Jalalon lifts Star at the buzzer

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media It’s Pacquiao-Horn after all Pogoy scored 11 of his total in the fourth period and was the main reason why the Texters were able to win a second straight game and rise to 2-1.Meanwhile, crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra makes its much-awaited debut Saturday against winless GlobalPort in a Petron Saturday Special game at University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City.That game tips off at 5 p.m. with the Gin Kings to parade Justin Brownlee, the man responsible for snapping an eight-year title drought by hitting the championship-winning triple at the buzzer in Game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals last season against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Jalalon drained a running jumper from deep right corner at the buzzer to key a 105-103 decision of the Road Warriors at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Hotshots remained unbeaten in the eliminations while getting a feel of what it takes to come out of a tight fix.“This (type of game) is good for us because we can see the things we need to improve on,” said coach Chito Victolero after Star’s third straight win. “It will help us in our next games, handling pressure-packed situations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt was actually a night of heroic first-year players as rookie RR Pogoy stepped up in the clutch and finished with a career-high 24 points to lift TNT KaTropa to a come-from-behind 92-89 nipping of undermanned Blackwater in the first game.Star’s win gave it the start it needs going into a three-game stretch in the next eight days, but Victolero wants his wards to stay focused the entire game from hereon, especially after yielding 40 points to the Road Warriors in the third. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Rookie Jio Jalalon created the first highlight moment of his PBA career with a game-winning shot at the buzzer Friday night that rescued Star from a potential upset against NLEX and taught the Hotshots a lesson they could use further down the Commissioner’s Cup road.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I am just very happy they stepped up on defense in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We totally lost focus [in the third]. We gave up 34 points in the first half and allowed them to score 40 [in the third quarter].”Tony Mitchell scored 15 points in the fourth and helped the Hotshots dodge the upset ax as NLEX remained winless in four games despite getting 33 points, 19 rebounds and five assists from Wayne Chism.This one, though, could be the bitterest pill to swallow for the Road Warriors, who had possession with 30 seconds remaining and couldn’t break a 103-all tie when Rabeh Al-Hussaini missed a short jump hook.TNT coach Nash Racela was far from satisfied with his team’s latest victory, saying he will be demanding more from import Donte Greene.“I’m not satisfied, because I know that he can give us a lot more,” Racela went on after Greene finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds but didn’t show the defensive intensity that Racela wants everyone to play with. “Some [imports] think that it’s easy playing in the PBA, but it’s not easy and you realize that.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bartica Massacre trial delayed again

first_img…rescheduled for todayThe trial of the infamous five allegedly involved in the heinous Bartica Massacre is scheduled to finally commence today after several delays – nearly one week after the jury was originally meant to be empanelled.The accused being escorted by law enforcementOn October 12, the jury was scheduled to be empanelled, but this was postponed to October 13. However, as more pre-trial issues came up among the legal team, the trial was further delayed to October 17.Today, once there are no more delays, the empanelling of the jury is expected to be done before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court.More than 30 witnesses are expected to testify in the case, but it is expected that applications may be tendered for additional witnesses to offer evidence. The lead Prosecutor is Diana Kowlessar, while the other State representatives are Tuanna Hardy and Narissa Leander.Mark Williams, Celbert Reece, Dennis Williams, Michael Caesar and Roger Simon are all facing 12 counts of murder, one count each of terrorism and unlawful wounding and three counts of break and enter and larceny. Number one accused Mark Williams is represented by Attorney Roger Yearwood, while the other Williams is being represented by Saphier Hussain, Reece by Madan Kissoon, Caesar by Maxwell McKay and Simon by Peter Hugh.Last Wednesday, the five men accused of the brutal 2008 slaughtering of 12 persons made their first appearance at the High Court. They are accused of being among a heavily-armed gang, which attacked Bartica, leaving the 12 people, including three Policemen, dead. When the incident occurred, the Police had contended that now deceased Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins was the leader of the criminal gang.Those killed in the devastating rampage were Irving Ferreira, Edwin Gilkes, Dexter Adrian, Lance Corporal Zaheer Zakir, Constable Shane Fredericks, Constable Ron Osborne, Deonarine Singh, Ronald Gomes, Ashraf Khan, Abdool Yasin, and Errol and Baldeo Singh on February 17, 2008, sending shockwaves throughout an already tense country.On that fateful day, the gunmen had terrorised the town, overrunning the Bartica Police Station and robbing several business places during an hour-long attack. The massacre is widely believed to have been linked to the Lusignan Massacre, which had occurred just three weeks prior. In that January 26 attack, 11 persons lost their lives. Bartica co-accused Mark Williams is also implicated in the Lusignan Massacre.last_img read more

