Louis Cardinals players stretch out in front of the "Green Monster" wall at Fenway Park in Boston Friday Oct. 22, 2004, during a team workout in preparation for Saturday's Game 1 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox pitcher and scheduled World Series Game two starter Curt Schilling throws in the bullpen at Fenway Park in Boston Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. Looking on are, left to right, Red Sox assistant trainer Chris Correnti, Bill Morgan Red Sox team doctor, head trainer Jim Rowe, and pitching coach Dave Wallace.
Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Ross Porter. On Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, the organization announced Porter is leaving the Dodgers' broadcasting team after 28 years on the job. "It has been an honor for me to broadcast games for the Dodgers for the past 28 years," Porter said in a statement issued by the team. "I wish to thank the fans for their loyalty and their support of my work. There are no plans to retire. I love what I do." Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return next year for his 56th season and Rick Monday will be back for his 12th year.
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Cardinals, Red Sox have a history in the Series
Boston has reached the World Series for only the fifth time since it last won in 1918. Twice – 1946 and 1967 – were losses to St. Louis, the Red Sox's foe in this year's series, which begins Saturday
Rival World Series managers, Joe Cronin of the Boston Red Sox , left, and Eddie Dyer of the St. Louis Cardinals, shake hands before the World Series opener in this Oct. 6, 1946 photo at St. Louis
Boston Red Sox's Roy Partee slides home with a run pas a diving St. Louis Cardinals catch Joe Garagiola in the second inning of a World Series game at Fenway Park in Boston, in this Oct. 11, 1946 photo. Red Sox's shortstop Johnny Pesky (6) watches as umpire Lee Ballanfant calls the play.
St. Louis Cardianls Enos Slaughter (9), slides across home plate to score the Cardinals fourth run in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, in this Oct. 15, 1946 photo, at St. Louis. Umpire Al Barlick calls the play
Boston Red Sox manager Dick Williams, right, and Roger Maris, of the St. Louis Cardinals chat before Game 2 of the 1967 World Series in Boston
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson lets go with a pitch in final game of World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Boston's Fenway Park in this Oct. 13, 1967 photo. Gibson downed the Red Sox with a three-hitter, 7-2 to win the World Series
Boston Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski hits his second home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Hoerner in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, in this Oct. 5, 1967. The catcher is Tim McCarver and umpire is Al Barlick
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Tottenham's Nicholson dies at 85
Bill Nicholson, the most successful manager in the history of Tottenham Hotspur FC, died on Saturday at the age of 85.
Long fight "It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Bill Nicholson," said a statement on the English Premier League club's website. "Bill passed away peacefully at a Hertfordshire hospital early this morning after a long fight against illness."
Breaking new ground Nicholson managed Tottenham from 1958 to 1974, leading them to the English league and FA Cup Double in 1961, the first team to achieve the feat in the 20th century. Spurs continued to break new ground under Nicholson, winning the 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup to become the first British club to lift a European trophy.
UEFA Cup triumph icholson, who also played for Tottenham, managed the club to two more FA Cup wins, two League Cup triumphs and the 1972 UEFA Cup. "Bill's death is a tragedy for the whole of football but particularly so for his family and all of us at Spurs," Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy said.
'Will never be forgotten' "He was loved by everyone at White Hart Lane and there is no doubt that he in turn loved this club. He will never be forgotten. Bill Nicholson devoted his whole life to Tottenham Hotspur and to our fans and will never be surpassed as the greatest individual in our history."
Hard task master Nicholson will be remembered as a manager from the old school, whose methods were similar to the likes of Liverpool FC's Bill Shankly and Manchester United FC's Matt Busby. He was also a notoriously hard task master.
Perfectionist "I'm sure any other manager would have just been delighted to have won the game but Bill was a perfectionist and was disappointed that we didn't do it in style," Tottenham midfielder Dave Mackay said after the team's 2-0 FA Cup final victory over Leicester City FC in 1961.
Club president Nicholson was appointed Tottenham club president in 1991. "We at Spurs owe it to Bill and to his memory to maintain his vision and to ensure that his achievements remain our inspiration in the years to come," Levy added. A minute's silence will be held at Saturday's Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers FC at White Hart Lane.
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Florentino Pérez confirma la continuidad de Morientes
El presidente del Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, confirmó que Fernando Morientes es intransferible, al tiempo que aplazó la renovación de Iker Casillas hasta el próximo verano y no descartó el hipotético fichaje de Joaquín, centrocampista del Betis, en el futuro.
"Ni nos hemos enfadado con Ginés Carvajal por su viaje a Liverpool, ni hemos hablado con nadie del traspaso de Morientes. Tiene contrato en vigor y me sorprende lo que leo en algunos periódicos porque es jugador del Madrid y lo seguirá siendo", recalcó el presidente del Real Madrid.
Así, Florentino Pérez aseguró en Onda Madrid que "el club no tiene la intención de desprenderse de él". "¿Marcharse?, no se puede decir imposible nunca a nada en la vida, pero necesitamos a todos los delanteros y no estamos en condiciones de prescindir de Morientes".
Renovación de Casillas Por otra parte, el máximo mandatario blanco se mostró convencido de que Casillas seguirá en el Real Madrid, aunque aún no se está estudiando su renovación. "Estoy casi seguro de que a Casillas le vamos a renovar, pero hemos aparcado todas las renovaciones hasta final de temporada. Él no necesita de ningún apoyo mediático para renovar y algunos periodistas creyendo que le ayudan le perjudican", indicó.
El fichaje de Joaquín Como en otras ocasiones, Florentino Pérez volvió a dejar claro su gusto por Joaquín: "Le he visto muy pocas veces, pero siempre le digo lo mismo: "Te queda muy bien el blanco". El otro día en el Ruiz de Lopera él me dijo que se nos va a pasar el arroz y le contesté 'no te preocupes, que el arroz no se te pasa'. Está en franca progresión y la vida es muy larga. A mí, la verdad es que Joaquín me gusta mucho".
No entra en polémicas con el Valencia Sobre la polémica de Baraja, después de que los Comités no le hayan retirado la sanción dejó claro que el Real Madrid no tienen intención de "polemizar por el partido". "Nuestra constante es no hablar nunca de los árbitros, respetar a los rivales", dijo.
También zanjó la polémica sobre los comentarios de Pavón, que aseguró que, con el juego del Valencia, el Real Madrid no llenaría el Bernabéu. "Sus palabras se han malentendido. Hay otros equipos, por ejemplo en Italia, que juegan de una manera que no encaja con la filosofía del Madrid y son grandes equipos. Lo que ha querido decir es que nuestra identidad es esa: jugar al ataque".
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Maldini: "¿Adriano? Yo sólo temo a Ronaldo"
Paolo Maldini disputará este domingo su enésimo derbi Milan-Inter. El propio capitán rossonero ha perdido la cuenta de los que ha jugado en sus veinte años ya cumplidos como futbolista. Eso sí, con el paso del tiempo son cada vez más las muescas en sus botas de los delanteros del eterno rival a los que ha tenido que marcar y, en la mayoría de los casos, anular y terminar por aburrir.
Hoy por hoy en el mundo del fútbol hay un nombre y un hombre que sobresale por encima de los demás futbolistas mortales: Adriano. Y, claro, Paolo Maldini será su sombra como indicaba ayer en Milanello: "Para tratar de parar a Adriano hace falta darlo todo. Estar bien físicamente, mucha inteligencia y, sobre todo, un concepto defensivo de ayuda entre toda la defensa. Pero sin miedo. El Milan no tiene miedo".Inevitable la comparación de Adriano con Ronaldo. A Paolo Maldini le tocó marcar en muchas oportunidades al ahora delantero del Real Madrid y al capitán milanista no le duelen prendas al confesar que "yo sólo temo a Ronaldo. Al Ronaldo del primer año en el Inter. Era imparable. Adriano va por el buen camino. Son jugadores diferentes. Ronaldo tiene una velocidad de ejecución nunca vista en otro futbolista. Quizá sólo Maradona le superaba, pero cuando Ronaldo arranca en velocidad es imposible pararlo. Adriano goza de una potencia física muy difícil de contrarrestar, a lo que añade una técnica depurada".
Sanción a De Rossi y Panucci Por otro lado y en el fútbol italiano, la Roma no ha salido bien parada de su encuentro europeo con el Bayer Leverkusen. La Comisión de Control y Disciplina de la UEFA impuso una sanción de tres partidos a De Rossi por su agresión al polaco Krzynowek en el minuto 87. Christian Panucci, por su parte, fue castigado con dos partidos por dar un codazo al mismo jugador a los 61 minutos del partido disputado en el BayArena de Leverkusen el pasado martes. Panucci volverá contra el Real Madrid.
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Deco diz achar Zidane o "melhor jogador do mundo"
Lisboa, 23 out (EFE).- O brasileiro naturalizado português Deco, que joga no meio-campo do Barcelona, afirmou que, na sua opinião, o melhor jogador do mundo é o francês Zinedine Zidane, do Real Madrid, apesar de ele estar no "fim de sua carreira".
"Zidane sempre foi o melhor nos últimos cinco ou seis anos. Este ano ele não esteve tão bem porque já está no fim de sua carreira.
Não sei se neste momento é o melhor, mas para mim é e foi uma referência", declarou Deco em uma entrevista publicada hoje, sábado, pelo jornal esportivo "Record".
Perguntado sobre a possibilidade de ganhar o prêmio de melhor jogador do mundo de 2004, Deco disse que espera ficar entre os três melhores, por seu jogo e pela contribuição aos times do Porto e do Barcelona e à seleção portuguesa.
"Talvez Ronaldinho ganhe, apesar de o Barcelona não ter levado nada, ou Shevchenko, apesar de o Milan não ter chegado a uma final, embora tenha tido um ano fantástico. Fernando Morientes esteve bem na Liga dos Campeões, e Ricardo Carvalho também jogou muito bem", disse sobre seus adversários na disputa pelo prêmio.
Já a respeito de seu companheiro no Barcelona, Deco disse que não existe rivalidade com Ronaldinho: "Pelo contrário, é meu amigo e acho que tem que ficar entre os melhores".
"Tenho certeza de que se estivesse no Porto não estaria entre os melhores do mundo. Vou estar entre os melhores pelo que fiz no Porto, mas também por haver vindo para o Barcelona", declarou o jogador, que explicou que no clube espanhol "a dimensão das coisas é sempre maior".
A respeito de seu futuro no Barça, Deco afirmou que tem quatro anos de contrato, mas que não sabe se "vai ficar" no clube todo esse tempo.
"Espero que, se sair do Barcelona, não seja por ter fracassado.
Quero sair quando o clube quiser me vender por uma grande proposta", disse.
O meio-campo afirmou que seu objetivo é fazer do Barcelona uma equipe vencedora, após vários anos em "branco".
"O clube não vence quase nada há muitos anos. Por isso meu projeto, a curto prazo, é estabelecer-me no Barcelona e ajudá-lo a voltar a ganhar. Tenho esse desafio", declarou.
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SI.com's Don Banks breaks down this week's biggest game
New York Jets (5-0) at New England Patriots (5-0) Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST (CBS) Gillette Stadium (68,436)
Setting The Stage
Never has setting the stage been this simple. As New York-Boston showdowns go, this has to be the biggest one since, oh, I don't know, Wednesday night's Red Sox-Yankees Game 7? And yes, dear readers, we realize these two teams actually play their games in New Jersey and Foxboro, so save those e-mails. You know what we mean.
But at no risk of hyperbole, this is unquestionably the game of the year so far in the NFL. As hard as it is to believe, it's the league's first matchup of undefeated teams with at least a 5-0 record since Oct. 28, 1973 -- when the 6-0 Vikings took on the 6-0 L.A. Rams (host Minnesota won 10-9, and went on to start 9-0 that season) -- and only the fourth time in NFL history that unbeaten teams with at least five wins have squared off.
And there's more. Another Patriots' victory and they own the NFL record for consecutive regular-season wins at 18, breaking their tie with the George Halas-led 1933-34 Chicago Bears. New England would also push its overall league-record winning streak to 21 games (including playoffs), and open up a one-game lead over its surprisingly strong AFC East rival. Not bad for one day's work.
The Jets, who started 0-4 last year, are gunning for their first 6-0 getaway in team history, and a win would put them in sole possession of the division lead for the first time since Week 10 of 2001. And don't forget, the Jets were the most recent team to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, winning 30-17 on Dec. 22, 2002. Including playoffs, New England has won a league-best 14 home games in a row since that defeat.
And consider this little nugget that the Jets have going for them in the intangible column: The Patriots last season lost just two games, at Buffalo in Week 1 and at Washington in Week 4. Neither the Bills' Gregg Williams and the Redskins' Steve Spurrier are still NFL head coaches, making the Jets' Herman Edwards the last active head coach to beat New England, in that 2002 Week 16 game.
Curtis Martin needs just 31 yards to pass Jim Brown (12,312 yards) and move into the seventh place on the NFL's all-time rushing list.
Sizing up USC The Jets are playing a brand of ball that in many ways is strikingly similar to the Patriots' blueprint for victory. They run the ball effectively (137.6 yards per game), feature a quarterback in Chad Pennington who completes a ton of passes (AFC-best 70.4 percentage) and limits his mistakes (31 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the red zone in his career), and they force turnovers on defense (New York's 13 takeaways are tied for the AFC lead). In other words, they give themselves a chance to win every game. The Jets' success this season has started with running back Curtis Martin's renaissance. The former Patriots star is leading the NFL in rushing with 613 yards, his seven touchdowns are tied for the conference lead and his 22 receptions rank second among AFC rushers. Last we checked, running backs weren't supposed to get better after turning 30, but Martin has. Six times Martin has cracked 100 yards rushing against his former team, and the Jets are 6-0 in those games. In five games this season, he has been held under triple figures only once, at home against Buffalo (77 yards) two weeks ago. Martin needs just 31 yards to pass Jim Brown (12,312 yards) and move into the seventh place on the NFL's all-time rushing list. On defense, New York has held its last three opponents to 14 points or less, and that is impressive. Then again, the troika of Miami, Buffalo and San Francisco entered play against the Jets with a combined one win this season. New England's greatly improved balance on offense will be a somewhat stiffer test. The Patriots against Seattle last week called 33 runs and only 30 passes, and for the season they're ranked both 12th in rushing and 12th in passing. New defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson has gotten much of the credit for the Jets' more aggressive, attacking style, and he does have things headed in the right direction. The Jets ranked 21st overall defensively last season, and are 11th this year. In 2003, New York had the 27th-ranked run defense, but this year the Jets have yet to surrender a 100-yard rushing game.
Corey Dillon is averaging 104.4 rushing yards per game.
Sizing up New England Every week we think the Patriots are vulnerable to an upset, and every week they find new ways to win. When they take the field Sunday against New York, it will have been 392 days since their last defeat, a three-point loss at Washington on Sept. 28, 2003. According to Stats Inc., the team with the next best record in the NFL during the Patriots' 20-0 run has been Philadelphia, which is 17-3 including playoffs. Every other team has lost at least five games during that span.
The Patriots also have been in first place for an entire year-plus now. The last time they didn't hold at least a share of first in the AFC East was coming out of Week 6 last year, when they were 4-2 and trailed 4-1 Miami by a half-game.
Despite their 6-10 record, the Jets played the Patriots tough last year, losing 21-16 at home and 23-16 at Gillette Stadium. But it would really help if New York could jump out to an early lead. During New England's win streak, the only team the Patriots trailed after the first quarter was Houston, which led 3-0 at Reliant Stadium last Nov. 23.
New Patriots running back Corey Dillon turned in his second 100-game of the season last week against Seattle, rumbling for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Dillon has been a major upgrade for the New England running game, averaging 104.4 yards per game and 4.9 yards per rush. Last year, with Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk sharing carries, the Patriots were 30th in yards per rush, at 3.4. This season they've risen to 18th, at 4.0. Dillon already has more 100-yard games than Smith had last year (one) and as many rushing touchdowns (three).
Defensively the Patriots keep getting it done in the red zone, even though they're giving up 337.6 yards per game -- 19th in the NFL. Last week, Seattle drove into the red zone five times, but New England held the Seahawks to four Josh Brown field goals and one touchdown. With just six touchdowns allowed in 21 opponent forays into the red zone, the Pats red zone touchdown percentage of 28.6 is tied for second best in the league.
Special Teams Breakdown For a guy who's working on his sixth NFL team in his 11-year career, including five in the past five seasons, Jets kicker Doug Brien is putting together a second consecutive solid season in New York. Brien is eight of nine on field goals, with a long of 53, and is 12-of-12 on PATs. Punt returner Santana Moss (10.0-yard average) and kick returner Jonathan Carter (22.8) have been solid but unspectacular.
We're almost at the time of the year when those Foxboro winds start kicking in, and the all-purpose weather kicking of New England's Adam Vinatieri becomes incredibly valuable. Vinatieri has been his usual steady self so far, converting 10 of 11 field goals, including a 3-for-3 day against Seattle. Last season, kick returner Bethel Johnson led the AFC with a 28.2-yard average, and had five returns of at least 50 yards. His long this year is 40 yards, with a 22.9-yard average.
Jets DE John Abraham • Fifth-year pro, 6-foot-4, 256 • Stats: 15 tackles, 7 sacks • Abraham leads the AFC with seven sacks and is attempting to record his third multi-sack performance in the past four games. Just 2 ½ of his 40 ½ career sacks have come against Brady in five career games. But the Jets did manage to sack Brady five times for minus-34 yards in their game at New England last September, and held the Patriots quarterback to just 181 yards passing in that 23-16 New York loss. Getting steady pressure on Brady this week will be one of the Jets defensive keys.
New England QB Tom Brady • Fifth-year pro, 6-foot-4, 225 • Stats: 84 completions, 143 attempts, 10 TDs, 5 INTs, 93.5 passer rating • Brady has been sacked just six times this season in five games, but like any quarterback, he's not a big fan of contact. He suffered a cut chin after a collision with Zach Thomas in the win over Miami two weeks ago, and looked momentarily dazed last week when two Seattle defenders sandwiched him and forced a fumble at the end of a scramble. He didn't throw a pick in 50 passes against the Jets in 2003, and had just 12 in 16 regular-season starts, but he's averaging an interception a game so far this season.
It sounds like a broken record by now, but New England has to have an off day sooner or later. Will the high-flying Jets be the history-maker? New York's schedule has been ridiculously soft so far -- the Jets have only beaten one team that owns more than one win, San Diego -- but New England hasn't been able to put away either the Dolphins or the Seahawks the past two weeks, and had to make plays in the fourth quarter to seal its wins.
One statistic bears noting: The Jets are 5-1 in New England since 1998, losing there only last season. But even though New York was the last visitor to make it out of Gillette Stadium (a.k.a. The Big Razor Blade) without getting carved up, that was long ago and far away. These Patriots have mastered the art of winning since December 2002.
HARLINGTON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose striker Adrian Mutu has failed a drugs test, says it is impossible to know everything about a player's off-pitch life although clubs needed to find out all they can before they buy expensive players. In his first comments on the saga of Mutu's so-called playboy lifestyle, Mourinho said the best place to tell if a player was misbehaving in his private life was on the training pitch.Speaking on Friday after a coaching session about the problems of signing new players Mourinho said: "You can make mistakes from a sporting point of view...and on the social side you have to try to know the maximum you can." "Mutu was here before me so he was not my mistake," added Mourinho, who took over from Claudio Ranieri at Chelsea last July.
Mutu signed for Chelsea for 15.8 million pounds in July 2003. He was Romania's most expensive player, Parma's top scorer and one of the most prolific strikers in Serie A.
Mourinho, who took Porto to Champions League glory last season, said the training ground was a window on players' life outside the club. "When you see a player committed, concentrated, strong...his life outside of football is good. "When you see a player tired, having difficulty concentrating, with many changes of mood...then you put a question mark by him." Mourinho had said before news of the positive test broke this week that Mutu had experienced some problems in training.
It was all so different last July when Mourinho praised Mutu's attitude and the player said he was turning over a new leaf. But Mutu failed to secure a first team place and relations between manager and player became strained. Mourinho denied newspaper reports quoting Mutu saying the pair had almost come to blows during one confrontation. "Maybe he's having nightmares about me," Mourinho said on Friday. Newspapers have reported that Mourinho himself asked for the drugs test, which was conducted earlier this month. Mourinho said he backed drugs control "at the maximum level", but a distinction needed to be drawn between performance enhancing drugs and social drugs. "But I think we also have a responsibility to try to help and find solutions because we are an example to young people," Mourinho added. "I took something to make me feel good, I'll tell you later what it was," he said.
FIA anuncia pacote de mudanças na F-1 em Interlagos
A FIA (Federação Internacional de Automobilismo) anunciou nesta sexta-feira, em Interlagos - São Paulo, um pacote de mudanças para as próximas duas temporadas de Fórmula 1 que irá mudar completamente a configuração dos carros nas provas. As alterações serão maiores nas partes aerodinâmicas, de motorização e de pneus dos bólidos. A entidade máxima do automobilismo tomou, praticamente, uma decisão unilateral - já que as equipes não chegaram a um acordo sobre as mudanças durante o ano. O brasileiro Enrique Bernoldi, piloto de testes da BAR/Honda, já testou o carro com as prováveis novas configurações. E segundo o piloto, os bólidos deverão ficar mais lentos e mais difíceis de guiar. Por outro lado, Bernoldi acredita que acontecerão mais ultrapassagens.
Confira as principais mudanças:
Para a temporada 2005 Aerodinâmica: A asa dianteira será levantada. A traseira será avançada. O tamanho do difusor será diminuído e serão proibidos apêndices aerodinâmicos diante das rodas traseiras. Pneus: Apenas um jogo será usado para classificação e corrida. Compostos mais duros visando diminuir a velocidade nas curvas. Motor: Duração máxima de dois GPs completos.
Para a temporada 2006 Motores: Serão introduzidos motores V8 de 2,4 litros. Estima-se que a potência passe para 700 cavalos (atualmente são quase 1.000).
Buffalo at Baltimore This is the week the absence of Jamal Lewis won't hurt the Ravens. Chester Taylor runs for 111 on 26 carries and the Ravens pull to within a game of the idle Steelers. Ravens 16, Bills 13
Detroit at N.Y. Giants The Giants will be playing meaningful football in December. In order to do that, they've got to win games like this one -- a slugfest against a good defensive team. Giants 20, Lions 10
Jacksonville at Indianapolis It was a different story in Florida two weeks ago, but the Colts are playing on turf the way the Rams did four years ago. Stay out of Peyton Manning's way unless you want to get strafed. Colts 34, Jaguars 10
Tennessee at Minnesota I can't say in here that Tennessee is going to cover, so I won't. But let me just say that the Vikings will have their hands very full with the Fisher-men. Two words for Tennessee: ball control. Vikings 24, Titans 23
San Diego at Carolina The Panthers are just too hurt to play a Carolina-type game right now. And the Chargers are playing their best football of the century. Drew Brees keeps his Kitna-like death grip on the San Diego QB job. Chargers 26, Panthers 13
St. Louis at Miami I don't know when they'll come, but the Dolphins' defense is too good for Miami not to win three or four games this year. Marc Bulger's going to feel this game come Monday. Rams 17, Dolphins 6
Chicago at Tampa Bay I have been watching football a long time, and I'm not sure there's ever been a worse quarterback depth than Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel and Chad Hutchinson -- in whatever order you choose to put them. Buccaneers 19, Bears 3
N.Y. Jets at Patriots I don't know how it'll happen, because one week it's Tedy Bruschi and the next it's Corey Dillon and the next it's Bethel Johnson. My guess for Hero of the Week: Patrick Pass. Just a hunch, with Dillon's bum foot. Patriots 20, Jets 13
Dallas at Green Bay This has nothing to do with the Lambeau hex suddenly afflicting the Pack. This has everything to do with Vinny Testaverde throwing for 335 and three touchdowns. Dallas is better than 2-3. Cowboys 31, Packers 20
Seattle at Arizona You're the Seahawks. Tell me how you can really get up for a game like this, a week after flying 3,000 miles to lose a heartbreaker against the Pats. Careful. This is a landmine game, Mike Holmgren. Seahawks 19, Cardinals 17
Denver at Cincinnati I know I can't acknowledge what Las Vegas thinks of this game, but if you've got a local paper, open it up to the small type in the sports section, where they give the odds. You'll be stunned how highly the state of Nevada regards the woeful Bengals. Broncos 38, Bengals 12
Online advertising revenue closes in on the $10 billion mark. Can anything stop marketing's new daddy?
If numbers tell the story, then here's a darn compelling yarn. The latest survey from the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows online advertising revenue is up 40 percent to $4.6 billion for the first half of 2004. If you're counting (and plenty of marketers are), that's seven consecutive quarters of growth -- the last three, by the way, were records. Search-engine revenue alone is up nearly 100 percent this year, while rich media and other display and banner ads are growing at a 25 percent clip, or five times the overall industry average. The IAB predicts that online advertising revenue will hit the $10 billion mark by the end of the year. "I don't see anything on the horizon that will slow this down," says IAB president and CEO Greg Stuart.
He feels confident predicting that -- despite the collapse of online advertising from 2000 to 2003 -- because there's been a fundamental redistribution of marketing budgets. Big companies are rapidly shifting their spending from traditional media channels to the Internet. "The dollars are following the eyeballs," explains Doug Weaver, president of online advertising consultancy Upstream Group. For instance, Ford's (F) Lincoln Mercury division recently devoted 25 percent of its advertising budget to online campaigns. Broadband phone company Vonage now spends more than 50 percent of its marketing dollars online. Sources also tell me that Internet ad spending at McDonald's (MCD) is 10 times what it was just two years ago. According to internal documents from Google (GOOG) that were discovered by the San Francisco Chronicle, the search-engine company expects its advertiser accounts to grow 35 percent between this year and next. (Google does, however, estimate that the growth rate will decline to a mere 15 percent between 2007 and 2008.)
Most companies devote only 3 to 4 percent of their total marketing budgets to online ads, so everyone expects the trend to continue for some time to come. According to the IAB, consumer Internet usage is growing at an annual rate of almost 40 percent, and consumers now spend 14 percent of their total media consumption time online. More than 50 percent of Americans have broadband Internet access at home (and more than 90 percent have it at work). This is a boon to advertisers, because broadband offers speed, the "always-on" aspect of TV, and the computing power needed to display entertaining Flash animation marketing campaigns. "There's been a sea change in how online consumers act and behave," says Joe Jaffe, president and founder of online advertising consultancy Jaffe LLC. "There's no lag time anymore, and that frequency is what gets consumers to the purchase."
Moreover, companies can see the cost-effectiveness of online advertising campaigns. This dollars-and-cents evidence is incontrovertible, especially when online campaigns are properly integrated with a company's other marketing channels. (In marketing industry-speak, this is called cross-marketing optimization.) During the past two years, the IAB has worked with Ford Motor, ING, Unilever, VeriSign (VRSN), and other big spenders to study the return on investment. In 9 out of 10 cases, online advertising has proven to be the most cost-effective marketing strategy for producing incremental sales and for boosting brand awareness and perceptions. According to this research, buyers who used a search engine to find information on Ford's F150 were four times more likely to buy a Ford truck than those who didn't search online. The IAB estimates that Ford could have sold another $600 million worth of trucks if it had stepped up its use of search-linked ads. This same strategy, the IAB says, would have increased positive consumer attitudes by 14 percent for Unilever's Dove brand and 34 percent for Colgate. "You can go to your CFO and fight for more money or get these kinds of gains with your existing marketing budget," Stuart says.
Nowhere was the cost-effectiveness of online advertising as apparent as on Burger King's Subservient Chicken site. Jaffe notes that the average person spent seven and a half minutes on the site interacting with the guy in the chicken suit -- the same amount of time it would take to sit through 15 30-second commercials. And we know no one does that anymore. "How do you measure the effectiveness of that single ad? Time is the new killer app," Jaffe says. "And because this is permission-based marketing, it's worth even more."
Ad prices aren't going up sharply, Stuart says. So for the foreseeable future, anyway, look for advertisers to keep feeding marketing's new daddy. As Stuart, with the arrogance of a young turk back in charge, puts it, "What the hell else are they going to do?"
Entidade destinará orçamento de 1,83 milhão de euros para combater o "mal" na temporada 2004-2005
A UEFA destinará um orçamento de 1,83 milhão de euros para a luta contra o doping durante a temporada 2004-2005, o que representa mais do dobro investido no último exercício e um aumento e 978.256 euros com relação à temporada anterior, foi informado nesta sexta-feira. Lars-Christer Olsson, diretor executivo de UEFA, afirma no último número da publicação mensal da entidade que o novo programa contra o doping, aprovado recentemente pelo Comitê Executivo, pretende conscientizar os jogadores dos importantes riscos que correm ao consumir substâncias proibidas. Além de renovar a estratégia da UEFA contra o doping, o novo programa inclui um aumento do número de exames nas competições e também fora delas, junto a um melhor desenvolvimento dos testes. A organização de jornadas educativas dirigidas a jogadores, treinadores, médicos e familiares dos jogadores, centradas sobretudo na prevenção, também fazem parte do programa da UEFA, que enviará informações sobre a questão tanto aos clubes como às federações internacionais.
"De acordo com a Agência Mundial Antidoping (AMA) e a FIFA, a UEFA quer não só aumentar a qualidade e a freqüência dos exames antidoping, mas estendê-los também a todas as categorias, incluídas as seleções juvenis", aponta Lars-Christer Olsson. O diretor executivo da UEFA afirma que, embora a maioria dos testes realizados pelo organismo tenham dado negativo, "não há motivo para relaxamento, principalmente quando todo o mundo do esporte luta contra o doping. Esta luta tem um preço, mas a saúde dos jogadores e a idoneidade nas competições é infinitamente mais importante", conclui.
NBA TV AIRING SNEAK PREVIEW OF ADIDAS’ LATEST T-MAC SPOT
NBA TV on Sunday will begin airing sneak previews of adidas’ “Unstoppable” TV spot touting Rockets G Tracy McGrady’s T-Mac 4. The exclusive will feature the spot itself, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the ad. The ad will appear about 15 times on Sunday and Monday before adidas begins running it Tuesday
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Leão e Luxa 'brigam' antes do clássico
Técnico do São Paulo afirma que Santos tem celebridades, e santista responde que tem "jogadores de talento" no elenco. SÃO PAULO - Desafetos declarados, Emerson Leão e Wanderley Luxemburgo, que se encontram no domingo, quando São Paulo e Santos jogam pelo Campeonato Brasileiro, trocaram novamente farpas pela imprensa nesta sexta-feira. O técnico tricolor foi irônico ao comentar um possível clima quente para o confronto no Morumbi, o terceiro em pouco mais de um mês. "O jogo de domingo é o terceiro de uma série em que perdemos o primeiro, empatamos o segundo e agora queremos ganhar o terceiro. Mas não vai ter guerra, pois os titulares, ou celebridades do Santos, vão jogar, então o nível técnico sobe e a agressividade diminui", disse, referindo-se ao fato de o adversário ter utilizado um time misto pela Copa Sul-Americana. Em Atibaia, cidade que hospeda o Santos nesta semana, o comandante alvinegro respondeu: "A declaração do Leão é problema dele. Não tenho celebridades, tenho um elenco que busca resultados. O que ele chama de celebridades chamo de jogadores de talento". A briga entre os treinadores é antiga. Leão acusa Luxemburgo de ligar para o presidente Marcelo Teixeira e se oferecer para dirigir o Santos, provocando assim sua demissão. Logo depois do primeiro jogo pela Copa Sul-Americana, no dia 10 de outubro, o técnico do Santos atacou o são-paulino, que sequer quis cumprimentá-lo antes do clássico. "Isso é algo pessoal e não é minha obrigação comentar. Mas você cumprimenta quem quer e leva para a sua casa também quem quer, é um direito de ir e vir. Eu faço o que acho que tenho que fazer", disse, à época, Luxemburgo, que também falou sobre sua contratação pelo Peixe. "Ele (Marcelo Teixeira) me ligou. Eu estava em Foz do Iguaçu com a minha família e só a partir disso voltei para negociar", emendou. Polêmica à parte, Emerson Leão espera uma partida mais tranqüila no domingo. Os dois primeiros confrontos foram bastante quentes, com acusações de ambos os lados. "Não tem clima tenso. É o jogo que todo jogador gosta de jogar. Não vamos colocar fogo onde não tem", afirmou. "Violência não faz parte do meu contexto e nem dos jogadores. Existe igualdade. As duas equipes têm qualidade. Não vejo favorito e temos condições de jogar", acrescentou. O treinador do São Paulo também não mostrou preocupação com o árbitro Wilson Luís Seneme, que irá dirigir o clássico no domingo. "Ele conhece os dois times. Não tem segredo. Não me causa surpresa e nem preocupação", finalizou.
CHICAGO - the Chicago Fire and PUMA® announced on Friday a new playing kit set to debut during the 2005 season. As the official supplier of the Fire since 2003, PUMA's distinctive blend of sport and fashion is exhibited through the new uniform's design and technology. The kit will supplement the Fire's existing home and away uniforms during select matches throughout the season.
Taking into account the spirit and culture of Chicago and the dedication of its fans, PUMA has created the third uniform as homage to the Windy City. The official team jersey references the City of Chicago's municipal flag in both design and color palette. While retaining the signature Fire badge branding, the new jersey, like the flag, features white stripes across the chest and side panels that signify the north, south and west sides of the city. The baby blue color of the jersey symbolizes Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Great Canal.
PUMA worked with Fire supporter Liam Murtaugh, Fire equipment manager Charles Raycroft and Fire GM Peter Wilt to design a uniform that uniquely reflects Chicago. "Our players, in this kit, will be living representatives of the world's greatest city," said Wilt. "The colors and six-pointed stars represent what makes Chicago a great place to live. The City of Chicago flag is one of the most distinctive and well known flags in the country and now it will receive national exposure through the new Chicago Fire third strip."
Médico que operou Guga nos EUA diz que tenista evolui bem
Um mês após ter sido submetido a uma cirurgia no quadril direito, em Pittsburgh, nos Estados Unidos, Gustavo Kuerten deu início nesta semana à segunda fase da reabilitação, com ênfase no fortalecimento muscular. O médico que operou o tricampeão de Roland Garros, o norte-americano Marc Philippon, fez uma avaliação geral do quadro de Guga e concluiu que a recuperação segue bem. "Avaliamos o Gustavo e ele está evoluindo muito bem para esta fase da recuperação. Já iniciamos, aos poucos, a reabilitação da parte muscular e vamos começar também os exercícios de condicionamento para os braços e região abdominal", relata Marc Philippon. Guga, que está nos Estados Unidos acompanhado também do médico Rogério Teixeira, continuará sua segunda fase da reabilitação, trabalhando também o ganho de mobilidade na articulação, principalmente a rotacional e seguirá fazendo exercícios na piscina.
O italiano Valentino Rossi fez esse ano o que muitos achavam impossível: venceu a temporada da MotoGP com a Yamaha em seu primeiro ano na escuderia, batendo os pilotos da poderosa Honda. O piloto tem ainda um contrato com a escuderia japonesa, válido para 2005. Mas depois disso, estaria pensando em uma possível transferência para a Fórmula 1, segundo seu pai, em entrevista para a revista Tuttosport. "Seria fantástico se o Rossi pudesse ir para a Fórmula 1 com a equipe Ferrari. Durante os testes de Fiorano em Abril, ele foi muito rápido com a Ferrari. Ele já sabe agora como dirigir um carro da Fórmula 1", disse o Sr. Rossi. Ainda segundo o pai de Valentino, sua transferência para a maior categoria do automobilismo mundial seria ideal em 2006, já que o piloto ainda estaria em boa idade para a mudança.
Games between PSV and Ajax are games of their own and PSV head coach Guus Hiddink did not feel like looking forward too much to the annual clash and forecasting the final result during the customary Friday press briefing.He was by no means willing to go into ‘the domestic crisis’ at the Amsterdam club and the consequences, if any, for Sunday’s game "We all know it is impossible to perform well in all of the 34 league encounters. Moreover this game has no relevance with past results, so it is hard for me to judge. A team is bound to react. Anyway we know what took place in our club last season. I don’t know whether a situation like this is an advantage or rather a disadvantage", was the reaction of Hiddink .
Jefferson Farfán in standing in the middle during the 'piggy in the middle'.
Guus Hiddink thinks Ajax are a skilful side. The PSV head coach is particularly worried that Rafael van der Vaart will display a fine performance, like he did in the mid-week Champions League tie. "They are good, when they have possession of the ball. They may be less good in defence at times this season, but they will always try to dominate.”
Hiddink cannot wait for Sunday afternoon. "I just wish that we could play a nice game of football. Actually I am not in the mood for this kind of briefing." Guus Hiddink does not expect that championship race is over, even if PSV manage to claim a win. "We realize that a victory would mean a ten-point cushion over Ajax, the current number four in the Holland Casino Eredivisie table. However, I don’t feel the result is decisive for the title. The last time we won the Dutch title, we also had created a ten point gap, but due to certain reasons, we could not maintain that gap."
As to the chances of PSV: "I really don’t know. This is game that can go both ways."
(Provisional) PSV squad for the league clash against Ajax: Goalkeepers: Gomes, Zoetebier Defenders: Lee, Alex, Bouma, Lamey Midfielders: Van Bommel, Cocu, Vogel, Lucius, Fehér, De Jong Forwards: Park, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Beasley, Vonlanthen, Farfán and Sibon
Alex, the Brazilian defender in PSV service, will face a late fitness test on Saturday morning, when the PSV squad will have their final training ahead of the league clash against Ajax. PSV head coach Guus Hiddink has included Alex in his provisional squad.
"Alex did some running today. He has picked up a knock on his foot and a toe is still considerably bruised. Tomorrow he will face a late fitness test and then we will decide whether to call him up or not", explained Guus Hiddink. The PSV first team squad will organize a training camp as part of the preparations for another crucial tie in a demanding week. Alex picked up this nasty injury during the league encounter, away against ADO Den Haag last Saturday night and was ruled out of the UEFA Champions League tie against Rosenborg BK.
Since Arsene Wenger took over from Bruce Rioch on September 28th 1996, the two teams have met a total of sixteen times in the Premiership.
Of these, the Gunners have won 6, drawn 5 and lost 5, with their most convincing win coming at Highbury in September 1998 via a 3-0 victory with goals from Anelka, Adams and Ljungberg, who came off the bench to score on his debut for Arsenal.
During this period, Manchester United lost only two games of the eight encounters at Old Trafford, two 1-0 defeats in May 2002 and March 1998. They recorded their biggest win in February 2001, beating Arsenal 6-1 and opening an impressive sixteen point lead at the top of the Premiership.
The 6-1 result equalled United's best ever home win over Arsenal, as well as signalling the Gunners' biggest defeat under Arsene Wenger. The rout began after only two minutes with a Dwight Yorke goal, who then went on to complete a first-half hat-trick. Keane, Sheringham and Solskjaer also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Last season brought a stalemate between the two sides, with a 1-1 draw in March this year, preceeded by the controversial 0-0 draw in September 2003 at Old Trafford.
Both sides will be especially keen to secure vital points on Sunday as victory for Wenger will see the Gunners complete a 50 game unbeaten run and move 14 points clear of United.
United come into the game, not least with intense speculation surrounding a possible takeover by US businessman Malcolm Glazer, but also lying sixth in the table and on the back of three rather mediocre results, a 0-0 draw away to Sparta Prague in the Champions League and a 1-1 draw against Birmingham and a 2-2 result against Middlesbrough in the Premiership.
Arsenal, however, will travel to Manchester having secured two very convincing Premiership wins; 4-0 and 3-1 over Charlton and Villa respectively and a Champions League 2-2 draw in Greece against Panathinaikos.
Arsenal Captain Patrick Vieira is still a doubt for the clash after sustaining an ankle injury against Villa and will not feature in the Champions League game in Greece. Wenger himself commented on the injury; "He had a scan yesterday (Tuesday) and it was better than expected, but I still think he will be short for Sunday. It is not definite, but there is an 80% chance he will be out."Midfielder, Freddie Ljungberg, however, appears to have won his race to be fit, featuring against Panathinaikos on Wednesday after sitting out Saturday's win over Aston Villa with a hamstring problem.
Manchester United Keane, Ferdinand and Fortune missed United's trip to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, however as Ferdinand's absence was due to personal rather than injury concerns, he is expected to return for the game. Ferguson will be hoping Keane has sufficiently recovered from his bout of flu. Fortune remains in doubt with a calf strain.
"What Arsenal players did that day was the worst thing I've seen in this sport. No wonder they were so delighted at the verdicts. They conveniently forget things, that mob. They seemed to think Patrick Vieira was badly done-by, yet he's the captain of Arsenal and he's jeopardised his team by trying to kick Ruud van Nistelrooy." October 2005 reflecting on the events of September 2003
"I think he (Ferguson) has a good sense of humour, you cannot deny that. Maybe it would have better if you had put us against the wall and shot us. Seriously, though, you have to consider that he and I are not in the best position to judge that. The whole story has been judged by the Football Association and you have to accept it." October 2004 Wenger's response
"When you are over-confident, as they have been, the nature of foot ball is that it comes back and kicks you in the teeth. "Over-confidence is a failure in some people" March 2003 when Arsenal had a five-point lead over United with nine games to go.
"Many people would swap with us, it is not to be ashamed to finish second when you have 50 percent less budget." They (United) consider it is a miracle that they beat us and I think that is a lot of credit to the work we do here. But if you look at the FA Cup and the championship, we are the best team in England." May 2003 after conceding the title to United
'They would all like to come here. Patrick Vieira would love to have come here last year, but they wouldn't let him. Players will always want to play for a bigger club. That's life. There is no player in this country who wouldn't want to play for Manchester United. We are, without question, the highest profile team in the world. August 2002 on Vieira coming to United
Manchester United had contact with Patrick without informing us and it's not really in accordance with the rules." July 2001 complaints about United's rumoured approach for Vieira
"He (Wenger) has had a go at us a few times this season -- he must have a problem with us. "He has no experience of English football -- he's come from Japan -- and now he is telling everyone how to organise our football. "Unless you have been in the situation and had the experience, then he should keep his mouth shut -- firmly shut." April 1997 On Wenger's comments that it would be 'ridiculous' to extend the season to ease fixture congestion, as suggested by Ferguson
'Everyone thinks he has the prettiest wife at home.' May 2002 on Ferguson's comments that the quality of united's football
E no final do segundo treino livre, o brasileiro Rubens Barrichello, da Ferrari, tirou da cartola o tempo de 1min11s166 e fez a melhor marca do dia, nos combinados das duas sessões realizadas hoje em Interlagos, válidas para o GP do Brasil, que acontece no domingo. Em segundo veio o companheiro de equipe do brasileiro, o alemão Michael Schumacher, sete vezes campeão do mundo, completando a dobradinha nas duas primeiras colocações no dia pela escuderia de Maranello. Schumacher fez a marca de 1min11s334. O finlandês Kimi Raikkonen, da McLaren/Mercedes, terminou em terceiro, depois do tempo de 1min11s526. Dois carros da BAR/Honda vêm na posições seguintes, com o inglês Jenson Button, fechando em quarto com 1min11s731, e seu compatriota Anthony Davidson, em quinto, marcando 1min11s920. O brasileiro Felipe Massa, da Sauber/Petronas, realizou um segundo treino livre muito bom e fechou na oitava colocação do dia, com 1min12s183. Já Ricardo Zonta, da Toyota, terminou em 14º, com a marca de 1min12s347. O colombiano Juan Pablo Montoya, da Williams/BMW, melhor da primeira sessão de hoje, fechou esta bem mais atrás, em 11º. Seu companheiro de equipe, o alemão Ralf Schumacher, veio uma posição à frente, em 10º.
Confira os resultados dos tempos combinados das duas sessões livres realizadas hoje em Interlagos, válidos para o Grande Prêmio do Brasil de Fórmula 1:
1. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari 1min11s166 2. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari 1min11s334 3. Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren/Mercedes 1min11s526 4. Jenson Button - BAR/Honda 1min11s731 5. Anthony Davidson - BAR/Honda 1min11s920 6. Takuma Sato - BAR/Honda 1min11s988 7. Fernando Alonso - Renault 1min12s005 8. Felipe Massa - Sauber/Petronas 1min12s183 9. Ryan Briscoe - Toyota 1min12s209 10.Ralf Schumacher - Williams/BMW 1min12s235 11.Juan Pablo Montoya - Williams/BMW 1min12s280 12.Jacques Villeneuve - Renault 1min12s316 13.Robert Doornbos - Jordan/Ford 1min12s345 14.Ricardo Zonta - Toyota 1min12s347 15.David Coulthard - McLaren/Mercedes 1min12s430 16.Jarno Trulli - Toyota 1min12s545 17.Giancarlo Fisichella - Sauber/Petronas 1min12s631 18.Mark Webber - Jaguar/Ford 1min12s816 19.Nick Heidfeld - Jordan/Ford 1min13s114 20.Gianmaria Bruni - Minardi/Ford 1min13s467 21.Christian Klien - Jaguar/Ford 1min13s509 22.Timo Glock - Jordan/Ford 1min13s966 23.Zsolt Baumgartner - Minardi/Ford 1min13s979 24.Bjorn Wirdheim - Jaguar/Ford 1min14s303 25.Bas Leinders - Minardi/Ford 1min14s754
Nelson Piquet diz que trabalha para ver o filho na F-1
Presente hoje em Interlagos para acompanhar os treinos livres da Fórmula 1, válidos para o GP do Brasil, o tricampeão Nelson Piquet falou de suas expectativas para o futuro de seu filho, Nelsinho, na categoria. "Estamos trabalhando para isso", afirmou Piquet, sobre as chances de Nelsinho ser titular de alguma equipe já em 2006. O jovem piloto, campeão da F-3 Inglesa deste ano, tem chances de ser piloto de testes da Williams/BMW no próximo ano, caso Antônio Pizzonia seja efetivado como titular do time. Quando perguntado se a emoção de ver o filho campeão era maior de que suas próprias vitórias, Piquet não vacilou: "Não há dúvida. Muito melhor é ver o Nelsinho vencer", revelou o pai coruja.
The ESPN Sports Poll, a service of TNS Sport, asked sports fans aged 12+ how interested they were in last year's World Series. Those who were interested were asked to name the company they would think is the biggest advertiser of the World Series. Following are those who were at least a little bit interested and very interested in the '03 World Series, as well as it's biggest perceived advertiser. Data was collected October 14-November 10, 2003 .
Molson’s Bob Singleton To Join Champ Car World Series
The Champ Car World Series is “set to announce next week that it will open a Canadian base to be headed by” former Molstar Sports & Entertainment VP BOB SINGLETON, according to Dean McNulty of the TORONTO SUN. The announcement is expected to come next Wednesday, the same day sources said that Champ Car will be “making a major announcement about its Canadian races.” McNulty notes that Singleton, who would only say that his new office would be in Toronto, has been “deeply involved in talks with Champ Car to renew Molson's deal to promote both the Toronto and Vancouver Molson Indy races as well as its sponsorship of the Molson Indy Montreal.” Molson's Toronto and Vancouver contracts expire after the ’04 season and the Vancouver date is “not expected to survive beyond 2005.” Singleton has been “front and centre in trying to move that date to either Calgary or Edmonton,” but there is “less enthusiasm in Molson's front office for expansion of its Indy franchise into Alberta”
Last Call For Alcohol: Menino Eyes Booze Ban In Boston
Mayor Proposes Drastic Measures To Quell Boston Rowdies
After a number of public disturbances in Boston following the Red Sox ALCS Game Seven win over the Yankees, Boston Mayor Tom Menino said that the city is “considering ‘drastic measures,’ including banning liquor sales, to ensure that World Series crowds do not turn violent,” according to Andrea Estes of the BOSTON GLOBE. Menino may enforce a state law that allows the mayor to “ban the sale or distribution of alcohol ‘in cases of riot or great public excitement.’” The mayor “did not know whether any alcohol ban would apply inside Fenway Park.” Menino also “will ask bar and restaurant operators today to ban live television coverage during games, because it incites fans.” But Massachusetts Hospitality Association Exec Dir Alan Eisner said, “If you shut down the bars, the problem will get worse. At least in a licensed premise you have supervision.” Estes notes that Menino “urged area college and university officials to immediately expel any students identified as taking part in street disturbances.” Menino: “Since people won’t act responsibly, I, as mayor, will take it into my own hands.” Menino dismissed the possibility of “curfews or bringing in the National Guard.” The Red Sox “have agreed to put on additional private police details at Fenway” for the World Series and players will appear in PSAs “urging calm” .
MASS APPEAL: In Boston, gossip columnists Fee & Raposa report Red Sox Owner John Henry, Chair Tom Werner and President & CEO Larry Lucchino will host a gathering tonight at the John F. Kennedy Library for 1,500 representatives of MLB, corporate sponsors and members of the media. The party will showcase the “pride of Boston” and include local food, entertainment and fireworks. Red Sox Exec VP/Public Affairs Charles Steinberg said the party is “designed as a way to provide hospitality for the 29 other ball clubs who send officials to the World Series. Instead of saying, ‘Hey, let’s all meet at the Cask & Flagon,’ it’s a way to schmooze the other clubs.” MLB Manager of Media Relations Matt Gould said, “In recent memory, the Yankees haven’t thrown a party, but not all teams do it. In 2002, the Angels hosted their party as Disneyland, but last year, neither the Yankees nor the Marlins threw one” .
