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Col d’Izoard, France: High point


At 2,361m, the Izoard is one of the highest cols at the Tour de France and has been the scene of many epic rides in the past. Cyclist tackles a true classic.
It is early summer in the French Alps but somewhere along the road from the fortified mountain town of Briançon to the upper flanks of the 2,361m Col d’Izoard we seem to have cycled through a wormhole and ended up at Christmas. Snow-dusted ridges surround us like walls of a winter castle, and in the open bowl beneath them are pine forests, slabs of snow, and a cosy chalet with a sloping roof. Looking down on this solitary mountain refuge – built by Napoleon III in 1858 and miniaturised by its epic surroundings – gives the impression we are cycling inside an enormous snow globe. All it needs is a divine hand to shake us around, and the snow will rise up from the curved slopes of the Izoard into the glass sphere of blue sky above, and sprinkle down in flakes all around us.

Durant - He's The One

Four years ago KEVIN DURANT said he was through being second. Then last summer a timely text encouraged him to head west, where a Finals MVP performance finally asserted his supremacy and gave the Warriors the rubber match in their title trilogy with the Cavs
BY LEE JENKINS, Sports Illustrated, June 19, 2017 
About 30 minutes after Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green sat at his locker in full uniform, fiddling with his phone. All around him, teammates hastily showered and dressed, rushing from Oracle Arena and the champagne fumes that polluted the air. But Green was in no hurry to leave. He replayed in his mind the climactic moments of a weeklong collapse against Cleveland: the chase-down block by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala, the clanked threepointer by Steph Curry over Kevin Love, the mysterious cold front that froze Golden State’s usually reliable flamethrowers. How, Green wondered, can I make sure this never happens again?
He could start a group chat, or pl…

Relazioni pericolose: Modrić e i Mamić


Christian Giordano Luka Modrić: io non ho più paura
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È forse, e forse anche senza forse, il miglior centrocampista puro al mondo, se non anche il più incisivo nello sviluppo del gioco. Al Real Madrid ha appena vinto, da protagonista, la terza Champions in quattro anni e per la prima volta la Liga, è il leader della nazionale croata eppure in patria la sua popolarità è ai minimi storici. 
Nel giugno 2017 per i media locali Luca Modrić è il «secondo croato più detestato dai suoi connazionali», e l’origine di tanto astio risale alla nuova deposizione con cui ha ritrattato quella originaria su uno dei maggiori casi di corruzione del paese. 
Zdravko Mamić, 58enne ex presidente della Dinamo Zagabria, è sotto processo per, tra gli altri capi d’imputazione, bancarotta fraudolenta e frode fiscale. Mamić è anche accusato di essersi appropriato di una parte della somma pagata dal Tottenham all…

Croatia investigates Real Madrid's Modrić for alleged false testimonyć-paura-Football-Portraits-ebook/dp/B01B1NLAHG

REUTERS, June 19, 2017
Osijek (Croatia) -- Croatia's state attorney is investigating Croatia international and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić on suspicion of giving false testimony in a criminal trial, the attorney's office said on Monday (June 19).
Modrić testified last week at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from the soccer club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive, Zdravko Mamić.
The state attorney's office in the eastern city of Osijek, which is running the investigation of the false testimony, did not name Modrić, as is standard procedure in Croatia.
But the state attorney's office referred to a 32-year-old Croatian who testified last week, a description that fits Modrić and no one else. Local media, including state radio and television, identified Modrić as the investigation's target. Modrić could not immediately be reached for comme…