From Russian doping to FIFA bribery, 2017 proves dark time

first_imgFormer Guam football federation president Richard Lai pleaded guilty in April to taking bribes worth almost $1 million while Costa Rican Eduardo Li, Guatemala’s Brayan Jimenez, Venezuela’s Rafael Esquivel and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua all received lifetime bans, with Nigeria’s Amos Adamu handed a two-year ban.Hector Trujillo of Guatemala, the former general secretary of his country’s football federation, was the first person brought down in the widespread FIFA corruption scandal to be sentenced to jail, given eight months by a judge in New York in October.How the Russians allegedly commited a raft of doping offences at the Sochi Olympics, according to a WADA-backed report published in July 2016. © AFP / Jonathan STOREYTwo more, Jose Maria Marin, former head of Brazil’s Football Confederation and Juan Angel Napout, former head of Paraguayan football, were convicted of corruption earlier this month for accepting more than $17 million in bribes between them.The likes of Michel Platini, the former UEFA president, and Jerome Valcke, the former FIFA general secretary, both failed in their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have their FIFA bans overturned while other prominent figures were embroiled in the ever-widening scandal.Jos Maria Marin, former head of Brazil’s Football Confederation, one of three defendants in a FIFA scandal, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York © AFP/File / Don EMMERTParis Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was placed under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for allegedly bribing Valcke — a charge he denies.FIFA decided to bar Russian vice-president Vitaly Mutko from its ruling council in March over his involvement in the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal exposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency-sponsored McLaren report.– Urine samples swapped –In June, Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren told German television channel ARD that doping by Russian footballers had been covered up by swapping urine samples.It was a bad year for Mutko who was also banned from the Games for life by the International Olympic Committee at the same time that Russia were excluded from the Pyeongchang Winter Games next year.Mutko, though, remains head of the Russia 2018 World Cup organising committee and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was banned from the Games for life by the International Olympic Committee at the same time that Russia were excluded from the Pyeongchang Winter Games next year © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVRussian athletes can compete as neutrals in South Korea, provided they adhere to strict conditions and have never been convicted of doping.But the number of Russian athletes banned for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics rose to 43 recently, and the country has already lost 13 of the 33 medals they originally won.– Sky credibility damaged –Cycling was unable to avoid the negative headlines as Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Froome returned an adverse analytical finding for asthma medication salbutamol.Froome wasn’t suspended but may yet be if he cannot prove his innocence — his urine sample contained twice the permitted amount of salbutamol.Coming on the back of the now filed UK Anti-Doping Agency investigation into former Tour winner Bradley Wiggins’s reception of a mystery package at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race, this has been a damaging year for the credibility of Team Sky — an outfit that has long boasted of its “zero tolerance” policy to doping.It was the year of the comeback for Maria Sharapova following her doping suspension for using meldonium, but that brought controversy as many of her rivals expressed displeasure.2017 was the year of the comeback for Maria Sharapova following her doping suspension for using meldonium, but that brought controversy as many of her rivals expressed displeasure © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVCanadian Eugenie Bouchard branded her “a cheater” in May and said she should have been banned for life while former world number one Caroline Wozniacki criticised US Open organisers for putting the Russian on a show court.Back to corruption and Carlos Nuzman resigned as Brazilian Olympic Committee president in October after he was charged over a $2 million vote buying scandal.Former world athletics chief Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata were also investigated as authorities in France and Brazil followed the money trail to try to prove Rio had bought votes to win the right to host the 2016 Olympics.Former world sprint champion and four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks was caught up in the affair and had to resign from posts at both the IOC and IAAF after he received almost $300,000 from Papa Massata Diack.The two Diacks had already been banned for life by the IAAF in 2016 after accepting bribes to cover up doping by Russian athletes.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov (C) prepares to start a meeting in Moscow on December 12, to decide how to respond to the IOC ban on Russia participating in the Winter Games © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVPARIS, France, Dec 24 – Russia being banned from the Winter Olympics stole the headlines but may also have overshadowed an otherwise sorry year for sport in terms of scandals.It was a particularly damaging year for sporting officials, not least from the world of football and FIFA in particular.last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Giroud’s brace including a classy backheel goal for France

