Philip Lowe, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Photo: Patrick Hamilton/Economic Society of Australia.“Housing credit growth has declined to an annual rate of five-and-a-half per cent,” the statement said.“This is largely due to reduced demand by investors as the dynamics of the housing market have changed. “Lending standards are also tighter than they were a few years ago, partly reflecting APRA’s earlier supervisory measures to help contain the build-up of risk in household balance sheets. There is competition for borrowers of high credit quality.”Mr Lowe noted some lenders had increased mortgage rates by “small amounts”, but “the average mortgage rate paid is lower than a year ago”. HISTORIC CBD PENTHOUSE FOR SALE New homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.He said the low level of interest rates was continuing to support the Australian economy.Two of the Big Four banks, Commonwealth Bank and ANZ, along with 19 other lenders, have slashed interest rates on fixed home loans independent of the RBA, as competition among lenders heats up.RateCity.com.au shows lenders have dropped fixed interest rates by up to 72 basis points on more than 120 products. Commonwealth Bank cut its fixed rates by 10 basis points, while ANZ cut some of its fixed rates up to 24 basis points.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago BUILDING A HOME ON A BUDGET The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has cut its fixed home loan rate by 10 basis points. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.RateCity research director Sally Tindall said banks were slashing fixed rates in a bid to win market share. “Growth in home lending has started to hit the brakes, while non-bank lenders are gaining traction. As a result, banks are throwing everything at fixed rates to keep new customers coming through the door,” she said. BUYERS CLAMOUR OVER RENOVATED ‘UGLY DUCKLING’ “This makes it the perfect environment for refinancers, particularly if you have a bit of equity up your sleeve, but only if you’re willing to fix.“While the cash rate is unlikely to increase before 2020, more than half a million variable rate customers have already been hit with higher rates due to cost of funding pressures, with more hikes expected to follow.” The Reserve Bank has left the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent in August. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.THE official cash rate remains on hold for another month, but experts warn more out-of-cycle interest rate moves are imminent.At its August meeting Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent — marking two years since it last moved.RBA governor Philip Lowe said, in a statement, that conditions in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets had continued to ease and nationwide measures of rent inflation remained low. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Homes in a street in North Lakes, Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.But despite the prediction of further out-of-cycle rate hikes, just 35 per cent of experts surveyed by finder.com.au believe homeowners should fix their mortgage rate. Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke said mortgage holders should evaluate their interest rate options.“As the market heats up and becomes more turbulent, chances are your bank is going to lift your rate, so why wait around?” Mr Cooke said.“Stop what you’re doing, jump online and get your hands on a lower rate.“Switch to a lender with a more attractive rate or consider restructuring your loan to fix part of your rate — whatever you decide, take action sooner rather than later.” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the steady interest rate setting could be attributed to low inflation, record high household debt, a slack labour market and, more recently, falling home values. “Financial markets continue to expect that the cash rate will remain unchanged until at least January 2020,” Mr Lawless said.“Despite the housing market headwinds from tighter credit conditions, the prospect of mortgage rates remaining reasonably stable should help to keep a floor under housing demand.”
