Donegal cyclist Philip Deignan has suffered a horrific crash breaking his collarbone during a time trial at the Tour of Britain.Deignan – broke his collarbone in crashThe Unitedhealthcare team confirmed the Letterkenny man was rushed to hospital and an x-ray confirmed his injury.The news is a huge blow for Team Ireland, who he was due to ride for at the World Road Race Championships in Florence on Sunday week. A spokesman for his team said “Earlier today, Tuesday, September 17th, team member Philip Deignan suffered a crash with 4km to go in the time trial at the 2013 Tour of Britain.”“Phil went over the handle bars and was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. The doctor at the hospital confirmed that X-rays taken revealed Phil suffered a fractured collarbone.”“He will be examined tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 18, at a hospital near Manchester, and is scheduled for surgery on Thursday morning, September 19.”“Please wish Phil a speedy recovery and the best as he heals from his injury. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.” Things were going so well for Deignan who signed up for the highly-rated Team Sky for next season.He has had a superb 2013 season that saw him claim the overall victory at the Tour of Gila, second overall at the Tour of Beauce and top ten overall finishes at the Tours of Utah and California. AGONY FOR CYCLIST DEIGNAN AS HE BREAKS COLLARBONE IN CRASH was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Gareth Bale is too young to move abroad and should stay at Tottenham, according to QPR boss Mark Hughes.Barcelona are among the top European clubs to have been linked with a summer move for the Spurs and Wales wide-man.But Hughes, who played for the Catalan giants, believes Bale, 21, would be well advised to remain at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.He said: “He’s still a very young man and has got a lot to achieve in the Premier League. He’s got a huge profile and there’s no reason to go when you’re so young.Nedum Onouha faces the task of trying to stop Bale.“I went when I was 22 and it was probably a little bit too soon for me. If I’d had the opportunity later, I think I would have been more successful than I was.“If that [moving abroad] is something Gareth wants to do, then in the future his ability will give him that opportunity.“He’s playing at a good club that are challenging for honours. There’s no reason for him to leave.”Hughes’ side will encounter Bale when Spurs visit Loftus Road for a game both teams badly need to win.Rangers are battling to avoid relegation, while the north London club are trying to avoid dropping out of the top four.“When Gareth’s got the ball you’ve got try to stop him having the effect he can have with the ability he’s got,” said Hughes.“That’s difficult to do, but we’ll endeavour to try and do it.”Click here for the QPR v Tottenham quizSee also: Hughes: QPR full of confidence ahead of Spurs clashAdvertising on West London Sport Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted his team can still improve after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Philippe Coutinho scored twice for the Reds as they came from behind to win 3-1 – their first league victory since Klopp took over.“We can do better and we must do better than today, but this was a deserved win,” said the German.“I felt it was deserved. We had to work hard, but it is normal to have to work hard when you play away against Chelsea.“And if you win at Chelsea then you need a bit of luck and maybe we had some too.”Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho insisted he is confident he will keep his job as Chelsea manager despite his team’s sixth league defeat of the season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.
The Tara Tarini hill shrine would be made completely polythene-free during the annual Chaitra festival celebrated on Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra.This year the festival would be celebrated at the famous hill shrine on five Tuesdays that fall on March 14, 21, 28 as well as April 4 and 11.Thousands of devotees are expected to throng the hill shrine on these days. Cleaning up of the hill shrine ahead of the Chaitra festival was formally started on Wednesday.Cleaning up startedSenior officials of administration, including the district collector and authorities of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), took part in the cleaning process.Cleaning of the hill shrine was started from the foothill and in the coming days the whole hill is expected to be cleaned up.TTDB secretary Pramod Panda said it has been decided to make the hill shrine completely polythene-free during the festival.All shops at the foothill and the hilltop have been informed about the perils of polythene use. All visitors to the hill shrine would also be requested to refrain from throwing polythene bags and other non-biodegradable materials in the hill shrine region. The local tehsildar has been tasked to ensure minimal use of polythene at the hill shrine.To avoid traffic jamDuring Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival, ten buses would be provided by TTDB for transportation of devotees to the hilltop through the ghat road. Ticket for the to-and-fro journey would be ₹ 50 per passenger. Except for these buses and a few vehicles used for official purposes, no other vehicle would be allowed to travel to the hilltop.This is being done to avoid traffic congestion on the ghat road during the festival days. A ropeway and traditional steps also lead to the top of the hill shrine.It has also been decided that the irrigation department would release some water from the barrages in the Surada area so that the Rushikulya river at the foothill contains adequate water for the bathing of the devotees on Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival.On these days, three temporary medical centres would be opened at Tara Tarini.
In a show of solidarity, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav visited the residence of beleaguered senior party leader Azam Khan in Rampur on Saturday and met Mr. Khan’s wife Tanzeen Fatima, a Rajya Sabha member, who has been ailing for some time.Speaking to the press, Mr. Yadav asserted that the Rampur administration was working with a “feeling of revenge” against the nine-time MLA and sitting MP from Rampur. Mr. Yadav also said that if the party returned to power in the State, all the cases against Mr. Khan would be withdrawn.The former U.P. CM said he was taking copies of all the FIRs with him. “I will get them scrutinised and a high-level delegation of the party will meet the Governor.” In response to another question, Mr. Yadav said he had faith in the judiciary and was sure that Mr. Khan would get justice. The SP leader recalled that the party’s patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had also faced many “motivated” cases in the past. However, he avoided a direct response to a query on the eviction of the Lohia Trust from a Lucknow bungalow on Saturday by the State’s property department on the orders of the Supreme Court. “Everybody knew that it belonged to Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). We were already getting it vacated.”From goat theft to attempt to murder, more than four dozen cases have been filed against Mr. Khan. During his two-day visit, the SP chief stayed at Mr. Khan’s Humsafar resort, which, according to authorities, was allegedly built on government land. However, Mr. Khan remained conspicuous by his absence.Asked why his party was not taking the government headed by Yogi Adityanath head-on, Mr. Yadav said while the SP was never afraid of hitting the road, to take on the BJP both “sangharsh (struggle)” as well as “sangathan (organisation)” were needed.Taking the BJP government at the Centre to task, Mr. Yadav questioned its defence equipment procurement policy. Referring to the Rafale and Apache deals, he said the defence deals with foreign governments had “weakened” and put a question mark on the “make in India” policy of the government.