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Eritrean Rider, Mektel Wins Stage 6, As Rwanda’s Areruya Retains Yellow Jersey




Eritrean Eyob Mektel who rides for Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka won the stage 6 of the ongoing Tour du Rwanda 2017.

Mektel who won stage 4 from Musanze to Nyamata on Thursday, used 1:58:55’’’ to reach the finish line at Nyamirambo.

He was followed by Yellow jersey holder, Rwandan Joseph Areruya, a mate at Dimension Data, who arrived at the finish line only three seconds after Mektel.

This made Joseph Areruya nicknamed Kimasa `The Bull’’, keep his yellow jersey with only one day left for Tour du Rwanda 2017 to end, at the National Stadium ride across Kigali on this Sunday.

Joseph Areruya leads the general classification with 35 seconds clear of his team mate Eyob Mektel who is seen as his most dangerous rival in this tour.

How the first five riders followed each in today’s stage:

  1. Eyob Metkel (Dimension Data for Qhubeka): 1:58:55
  2. Areruya Joseph (Dimension Data for Qhubeka): +0:03
  3. Debretsion Aron (Eritrea): +0:08
  4. Nsengimana Jean Bosco (Team Rwanda): +0:08
  5. Main Kent (Dimension Data for Qhubeka): 0:11

How the first five riders follow each other on the general classification before the last stage:

  1. Areruya Joseph (Dimension Data for Qhubeka)
  2. Eyob Metkel (Dimension Data for Qhubeka)
  3. Kangangi Suleimana (Bike Aid)
  4. Nsengimana Jean Bosco (Team Rwanda)
  5. Byukusenge Patrick (Team Rwanda)

Today’s stage saw riders start from Kayonza to Kigali on a distance of 80Km and on their route to Stade de Kigali, Nyamirambo, they had to mount the tiresome stones road known as `Kwa Mutwe’ also known as the Kigali Wall or “Trials’ wall’’.

Eritreans’ historical records and triumphs in Tour du Rwanda

When Eritrean Eyob Mektel won stage 6 of Tour du Rwanda 2017 today, it was his fifth stage won in Tour du Rwanda since it was internationalized in 2009.

He leads the list of stage winners with five, followed by Rwandans Valens Ndayisenga who won Tour du Rwanda 2014 and 2016 and Bosco Nsengimana who won the tour in 2015.

The two Rwandans have won four stages each since 2009 when Tour du Rwanda was made an international cycling competition.

Since 2009, Eritreans in general, have won the highest number of stages having won 19 while Rwandans who follow them have won 16.



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Shakur Stevenson Bangs Jamel Herring in World Super-Featherweight Title Fight



Shakur Stevenson delivered a spiteful display to overwhelm and stop Jamel Herring in the 10th round of their WBO super-featherweight championship fight in Atlanta on Saturday.

Stevenson announced himself as a real star of American boxing with the best performance of his career so far to become an unbeaten two-weight world champion at the age of 24.

He was vicious with his combination punching to force the stoppage having dominated from the opening bell against Herring, in what had become a fight with personal ramifications.

Stevenson had recently been a part of Herring’s gym with trainer Brian McIntyre – but they had no answer to the young challenger’s fast hands.

As early as the second round, Stevenson was hurting Herring and forcing him backwards predominantly with a jab.

In the third, he mixed in clubbing hooks which battered Herring from side to side.

Herring, the former US Marine who sent Carl Frampton into retirement earlier this year, was having next to no success at all against his quicker, more powerful rival.

Stevenson stung him with a succession of left hooks in the fifth, then buckled his legs with a right hook in the sixth.

By the ninth, Stevenson was teeing off at will with four and five punches at a time, and Herring had visible damage above his eyes.

The ringside doctor checked a cut on Herring’s face at the start of the 10th round but let him continue.

Stevenson began stalking him and a succession of pinpoint left hands forced the referee to step in to end the fight.

The Olympic silver medallist has now won his biggest pro fight against his most difficult opponent, and has extended his unbeaten record to 17-0 after adding the WBO super-featherweight belt to his résumé.

Boxing schedule

October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles

November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
Super-lightweight tournament

November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut

November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

December 11 – BOXXER in Birmingham
Savannah Marshall
Claressa Shields

December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title

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Rayon Sports FC Signs Brazilian Forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬



News reaching Taarifa Sports Desk indicates that Brazilian forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 has signed a 2-year deal with Rwanda’s Rayon Sports FC.

“𝐇𝐞’𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬! We’re delighted to announce the signing of Brazilian forward 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 on a two-year deal. Let’s welcome him!!!,” the club said via its official twitter handle late on Saturday.

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Tennis: British Cameron Beats American Tommy At Indian Wells Masters



British number two Cameron Norrie beat American Tommy Paul in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

World number 26 Norrie won 6-4 4-6 6-2 to claim his 44th win on the ATP Tour this year.

The 26-year-old left-hander has never previously reached this stage of a Masters 1000 tournament.

Norrie will face Diego Schwartzman in the last eight after the Argentine beat Norway’s Casper Rudd in straight sets.

If Norrie were to advance past Schwartzman – who he beat in the first round of the 2020 US Open – it will see him replace Dan Evans as the British number one and may also provide enough ranking points to break into the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career.

It would also take him closer to the coveted half-century mark of wins on the ATP Tour in a single season. Andy Murray and Tim Henman are the only Britons to have achieved that feat on the elite men’s circuit this millennium.

Also on Wednesday, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev was knocked out by Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, losing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Russian Medvedev was the top seed at Indian Wells after winning his first Grand Slam title last month. He won the first set and was up 4-1 in the second when he collapsed, dropping eight straight games.

Dimitrov will play Polish Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight.

The rest of the men’s quarter-finals line up sees Alexander Zverev take on American Taylor Fritz after the German beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-3, while second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Tsitsipas, who made the final of the French Open in June, recovered from a set down to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

In the women’s tournament, Jelena Ostapenko reached her first WTA 1000 semi-final in three years with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory over Shelby Rogers.

The Latvian will take on fellow Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka in the last four after the Belarusian overcame Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-2.


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