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Swell, the best in Astana

The riders, Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) and Hugo Houle (Astana) have both signed the best result of their formation during the second stage of the Tour of Romandie on Thursday, and while they have won respectively the 174 kilometres from Delémont, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, the 10th and 17th places.The Belgian Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) won the race with a lead of 2 minutes 4 seconds on his closest pursuer, Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida). The latter has crossed the finish line in the sprint ahead of Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale). The 81 riders behind were all finished with the same time as Colbrelli.

Duchesne, of Saguenay, was found at the front of the peloton and has completed a first top-10 in career at professionals.

For his part, Houle, Saint-Perpétue, was also towards the front of the group, but have not tried in the sprint.

In the general standings, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic is first with the same time, the Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC). Duchesne (1 minute 58 seconds) peak in 61st place while Houle (2 minutes 3 seconds) is 63rd.

Friday will be presented with an against-the-shows individual rise of 9.9 kilometres between Ollon and Villars. The tour will then move to Zion, Saturday, for step four, which will include 149,2 kilometers.

Canada eliminated by the Czechs
MAGNITOGORSK (CP) — Canada suffered elimination at the world Championship of hockey under 18 years of age following a defeat of 2-1 in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Ty Dellandrea, in the third period, has passed the unique mesh of Canada, which has prevailed 34-31 in shots on goal.

Petr Cajka scored the eventual winning goal, in the middle of the third period, after having collected a helper on one of Matej Blumel, in the first twenty.

In defeat, the goalkeeper Olivier Rodrigue stopped 29 pucks.

Nadal advance easily in Barcelona
Spaniard Rafael Nadal has easily reached the round of the quarter finals of the us Open tennis in Barcelona on Thursday, thanks to a victory of 6-1, 6-3 against his compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Favorite of the tournament, Nadal has put an end to the duel on his second match ball and won a 16th consecutive victory on clay.

Nadal will meet the iron with the Slovak Martin Klizan, who eliminated the Serbian Novak Djokovic in a match of the second round.

Ranked 140th in the world, Klizan got his ticket for the quarter-finals thanks to a victory just as convincing, 6-1, 6-4, against veteran spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

The winner for the 11th time in his career in Monte Carlo on Sunday, Nadal has won 11 of its 12 matches on the circuit of the ATP this season.

His only defeat came at the Australian open when he was forced to abandon due to an injury during his duel in the quarterfinals against Marin Cilic.

Nadal has won the last 40 sets he has played on clay and has won 33 of its 34 latest releases on his surface of choice.

If Nadal gets an 11th title in Barcelona, he will be insured to keep his grip on the first rank of the world ranking.

A new name for “Yawkey Way,” Boston?
The municipal authorities of the city of Boston have approved a proposal to change the name of “Yawkey Way”, a street named in honour of a former owner of the Red Sox is perceived by some people as being racist.

The Board of public improvement has unanimously adopted Thursday a resolution put forward by the current group of owners of the Red Sox for changing the name of this street segment as “Jersey Street”.

It was the name that covered this section before it was amended in 1977 to honor the memory of Tom Yawkey after his death.

In February, the direction of the Red Sox had submitted a petition to the Commission to rename the street as part of a mission to “strengthen the fact that Fenway Park is a place that is inclusive and welcoming for all.”

Supporters of Yawkey opposed to the change. In particular, they have pointed out that the foundation in the name of Yawkey has helped raise millions of dollars in charitable donations which have made service to all residents.

Yawkey was the owner of the Boston Red Sox for 44 years, from 1933 to 1976. He died on July 1976.

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