Carapaz takes the Vuelta lead as Roglic slips to fourth


Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz claimed the leader’s red jersey after a thrilling summit finish on the notorious Formigal mountain in stage six of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Primoz Roglic slid down from first to fourth overall.

Spaniard Ion Izagirre of Astana won the stage by 25 seconds with a brilliant solo performance, but the real drama took place further back, with Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) finishing strongest of the overall favourites to cross the finish line 55 seconds behind in 12th.

Ecuadorian fans wait for Richard Carapaz outside the Ineos team bus.Credit:AP

Slovenian Roglic (Jumbo–Visma), who suffered a mechanical problem inside the final 30 kilometres as the pouring rain intensified, came in one minute 38 seconds behind in 20th to surrender his lead to 2019 Giro champion Carapaz.

Carapaz holds an 18-second lead over second-placed Briton Hugh John Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), with Irishman Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 20 seconds down in third.



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Carapaz takes the Vuelta lead as Roglic slips to fourth


Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz claimed the leader’s red jersey after a thrilling summit finish on the notorious Formigal mountain in stage six of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Primoz Roglic slid down from first to fourth overall.

Spaniard Ion Izagirre of Astana won the stage by 25 seconds with a brilliant solo performance, but the real drama took place further back, with Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) finishing strongest of the overall favourites to cross the finish line 55 seconds behind in 12th.

Ecuadorian fans wait for Richard Carapaz outside the Ineos team bus.Credit:AP

Slovenian Roglic (Jumbo–Visma), who suffered a mechanical problem inside the final 30 kilometres as the pouring rain intensified, came in one minute 38 seconds behind in 20th to surrender his lead to 2019 Giro champion Carapaz.

Carapaz holds an 18-second lead over second-placed Briton Hugh John Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), with Irishman Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 20 seconds down in third.



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Giro d’Italia: Tao Geoghegan Hart wins stage 20 to share overall lead


Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart sealed victory in stage 20 at the Giro d’Italia to move into a share of the overall lead with one day remaining.

The 25-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider, 15 seconds back in third going into the penultimate stage, edged out Australian Jai Hindley and the pair are now tied.

Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman, who took the lead on stage 18, dropped to third.

Sunday’s final stage is a 15.7km individual time trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan.



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Dodgers bounce back to take 2-1 World Series lead



Oct 23, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (15) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of game three of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

October 24, 2020

(Reuters) – Los Angeles scored early and often and ace Walker Buehler overpowered the Tampa Bay Rays as the Dodgers bounced back from their Game 2 loss with a 6-2 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series on Friday.

The favored Dodgers wasted no time getting on the board when third baseman Justin Turner rifled a solo home run over the left field fence in the first inning.

The Dodgers, playing as the “away” team for the first time in a series being held at Globe Life Field in Texas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored two more runs when Max Muncy singled in the third to push the lead to 3-0.

The Dodgers plated another run in the fourth on a sacrifice safety squeeze by Austin Barnes before Mookie Betts brought Joc Pederson home on a single to center for 5-0.

Buehler was sharp from the outset and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a double to Manuel Margot, who scored on a double by Willy Adames for 5-1.

But the Dodgers got the run back in the sixth on a solo shot by catcher Barnes, who also anchored an outstanding defensive effort by the team.

Buehler, who would be the likely Game 7 starter if the best-of-seven series goes the distance, said he is battle-tested and ready to help his team win its first title in 32 years.

“The playoffs are just different,” Buehler said.

“I feel like I’ve failed in these moments, but I’ve taken the failures and I’ve tried to learn from them,” he said.

“I felt good out there and my team gave me a cushion early. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Turner, who went 2-for-5 while making some outstanding defensive plays, said he was finally feeling like himself at the plate.

“This postseason hasn’t been that great for me personally,” he said.

“But I’ve been grinding away and working with our hitting guys and finally felt a little better tonight. I was able to put together five good at-bats.”