GOOD CITIZEN: Also in Boston, Brett Arends reports Citizens Bank has 40 seats at Fenway Park, but the bank’s “top brass have passed up their privileges and are instead raffling the tickets in pairs to staff.” Over 6,300 of the company’s 10,200 New England employees had entered the raffle by Thursday evening .
Here Comes The Sun: Pro Bowl To Remain In Hawaii Through ‘09
NFL Extends Pro Bowl’s Stay In Hawaii Until ‘09
The state of Hawaii signed a new contract with the NFL this week to keep the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium through ’09, according to Dayton Morinaga of the HONOLULU ADVERTISER. NFL Senior VP/Special Events Jim Steeg did not have specific figures, but estimated that the new deal “will cost the state $21[M] over the five years of the contract.” Morinaga noted the state paid over $5.3M for the ’04 Pro Bowl. In exchange for the lower payout, the NFL “will be allowed to control the concessions, parking and advertising signage at Aloha Stadium during the Pro Bowl.” Steeg: “For our merchandise, that means we’ll offer a more diverse product line. We also want to do something more with the food concessions — create more selection, more points of sale.” Steeg added that the NFL “will pay $250,000 per year for the next five years for ‘capital improvement of the stadium’” and donate $1M “for the creation of an NFL Youth Education Town — educational and recreational facilities for at-risk children” .
Pitching In: Parcells Featured In Pro-Stadium Commercial
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells “has joined the growing list” of current and former Cowboys featured in commercials campaigning for the November 2 stadium proposition, according to Jeff Mosier of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. A 30-second spot shows Parcells in front of a chalkboard full of diagrams and lecturing the audience as though they are members of his team. Parcells says, “All right. Listen up. Here’s a winning game plan for Arlington.” Mosier reports the commercial lists “the same reasons to vote ‘yes’ on Nov. 2 that show up in most pro-stadium advertising, including the possibility of a $238[M] annual economic impact and 2,000 new jobs in Tarrant County.” Other past and current Cowboys featured in pro-stadium ads include Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Roy Williams and Darren Woodson.
Fit For A King: Palace To Receive $5M In Improvements
The Palace of Auburn Hills will receive $5M in improvements and enhancements inside and out. The arena will feature a new Palace Hall of Fame window exhibit located on the exterior of the building between the atrium and administration entrances. Several of the concession stands inside on the main concourse have been re-tiled and the loge level arena stairways received a non-slip surface. The Terrace Club will be renamed “Captain’s Quarters” after Captain Morgan’s Rum as part of a sponsorship deal with Diageo. The video signage has been expanded to cover the entire circumference of the arena on the loge level. The scoreboard will add two rings Daktronics Pro-Ad video signage .
West Side Stadium Supporters Issue Report Citing Gains
Supporters of the proposed $1.4B West Side stadium issued a study Thursday asserting the stadium “would encourage new housing, shops and office buildings in the area,” according to Charles Bagli of the N.Y. TIMES. The study, paid for by The Building Trades Employers' Association, the Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Building Congress, predicts that the stadium “would be as successful” as Petco Park, Jacobs Field and Heinz Field. Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler President John Alschuler, who authored the study, said, “This plan meets the standards of plans that have been successful around the country. It’s part of a comprehensive, mixed-use plan. There are adjacent development sites. It’s got transit links, and there are parks and other amenities.” Cleveland State sports economist Mark Rosentraub said, “The question in New York is, can you justify what might be the largest public investment ever committed to a single stadium? What else could be done with the money?” .Alschuler cited Petco Park as the “most comparable” to the West Side plan. The study found that Petco Park has created $1.4B in investment with as much as $3B projected by ’07 .
Investment Banks Fail In Attempt Stop Glazer’s ManU Bid
Japanese investment bank Nomura is “exploring ways of blocking a takeover of Manchester United” by Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer, after being enlisted by UK-based investment bank Seymour Pierce Chair Keith Harris, according to Matthew Garrahan of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Nomura “had initially earmarked” US$366M that would allow Harris to “build up a stake in [ManU] which would be held by supporters and would be substantial enough to ensure that United could never be taken over without their consent or involvement.” The loan would be repaid partly from funds “released from a securitisation of future ticket sales or revenues from media rights.” But Glazer’s 28.11% stake in the team would allow him to veto the plan, as it “would require 75[%] of shareholders to back” it. Garrahan reports “in spite of this apparent setback,” Nomura is “continuing to work on a financing proposal” .
BEHIND THE WALL: In Ireland, Charlie Weston reports an unnamed Malaysian investor is “preparing to make a bid” for ManU. The person is “said to be waiting for [Glazer] to get an agreement to buy out” John Magnier and JP McManus, and then “he would buy out [Glazer] and provide the funds to buy out” Magnier and McManus. The investor is “said to be waiting until” Glazer owns “shares representing somewhere near a 75[%] stake in the club.” WH Ireland analyst David Gorman said, “I have always felt that Glazer could not afford to take over United and he is only trying to smoke someone else out. So I am not entirely surprised there are rumours coming out like this” .
NOT JUMPING SHIP: Bucs GM Bruce Allen said despite Glazer’s ManU bid, he “remains committed to the [Bucs] and is close to announcing a start-up date for the new training facility.” Allen: “The Glazers, as always, are interested in their football team being the best. Absolutely nothing has changed in that regard. We talk about the team, the draft and the new facility. We’re right on schedule with a state-of-the-art complex” .
Owning Up: David Robinson Becomes Part Owner Of Spurs
Robinson Acquires Minority Stake In Spurs
Former Spurs C David Robinson has “completed his purchase of a 1.88[%] share of the Spurs” from former Spurs President & CEO and current Predators President & COO Jack Diller, according to Johnny Ludden of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. The other Spurs investors “had to give their approval” for the sale to become official, but the NBA’s BOG does not have to vote on the transfer because it is less than 5%. Though Robinson’s stake could be worth more than $5M based on “media valuations of the Spurs and the recent sale of other NBA franchises,” he said that he did not join the ownership group “hoping to make money.” Robinson: “I just want to learn what (being an owner) is about. I want to get a feel for how things work.” Forbes in February listed the Spurs’ worth at $283M. Diller held his share since leaving the Spurs in ’97, and approached Robinson about the sale.
The Chargers are selling tickets for the October 31 home game against the Raiders only “in combination with an equal number of tickets purchased to one or more other games,” and in L.A., Sam Farmer writes the move was made to take advantage of the Chargers “most popular home game of the season — and to keep a flood of silver-and-black clad fans away.” Chargers VP & CMO Ken Derrett: “Our ultimate goal is to sell out every game and sell as many tickets as possible to Charger supporters” .
BILOXI BLUES: In New Orleans, John Reid noted the Hornets playing a preseason game against the Magic at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi was part of their “marketing efforts to draw bigger crowds.” Hornets COO Jack Capella: “I think we’ve got to see a [40-50%] improvement (in ticket sales) on the Mississippi coast and in Baton Rouge.” The team established a ticket office in Biloxi, is identifying a “group of sports enthusiasts through one of the Gulf Coast casinos to urge them to attend games,” and offers transportation to regular-season games for fans on the Gulf Coast. Reid added that when the team relocated to New Orleans in ’02 it projected 15-20% of sales would come from the “Gulf Coast and other outlying areas.” That did not happen last season, and the Hornets finished next to last in attendance with a 14,332 per-game average .
NFL Decides Not To Renew Contract With MSG, Will Move Draft
NFL Moving Draft To Spite Dolans
The NFL has decided not to renew its recently-expired 10-year contract with Madison Square Garden (MSG) to host the draft after Cablevision Chair Charles Dolan and CEO James Dolan “lobbied against the [Jets’] proposed stadium” on the West Side, according to team source cited by Clark Judge of CBSSPORTSLINE.com. NFL sources confirmed that “talks are under way to move the site” of the draft and indicated that the Javits Center is one possibility. But other sources suggested that the Javits Center is “not only is the leading candidate but will be the site” of next April’s draft .
MO’ BETTER BLUES: In Columbus, Rob Oller writes the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals denied former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett’s petition for a rehearing of his suit against the NFL. The final option for Clarett’s legal team is “to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.” But even if the Supreme Court rules in Clarett’s favor, the decision “would come too late to be of much use” to Clarett, who is eligible for next year’s draft regardless of the Court’s decision. A victory “would only help Clarett secure a place in history as the player who sued the league for early entry and won” .
NHL Face-Off, Day 39: Player Reps To Meet For Update
NHLPA Rounding Up Player Reps For Lockout Update November 2
The NHLPA has decided to bring player reps from all 30 teams to Toronto on November 2 “to update them on the labour dispute,” according to the CP’s Pierre LeBrun. The meeting will allow team reps “to hear directly from [NHLPA Exec Dir] Bob Goodenow and then relay the latest to their teammates” (CP, 10/21). In Toronto, Lance Hornby cites a source within the NHLPA as saying, “I wouldn’t read that much into this meeting. If you look back to the last lockout in 1994, we brought all the players in a couple of times. This is just the reps and it just seems like the logical time to have a meeting” .
EARLY EXIT? IIHF President Rene Fasel thinks that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman “will shut the season down far before the drop-dead date of early January.” Fasel: “It seems very likely that Gary Bettman will decree a lockout for the entire season in the second half of November. The question is not whether the North American hockey lover will see games this season, it’s whether he will see games in October, 2005.” NHL Exec VP & CLO Bill Daly said, “I can say with certainty that his opinion is not based on anything he has heard from us” .
Mexican Fiesta: F1, LPGA Planning Events South Of The Border
LPGA Players Like Ochoa Will Tee It Up South Of The Border Twice In ‘05
Mexico in ’06 plans to host its first F1 race in 14 years after “more than 12 months of talks yielded an agreement” with F1 Management Chair Bernie Ecclestone, according to BLOOMBERG NEWS. A group of unidentified business execs will invest $100M in a new track in Cancun under a five-year deal with the Quintana Roo state government and Ecclestone’s Formula One Management Ltd. State tourism Minister Artemio Santos said that “as many as 60,000 tourists may come to the Mexico race” .
TWICE AS NICE: SPORTSTICKER reported the LPGA has “added a second event” in Mexico to the ’05 schedule. From April 21-24, the Tres Marias Residential Golf Club in Morelia will host the $1M Corona Morelia Championship. The 138-player field will feature six Mexican-born players, including Lorena Ochoa. The LPGA last month announced the $1.2M MasterCard Classic will be held in Mexico City in March .
Gary Stevens Will Not Ride In Breeders’ Cup Due To Insurance
Lack Of Insurance Continues To Be Issue For Breeders’ Cup Jockeys
Jockey Gary Stevens will not ride in Breeders’ Cup races at Lone Star Park on October 30 “because of insurance considerations,” according to Bill Christine of the L.A. TIMES. Lone Star Park President Corey Johnson told Stevens that “there was a possibility of increasing the coverage from the existing $100,000 to $500,000.” Track officials eventually did offer Stevens $500,000 in coverage, but that was not “enough to persuade him to ride.” A Breeders’ Cup spokesperson said that negotiations “were ongoing with an insurance company”.
GO FIGURE: The NTRA’s “Thoroughbred Racing Economics Indicators” showed that Q3 purses were up 2.9% to $315.7M compared with the same period in ’03. Handle was down 2.13% to $3.9B from the ’03 figure of $4.0B. NTRA Commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. said in a statement, “With last year’s figures for August up a record 5.51% — a spike in part attributable to the release of [‘Seabiscuit’] –- the decline in handle is not unexpected. At the same time, a second consecutive quarter of growth in purses is encouraging, and we believe it is a result of the continued growth of alternative gaming at racetracks [slots]”.
The Doctor Is In: Panthers Ink Deal With Healthcare Provider
Panthers Ink Ten-Year Deal With Carolinas Healthcare System
Carolinas HeathCare System (CHS) has renewed its sponsorship of the NFL Panthers, signing a ten-year deal “worth at least $15[M],” according to Erik Spanberg. CHS’s current five-year, $4.9M deal expires after this season. CHS spokesperson Alan Taylor said of the Panthers, “Coming off a Super Bowl year, they are incredibly popular. And we feel like we have some equity with them after 10 years working together.” Taylor added that a separate ten-year deal “retaining CHS as the health-care provider for players and staff has also been negotiated, with the team paying adjusted rates for care and supplies.” Spanberg notes the Bobcats in March inked Presbyterian Hospital to a deal worth $1M annually .
WHAT’S UP DOC? In N.Y., Damon Hack notes the NFL this season has become the first major U.S. pro sports league “to bar teams from entering into contracts with hospitals and health-care providers that remove decisions based on heath care and the hiring of doctors away from teams.” Jets Medical Department Chair and NFL medical consultant Dr. Elliot Pellman: “Some see them as working for the team, unbiased in decision-making, but I think when you add that component of paying for the right to take care of the team, you further compromise that relationship. There is something inherently wrong with it”.
WNBA Mercury G Diana Taurasi has signed an endorsement deal with Eight O’Clock Coffee and is appearing in a 30-second TV spot for the brand. The ad, via The Kaplan Thaler Group, is tagged “Wake Up. It’s Eight O’Clock.” The commercial shows Taurasi in the morning missing shots until she has her first cup of coffee .
WHO’S GOT NEXT? Taurasi appeared on ESPNews Thursday and said she has a Nike shoe “coming out hopefully by next summer.” Taurasi also has a cameo in the upcoming movie, “Believe In Me,” which is scheduled for release next summer. Taurasi, on the movie: “We’re shooting it this weekend in New Mexico, and it’s kind of [about] a women’s team pre-Title IX. I’m the opposing coach”.
Smoke Detector: Chinese Gold Medalist Endorses Cigarettes
Gold Medalist Xiang Signs Smoking Deal With The Baisha Group
The Baisha Group, China’s largest cigarette manufacturer, last month signed Chinese Gold Medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang to an endorsement deal, and Xiang has since appeared in print ads and TV spots on China Central TV and other channels, according to James Christie of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The Chinese Athletic Association has the “sole right to negotiate product endorsements for the country’s athletes, with income split between the athletes and the group.” Baisha CEO Lu Ping, whose brand is the best-selling cigarette in China, said of Liu on the company’s Web site: “Everyone likes [him] and hopes he will ‘soar’ higher and faster, and maintain his sunny, healthy, progressive image.” Liu, the first Chinese man to win an Olympic sprint or hurdle event, also signed an endorsement deal with a clothing manufacturer
As Good As Gold: Hamm Keeps Medal; Is Wheaties Box Next?
Will Hamm’s Marketability Be Able To Recover From Controversy?
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday ruled that U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm will keep his Gold Medal from the men’s all-around competition in Athens, but Wheaties has “only promised to consider Hamm” for an appearance on a cereal box after the ’08 Bejing Games, according to Filip Bondy of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Had Hamm campaigned for a second Gold Medal for South Korea’s Yang Tae-Young – who won Silver and sought to overturn Hamm’s Gold — Hamm “might be on a Wheaties box today.” Hamm’s agent, Sheryl Shade, said of such an effort by Hamm, “Would it have helped his marketing? Absolutely. But you go with what the athlete says. It was not something he entertained.” Bondy notes Hamm intends to write a book about his experience .
MEET ME IN THE MORNING: In Milwaukee, Don Walker reports a “new controversy broke out at the end of [Hamm’s] news conference” yesterday, as booking agents for morning shows on NBC, ABC and CBS “conducted a lengthy negotiation with Shade over which show would get him on set first on Friday morning.” Walker notes Olympic rights holder NBC ultimately “got first dibs” . Hamm appeared live in studio on NBC’s “Today” at 44 minutes into today’s broadcast. Hamm was seen signing autographs outside the studio before that. Hamm, on future endorsement deals: “Who knows? I’m not sure. I guess that’s my agent Sheryl Shade’s job.” He did not appear on ABC’s “GMA” or CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, but appeared in studio on “Live! With Regis & Kelly”.
THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL: In L.A., Helene Elliott notes Hamm said that he was “satisfied with his choice to shun USA Gymnastics’ [USAG] post-Olympic tour in favor” of the Rock & Roll Gymnastics Championships. Rock & Roll promoter Mike Burg said that USAG “needed big-time name draws because it had lost three key sponsors and a TV deal,” adding, USAG “basically put a gun to the head of most of their athletes” to get them to join its tour. Burg: “Carly Patterson could make more money selling (merchandise) in the Gap than on that tour. ... Without Carly Patterson, that tour would fold. But they’re paying [her] the same as everyone else.” But USAG President Bob Colarossi said that he “had devised a tiered system that would have paid multi-medalists such as Patterson more than other gymnasts but changed it after athletes voted for equal pay.” Colarossi added that the tour is “expected to make a profit”.
Fine Tuning: ESPN Keeps MLB Terrestrial Radio Rights To 2010
ESPN Radio has signed a five-year extension to continue as the national terrestrial radio rights holder for MLB through 2010. ESPN will receive exclusive national terrestrial rights for a season-long schedule extending from Opening Day through the World Series. ESPN relinquished its satellite rights to MLB broadcasts in ’05, which have been acquired by XM Satellite Radio
Zurique (Suíça) - O esperado confronto entre Maria Sharapova e Venus Williams acabou com tranqüila vitória da russa de 17 anos. Em jogo válido pelas quartas-de-final do forte torneio Zurique, que distribui US$ 1,3 milhão em prêmios, a musa do circuito confirmou sua boa forma e marcou 2 sets a 0 na rival, com fáceis 6/3 e 6/4. As duas nunca haviam se enfrentado antes, mas Sharapova mostrou superioridade durante toda a partida. Com a vitória, a sétima colocada do ranking mundial chega a 11 seguidas no circuito e segue firme na luta pelo terceiro título em menos de um mês (venceu em Seul e Tóquio). Busca ainda a quinta taça do ano, já que tem outra conquistada em Wimbledon. Aliás, foi no Grand Slam inglês que Sharapova se firmou como uma das grandes tenistas da atualidade. Antes considerada apenas uma promessa, desbancou adversárias mais fortes e garantiu o troféu com vitória sobre Serena Williams. Agora, aumenta as chances de se garantir no Masters de Los Angeles, torneio que reunirá as oito melhores jogadoras da temporada. Classificada para a semifinal de Zurique, Sharapova enfrenta a cabeça-de-chave número 3 Elena Dementieva. Principal favorita ao título após as desistências de Amélie Mauresmo e Lindsay Davenport, a russa teve dificuldades nesta sexta-feira para derrotar a japonesa Ai Sugiyama por 2 sets a 1, parciais de 6/1, 5/7 e 7/5.
Fox Eyeing Big Numbers For World Series With Cards, Sox
Cardinals’ Win Earns A 14.4/21 Overnight Nielsen Rating
Fox earned a 14.4/21 overnight Nielsen rating for Thursday night’s Astros-Cardinals NLCS Game Seven, down 31.8% from a 21.1/32 for the comparable Red Sox-Yankees ALCS Game Seven in ’03. Last night’s game earned a 45.0/58 in Houston and a 48.0/62 in St. Louis. Wednesday’s Game Six pulled a 7.0/15 final Nielsen rating, down 26% from a 9.4/21 for the comparable Red Sox-Yankees Game Six last year.
OUT-SOXED: Fox earned a 19.4/30 final Nielsen rating for Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees ALCS Game Seven, up 14.8% from a 16.9/27 for the comparable Marlins-Cubs NLCS Game Seven and up 13.5% from the 17.1/28 for Red Sox-Yankees Game Seven last season, which was played on a Thursday. The 19.4 is the highest rating for an LCS game since a 19.9/32 for Braves-Pirates Game Seven in ’91, and the average audience of 31.5 million viewers marks the most watched LCS game since 31.8 million watched Mets-Dodgers Game Seven in ’88. Wednesday’s game is the second-highest rated and second-most watched MLB telecast ever on Fox, trailing only a 23.5/34 and 39.1 million viewers for Yankees-D’Backs World Series Game Seven in ’01. Fox’ ratings Wednesday night bested the combined ratings of ABC, CBS and NBC among adults 18-49 (11.8 vs. 11.5), men 18-34 (11.6 vs. 6.9) and men 18-49 (14.6 vs. 8.5) .
BEAN COUNTING: Red Sox-Yankees Game Seven earned a 56.6/76 on Boston’s WFXT-Fox, with the rating peaking at 60.0/78 at 10:00pm ET . In Boston, Bill Griffith notes the only larger sports ratings ever in the market are a 59.9 for Mets-Red Sox World Series Game Seven in ’86 and a 59.0 for Reds-Red Sox World Series Game Seven in ’75 .Also in Boston, Jeff Horrigan reports WFXT earned a 14.2 for its newscast following the game, its highest rating ever .
Game Seven Grabs World Series-Like Number
NORTHERN LIGHTS: In Canada, Rogers Sportsnet drew 1,144,000 viewers for Red Sox-Yankees Game Seven, the highest rating in its six-year history. The game peaked with 1,359,000 viewers from 11:30pm-12:00am (Rogers Sportsnet). The net averaged 545,000 viewers for the entire ALCS, up 37% from ’03. In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich notes ratings for U.S. channels are not tracked in Canada, but estimates are that about 2 million Canadians watched the game on either Fox or Rogers SportsNet. Zelkovich: “That’s a hockey number and a playoff hockey number at that” .
SEVEN UP: The 11.7/20 average rating for the ’04 Red Sox-Yankees ALCS was up 9.3% over the 10.7/20 average for last year’s Red Sox-Yankees ALCS. The following chart compares the game-by-game ratings for the ’04 ALCS to the ’03 ALCS, as well as to the games in the comparable time slots in ‘03. Each of the comparable time slots listed are for Marlins-Cubs NLCS games. Games Four and Five of the ’04 Red Sox-Yankees series did not match up with a comparable game. Games of the same number in the ’03 and ’04 Red Sox-Yankees series were played on different days and in different time slots. ^ = split national telecast .
TALENT REVIEWS: In Miami, Barry Jackson writes Fox’ Joe Buck “has joined the elite announcers of our era with a commanding presence and an ability to convey drama and historical perspective despite his youthful age” .In N.Y., Andrew Marchand writes analyst Tim McCarver’s “best skill is quickly first-guessing decisions.” But McCarver “misspoke during the series, saying ‘Brandon’ Arroyo, ‘Cleo’ Epstein and ‘Bill’ Wakefield.” Mets P Al Leiter, who was a guest analyst with Buck and McCarver for the ALCS, improved this year from last year. Leiter “slowed his delivery, allowing his points to be more easily digested” .In Baltimore, Ray Frager writes Leiter is “a nearly perfect third man in the booth –-compelled to speak only when he has something to add to the broadcast” .In St. Louis, Dan Caesar writes Fox’ second team of Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons and Bob Brenly “turned in an ‘A’-level performance in broadcasting Game 7 of the NLCS. Clutter was minimal, the graphics were pertinent.” Brennaman “was on target and authoritative in his calls of key plays,” while Lyons and Brenly “added insight” .
FAN-DEMONIUM: In S.F., Steve Kroner writes, “One main gripe about the otherwise solid coverage of both the ALCS and the NLCS was the fixation on the Fenway fans” . In San Diego, Jay Posner: “I love nearly all the replays and don’t mind the close-ups, but Fox does seem to overdo it a little on the fan shots” .The MIAMI HERALD’s Jackson: “Reaction shots from the crowd have value, but Fox goes overboard” . In L.A., Larry Stewart writes, “One thing bothersome about Fox’s baseball coverage is the excessive jumping around from close-up to close-up, from crowd shot to crowd shot.” But Fox Sports President Ed Goren said that what Fox “is attempting to do is transmit the tension felt throughout the ballpark” . Nearly 45 minutes into a Fox conference call Thursday to discuss the net’s World Series coverage, Hartford Courant media writer John Howell asked Fox Sports TV Group Chair David Hill about camera shots of fans during games, saying, “You wonder, are those shots actually live or are they taped; are they plausibly live? A mixture?” Hill, before abruptly hanging up his line, said, “Just because you asked probably the most ridiculous question I’ve ever heard in my life, this will be our last [question]. ... That is the dumbest question I’ve ever heard. Of course they’re live” .
MORE BROADCAST NOTES: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes, “Replays that are introduced by the yellow animated AOL character swinging from a player’s head or neck is a needless distraction, especially to those who hate their AOL service” .The BOSTON GLOBE’s Griffith writes Diamond Cam “can offer some key shots. ... But, like most new toys, it’s being overused.” When asked why there were “no shots of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner during the ALCS,” Goren said that it was not “from a lack of trying” .
MONEY TALKS: Katz Media VP/Programming Bill Carroll said Fox’ six-year, $2.4B rights deal with MLB is “definitely worth it for the promotional platform –- the intangible value is enormous. ... If you get new viewers who usually don’t watch Fox to just sample your shows, you’ve hurt the competition. It’s going to pay off for Fox later.” Programming analyst Marc Berman added, “With seven games, Fox really gets its money’s worth” .
THE BEST IS YET TO COME? Hill said of the ALCS, “The way the country responded and the way it’s been covered, it’s been a great trip and now will springboard us into the greatest World Series ever”.
First row: (sitting on floor, left to right) Charlene, Alexie, Nancy, Nicole I, Shelby, Angela, Cheryl Second row: (sitting on stools, left to right) Becky, Lynisha, Jada, Danielle G. Third row: (standing, left to right) Tiana, Nicole R, Crystal, Allison Back row: (left to right) Danielle A, Shea, Amy, Lindsay, Kristin
AFC Ajax head to PSV Eindhoven on Sunday in dire need of a first win at the Philips stadium in ten years.
'Huge importance' Already seven points behind the Eredivisie leaders, Ajax must show that the performance that brought them a 3-0 midweek win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC in the UEFA Champions League was not a one-off. As coach Ronald Koeman put it: "On Sunday we have to start the comeback race in our domestic league. For us, this match is of huge importance."
Lean period Ajax's last victory in Eindhoven was almost ten years ago to the day, on 23 October 1994. On that occasion, Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Peter van Vossen scored in a 4-1 triumph, with Luc Nilis registering PSV's consolation. That season, Ajax went on to win the Champions League under coach Louis van Gaal, who this week left his position as the club's technical director.
Historical precedent Since then, Ajax have travelled to Eindhoven nine times, with PSV winning four and the remaining five matches ending in draws. Meanwhile, in 47 previous games between the clubs, the Eindhoven side have won 24 compared with their Amsterdam rivals' 12 victories.
Ajax worries Ajax's hopes of improving on those statistics will be hampered by the absence of Czech midfielder Tomáš Galásek, who has back problems, although winger Mauro Rosales should be available again. However, Koeman's team come up against a PSV side in terrific form under Guus Hiddink - leading Champions League Group E as well as the Eredivisie after a 2-1 midweek win at Rosenborg BK.
Defensive concerns PSV's main concern is their defence. André Ooijer is out with a hamstring injury, Wilfred Bouma had to skip Friday training and Brazilian centre-back Alex is doubtful because of a bruised foot. Peruvian forward Jefferson Farfán may also be absent after taking a blow to his knee against Rosenborg. "We will decide on them on Saturday," said Hiddink.
Shooting guard Latrell Sprewell said that if the Timberwolves don't sign him to an extension before the Nov. 3 season opener, it could lead to "potential problems" down the road. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press
Free-agent quarterback Tim Couch flew to Chicago on Thursday night and believes his chance to sign with the Bears sounded more enticing than two others he had entertained since September, his brother said. "Several teams were interested, but his agent (Tom Condon) told him to rest and wait for the right one when he was healthy," Greg Couch said. -- Chicago Tribune
AS Roma's Daniele De Rossi has been handed a three-match ban after his dismissal for violent conduct against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Kicking out The Roma midfielder was due to be suspended for one game after being shown a red card in the 87th minute of the UEFA Champions League Group B encounter, but the ban has been extended to three matches by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary body after reviewing video evidence. De Rossi was sent off after he kicked out at Leverkusen's Jacek Krzynówek.
Panucci punished De Rossi's team-mate Christian Panucci has also seen his statutory ban extended. He was red-carded in the 61st minute for elbowing Krzynówek as the two players rose for a header. The Control and Disciplinary board has decided that this example of particularly rough play merited a two-match suspension. Roma have until midnight on Monday 25 October to appeal against the decisions
Ex-Red Sox hurler Bill "Spaceman" Lee: Baseball's first extraterrestrial?
Now that Boston has finally beaten the Yankees and seeks its first World Series win since -- all together now -- 1918, the 10 Spot marks the occasion with a list of the top 10 most outrageous characters in Red Sox history. On Monday, we'll have a similar list for the Cardinals.
1. Bill Lee (1969-78) -- Could a player this eccentric have been anything but a left-handed pitcher? The Spaceman was in an orbit all his own. At various times he wore -- on the field -- a gas mask, a Daniel Boone cap and a beanie with a propeller. Grew a Fu Manchu mustache but insisted it was a Ho Chi Minh. Long a devoted pot-smoker, he claims to have toked with President Bush. Of course, he also says that the CIA has a dossier on him, that the Bible is fiction and that the royal Stuart family of Scotland is directly descended from Jesus Christ.
2. Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd (1982-89) -- The Can delighted Sox fans, flinging pitches from a skinny 145-pound frame while uttering gems such as this one after throwing a 3-2 fastball: "When it goes up to the full house, the Can will bring high noon." He was perpetually high-strung, and his mound-strutting dismayed opponents but revved up the Fenway faithful. "I got color. I got character. I'm the Caaaan," he said (the nickname came from Boyd's hometown of Meridian, Miss., where beer was known as oil.) Sox fans were less delighted in 1986 when, upset over being left off the All-Star team despite an 11-6 start, the Can hightailed it to Mississippi and missed several weeks.
3. Wade Boggs (1982-92) -- The poultry-loving hitting machine had as many compulsions as Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As It Gets. He ate chicken every day. He ran wind sprints at precisely 7:17 p.m. He used pine tar, a doughnut and a resin in the on-deck circle, in that order. Then, more often than not, he poked one the other way off the Green Monster. Oh, and did we mention he was a sex addict? Countless philandering husbands, in New England and elsewhere, should pay tribute to Boggsy for trying to elevate screwing around into a serious-sounding medical condition deserving sympathy rather than a swift kick in the rear.
4. Ellis Kinder (1948-55) -- The patron saint of boozing ballplayers. Kinder made it a point to get especially sloshed the night before he pitched, then sweat out the booze in those heavy flannel uniforms by throwing zeros the next day at Fenway. It wasn't that Kinder had no self-control; according to David Halberstam'sThe Summer of '49, it was a conscious routine. Early in his career Kinder would stay in the night before he pitched, but he tossed and turned before playing, in Kinder's words, "like crap." Once Kinder discovered the secret of the sauce, he escaped a long minor-league career for a nice run in the bigs. Before a key showdown with the Yanks late in 1949, Yankees reserve catcher Ralph Houk met up with Kinder at a Boston bar. Houk knew Kinder from the minors, and was more than happy to accompany his friend on a colossal pub crawl. Houk stumbled into the visiting dugout the next day, feeling like hell but proud that he had helped pickle the Boston starter to seemingly ensure a New York win. Kinder threw a six-hit shutout.
5. Harry Frazee (owner) -- Frazee plays the villain in the Red Sox' cast of characters as the man most responsible for the Curse. Strapped for cash, the Broadway producer shipped a young Babe Ruth to the Yankees after the 1919 season, when the pitcher-turned-slugger had blasted a seemingly impossible 29 home runs. He sold Ruth for a then-stunning $100,000, plus Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert loaned Frazee $300,000 and took a mortgage on Fenway Park as collateral. Frazee's largesse didn't stop there, as he continually handed Ruppert whatever he needed to build the Yankee dynasty. By 1923, when the Yanks won their third straight pennant, they had 11 former Red Sox. A Boston cabbie likely acted for all of New England when, upon learning that the man who was just in his cab had sold Ruth, he dropped Frazee with a haymaker.
6. Dick "Dr. Strangeglove" Stuart (1963-64) -- Stuart arrived in Boston with a reputation as a decent slugger but indifferent fielder at first base. He might have been sold short on both fronts. "Dick's not as bad a fielder as they say," said a Red Sox hurler during spring training in '63. "He's worse." The grumbling wasn't so loud when Stuart mashed 42 homers and led the league with 118 RBIs that season. By the end of the year he had his own TV show in Boston, Stuart on Sports. But his Hub honeymoon was short. During the 1964 season, manager Johnny Pesky was so fed up with Stuart's indolence afield that he considered quitting. Stuart was shipped to the Phils after the year ended.
7. George "Boomer" Scott (1966-71, 77-79) -- The burly slugger (271 homers) was cat-quick at first base, winning a very un-Strangeglovelike eight Gold Gloves. Yet perhaps his greatest contribution to the game was popularizing the term "taters" for home runs. He was also known for a peculiar Boomer-speak. "The Brew got the Duker in the first," for example, meant that Harmon Killebrew hit a home run off Earl Wilson in the first inning. After his big league career ended in 1979, Boomer headed south for the Mexican League, picking up a new nickname -- King Kong.
8. Luis Tiant (1971-78) -- El Tiante's back-to-the-plate corkscrew windup has been aped by a generation of wiffleballers in backyards from Bangor to the Back Bay. Nobody in Boston was entirely sure what the Cuban was saying, but they certainly understood when he lit up a fat cigar after a win, which he did often during three 20-victory seasons for the Sox. Tiant was the man during the '75 postseason, winning three games along with a no-decision in Game 6 of the World Series, which ended on Carlton Fisk's famous homer.
9. Ted Williams (1939-60) -- Teddy Ballgame wasn't merely a character, he was an all-American hero, a real-life John Wayne with the war medals and home runs to prove it. It's impossible to make any Red Sox list without including The Kid, the majors' last .400 hitter. Williams had his battles with the Boston fans and media, and the latter likely cost him at least two MVP awards. But the power of his myth is such that it has only grown since his death in 2002. His (frozen) body became the focus of a pitched battle between his children.
10. Bill Buckner (1984-87) -- Billy Bucks, of course, is vilified for his error in Game 6 of the '86 World Series, when he let Mookie Wilson's ground ball trickle through his legs to allow Ray Knight to score the winning run. Never mind that the Mets had already tied the score. Never mind that manager John McNamara left the gimpy Buckner in on defense, though he might have replaced him with Dave Stapleton as he had done earlier in the postseason. Buckner is the man who stands the most to gain from a Red Sox victory over the Cards..
10 Spot Extra:Jeopardy! vote results and Lock of the Week. The silent majority spoke up, voting overwhelmingly to continue the Ken Jennings updates with a whopping 87.2 percent of the ballots. Therefore Ken will be back in next Tuesday's edition and will continue in the 10 Spot until his defeat. As for the Lock of the Week, the Broncos smoked the Raiders last week to move us to 4-2. This week we're going with the Packers, giving 3½ points at home to the Cowboys. The Pack is probably sick of hearing how it's lost its Lambeau edge.
Giuly ya tiene el alta y podría ser titular contra Osasuna
Ludovic Giuly ha recibido el alta médica y podría ser titular el próximo domingo contra Osasuna después de entrenarse ayer y hoy con normalidad El delantero se ha recuperado de la lesión muscular que le obligó a perderse los dos últimos partidos ante Espanyol y Milan. Los servicios médicos del club han publicado esta mañana un comunicado en el que se afirmaba que el francés ha evolucionado muy favorablemente: "Dado la buena evolución de su lesión y su adaptación a las cargas de entrenamiento se le da el alta médico-deportiva". De este modo, el técnico barcelonista, Frank Rijkaard, tiene a su disposición al delantero que hoy ya formó parte del teórico equipo titular en el entrenamiento. El sueco Henrik Larsson sería probablemente quien regresara al banquillo para ceder su puesto a Giuly. El regreso del francés da cierta flexibilidad a Rijkaard y es que, con la plaga de lesiones, el técnico sólo dispuso de trece jugadores en los dos últimos encuentros disputados por el equipo. Sin embargo, Gerard López seguirá de baja debido a la pubalgia que le ha impedido alinearse en las últimas semanas. El de Granollers podría volver a los entrenamientos el próximo lunes y, según su evolución, incorporarse definitivamente a la plantilla. Por su parte, Sylvinho tardará un par de semanas más en poder jugar, tras la rotura parcial del ligamento lateral interno que sufrió en su rodilla izquierda.
El Real Madrid se mantiene firme en su postura de frenar la posible marcha de Morientes al Liverpool. Pese a que sería legal que el futbolista fuera traspasado al club inglés cara al mercado invernal, el club blanco se mantiene firme en su postura de no darle ninguna facilidad.
El entrenador merengue, García Remón, admite que la situación del jugador es muy delicada, pero se limita a ‘invitarle’ a que no pierda la ilusión. De la misma forma, el técnico deja muy claro que Ronaldo y Owen tendrán siempre preferencia sobre el bueno de Morientes.
Florentino Pérez se escudaba en que la normativa UEFA no permite el traspaso del ‘Moro’ al Liverpool hasta el final de la presente campaña. Pero, tras conocer que la realidad es otra, ahora se aferra a que no dejará marchar al jugador por menos de doce millones de euros. A todo esto, Morientes está con la moral por los suelos. En los entrenamientos se le ve con poca ilusión, se palpa que se siente engañado como nunca. Y sólo le faltaba que apareciera García Remón para tratarle como a un recién llegado al mundo del fútbol. Morientes siempre lo ha dado todo por un Real Madrid que, ahora, ‘juega’ con el futbolista. La lamentable postura de Florentino ha tenido amplio eco en medios deportivos. Y más de un jugador de la plantilla capitalina reconoce, en voz baja por razones obvias, que el presidente se equivoca al buscar que Morientes se ‘queme’ en el banquillo merengue.
MLB.com: What are your thoughts on the way the series ended? Sheffield: It's very disappointing. When you think you're going to win the World Series, you don't think about the possibility of losing. We always feel like we're going to win, so that was the attitude we took. Even when we were up, 3-0, we knew it was going to be tough. They got one game, which we let slip away, then we let another game slip away. This was the result of that.
MLB.com: You've known Kevin Brown for a long time and called him a big-game pitcher many times. How surprised were you by his performance? Sheffield: It's surprising, but that's a tough ballclub to get out. He made his pitches and guys were hitting them. In games like this, anything can happen.
MLB.com: Javier Vazquez comes in and gives up the grand slam on his first pitch. What are you thinking then? Sheffield: We've scored six runs before. The ballgame wasn't over. It was still a long way to go, so we were just going to have to come back again.
MLB.com: How good was Derek Lowe, pitching on two days' rest? Sheffield: He made his pitches. He kept guys off base, and when you do that, you can pitch backwards. That's what he did. Normally, he uses his sinker a lot, but he stayed away from it tonight, went with the slider. He did an outstanding job.
MLB.com: When you're down, 6-0, then 8-1, is it a feeling of stunned disbelief? Sheffield: At first, you're stunned when you're down by that much, that early. You never thought it would be like that, especially in our home ballpark. You have to tip your cap to those guys.
MLB.com: How big was David Ortiz for them in this series? Sheffield: He's humongous. That guy just showed what he's all about. He did everything he could possibly do in this series. When his team needed him the most, he came through.
MLB.com: Johnny Damon was having a bad series until Game 7, when he hit two homers. Was it surprising that he was their big bat in this game? Sheffield: We knew that he's dangerous. When you can keep him off base, it deflates their offense and slows it down. Ortiz picked them up until Damon was able to come around.
MLB.com: What are your thoughts on the series as a whole? Sheffield: It really hasn't hit me yet. The fact that we're not going to the World Series is what sticks out in my mind right now. I'm not thinking about would've or could've. I don't think like that.
MLB.com: Do you feel that the better team won? Sheffield: No. They just outplayed us for the last four days.
MLB.com: Does this make you itch a little to get back here next year? Sheffield: Absolutely. This is what we play for. This is why we put in the work we do all season. I'll be back, ready to go here next year.
Cashman returning in 2005 - Steinbrenner tells Yankees GM his job is safe
General manager Brian Cashman will soon start retooling the Yankees for 2005.
NEW YORK -- Brian Cashman wasn't worried about his job status after watching the Yankees lose the American League Championship Series to the Red Sox on Wednesday night. It turns out that he had no reason to worry, as George Steinbrenner informed his general manager that he would be returning for the 2005 season.
"My mindset is not to worry about things like that. I worry about what I can control, and those are decisions that are above me," Cashman said. "If it was an issue, it would have been an issue whether I was worrying about it or not. I chose not to think about it."
Cashman is closing out his seventh season as the Yankees' GM, and he has one more year remaining on his contract. Having watched his team blow a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven ALCS, Cashman knows that organizational meetings in Tampa are imminent, as the club will figure out a course of action to take this winter. Hours after Wednesday's 10-3 loss to the Red Sox, Steinbrenner told Cashman that his job was safe, clearing up any questions as to whether or not he would be blamed for the playoff collapse.
"He told me last night that he had no intentions of making any changes with me -- and to be prepared to get after it this winter," Cashman said. "We'll assess the free-agent and trade markets, get some guidance from the Boss and everybody else in the organization and try to come up with a game plan."
Steinbrenner issued a statement through his publicist Thursday, congratulating Boston on its first AL pennant since 1986. "I congratulate the Boston Red Sox on their great victory, and I want to thank our loyal fans for their enormous support," Steinbrenner said. "Of course I am disappointed, because I wanted a championship for them and for our city. "You can be assured we will get to work and produce a great team next year."
"I feel I know how to do this job. I feel I do a good job. Sometimes the decisions work, and sometimes they don't."
-- Brian Cashman
Cashman said that Steinbrenner was "disappointed" with the Yankees' loss, but the GM refused to comment beyond that on the owner's mood.
"You know George, and he certainly didn't like the result last night, especially with a 3-0 lead against the Red Sox," said manager Joe Torre. "It's understandable." Cashman will have a tough task ahead of him this winter, trying to retool a team with several hefty contracts weighing it down. "Pitching is an area we always have to concentrate on, and it's obvious this winter. We have areas we need to fix," Cashman said. "There are certainly a number of names out there that have had their share of success, but more importantly, we'll see what our scouts say."
Among those names are Pedro Martinez and Carl Pavano, though Cashman wouldn't comment on any one player, citing baseball's tampering rules. There could be some players available on the trade market as well -- including Randy Johnson -- but whether or not the Yankees will have the chips to deal remains to be seen.
"With some organizations, the answer is going to be yes. With others, it will be no," Cashman said. "It depends on what their requests are. We're stronger at the lower levels than we are at the higher levels, so it depends if teams want immediate help vs. longer terms."
The Yankees' payroll, which was roughly $184 million this season, could top $200 million in 2005. Cashman said that Steinbrenner has yet to give him an indication of the payroll restrictions, adding that it is an issue for him every year, no matter how high the payroll is. "When we win, it's not an issue. When we lose, it's an issue," Cashman said. "He wants a return on his investment, like any businessman." No matter what the Yankees end up doing this winter, it will be Cashman pulling the trigger from the GM's office for an eighth consecutive season. "I feel I know how to do this job. I feel I do a good job," Cashman said. "Sometimes the decisions work, and sometimes they don't. I'm comfortable in the job I'm doing, but it doesn't matter what I think. It only matters what he thinks, and he told me I'm coming back."
AFC Ajax midfielder Tomáš Galásek is facing several more weeks on the sidelines according to coach Ronald Koeman.
Back problem The 31-year-old Czech international has not played since 13 October because of back problems, and Koeman said on Friday that he expects to be without Galásek for the near future, ruling him out of the UEFA Champions League Group C match at Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC on 3 November. "There appears to be something wrong with [one of the discs in his back], and as it looks now, he will not play for a while," the coach said.
New York Gov. George Pataki loses bet and dons a Boston Red Sox jersey
New York Gov. George Pataki, left, dons a Boston Red Sox jersey to settle a bet with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, at a hotel in New York Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. Because the New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, Pataki agreed to wear the jersey to a public function.
Jermaine O'Neal desfalca o Indiana até o final da pré-temporada
O Indiana Pacers não poderá contar com o ala Jermaine O'Neal pelo resto de sua pré-temporada. O jogador ficará de fora da equipe para cuidar de uma lesão no pé direito. O departamento médico do time, comandado pelo técnico Rick Carlisle, espera que o ala esteja totalmente recuperado para o início da temporada regular, no dia 3 de novembro, na partida contra o Cleveland Cavaliers. "Ele não participará do restante dos amistosos", afirmou Carlisle, em entrevista ao site da NBA, após os treinos de quinta-fera. "Não é que o seu problema tenha piorado. É apenas uma situação em que os médicos decidiram que, a partir de agora, um descanso irá acelerar o processo de recuperação". O'Neal sofreu a lesão em um jogo informal, a menos de um mês do início da pré-temporada. O ala perdeu o primeiro amistoso da equipe, mas entrou contra o Memphis Grizzlies, no dia 16 de outubro, e marcou 22 pontos. Contra o Minnesota Timberwolves, na última terça-feira, deixou a quadra no terceiro quarto com dores nas costas -problema que, segundo os médicos do time, não preocupa. Em nova partida contra o Minnesota neste sábado, o Indiana não poderá contar com outros dois jogadores. O pivô David Harrison, com dores no ombro direito, e o ala Jonathan Bender, com lesão no joelho esquerdo, são os desfalques certos.
English Premiership leaders Arsenal FC have the chance to extend their remarkable unbeaten league run to 50 games this weekend, but Arsène Wenger's side face a stern task as they travel to arch-rivals Manchester United FC on Sunday.
Lead lost The champions, who hold a five-point advantage over Chelsea FC at the head of the standings, twice lost the lead in drawing 2-2 at Greek side Panathinaikos FC in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, slipping to second place in Group E.
Ankle problem However, Wenger's team could welcome back captain Patrick Vieira, sent off in this fixture last season, who sustained an ankle injury in last weekend's victory against Aston Villa FC and sat out the trip to Athens. Striker Thierry Henry should overcome an ankle knock, but midfielders Robert Pires and Edu are doubts while Gilberto is still sidelined with a back problem.
Rooney threat In contrast to Arsenal's fluent start to the campaign, Manchester United have struggled to find their form and occupy sixth place, eleven points behind Arsenal. However, Sir Alex Ferguson's men could have a psychological edge as summer signing Wayne Rooney, who turns 19 on Sunday, scored a dramatic last-minute winner the last time a long Arsenal unbeaten sequence came to a halt. The English international – then only 16 – struck in October 2002 as Everton FC ended Arsenal's 30-match undefeated record.
Scoring problems Despite a squad including Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooij, Alan Smith and Louis Saha, Sir Alex's side have failed to reproduce their usual flowing football and have struggled in front of goal, scoring just nine times in nine league games, compared with Arsenal's 29. United were held to a stalemate at AC Sparta Praha on Tuesday, and are second in Champions League Group D.
Chelsea chance Chelsea have the opportunity to cut Arsenal's lead on Saturday when Blackburn Rovers FC visit Stamford Bridge, although José Mourinho still has a striker shortage with Didier Drogba and Adrian Mutu missing. Liverpool FC, meanwhile, will hope for better fortune in front of goal at home to Charlton Athletic FC, having dominated RC Deportivo La Coruña at Anfield on Tuesday but only managed a goalless draw.
Everton challenge Everton have begun the season impressively and lie third, David Moyes's team travelling to Norwich City FC on Saturday. Saturday's other matches pit fourth-placed Bolton Wanderers FC against Tottenham Hostpur FC, Aston Villa FC against Fulham FC, and Crystal Palace FC against West Bromwich Albion FC.
Sunday action On Sunday, north-east pair Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United FC will seek to build on 1-0 away wins in Athens in Thursday's UEFA Cup group games, with fifth-placed Middlesbrough at home to Portsmouth FC and Manchester City FC visiting St. James' Park. The weekend programme is completed by Southampton FC's meeting with Birmingham City FC.
O meio-campista do PSG Jerome Rothen ficará afastado dos campos pelos próximos dois meses. O jogador quebrou um osso do joelho direito na última quarta-feira. A previsão do período de recuperação foi anunciada nesta sexta no site do clube francês. Rothen se machucou ainda no primeiro tempo da vitória sobre o Porto por 2 a 0, pela Liga dos Campeões. O afastamento forçado do jogador é uma grande perda para o PSG em sua atual fase no Campeonato Francês. A equipe amarga a 16ª posição, com dez pontos em dez jogos, e a 12 pontos do líder Lyon. Na Liga dos Campeões, a equipe tampouco faz uma boa campanha, e está no terceiro lugar do grupo H, com três pontos em três jogos -seis abaixo do líder Chelsea. Rothen vestiu a braçadeira de capitão da seleção francesa em sete oportunidades e estava no elenco que disputou a última Eurocopa, em Portugal.
Copa do Mundo de Mountain Bike terá lançamento em São Paulo
Pela primeira vez uma etapa da Copa do Mundo de Mountain Bike será realizada na América Latina. Nos dias 2 e 3 de julho de 2005, o Balneário Camboriú, em Santa Catarina, vai receber a principal competição da modalidade olímpica. O evento reunirá cerca de 500 atletas de mais de 20 países nas especialidades Down Hill, Cross Country, e Four X. As outras etapas do Mundial são na América do Norte e na Europa. O lançamento do principal campeonato da modalidade será nesta terça-feira, dia 26, na Casa de Santa Catarina, em São Paulo. Estarão na apresentação os bikers brasileiros Markolf Bercthold e Márcio Ravelli, o presidente da Federação Catarinense de Ciclismo João Carlos Andrade, o secretário de organização do lazer de Santa Catarina, Gilmar Knaesel e o presidente da Santur, Jorge Meira.
