Murray wins second US Open mixed doubles title

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Jamie Murray successfully defended his US Open mixed doubles title by coming from behind to win a tight final.

The Briton and American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Poland’s Alicja Rosolska and Croat Nikola Mektic on a match tie-break 2-6 6-3 11-9.

It is Murray’s fourth mixed doubles Grand Slam title and sixth overall.

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Stannard takes solo win for Team Sky at Tour of Britain in Mansfield

Alaphilippe finishes in bunch to retain GC lead

Bringing his team its second win in two stages Team Sky’s Ian Stannard won Stage seven of the Tour of Britain on Saturday. His face stained with the game of a long wet day in the saddle, the 31 year-old crossed the line 59 seconds ahead of fellow escapee Nils Politt.

The pair were the last remaining from a five man escape group when Stannard attacked the German with 16 of the 215.6km stage remaining, setting up and enthralling game of cat and mouse as they approached the line in Mansfield.

With the Brit just ahead, the Katusha Alpecin rider’s deficit remained under 10 seconds for the following 10km, however Stannard’s relentless strength soon told and as the pair ground through the outskirts of the Nottinghamshire town.

Behind, Giovanni Carbone (Bardiamo CSF) rode alone to third place, while further back Briton Mark McNally, the last of the breakaway, crossed the line just ahead of the peloton for fourth place.

After his Quick-Step team did much of the work on the front of the bunch, Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line in 19th place with the rest of the peloton, easily able to retain his overall race lead. Indeed, there was no change in the overall top ten.

The win is Stannard’s first since he took a stage at the Herald Sun Tour at the beginning of last year, and redolent of his previous victory at the race in 2016, which he also won solo.

How it happened

At 215.6km, Saturday’s seventh stage between West Bridgford and Mansfield was the longest of the eight days. And though a 12km neutralised section added to the days travails, nothing other than a bunch sprint was expected.

Though the opening kilometre brought little more than nervous looks, combat was soon joined, the pace lifting, bringing a series of attacks which punctuated what was a frantic opening.

Among the most aggressive in the opening kilometres were Katusha-Alpecin, with repeated digs from both Mads Würtz Schmidt and Politt, and Sylvan Chavanel, the Direct Energie man riding his final season as a professional.

The 39 year-old was one of a group of around 20 riders who escaped the bunch after 15km, though the presence of Patrick Bevin (BMC) and Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) – fourth and fifth overall respectively – caused alarm in the chasing bunch.

Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) was part of another large group who got away over the top of the first classified climb at Keyworth, after 21km, but it was only after a further five kilometres the race finally settled.

Stannard led the way, escaping with Politt, though the pair soon sat up to wait for three chasers. With 33km ridden, they joined Carbone and British duo Alex Paton (Canyon Eisberg) and Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s McNally, and set about building a lead.

At nearly nine minutes down, Carbone was the best placed rider in the break, and they were allowed their heads, their advantage reaching 7.20 with 134km left to ride through the dank Nottinghamshire countryside.

Paton hoovered up the available sprint points, the Canyon Eisberg rider moving into the classification’s virtual lead, before being the first to drop back, possibly conserving energy to defend the red jersey in Sunday’s final stage.

Behind, Quick-Step had been joined on the front by both Mitchelton Scott and Sunweb, and though the gap was significantly reduced, by the time the leading quartet entered the closing 30km, their advantage remained over four minutes and the break was set for success.

It was a further eight kilometres later that Stannard made the first of a series of attacks, dropping Carbone and McNally setting up the tense final.

Traditionally a day for the sprinters, tomorrow’s 77km final stage in London will provide little opportunity for major changes at the top of the general classification.


OVO Energy Tour of Britain, Stage seven: West Bridgford – Mansfield (215.6km)

1. Ian Stannard (Gbr) Team Sky in 4-56-27
2. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha Alpecin at 59 seconds
3. Giovanni Carbone (Ita) Bardiani CSF at 3-09
4. Mark McNally (Gbr) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 3-54
5. Emils Liepins (Aut) OnePro Cycling at 4-04
6. Patrick Bevin (Aus) BMC
7. Ethan Hayter (Gbr) Team GB
8. Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
9. Andy Tennant (Gbr) Canyon Eisberg
10. Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Sunweb all at same time

