• March 30, 2017 /  Athletic and Swimming, Uncategorized

    Sebastian Coe

    “We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport,” Lord Coe told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

    “It is for the clean athletes. I don’t care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport.”

    While the 1500m gold medallist from Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 does not believe trust in the sport has completely evaporated, Lord Coe is concerned people are losing faith in athletics.

    “It is depressing. Trust sits at the heart of this,” said Lord Coe, who is also vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

    “I don’t think trust is gone entirely, but it was a bad day for the sport. The big challenge here is to go on fighting, this is not a fight we can afford to lose.

    “It is about trust. If fans can’t trust the athletes and go there knowing what they are watching is questionable, then we will descend to American wrestling where most of the crowd know it is fake and, worryingly, don’t care.”

    Lord Coe believes that athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent.

    But the London 2012 organiser and current British Olympic Association chairman knows that lifetime bans are not possible.

    The BOA, before Coe was elected chairman, had a policy of banning any British athletes from competing in Olympic Games for life if they had previously failed a drugs test.

     

    However, in April 2012 the governing bodylost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to keep the policy.

    It allowed athletes such as Dwain Chambers, who failed a drugs test in 2003, to compete at London 2012

    “If I could bring lifetime bans in I would,” said Lord Coe.

    “The legal inhibitor to be able to do that is profound. We are not going to be able to have life bans, they would be challenged and when we have done it we have lost.

    “Four years does make people think, it is a big chunk of your career but two years with appeals is often only 18 months. Too many athletes have been prepared to take the risk.”

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  • March 29, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    Spielberg – After an absence since 2003, the Austrian Grand Prix will return to the F1 calendar. The plan Austrian GP will take place since the 2014 season.

    This was possible as the management agreement between F1 with Red Bull camp, which has a circuit in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.

    The circuit itself is now called the Red Bull Ring after polished finished and opened again in 2011. Previously it was carrying the circuit Österreichring name and then A1 Ring.

    “Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull owner) and Bernie Ecclestone have reached an agreement that will make going back to Styria F1 next year,” said Red Bull as quoted by Autosport.

    Years ago had appeared discourse to replace the race in New Jersey with the Austrian race. In the end an agreement was not reached for 2013, even though it was revealed that the Austrian Grand Prix will appear again in 2014.

    The return of the Austrian GP formally still must be approved by the FIA ​​as a discussion about the 2014 calendars in the World Motor Sport Council meeting next.

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  • March 28, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

    It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

    Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

    But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

    So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

    Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

    (MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

    He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

    Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

    The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

    It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

    As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

    Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

    Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one more obstacle in a very good forward’s path to Brazil.

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  • March 26, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    It may be the height of the baseball season, but for 40 high school football teams and 800 skilled position players, Oliver Ames High School in Easton, was ground zero last Sunday, for the Under Armour 7v7 Northeast Regional (South section) passing competition.

    The tournament, which was formally known as the Swampscott/Lynnfield 7 on 7 Shootout, has been sponsored by the popular sports clothing and equipment giant, Under Armour, for the last eight years and has grown to include 120 high school teams in the Northeast Region.

    The other venues in the North East are Exeter (N.H).High School and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.

    Tournament Director, Steve Dembowski, believes the partnership with Under Armour has taken the tournament to a whole new level.

    “This passing tournament is incredibly popular in the South,” said Dembowski. “It has really started to take off in the North East. We were completely sold out this year.

    “The tournament began as a way to get high school teammates together in the summer to compete.  Our mission is to help all involved; players get to work on team concepts, coaches get to see the development of their players and everybody has a blast!”

    A number of local area teams were well represented including teams from Braintree, Marshfield, Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson, Cardinal Spellman, Catholic Memorial and last summer’s champs from Franklin High School.

    “This was an easy sell for our guys,” said Braintree head coach Brian Chamberlain, who is only an observer at the competition. Volunteers coach the teams and each team has a 20-man rosters. Each player pays $20 to participate in the competition.

    And best of all, Under Armour provides two compression shirts, a pair of black shorts and other surprises for each athlete.

    “The competition is excellent and for myself and our coaching staff, we get a chance to see the guys in competition. It’s a great environment.”

    The Wamps were competing for the first time and impressed the third-year coach in their opening game against Framingham High School.

    “I believe we have significantly upgraded our team at the skilled positions. Our tight end, Derek Anson, is looking really good,” said Chamberlain. “Anson has put a lot of time and effort in the off- season and it is paying huge dividends. He is poised for a big season.”

    The Sectional finalists (South, North and East) along with the wild card selections will compete for the North East Regional title on Tuesday, July 30 at Bishop Fenwick High School. The competition begins at 5 p.m., and continues until completion around 10 p.m.

    “I love the competition,” said Rockland resident and Cardinal Spellman senior Austin Joseph.