first_imgWatch this stunning goal by Olivier Giroud in France’s Euro 2016 warm up game with Scotland!Kingsley Coman turned on the pace before firing in a low cross which the Arsenal man skillfully backheeled home for his first, while Dimitri Payet set up the second with a driving run and shot.It means Giroud has now scored nine goals in his last five games for club and country and has hit form at just the right time for France and Didier Deschamps.West Ham’s Payet started the game, while Manchester United forward Anthony Martial began on the bench.See below for Giroud’s classy flicked goal! 1 It is now nine goals in his last five games for club and country for Olivier Giroud last_img read more

Reeling in romance: The perfect Valentine’s Day movies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “When Harry Met Sally”: The orgasm scene proved women can be just deceiving as men. But forget the orgasm scene. This is the movie that made women take a second look at that guy they couldn’t stand and think, no way! But Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal mastered the will-they-or-won’t-end-up-together genre. Ryan was on top of her game in this film, even if she sported the worst example of Jersey hair this side of the Atlantic. “Pride and Prejudice”: Jane Austen’s classic romantic and humorous tale set in Georgian England proves that love can conquer all – including social class, family scandals and corsets. For my British pound, the BBC miniseries adaptation starring Darcy-incarnate Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet – and clocking in at a whopping 300 minutes – ranks the highest on the romance meter. If your own Mr. Darcy makes it through this, he’ll have learned chivalry from the master. And lord knows, a little of that goes a long way. “Bull Durham”: Kevin Costner, as a down-and-out minor-league baseball player, is at his sexiest as he woos co-star Susan Sarandon by extolling the virtues of “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” Where do I sign up? This might make your Valentine’s Day go into extra innings – and there’s some baseball in it, too, if the romance gets too much for your sweetie. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”: An ugly duckling, Nia Vardalos, becomes a swan and meets her extraordinarily handsome and smart Mr. Right, played by “Sex in the City’s” John Corbett. Why doesn’t this happen in real life? Well, there’s a catch. Mr. Right has to meet this bird’s crazy, intimidating and ultimately lovable Greek family that doesn’t like him. Ain’t that always the way? This movie and a few shots of ouzo are the Grecian formula for wooing even the manliest of men. “The Princess Bride”: Three words: “As you wish.” If your honey doesn’t utter those words to you after watching this delightful and silly fairy tale of true love starring Robin Wright Penn and Cary Elwes, then you are dating a Prince Humperdinck. Dump him. “Shakespeare in Love”: The Bard needed some inspiration, too. And he found it in Viola De Lesseps, a wealthy aristocrat bound to marry another man. A young William Shakespeare’s love inspires him to write the most famous romance of all time, but the real bonus is the love scenes with stars Gwenyth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, which are hot enough to make your significant other want to play the part of Romeo after the credits roll. “A Room With a View”: The English really know their romance. This time, true love is set in Victorian England, during a holiday in the Tuscan countryside. Could there be a more romantic location? Lucy Honeychurch’s (Helena Bonham Carter) and George Emerson’s (Julian Sands) chance meeting changes their lives forever. And speaking of bonuses, there’s full-frontal male nudity. It must be that wacky British sense of humor. “An Affair to Remember”: This one is, if you will, the grandmother of all chick flicks – the one that started it all. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this 1957 film that once again puts the Empire State Building at center stage. It was mocked ruthlessly in “Sleepless in Seattle,” but I defy anyone with two X chromosomes not to cry at the end when the two lovebirds overcome the usual obstacles of stupid misunderstandings and terrible accidents for their love to prevail. “Jerry Maguire”: “You complete me.” After a line like that, does anyone really need to show you the money? Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger shine in this utterly quotable romantic comedy. “You had me at hello” worked for Zellweger’s character in the movie but failed the actress in real life. Too bad all relationships aren’t just like the movies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Women are always looking for a little more romance in their lives. And if they can’t find it at the watercooler or the supermarket, or even on their latest blind date, they can always fall back on the movies. Even married women look to films to fulfill a secret (or not-so-secret) fantasy they can’t find in their own relationships. After all, relationships have a way of working out within about two hours up on the big screen. “A movie! That’s your problem!” Rosie O’Donnell tells Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle.” “You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.” It is for these very reasons that the following 10 films are some of the best date movies around: “Sleepless in Seattle”: The tag line for this romantic comedy reads, “What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?” In the real world, a woman would be talked out of traveling across the country to meet a stranger by every girlfriend she had. But this is the movies, and O’Donnell encourages Ryan to go after Tom Hanks. “Sleepless” sets the bar for romance really high – all the way to the top of the Empire State Building, on Valentine’s Day no less, where they meet for the first time and know instantly that they are made for each other. last_img read more