General classification after Stage seven

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors in 24-47-25
2. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky at 17 seconds
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 33 seconds
4. Patrick Bevin (Aus) BMC at 46 seconds
5. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick Step Floors at 51 seconds
6. Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar at 58 seconds
7. Nielson Powless (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1-10
8. Dmitri Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 1-24
9. Chris Hamilton (Aus) Sunweb at 1-28
10. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) at 1-35

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U.S. Women’s Water Polo Crushes South Africa at World Cup

Paige Hauschild (left). Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

The USA Women’s National Team moved to 2-0 at the FINA World Cup with a 26-1 win over South Africa today. Team USA has now won their first two games at the tourney by a combined score of 44-3. Paige Hauschild (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) was named player of the match following a seven goal outburst while Amanda Longan (Moorpark, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) made five saves. Team USA returns to play tomorrow with a match against Canada at 9am et/6am pt to close out group play.

Hauschild scored the first two goals of the game, foreshadowing the scoring storm that was on the way. Moments later Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC) would add two straight goals and with less than a minute to play in the quarter, Team USA was ahead 7-0. South Africa broke through with their lone goal of the match with 19 seconds left in the first to make it 7-1 after one.

Team USA turned it up a notch in the second quarter, piling on 10 unanswered goals including two from Hauschild and a pair from Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford/Huntington Beach WPC) and Stephania Haralabidis (Athens, Greece/USC/NYAC). Ahead 17-1 starting the second half, Team USA cruised to the victory delivering nine more goals over the final two quarters to take the 26-1 win.

The United States was near perfect on the advantage going 12/13 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties. South Africa was 0/1 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.

USA 26 (7, 10, 4, 5) P. Hauschild 7, K. Gilchrist 4, S. Haralabidis 4, J. Raney 3, M. Fischer 3, M. Steffens 2, J. Neushul 2, A. Williams 1
RSA 1 (1, 0, 0, 0) Z. Smit 1
Saves – USA – A. Longan 5
6×5 – USA – 12/13 – RSA – 0/1
Penalties – USA – 1/1 – RSA – 0/0

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Jack Warden Sends Verbal Commitment to Brown University

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NEW COMMIT: Brown University has earned a new verbal commitment from Jack Warden. The Andover, Mass. native will join the Bears as part of the class of 2023.

Warden swims year-round with SOLO Aquatics where is a Winter Junior National qualifier in the 100 back. The two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American is coming off a successful long course season where he swam to three new personal bests at the New England Long Course Senior Championships in July.

Also representing Phillips Academy in Andover, Warden was the 2018 NEPSAC Champion in the 100 back (50.87) during his junior campaign. He also led off the winning 4×50 medley relay that broke the NEPSAC record en route to earning NISCA All-America honors.

He told Swimming World:

“Brown University offered an amazing balance of world-class academics and a fantastic swim program. With a picturesque campus, I couldn’t ask for a better place to spend my next four years. Go Bruno!”

His best times include:

  • 50 Free – 21.83
  • 100 Free – 47.53
  • 50 Back – 23.55
  • 100 Back – 50.87
  • 200 Back – 1:51.81
  • 100 Fly – 51.30

Warden will make an immediate impact when he arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season. He will have one season to train with Coley Sullivan and Alex Smilenov, the Bears’ top two returning backstrokers.

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Dell Technologies Championship: Bryson DeChambeau wins with Justin Rose second

Bryson DeChambeau

Dell Technologies Championship final-round leaderboard
-16 B DeChambeau (US); -14 J Rose (Eng); -13 C Smith (Aus); -12 H Matsuyama (Jap), C.T. Pan (Tai), T Finau (US); -11 D Johnson (US), B Watson (US), -10 P Mickelson (US), B Koepka (US), J Spieth (US), R McIlroy (NI), T Hatton (Eng)
Selected others:-8 P Casey (Eng); -7 J Thomas (US), T Woods (US), T Fleetwood (Eng); -4 J Rahm (Spa), R Knox (Sco), A Noren (Swe)
Full leaderboard (external)

Bryson DeChambeau won his second FedEx Cup play-off event in as many weeks with victory at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.

The 24-year-old American carded a final-round four-under-par 67 to win by two shots over England’s Justin Rose.

DeChambeau started the second of four end-of-season play-offs leading the FedEx Cup after winning last week’s Northern Trust.