One bright spot for the Rays was a home run in the bottom of the ninth by slugger Randy Arozarena, who had just one hit in the first two games.

With his two-out blast to left, the 25-year-old rookie from Cuba tied the all-time postseason home run record at eight.

The Rays will hope to build on that momentum when the series continues with Game 4 on Saturday.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by William Mallard and Tom Hogue)





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Premier League top scorers: 2020/21 goals and assist as Son, Calvert-Lewin lead Golden Boot race



The 2020/21 Premier League season is gathering pace, with a few players already busy in front of goal in the race for the Golden Boot.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Heung-min Son lead the charge with seven goals apiece for Everton and Tottenham respectively.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is one goal back on six strikes, alongside Patrick Bamford after the Leeds man scored a hat-trick in the win over Aston Villa on Friday. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is next with five goals – including four penalties – along with Harry Kane, who himself also has seven assists.


The best of the rest see Brighton‘s Neal Maupay, Newcastle’s Callum Wilson and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane on four goals, though there is still a long way to go in this season’s Golden Boot Race.

Here are the Premier League top scorers in 2020/21…

Statistics correct as of October 23, 2020.



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Hotel quarantine fallout will lead to tough calls


When the pandemic first struck, it swiftly transformed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, into one of the state’s most trusted and well-regarded public figures. His presence at the daily media briefings was a reassuring sign that the best health advice was front and centre of the government’s response.

Professor Sutton made it known he was up for the task, telling ABC Radio: “I know that things like pandemics can challenge every fibre of your being … but there’s nothing I’d prefer to be doing, to be honest.” With the latest revelations from the hotel quarantine inquiry, you have to wonder whether he is now having second thoughts.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, at a media briefing.Credit:Eddie Jim

Last month, Professor Sutton told the inquiry in a witness statement and in verbal testimony that he didn’t know private security companies were guarding quarantine hotels until he became aware of the COVID-19 outbreak at Rydges on Swanston in late May.

But a week ago it was reported by The Age that several senior departmental sources were surprised at his evidence, suggesting he knew much earlier. Those claims were supported by an email chain from late March. A Commonwealth official asked Professor Sutton about the hotel quarantine security arrangements and Health Department deputy director Braedan Hogan wrote back: “private security has been contracted to provide security at the hotels …” Professor Sutton replied to Mr Hogan: “thanks so much, Braedan.”



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COVID-19 restrictions lead to ‘stressful’ delays for people with furnace problems – Calgary


Dmitri Bakanov was in a race against the weather Monday, as he worked on an unexpected furnace repair job at a client’s home in northwest Calgary.

“It’s a no-heat situation, an emergency,” Bakanov said. “They have been in a motel for a couple of days.”

The repair comes as Bakanov, the owner of Heatmaster Services, faces unusual obstacles: shortages of furnaces and parts, a situation brought on by COVID-19 distancing restrictions at factories in the U.S.

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“They used to work shoulder-to-shoulder, but now due to the COVID, they have to work six-feet apart, so that put a pause on everything.

“I’ve been in this industry well over 16 years and this is the first time we are enduring a shortage of so much product. It’s stressful.”

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It’s also tough for a Calgary man who finds himself waiting for a new furnace, after an inspection showed he needs one, a job that’s scheduled for later this week.

“I’ve got two fireplaces, so I can use those and I’ve got some space heaters, but it will be pretty nerve-wracking until the new furnace gets put in,” Todd White said.

“It’s a little frustrating but considering what we’re going through right now, I’m at least happy that I can get something.”

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The delays may go on for a while, as furnace factories try to find ways to speed up production.

“Now they’re coming back, but there’s such a big demand, they’re not keeping up,” Bakanov said.

Facing many calls from customers with no heat, Bakanov said he’s doing his best to help them.

“We’ll put space heaters around the house to keep them warm for a week or two,” Bakanov said.