Drake University And Hy-Vee Announce Five-Year Sponsorship Extension

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University and Hy-Vee, Inc. have announced an extension for Hy-Vee to remain the presenting sponsor of the Drake Relays through 2021.This extraordinary partnership began in 2012 and has helped enhance and elevate the weeklong event into one of the world’s premier athletic events: the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.”For more than 100 years, the Drake Relays have garnered great success. But there’s no doubt that since partnering with Hy-Vee, the Drake Relays has earned even greater national and international acclaim,” said Drake Relays director Brian Brown. “It’s great to have a partner that understands success, excellence and raising the bar in pursuing excellence at the highest level. We’re proud of where we’re going and realize that there’s more we can do together.”With Hy-Vee’s support, the Drake Relays has been able to offer one of the largest track and field prize purses on North American soil for each of the last three years. In 2013 the world’s finest athletes competed in London Olympic Games Rematches, followed by Moscow World  Championship Rematches in 2014 and Beijing World Championship Previews in 2015. Brown has created 13 Rio Olympic Games Preview events with nearly 60 past Olympians, including more than Olympic medalists, and dozens of Olympic hopefuls set to thrill the Drake Stadium crowds.”We’re excited to continue our support of the Drake Relays’ legacy and build upon the successes our partnership has accomplished in recent years,” said Ryan Grant, Hy-Vee’s director of sports marketing. “At Hy-Vee, we are dedicated to health and fitness, and through the Drake Relays we’re able to showcase our high school, collegiate and world-class athletes who work so hard to compete and represent our communities.””I’m thrilled that Hy-Vee’s continued support of the Drake Relays ensures that the Relays will remain one of the premier athletic events in the world,” said Drake director of athletic Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Hy-Vee’s commitment to excellence in our communities has allowed us to transform the Relays into an event that draws world-class talent from across the globe to compete on the Blue Oval while protecting the integrity of the meet for our talented collegiate and high school competitors.”The 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee begins next week with action starting inside Drake Stadium on April 27 and continuing through April 30. For more information on the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee visit To secure your tickets, visit Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Closes Play At Gopher Invite

first_imgStory Links Junior Joely Lomas and freshman Liza Petushkova dropped their first match but bounced back to close out their weekend with a 6-2 win over South Dakota’s Kollarova/Lazarevic. Senior Mela Jaglarz and junior Kenya Williams lost both of their doubles matches.  Print Friendly Version Jaglarz fell 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match of her singles draw to Minnesota’s Kalyssa Hall to round out the team’s effort for the weekend. Gopher Invite Singles Results center_img Gopher Invite Doubles Draw the Bulldogs will have a few weeks to prepare for the MVC Individual Championships on Oct. 7-9 at Normal, Ill. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Drake University women’s tennis team closed out play at the Gopher Invitational on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan break ICC tournaments jinx against India

