Soul Fresh No Longer with Champion Designs

first_imgJB and Shining Man of the group Soul Fresh.Rap duo Soul Fresh has severed ties with Champion Designs, the company that was managing their music career after nearly a decade of partnership.The break-up, which has been kept in secret and away from the public since it happened earlier this year, came to light when fans noticed that the rappers did not mention the name of Champion Design in their newly-released songs like they did in the past.According to a source knowledgeable of the split, it came as a result of their failure to agree on a specific financial term during the renewal of their contract.“The group wanted more control over their finances, but the manager of Champion Design, Edwin Tisdell, was not willing to do that. So they refused to renew their contract and let it expire.“It was not only issues about money that killed the contract, the artists also wanted greater control of the music and images. They felt that they had been cheated in past contracts, so they wanted a better deal, a deal that Champion Design was willing to somehow offer, but the group’s demands were too much,” the source said.The source added the breakup came as a shock because Mr. Tisdell and Soul Fresh were more like a family.“They had close relationships and were family. But this thing happens sometimes,” the source said, adding: “Even when the split occurred, there were behind-the-scenes negotiations to have them settle their differences.  Close associates really wanted the team together but it did not work out.”JB of the group Soul Fresh confirmed almost all of the information provided by the source but declined to say whether negotiations would take place.JB added: “The split was all about a certain term we disliked in the new contract. Once we all could not agree on the best term, we let our old contract to expire so we can walk away.  We are busy people, so we want the best deal for our career.”Meanwhile, Soul Fresh is expected to drop an album in early August; however, they have dropped two tease singles already, Content & Pretend and Single Ladies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgRESULTS.Minor Hurlers. Our hurlers took on Buncrana last Fri evening. In an intense and gripping match Mac Cumhaills ended up with a draw. This now means that our minors are into The Shield Final. Venue and dates TBC. Well done to Anthony and the boys. U14 Football. The 14’s took on Four masters on Fri evening in Mac Cumhaill Park. Mac Cumhaills got off to a great start but Four Masters kept plugging away and at half time there was only four points in it. Mac Cumhaills put in a very good second half performance, taking their scores well. The 14’s ran out winners in a final score of Mac Cumhaills 4-09 Four Masters 5-01. Scorers for Mac Cumhaills wereShane Thompson 1-01, Conor Scanlon 1-00,Carl Dunnion 0-02, Pauric Patton 1-01, Conor Lilis 0-01, Adam Lynch 0-01, Dean Tourish 0-01, Ciaran Mc Menamin 0-01, Conor Mc Cool, Luke Gavigan 1-00.Senior/Reserve/£rd teams. All matches were called off this weekend. Both St Michaels and Fannad called the matches off. Could ALL managers please contact Alan Martin 0861723899 as soon as possible after a match to give him the results.FIXTURES.Mon 14th.U12 Football. Away to Lifford. Bus leaving club at 5.15.Wed 116th. U14 football. Away to Cloughaneely. Throw in 7.30pm.Please keep an eye on our Facebook page, we will update any details as soon as we have them.BEST OF LUCKBest of luck top Donegal footballers who start the championship next Sunday against Cavan. Congratulations to the Donegal Hurlers who beat Monaghan in Clones, to progress to the next round of the Nicky Rackard Cup.FIRST AID TRAINING There will be a First Aid course given in the clubhouse on Mon 21st and Tue 22nd May. This is highly recommended for managers. Places limited so book early. Names to John Burke0868185915 or Alan Martin 0861723899REGISTRATIONRegistration is now overdue for 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch 0874147764. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for children.MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTO There were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 1,4,6 and 18.There was 1 match 3 winner. Eddie Walsh receives €150NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €9,600€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Please note time changes for Under 6’s/8’s and 10’sUnder 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 6.00pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.00 on Training pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch, weather permitting.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys:We have changed to Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35.Also we have new gear bags for sale. €15.These can be purchased from the club on Wed and Fri 7.00pm.SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 14th, 2012 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgIT was with great sadness that announced the death of singer Bridie Gallagher earlier this week.Tributes continue to pour in for the Girl from Donegal.There is a lovely obituary chronicling her life in today’s Irish Times. You can read it by clicking here:   LOVELY OBITUARY TO BRIDIE GALLAGHER – THE GIRL FROM DONEGAL was last modified: January 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Bridie Gallagherobituarylast_img read more

