Friday, April 30, 2010

Barcelona reach verbal agreement with Villa

Barcelona are believed to have verbally agreed to sign Valencia striker David Villa this summer in a deal that could be worth up to 40 million plus a player exchange.

Villa has been one of the hottest properties in La Liga over the past few years, and has scored at least 15 goals in each of the past 7 campaigns, including 21 so far this season.

And after the failure of club record signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to impress since his move from Inter Milan last summer, Barca coach Pep Guardiola is thought to be looking for a new attacking impetus to add to his side.

Villa would certainly fit the bill, as he possesses both an imperious goalscoring record and is also good friends with Blaugranas captain Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

According to Spanish daily Marca, Valencia are thought to want Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic and midfielder Alexander Hleb as part of any deal - plus a cash payment of around &euro40 million

Villa has reportedly had previous discussions with representatives of both Manchester United and Liverpool about a possible move to the Premier League, but would prefer to remain in Spain.

LeBron wins Second MVP award

LeBron James has joined one of the NBA's most exclusive clubs.

The Cavaliers superstar was voted the league's MVP for the second straight year, a person familiar with the announcement told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the results of the vote.

James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season, will receive the trophy Sunday from commissioner David Stern at the University of Akron.

James is the 10th NBA player to be the MVP in consecutive seasons. The 25-year-old star joins Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.

Russell, Chamberlain and Bird won it three times in a row.

James' win was expected after he had the finest season of his seven-year pro career. What remains to be seen is his margin of victory. Last season, James received 109 of 121 first-place votes, winning in a landslide in voting by a nationwide media panel of sportswriters and broadcasters over Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who won the award in 2008.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland first announced that James won the award.

For the second straight year, James will accept the award in his hometown. A year ago, he went back to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater, for a ceremony in the school's gymnasium that was attended by family, friends, former teachers and the student body.

As a high school star, James played many of his games at Rhodes Arena on Akron's campus. James also holds his summer basketball camps at the university, and the Zips are coached by Keith Dambrot, who coached the All-Star for a time in high school.

James, paired this season with center Shaquille O'Neal to help Cleveland win its first NBA title, led the Cavaliers to 61 wins in the regular season and the top seed in the playoffs. Cleveland's lineup was constantly changing because of injuries, but the Cavs could always count on James, the first forward in league history to average more than eight assists a game.

James delivered nightly jaw-dropping highlights, many of them coming at the defensive end on chase-down blocks. His value was never more obvious than when he sat out the Cavaliers' final four games, and they lost each one.

Despite playing with a strained and bruised right elbow, James averaged 31.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals as the Cavaliers eliminated Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.

"I give a lot of credit to my teammates, the coaching staff and my family," James said last week when asked about winning a second MVP. "It solidifies a lot of hard work and dedication I was able to put in the offseason to try to get better as an individual and bring it to this team."

Inter and Bayern in Champions League Final

MADRID - Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will host on 22 May, an unprecedented final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, two historical teams, two giants that recover this time a prominent place on the main stage of international football.

Bayern and Inter are two old champions. Reference entities that have played an important role at different times, gained luster in the competitive drive of the Old Continent. And they will face for the first time in a European final.

In their different pathways for continental tournaments, only once the Italian and German team crossed paths. It was in the then UEFA Cup 1988-89 season. Overcame Bayern, who lost the first leg 0-2 but beat Inter in the back for 1-3.

As acknowledged on Tuesday the coach, Portuguese Jose Mourinho, the Champions League final is a dream for Inter, which is not in this position for thirty-eight years when they lost to Ajax in Rotterdam and then the competition was called the European Cup.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2010 at Casa de Campo

After four days of intense physical exertion, the boat Nerone was crowned in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2010, held for the first time in waters of the Caribbean with the Casa de Campo Marina and main stage.

Nerone's team was led by the Italian Massimo Mezzoroma and Alberto Signorini, who maintained during the four days an uphill battle with the Australian Guido Belgiorno-Nettis in front of the boat Transfussion and American Jim Richardson and Barking Mad boat.

