Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bridge doesn't Greet Terry

Bridge and Terry

LONDON - The anger of Wayne Bridge John Terry was reflected publicly on Saturday when the defender refused to shake hands with the captain of Chelsea before the triumph of Manchester City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier league match was the first face to face meeting between the two since the allegations emerged that Terry had an affair with the mother of the son of Bridge.

Bridge at which time he refused to shake hands with Terry in the greetings before the game was broadcast live on television, and was immediately analyzed for several minutes with repetitions.

After the victory of the City, the Bridge partner, Craig Bellamy, criticized the conduct of Terry.

"JT and I know how is it there is nothing that surprised me, so I will not comment on that," said the striker, who scored twice. "I think everybody in football knows like the guy, but that is something outside the court."

The fans booed Bridge, who shook hands with the other Blues players, team he played before moving to City in 2009.

Gatorade Fired Woods

The beverage company Gatorade to prevent dehydration became the latest to withdraw its sponsorship of golfer Tiger Woods. A spokeswoman for the company, which is sold by PepsiCo Inc. confirmed Friday afternoon that it had concluded its relationship with the golfer. However, the spokesman said Gatorade will continue its relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Stopped producing Gatorade beverage line Tiger Woods in November, a decision that was made before to make themselves aware of marital problems and infidelities of Woods.

Pacquiao Ready for Clottey
Manny Pacquiao

Los Angeles .- Manny Pacquiao sent four sparring partners this week, and the best fighter in the world has plans to do the same on Saturday.

The Filipino has been hitting with power and speed the pear and the sack, and ran like a distance runner. Under the supervision of trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao has been training for Joshua Clottey knock when they meet March 13 in Dallas.

"Manny is always improving," said Roach after a workout on Friday in Los Angeles. "I know that Clottey is a big, strong. I respect him, is a great fighter. But I think Manny will overwhelm you with his speed and combination, and I think will be the first stop before the 12 rounds. "

If it sounds simple, it is because Pacquiao has few problems when the fights are on the ring. Things are not so easy when the fight is with words.

That remains the situation Mayweathher Pacquiao and Floyd Jr. after he failed his megapelea by the regulations for drug testing. Mayweather and his entourage Pacquiao accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, either directly or by innuendo, while the Filipino champion refused to submit to blood tests 14 days before the fight.

Pacquiao will fight with Clottey at the Cowboys stadium, while Mayweather will face on May 1 to Shane Mosley. In addition to the accusations, Pacquiao and Mayweather may fight for being the biggest attraction of pay per view system.

McGwire Sad About Brother's Book

Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire said he was saddened by the book his brother in which he states that both used performance-enhancing drugs, and reiterated that took just to recover from injuries.

McGwire said Thursday he is so angry with his brother Jay who does not believe that reconciliation is possible.

"I will not ever see him again," said McGwire, the new hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jay, the youngest of five brothers McGwire and six years younger than Mark, lived with him and frequently visited the team in Oakland when his brother was a ballplayer.

Both have been estranged for eight years a family quarrel, but Jay has decided to bring to light some aspects of their relationship in the book "Mark and Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball's Worst-Kept Secret" which will release on Monday TriumphBooks editorial.

Mark McGwire used seven times the word "sad" to describe the book during his question and answer session with reporters on Thursday, which lasted eight minutes.

"You try to be a good person, caring about someone, being a good brother," said McGwire, while decreasing the tone of his voice. "It's sad. It is a sad day for my family. I do not understand how someone in the family could do something. "

Last month, McGwire admitted he used steroids and human growth hormone during the 1990s, but said he only did it to recover from injuries and not to improve their performance.

Famous Spanish Golfer Visit Dominican Republic
Miguel Angel Jimenez

Santo Domingo .- This Sunday at the country's famous Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez, who hold friendly exchanges with personalities.

Jimenez will be in Dominican Republic at the invitation of Jose Ovalles and will stay in his villa, Casa de Campo, La Romana.

The next weekend will be playing with Ovalles and other guests at the golf course, Diente de Perro at Casa de Campo.

Jimenez, born in Churriana, Malaga, is one of the leading golfers of the nineties and early twenty-first century.

It is popularly known as "The Pisha" and the WTA Tour as "The Mechanic", given his fondness for cars.