Sandro Dias e Fabíola da Silva seguem em turnê 'radical' pela Ásia
Depois de Xangai, o skatista Sandro Dias e a patinadora Fabíola da Silva partem neste fim de semana para a segunda parada da turnê asiática de esportes radicais, em Pequim, na China. Os brasileiros fazem parte de um grupo de trinta atletas, dez de cada modalidade (skate, patins e bike), que se apresentam na China e na Coréia do Sul até o dia 1º de novembro. Bicampeão mundial de skate vertical e vencedor da primeira etapa do Asian Tour, Sandro Dias está animado para o segundo evento, que mais uma vez terá formato distinto das competições do circuito - haverá uma demonstração dos dez atletas no sábado, para definir a ordem de entrada, e uma final no domingo. "Estou adorando conhecer a China. Já visitamos alguns dos principais pontos turísticos e estamos tendo a oportunidade de entender um pouco mais os hábitos das pessoas. Aqui é tudo muito diferente", diz Sandro Dias, que se surpreendeu com a reação do público na primeira competição. "Eles ficam muito quietos durante todo o evento e só se manifestam quando alguém está na pista. Aqui em Pequim ainda não vi ninguém andando de skate na rua. Estou muito ansioso para ver a reação do público local, espero contar com o apoio da galera para conquistar mais um bom resultado", conta o bicampeão mundial de skate vertical.
Fabíola, que em Xangai ficou com o décimo lugar, competindo entre os homens, diz que tem andado bem nos treinos e espera um resultado melhor em Pequim. "Não fiquei satisfeita com o décimo lugar, então neste fim de semana vou me esforçar ainda mais para fazer uma boa apresentação. As competições aqui têm sido muito bacanas, não só em função do público mas também por causa da descontração, estamos em fim de temporada e todos estão querendo se divertir", afirma Fabíola.
Papo com Trajano - 'Os piores textos de José Trajano'
Já completei 58 anos (hoje); já comi pastel na feira do Pacaembu; já morei com o doutor Sócrates em Florença; já fui braço-direito de Darcy Ribeiro; já li "O Apanhador no Campo de Centeio"; já vi Pelé jogar na Copa de 70; já comi empada do Salete, na Tijuca, e os quitutes da Alaíde no Bracarense; já vi o América ser campeão carioca; já fiz imprensa alternativa (EX, Mais Um, Canja); já morei na Lagoa do Abaeté, Salvador; já fui a Paris nas quatro estações do ano; já conquistei a amizade de ídolos antigos, como Wlamir Marques e Tostão; já vi Olimpíada in loco; já fui vice-campeão de chope no Lamas; já vi shows no Blue Note e no Village Vanguard, em Nova York; já comprei todos os CDs do Chet Baker; já dei entrevista no Jô Soares; já vi jogos em Roland Garros; já vi o Festival de Montreux; já vi Maradona jogar no Napoli; já dei tapinha no ombro do Hollyfield; já jantei num inesquecível chinês com Reali Jr, em Paris; já dancei com Romina Power em Roma; já fui e voltei para a Europa de navio; já fiz três filhos; já tomei café, feito por ele, no apartamento do Chico Buarque em Paris; já vi jogos no antigo estádio de Wembley; já vi Edson Machado e Do Um tocarem ao vivo; já trabalhei com Cláudio Abramo, Tarso de Castro, Zuenir, Jânio de Freitas e Mino Carta; já morei com Sá, Rodrix e Guarabyra; já morei na fazenda da Forquilha em Rio das Flores; já fui companheiro de boêmia do Aldir; já fui sócio do mestre Sérgio de Sousa de um filho de Quartier Latin; já comi rabada com Luis Carlos Prestes no Jacarezinho; já vi o famoso show de Caetano, Gil, Rita Lee e Mutantes na Sucata nos anos 60, já vi muito Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Godard, Truffaut, Glauber, Nelson Pereira, Orson Welles, John Ford, Capra ; já comi Bauru no Ponto Chic; já lancei muita gente de talento; já vi Garrincha jogar de pertinho; já vi do gramado, atrás do gol, o milésimo gol de Pelé; já criei uma emissora de televisão, a ESPN Brasil. Já fiz tudo isso e muito mais, e sei que tudo está apenas começando.
Craque húngaro confessa ter espionado time a mando da polícia
A Hungria teve projeção internacional na Copa de 1954 e nas Olimpíadas
Duas vezes campeão olímpico na década de 60, Dezso Novak confessou nesta semana que espionava seus companheiros de time e de seleção para a polícia da Hungria. Em entrevista ao jornal esportivo "Nemzeti Sport", disse que foi forçado a se tornar informante após ser pego entrando no país, então comunista, com vários relógios quando voltava de um amistoso na vizinha Áustria. Os policiais ameaçaram incriminá-lo por contrabando e ofereceram como única opção à prisão que ele passasse informes sobre as atividades dos outros jogadores nas excursões ao exterior da seleção húngara e do lendário time do Ferencvaros "Eles falaram que iam acabar com minha carreira. Perderia meu passaporte e iria para a cadeia. O único que tinha na cabeça é jogar futebol. Concordei", afirmou o atual técnico, com passagem pelo agora modesto Ferencvaros. A Hungria teve uma geração dourada nas décadas de 50 e 60. Sua maior figura foi Puskas, que jogou até no Real Madrid. Surpreendeu o mundo com seu time na Copa de 1954 e só foi derrotada na final pelos alemães. O país europeu também levou os ouros nas Olimpíadas de 1964 e 1968. Atualmente, porém, o país não está nem entre as potências medianas do continente europeu. Toda essa projeção internacional na época preocupava os governantes, principalmente após 1956, quando tropas russas invadiram o país que tentava maior liberalidade em seu regime socialista. Os dirigentes húngaros pró-Moscou se preocupavam com as deserções de jogadores e os contatos deles no exterior com oposicionistas. "Como atleta, eu não ligava muito para política. Fui membro do partido comunista por um par de anos, mas fui excluído por falta do pagamento anual de minha filiação. Eu só queria jogar futebol", declarou o ex-lateral-direito.
Novak ficou tão célebre que até apareceu com Puskas em uma recente edição especial de latas de cerveja na Hungria
Novak disse que seus relatos foram poucos e curtos. "Eles me interrogaram umas três vezes. Não fala tudo que sabia. Depois assinava os papéis e tchau", afirmou. A Hungria vive neste ano uma febre de confissões sobre atividade de espionagem durante o regime comunista (1945-1989).
Tudo começou quando o ex-primeiro-ministro Peter Medgyessy teve de confessar esse seu passado. Ele coletava informações sigilosas junto ao FMI (Fundo Monetário Internacional). O curioso é que no Brasil também acontecia coisa parecida. Pelé, por exemplo, foi espionado pelo regime militar (1964-1985), com informes secretos, revelados só recentemente, sobre sua movimentação nas excursões do Santos ao exterior.
Havana (Cuba) - O torcedor argentino, fã de Maradona, pode ficar despreocupado. Segundo o embaixador da Argentina em Cuba, Raúl Taleb, o ex-craque está “muito bem”, com uma grande demonstração de otimismo por sua recuperação. Em entrevista à Rádio Del Prata de Buenos Aires, o diplomata diz que Don Diego recebeu a visita dos pais para comemorar o aniversário de um mÊs do seu retorno ao país de Fidel Castro.
'Vejo nele um ânimo e uma predisposição muito boas. Acho que está no lugar adequado para sua recuperação', disse Taleb, que teve a oportunidade de conhecer o seu ídolo pessoalmente. “Me pareceu uma pessoa de muita humildade e um grande coração”, completou o diplomata. O Campeão Mundial de 1986 está internado no Centro de Saúde Mental (Censam) de Havana há um mês para se tratar de seu vício em cocaína, que quase o matou no último mês, quando sofreu uma crise cardíaca e respiratória. O maior ídolo argentino completará 43 anos no próximo dia 30.
El Deportivo se interesa por Luisao, según su agente
El Deportivo de La Coruña y el Tottenham inglés están interesados en la contratación del defensa central del Benfica Luisao, según aseguró al diario portugués 'A Bola' su representante, Giulliano Bertolucci. "Después del Real Madrid, con (José Antonio) Camacho, también preguntó por el jugador el Inter de Milán. Ahora surgieron el Deportivo y el Tottenham", declaró el represente. Cuestionado sobre la posibilidad de que el jugador salga del club lisboeta en el mercado de invierno, el representante señaló que es poco probable debido a la confianza que tiene puesta en él su entrenador, el italiano Giovanni Trapattoni. "Tendría que ser una propuesta muy, muy buena. Es posible que las cosas sólo se concreten en junio (de 2005). Depende también del Benfica, aunque hasta ahora no hablé con el presidente", afirmó Bertulucci, que agregó que el jugador "está muy feliz en Portugal". Luisao, de 23 años y 1,92 metros de estatura, contribuyó a conquistar un campeonato brasileño con el Cruzeiro y obtuvo la Copa de Portugal con el Benfica y la Copa América con la selección brasileña
As homenagens a Ayrton Senna não param. Além da exposição sobre o maior ídolo do automobilismo brasileiro, um evento especial marcará os torcedores que acompanharem o GP Brasil de F-1 neste final de semana. A histórica Lotus preta, pilotada por Senna no Mundial de 1986, dará uma volta simbólica no traçado de Interlagos pilotada por Bruno Senna, piloto de Fórmula BMW Inglesa e sobrinho do tricampeão. A sugestão da homenagem foi de Bernie Ecclestone, presidente da FOM, organizadora da F-1. Ecclestone quer fazer no Brasil, casa de Senna, o mesmo que fez em Ímola, quando Gerhard Berger desfilou com a Lotus antes do GP de San Marino. O carro pertencia ao banqueiro italiano Gian Cláudio Giovannone e foi doado ao sobrinho de Senna. As homenagens a Senna não vão se restringir ao GP Brasil. Na segunda-feira a Lotus será transportada em carro aberto pelas ruas de São Paulo e passará a integrar a exposição sobre a vida do piloto. Confira abaixo o trajeto do histórico carro de Ayrton Senna:
Avenida Interlagos, Av. Washington Luis, Av. Moreira Guimarães, Av. Rubem Berta, Av. 23 de Maio, Rua Estela, Av. Bernardino de Campos, Av. Paulista, Complexo Viário Rebouças, Av. Rebouças, Av. Brig. Faria Lima, Rua Diogo Moreira, Av Eusébio Matoso, Ponte Eusébio Matoso, Rua Ibiapinópolis e Shopping Eldorado (Exposição Senna Experience). A saída de Interlagos entre 9h40 e 10h, passando pela Av. Paulista por volta das 12h, com chegada prevista na exposição entre 13h30 e 14h.
2006 - NBA no Brasil - Falta a palavra oficial do chefão da NBA
NBA informa: um jogo no Brasil de pré-temporada está sendo programado para 2006. A informação, transmitida diretamente do escritório da liga em Miami, confirma o que este próprio LANCE! publicou meses atrás. Mas ainda não é algo definitivo ou que possa fazer os amantes do basquete iniciarem a contagem regressiva. Nos últimos anos, a NBA anunciou diversas datas para possíveis jogos-exibição no Brasil, como são os da pré-temporada, como já acontece no México, China, Japão e na Europa. Mas nunca foi divulgada uma data exata. É sempre daqui a dois ou três anos e assim por diante. No contato com a coluna, a NBA procurou esclarecer que a previsão de um jogo aqui não foi feita por dirigentes de “baixo escalão”, como me referi na semana passada. A liga listou nomes e cargos dos dirigentes que estiveram no país recentemente e falaram da possível data de 2006: Andrew Messick (vice-presidente sênior internacional), Arturo Nunez (vice-presidente e General Manager da NBA na América Latina), Peter Fink (vice-presidente de eventos e atrações) e Mark Ellison (da divisão mundial de merchandising).
Mas falta um nome importantíssimo: David Stern, o todo-poderoso presidente da NBA, responsável por transformar a liga num dos negócios mais lucrativos do mundo a partir da década de 80. Eu ainda espero por uma palavra dele sobre este tão sonhado jogo no Brasil. Quando “Mister” Stern disser, pode acreditar e começar a reservar o seu lugar. Mas, por enquanto, ele ainda não se pronunciou oficialmente. Até lá, ainda estaremos sujeitos a novos adiamentos, a novas marcações de datas. Mas há motivos para, ao menos, ser otimista: a liga está investindo no Brasil, fechando negócios de parcerias comerciais e institucionais. A tendência é que o processo seja incrementado a cada ano, também impulsionado pela participação cada vez maior de brasileiros na NBA. Neste ritmo, é bem provável que logo seja possível assistir a um jogo ao vivo aqui, e não será pela TV. Será sentado na arquibancada! Um sonho que irá se realizar. E também será capaz de alavancar o desenvolvimento do basquete brasileiro, que está numa fase anterior à pré-história da própria NBA. Mas, um dia, ainda chegamos lá. Ou pelo menos perto. Não custa nada acreditar.
MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is backing his players to rise to the challenge against Arsenal on Sunday in a match he admits his side must win to stay in the Premier League title race. "Everyone is looking forward to it. Over the years my experience of situations like this is that we seem to revel in occasions like Manchester United-Arsenal games," Ferguson told a news conference on Friday."Every game is important to this club, but these are the special games, the ones you feel you're challenged in and your players are looking forward to. There's a general good buzz about the place.
Ferguson thinks United, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, need victory to retain realistic hopes of winning their ninth title in 13 seasons. "For us to win the league I think winning is a very important issue for us on Sunday," he said. "Arsenal could come and get a draw and still be 11 points clear of us and they would be delighted with that at this stage of the season. "But leagues can turn very easily. We were 12 points behind Newcastle once and won the league, so it can change. What we need is for Manchester United to win the game on Sunday and see how that affects the whole thing."
Arsenal go to Old Trafford looking to extend their unbeaten league record to 50 matches but Ferguson is not worried about that milestone. "We don't concern ourselves about what a team has done in previous games," he said. "What we are going to be building on is that it's a game at Old Trafford and I've got a group of players who are well and truly capable of winning this match and that's what I expect us to do."
Arsenal have scored 29 league goals compared to United's nine, and Ferguson's expensively assembled frontline has scored only once in the last three games. Ferguson, however, believes his strikers will soon be back among the goals. "Ruud van Nistelrooy's record tells you that," he said. "Young (Wayne) Rooney's record tells you that also. We have others like (Louis) Saha and (Alan) Smith, who are proven goal scorers."
Last season's goalless draw at Old Trafford was marred by unsavoury incidents following the dismissal of Patrick Vieira and a late penalty miss by Van Nistelrooy, with four Arsenal players suspended for their parts in the fracas. Sunday's match will again be highly charged, but Ferguson has faith in his players to maintain their discipline. "It's a game, an important game and we know how to handle it," he said. United captain Roy Keane remains doubtful with a virus, while fullback Quinton Fortune is ruled out with a calf strain.
O arqui-rival São Paulo é um exemplo a ser seguido pelo Corinthians. Esta é a opinião de Jô, componente do terceiro pior ataque do Campeonato Brasileiro. O jogador é o favorito para assumir a vaga de Alberto no confronto deste domingo, contra o Paraná.
'O São Paulo serve de exemplo, sim. Desde que o Luís Fabiano saiu, eles receberam muitas críticas', disse o atleta. Sempre citando o adversário, Jô pretende aumentar o poder de fogo do ataque alvinegro. 'Eles conseguiram mudar a situação com trabalho e persistência. A sorte está lançada e eu espero ter sucesso'.
O heptacampeão mundial Michael Schumacher elogiou bastante o companheiro de equipe Rubens Barrichello e fez questão de afirmar que os dois estarão livres para disputar a vitória no GP do Brasil, em Interlagos. Schumacher tentará a sua quinta vitória na etapa brasileira do Mundial - as outras foram em 1994, 1995, 2000 e 2002.
- Cada um fará a sua própria corrida e veremos como as coisas vão ficar no final. Rubens é um piloto muito forte, não há nenhuma dúvida disso. Ele não precisa de nenhuma ajuda e estou certo de que ele preferiria vencer por seus próprios méritos do que ganhar com a ajuda de alguém - disse Schumi.
El FC Barcelona no deberá cumplir los dos partidos de clausura que pesan sobre su estadio a raíz de los incidentes ocurridos en el partido de Liga ante el Real Madrid del 23 de noviembre del 2002. Según publica hoy 'El Periódico de Catalunya', el club azulgrana se beneficiará de las medidas de gracia que concederá el candidato que salga elegido como presidente de la Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) en las elecciones que se celebrarán en dicho organismo el próximo 26 de noviembre. La directiva barcelonista comunicará al bufete de abogados de Roca Junyent, una vez sea levantada la sanción, que retire el recurso contencioso-administrativo que había interpuesto en abril del 2003, y que sirvió para que el juez concediera la suspensión cautelar del cierre hasta que no exista una sentencia en firme. Tanto Angel María Villar, actual presidente de la RFEF, como Gerardo González y Gerardo Martínez, los dos candidatos que se han unido bajo la candidatura 'Por el cambio', reconocieron a 'El Periódico' que aplicarán medidas de gracia para todo el fútbol español, excepto en los casos de agresiones a los árbitros y dopaje. El tercer aspirante a la presidencia, Sebastián Losada, también sería partidario del perdón, pero sus opciones de ganar parecen escasas.
Trapalhadas com datas e horários confundem no GP do Brasil
Placas na avenida Interlagos informando que o GP do Brasil acontecerá de 23 a 25 de outubro (a prova em uma segunda-feira?). O site da prefeitura de São Paulo marcando para as 15h a largada da corrida. As confusões estão marcando esse Grande Prêmio de F-1. A marca de pneus Bridgestone distribuiu propagandas nas avenidas próximas ao autódromo com as datas erradas. A empresa, porém, se comprometeu a trocar todos os banners até esta sexta-feira, o primeiro dia de treinos. Já o página da prefeitura na Internet dava como as 15h como o começo da prova, quando ela foi antecipada para as 14h faz tempo para contentar as televisões européias para um horário melhor para seus espectadores. Quem não errou na propaganda foi a boate Café Photo, que colocou um outdoor bem em frente ao hotel Transamérica, que nesses dias vira o quartel-general do automobilismo na cidade. O slogan é "Quem conhece, sabe a diferença". Outro boate tem um lema mais ligado à F-1: "Venha conhecer nossas máquinas".
The NFL Europe has discontinued operations of the Scottish Claymores, leaving the UK market without a team.
The Claymores were shutdown after several seasons of declining crowds, and the desire to add a further team to the league roster.
Said NFL Europe managing director Jim Connelly: “This is the toughest decision this league has ever had to make.
“The Claymores have achieved considerable success over the past decade and for any sports team to average close to 11,000 fans per game in this market is commendable.
“But the economics of our league and the interest shown by other cities have forced us to look at whether there are other markets that give us a greater opportunity of improving our business. We believe at this time that such an opportunity exists.”
The Claymores have been part of the NFL Europe League since 1995, posting an average attendance of 10,799 during their 10 seasons. They achieved a franchise-record average attendance of 13,904 in 2001, but have seen crowds fall for the past three seasons.
The NFLEL will announce details of a new franchise in the near future.
The NFL will retain a football development team in Scotland to continue the grassroots programmes that the Claymores have successfully introduced in local schools and will continue to identify and develop young Scottish talent as part of NFL Europe’s National Player Development Programme.
The London Monarchs – the only other NFL Europe team – shut down operations in 1998.
Olé - Entrevista - José Pekerman ( D.T. Argentina)
José imperdible. De chico era de Boca y fana de Rojitas. Su primera vez en la cancha fue un escándalo. Cuenta que jamás llevó autógrafos a sus hijas y que su mujer sabe más de offside que de táctica. Recuerda a Diego como "recoge bolas" y revela que vio a Enzo antes que River. —¿Es cierto que el DT de la Selección empezó a trabajar vendiendo helados en su pueblo? —Sí (asiente con una sonrisa). Para mí era una diversión, pero también lo ayudaba a mi papá con los mangos que ganaba. Yo vivía en un pueblito ferroviario, Holt Ibicuy, y todo dependía del ferrocarril. Un típico pueblo de los 50... Ahora creció por el puente Zárate-Brazo Largo y el Mercosur. Por eso el tren es sólo para llevar carga, ahora llegan los micros. Antes era lo único, ¡se tardaba 8 horas! Y eso que está a 80 kilómetros
—¿Hace mucho que no vas? —Bastante. A partir de que me empezó a ir bien, yo iba y todos los pueblos me querían agasajar... Unos dicen que soy de Villaguay, de Gualeguay, (risas). A mí me da lástima decir algo porque la gente quiere mucho a su pueblo. Pero yo nací en un hospital de Domínguez y me crié en Holt Ibicuy, ése es mi lugar. Después, la mano venía mal en Entre Ríos, mi papá se dedicaba a la agricultura, y nos vinimos para Buenos Aires.
—¿La primera vez que viniste a Bs. As. fue en ese ferrocarril? —Noo. La primera vez, cuando yo era muy chiquitito, fue por una desgracia. Había muerto la hermana de mi papá, y no nos coincidían los horarios de los trenes. Por eso vinimos en una lanchita por el Paraná. Me acuerdo de que tenía un julepe... Porque esa lancha era muy chiquita. Y tardamos cuatro horas hasta el Tigre.
—¿Y tu primer partido? —Una casualidad, fue el último partido que Boca jugó en la vieja cancha de Argentinos, en el 60. Y qué día: le tiraron un cuchillo al 3 de Argentinos, se vino abajo la tribuna visitante y corrieron al referí dentro de la cancha, que logró escaparse... No hay hincha de Boca o Argentinos que se olvide de eso... Era la primera vez que Argentinos peleó un campeonato, pero al final lo ganó Independiente. Yo tenía 11 años, soy del 49...
—¿En qué popular estabas? —En el medio de la de Boca. Pero mi viejo no sabía, gente de campo, inocente... El siempre fue de Boca. Fuimos temprano, quedamos ahí, y después llegaron todos, ja... Quedamos apretaditos. Y al final ganó Argentinos 2 a 0.
—¿Te fuiste triste o feliz? —Y, yo de chico era hincha de Boca. Ese día le echaron a Valentim y ahí arrancó el quilombo. La hinchada estaba cabrera, y después Argentinos lo superó bien. No terminó el partido. Así fue mi debut en una cancha de fútbol, terrible.
—¿De Boca hasta qué año? —Cuando entré a las Inferiores de Argentinos fui dejando de ir a otras canchas... Iba a ver la Primera, como todos los chicos.
—¿Cuando vos relatabas tus propios partidos quién eras? —Rojitas... Había jugadores excelentes en todos los equipos, pero él era una cosa de locos.
—¿Y de los de tu posición? —El Beto Menéndez, Alberto González... Gonzalito, un zurdo de Boca, fue de los primeros que empezó a ser el cuarto volante, y de calidad. Un tipo Basualdo, Bassedas. Como Boca tenía a Rattin siempre solo en el medio, entonces Gonzalito empezó a venir para atrás y dio una mano bárbara. Y Boca ganó tres campeonatos. Yo vi los equipos del 62, 64 y 65... El marcó una tendencia, y ésos me gustan porque son adelantados.
—¿Te gustaba Pekerman? —Me tocó una época buenísima, competí con jugadores importantes. Y estuve en una terna para ir a la Selección, eh. En la primera lista de Sívori. Pero competía con JJ López y Miguel Brindisi...
—¿Después tuviste otra chance en la Selección Argentina? —No. Yo tuve dos años buenos: 72 y 73, en un cuadro chico... Y cuando me nombraron para la Selección, ya empecé a tener problemas con la rodilla. Aparecieron algunas ofertas de afuera y en el club, como ya me habían anticipado que una lesión me podía marginar, me anunciaron que me iban a vender. Y a los 25 años me fui a Millonarios de Colombia, donde me fue muy bien. Yo ya estaba casado cuando me fui, y mi hija más grande nació allí.
—¿Tu mujer te bancó para ir? —Siempre nos llevamos muy bien. A mi mujer le gusta el deporte, es apasionada del tenis. Pero mira todo. Es algo que tenemos en común y favorece a la relación. Más que nadie, ella entiende los cuidados de un jugador.
—¿Dónde conociste a Matilde? —Somos del mismo barrio, de Martín Coronado. Y pasó algo increíble: aunque fuimos a distintos grados en el mismo colegio, nunca habíamos tenido relación. La conocí en la Facultad de Medicina, cursando kinesiología. Empezamos a viajar juntos en el tren, después nos juntábamos por el estudio y bueno, trabajo práctico va, trabajo práctico viene, ja...
—¿Cuánto sabe ella de fútbol? —Sabe más que una mujer que no sigue el fútbol, que no tiene relación con el deporte. Pero no se mete nunca en los detalles.
—Pero no te va a preguntar ''¿José, qué es un offside?''. —¡Es increíble, pero esa parte le gusta mucho! A Matilde le fascina la geometría, y tiene una vista bárbara. A veces, mirando un partido, hay una jugada dudosa y ella dice enseguida ''es offside''. Yo le digo que no, espero la repetición... Y siempre le pega. Le gusta el tenis porque también tiene que ver con la geometría: dónde ubicar la pelota, la línea final...
—¿Es de hacer observaciones? ''No saques a tal, es un crack''. —Al contrario. Como mujer le impactan los gestos humanos. Qué bien ese jugador, qué simpático.
—¿Y tus hijas? —Vanesa, la más grande, no le da tanta bolilla. La más futbolera es la más chica, Ivana. Ella vivió toda mi carrera en la Selección.
—¿Es cierto que el jugador preferido de ella es Pablo Aimar? —Sí. Pero entre otros. Le gustan los jugadores ídolos, como Tevez, D''Alessandro, Pipi Romagnoli...
—¿Ella, adolescente, no te pedía autógrafos de los pibes? —Sí. Y me cuestionaba. ''¿Cómo no me vas a traer los autógrafos de los chicos?''. Yo le contestaba que no lo podía hacer. ¡Me daba vergüenza! Yo tampoco quería que algún jugador pensara que tenía que firmar el autógrafo al entrenador por obligación... Ivana ahora tiene 22, cuando empecé en la Selección tenía sólo 12.
—¿No te apareció un novio futbolero, que te pida jugadores? —No, no (responde con alivio).
—¿Y tu yerno, el marido de tu hija más grande, te dice algo? —No le gustaba tanto el fútbol... Es hincha de San Lorenzo, pero poco futbolero. Aunque a veces los amigos le preguntan y él la sigue conmigo. Ya hay diálogo.
—¿Con tu papá discutían? —Sí (se emociona por única vez). El fútbol es la comunicación más linda que hay entre padre e hijo.
—¿Te hubiera gustado tener un hijo varón para hacerlo vos? —No (responde rápido). No me parece que uno cuando hable de un hijo pueda pensar que un motivo sea hablar o enseñarle un deporte. Un hijo es importante por lo que es un hijo. Soy feliz con las dos nenas y no me cambia nada. Hablo de fútbol con mis sobrinos.
—¿Te hubiera gustado ser vos el descubridor de Maradona? —No, porque yo nunca sentí eso. En realidad, nadie descubre a nadie. Siempre fui un entrenador más... Y mi aspiración máxima es seguir siendo el que era. Y que todos los técnicos que son como yo digan ''un día yo también puedo estar ahí porque este muchacho empezó en una categoría infantil''. Claro, en cada jugador tiene influencia quien lo acercó, pero no es decisiva. Porque si no lo hacía él, lo hubiera hecho otro. Sí me hace feliz haber podido disfrutar a Diego de chiquito, porque lo vi llegar a Argentinos Juniors.
—Vos estabas en la Primera... —Sí. Y al revés de lo que pasa siempre, nosotros íbamos a ver las prácticas de Inferiores. Sabíamos que estábamos en presencia de alguien excepcional. Y eso que el jugador es muy celoso, siempre encuentra defectos. ''Este pibe no llega, le falta físico, no la pasa, es gordito, no tiene altura, gambetea mucho''. Hasta se hacen apuestas porque todos tienen pollitos... Pero con Diego había coincidencia. Poco antes de que debutara le pedíamos al DT que lo pusiera porque queríamos jugar con él, atribuirnos eso.
—No pudiste por poquito. —Por pocos meses. Y es algo que me duele. Porque lo presentí. No tenía duda de lo que iba a ser. Yo en Colombia compraba El Gráfico todas las semanas y buscaba a Dieguito... Hablaba con mis amigos y siempre les preguntaba... ''Diego debutó, entró y en la primera pelota metió un caño'', me dijeron. Yo estaba como loco.
—¿Vos te le arrimabas a él? —Siempre, si él convivía con nosotros. Venía al vestuario de la Primera. Participaba, salía con el equipo. Yo tengo muchas fotos con él de recoge bolas (sic).
—¿Y Diego qué les decía? —El era un pibe un poco tímido todavía... Pero fantástico. Le gustaba hablar de fútbol. Y enseguida con la pelotita, siempre con ella.
—¿El te recordó con el tiempo? —Siempre, él conocía todo de Argentinos. Tenía una afinidad bárbara. Cuando fue a Boca de a poquito se empezó a alejar, era lógico. Pero recuerdo que yo dirigía a la Sexta, y él un día vino de Barcelona, se bajó del avión y se fue a Malvinas, el complejo de Argentinos... Llegó y me dijo ''José, vengo a correr un poco''. Y se cambió. ''¿Puede entrar?'', preguntó al rato. Y lo hizo. Los pibes, entre ellos Lorenzo, Carlitos Mayor, estaban locos. Ahí, una pelota le picó mal, Diego se frenó y empezó a mirar las canchas de tenis... ''La pucha, parece que acá sólo salen jugadores de tenis'', se quejó. No podía creer que el club estuviera así luego de su venta.
—¿Hace mucho que no hablás con Diego? El no te bancó. —El último contacto directo fue en el homenaje a la Selección en la cancha de Boca. Sobre su opinión, siempre que habla Diego tiene razón. Yo soy DT de juveniles, le agregaría que ''hasta ahora''.
—¿Qué otro jugador viste que era un crack y no deslumbró? —Hay muchísimos. Uno es Julián Infantino. El llegó a debutar, aunque por lesiones no tuvo continuidad. Se hablaba de que podía ser el sucesor de Diego. Fue de los mejores que dirigí. Como Taracido, que jugó en Huracán; el Negrito Santillán, wing de aquéllos; Irala Sarabia, otro gambeteador tipo René Houseman... Fue una camada que lidió con el gran equipo campeón de América.
—¿Es cierto que vos viste a Francescoli antes que River? —Sí. En el 82, en mi primera función en Argentinos como ayudante de Trigili. Había que armar un equipo porque venía de salvarse del descenso con todos los jugadores prestados por Boca... En las Inferiores aún no había nivel. Recorrimos el Interior y trajimos a Videla, Ereros... Y yo viajé a Uruguay, donde vi a Francescoli en Wanderers. Era un 10 excepcional. Pero cuando volví a Argentinos pasé el informe, y me dijeron que todos nos querían cobrar una fortuna después de vender a Maradona... El precio por el Flaco era muy alto, entonces lo desestimaron... Al poquito tiempo fue a River. Después lo vi varias veces, pero nunca le conté esta historia.
—Pero ahora cambió tu vida. ¿Ya lo notaste en la calle? —Aún no, porque salgo y voy a Ezeiza. Cambia cuando voy a un lugar público. Con los juveniles no te preguntaban qué chico iba a jugar. Te decían "hay que ganar, hay que jugar bien". Ahora es diferente, me dan nombres, me forman equipos, ja... Es natural.
—Ya no vas a poder ir de vacaciones a la Costa argentina. —Yo no me quiero privar de nada. Sé que es más difícil y a medida que se den los resultados puede haber disconformismo. Pero no acepto dejar de ser quién soy.
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Europe's élite back racism fight
Europe's top clubs and their players joined UEFA this week in spreading the message that racism has no place in football.
Action week All 16 UEFA Champions League matches saw children wearing Unite Against Racism t-shirts accompanying players on to the pitch, and special announcements before each match emphasising the anti-racism message.
Special announcement The UEFA announcement urged fans, players, directors and staff of home clubs "to tackle racism in all it's forms, and to make football stadia across Europe welcoming places for all fans regardless of their colour of skin, ethnic origin or culture".
Racism message The action was part of the Action Week against racism organised by the pan-European Football Against racism in Europe (FARE) network. FARE used the Champions League platform to communicate the philosophy of the Action Week to the entire European football family, including countries and leagues where racist behaviour and harassment still pose serious problems for football and for society at large.
UEFA support Earlier this week, UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson underlined UEFA's commitment to the cause, saying: "UEFA is genuinely committed to tackling racism in football. We have seen the damage prejudice and exclusion can cause and will not sit back and watch it spread.
FARE partnership "Through our close partnership with FARE we believe we have the right mechanism to educate supporters, administrators and players at every level of the game," he added.
England captain David Beckham looks dejected as he leaves Real Madrid's training ground in Las Rozas in Madrid, Spain. Beckham did not train as a result of a rib injury sustained during a World Cup qualifying game for England against Wales
Freddy Adu advances the ball during a possession drill at his first practice with D.C. United Monday, Feb. 9, 2004 at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.
Freddy Adu shows he is willing to learn and is keen to soak up all the knowledge he can as he gets intructions from D.C. United coach Peter Nowak.
D.C. United's Freddy Adu makes his way out to the pitch prior to the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday. Adu played the entire second half as D.C. United and the L.A. Galaxy played to a thrilling 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer action.
D.C. United's Freddy Adu shares a laugh with Los Angeles Galaxy's Cobi Jones after their game ended in a 1-1 draw on April 10, 2004 in Carson, California.
D.C United's Freddy Adu is held back by Troy Dayak of the San Jose Earthquakes. Adu's youthful presence helped to attract a San Jose crowd of nearly 18,000.
Freddy Adu played in 29 of D.C. United's 30 games this season, scoring five goals and three assists.
There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than playing football - Ronaldinho
Having won both of their opening UEFA Champions League games, Wednesday's 1-0 Group F defeat by AC Milan at the San Siro was hardly a disaster for FC Barcelona. Indeed, with Frank Rijkaard's side having been in unstoppable form so far this season, maybe in retrospect it will be seen as a timely reality check.
Footballing trickery For with a player of the calibre of 24-year-old Brazilian forward Ronaldinho on their hands, it would be easy for Barça to lose sight of footballing reality. His trickery and mischievous smile speak of a genuine joy which almost seems to have nothing to do with the ugly business of winning games.
There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than playing football
'Football is happiness' "For me football is happiness," Ronaldinho said. "There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than playing football. I am generally a contented person anyway, but I gain extra joy from being able to do what I love most - playing football."
Cool head However, while that gentle philosophy may be what makes Ronaldinho special on the pitch, there is little doubt that his smiling face masks a more result-orientated mindset. "My objective is always to win," he added. "In everything I take part, I do so to win."
The Brazilian looks awkward but plays with grace
Unlucky 13 He has been successful in that sense this season. Wednesday's game was his 13th with Barça and Brazil this season and his first defeat. And while the goals have not been flowing freely, Ronaldinho's trickery has made a massive contribution to his side's charge to the top of the Spanish table.
Natural ability "The tricks just come out naturally," he said. "I am a player that likes to dribble with the ball and thankfully these tricks just emerge naturally. I'm always one that hopes my individual qualities will help the team achieve success. I'm really happy with my current form."
Good decision He can also be happy with his decision-making skills. Back when he left Paris Saint-Germain FC in 2003 - his first club in Europe after leaving Grêmio FBPA - he was set to join Manchester United FC. However, while the Premiership beckoned, he plumped for a €30m move to Barça.
Brazilian idols "There were lots of reasons," he explained. "One was that Barcelona will always be Barcelona and I've always dreamed of playing here. This is where all my idols have played - Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo - and I wanted to continue in this line. But I also thought that the climate, the city and the language would be better for me and my family."
Massive upturn Ronaldinho joined the club when they were at a low ebb, but his arrival prompted a massive upturn fortunes. A late surge last season saw Barça claim second place in the Primera División and a berth in the Champions League after a season in the UEFA Cup.
Winning intentions "For me, the Champions League is the biggest competition in football," said Ronaldinho. "I've always wanted to take part in the tournament and I'm now delighted to have this chance with Barcelona." And of course, in line with his philosophy, now he is in the competition, Ronaldinho wants to win it.
'A great side' "There are other really strong teams in the tournament, but I have faith in my team," he said. "I think we've got a great side. We've started the season very well and that's given us the confidence to believe that we can come out of this as champions."
Olympique Lyonnais took command at the top of UEFA Champions League Group D on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Fenerbahçe SK in Istanbul.
Superb season The French champions, who reached the quarter-finals last season, made wholesale changes to their squad in the summer but the new-look team has settled quickly to its task. Friday's 4-0 win over SM Caen saw Lyon surge to the top of Ligue 1 and extend their unbeaten run to ten matches, while a second consecutive away win in Europe has moved them to the brink of qualification with seven points from three games.
Cris has been impressive at the centre of defence
Five departures After losing six internationals at the end of last season - Eric Carrière, Vikash Dhorasoo, Eric Deflandre, Edmílson, Peguy Luyindula and Patrick Müller - many experts felt Lyon would struggle to match last year's achievements, but coach Paul Le Guen has bought shrewdly. "I feel we have a stronger squad and I believe we can improve on last season's achievements," he said ahead of the 2-2 home draw against Manchester United FC.
’Important result’ If Le Guen was disappointed to see his side surrender a two-goal advantage against United, he could have few complaints after a 2-1 win away at AC Sparta Praha on Matchday 2 was followed by Tuesday's assured performance at the Sükrü Saraçoglu Stadium. "I'm satisfied because my players played exactly the way I wanted," Le Guen said. "It's an important result because it means if we win our next game we're through."
Defensive pairing The result was built around another solid display from Lyon's Brazilian centre-halves Claudio Caçapa and Cris, who restricted Fenerbahçe to one clear chance. Caçapa, who has taken over the captaincy from Müller, missed much of last season with a knee injury but is thriving this term. "It's great to be back and captaining this side is a pure pleasure," he said.
Work ethic Caçapa continued: "Winning away from home in such a hot atmosphere isn't easy. But we have a super team and everyone works hard for each other." Eric Abidal, who arrived from LOSC Lille Métropole and has slotted in seamlessly at left-back, added: "The first 20 minutes were hard - we couldn't hear ourselves speak the crowd were so noisy. But we quickly got to grips with their system."
Excellent display Lyon grew in confidence as the game wore on, with the attacking trio of Sylvain Wiltord, Florent Malouda and Sidney Govou posing a significant threat. Wiltord, Le Guen's one experienced signing, laid on the first goal for Juninho Pernambucano after 55 minutes before Cris lobbed a header over Rüstü Reçber for the second. The home side pulled one back through Marcio Nobre but summer-signing Pierre-Alain Frau came off the bench to seal the win three minutes before full time.
Even a point would have been good. This win is a big step towards qualification
'Big step' "We missed a lot of chances in the second half and when they scored we were worried," Juninho said. "I was delighted when Pierre-Alain got the third. It's great to have a player come on and score like that." Frau, who now has two goals in Europe, said: "Even a point would have been good. This win is a big step towards qualification."
Continental respect Indeed Lyon will book their place in the last 16 if they beat Fenerbahçe at the Stade Gerland on Matchday 4, and goalkeeper Grégory Coupet summed up the situation by saying: "Tonight we've gained the respect of Europe. Lyon are no longer regarded as a soft touch and we can see that in the faces of our opponents."
Roberto Mancini: "I've never seen a striker as talented"
Compared to the two he put past Udinese Calcio at the weekend, Adriano's goal for FC Internazionale Milano in their 5-1 UEFA Champions League win at Valencia CF was a little on the restrained side. A simple piece of control was all that was necessary before drilling the ball past Santiago Cañizares to make it 4-1.
Table topper However, the goal helped keep the 22-year-old - nicknamed 'L'imperatore' ('The Emperor') by Inter fans - at the top of the competition's scoring tables for the season, with three goals from the third qualifying round win against FC Basel 1893 to add to the four he has scored since the start of the group stage.
'L'Imperatore' has scored 12 goals in eleven games
'Exceptional player' Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri singled out the Brazilian as "an exceptional player" after watching Roberto Mancini's men demolish his side at the Mestalla. Few would disagree. Mancini is clearly a fan, saying recently: "He has the power of [Luigi] Riva, the agility of [Marco] van Basten and the opportunism of Romario. I've never seen a striker as talented."
Big billing That is a big billing but one that, with 12 goals in eleven games for Inter this season, Adriano is living up to. The goals in the 3-1 win against Udinese were a prime example of his class: the first a thunderous 30-metre free-kick, the second a jaw-dropping individual effort. He then set up Christian Vieri for Inter's third to cap an incredible display.
Pelé comparisons "His [second] against Udinese reminded me a certain player named Pelé," said Inter president Giacinto Facchetti. "In the same move he used power, technique, courage, great skill in controlling the ball and a cool finish as only great champions can do. Now to reach Pelé's level he needs to win trophies."
Jet lag Adriano's exertions were all the more remarkable considering that he was suffering from jet lag after returning from international duty with Brazil. "I'm tired, but my desire to play is the most important thing," he said after the Valencia game. "I like nice goals, but the most important thing is to try and win the [Italian] championship and the Champions League."
Good decision For a side that have been going through a long lean spell in terms of titles, such determination has to be good news. Certainly, few have had any reason to question Inter's decision to pay €20m to buy him outright from Parma FC at the start of the year, having previously only earned a share in him.
Shared ownership When the tall, agile striker arrived in Italy from CR Flamengo in 2001, he cost Inter €5m. However, after a brief spell at AC Fiorentina, Parma were prepared to pay €17.3m for a two-year half-share in the player, who would go on to score 23 goals in 37 games in an 18-month spell at the club.
Phenomenal form As Parma's financial problems worsened, Inter stepped in to buy back the player's registration in full, and the player has not looked back. Since joining Inter in January he has been wonderful and could yet be the star of this weekend's Milan derby.
Staying still Inevitably, such skill brings attention, but the left-footed striker is not looking elsewhere. "I know a lot of other teams want me, but my heart is at Inter," he told the club's official website. "I'm hoping to play here for many, many years and win a lot with the Nerazzurri shirt." At the rate that Adriano is scoring, it is hard to see how Inter can fail.
When Manchester United FC captain Roy Keane famously denounced the "prawn sandwich" brigade at Old Trafford, he may have been making a valid point as far as vocal support for the team. However, even though corporate hospitality clients are not be the most vocal supporters, the revenue they bring in can be a major slat of a club's income.
Catering facilities Keane may not approve but United, like most major European clubs, are going to great lengths to improve their catering facilities in order to keep pace with modern trends and entice more cultured palates. For who ate all the pies, read who ate all the smoked salmon.
Barcelona have made food a major pre-match event
Service first "A couple of years ago, we identified there was a lot more we could do in order to improve not only the service but also the volume of value of our sales," said Nick Humby, United's group finance director. "It begins with service."
Improved technique As a result, United took on Chicago-based catering group Levy Restaurants - which operates at several leading sports stadiums and convention centres throughout the United States - to help them improve service techniques at Old Trafford.
American approach "A lot of the American stadiums have a very good reputation for high levels of service," said Humby. "It was in our interests to bring their expertise across and provide input into our own team. Our customers tell us that the offering in suites and boxes is much better than it used to be.
Pukka cuisine ”Many of those who come to our suites work for large corporations. The chances of them bringing their customers back on non-match days to attend conferences and other events is improved if they think the dining experience is on a par with any hotel in the area."
Common supporters However, it is not all about corporate catering. Selling food and drink to supporters is also a lucrative business, and Ben Veenbrink, general manager of Amsterdam ArenA Advisory, the body which runs AFC Ajax's state-of-the-art stadium, knows that does not mean haute cuisine.
Space factor "Basically, you have the 15 minutes at half-time to sell as much as you can," he said. “In the old days, we used to sell salmon sandwiches but these proved to be a bit too posh for your average football audiences so we threw them out and went back to basics: good quality products with not too much variety. If people can't get what they want quickly, they won't buy."
Barça policy That fast food philosophy is being challenged at FC Barcelona's amp Nou, where every effort is being made to draw in the crowds at least an hour before kick-off and keep them there. Last season, Barcelona carried out what must be one of the most innovative initiatives, selling food from the region of visiting Primera División teams with waiters dressed in regional costumes to add colour to the occasion. For UEFA Cup games, Barça provided Swedish culinary specialities to mark the fact that the final was to be held in Gothenberg.
Meeting point' "It's important in terms of revenue to try and attract people to come before the game starts, to develop the stadium as a kind of meeting point," said Laurent Collette, facilities manager at Barcelona. "The local habit is to come just before kick-off but if they come an hour before, they spend more money on food and beverages. One person coming one hour early equals €1. If we can attract 20,000 people, that's €20,000."
Liverpool competition Signed by Gérard Houllier on the same day as Polish international stopper Jerzy Dudek, Kirkland knew that he faced a battle to become Liverpool's number one. His dazzling displays for Coventry City FC had marked out the 1.91m-tall player as a future England goalkeeper – perhaps the long-term successor to the retired David Seaman and the ageing David James. Kirkland has played for England Under-21s six times but injuries have prevented him challenging new incumbent Paul Robinson for the senior spot.
The goalkeeper was a teenage sensation at Coventry
uefa.com How do you rate Liverpool's chances of qualifying after the draw with Deportivo?
Chris Kirkland: It was a frustrating night for us and we had enough chances to win. The group is very tight; there is one team on six points and two of us on four so it is really wide open still, anything can happen. But we do need a couple of wins, certainly one away win from the two trips we have left.
uefa.com: Liverpool were well on top in the match. Is it difficult for a goalkeeper to keep focussed in games like this?
Kirkland: You always have to stay alert and it is important to keep your concentration and they had one chance in the second half.
uefa.com: How does it feel to be getting a regular run of games in the side?
Kirkland: It is great to be playing regularly. I've been unlucky with injuries: I've had a broken finger, a broken wrist, a serious knee injury and a back problem. Being out has made me appreciate football even more. Now that I'm in the team I'm not going to give up my place easily. I want to show people what I can do and to be successful at Liverpool.
uefa.com: Famously, your parents bet €15 between them in 1997 that their son would represent England one day and stand to win €13,500 should you do so. Do you feel under pressure to perform and get back into England contention?
Kirkland: Ha, I have a tenner (€15) on that as well. Seriously, at the minute I'm concentrating on playing for Liverpool regularly and then we'll see what happens. I want prove that I have the ability to achieve my ambitions. It gets hard reading about what I can do for Liverpool and England because I still haven't done it yet.
uefa.com: You are working with a new goalkeeping coach in Jose Ochotorena. What differences have you noticed?
Kirkland: There is more emphasis but on technique and movement than the traditional approach of saving lots of shots. But at the end of the day he knows that I'm an English-style keeper and he understands that.
“Top Ten Secrets To The Boston Red Sox Comeback.” (“Late Show,” CBS, 10/21).
The list was read via satellite by Red Sox P Curt Schilling, wearing a Larry Bird jersey. Letterman asked Schilling about the Red Sox’s ALCS victory, “That was really something, wasn’t it?” Schilling: “It didn’t suck” (“Late Show,” CBS, 10/21).
10) “Unlike the first three games, we didn’t leave early to beat the traffic.”
9) “We put flu virus in Jeter’s Gatorade.”
8) “Let’s just say Pete Rose made some phone calls for us.”
7) “We asked Pokey Reese to be a little less Pokey.”
6) “It’s not like we haven’t won a big game before – it’s just been 86 years.”
5) “Honestly, I think we were tired of hearing about the Patriots.”
4) “The messages of encouragement Martha sent on prison napkins.”
3) “We pretended the baseball was Letterman’s head.”
2) “What’d you expect – we have a guy who looks like Jesus!”
1) “We got Babe Ruth’s ghost a hooker and now everything’s cool.”
NEW COWBOYS STADIUM STUDY SAYS CITY WOULD LOSE $300M
The DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports that sports economist Mark Rosentraub today will formally release his study that says Arlington can expect to lose $290-325M over the first 30 years of a new Cowboys stadium. The study is “in direct contrast to one by Economics Research Associates commissioned by the city of Arlington that said the city would gain $7.14[B] over 30 years.” Rosentraub’s study was commissioned by a “low-tax, anti-subsidy group”
France's UEFA Champions League representatives may have all won in midweek, but their fortunes differ vastly in Ligue 1, where AS Monaco FC take on AJ Auxerre this Sunday needing to gain lost ground on leaders Olympique Lyonnais, and Paris Saint-Germain FC face fellow strugglers AC Ajaccio.
Lyon unbeaten Lyon travel to FC Istres on Saturday and the contrast between the two clubs could hardly be greater. Paul Le Guen's French champions remain unbeaten and took over at the top last weekend ahead of LOSC Lille Métropole on goal difference. Meanwhile, it is the latter differential that is keeping Istres above RC Strasbourg at the bottom, as Farouk Bazdarevic's side search for their first-ever win in the top flight.
Homeless Istres Moreover, Istres have managed just one point at 'home' so far - home being nearby Nimes while a new stadium is under construction. With former team-mate Florian Maurice poised to line up against him in attack, though, Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet is taking nothing for granted. "On paper there's no contest, but on the pitch they are capable of beating us," he said.
Monaco trouble Monaco lead their Champions League group, yet a domestic run of three games without victory has seen them slip to fourth place, a point behind Sunday's visitors Auxerre. Midfield player Akis Zikos admitted there was room for improvement at the principality club. "We have to find a solution quickly because we keep getting ourselves into trouble," he said.
Lille loss The goal for Guy Roux's Auxerre is to close the three-point gap on the front two, with Lille making the trip to Toulouse FC after suffering their first defeat since August yesterday, a UEFA Cup loss to TSV Alemannia Aachen in which defender Grégory Tafforeau was carried off. FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, who beat FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the same competition, are away to SC Bastia, three spots below them in 12th.
