Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Laurent Fignon Died


Laurent Fignon, a Frenchman who has twice won the Tour de France, but who was defeated by his rival American Greg LeMond in one of the most electrifying editions of the race, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 50 years.

Fignon, who had worked as a television commentator for the state broadcaster France 2 television over the past five years, announced last June that he had advanced cancer in the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy. France 2 TV reported his death on Tuesday.

The titanic struggle between Fignon and LeMond in the 1989 Tour de France victory was the narrowest margin in history, eight seconds, the most famous cycling competition in the world.

"It was a great champion who used a combination of talent and desire to win the Tour de France twice," he said on Tuesday Lappartient AP David, president of the French Cycling Federation. "He had an iron will and was also a very intelligent man."

Laurent Fignon Center, a sports and activities in the Pyrenees, could not be reached for comment.

"He was quite a character, with and without the bike," said Marc Madiot, a former teammate of Fignon and Team Francaise des Jeux. "I take my hat off to him."

Born August 12, 1960, the blonde rider stood out in sports as a child and chose to ride a bike because his friends did - initially against the wishes of their parents, who did not like the fact that racing fans Sundays were the day devoted to family activities.

"It was a special man for me, for cycling and for France, Laurent, you will be missed," said Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France in a statement. The cyclist, who has battled cancer, Fignon called "dear brother" and a "legendary cyclist."

Nicolas Sarkozy, French president and cycling fan, said Fignon had been "an amazing and exceptional champion who left an indelible mark on the history of the Tour de France and French cycling."

Fignon won the Tour in his first attempt in 1983, just his second year as a pro, taking the opportunity presented by the absence of four-time winner and defending champion Bernard Hinault. He also won in 1984. (DIARIO LIBRE)

Colombian Valencia Signed With Portimense


The Portimonense, club newly promoted to the First Division Lusa, announced the signings of Colombian defender Carlos Valencia, from the Sportivo Luqueno of Paraguay and the Brazilian defender Pedro Silva (ex-Sporting).

Valencia, 21 and River Plate's youth squad, has signed a contract for two seasons and played for Dijon and French and Argentine club Estudiantes y Godoy Cruz.

According to officials of Portimonense, the versatile player is characterized by its "speed, ease of passage and the end zone with the ball under control to the area."

For its part, the Brazilian Pedro Silva, who at 28 years and has played in the International, Corinthians and Santos, among others, will be on loan from Sporting Lisbon to the Algarve team until the end of this course.

Disputed three-day championship, the Portimonense equipment, the southern city of Portimao in the Algarve region, scores a point and occupies the penultimate position.

Cuban Chapman Will Pitch with Cinci

The Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will be added to the bullpen for the Cincinnati Reds to help them in their quest for a playoff spot.

The Reds plan to call for minor league left-handed fastball pitcher before Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The leaders of the Central Division of the National League displayed to the player 22 years as a starter later in his career. The team sent to Chapman to work as a reliever the team of Triple A Louisville in class because they had many starters, but they thought that the launch of 103 might help in the bullpen in Cincinnati.

Chapman signed in January a six-year contract for 30.25 million dollars. He had mixed results as a starter at Louisville, with an average mark of 5-5 and ERA of 5.11 in 13 games. As a reliever is 4-1 with PCLA record of 2.40 in 26 appearances, striking out 49 opponents in 30 innings. (ESPN DEPORTES)

Tetelo Vargas Stadium Need Maintenance


A technical inspection carried out by major league stadium Tetelo Vargas of San Pedro de Macoris, resulted in the current situation of the facility does not meet the minimum requirements for the next tournament Dominican winter.

According to the report of Major League Baseball in the Tetelo Vargas there are large differences existing in the field of play and we need to replant the gardens, as well as removing the environment of the batter's box.

The president of the Estrellas, Jose Mallen, said filter also some waste being dumped into the field, mainly in the gardens, which requires urgent repair. He also said that the visitors' clubhouse is leaking diverse. (EL DIA)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Republicans Awarded Pujols


Dominican baseball player Albert Pujols said he was honored after receiving an award for his charitable works for a right-wing political rally in Washington. The star of the St. Louis Cardinals said he thanks God for giving her the opportunity to have a successful career for another type of work. Pujols has a foundation that helps people are Down Syndrome and also helps the poor in his native Dominican Republic.

The Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said that Pujols is a real life hero for his commitment to his family, his faith and his community.

La Russa and Pujols took part Saturday in a right-wing political rally Glenn Beck.

Trezeguet Will Play with Hercules


The Hercules expected to arrive Sunday to Alicante French striker David Trezeguet, who, if signed by the Spanish club, will become the ninth team to address strengthening the 2010-11 season.

Alicante club sources pointed out that Trezeguet will to close its incorporation, with which it has already reached an agreement to play the next two seasons.

Trezeguet is split on Saturday Juventus, which has been his team for the past ten years and he scored 171 goals in 320 games and won two league titles and two Italian Super Cup.

For Trezeguet confirmed the signing of the Hercules, the team coached by Esteban Vigo your staff to incorporate a world champion in 1998 and Europe in 2000 with the French.

The French striker has 32 years and is married to Alicante, which could influence his decision to call at the Hercules and discard other offers he had on the table.

Antonio Caliendo, Trezeguet representative, has spent two days in Alicante to negotiate his departure by signing and assure that they were very optimistic about the possibility that the player signed by the Hercules.

Chicago Claimed Manny


Manny Ramirez could soon be back on familiar territory: a divisional race in the American League.

Chicago White Sox received waivers for the rights of Caribbean slugger, which give them exclusive authorization to negotiate with him, told The Associated Press a person briefed on the situation.

As there has been no official announcement, the person asked not to be identified.

The White Sox and the Dodgers have until 1:30 Tuesday afternoon (EST, 1730 GMT) to arrange the transfer. The Dodgers also could leave free to Ramirez for the White Sox to take over his salary. Another option would retain, if they believe they can still compete for a playoff spot.

The Dodgers came from three-game sweep in Milwaukee on Friday and were trailing by five games in the battle for the National League wild card. They played night against the Colorado Rockies.

Ramirez, 38, surely would be the designated hitter for Chicago.

Zlatan Out of Barsa


Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Serie A to play for Milan after the Rossoneri club Barcelona agreed to loan free of charge, with a purchase option at the end of the season for 24 million euros ($ 30.5 million) , announced the teams on Saturday.

"Milan is one of the best clubs in the world for its campus and the tradition that has," Ibrahimovic told the Italian press. "With (Alexandre) Pato and Ronaldinho have a great attack. I believe that Milan fans will love having us to stage three. "

The arrival of the ram, which already was active in the local arch-rivals Inter Milan and Juventus, could have a big impact in the fight for the scudetto.

The Swede joined the Spanish champions last season in an operation in which the interest was 46 million euros (66 million) and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o. Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals for the Catalans club in various competitions, but struggled to fit into the team's attack system of Pep Guardiola.

Table Catalan stated on his website that "when you run the option, the whole operation will cost savings for FC Barcelona of approximately 60 million euros."

Milan striker said he would undergo medical examinations on Monday, then sign a contract for four years. Rossoneri President and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited the campus on Saturday to inform himself of the arrival of Ibrahimovic and in the presence of the other players, spoke by telephone with the striker. Then, he left by helicopter.

Milan started the season on Sunday against promoted Lecce. Until the announcement, Inter, winners of the last five editions of the Serie A, was considered the heavy favorite to win the title again. However, Milan will try to dethrone him.

Ibrahimovic said he was not worried about what may be said Inter supporters. "I do not think they are worried about me, taking into account all that won," he said.

"This situation was created in Barcelona gave me a lot of adrenaline and now my dream is to win everything with Milan." The purchase will be the most expensive in Milan since 2005 acquired Alberto Gilardino from Parma for the same price.

Milan has three major front and Brazilian Marco Borriello Pato and Ronaldinho, as well as veteran substitute Filippo Inzaghi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was not worried about having many options in attack.

"Ibrahimovic is a champion and champions the more we will be easier to win games," said the helmsman. "We have one of the best attacks in Europe." 28 year old striker began his career with Malmo in Sweden before moving to Ajax.

He came to Juventus in 2004 and won two Serie A titles, but both were erased by the match-fixing scandal that shook Italian football in 2006. That year, with Juventus in Serie B, Inter Ibrahimovic went and won three consecutive titles in Italy before leaving Barcelona.