The third event begins on Thursday in Pennsylvania.

Rose’s three-under-par 68 saw him take second position, one shot ahead of Australian Cameron Smith.

World number one Dustin Johnson, who is second in the FedEx Cup standings, finished in a tied for seventh, five shots behind his compatriot.

DeChambeau’s win in Massachusetts makes him the second player ever to win the first two legs of the FedEx Cup play-offs since 2007 – Vijay Singh being the only other play to have done so.

He is projected to move to number seven in the world rankings after the win.

“It’s such an honour to be able to do it so early in my career,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s something I’ve been working on doing for a long time and hopefully I can get closer to that number one spot.

“If I keep doing my game its going to be tough to beat,” he added.

European Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton finished tied 12th at 10 under after recording one under and two over rounds respectively.

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods started the day just outside the top 10 but an even par 71 saw him finish tied for 24th on seven under.

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Greece Wins U19 European Water Polo Championship

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Greece achieved a rare double: in a span of two weeks their U18 team won the world title and now the U19 side clinched the European crown in Minsk after a brilliant victory over Montenegro in the final and an astonishing 8-0 white-wash of Croatia in the semis. Spain clinched the bronze by beating the Croats – Serbia, 8-time winner in the previous 11 editions, had to settle for the 6th place this time.

Greece won the U19 Europeans for the first time and their great triumph came just two weeks after their U18 side had topped the ranks at the youth world championships in Szombathely (HUN). (The only team in the past capturing these age-group titles in the same year was Italy in 2012.) They enjoyed a brilliant run in Minsk, edged out Italy in the quarters with a goal scored 24sec from time (9-8). Then came one of the most extraordinary match ever played in the long history of the event: the Greeks shut out Croatia in the semi-finals, something barely happens even against lower key opponents. Here they did win 8-0 (the bewildered Croats missed two penalties) and faced Montenegro in the final.

The Montenegrins pushed aside Hungary in the QF (11-9), then beat Spain in a thrilling 10-round shootout and enjoyed a great opening period in the final while taking a 5-3 lead. Though the Greeks couldn’t repeat their truly outstanding defensive play after the semis, still, in the middle two periods they hit back with a 4-9 run to build a 9-12 lead before the last period. And soon they went 4 goals up and never looked back, though Djuro Radovic – played in the senior team at the Europeans in Barcelona – netted two more goals (had 5 in the game) but his team couldn’t come any closer.

Greece, led by Konstantinos Gkiovetsis, also scoring 5, remained unbeaten in the tournament – indeed they caught the Montenegrins for the second time after downing them 8-6 in the group – and offered the most balanced performance during the week. Four players were part of both golden marches: the Chalyvopoulos brothers Aristeidis and Ippokratis, Dimitrios Dimou and Efstathios Kalogeropoulos.

Spain was one shot away to set up another final with Greece after these two nations had already clashed for the U18 world title two weeks ago. However, Luc Bertran, arguably the brightest prodigy of Spanish water polo, couldn’t beat the goalie in the 8th round of the penalty shootout – had he scored that would have sent Spain to the final as the Montenegrins made the first miss. Milos Krivokapic made the crucial save, then in the 10th round he came up with another one and that secured his team’s berth in the gold medal match.

The Spanish supporters didn’t have too much calm in the knockout phase: their team was already entangled in a shootout which it won against Serbia in the quarters. Then, in the bronze medal match, it was another nailbiter against Croatia but this time the Spaniards prevailed by a single goal, though the Croats had one last man-up to force another penalty roulette but missed it.

As for the other European powerhouses, Serbia had to see another age-group side leaving the championship empty-handed (U18: 4th, U19: 6th), just like Italy (both teams finished 5th), while Hungary needed to settle for a disappointing 7th place (the Magyars had a bronze at their home Worlds).

Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships

Final rankings

  1. Greece
  2. Montenegro
  3. Spain
  4. Croatia
  5. Italy
  6. Serbia
  7. Hungary
  8. Russia
  9. Romania
  10. France
  11. Turkey
  12. Netherlands
  13. Belarus
  14. Georgia
  15. Slovenia
  16. Great Britain
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Ben King smashed out a power hour in 35°C tent to prepare for Vuelta a España win

The Dimension Data rider completed a Zwift workout in a tent with added heaters to determine his reaction to high temperatures

Ben King’s maiden Grand Tour victory, on stage four of the Vuelta a España, was the product of meticulous preparation and analysis of the American rider’s reaction to heat.

