Big bikes rev up for good causes

first_imgHarley-Davidson’s 2012 range is sure tobe put through its paces, not just witheveryday activity but also at the manygoodwill events where the Harley brandis represented.(Image: Sean Oberholster) Journey of Hope is an annual bike eventorganised to support sufferers and survivorsof breast cancer.(Image: Journey of Hope)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael CarneyMarketing manager, Harley-Davidson Africa+27 21 674 6320 or +27 71 604 3287Sean OberholsterLoud. Menacing. Dangerous. For many people, these are the first words that come to mind when thinking about motorbikes and bikers.For bikers, it’s about the wind in your hair, the freedom a motorbike can give you, no restraints or seatbelts, a passion for speed, pushing the limits for excitement, a way of life. For Harley-Davidson riders it’s also about giving back to others.The iconic motorcycle brand recently launched its 2012 range, and whether the mighty machines inspire envy, admiration or irritation, it is important to not forget that they are used extensively for good in South Africa and elsewhere.The Turbine Hall in Newtown was the setting for Harley-Davidson’s unveiling earlier in September. The event was hosted by local soap star and Harley rider Jack Devnarain of Isidingo fame. Other big names present included award winning singer Louise Carver, TV personality Kuli Roberts, and musician HHP, as well as popular rockers, Southern Gypsy Queen, who provided entertainment for the evening.“The Harley-Davidson brand represents passion, freedom of expression, individuality, independence and adventure,” said Celine Gruizinga, Harley-Davidson’s country manager in Africa, in a statement. “The launch was proof that Harley is a unique lifestyle brand that extends far beyond the road.”Doing good around the worldHarley-Davidson’s official charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa, a cause that’s promoted at rallies and other gatherings. Other chapters around the world support the cause in their own regions.Over 31 years of support, Harley riders have raised millions for research into the disease, which affects people through increasing muscle weakness and death of muscle tissue. Eventually physical functions may become so severely impaired that the individual’s quality of life is diminished.Another charity actively supported by local Harley riders is the annual Toy Run, where bikers bring a toy to give to a needy child over the festive season.  Other riders take part in events such as the Journey of Hope run for breast cancer, or Bikers Against Crime. In July 2011 the Harley brand was involved in the annual Bikers for Mandela Day initiative, which saw a group of bikers depart on a 2 200km round trip through Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces, working in soup kitchens, painting childcare centres, and helping communities wherever possible.Breaking the mouldThe stereotypical biker is a tough-looking guy with long hair, a beard, bike leathers, tattoos and piercings who belongs to a motorcycle club. While many bikers look the part, underneath they are often professional working people such as doctors, lawyers and other well-earning individuals who buy Harleys to show off their achievements in life. Harleys are generally pricier than the average bike. For many owners, customisation is key, and one Harley can differ vastly from the next one, with unique parts and qualities. This is part of the Harley tradition.Each area with a Harley-Davidson dealership has an associated motorcycle club. These clubs are very supportive of charities, and within the Harley community, over 65 000 bikers have been known to show up for fundraising events. On Harley Davidson runs, responsible riding is what it’s all about and there will always be safety officials present to make sure rules are followed. A chosen biker leads the way, setting the pace for everyone to follow. This biker may not be overtaken because he or she rides at a speed that is safe for everyone. New toys for boys and girlsWith 2012 looming, Harley-Davidson’s new range for the coming year features 29 new innovations, including a bike that changes as your mood changes. The new Dyna FLD Switchback, for touring or for cruising? It can be either within 30 seconds as the bike sports easy-to-detach saddlebags and windscreen, effortlessly changing from one style to the other.Harley celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the original V-Rod engine with a limited-availability power cruiser, the V-Rod 10th Anniversary edition, which will only be sold during 2012. This is one of three new bikes in the V-Rod range alongside the Night Rod Special and the V-Rod Muscle.The new number for Harley-Davidson is 103, as the 2012 line hasn’t just had a change in looks, but a change in heart too. Harley has selected a few of the new models to carry the 103 cubic inch engine, a more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient development.The twin-cam powerhouse, equivalent to about 1 700 cc, allows for cruising at lower revolutions, so the rider can enjoy the ride for longer. The 103 engine produces about 6% more power than its predecessor, the 96.+27 21 674 6320 or +27 71 604 3287last_img read more