PSG confidence For PSG, who lie down in 16th place, the switch from the high of overcoming FC Porto to scrapping for a crucial home win against lowly Ajaccio will be extreme, but the capital club ought to be buoyed by Wednesday's excellent result. That fixture is on Saturday, together with AS Saint-Etienne-Girondins de Bordeaux, SM Caen-FC Nantes Atlantique, Stade Rennais FC-FC Metz and RC Strasbourg-OGC Nice. In Sunday's late game, RC Lens entertain Olympique de Marseille and September's player of the month, Fabien Barthez.
Germany's two UEFA Champions League challengers, FC Bayern München and Werder Bremen, are looking to close in on the unbeaten leaders VfB Stuttgart when the Bundesliga resumes on Saturday.
Rostock welcome Bayern Bayern, who lie fourth, six points behind Stuttgart, travel to FC Hansa Rostock, not the most intimidating of places right now given Rostock have lost all four of their home games. The visitors will have to do without Sebastian Deisler and Michael Ballack is also in doubt for a match where Bayern are hoping to bounce back after successive 1-0 defeats against FC Schalke 04 and Juventus FC.
Rummenigge warning Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, head of the club's board of directors, warned that: "A Bayern team must not get used to losing." As for Rostock, their coach Juri Schlünz described his side as "big outsiders". However, striker Antonio Di Salvo, who had a short spell at Bayern, said this could work in their favour: "We can play without any pressure. In such a case a win can happen."
Confident Bremen Bremen are a place behind Bayern but should not be short of confidence when 1. FC Nürnberg visit the Weserstadion after their 2-1 win over RSC Anderlecht on Wednesday. After a poor performance in the 2-0 defeat at 1. FSV Mainz 05, playmaker Johan Micoud rediscovered his form and striker Ivan Klasnic his scoring abilities in Brussels, although coach Thomas Schaaf will be missing several regulars this weekend because of injury.
Freiburg problems On Sunday, VfB Stuttgart travel to struggling SC Freiburg in a a south-west derby. Stuttgart are still unbeaten and their excellent start was underlined by a 5-1 win at KSK Beveren in the UEFA Cup last night. Freiburg's prospects are not helped by the absence of 14 players due to injury. Goalkeeper Richard Golz summed up the problems at the club when he said: "I would be glad if we found 18 players for the squad for a change. That would be a good start." Sunday's other game sees FC Schalke 04 take on Mainz.
Leverkusen hopeful Also on Saturday, second-placed VfL Wolfsburg are at home to VfL Bochum, seeking their seventh win in ten matches at home to VfL Bochum, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen hope to reproduce their midweek Champions League form against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The other matches are BV Borussia Dortmund-Hamburger SV, DSC Arminia Bielefeld-Hertha BSC Berlin, and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach-Hannover 96.
AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano maintained their 100 per cent records in the UEFA Champions League in midweek - yet arguably face an even tougher assignment with Sunday's 'Derby della Madonnina' at the San Siro.
Glory night While Milan defeated FC Barcelona on Wednesday night, Inter claimed a stunning 5-1 victory at Valencia CF. Confidence should therefore be high in both camps, although Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic insists it is the Nerazzurri - nominally the away side - who are the team to beat.
Change of fortune "The 5-1 win against Valencia has really boosted our self-belief, we are becoming a real team," he told uefa.com. "Traditionally, Inter would start the season well and then slowly lose form - it is clear that we have broken with this and our three Champions League wins are the proof."
Inter are not playing classic Italian football but a very attacking game
'Attacking game' Other evidence is that Roberto Mancini's Inter lie unbeaten in Serie A after six games; and they are the division's top scorers with 14 goals alongside US Lecce. "Inter are not playing classic Italian football but a very attacking game that is hard to counter," said Stankovic.
Goalscoring form However, they sit in sixth position, three points behind second-placed Milan and six adrift of leaders Juventus FC, and if they are to improve on that, Brazilian striker Adriano may have to continue his impressive scoring form. Adriano has 12 goals already this season, while his Milan counterpart, Andriy Shevchenko, has seven from nine matches.
'Trying to win' The Ukrainian said of Sunday's shootout: "We are both scoring goals only because our teams are playing well and creating chances. It will be a great match with both sides going forward and trying everything to win." Christian Vieri should join Adriano in attack, while Filippo Inzaghi is favourite to partner Shevchenko with Kaká deployed just behind the Milan front two.
Sound defence Like the Milanese clubs, Juventus also have maximum points in the Champions League, their success being built on a defence that has conceded just two goals all term - both in Serie A. On Saturday, AC Siena become the latest team to attempt to breach their back line. Marcelo Zalayeta should feature alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the visitors.
Surprise, surprise AC Chievo Verona, the surprise package in third place, will try to stay in touch with Juventus and Milan when they host Reggina Calcio on Sunday. Two other high-fliers, FC Messina Peloro and Lecce, fifth and fourth respectively, go head to head in Sicily.
Without a victory Elsewhere, US Città di Palermo visit Luigi Del Neri's AS Roma, while Parma FC look for their first league win when they entertain fellow UEFA Cup contenders S.S. Lazio. Two other clubs without victories, Atalanta BC and AS Livorno Calcio, welcome Cagliari Calcio and Bologna FC respectively. UC Sampdoria seek to extend their three-game winning streak at home to Brescia Calcio, while Udinese Calcio tackle ACF Fiorentina.
TV do Timão-Na minuta de contrato de parceria entre Corinthians e MSI (Media Sports Investments), enviada nesta quinta-feira a Londres, consta a criação de um canal de TV com programação 100% alvinegra. O conteúdo deverá ser produzido por uma ramificação da "Novo Corinthians", denominação do novo departamento de futebol a ser criado com a parceria.
Bico fechado-Assim como no pré–contrato, a minuta enviada pelo Corinthians tem cláusula de sigilo (cuja quebra significa multa de milhares de dólares).
Aliado forte -Defensor da intervenção na Federação de Futebol do Rio, o Flamengo acha vital o apoio do vascaíno Eurico Miranda. O presidente do Vasco é influente entre os dirigentes dos clubes pequenos por causa de favores já prestados. Mas Eurico, amigo de Eduardo Viana, só entrará na briga da Ferj se o dirigente não voltar mais.
Estréia marcada -Responsáveis pelo projeto da Flamengo S.A. já marcaram data para o início da empresa: janeiro de 2006. Em 2005, vão estabelecer sua estrutura e negociar sua viabilidade política.
Agrado ao chefe -Gilberto pediu ao técnico do Hertha Berlim, Falko Gözt, para jogar na lateral esquerda – hoje, ele atua como meia. Motivo: quer aumentar suas chances de ser convocado para a Seleção Brasileira por Parreira.
Mudança vetada -O Procon–SP pedirá explicações à FPF sobre as mudanças no regulamento do Paulista-05 (turno único). Isso porque o Estatuto do Torcedor indica que um regulamento precisa ser repetido por dois anos e que qualquer mudança no calendário precisa ser autorizada pelo Conselho Nacional do Esporte (órgão do Ministério do Esporte).
Outro lado -O presidente da FPF, Marco Polo del Nero, disse que já protocolou as suas justificativas para a mudança nas regras, mas que ainda não recebeu resposta oficial do ministério.
MÍNIMO- A Comissão de Desporto da Câmara aprovou o salário mínimo para jogador: R$ 480 para a Série A; R$ 360 para a Série B; e R$ 240 para a Série C. Agora o projeto irá para a Comissão de Justiça.
AJUDA -O deputado Ronaldo Vasconcelos (PTB-MG) propôs projeto para amenizar o artigo do Estatuto do Torcedor que prevê responsabilização de dirigentes.
ALVO- A ação do PP contra o Estatuto (endossada por clubes) está parada há cinco meses no STF.
REEBOK EARNINGS UP 30.5% IN Q3 ’04, REVENUE MAKES 12% JUMP
Reebok today reported Q3 ’04 net income of $81.8M, a 30.5% increase from the $62.7M profit in the same period a year ago. Revenue for the quarter jumped 12% to $1.165B, compared to $1.041B. Worldwide sales for the Reebok brand were $1.003B, a 12% increase over the $892M in Q3 ’03. Sales for the company’s other brands – Rockport, Ralph Lauren Footwear and The Greg Norman Collection – jumped 9% to $162M, compared to $149M in the year earlier period
El holandés explicó que "ahora los jugadores podrán jugar a su nivel, porque perder también es parte del fútbol y eso viene bien para que no haya demasiada presión"
Johann Cruyff, ex jugador y ex entrenador del FC Barcelona, aseguró que la derrota del conjunto azulgrana en el partido del pasado martes correspondiente a la Liga de Campeones ante el Milán (1-0) "dará tranquilidad a los jugadores".El holandés señaló que le gustó como jugó el Barcelona ante el equipo milanista, a pesar del resultado final. Cruyff comentó que "en la Liga de Campeones lo han hecho muy bien. Pero para el club y los jugadores es una tranquilidad haber perdido. Les dará mucha tranquilidad". El entrendor holandés explicó que "ahora los jugadores podrán jugar a su nivel, porque perder también es parte del fútbol y eso viene bien para que no haya demasiada presión". Cruyff aseguró que es "mejor perder así, en un partido en el que tampoco te juegas mucho". El ex jugador y entrenador del Barcelona negó que se pueda establecer una comparación entre el juego desplegado por el actual equipo azulgrana con el del que él dirigió en los años noventa, conocido como 'Dream Team'. "La comparación es exagerada. Es muy pronto. Los jugadores actuales tienen que marcar otra época, que es distinta a la nuestra. Además, eso sólo supone una carga más de presión".
Cruyff explicó, además el tipo de relación que tiene con Joan Laporta, presidente del club catalán: "Soy su amigo y consejero. Soy amigo suyo e intento ayudarle al máximo si lo necesita, pero eso no quiere decir que yo esté ahí metido". El entrenador holandés se refirió a la situación que atraviesa el Real Madrid y aseguró que el partido del sábado contra el Valencia "puede marcar la temporada para unos y otros". "Si el Madrid pierde, la distancia de puntos con el Barcelona aumentará previsiblemente y puede suponer una presión insoportable para ellos", explicó. "Como el Valencia también es un rival del Barcelona, lo mejor para el Barça es que empaten», añadió.
La prensa italiana no vio lento a Ronaldinho y elogia su rol de líder
Pese a ser rival de Shevchenko por el Balón de Oro, destaca cómo se echó el equipo a la espalda con su estilo
Algunos le vieron lento y espeso en San Siro y también se asegura que no es el jugador decisivo de la temporada pasada. Bien es cierto que la actuación de Ronaldinho en Milán no pasará a los anales del fútbol pero si alguien destacó en las filas azulgrana por echarse el equipo a la espalda cuando iban mal dadas fue él.Incluso le alabó la crítica prensa italiana, que en las últimas semanas está liderando una fuerte campaña para empujar un poco más que los goles de Shevchenko para que el ucraniano del Milan se lleve el Balón de Oro. Y eso que 'Ronnie' es uno de sus más directos rivales.
Frank Rijkaard, consciente de la dificultad para maniobrar en la zona de los centrales locales (Stam y Nesta), sacó al brasileño del puesto de falso ariete y le ubicó inicialmente en la izquierda. 'Ronnie' ya había expresado el lunes su preferencia por actuar en la banda. Le costó entrar en juego, como al resto del equipo, pero su incidencia en el marcador pudo haber sido directamente vital de no haber sido por una madera que ya le negó al Barça una Copa de Europa en 1961 en la infausta final de Berna ante el Benfica.
Rebobinando la jugada del poste de Larsson en el minuto 19 se observa cómo Ronaldinho intuye el pase de Eto'o al sueco y se lleva a Stam hacia el área para dejar libre de marca a 'Henke', que tras botarle el balón en el irregular césped de San Siro, chutó al larguero. Después llegó el mazazo del gol de Shevchenko tras la salida en falso de Valdés, lo que obligó al Barça a mostrarse mucho más ambicioso. Y ahí se vio a Ronaldinho ejerciendo el rol de líder.
Deco, muy cansado, no estuvo tan brillante como en otros partidos y Xavi, más lúcido, tuvo que bajar más de lo habitual para crear el juego obligado por la retrasada posición de Márquez. Ante tal panorama, Ronaldinho tomó el mando de las operaciones. Dejó la banda y se unió a Iniesta en la elaboración del juego. Sus cambios de ritmo desarbolaron por momentos a la defensa italiana. Sin caer en la anarquía, su actuación recordó al Rivaldo que tiraba del carro cuando había que remontar. Y casi lo logró. Dida sacó su fuerte disparo lejano y luego gestó la jugada en que Iniesta, a pase de Xavi, acarició el 1-1 en el minuto 90. Pero otra vez se fue al larguero.Una muestra más de que Ronaldinho no ha perdido peso es que las Federaciones suramericanas se han puesto de acuerdo para reconocer su gran temporada y votarle antes que cualquier otro crack para el FIFA World Player. El galardón, a diferencia del tradicional de la revista France Football (eligen sus corresponsales), se decide por la opinión de todos los seleccionadores del mundo
El Santiago Bernabéu será testigo de un duelo de urgencias
El Real Madrid, undécimo en la clasificación con diez puntos, recibirá en el estadio Santiago Bernabéu al Valencia con la necesidad de sumar tres puntos vitales para no quedar decolgado definitivamente de los puestos altos de la clasificación, aunque enfrente estará un rival herido en su orgullo por las dos últimas derrotas sufridas en Mestalla. El equipo de Mariano García Remón tomó algo de aire el pasado sábado tras empatar contra el Betis y el pasado martes en la Liga de Campeones al vencer al Dinamo de Kiev. Por eso, este encuentro ha sido remarcado en el calendario del técnico blanco como decisivo para alejar fantasmas y, de paso, reducir distancias con el conjunto de Claudio Ranieri. Para este encuentro, García Remón sigue teniendo las bajas de Beckham y Woodgate, pero Figo será titular tras ser sustituido tras recibir un fuerte golpe en el partido de Champions. De este modo, Guti jugaría en el centro del campo junto a Zidane, mientras que Solari ocuparía la banda izquierda en detrimento de Owen. Por tanto, Raúl y Ronaldo serán la pareja titular en ataque. En defensa, Samuel volverá al centro de la zaga junto a Iván Helguera, todo encaminado a potenciar defensivamente el equipo ante uno de los rivales más difíciles del campeonato. La otra opción situaría a Helguera en el centro del campo con Zidane y a Pavón en el centro de la defensa. El Santiago Bernabéu, que en los últimos encuentros no se ha llenado, volverá a lucir sus mejores galas y completará su aforo en busca de apoyar al equipo en uno de los partidos más esperados de la temporada. Junto a los doce jugadores que cuentan con opciones de estar en el presumible once titular, César, Celades, Arbeloa, Raúl Bravo, Morientes y Owen completan la convocatoria. El equipo quedará concentrado, como es habitual con García Remón en el banquillo, a las 11:00 horas de mañana en el Santiago Bernabéu.
El Valencia, a reencontrarse con el triunfo El Valencia confía en que la visita al Santiago Bernabéu signifique romper la racha negativa de cuatro partidos sin ganar que se inició en Europa ante el Werder Bremen (2-1), que se prolongó en la Liga española ante el Real Betis (1-1) y el Sevilla (2-1), y que alcanzó el mayor grado de dramatismo el pasado miércoles con la goleada recibida ante el Inter de Milán (1-5). A la espera de que el Comité Español de Disciplina Deportiva conceda la suspensión cautelar de la sanción impuesta a Baraja, el Valencia recupera para enfrentarse al Real Madrid a Marchena, ausente ante el Inter por sanción. Por contra, Ayala yRodríguez, ambos lesionados, no han podido recuperarse a tiempo para este trascendental partido que estaba marcado en rojo en sus respectivos calendarios de rehabilitación. Estas bajas confirmadas y las molestias físicas que arrastran otros jugadores desde el choque europeo del miércoles han provocado que Ranieri convoque a veinte futbolistas para viajar a Madrid, con la presencia destacada en la lista de Caneira, con una luxación de muñeca, y de Mista, que superó un proceso gripal. Del sonoro traspiés europeo el entrenador italiano extrajo como conclusión positiva el concurso de Aimar, autor del único gol del Valencia, por su esfuerzo físico tras una lesión muscular y por su buen entendimiento con Di Vaio, de forma que esta pareja podría ser la punta de lanza del vigente campeón en el Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Salgado, Walter Samuel, Helguera (Pavón), Roberto Carlos; Guti (Helguera), Zidane; Solari, Figo, Raúl; Ronaldo. Valencia: Cañizares; Curro Torres, Navarro, Marchena, Carboni; Rufete, Albelda, Baraja, Xisco; Aimra y Di Vaio. Árbitro: Pérez Lasa (Comité Vasco). Estadio: Santiago Bernabéu. Hora: 21.30.
Ronaldo asegura que los goles "volverán pronto"
Ronaldo Nazario, delantero brasileño del Real Madrid, declaró que la mala racha por la que atraviesa el conjunto blanco en ataque pasará pronto y que confía en la pronta llegada de los goles. "Estamos en una mala racha que pronto pasará. Llegarán los goles. Todo será como antes. Me interesa poco lo del Valencia y mucho mi equipo. La última victoria fue importante. Creamos muchas ocasiones durante el partido. Estamos mejorando en el juego y en los resultados. Por eso estoy contento". En el último encuentro contra el Dinamo de Kiev (1-0), el conjunto blanco actuó con muchos futbolistas de ataque, algo que es del agrado del ariete. "Cuanto más juguemos al ataque, mejor. Los rivales se defienden hasta con nueve o diez futbolistas. En el Real Madrid siempre hemos atacado con mucha gente, aunque no podemos atacar todos y dejar atrás la defensa vendida. Es un riesgo, pero para ganar hay que arriesgar". Ronaldo dijo que "es pronto para pensar que se va a llevar la Liga el Barcelona. Seguro que no lo gana todo, así que tendremos ocasiones para recuperar puntos. Hay que ir partido a partido. Nunca nos daremos por vencidos. Eso sí, hay que reconocer que están realizando un gran fútbol. Llegan muchos al ataque y defienden bien. Creo que es el equipo más en forma en estos momentos. Ahora hay que ver cómo terminan".
Chico Buarque de Hollanda promoveu há alguns dias um jogo de futebol com a comunidade do Terreirão, vizinha do campo de futebol de seu time, o Polytheama. Na ocasião o compositor lançou a pedra fundamental de um centro cultural que vai construir, com o próprio dinheiro, para uso dos moradores do lugar.
Participativo Luiz Zveiter, presidente do STJD, que hoje julga o Atlético-PR por objetos atirados pela torcida no gramado no jogo com o Atlético-MG, não só ignora os críticos que dizem que assim o tribunal pode levar a disputa do Brasileiro para fora dos gramados como também conclama os clubes que passaram pelo mesmo a fazer denúncias.
Ação e reação Ao tomar conhecimento de que o Corinthians espera que o Santos seja punido por eventos semelhantes no clássico entre os times, Zveiter argumentou que "os clubes não devem apenas ficar esperando uma ação do STJD; se recebermos fitas de outras ocorrências, vamos julgar".
Guerra aberta Zveiter até corrige quem se refere às pessoas que jogam objetos no campo como torcedores. Chega a interromper diálogos para "ensinar" seus interlocutores que essas pessoas são "vândalos" ou "recalcados".
Folga O médico Jorge Kalil, conselheiro e porta-voz do Corinthians para a negociação do clube com a MSI, vai se ausentar a partir de hoje dos trabalhos, retornando só na segunda. Ele será o responsável pela equipe de cirurgia vascular do Hospital Santa Cruz, que presta serviços há quatro anos ao GP Brasil.
Retorno à MSI Kalil espera que, ao voltar ao clube, os detalhes finais do contrato com a MSI estejam oficializados. O documento com o valor da multa contratual proposto pelo clube está em Londres. Os dirigentes que apóiam a transação dizem esperar só o OK dos ingleses. A previsão da resposta é para segunda ou terça.
Meio vazio Já Roque Citadini, que já deu no passado declarações contrárias ao acordo, não é tão otimista. Afirma que o processo segue na fase das negociações.
Tábua de salvação A Prefeitura do Rio assegurou a participação do Flamengo no Brasileiro juvenil e pré-infantil ginástica, em novembro. Irá investir R$ 18.642 para levar 13 atletas e quatro técnicos a Santa Catarina. A iniciativa ocorre logo após publicação no ""Diário Oficial" da cessão ao clube de conjunto novo de aparelhos que está em depósito do COB.
Na fé Porém a ginástica do clube irá manter a venda de 500 rifas de duas camisas do time de futebol autografadas pelos jogadores. A R$ 20 cada número, atletas e técnicos esperam fazer um caixa com os R$ 10 mil que pretendem arrecadar até 13 de novembro, dia do sorteio.
Sem o louro Já virou tradição: nos últimos anos, após fracassar no GP Brasil, Rubens Barrichello foi ao programa de Ana Maria Braga e chorou com o Louro José. Ontem foi a apresentadora que o visitou no autódromo. Sem o papagaio. Não houve choro.
Pichado A BAR inovou, e Anthony Davidson, seu piloto de testes, usará hoje em Interlagos um carro com um layout diferente: a pintura simula uma pichação com a inscrição "Beats And Rhythm", ou "Batidas e Ritmo".
Na intimidade 1 Pela enésima vez na semana, Barrichello foi questionado em entrevista ontem sobre um eventual favor de Michael Schumacher na corrida. Inovou na resposta: "Acho que, no íntimo, ele quer que eu vença em casa".
Na intimidade 2 Na mesma entrevista, um repórter perguntou ao alemão qual sua maior crítica em relação a Interlagos. Não, não são as ondulações na pista. "Espero que tenham melhorado as condições dos banheiros."
Do flamenguista Márcio Braga, ao alfinetar o Vasco, rival no domingo pelo Brasileiro: - Estamos sendo campeões em tudo sobre o Vasco neste ano. Fomos no Estadual do Rio e domingo seremos no Estadual de remo. E encaramos o jogo de domingo como uma decisão.
CONTRA-ATAQUE O alvo
Juiz de futebol ser xingado pelos torcedores não é nada perto do que a torcida inglesa tem feito com o suíço Urs Meier. Dizendo que ele errou ao anular um gol da Inglaterra contra Portugal na Eurocopa, jornais ingleses publicaram foto da casa, da família e do carro de Meier e despertaram a ira da torcida. Os maiores ataques ao árbitro foram pela internet. Primeiro, ele recebeu 16 mil e-mails de queixas sobre sua atuação no jogo em que a Inglaterra perdeu nos pênaltis. Agora, além de ameaças de morte, viu hackers invadirem seu site e publicarem: - Cometi erros em Portugal. Recebi dinheiro de um funcionário da Uefa para que o anfitrião do torneio pudesse seguir nele. Por isso, renuncio à profissão. Revelarei o nome do funcionário da Uefa para que isso não volte a ocorrer.
O atacante santista Robinho, mais badalado jogador que atua no futebol brasileiro, recebeu proposta oficial que equivale a 1/5 do valor de sua rescisão contratual. Ele teve duas ofertas no valor de US$ 10 milhões. Ambas o levariam para a Holanda, uma para o PSV e a outra para o Ajax. O contrato do atleta com o Santos termina em janeiro de 2008, e a multa para quebrar esse contrato está estipulada em US$ 50 milhões. "Se fosse qualquer outro clube do futebol brasileiro, o Robinho já teria sido vendido por esse valor [US$ 10 milhões]. Mas o presidente Marcelo Teixeira, do Santos, é um torcedor, que põe dinheiro do bolso no clube. Ele quer títulos, e não manter o clube bem financeiramente", declarou Wagner Ribeiro, empresário do atleta. Segundo a Folha apurou, a diretoria do PSV reagiu com sarcasmo ao saber dos rumores sobre uma possível oferta de 20 milhões pelo atleta. O clube, na verdade, bancou uma oferta inicial feita pelo futebol italiano. "A Juventus ofereceu há uns 40 dias US$ 7,5 milhões pelo Robinho. Como já conheço o Marcelo Teixeira, achei melhor nem levar a oferta para o Santos, pois ela é subestimada", afirmou Ribeiro. A proposta que levaria Robinho ao Ajax seria bancada pelo magnata russo Roman Abramovich -o Chelsea, da Inglaterra, pagaria pelo atacante e o deixaria uma temporada no clube holandês. Robinho está cada vez mais determinado a jogar na Europa. Logo que despontou no time da Vila Belmiro, manifestou desejo de defender o Barcelona. Romário e Ronaldo foram para a Holanda antes de jogar no time catalão. "O Robinho vai jogar na Europa, eu garanto. Ele confia em mim, e uma transferência vai ser muito melhor para ele. Mas o Robinho não quer chegar à Europa em um time que só dispute a Champions League. Ele quer um clube que lute pelo título. Hoje, os times holandeses não têm essa força", declarou Ribeiro. O empresário ganhou fama mundial ao negociar por Kaká, embora a transferência do ex-atleta são-paulino para o Milan tenha sido feita sem intermediários, segundo o time paulista -Kaká saiu por US$ 8,2 milhões. Ele entende que Robinho e Santos devem aproveitar logo o interesse dos europeus pelo atleta de 20 anos. "O Lyon ofereceu US$ 5,5 milhões pelo Dagoberto [do Atlético-PR], mas agora ninguém vai oferecer nada por ele até pelo menos julho de 2005 [o jogador sofreu grave lesão]. Se sair, será só para 2006", afirmou Ribeiro. O Santos confirmou o recebimento de proposta do PSV, mas a rechaçou veementemente.
Antonio Pizzonia viveu ontem um dia de pop star em Interlagos. Favorito na lista de candidatos à Williams para o ano que vem, o amazonense, 24, foi perseguido por jornalistas desde que pisou no paddock. Animado, falou sobre sua expectativa em português, inglês e até em espanhol. "Estou esperando o celular tocar", declarou. "Sei que estou no topo da lista, mas nenhuma decisão será tomada nestes dias. Talvez só na semana que vem." Piloto de testes da Williams, ele deve assumir a vaga que estava destinada a Jenson Button. Anteontem, a FIA vetou a transferência do inglês para a equipe. Além de Pizzonia, Anthony Davidson, piloto de testes da BAR, e Nick Heidfeld, hoje na Jordan, são candidatos. Pizzonia, ontem, ainda acrescentou outro nome: David Coulthard, da McLaren, que já pilotou um Williams em 94 e 95. O escocês, por sua vez, fez quase um apelo ao time. "Há uma vaga na Williams, e acho que ninguém é tão bem credenciado como eu. Já fiz poles, já venci corridas, tenho experiência", disse o piloto, dispensado pela McLaren e sem emprego em 2005.
Mutu - 'It may be funny but it is true. I did not take cocaine. I took something to make me feel good.'
LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Disgraced striker Adrian Mutu says Chelsea will not sack him for failing a drugs test in training, although he acknowledges he is unlikely to have a future with the London club.
Adrian Mutu: Career in tatters
'I am almost certain Chelsea will not pay my contract during any suspension period I might get,' the Romanian international told British newspapers on Friday. 'But they will not sack me. 'In the meantime I will just have to wait for the decisions which the (English) FA and my club will take. 'Even I find it hard to believe that I might have a future at Chelsea so, most probably, I will have to go back and play in Italy again.'
Mutu has claimed that he was tempted into taking drugs by the belief it would improve his sex life. The 25-year-old striker, who admitted using a banned drug but denied it was cocaine, has been linked with a string of stunning models. Now Mutu, who is to begin daily one-hour counselling sessions today, claims he did not take cocaine but a substance aimed at improving his sexual performance.
Chelsea could suspend his £60,000-a-week wages for the duration of any ban imposed on him by the Football Association. The FA and his club have yet to make any comment on the matter, but Mutu is now claiming that his misdemeanour did not involve the use of cocaine.
He said in the Daily Mirror: 'I am not hooked on drugs. I categorically deny this. 'The only reason I took what I took was because I wanted to improve my sexual performance. 'It may be funny but it is true. I did not take cocaine. I took something to make me feel good.'
On Tuesday, English players' union chief Gordon Taylor said Mutu had admitted testing positive for cocaine. An FA spokesman said the ruling body would not be making any comment on the case. Chelsea have also refused to comment, saying only that the striker had been signed off by their medical department. Once a player has failed a drugs test the matter becomes the responsibility of the FA rather than the club. The case is likely to take at least two weeks before the FA decides the length of any suspension.
The Romanian, who joined Chelsea from Parma in August 2003, has had little impact on the team since falling out of favour with the then coach Claudio Ranieri in the second half of last season. 'I have to admit that in the heat of our confrontation I did actually threaten Mourinho about what would happen if he ever went to Romania,' Mutu told British newspapers. 'In a moment of total madness, I almost hit him, too. But now I am calmer and I must say I have nothing against the coach.'
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BRUXELAS (Reuters) - O romance da belga Kim Clijsters com o australiano Lleyton Hewitt terminou e eles não se casarão como haviam planejado, disse a tenista na sexta-feira.
"Kim Clijsters e Lleyton Hewitt decidiram juntos finalizar seu relacionamento por motivos pessoais," disse Clijsters em seu site oficial.
A dupla ficou noiva em dezembro de 2003 e no mês passado Clijsters afirmou que planejava um casamento de conto de fada em uma capela belga.A tenista número 10 do mundo disse que ela e Hewitt, de 23 anos, não desejavam especificar suas razões para o fim do compromisso.Clijsters, 21, tem sofrido com lesões no último ano e não jogará até o final desta temporada por causa de uma contusão no pulso no início deste mês.
O número três do mundo Hewitt se retirou do Masters de Madri desta semana antes do início do torneio.Hewitt saiu com Clijsters pela primeira vez em 2000."É triste porque o tênis australiano ama Kim e acho que continuaremos gostando dela, assim como gostamos de Lleyton," disse o ex-jogador da Austrália na Copa Davis John Alexander na sexta-feira.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony, who missed Denver's previous game after being cited for marijuana possession, scored 23 points for the Nuggets in a 100-88 preseason victory Thursday night over the Los Angeles Clippers. Anthony, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, reiterated his innocence before the game. He was charged with possessing less than an ounce of pot, discovered in a backpack Friday night as he was boarding a team flight at Denver International Airport. He said an out-of-town friend had borrowed the backpack from him.
``I did not use or intentionally possess marijuana,'' said Anthony, who read a statement to reporters but did not field questions. ``I had no idea that there was marijuana in my backpack. ``I sincerely regret any embarrassment this unfortunate incident has had on my family, supporters and the Denver Nuggets' organization. They have always stood by me, and that means the world to me.''
Anthony's friend, James Cunningham, has admitted to the Denver city attorney's office that the marijuana belonged to him. ``I made a big mistake,'' Cunningham said. ``It was real stupid and foolish. I hope the press that accused him of this crime will put the same effort toward reporting him being innocent.''
Time out with T.O. - The Eagles' new star reflects on his reputation and his success in Philly
Q: How did you know you would succeed here?
Owens: I knew playing with Donovan and in this offense ... You know, George Stewart used to tell me ...
Q: Your old receivers coach with the 49ers ...
Owens: Yeah. Two or three years back, he normally tells me, like if I play a good game and have a hundred yards or whatever, sometimes he'll tell me that I left some yards on the table. And that's because I'm not getting up-field, or I'm trying to do too much with the ball once I get it. But I knew there were opportunities where I had guys beat, and Jeff [Garcia] didn't see me. He threw the ball behind me, out of bounds. I left a lot -- a lot -- of touchdowns on the field throughout the last two or three years. I knew if I could play with a guy like this, I could take my talents through the roof.
Q: Was there a moment the last couple of years at a Pro Bowl where you looked McNabb in the eye and said, 'I've just go to play with you?'
Owens: It's funny. I was at a party over there [in Honolulu] and saw [ex-49er mate] Jeff Ulbrich and I was joking with him. I was hugging on Donovan like: 'You're going to see us two. We're going to be playing against you. I was very confident of the possibility of that happening. A lot of other people didn't think so. I remember all the commentary like John Clayton, Sean Salisbury, all those guys, just saying I was an idiot, and I might as well just shut up because I'm a Baltimore Raven. And I'm going to be a Baltimore Raven. But I never wavered from my thought process of where I was really going to go.
Q: As you've watched the first month of the NFL season, McNabb has been one of the top three quarterbacks in football, and Kyle Boller has been awful in Baltimore. You've got to be happy with the fight you put up to get here.
Owens: Yeah, in a way. But it's silently done. I don't have to say much. I knew I was going to have success here. Even when I was in San Fran, I was really trying to get out of there. I mean not only from the standpoint of me justifying the fact that I'm not with Baltimore, but if you look at what Garcia's doing [in Cleveland] ... I mean, I know my ability. That's what I've been trying to get people to understand all along.
Q: A year ago, I came out and said I thought you were everything that was wrong with pro football. This year, you come in and you're doing the community service, and all the stuff PR wants you to do. Is this a honeymoon, or is it your feeling you were misunderstood before?
Owens: All I can tell everybody is, I'm the same guy, just on a different team.
Q: You say in your book, Catch This, that you're not thrilled with the NFL routine. You write, 'Just think how much happier and fresher we'd be if we didn't spend all that time indoors.' You think your time would be better spent doing other things during the week?
Owens: I think so. Sometimes, what we do can be redundant. We should be professionals to handle it. You should know how to do your job.
Q: Do you sometimes find yourself napping here?
Owens: Yeah, I do. (Laughing.) Quite a bit. I mean, I've had my share. My thing is, 'Why keep going over the same thing, over and over?'
Q: You broke your collarbone last season in two places, and not many people knew about it. What happened?
Owens: I broke it in two places. I broke it when we played here [in Philadelphia]. I knew when I hit the ground it was broken. I heard it break.
Q: Intense pain?
Owens: Nah. ... We got back to San Fran, and the next day we had a consultation with the team doctor, and they explained to me it'll heal, just let it heal on its own. You'll be in a sling for a while and I just really wasn't comfortable with it.
Q:So you got a second opinion ... and then surgery. They put a plate in, and a couple of screws to stabilize that. Is that still in?
Owens: Still in ... I was told it would be no more than eight weeks and I'd be completely healed.
Q:Why did nobody ever find out about this surgery? You're an NFL star.
Owens: They can hide whatever they want to hide. I mean, it's tricky ... The 49ers just wanted me -- I guess they wanted me not to heal up and be damaged goods going to somebody else's ballclub.
Q:I don't want to put words in your mouth, but you think a lot of us in the media have made you out to be a monster, don't you?
Owens: In a way. I wrote the book not to prove people wrong but just to get the insight on who I am as a person. I took a different path. Growing up as a little kid, I wasn't always this size. I got picked on a lot. We never went on family vacations. We weren't fortunate enough to have the money or the transportation. I've only been on one vacation ever. I just went to Acapulco before training camp.
Q:You're not a big football fan, are you?
Owens: I'll watch the highlights every now and then but, as far as watching the game, I feel like I am the game. When I go out there and play I just play. I feel like I'm a basketball player in a football uniform.
Q:Have you ever told your friend Mike Vick to be careful out there, so his career lasts?
Owens: Nah. He's like Steve Young was. Later in his career, he'll probably take more caution, but right now he has the speed to outrun guys.
Q:What is it that America doesn't know about you?
Owens: Probably that I'm down to earth. A lot of people think I'm stuck up. Pretty much that I'm arrogant. I only do that when I'm on the field. Off the field I'm down to earth. I'm a very caring person. I'm a very giving person. That's what people don't understand. But they don't go home with me every day. As you get to know me, you kind of figure me out, that I'm not as probably as bad of a guy that I've been reported to be. I'm not that jerk.
Mourning practices for first time since transplant
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Alonzo Mourning on Thursday went through his first full-contact practice with the New Jersey Nets since undergoing a kidney transplant surgery 10 months ago. Mourning, 34, is attempting to be the second pro athlete to return from a kidney transplant. The first was former San Antonio Spurs swingman Sean Elliott, who played 71 games over two seasons after undergoing a transplant in 1999.
Until Thursday, Mourning had mixed occasional contact drills with strength-training, shooting and weightlifting. ``It is progress,'' Mourning said. ``Every time I think about where I was and where I am today, I don't see too many transplant patients doing what I am doing now in less than a year whether it be kidney, heart, liver, any kind of transplant.''
Mourning, who received the kidney from his cousin and underwent the surgery on Dec. 19, said he was winded after the practice. He wore a temporary kidney protective pad that he broke in himself. The well-defined Mourning punched the prototype plastic pad a few times and broke it. But he said it did the job and will continue to until he gets his permanent one by next week. Mourning said the new pad will be fiberglass, and it won't crack or break. He also said it will be lighter and more flexible.
``Just wearing the prototype with the fragile material on it is doing its job,'' he said. ``So I can imagine what the other stuff is going to do.'' Mourning plays a more physically demanding position than the perimeter-oriented Elliott, so there is a greater risk involved. His attempted comeback would not take place without the pad, which is being made by Nike.
The Nets have been very cautious with Mourning, who was diagnosed in 2000 with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Coach Lawrence Frank has let the 13-year veteran go at his own pace. ``This is uncharted territory, so to speak,'' Frank said. ``But he's got both feet in. It's going to be a process, a little bit each day.''
Mourning, who played only 12 games for the Nets last season, is in no rush to return. The Nets have four preseason games left, and Mourning said he doesn't plan to play in any of them. His goal is not to miss a regular-season game. ``My main objective is to play for the long haul, play 82 games,'' Mourning said. ``That's my main objective. My main objective isn't trying to win a preseason championship.'' The Nets open the season against Miami on Nov. 3.
CANTON, Ohio (Ticker) -- Legendary quarterback Dan Marino headlines the list of nine first-time nominees for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (chart below).Quarterback Steve Young and wide receiver Michael Irvin were among the other first-time nominees announced Thursday. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue also is among the 89 nominees on the preliminary ballot.
Although he never won a Super Bowl, Marino rewrote the NFL record book in his 16-year career with the Miami Dolphins. The nine-time Pro Bowler holds records for passing yards (61,361), completions (4,967) and touchdown passes (420). He set the single-season mark with 48 touchdown passes in 1984.
Young began his career in the USFL, then entered the NFL in 1985 with Tampa Bay, where he played for two seasons. He eventually replaced Hall of Famer Joe Montana in San Francisco, where he spent the final 13 years of his career.With San Francisco, Young made seven Pro Bowls and led the 49ers to a victory in Super Bowl XXIX, when he threw a record six touchdown passes in a 49-26 victory over San Diego.One of the NFL's best scrambling quarterbacks of all time, Young was forced to retire following the 1999 season due to concussions. He threw for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns and added 4,239 rushing yards and 43 TDs in his career.
The brash Irvin was the primary receiver on three Super Bowl-winning teams for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s. He was forced to retire following the 1999 season due to a neck injury.A five-time Pro Bowler, Irvin finished his career with 750 catches for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns.
From this preliminary list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalists will be announced later next month.The actual voting for induction to the Hall of Fame will be held Feb. 5, the day before Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla. A maximum of six new members will be selected.
David Cornwell, attorney for former Miami Dolphins football player Ricky Williams
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Ricky Williams abruptly retired from the Miami Dolphins last summer because he disagreed with the NFL over a disputed drug test. Williams now wants to play again.Attorney David Cornwell said Thursday the league "took a position regarding that test that we thought was inappropriate."
"What we challenged was the testing and the specimen from last December's testing," Cornwell said after a 90-minute meeting with two NFL officials and a union representative aimed at resuming the star running back's career."It was important to have us all in the same room," Cornwell said. "In the course of the last 10 months, there have been various discussions between the parties. I'm going to make a formal proposal for Ricky to resume his career as soon as possible."My preference is that he was able to play last week."
Williams did not attend the meeting. Cornwell said his client is taking classes in Northern California and refused to elaborate."He had a class today -- I spoke to him right after the meeting," Cornwell said.
An arbitrator ruled last month that Williams, 27, must repay more than $8.6 million to the Dolphins for breaching his contract. Cornwell said as far as he's concerned, that has nothing to do with Williams' desire to return."My assessment is he wants to play football," Cornwell said.The Miami Herald has quoted Williams as saying he has failed three drug tests -- in May 2002, last December, and sometime last spring.
A second positive test calls for a player to be fined his salary for four games and a third results in a four-game suspension without pay.A first or second failed test is not made public.At issue is whether Williams decided to retire as a result of learning he was facing a four-game suspension."I'm not going to go into the specifics of our rationale," Cornwell said. "We had a point of view; the NFL had a different point of view."
That being the case, Cornwell said he didn't believe Williams should face a suspension upon returning."Ricky made the decision to retire. Clearly, Ricky overreacted as things unfolded," Cornwell said. "But for that misunderstanding, he would not have retired. This was a human who had a particularly emotional reaction to a set of circumstances."I've seen hundreds of reports concerning what this was about. None of them are right. As far as I know, he never wanted to stop playing football. The issue was not whether he wanted to play football. The issue was the implications of his continuing to play football."After announcing his retirement, Williams told the Herald his desire to continue smoking marijuana played a role in his decision to stop playing after five NFL seasons -- three with New Orleans and two with the Dolphins.
Williams rushed for 3,225 yards in two seasons with the Dolphins, currently the NFL's only winless team with an 0-6 record.
Cornwell said he wasn't qualified to say if Williams was in playing shape, but added: "I think he looks great. I think his mood is excellent. I view him as being in great spirits, very engaged in this process, anxious to get back at it."Asked if Williams wanted to return to the Dolphins, Cornwell replied: "He's under contract with the Dolphins and wants to play football."Regarding the anger some Miami players have expressed over Williams' abrupt retirement, Cornwell said: "I think that he realizes there is some reaching out to do. He also recognizes that has to be done privately."
MVP Pujols does it again, and again, for Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Faced with a 1-2 count, Albert Pujols had Roger Clemens just where he wanted him. The Cardinals' star came through just as he had so many times in his career, driving a game-tying RBI double in the sixth inning of St. Louis' NL championship series-clinching 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Thursday night.
It was pretty much the pitch Clemens wanted, too, a fastball up and in. ``He should have jammed 90 percent of the hitters,'' Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. ``Albert was able to stay inside and hit it hard, hit it fair. I mean, that's just great hitting.
``Not many guys have that type of stroke.'' Pujols does. He won a batting title last year with a .359 average, he's one of only three players to drive in 100 runs in his first four years and he is the only player to hit 30 homers in his first four years. And in the NLCS, he had a gaudy .500 average, four homers and nine RBIs.
Pujols, the NL MVP runner-up the last two seasons, was an obvious choice as the MVP of the NLCS after leading the Cardinals to their first World Series in 17 years. They'll play the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 on Saturday night. ``It's every little boy's dream,'' Pujols said. ``I'm glad to have won the MVP, but that trophy is going to stay right in this room. Because everybody here is MVP.''
In the first five innings, the 42-year-old Clemens, the Astros' ace, stymied the NL's best offense, limiting them to one run on three hits. In the sixth, Pujols' double punctured Clemens' mystique and erased Houston's 2-1 lead. ``The last at-bat against Clemens is one of the best,'' Pujols said. ``I think I'm going to keep dreaming about it for the next couple of weeks. ``He didn't make a bad pitch. Just thank the Lord my hands came through.''
Scott Rolen drove the next pitch from the rattled Clemens over the left-field wall for a 4-2 lead. ``I don't know if I was rolling but I sure was trying to make two runs hold up,'' Clemens said. ``I thought we would add on if I could keep them at bay there, but they got a couple of big hits.''
World Series in the Cards - Cardinals topple Astros in Game 7 to claim first pennant since '87
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The rollicking sea of red certainly helped.More than the hometown hootin' and hollerin', what really sent the St. Louis Cardinals charging into the World Series were the booming bats of MVP Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen.
Desperate for a big hit against Roger Clemens, they delivered. Pujols lined a tying double, Rolen followed with a home run and the Cardinals suddenly erupted to startle the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night in Game 7 of the NL championship series.
"It's every little boy's dream. I'm glad to have won the MVP, but that trophy is going to stay right in this room because everybody here is MVP," Pujols said.
In the only best-of-seven LCS matchup where the home team won each time, the Cardinals broke through in the sixth inning. Surrounded by a swell of fans wearing red from head to toe, St. Louis took the lead in a span of only two pitches.
"There's no doubt that the enthusiasm of the crowds in both places was a factor in the games. Adrenaline starts kicking in and you get stronger and faster," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.
"You know there are so many people depending on this right arm to get it done," Clemens said. "I really felt good about our chances tonight. It just didn't work out."After posting 105 wins and running away with the NL Central, the Cardinals advanced to their first World Series under La Russa, and first overall since 1987.
Jim Edmonds' highlight-reel catch stopped a potential Astros rally.
Turning Point October's cold winds swirled with postseason baseball's high stakes drama in the air Thursday night in St. Louis, but Game 7 of the NLCS was, in some ways, just another night at Busch Stadium. Using the same formula that won them 105 games during the regular season -- timely hits from their big sluggers, stellar defense, unspectacular but adequate starting pitching, and sharp bullpen work -- the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
The game turned in the sixth inning with a crucial at bat from Roger Cedeno to lead off the inning. Cedeno, pinch hitting for starter Jeff Suppan, roped a single to center field and seemed to disrupt Roger Clemens' rhythm once the speedy outfielder was on base. Edgar Renteria sacrificed Cedeno to second before Albert Pujols doubled to left field. Scott Rolen followed Pujols by slamming his game-winning home run to left field, nearly the identical spot where Mark McGwire hit his 70th home run six years ago.
Cardinals players point to another crucial moment: Jim Edmonds' diving grab of a Brad Ausmus liner in the second inning with two runners on base. "That was definitely one of the biggest plays in the game," said Rolen after the game. "If [Edmonds] doesn't make that catch, we're down 3-0 against Clemens." Said Edmonds: "That's probably the hardest I've run for a ball all year."
From the Bench Tony La Russa was at his best in Game 7. St. Louis' squeeze play in the third was particularly gutsy because Tony Womack, the runner who came home on the play, had been suffering from back spasms and was far from 100 percent. "You see [Clemens] pitching well," said La Russa. "We were at the bottom of the lineup. It's a high-risk play. But you go ahead and take a shot." ... La Russa's faith in embattled reliever Julian Tavarez might have won him this series. A day after being fined $10,000 by Major League Baseball for allegedly throwing at Jeff Bagwell in Game 5 of the series, Tavarez pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Game 7. In Game 6, Tavarez pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th innings to pick up the win. ... Astros manager Phil Garner approached the mound in the fateful sixth inning after Cedeno hit his single and Pujols came to the plate. Garner had a discussion with Clemens about walking the red-hot Pujols with first base open. "Roger's earned the right to put his two cents' worth in on any of those decisions," Garner said. "We talked about whether he wanted to go ahead and walk Pujols and pitch to Rolen or if we wanted to try to make pitches on Pujols."
Clubhouse Confidential After the game, Lance Berkman emerged from the Astros clubhouse clean shaven for the first time in the postseason. ... One of the first people to greeting Cardinals players and coaches with hugs as they entered the Cardinals clubhouse just moments after the game was FOX broadcaster Joe Buck, who is also the team's TV play-by-play announcer. ... No word yet on Chris Carpenter's availability in the World Series. Carpenter was the Cardinals' best pitcher during the regular season but hasn't pitched since mid-September because of a biceps strain and nerve irritation in his right arm. The Cardinals, though, are encouraged by the progress Carpenter has made in the last couple days.
Bottom Line They were separated by 13 games during the regular season, but the Cardinals and Astros were evenly matched in October. Entering Game 7, the two teams shared identical team batting averages (.246) and ERAs (4.80) in the NLCS. Fittingly, it was St. Louis' big sluggers that ultimately carried the Cardinals to the World Series, and their potent lineup matches well against Boston pitching. "I see the Red Sox as a very deserving, very competitive ball club," said Rolen, drenched in champagne. "It should be a nice challenge and a great contest."
U.S. Teen Soccer Prodigy Adu Wins Cybersquatter Case
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. soccer's most expensive player, teenage prodigy Freddy Adu, has won his cybersquatting case against a man who claimed to be preparing a fan-based Web Site, an international arbitrator ruled on Thursday.
Adu, a Ghanaian-born 15-year-old who plays for Washington's DC United, filed a complaint against Frank Fushille, a soccer fan who registered the domain name freddyadu.com in 2002. Richard Lyon, an arbitrator appointed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), ordered the domain name transferred to Adu after ruling that Fushille had acted in bad faith.
Fushille had contacted Adu's agent seeking majority ownernship of the disputed site, participation in corporate advertising negotiations and admission to all matches. Italy's Francesco Totti, Dutch defender Jaap Stam and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole are among other soccer players to have won decisions at WIPO, a United Nations agency offering a fast-track, low-cost procedure to resolve domain name disputes.
Adu -- the highest paid player in professional U.S. soccer after being the first pick in Major League Soccer's superdraft -- also successfully claimed his name had trademark protection even if it was not formally registered, the ruling said. A domain name is automatically transferred within 10 days unless the loser launches a court case challenging the decision.
Mexico Plans 2006 Formula One Grand Prix After 14-Year Hiatus
Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico plans to host its first Grand Prix for 14 years in 2006 after more than 12 months of talks yielded an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One's commercial rights manager. Unidentified businessmen will invest $100 million in a new circuit at Cancun under a five-year contract between the Quintana Roo state government and Ecclestone's Formula One Management Ltd., state tourism minister Artemio Santos said. Ecclestone didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
``This is very good news for Mexico and the state of Quintana Roo,'' Santos said in a telephone interview from Cancun. ``Formula One will promote both.''