King won under the sweltering rays of the August sun having escaped a nine strong breakaway group – taking with him Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) and Nikita Salnov (Astana).

>>> Tony Martin ‘trained in the bathroom with the heater on’ to win Qatar time trial

It was Salnoy who worked with King on the final climb, Wallays dropping off the pace and leaving the Dimension Data rider to go into stalking-panther mode in the final kilometre, pouncing from the Astana rider’s wheel to cross the line solo.

King’s Dimension Data team have revealed that his preparation included sweating it out on Zwift in an enclosed space, surrounded by electric fan heaters which maintained the room at around 35°C – in order to establish his response to the heat and therefore the hydration required to perform.

“With the Vuelta starting in southern Spain, the forecast for the opening week of the race was always likely to present the riders with hot environmental conditions, over 30°C”, explained Dave Nichols, Coach and Sport Scientist at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Nichols is a PhD candidate at Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar, specialising in the physiology of heat acclimatisation and repercussions on cycling performance.

“It is well documented that endurance performance is impaired in warm environments. Training in the heat is the best strategy to offset this performance detriment as the body rapidly undergoes many physiological adjustments to better cope in this environment, even in as few as 5 days,” he said.

“Whilst Ben’s specific heat training was completed outside using the natural environment at his home base in Lucca, we also used this opportunity to test his physiological responses to the heat in an artificial environment in the team’s service course.”

King wasn’t the only Dimension Data rider subjected to the test chamber.

The riders completed an hour long pre-set Zwift workout, riding on Elite Direto trainers.

“From this test protocol, we were able to identify his heart rate response to the heat over time, and obtain measures of his sweat rate, and percentage weight loss due to dehydration, along with his perceptual tolerance to the heat” explained Nichols.

“Using this data we were able to make individualised recommendations to counteract in race dehydration and optimise his post-race re-hydration strategy.”

Ben King takes his turn in the heat chamber

King was able to accelerate away from the one rider still with him under the Flamme Rouge, with plenty of time to raise his hands in the air and celebrate.

“I was really fired up during the final,” he commented after his win. “I could feel cramps coming on, and with all the liquid you have to drink throughout the stage, my stomach was a mess but I knew I still had it in me for one last big effort to the finish line.

“I have been working really hard at home in Lucca, where it’s been really hot all July, so I have confidence in my preparation for the Vuelta and today it showed.”

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Jim Sheridan Named Greensboro College Swimming Head Coach

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jim Sheridan has been named Greensboro College’s new head men’s and women’s swimming coach, Director of Athletics Bryan Galuski announced Tuesday.

“I am very excited to welcome Jim and his family to the Pride family,” Galuski said. “Jim is a winner, and his experiences as a collegiate swimmer and a head coach will have a profound impact on our student-athletes.

“Jim’s enthusiasm to teach, intense work ethic and outstanding character will be felt immediately. He will do a fantastic job leading our men’s and women’s swimming programs.”

Sheridan brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Pride.

Most recently, Sheridan served as the Dean of Students and head swimming coach at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind., while also serving as the co-president of the local swim club.

During his time at Columbus North, Sheridan had numerous athletes achieve High School All-American swims and had four athletes qualify for the Olympic trials.

Prior to his stint at Columbus North, Sheridan served as the head swimming coach at Clemson University, where led the women’s team to a top-20 ranking while rebuilding the men’s program.

Additionally, Sheridan has made stops at Columbus East High School, Auburn University and Marshall University.

“The excitement I feel and the opportunity to coach at Greensboro College gives me the ability to find student-athletes across the country that want a high caliber education, along with the ability to continue their swimming careers in a program that is anxious to grow and compete at a high level in Division III athletics,” Sheridan said. “What these young people will find at Greensboro College is that they are among a close-knit community of students and educators in a fantastic setting in North Carolina.”

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Five Tips For Mastering Meal Prep

If the first time you think about what you’re going to eat for dinner is when you step in the door after work, the odds of making a healthy choice are not in your favour. When a ready meal or a takeaway is the fastest and easiest option available, then that’s the option you’ll probably take.