OA vs. Whitewater Crusaders (home school team) (4-27).WC 000 102 3 6 5 4OA 120 213 x 9 6 2OA Hitting: Adam Huber 1-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, sb; Chase Hogg 1-3, bb, rbi; Matt Sedler 1-4, run; Michael Hoff 0-1, run, sac fly rbi, 2 bb; Dalton Mooney 0-2, 2 bb; Zach Wegman 1-4, run, rbi; Jordan Stenger 1-3, 2 runs, sac fly rbi; Zach West 0-1, run, bb; Hunter Sullivan 1-2, rbi; Glenn Geraci 0-1, run, 2 bb, sac bunt.OA Pitching: Michael Hoff 5 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 4 k, 4 bb, hbp. Win. Jordan Stenger 2 IP, 3 runs, 1 earned, 1 hit, 1 k, 4 bb.Varsity record: 5-7Next game: Saturday (4-29) vs. Madison Shawe.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
New Delhi: January 13 is the festival of Lohri, an auspicious occasion for Punjabis. For Shubman Gill, an upcoming star of Indian cricket who hails from Fazilka, Punjab, Lohri this year has brought an added dimension of joy. Following the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their comments on Koffee With Karan, the BCCI announced that Vijay Shankar and Shubman will replace the two players. While Shankar will join the squad for the remaining ODIs in Australia, Shubman will join the Indian cricket team for the five-match ODI and three Twenty20 International series against New Zealand. The fact that Shubman might play for India in New Zealand makes him a destiny’s child.For Shubman, a potential debut in New Zealand would represent the ultimate crowning glory, for it was at this venue in 2018 that he achieved glory as an India cricketer. During the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Shubman was in the squad along with the likes of Prithvi Shaw, who was the skipper and other talented players like Manjot Kalra and Himanshu Rana. He finished the tournament as the highest run-getter for India, blasting 372 runs in six games at a staggering average of 124. His best knock was a classy, unbeaten 102 against Pakistan in the semi-final and his consistency played a big part in India securing the title.Read More | Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill replace suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for Australia, New Zealand seriesThings got better for the 19-year-old once he came back from his victorious World Cup campaign. In the 2018 Indian Premier League, picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore, he smashed 57 against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings which made him a major talking point. The domestic season proved to be the making of a new star and Shubman impressed in the Deodhar Trophy, scoring 168 runs in three games at an average of 84, including a knock of 106* against India A in a high-scoring chase.Read More | Australia achieve magnificent 1000 in win over India in Sydney ODIThe Punjab youngster was selected in the India A squad for the series against New Zealand and he impressed with a composed 62 in the four-day game at Whangarei and chipped in with some solid knocks in the two List A games at Mount Maunganui. His dream run continued when he was included in the Punjab side for the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy season. In his debut season, the talented right-hander has shown that he belongs to the big stage by smashing 728 runs at an average of 104 with two centuries and five fifties. After starting with two fifties against Andhra Pradesh, he blasted 268 against Tamil Nadu and the best part was that it came while opening the batting.In his next four games, Shubman scored 10 and 148* against Hyderabad and impressed with 69 against Kerala while he rounded off his campaign with a brilliant 91 against Bengal at the Eden Gardens. The amount of runs scored at the right moment has put Shubman on the doorsteps of an India cap for the series against New Zealand and it represents a rapid rise for a player touted to be the next big star of Indian cricket. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Finalists have emerged in both Boys Under-12 & Girls Under-16 of 4th MRS Kids Cup slated for today, May 27th at the Campos mini Stadium,Ajele,Lagos,after the completion of semi-final matches.K&B Ace, Dopemu trounced YS Ace, Apapa 4-2 in the first semi-final to set up a final clash against Young Boys Ace,Ajah who defeated Tao United, Oke Afa 3-1 in the second semi-final of the Boys category at Ojo Oniyun playing ground,Ebute-Meta,LagosThe Girls Under-16 final will be between Mary Ace,Sabo and Alara Girls,Epe, after both teams eliminated their respective opponents in the semi-finals. Mary Ace secured their place in the final,after defeating MM Queens,Igando 5-4 on penalties after both sides their tie goalless at the end of regulation time,whileAlaro Girls managed a 2-1 win over Gbemi Queens,Ilasamaja.Speaking ahead of the final,Managing Director of MRS Oil of Nigeria Plc,Andrew Gbodume has assured participants and spectators of a good final to look forward to.