Hirscher claims World Cup giant slalom title

first_img KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Hirscher now leads Pinturault by 185 points in the giant slalom standings with only one race left at the World Cup finals in Meribel next week.More significantly, Hirscher left his nearest rival in the race for the overall title’s big globe, Kjetil Jansrud, 124 points behind after the Norwegian could do no better than 23rd on the Slovenian course.It was Hirscher’s second giant slalom title after 2012, Olympic and world champion Ted Ligety having dominated the last two editions.But the American, a six-time winner in Kranjska Gora, had to be content with fourth place, 1.88 seconds behind Pinturault.France’s Thomas Fanara was third, 0.93 off the pace.“In the last couple of years, to win the giant slalom globe had become impossible. Ted did not leave us a chance to dream about the crystal. You just had to hope for him to make a mistake to win a race,” Hirscher said.“It was a hard road to take it back for I spent most of the last two years working on my giant slalom skills at the expense of the slalom. I was the last skier to win it before the rules changed and I really wanted it back badly,” he added.Shiffrin nears crownAPAre, Sweden — After outclassing her opponents to win her fourth World Cup slalom race of the season, Mikaela Shiffrin invited a young girl with a bashful smile to join her on the podium.Emma Lundell, 13, is fighting leukemia. Though it’s not over yet, she is starting to win that battle, and cites Shiffrin’s courage on the slopes as her biggest inspiration.“I feel that beats anything I can do on the race hill,” an emotional Shiffrin said after the award ceremony Saturday in Are. “So she deserves to be on the top step of the podium.”Shiffrin clocked the fastest time in both runs to beat second-placed Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia by 1.41 seconds. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was third, 2.15 back.The result means Shiffrin, who turned 20 on Friday, is close to winning her third consecutive crystal globe as the best slalom skier on the World Cup circuit at the season finals in Meribel.Her closest rival, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, finished sixth. To beat Shiffrin in the slalom standings, Hansdotter needs to win the final race while Shiffrin fails to make the top 20.“I will do what I can,” Hansdotter said. “But she is fantastic and in a class of her own right now.”Despite her youth, Shiffrin already is Olympic and double world champion in slalom. She has 13 World Cup wins in slalom and one in giant slalom. Second place good enough: Austria’s Marcel Hirscher competes in the first run of a World Cup giant slalom in Kranska Gora, Slovenia, on Saturday. | REUTERS KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA – Marcel Hirscher sealed the World Cup giant slalom title and took another step toward the overall prize when he finished second to France’s Alexis Pinturault in Kranjska Gora on Saturday.Pinturault claimed his second win of the season after the Kitzbuehel super-combined, beating the Austrian three-time World Cup champion by 0.68 seconds.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Marcel Hirscher, World Cup giant slalom, Alexis Pinturault last_img read more

Miyazato to skip Canadian tournament due to family matter

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Ai Miyazato, Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Miyazato’s father and coach Masaru collapsed on the course and underwent tests at a hospital in Scotland two days before the Women’s British Open started Aug. 3.The former world No. 1 decided to compete regardless in a bid to win her first career major, but missed the cut.Miyazato will sit out the Aug. 24-27 tournament in Ottawa but be back for the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Portland Classic to be held in Portland, Oregon, two weeks before the Evian Championship, the final major on the LPGA Tour schedule. KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOScenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ai Miyazato, who will retire from golf after 12 seasons on the LPGA Tour, has decided not to compete in an upcoming tournament in Canada, citing family reasons, her management company said on her official website on Thursday.“Miyazato will withdraw from next week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in order to support her family. Her next event will be the Portland Classic,” the announcement said. Ai Miyazato | KYODOlast_img read more

House Passes Resolution On Proposed Plan For Offshore Lease Sales

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. Speaker Edgmon: “I am grateful that the House was able to move quickly and show overwhelming support for both economic development and respect for all stakeholders in that development. I appreciate the Administration giving us the opportunity to speak to this issue, and hope they heed the combined voices of our Federal delegation, Governor, and State House.” Originally introduced by the House Rules committee, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) was added as the resolution’s primary sponsor on the House floor at the request of Minority Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) so that other members could add their names as co-sponsors. HR 6 was amended on the floor on Wednesday, February 21, by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to further request that the existing deferrals in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas be continued in future lease sales. House Resolution 6 passed by a vote of 33-5. The resolution was presented to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after she her annual address to the Legislature yesterday, at 11 a.m.center_img The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country). Story as aired: Rep. Lincoln: “My district is home to the world’s most productive zinc mine, and one of the world’s preeminent oil fields, but we also rely on subsistence and have preserved our way of life by keeping it in the forefront of our minds whenever we pursue economic development. My amendment simply asks that we keep intact decades of work between industry and local communities identifying and protecting a crucial migratory corridor for Bowhead whales and two modest subsistence hunting areas adjacent to the whaling communities of Kaktovik and Utqiaġvik.”last_img read more