Mascherano signed with Barsa


The further strengthening of FC Barcelona, Argentina's Javier Mascherano will sign the contract tomorrow as new Barca player and will be presented to society at the Camp Nou at 19:00 hours, provided that medical tests prove favorable, it has a source confirmed to EFE the Catalan club.

The player arrived Saturday in Barcelona after the Catalan organization and Liverpool shut early agreement on the Argentine midfielder will sign for four seasons in exchange for a transfer of 22 million euros.

Javier Mascherano is in Barcelona and tomorrow is cited at 8:00 pm in the Hospital de Barcelona, where he will undergo an initial health check, while the second phase will be at 11:00 hours approximately when it will be treated at the center Nou Camp physician.

If all tests are successful, the player will be aimed at the offices of the Camp Nou at 18:00 to sign the contract with the club president, Sandro Rosell.

Minutes later the player will jump to the Nou Camp turf to submit to a photo shoot and finally, at 19:00, Mascherano will be presented to reporters in the room Paris in a ceremony in which it is not and vice Rosell Josep Maria Bartomeu sporting and technical secretary of the club, Andoni Zubizarreta.

The first scheduled club meeting before the media and finally the press conference, unlike what has been programmed so far in the presentation of players.

No player is expected to contact all their partners until after the international meetings of the selections, which will require stopping the League schedule next weekend.

Indeed, Spain and Argentina will play in Buenos Aires in two weeks in a friendly which is expected to play Mascherano, as captain of the albiceleste.

Mascherano's arrival has coincided with the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who signed his farewell last night with Barcelona, and he will play next season on loan at Milan, the entity that it will become the property as of July 1, 2011 to the next four seasons.

The entry and exit of these two players at Barcelona could generate a new signing in the Catalan club, which will take time until next Tuesday.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Atlético de Madrid Won Europe Superchampion

Atletico Madrid on Friday won the first Super Cup in its history with an outstanding match against Inter, which overturned a serious defense, good football and talent in attack to extend your holiday in continental tournaments with his second title in just over three months.

The deserved victory carried the signatures of Jose Antonio Reyes and Kun Agüero, the authors of the goals in the second half, and demonstrated the capacity and capability of all red and white, this time it worked like a compact, almost impenetrable block back to the point David de Gea that just had to stretch until the final minute, when he stopped a penalty from Diego Milito.

Suffered only the first four minutes, with three shots and two corner of Inter, because from that moment came one Atlético willing to concede nothing, not a flaw in a novel defense, with Colombian Luis Perea and Uruguayan Diego Godin and central and Alvaro Dominguez left-back, or a ball in midfield and even a bit of pause behind rival attack.

Díaz today completed the swim of the Continents

Defining this journey as the most difficult swim of his career, Ultradistance swimmer Marcos Diaz joined to Europe and America to swim the Bering Strait to complete the project Swim continents with the support of the United Nations.

Diaz swam in the waters accompanied by killer whales and walruses in the water temperature was around 1.8 and 3 degrees Celsius during the course of one hour and five minutes from Big Diomede Island in Russia to Little Diome of Alaska.

"This was the hardest swim of my career," Diaz said briefly, seconds after leaving the cold waters of the Bering Sea.

The swim lasted exactly one hour, five minutes and 34 seconds and its speed was influenced by the fact that the tide was all the time in favor of Diaz, who swam at an average speed of 4.1 km / h.

"One of the things that worried us was the large number of walruses that were in the water, so Mark had to swim quite close to the boat, but there was no disappointment in that sense," said Diaz's trainer, Augusto García.

In May, Mark swam from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia to link to the Asia Pacific.

Then in June made a swim from Jordan to Africa to unite the waters of Asia with Africa. Last month, swam from Morocco to Tarifa on the Straits of Gibraltar, to cut the journey between Africa and Europe.

The project Swim continents of Marcos Díaz, with the support of the Organization of the United Nations seeks to achieve a goal not only sport like that just completed.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

UASD Will Celebrate Games


The rector of the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), Franklin García Fermín, said yesterday the celebration in the land of the University Games XIII Central American and Caribbean to be from 1 to 10 October. Compete over 1,000 athletes from 25 countries.