Since the start of the race three boats remained at the top, with scores very close to each other.

The first day of the regatta was sponsored by Casa de Campo, and was the winner of Transfussion first, followed by Barking Mad and Nerone second third. The winners received a beautiful replica of a sailboat at Farr 40 framed in glass and mahogany wood of our National Tree.

The second day of the race emerged as a good scenario, but the weather conditions changed with the passage of hours, which led to hours after the start of this competition was canceled due to lack of wind and rains day.

On Friday, refreshed, competition was resumed and completed a total of four runs to compensate for the previous day. The third award was sponsored by Land Rover, who prepared a cocktail with a wide audience of important personalities of the country to reward these great athletes. The Italian Nerone took first prize after Transfussion closely exceed, its major competitors in the event and Barking Mad third.

Brazil is #1 Soccer Country in FIFA Rankings

Brazil on Wednesday took the first place in the FIFA world rankings, moving to Spain and returning to the top of the standings for the seventh time since its creation in 1993.

Argentina moved up two seats to be positioned in seventh place.

Brazil, which has remained at the forefront of ever ranking for a total of 143 months, ended the reign of five months of the European Championship, which now occupy the second site.

Among the most notable of the top 10 list, Portugal moved up one place to move into third, swapping seats with Holland. Argentina climbed two to settle for seventh place, while France fell two steps to the tenth.

Chile fell two rungs to register on the site 15, Mexico and Uruguay were held in places 17 and 18, Paraguay fell seven seats to move to Honduras back 30 and four to stand at 40.

United States moved up two places to move into 14th place.

Only five games were considered for the April ranking, which means that most of the changes were due to the devaluation of previous results.

Rojas Fear No Boxer

The world champion featherweight (126 pounds) World Boxing Council, ENAI Elio Rojas, said that he is not afraid of anyone, call it what you call it, to make his second defense.

boxer said he is prepared to enter the ring at any time, said that while the chances that his next defense is in the country, are at 80 percent.

"Sports Ministry Felipe Payano is working hard to set up my defense in the country in August," said Rojas.

He added that his training is maintained at full steam to keep the form and give it another victory to the country in the presence of all its local supporters.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Raul ruled out of Primera Liga run-in

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Real Madrid captain Raul could have played his last match for the club after he was ruled out of the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Raul was replaced soon after scoring Madrid's opening goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Real Zaragoza due to an ankle sprain, and after undergoing tests on Monday it was confirmed he will be out for a minimum of four weeks.

That would rule the 32-year-old out of Madrid final four league games, with the Primera Division season ending on the weekend of May 15/16.

It could also mean the veteran forward's final competitive appearance for Madrid may have come in the win over Zaragoza with speculation that he might leave the club this summer.

Raul has written his name into club folklore during 16 seasons at the Bernabeu since breaking onto the scene in the 1994/95 season, winning a host of trophies and smashing numerous records.

Raul's latest milestone came against Zaragoza when his goal - which was his 321st for the club and 228th in the league - moved him up third in the all-time list of leading scorers in La Liga.

Only Telmo Zarra (251) and Hugo Sanchez (234) are ahead of Raul in the scoring charts now.

It remains to be seen if Raul will get the chance to break Zarra's record.

With Madrid having spent 250 million euros on new talent last summer, Raul has found playing time limited this campaign and although he insists he is not planning to retire at the end of the season, his future may be away from the Bernabeu.

Spain's record goalscorer, whose contract with Madrid runs out in 2011, was linked with a move to England last year, while earlier this season reports suggested he could be on his way to New York Red Bulls in the MLS.

Mexicans Obsessed with Soccer Quarter

Javier Aguirre, Mexico´s Soccer team coach did not hesitate when it comes to qualify "as an obsession," the goal that set the Aztec team World Cup in South Africa.

"In the last four World Cups we have been on the verge of the quarterfinals and now more than one target has become an obsession," Aguirre said in an interview with Spanish magazine 'Don ball. "

"I think I have the best generation of players has never been Mexican. Winning is a generation that will not wrinkle ever play against who you play," said Aguirre.