“Our organisation was excited with the level of awareness the competition has created among the kids for the past four years and the company will continue to support the children for them to achieve their dreams”,he said.The eventual winners in both categories will go home with N250,000, runners-up N150,000 and the third place finishers N100,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Goals always change games. We’ve got to get the first goal and then anything can happen,” Solskjaer said.“Football is a technical and tactical game but it’s also a mental game. If we get the first one we would start believing more and then they might start doubting themselves.“It’s never mission impossible. It’s just more difficult.“Everyone knows we can do it. In the Champions League in the last few years there have been so many examples of teams that can change results like this.”United have won 13 out their 16 fixtures in all competitions since Solskjaer took charge in December.However, despite domestic victories away at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, United’s last away win in the knock-out phase of the Champions League was in April 2011 against Schalke.“When nobody believes in you there is always that bit of character in yourself that you want to show,” Solskjaer added.“Making history is not the motivation. The motivation is going through. These players aren’t used to losing.”Solskjaer’s side also go into the second leg in Paris with the suspended Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez among 10 first-team absentees.Sanchez will be missing for four to six weeks after going off injured in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday.Defender Phil Jones is out with illness, while Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian are all injured and not among the 20-man squad that travelled to France.Teenagers Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have been included.Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani faces a late fitness test ahead match for Paris St Germain’ according to coach Thomas Tuchel.The Uruguay striker, who picked up a thigh injury last month and missed his club’s 2-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford, has taken part in the last two training sessions.“He took part in the last two training sessions in full, but we are going to wait until tomorrow,” Tuchel told a news conference yesterday.“We have decided to wait and make a decision on his participation in the game tomorrow.”MATCH FACTSNo club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals (34 previous cases).Paris St-Germain have lost just one of their last 16 Champions League games at home (W10 D5), but that defeat came in the last 16 last season against Real Madrid (1-2).None of the last six English sides to face Paris St-Germain at the Parc des Princes have won. In fact, the only English team to prevail away from home versus PSG were Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in September 2004 (3-0).Four of the last five two-legged encounters between teams from England and France in the Champions League knockout phase have seen the French side progress.PSG have scored 35 goals in their last 10 Champions League home games but haven’t kept a clean sheet in each of the last five.Manchester United have won only one of their last 10 Champions League knockout games (D3 L6), with this coming against Olympiakos in March 2014 (3-0 at Old Trafford). Their last away win in the knockout stages came eight years ago against Schalke (2-0), in April 2011.Manchester United have lost their last two Champions League matches (1-2 away in Valencia in the final group stage match, 0-2 defeat to PSG in the first leg of this tie). They haven’t lost three games in succession in the competition since March 2005.The heaviest margin of defeat that Manchester United have suffered over a two-legged European tie is by three goals; in the 1957/58 European Cup semi-final versus AC Milan (2-5 on aggregate) and in the 1991/92 Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16 against Atletico Madrid (1-4 on aggregate).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United’s last-16 second-leg Champions League tie at Paris St-Germain tonight is not “mission impossible”, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The match is coming against the backdrop of Ajax’s spectacular comeback against cup holders, Real Madrid last night at Santiago Bernabue where they won 4-1 after 1-2 loss in Amsterdam three weeks ago.United lost the home leg 2-0 and will need to make history to progress and club has ever advanced in the knockout phase after losing at home by two or more goals in the first leg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Trafford