Fermin Garcia welcomed the support of the Ministry of Sports (Miderec), the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel), national sports federations and the Dominican National Brewery.

"These Games to be held in our country for the third time, contribute to the comprehensive training and athletic of thousands of student-athletes from Central America and Caribbean," Garcia said Fermin.

He reported that compete in athletics, chess, basketball, volleyball, taekwondo, karate, soccer, indoor soccer, beach volleyball, tennis and table tennis.

"The sports facilities of the UASD will be the main venue for the competitions, which also houses the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center and the Parque del Este", said García Fermín. He stressed that the participation of almost 20 universities in the Dominican structures of the different teams would represent the country.

MIDEREC Offer Trainings


The Ministry of Sports (Miderec) initiated a series of talks socialization of Law 523-09 from 1941 to 2008 and its regulations, in order to make known to their employees their responsibilities, rights and duties with emphasis on ethical discipline system for the purpose of promoting efficiency and efficiency of its staff.

L.A. Dodgers Manny on Waivers


The outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramirez was officially placed on waivers, according to a baseball source said on ESPN's Buster Olney.

The teams have until tomorrow afternoon to place a claim for the veteran player. Manny has a no-trade clause in his contract, so it can veto any deal.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mexican Franco Signed with Wigan


LONDON - The Argentine striker, Mexican citizen, Guillermo Franco, 33, joined the English club Wigan.

As recorded on Wednesday told The Mirror the Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who recommended the hiring of Franco, achieved its objective.

Wigan, who joined this season EAM another Argentine, Mauro Boselli (ex Boca and Estudiantes de la Plata) recently broke off several players for this Premier League season, but not sufficient reinforcements had joined in addition to the casualties suffered injury.

According to Mirror, Franco, former West Ham striker, Villarreal of Spain, Mexico Monterrey, and San Lorenzo de Almagro, accepted an offer for 600,000 pounds, almost a million dollars for the season.

Franco, who recently played the World Cup in South Africa with the Mexican Team had received several offers of Mexican soccer but all rejected, especially the most substantial of them made by the Cruz Azul, with the same salary as arranged with the Wigan .

Robinho Will leave Manchester City


MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Robinho to leave the Premier League club before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Mancini says he would be happy if Robinho remains at City but believes the Brazil forward, who was sent on loan to Santos last season, "wants to play in Italy or Spain."

Mancini said Roque Santa Cruz could join Italian side Lazio, which is reportedly looking to sign the Paraguay striker.

Both players could struggle for first-team opportunities this season at City, which spent heavily in the transfer market. Robinho and Santa Cruz have until Tuesday to find new clubs before the transfer window closes.

Woods’ ex-wife went ‘through hell’


WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP)—Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has “been through hell” since her husband’s infidelity surfaced but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday.

Nordegren told People magazine she and Woods tried for months to reconcile the relationship. In the end, a marriage “without trust and love” wasn’t good for anyone, she said.

On Thanksgiving night outside their Florida home, Woods drove his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree, setting off shocking revelations that sports’ biggest star had been cheating on his wife through multiple affairs. The couple officially divorced Monday.

Nordegren told People that she never hit Woods on the night of the car crash.

“There was never any violence inside or outside our home,” she said. “The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous.”

Nordegren said Woods left the house that night and when he didn’t return after a while, she got worried and went to look for him. She said that’s when she found him in the car.

“I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car,” she said. “To think anything else is absolutely wrong.”

The magazine said the interview was conducted over four visits lasting a total of 19 hours at the rented Windermere, Fla., home where she now lives with their two children.

“I’ve been through hell,” the Swedish-born Nordegren said. “It’s hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden—was it a lie? You’re struggling because it wasn’t real. But I survived. It was hard, but it didn’t kill me.”

In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday morning, People magazine reporter Sandra Sobieraj Westfall said Nordegren and her team approached the publication.

Westfall said Nordegren wanted people to know three things: she’s not violent and never hit Woods; she had no idea this was going on; and it was a real marriage for her.

Nordegren and Woods were married Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie.

In the interview, Nordegren would not disclose the amount of the divorce settlement but did say “money can’t buy happiness or put my family back together.”

“I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected—not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.”

Woods, who was playing a pro-am round at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J., early Wednesday, hasn’t commented on the couple’s divorce.