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Visa issues delay Ceres departure

first_imgBackups keep San Miguel, Magnolia out front Club officials are hoping to get the Busmen’s visas by noon on Monday that will enable them to immediately fly to Tianjin via Hong Kong or Beijing.As if playing the Chinese side teeming with world class players is not enough, Ceres will also play amid freezing conditions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Busmen returned from Australia on Thursday night after stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, at Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros’ unexpected victory over Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League has left the club with a difficult challenge of securing a visa.The Busmen have been forced to delay their departure to China for a day, leaving them with little time to prepare and acclimatize for their playoff match with Chinese Super League powerhouse Tianjin Quianjian slated Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Report: Real Madrid 3 APOEL 0

first_imgReal Madrid 3 APOEL 0: Returning Ronaldo at the double as champions cruise Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 14/9/2017 Cristiano Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo was at the double as Real Madrid started their Champions League defence with a 3-0 win over APOEL. Cristiano Ronaldo put his domestic frustration behind him by scoring a brace on his Real Madrid return as Los Blancos began their quest for a third straight Champions League title with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL.The Portugal superstar is still serving the remainder of a five-match ban in Spain for pushing the referee in the Supercopa de Espana, but Ronaldo made up for lost time by once again proving the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zinedine Zidane’s side, without Karim Benzema due to a thigh injury, have been held to a pair of draws in their two LaLiga fixtures at home this season, but Ronaldo ensured there was little chance of a repeat against the Cypriot outfit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer netted the first in the 12th minute and put the result beyond doubt with a second-half penalty, his 107th goal in the competition.Sergio Ramos’ exquisite bicycle kick capped an untroubled victory and eased any lingering tension from the league stalemates.With the 4-1 thrashing of Juventus in last season’s final still fresh in the memory, Madrid undoubtedly remain the team to beat in a strong Group H.12 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals for Real Madrid with his last 16 shots on target (all competitions). Monster. pic.twitter.com/seqU81niQ5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 13, 2017Ronaldo wasted little time in getting back on the scoresheet, announcing his return with the opener inside 12 minutes.Spain star Isco led a quick counter-attack down the left and linked up with Gareth Bale, who supplied a superb low cross for Ronaldo to clinically fire home at the far post.Wales winger Bale looked for a repeat assist shortly after, but Ronaldo this time headed the aerial delivery around the post from a narrow angle.It was not all good news for Zidane early, though, as Mateo Kovacic was forced off with a leg complaint after 25 minutes, the Croatian replaced by Toni Kroos in midfield.The hosts continued to monopolise possession throughout the half without managing to pile the pressure on APOEL, who set up camp on the edge of the area and were content to have conceded just a single shot on target by the interval.Ronaldo looked destined to double his tally within seconds of the restart only to see his volley from Dani Carvajal’s cross come back off the woodwork, with suggestions that the ball crossed the line waved away by the referee.He only had to wait a matter of moments to instead make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, firing low to Boy Waterman’s right after APOEL defender Roberto Lago was punished for a handball in the area.The Portugal captain was soon denied claims for a second penalty as Zidane’s side looked to put the contest to bed as quickly as possible.Ramos ensured they did just that in eye-catching fashion just after the hour, drifting forward and producing an athletic bicycle kick from Bale’s deflected header across goal.APOEL goalkeeper Waterman did his best to keep the deficit down by denying Ronaldo a second at close-range, but by that stage the champions were well and truly on their way to the top of Group H.Substitute Borja Mayoral looked to have made it 4-0 in the final minute of stoppage time, only for Ronaldo to have been ruled offside for his role in the build-up.Madrid’s next European assignment is a trip to face Peter Bosz’s Dortmund, while APOEL will host Tottenham in Nicosia. read morelast_img read more

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10 months ago​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injury

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injuryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri is getting closer to earning a contract at West Ham United.With news that Jack Wilshere will be out for a while with another injury, the Hammers are speeding up plans to offer Nasri a deal.The veteran has come through a drugs ban and is available on a free transfer.The Evening Standard suggests that boss Manuel Pellegrini wants Nasri to add some creativity to his midfield.The Frenchman has previous Premier League experience with Arsenal and Manchester City. last_img