“Whatever it may be until we get something more solid and get (the job done) and keep our customers warm during these cold times in Calgary.”




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Biden Will Make America Lead Again


Vice President Joe Biden salutes as he arrives to speak on Iraq policy at the National Defense University in Washington, April 9, 2015.



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In their 1998 book, “A World Transformed,” George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft recount the events that fundamentally changed the world during the Bush presidency. At the end of the last chapter Bush observes: “The importance of American engagement has never been higher. If the United States does not lead, there will be no leadership. . . If we fail to live up to our responsibilities, if we shirk the role that only we can assume, if we retreat from our obligation to the world in indifference, we will one day pay the highest price once again for our neglect and shortsightedness.”

For all the challenges the past 20 years brought on this country—for all the loss, the heartache, the hubris and the errant decisions—in times of crisis, the world still looked to America to lead. They believed that in spite of our political differences, our domestic turmoil, the ugliness of our democratic process and some bad decisions, America in the end would do the right thing. That we would stand up to tyranny, lift up the downtrodden, free the oppressed, and fight for the righteous.

Now, the world no longer looks up to America. They have been witness to our dismissiveness, our lack of respect and our transactional approach to global issues. They have seen us tear up our treaties, leave our allies on the battlefield and cozy up to despots and dictators. They have seen our incompetence in handling the pandemic and the wildfires. They have seen us struggle with social injustice. They no longer think we can lead, because they have seen an ineptness and a disdain for civility that is beyond anything in their memory. But, without American leadership the world will indeed be transformed, just not in the way we hope.

This could all change in November.

We need a president who understands the importance of American leadership, at home and abroad. We need a leader of integrity whose decency and sense of respect reflects the values we expect from our president. We need a president for all Americans, not just half of America.

This week I went to the polls in Texas. Truth be told, I am a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small-government, strong-defense and a national-anthem-standing conservative. But, I also believe that black lives matter, that the Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, that diversity and inclusion are essential to our national success, that education is the great equalizer, that climate change is real and that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of our democracy. Most important, I believe that America must lead in the world with courage, conviction and a sense of honor and humility.

If we remain indifferent to our role in the world, if we retreat from our obligation to our citizens and our allies and if we fail to choose the right leader, then we will pay the highest price for our neglect and shortsightedness.

I voted for Joe Biden.

Mr. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, 2011-14.

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Henley sails to three-stroke lead in Las Vegas



Oct 17, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Russell Henley hits a shot out of the bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the CJ Cup golf tournament at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

October 18, 2020

(Reuters) – American Russell Henley carded a flawless, five-under-par 67 to seize a three-stroke lead on Saturday at the CJ Cup, where an elite field stands between him and his first PGA Tour title in three-and-a-half years.

Henley, who sank a 22-foot putt on 10 for one of his five birdies of the day, told reporters he had struggled with his confidence in recent years but appeared calm and completely in control at Shadow Creek Golf Course after pouring work into retooling his short game.

“I putted really well. Left myself in some good spots to make some birdies and had some really nice par saves and scrambled well. Did a lot of good things,” said Henley, who has had just two bogeys through three rounds.

The 31-year-old, who finished tied at 27 in last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, had three consecutive birdies on the back nine and said he hoped to keep the momentum up in the final round.

“You can go low out here, the greens are great and it’s gettable, but you’ve got to play well to do that. You’ve got to do everything well,” he added. “I’ve got to just keep my head down and play a good round for me.”

The tournament, typically part of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing, was moved to the Las Vegas venue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and features a crowded field of top talent warming up for the Masters next month, including world number three Justin Thomas (68) and the reigning PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (71), who were five and six strokes back from the lead, respectively.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele, who led the pack headed into the weekend, slipped down the leaderboard after carding a disappointing two-over-par 74 to share second place with fellow Americans Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Lanto Griffin (66).

(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by William Mallard)





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