Shortly before 8 a.m., when the People magazine story broke, his agent, Mark Steinberg, stepped outside the ropes of the first fairway and was on the phone for the next 10 minutes, as was Woods’ spokesman, Glenn Greenspan.

Nordegren said she would eventually forgive Woods, but that she is still working on it.

“Forgiveness takes time,” she said. “It is the last step of the grieving process.”

Meantime, Nordegren said she is excited to start the next chapter of her life and intends to stay in the U.S. with her children.

She also said she has “not watched one minute of golf.”


People: http://www.people.com/people/

Damon Rejects BoSox

Johnny Damon stays in Detroit. The outfielder decided to pass up the opportunity to return to Boston Red Sox, the rejection of his application for exemption and the decision to remain with the Tigers.

"These guys ... I really like being here, "Damon said Tuesday, adding that he spoke with each of his teammates to make sure that individual was wanted in the Tigers clubhouse.

Damon was very popular in Boston when he helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and the end of a drought of 86 years. With his long hair and beard, was the group of Red Sox players who called themselves "idiots."

Fell into disfavor, however, with many fans of Boston, where he later became a free agent and joined the rival New York Yankees.

Damon's contract gives him veto power over the operations, also for the eight teams. Because the Red Sox were one of the clubs, was able to block the move.

Bautista Use Steroids?


Several hours before the opening of the series held the Blue Jays against the Yankees, Jose Bautista talked about business in the clubhouse of the team with some of the few players who speak Spanish as Yunel Escobar, before he put his attention on his IPAD .

When he comes to surfing the internet, he starts easily have a sour taste in his mouth, noting the increasingly frequent speculation of many fans, who claim that his strange discovery of the homers may have had its influences on the use of steroids.

"I have not heard that any time," Bautista said when asked about his reaction to the allegations unconfirmed.

"Nobody told me anything and I do not why they should do," said Bautista. Baseball has already taken strict policies against banned substances.

"You can call and ask the chief executives," said the outfielder.

There is no doubt that the debate will continue and further increase his power Bautista slugger in the majors.

Amounted to 40 with two more homers on Monday, which included a win in the eighth inning in a 3-2 Blue Jays win over the Yankees.

After firing his 40 homer left field against David Robertson, Bautista was forced by the excited fans at the Rogers Centre, nearly 30 000 out to the field and having to lift his cap in token of admiration for him.

He has been in the carpet hot with the bat, as 16 of his homers have happened after Star Game break, including nine in August.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hilario Won't Play World Basket


Nene will miss the World Cup finally Turkey, in what will be a drop more than important for Brazil coach Ruben Magnano.

In the first match after his injury, Hilario had to return to the infirmary after suffering a strained soleus need between five and ten days of recovery, so it was decided that is low in view of the appointment of selections.

Carlos Andreoli, Conferederación Brazilian doctor, said that "during the game anfre France, Nene felt pain in his left leg and was shelved. Clinically, have a stretch in the soleus muscle, which necessitates that stands five to ten days. So we decided to stay out of the World. "

João Paulo Batista will be the replacement of the center of the Denver Nuggets.

Messi and Barsa Won First Season Title

With a Hat Trick of Lionel Messi, Barcelona won their first title in the 2010-2011 season by winning the Supercopa of Spain, after beating Sevilla 4-0 in the return match played at the Nou Camp.

A week ago, had beaten Sevilla 3-1 Barcelona in the first leg, played at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, but today turned Barca history Konko with goals against (13), Messi (24, 43 and 90), more and more King of the Camp Nou.

An unknown Sevilla a rough game faced a Barsa that gas moving medium, it thrashed with three goals from Messi of Argentina, bolstered up front by newcomer David Villa and Andres Iniesta very inspired, both world champions Spain.

The first section of the first half was tedious, with Sevilla placed to protect a hypothetical one Barcelona 0-0 and out of step away from his speed, but dominating the field and the ball.

After the goal it set itself against Konko at 13 in an attempt to ward off a centering shot Pedro, Barcelona began to practice the game that has become accustomed to his liking and fit Sevilla bad that first goal.

Until the 24th a great pass from Xavi Messi put the stadium up. The Argentine received, threatens the porter, it displaces and the 2-0 mark and placed the bars at a step of obtaining the Spanish Supercup.

