Yelena Isinbayeva to head Russian doping agency’s supervisory board

first_imgTwo-time Olympic gold medallist pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has been elected the chairman of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) supervisory board, the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.Elections to RUSADA’s new supervisory board were held here on Wednesday, reports Sputnik.Isinbayeva is a candidate for president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), which is to hold its report and election conference on December 9.last_img

Broncos Rally Stuns Chiefs, 31-24

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs every way imaginable over the years, from playoff shootouts to defensive tug-of-wars.Well, not quite every way. Not until Sept. 17.Denver cornerback Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles’ second fumble 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left, completing a stunning comeback in the closing minute for a 31-24 victory — the Broncos’ seventh straight over their AFC West rivals.“I’m not quite sure I’d ever been in one quite like that,” Manning said. “That was a new one.”Manning threw for 256 yards and three scores, the last to Emmanuel Sanders with 36 seconds left as the Broncos (2-0) appeared to force overtime. But on the next play from scrimmage, with the Chiefs (1-1) also eyeing overtime, Charles was stripped by Brandon Marshall and the ball bounced right into Roby’s hands.The dramatic about-face came after Knile Davis gave Kansas City the lead with 2:27 left on an 8-yard run, raising hope among a sellout crowd that the Chiefs might finally end some curses.Instead, Denver won its 13th straight division road game, breaking a tie with the San Francisco 49ers (1987-90) for most in NFL history. And for one night, Manning quieted his growing doubters by improving to 14-1 in his career against the Chiefs.“I’ve been involved in a couple of pretty crazy games,” he said, “but nothing quite like this.”Charles finished with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown, but he will only remember his fumbles — one in the red zone early in the game, the other deep in his own territory late in the game.“I have to be careful with the ball,” Charles said. “It’s my fault.”Alex Smith threw for 191 yards for Kansas City, but also had two passes picked off.“We thought we had it won,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, they made the touchdown and it was our time to overcome and win the game, and we couldn’t finish. It was an emotional rollercoaster.”Manning threw a pick-six of his own, but he responded when it mattered the most.The Broncos took over at their own 20 after Davis had given Kansas City the lead, and the seven-time All-Pro marched them calmly down field.Manning found Demaryius Thomas for three long receptions to get deep into Chiefs territory, then hit Sanders with a strike over the middle on third-and-10 from the Chiefs 19 for the touchdown that kept Denver alive.“That last drive was really good,” said Manning, who joined Brett Favre during the game as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 70,000 yards passing. “I’m really proud of our young offensive line — no poise issues, no communication issues.”The late-game dramatics transpired after the Chiefs bolted to a 14-0 lead in their home-opener, energizing a boisterous, red-clad crowd that had been tailgating all afternoon.But like he has so often against the Chiefs, Manning answered by leading Denver on an 80-yard TD march late in the first half. The capper was a pass over the middle to Sanders, who slipped between the safeties and somersaulted into the end zone for the 16-yard touchdown reception.Two plays later, Aqib Talib picked off Smith’s throw on a poorly thrown pass in the flat, and the Broncos needed just four plays for Manning to find Virgil Green with a tying touchdown toss.After swapping field goals, the Chiefs were poised to celebrate when Davis took a handoff from Smith as the quarterback fell down and raced into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.Turned out to be not late enough for Manning and the Broncos.“I’ll tell you,” Manning said, “their defense is so much better than last year. They’re so stout against the run. They just make it hard all night. We just kept plugging.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chess: Magnus Carlsen hoping to reach new heights at Sinquefield Cup

