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Nibali keeps cool head in hectic Tour PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris.The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal.From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and the clear supremacy of the experts in individual disciplines, it was an epic Tour.And there was even the return to prominence of the home nation, securing a podium spot for the first time in 17 years and in fact managing to get two riders on in the top three for the first time since 1984.But all through it, there was one major constant: Nibali was by far the best.The 29-year-old Italian won four stages but he didn't just rely on his strengths to beat the rest, he beat them in every domain.He won three mountain-top finishes and ...

Vita snatch win to stay on track for semis JOHANNESBURG: Democratic Republic of Congo club Vita snatched a 2-1 home win over Sudanese El-Hilal at the weekend to stay on course for a first CAF Champions League semi-finals appearance.A good weekend for the vast central Africa country was completed when four-time title-holders TP Mazembe forced a 0-0 draw at Egyptians Zamalek.Vita and Mazembe have seven points each and Hilal and Zamalek four each in Group A with two matchdays to come during August.And with ...
Mercedes team order came from panic, says Lauda BUDAPEST: Mercedes panicked in asking Lewis Hamilton to move over for Nico Rosberg in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and the Briton was right to ignore the request, according to Niki Lauda.The Formula One team's non-executive chairman, himself a triple world champion, refused to blame Hamilton and told reporters he would have done exactly the same in the circumstances."The team was under enormous stress," he said of an incident that became a major talking point after ...
Kazakhstan wants Tour de France PARIS: After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday.Rejoicing after Vincenzo Nibali of the government-backed Astana team clinched victory on Sunday, Kairat Kelimbetov, president of Kazakh Cycling, told AFP his country wants to host the start of the race like England did this year.Kelimbetov, who is also head of Kazakhstan's central bank, said the idea may seem "a joke" now but ...
Alonso keeps Ferrari sweet with second place BUDAPEST: Fernando Alonso gave himself an early birthday present, and kept Ferrari sweet, after finishing second in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The result was the Spaniard's best result of the year, after a third place in China, and came at the circuit where he took his first win in Formula One with Renault back in 2003. Last year Alonso earned himself a rebuke from Maranello on his 32nd birthday, the day after he finished fifth ...
Isner downs Sela to retain Atlanta ATP crown ATLANTA: Top-seeded John Isner won his second straight Atlanta ATP title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over unseeded Israeli Dudi Sela.Isner fired 15 aces and broke Sela twice in the 71-minute encounter, remaining unbeaten in three career contests with Sela.Isner nabbed his ninth ATP title and a second Atlanta crown. His triumph over South African Kevin Anderson in last year's title match came after runner-up finishes to Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011.But ...
Braves trio lead stellar class into Hall of Fame COOPERSTOWN: Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who helped the Atlanta Braves win 14 straight division titles, led a stellar 2014 class into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday."I can honestly say, I would not be standing here today if it weren't for you guys," former Braves manager Cox said of Cy Young award-winning pitchers Maddux and Glavine."Together, these guys earned six Cy Young Awards wearing Braves uniforms."Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa and ...


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