HCue: How To Make a Cammo Can

first_imgInstructions:CLEAN – Wash off any dirt on the surface of the ammo can so that the paint will hold.PAINT GREEN – Cover any lettering or other coloring with green spray paint.ARRANGE FOLIAGE – Apply looped scotch tape to back of foliage and arrange it facing the same direction on one side of the can for a natural effect. PAINT ALTERNATE COLORS – Painting lightly, make three wide diagonal stripes with black spray paint, then apply two brown stripes in between. Quickly lift off the foliage and let it dry. REPEAT STEPS 3 & 4 ON ALL SIDES – Since you are painting lightly, you should be able to paint in an order that allows sides to dry as you go.LABEL – To make your Cammo Can official, add a Geocaching Logo Stencil to the front.HIDE – You know what to do from here. And if you don’t, go here.Do you have a geocaching tip that would make a great HCue video? Share your idea(s) in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More What you’ll need:Ammo can – Buy online or at an army surplus storeFlat camo spray paint – Green, black, and brownFoliage – Ferns, cedar, and weeds all work well (avoid plants with too much surface area like leaves)Scotch TapeNewspaperGeocaching stencil – Optional… but awesome SharePrint RelatedGeocaching ROCKS!October 18, 2015In “Community”Lake Gunn Fishermans Rest (Milford Rd, Fiordland) – Geocache of the WeekSeptember 12, 2018In “Geocache of the Week”FF2017: Warp Pipe — Geocache of the WeekMay 1, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Harden, Houston spoil another opener, win 105-100 at Kings

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after hitting a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Rockets won 105-100. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Just imagine what these Houston Rockets might look like months from now, when James Harden has a healthy Chris Paul alongside him in the backcourt and Mike D’Antoni’s rotations become more consistent.Beginning the season with a tough back-to-back in Northern California hardly made for an easy start, and Houston is an impressive 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Harden had 27 points and nine assists, and the Rockets made it a perfect two-game road trip despite playing this one without Paul, beating the Sacramento Kings 105-100 on Wednesday night to spoil another home team’s opener.“Obviously this road trip was going to be tough, but we did a really good job, especially tonight, of not letting up and just playing four quarters,” Harden said. “We say it all the time: We might not knock you out in the first, second or third quarter, but fourth quarter if we keep playing the way we need to play we’ve always got a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile he didn’t shoot especially well, Harden hit a trio of dagger 3-pointers with 8:13, 6:00 and 5:13 left — the second of which put Houston ahead 89-79. He also had a key left-handed layup late and finished 8 for 21 and 4 of 14 from 3-point range.Sacramento forced the Rockets into a shot clock violation and the Kings got the ball back with just less than a minute remaining and down 96-92. Willie Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left and Harden found Clint Capela for an alley-oop dunk moments later. MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “To validate yesterday we had to win today or we wouldn’t validate yesterday,” D’Antoni said. “They had that in mind. At the same time, a back-to-back on the opening two nights, especially it’s so emotional, that takes more out of you.”Zach Randolph missed making his Kings debut a day after undergoing oral surgery, but Vince Carter and Hill provided a veteran presence for the new-look Kings as they move forward beginning the season without DeMarcus Cousins after he was traded to New Orleans last February. Hill scored 16 points and Carter six in 14 minutes.“We saw a lot of things we were proud about,” coach Dave Joerger said. “The No. 1 thing is if we compete that hard we are going to give ourselves a chance in games.”AILING PAULD’Antoni isn’t counting on Paul being back Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 at Golden State but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded by the Clippers during the offseason.TIP-INSRockets: The Rockets were 13-3 in the second game of back-to-backs last season. The have 14 such sets, 13 remaining. … Trevor Ariza was held to two points on free throws, shooting 0 for 6 and missing all five of his 3s. … Houston’s schedule includes seven of its first 10 games on the road. … P.J. Tucker had just six points while dealing with foul trouble after scoring 20 points in his Rockets debut at Golden State.Kings: Rookie De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky drew big cheers when he checked in for his debut late in the first and finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes. … Second-year Golden 1 Center hosted its first season opener after the Kings began on the road last season.UP NEXTRockets: Host Dallas on Saturday in home opener.Kings: At Dallas on Friday to start a three-game road trip. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After the Kings stole the inbounds pass from Eric Gordon with 25 seconds left and down 98-95, it was initially ruled Sacramento ball but the play went to replay review and a foul was issued to George Hill instead. Gordon converted two free throws.Capela had 22 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds. Paul sat out with a bruised left knee that limited him during Houston’s stunning comeback 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday after the Warriors held their championship ring ceremony.Gordon started for Paul and scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, a night after missing all six of his tries from long range but still winding up with 24 points in 29 minutes.Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter for Sacramento and tied the game at 68 on a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the period. Cauley-Stein had 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.The Rockets looked sluggish at times in the second game of a season-opening back-to-back. Yet Houston had enough to win its sixth straight in the series after winning all four games last season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Aus vs Pak: Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets

first_imgPakistan beat Australia by four wickets in their final World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Chasing 177, Pakistan reached home in the 41st over with Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq remaining unbeaten on 44 and 22 respectively.Earlier, Pakistan pacers struck thick and fast to reduce the opposition to 176 with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) claiming five wickets between them.Pakistan too got off to the same kind of start that Australia had got on with, losing their opener early. Mohammad Hafeez fell to a Brett Lee ball that took the edge of his bat only to return into the bowler’s hands after a fine catch. He fell for 5 when the score was 21.Post his wicket the other opener Kamran Akmal and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership which again was broken by Lee in the 10th over with an LBW written against his name. Pakistan went for a review but ended up wasting it. Akmal fell for 23 and Pakistan lost their second wicket on 45/2.Post Akmal’s wicket former Pakistan captain Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership that lasted 14 overs and helped amass 53 runs even as the Aussies found it hard to contain the Pakistani charge.Finally, it was left to Lee to break their stand. A think nick off Lee’s ball and keeper Brad Haddin did the rest behind he stumps. He fell for 31 when the Pakistan score was 98/3 in the 23rd over. But Lee wasn’t done as yet for the very next ball saw new man Misbah-ul-Haq too walk back on a golden duck. However, Lee failed to get a hat-trick as Umar Akmal defended his next ball nicely.advertisementAsad Shafiq was still at the crease and he was giving no room to the oppostion bowlers. Soon he and Umar Akmal got on with a partnership that began to frustrate the Aussie bowlers. The two had put 41 runs for the fifth wicket when Mitchell Johnson claimed his first wicket of the day by despatching Shafiq on 46 to bring the Aussies back into the game.It was an extra bounce that did the trick. Johnson’s ball clipped his gloves and Shane Watson took a fine catch in the slips and Pakistan were down to 139/5.Skipper Shahid Afridi too could not stay for long and Pakistan fell to 142/6 with Jason Krejza claiming his wicket and Brett Lee performing the final honours.Finally, Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq helped Pakistan to a four wicket win.Australia inningsEarlier, Pakistan bowlers struck thick and fast as Australia were bundled out 176 in 47 overs. Australia won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the last league match for both teams. But it wasn’t the kind of start that the Aussies were expecting. They lost their opener Shane Watson in the 5th over when the score was 12/1.Soon skipper Ricky Ponting and the other opener Brad Haddin got on with a partnership. Their stand that helped Australia put 75 when Ponting fell in the 19th over. Ponting wasn’t exactly playing with confidence and could only manage to score 19 before a Mohammad Hafeez ball scalped him with keeper Kamran Akmal taking him behind the wickets. Soon Haddin too fell and Aussies had lost their third wicket on 90/3.Pakistan bowlers continued taking wickets at regular intervals and the next man to walk back was Cameron While. He was run out on 8 and Australia went down to 117/4 in 30.1 overs.Vice-captain Michael Clarke too did not stay for long and fell on 34 with an Abdul Razzaq ball shattering his stumps with the Aussie score was 134/5.Michael Hussey and Steven Smith had scored 10 more runs that the Pakistan bowlers struck again. This time it was the turn of Hussey to walk back on 12 with Abdur Rehman taking his wicket on 144/6 in the 38th over.There was more as Mitchell Johnson, who is even known to perform with the bat when the chips are down, did nothing to help his team as Abdul Razzaq dismissed him on 147/7. He failed to open his account.Later, Umar Gul scalped Jason Karejza (7) to reduce Australia to 169/8. Then it was the turn of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi to show his prowess and he did that by claiming Seven Smith on 25. Last man Brett Lee scored five before falling to Gul and Australia were all out for 176 in the 47th over.Umar claimed three wickets in the day while Abdul Razzaq ended with impressive figures of 4-0-8-2.last_img read more

