China takes charge of men’s gymnastics and its citizens

first_imgFrom news services China finished with 374.275 points in dominating qualifying for the men’s gymnastics world championships team competition Monday in Stuttgart, Germany. That put the Chinese a whopping 3.550 points ahead of the closest thing it has to competition, Olympic champion Japan. They have 12.1 points on injury-plagued Russia, a gap so big, the defending silver medalists would need to throw in an extra routine to catch up. Defending world champion Yang Wei edged Hiroyuki Tomita for the highest individual score, a repeat of last year’s all-around final. China also had the highest scores on floor, still rings and parallel bars. Members of the public are being encouraged to report officers they see smoking, eating or chatting on duty – all of which are regarded as “harmful to the image of the police,” the newspaper said. ETC.: Panasonic extended its global Olympic sponsorship through 2016. The eight-year deal was signed in London by Panasonic president Fumio Ohtsubo and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. Terms weren’t announced, but a four-year sponsorship sells for $70 million or more. Cycling Italian cyclist Paolo Bettini won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Luarca, and Oscar Freire held on to the overall leader’s gold jersey. The Quick Step-Innergetic team worked hard over the final quarter of the 95-mile course to lead the pack before the world champion sprinted to the finish, crossing in 4 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds. ETC.: Riding the grueling Tour de France bike race takes strength, stamina – and perhaps a heart nearly 40 percent bigger than normal. Researchers who examined the hearts of former Tour bikers found that the athletes’ hearts were from 20 to 40 percent larger than average, said Dr. Francois Carre of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes, France, speaking at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. The difference is attributable largely to rigorous training that expands the cyclists’ hearts. But researchers have not yet determined whether the athletes’ hearts were larger to begin with. Soccer The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey lead a full-strength roster picked by U.S. coach Bob Bradley for Sunday’s exhibition game against Brazil at Soldier Field in Chicago. Ten of the 11 players who started in the Americans’ 1-0 loss at Sweden on Aug. 22 were selected, with Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein the lone player dropped from the 19-man roster. ETC.: The Glazer family said it will not sell Manchester United, despite reports of potential billion-dollar takeover bids from China and United Arab Emirates. “United is not for sale,” the family’s spokesman said. “The Glazer family is 100 percent committed to long-term investment and ownership in the club … demonstrated by the expenditure during the transfer window.The position has not changed, nor will it.” … Thierry Henry, one of European soccer’s best players, and former model Claire Merry divorced after four years of marriage. Basketball Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Germany’s 83-78 overtime victory against the Czech Republic on the opening day of the European basketball championships in Madrid, Spain. In Alicante, Tony Parker scored 16 points and France held off Poland, 74-66. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jaka Lakovic lifted Slovenia past Olympic runner-up Italy, 69-68, in Group D. Defending champion Greece opened with a 76-66 win over Israel in a Group A match in Granada, and Andrei Kirilenko’s 24 points and 12 rebounds led Russia over Serbia, 73-65. NBA All-Star forward Pau Gasol scored 19 and Spain routed Portugal, 82-56, in Seville, to begin its campaign to become the third country to lift the European trophy while holding the world title. Latvia surprised Croatia, 85-77, in the other Group B match. Horse racing Edgar Prado, who rode Barbaro to a Kentucky Derby victory in 2006, will be sidelined at least six weeks after breaking his right ankle at Saratoga Race Course. Prado was hurt Saturday when his mount, Admiral Bird, stumbled after running the seventh race. The jockey fell to the turf course and remained there several minutes while being treated by paramedics. ETC.: Heavily favored Heartswideopen, breaking from the outside post, drifted toward the inside rail but recovered to edge SF Royal Bank by a nose in the $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The Texas-bred Heartswideopen, with Oscar Hernandez aboard, put 68-year-old trainer Carl Draper back in the winner’s circle in the richest event in quarter horse racing. Draper also won in 2004 with hard-charging DM Shicago. … Timber Reserve swept past the leaders on the far turn, fought off a tough challenge from Xchanger and won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. The 3-year-old horse won in his first race of the year. Cable Boy, the pacesetter in the Haskell Invitational last month at Monmouth Park, grabbed the lead out of the gate. Timber Reserve and jockey Javier Castellano took charge of the 11/8-mile race around the far turn. Motorsports Defending Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher took the NHRA playoff lead in Dermont, Ind., with his sixth U.S. Nationals victory in eight years. Schumacher drove away from Larry Dixon in the final, finishing in 4.575 seconds at 331.94 mph, to earn a spot in the winner’s circle with Funny Car victor Mike Ashley, Pro Stock points leader Dave Connolly, and Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Craig Treble. The three-time defending world champion leads the points standings for the first time this season. He’s 31 points ahead of second-place Dixon and 102 in front of fifth-place Bob Vandergriff, with the top four drivers after the four-race playoff advancing to the championship round. Quotable Hank Biesiot, who thought Dickinson State would be just one stop in his college football coaching career, but more than three decades later, he finds himself still there at 62: “When I came here as an assistant, I thought I’d be here two to four years. Then my wife wouldn’t leave town after four years. … You come to a time where you say it’s time to quit, but there’s always the next game. I’m not in this to accomplish anything. Just be at the next game, that’s all I ever wanted to accomplish.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United States goes today. It has no designs on catching China, only trying to get there next year for the Olympics. To do that, it must move up at least one spot from last year’s 13th-place finish. Olympics Ahead of the Beijing Olympics, Chinese have been told to line up, use proper English and stop spitting. Now police are being told that slack behavior such as shooting the breeze or smoking could get them in trouble. China is conducting a wide-ranging experiment in social re-engineering in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. The thinking is that anything less than upstanding behavior by officials and the public could reflect badly on the country as a whole. “We will spare no effort to do a great job for the Games and beyond,” Beijing traffic officer Zeng Qinghui was quoted as saying by the official China Daily newspaper. last_img read more