first_imgAfter eight consecutive tournament victories and a run of 79 classical games without defeat Magnus Carlsen has his sights on 2900, the record round number of rating points with echoes of Mount Everest’s height of around 29,000ft. Norway’s world champion plays next at the $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis from 17-29 August, with his current rating, now 2882, equal to his previous official peak set in 2014.Carlsen is in fantastic form, yet his chances of 2900 at Saint Louis look slim. His 8/11 total at Zagreb clocked up a performance rating of 2949 but raised his overall rating by only 10 points from 2872 to 2882, with 18 to go. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new 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.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.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Lewis chessmen piece bought for £5 in 1964 could sell for £1m Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Leonard Barden on chess Magnus Carlsen Yet questions remained. Why did Black avoid 10…a6, the choice of most Grünfeld specialists in that position? The answer could be that Carlsen in his prep spotted a 2016 game where the Frenchman did well with the pawn exchange and so repeated it.Then some commentators failed to mention that Carlsen’s 22 Bb5? could have spoilt the win where the Norwegian super-computer Sesse gives 22 Rc7! with a +2 assessment and reckons that after 22 Bb5? g5! Black may hold.3627 1 Nf6+?? exf6 2 gxf6 – but it was White who resigned after 2…Qxf2+! when if 3 Kxf2 Ng4+ and Nxh6 or 3 Kh1 Qxf6. Read more Share on Twitter Timothy Whitworth obituary Share on LinkedIn Topics Both Saint Louis and Zagreb are part of the Grand Tour which also includes several speed events and has its semi-finals and final at the London Classic in December. Saint Louis will be a straight rerun of Zagreb with the same 12 elite grandmasters, the only difference being that colours will be reversed from Croatia so that Carlsen will benefit from an extra White.A possible scenario if the 28-year-old from Oslo keeps up his momentum is that he reaches around 2890 at Saint Louis and then has four classical games in London followed by the 13-round Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands to complete his climb.Carlsen’s six winning classical tournaments in a row, including tied first at Saint Louis 2018, beat Bobby Fischer’s five in succession in 1968-70, and Carlsen’s opposition was much stronger. Garry Kasparov, however, won 10 classical elite tournaments in a row from 1999 to 2002 – five at Linares, Spain, three at Wijk aan Zee, two at Sarajevo, and one at Astana.After Zagreb Carlsen’s rivals were full of praise for his new and positive approach, especially in the openings. Levon Aronian commented: “He started going into the main lines, which he was usually not doing in previous years. I think he trained pretty well for his match with Fabiano [Caruana]. Now he does something which is unusual for him, he plays very critical opening lines from the start. He plays central chess, something he wasn’t doing. And it works well for him.” One fan went further, describing Carlsen as “a combination of Karpov, Ficher and Kasparov updated by AlphaZero.”For Carlsen himself it was beyond his best expectations. He noted that he “had never scored anything like plus five against such a field before” and later added: “For me it’s huge. It’s the first time basically that I’ve played an event like this – 12 players, all absolute elite. It’s been a dream, especially the second half has gone so well.”Carlsen’s final round win at Zagreb, where he demolished the previously reliable Grünfeld Defence of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by elegant use of the bishop pair, was one of his most impressively smooth and pleasing creations in Croatia. news Chesslast_img read more

Hang With Tony Hawk At Hawk HQ

first_imgIfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has launched a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tony Hawk at his Vista, California Headquarters on June 24th.Hawk Headquarters is the world capital of skateboarding and home to Tony Hawk, Inc., Tony Hawk Foundation, 900 Films, Birdhouse Skateboards, The RIDE Channel, and Tony’s Demolition Radio show on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.Two Tony fans can purchase an exclusive tour of the Hawk Headquarters and witness a skate session with Tony himself on the infamous Boom Boom HuckJam ramp in this incredibly limited, first-time offer. A private, catered lunch with Tony will be included, plus time to meet Tony Hawk and shoot the breeze. Guests will also watch Tony Hawk and special guests skate a private session up close and personal. After lunch, skate with Tony and the guys at the new Birdhouse Skatepark—all skill levels are welcome so you can ride or just watch the pros in action!Details of the Experience: • Skate in the new Birdhouse Skatepark with Tony and other pros in Vista, CA on June 24th • Tour of Hawk Headquarters • Catered lunch and meet & greet with Tony • Experience will take place in a group of 20Tickets sold on a “per person” basis for $5,000 each, and are available here.Proceeds go to the Tony Hawk Foundation. A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.last_img read more