first_imgPakistan finally got the better of India in an ICC match since 2009 when they beat the Virat Kohli-led side by a massive 180-run margin to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title.Pakistan reached the final of the elite tournament for the first time since its inception in 1998.Put into bat, Pakistan rode of a brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman (114) and twin half-centuries by Azhar Ali (59) and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) to post a mammoth 338/4 in 50 overs.In reply, India’s chase never took off and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohammad Amir rattled the famed Indian top order before Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali chipped in with crucial breakthroughs.Pakistan last won against India at an ICC in the 2009 edition of the Champions Trophy. However, India maintained an upper-hand since that loss to win in all the ICC events matches, including the tournament opener at the Edgbaston.The victory also helped Pakistan better their head-to-head record against India to 3-2 at the Champions Trophy and 13-3 overall. But the Men in Blue continue to lead in World Cups and World Twenty20s 11-0.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.Fakhar shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unleashed a barrage of attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground to give Pakistan real hope of upsetting the defending champions.Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.advertisementBabar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage.Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the perfect platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.Babar chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history to lift the trophy for the third time.last_img read more

UPSC CISF AC(EXE) LDCE Exam 2018: Registration, rules and examination pattern

first_imgThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the Central Industrial Security Force CISF AC(EXE) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2018 on its official website. The dates on which and the places at which the examination will be held, shall be fixed by the Commission.Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Those interested in applying should have completed graduation from a recognised universityPossession of NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificate will be a desirable qualification and will be given consideration at the time of interview/personality test only.Age limit:The age of the candidates should not exceed 35 years. Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.Selection procedureThe candidates will be selected on the basis of a written examination, physical and medical standard tests or personality/interview tests.(Read: UPSC releases NDA/NA merit list 2017: Shivansh Joshi secures highest marks in exam)Written examination schemeThe written examination will comprise two papers as follows:Paper 1: General ability and intelligence and professional skill, (300 marks) (150 questions) (2.5 hours)Paper 2: Essay, precis writing and comprehension- 100 Marks (2 hours)Medical test Personality testPhysical make-up:AppearanceBearingManners and mannerismGeneral intelligence, aptitude and interest:Ability to perceive, analyse and present facts and situationWork related aptitudes, like disciple, empathy etcExtra-curricular activities-participation in games, sports, debates, etc.Disposition:Leadership, drive, determination, quick decision making etcSelf relianceAbility to face stress and crisisCourage-coral and physicalBehavioural aspect of personality:Inter-personal relations with superiors and subordinatesCommitment to values, integrity, secular and national orientationHow to applyInterested, eligible candidates will be required to apply online at the official website and a hard copy of the same is to be routed through proper channel to the CISF authorities for verification and onwards transmission to the Commission.advertisementRead: Declared! RBI Assistant Prelims Result 2017 out at, check here Read: Don’t wear full sleeves clothes, shoes for Delhi Police Constable Exam: Here’s the list of banned itemslast_img read more

Manchester City thrash Huddersfield to close gap on table-toppers Liverpool

first_imgManchester City barely got out of second gear as they easily beat bottom club Huddersfield Town to close the gap on the Premier League leaders Liverpool to four points on Sunday.Danilo’s deflected shot gave City the lead in an opening half in which they were not at their sharpest.That goal took City’s goal tally to 100 in all competitions this season — making them the only club in Europe’s top five leagues to reach that total.Pep Guardiola’s side upped the tempo early in the second half and Raheem Sterling headed in their second goal in the 54th minute before Leroy Sane made it 3-0 two minutes later.+30-3 #HUDMCI #mancity City (@ManCity) January 20, 2019It was a poor advert for the Premier League with Huddersfield, who look almost certain to get relegated and who parted company with manager David Wagner this week, offering next to nothing as an attacking force.City’s fourth consecutive win since back-to-back losses over Christmas took them to 56 points from 23 games with Liverpool on 60 after they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday 4-3.PEP Second half we were better, especially the first 15. Our rhythm was not quick enough [in the first half] but we would take that result.I am honest with them and tell them all the time what I feel. #HUDMCI #mancityManchester City (@ManCity) January 20, 2019PEP (102) is a lot of goals yeah. We have done so good.In the @premierleague one team has been better but it’s January and there are many games left to play.In January, you don’t win the league.advertisementManchester City (@ManCity) January 20, 2019Toothless Huddersfield, who had caretaker boss Mark Hudson in charge for the first time, have only 11 points and are 10 points behind Newcastle United who are 17th.last_img read more