The Mexican team is already working with 17 players, pending the arrival of those who are playing in Europe.

"We will be working sixty days. It's hard to leave as much time to the family, but all understand that the World Cup is as much competition as professional footballers representing their country," said Mexico coach.

Ahmed is convinced that the Mexican team will make history. "Outside of Mexico, the selection in the ten World has played has been at the eleventh place as a better classification and now we want to improve," he said.

South Africa, France and Uruguay will be rivals on the first phase of the World Cup. "South Africa is the first opponent and the one that occupies our minds. In addition we will play the opening match against them, which is quite an honor," he said.
As to favorites, the 'Basque' Aguirre left the logical flow.

Obama Hosts NY Yankees

President Barack Obama yesterday congratulated the winners of the 2009 World Series, the Yankees of New York, for his exploits and his personality, when received at the White House and complained that his Chicago White Sox can not be equated with the successful team of the

The Yankees, winners of 27 titles, had not gone to the presidential residence since 2001, said Obama.

"Nine years ago his last title, which must have seemed an eternity to fans of the Yankees. I think other teams would have no problem with having a run like that. The Cubs, for example," Obama said to laughter from players, coaches, officials and legislators.

The Yankees, Joe Girardi, gave the president a No. 27 jersey and team autographs.

This was the fourth visit to the White House for four of the players, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, who have met three presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Obama. Before the ceremony, the Yankees visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army hospital.

Howard Sign with Phillie for 5 Years

Ryan Howard renewed his contract with the Phillies for five years and $ 125 million, a deal that will keep the first base in Philadelphia until 2016.

Philadelphia will have an option of renewal for 2017. The amount will increase to 25 million per year between 2014-16. The choice of 2017 is 23 million with a cost of 10 million in compensation if they decide to let it go. With an average salary of 25 million guaranteed, Howard will be the second highest paid player in the GL, just behind the 27.5 million Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rooney's season could be over

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hinted Wayne Rooney's season may be over after he saw his side go top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against in-form Tottenham Hotspur.

Late goals from Nani and Ryan Giggs' second penalty sealed a result that was all the more impressive considering the absence of injured top scorer Rooney.

The England striker watched on from the stands due to a groin injury which Ferguson said could keep him out for the rest of the campaign.

"I think he'll probably take two to three weeks to recover," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "We'll try to get him back, he'll obviously be desperate to get back himself. We'll just have to wait and see."

Ferguson pin-pointed his side's ability to hold their nerve under pressure as key to a win that moved them two points clear of Chelsea.

United looked in danger of being held after Ledley King's header had cancelled out Giggs' first penalty. But a clever finish from Nani with 10 minutes left moved them ahead before the Portuguese won a late penalty which Giggs converted.

"We played well, that was important, but most important was we kept our nerve," Ferguson added. "We had no signs of nerves, which is great at this time of season - that's a great quality to have."

Spurs had beaten Arsenal and Chelsea in their previous two matches, but boss Harry Redknapp lamented some poor defending as they failed to reproduce a performance to match those results.

"We didn't play as well as we have," he said. "Even then with 10 minutes to go you are thinking about taking a point away from Old Trafford. But we gave away two sloppy penalties today. We didn't defend well enough and it cost us in the end."

Defeat could also see Spurs lose fourth place before the end of the day with Manchester City, who are two points behind, travelling to Arsenal in Saturday's late kick-off.

"It's all to play for still," Redknapp added. "It's going be tight, it will go down to the last game I suppose. We've just got to keep going. We have Bolton at home next week which won't be easy. Then we play Manchester City and Burnley and we need to pick up points from those games."

Dominican Cyclist Died Hit by Truck

Dominican cyclist Leonardo Grullon, a member of the Dominican cycling team, died yesterday when hit by a truck while training with four others.

The truck driver fell asleep while driving and hit a group near the mountain community of Jarabacoa, Dominican detailed Cycling Federation (Fedoci).