His first exposure to golf was at age 15, when he leaves his studies to work on the golf course of Torrequebrada. under the guidance of his older brother, John, first as a caddy and then on the practice field.

Three years later, 1982, enters the professional world, but it was in 1985 when he decided to dedicate his career to compete.

He has been awarded numerous distinctions including highlighting Andalusia Medal for Sporting Merit, in 2001, and the Medal of Merit Golf of the Royal Spanish Federation in 1999.

He also holds the record of the Parador de Malaga Golf in 63 strokes, made during the Turespaña PGA Golf Masters 1999 (who won) and the Oliva Nova, with the same number of strokes, playing the National Championship Peugeot OKI, where also took the victory. He has designed and advisor golf course renovations.

Spanish is currently ranked first in the European order of merit, ranking sixth. Only the Spanish Sergio García, Tsemo Olazabal and Jimenez keep the cards of the two circuits in the world in golf: the American and European. He is currently the chief representative of the Andalusian golf around the world.

The guest started to play European Tour in 1988, winning his first title in 1992 at the Belgian Open. His best years in golf have been 1996, when he finished fifth in the order of merit, as well as 1998 and 1999.

In 1999 he was runner up in the WGC-American Express tournament, which is one of the golf world championships involving elite players. Moreover, in this same year he debuted with the European team for the Ryder Cup

After a debacle in his game that appeared to end his career in 2004 and turned into its own again managed to reach fourth place in the European order of merit.

Messi and Barcelona Most Mediatic
Lionel Messi

Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his club Barcelona are the media brands in world soccer, while Real Madrid, thanks to an unprecedented investment on new players, fell from fifth to second in the list, according to a study University of Navarra.

The Economics Research Group, Sport and Intangibles Navarra University calculated the "media value" to analyze the presence of actors on the Internet and the volume of news articles, and stood to Messi at the top of the list of players with 21 , 6 points.

The most expensive acquisition of Real Madrid, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was second with 19.6 points, followed by Manchester United striker and England's Wayne Rooney, with 13.6.

Meanwhile, the Barcelona world and European champion, leads the club with 96.6 points thanks to six titles they won in 2009.

It is followed by Madrid, which reached 83 and left the fifth since the same study was assigned in June 2009.

Manchester United are third with 65.4 points followed by Chelsea (59.7), AC Milan (56.2) and Liverpool (49.1).

"There has been no precedent of such media increased value in such a short period of time,''said study author, Francesc Pujol, on the increased value of Madrid.

Club president of the Spanish capital, Florentino Perez, spent about 250 million euros on buying players during the preseason.

Among this acquisitions, Real spent 94 million euros for Ronaldo, 67 million for Kaka between 35 million and France striker Karim Benzema and midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Pujol, an economics professor, said the biggest value of media greats suggested that it would make more commercial activities such as marketing and sale of items that could help address the huge spending on players and salaries.

But he warned that the momentum be sustained only in the coming seasons Madrid in the Champions League successes, the most important European competition at club level.

Real had overtaken the Barca and Manchester United in some key markets, especially in South America where the English club is no longer the leader in any country, the study said.

The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid had contributed to the loss of positions of Manchester United in 13 of the 21 countries where it hit number one, including the U.S., China, Brazil and Portugal.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wade Out of Game Indefinitely
Dwayne Wade

MIAMI .- The Miami Heat star guard, Dwyane Wade will miss the third consecutive game because of soreness in his left calf.

Wade has been receiving treatment since the Heat returned from his five-game trip. The Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said the NBA All-Star feels better, but did not put a date for his return.

Wade is averaging 26.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Heat.

Spoelstra said Wade is still weak, but team trainers have told the coach that the lesion may improve quickly with treatment.

Point guard Rafer Alston, moreover, was sore after the game against Minnesota Timberwolves due to a problem in his right hand.

Ronaldo:"I am a Legend"

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to be considered "one of the legends in the history of soccer" when he retires and gives always get "the best" self "in every game and every practice."

"I want to get more, I'm still young and I can be better. I want to be part of the legends of soccer and be a role model for children," said the Portugal international at the launch of a shoe model on Wednesday in London.

Ronaldo said he still has much to learn and improve as an athlete and felt that Real Madrid is the right team to succeed ".