MS Dhoni plays charity football match ahead of India vs Australia series

first_imgSuperstar India cricket MS Dhoni’s love for football is well documented. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had been a goalkeeper during his school days, never misses an opportunity to flaunt his football skills.Dhoni, who often can be spotted doing football drills during Team India training sessions, played a charity football match in Juhu, Mumbai earlier this week. Flaunting his new hairstyle, Dhoni was fit as ever as donned the football boots alongside a few celebrities, including Bollywood actor Aparsakthi Khurana and Dino Morea.A large crowd gathered to watch Dhoni in action, this time on a football field. Notably, the India cricketer had also taken part in a similar charity football match in Mumbai, playing alongside the likes of Nick Jonas and Ishan Khatter after India’s Asia Cup win in October last year. MS Dhoni at a charity football match in Mumbai (@RhitiSports Photo)Meanwhile, Dhoni will be sporting the new hairstyle clean cut with short sides and a small tuft of hair all spiked up at the front in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. Aaron Finch-led Australian side will take on hosts India in a two-match T20I and a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.Dhoni has been in fine form in the ongoing year with the bat and from behind the stumps. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who had scored only 275 runs from 20 matches last year, has moved up three places in the ICC ODI rankings to the 14th spot after the tours to Australia and New Zealand.Dhoni has begun the World Cup year with a bang, scoring three successive half-centuries in India’s historic 2-1 ODI series in Australia. It was also the first time since 2011 Dhoni had won a Man of the Series award.advertisementMeanwhile, expressing relief and delight at Dhoni’s form with the bat, India’s senior selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad reiterated that the senior campaigner will be crucial to India’s chances at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”Well, if you have to win a match or a series, it’s going to be a team effort. Having said that, our openers are doing really well. Virat is in fantastic form. But here, I have just added that MS, under whom we have won two major World Cups… the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011… his experience will come to the fore. His mentoring will also be very crucial, crucial. We all know the chemistry Virat and Mahi share is very, very important. That’s the reason why I said MS Dhoni is very crucial,” MSK Prasad said.He added: “Time and again, I have said he is the best wicketkeeper in the world. With every passing game, his wicketkeeping skills are only getting better. Yes, we were a bit worried about his batting form at a point in time. With these two series, all those worries are addressed. He’s back in form. He will be playing the Australia series and the IPL. He is going to play a very good no. of matches, which is important for him.”Also Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debateAlso See:last_img read more

a month agoSampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get serious

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get seriousby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has challenged Gianluca Vialli to get serious if he wants to buy the club.Ferrero insists he’s not the one holding up the sale.”I called it a song and dance, because if I want to buy a club, a price is agreed, it is paid and the paperwork exchanged,” Ferrero told Rai Due.“Anyone who knows about football gives their value to Sampdoria. When I arrived here, the Primavera youth team was playing 80km away, there was no home stadium for them, but I created Sampdoria Next Generations, a football school introducing kids to Samp.“I don’t know how much they are offering me, because I haven’t heard from anyone and there are no negotiations. If Vialli wants Sampdoria, he should come here and make an offer. You’ve got to stop attacking me about this.“If they give me the money Sampdoria is worth, then I will walk away. If not, I’m staying here, as Samp is in my heart and I am not afraid of anything.“I work for Samp from morning until night. Vialli is a legend for Samp, I know that, but let’s try to make sense of the whole thing.” last_img read more