14 May

Barcelona is proclaimed winter champion

first_imgThe Barcelona has the title in its pocket after the fourteen days played (missing the match that was suspended by the strike). The azulgrana has seven points advantage over Atlético and eleven on the Levant, which is third. But those of Lluís Cortés not only dominate the classification. The whole of Barcelona has become a steamroller in the domestic championship and, for now, no one has been able to shade him. To the Athletic, Current league champion, he scored six goals and remains undefeated after finishing the first round. The Lightning (eighth with 21 points) is the single team of all the competition he has achieved add to the azulgrana after scratching a tie in Vallecas (1-1). Second is a Athletic in low hours. He has only lost one game, against the Barça team, but he has already left tbeef draws, against Betis, Athletic and Rayo, what complicates and a lot revalidate the league title. And you can not mislead because just four points stalks the Champions League a Levante that has gone from less to more.Below, the Spanish follow without knowing the victory and he has only added three points so far and has salvation to nine. Betis accompanies him in the red zone with eight points five from Madrid CFF, That marks the descent.Jenni Beautiful, with fifteen goals in fourteen matches, it’s the top scorer of the championship followed by Altuve (Rayo), Jade (Logroño) and Oshoala (Barça) all with ten. While his partner Hansen is the maximum assistant with seven goal passes. The First Iberdrola arrived at the equator of the competition with the Barcelona how clear dominator in virtually every facet. The azulgrana, which are the only undefeated team of the highest category, has in its ranks with the top scorer and the maximum assistant of the championship, in addition to having the title in his hand, with seven points of advantage over Atlético. On the opposite pole is the Espanyol, colist, who still doesn’t know victory in this course.last_img read more

21 Jul

Hoy fast in denim as PR man Clifford joins

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Olympic Games Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares00 Scotland’s greatest Olympian has sparked controversy shortly before his return from Beijing when he poured cold water on the Scottish Nationalists’ notion that Scotland should have its own Olympic team. Not surprisingly, the politicians are listening to him; Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, has said his call for better sports facilities north of the border will be heeded. On Saturday night, it was the local MP, Hazel Blears, who approached Hoy, pictured below, suggesting that he campaign for the track cycling events in the 2012 Games to be held in the Manchester velodrome rather than in a facility in London. Whether the suggestion was tongue in cheek or not, he managed to meet it with a dead bat.Outside the Lowry Centre, Hoy’s fellow gold medallists Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy and the points-race bronze medallist Chris Newton were among the 40 road cyclists who threw themselves into the nocturnal fray, along with two other national track team members who did not make the Games cut, Craig Maclean and Rob Hayles.The constant cornering and high speeds make criterium racing unforgiving on legs more attuned to the track, and Thomas and Clancy did not figure in the final sprint. The autumn will see other “homecomings” and the Tour of Britain next week includes Bradley Wiggins, Thomas and Newton, plus the time-trialist Steve Cummings.The road aheadNext up for the Olympians Tour of Britain Sept 7-14 From London to Liverpool via Somerset and GlasgowNational track championships Sept 16-22 ManchesterWorld road-race championships Sept 23-28 Varese, ItalyTrack World Cup Oct 31-Nov 2Manchester event sold out after sales surged during Olympics Share on Facebook First published on Sun 31 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Cycling Sun 31 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragecenter_img Support The Guardian Topics Cycling Hoy fast in denim as PR man Clifford joins Olympics 2008: Cycling Thousands turned out to celebrate with Scottish Olympic medalists Chris Hoy, Ross Edgar, Katherine Granger and David Florence with their Olympic medals. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images This has been a week of homecomings for Chris Hoy and the other Olympians, and on Saturday the triple track gold medallist took part in his first “competitive” event since winning the match sprint in Beijing, in his adopted home of Salford Quays just up the road from the nerve centre of the all-conquering British track cycling team at the Manchester velodrome.This was not exactly a race, but nor was it mere leisure: members of the public and celebrities such as the former England footballer and cancer survivor Geoff Thomas had their chance to take on the first Briton to win three golds in a single Games since 1908 – on a stationary bike rig – as part of the build-up to the circuit race through the Lowry Centre and along the canal in front of Old Trafford.For once, however, what was billed as a support event was of greater interest than the hour’s serious racing around a ¾-mile circuit, featuring some of Hoy’s fellow Olympians and an array of the country’s best amateurs. Several thousand fans turned out to line the barriers, but it was Hoy who was the centre of attention.Naturally, when it came to whirling the legs on the stationary rig, no one was able to match Hoy’s time for the 500m – not even Thomas, who has twice ridden around the Tour de France route – and as if to make the point that this was not exactly a serious exercise, the Olympic keirin, sprint and team sprint gold medallist Hoy wore long denim shorts.Away from the podium, Hoy looked like a man who had not slept for a week. “I’m knackered,” he said. “It’s been a crazy few days.” These are heady times as he has gone from relative obscurity to national celebrity in no time. Last week 50,000 lined Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to welcome him and Scotland’s other medallists, Ross Edgar, Katherine Grainger and David Florence. Over 3,000 turned up to meet the triple gold medallist at a book-signing and one of his agents has, reportedly, been taking up to 50 calls an hour on his behalf. His other agent is now Max Clifford, which is new ground indeed for any cyclist. Olympics 2008 Read more William Fotheringham at Salford Quays … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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