Stars finally depart after a day of hell

first_imgWario had to pay cash to charter airline company, Skyward,  for the  plane to take off before the airport’s closing time 8:30PM (+3GMT) after they had declined to give Stars players boarding passes.However, Skipper and Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, Zambia’s Zesco United defender,  David Owino and David Ochieng had declined to board the plane, fearing for security but Wario had to persuade them to convince the rest of the players and finally leave.Stars who carry a slim 1-0 first-leg win, will arrive hours before the match that is scheduled to kick-off at 10pm local time (+3GMT).Players held Football Kenya Federation (FKF) hostage after they threatened not to honour the leg pre-qualifier until their pay demands were met.It was a day of high drama in Kenyan football as the national team that had reported camp at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday refused to board their chartered plane in time and the team had not departed until 8:25pm local time (+3GMT).The players eventually left for Wilson Airport after they were paid 90 percent of their outstanding four-match allowances in the afternoon for a flight that was due to take off at 10:30am.However, the day of horror for FKF boss, Sam Nyamweya took a turn for the worse when the charter airline company, declined to take off until they are paid their dues.A source in the airline revealed to Capital Sport that FKF and the Ministry of Sports had requested them to allow the team travel and invoice the costs to them but the management, perhaps sensing potential trouble in pursuing payment, declined.“It’s a 16 hours flight because they have to stop at Kano, Nigeria to refuel before heading to Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde,” the source revealed.That left the travelling contingent led by Wanyama disillusioned and stranded; forcing  assistant coach, Musa Otieno to assemble them for lunch.The team was denied boarding pass until the bill was settled but they were given later on only to be barred to check in until the cash is paid.“Preparation has not been the best and we have been singing about it, so hopefully it will change in future.We are now focusing on the game and hopefully we will deliver. Everyone wants to travel early so that we can have a feel of the pitch and acclimatize with the weather but it has not been the case.“There has been dragging with allowances not being paid. We didn’t know when we were travelling but that was confirmed a day before the match. As players, we talked about it and everybody is focused on the game,” Wanyama declared.Commenting on allowances, Wanyama said, “Everybody has received his share and now we are ready to go there and do the job. They have also refunded air tickets for the foreign based players who produced the tickets but those who didn’t submit theirs,  will be refunded later,” the captain declared.His sentiments were echoed by Olunga who was unhappy with the team’s preparations, outlining that arriving in Cape Verde late will affect their performance.“This is not good preparation as players we need time to relax because we are going to do things in hasty. We don’t know what time we are going to arrive there so we might even not have a chance to feel the pitch.“It’s going to be tough but we are promising to give our best to proceed as a nation. We have received atleast 90 percent of our pending allowances. We  are going to keep the problems way,” Olunga stated.Head coach Bobby Williamson was upbeat they will depart and his charges will give their best.“We are travelling on the eve of the match because that’s the only time we could get the flight any other way we could have taken two days so this is the best option for us.“They are professional footballers so they will not be affected. They want to represent their country well so let’s see how it goes,” the Scotsman underscored.FKF vice president, Robert Asembo said they had played their role as the federation and the rest was left to the Government.“The back to back arrangement of this competition leaves little time for much to do so we have done our best. The route is very challenging since Cape Verde is not a walk in the park.“I’ve always said there is no need to demarcate the roles of support for the national team. The federation and the Government converged to make it possible. The boys don’t play for money but the limbo they had has been cleared,”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players, defender David Ochieng (left) Michael Olunga (center) and fan ‘Jaro Soja’ at Wilson Airport on Monday, 16th November, 2015.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, November 16 – Harambee Stars finally departed after a day of hell to honour their 2018 FIFA World Cup second round; return leg qualifier against Cape Verde on Tuesday.After nine hours of wait at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and  Culture Dr. Hassan Wario came to the team’s rescue to see the team finally take off to embark on the 16 hours journey to Praia.last_img read more

Education Minister visits Fort St. John to officially open one school and break ground on another