     

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  • March 23, 2017 /  Basketball, Uncategorized

    Yogyakarta – ASEAN countries are ready to co-host the World Cup in 2030. Therefore, each participating country is expected to launch a maximum of their candidacy.

    “During the meeting we agreed to participate to host the 2030 World Cup,” said Andi Mallarangeng when reading the grain of First ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Jl Army Theater Student, Yogyakarta, Wednesday (14/12/2011).

    To achieve this further, Andi and his colleagues pushed and proposed through the Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS) to take concrete steps.

    “We commissioned the SOMS to formulate and make a blue print preparation for 2030 World Cup bid.’s A step in a long-term ASEAN,” said Andi.

    In addition, added Andi, in meeting the AMMS dispakati an increase in cooperation in the field of sports, including sports-related increase in governance, infrastructure development, athlete welfare, increasing the capacity of the athletes and sports officials such as referees and coaches, as well as increased employment opportunities in the field of sports, and the importance to increase the participation of the business sector in the field of sports.

    “In the future sports competition in ASEAN will continue to be increased in the presence of some sort of league volleyball, football, badminton in ASEAN. Currently existing basketball ABL (Asean Basketball League),” he said.

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  • March 23, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Andik Vermansah ruled out defending Indonesia XI in a match against Liverpool at the Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Saturday (20/7).
    Persebaya winger was forced to set aside in 1927 because of injury after the defending U-23 national team in test matches against the Under-23 Singapore, at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore on Saturday (13/7).
    Indonesian senior national team coach who also was in charge of Indonesia XI Jacksen Tiago Ferreira has previously been confirmed will not be able to use the services of striker Greg Nwokolo Arema Indonesia are also being injured. Greg and Andik initially included in the list of 21 players who Jacksen prepared to face Liverpool.
    “There is a change in the name of the player. Andik and Greg can not join because of injuries, “the statement Agency National Team through release to reporters, Tuesday (16/7) evening.
    To fill the vacancy. Jacksen through BTN call the two players Persisam Putra Samarinda. Andik position was replaced by Bayu Slot, while Greg Nwokolo replaced by Ferdinand Sinaga

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  • March 21, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists Juan Camilo Zuniga is not in the list of selling in this summer.
    Affirmation of the president associated with linking spekulai 27-year player with the interest of Juventus winning the Scudetto.
    The Colombian player contracts that apply STAYED next season, until now there has been no sign about a new contract for a player who has strengthened the Napoli in 144 games.
    “Zuniga is a Napoli player. He has given so much to the team and will continue to do so, “chirping De Laurentiis via his Twitter account.

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  • March 20, 2017 /  Racing, Uncategorized

    Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero (Foto: Reuters)

    MONTEREY – Jorge Lorenzo claimed had anxiety and fear when undergoing series Laguna Seca, early yesterday. Under conditions of the shoulder is still injured, the champions hit by fears of a career that could have been completed if back in an accident.

    Previously, Lorenzo crashes twice in a row in Assen and Sachsenring and make a broken left collarbone. Must be fitted with a titanium plate was a medical team to fix broken bones Lorenzo.

    But in the United States last GP, Lorenzo remains down. Yamaha Factory jockey admitted relieved not able to play due to finish the race with points (sixth) and most importantly, no more accidents because if it happens, will not only finish his journey this season but also can force closes early career.

    “I feel proud and relieved, finally. Race yesterday I was in a difficult and dangerous situation. Because if I crash for the third time and also had surgery three times, this season or even a career I could run, “said Lorenzo.

    “We avoid the situation. Now I am sure that I will (appear) more perfect in Indy (Indianapolis GP) and scramble back to fight another victory, “he added, as quoted by Autosport, Tuesday (07/23/2013).

    Entering pause this summer, X-Fuera berujuluk racers did not want to diving activities other than rehabilitation and recovery: “I have not been feeling great, it took a month or more without anesthesia practice as well as two normal,” he added.

    “At mid-race to the end (series Laguna), I felt dizzy. I look even worse. Not to mention the performance of my bike that is not working properly when warm-up session, “added Lorenzo.
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  • Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

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    March 16, 2017 /  Football, Uncategorized

    Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult.

    Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer.

    Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League.

    “Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway.

    Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri.

    “Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri.

    “So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued.
    For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.

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  • NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

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    March 15, 2017 /  Basketball, Uncategorized

    As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.

    Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.

    Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.

    Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?

    After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

    The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.

    Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.

    That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.

    If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.

    Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

    According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.

    Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.

    Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.

    While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.

    Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.

    Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

    According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.

    In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.

    Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

    One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.

    So, why wasn’t he drafted?

    Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.

    But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard to imagine an NBA team not picking him up now.

    Who said summer league didn’t mean anything?

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