“What does pouting get you?”I used to hate hearing those words as a 10-year-old. The inflection of the words, the tone of the voice, the penetrating glare that accompanied the phrase. When I heard those words I knew I was in trouble.”Hmm … ” my mother would hum, still glaring through me, if I wouldn’t give her an answer quickly enough.”Nothing,” I would mutter under my breath, barely audible enough to constitute a response.But the lesson was learned — at the age of 10 — that whining wasn’t going to get me anything. Let me just repeat that. At the age of 10.Yet some have yet to grasp this concept. Unlike my mother, they just don’t seem to understand that this type of behavior is not to be tolerated, let alone condoned and awarded.Of course, I’m not a professional athlete earning seven figures a year to run routes and catch passes. So perhaps I’m the one who is wrong in thinking that whining won’t get you anything, though I don’t think so.In case you couldn’t tell whom I’m discussing, I’m talking about the man who doesn’t even need a name to announce himself, just his initials: Mr. T.O. himself, Terrell Owens.For some reason, Owens doesn’t seem to believe he needs to worry about what people think of him, no matter what he does.”People hated on Jesus. They threw stones at him and tried to kill him,” Owens said earlier this summer. “I don’t have to worry about what people think of me.”Admittedly, this is a good philosophy for a sports star, though the Jesus comparison may be a bit overboard. Athletes are put under more scrutiny than anyone else for no other reason than that they are athletes. The spotlight shines bright on these people and it takes a thick skin to be able to handle all the doubts, criticisms and complaints.However, Owens continually reaches for this light. He yearns for it. He lives for it. Some of you may recall a column I wrote last year after Owens’ Super Bowl performance. In that column I praised the perpetually discontent receiver for his gutsy play and the help he gave his team in its quest for a Super Bowl victory.I stand by what I wrote. Owens’ performance was gutsy, but as far as the help it gave his team in their quest, I’m questioning whether or not that was true. Looking back, I was naíve to believe that anything Owens has done has been for the good of his team. It’s all about him. Even the Super Bowl performance was for him — it earned him the spotlight. At least that time he deserved it.Since then, Owens has done nothing but call out for attention. His shot at Donovan McNabb following the season? A cry for attention.His fall camp holdout, where the greedy T.O. looked for money and appeared on nearly every sports talk show ESPN produces? A cure for his limelight withdrawal. Owens’ weeklong hiatus from camp, working out in his driveway and even his latest move where he says he’s willing to talk to quarterback Donovan McNabb (something he previously refused to do)? Nothing more than calculated media stunts.But perhaps the most disappointing part of this whole fiasco is that all of these stunts have gotten exactly what they didn’t deserve: attention.After T.O.’s dismissal from fall camp, cameras followed him to the airport and asked him where he was going. When he decided to hold an impromptu workout in his driveway, every TV outlet in Philadelphia showed up. The footage was found on sports news highlights across the nation.And now he’s willing to talk to McNabb. The man makes one quote saying he’s going to talk to the man throwing him the ball, and it’s a headline on Sportscenter. Why exactly are we congratulating his decision to do the right thing, grow up and handle the situation like a man by writing a story about it?We shouldn’t be.Terrell Owens is the best receiver in the league, hands down. But just because he’s a stellar athlete doesn’t give him the right to act like an infant and demand all the toys. The man needs to grow up.But more importantly, those of us in the media need to stop giving this arrogant individual the coverage and attention he so desperately yearns for. If you cut off the gratification, the behavior will stop.After all, if I can learn at the age of 10, so can a grown up T.O.
Playing in front of an unfriendly crowd, the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team (9-1, 0-0) began another winning streak by defeating Pepperdine (3-3, 0-0) 6-1.Fast start · Sophomore Daniel Nguyen paired with Steve Johnson to capture an 8-5 doubles victory, the first win of the day against Pepperdine. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan The Waves were motivated to play the formerly top-ranked Trojans on their home court, and their supporters encouraged the home team loudly and passionately.