Fortunately there is a better way, and it’s not one that involves cooking from scratch each and every night. Prepping several meals in advance each week puts you on the fast track to a healthy diet, because eating those meals then becomes as easy as a ready meal, quicker than a takeaway, and healthier and cheaper than both.

New to meal prep? Here’s how to get started.

1. Map Out Your Week

Before you lift a spatula in anger, it’s worth checking your schedule to see how many nights there are when you might be a tight spot come dinnertime. You could have more free evenings for cooking than you think, and there’s no point prepping a vast array of meals only to never eat them. At this point you’ll also need to decide if you’re only prepping dinners, or if you want lunches too. Once you have a rough number of meals in mind, it’s time to hit the kitchen.

2. Block Book A Regular Weekend Slot

Sunday is primetime for meal prep. That’s when most of us have more dead time, and meals made on Sunday will last a couple of days into the working week even if you only store them in the fridge. Block out a regular slot on Sunday to whip up a big batch of food so it becomes a habit.

3. Consider Your Menu

Some meals taste better after a few days in the fridge, but others will dry out and lose all flavour by the time it comes to eating them. As a general rule, sauce-heavy dishes like curries, chilis, soups and stews are a good option for meal prep, because they become more and more delicious with each day in the fridge. Up to a point, of course. And speaking of which…

4. Don’t Leave The Food Sitting Around For Too Long

It only takes one bout of food poisoning to really put you off ever eating leftovers again, so be sensible. Get the food in the fridge quickly after cooking – within two hours – and as a general rule eat it within two days. You can always turn to the freezer for longer-term storage, but make sure you store the correct portion size because you should avoid reheating frozen food more than once.

5. Stock Up On Storage Solutions

Treat yourself to a range of variously sized and shaped containers to ensure you have what you need to allocate portions and even divide up food within one container if you don’t want it getting mixed up. The most convenient containers will be safe for the microwave, freezer and dishwasher. And leak-proof, obviously.

NC State Hires Paulina Ziolek As Assistant Coach

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NC State has hired Paulina Ziolek as an assistant coach for the swimming and diving program, as announced by head coach Braden Holloway on Tuesday.

“We’re excited that Paulina will be joining our staff,” said Holloway. “I’ve been able to follow her as a coach the last few years and have been impressed by her eagerness to make an impact on the programs that she works with. The first time I met Paulina, she impressed me with her character, her willingness to work and her willingness to make an impact on our sport and on student-athletes. When I was able to spend more time getting to know her, it was evident that she is not only a good person and a good coach, but more importantly, she is someone that I feel fits directly into our staff and our program so that we can keep doing what we’re doing.”

As assistant coach, Ziolek will help with NC State’s day-to-day activities and will have a hand in coaching everyone on the team. She will also take the lead in recruiting for the Wolfpack women.

“I want to thank Braden Holloway and the entire NC State staff for this opportunity to join the Wolfpack family,” Ziolek said. “Their enthusiasm and passion are contagious, and I am incredibly excited to carry on this tradition of excellence. Go Pack!”

Ziolek joins the Wolfpack after spending the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Penn State, where she primarily worked with the Nittany Lions’ distance and individual medley swimmers.

While at Penn State, Ziolek helped the Nittany Lions to six school records during the collegiate season and played a role in coaching Ally McHugh to an NCAA silver medal in the mile and to Penn State’s first women’s swimming national title at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

Prior to Penn State, Ziolek served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas for two seasons. She worked closely with the Longhorns’ distance swimmers, highlighted by Joanna Evans, who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics as a representative of The Bahamas and gained All-America status in the mile in 2017. Texas swept the Big 12 team titles during both seasons that Ziolek was on staff, and the women finished fifth at the NCAA Championships to conclude their 2016-17 campaign.

Also while in Austin, Ziolek was an assistant coach on the club level as part of the Texas Longhorn Aquatics staff. She trained the Elite Age Group swimmers and worked as a counselor at Longhorns Swim Camp.

A native of Londonderry, N.H., Ziolek swam at Tufts University from 2008 to 2012. She garnered all-conference honors during her senior year and was named CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honorable Mention that same year. She owns the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and her 50-yard breaststroke time ranks No. 10 overall in her alma mater’s history. Ziolek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and was a five-time Dean’s List honoree.

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