Sevilla still did not react, almost stopped playing.

As the two teams played as if waiting for the end of the first half, the genius of Messi returned to alter the scoreboard: get a pass from Brazilian Dani Alves, and with the right leg "bad", the Argentine scored the title insurance .

In the second half, in the 49th minute, Messi hat-trick in a Search for an individual move to the left whose shot went wide.

Showed to have little chance when Sevilla, 56, Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola ushered the world champions Andres Iniesta and David Villa, who started at the Camp Nou after a tremendous ovation by the more than 67 000 spectators.

Body touches Iniesta, Villa and Messi hair stood on end to the Sevilla defender, who responded with the entry of Italian Luca Cigarini, Argentine Diego Perotti and Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.

With a goal, the extension could Sevilla. But Barca, despite lower performance, continued to create danger on every rise in its last line, with spectacular combinations between Messi and Villa, who shot 76 and rejected the Sevilla goalkeeper.

Everything led to believe that the match ended 3-0, Villa Iniesta and it passes enables Messi, who scored his first hat trick of the season and put the 4-0 final that gave the first title to Barca this season.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Raúl Will Debut with Shalke


BERLIN - Schalke'04 coach, Felix Magath, will debut in Spanish Raul Gonzalez as a player in the Bundesleague at the start of the season in the match he will face on Saturday at Hamburg's also a former Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"Raul has fully recovered and I'm impressed. I count on him for tomorrow (Saturday)," said Magath after that, in recent days had raised the possibility that it was not yet available.

The former Real Madrid played his first match in Germany just five days after arriving at his new club in the summer tournament Total League Cup, first against Hamburg and then in the final against Bayern Munich, where he scored his first two goals for Schalke.

A week after the Super Cup played against Bayern, with victory going to the Bavarians, after which Magath decided to let it rest this week in the Cup match against Germany Aalen, third division, because he felt he was "tired."

Raul asked this week to the fans patience and said he hoped to be in shape for September.

Magath has a reputation as the toughest coach in the Bundesliga, with workouts that put his staff to limit their physical capacity.

In these methods has claimed to have left the teams he coached players like Kevin Kuranyi, Marcelo Bordon and Rafinha, who has said openly that they can not with Magath.

A reputation is now joined him a "dictator" by withering dismissal of the representative of the fans, Rolf Rojek, following protests from supporters against Christoph Metzelder.

"Is Schalke a dictatorship?" Read a banner during the Cup match, on that issue, while Magath defending his actions as part of his "management style."

NBA Fined Spanish Fernández


The NBA fined $ 25,000 Thursday with the Spanish player Rudy Fernandez (Portland Trail Blazers) for his public statements considered "detrimental" to the league.

The league imposed the penalty a day after the player's agent, Andy Miller, said the Spanish did not want to return this season the team.

Miller announced to the press that Fernandez wanted to play in Europe and was ready to put the Blazers as inactive the next two seasons, the time remaining on his contract.

Rocket is Indicted


A federal grand jury filed charges Thursday against former pitcher Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about his steroid use.

Clemens faces six counts of obstruction of Congress, providing false testimony and perjury.

According to the indictment, Clemens obstructed a congressional investigation with 15 statements made under oath, denying he used steroids or human growth hormone. The indictment alleges he lied and committed perjury.

The winner of seven Cy Young awards and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified under oath at a congressional hearing in 2008 and was contradicted on the use of banned substances by Clemens.

McNamee told federal authorities, baseball investigator George Mitchell and the committee of the House of Representatives between 1998 and 2002 injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone.

Clemens claims that McNamee is lying.

"As far as our task, we reinvidicados" said Earl Ward, one of McNamee's lawyers.

Díaz Swam in cold water


With the slogan "This swim is for everybody," Marcos Diaz made his final practice yesterday before leaving for Russia, where he will participate in the fourth Swim Crossing Continents Project supported by the United Nations.

Diaz swam in the pool of water 25 meters from the resort of Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center in the icy waters at a temperature of around 5 degrees Celsius after the Alaska Company, used 50,000 pounds of ice to bring water to a temperature similar to which swimmer Ultradistance face when attempting to cross the Bering Strait to link Alaska to Russia and completing the loop with the American continent.