Quintana Roo is betting that hosting the most-watched motor sport will boost tourism revenue in Cancun, a coastal resort in southeast Mexico. Last year's Canadian Grand Prix generated more than C$50 million ($40.1 million) for Montreal, the city's tourism board said. As many as 60,000 tourists may come to the Mexico race, Santos said. The indentities of the local businessmen funding the 100,000- seat stadium will be revealed at a news conference in Mexico City on Monday, he added. Mexico hosted the last of its 15 Formula One races at a circuit in Mexico City in 1992. The Cancun track will need approval from the sport's ruling body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, before joining the roster.
Ten reasons why fans at Old Trafford should back the entrepreneur
1. LIFE AFTER ROONEY -The 18-year-old striker, costing £27 million, has blown United’s transfer budget for next season at a time when the team needs strengthening in midfield and defence. Glazer has promised to inject money immediately into team-building, meaning that Sir Alex Ferguson will not have to sell to buy new players.
2. FAREWELL TO THE IRISH -John Magnier and J. P. McManus have caused huge headaches not only for the board, but for Ferguson, whose dispute with Magnier over Rock Of Gibraltar, the racehorse, destabilised the club and pulled United directors into a controversy over corporate governance. Glazer plans to buy out the Irishmen.
3. CRACKING AMERICA -Glazer’s working knowledge of the US market should be an asset for a club that has been striving to make an impact there in the past few years. At the very least, United should get some free shelf space for replica shirts somewhere among the 6.3 million square feet of retail space in the malls that Glazer owns across the country.
4. THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -The American football team had no prospects of success until Glazer bought the franchise, recruited a top coach and spent money on players. Within three years they had won the Super Bowl. United may already have won many trophies but if the trend of recent performances continues, their game will undoubtedly need some raising.
5. ANGLO-AMERICAN TRADE- Britain and America may have a “special relationship” but neither understands the other’s sports. Perhaps an American owning a leading Premiership side would help to bridge the cultural and economic gap. “I know that Manchester United is one of the world’s most successful sports franchises — and to the fans the ‘golden chalice’ — and if a Brit was purchasing the New York Yankees there would be an equal outcry,” Paul Willies, chairman of the British- American Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, said.
“But encouraging trade and investment — in both directions — is what bonds our countries. So politics aside, I and the business community applaud the Glazers’ bid.”
6. FAMILY INTEREST IN A FAMILY CLUB -Glazer, 76, has six children. Joel, one of his sons and vice-president of the Bucs, is said to understand the game his countrymen insist on calling soccer after sharing a room in college with a Tottenham Hotspur fan.
7. LONG-TERM COMMITMENT -Glazer wants to own United so badly that he has spent more than £200 million acquiring a minority stake. He has hardly played a stealth game by buying a little bit of the shares here and there, driving up the price in the process. If would cost him about £800 million to own the club — an investment that is going to take some years to pay back.
8. FANS’ FORUMS -Although he does not yet have them onside, Glazer wants to give supporters greater involvement in the way the club is run. Fans often know best, as they will loudly tell you. Glazer is apparently willing to listen.
9. COMMERCIAL HUNGER -Even people against Glazer’s takeover believe that United’s commercial deals could be negotiated better. There could be more incentives for shirt sales if revenue-sharing splits with Nike were more in favour of the club.
10. CHEAP TOURS -Instead of luxury training retreats to the Middle East, United could save money by putting the players up in Glazer’s trailer parks.
Presidente do COI quer mais apoio do governo aos Jogos de Turim
Roma (Itália) - O presidente do Comitê Olímpico Internacional está pressionando o premiê italiano Silvio Berlusconi a incentivar o apoio das empresas e do público às Olimpíadas de Inverno de Turim-2006. Em uma reunião nesta quinta-feira, Jacques Rogge pediu melhora na divulgação dos Jogos em toda a Itália e mais acesso ao mundo empresarial, o que atrairia patrocínios. Também pediu mais integração entre os vários comitês envolvidos na preparação do evento. Mesmo assim, o presidente do COI garante que sua entidade 'confia plenamente que os Jogos de Turim serão um grande sucesso.' O Comitê demonstra preocupação, no entanto, com o pouco apoio do governo italiano aos Jogos, citando inclusive o tímido patrocínio das estatais. O COI também reclama do ritmo das obras, da pouca oferta de hospedagem e da reação morna da mídia, dos patrocinadores e do público em relação ao evento. Segundo a comissão que coordena o evento, será preciso conseguir mais US$ 227 milhões para os Jogos. As Olimpíadas de Turim começam no dia 10 de fevereiro de 2006 e devem atrair 2,5 mil atletas, de 85 países. O orçamento operacional será de US$ 1,3 bilhões.
Coulthard lança sua candidatura pela vaga da Williams
O brasileiro Antônio Pizzonia continua sendo o nome que encabeça a lista de pretendentes à vaga de piloto titular que ficou aberta na Williams/BMW, depois que o inglês Jenson Button foi obrigado a permanecer na BAR/Honda pelo Quadro de Reconhecimento de Contratos (CRB), que administra os acordos contratuais da F-1. Mas agora, o escocês David Coulthard aparece como pretendente ao posto. "Há uma oportunidade na Williams e, se há um candidato provável, minhas credenciais são mais fortes que de qualquer outro", afirmou o escocês, "vendendo o peixe" como ninguém. "Eu já conquistei pole positions, já venci Grandes Prêmios e tenho muita experiência no desenvolvimento de carros e pneus. Tenho condições de fazer com que eles (Williams) percebam que eu sou o melhor piloto disponível", continuou Coulthard, que estará fora da McLaren/Mercedes após o GP do Brasil, quando dará lugar ao colombiano Juan Pablo Montoya. E foi exatamente na Williams que o escocês começou sua carreira na F-1 em 1994, após a morte de Ayrton Senna em Ímola. O piloto, hoje com 33 anos, conquistou sua primeira vitória na escuderia em 1995, no GP de Portugal, antes de se transferir para a McLaren em 1996. Mas além do escocês, há também outros nomes sendo ventilados nos bastidores da Fórmula 1. Seriam eles o alemão Nick Heidfeld, hoje na Jordan, e o também inglês Anthony Davidson, atual piloto reserva da BAR, que viu suas chances de ser titular da escuderia irem "pelo ralo" após a decisão do CRB.
Kanaan será recebido pelo ministro dos Esportes em Brasília
Na próximo dia 25 de novembro, segunda-feira, o piloto Tony Kanaan, primeiro brasileiro campeão da IRL, será recebido pelo ministro dos Esportes, Agnelo Santos Queiroz Filho, na Esplanada dos Ministérios, em Brasília. O ministro irá acompanhar o piloto baiano e sua esposa, Daniele Loiola, em uma cerimônia oficial, que contará ainda com a presença de membros do ministério e de orgãos da imprensa da capital federal. Um pouco antes da recepção oficial, prevista para as 15h00, Kanaan será o convidado principal de um almoço informal, preparado por sua amiga Márcia Lima, com pessoas ligadas ao piloto. "Eu sempre levei o nome do Brasil e faço isso com muito orgulho. Aqui nos Estados Unidos, quando dizem 'Tony Kanaan', vem sempre acompanhado de "piloto brasileiro", disse Kanaan. "Agora, ainda mais, tenho o prazer de levar o nome do meu país ao lugar mais alto, como campeão", completou Kanaan, em entrevista concedida para a rede ABC, uma das maiores dos Estados Unidos.
Londres (Inglaterra) - Jose Mourinho foi criticado quando pediu que a diretoria do Chelsea contratasse Drogba e Paulo Ferreira quando o clube inglês se propunha a contratar astros como Ronaldo ou David Beckham. Agora o técnico resolver dar as explicações. Em entrevista ao jornal alemão Sueddeutsche Zeitung, o treinador português afirmou que preferia em seu time jogadores dedicados a outros que fossem grandes estrelas. “Expliquei as minhas razões a Abramovich (presidente do Chelsea) e creio que ele entendeu a mensagem. Que raio é um galáctico? Um jogador com muito prestígio? Ou um que pode dar um grande rendimento em 60 jogos? Eu sei o que eu preciso”.
Mourinho respondeu ainda àqueles que o acusaram de levar ao futebol inglês um estilo extremamente defensivo. Para ele, as equipes britânicas precisam aprender a raciocinar mais, em vez de agir apenas pelo impulso.
“Posso dizer que na Inglaterra se devia pensar mais no futebol e jogar menos com instinto”. Para explicar por que o seu modelo é o ideal, o treinador, que conquistou a Copa dos Campeões na temporada são os treinadores do Campeonato Inglês que já ganharam troféus continentais. Há apenas três: Alex Ferguson, Rafa Benitez e Mourinho”.
Clube paranaense contratou o técnico da seleção de vôlei para motivar elenco na reta final do Campeonato Brasileiro.
RIO DE JANEIRO - O Atlético-PR buscou um dos maiores exemplos de excelência esportiva para motivar seus atletas para a reta final do campeonato. Na quarta-feira, os jogadores do Furacão assistiram uma palestra de Bernardinho, técnico da seleção medalha de ouro de vôlei masculino na Olimpíada de Atenas. O treinador apresentou a palestra chamada "A Roda da Excelência". Nela, Bernandinho focou os fatores que levam uma equipe esportiva a alcançar seus objetivos, desde o planejamento mental até a execução deste. "Tenho de estar treinando como alguém que quer me passar. Não existe o sucesso do momento. Não existe nenhuma vitória eterna e nenhuma derrota fatal. O sucesso é conquistado ao longo do tempo com muito trabalho e com um histórico de realizações", disse o treinador. Além do elenco profissional, os juniores e juvenis do Furacão também assistiram à palestra que abordou também a consciência da união da equipe para alcançar o título: "Todos têm importância no processo. A diferença está no que está por trás do trabalho, porque nada é conquistado por uma pessoa só".
Atacante do Chelsea faz mistério, mas nega uso de cocaína
O atacante romeno Adrian Mutu, do Chelsea, admitiu nesta quinta-feira ter utilizado uma substância "para se sentir bem", mas negou o uso de cocaína. Mutu foi flagrado no exame antidoping em exame realizado no campo de treinamentos do Chelsea pela FA (Associação de Futebol, na sigla em inglês), entidade responsável pelo futebol da Inglaterra. "Não utilizei cocaína. Realmente fiz uso de algo para me sentir bem. Mais tarde, vou contar para vocês o que era, disse Mutu em entrevista à TV estatal da Romênia. O jogador, que corre o risco de ser suspenso, não informou qual teria sido a substância que ele utilizou, nem se esta seria ou não considerada doping. "O que estão dizendo por aí é muito exagerado", afirmou Mutu. "Essa situação serviu para mostrar quem são meus amigos de verdade", disse o jogador, em entrevista ao jornal romeno Pro Sport. Até agora, apenas a primeira prova foi processada. O Chelsea já pediu à FA a avaliação da contraprova. Se a segunda amostra confirmar o resultado da primeira, Mutu deverá ser banido de partidas na Inglaterra e pela seleção romena por entre seis meses a dois anos. Rio Ferdinand, do Manchester United, foi punido por oito meses por não se submeter a um exame antidoping no ano passado. Contratado pelo Chelsea em junho de 2003 junto ao Parma, Mutu fez parte do pacote de jogadores levados à Inglaterra depois que o magnata Roman Abramovich assumiu o controle do clube no ano passado. Entretanto, nesta temporada, depois que José Mourinho se tornou o técnico do time, o romeno não tem conseguido se manter na equipe titular.
O norte-americano André Agassi continua na briga pelo título dos Masters Series de Madri, na Espanha. Nesta quinta-feira, ele venceu o compatriota Vincent Spadea, em jogo válido pelas oitavas-de-final, com extrema facilidade, por 2 sets a 0, com parciais de 6-1 e 6-3.Esta foi a sexta vez que o dois tenistas se enfrentaram em jogos de ATP, e a quarta vitória de Agassi. Spadea, no entanto, tinha vencido as últimas duas partidas contra o ex-número 1 do mundo. No primeiro set, Agassi passeou, quebrando o saque do adversário em três oportunidades para fechar com fáceis 6 games a 1. Na segunda parcial, no entanto, Spadea esboçou uma reação que não se concretizou. Agassi, por seu lado, soube aproveitar a única oportunidade que teve de quebrar o saque do adversário e fechou o set em 6-3 e a partida em dois sets. A vitória também mantém o norte-americano na briga por um lugar nos Masters de Houston, nos Estados Unidos, em novembro, torneio que reúne os oito melhores tenistas da temporada. Hoje ele está em nono, 18 pontos atrás do russo Marat Safin, que está garantindo a última vaga. Nas quartas-de-final, Agassi vai enfrentar o espanhol Tommy Robredo, único representante da casa ainda vivo no torneio, que venceu o compatriota Fernando Verdasco, de virada, por 2 sets a 1, com parciais de 2-6, 6-4 e 6-3.
No sufoco, Venus bate juvenil e pega Sharapova
A norte-americana Venus Williams precisou de dois tie-breaks para derrotar a juvenil sérvia Ana Ivanovic na segunda rodada do torneio de Zurique, na Suíça. A ex-número 1 venceu o duelo contra a rival de 16 anos por 2 sets a 0, parciais de 7/6 (13/11) e 7/6 (8/6). Ivanovic, que furou o quali para entrar na chave principal, tem apenas 16 anos e foi vice-campeã juvenil de Wimbledon em julho.
"Sempre tive o controle do jogo, mas muitas vezes eu deixei que ela se recuperasse e encostasse no placar", comentou a norte-americana, que chegou a ter uma quebra de vantagem nas duas parciais. "Ela jogou muito bem, é uma ótima tenista. Mas eu também a ajudei. Poderia ter fechado antes, caso fosse mais consistente. O problema é que jogo bem três pontos e, logo depois, cometo três erros seguidos", admitiu.
Venus busca em Zurique sua primeira boa campanha desde a semifinal de Los Angeles, em julho, quando perdeu para a compatriota Lindsay Davenport. Na temporada, tem dois títulos obtidos na temporada de saibro, em Charleston e Varsóvia. Porém, fracassou nas competições mais importantes do calendário: caiu na terceira rodada do Aberto da Austrália, na segunda de Wimbledon e nas oitavas do US Open.
Após 78 horas, Quasar Lontra completa o Ecomotion em 1º lugar
A equipe Mistubishi Salomon Quasar Lontra garantiu no início da tarde desta quinta-feira a vitória brasileira no Ecomotion/Pro 2004, que está sendo disputado na Costa do Dendê, na Bahia. Formado por Rafael Camps, Marina Verdini, Luiz Antônio Barbosa e Vinícius Cruz, o time chegou a Itacaré às 12h45, quase 78 horas depois da largada, que aconteceu às 7h da última segunda-feira, na Ponta do Mutá. O resultado confirmou as previsões, já que a Quasar era considerada a mais forte equipe do Brasil. A equipe teve problemas no primeiro dia de competição, quando cometeu um erro de navegação e perdeu várias posições, mas se recuperou logo no segundo dia e assumiu a liderança da prova.
"Sabíamos que seria muito difícil, mas nos preparamos o ano inteiro para isso e acreditamos. Na primeira noite perdemos posições porque bobeamos na navegação, e começamos a nos concentrar mais. Quanto ao sono, dormimos apenas 1h50min somando as três noites, e o que eu sinto mais falta", disse Rafael Campos ao site Webventure. A equipe vencedora faturou US$ 35 mil com a vitória. O segundo lugar está entre os espanhóis da Meridiano Raid, campeões do ano passado, e os tchecos da Salomon Opavanet.
Equipe Clight Salomon Atenah na canoa caiçara rumo ao PC2 durante o primeiro dia de prova
Depois de participar da partida contra o Liverpool na última terça-feira, pela Copa dos Campeões da Europa, o volante brasileiro Mauro Silva irá desfalcar o La Coruña nas próximas duas semanas. Uma ressonância magnética realizada nesta quinta-feira apontou uma contratura no bíceps femural, impedindo a utilização do atleta na rodada do Campeonato Espanhol neste final de semana.
Mauro Silva, tetracampeão do mundo com a seleção brasileira na Copa dos Estados Unidos, em 1994, não vem tendo uma boa temporada, e estava voltando ao time espanhol justamente na partida contra o Liverpool, após várias semanas de inatividade. Diante de tantas contusões, o veterano volante brasileiro já anunciou que irá abandonar os campos de futebol tão logo se encerre a temporada espanhola.
Conte anuncia aposentadoria, e agora quer ser técnico
Antonio Conte, um dos mais importantes e experientes jogadores da Juventus de Turim nas últimas temporadas, anunciou que irá encerrar a carreira. Pretendido pelo Lecce, o jogador, atualmente com 35 anos, estudou cuidadosamente a proposta para voltar ao pequeno clube italiano, e decidiu parar para tentar outra carreira, a de técnico. 'Decidi pendurar minhas chuteiras, e agora quero estudar para me transformar em um treinador de futebol', declarou, em entrevista ao site Planet Football . Os torcedores do Lecce não pareceram ter ficado muito tristes com a informação do jogador, já que atuando pela Juve, Conte marcou um gol contra o Lecce e comemorou. Para os fãs, essa atitude foi encarada como uma traição.
No Conselho Deliberativo, Bebeto de Freitas disse que a dívida de R$ 160 milhões do Botafogo formou-se nos nove anos das gestões de C. A. Montenegro, José L. Rolim e Mauro Ney Palmeiro. Mostrou documento de 1994 em que o débito declarado por Montenegro era de R$ 400 mil. Mas o presidente do Ibope contestou.
Águas passadas II
Um ano depois a oposição do São Paulo voltou a reclamar da venda de Kaká. Motivo: a oferta de 20 milhões de euros por Robinho é superior aos USS 8,2 milhões pagos pelo meia.
Fim do sonho
Vanderlei Luxemburgo, que sonhava em treinar a Seleção em 2010, disse ter mudado de idéia. Levou em consideração a opinião da família, que sofreu muito com o "massacre" que ele passou após a eliminação na Olimpíada de Sydney-2000. Sobre a renovação com o Santos para 2005, o técnico não quer nem tocar no assunto.
O projeto do governo para legislação trabalhista para jogadores inclui uma limitação de horários e dias de concentração. Sindicato de jogadores e clubes concordaram com a proposta.
Advogados vão começar em breve a recolher as 500 mil assinaturas necessárias para fundar o Partido do Esporte. Éder Jofre é o principal nome.
Desgaste de campanha
O candidato da situação no Fluminense, Roberto Horcades, admitiu que o 'caso Romário', com a diretoria atual sob pressão, desgasta sua campanha como qualquer problema no futebol. Mas negou uma cisão entre os conselheiros que o apóiam.
Vai rolar a festa
O Corinthians prepara festa de boas vindas ao governador de Moscou, Boris Granov, que viaja ao Brasil em novembro para fechar parceria do Saturn com o Atlético-MG. É retribuição ao convite aos corintianos para visitar Moscou, na negociação com a MSI.
TERCEIRA VIA Além dos advogados do MSI e da diretoria do Timão, um terceiro grupo acompanha as negociações da parceria: a ONG Corinthians para Corintianos.
PROMESSA Marlene Matheus prepara um livro sobre Vicente Matheus para 2006. Segundo ela, o livro trará acusações fortes contra o presidente do Timão, Alberto Dualib, rival de Matheus.
FIM Fernanda Venturini disse que largará o vôlei em dois anos, no "Redação Sportv".
Ao contrário do que afirmou em sua única entrevista coletiva no Brasil, o iraniano/canadense/inglês Kia (ou Kiavash) Joorabchian não é apenas amigo do magnata russo Boris Berezovsky. Eles trabalham juntos pelo menos desde 1998 e têm planos ambiciosos para o Brasil, não apenas de parceria com o Corinthians.
Kia trabalhava em sociedade com Bijan Akhavan Safa em 1998. Safa era amigo de um sócio de Berezovsky, Vladimir Ruga. E foi Ruga quem apresentou Berezovsky a Kia.
Joorabchian e Safa não só fizeram negócios juntos, como também se transformaram em representantes de Berezovsky em outras atividades. O investimento no Corinthians é apenas a "ponta do iceberg" do plano de Berezovsky: o russo tem a intenção de assumir o controle de um jornal ou revista esportiva em São Paulo, além de um canal de esportes na TV. Tudo isso seria feito através da MSI (Media Sports Investment), a empresa criada para negociar a parceria com o Corinthians.
Bijan Akhavan Safa é o principal executivo da Sceptre Consultants, empresa com sede em Londres que tem negócios com Kia e Berezovsky. Esta mesma empresa está agenciando a empresa brasileira de marketing Sports Promotion a se estabelecer na Irlanda (procedimento que Berezovsky já adotou em outros negócios, como o LANCE! revelou na última segunda-feira). O mesmo Safa participou de diversos negócios com Kia e Berezovsky.
Quase dois anos depois de chegar ao Fluminense, o atacante Romário deixou, nesta quinta-feira, o Tricolor das Laranjeiras sem um título sequer. Sempre muito polêmico, o Baixinho marcou 48 gols em 76 partidas com a camisa da equipe carioca.
Confira abaixo a cronologia do caso Romário no Fluminense:
SETEMBRO: Mesmo com o treinador Alexandre Gama fazendo sucesso, Romário fala a amigos que prefere os métodos de Renato Gaúcho, o que deixa o treinador irritado. O assunto, porém, não vaza para a imprensa.
14 DE OUTUBRO: Pela manhã, Romário treina entre os titulares e, depois de várias semanas sendo preterido por Gama, foi confirmado pelo treinador entre os que iniciariam o jogo contra o Goiás. À tarde, Gama dá entrevistas dizendo que Ronaldo, na seleção brasileira, tem números melhores que os de Romário, que tinha se declarado o mais importante jogador do país após a Era Pelé.
Na sede da CBF, onde visitava Ricardo Teixeira, o Baixinho fica sabendo do que foi dito pelo treinador e chuta o balde. “O Gama só fala m... Ele está subindo agora no ônibus, tem muita gente em pé e ele já quer sentar na janela”, disse Romário na oportunidade.
15 DE OUTUBRO: David Fischel evita aumentar a polêmica, considerando o episódio normal. Romário não participa do treino apronto para o jogo contra o Goiás e fica uma dúvida sobre o seu aproveitamento. Gama se nega a dar entrevistas. À noite a escalação do Baixinho é imposta ao treinador por Fischel.
16 DE OUTUBRO: Romário tem uma pífia atuação, é substituído no segundo tempo e não cria polêmica. O Goiás goleia por 4 a 1. Na entrevista após o jogo, Gama, aos prantos, conta que a escalação de Romário foi imposta e que não vai mais aceitar isso ao longo de sua carreira. O treinador, enfim, responde ao Baixinho. “Tenho personalidade para subir no ônibus e sentar no banco do motorista”, desabafou Gama.
17 DE OUTUBRO: David Fischel diz que entre Romário e Gama, escolhe o treinador. Mas evita aumentar a polêmica.
20 DE OUTUBRO: David Fischel anuncia a saída de Romário do Fluminense.
21 de OUTUBRO: David Fischel diz que o ideal seria Romário encerrar a carreira.
Andreas Köpke has replaced Sepp Maier as goalkeeping coach of Germany's national team.
Past glory The 42-year-old Köpke, who earned 59 caps for his country and was part of the victorious team at EURO '96™, has a contract until 2006, when Germany will host the FIFA World Cup. National team coach Jürgen Klinsmann let Maier go after a disagreement between the pair following the recent friendly in Iran.
'Great challenge' "I am looking forward to my new task," the former 1. FC Nürnberg shot-stopper said. "The 2006 project is a great challenge." As part of his duties, Köpke will also train the Under-21 and Team 2006 goalkeepers.
High praise German Football Association (DFB) president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said: "Andreas Köpke was a goalkeeper with a good international reputation. His signing is a reinforcement for the DFB coaching team. We are certain that he will use his experience well and that he will be successful."
Duke fans, "Cameron crazies" cheering on the Blue Devils vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels
Tommy Lee tries out for Nebraska marching band NBC is producing a reality show about the ex-Mötley Crüe drummer as he takes classes and makes like a Husker. It won't match the buzz of his last "reality show," co-produced with ex Pamela Anderson, but damn, we're intrigued.
Missouri-Kansas football rivalry renamed In a show of respect to American troops fighting overseas, the Border War will now be called the Border Showdown. I'm all for it. Next up: the Red River Bang-Bang.
Aspiring First Stepson to visit Columbus, Ohio Chris Heinz will tailgate with swing-state fans before the Oct. 30 Penn State-Ohio State game. I'm not suggesting this guy's drawn to boring matchups, but I'm seeing a pattern here. The Rock Paper Scissors World Championships were last week. Where were you on Oct. 16, Chris Heinz?
Miami (Ohio) football coach forces every player to register to vote Responding to an article that criticized midweek games, including the RedHawks' Election Day contest against Toledo, Terry Hoeppner arranged for his team's registration and is looking into the possibility of players wearing "I voted today" stickers on their helmets. All snark aside: Kudos to a noble move, especially in a swing state.
Quote of the year To celebrate the start of the college hoops season (page 4), we bring you delightfully batso Illinois men's hoops coach Bruce Weber: "We are 63-3 at home in the past five years. That's not just the best record in the Big Ten, it's the best in the nation. So Dick Vitale can take his Dookies and shove it."
5 Money Picks: October 23
MICHIGAN AT PURDUE 3:30 p.m., ABC. Chad Henne and Michael Hart take advantage of a Purdue team that we thought had a real chance. Michigan 27, Purdue 24
OKLAHOMA STATE AT MISSOURI 3:30 p.m., ABC. Somebody's gotta win the Big 12 North, and like it or not, Mizzou, it looks to be you. Missouri 24, Oklahoma State 17
TEXAS AT TEXAS TECH 7 p.m., TBS. Look for Texas backup QB Chance Mock to -- finally! -- materialize. Texas 35, Texas Tech 31
MIAMI AT N.C. STATE 7:45 p.m., ESPN. If I'm in the ACC, I'm happy to see Brock Berlin pull out a win against Louisville. It only keeps him as the starter -- just what you want. Miami 33, N.C. State 13
FRESNO STATE AT BOISE STATE 10:15 p.m., ESPN2. A month ago this looked to be the Screw the BCS Bowl. No more. Fresno State 34, Boise State 27
2 Must Haves
Arrested Development Season 1 DVD Physical proof that God exists, and listens. (In case you're still listening, God, next up: the Seinfeld DVD for Christmas and a solution to the BCS mess.)
EA FIFA Soccer 2005 The same 'ol FIFA, only better. You're unlikely to ever tap into the new Mexican League ("Now I can play as a crappy team!"), but new camera angles and player detail will have you going hooligan on your limey roommate in no time.
Whether talking Reggie Bush or G-Dub Bush, electoral college or college football, Arizona State was the place to be last week
"What a week," said Arizona State provost Milton Glick last Wednesday. "We win a Nobel [Prize], we host the debate and we play the national Number 1 team in football on Saturday."
If only Glick had his priorities in the proper order.... "I know the debate on campus tonight is a huge deal," Sun Devils safety Riccardo Stewart said earlier that day, "but the only thing that should be on people's minds this week is USC."
Draped in a postcard desert sunset, the kind that appears here only six days a week, ASU's Tempe campus was a nexus last week for both college and political football. Inside Sun Devil Stadium, 5-0 ASU was preparing for Saturday's tilt with 5-0 Southern Cal. A half mile away at Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry were taking the stage for their third and final debate. On Cady Mall in the heart of campus, some students bum-rushed CNN's Anderson Cooper for autographs while others held signs with mischievous messages such as, let's bomb texas: they have oil too! Free speech was flowing quite liberally -- and conservatively.
"We want Kerry!" "Four more years!" "Beat the Trojans!"
Howard, a.k.a. Mecca, doesn't boast Top 25 games, just notoriously big names gettin' their freak on at the best homecoming in America
By L. Michael Flanagan
The game's packed, but the real royalty is at Yard Fest, where thousands have bounced wit Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Nelly (above).
The Lakers had just won their first title of the post-Beavis and Butt-Head era. Jay-Z had the hip-hop game on lizzy lock. Washington, D.C., radio stations were playing his hit single Hey Papi like crazy, and the buzz for the Jigga Man's new album, The Dynasty, was off the chain.
But as Khaleed Horton stood on Howard's famed Yard in October 2000, he asked himself, "Why am I here?" Horton, then a freshman at Hampton, had made the two-hour drive from Richmond to D.C. to witness Howard Homecoming. Watching with a friend, he yawned as a then little-known artist named Ludacris was rapping up his act. "I was salty as hell that Luda was the headline act of our first Howard Homecoming," Horton says. "Nobody really knew who the hell he was." Then the rumors started to flow through the crowd (Howard doesn't disclose its top act ahead of time), one impatient, incredulous youngster to another: Jay-Z this. Jay-Z that. The Roc was coming. "Everyone thought," Horton recalls, "that it was just a bogus rumor."
Then, almost instantly, the vibe changed. The opening guitar notes to Hey Papi began to play, and the 10,000 or so people standing on Howard's Yard went from being hypnotized to euphoric. One by one Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and finally Jay-Z were ushered onto the stage.
No, they don't ball like this in Columbus or Ann Arbor, and I'm not talking football. Sure, everybody parties during homecoming, but HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) take it to the next level. That means no lame concerts featuring fruity alternative bands and corny beer-drinking contests. Sally isn't homecoming queen, and Billy's parents' rimless S-Class isn't attracting the girls. At Howard the homecoming queen becomes Miss America (Shauntay Hinton, 2002), and Billy better be sitting on dubs if he wants the ladies' attention.
Straight up: You're not going to find a better homecoming than the Mecca's. (Howard has been billed as the Mecca of black education in the United States.) Come October -- this year's event is Oct. 30 -- the only class being taught is Stunt 101. The Mecca is a place where you'll see the cat with 1,000 iced-out diamond bezels blingin' from his ears to his wrist standing next to the guy wearing the throwback jersey rocking next to the brainy freshman bio major from Toledo. Thousands of folks wallowing together in fun and hedonistic excess: the cool and the not, the young and the old, the drinker and the nondrinker, the rich and the broke. Just imagine one long hip-hop video where Mardi Gras meets A Different World.
How many homecomings have been immortalized in song? The late Notorious B.I.G.'s ill lyrics ("Ain't no tellin' where I may be/May see me in D.C. at Howard Homecoming,") from 1997's Kick in the Door cemented Howard's homecoming as hip-hop's version of Woodstock. Now several of Biggie's peers want in on the action, especially on the party scene. Last year P. Diddy threw a block party, charging $40 for entrance into two of D.C.'s hottest nightspots.
The Yard Fest, traditionally held on the Friday before the game, is a celebratory combination of live entertainment, fashion, games and food. Artists such as Jay-Z and Ludacris (2000), DMX and Foxy Brown ('01), Twista and Lil Flip ('02) and Kanye West and Nelly ('03) have all rocked the mike. Fraternities and sororities step, old friends reunite, and road-trippers from California to Philly converge on D.C. to get a glimpse.
It's not all about the Yard, however. Last year at the homecoming fashion show tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams modeled on the catwalk, justifying Howard's ranking in a national fashion magazine as the second most styling school in the country, behind NYU.
The annual Saturday homecoming game has also been an event to savor. Despite the Bisons' reputation as lovable losers (24-37 record since 1999), the games are jam-packed. The band is pumped to another level, the stadium parking lot is crunk, and celebrities like Allen Iverson and Al Sharpton flood the sidelines with their entourages.
Homecoming is a much-valued experience to Howard students. Undergrads brag to friends at other schools about how they should come visit. Few go to class during the week, and teachers typically postpone midterms, not daring to interfere with the festivities. Memories, stunting lessons, celebs, parties and football? If this ain't the best homecoming around, what is?
Not all Oregon fans wanted to string up the Sooners. Nike majordomo Phil Knight (Oregon '59) sidled up to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops after the game.
Ducks do not only fly south for the winter. They also head southeast for showdowns against gridiron powers. Last month Oregon coach Mike Bellotti allowed SIOC to be embedded with his Ducks for their migration to Norman, where No. 2 Oklahoma awaited. What follows is a look at the awesome spectacle of a major college football road trip.
In 1994, when Oregon made its first Rose Bowl appearance in 36 years, the football program was viewed as simply cute and unprepossessing. The Ducks. Wacky. Quacky. Since that day Oregon, fueled in no small measure by its ties with alumnus and Nike founder-CEO Phil Knight (class of '59), has undergone an extreme makeover. All of its games are shown tape-delayed on the YES Network, the New York-based operation that also televises the Yankees, New Jersey Nets and Manchester United. To promote quarterback Joey Harrington's Heisman candidacy in 2001, the Ducks purchased a full-sized billboard in Times Square. Their space-age locker room and uniforms act as a magnet for blue-chip recruits. The Oregon Ducks: from wacky and quacky to mighty and flight-y in just one decade. Here's a behind-the-scenes look.
Ponto em comum Dirigentes de Corinthians, São Paulo e Flamengo, opositores à Comissão de Futebol e Marketing do governo, conheceram nesta semana os itens do pacote de medidas para o futebol e reagiram positivamente. Representantes dos três clubes haviam chegado a levar um projeto paralelo a Lula e Aldo Rebelo, passando por cima do ministério.
São Tomé Porém o corintiano Roque Citadini, que nesta semana se encontrou com Marco Aurélio Klein, do Esporte, segue cético e fez aposta. Afirma que, se o ministério colocar metade das medidas em prática, paga jantar ao representante da pasta.
Dupla dinâmica Para conselheiros corintianos, não é só o vice Nesi Curi que sairá fortalecido se o clube fechar com a MSI. Distante do noticiário, o também vice Andres Sanchez, um dos principais defensores da parceria nos bastidores, sairia cacifado para vôos mais altos no Parque São Jorge.
O lado bom da tragédia Embora acredite que o time consiga se livrar da degola, a cúpula do Grêmio não vê como prejuízo certo a idéia de disputar a Segundona. Um diretor usou como exemplo o Palmeiras, que em 2003 encheu estádios na Série B e teve ótima arrecadação.
Em extinção Depois de ser disputada nos últimos dois anos nos EUA, a Recopa, que confronta os campeões da Libertadores e da Copa Sul-Americana, está ameaçada de não acontecer em 2005. Se for mantida, sairá dos EUA, onde registrou fiasco de público, e voltará à América do Sul.
Santo remédio O jogo entre Milan, de Kaká, e Barcelona, de Ronaldinho, chegou a deixar a Rede TV! em segundo lugar na audiência. Na média geral, o jogo ficou em terceiro, com sete pontos, dobro do que habitualmente ocorre.
Fica como está O COB rechaçou argumento do Movimento Tênis Brasil, de oposição à CBT, para que reconsiderasse a decisão de deixá-la sem verba da Lei Piva. Em carta ao COB, o MTB disse que assim quem é punido é o esporte, e não os dirigentes. O comitê diz que mudanças ocorrerão só mediante ordem do TCU. O COB crê que não existe garantia de que a direção da CBT mudará.
O pai da criança Segundo o COB, foi por telefonema de Carlos Arthur Nuzman que BH garantiu para 2005 etapa da Copa do Mundo de natação. Mas, segundo a secretaria de esporte local, a iniciativa partiu de Minas, depois de o Rio ter aberto mão da competição.
Pincel em xeque Os pictogramas do Pan-2007 desagradaram a vários presidentes de confederações, que acharam horríveis as ilustrações representativas de seus esportes.
Memória seletiva Schumacher derrapou ao falar do jogo beneficente do qual participou ontem. Disse ter ficado emocionado no primeiro jogo que disputou no país, em referência àquele de 2003. Mas havia participado de outro, em 2001.
Fora de sintonia A Bridgestone espalhou faixas na área de Interlagos informando que o GP será entre os dias 23 e 25. Mas a corrida será dia 24.
Homem invisível O painel do Morumbi ignorou Vanderlei Luxemburgo e anunciou Leão como técnico do São Paulo e também do Santos.
Consultor de moda Em visita a Lula, o técnico Luiz Felipe Scolari o presenteou com camisa da seleção de Portugal. "É do Deco. Vai servir no presidente, que está mais magrinho e elegante", elogiou, ao se colocar à disposição para ajudar em ações do governo na Europa.
Do corintiano Jorge Kalil, sobre o fato de Romeu Tuma Jr., da oposição, ter condicionado à presença da imprensa reunião para discutir dossiê que teria sobre pessoas ligadas à MSI: - Começo a acreditar que ele não tem nada para mostrar.
Pontos corridos e outros pontos
SONINHA COLUNISTA DA FOLHA
Eurico Miranda, presidente do Vasco, disse à Folha que "esse sistema [pontos corridos] é feito sob medida para times pequenos, como o Atlético-PR". Primeiro, podemos discutir o que é "time pequeno". O Atlético foi campeão brasileiro há bem pouco tempo -e no mata-mata, como lembrou Mario Celso Petraglia. A torcida pode ser bem menor que a do Vasco, a história bem menos recheada de glórias, mas um time com um belo estádio, uma torcida apaixonada e um punhado de bons atletas é "pequeno" por quê? Na prática, há dois tipos de times: os bons e os ruins. Os bons podem assumir formas -uns encantam, e outros preferem a eficácia que é adjetivada como "de time pequeno", com postura cautelosa e prioridade para a defesa. Esses às vezes chegam a ser campeões, não necessariamente nos pontos corridos -que o digam Once Caldas e Grécia. E o Santo André, indiscutivelmente uma equipe "pequena", com uma folha salarial incomparavelmente menor que a do Vasco, faturou o maior mata-mata do Brasil... Não é obrigatório gostar de pontos corridos. Entendo quem prefere as fórmulas com oitavas e quartas-de-final ou com uma final. Mas não concordo com teses do tipo "é ruim para a TV", "é bom para os times pequenos". A não ser com uma delas: o torneio longo é bom para quem tem talentos, estrutura e planejamento.
A queda do número de torcedores nos estádios não pode ser atribuída à formula de disputa. A Copa do Brasil e os estaduais também tiveram públicos ruins. O torcedor não vai ao estádio por medo da violência, por falta de dinheiro, por aversão ao desconforto e por descrença no próprio time. Quando se enamora de sua equipe, ou quando toma a firme decisão de apoiá-la, desconsidera os motivos anteriores e vai -como está ocorrendo com a torcida do Bahia, que está lotando a Fonte Nova e dando um espetáculo de entusiasmo (se bem que na última rodada foi a do Náutico que fez a festa). Aliás, se a Série A tivesse mais times do Nordeste, a média de público seria maior. O Fortaleza ajudou muito a aumentar os números em 2003.
Parreira tem razão quando diz que é difícil tomar a bola de um time como o da Colômbia -jogando de uma maneira que ele defende, valorizando a posse de bola e se arriscando pouco. Por isso, achei exagerados os protestos de jogadores da seleção que condenaram o antijogo. O que você faria se estivesse na lanterna e enfrentasse o Brasil aqui? Viria para cima, na linha do "perdido por um ..."? A Colômbia não foi violenta ou desleal, só foi cautelosa. Como lembraram vários leitores, o Brasil de Ronaldo e Ronaldinho é que tem de se virar para superar times fechados -com jogadas pelas pontas, tabelas, bolas paradas (por que Alex não cobrou faltas e escanteios?) ou lances individuais... Esse é o preço de sermos campeões do mundo -"cada um com seus problemas".
Espetáculo E pensar que Mancini pensou em pôr Adriano de castigo por ter se atrasado na reapresentação... Contra a Udinese, nosso tanque fez gol de falta e outro em que driblou meio time, antes de 12 minutos de jogo! A ausência dele castigaria o time.
Triste espetáculo Jogar com portões fechados seria uma boa forma de punir o Atlético-MG pelo descontrole de seus torcedores no Independência. Seria importante localizar os agressores para que fossem severamente punidos. Quem saiu do estádio sem sapato deveria ser interpelado... E teria de haver uma inspeção das arquibancadas -não poderia ser tão fácil arrancar pedaços do chão (vai dizer que os torcedores levaram pedras de casa?).
“Quero um time forte na marcação e rápido com a saída de bola”. Esse é a fórmula do técnico Alexandre Gama para sair com mais três pontos da partida e domingo, contra o São Caetano, às 16h, no Anacleto Campanella. “Acertando isso, temos tudo para fazer grande jogo e recuperar o q deixamos passar”, acredita o treinador.
A equipe que entrará em campo para o confronto só será definida na quinta ou na sexta-feira, mas Gama garante que todos estão muito motivados e visando somente a classificação para a Libertadores. “Confio no grupo. Estamos preparados”, resumiu.
O jovem Rodrigo Tiuí voltou a treinar com bola nesta quarta-feira . Segundo Gama, o jogador se saiu bem e como não sentiu dor, pode ser uma opção no ataque. Outro que também está cotado para voltar à equipe é Marcão. “Ele movimenta o grupo, motiva. È um jogador importante, dá equilíbrio no meio e sabe se posicionar como ninguém”, elogiou o treinador, que também vem prestando especial atenção em Alessandro e Alex.
Tiuí garante que vai corresponder a confiança de Gama, caso seja escalado. Sobre o possível companheiro no ataque – Alessandro – ele comenta: “Ele é um grande jogador, muito rápido, se movimenta bastante, o que nos dá muita opção”.
Astro do Denver Nuggets é indiciado por posse de maconha
Principal estrela do Denver Nuggets, equipe em que atua o brasileiro Nenê, o ala Carmelo Anthony está sendo indiciado por posse de maconha. A droga foi encontrada na mochila do jogador quando ele embarcava com a equipe no aeroporto internacional de Denver, na semana passada. Segundo o advogado do jogador, Dan Recht, Anthony é inocente. "Ele está devastado com essa acusação. Ele sente que está em débito com seus fãs. Ele tem sido um extraordiánio membro dos Nuggets e continuará a ser", disse Recht em entrevista ao diário norte-americano "The Denver Post". Os agentes de segurança do aeroporto encontraram cerca de 25 gramas de maconha na mochila de Carmelo Anthony. Pelas leis do Colorado, a posse de pequenas quantidades de maconha não é uma infração grave. Não há possibilidade de o jogador ser preso e a pena máxima é uma multa de US$ 100.
Mesmo assim, Anthony insiste que não sabia da presença da droga na mochila. Ele alega que a maconha pertence a um amigo, que havia emprestado sua bolsa dias antes. O advogado disse que o amigo (não identificado) deve fazer uma declaração ainda nesta quinta para confirmar a versão do jogador. O diretor geral dos Nuggets, Kiki Vandeweghe, disse confiar plenamente em Carmelo Anthony. "Eu só quero que os fatos sejam esclarecidos. Tenho muita confiança em Carmelo. Como eu disse, nós fazemos exames nos jogadores e não temos qualquer razão para não acreditar nele", afirmou o dirigente. Carmelo Anthony não tem histórico de problemas com drogas. O Nuggets anunciou que ele passou por quadro testes antidoping na temporada passada e outro há duas semanas. Além disso, Anthony foi testado durante as Olimpíadas de Atenas e nada foi constatado. No último dia 13 de setembro, porém, o jogador se envolveu em uma briga com o rapper Sugar Ray em uma boate em Nova York.
THE DAILY Goes One-On-One With Indians GM Mark Shapiro
Indians Exec VP & GM Mark Shapiro
In three years as Exec VP & GM of the Indians, MARK SHAPIRO has built a top-ranked minor league system and a major league club that featured five American League All-Stars this season despite a payroll of $34.3M, fourth-lowest in the majors. Having just completed an 80-82 season, a 12-game improvement from a season ago and the team’s best showing in his three years at the helm, Shapiro is optimistic his club will contend for the Central Division crown next season. Shapiro recently took a break from his year-end player evaluation meetings to speak with correspondent Joe Oliver and consider topics such as his family, his morning drive and his role in rebuilding a franchise.
Question: Your wife just had your second child and you are nearing the end of a seven-month season. How do you keep your energy level high?
Shapiro: Fatigue is something you learn to live with in this job. But my job and my family are things that I am excited about, so they do not require an effort to be energetic.
Q: How do you keep your front-office employees motivated?
Shapiro: Because what we are trying to accomplish here is such a values-based mission, we are all driven by that challenge and we are all aligned behind accomplishing that mission. We know that we have more of an uphill battle than probably 90% of our competitors because of the challenges in this market and because of how we want to do it. And because we know that those challenges are there, we are all united and energized.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your position?
Shapiro: Fighting the emotion that filters into your role on a daily basis; not letting what transpires from 7-10 pm disrupt a plan or cause you to make a decision that is not sound or not consistent.
Q: How do you manage fans’ expectations and emotions?
Shapiro: If you are very consistent and very straightforward, then over time you build credibility with your fan base because they start to see tangible evidence of what you are trying to do. We are just starting to get to the point where I think there is some credibility in what we are saying. ... Every time you have a chance to explain where you are, you need to be honest. That is the only way to manage expectations.
Q: You have been with the Indians for 13 years. Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Shapiro Is Appreciative Of O'Dowd Providing Player Development Opportunity
Shapiro: The biggest influence on my career has been my dad because of the values that he has provided me with. It is more from the standpoint of how to do my job and how to live my life. ... As a baseball executive, both JOHN HART and DAN O’DOWD: Dan O’Dowd for providing me with the opportunity to develop my core strength in player development; John Hart for developing me as a Major League executive. He encouraged me and empowered me to a level which I think is unprecedented.
Q: What was the best piece of advice that John Hart offered you?
Shapiro: You do not want to make your decisions by throwing your finger up into the wind and trying to gauge the momentum and the emotions of a fan base. You want to gauge it on having a sound system, philosophy and plan. The second one is John always encouraged me to have my own gut feelings on players. ... I make decisions based on a multitude of information -- some statistical, some analytical, some scouting -- but at some point you have to back away and have your own opinion as well.
Q: Your dad is baseball agent and noted negotiator RON SHAPIRO. Have you ever felt the pressure of his achievements?
Shapiro: Not for a long time. It is interesting though, because when you grow up around a highly successful person like him, you might take things for granted and think that success is going to come your way. But then at a certain point in life, you realize that nothing is preordained. ... At this point in my career, I am pretty comfortable in my own skin and I do not feel any pressure to do what he has done. I feel more pride than pressure.
Q: Have you ever sought his counsel on a contract negotiation?
Shapiro: I have always been very careful and cognizant not to put him in a position where there is a conflict of interest, but from a style and tactical standpoint, his negotiation philosophy and tenets are so intertwined with his value system, I almost now know the advice he would give me.
Q: You believe in a holistic philosophy of player development. Why is it so important to develop players’ mental capabilities?
Shapiro: It may be the greatest area of untapped potential because it is hard to find mechanisms for developing mental skills. However, without development in that area, players are not going to achieve to their greatest level physically.
Q: Where is the next untapped international market?
Value In Japanese Relief Pitchers Like Takatsu Not Foreseeable Five Years Ago
Shapiro: I do not think there are untapped markets. It is just a search for value and where the values exist constantly shifts. I did not think the values were in Japan five years ago, but there is now evidence that there is some value in the Japanese relief pitching market. We are on a never-ending quest for where the values are, not just where the talent is. A lot of times, people pay a premium for international talent and we are never going to be able to do that.
Q: Where else are the talent values right now?
Shapiro: The greatest source of talent value still exists in Latin America, probably in the Dominican Republic. There is a lot more competition, but that is where the greatest value still is.
Q: Why is there a perception that front offices which rely more heavily on statistical analysis are abandoning scouting?
Shapiro: People feel a desire and need to classify other people. Maybe because of your education or because of the way you articulate your thoughts or because of who you are, others feel the need to classify you as a stats-based guy or a baseball guy. ... We take the approach that using anything less than all the information that is out there to make a decision is not going to allow you to make as good a decision.
Q: Your minor league system is one of the best in baseball and you had five All-Stars on the major league club this season. When do you expect to make a playoff run?
Shapiro Counting On Sabathia And Cast Of All-Stars For '05 Playoff Run
Shapiro: I count on that being next year. We have a young, talented core in place. Albeit limited, we have some additional flexibility in payroll to go out and do some things this off-season that we have not had a chance to do in a long time. With those additions and with the maturation of our existing core, we have a chance to take that next step next season.
Q: Wouldn’t it be easier if you could spend $100M on payroll?
Q: And if you could, would that change your development philosophy?
Shapiro: Absolutely. But I do not spend a lot of time worrying about the size of our payroll. It is what it is and our job is to find a way to win with that payroll. BRIAN CASHMAN once said, “So what? Your payroll is $40M. Find a way to win with $40M.” I joke with him all the time about it and I love that he said it because that is what our job is. ... But if I were GM in a market where the payroll was over $100M, I would absolutely do things differently. The core philosophies and the values would all be the same, but it is all about managing risk and you do not have to be as conscious about that risk with a $100M payroll.
Q: What do you do during your 30-minute drive into work?
Shapiro: It is cell phone time. Coming in, I usually listen to game reports from every one of the six minor league teams. If I do not have game reports, then 90% of the time it is [Assistant GM] CHRIS ANTONETTI and I getting a head start on our day. ... I would like to say that I listen to NPR because that is what I would like to do, but these days you can make calls that allow you to be more productive when you get to your desk.
Q: How do you unwind?
Shapiro: The only time I truly have to myself right now with two young kids is my workout. Once a day, six days a week for 45 minutes to an hour, I exercise. That is my time.
Q: What are your long-term aspirations
Shapiro: I would like a new set of challenges at some point in my life. I just cannot define exactly what they are because I am enjoying the moment that I am in right now so much
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
Shapiro: Anywhere in the RockyMountain range from Colorado to Montana. I prefer to get up in the mountains and get away from it all.
Q: What was the last book you read?