AB de Villiers tells his story

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Fans of AB de Villiers can look forward to hearing the story of one of the world?s most explosive batsmen when his autography hits bookstores next month.”AB: The Autobiography” has been billed by publishers as “the story of a modern sporting phenomenon.”The book will cover key events and influences that have shaped his life and career, from his childhood and schooling at Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool (Affies) through to his present successes, experiences and controversies as captain of the ODI team.It will offer access to the man behind the bat and beneath the helmet, exploring career-defining moments, on-and-off the field events and his relationship with various mentors, the publisher said.”This is ABs story, in his own words. The story of the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths, of a boy who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket, of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of twenty and was then selected in every single test played by South Africa for the next eleven seasons, of a batsman who has started to redefine the art, being ranked among the worlds very best in test, ODI and T20,” it said.The autobiography will also explore de Villiers interests in music and business and how he pursues these alongside his international cricket career.The hardback edition of “AB: The Autobiography” will be released in English and Afrikaans locally on September 8, and simultaneously in English by Pan Macmillan in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India.advertisement”For me, playing for South Africa through the past 11 seasons has been a fantastic privilege, from my debut against the West Indies right through to all the drama of the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand a few months ago, and I am looking forward to telling my story,” de Villiers says.”This project is an immensely exciting one for Pan Macmillan. AB de Villiers has proven himself, on and off the cricket field, to be a South African leader and an inspiration to millions of people at home and internationally. We are proud to bring his inspirational story to readers around the world,” says Terry Morris, MD Pan Macmillan (South Africa). PTI ZMN TRSlast_img read more

Asian snooker meet in India has not been scrapped: Indian federation president

first_imgBilliards and Snooker Federation of India president PVK Mohan has said that the Asian 10 Reds Snooker tournament is going ahead as scheduled, contrary to media reports claiming that the meet had been cancelled over visa denial to Pakistani players. The Asian snooker meet is to be held in Bengaluru in the last week of March and just like the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi has faced issues regarding the issuing of visas to Pakistani players.A report in Indian Express had claimed that there were 24 players set to be participating in the tournament and six of them were Pakistani or Pakistan-origin players and with the visa issues for them, the organisers did not see a point in holding the event.Mohan, however, has been quoted by ANI as saying that there was only one Pakistani player set to participate and he has not been issued the visa.”Out of the 64 participants for the upcoming tournament only 1 player was a Pakistani and he also is not coming due to visa issues. Tournament has not been scrapped, neither is next month’s Asian meet in Chandigarh,” Mohan said.Ever since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 for which Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility, the relations between India and Pakistan have worsened.The media reports claimed that after the organisers of the snooker meet failed to guarantee that visas will be issued to the Pakistani players, the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sport decided to scrap the event. The report also stated that a senior Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) official said that a Pakistan-born Qatari player, Ahmed Saif, was among those not granted a visa.advertisementEarlier this week, the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi was also hit when India did not issue visas to the Pakistani players and that eventually backfired on India itself.While ISSF initially decided to scrap all 16 Olympic quotas from the World Cup, International Olympic Committee (IOC) stepped in and scraped just the two where Pakistani shooters were set to take part.However, IOC barred India from hosting any Olympic-related events till there is an absolute written assurance from the government that all players will be issued visas. The body also urged all international sports federations not to hold events in India, or grant hosting rights to the country for future competitions, until access for all athletes is ensured.According to the report in the Indian Express, BSFI secretary S Balasubramiam said, “The Asian Tour supposed to be held in Bangalore in late March has been called off. It was a decision taken by the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sport’s board. Six players out of the 24 were either Pakistani nationals or of Pakistani origin. There were problems with their visas.”In the absence of these players, there was no point in having a tournament so they did not want to have it. The decision came much before the IOC issued a statement on Friday.”Also Read | NRAI thanks IOC for sparing 14 out of 16 Olympic quotas at Shooting World Cuplast_img read more