Grullon, 24, won last February, the third stage of the Vuelta Independencia.

Recorded in the accident about nine o'clock in the morning in serious condition by a blow to the head, said Ana Lebron, of Fedoci.

Cyclists Euris Jorge Perez and Vidal are wounded and taken to private hospitals in the La Vega, where not informed about their condition.

The fifth rider, not identified, was not part of the selection. The grupose trained to participate in next April Panamericanode Cycling Championships in Mexico.

Dominican Athletes Got Intoxicated

More than 6,200 thousand athletes participating in the National Games XII Salesian Don Bosco 2010 were intoxicated and about 22 inmates are in different medical centers in the Capital.

The organizers of the event had not been established until noon the source of the problem, although presumably it could have been through the food they ate at noon yesterday.

Almost all the 100 thousand athletes who have been treated in clinics and hospitals have been released, reported this morning the father Victor Pichardo, supervisor of the Salesians of the West Indies, and Tomas Polanco, director general of the Games Don Bosco.

"We do not have an official medical report, but we have hinted that it is a massive food poisoning," explained Pichardo and Polanco.

Polanco said that if it was for food, came to lunch yesterday, because the charge of supplying the food was brought to the Olympic Center, where they concentrate the Games, with several hours of delay.

"It seems that food could not be transported in time and when they did had some seven hours of having cooked and packed in disposable dishes," said Thomas.

It was reported that food was hired by the Games Organizing Committee, through a private firm allegedly headed by Andy Chong.

He said the positive part of the problem is that almost one hundred percent of the athletes had received only primary care and are only 22 inmates in the General Hospital of the Armed Forces, located in front of the stage of competition in the Olympic Center Juan Pablo Duarte. It was reported that those affected have also been treated at the Medical Center Universidad Central del Este (UCE) and Moscoso Puello Hospital.

"We are waiting for this afternoon the official medical report to give a finished version of the problem. So far there are no serious internal and that is very important, "stressed Pichardo and Polanco.

They explained that athletes began to feel dizzy, with vomiting and diarrhea, starting at 2:30 am on Saturday.

"It is believed that food was noon, because many do not dined by the hour so late that lunch", they said.

Ferguson Won´t Retire Manchester United

MANCHESTER - Alex Ferguson says he has no intentions of leaving his job as coach of Manchester United at the end of the season in the Premier League.

Several British newspapers reported recently that the helmsman of 68 years would retire after 24 years at the helm of the Red Devils, but Ferguson said on Friday he has not thought of leaving Old Trafford.

"You lie," said Ferguson. "Not true."

Ferguson initially announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2001-02 season when his team was looking for his fourth successive Premier League.

But then changed his mind and since then the Red Devils have won four titles in English football to match Liverpool's record 18.

"No plans to retire and would tell it (sporting director) David Gill and the Glazer family (team owners)," he said.

Manny is Injured for 15 days

The Dodgers placed outfielder Manny Ramirez on the disabled list 15 days due to a strained right calf.

Ramirez underwent an MRI on Friday. The injured his calf in the first week of the season in Pittsburgh, and worsened in the last game of the Dodgers in their series against Cincinnati.

Xavier Paul, who was batting .361 with Triple-A Albuquerque with three homers and nine RBIs in 15 games, was called up to replace Ramirez, who is batting .415 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Cry Samaranch Dead

The former president of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch, one of the great world referents of Olympism, which turned the Olympics into a global entertainment giant, died Wednesday in Barcelona at age 89.

Juan Antonio Samaranch "has died at 13h25 (11h25 GMT) on the day April 21, 2010 following a cardiac arrest," the hospital Chiron Barcelona in a brief statement, signed by Dr. Rafael Esteban Mur, director of Service Internal Medicine.

Hours before his death, the current girlfriend of Samaranch, Lluisa Sallent, had said the former president of the IOC was "very bad", visibly affected in the corridors of the hospital in Barcelona, where he was admitted on Sunday with a box " acute coronary insufficiency.