Alaska Congressional Delegation Celebrates Legacy Of Senator Ted Stevens

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, Wednesday joined in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Stevens and his contributions to Alaska and the nation. The Alaska Congressional Delegation joined members of the Stevens family, friends, congressional colleagues, and former staff at a ceremonial unveiling of a portrait of Senator Stevens, which will be hung in the U.S. Capitol. At the time he left office, Senator Stevens was the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator in history. Stevens was a staunch proponent of national security and traveled the world to visit our military men and women. As a longtime leader on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked tirelessly to ensure those who serve our country in uniform had the best equipment, better pay, and needed care. As an appropriator, Stevens secured federal funding that allowed thousands of rural Alaskans to gain access to basic water and sewer infrastructure, telemedicine, bypass mail, and essential air service. He was a strong supporter of Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act, which provides equal opportunity for women to participate in sports, and authored legislation to create the U.S. Olympic Committee. Stevens devoted more than six decades of his life to public service. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying missions in the China-Burma-India theater in support of the Flying Tigers. He later worked at the Department of the Interior, under then-Secretary Fred Seaton, as his point man in the push for statehood for Alaska. After arriving in the Senate in 1968, Stevens went on to chair five committees and served as a member of Republican leadership for nearly a decade. His legacy includes an incredible number of measures that built Alaska and bettered America, including legislation to settle most Alaska Native land claims, enable the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and protect and sustain America’s fisheries. “Senator Ted Stevens was my colleague and my mentor, but most importantly he was my friend. Our families were very close. We would hunt and fish together, and when we were both in Washington, D.C., we were legislative partners focused on getting things done for our great state and its people. Ted’s life was one of service to Alaska and service to his country. Ted was a quintessential public servant — he fought for our country in World War II, would go on to serve in the State Legislature, and spent the remainder of his career standing up for Alaskans in the United States Senate. He was a force to be reckoned with but was also a man of great faith and dedication to family. The day we lost Ted was a dark one for our state and country, and not a day goes by where I don’t think of my friend and his legacy. However, Ted’s family and friends can rest easily knowing that his fingerprints continue to be felt across Alaska, and his deep love of our state lives on in our young people,” said Congressman Young. “Today’s portrait unveiling is a special day for all who knew him. It is my great hope that future generations of Alaskans can look upon this portrait and be reminded of a man who gave his all to our state and country. I would like to thank everybody who worked hard to make this possible – particularly the Ted Stevens Foundation. I know Ted is looking down and is proud of everyone continuing the good work he did here on earth. May God bless Ted Stevens, his family, and all those who have been and will be inspired by Alaska’s ‘Uncle Ted.’” In 2000, Stevens was voted Alaskan of the Century. The Anchorage International Airport is named for him, his beneficial impact can be seen and felt all throughout the 49th state, and Alaskans celebrate his legacy each year on Ted Stevens Day—the fourth Saturday of July.center_img “The spirit of Ted Stevens lives with us in Congress, throughout the country, and certainly in Alaska. And now we have this beautiful painting in the Capitol—created by an exceptional Alaska artist—to reflect that spirit,” said Senator Sullivan. “Senator Stevens’ service to our country and our state is an example to all. His whole career was spent fighting for our country and for those across the globe who shared a thirst for freedom. But his true love was Alaska, and his true passion was the ‘Alaskan Dream’— a dream of an Alaska with promises of the 21st century ‘springing up from the Arctic.’ An Alaska where our federal government works with us, not against us, to achieve our destiny and to develop our resources. An Alaska that lives up to the potential the country saw in it when Congress voted to allow the territory to become the 49th state. Ted Stevens brought us closer to that dream and calls on each of us to carry on his legacy and fight for the state we all love.” “Every American should know who Ted was and why he so clearly deserves this honor. Ted dedicated his life to public service, spending more than six decades fighting for the state and country that he loved. Ted was a World War II veteran, he helped Alaska achieve its dream of statehood, and in his forty years in this chamber, he was both a leader and a force to be reckoned with,” said Senator Murkowski. “I hope this portrait of Ted will be a daily reminder for those of us who serve here – that we can work together, even on the hardest of days; that if we do, we can achieve great things for the American people; and that sometimes, that just might require us to say ‘to hell with politics’ – just do what’s right.” The portrait, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commission on Art, will be part of its Senate Leadership Portrait Collection, which honors past Leaders and Presidents Pro Tempore. The portrait recognizes Senator Ted Stevens’ service as President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2007. It was painted by Dean Larson, a former intern of Senator Stevens from 1980-1981, who grew up in Palmer, Alaska. Photo and Video courtesy of Sen. Dan Sullivanlast_img read more