"The Premier League is faster and more physical work, but in the Spanish league is the techniques are more important and Madrid are a fantastic team to learn," said Ronaldo who said not to be "essential" in the club because the team plays either "with or without Cristiano Ronaldo"

The striker was nostalgic when discussing his time at Manchester United, where he made "great friends" with those who still keep in touch.

Still speaks often with coach Alex Ferguson and players like Nani and Wayne Rooney, who he said is a "born winner" and a "fantastic player" with whom he ruled out returning to play one day because "everything is possible."

Ronaldo, who declined to clarify what he's talking with the coach of Manchester because "it's private," was confident that Real will win the match against Barcelona next April at the Santiago Bernabeu and the team shall be as white moose in the league title.

Was equally confident about his chances of selection in the world of South Africa, because "although it is the toughest group, Portugal will have no problems moving to the next phase."

A-Rod Starrted Trainings with NY Yankees

Alex Rodriguez

Dominican Alex Rodriguez arrived at the stadium George M. Steinbrenner for the first full workout with the New York Yankees champions.

Judging from the way they avoided the thorny issues, it seems that the third baseman is committed to another year without saying stupid things.

Walking in the tunnel to his car, Rodriguez was asked if he was disappointed when his friend Johnny Damon did not return with the Yankees.

After thinking about your response, Rodriguez said, smiling, "How was your winter?".

Asked if he thought it was due to close a deal between the Yankees and Damon, Rodriguez said, "Do not give me the first day rope. I really have nothing to say. "

Before training, Derek Jeter, who exchanged a hug and a handshake.

Bridge Quit English Soccer Team
Wayne Bridge

LONDON - Machester City defender Wayne Bridge has been excluded himself from the future list of selected for the English national team that Italian Fabio Capello will lead the South African World Cup.

In a statement issued today by his lawyers, the player indicates that his position at the team has become "untenable and potentially divisive," direct reference to his relationship with former captain of the "Pross" John Terry.

Bridge, 29, has spent recent weeks in the eye of the hurricane for alleged infidelity with his former girlfriend Terry, when both were partners at Chelsea.

The scandal forced Capello to recall the captain of his post to avoid breaking the harmony of the squad for the important World Cup event in England as a part of the favorites along with Brazil and Spain.

"I've thought a lot about my position on the football team as a result of information and events of recent weeks.'s Always been an honor to play for England. However, my position at the combine is now untenable and potentially divisive" , Bridge said in the note.

"Sadly," he continues, I think for the good of the team and to avoid distractions safe, I decided not to selection.

Sammy is Intoxicated
Sammy Sosa

Former major leaguer dominican Sammy Sosa is recovering satisfactorily from poisoning allegedly caused by eating fish yesterday at a restaurant in the east of the country.

The hitter with 609 homers was admitted to the edge of one of the afternoon in the Central Romana Medical Center for observation and left until after six.

A doctor surnamed Polanco was one of those who attended Sosa on arrival to hospital with stomach upset.

A source linked to the former strongman of the Chicago Cubs, told this newspaper that talked with him and that he was in high spirits.

The news of the mishap leading slugger health among Latino players began to move past four in the afternoon and there were many people who showed interest in the health of the famed baseball player.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rojas Wish Unified Title
Elio Rojas

Santo Domingo .- The world champion featherweight Dominican Elio Rojas reiterated his intention to unify the crown at the four major boxing governing bodies and show he's the best fighter of his division.

Rojas, who arrived in the country euphoric yesterday afternoon from the city of New York, said his success in the first defense of the crown was great because he had to re-impose its kind in the house of the challenger.

"Everything went as we planned, we knew we were in Mexico, but more than that, we had to prepare thoroughly to beat this fighter, a man with 35, but was super prepared.

Kobe returns with heroics in Memphis
Kobe Bryant

Bryant returned to lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury and made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to 99-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night.

Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points, including his team's final nine points. His 3-pointer with 54 seconds left tied the game at 96-all. His game-winner came off an inbounds play 4 seconds after his layup attempt was blocked by Rudy Gay.
"He kept making plays at the end of the game," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said of Bryant. "Great players make great plays. You've got to give him his due (but) it hurts."

Bryant's late scoring spree came after the Lakers had missed five straight free throws and trailed, 95-90, with 2:59 left. He began his nine-point run with a jumper from the left wing with 2:23 to go to trim the Memphis lead to 95-92.