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Education Minister Rob Fleming was in Fort St. John today to attend the grand opening of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School and groundbreaking ceremony for the Northeast Elementary School.Blueberry River First Nation Chief Marvin Yahey and drummers from the First Nation opened this afternoon’s ceremony to bless the new 365-seat elementary school on the city’s west side. Chief Yahey is the youngest grandson of Bella Yahey, for whom the Bella Yahey Gathering Centre near the new school’s entrance is named. – Advertisement -Margie Graham, the granddaughter of Alaska Highway News founder and school namesake Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray, also spoke this afternoon about the important role her grandmother played in the North Peace region. Murray founded the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John in the 1940’s and received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian journalism.Minister Fleming spoke about the importance of the new school in the Fort St. John area, pointing to the high birth rate and low average age of the North Peace region. “Students in the fast-growing Peace River North School District will have new, inspiring spaces in which to learn,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “With one school opening and another with shovels in the ground, parents can rest assured that their kids will be in comfortable, state-of-the-art learning environments.”Advertisement The Education Minister announced in late June that the Province was contributing $31.1 million to build the new school, on which construction has already begun. While construction on the new school was originally set to be complete by January of 2021, School District #60 has set a target date of having the school open by September 2020, a timeline of just two years.Assistant superintendent Boyd said today that site preparation is nearly complete, and crews have already built concrete forms in preparation to pour the school’s foundation. The Ministry of Education provided $22.1 million towards building the new school, but Fleming also acknowledged the contributions of the City of Fort St. John, BC Hydro, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development towards construction.The City contributed $2.5 million to expand the school’s gym, while BC Hydro and the Ministry gave $1.8 million and $500,000 respectively to build and support the school’s daycare centre.“It is extremely gratifying to see the project go from an idea to a vision on an architect’s drawing, to the stunning building we see before us,” said Doug Boyd, Peace River North School District assistant superintendent. “Margaret (Ma) Murray Community school is another example of partnerships in action that will benefit the district and local communities well into the future.” Fleming was also on hand for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the as-yet renamed Northeast Elementary School under construction across 112th Ave. from the Fort St. John Hospital. Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier Horgan releases statement after legislative assembly passes Income Tax Amendment Act

first_imgHorgan also says reconciliation with First Nations is vital to the project’s success.“The benefits of LNG Canada’s investment will require government’s full commitment for many years. A continued focus on reconciliation with First Nations, particularly those on whose territory the project will be built, is vital to success.” VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan has released a statement after the legislative assembly passed the Income Tax Amendment Act.The Income Tax Amendment Act sets out the final pieces of the Province’s fiscal framework for liquefied natural gas projects in B.C.According to Horgan, the Act will secure the largest private-sector investment in Canadian history.- Advertisement -Horgan says his government has set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C. that will fit under the CleanBC plan.“Our government set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C.: a fair return for our natural resources, jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, partnerships with First Nations, and the project must fit within our CleanBC plan.”According to the Government, the LNG Canada project will create jobs and opportunity for Kitimat, the Haisla Nation and people in the North, and is expected to generate $23 billion in government revenues to support public services for all British Columbians.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City referred to UEFA financial body, Champions League ban moves closer

