top scores in the nine-woman field on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, and placed second on balance beam. Her lone missteps came on floor exercise, where the world champion stepped out at the end of a tumbling pass, and on beam, where she wobbled briefly. Biles has 20 career world championship medals.
Bernal wins Paris-Nice
Team Sky’s Egan Bernal held off fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana on Sunday to claim the Paris-Nice week-long race after Spain’s Ion Izagirre won the last stage. The 22-year-old, one of cycling’s hottest prospects, beat Quintana by 39 seconds overall, allowing the Movistar Team rider to grab just a few seconds from him in the 110km loop around Nice. “I can’t believe that I just won Paris-Nice. It’s incredible for me. I’m really happy. I just can’t believe it yet,” Bernal said.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE
Derby called due to clash
Violence in the stands and two pitch invasions forced the abandonment of Sunday’s Greek Super League derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos at the Athens Olympic Stadium. German referee Marco Fritz called off the match in the 69th minute with Olympiakos leading 1-0 and with chaotic scenes unfolding inside and outside the ground. Riot-trained police used tear gas to bring order and chase away dozens of hooligans who had darted on to the field. Play resumed, but in the 69th minute, with clashes already occurring between fans and police in the stands, security personnel were overwhelmed by dozens of hooligans, and Fritz ordered the players off the pitch and into the dressing rooms.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very