Shapiro: “Leadership on the Line,” by Ron Heifetz. But I am more a bits-and-pieces guy now. To sit down and read a book from cover to cover, it just does not happen as often. So I read lots of articles. I am very interested in studying leadership and what great leaders did. It is not a hobby, but more of a fascination for me.
Margolis Leaving Reebok; Fireman To Assume Responsibilities
Reebok President & COO JAY MARGOLIS, who also serves on the BOD, has resigned all posts. Reebok Chair & CEO PAUL FIREMAN will enter into a new, long-term contract with the company that will see him assume day-to-day leadership responsibilities. There are no plans to replace Margolis, who joined the company when Fireman was experiencing health problems that resulted in a coronary by-pass two years ago. Margolis in a statement said, “No one knows this business like Paul Fireman. Now that he has fully recovered, it is his leadership that will serve the company best at this time. It is the right thing for our shareholders that Paul be involved in the business as much as possible”
Goodbye Girl: WNBA President Val Ackerman To Step Down
WNBA’s Inaugural President Resigns Post
VAL ACKERMAN, who has served as WNBA President since the league started in ‘96, is stepping down effective February 1. Ackerman will lead the search for her successor, which will begin immediately, and will act as an advisor to the league and NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN (NBA). Ackerman said, “I want to spend more time with my daughters. I've been with this for really the past decade. It's been a privilege to be part of things, but it's been grueling” . One source close to the league said, “This might be the only time that old saw about ‘leaving to spend time with her family’ is true.” One person likely to be high on the list of possible replacements is ANN SARNOFF, who was named WNBA COO in February .
LEGACY: Stern said of Ackerman, “I think she is going to be an historic figure in the history of women's basketball. She oversaw and directed what people said couldn't be done — the successful establishment of a women's basketball league” . BRUCE LEVY, an agent who represents about 30 WNBA players, said of Ackerman’s legacy, “It’s no secret that I’ve had my battles with her over the years, but I’ve come to see she is working not only for David Stern and the NBA, but for women’s basketball overall. And someday I think people will see the WNBA as the only successful pro sports league launched relatively recently” . Edleman Sports & Entertainment Exec VP PETER LAND, who once worked with Ackerman at the NBA, said, “I think she did a brilliant job building the brand, and she took on the challenge of being the voice and the heart and soul of the W.N.B.A. She cared about it as a business and a sport” . Fever F and WNBPA President TAMIKA CATCHINGS said, “She has helped maintain the status of the WNBA and helped it grow.” Sports Business Group Principal DAVID CARTER: “The fact (is) that the first five or six years had been totally or primarily NBA driven, the last couple have been driven by her” .
Capstone Development Planning Condos Next To Lambeau Field
“Frozen Tundra” To Get New Neighbors
Birmingham-based Capstone Development Corp. is planning to build a 100-condominium development about 350 feet from Lambeau Field, according to Tom Daykin of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Capstone Senior VP William Bru said that the company will market the condos “mainly to Packer fans from the Milwaukee area who are looking for a place to stay overnight – and party – before or after the game.” The units will range from 650-1,600 square feet, with a cost of $150,000-600,000. Bru: “These really will be marketed to the same people who spend $100,000 a year on a skybox.” Capstone is developing similar projects in four communities with major colleges: Baton Rouge; Starkville, Mississippi; Manhattan, Kansas; and Louisville
Sporting equipment company K2 reported record results for Q3 including “revenue that nearly doubled” from the same quarter last year, according to Jennifer Davies of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Revenue for Q3 grew to $333.5M, up from $168M a year ago. Net income was $13.2M, or $0.26 a share, compared with $3.4M, or $0.12 per share. K2 CEO Richard Heckmann said that the results “demonstrate that the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy is working.” Davies notes in the past two years K2 has “acquired about 15 sporting goods companies,” including Rawlings, snowshoe company Winterquest and paintball company Brass Eagle. K2 credited its Q3 revenue growth to its June acquisition of two ski equipment companies — Volkl Sports Holding AG and Marker Group –- and outdoor apparel and equipment maker Marmot Mountain. About $200M of K2’s sales were from winter sports products. Team sport sales were $40.1M, compared to $24.2M in Q3 of last year, while action sports product sales were $180.1M, up from $71.3M, and apparel and footwear sales increased to $45.1M, from $10.8M last year. CL King analyst Scott Krasik said that “even beyond its growth through its acquisitions, K2 was able to increase sales 11.5[%].” Krasik: “Their ability to outperform their peers as well as retailers was impressive”
The Beat Goes On: Glazer Again Raises Stake In Man United
Glazer Inching Closer To Takeover Bid
Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer has raised his stake in Manchester United to 28.8%, up from 28.1%, but London Stock Exchange rules “prevent him from making a takeover bid” until next week, according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE. The rules state that “anyone who owns more than 15[%] of a publicly traded company can purchase additional shares of up to 10[%] in any seven-day period,” meaning Glazer can increase his stake to only 29.48% by Friday .
ANYBODY SELLING? In London, Nick Harris reports Glazer will “soon reopen talks to buy” the 28.89% share of the club held by John Magnier and JP McManus. Meanwhile, Glazer is “sounding out other shareholders in readiness for the full takeover bid that will be triggered” if he buys McManus and Magnier’s stake. Harry Dobson, whose 6.48% stake makes him the club’s third-largest shareholder, said, “I told [Glazer’s reps] I was not interested in a ‘fishing expedition’ and that they should make me an offer. I would not rule out selling the shares.” Harris notes Dobson paid around $40M in ’02 for his shares, which are now worth around US$87.3M .
CLUELESS? A source of the London TELEGRAPH’s Mihir Bose said, “The United board are completely clueless about Glazer’s next move. They are also divided about what [Magnier and McManus] will do. Some on the board think [Magnier and McManus] see their shares in United as a trophy, others they are in for a punt and will sell when they get the right price. ... I am not sure there are enough people [on the BOD] who know what anti-stalking steps to take to stop Glazer”.
Raiders The Latest Team To Create Chinese-Language Web Site
Raiders Latest Team To Develop Far East Focus
The Raiders have launched a new section on their Web site that will feature content in Simplified Chinese. Coverage will include weekly game previews and summaries, historical team information and football tips for new fans. The Raiders tabbed Univ. of California-Berkeley researcher Dr. Tao Zhang to provide weekly updates on the team. Zhang covers the Raiders and writes columns for the NFL’s official Chinese Web portal. Zhang is also a member of China 11, an organization dedicated to promoting football in China. In conjunction with the launch of the new section, the Raiders unveiled a new T-shirt design featuring the team’s signature slogan, “Just Win Baby” in Chinese script. The shirt is available online and in Raider Image stores
Spain Equality Minister Asks Madrid ATP Event To Drop Models
Spain’s Secretary Of Equality Asks Tourney To Stop Modeling Gig
Spain Secretary for Equality Soledad Murillo has asked organizers of the ATP’s Tennis Masters Madrid “to stop using models as ball girls,” according to Emma Graham-Harrison of REUTERS. The Labour & Social Affairs Ministry, where Murillo works, said in a statement Murillo believes that the practice “contributes to building a clearly discriminatory vision of women, as simple objects of decoration and entertainment. ... (Murillo) calls for this treatment, which has become customary in fashion and publicity, not to be transferred to the sporting arena” . Andre Agassi, on the use of models: “I think it’s important for our sport to understand its product clearly. And I’m not quite convinced it’s part of our product” . Appearing on his brother’s CNBC show, U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said, “Boxing has always had the girls that come out, and they hold up the round changes. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has cheerleaders. Why not tennis? What’s wrong with doing this in tennis?” CNBC’s John McEnroe: “I would have been all for it (when I was playing)” .
NHL Face-Off, Day 36: Canadian Broadcasters Want Mediation
There is a “movement to bring mediation” to the NHL labor dispute, with one of the candidates being former MLB COO Paul Beeston, according to broadcasting sources cited by William Houston of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. One source said, “In the next week, both sides will be approached. They’re going to be told: ‘Come on, it’s time. Let’s find a mediator.'” Another source said of Beeston: “If they agreed to bring him in, they would be able to climb out from the walls they’ve built around themselves and start negotiating” .
DEADLINE: In DC, Dave Fay reports a mid-December drop-dead date “is being bandied about by some hard-line NHL owners who are threatening to call off” the ’04-05 season if no substantive progress has been made toward a CBA. The owners believe mid-December is “the latest possible time when serious talks could begin and still have any hope of squeezing a credible season into 2005.” Under the plan, an abbreviated season would start no later than January 15 and could include as few as 42 games. The schedule “would have to be completely redone, eliminating inter-conference play and the All-Star Game” .
THE LEVITT REPORT: In L.A., Chris Foster reports former SEC Chair Arthur Levitt, “whose gloomy report on the state of the NHL is the backbone to the current lockout, reiterated the poor financial condition of the league.” Levitt is “satisfied that the numbers are as sound as can be,” saying, “Arguing about the accuracy of the report, whether the numbers may or may not be reliable, may just be a diversion.” But NHLPA Senior Dir of Business Affairs Ted Saskin said of Levitt, “I’m not disputing his integrity, but what was the mandate he was given and the starting point he used? If we retained Arthur Levitt and paid him millions of dollars and what we wanted him to look at was the overall economic impact on owners and in doing so account for all related entity revenue, all tax implications, all expansion proceeds and all other things not accounted for in the league accounting process, I’m sure we would get a much different picture than the league attainted” . But Levitt said of the NHLPA’s objections to the report, “I think it’s puzzling, in light of that criticism, that they’re unwilling to discuss the specifics of what that criticism is” .
McCabe Vows Players Still Have Solidarity
SOLIDARITY? After Flames D Andrew Ference discussed “how fed up he is with the current lack of negotiations” between the two sides, Maple Leafs D and player rep Bryan McCabe said, “We’re a bunch of different personalities and things will come out, but collectively we are still on the same page. Everybody is going to have days where they are frustrated” . In Ottawa, Bruce Garrioch reports while most of the NHLPA’s communications with players “has been done through the union’s website,” Senators C Mike Fisher expects the union to meet with players “in the next month or so.” Fisher: “I don’t know exactly what’s going to be discussed, but it would be good to get an update” .
PLAY ON: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Liz Mullen reports IMG has received oral commitments from Sergei Fedorov, Mats Sundin, Rob Blake, Martin Brodeur, Rich Nash, Shane Doan, Luc Robitaille and Chris Chelios for a five-country tour in December. IMG co-Dir of Hockey Pat Brison said that the tour, which is looking for a title sponsor, will play in Russia, Sweden and Slovakia, and is also considering Norway, Holland and Denmark. The plan is for the IMG players “to play an all-star team from the home country,” and IMG “is in talks with cable networks in Canada and a [PPV] company about broadcast rights.” Brison: “IMG is not going to lose money, first and foremost. From the players’ standpoint, this is training and staying in shape” .
Nike Sees Success In China As Swoosh Becomes A Status Symbol
Nike has become China’s “coolest brand,” according to a recent Hill & Knowlton survey cited by Matthew Forney of TIME’s Global Business section. Nike’s sales increased 66% last year to an estimated $300M in China, and the company is opening an average of 1.5 new stores a day in the country. The goal is to “migrate inland from China’s richer east-coast towns in time for” the ’08 Beijing Games. Nike products including Air Jordan sneakers produced in factories across Asia have “become the symbol of success for China’s new middle class.” Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Social Scientist Zhang Wanli said, “Nike was smart because it didn’t enter China selling usefulness, but selling status.
WHAT ABOUT YAO? Forney notes Nike “has had its stumbles” in China, including allowing Rockets C Yao Ming’s contract to expire last year. Yao then signed with Reebok for an estimated $100M, and Nike is “determined not to repeat the mistake.” The company has already signed China’s next NBA prospect, seven-footer Yi Jianlian, who is only 18.
RHOADS SCHOLAR: Former Nike China Dir of Sports Marketing Terry Rhoads, who now runs Shanghai-based Zou Marketing, indicated that Nike needed to “change China’s culture,” adding, “We thought, ‘We won’t get anything if they don’t play sports.’ ... Our goal was to hook kids into Nike early and hold them for life.” Forney adds that Nike also “hitched its wagon to the NBA, bringing players like Michael Jordan for visits,” and sales increased 60% annually in the ‘90s .
NOT LONG ENOUGH: The AP reports that Nike Taiwan was fined US$30,000 by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission yesterday because Jordan’s May 21 promotional visit in Taiwan lasted only 90 seconds. The Commission ruled that Nike “misled consumers who bought Nike gear to win passes” to see Jordan .Fair Trade Commission Vice Chair Chen Chi-yuan said Nike “had publicised an hour-long special event with a five-minute public appearance of Jordan.” Sales of Nike’s Jordan line “jumped six-fold between May 7-16” largely as a result of Nike’s campaign to promote the appearance .
Nike, Reebok Both Gain Exposure During Red Sox-Yankees
Nike aired the first spot following Fox’ coverage of the Red Sox’ Game Seven ALCS victory over the Yankees last night. The spot begins with two brothers sitting in the front row of Fenway Park in 1919 with their parents. The Red Sox last won the World Series in 1918. As the spot progresses, a rolling date appears at the bottom of the screen. As the years pass, the brothers age and are seen with different people, until the ad closes with the two brothers as elderly men at a game in ’04, and the “Just Do It” tagline .
ANKLE WRAP: Reebok received one minute and 35 seconds of visual exposure via the shoes worn by Red Sox P and Reebok endorser Curt Schilling during his seven-inning performance against the Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS on Fox. Fox’ cameras focused on Schilling’s feet because of an ankle injury that was written about and discussed extensively prior to and after his poor performance against the Yankees in Game One. Reebok had prepared a special shoe for Schilling, but he opted to wear his normal Reebok cleat. THE DAILY measured the exposure received by Reebok during Fox’ coverage of Game Six, starting with the pregame show, and found that the Reebok vector was shown in its entirety in a framed shot 18 times during the broadcast for an average of 5.2 seconds. Reebok was not a national advertiser on Game Six, but reaped plenty of value with Schilling’s shoes. The N.Y. Daily News reports today that 30-second ads on Fox’ Game Six broadcast went for as much as $245,000 .
Get Shortie: Comedy Central Cartoon Features Branded Content
Comedy Central Adds Value To Advertisers With Cartoon Product Placement
A new adult cartoon on Comedy Central called “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties” features product placements, “ranging from subtle to blatant,” in three of the seven 30-minute episodes, for Vans, Red Bull and Domino’s, according to Stuart Elliott of the N.Y. TIMES. Also, Activision, which “will not have its video games placed” in the show, will use the characters –- two babies behaving “like the rambunctious young adults” –- to introduce upcoming ads for a Tony Hawk video game. The product placement is being characterized as “added value,” as it comes as part of a larger ad buy on the net. While no financial terms were disclosed, Elliott notes such packages “can run into seven figures.” In one episode, a character wears checkerboard Vans shoes to play basketball and ride a skateboard. Some placements, like the Vans sneakers, “are brief and unobtrusive,” while others, like the Domino’s pizza boxes, “seem incessant and intrusive.” Domino’s Exec VP & CMO Ken Calwell said, “We saw it as tongue-in-cheek. You’re being so obvious about it, you’re having some fun with it. If it’s done creatively, with a wink and a smile, it works better. And we might do this differently on Comedy Central than we would on [‘MNF’].” Vans Senior Communications Manager Chris Overholser: “We talk about marketing with our customers, not marketing to them, and they’ll embrace marketing if it’s done in a fun and relevant way that respects them .
Tent City: Senior PGA Championship Uses Ballpark For Sales
PNC Park Hosting Champions Tour Tents
Two replicas of the hospitality tents that will line the 18th fairway at next May’s Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, were constructed on the infield at PNC Park to show to prospective corporate customers, according to Mike Dudurich of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. On display at PNC Park were 50- and 75-person chalets, priced at $85,000 and $105,000, respectively. Tournament Dir John Coolbaugh: “The Senior PGA Championship has developed a strong relationship with the Pirates organization and PNC Park is within walking distance of many businesses. It’s a perfect location.” Dudurich reports the event, “A Taste of the Senior PGA Championship,” has “never been held at a site like PNC Park.” Coolbaugh added, “It’s the model home concept you find in the real estate business. ... Allowing guests to physically experience PGA hospitality makes all the difference. In [effect], we’re able to bring the Taste to the clients instead of the reverse” .
DETHRONED CHAMPION: In Detroit, Vartan Kupelian reports the Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation, “unable to find a title sponsor,” announced Wednesday that Grand Rapids’ Champions Tour event will not be held in ’05. Farmers Insurance was title sponsor of the event . The Jaycees “declined to name companies that were approached or contacted the search committee,” but in Grand Rapids, Greg Johnson reported that the list “included AAA of Michigan, Wolverine World Wide, Alticor and Huntington Bank.” Two staff members at the tournament office “will be kept on another month, then close the office” .
XM Satellite Claims It Needs 700,000 Subs To Cover MLB Deal
While MLB “is confident XM can afford” its recently-signed 11-year, $650M satellite radio rights deal, the league is “requiring the company to put $120[M] in escrow,” according to CNBC’s Scott Wapner. XM “says it will need about 700,000 subscribers over the life of the deal to cover the cost.” The current subscription price is $9.95 per month . ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reported that in addition to the rights fee, XM will “make incentive payments to teams that reach benchmarks for leading customers to XM” . In DC, Frank Ahrens notes the XM deal “was made possible by ESPN radio relinquishing” its satellite rights after its previous deal expired in the past two months. ESPN previously had “blocking rights” to prevent other broadcasters from putting games on satellite services . MEDIALIFE’s Marisa Hoheb reports the MLB Channel XM will create under the deal will be a premium service, costing an additional $10 per month .
VIEW FROM THE TOP: MLB Exec VP/Business Tim Brosnan, on whether XM’s MLB broadcasts will compete against local radio broadcasts: “We don’t think it will be competitive; we think it will be incremental to the local broadcasts. If you’re a local fan who’s been accustomed to listening to your local station with your local club, my suspicion is you’re going to continue to do that. It’s the out-of-market; we have a large number of displaced fans, an enormous number, who want to track their team, and we think the great bulk of people who will pursue this service will come from that kind of marketplace.” XM CEO Hugh Panero said XM “will explore advertising with regard to the games — clearly it would be national advertising, and would not be in conflict with local advertising.” But Brosnan indicated that game broadcasts “will include any local ads, which would only give those advertisers a broader reach over XM’s subscriber base” .
ANALYSIS: IRG Research senior research analyst David Kestenbaum said of XM’s claim that it needs 700,000 new subscribers to break even on the deal, “There aren’t that many people that live outside their local markets to make this make (fiscal) sense.” Banc of America Securities analyst Jonathan Jacoby called the subscriber projection “simplistic” and added that it does not “take into account increased marketing and financing costs, customers who drop out and advertising revenue the company could get from baseball.” Analysts indicated that XM “will have to issue more stock or debt to pay for the deal” .
SIRIUS RIVALRY: Sirius Senior VP/Marketing Tola Murphy-Baran said the company’s bid for MLB rights “was a fraction” of what XM paid. Murphy-Baran: “We didn’t go anywhere near that kind of number” . HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Paul Bond writes the MLB deal “at least settled worries” that the company “has been ceding ground” to Sirius, which has NFL rights. Barrington Research analyst James Goss wrote, “This makes for a more interesting horse race.” But Vintage Research’s Alden Mahabir noted that the $59M average XM will pay MLB per year does not “stack up well next” to the $32M per year that Sirius is paying the NFL. Mahabir: “We believe the deal is a bit expensive” . But Janco Partners analyst April Horace said, “The difference between the NFL and the MLB is that baseball already has a very large audience that listens to it on the radio” . CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan said listening to XM or Sirius will “be a personality defining decision, sort of like Letterman or Leno, steak or chicken, all these sorts of key social decisions” .
XM Wastes Little Time Putting MLB Deal To Use
ADVERTISING: XM ran a virtual ad behind home plate during the first inning of last night’s ALCS Game Seven between the Red Sox and Yankees . Meanwhile, ADWEEK reported XM is airing two national 30-second spots, via Mullen, Massachusetts, to promote its NASCAR broadcasts. The ads show “ordinary driving situations in which people act as if” they are in a race .
STREET SIGNS: After shares of XM climbed to over $30 at one point in after-hours trading Tuesday night after news of the MLB deal first broke, shares opened at $29.80 yesterday and closed at $29.16, just 0.4% ahead of Tuesday’s close of $29.05. However, shares have rebounded today, and at presstime were up 5.73%, or $1.67, to $30.83. At presstime, shares of rival Sirius were unchanged at $3.78 .
Get In The Ring: Main Events, ESPN Partner On Series, PPV
ESPN Beefs Up “Friday Night Fights” With Main Event Partnership
Boxing promoter Main Events and ESPN are partnering on a new monthly boxing series that will air within ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and begin November 4. Two PPV events scheduled to air in ’05 are also part of the deal . Main Events CEO Kathy Duva: “The purpose of the shows ... is to develop the next [PPV] star by exposing them to the public. We’ve always felt that you have to present boxers on broadcast or basic cable in order to develop them as stars” . ESPN Senior VP/Interactive Sales Matt Murphy added, “PPV is almost entirely dependent on the marketing side. We can expose these fighters and tell their stories. People are going to start taking note of who these fighters are” . Duva added boxing’s PPV audience “keeps shrinking. We just can’t continue to depend on fighters who are pushing 40.” Meanwhile, ESPN said that ratings for “FNF” have increased by 11% this year over ’03. “FNF” ratings are up 24% in the men 18-49 and 25-54 demos .
NEW LOVE FOR BOXING: In Chicago, Michael Hirsley notes the deal comes as “ESPN’s commitment to boxing seemed to be wavering. The network reduced the license fees it paid promoters last year,” and “FNF” last aired on ESPN2 more than a month ago. But ESPN expects a “heightened level of talent and competition in the new series [and] the network will pay significantly more than in the past for that portion of the schedule.” Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore and Brian Kenny will be joined by ringside reporter Jeremy Schaap for the ESPN-Main Events package . In Las Vegas, Kevin Iole reports ESPN’s deal “is not exclusive with Main Events.” ESPN Senior VP/Programming John Wildhack said that the net “is open to working with other promoters.” Wildhack added that ESPN would “provide boxing coverage in many ways,” including its Web site, radio network and “SportsCenter”.
Sox-Yanks Game 7 Earns Best LCS Overnight Since At Least ‘90
Red Sox Not The Only Ones Celebrating As MLB And Fox Enjoy Boffo Ratings
After having two LCS that appeared lackluster just a few days ago, MLB got a major shot of momentum with the Red Sox’ remarkable Game Seven win over the Yankees and the Astros and Cardinals playing a Game Seven of their own tonight. Last night’s game earned a whopping 22.2/32 overnight Nielsen rating, the best for an LCS game since at least ’90, and MLB and Fox are banking on the Sox to continue the stellar numbers. A win by the Cardinals tonight would add even more national appeal to the World Series, but the Astros would provide an intriguing storyline: Roger Clemens pitching against his former team. And in the midst of another successful postseason run, MLB can trumpet the fact that its $650M satellite radio deal with XM tops the NFL’s deal with Sirius.
Red Sox-Yankees Ratings Leap Over Last Year's Comparable Game
Fox earned a 22.2/32 overnight Nielsen rating for last night’s Red Sox-Yankees ALCS Game Seven from 8:15-11:45pm ET, up 12% from a 19.8/29 for the comparable Marlins-Cubs NLCS Game Seven last season, and the highest overnight for an LCS game since at least ‘90. The game was also up 5% from a 21.1/32 for Red Sox-Yankees Game Seven last season, which was held on a Thursday. The game earned a 56.6/76 in Boston and a 30.7/33 in N.Y. The rating in Boston topped the market’s ratings for the Patriots’ wins in Super Bowl XXXVIII (56.1/78) and XXXVI (52.2/78). Fox will win primetime for the fifth consecutive night, an unprecedented feat for the network. Last night will rank as the highest-rated night in primetime on any network this season. It will also be the best primetime delivery for Fox since the NFC Championship. Also, Fox earned an 8.6/17 overnight for yesterday’s Astros-Cardinals NLCS Game Six from 4:15-8:15pm, down 29% from a 12.1/24 for the comparable Red Sox-Yankees Game Six in ’03. The game earned a 30.6/50 in Houston and a 37.7/61 in St. Louis .
TUESDAY: Fox earned a 15.6/25 final Nielsen rating for Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees ALCS Game Six, up 24% from a 12.6/20 for the comparable Marlins-Cubs Game Six last year. The game averaged 25.1 million viewers and earned the highest rating for a non-decisive LCS game since Game Six of the Pirates-Braves NLCS in ’91 . In Canada, the game drew 863,000 viewers on Rogers Sportsnet, the second-largest audience ever on the network, trailing only the U.S.-Canada Gold Medal game at the women’s under-19 world soccer tournament in ’02 .
Red Sox Are Historically A Large World Series Draw
SOX & ROLL: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes that the last time the Red Sox were in the World Series – against the Mets in ’86 – “they generated a 28.6 rating, the best performance since 1981” . Fox’ overall primetime programming has “only managed to average a dismal 3.0 rating” among adults 18-49 so far this season, down 36.2% from a 4.7 at the same point last season. MEDIALIFE’s Diego Vasquez wrote Fox “needs baseball to prevent any further slide until the bulk of its fall schedule premieres in November” .
PREMIUM BUY: In N.Y., Phyllis Furman reports Fox charged “over $245,000 for a 30-second spot” during Red Sox-Yankees Games Six and Seven, up from the $175,000 the net was charging when it pre-sold about 85% of the spots. Ad buyers said that even with the increased prices, “ecstatic ratings made the games a must-buy” .
FUN WITH RATINGS: NBC’s Jay Leno during his monologue last night said, “Ratings-wise it’s been a huge week for Fox, and the two biggest Fox ratings winners this week are baseball and Bill O’Reilly. ... So the key to ratings for Fox is millionaires who keep grabbing themselves” .
Manny and the Sox celebrated in a quiet Yankee Stadium.
One certainly has to give the Red Sox credit for facing their demons head-on in Game 7. Frankly, when Boston manager Terry Francona called on Pedro Martinez to pitch the bottom of the seventh, the 10 Spot thought Francona was foolishly spitting in the eye of fate. Derek Lowe had given up just one hit on a mere 69 pitches in the first six innings. The bizarre move allowed a dead Yankee Stadium crowd to come alive with the "Who's Your Dad-Dy!" chant and the Yanks scored two quick runs. It seemed that the Red Sox were employing some bizarre form of behavioral therapy, like somebody who tries to conquer a fear of snakes by jumping in a pit with a 12-foot python. How long will it take into the first Fenway Park Red Sox-Yanks matchup next season before Red Sox Nation unleashes its own version of the "Who's Your Dad-Dy!" chant? The 10 Spot places the over-under at eight pitches.
Johnny Damon's fiancee issued the first warning: Watch out for the NL.
The Red Sox completed a stunning and unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 series deficit with a 10-3 win on Wednesday night to beat the Yankees in the ALCS. Still, groggy Boston fans were shocked to discover Thursday morning that the Cardinals and Astros have been secretly playing for the right to crush their inflated hopes.
Nice comeback ... but it doesn't guarantee the World Series title.
One of the joys of great postseason baseball is the ongoing e-mail conversation circles it inspires. The 10 Spot has been involved in two such groups, each one including at least one Red Sox and Yankees fan. The one thing that seems to unite such groups is that they're sick of Fox's Tim McCarver. Here's a post from my college roommate Jeff Bond, a high school teacher, athletic director and baseball coach in suburban Philadelphia. "A parent of one of the kids on my baseball team gave me a copy of McCarver's book -- Baseball for Brain Surgeons," writes Bondo. "I started reading it the other night because it was there, and I made it through about 10 pages before I chucked it like a Big Schill fastball off the wall because my inner reading voice had become McCarver's. If that ever happens with another book, I might just pull my brain out and drop it in the trash, because I'll be done." Apparently, Bondo's inner reading voice wouldn't shut up about catching the great Bob Gibson
Presidente do Roma diz não saber se Cassano continuará
Roma, 21 out (EFE).- O presidente do Roma, Franco Sensi, afirmou hoje, quinta-feira, não saber se manterá o atacante Antonio Cassano na equipe na próxima temporada, alegando que o jogador tem uma "personalidade difícil".
Sensi falou duramente sobre o jogador, famoso tanto por seu talento em campo como por sua indisciplina: "há uma série de problemas que não me ajudam a mantê-lo no clube".
Mais precisamente, o presidente do clube apontou que, na última terça-feira, "Cassano merecia ser enchido de bofetadas após seu jogo contra o Bayer Leverkusen, pela Liga dos Campeões".
Ao falar sobre os seguidos atos de indisciplina cometidos pelo jogador em várias partidas e treinos, Sensi disse: "já lhe dei muitas oportunidades, mas não sei se continuarei dando-as porque custa muito. Ele recebe 5 milhões de euros por ano e não sei se quero continuar pagando-lhe esta quantia".
Cassano é um dos jovens talentos do futebol italiano e é acompanhado com interesse por outros clubes do país e estrangeiros, especialmente. Esse assédio se deve ao fato de, em 2006, o jogador ficar com passe livre, o que representaria custo zero em caso de transferência para outra equipe.
Cleveland Browns' Quincy Morgan and Dallas Cowboys Antonio Bryant are shown in these 2004 hand out photos. Bryant was traded from the Cowboys to the Browns for Morgan. The deal will give the two receivers, both former second-round picks who have shown flashes of being NFL stars, fresh starts
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New Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jerry Rice, right, stands with his wife Jackie as he shows off his new jersey Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004 at Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland, Wash. The Seahawks acquired Rice Tuesday from the Oakland Rainders and Rice said he asked permission from legendary Seahawks' wide receiver Steve Largent to wear Largent's number 80.
Scolari is in Brazil to visit Brazilian authorities
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) receives a jersey of the Portuguese soccer player Deco from Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (R), head coach of Portugal's national team, as Brazilian Sports Minister Agnelo Queiroz (C) looks on in Brasilia, October 20, 2004. Scolari is in Brazil to visit Brazilian authorities.
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Nigeria will line up their top stars including skipper Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha (pictured) and Inter striker Obafemi Martins for next month's friendly international against South Africa.
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Sharapova vence duelo de musas
A russa Maria Sharapova levou a melhor no duelo de musas contra a eslovaca Daniela Hantuchova e se classificou nesta quarta-feira para as quartas-de-final do torneio de Zurique, na Suíça. Após receber bye na primeira rodada, a quarta cabeça-de-chave venceu seu jogo de estréia na competição por 2 sets a 0, com parciais de 6/4 e 7/5. Sharapova soma agora dez vitórias consecutivas no circuito, já que conquistou os últimos dois torneios disputados, em Seul e Tóquio. Sua última derrota aconteceu no torneio de Pequim, na China, onde foi superada na semifinal pela compatriota Svetlana Kuznetsova. Atualmente em sétimo lugar, a campeã de Wimbledon briga por uma vaga na Masters feminina de Los Angeles. A russa enfrenta na fase seguinte a vencedora do jogo entre a norte-americana Venus Williams e a sérvia Ana Ivanovic, que acontece nesta quinta-feira. Na estréia, Venus se vingou da croata Karolina Sprem, para quem perdera no Grand Slam britânico, ao marcar duplo 6/2.
Jim Edmonds and the Cardinals were happy to see Astros closer Brad Lidge leave the game after the 11th.
By Albert Chen, SI.com
Turning Point On a chilly, gray afternoon in St. Louis, Busch Stadium erupted on the sweet Jim Edmonds home run swing the Cardinals' faithful have come to know so well. "Biggest hit of my career," a beaming Edmonds said moments after ripping a two-run walkoff home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the NLCS to send this series to a Game 7.
The Cardinals won because, for the first time this series, they outlasted Brad Lidge. The Astros' closer was -- surprise! -- brilliant again, pitching scoreless ninth, 10th and 11th innings as he struck out five of the nine hitters he faced. Alas, Lidge cannot pitch forever, and Dan Miceli entered the game in the 12th inning with the score still tied at four. Miceli faced three hitters and threw seven pitches. The seventh landed somewhere above the Cardinals' bullpen in rightfield.
Said Albert Pujols of getting Lidge out of the game, "Of course you want him out of there. You want to face another guy."
From the Bench In the ninth inning, with one out to get to force a Game 7, Tony La Russa peered from his dugout to see the hottest hitter in the postseason, Carlos Beltran, walk up to the plate with a man on second and decided that he wanted nothing to do with him. Instead, La Russa would take his chances with Jeff Bagwell. It was the right move, though Bagwell made La Russa pay, ripping a single to leftfield off Jason Isringhausen to tie the game at three. ... Albert Pujols ran right through coach Jose Oquendo's stop sign at third base when he was thrown out at home plate by Craig Biggio in the third inning. ... The Cardinals haven't committed an error in 11 straight playoff games, going back to the 2002 postseason, which is the longest errorless streak by a team in postseason history. While the NLCS has been a slugfest -- the two teams have combined for 23 homers, tied for most in an NLCS -- it's also been a dazzling showcase of defense. Game 6 was no exception. There was Edgar Renteria with a dazzling diving snag of an Adam Everett ground ball to curtail an Astros rally in the fourth inning. There was Brad Ausmus with a terrific tag of Albert Pujols at home plate to end the fourth. There was Mike Lamb making a lunging grab of a scorching Pujols liner in the seventh.
Clubhouse Confidential Just hours before the start of Game 6, La Russa was incensed to hear that Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez had been slapped with a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball for "throwing at the head of Jeff Bagwell" during Sunday's Game 4. "You talk about precedent," La Russa said. "So when a ball is thrown in that area gets away, [it's] $10,000 from now on? They're going to go back and nail guys? I mean, that is so ridiculous. In that game, he's going to do something like that? I even said it, I said it looks bad, there's a lot of balls that get thrown out there that don't look good." La Russa sought out MLB vice president Bob Watson on the field before Game 6, and the two engaged in a long, animated conversation. ... Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals' best starting pitcher during the regular season, threw off a mound for the first time in more than a month during the team's workout before Game 6. Carpenter has been sidelined since mid-September with a biceps strain and nerve irritation in his right arm and could be cleared to pitch in the World Series. ... In the Astros' clubhouse, Roger Clemens excused himself from reporters to go watch Game 7 of the ALCS. ... Among the tunes blaring on the speakers in the St. Louis clubhouse after the game was, curiously, Hootie and the Blowfish's Only Wanna Be with You.
Bottom Line Never has there been a seven-game league championship series in which the home team won every game. The Cardinals hope to make history Thursday.
Don't underestimate home-field advantage in this series: The Cardinals are 5-0 at home during these playoffs and are the only unbeaten team in the postseason. During the regular season, they owned the NL's best home record at 53-28. Houston is 4-1 at home and 22-1 in its past 23 home games.
Meanwhile, there isn't a pitcher the Cardinals would rather have starting for them than Jeff Suppan, the Game 7 starter. Suppan has been sharp in his two postseason starts. The Astros are hoping Clemens can get the game into the late innings, when he can pass the baton to co-ace Roy Oswalt, who would figure to close the game with Lidge having worked three innings in Game 6. How far can Lidge go in Game 7? "He'll be able to go an inning," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "Beyond that, I don't know."
Jim Edmonds' walkoff blast was the first the Cardinals in the playoffs since Ozzie Smith in 1985
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.Now, waiting for all of them is Roger Clemens in an all-or-nothing Game 7.Edmonds blasted a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the rejuvenated Cardinals turned Busch Stadium into a red frenzy, beating the Houston Astros 6-4 Wednesday to even the NL championship series at 3-all.
"We all watched TV as kids. We all hear all the stuff you guys say and write and show us. I finally get to play in a Game 7," Edmonds said."I think how much better does it get? Game 7 vs. Roger Clemens," he said.After Jeff Bagwell's two-out single in the ninth off Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen tied it at 4, Edmonds won it with a one-out shot off Dan Miceli.
Bagwell didn't even bother watching as Edmonds' shot sailed way over the St. Louis bullpen in right field. The star first baseman simply walked across the field while the Cardinals streamed out of the dugout."A very winnable game for us, so I'm disappointed," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "Haven't given much thought to tomorrow's game, only that I had scheduled the Rocket to go."
Clemens came out of retirement for the sole purpose of pitching his hometown Astros into their first World Series. Now, the 42-year-old ace will get that chance Thursday night when he starts against former Boston teammate Jeff Suppan."What's there to say?" Clemens said, excusing himself to go watch Game 7 of the ALCS in which Boston beat New York 10-3. "We've got to win tomorrow."
It will be will Clemens' fourth career start in a Game 7 -- he's 1-0 in those outings after getting knocked out early last year in the ALCS for the New York Yankees."I've never seen him pitch when he wasn't tough to beat," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It shapes up to be a terrific matchup."
Mordida de siri desclassifica equipe na prova Ecomotion
Os esportes de aventura são uma novidade e, como tal, surpreendem com seu noticiário. A novidade desta quarta-feira é bastante curiosa.
Atletas fazem trekking durante a disputa do Ecomotion/Pro, na Costa do Dendê
Uma mordida de siri durante a travessia de um mangue foi responsável pela desclassificação da primeira equipe do Ecomotion/Pro, a maior corrida de aventura da América Latina que está sendo realizada na Costa do Dendê, na Bahia. André Sá e mais três companheiros (Roberto Nascimento, Lilia Godoi e André Gouveia) estavam na fase de trekking quando o incidente aconteceu. Sá foi atendido pela equipe médica e levou quatro pontos no pé esquerdo, mas ele não resistiu às dores e deixou a prova. Os outros integrantes continuaram na competição, mas o time está desclassificado (pela regra da corrida de aventura, a equipe é eliminada automaticamente quando perde um dos integrantes).A Xavante estava sem sorte na edição 2004. A equipe teve a canoa caiçara virada poucos metros depois da largada na segunda-feira na Enseada de Barra Grande. A pequena embarcação foi atingida por uma rajada de vento provocada por um helicóptero. O Ecomotion/Pro começou com 49 equipes. Os competidores vão percorrer cerca de 435 quilômetros tendo que superar várias modalidades de esportes de aventura, como trekking, mountain bike, técnicas verticais, canoagem e rafting. O Ecomotion/Pro é a maior corrida de aventura da América Latina e pela primeira vez está fazendo parte do circuito mundial, o AR World Series
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Parma look for European lift
Parma FC's 14th consecutive European campaign continues with a visit to northern Spain to face Athletic Club Bilbao. Whether it provides a welcome distraction from their wretched start to the domestic season remains to be seen, however.
'Difficult period' Parma have not won yet in Serie A, taking only three points from six games. Their coach Silvio Baldini offered to resign after Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Brescia Calcio but club officials persuaded him to stay. "It's a difficult period for us," he said. "Now we have to work hard and run, not talk."
Regulars rested Baldini will rest a number of first-team regulars in Bilbao, including Sébastien Frey, Alberto Gilardino, Marco Marchionni, Fabio Simplicio, Cesare Bovo and Vincenzo Grella, who are all expected to start on the bench. Youngsters Gaetano Grieco and Francesco Ruopolo will lead the attack.
'Not easy' For all Parma's problems, Athletic will not be taking them lightly. Midfielder Francisco Yeste said: "Whoever plays, we know it's not going to be easy because Parma's history in European competition goes back a long way." The Basque club beat Málaga CF 1-0 at the weekend.
Newcastle United FC and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard may be the more fancied of the Group D teams in action tonight but they face tricky ties at Panionios NFC and FC Dinamo Tbilisi respectively, while Sporting Clube de Portugal have the night off.
Bellamy decision Graeme Souness, the Newcastle manager, is determined last year's semi-finalists will not be complacent in Greece. "We don't want to make the mistake of thinking we are big favourites in the game and then come unstuck," he said. Souness will make a late decision over striker Craig Bellamy following a dispute between the pair, but Patrick Kluivert did not travel while Shola Ameobi has a hip problem. James Milner or Laurent Robert may be brought in to fill a more advanced role.
Forward boost Panionios have selection worries of their own with goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobný likely to be absent for three weeks after arthroscopic surgery. Also, midfielder Nikolaos Mitrou has a leg injury and will not make the lineup but there was better news with attacking trio Lubomir Meszaros, Evagelos Mantzios and Juan Martín Parodi all given the green light to play. Coach Karol Pecze has warned his team to be "extra careful in defence", given the threat of Alan Shearer and Bellamy.
Kankava suspended Against Dinamo, Sochaux coach Guy Lacombe is set to deploy Brazilian striker Ilan, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, as a lone striker, partly because of Jaouad Zairi's knee injury. Defenders Lionel Potillon and Sylvain Monsoreau have also struggled but should be fit. Meanwhile, Dinamo are shorn of suspended midfield starlet Jaba Kankava while goalkeeper Irakli Zoidze is also unlikely to play despite being available again after injury.
Bündchen terá marcação "homem a mulher" na bandeirada final
O top model internacional Gisele Bündchen chega em São Paulo no próximo domingo, dia 24, para participar do Grande Prêmio do Brasil de Fórmula 1. A beldade brasileira está encarregada de dar a bandeirada final na última prova do ano. Para evitar o problema que aconteceu com Pelé, em 2002, na última vitória de Michael Schumacher no Brasil, quando o ex-jogador não viu o heptacampeão passar na reta de chegada, Carlos Montagner (diretor da prova) vai "marcar" La Bündchen de pertinho. "Vou estar mais junto do que nunca", disse Montagner - que precisa evitar um problema semelhante na edição deste ano. Com certeza, "marcar" a belíssima Gisele Bündchen chegando junto é muito mais fácil do que foi - ou é - marcar Pelé.
Anderson Varejão marca 16 pontos na vitória do Cleveland
O ala-pivô Anderson Varejão foi o grande destaque do Cleveland Cavaliers na vitória por 103 a 77 sobre o Charlotte Bobcats, na noite desta quarta-feira, pela pré-temporada da NBA, a liga de basquete norte-americana. O brasileiro começou a partida no banco de reservas, mas se destacou nos 22 minutos que esteve em quadra, marcando 16 pontos (acertando seis arremessos de dez tentativas, além de quatro em cinco lances livres). Além disso, Varejão, que foi trocado pelo Cleveland com o Orland Magic, apanhou 12 rebotes (sendo oito na defesa), e conquistou seu primeiro double-double na NBA. O jogador ainda contribuiu com duas assistências e um toco. Varejão teve a companhia de outros dois jogadores dos Cavaliers como cestinha da partida. O pivô Zydrunas Ilgauskas e o ala LeBron James também anotaram 16 pontos cada. Pelos Bobcats, Jahidi White saiu do banco para marcar 12 pontos e pegar 12 rebotes.
Real Zaragoza are hitting form at just the right time as they begin their UEFA Cup Group C campaign at home to FC Utrecht, while Club Brugge KV travel to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FK Austria Wien sit out Matchday 1.
Fine start Zaragoza defeated Real Sociedad de Fútbol 2-1 on Sunday to equal their best start to a season, set by their mid-1960s team dubbed 'Los Magníficos'. Zaragoza are without goalkeeper César Láinez but can call on defender Gabriel Milito so should field the same side that beat Real with Luis García in goal.
Utrecht confident In stark contrast, Utrecht fell to a 3-0 defeat by FC Groningen, but remain third in the Eredivisie and coach Foeke Booy said: "We travel with confidence to Zaragoza." Bas van den Brink, Samir El Gaaouri and Sandro Calabro are ruled out, but winger Dave van den Bergh is fit.
Rotan out Dnipro midfielder Ruslan Rotan has picked up an injury in training, having only recently returned to fitness, and will not play against Brugge. With several players rested, Dnipro won 2-0 at FC Neftyanik Akhtyrk in the first leg of their Ukrainian Cup quarter-final.
Long journey Brugge coach Trond Sollied, who is deprived of midfield duo Serhiy Serebrennikov and Jonathan Blondel through injury, admitted he did not want Dnipro as one of their two away games due to the long journey. "It can never be an excuse for a defeat, but it could be an explanation," he said.
David Ortiz was an easy winner of the MVP award after hitting three homers and driving in 11 during the series.
The official league choices for Most Valuable Player in the AL and NL playoffs. The NL instituted the award in 1977, the AL in 1980. AMERICAN LEAGUE 2004--David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox 2003--Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2002--Adam Kennedy, Anaheim Angels 2001--Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees 2000--David Justice, New York Yankees 1999--Orlando Hernandez, New York Yankees 1998--David Wells, New York Yankees 1997--Marquis Grissom, Cleveland Indians 1996--Bernie Williams, New York Yankees 1995--Orel Hershiser, Cleveland Indians 1994--Strike 1993--Dave Stewart, Toronto Blue Jays 1992--Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays 1991--Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins 1990--Dave Stewart, Oakland Athletics 1989--Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics 1988--Dennis Eckersley, Oakland Athletics 1987--Gary Gaetti, Minnesota Twins 1986--Marty Barrett, Boston Red Sox 1985--George Brett, Kansas City Royals 1984--Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers 1983--Mike Boddicker, Baltimore Orioles 1982--Fred Lynn, California Angels 1981--Graig Nettles, New York Yankees 1980--Frank White, Kansas City Royals
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2004--David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox 2003--Ivan Rodriguez, Florida Marlins 2002--Benito Santiago, San Francisco Giants 2001--Craig Counsell, Arizona Diamondbacks 2000--Mike Hampton, New York Mets 1999--Eddie Perez, Atlanta Braves 1998--Sterling Hitchcock, San Diego Padres 1997--Livan Hernandez, Florida Marlins 1996--Javy Lopez, Atlanta Braves 1995--Mike Devereaux, Atlanta Braves 1994--Strike 1993--Curt Schilling, Philadelphia Phillies 1992--John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves 1991--Steve Avery, Atlanta Braves 1990--Rob Dibble and Randy Myers, Cincinnati Reds 1989--Will Clark, San Francisco Giants 1988--Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodgers 1987--Jeffrey Leonard, San Francisco Giants 1986--Mike Scott, Houston Astros 1985--Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals 1984--Steve Garvey, San Diego Padres 1983--Gary Matthews, Philadelphia Phillies 1982--Darrell Porter, St. Louis Cardinals 1981--Burt Hooton, Los Angeles Dodgers 1980--Manny Trillo, Philadelphia Phillies 1979--Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates 1978--Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers 1977--Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers
NEW YORK -- Someday, we may appreciate what just happened over the past four days. Right now, however, "I'm finding myself just wondering what day of the week this is,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.Whatever day this is, it's probably not going to be very pleasant for Cashman. It won't be easy explaining to George Steinbrenner how the Yankees just became the first team in baseball history to blow a 3-0 lead in a postseason series -- and worse, to blow it to the Red Sox. Heck, it's difficult enough explaining it without having a maniacal owner yelling in your face and threatening that you'll never work in this business again.
Johnny Damon played the hero's role for the Red Sox in Game 7.
Forget about the Red Sox long tale of woe. Forget the Boston-New York rivalry. Forget the decades of emotions and history that went into this series. Simply focus on the incredible fact that a baseball team just rallied from an 3-0 deficit to reach the World Series.
People always said that some year, a team would come back from being down three games to none. But they said it the same way they say there may be life on other planets, that Bigfoot exists and that the Cubs may get to the World Series. You leave it out there as a possibility, but you never really believe it.
Why would you? Baseball had played 100 previous postseasons heading into this October. In those, there had been 136 best-of-seven (or longer) series. And not only had no team ever come back to win the series after losing the first three games, none had even forced a seventh game. Only the 1999 Mets forced a sixth game. Only five teams before the Red Sox even forced a fifth game.
And then the Red Sox beat the Yankees four consecutive games.
"I know the city of Boston appreciates how hard this was,'' Game 7 winner Derek Lowe said, "because this was the best team in baseball for a lot of years and we had just lost by 11 runs to come back.''The Red Sox did it despite suffering one of the worst defeats in postseason history when they allowed 19 runs in Game 3. They did it despite having to rally from a two-run deficit in Game 4 and a one-run deficit in Game 5. They did it despite having to face the greatest closer in postseason history, Mariano Rivera. They did it despite having to win the final two games on the road in Yankee Stadium. They did it despite not getting a single RBI from Manny Ramirez the entire series.
"We knew we had to win Game 4, not because it was an elimination game but because winning it would put the ball in Pedro's hand for Game 5,'' first baseman Kevin Millar said. "And that would get the ball to Curt for Game 6. And then it would be Game 7 and anything can happen.''Well, that makes it sound simple but it wasn't. In fact, the way the Red Sox rallied helps explain why we had never seen a team do it before. To do so requires you to pull out all stops and play every game as if it is the last, burning through so many pitchers that each victory almost makes the next one even more difficult.
Forget about Curt Schilling's Game 6 start with the sutured tendons; the rest of the staff was also supremely challenged. The Red Sox had to use three of their starters in relief in Game 5 and two in Games 6 and 7. They had to start Lowe on two days' rest in Game 7. They had to use Pedro Martinez on one day rest in Game 7. They had to use Bronson Arroyo on one day rest in Game 5 and on no days rest in Game 6. They had to use closer Keith Foulke for 2 2/3 innings in Game 4, then use him for 1 1/3 innings the next day and for one inning the next day in Game 6 (he threw 100 pitches combined in the three games).
"They weren't only willing to go out there on fumes, they were able to get people out,'' manager Terry Francona said. "We're not here celebrating if they don't get some people out.''They did. After the Red Sox bullpen allowed 17 runs in seven innings in Game 4, the relievers allowed two runs the next 18.
Mike Myers goes up into the stands to celebrate with Red Sox fans.