After Gay's free throw, Bryant dropped in a technical free throw to make it 96-93. Gay scored again with 40 seconds left to up the Grizzlies lead to 98-93 before Bryant's back-to-back 3-pointers won it for the Lakers.

"Only in Hollywood, I guess," Bryant said. "It's fun. It's my responsibility to make plays down the stretch. I enjoy it."

Paul Pierce out with bad thumb

Paul Pierce

Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce is out indefinitely with a right thumb injury and did not even come to the TD Garden Tuesday night for a game against the New York Knicks as he also has the flu, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Marquis Daniels started in place of Pierce, who struggled mightily after spraining his right thumb during the first half of a win over the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night. Pierce suggested Monday that he'd talk to Rivers about shutting himself down for a few days to allow the hand to heal.

"He just hurt his hand. We'll go one day at a time," Rivers said before Tuesday's 110-106 win. "He's not even in the building tonight -- he's got the flu, too. He wouldn't have played with the hand injury, but with the flu, we felt it was good to stay at home."

Rivers reiterated Pierce's stance that he's "day to day" but also acknowledged that, if Pierce needs an extended break to get back to full strength, the Celtics are prepared for that.

Premier League owe 56%

A report to be released by UEFA on the financial wellbeing of European football will reveal that Premier League clubs owe 56% of the continent's total footballing debt, raising further questions about why English football's finances have been allowed to spiral out of control.

The biggest worry for Premier League clubs is that both West Ham and financially stricken Portsmouth are not even included in the official report, called the "European Footballing Landscape", as their monetary problems prohibited them from being given UEFA licenses, meaning that the figures for English clubs would be even higher.

The Premier League debt comes despite England's clubs earning significantly more from televsion and other commercial income - €122 million on average - than any of Europe's other major league

Details of the report, released in the Guardian on Wednesday, reveal that the combined debts of the 18 Premier League clubs, excluding West Ham and Pompey, sit at £3.5 billion, with two of England's biggest clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, owing around £1 billion between them.

Cap Cana Opens PGA Champions Tour

SANTO DOMINGO .- For the third year running the country back to "The Cap Cana Championship, a tournament official PGA TOUR's Champions Tour 2010.
From 22 to 28 March, the spectacular Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, the signature Jack Nicklaus design and is again the perfect setting for this important tournament.

Cap Cana's executives and representatives of the PGA Tour's met with reporters to give details of this highly anticipated sports tournament golf in the international environment, at a reception held in one of the halls of Taboo Bamboo.

During the meeting, Mr. Mike Stevens, President of the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour said the Champions Tour continues to grow as worldwide brand, establishing a strong presence internationally, which is essential for the continued success of the Champions Tour.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Díaz Will Host ESPN Boxing TV Show
Félix Díaz

The Dominican Republic will stage four international boxing posters on a tour called "hot boxing", which will be organized and televised by ESPN, Sports and Boxing Lating for everyone. In these billboards will be world famous boxers action.

The first billboard for "Championship Series Boxin be held on Friday, March 12 from six in the afternoon where the star will be the China 2008 Olympic champion, Felix Diaz, who is undefeated in four fights, and Geovanny Lorenzo owner of one of the most anesthetic stuck in the world.

Ronaldo Will Retire in 2011

Brazilian Ronaldo yesterday renewed his contract with Corinthians and announced he will retire from football at the end of 2011.

"I renewed for two more years and will be the last race. I've decided, "the attacker in a press conference after a workout.

The 33-year-old former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan, said he still wants to give "the greatest, and I end divertime important conquests.

One of these objectives is the Copa Libertadores title Corinthians has never won. He said that after retiring, plans to become ambassador for "Tima0" one of the most popular clubs in Brazil.

Dominican Games in Spain

The First Dominican Games in Spain began last Friday in the city of Madrid with the presence of Sports Minister Felipe Payano, the Dominican Olympic Committee president, Luis Mejia, and authorities of the Community of Madrid .

The fair will compete in twelve disciplines. The 15 teams taking part in the same are incorporated in their entirety by athletes Dominicans living in Spain.

The Games are sponsored by the Dominican Embassy, the Dominican Consulate in Madrid, the Dominican Hispanic Center, the Advisory Council of the Dominicans in Spain, the Federation of Dominicans in Spain.

The event is organized by The Dominican UD.