Leslee Smith Named In BBL All-Star Five

first_imgFlyers host Manchester Giants in the last home game of the regular season on Saturday, April 22nd – click here to buy tickets online. It was a brilliant weekend for Bristol and the Flyers’ forward was instrumental in the south-west franchise completing a win-double. Smith racked up an excellent double-double at Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday after he landed 15 points and also garnered the same number of rebounds. He shot 66% from the field and was a factor on defence too, as he swatted two shots.Click here to view the full BBL Team Of The Week.last_img read more

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to retire

first_imgSteve Spurrier was in his 11th season at South Carolina.Steve Spurrier was in his 11th season at South Carolina.South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier informed his coaching staff Monday night that he is retiring, effective immediately, a person with knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced publicly.Spurrier will address the decision and an interim coach will be named at Tuesday’s news conference.The Head Ball Coach had a 228-89-2 record as a college football coach, including the 1996 national championship while at Florida.Follow the road to the 2015 College Football Playoff at The Football Four, our home to rate and debate the nation’s best. Spurrier also won the 1966 Heisman Trophy with the Gators and also coached Duke University and the Washington Redskins.Spurrier’s college coaching career includes seven conference championships in addition to the national title.last_img read more

Spurs boss rules out Dier move after Chelsea are linked

first_img Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Brits Rush to Take out This £200k Life Insurance Policy from Just £10pm* x Local Area Gran Stuns Dermatologists: Removes Her Wrinkles with This £4 Tip x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Last Photo: What Happened After This Photo Was Horrifying x Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke is Finally Talking About the Photo Changing Her Life x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed speculation over the future of Eric Dier.The Times reported this week that Chelsea are interested in the England international and that he is unhappy with the amount of game time he is getting under Pochettino this season.AdChoices广告But Pochettino told Sky Sports there is no prospect of Dier, who signed an improved contact in the summer, leaving Spurs.“Absolutely no. Eric Dier is our player,” Pochettino said.“He extended his contract and improved his salary after the Euros. There is no doubt that his future is here at Tottenham.” See also:Leaders Chelsea seal 10th Premier League win in a rowOscar in talks ahead of expected big-money moveSunderland v Chelsea player ratingsHazard fit to return for Chelsea at Palacelast_img read more

Ronaldo scored his 100th national team goal in Portugal

first_imgRonaldo scored the jubilee goal in the first half from a direct kick, after a change of sides he added the 101st hit in the national team. He only has eight goals left for the national record of the Iranian Ali Daeí.The Portuguese are at the head of the A3 group with a full six points. One hundred percent is also France, which defeated Croatia 4: 2 in the replay of the last final of the World Championship.Ronaldo scored a jubilee shot from a direct kick. In this way, he scored in the national team for the tenth time and converted a total of 57 direct kicks in his career.In addition, the goal situation was preceded by a second “yellow” foul by Gustav Svensson, and the Swedes were no longer able to dramatize the match. In the 72nd minute, Ronaldo flashed again from a great shot.France won the world title in Russia in 2018 after a 4: 2 final shootout, and the same result was born this time at the Stade de France. The Croats opened the scoring after Dejan Lovren’s goal from a corner kick, “Les Bleus” but still turned the development of the match into a break thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s shot and the unfortunate rebound of the ball from the head of the goalkeeper Dominik Livakovič. Griezmann scored the 31st national team goal and in the historical tables of the French national team compared to Zinedin Zidan in fifth place.With 55 minutes played, Josip Brekalo nearly put the visitors another one up as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot passed just over the bar. Olivier Giroud took the lead after Griezmann’s corner kick and closed the score from the penalty with Olivier Giroud.Belgium did not allow a surprise and dealt with Iceland 5: 1 at home. Severe happily took the lead in the 11th minute after a spot shot by Hólmbert Fridjónsson, but six minutes later his opponent was on top. First, Axel Witsel arrived a direct kick from Dries Mertens and the turn was completed by striker Michy Batshuayi.After the change of sides, Mertens, Batshuayi and eighteen-year-old Jeremy Doku, who became the third youngest scorer in Belgian history, added more goals to Mertens and Batshuayi. The “Red Devils” defeated Iceland in the 12th match and lead the A2 after the second win.Denmark scored the first point after a 0-0 draw with England. Albion coach Gareth Southgate had to do without Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, who were punished for violating coronavirus measures after the match in Iceland. The debutant Kalvin Philips from Leeds also appeared in the basic line-up, who has not yet played in the Premier League for a minute.Football League of Nations:Group A2:Belgium – Island 5: 1 (2: 1)Goals: 17th and 69th Batshuayi, 13th Witsel, 50th Mertens, 80th Doku – 11th Fridjónsson.Denmark – England 0: 0.Table:1.Belgium22007:162.England21101:043.Denmark20110:214.Island20021:60Group A3:Sweden – Portugal 0: 2 (0: 1)Goals: 45. + 1 and 72. Ronaldo. ČK: 44. Svensson (SWE).France – Croatia 4: 2 (2: 1)Goals: 43. Griezmann, 45. + 1 own Livakovič, 65. Upamecano, 77. Giroud z pen. – 17. Lovren, 55. Breeze.Table:1.Portugal22006:162.France22005:263.Sweden20020:304.Croatia20023:80Group C1:Cyprus – Azerbaijan 0: 1 (0: 1)Goal: 29. Medvedev.Luxembourg – Montenegro 0: 1 (0: 0)Branka: 90. + 3 Beqiraj z pen. ČK: 85. C. Martins (Luc.).Table:1.Montenegro22003:062.Luxembourg21012:233.Azerbaijan21012:234.Cyprus20020:30Group C2:Armenia – Estonia 2: 0 (1: 0)Goals: 43. Karapetjan, 65. Angulo.Georgia – Northern Macedonia 1: 1 (1: 1)Goals: 13. Okriašvili from pen. – 33. Ristovski. ČK: 64. Musilu (Sev. Mak.).Table:1.Northern Macedonia21103:242.Georgia21102:143.Armenia21013:234.Estonia20020:30Group D2:San Marino – Liechtenstein 0: 2 (0: 2)Goals: 3. Hasler, 14. Y. Frick.Table:1.Lichtenstein11002:032.Gibraltar11001:033.San Marino20020:30last_img read more

