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SATURDAY , JUNE 29, 2013
News in a Nutshell
Pistorius to resume training
Fenerbahce chairman refuses to quit after UEFA ban
Fenerbahce chairman AzizYildirim said Thursday that he would not resign despite UEFA banning the team from European club competition for
three seasons. After UEFA announced the penalty Tuesday, some Fenerbahce fans demanded
Yildirim quit. The penalty, triggered by the match
fixing charges in domestic games in 2011, means
Fenerbahce will be ruled out of the next season’s
Champions League. “Fenerbahce are excluded
from participating in the next three UEFA club competitions for which they would qualify, including the
2013-14 UEFA Champions League. The ban for
the third season is deferred for a probationary
period of five years,” UEFA said on its website.
Running 200-miles ultramarathon could
be healthier than stopping at 100
When running an ultramarathon, it may be better for an athlete`s body that they run 200-miles
instead of stopping after 100 miles, a new research
has revealed. They also took samples of blood and
muscles to measure inflammation and muscle fatigue. Researchers found that after completion of
race, the Tor des Geants athletes suffered less
muscle fatigues and soreness as compared to their
counterparts who ran half the distance. They also
kept track of the vital statistics of 25 Tour des Geants
athletes, representing top 33 percent of the group.
MIKE DICKSON: Meet some of the competitors who stand in Andy Murray's way on what has become
the somewhat shambolic lower half of the men's Wimbledon draw - the likes of Lukasz Kubot, Dustin
Brown and Ernests Gulbis respectively.
South Afr ican Paralympic hero Oscar
Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, is
to resume limited training for his mental
wellbeing, but does not plan a return to competition, his family has announced.
"Oscar has decided to resume a low-key track
routine. He is not contemplating a formal return
to athletics and this training is not with the aim
of preparing for competition," a statement said.
"His family, and those close to him, have encouraged him to spend a few hours a week on
the track to assist him in finding the necessary
mental and emotional equilibrium to process his
trauma and prepare for the trial."
The double amputee, known as the "Blade
Runner" for his trademark artificial limbs, is accused of murdering model Reeva Steenkamp in
the early hours of Valentine`s Day at his upmarket home in the South African capital.
Pistorius claims he mistook his girlfriend for
an intruder.
The Johannesburg-born Paralympic champion became an inspirational hero to millions as
the first double amputee to compete against
able-bodied competitors at the London Olympics
last year.
He was born without fibulae and both his legs
were amputated when he was 11 months old.
His athletic prowess with his trademark blades
would later earn him nicknames like "the fastest
man on no legs". His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for August 19.
After Champions Trophy triumph, India
only thinking of moving up: Dhoni
Kingston (Jamaica,
West Indies),
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
has said his team will only
be thinking of moving in
one direction, and that is
"up", when taking on the
West Indies and Sri Lanka
in a 13-day tri-series tournament that gets underway in the West Indies
from Friday.
Par ticipating in captains interaction with the
media here ahead of the
tri-series, Dhoni said: "The
expectations will pretty
much remain the same
when it comes to Indian
cricket..if things are moving, it will only move in one
direction which is up."
Dhoni, who was speaking just days after India
had won the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in
the United Kingdom, further said: "What is ver y
important for us is not to
look too far ahead. We will
take it series by series."
"We have just finished
a world tournament in the
UK, and now, we are in the
West Indies. First, we will
have to see the two teams
which are ahead of us. The
performance was really
good in the UK, but we
need to continue."
It maybe recalled that
India beat England in the
final of the ICC Champions Trophy by five runs.
Apar t from Dhoni,
West Indies captain
Dwayne Bravo and Sri
Lanka captain Angelo
Mathews said they were
upbeat about their
chances in the CELKON
Mobile Cup tournament.
All three promised
some exciting and entertaining cricket for Caribbean fans. Bravo, Dhoni
and Mathews pledged to
bring their "A" game in the
June 28 to July 11 tournament. "It is going to be a
fantastic series. We are all
excited to get going. Going head-to-head with India and Sri Lanka, we
know it will be a great series. We know we can expect the carnival atmosphere and that is one of
the things the gets us fired
up when we play at home
in the Caribbean," Bravo
said. "I am looking forward
to leading my team to
great things and to make
the people of the Carib-
bean proud. Playing at
home is always good
where we have the support of our hands," Bravo
Mathews, who led Sri
Lanka into the semi-finals
in the ICC Champions Trophy, described his side as
the underdogs, but added
that they would be looking
to play to their strengths.