“[Pepperdine] had a really good environment here, with many fans yelling at the players,” USC coach Peter Smith, who coached the Waves from 1998-2002, said. “You really have to earn everything you get.”Even with the strong showing, the home-team support was not enough to overcome the Trojans’ strong performance.Sophomores Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen started off the doubles portion with an 8-5 victory over their opponents, senior Bassam Beidas and sophomore Hugh Clarke.In winning the doubles point, the newly ranked No. 30 duo of juniors Jaak Poldma and Peter Lucassen continued to display exceptional tennis. They extended their doubles win streak to seven matches with an 8-4 win.The Trojans quickly asserted themselves during the singles portion, with Lucassen adding to the Trojan tally with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of No. 115 freshman Finn Tearney.No. 27 senior Robert Farah quickly followed with a dominating performance of two-time All-American No. 44 Beidas 6-2, 6-3.No. 68 Poldma sealed the team victory, cruising to a 6-4, 6-1 win after overcoming an inconsistent start.In a compelling match, No. 1 sophomore Steve Johnson seemingly had victory in hand over sophomore Alex Llompart, winning the first set 6-1. During the second set, Llompart kept the crowd energized, winning several crucial break points and countering Johnson on some extended rallies. Johnson survived the effort and claimed the deciding second set, 7-5.“Llompart is a great competitor,” Smith said. “Steve just has to do a better job to close him out.”Play continued as sophomore Daniel Nguyen lost a back-and-forth three-set match, falling 4-6, 6-1, 0-1 (10-4).Sophomore Matt Kecki finished out the match winning his fifth straight singles match 6-3, 6-3 over sophomore Daniel Moss.USC responded well to its first true road test at a crucial juncture of its season.The Trojans will have one more home match against San Diego State on Tuesday before starting Pac-10 conference play with three away matches.Gaining confidence against a quality opponent and having to tune out the partisan crowd including several highly audible hecklers will help the handle the slate of conference matches.Lucassen and Poldma have stood out recently, meshing well in doubles. Both have shined as individuals.“They have turned it on as of late, and both have been playing great,” Smith said in describing the juniors’ latest performances.Although USC displayed some dominant tennis, some flaws were still evident.Farah and freshman JT Sundling were not able to close out a match in which they led five games to three, and which would eventually settle in a tiebreaker.In that tiebreaker, they were unable to convert three match points, eventually losing to Llompart and Tearney.“It was not perfect, but it was a good result for us,” Smith said.
Published on September 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 That second quarter touchdown to Gay put Bishop Grimes up 32-0 in the second quarter. The dominance of the Cobras even showed on two-point conversions, as they converted their first seven two-point tries of the game before failing on their last. After the touchdown pass to Gay, Burnett threw one more pass in the game before the Cobras kept the ball on the ground to keep the game moving.As the second half went on, Bishop Grimes worked players into positions that they aren’t accustomed to playing. Tahjyere Tigner, listed as a defensive end and linebacker, lined up on a play in the backfield late in the fourth quarter. He received the handoff going right and bounced it outside. While it looked like a few New York Mills defenders may have had the angle on Tigner, he just got to the edge and had enough juice to score, getting tackled as he crossed the goal line for a 54-yard touchdown.Tigner lined up in the backfield for what turned out to be the only two-point conversion that Bishop Grimes didn’t convert, following his score. He had his hands on his knees and appeared to be breathing heavily. One assistant coach jokingly shouted, “You’re out of shape, Tigner.”At that point, most of the starters had long since finished their days. Burnett and Bradford, among others, sat along the sideline on their bench, pads already off, trying to get the last few drops of water out of the Powerade coolers that threatened to run dry.After the clock had hit zero and the teams had shaken hands, the Cobras huddled up and tossed handfuls of the ice cubes into the team huddle. Players and coaches laughed and smiled. It felt good to win on opening day, Cavanaugh said. Especially the way that they did after weeks of preparation. But cooling off felt good, too. Burnett threw another interception on the ensuing drive. He rolled right but tried to throw back across his body to the left hash. The ball again was underthrown and was picked off by a leaping Dante DiOrio. But Burnett showed his bounceback ability again on the next Cobras’ possession.Nate Gay lined up tight to the left side of the offensive line on the snap. He ran about 10 yards up the field before cutting to his right. Burnett moved right in the pocket and delivered the ball to Gay near the right sideline. Gay outstretched his right hand to pull the ball in, one-handed, then beat his defender down the sideline to complete a 30-yard touchdown.