first_imgThe matter will now be heard by Portuguese judge Jose Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, the chairman of the CFCB adjudicatory chamber, and at least three of its four members, vice-chairmen Christiaan Timmermans of the Netherlands and Switzerland’sLouis Peila, and ordinary members Charles Flint, an English barrister, and Adam Giersz, Poland’s former sports minister.They will decide, by a majority vote, whether to uphold Leterme’s decision or not, and then which sanction to apply. These range from a warning, to a fine, to squad restrictions, to exclusion from future competitions or even the withdrawal of a title.That, however, is still some way off, as recent FFP cases involving the likes of AC Milan and PSG, for example, have all ended up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where UEFA has often been on the losing side.In the meantime, City, who face Watford in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, are still under separate investigations of their finances and transfer dealings by world football’s governing body FIFA, the Football Association and the Premier League. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Leterme, a former prime minister of Belgium, opened his investigation into the Premier League champions on March 7 following a series of reports in German news magazine Der Spiegel late last year which suggested the club had deceived UEFA about its finances.Based on emails received from the Football Leaks whistle-blowing website, these reports alleged City had inflated the value of their commercial deals with Abu Dhabi-based companies and hid payments to players and staff from the wage bill.In a statement, UEFA said: “The Club Financial Control Body chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has decided to refer Manchester City to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation.“The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City on March 7 for potential breaches of financial fair play regulations that were made public in various media outlets.”It added that it would not be making any further comment until a decision on what punishment City will face, if any, is announced by the CFCB’s adjudicatory chamber.City, who are set to celebrate their second straight Premier League title with an open-top bus parade on Monday, did not take long to reply.In a statement released via their social media channels, the club said: “Manchester City is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB chief investigator Yves Leterme. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? “The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr Leterme.“Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body.“The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City to the chamber.“The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process.”The reference to recent media leaks is related to a New York Times piece from earlier this week which predicted Leterme’s decision and claimed he was pushing for a ban from Europe of at least one year.UEFA’s financial fair play rules have been in operation since 2011 and were brought in to tackle European football’s debt problem and encourage teams to balance their books. TROPHY JIBE Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ SORRY MOST READ IN FOOTBALL whoops City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain were the first high-profile clubs to fall foul of the rules in 2014, when the English side were fined £49million for what UEFA believed was the artificial inflation of a series of deals with ‘related parties’ – in other words, companies linked to their owner Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family.Despite protesting their innocence, City accepted the sanction, which included a restriction on the size of their Champions League squad, but were eventually reimbursed with two thirds of their fine, £33million, in 2017 for apparently complying with the rules.Press Association Sport understands, however, that Leterme and his team now believe City lied to them about the nature of their sponsorship income in 2014 and the club’s actual wage bill.This belief is based on the explosive contents of the Football Leaks material which Der Spiegel, and other outlets, released in a series of reports in November. The most damning claim was that Sheikh Mansour effectively funnelled funding to the club via sponsors, a clear breach of FFP rules.For months, City refused to address the substance of these claims and instead highlighted their belief that emails between senior figures at the club had been hacked and this was the result of a coordinated campaign to malign them and their owners.More recently, however, the Etihad-based club have also denied any wrongdoing in the first place. GETTY Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea scrap gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion LIVE ON talkSPORT Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions revealed The Premier League champions could be banned from the Champions League next season Pep Guardiola’s side are sweating over a potentially severe punishment from UEFA GETTY 2 2 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update punished Manchester City could be facing a ban from European club football after a UEFA investigation into potential breaches of financial fair play.Chief financial fair play investigator Yves Leterme referred their case to the investigatory chamber of its main regulator, the Club Financial Control Body.But City said in a statement that they are ‘entirely confident of a positive outcome’ when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body. Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT LATEST last_img read more

Man knocked unconscious after mass brawl on Letterkenny’s Main Street

first_imgGardai were last night called to a major disturbance on Letterkennny’s Main Street which resulted in one man being knocked unconscious.The incident happened just after 2am outside Hillbillies Fastfood Takeaway.A major disagreement between two factions resulted in a mass brawl at the junction with Oliver Plunkett Road. An ambulance and two Garda units were rushed to the scene as the brawl involving more than a dozen people continued onto the town’s Lower Main Street.Eye-witnesses told Donegal Daily that one man was knocked unconscious and this was followed by an incident during which another man was set upon by five other males who kicked him in the body and head several times.Gardai spoke to a number of people at the scene of the incident when they arrived.However, it is not understood that any arrests were made. One passer-by said “It is absolutely frightening to be on our Main Street in the early hours of the morning at weekends.“I watched in absolute horror tonight as a young man was repeatedly kicked in the body and head by several other people.“Even more frightening was the fact that a lot of it was instigated by a young woman. It was absolutely terrifying.“There is no question that this type of behaviour is going to end in tragedy and somebody is going to be seriously hurt or killed.”Man knocked unconscious after mass brawl on Letterkenny’s Main Street was last modified: March 11th, 2017 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) Tags:brawlFightGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Chatham man dies as result of two-vehicle crash in Southwest Middlesex

first_imgTrevor Wintjes, a 21-year-old Chatham man, died early Tuesday night in a two-vehicle collision in Southwest Middlesex.Middlesex and Elgin County OPP officers responded to the crash on Melbourne Road north of Duff Line around 6 p.m.The OPP reported a cargo van being driven by Wintjes, travelling north on Melbourne Road, was crossing the Thames River Bridge as a pickup truck was travelling south.Contact was made between the two vehicles, resulting in the cargo van veering from the roadway and rolling into a ditch area, OPP said.Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene, where Wintjes was pronounced dead as a result of the collision, OPP said.The driver of the pickup truck suffered injuries in the crsh, police said The road was closed for several hours while OPP technical collision investigators were on scene.The OPP said the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Men’s forums ‘can help tackle abuse’