And while the pitchers were doing their job, the batters had to remain focused on theirs, not giving in to the incredible odds they faced, instead being patient with each at-bat, working the count, settling for singles, going the opposite way, never trying to do end the game with one swing. In short, they had to do everything the Yankees hitters did not once Boston's comeback began.Millar, for instance, started the key ninth inning rally in Game 4 by leading off the ninth with a humble walk off Rivera. Then pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second (after nearly getting picked off) to put the tying run in scoring position for Bill Mueller, who singled him home.
"I think that was the biggest play of the series, Roberts' stolen base,'' Lowe said. "It got us an opportunity to get to Rivera.''
By pushing Games 4 and 5 into nine extra innings, the Red Sox also were able to wear out the Yankees' pitching staff, setting up a seventh game when New York was forced to use several pitchers who simply weren't up to the task of shutting down Boston's lineup. Kevin Brown didn't make it through the second inning, Javier Vasquez gave up a grand slam on his first pitch and the Red Sox broke to a comfortable 6-0 lead that made things easier for Lowe.
Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson, center, looks to pass around Chicago Bulls defenders Tyson Chandler, left, and Eddy Curry, right
The last time Chicago Bulls fans saw their team in the playoffs, Michael Jordan was leaping in celebration in front of a stunned Delta Center crowd as Chicago beat the Jazz and sealed its sixth championship in eight seasons. It's been a long, dreary six years since that epic conclusion to Jordan's Bulls career. Since then, the franchise has been searching for the right plan to revive the glory of a bygone era. John Paxson, who enters his second season as the Bulls' general manager, faces a dilemma that many of his colleagues also will encounter as high school players continue to flock to the NBA: what to do with unproven yet promising talent.
There is no doubting the potential of Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry. Chandler is a high flyer who runs like a deer and has the length and body type of Kevin Garnett. Curry is a legitimate center who moves well, has a soft touch and can dominate the low post. The thought of the two of them thriving together on the front line is tantalizing.
The problem for Paxson is that each becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and in their first three seasons, neither has shown the necessary development or leadership to lead the Bulls out of the lottery. Chandler has had back problems and has struggled to find an offensive game; Curry has been overweight and lackadaisical defensively. But Paxson must constantly remind himself that these two youngsters are barely old enough to order a drink. They still are extremely young and eventually could fulfill the promise that so many people see in them. But Paxson may have to make a major financial decision on each of them before he truly knows what he has. There is risk either way. He could give them long-term contracts and watch them become busts, or he could trade them away only to see them develop into stars.
Not every high schooler who enters the league becomes an instant star, like Garnett or Kobe Bryant. But Portland gave up on Jermaine O'Neal too early, and now he's one of the top players in the league with the Pacers. Paxson, like other GMs around the league, is wary of giving up too soon on his young studs. At the same time, sooner or later they have to start showing some development and maturity.
In a Central Division that boasts battle-tested veteran teams in Indiana and Detroit, Chicago's young crew most likely will continue to struggle while it learns. But the potential is there. Chandler and Curry are joined by terrific second-year guard Kirk Hinrich and rookies Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni, a tough Argentinean. Paxson must decide if this group eventually will figure out how to win. This season should go a long way in helping him come to a determination one way or the other.
KERR'S THREE POINTS
1.Antonio McDyess signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons to fortify an already strong defensive front line, and if he stays healthy, he'll be a huge addition to the club. He is very good defensively and has the maturity to slide right into a complementary role on a championship team. The Pistons are scary defensively – they're quick, deep and relentless. McDyess makes them even scarier.
2.Luke Jackson could play a big role in the Cleveland Cavaliers' plans. The rookie swingman from Oregon is big, physical and an excellent shooter and scorer. As LeBron James continues to improve, he'll need teammates like Jackson to help open up the floor and keep defenses honest. Jackson's foot speed is deceptive, and he has a nasty streak about him that Cavaliers fans will love. Keep an eye on him.
3. It remains to be seen whether T.J. Ford will return from a scary neck injury that ended his rookie season prematurely and threatened his career. The lightning-quick point guard is a one-man press break, and the Milwaukee Bucks really missed him in the playoffs trying to deal with the Pistons' pressure defense. Milwaukee was the surprise team of the East a year ago, and it will be difficult for Terry Porter's squad to duplicate last season's effort without a healthy Ford.
Romário convida presidente da CBF para o amistoso de despedida do dia 11 de novembro contra o México e recorda seus gols mais importantes e bonitos pelo Brasil
Romário saiu sede da CBF com a camisa 11 da Seleção Brasileira nas mãos, a nova, a que faltava na sua coleção. A mesma camisa com que vai se despedir em jogos internacionais no amistoso do dia 11 de novembro entre a Seleção tetracampeã do mundo e a seleção mexicana, no Estádio Rose Bowl. O atacante esteve na sede da entidade para agradecer o apoio do Presidente Ricardo Teixeira e também convidá-lo para estar presente no jogo.
- Sempre disse que para mim seria uma honra me despedir da Seleção vestindo a camisa 11 oficial. Sem isso, a festa não será completa. Quero agradecer ao presidente, que prometeu fazer de tudo para assistir ao jogo. Dos tetracampeões de 94, faltava confirmar a presença do Ronaldo e do Cafu, que já me garantiram que vão jogar. O Parreira será o treinador e estamos tentando realizar o amistoso no Rose Bowl.
No encontro de hoje à tarde, Romário e o Presidente Ricardo Teixeira conversaram muito sobre a Copa dos Estados Unidos. Recordaram momentos que consideram marcantes na vida dos dois e riram das histórias do zagueiro Ricardo Rocha, que Romário diz ter sido fundamental para a união do time de 94.
- Foi o momento marcante não só para mim, para o presidente, mas para todo o povo brasileiro. Depois de 24 anos, tínhamos a obrigação de dar essa alegria para as pessoas e felizmente conseguimos. Vai ser muito difícil repetir um grupo como aquele, que se uniu tanto em torno de um objetivo - disse Romário.
O Presidente Ricardo Teixeira ressaltou que o jogo do dia 11 de novembro vai representar a despedida de Romário apenas em jogos internacionais. O presidente está certo de que o atacante ainda vai jogar por mais alguns anos e lamentou que isso não a aconteça com a camisa 11 do Flamengo.
- Ele não vai parar, tenho certeza. E é uma pena que ele não esteja no Flamengo, para fazer os gols que o time precisa para não ser rebaixado - disse o Presidente da CBF.
Ricardo Teixeira fez questão de enumerar a trajetória de Romário na Seleção Brasileira, destacando episódios que o dirigente considera fundamentais na carreira do atacante com a camisa do Brasil. Os dois gols na vitória de 2 a 0 sobre o Uruguai, nas Eliminatórias para a Copa do Mundo de 1994; o gol também sobre o Uruguai, no 1 a 0 com que o Brasil foi campeão da Copa América de 1989, e o gol na vitória sobre a Holanda nos 3 a 2 que pôs o Brasil na semifinal da Copa do Mundo de 1994.
- O Romário é quem pode falar melhor, mas considero esses momentos importantes. Teve também o gol de cabeça contra a Suécia na semifinal de 94. Ele com esse tamanho todo conseguiu marcar o gol salvador de cabeça - brincou o presidente da CBF.
Romário lembra bem desse lance. E riu muito ao contar o que antecedeu o gol que marcou escorando com a cabeçada o cruzamento de Jorginho.
- O goleiro da Suécia estava me gozando, dizendo que eu não ia marcar, que ele ia pegar tudo, e realmente estava fazendo grandes defesas. Respondi, "calma, daqui a pouco tem forra". E o gol saiu.
Esse gol foi um dos 70 que Romário marcou em 87 jogos pela Seleção Brasileira. O atacante vai se despedir no dia 11 de novembro como o segundo maior artilheiro da Seleção Brasileira em números absolutos - tem 25 a menos do que Pelé, com seus 114 jogos. Muitos deles foram decisivos e levaram o Brasil a grandes vitórias e conquistas. Dos 70 gols que marcou, ele guarda na lembrança alguns que considera importantes, outros os mais bonitos. Os primeiros que vêm à lembrança são realmente os dois que fez no Uruguai, no Maracanã, na vitória de 2 a 0 que classificou o Brasil para a Copa do Mundo de 1994. Romário destaca esse jogo não só pelos gols, mas pela atuação que teve naquela tarde do dia 19 de setembro de 1993.
- Tive uma das melhores atuações da minha carreira. Os dois gols foram bonitos, assim como o da decisão da Copa América de 1989. O Mazinho cruzou e eu me antecipei ao zagueiro e o goleiro, de cabeça - conta.
Romário conta sobre mais gols, ele mesmo narra os lances, como se estivessem todo tempo presentes na lembrança - só não guarda datas com precisão.
- Teve um que fiz no México, em um amistoso em Miami, que foi lindo. Vencemos por 4 a 0. O Djalminha cruzou e eu peguei de primeira. O goleiro não se mexeu.
O jogo a que Romário se referiu aconteceu no dia 30 de abril de 1997, no estádio Orange Bowl. Outro gol que Romário descreveu como bonito aconteceu também em 1997, no dia 7 de dezembro, em amistoso realizado em Johanesburgo contra a África do Sul.
- Recebi um passe do Bebeto e, de fora da área, encobri o goleiro. Foi muito legal, um toque só - diz.
Há mais gols para contar. Romário lembra de um contra a Inglaterra em que driblou dois zagueiros, em jogo válido pelo Torneio da França, no dia 10 e junho de 1997. O Brasil venceu por 1 a 0. Contou outro que fez na Costa Rica, também driblando em velocidade - "não se foi Costa Rica ou Panamá" -, e estava feliz, bem-humorado. Só não conseguia esconder a saudade que sente da Seleção Brasileira. Ao ver um quadro na sala da Presidência da CBF, em que os jogadores posaram com a primeira camisa do Brasil, a de 1914, o atacante não se conteve.
- Como eu gostaria de ter vestido essa camisa. Achei muito bonita.
Romário vai matar a saudade no seu jogo de despedida. Estará ao lado do time tetracampeão, quer dar adeus marcando gols, diz que não consegue esquecer os momentos que viveu na Seleção Brasileira.
- A Seleção Brasileira faz parte da minha vida. Todo jogador do mundo sonha em vestir essa camisa. Eu consegui e graças a Deus fui tetracampeão do mundo. Isso vai ficar para sempre - disse Romário, que posou com o presidente Ricardo Teixeira com a camisa 11 e o Troféu Copa do Mundo, conquistado em 1994.
John McEnroe’s CNBC talk show, “McEnroe,” is likely to be canceled
JOHN McEnroe’s lowrated CNBC show is likely to be canceled — and replaced by reruns of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” CNBC execs aren’t commenting, but one scenario has the network canning McEnroe,” which airs at 10 p.m., and airing dayold repeats of “Late Night” in that slot beginning next month, according to TV Guide. Reruns of “Late Night” had been airing weeknights (6-7 p.m.) on Comedy Central until the end of August — when that contract expired and the two sides couldn’t agree on a renewal price, according to Comedy Central spokeswoman Aileen Budow. “Late Night” airs weeknights (12:35 a.m.) on CNBC’s sister station, NBC. McEnroe’s cable show, which debuted last July, has been consistently low-rated, often registering the dreaded Nielsen “hash marks,” meaning its audience was too low to measure. The show has gone through a few behind-the-scenes changes, including an executive-producer shuffle, but that hasn’t translated into additional viewership.
Volunteers for 2006 Volunteers 2006 will comprise a team of 15,000 helpers. "The army of volunteers represents a vital component in our efforts", said OC President Franz Beckenbauer on Monday October 18th, during the presentation of the "Volunteers 2006" project.
Ready to help Volunteers will perform a wide range of tasks covering practically every organisational aspect of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Media-Workshop in Rust The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (OC) welcomed 80 journalists to a one-day workshop at the Europapark Rust, near Freiburg, with the aim of boosting the tournament's media profile.
CAIRO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - South African mobile phone operator MTN signed a $12 million deal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday to take over as title sponsors of the next two African Nations Cups. MTN will sponsor the 2006 tournament in Egypt and the 2008 one in Ghana. The company has also extended its sponsorship of the African Champions League until 2010. CAF officials said it was the biggest sponsorship deal in African soccer history.
Las Rozas (Espanha), 21 out (EFE).- O piloto espanhol Carlos Sáinz, da equipe Citroen Xsara, duas vezes campeão do mundo de rali (1990 e 1992), anunciou nesta quinta-feira sua decisão de encerrar sua carreira esportiva.
"Decidi fazer uma mudança em minha vida e poder me dedicar um pouco mais a minha família após 16 anos correndo o campeonato do mundo", afirmou Sainz, em entrevista coletiva em seu kartódromo, na cidade de Madri.
O piloto disse que as mudanças registradas no Mundial de rali nos últimos anos influiram em sua decisão, já que não está de acordo com elas e as considera prejudiciais para a competição. Ao encerrar a temporada passada, Sáinz disse que esse seria seu último campeonato, com a ressalva de que poderia continuar em mais um em função dos resultados. No entanto, o fato de ter sido mantido um calendário tão longo, com 16 corridas, fez com que se retirasse. O espanhol, no entanto, está fazendo uma boa temporada em 2004, na qual obteve o recorde absoluto de vitórias (26 em 193 corridas) ao vencer o rali da Argentina, e subiu sete vezes ao pódio: campeão na Argentina e terceiro em México, Chipre, Finlândia, Alemanha, Sardenha e Córsega, no domingo passado. A meses de completar 43 anos, Sainz colaborou no segundo mundial de equipes para a Citroen, cujo piloto Sebastien Loeb conquistou o título mundial em Ajaccio, no domingo, e tem a oportunidade de voltar a figurar outras duas vezes no pódio nas duas provas finais do campeonato. O rali da Espanha, Catalunha-Costa Brava, no final de outubro, e o da Austrália em novembro, encerrarão o mundial, no qual o madrileno é quarto com 67 pontos, a dois pontos do estoniano Markko Martin (Ford Focus). Ambos estão atrás do norueguês Petter Solberg (Subaru Impreza), que soma 78 pontos. Esses resultados, com um único abandono na prova inicial de Monte Carlo, e a possibilidade de que as equipes disponham de três carros no próximo campeonato não impediram que Sainz, que estreou no Mundial em 1987, dissesse adeus depois de 17 anos, nos quais, além de duas vezes campeão do mundo, foi quatro vezes vice-campeão - 1991, 1994, 1995 e 1997.
German Football League (DFL) president Werner Hackmann admitted he had given his backing to reduce the number of non-EU foreigners in the Bundesliga from five to four by the 2006/2007 season
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El Madrid asegura que Morientes "no está en venta"
El Real Madrid, a través de un comunicado en su 'web' oficial, quiso salir al paso de los rumores que apuntan a la posible marcha de Fernando Morientes durante el mercado de fichajes de invierno, asegurando que el jugador "no está en venta" y que se cuenta con él "en el futuro más inmediato". "Ante la aparición de ciertas informaciones que apuntan a la posibilidad de que Fernando Morientes abandone la disciplina del Real Madrid, el club ha manifestado que el jugador no está en venta", reza la nota. Además, el Real Madrid considera que el delantero "es un jugador importante en la estructura de su primer equipo, y en este sentido quiere manifestar su voluntad de seguir contando con él en el futuro más inmediato, negando la posibilidad de que se trate de un jugador que figura en el mercado". De esta forma, la entidad quiere acabar con las especulaciones, desatadas por la visita de su representante, Ginés Carvajal, a Liverpool, y las palabras del propio jugador, disgustado por su continua suplencia en el equipo. En los últimos partidos, el técnico blanco, Mariano García Remón, ha concedido 'prioridad' a Michael Owen sobre Morientes, que se ha convertido en el cuarto delantero de la plantilla y había manifestado su desilusión con la situación
David Beckham has escaped disciplinary action for his deliberate yellow card against Wales after the Football Association decided there was 'insufficient evidence' to charge the England captain. Beckham last week admitted his yellow card awarded for a foul on Ben Thatcher was intentional because he knew he would miss the next game through injury and wanted to wipe out his existing caution by serving a one-match suspension.
The FA demanded an explanation from Beckham and launched a disciplinary investigation but have concluded they cannot charge the Real Madrid midfielder with bringing the game into disrepute - but they have 'reminded him of his responsibilities'. The FA said in a statement: 'The Football Association has today written to David Beckham in relation to the incident that led to his yellow card against Wales on October 9 and subsequent comments attributed to him in a national newspaper. 'Following due process under the FA's disciplinary regulations, the FA's compliance department has reviewed all the available information and concluded that there is insufficient evidence to pursue a disciplinary charge. 'However, David Beckham has been reminded of his responsibilities and the rules of conduct he is expected to adhere to both as an England player and as captain. 'The FA now considers this matter to be closed.'
Beckham was no doubt helped by his formal apology which followed his initial admission when he said sorry to England fans, players, officials and head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. 'I know that as captain you are in a privileged position and must always abide by FIFA's code of fair play, something which I have always done throughout my career. On this occasion I made a mistake,' he said last week.
The storm blew up when, in an interview with a newspaper, Beckham had boasted about his deliberate tactic.
He told the Daily Telegraph: 'It was deliberate. I am sure some people think that I have not got the brains to be that clever, but I do have the brains. 'I could feel the injury. So I fouled Thatcher. It was deliberate. I knew straight away I had broken my ribs. I have done it before. I knew I will be out for a few weeks, so I thought 'Let's get the yellow card out of the way'.'
Silvio Berlusconi presidió el palco de San Siro, en el que la cordialidad entre los dos clubs fue la protagonista
Ronaldinho Gaúcho, que intentó liderar la reacción azulgrana en el tramo final, admitió tras el encuentro que “estamos tristes por el resultado final, ya que jugamos muy bien”. Sin embargo, señaló que “tenemos que seguir mirando hacia delante y trabajando con nuestro estilo. Si seguimos por este camino seguiremos ganando partidos”.
El encuentro fue presidido por la cordialidad en el palco, un palco de autoridades de auténtico lujo con 'Il Commendatore' Silvio Berlusconi, presidente del gobierno de Italia además de propietario del Milan, al frente. Además de Don Silvio, Adriano Galliani y Ariedo Braida ejercieron de anfitriones de la representación azulgrana, que recibió un trato exquisito.Galliani, en declaraciones a TV3, comentó sobre la posibilidad de fichar a Puyol que “yo soy partidario de que jugadores que se identifican mucho con unos colores tienen que estar en sus clubes, como nosotros con Maldini”.
A su lado, Joan Laporta comentó que “estamos muy orgullosos de Carles Puyol y de su actitud al querer quedarse en el Barcelona a pesar del interés de otros equipos. Es normal que elogie al Milan, porque es uno de los clubs más grandes de Europa, pero siempre ha manifestado su deseo de quedarse en el Barça y el club, por su parte, no lo traspasaría”.Además del palco, también entre las aficiones (hubo 700 seguidores en las gradas) dominaron la cordialidad y las buenas relaciones.
Frank Rijkaard: "No pasa nada; hay que seguir así"
"No hablo nunca de mala suerte ya que siempre hay que estar preparado"
"La imagen fue muy buena y nos da confianza para los próximos partidos"
Frank Rijkaard felicitó en varias ocasiones a sus jugadores tras caer en San Siro. La mínima derrota sufrida ante el Milan no rompe la buena imagen de un FC Barcelona al que sólo dos postes amargaron el resultado.
“Conseguimos nuestro primer objetivo que es salir al campo con mentalidad de ganar. Lo intentamos, por eso felicito a mis jugadores”, empezó a comentar un Rijkaard relajado y atento a los múltiples detalles de cariño que recibió antes de llegar a la rueda de prensa. “No hablo nunca de mala suerte ya que siempre hay que estar preparado para encontrar la suerte. Los palos son también parte del campo. Hemos jugado bien, por lo que ahora hay que seguir con la mentalidad de antes y otra vez estar preparados para cumplir. Partidos así son posibles”.
Rijkaard puso especial interés a la hora de justificar la posición de delantero centro de Larsson y la permanente movilidad de los delanteros. “Yo creo que hubo demasiada movilidad en los delanteros. El Milan es muy fuerte en su defensa y sólo con un poco de paciencia puedes entrar en su eje y crear más espacios. Son detalles de un buen partido, pero no nos faltó movilidad”.Sobre el sueco, el técnico barcelonista alabó su trabajo a destajo. “Luchó contra la parte más fuerte de los italianos, su defensa. Hubo mucho trabajo físico y buscamos soluciones. Creo que Larsson se sintió bien y eso hizo que 'Ronnie' tuviera más libertad y pudiera contribuir más al trabajo de equipo”.
Más piropos-A Frank Rijkaard se le cuestionó en especial por los primeros veinte minutos de la segunda parte donde los locales superaron notablemente a los azulgrana. “La verdad es que no dominamos durante los noventa minutos, es cierto, pero tampoco tenemos que preocuparnos demasiado. Gastamos mucha energía para controlar y mandar en el campo. Hay que tener en cuenta que los jugadores cumplieron en casa del Milan, un equipo bastante fuerte”.
Esos argumentos eran suficientes para insistir sobre un trabajo perfecto aunque con resultado negativo. “La imagen, en general, fue muy buena. Hay que seguir de esta manera. No pasa nada; hay que seguir así, trabajando”.El holandés, eso sí, aceptó el hecho de que a este Barça le falle la puntería. “Cuando puedes, hay que marcar la diferencia aunque, repito, la imagen del equipo fue muy buena y nos da confianza para los próximos partidos. Es parte del fútbol”.
Agradecido-Las últimas palabras de Rijkaard tuvieron a los aficionados locales como destinatarios. “Acepto su recibimiento con humildad. Me ha dado vergüenza, pero es algo que me llena de orgullo. Es un gran público, la verdad es que pasé un tiempo bellísimo en Milan y tengo que agradecerles su cariño”
Athletic Club Bilbao's infamous San Mamés stadium is set to host another passionate night of football with Italian side Parma FC the honourable guests.
Bilbao star Perhaps one of the most in-form players for the Bilbainos is flamboyant 24-year-old midfield player Francisco Yeste. His performances during the past two seasons have made him one of the jewels in Ernesto Valvarde's young, primarily homegrown squad and recently earned him a call up to the Spain squad for two FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Special night "Things seem to have been turning out well for me and I feel as if I have matured as a player over the past 12 months," he told uefa.com. "Being called up for Spain was great even though I didn't make my debut. I just have to make sure that I keep playing at a high level in order to be in the running for the World Cup finals. Now I cannot wait for the Parma match to arrive because it's going to be special for the players and for the fans. It's important that we start on a good foot by getting a win."
European classic Parma arrive in Bilbao on the back of a miserable start in Italy. Silvio Baldini's side are second from bottom in Serie A with just three points but Yeste is taking no chances. "We have to block out any thoughts about them being weakened because whatever happens, it's going to be a complicated match," he said.
Difficult group The draw was not kind to Athletic. Along with Parma, they have drawn FC Steaua Bucuresti, R. Standard de Liège and Besiktas JK. Yeste remains undaunted, however. "It's a challenging group but making sure of the three points from the home ties and getting a couple of positive results away should see us through to the knockout phase," he said.
Besiktas threat "Generally speaking there doesn't seem to be a clear favourite," Yeste added. "I'm sure that Vicente del Bosque will be briefing Besiktas on our game but we know about his methods and how he will be preparing his side. The away matches look the toughest - Parma will be difficult but at least we will have our own fans behind us."
New format They certainly will. European nights in Bilbao are major events; an Athletic win should cue the start of an all-night party. Yeste shares the city's passion for football. To celebrate his first-round goal against Trabzonspor he lowered his shorts to give the crowd a fleeting glimpse of his red and white club underpants. It was a strange but unmistakable sign of his commitment.
Staying home "Everyone would like to be with one of the big European clubs - it's much easier to win silverware and in the end that is every sportsman's goal," he explained. "But I am quite happy continuing here. It's where I grew up and I think we now have a team that has a chance of winning something."
Lateral argentino resume o sentimento do elenco cruzeirense e admite que erros custaram a derrota.
BELO HORIZONTE - O lateral-esquerdo Sorín, que não teve boa atuação na derrota para o Internacional, por 1 x 0, nesta quarta-feira, no Mineirão, disse estar com "muita raiva" pela eliminação do Cruzeiro. "Não tem muito o que falar, é feio ficar fora da única competição que tínhamos para brigar por um título. Estou com muita raiva", salientou o argentino. Segundo ele, o clube celeste não fez um bom jogo. "O Inter teve uma classificação merecida", afirmou Sorín. "Acho que quem falhou foi o Cruzeiro. Não tem que procurar desculpa, o time não jogou como devia. Erramos muitos passes no primeiro tempo e ficava difícil atacar com qualidade", analisou. Sorín comentou que no segundo tempo, o time celeste até que começou bem, mas tomou o gol. "Aí praticamente acabou o jogo, além de criar três ou quatro chances, a bola não queria entrar", comentou o argentino. Segundo ele, a motivação para os próximos jogos pelo Brasileiro, competição em que o time não tem mais nenhuma aspiração, tem de ser o orgulho de vestir a camisa do Cruzeiro. "Tem um clássico pela frente, é aquele jogo que ninguém, quer perder e todo mundo quer ganhar", disse. Sorín admitiu que para ele será duro jogar, nos próximos dois meses, sem "uma briga clara" pelo objetivo, que é a conquista de um título. "Mas temos de procurar chegar o mais alto no Brasileiro", destacou. Para outro estrangeiro do Cruzeiro, o chileno Maldonado, o sentimento de Sorín é o mesmo. "Todo jogador que entrou no campo está com essa raiva de não ter conseguido voltar a jogar bem e classificar. É difícil, estamos com muita raiva mas temos que seguir, olhar para frente e acertar o time para esta reta final", enfatizou.
"Também quero vencer no Brasil", Michael Schumacher
O heptacampeão mundial Michael Schumacher, da escuderia Ferrari não pretende deixar de ser Michael Schumacher no Grande Prêmio do Brasil de Fórmula 1. Ou seja, o piloto alemão vai para a pista no próximo domingo motivado, combativo e para vencer. Após a confirmação de seu sétimo título neste ano, na Bélgica, Schumacher deixou claro que poderia ajudar Rubens Barrichello a conquistar o vice-campeonato para a Ferrari. E isso também já aconteceu. Em Interlagos, o "compromisso" não existe mais.
Durante essa semana, várias notícias no mundo da F-1 indicavam que o germânico poderia facilitar a vida de Rubens em Interlagos. Mas, essa possibilidade foi desmentida tanto pelo piloto brasileiro como por Michael Schumacher: "Acho que o Rubens está desesperado para ganhar aqui no Brasil, fará o máximo de esforço possível, mas não vai querer uma vitória de bandeja", afirmou Schumacher. "Eu também quero vencer," disse o alemão que já venceu ganhou vezes no Brasil.
O heptacampeão chegou nesta quarta-feira, dia 20, pela manhã em São Paulo. Após um tempo de descanso, participou à noite de uma partida de futebol beneficente. O time de Schumacher perdeu de 5 X 3 da equipe do Palmeiras. Ele marcou um gol. De pênalti. Michael Schumacher já volta suas atenções para 2005 e para a conquista do oitavo título mundial. Perguntado se gostaria de mudar de escuderia e competir num time mais fraco, a exemplo do que fez Valentino Rossi na MotoGP, para provar sua capacidade - o piloto foi enfático: "Não. Não quero mais. Trabalhamos tão duro para fazer o melhor carro e agora queremos desfrutar dele", disse.
O atual técnico da seleção brasileira, Carlos Alberto Parreira, conhece como poucos o atacante Romário. Por isso, pensando no melhor para o Baixinho, ele disse que o jogador deveria pensar sobre a possibilidade se aposentar o mais rápido possível.
Dias de glória de Romário acabaram na opinião de Carlos Alberto Parreira
"O Romário representou e representa muito para o cenário do futebol brasileiro e internacional. Foi fundamental na conquista da Copa do Mundo de 1994, nos Estados Unidos. Ele não pode perder o tempo e deixar a sua brilhante imagem ser afetada. Acredito que tenha chegado a hora dele repensar o adeus às chuteiras", disse Parreira em entrevista à Rede Bandeirantes.
Outra situação que deixou Carlos Alberto Parreira preocupado foi o fato de Romário ter deixado a partida contra o Goiás, quando o Fluminense foi goleado por 4 x 1, vaiado pela torcida tricolor. Nesta quinta-feira, o jogador corre o risco de passar pelo constrangimento de ter seu contrato rescindido pela diretoria do Fluminense. Isto porque, apesar de ser o artilheiro da equipe, na atual temporada, com 14 gols, os dirigentes tricolores acham que ele não conseguiu corresponder às expectativas do clube.
Nas últimas semanas, Romário tem se destacado mais pelo que tem falado do que pelo que tem feito nos gramados. Primeiro ele se autoproclamou o jogador brasileiro mais importante depois da geração de Pelé.
Por conta disto, ele foi criticado até mesmo por Ronaldo "Fenômeno", considerou muita pretensão de qualquer jogador fazer este tipo de declaração. "Acho que isto é uma coisa que as outras pessoas devem fazer e não você mesmo", advertiu o atacante. Em seguida, Romário se envolveu numa discussão áspera com o técnico do Fluminense, Alexandre Gama, que achou que Ronaldo tem tudo para ser o jogador mais importante. O Baixinho, que havia perdido a condição de titular para Rodrigo Tiuí, disparou: "Ele chegou agora, não ganhou p. nenhuma e fica tirando onda. Entrou agora no ônibus e já quer sentar na janela. Ele tem é que cuidar do Fluminense".
Francisco Gento (left) and his former Spain and Real Madrid CF colleague Alfredo di Stéfano get their hands on the European Champion Clubs' Cup once more
Francisco Gento López Date of birth: 21 October 1933 National team: Spain Clubs: Real Racing Club Santander, Real Madrid CF
Gento, nicknamed 'El Supersonico' for his speed, was a significant part of the entertainment in Madrid's great team of the 1950s and 1960s. He began with Santander, moving in 1953 to Madrid where he built an intuitive left-wing partnership with inside-forward José Hector Rial. He is the only man to have won six European Champion Clubs' Cup medals. He was also runner-up in the competition in 1962 and 1964 and in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971. He won the Spanish championship 12 times with Madrid, and played 43 times for Spain, scoring five goals.
Campeão olímpico vira embaixador de empresa de cigarro
Xangai, 21 out (EFE).- O campeão olímpico dos 110 m com barreiras, Liu Xiang, foi contratado como embaixador de imagem do grupo Baisha, a principal companhia de cigarro da China, disse nesta quinta-feira a empresa. "Todos gostamos de Xiang e esperamos que ele continue progredindo, além de conservar sua imagem saudável e luminosa", declarou Lu Ping, diretor da Baisha. Desde que obteve o título olímpico em Atenas, igualando o recorde mundial de 110 metros com barreiras (12.91), Liu Xiang apareceu em diversos comerciais na Televisão Central Chinesa e em outros canais.
MADRI (Reuters) - O jogador brasileiro do clube espanhol Villarreal Marcos Senna foi suspenso pela Uefa após um exame antidoping positivo, anunciou o clube espanhol na quinta-feira.Senna teve o exame positivo após uma partida da Copa Intertoto contra o Atletico de Madrid no dia 24 de agosto, segundo um porta-voz da Uefa.
As substâncias proibidas encontradas na amostra do jogador foram bethamethsona e methylprednosole, dois esteróides.O Villarreal e o jogador foram convocados a se apresentar junto ao comitê disciplinar da Uefa, e o clube disse que não comentará o assunto antes do veredicto do comitê, agendado para 11 de novembro.
Senna, de 28 anos, chegou ao Villarreal saindo do São Caetano em 2002. Ele disputou apenas 25 partidas em suas duas primeiras temporadas na Espanha, mas vinha atuando regularmente pelo time neste ano.Ele havia sido incluído no elenco para a partida contra a Lazio pela Copa da Uefa na quinta-feira, mas agora não poderá participar do jogo.
Com empate no fim, Santos elimina o São Paulo e avança
No segundo round da briga entre São Paulo e Santos, quem levou a melhor mais uma vez foi a equipe da Baixada. Na noite desta quarta-feira, no estádio do Morumbi, as equipes empataram em 1 a 1 e, como venceu a primeira partida por 1 a 0, o alvinegro garantiu presença na fase internacional da Copa Sul-Americana.
Bóvio enfrenta a marcação de Júnior; Santos avança com empate no Morumbi
E o adversário da equipe de Wanderley Luxemburgo será um antigo conhecido: a Liga Deportiva Universitária, do Equador. Nas oitavas-de-final da Libertadores da América deste ano, o Santos eliminou a equipe equatoriana da competição. A primeira partida está marcada para o dia 3, em Quito. Assim como aconteceu na partida de ida, na Vila Belmiro, quem fez a diferença na partida foi um jogador da equipe titular do Santos - a equipe optou por disputar a Sul-Americana com um time misto. O meia Preto Casagrande marcou o gol de empate - na Vila, Elano assinalou o gol da vitória. O São Paulo, que apostou todas as suas fichas na competição, não conseguiu envolver seu rival e continuou com um mal retrospecto diante do time da Baixada. Nos últimos 12 jogos entre tricolor e alvinegro, o time do Morumbi venceu apenas três vezes, enquanto a equipe da Vila Belmiro levou vantagem em oito. O único empate foi o desta noite. Este é o segundo revés da equipe tricolor em torneios internacionais este ano. Na Libertadores, o São Paulo foi eliminado nas semifinais pelo campeão Once Caldas. Na ocasião, o time brasileiro levou um gol aos 45min da etapa final e ficou de fora do torneio. Santos e São Paulo voltam a se enfrentar no domingo, às 16h, também no estádio do Morumbi. Esta partida será válida pela 37ª rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro. As duas equipes brigam diretamente pelo título do certame. O time da capital está na terceira colocação com 62 pontos, enquanto o da Baixada é o vice-líder com 68. A equipe do técnico Emerson Leão ainda teve uma boa chance de abrir o marcador em cobrança de falta de Rogério Ceni, aos 16min. No entanto, o goleiro cobrou mal e a bola passou por cima do gol santista. O último bom lance da etapa inicial foi em um chute de dentro da área. Aos 24min, o meia Danilo tocou para Junior na esquerda, o ala cruzou e a bola ficou com o volante Renan, que pegou mal na bola e a chutou para fora.
SÃO PAULO Rogério Ceni; Fabão, Diego Lugano e Rodrigo; Cicinho, Alê, Renan, Danilo e Júnior (Souza); Grafite e Jean (Rondón) Técnico: Emerson Leão
SANTOS Mauro; Domingos, Ávalos e Leonardo; Bóvio, Fabinho (Preto Casagrande), Zé Elias (Paulo César), Luís Augusto e Márcio; Marcinho e William (Deivid) Técnico: Wanderley Luxemburgo
Local: estádio do Morumbi, em São Paulo Árbitro: Wagner Tardelli Auxiliares: Jorge Oliveira e Alessandro Rocha Cartões amarelos: Zé Elias (S), Luís Augusto (S), Lugano (SP), Rodrigo (SP), Grafite (SP), Domingos (S) Cartões vermelhos: Ávalos (S) e Fabão (SP) Gols: Rodrigo, aos 4min, e Preto Casagrande, aos 36min do segundo tempo
Boca Juniors player Carlos Tevez, front, fights for the ball with Andres San Martin playing for Banfield during their Argentine first division soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boca Juniors' striker Martin Palermo (L) heads the ball under pressure from Banfield's Cristian Tavio during the second half of their Argentine First Division soccer match at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires
There was only one difference between Milan and Barcelona: Andriy Shevchenko. The Ukrainian striker won the head to head against great attackers like Larsson, Eto'o and Ronaldinho. Milan suffered too much in the second half when Barcelona went for all-out attack. (Corriere dello Sport, Italy)
Even though at the San Siro they continue to say that Barça still lack strength and need take another step up in order to outdo Milan, the Azulgrana were more of a team last night than the Rossoneri. Rijkaard's men took the game to Ancelotti's team with grandeur and aplomb but just like other times a Shevchenko goal decided it. That is way it goes with the Italians. (El País, Spain)
Valencia slipped out of Ranieri's hands. He had it all under control while he had Vicente, his driving force down the left - with his goals, width, and his effervescent character. But since Vicente was injured during a terrible night in Bremen, the Valencianos have nose-dived. They are a disaster in defence as well as attack. They can't remember how to defend, their trademark during the last two years, and nor how to score. (El País, Spain)
Inter's 5-1 victory at the Mestalla stadium is a milestone. The new Inter play attacking football and always try to win games. It's not a surprise that no other team has scored more goals than Inter, either in the Champions League or in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy)
Michael Schumacher, foreground, kicks the ball during a benefit soccer game in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004. Bellow is Italian Formula 1 pilot Giancarlo Fisichella. Sao Paulo will host the 2004 Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix, Sunday, Oct. 24. The game was organized by Crianca Esperanza or Children Hope, an organization of the O Globo media group that benefits poor children in Brazil.
Jeter , A-Rod , Sheffield , Matsui.........what happened to you Guys ???
New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter stands in the dugout during the ninth inning of Game 7 of the AL championship series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, in New York. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 10-3.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, the MVP of the AL championship series, celebrates with teammate Pokey Reese after Boston defeated the New York Yankees 10-3 in the final game of the series Wednesday night, Oct. 20, 2004, in New York.
The never-say-die Red Sox didn't -- and won the ALCS.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cursed for 86 years, these Red Sox just might be charmed.Believe it, New England -- the Boston Red Sox are in the World Series. And they got there with the most unbelievable comeback of all, with four sweet swings after decades of defeat, shaming the dreaded New York Yankees.
David Ortiz, Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe made sure of it.Just three outs from getting swept in the AL championship series three nights earlier, the Red Sox finally humbled the Evil Empire, winning Game 7 in a 10-3 shocker Wednesday night to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit.
"All empires fall sooner or later," Boston president Larry Lucchino said.There is no torture this time, no hour of humiliation. Better yet for Boston fans, it's the Yankees who are left to suffer the memory of a historic collapse.
"Not many people get the opportunity to shock the world. We came out and did it," Boston first baseman Kevin Millar said. "You know what? We beat the Yankees. Now they get a chance to watch us on the tube."
Boston didn't need any of the late-inning dramatics that marked the last three games, leading 6-0 after two innings. Ortiz, the series MVP, started it with a two-run homer in the first off broken-down Kevin Brown, and Damon quieted Yankee Stadium in the second inning with a grand slam on Javier Vazquez's first pitch.After Derek Jeter sparked hope of a comeback with a run-scoring single in the third, Damon put a two-run homer into the upper deck for an 8-1 lead in the fourth.
Lowe pitched on two days' rest and allowed one hit in six innings. He silenced the Yankees' bats and boasting fans, who just last weekend assumed New York's seventh pennant in nine years was all but a lock. Pedro Martinez started the seventh, his first relief appearance in five years, and immediately sparked chants of the now famous "Who's Your Daddy?"
Three hits and two runs got the crowd going, but the rally stopped there. Mark Bellhorn added a solo homer in the eighth for a 9-3 Boston lead, and the bullpen closed out a five-hitter."It's very amazing, I think, to do what we did," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
Cheering from Red Sox fans could be heard in the ninth, and when pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra grounded to second baseman Pokey Reese for the final out at 12:01 a.m., Boston players ran onto the field and jumped together in a mass huddle.
"The greatest comeback in baseball history," Red Sox owner John Henry proclaimed.
Yankees players slowly walked off, eliminated on their home field for the second straight season."I'm embarrassed right now," Alex Rodriguez said. "Obviously that hurts -- watching them on our field celebrating."The World Series will start at Fenway Park on Saturday night against St. Louis or Houston."We're coming back home and we're going to party for a little while, but it's going to be a great World Series," Damon said.
1.Kevin Brown and Derek Lowe. Each starting pitcher may not be around by the fifth inning. Given limited rest and the need to get a pitcher out at the first sign of trouble, pitching deep into this game would be highly unexpected. However, starting pitchers set the tone, and getting through the first two or three innings without damage will be huge.
2.Tim Wakefield. He's Terry Francona's X-Factor and looked terrific in winning Game 5. Francona, though, has shown he will not yank catcher Jason Varitek for Doug Mirabelli when Wakefield relieves. Varitek's troubles catching the knuckleball are obvious.
3. Yankees' patience at the plate. There's no way to sugarcoat this: New York has been tight. Boston pitchers have preyed on their overaggressiveness and desire to hit home runs. From the sixth inning of Game 5, when they took a 4-2 lead, to the ninth inning of Game 6, when Keith Foulke was on fumes, the Yankees managed only eight three-ball counts in 63 plate appearances, including one stretch of 24 straight hitters who did not get to ball three.
4.Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield. Rodriguez enters 1-for-11 and Sheffield 1-for-13. They carry more pressure into the game than any other hitter.
5. The managers. Francona has been brilliant with his choice of pitchers and, specifically, getting them out at the right time. Joe Torre's first pitcher behind Brown will be critical. Mike Mussina? Orlando Hernandez? Javier Vazquez? Torre also needs to be aggressive early in the game. He loves to bunt early in these types of games but he also needs to start runners to get the Yankees out of the sit-back-and-wait mode they've been in. This is a brutally difficult game to manage because of the physical exhaustion of the pitchers. One wrong move will live in infamy.
Sweet refresher - Ingredients make sports drinks functional, marketing efforts have made them popular
Gatorade and other sports drinks are being gulped in record quantities by professional athletes, weekend warriors, even devout laggards. While carbonated soda was losing its fizz last year, growing by less than 1 percent, sales of sports drinks grew a healthy 18 percent. Ingredients make sports drinks functional, marketing efforts have made them popular.Knock back a big gulp of Gatorade. Make it two gulps. It's refreshing and rehydrating. Gatorade and other sports drinks are being gulped in record quantities by professional athletes, weekend warriors, even devout laggards.
"Sports drinks are one of the main growth drivers of the beverage industry," says John Sicher, editor and publisher of the trade publication Beverage Digest. While carbonated soda was losing its fizz last year, growing by less than 1 percent, sales of sports drinks grew a healthy 18 percent. Sports drinks are evolving from a "functional hydration beverage," Sicher says. "You'll see people walking down the street with a bottle of Gatorade because it's cool, not because they've finished a hot, sweaty workout."
Spurred by sales of Gatorade and Powerade, sports drinks rank seventh in U.S. beverage consumption, ahead of wine and ready-to-drink tea and spirits, according to research by the Gale Group Inc. Carbonated sodas are first, followed by milk, coffee, beer, bottled water and fruit beverages. Along with the trendiness factor, Sicher cites these reasons for the increased popularity: They're lower in calories than many beverages, they taste good, more people are exercising and the drinks perform a function.
"Absolutely, there's a benefit from sports drinks," says John Sweeney, a triathlete and owner of Fleet Feet on J Street athletic apparel store in Sacramento, Calif. "You can only store up to 90 minutes of blood sugar, and then you start to suffer."
Marketing also has played a major role in the success of sports drinks. Gatorade, with its rainbow of colors and clever subspecies names such as Xtremo, X-Factor, Fierce, Frost and Ice, dominates with more than 80 percent of the market. Powerade checks in with 17 percent of sports drinks sales, leaving a tiny share for all other competitors.
FLEER PREPARING TO FEATURE RETIRED NBA PLAYERS IN CARD SETS
Fleer today announced that it has inked a licensing deal with the NBA to produce trading cards featuring retired players in current-day NBA releases and a retired-player-only set. Fleer plans to include retired-player insert themes among its NBA brands, as well as retired-player autographed cards. Also in development is a Fleer Greats of the Game set that will exclusively feature retired players and be released next Spring .
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES TWO SPONSORSHIP DEALS
The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced sponsorship deals with Brotman Winter Fried Communications and International Sports Images. Brotman becomes the Foundation’s official media relations and corporate communications provider, while International Sports Images becomes the Foundation’s official photographer
Val Ackerman, who has served as WNBA President since the league started in ‘96, is leaving, numerous sports marketing sources confirmed today. The precise reason for her departure could not be determined, but NBA insiders said it was of her own volition. One source close to the league said, “This might be the only time that old saw about ‘leaving to spend time with her family’ is true.” Ackerman, a former Univ. of Virginia basketball player, has two daughters.
Sources said Ackerman’s decision to leave could be announced as soon as Thursday, but she is expected to stay until February and lead the search for a successor. One person likely to be high on the list of possible replacements is Ann Sarnoff, who was named COO in February.
Agent Bruce Levy, who represents about 30 WNBA players, said of Ackerman’s legacy, “I can’t imagine anyone replacing her.” More Levy: “It’s no secret that I’ve had my battles with her over the years, but I’ve come to see she is working not only for David Stern and the NBA, but for women’s basketball overall. And someday I think people will see the WNBA as the only successful pro sports league launched relatively recently.”
Ackerman joined the NBA in ‘88 as a staff attorney and served as a special assistant to Stern, and later became Dir of Business Affairs and VP/Business Affairs prior to her appointment to head the start-up WNBA in ‘96.
NBA Senior VP/Communications Tim Andree would not comment on Ackerman.
Cincinnati Reds' Aaron Boone and his brother, Bret, from the Seattle Mariners, pose with their grandfather, Ray, second left and father, Bob, right, before the 74th All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in this July 15, 2003, in Chicago. All four are past or present All-Stars. Two-time All-Star Ray Boone, patriarch of a three-generation baseball family, died early Sunday , Oct. 17, 2004 following a long illness. He was 81.
Duelo opõe "treinador caseiro" a "técnico internacional"
"Poxa, eu fiz de tudo para não vencer o jogo, mas não deu", disse Vanderlei Luxemburgo ao são-paulino Marco Aurélio Cunha após a vitória no primeiro confronto da Copa Sul-Americana, contra o rival, que dá ao Santos a vantagem do empate no duelo de amanhã, às 21h50, no Morumbi.
Apesar do sucesso no Brasil, Luxemburgo nunca foi campeão por clubes fora do país
"Mas tome cuidado ao priorizar o Brasileiro. De repente, você fica sem os dois", aconselhou o superintendente de futebol da equipe. O diálogo, ocorrido na semana passada, em uma lanchonete da capital paulista, após encontro casual entre os dois, reflete bem como cada clube encara a competição continental, que pode render até US$ 1,5 milhão ao campeão mas ainda carece de prestígio. Luxemburgo não esconde de ninguém que gosta mais do Brasileiro. Por ele, nenhum de seus titulares seriam inscritos. Aliado a seu desprezo pela Sul-Americana, o santista só colecionou fracassos em torneios internacionais. Técnico com mais títulos brasileiros no currículo (quatro), ele nunca levantou taça oficial por clubes fora do país. Seu maior sucesso como treinador fora do território brasileiro ocorreu em 1999, quando venceu uma esvaziada Copa América com a seleção. No ano seguinte, porém, o fracasso na Olimpíada de Sydney o levaria a perder o cargo. Como atleta, Luxemburgo também não conseguiu muita coisa longe do país. Disputou um torneio de Toulon com a seleção de juniores, mas como "gato" (com idade adulterada). "Veja só: o Atlético-PR não disputa a Copa Sul-Americana e cresceu. Santos, São Paulo, Cruzeiro, Flamengo e São Caetano tiveram uma queda por jogar a Sul-Americana. Tenho gráficos que mostram isso", afirmou o santista em entrevista ontem à Sportv. Quando foi eliminado da Libertadores, a avaliação do treinador foi a de que o time arrancou no Nacional. Segundo ele, se um time joga quarta e domingo na mesma competição não há prejuízo porque os jogadores ficam concentrados no mesmo objetivo e não há revezamento na equipe.
Leão venceu duas vezes a Conmebol e chegou à final da Libertadores em 2003
Pela tese de Luxemburgo, seu time sofrerá novo desgaste amanhã. Deve entrar com uma maioria de atletas reservas. Domingo, os titulares enfrentarão de novo o São Paulo, pelo Brasileiro. O caso de Leão contrasta com o de seu desafeto -Luxemburgo pegou seu lugar no Santos. Boa parte do sucesso e do currículo dele como treinador se deve às conquistas internacionais. Campeão brasileiro em 2002 com o Santos, Leão ganhou duas vezes a extinta Copa Conmebol: em 1997, com o Atlético-MG, e no ano seguinte, com o Santos. Na conquista de 1997, Leão literalmente sangrou antes de levantar a taça. Ele e os jogadores do time mineiro foram covardemente agredidos por atletas e torcedores argentinos em jogo com o Lanús. No comando do Santos, Leão também levou o rival de hoje à decisão da Libertadores, no ano passado, depois de 40 anos. Luxemburgo jamais disputou o título do mais importante torneio de clubes da América. "As grandes equipes jogam para chegar a títulos. Você joga Copa do Brasil e Brasileiro para chegar a um torneio sul-americano", diz Leão.
SÃO PAULO Rogério; Rodrigo, Lugano e Fabão; Cicinho, Alê, Renan e Danilo (Nildo); Grafite e Jean. Técnico: Emerson Leão
SANTOS Mauro; Bóvio, Domingos, Leonardo e Márcio; Zé Elias, Fabinho, Preto e Marcinho; Basílio e William. Técnico: Vanderlei Luxemburgo
Local: estádio do Morumbi, em São Paulo Horário: às 21h50 Juiz: Wagner Tardelli Azevedo (RJ)
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"He has a tremendous resume and is battle-tested in every facet of leading a major league club," Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said.
Hargrove replaces Bob Melvin, who was fired Oct. 10, a day after Seattle ended the season with its 99th loss, the second-most in the American League.