After knowing of the death Samaranch, samples of condolence have continued to succeed throughout the day, beginning with the kings of Spain, who stressed "their vocation of service to Spain, Cataluña and the Olympic spirit.

The kings will attend on the afternoon of Thursday in the Cathedral of Barcelona the funeral of Samaranch, whose chapel was installed in the morning in the Catalan regional government headquarters, the Palau de la Generalitat after noon.

The Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said: "This has been one of the emblematic figures representing Spain."

Also from abroad have come condolences. "I feel very sorry for the death of the man who gave a great impetus to the Olympics of the modern era," said IOC President Jacques Rogge, who passed the baton Samaranch in 2001

"It's a tremendous loss for the Olympic family irreplaceable, for those who met this brilliant man of many facets, amazing, friendly and open-minded," said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Pablo Peguero is the new Gigantes del Cibao's GM

The new Gigantes del Cibao's general manager, Pablo Peguero said he came to his organization ready to make it unbeatable in the professional baseball tournament in the Dominican Republic.

"Since we are working to make a dynasty with the Gigantes del Cibao a team that no one can hide who is the fastest growing in recent years in professional baseball in the Dominican Republic" said Peguero to be presented Tuesday as general manager whole.

Los Gigantes del Cibao have participated in the last two final series of Dominican baseball. In the past tournament fell in nine games against Leones del Escogido.

Peguero said the mission is not to participate again in the finals, but win it for several years consecutively.

Peguero replaced puerto rican Candido Maldonado in these duties.

NBA fines Wallace $35K for comments

Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials in comments made to the media on April 19.

The announcement was made Thursday by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.

Wallace, who opened Monday's session with the media by noting he didn't want to talk about the Paul Pierce-Quentin Richardson-Kevin Garnett fracas, sounded off about picking up two quick fouls in Game 1.

"At times I know they're out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls," said Wallace, according to The Boston Globe. "I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don't like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don't like to be cheated. Bottom line."

Wallace also suggested Miami's Dwyane Wade is the recipient of superstar treatment.

"That's one thing I always try to tell the guys," Wallace said. "We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he's not a good player, don't get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It's about the business game as opposed to the basketball game."

Wallace got called for a technical foul in the first half of Tuesday's Game 2 when he shoved the Heat's Jamaal Magloire as the two locked arms under the basket after a Miami make. Wallace did not talk to reporters after the game.

This is the third time Wallace has been fined this season for criticizing officials. His season total is now an even $100,000.

On Jan. 21, Wallace was fined $35,000 for comments made after Boston's 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

"[The officials] don't like tough defense on [Dirk Nowitzki], so, of course, I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls," Wallace said after Monday's game in which foul trouble limited his minutes. "That's how the story goes, I'm not worried about it. We'll see them again."

On Nov. 30, Wallace was fined $30,000 for comments made after Boston's 116-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"They've got to know that [Hedo Turkoglu is] a damn flopper," said Wallace. "That's all Turkododo do. Flopping shouldn't get you nowhere. He acts like I shot him. That's not basketball, man. That's not defense. That's garbage, what it is. I'm glad I don't have too much of it left."

Wallace registered 14 technical fouls during the 2009-10 season and is the NBA all-time leader in technical fouls at 304.

Balotelli seeks to leave Inter

Mario Balotelli has reportedly handed in a transfer request after the events that followed Inter Milan's 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the San Siro.

Balotelli was booed by his own fans after a speculative shot late on in the game and he threw down his shirt at the final whistle. The striker was criticised by a number of his team-mates after the game and security had to protect him from angry supporters as he left the stadium.

Gazzetta dello Sport has now reported that Balotelli has handed in a transfer request, although club president Massimo Moratti is hopeful the issue can be resolved.

"Now it's difficult to mend," he said on Football Italia. "It's not impossible, but something will have to give. It's as if Balotelli committed suicide in public.

"But I have faith in him and I don't intend to sell him. I don't know if he'll play against Atalanta. There is a lot to do. We'll see."