The opening ceremony was held at the Sports Center Canal de Isabel II in the Philippines 14th Avenue in Rio Rosas, Madrid, and started with the parade of athletes.

He then observed a minute's silence for those killed in the earthquake happened in Haiti. Then we heard the notes of the hymns of Spain and Dominican.

Manny Won´t Repeat with Dodgers

Manny Ramirez

The arrival of outfielder Manny Ramírez to the training camps always becomes the major focus this year has not been the exception when struck on his first day with the announcement that the 2010 season will be the
last with the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

"I will be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself," said Ramirez. "I do not know (if I'm going to play next year).

I only know that I will not be here. When the season ends, I'll see where I go. "

Ramirez will turn 38 next May 30 and is entering the final season of a two-year contract he signed for $ 45 million with the Dodgers.

The outfielder spent much of the 2009 season without being able to play after meeting the 50-game suspension for violating drug policy governing professional baseball in the majors and the rest had his best production in bat.

Ramirez acknowledged to reporters that has not been informed by the managers of the Dodgers who are not interested in re-hiring, but added that probably would not be realistic to expect them to.

"I'm just speculating, but I'm realistic and not over 23 years," Ramirez said. "Time goes the same for us all."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) -- FIFA is concerned that players at the World Cup could use undetectable stimulants derived from traditional African medicines that aren't currently banned substances.

FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe told The Associated Press on Sunday that he wants the World Anti-Doping Agency to analyze some African plants that could give athletes an unfair advantage.

"I have a big concern -- and I can confess that. We were learning a lot about the traditional African medicines and we are not sure what all of these products contain," D'Hooghe said. "I think some products are not detectable. This makes it difficult. They can deliver stimulation and diuretic activity."

D'Hooghe said he became aware of the extent of the issue at FIFA's medical conference this weekend in Sun City ahead of the World Cup in South Africa, which starts June 11.

"We received a lot of examples, going from things that we know but also going into absolutely unknown things for me. If I don't know the names, how can I know what they contain," D'Hooghe said of the plants. "This is certainly a challenge for WADA. ...

"If we don't have control over these specific traditional medicines, then we can't say we have control over all the medication in football."

In many African countries, plants provide the main source of medicine. Umhlabelo, made of dried leaves from the Nidorella plant, is believed to help heal bones and muscles. The Hoodia plant is used as an appetite suppressant but also supposedly provides an energy boost.

"More and more governments are legalizing the use of traditional medicines, and that will compound the situation much further," warned Gurcharan Singh, a member of FIFA's medical committee.

South African team doctor Ntlopi Mogoru says some plants, usually found in tropical African countries like Ghana, can produce steroid byproducts that are not on WADA's list and aren't picked up in doping tests.

"There is no way of knowing. That's where the problem is," Mogoru told The AP. "In Africa, a lot of players use traditional medicines and, unfortunately because of WADA, there are no tests to detect those things and it becomes a bit of a problem for doping in the whole world. It's from the players' cultural backgrounds."

D'Hooghe thinks the $30 million FIFA spends annually on 33,000 doping tests could be better used on youth education since there are only about 10 positive results.

D'Hooghe said he believes there is "no doping culture" among the 260 million soccer players worldwide.

Damon Signs With Detroit Tigers
Johnny Damon

Free agent outfielder Johnny Damon has agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, has confirmed.

The deal, which includes a no-trade clause and no deferred money, is pending a physical. Damon, 36, has no history of injuries.

"I'm happy," Damon said. "I think everything went smooth. We had options, but Detroit was my first one for some time."

The Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays had also been pursuing Damon in recent weeks, and the Red Sox had internal discussions about bringing back Damon, who left Boston after the 2005 season.

Damon hit .286 with 24 homers for the New York Yankees last season. He likely would bat leadoff for the Tigers, filling the void left when Detroit dealt Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

He also gives Detroit the left-handed bat it needs and a veteran in the outfield, where his savvy is an asset and his arm a liability.

He is expected to play in left field and could also see some time at DH.

Gasol Awarded in Los Angeles
Pau Gasol

NBA Spanish player Pau Gasol of the NBA on Saturday received the award for best male athlete of the year in Los Angeles in the fifth edition of the LA Sports Awards, which recognize athletes who best exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship.

The power forward from Los Angeles Lakers was grateful for the award, which symbolizes the good feeling he has with his host city.