Hargrove, 54, had been an assistant to Indians GM Mark Shapiro. He has a career major league managerial record of 996-963, including 721-591 with the Indians from 1991-99.He led the Indians to five consecutive Central Division titles in 1995-99, and World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997. He managed Baltimore from 2000-03.
Hugh Panero, left, chief executive officer of XM Satellite Radio, and Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball (MLB) executive vice president of business, listen as Allan H. "Bud" Selig, commissioner of MLB, is heard speaking over the phone during a news conference at MLB's central offices in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004. MLB and XM Satellite Radio announced an 11 year, $650 million agreement enabling XM to broadcast games of every MLB team nationwide beginning with the 2005 regular season.
Udinese Calcio midfield player Marek Jankulovski has signed a contract extension to commit himself to the Serie A club until 2008.
Outside interest Jankulovski scored six goals last season to attract the interest of several top clubs as Udinese finished seventh in Serie A. The 27-year-old Czech Republic international joined Udinese in 2002 from SSC Napoli and previously played for FC Baník Ostrava. He has appeared for his country 37 times, scoring six goals.
Slow start to season Udinese were defeated by Greek side Panionios NFC in the UEFA Cup first round and have made a poor start to the current league campaign, winning just one of their first six matches.
Middlesbrough FC's George Boateng is preparing for a trip into the unknown when the Teesside side travel to Athens to face Egaleo FC on Thursday in the UEFA Cup group stage.
Mystery opponents The Dutch midfield player admits he knows little about the Greek opposition - but despite Egaleo's status as Group E outsiders, he insists victory will not be taken for granted. "You'd expect Egaleo to be one of the weakest sides in our group, but we won't underestimate them for a minute," Boateng told uefa.com.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a weekend hat-trick
Greek achievement "We'll be going there to win the match, but maybe a draw wouldn't be a bad result," added the midfield player. "They're third in their league, so that proves they must be a good side. And after what Greece achieved in the summer at [UEFA] EURO 2004™, you have to give them the utmost respect."
Injury crisis With seven regulars injured or doubtful for the tie, Middlesbrough have been forced to blood a number of young players in recent games. Striker James Morrison scored in the UEFA Cup first round, winger Stewart Downing has impressed and now teenage full-back Tony McMahon may make his European bow in only his third senior match.
Extra options "We've had a lot of senior players out recently like Mark Viduka, Ugo Ehiogu and Michael Reiziger, but everyone who's come in has done a great job," Boateng said. "The younger players have done particularly well, and proved they are capable of doing well at the highest level. That means the boss has plenty more options to choose from when picking his side, and he can even afford to rest certain players if he chooses."
Effective adjustment Boateng admits that the team have had to adapt to playing in Europe on top of the demands of a packed domestic schedule. But with an impressive 4-0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers FC at the weekend, in which Boateng scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in his 82nd game, it seems they have adjusted well.
New experience "It's a great result to go into the UEFA Cup with," Boateng said. "Playing twice a week, in Europe and at home, is something we've been getting used to and something we're learning to deal with as a squad. Teams like Manchester United [FC] have been doing this for many years, but for us this is the first time we have had to cope with these demands together. I believe we are coping well.
Everybody kept asking me when I was going to score and I finally did it for them
First goal "It was also pleasing to get my first goal for Middlesbrough. I was more relieved for my friends and family, and the fans. Everybody kept asking me when I was going to score and I finally did it for them! I've scored a lot in training, so I knew it would come one day."
Killer instinct Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored the other three goals against Blackburn and Boateng has been delighted with the former Chelsea FC man's form. "We've always created chances as a team, but in the past we haven't had anyone who consistently put them away," he said. "He's so sharp in the box, and he's given our play a new dimension.
Great decision "I've known Jimmy for a while and he's a great person to have around," Boateng added. "He trains hard and works hard on the pitch, and his record just speaks for itself. Everywhere he's been he's scored over 20 goals a season and that's the mark of a great striker. I'm so pleased he chose to join Middlesbrough when he left Chelsea."
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) -- Fifteen-year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic rallied to beat Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Sunday and take the Tashkent Open final.Razzano made a break late in the first set to take the lead, benefiting from many unforced errors by Vaidisova.
But Vaidisova made a break in the eighth game of the second to take control of the match and never looked back."I feel good about this victory," Vaidisova said after the match that lasted two hours, 21 minutes, also thanking her father, who is her coach.Play was stopped for five minutes in the third set while Razzano was treated for an apparent back injury."She played very well today. Me too, but she did better," Razzano said of Vaidisova.
Vaidisova upset No.2 seed Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (1) to reach Sunday's final.The Tashkent win is Vaidisova's second WTA title this year, after defeating America's Laura Granvill to claim the Vancouver Open in August.
San Siro in spotlight as hero returns - Frank Rijkaard will meet old friends tonight
Nostalgics, not to mention aficionados of today's game, will look eagerly to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium tonight where AC Milan and FC Barcelona will stage a repeat of the 1994 UEFA Champions League final.
Old favourite Milan won that final in Athens 4-0 and another memory of former Rossoneri glories will come in the presence on the touchline of Frank Rijkaard, a European Champion Clubs' Cup winner with the club in 1989 and 1990, who returns as coach of Barcelona.
'Pleasure to return' "It is always a great pleasure to return to Milan," said Rijkaard, who will doubtless gain more pleasure should Barcelona claim a third successive win in Group F. While Milan and Barcelona head the section with maximum points, Celtic FC travel to Ukraine to play FC Shakhtar Donetsk, as both clubs seek their first points of the campaign.
Let's see, something positive ... Hewitt flosses regularly after meals, does not mistreat small animals and his fiancée is delightful. Oh, we jest.
Quick story: I was speaking to a corporate group in Ohio a few weeks and got the following question from someone in the audience: "Don't you think Lebron James could use a little more Lleyton Hewitt in his game?" You figure Hewitt has to be doing something right when -- even in a football town outside of Columbus -- he has become the personification for guts, determination and resolve.
After all of these years, Hewitt remains something of an enigma. It's hard not to admire the guy for his outsized heart, his competitive intensity and his work ethic. And in many ways this year was a crowning achievement. After a forgettable '03 (Davis Cup notwithstanding) that surely wounded his confidence, he returned to the top five and left little doubt he is in that small elite group after Federer. Hewitt won some titles, reached the final of the U.S. Open and lost to the eventual champion at all four Slams. There are an awful lot of players who are more talented and more powerful who simply lack his will.
Say this too about Hewitt: However lukewarm a reception he gets from the general public, he is, unmistakably, admired by his colleagues. When Todd Martin retired at the U.S. Open, he was asked to identify the best stroke he faced in his career. Martin's career overlapped with John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, etc. His answer? Hewitt's backhand passing shot. Agassi made a similar assessment a few days later. Marat Safin, that dime store proctologist, asserted that Hewitt has "huge balls" and is tennis' biggest and best fighter.
At the same time, it's hard to overlook the fact he -- how to put it? -- doesn't make life too easy for a lot of people within the sport. His frosty relationships with the media, some fans and administrators are well-chronicled. His frivolous lawsuit against the ATP persists. At a time when most top players -- including the world's No. 1 -- are accessible and agreeable, Hewitt insists on surrounding himself with a protective membrane of parents and enabling handlers. The fist-pumps and "C'mons," will win him no sportsmanship awards.
The pop psychology explanation, of course, is that the personal and professional are deeply intersecting. Like Jimmy Connors (and, apparently, Barry Bonds), Hewitt is fueled by rage. When there is no tension, no enemy (real or manufactured), it affects his play. That might be true. Hewitt may need to be difficult. But we'd love to see him try the alternative.
O piloto alemão da Ferrari, Michael Schumacher, chega de helicóptero com sua esposa Corina ao Hotel Transamérica, na zona sul de são Paulo hoje (20) pela manhã. Schumacher participa do GP do Brasil que será disputado domingo (24) no Autódromo de Interlagos em São Paulo
PFC CSKA Moskva defender Vassili Berezoutski faces three to four weeks out after undergoing groin surgery in Munich.
Operation on Tuesday Berezoutski, who misses tonight's visit to Chelsea FC, will also sit out the return against the Londoners in Moscow on 2 November. He will resume training in a week after yesterday's operation but is expected to need a further three weeks to recover fully.
Fit for Porto By this prognosis, the 22-year-old should be fit by the time Porto travel to CSKA on Matchday 5. CSKA will also be without winger Rolan Gusev and striker Ivica Olic against Chelsea, while midfielder Jirí Jarošik is rated doubtful.
LOSC Lille Métropole midfield player Mathieu Chalmé will sit out up to three UEFA Cup matches after suffering facial injuries during a French league game on Saturday.
Tremendous start The 24-year-old has had a crucial role in Lille's tremendous start to the Ligue 1 season, playing nine of their ten matches, but now faces four to six weeks out recovering from his collision with an opponent in the 2-1 victory against SC Bastia.
Tests yesterday Chalmé played the full 90 minutes at the weekend, only for tests on Monday to reveal the full extent of the damage. He will therefore miss Thursday's Group H opener at TSV Alemannia Aachen, the visit of FC Zenit St. Petersburg on 4 November, and possibly the away game at AEK Athens FC on 25 November.
Seventh games are postseason baseball's mother lode. When you hit on one of those babies, you've hit on something big. They are what fans scream for, what players play for, what makes the history books worth reading.A seventh game in the 1960 World Series made a household name of a light-hitting second baseman Bill Mazeroski. A bloop single in the seventh game of the World Series in 2001 defined Luis Gonzalez's career and gave the state of Arizona its first professional sports title ever.
Edgar Renteria singled home the winner for the Marlins in Game 7 of the '97 World Series, the Twins' Jack Morris was a seventh-game stud in the World Series in 1991, the Pirates' Willie Stargell became a seventh-game hero in 1979 and Sandy Koufax, on two days' rest, won the 1965 World Series for the Dodgers with a gutsy three-hitter in Game 7.
There are lots of other examples, too, both in the World Series and in Game 7s for league pennants. Some of them turn out to be thrillers, some major letdowns.
Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees will meet in a Game 7 unlike any other. It will be the crowning moment in the most compelling American League Championship Series ever played.It is a Game 7 that never should have been -- one, historically speaking, that is a first -- and, yet, a Game 7 that looks excitingly familiar.Last year, remember? Aaron Boone. Eleventh inning. Yankee Stadium.Yeah, like any baseball fan could forget that.
"This is too good of a series not to go to a Game 7," Boston first baseman Kevin Millar said. "There's nothing more that you could want."
Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Javi González faces a month on the sidelines as he is due to undergo knee surgery.
Cartilage tear The 30-year-old has torn cartilage in his right knee and will be operated on tomorrow. Doctors will reveal the length of time the player will be laid off for after assessing the outcome of the surgery, but the standard recovery period is four weeks.
Injured colleagues Javi González joins striker Santiago Ezquerro (thigh), centre-back Óscar Vales (calf) and midfielder Tiko (ankle) on Athletic's injury list ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Cup group stage game at home to Parma FC.
Alemanha e Argentina acertam amistoso para fevereiro
As seleções de Alemanha e Argentina se encontrarão em partida amistosa no dia 9 de fevereiro de 2005, em Dusseldorf. O amistoso serve de preparação para os alemães para a Copa das Confederações do próximo ano, que será realizada de 15 a 29 de junho.
Alemanha, de Jurgen Klinsmann, acerta amistoso contra a Argentina para 2005
O embate contra os argentinos é um dos oito compromissos alemães antes de abrigar a Copa das Confederações 2005. A equipe do técnico Jurgen Klinsmann também enfrenta antes da competição as seleções de Camarões, Japão, Coréia do Sul, Tailândia, Eslovênia, Irlanda do Norte e Rússia.
O último encontro entre Alemanha e Argentina aconteceu no dia 17 de abril de 2002, em partida de preparação para a Copa do Mundo daquele ano. Na oportunidade, os visitantes argentinos venceram por 1 a 0, com gol de Juan Pablo Sorín.
No entanto, a rivalidade entre as seleções européia e sul-americana cresceu muito antes, na década de 80, quando alemães e argentinos decidiram duas Copas do Mundo consecutivas. O embate com intervalo de quatro anos teve uma vitória para cada lado.
A Copa das Confederações do próximo ano será realizada na Alemanha e terá como sedes as cidades de Hannover, Leipzig, Colonia, Frankfurt e Nuremberg. Participam do torneio as seleções de Brasil, Argentina, México, Tunísia, Grécia, Austrália, Japão, além dos anfitriões alemães.
O técnico da Seleção de Portugual, Luiz Felipe Scolari (e), durante encontro com o ministro dos Esportes, Agnelo Queiroz, no Ministério dos Esportes em Brasília. Scolari presenteou o ministro com a camisa 7 de Portugal, usada pelo atacante Figo
Montoya quer pódio no Brasil em última corrida pela Williams
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Próximo de despedir-se da Williams após quatro temporadas na equipe em que estreou na Fórmula 1, o colombiano Juan Pablo Montoya espera chegar no mínimo ao pódio no Grande Prêmio do Brasil, no domingo, sua última corrida pela equipe antes da transferência para a McLaren no ano que vem.
"Acho que minha experiência foi muito boa. Nesses quatro anos consegui vitórias, muitos pódios e alegrias. Já fiz boas provas em São Paulo e espero encerrar minha passagem no time com um lugar no pódio", disse o piloto a repórteres durante coletiva de imprensa no Rio de Janeiro."Como em qualquer outro relacionamento, também tivemos problemas. É como se fosse um namoro, quando acaba nós procuramos outra", continuou o piloto.
Em 2002 e 2003 Montoya ficou em terceiro lugar no Mundial de Pilotos, tendo inclusive brigado pelo título com Michael Schumacher, da Ferrari, e Kimi Raikkonen, da McLaren, até a penúltima prova da temporada passada. Neste ano ele está em quinto lugar no Mundial de Pilotos com 48 pontos.Segundo ele, o principal motivo para o quarto lugar da Williams no campeonato de construtores, atrás de Ferrari, BAR e Renault, aconteceu porque o carro não evoluiu desde o início do ano."Não houve desenvolvimento. Começamos muito bem, no início do ano tínhamos um carro muito veloz que andava bem, mas depois da segunda prova até a França não houve desenvolvimento. Todos os outros desenvolveram e nós não, então ficamos para trás", disse ele.
Em 2005 Montoya será companheiro de equipe do vice-campeão do ano passado Kimi Raikkonen, e afirmou que não haverá diferença entre ele e seu companheiro.Ainda assim, e apesar do domínio do heptacampeão mundial Michael Schumacher na categoria, Montoya afirmou que continua acreditando que pode ser campeão mundial em breve."Estive na Williams porque a equipe acreditou que poderia ganhar comigo. Assinei com a McLaren porque eles acreditam que podem ganhar comigo, meu trabalho como piloto é ganhar sempre, não importa se contra Michael Schumacher ou qualquer outro piloto.""Quando surge a oportunidade de ganhar eu arrisco. Se posso passar Michael eu passo, é para isso que estou aqui, para ganhar", finalizou.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In late June, Freddy Adu was an agitated teenager after playing just a handful of minutes in a D.C. United game at Dallas.
``You can't do anything to help your team win when you don't play,'' Adu said after the game. ``I'm a little frustrated, I'm not going to lie.''
Shortly afterward, Trevor Moawad, Adu's longtime mental conditioning coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., paid a visit to Washington and gave mixed reviews of the first few games played by the youngest U.S. major league athlete in more than a century. ``I put together a video for him that was pretty candid,'' Moawad said. ``It went through some good moments of the season and went through some bad moments of the season. I was really focusing on his body language and his facial expressions.'' Afterward, Adu turned the corner. He started to look more comfortable and confident, more accepting of his role as a rookie on a major league team. Adu realized that, despite the hoopla, he wasn't destined to set the world on fire in his first MLS season. He had a stronger second half, taking advantage of his limited playing time when not getting the occasional start because of injuries. Adu, who turned 15 in June, finished the regular season with five goals and three assists, including two assists in the final game.
``I was just terrible the first half of the season,'' Adu said. ``I was just no good, and I just look back and I laugh at myself. What was I doing? Why was I scared? Why wasn't I doing this? Why wasn't I doing that? But you know what? The team helped me out, my coaches, and me personally. I set some goals for myself, saying that the second half of the season I am going to go out there and just play my game. And I did that.''
Adu ended up with 14 starts and was one of only two United players to appear in all 30 regular-season games, even though frequently his time on the field was short. His confidence was brimming as the team prepared for Saturday's opening-round playoff game against the MetroStars. ``Oh, now I'm straight,'' Adu said. ``Before, it was like I didn't know what to expect and all that stuff, but now I feel like I'm there now.''
The key, according to Moawad, was a subtle attitude adjustment. ``Early on in the season, his focus was more on the 60 minutes he didn't play,'' Moawad said. ``In the last half of the season, it was more focused on the minutes he was in there. It's a small difference, but it's crucial to having positive emotions as opposed to negative emotion.''
The change is evident just from watching United at practice. Adu seemed out of place at the workouts early in the season, but now he fits in as one of the gang, joking with coaches and teammates when he's not slicing through defenders. He even has the responsibility of serving as translator to teammate Nana Kuffour, another Ghanaian-born player who signed during the season. ``He's grown up,'' captain Ryan Nelsen said. ``He's got a season under his belt now. He knows what he can do and what he can't do.''
Adu was also helped by a midseason decision to scale back on his off-field activities. Between the repetitive interviews and community appearances and endorsement obligations, Adu was just getting too busy. ``It definitely made a difference because it allowed his focus to be more on playing,'' Moawad said. ``There were days early in the season when every day he was doing something. That's a lot to ask of an Eli Manning, let alone someone who is eight years younger.''
A different kind of off-field behavior got Adu his only real negative publicity of the year. The Diamondback, an independent student newspaper at the University of Maryland, quoted students as saying they witnessed the underaged Adu drinking at various keg parties on campus on a Saturday night in September.
The story was an embarrassment for United and Adu, and the team reminded the teenager of a edict he was given before the season began: Celebrity comes with a price. ``When you're in commercials, when you're on TV, when you're in the limelight, people are going to watch you a lot more than they watch other people,'' Moawad said. ``I think that's something he's learned throughout this year, and I think he'll continue to learn that.''
On the field, Adu still looks tiny compared to the players around him, and he plans to report to Bradenton within a week after the playoffs end to hit the weights. He was fouled 50 times in the regular season, third highest on the team despite his limited playing time. That included a scary tackle that upended him and left with a mild shoulder sprain last weekend. If Adu, listed at 5-foot-8, 140 pounds, adds a little more muscle, next season could be the breakout year everyone is expecting. ``All I have to do is just work in the offseason,'' Adu said, ``and hopefully come next year and have a much better season.''
The following presents final '04 MLS regular-season attendance. Leaguewide, over 2 million fans attended MLS games for an average of 15,559 per game. Seven of ten teams saw an increase in average attendance compared to '03, including double-digit increases for the Earthquakes, Fire, Burn and United (SportsBusiness Journal research).
NOTES: The Fire returned to renovated Soldier Field (MLS capacity 23,500), after playing last season at Cardinal Stadium (capacity 15,000). The Burn returned to the Cotton Bowl (capacity 22,528), after playing last season at Dragon Stadium (capacity 10,500). Invesco Field at Mile High's capacity for Rapids games is 27,000
Em Interlagos, câmera entra; criança de cinco anos, não
Algumas dicas são necessárias para quem a partir de sexta vai acompanhar o GP do Brasil em Interlagos. O primeiro ponto é o que pode ou o que não pode entrar no circuito.
Torcedores formam fila na frente das bilheterias de Interlagos
Câmeras pessoais são permitidas, desde que não se utilize as imagens comercialmente. Já crianças de menos de 5 anos serão barradas, afinal, é uma temeridade para os ouvidos infantis o ruidoso esporte. Crianças maiores entram, mas pagam preço integral. Outra proibição é a entrada de recipiente com muita comida, o que a organização carateriza como comércio de alimentos nas arquibancadas e pode também roubar espaço dos espectadores. No setor E, o mais caro, os espectadores não terão de se preocupar com o item alimentação. Por R$ 1.550, contarão nos três dias de corrida com buffet, cobertura, seguranças e recepcionistas. Mas na arquibancada G, pelo preço "popular" de R$ 245, a chamada farofa poderá rolar solta. Os ingressos para vários setores da Grande Prêmio paulistano tem sua venda oficial pelo número 3329-4686 ou nas bilheterias do local.
A chegada ao autódromo será um capítulo à parte. As vias próximas terão suas mãos mudadas, placas laranjas indicarão o caminho, e bolsões de estacionamento serão criados no shopping SP Market e ao longo das avenidas Interlagos e do Jagandeiro, com direito a ônibus circular para levar e trazer os torcedores. No total, haverá 28.500 vagas de veículos nesses bolsões, 3.500 só no shopping vizinho -não haverá estacionamento disponível perto do circuito. Por outro lado, haverá miniterminais de ônibus nas estações de metrô Jabaquara e República, no aeroporto de Congonhas e na parada de trem Jurubatuba. Ou seja, a melhor opção é chegar ao autódromo de transporte público, disponível desde às 5h. Os portões do circuito serão abertos pontualmente às 7h.
Na sexta, a programação começa às 11h, com treinos livres, que voltam às 14h. Depois, haverá corridas de outras fórmulas, até às 16h40. No sábado, a grande atração fica por conta dos treinos pré-classificatórios e classificatórios, respectivamente, às 13h e 14h. De manhã, acontecem treinos livres.
Depois da definição do grid, haverá eventos de suporte, como a volta em homenagem aos 10 anos de morte de Ayrton Senna. Uma Lotus 98T, igual ao pilotado pelo tricampeão mundial, será guiada pelo sobrinho do ídolo. Bruno Senna, que corre de kart, fará as vezes do tio.
Entre os pneus, mecânico arruma os boxes da Ferrari no circuito paulistano
No dia principal, o domingo, o GP está marcado para às 14h. Mas os eventos começam logo às 8h20, com o desfile de pilotos de até 10 anos correndo em karts, passa por uma corrida de bicicleta e outra volta de Bruno Senna com o Lotus do tio.
Mas as promoções em torno do último GP da temporada, que não decide nada, começam nesta quarta-feira, às 19h30, com o jogo beneficente que reunirá o campeão Michael Schumacher, seu companheiro de time Rubens Barrichello, o também brasileiro Felipe Massa, os italianos Jarno Trulli e Giancarlo Fisichella, além do velejador Robert Scheidt. Como o jogo será no estádio Parque Antarctica, também jogadores do Palmeiras participaram do evento, com Estevam Soares comandando uma equipe -Zagallo orienta a outra.
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I'm not making any predictions. I'm not even trying to be coherent. Just remember the following things heading into the game:
1. In less than 24 hours, you could be hearing someone say the following sentence: "So the Red Sox completed the most dramatic comeback in baseball history rallying from three games to zero to defeat the New York Yankees and make the World Series, where they'll be facing off against Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros in Game 1."
2. If the roles were reversed, Red Sox Nation would be having a collective coronary right now. Repeat: Coronary. I can't imagine what New York is like. And the thought of Steinbrenner's potential reaction to the biggest choke in sports history ... I mean, even if you're NOT a Red Sox fan, you have to be rooting for this, right? Couldn't you see him having Cashman drawn and quartered before the Winter Meetings?
3. You could make a case that this Yankee team has more pressure tonight than any baseball team in recent memory -- not only will they be the guys who finally lost to the Red Sox, they will be the guys who choked away a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, this Red Sox team is still playing with the house's money. It's an interesting role reversal, although the end result is that I'm still peeing blood either way.
4. My editor Brick points this out: If the Sox pull this off, for the foreseeable future, every time you're watching a playoff series (in any sport) where someone's up 3-0 and they show the "Teams that have come back from 3-0" graphic, they will feel obliged to mention the 2004 Red Sox. The moment will live on. And on. And on.
The t-shirt guys in Boston are printing up "A-Fraud" as we speak.
5. This isn't the 1996-1999 Yankees. Only four guys remain from that team. You can only get away with relying on so many Tanyon Sturtze- and Tony Clark-types before it catches up with you. I keep telling myself this.
6. The Buckner-Armbrister flashback play in Game 6 clearly exposed A-Rod as a liar and cheater of the highest order -- the kind who would turn over an "R" in Scrabble and pretend it's a blank letter. Warrants mentioning.
7. If the Yankees are down by two runs in the ninth inning, and somebody walks -- like Matsui did in Game 6 -- apparently it's as good as a home run. That's how Tim McCarver explained it last night. I'm not sure if just the Yankees are immune to double plays, or if it's everyone in the league. But it's an interesting development.
8. I'm thinking that All-Star Game rules apply tonight -- everyone pitches a couple of innings for the Sox, nobody stays on the mound for too long. Eighteen years ago in Shea Stadium, faced with a similar situation, the always-incompetent John McNamara screwed things up, relieving Bruce Hurst with Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper when he could have used Oil Can Boyd and even Roger Clemens. Things will be different this time around. Say what you want about Terry Francona -- and I have -- but he's certainly been willing to bend the standard bullpen rules during this series, for better and worse.
9. If the Red Sox prevail against the Yankees and win the World Series, you will never have to read me whining about the travails of Red Sox fans again.
A russa Maria Sharapova levou a melhor no duelo de musas contra a eslovaca Daniela Hantuchova e se classificou nesta quarta-feira para as quartas-de-final do torneio de Zurique, na Suíça. Após receber bye na primeira rodada, a quarta cabeça-de-chave venceu seu jogo de estréia na competição por 2 sets a 0, com parciais de 6/4 e 7/5.
Sharapova soma agora dez vitórias consecutivas no circuito, já que conquistou os últimos dois torneios disputados, em Seul e Tóquio. Sua última derrota aconteceu no torneio de Pequim, na China, onde foi superada na semifinal pela compatriota Svetlana Kuznetsova. Atualmente em sétimo lugar, a campeã de Wimbledon briga por uma vaga na Masters feminina de Los Angeles.
A russa enfrenta na fase seguinte a norte-americana Venus Williams, que na estréia se vingou da croata Karolina Sprem, para quem perdera no Grand Slam britânico, ao marcar duplo 6/2. Este será o primeiro encontro entre duas das principais estrelas do tênis feminino.
Down For The Count: Sugar Ray Leonard To Dissolve Company
Leonard Dissolves Promotion Company After Dispute
SUGAR RAY LEONARD is dissolving his company, Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, according to Dan Rafael of USA TODAY. Leonard said that a “falling out” with partner BJORN REBNEY over Leonard’s work with NBC’s “The Contender” made him “throw in the towel on promoting.” Leonard: “We did some great shows with evenly matched fights. I took great pride in it. But the TV show came about and made my decision a lot easier. I already had it in the back of my mind to dissolve the company.” Leonard said of Rebney, who is suing him, “My company could have blossomed, but I had a cancer in my company.” But Rebney said Leonard “turned his back on [the company]. He had contracts and obligations to fighters and casinos and to me.” Rafael noted Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, whose ESPN deal expired last month, “will promote one more untelevised card Nov. 18. Then its dozen or so fighters may sign elsewhere, including prospects BERNARD DUNNE, PAUL WILLIAMS and CARLOS QUINTANA and former junior middleweight titlist VERNO PHILLIPS”
USATF Indoor Championships Staying In Boston For Three Years
The USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will return to the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College near Boston for the next three years. USATF CEO Craig Masback was joined at the announcement by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Reggie Lewis Center Dir Keith McDermott and ’04 USA Indoor 800m and 1,500m champion Jen Toomey, who is from Massachusetts (USATF). Masback said returning to Boston was not “a difficult decision given what we’ve had here the last two years with this championship. The community spirit that’s exhibited by the event we’ve had here will sellout crowds, our outstanding local association that brings so much to the table in terms of expertise and links with the community, the Reggie Lewis Center ... and the hospitality that’s shown by Roxbury Community College.” Romney noted the event “helps brand our community and brand the community college on the world stage” .
Will The Boss Turn House That Ruth Built Into A Parking Lot?
Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner is “weighing whether to pave over” Yankee Stadium and create a parking lot if the team builds a new ballpark across the street, according to sources of Bill Egbert of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Yankees execs “would not deny reports that [Steinbrenner] wants parking in the old ballpark.” But Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion unveiled “a very different vision yesterday, centering on an ambitious renovation of the historic ballpark,” which would include waterfront parks, improved public transportation, more than one million square feet of retail space, a new high school, infrastructure improvements and a 250-room hotel and convention center. Carrion described it as a “competitive, urban place for sports, entertainment, parks, business – and a good return on the taxpayer’s dollar.” Under Carrion’s plan, the “distinctive outer walls” of the ballpark would be preserved and the inside “would be gutted to make way for the hotel and a smaller, community ball field as well as retail space and a Yankee Hall of Fame.” Steinbrenner’s spokesperson, Howard Rubenstein, when asked if the club would go along with Carrion’s plan, said, “That’s subject to discussion” .
Steinbrenner Mulling Options For The House That Ruth Built
Not Seeing The Green: Callaway Financials Come Up Short
Callaway Golf posted a loss in Q3 as it “cut prices and delayed launching new products to shrink inventory,” according to Julie Tamaki of the L.A. TIMES. Callaway’s net loss was $35.9M, or $0.53 a share, compared with net income of $2.3M, or $0.03 a share in the year-ago quarter. Adjusting for one-time charges of $4.4M for the acquisition of Top-Flite, Callaway would have lost $31.5M in the quarter. Revenue dropped 16.4% to $128.5M, “reflecting steep drops in sales in Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.” Operating expenses rose 28% to $89.4M. The results come as Callaway “struggles to rebound from a prolonged golf-industry slump and a management shake up” that saw William Baker replace Chair & CEO Ron Drapeau. Drapeau resigned in August “under board pressure” . In San Diego, Jennifer Davies notes Q3 sales of Callaway metal woods fell to $14.3M, down from almost $44M in same period last year. While sales also fell for irons and putters, ball sales grew to $21.1M in the quarter, up from $12.4M.
Churchill Downs Inc. Blames Slots Lobbying For Q3 Loss
Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) posted a Q3 loss of $3.8M, or $0.29 per share, blaming the results on “spending to lobby for slot machines at tracks in Florida and California and a reduction in the book value” of Ellis Park in Kentucky “because of soft business there,” according to Marcus Green of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. Meanwhile, former CDI board member Brad Kelley, who was CDI’s second-largest shareholder with a nearly 9% stake, transferred $3.2M in stock back to the company to “increase his stake in Kentucky Downs,” while also selling an additional $16M in stock that will “reduce his Churchill holdings to just less than 5[%].” Kelley, who did not stand for re-election to the BOD in ’03, was formerly Commonwealth Brands CEO & Chair .In Lexington, Janet Patton reports CDI purchased 539,489 shares from Kelley, worth $19.9M. Kelley received an additional 19% stake in Kentucky Downs, of which he already owned 52%.
Pedro doesn't have to pay for any photos with Nelson, but you will
The Red Sox got a break when A-Rod was caught slapping.
1. Red Sox good-luck charm Nelson de la Rosa, all 28 inches of him, evidently has been cashing in during the Yankees-Red Sox series. According to the Boston Herald, Pedro Martinez's little buddy was charging fans to take a picture with him during games at Fenway Park. Sox fan Kevin Schiffman dropped $5 for the honor but considered it money well spent. "I'm wicked superstitious," Schiffman told the Herald, "so I've been carrying the photo around because before I took the photo with him we were down in Game 4 and after I snapped it, we were up."
2. Maybe it really is the Red Sox's year after all. The play in which the Yanks' Alex Rodriguez knocked the ball out of the glove of Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo's glove in the eighth inning had all the makings of another famous turning point in a crushing Boston loss at the hands of the Evil Empire. Red Sox manager Terry Francona came out to argue, and the collective groan in New England likely registered on the Richter scale. Yet the umps got together and reversed the call, saying A-Rod was out and Jeter had to return to first. How often do you see such a reversal on something other than a disputed home run -- such as happened earlier in the game -- or the more common appeal on a checked swing? And how many times does the reversed call go against the Yankees and in favor of the Red Sox with so much on the line? Orioles fans, for one, would say not very often, invoking the name of Jeffrey Maier, who incidentally repeatedly denied interview requests from the 10 Spot in 2000. (He's an outfielder at Division III Wesleyan in Connecticut the last time we heard.) Regardless, when is the last time a postseason game been as anticipated as Wednesday's ALCS Game 7? This is a special time to be a sports fan.
Glazer’s Desire For ManU Piques The NFL’s Interest
The AP’s Stephen Wade reports with Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer eyeing a takeover of Manchester United, the NFL is not “sure if its rules would prevent Glazer from owning a foreign club.” NFL VP/PR Greg Aiello: “It’s not expressly prohibited by our cross-ownership policy, but it is something our finance committee would want to review.” Meanwhile, Wade notes that if Glazer’s holdings in ManU pass 50%, he “gains the right to replace” its BOD, and at the 75% level he “would be able to issue new shares and, perhaps, try to take the club private” .
EXTINGUISHED: In Calgary, Randy Sportak reports Flames President Ken King “denied a rumour the team is about to submit a bid to buy the CFL Stampeders.” King: “We will not be making an offer (yesterday), the next day, or any time in the foreseeable future. In the event we are willing to do that, the first (people) who’d hear about it are the ownership group and then the Stampeders and, at this point, neither has been contacted” .
CALL THE RAISE: The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER reports the NFL Panthers are making all ticket holders fill out a form to leave tickets for pickup at the will-call window. There is also a $20 fee for non-PSL owners. Panthers Dir of Ticket Sales & Operations Phil Youtsey said that the form “reduces mix-ups when people claim tickets, while the fee discourages brokers from leaving tickets for their customers.” Youtsey added that other NFL teams also charge the fee, while “some clubs no longer let fans leave tickets at the stadium”.
Mercury Rising: WNBA Team Sees Spike In Sales, Sponsorship
Taurasi A Driving Force Behind Mercury’s Rising Numbers
WNBA Phoenix Mercury co-Owner Anne Mariucci noted the team’s ticket revenue “was up more than 20[%] for the recently completed season, and sponsorship revenue was also up –- in the double digits –- compared to the season before,” according to Adam Kress of the BUSINESS JOURNAL OF PHOENIX. While the Mercury saw a double-digit increase in ticket sales for the first time since the ’98 season, the team’s average ’04 home attendance of 7,638 was “down slightly from last year.” Mariucci: “We’re giving away fewer free tickets and selling more expensive tickets. Our number of attendees there on a complimentary basis has declined significantly.” Kress reports the Mercury “enjoyed a double-digit percentage increase in sponsor dollars” for the second consecutive year. Mercury COO Jay Parry said that the team “went from eight to 14 major sponsors last year, adding notable names such as The Dial Corp., Westcor and The Room Store.” Parry added that merchandise sales “have more than tripled, fueled greatly by” Mercury G Diana Taurasi. Mercury VP & GM Seth Sulka said Taurasi “has that appeal and realness to her.” Parry: “She’s the cornerstone of what we did this year, and we’ll expand on that next year. We saw more men with their daughters at the games this year, and that’s at least in part because of her” .
N.Y. Planning Commissioner’s Stake In Nets Being Questioned
With Nets Owner Bruce Ratner attempting to move the team to Brooklyn, N.Y. Planning Commissioner and Nets investor Dolly Williams “will resign or shed her share of the team” if her purchase of a stake “violated ethics rules,” according to Hugh Son of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Williams, who was appointed to the commission two years ago, has since invested at least $1M in the Nets. Ratner’s plan to move the team to Brooklyn “is part of a controversial project” that includes construction of an arena and residential and retail space that “may be reviewed or influenced by the City Planning Commission, an apparent conflict of interest for Williams.” The city’s Conflicts of Interest Board is reviewing the matter. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz: “Obviously, if the board rules there is a conflict available, options include for her to resign, disinvest or some other approach which would be recusing herself” .
Japanese Internet Firm Eyeing Baseball Team For The Content
Softbank, a Japanese broadband and Internet service provider, has “offered to buy” the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks professional baseball team from Japanese retailer Daiei, according to Nakamoto & Sanchanta of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Softbank Founder & President Masayoshi Son said, “We want to build a broadband strategy that includes content. Baseball is one of the most important (forms of) content for broadband. We do not want to own (the Hawks) for the short term, but we want to seriously build them up to strengthen our core business.” Son said that owning the Hawks “would help to reduce the more than [US$923M] a year Softbank spends on acquiring customers for its broadband services.” Son added that even if the team loses money, buying the franchise is “well worth it”
MLB Enters Preliminary Stages Of Finding Buyer For Expos
MLB Hopes To Have Ownership Issue Solved By January
MLB announced that it has begun the preliminary process that will lead to the sale of the Expos. MLB Senior VP & General Counsel Thomas Ostertag is handling requests for application materials (MLB). Interestingly, MLB has made it easy to express your interest in making a bid for the team, stating in their release that you can contact Ostertag at firstname.lastname@example.org and also provides his address and phone number. Rather than getting a voice message when calling for information, you are greeted by Ostertag’s assistant .
DATELINE: In DC, Eric Fisher notes MLB is seeking requests for applications by November 1. Formal bids “likely will be due later in November, and a rapid winnowing of those offers will occur in December.” MLB Senior VP/PR Rich Levin: “This is the first step, simply trying to identify out there who’s interested in the club” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/20). MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy added, “We have already had a number of expressions of interest and we want to move the process along as expeditiously as possible.” In DC, Heath & Svrluga report MLB would “like to have a new owner by January.” Prospective owners will have “November to examine the Expos’ financial records, a process known as due diligence.” Then, MLB will “probably narrow the group of bidders to two or three by early to mid-December” .
STADIUM BLOCKAGE? In DC, David Nakamura reports while critics of DC Mayor Anthony Williams’ $440M ballpark financing package “still intend to try to block the use of public funds for the project, they acknowledge that the battle in the end may not be over stopping the plan but amending it to ensure economic benefits to city neighborhoods.” DC Fiscal Policy Institute Exec Dir Ed Lazere, who is leading the No DC Taxes for Baseball coalition, said of stopping the ballpark, “It’s an uphill battle. Our chances, if we had a vote today, are pretty slim. I don’t think we’d win.” Nakamura notes a DC Council committee is “scheduled to mark up the stadium legislation on Nov. 3, and the full 13-member council is to take a first vote Nov. 9”.
RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: The WASHINGTON TIMES’ Fisher notes nearly all of the Expos’ baseball operations staff will relocate to DC, but “most business operations will need to be filled with new personnel staffing functions ranging from public relations and marketing to sales and community relations” .
NAME GAME: Levin and Expos President Tony Tavares both indicated that MLB “may select the name [of the team] soon after the World Series.” Levin: “That’s being considered. [MLB Commissioner Bud Selig] does want to involve the new owner in this, but we also understand the importance of having a new name in place” .
Lone Star Park To Ease Worries And Provide Jockey Insurance
Stevens Threatened To Dismount Over Insurance Issue
Lone Star Park will announce today that it has purchased $500,000 worth of medical coverage for every jockey riding in the ten-race Breeders’ Cup card on October 30, as a growing number of jockeys nationwide are expressing concerns about the lack of adequate coverage. Breeders’ Cup spokesperson Chip Tuttle said Lone Star Park execs bought the coverage “at the behest of the Breeders’ Cup.” Tuttle: “It is really just a short term solution to insure the championship day as the [Jockeys] Guild figures out how it is going to address this issue.”
COVERED: The announcement comes as Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens told horseracing publication The Blood-Horse that he would not ride in the Breeders’ Cup or in any state that does not completely cover jockeys for catastrophic on-track accidents. Tracks provide up to $100,000 of medical coverage. Only five states — California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Idaho — have workers’ compensation insurance that covers on-track accidents. The Jockeys Guild, which represents 1,200 riders nationwide, did not renew a policy that would have covered jockeys up to $1M in April, 2002.
A NEW TREND? But many jockeys around the country are just becoming aware of their lack of coverage after finding out that Gary Birzer, a jockey who was paralyzed in a race in West Virginia is not covered for most of his estimated $500,000 in medical bills. Tuttle added, “It certainly is an issue that had come to the forefront in the last couple of weeks and everybody wanted to make sure the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was covered”.
NHL Face-Off, Day 35: Arenas Now Booked 45 Days Out
With “no solution in sight” to the NHL lockout, the league has instructed clubs that they may now book events in their arenas 45 days out, up from the previous 30-day window, according to Pierre LeBrun of the CP. NHL Exec VP & CLO Bill Daly said, “With the absence of any indication from the union that it has any interest in engaging in talks any time soon, we felt it made sense to provide the clubs with more flexibility in scheduling options.” But NHLPA Senior Dir of Business Affairs Ted Saskin countered, “It’s very clear that the league and its teams are far more concerned with booking concerts than negotiating a solution to end the owners’ lockout.” LeBrun notes that if “common wisdom holds true that a season cannot be started past January, then mid-December appears to be the cut-off point to salvage a season going by the 45-day advance window.” As of yesterday, clubs could book events through December 3, meaning 340 of the 1,230 total games for the ’04-05 season are gone .
Red Wings Suite Holders Are Running For The Hills To Watch Pistons
BOLTIN’ JOE: In Detroit, Louis Aguilar reports some suite holders at Joe Louis Arena “have asked for refunds, while at least two dozen luxury box holders are scrambling to rent suites at The Palace of Auburn Hills to watch the Pistons.” Red Wings Senior Dir of Communications John Hahn would not say how many suite holders and advertisers have asked for refunds, but he indicated that “in some cases, the arena has arranged refunds or credit for next season.” Meanwhile, Aguilar reports The Palace has seen “a surge in businesses that want to rent luxury suites for a year –instead of the usual three to five years.” The arena is offering partial access to luxury boxes “for as low as $6,000.” Ford Field has also seen a “significant increase in sales of club seats,” which cost $1,100-2,750 .
NOTES: In Atlanta, John Manasso reports the Thrashers are in talks with their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, about playing a home game at Philips Arena. Thrashers GM Don Waddell said that the Wolves “have agreed to the idea and that compensating them for the loss of a home date was not an issue.” Waddell: “They’re in favor of doing it. It’s just if we can find a date” .In Columbus, Martha Leonard reports Nationwide Realty Investments gave restaurants in the city’s arena district a 50% break on their rent “to help compensate restaurant owners for lost business” during the lockout. Restaurants said that the reduction “was unexpected –- but welcomed” .MLSE President Richard Peddie on layoffs during the lockout: “We don’t have any layoffs planned and I can’t imagine any throughout the (duration of the lockout). But if there is a lockout in January, we will look at salary cutbacks” .Savvis Center GM Dennis Petrullo said revenue from Blues games “is the largest source of revenue coming into the building, and to lose it hurts. We’ve been forced to lay off people. A lot of the lower-end salary people like food-service employees aren’t getting to work”.
ART CRITIC: Flames D Andrew Ference said of the lockout, “It’s asinine and it’s both sides. How are you going to solve a conflict without communication? I don’t understand the motivation behind sitting around. Even if you’re not going to talk to the other guy, why not put forward some ideas you have so the public can see them and can say, ‘These guys are putting forward an effort.’ I understand there’s an art to negotiation but right now, they’re pretty s——- artists” .
EERILY QUIET: Predators coach Barry Trotz said of news on the lockout, “You don’t hear anything on ESPN. It’s like it doesn’t exist. That’s the one thing that’s a little bit frightening” . The WASHINGTON POST’s Tony Kornheiser writes, “You take football and baseball off the shelves and there’ll be arguments at every water cooler in America over who’s more greedy, the players or the owners. ... More people are talking about the cable slapfest between Tucker Carlson and Jon Stewart than are talking about hockey”.
Cut To The Chase: NASCAR’s New Format Gaining Popularity
NASCAR Hoping More Drama In Chase Will Grow Audience
NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup is halfway through its ten-race schedule and the “initial skepticism that many drivers and team executives expressed toward the new playoff-style format is yielding to acceptance and even some enthusiasm,” according to USA TODAY’s Chris Jenkins. But NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France still faces a few “nagging issues,” as his system “has yet to become a smash hit among mainstream fans who don’t normally follow NASCAR — France’s No. 1 goal.” TV ratings for Saturday’s UAW-GM 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (LMS) were up 14%, but overall ratings “have been about the same as last season.” Roush Racing President Geoff Smith said, “I couldn’t look someone in the eye and declare [the new format] was a success if the TV people can’t come to us and say it was successful. The first measurement is the eyeballs.” LMS President Humpy Wheeler added, “The NFL is the one sport that we can’t even hold our own against. And I look for gains there –- that’s when I’ll know we’re making progress. If the NFL’s our target, then we’ve got to have better drama” .
NBC’S NUMBERS: USA TODAY’s Rudy Martzke notes NBC/TNT's NASCAR national ratings have “pulled even with last year’s 4.3 rating with five Nextel Cup races left” .In Winston Salem, Mike Mulhern reports NBC’s 4.9 national rating for Saturday’s race at LMS “was quite impressive considering the competition” from Yankees-Red Sox ALCS Game Three. NBC Universal Dir of Marketing & Communications Mike McCarley said that four “key cities helping the ratings” were Greensboro, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Mulhern notes the race peaked at 6.0 from 11:00-11:30pm ET .
NASCAR NEXTEL CUP "CHASE FOR THE CUP" RATINGS THROUGH OCTOBER 16
Schilling, Reebok Big Winners During Game Six Of ALCS
Schilling Was Masterful Even Without The Special Shoe
Despite all of the talk and exposure before and during the game Reebok received for making him a new hightop shoe, Red Sox P and Reebok endorser Curt Schilling during last night’s ALCS Game Six wore “the same shoes he had worn in the series opener,” according to Dave Anderson of the N.Y. TIMES. Schilling: “I couldn’t wear the hightops because they put too much pressure on the ankle.” Reebok Dir of Promotional Footwear Don Gibadlo, on the special shoe: “We took components from shoes similar to what he was wearing, then we opened up the heel area to make it higher and to have more support for the ankle. We put foam all around the ankle and even above the ankle. ... After Curt threw in the bullpen Sunday night with the larger shoes, I talked to him at his locker in the clubhouse and he told me, ‘This is exactly what I needed.’” Anderson notes, “In the end, he didn’t need it at all” .Gibadlo, on whether Schilling’s performance in last night’s game would be “good for business”: “It’d be good for Curt, good for the team, and good for Reebok. In that order” .
ATTENTION GRABBER: ESPN’s Peter Gammons was interviewed by ESPN’s Dan Patrick before the game while a picture of the Reebok shoe was shown. Patrick: “There’s the product placement for Curt Schilling and the infamous boot that Schilling will wear tonight”.
Champs Sports Signs On To Title Sponsor Tangerine Bowl
Foot Locker’s Champs Sports unit has signed a four-year deal giving it entitlement to what was known as the Tangerine Bowl, but will now be called the Champs Sports Bowl. Under the deal, Champs receives TV units in the December 21 ESPN broadcast, venue signage, tickets and hospitality. Also, Florida Champs stores will carry event-specific merchandise and licensed apparel of the ACC and Big 12 teams competing in the game .
EA Sports Continuing To Fight Off ESPN’s Challenges
“Madden” Sales Down As ESPN Enters The Market
Increased sales of Take-Two/Sega’s “ESPN NFL 2K5” are “apparently limiting sales” of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 2005,” according to Troy Wolverton of THESTREET.com. Take-Two teamed up with Sega to co-publish ESPN’s sports line, and “slashed the price of the games, offering them for $19.95, or less than half of EA’s typical $49.95 price for its sports titles.” American Technology Research’s P.J. McNealy projects sales of Madden are down 20% from last year’s version of the game. EA Sports has “responded to the threat with its own discount, offering customers a free sports title for each one they buy” .EA Sports execs said Tuesday that ESPN’s games “had some impact” on Madden’s sales, but revenue from the game “showed double-digit growth” since its August launch compared to the same period for last year’s title .
EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENT: In L.A., David Colker reports EA Sports on Tuesday announced Q2 profit was up 27%. Net income climbed to $97.3M, or $0.31 per share, from $76.6M, or $0.25 a share, in the year-ago period. Sales rose 35% to $715.7M due in part to demand for “Madden NFL 2005.” While the company usually “takes in about half its revenue for the year” during the holidays, this year it is “facing strong competition from rivals that are expected to release blockbusters.” EA Sports warned in July that October-December sales would be flat, but the updated outlook was “even worse: It predicted that sales would be no less than $1.4[B] but no more than $1.48[B] – the same amount it brought in last year” .In S.F., Matthew Yi reports one “major factor that cut into profits was EA’s sales and marketing budget, which topped” $100M for Q2 .
Wheels & Deals: Tubby Smith To Back Busch Team In ‘05
Tubby Smith Riding Along With Busch Series Team
Univ. of Kentucky men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith is partnering with NEMCO Motorsports, which is owned by NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek, to field a Chevy in the NASCAR Busch Series beginning next year with driver Jamie Mosley .
TEXAS: O’Reilly Auto Parts will title sponsor the new fall Busch race, at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), the O’Reilly Fall Challenge, in addition to the Busch Series O’Reilly 300 in Texas on April 16. The Dallas Morning News will move its sponsorship to qualifying days for the spring NASCAR weekend. Albertsons, which has set up a grocery store outside the speedway, will sponsor the Fall qualifying days. Chevrolet will return as the official vehicle of TMS as well as the sponsor of the November 4 Silverado 350K NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race .
CHEVRON TEXACO: Chevron Texaco announced it has signed a long-term contract extension with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to continue primary sponsorship of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray. This season marks Texaco/Havoline’s 17th consecutive year as sponsor in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series .
PIZZA PARTY: NASCAR partner Domino’s Pizza will be the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing Busch Series car driven by Waltrip for the Sam’s Town 250 race in Memphis on October 23 .