Balotelli, meanwhile, has said he wants to prove he can be the best player in the game despite recent negative headlines.

"I am ready to become the greatest player in the world," he told Sky Italia. "I am relaxed and nothing has changed. Since childhood I have had this dream and I have no intention of messing it up."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dominican Baseball League Add Draft in Round Robin

The Dominican Baseball League approved the draw for teams eliminated in the regular season, allowing the four qualifying teams selected 16 players, eight from each of the two discarded equipment, to strengthen their ranks, in addition to players that are imported available for the draw for that day.

This decision is attached to the previous timetable would include seven-inning doubleheader each game in case of exhaustion of available dates for replacement games rained out.

Also confirmed the timetable for the 2010-11 season.

Colorado Rockies' President Found Dead

Colorado Rockies' President Keli McGregor, was found dead in a hotel room in Salt Lake City on Tuesday morning, police said.

Detective Police Salt Lake City. Rick Wall, said McGregor, 48, died of natural causes. He said the official cause of death will be investigated by the medical examiner's office in Salt Lake City, according to the Denver Post.

The Rockies were informed McGregor's death by the police and were planning a statement but had no immediate comment, according to the report.

McGregor, team president since 2001, had been in the office of the Rockies since 1993, when it began as a senior. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1996 and executive vice president in 1998.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Edinson Volquez suspended for 50 games after positive drug test

The mystery over the failed drug test is over: Injured Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez will be suspended 50 games after testing positive for PEDs.

The news was first reported by SI's Jon Heyman and ended nearly a day of speculation after Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that a drug suspension was "imminent" for a then-unknown player.

Volquez is currently recovering from the Tommy John surgery he had last August, but sources tell Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that the Reds pitcher will not claim he took a banned substance to help shorten his recovery time. He has reportedly told others that he was taking the substance in question for a personal issue related to his ability to reproduce.

Though Volquez's name isn't as big as some might have imagined, the suspension of the Reds righthander still puts him on the list of the highest-profile players to be suspended. Manny Ramirez, J.C. Romero(notes), Guillermo Mota, Jason Grimsley and Neifi Perezare the only other big leaguers to be hit with suspensions of 50 games or longer since the penalties for positive tests were increased in 2006.

Volquez will likely draw his share of criticism for the positive test and skepticism over his reason given, but early signs show that MLB might bear a larger amount of scorn. Volquez's suspension is effective immediately and considering that he was expected to be on the DL through at least July, it doesn't really seem like it qualifies as a suspension at all.
(Volquez will lose 50 games of salary, a total which ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports to be around $137,000.)

Ochoa Retires from Golf

Mexican Lorena Ochoa, the world's greatest golfer, will retire from the sport indefinitely to pursue his family, which announced on Friday at a news conference.

The newspaper Reforma today confirmed that Lorena Ochoa, 28, made official his departure the same day will be three years as the best in the world, that could be lost at any time by swings in performance.

"It's not a goodbye, a goodbye," said the morning a source close to the player who recently described his personal life as more important than his life.

Lorena married on Dec. 4 with Andres Conesa, Aeromexico's chairman, and since then has emphasized the importance of his family.

The player has not won a tournament since last October and started the 2010 season with fewer results than expected.

Lorena needs to be 10 years active in the LPGA circuit to complete all the requirements needed to enter the Hall of Fame golf.

World Soccer Cup Will Be Transmited in Dominican Republic

The World Cup will be broadcast by television companies RNN, channel 27 and Telecentro, Channel 13, as announced José Pio Santana, president of the company Pio Sports, acquiring the broadcast rights for the Dominican Republic.

Santana signed the working agreement with Mrs. France Suriel of Peguero, sales executive of those companies that have defined television schedules transmission of event which will take place from June 11 to July 11, based in South Africa.

Both executives will report that multiple streams a day: at 7:30 and 10:30 am with live matches on Channel 27. At 2:30 pm another game will be broadcast live on Channel 13.