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Commentary of Luton vs Middlesbrough, who have not met in league since 1995

first_img LATEST EFL NEWS Getty Images 2 Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty stalemate Luton vs Middlesbrough: How to listenThe Championship clash will take place at Kenilworth Road at 7:45pm on Friday, August 2.Full commentary with Sam Matterface, Nigel Adderley and David Connolly will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting under way at 7pm.To tune into all the build-up and commentary, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.Luton vs Middlesbrough: What has been said?“It’s a fantastic, traditional, club,” manager Graeme Jones, who left the Belgium set up to take over at Luton, said.“They are realistic but ambitious. There’s the probability of moving into a new stadium. No-one has ever got Luton promoted to the Premier League. That’s the challenge. And it’s one I like.”Boyhood Boro fan, Jonathan Woodgate, is in his first managerial position, having taken over from Tony Pulis earlier in the summer.“He gave me this platform to evolve and to make a name for myself and it really helped me along the way,” he said.“I couldn’t do this job without his help and the grounding of what he gave me,” adding he’d like to make players feel the way Sir Bobby Robson, his manager at Newcastle, did.“It’s my job to make my players feel like they can go out there and play and run the extra yard for me. Will they do that for me? Will they run through a brick wall for me? I’ll be trying to get them to do that.” The Hatters won League One last season to gain promotion, while Boro just missed out on the play-off places.Now they are set to go head-to-head in the opening fixture of the 2019/20 EFL season.At Kenilworth Road, the last league meeting between the two sides ended in a 5-1 victory for the Hatters in October 1994 under manager David Pleat, while Luton last started a league season at Kenilworth Road in the 2017/18 season, thrashing Yeovil 8-2.In doing so, they became the first team to score eight goals in an opening day Football League match since Wolves in August 1962.Luton vs Middlesbrough: Confirmed TeamsLuton: Sluga, Cranie, Bradley, Pearson, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Shinnie, Mpanzu, Lee, McManaman, Collins.Subs: Galloway, Butterfield, Berry, Cornick, Moncur, Jones, Shea.Middlesbrough: Randolph, Howson, Ayala, Shotton, Coulson, Wing, Clayton, McNair, Fletcher, Assombalonga, Johnson.Subs: Tavernier, Browne, Gestede, Saville, Wood-Gordon, Bola, Pears. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off ‘close’ The football season is back at long last and Luton take on Middlesbrough to kick off the new EFL campaign.talkSPORT has more games than ever before this season and will be starting things off with the Championship clash at Luton.center_img CONFUSION Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues ROUND-UP GREAT NEWS EFL result Orient chief gives update on manager search after ‘unfortunate’ Fletcher sacking Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer 2 goalless Luton won League One and start life in the Championship live on talkSPORT Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough take on Luton tonightlast_img read more

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