first_img4 December 2012 Men’s forums have an important role to play in reversing gender-based inequality and violence, the Commission for Gender Equality told a men’s summit held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga over the weekend as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign against the abuse of women and children. “Gender based violence remains a thorny issue in rural villages, and we believe that men’s forums will go a long way in shifting the mindsets of violent people,” said the commission’s provincial coordinator, Moltah Mavuso. “We really acknowledge the progress made in Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi local municipalities for forming men’s forums,” Mavuso said, but added that more still needed to be done to combat gender-based violence. She also appealed to women to report abusive partners and colleagues. “We understand that most women hide it because they are dependent on the perpetrators, but we are not confronting the problem if we don’t report them at the police station. “It is shocking and sad to see that South Africa has a high rate of gender-based violence in spite of programmes that we have as a commission and non-governmental organisation,” she added.‘It starts at home’ Also speaking during the summit, provincial coordinator for Sonke Gender Justice, Dumisani Rebombo, said fighting gender inequality had to start at home. “We need to love our kids equally regardless of their gender so that they can grow up knowing that we are equal. We must also be role models to our sons and groom them to become better men in future,” said Rebombo. “Respect your partner; equality means equal respect.” He encouraged men to work together in their communities so that they could inspire young men to join them in their forums. Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders deputy chairman Sandile Ngomane also urged men to get involved in various awareness campaigns. One of the men attending the summit, Dumisane Thwala, said most men failed to manage their anger and took it out on their partners at home. “We need to strengthen the forums in our communities on the ground and localise it so that every men can relate to our programmes and most importantly implement the resolutions,” said Thwala. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Hoffman, Stander claim Argus Cycle Tour wins

first_imgWomen Nolan Hoffman (RSA) 2:39:31Meron Teshome Hagos (Eri) same timeHB Kruger (RSA) stNicholas Dougall (RSA) stFran Rabon (Cze) stJayde Julius (RSA) stShaun-Nick Bester (RSA) stKarl Platt (Ger) stDarren Lill (RSA) stCosta Seibeb (NAM) st 10 March 2014 Nolan Hoffman claimed his first win in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and Cherise Stander her third victory in the women’s race in Cape Town on Sunday. The Cycle Tour, which starts and finishes in Cape Town and takes place around the picturesque Cape Peninsula, is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world.Bunch sprint Team Abantu’s Hoffman, who had previously finished on the podium on three different occasions, finally made it to the top step after winning in a bunch sprint in two hours, 39 minutes and 31 seconds. He was followed over the finishing line by Eritrea’s Meron Teshome Hagos, riding for the MTB Qhubeka Feeder Team, and HB Kruger of Team Bonitas. Hoffman used his track speed to claim the line honours after excellent work from his team put him in position to top the finishing sprint. Some disorganisation among the other teams also helped.‘Perfect for me’ “There was sort of chaos among the MTN boys and that fell into my hands because they had the numbers,” Hoffman said afterwards. “They pretty much controlled it, which was perfect for me. I can hold myself in a sprint and I can see which wheels to follow. “Knowing there weren’t any strong guys, I had the confidence to sprint against these guys, but it wasn’t easy.”Women’s race While the men’s race finished in a sprint, Stander, riding for team RECM, secured a much more convincing women’s victory after taking an early lead that she never relinquished. The closest her title challenge came to being undermined was right at the finishing line when two cyclists in the group she was riding in went down in a hard crash. “I am extremely happy,” she said in a post-race interview. “Today, personally for me, it was quite difficult. Last year [after the death of my husband Burry], everything was such a blur and I lost my gran last year as well, and…she was quite the anchor in my cycling career. She was with me [in it] since I was nine years old and she died on the 15th of August. “Just over Suikerbossie, I kept thinking about her and Burry and how much I wanted this win for both of them and I was extremely happy [to win]. They were the motivation that got me over the line.”Winning time Stander’s winning time was two hours and 51 minutes, with seven-time winner Anriette Schoeman claiming second place, 31 seconds behind her. Dee Joubert ended third, just over a-minute-and-a-half further back.RESULTS MEN center_img Cherise Stander (RSA) 2:51:00Anriette Schoeman (RSA) 2:51:31Dee Joubert (RSA) 2:53:03last_img read more