The Los Angeles Sports Council, a private non-profit organization committed to promoting sport in the counties of Los Angeles and Orange, said the mood of Gasol on and off the court and the Spanish attributed the change suffered by the Lakers since joined the team two years ago.

The set Angeleno ring won the NBA championship in 2009 and was indemnified for his final defeat in 2008.

The title Gasol became the first Spanish to get that trophy.

"I feel the people I have great affection. I'm fortunate position where I am. I know that people appreciate me and value me, and that's all I can ask," Gasol said.

Weapons Forbidden in MLB

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has a clear message to players and staff this spring: keep their guns, knives and explosives outside the locker room.

Some advertisements were placed in the locker room equipment, where they are informed that "individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons when they are providing a service to the big leagues."

These rules apply to employees of the commissioner's office, other core business of baseball and teams, and players are also included.

A baseball official said that the majors have developed these rules last year after the former catcher of the New York Giants American football, Plaxico Burress, was accidentally shot with a pistol, which led him to serve a two years in prison.

The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to give his comments.

Gun ownership became a subject of controversy in the NBA this season after the Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas Washington was suspended indefinitely and without pay by commissioner David Stern.

Arenas took guns to his dressing room in the Verizon Center. The contract prohibits the NBA to have guns on the premises of the league.

The new president of baseball players' union, Michael Weiner, said the rules were adopted last year but were not released until now.

The document entitled "Policy for Workplace Free of Weapons of Major League Baseball" also indicates that MLB "must prohibit the possession or use of deadly weapons in any premises or place owned, which is operated or controlled by the Major League Baseball.

Among the prohibited items are found on firearms, explosives, daggers, metal knuckles, razor knives and folding knives with blades exceeding five inches (12.5 centimeters) long.

Only security guards and police forces are exempt from this prohibition.

Eriksson and Hoddle on Nigeria shortlist

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been invited to a meeting with the Nigerian Football Federation over the possibility of taking charge of the side ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Eriksson has experience at international level from his five years with England and during a brief stint with Mexico from 2008 to 2009, and Nigeria believe he possesses the credentials needed in South Africa.

As yet, Eriksson has not received a formal offer, but Soccernet can reveal that Eriksson has already been approached by the Nigerian Football Federation and invited for talks, which are likely take place at the end of the week. Eriksson is understood to be extremely interested in the prospect of coaching Nigeria at this summer's World Cup finals.

Glenn Hoddle, another former England boss, is also on the nation's shortlist of candidates to lead them in South Africa.

Hoddle, who has managed several club sides including Chelsea and Tottenham, would be unlikely to accept the job long-term as he has told Soccernet that he has turned down more than 15 job offers in the past year to continue with his own project.

Hoddle runs an academy in the south of Spain designed to give young players who have been released by clubs in England a new chance to make a career in the professional game. Nonetheless, he may be persuaded to take charge of Nigeria for the World Cup finals.

Eriksson, though, is the more realistic target as he now has no other commitments having left his role as director of football at League Two side Notts County this month following the club's takeover.

Nigeria are searching for a new head coach after Shaibu Amodu was relieved of the position following a disappointing showing during the African Nations Cup in January.

Dominican Boxer Elio Retain Crown

Elio Rojas

The Dominican Boxer Elio Rojas retained his world featherweight crown by beating by unanimous vote of the judges the former champion, Yucatec Guty Espadas Jr. in Merida, Mexico.

Espadas (45-8) who fought in his homeland, he climbed the stage for battle with Red at the height of the Battle of Kukulcan ", as it was dubbed the meeting, encouraged by shouts of
" Guti,Guti,Guti
"in a public delivery of a boxer as he had only heard when Miguel Canto defended his crown in the park Clara Charter of the town.

Similarly, at first the Aztecs audience sang with fervor that nation's anthem and received some Dominican whistles, but the picture changed when the champion pen of the World Boxing Council imposed its best technique based on speed and combinations as he had promised to dominate the local fighter.

Rojas kept fighting to control medium and long distance and speed was key to connect solid blows to the face of the Mexican, who looked with great desire, but could not advance the scorecards until eighth assault fabulous for "Guti" , when the champion was struck solidly and made him run.

The Dominican, who had asked his mother's blessings and to wait at the airport raised its mark to 22 wins against 1 loss and becomes the first boxer to win a fight Dominican World Cup in Mexico.

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