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 16

World Cup Crib Notes Day 16

The World Cup’s knockout stage begins Saturday, with both matchups pitting South American teams against each other. Lose and they’re gone.Brazil vs. Chile 12 p.m. EDTColombia vs. Uruguay 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHUruguay must face Colombia without striker Luis Suárez, who has been suspended nine games for eating a little Italian (defender Giorgio Chiellini) during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday. That’s good news for Colombian players who don’t care to be sampled like beef jerky, but bad news for Uruguay, which has proven itself to be more effective with Suárez than without him.Suárez’s teammates missed him when sat out Uruguay’s June 14 Group D match against Costa Rica because of tenderness from a knee operation three weeks earlier. Although Uruguay possessed the ball 56 percent of the time, it managed just nine shots (compared to Costa Rica’s 13), with only three on target. Without Suárez, Uruguay couldn’t finish and lost 3-1.Contrast that to Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England on June 19. With Suárez in the lineup, the Uruguayans possessed the ball only 37 percent of the time but made the most of their opportunities: Suárez took Uruguay’s only two shots on frame and converted on both. He didn’t score when the team edged Italy 1-0, but he took a good bite out of the Italians’ concentration, and the Uruguayans scored soon after.The Colombians are led by attacking midfielder James Rodríguez, who has three goals and two assists in the tournament. Our World Cup predictive model gives Colombia a 69 percent chance of beating Uruguay.Saturday’s other match pits host Brazil, which won twice and drew once in Group A play, against Chile, which went 2-1 in Group B. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates Brazil as the best team in the world, and our model gives it a 41 percent chance of winning the tournament. We give it a 82 percent chance of beating Chile.OFF THE PITCHBrazil and Chile aren’t neighbors, but that hasn’t stopped them from forming close ties, both historically and in the modern day. After winning their independence from Portugal and Spain, respectively, in the early-19th century, their relations began with mutual support in separate conflicts with Argentina. More recently, the two countries signed bilateral agreements in education, culture and research — and that was before Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was re-elected and promised to put more focus on the nation’s relationship with Brazil. But what does that mean for these countries’ trade?According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, the cooperation translates. In 2012, Brazil sent $9.59 billion worth of exports to Chile, but without a focus on one particular product. The biggest share was crude petroleum, at about 26 percent, but public passenger vehicles, bovine meat, footwear, glues and chocolate all had significant shares as well. Flowing in the opposite direction was $8.33 billion worth of Chilean goods. Their breakdown is a little more imbalanced, with cooper making up 55 percent of exports, but the remaining products are well-distributed, with things such as fresh fish, fertilizers, wine and car parts all comprising comparable fractions of exports to Brazil. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWhom Do You Root For When Your Team Gets Knocked Out of the World Cup?The U.S.’s Odds of Beating Belgium And Every Other World Cup OpponentThe Germans Are Young, in Their Prime, And Really, Really Good read more

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Mens Basketball No 14 Ohio State rolls through Iowa with 8264 win

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) squares up to the basket in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 14 Ohio State (22-5, 13-1) continued its win streak with a 82-61 win over Iowa (12-15, 3-11) at home on Saturday to improve to 13-1 in conference play.The Buckeyes shot 41 percent from 3 compared to 30 percent from the Hawkeyes. Ohio State scored 18 points off 12 turnovers from the Hawkeyes. Iowa finished the game shooting 8-for-10 from the line, while Ohio State struggled, going just 15-for-21. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State players with 18 points and was 5-for-8 from the field with seven rebounds, but struggled from the line, making just 8-of-11 attempts. Redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop also had 14 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard C.J. Jackson had 14 points. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he was pleased with his team’s offensive effort overall in the game, even if the defense lacked behind at times.“We moved the ball, shared it, made the right pass at the right time, had a few too many turnovers but I thought offensively we were really good,” Holtmann said. “I give our guys a lot of credit for responding from an emotional game the other night, I’m proud of them.”Freshman forward Jack Nunge led the Hawkeyes with 18 points.A steal by Bates-Diop led to a layup from Jackson that sent the teams into the under-8 timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8-0 run over 1:18 to take a 23-18 lead.  A quick turnover from Iowa’s sophomore forward Tyler Cook led to a dunk on a fast-break chance from senior forward Jae’Sean Tate to put the Buckeyes back on top 19-18. They never relinquished their lead. Ohio State pulled away on an 18-2 run with 18:25 left in the second half that kept the Hawkeyes at bay the remainder of the game. Iowa had cut the Ohio State lead down to just 44-36 before the Buckeyes went on their run, but it was unable to get any momentum going to get back in the matchup. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said things just spiraled out of control for his team.“As much as anything it was bad offense by us,” McCaffery said. “Good defense by them, they were up into us but I don’t think we moved the ball. I didn’t think we executed, they got some transition opportunities, we were missing. When you’re missing you need to get some back, we didn’t get enough back and credit them for that.”The teams traded buckets early. The Hawkeyes went on a 7-0 run over 1:57 with 9:40 remaining in the first half to put Iowa ahead 18-15.A 3-pointer from redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich put the Buckeyes up 10 with 3:05 remaining in the first half. Jackson hit another 3 on the next possession for the Buckeyes. A dunk from Wesson and a 3-pointer from Jackson, followed by a layup from Tate, gave the Buckeyes their largest lead of the game to that point coming out of the half. The Hawkeyes were held scoreless for over three minutes and did not make any of their last six field goals by the under-16 timeout. read more