Chris Froome steers straight course as he prepares for Giro d’Italia

first_imgChris Froome Share on Twitter William Fotheringham Read more Topics It was the first time Brailsford had held court since a damning report by government’s department of culture, media and sport select committee (DCMS) suggested Team Sky abused the anti-doping system to allow the administration of performance-enhancing drugs.Coming after the mystery Jiffy bag delivery to Bradley Wiggins in 2011, Brailsford admits he has considered his position at the top of a team created on an ethos of total transparency and zero tolerance for drugs. But he resolved to remain. “I think anybody in this game considers their position every day,” he said. “I would say that I’m constantly asking if I’m the right man to lead these guys. I think that regardless of the DCMS or anything else, there’s a constant sense of self-questioning about whether I’m appropriately placed or do I have the right skills. Some things come and go, the situation and context around you changes, but I’m here because I think I am still in the position where I can help these guys be the best they can be.” Froome and Team Sky are being paid a reported €1.4m (£1.23m) in appearance fees by Giro d’Italia organisers and have the opportunity to make history, so their motivations for being here are manifold. But Brailsford refused to answer whether he would sack Froome should he be suspended for an anti-doping rule violation. “That’s not a question for now,” he said. “We have to respect the race.” But for all the team who want to keep the focus on the main event, that is the uncomfortable situation they are in.The organisers have also been accused of “sport-washing” by allowing the start to be held in Israel. Critics claim it is an attempt to divert attention from the killing and maiming of Palestinians on the Gaza Strip.Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director, said: “We’re not going to tell the Giro D’Italia organisers where they should and shouldn’t start the race, but the Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel’s dismal human rights record is going to be in the spotlight.“The authoritiesin Jerusalem may have thought that the glitz of the Giro D’Italia might have a sportswash effect, removing some of the stain of Israel’s human rights record. Instead, it’s likely to bring it back into focus yet again.”The Giro D’Italia riders will begin the race only weeks after the Israeli security forces unleashed excessive, deadly force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including children. Read more Share on Pinterest Share via Email Chris Froome knows as well as anybody that the Giro d’Italia could be the last time he rides competitively for a while. The result of his anti-doping case is expected some time between the finish of this race on 21 May and the start of the Tour de France in July. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Lizzie Deignan: cycling has a long way to go before men and women are equal Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Cycling But while the Team Sky principal, Dave Brailsford, wore a battle-weary look on another bruising day for his operation, the top rider breezed through his questions in Jerusalem seemingly carefree and confident.“For me [I’m only] thinking about winning this race,” Froome said of the Giro d’Italia, which starts on Friday. “I’m not thinking about July. I’m thinking about giving my absolute best for the next few weeks and the aim is to be on the top step when we reach Rome.”Before it even reaches Italy the Giro will have to confront myriad controversies, from the decision to hold the start in Israel, to the spectre of a visiting Lance Armstrong, banned from contesting official cycling events but recording a podcast in the shadows. Then there is Froome, the favourite, attempting to be the first rider since Bernard Hinault to hold all three grand tour titles at the same time and possessing a remarkable ability to compartmentalise.He is contesting a failed drug test at last year’s Vuelta a España, where a urine sample indicated twice the permitted level of the asthma medication salbutamol in his system but to witness his relaxed manner, you would not realise it. “I need to demonstrate that I’ve done nothing wrong and that’s what I intend to do,” he said. “It’s not something I’m going to give a running commentary on, and when there is something new we’ll talk about it.”David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, world cycling’s governing body, as well as several high-profile riders, have expressed misgivings that Froome continues to compete, already doing so three times this year. There is no doubt his presence has once more overshadowed the race. Apart from a few questions, one planted by the Israeli tourist board, the discussion was dominated by the fog of doubt over Team Sky. news Team Ineos Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Messenger Chris Froome’s struggle to clear his name hangs over Giro d’Italia start Giro d’Italia Reuse this content Share on WhatsApplast_img read more