"We know we are up
against two huge teams they are the two current
champions of the T20 and
the 50-over World Cups.
To match them we need to
play some really good
cricket and play to our
strengths," said the
allrounder, who is preparing for his 98th ODI on Friday. "We feel like the underdogs but I think I have
the team to well in this format and I have confidence
in my players and my team
- I am getting a lot of support from all the senior
guys and the junior guys,"
Mathews said. The tournament - which will feature
seven matches in 13 days
- bowls off on Friday when
West Indies clash with Sri
Lanka at Sabina Park at 8
p.m. Indian Standard Time.
Confederations Cup: Spain edge Italy
in penalty epic to book final berth
Spain booked a date
with Brazil in the Confederations Cup final with an
7-6 penalty shoot-out victory o ver Italy at the
Castelao. Although the
Wor ld Cup holders
stormed to a 4-0 win over
the Azzurri in the Euro
2012 final, this encounter
proved far more evenlycontested. Vicente del
monopolised possession
but lacked a cutting edge
in attack, while Italy
chances throughout as the
match ended goalless.
With nothing to separate the two nations the
game went to penalties,
where Jesus Navas
proved to be the hero as
he scored the crucial spot
kick as the shoot-out finished 7-6 to Spain.
switched to a three-man
defence and his side began impressively, despite
letting the Spaniards control possession of the ball.
The Azzurr i, though,
with the Fortaleza crowd
backing them, looked superb on the counter-attack.
After Alberto Gilardino had
failed to pick out the bottom corner from Antonio
Candreva`s cross, they
became increasingly confident and forged yet more
chances to find the net.
Christian Maggio was unable to guide a header
from Andrea Pirlo`s exquisite pass past Iker
Casillas in the 17th minute
and Daniele De Rossi`s
glancing header missed
the target 60 seconds
later. In the 19th minute
Claudio Marchisio missed
the best of the bunch,
though, as he nodded the
ball well wide of the target
from Candreva`s cushion
despite finding plenty of
space between the two
That flurry of activity encouraged Spain to reduce
the tempo and steady themselves, but the Azzurri were
again next to test the opposing goalkeeper. Jordi Alba
was being nullified by the adventurous combination of
Candreva and Maggio, and
the latter was only denied a
goal when a brilliant Casillas
save kept his 36th-minute
header out of the net. Spain
almost immediately punished Prandelli`s side for
their profligacy in front of
goal one minute later, but
after turning Andrea
Barzagli in wonderful fashion Fernando Torres could
not find a finish to match as
he pulled his shot wide of the
target. With La Roja failing
to show an increased threat
immediately after the restart
Del Bosque introduced
Jesus Navas in the 50th
minute. The new Manchester City signing had a positive impact, calling Gianluigi
Buffon into action with a
driven shot from 20 yards
shortly before the hour mark.
McIlroy says `feeling lost`
as bad luck continues
into Irish Open
When a
SON is born
a MAN is born
when a
DAUGHTER is born a
MOTHER is born
save the girl child, save the nation
Wor ld No. 2 Rory
McIlroy has admitted that
he is `feeling lost` and is
struggling to reproduce the
form that had brought him
to the top of the golfing
ranks, dur ing the Irish
Open Challenge.The
Northern Irishman carded
a 2-over-par 74 on the
opening day of the Irish
Open, trailing playing partner and leader Shane
Lowry by seven shots. Stating that none of the aspects
of his game is strong, the
former World No.1 said that
he is feeling somewhat
lost, adding that although
he is able to hit all shots on
the range, he fails to regain
his for m while on the
course. According to
McIlroy, his poor performance gets him confused
every time he is playing a
tee shot, adding that even
though he was also struggling last year at a similar
point, he did not such problems as he is having now
and was able to have a
great end to his season.

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