Bayern Edge PSG to Win Sixth Champions League Title

first_imgIn contrast, it was a night of bitter disappointment for PSG’s two attacking superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who failed to produce their best and found themselves frustrated by Bayern keeper and man of the match Manuel Neuer when they had the best of the first-half chances.Mbappe’s pain increased in the second half when he looked to be tripped by Kimmich in the area, but PSG’s penalty claims were ignored – leaving Bayern to celebrate being crowned champions of Europe once more, becoming the first team to win the trophy by winning every Champions League game in a singlecampaign.Bayern fully merited their sixth triumph in this tournament, an all-consuming machine that demonstrated graphically that they could overpower teams with attacking prowess but also showed the grit, determination and organisation to frustrate PSG’s attacking golden boys Mbappe and Neymar.And huge credit must go to coach Flick, who has guided Bayern to 21 successive victories, reviving and inspiring Bayern after emerging from the shadows when Kovac was sacked in November and the club in crisis.Flick also illustrated his ability to make the big calls, selecting Coman ahead of the influential Croat Ivan Perisic and being rewarded with that decisive moment just before the hour.Bayern also leant heavily on one of the great figures of the club’s successes, keeper Neuer, who was at his magnificent best to stand toe-to-toe with Neymar in those crucial first-half duels and make the saves that made such a huge contribution to this victory.Bayern’s status as European champions is deserved, having won every game in the tournament this season, not only having the ability to produce blistering performances of the sort that overwhelmed Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-final and frustrate PSG’s threat in the final.This is a developing team, with Leroy Sane already signed from Manchester City for next season, and Bayern’s future looks bright under Flick.PSG looked to the two great superstars Neymar and Mbappe to spearhead their assault on the trophy they crave most after such lavish investment – but they were unable to break down the Bayern Munich barrier.The pair had chances, especially in the first half, but their finishing was not at its best and the imposing figure of Neuer denied them, with Mbappe’s bad miss at the end of the opening period proving a pivotal moment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern Munich overcame Paris St-Germain in a tightly contested Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday night to claim the crown for the sixth time.Kingsley Coman, who started his career at PSG, settled a tense affair with a 59th-minute header at the far post from Joshua Kimmich’s cross to leave the French giants still searching for that elusive Champions League triumph.It was a night of joy for Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who added the Champions League to the Bundesliga after initially taking over as interim coach from sacked Niko Kovac in November.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek to Miss Europa League Final Against Arsenal

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could miss the Europa League final after sustaining an ankle injury during a charity friendly in the USA.The 23-year-old went down clutching his left ankle in the first half of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.Loftus-Cheek limps off the Gillette StadiumRoss Barkley scored twice either side of an Olivier Giroud header in the comfortable win in Foxborough.Chelsea play Arsenal in the final in Baku on Wednesday, 29 May.Loftus-Cheek scored in the second leg of the Blues’ Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt and has been directly involved in nine goals in his past 15 competitive appearances for Chelsea.Wednesday’s friendly raised £3.1m ($4m) for organisations who combat hate crimes.Prior to the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had expressed his concerns about traveling to the US so close to a major European final.Relatedlast_img read more