“Just put the ball in the air and they’re athletic enough to go and get it,” said Burnett of Bradford and Gay. “Makes my life easy.” Nate Gay hauls it in with one hand from AJ Burnett and finishes for a 30 yard touchdown. @BishopGrimes gets the two from Burnett to Bradford and it’s 32-0 Cobras. pic.twitter.com/kceP6fGfRQ— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 15, 2018 On the last play of the first quarter, AJ Burnett to TJ Bradford for a 40 yard touchdown. Wait for two again. 16-0 @BishopGrimes at the end of one. @BGCobras pic.twitter.com/oxX5gZGxDV— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 15, 2018 Comments NEW YORK MILLS — Jordan Newman started four years at quarterback for Bishop Grimes. He led the Cobras to the 2017 Section III championship in eight-man football’s first season in central New York. Newman, though, graduated in the spring. He would be replaced by a sophomore quarterback who’d never played a varsity football game.AJ Burnett’s first varsity pass for Bishop Grimes was an interception. He took a shot down field, but his arm was hit and he underthrew his man. But on the next possession, Burnett rolled left and scampered in for a four-yard rushing touchdown. The nerves were gone.“I was just, all right, let’s do this and get this dub,” Burnett said.In a rematch of last season’s eight-man Section III championship game, Burnett made sure New York Mills wouldn’t get revenge for the Cobras’ title. Bishop Grimes (1-0) cruised to a 62-8 victory over the Marauders (0-1) on Saturday afternoon. Burnett threw for two scores and added the touchdown with his legs. It was a statement win for the Cobras in a season which they’ll always have a target on their back as defending champs.“We knew that they lost star players so we, not assumed, but hoped that they wouldn’t do as good as last year so we could beat them,” said Bishop Grimes linebacker Colin Cavanaugh. “It played out just the way we wanted to.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Bishop Grimes took an 8-0 lead on the Burnett run and a Tyler Wait two-point conversion, the Cobras defense showed that it wasn’t going to be upstaged by its offense. On a third down, New York Mills handed the ball to fullback Derek Baur up the middle, but multiple Bishop Grimes defenders stood him up before he was dropped to the ground. Cobras’ head coach Jason Wait was fired up on the sideline, stomping back and forth and screaming.“My dogs are hunting,” he shouted. “Let’s go!”After a punt put the ball back in Burnett’s hands, he got a chance to do damage through the air. TJ Bradford, listed at 6-foot-3 and the biggest target on the field, split wide right before running a post pattern toward the center of the field. He waved his right hand toward his quarterback, and Burnett saw him break free.The throw was almost too long, but Bradford’s fingertips held on and he finished the catch-and-run for a 40-yard touchdown, the first varsity touchdown pass for Burnett. Facebook Twitter Google+
NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A Chickasaw County woman whose infant son’s lifeless body was found in a baby swing has been imprisoned for life without possibility of parole.Court records say 22-year-old Cheyanne Harris was sentenced Tuesday in New Hampton to the state-mandated penalty, and her request for a new trial was denied. A jury found her guilty Feb. 6 of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.The charges stem from the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn, whose body was found Aug. 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper at an apartment in Alta Vista. The swing was in a sweltering bedroom.An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection.The baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, also has been sentenced to life in prison.
Chris FroomeParis, France | AFP | The movement for clean cycling MPCC implored Team Sky on Monday to suspend Tour de France winner Chris Froome over his adverse doping test.Last week Froome and Sky revealed the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol during the Vuelta a Espana, which he won for the first time, in September.Although salbutamol is permitted in certain doses, Froome gave a urine reading of twice the allowed limit.However, as the medication can be taken legally, four-time Tour winner Froome was not suspended by cycling’s governing body the UCI but merely asked to explain the elevated reading.Sky are not one of the 43 World Tour and Continental Pro teams (the top two levels in cycling) signed up voluntarily to the MPCC.According to MPCC rules, signatory teams must immediately suspend a rider who has returned a positive doping test. “These measures imposed on MPCC member teams were taken in the obvious aim of transparency for the benefit of everyone in cycling,” said the MPCC.“That’s why the MPCC and its board of directors ask Team Sky, without prejudice to the final decision, to suspend their rider until the end of the procedure.“That would allow the rider and his team to proceed with their defence in tranquility and avoid tensions with many team principles and riders.”As Sky are not MPCC members, they have no obligation to follow such a request.Share on: WhatsApp