At 9:00 pm there will be a summary Telecentro, Channel 13 and 12:00 midnight, repeat the most important game of the day.

"If there are two important games may be simultaneously both in the air," said Santana.

This is the first time an African country organizes the World Cup and for one month, nine South African cities will host teams representing 32 nations in 204 countries that initiated the process of classification on five continents.

In the nineteenth version of this fair, the four-time champion Italy will present the scepter obtained in Germany 2006. Brazil is seeking his sixth title.

Dominican Government Pay RD$36 millions for Mayaguez Games

Sports Minister Felipe Payano, delivered a second consignment of 36 million pesos to the COI for the preparation of Dominican athletes competing in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez to be held July 17 1 August.

Olympic Committee president, Luisín Mejia, and the secretary-general, Antonio Acosta, the input received during a ceremony that made the town hall of the hotel Jaragua Mayagüez, where he announced that the institution will give its full support for mounting the exhibition regional.

Attended the meeting several diplomatic missions and presidents of national sports federations.

Big Papi in Downward Spiral

Dominican Big Papi David Ortis is immersed in a sea full of frustrations, which is not in sight that can go very easy because every time he misses his attitude reflects that it is sinking further.

Ortiz's offense is on the ground, in the same way as last season collapsed.

The slugger is batting just .158 (38-6) with five doubles, two RBIs. No home runs and has not fired more than one hit in all ten games that participated. It also has 15 strikeouts in only 41 appearances. The worst thing is that David is very frustrated.

The low offensive Ortiz is most noticeable, because Boston is also going through a collective slump, including who had just been swept by Tampa Bay and came to have this series of 30-0 with runners in scoring position until Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer in the final game.

The Red Sox have lost six straight games in Fenway for the first time since he dropped in 12 times in 1994. Boston has a 4-8 mark, which is the worst start to a season since 1996, when pulled with 2-10. The Red Sox had not lost more than five straight games at Fenway since August 2006.

In this low is very much the poor performance of Ortiz, who is scheduled to occur. In last season, Ortiz grew to 135 at-bats without a home run to connect until June started boldly forth and ended with 28, including 27 since June to be the player with the most accelerated in the second half of the season.

Now the mystery is whether manager Terry Francona and Boston's management will have the patience to wait and see if he can recover.

The Boston hitting coach Dave Magadan, told Ortiz that the problem is that it is unsafe for attacking pitches that are in the area.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mourinho First Candidate for Manchester United

Portuguese Jose Mourinho, coach of Inter Milan, is who has more chance of being the coach of Manchester United from next summer, when Alex Ferguson is expected to leave the position he has held for nearly 25 years, according to British press .

The newspaper "Daily Star" reports that Alex Ferguson will not come until 31 December, when turning 70 years as coach of Manchester United, a "sleeping giant" that was adopted in 1986 to become "the most successful team" of the United Kingdom.

The debate on the withdrawal of Alex Ferguson and their potential substitutes has been steady in recent years.

Already in 2004, when José Mourinho's Porto became champions of Europe at Old Trafford, his name began to appear as a possible candidate to assume future roles Ferguson.

In October 2008, the British Sunday News of the World "announced the interest of Jose Mourinho Manchester United by Alex Ferguson as a replacement if he retires, according to preliminary talks conducted within the club where his name was a favorite.

According to the newspaper, Mourinho, former Chelsea coach has shown great interest in returning to English football military, where he won two league titles and one FA Cup with all that now heads the Italian Roberto Ancelotti.

In addition, preference among the destinations of Portuguese English is called 'Old Trafford'.

Mourinho will be tomorrow at the San Siro stadium a new opportunity to demonstrate, in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League against Barcelona, if it is the right man to lead Manchester United next season.

For its part, the Scottish Alex Ferguson expects United to bring his twelfth Premier title this season after Saturday his players were imposed against the residents of Manchester City with one goal in added time.

The 0-1 achieved by the "Red Devils" puts the champions in second place in the standings, just one point behind Chelsea, which is maintained despite their leader the same day defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs.

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