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Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson CJ Jackson lead No 15 Ohio State to

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Minnesota on Dec. 2. Ohio State won 79-59. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorKaleb Wesson has played an important role for Ohio State through the first 11 games of the season. The sophomore forward is averaging 16.5 points per game, scoring a career-high 31 points against Youngstown State on Tuesday. He is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game, recording 10 boards on Dec. 15, his first career double-double. For opponents like UCLA, Wesson is someone to plan the team’s defense around, which the Bruins did, showing a 2-3 zone for the majority of its contest against the Buckeyes, something Ohio State struggled with against Syracuse, its only loss of the season on Nov. 28. After struggling with the zone in the first half, shooting 36.1 percent from the field, Ohio State showed a faster pace in the second half, scoring 47 points and shooting 48.4 percent from the field to secure, a 80-66 win against UCLA, the Buckeyes’ 11th win in 12 games. Wesson had something extra to focus on: 7-foot-1 freshman center Moses Brown, who averages 9.4 rebounds per game, recording three games of at least 10 rebounds in the first 11 games of his collegiate career. Wesson won the matchup down low, recording six rebounds, including four offensive boards, in the first half, outrebounding Brown, who had one in the first half. Wesson finished with a career-high 12 boards, recording eight offensive rebounds while Brown had two rebounds. The sophomore forward also had 15 points, shooting 45.4 percent from the field in 27 minutes after fouling out late in the second half, giving Wesson his second double-double of his career and second in the past three games. With Wesson focused on Brown, the rest of the Ohio State defense stepped up, forcing 12 turnovers in the first half, recording nine points off turnovers despite allowing the Bruins to shoot 48.3 percent from the field. But the Bruins struggled from deep in the second half, connecting on two of nine from 3, giving Ohio State the 14-point victory. Offensively, Ohio State struggled to find a consistency from the floor early, making only five of its first 24 shot attempts. Ohio State connected on six of their final 12 attempts from the field, ending the half with a 33-30 lead after freshman guard Luther Muhammad connected on a jumper with 29 seconds left. Much like the Ohio State offense as a whole, senior guard C.J. Jackson struggled in the first half, making only one of his five attempts from the field with two points. And like the Ohio State offense in the second half, Jackson heated up, making 6-of-11 attempts from the field, ending the day as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 20 points. Jackson also finished with seven rebounds and six assists. The Buckeye offense found some holes in the Bruins’ zone early in the second half, running a quick offense and finding open layups for both sophomore forward Kyle Young and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who earned his third start of the year while Young came off the bench. Junior forward Andre Wesson stepped to his right after a UCLA defender outran him on an attempt to defend the fastbreak Ohio State offense, hitting an open 3 to give the Buckeyes a nine-point lead. With 6:12 left in the game, Woods lobbed the ball up to Young from behind the half-court line, finishing with the dunk and giving Ohio State a double-digit lead, a lead that would remain for the rest of the game. While Jackson heated up, UCLA sophomore guard Kris Wilkes, who had 13 points in the first half, scored five points in the second, connecting on 7-of-18 attempts overall from the field.  Ohio State will return to Columbus on Dec. 29 to take on High Point at 12 p.m. read more

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Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

first_imgUnai Emery has hailed Arsenal’s brilliant run after they thrashed Fulham 5-1 on Sunday to record a ninth win in a row in all competitions.Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both grabbed a brace alongside a fine teamwork that was brilliantly finished by Aaron Ramsey to complete the rout on their London neighbours.The win means Arsenal are currently level on points with Tottenham in the Premier League ahead of the international break.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are happy but also calm because we know it’s difficult each moment and each match, “Gunner’s head coach Emery told Sky. “Today we are happy. We are going to continue in our process with this victory.“I think we need to feel together. With the supporters, the club, the players. This spirit and mentality is very important for us and then we show our quality together and we can be happy like today.“It’s a process to know each other better after every training and after every match. We are getting better between the players and with the tactical system.”last_img read more

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