"This will be the most difficult journey that we will face throughout our careers and so grateful to the people of Alaska for helping companies to achieve a milestone of putting a Dominican summer pool at a temperature of about 5 degrees Celsius" Diaz said after completing their training.

The low temperatures at which Diaz will undergo extreme are a requirement in both the mental and physically.

For that reason, swim with two wetsuits with a thickness of about seven millimeters allowing you to maintain a body temperature above 25 degrees Celsius which would prevent collapse of his vital organs.

"This training gives us the opportunity prior to test how far our body, and we had the luck to do it here in the country," he said.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Soccers Stadiums in South Africa are in danger

Too small to play cricket and discarded by the rugby stadiums that cost South Africa more than US$ 1,000 million for the World Cup this year seem to have already become white elephants.

The rugby and cricket have more commercial success that football in South Africa, and both sports need to move to the new-built stadiums and refurbished for the first World Cup in Africa, for facilities to generate income.

On Tuesday, the president of the Federation of South African rugby, Oregan Hoskins, told members of parliament in Cape Town that there were no discussions between the authorities of Durban and the representatives of the sport before the stadium Moses Mabhida, which cost $ 400 million and holds 70,000 people.

Hoskins said the Sharks, who compete in the annual Super rugby tournament in the local Currie Cup and could use the stadium all year-would have a "big problem" if they move to the new stadium.

"What we are discussing today should have been discussed before building the stadiums," said Hoskins. "It is tragic for us as a nation we have to act retrospectively."

The situation in Cape Town is just as bad, according to Hoskins, due to the deterioration in the relationship between the regional association of rugby and the Green Point stadium managers.

Local media reported that the leader of Western Province rugby, Tobie Titus, said the body will remain at the Newlands Stadium.

So the Green Point stadium, built in the shadow of the famous Table Mountain, may hardly be used and will cost more than $ 6 million a year just on maintenance.

The head of the South African Cricket Association, Gerald Majola, said the tennis stadiums are too small to host games of this sport, and said the blame lies with the cities that failed to consult the leaders of cricket before you build.

In July, the executive director of the South African Football Association, Leslie Sedibe, told the same parliamentary committee that football was a big challenge ahead for the stadium would generate revenue primarily from the low cost of tickets for matches the local league and the high cost of maintaining the facilities.

Sedibe's comments were just 10 days after the World Cup final, after South Africa and spent about 1,300 million dollars to build and renovate 10 stadiums for the tournament.

Japanese inPrison for Betting

Former coach Taiwanese baseball team was sentenced to 20 months in prison in the first verdict in the case of match fixing that shocked fans favorite sport of the island, said a spokesman of the court acting.

Japanese Shin Nakagomi, former coach of the Brother Elephants, was sentenced for aiding in the arrangements of five games in 2008 and 2009 that allowed him to pocket 1.5 million Taiwan dollars ($ 46,800), the spokesman said.

Shin could pay a deposit of NT $ 1.8 million in exchange for a four-year suspended sentence, according to the source of the Taipei District Court, who did not know if the Japanese coach would choose that option. Shin was arrested last year in the Taiwanese capital.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Özil Signed with Real Madrid

The German international Mesut Özil, Real Madrid's latest signing for next season, said during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu is not afraid "the challenge" posed to play for Real Madrid.

The Turkish-German, who acknowledged that, until yesterday, "had not decided anything," said he is "happy and excited" to have reached the white club, where he hopes to pay, from the beginning, "one hundred percent."

Özil said his "first choice" was always coming to Real Madrid, because here was "good cause" to accept the challenge.

"I always wanted to be in the best team in the world for me is the Real Madrid and also have the best coach Jose Mourinho. Coming here has always been my priority"

On his new teammates, Özil wanted to highlight the "great opportunity" that is playing alongside stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka or his team-mate Sami Kedhira, which he said sent him "form of life here and what it means to play in this club. "

The German of Turkish origin have said "hunger and thirst for football and asked about Ramadan, said that, despite follow," do not affect performance. "

About his goals for next season, the midfielder said in the team, "is sufficient quality and potential to aspire to everything."

Özil, 21, was accompanied by the club's general director, Jorge Valdano, the sporting director Miguel Pardeza, and Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño.

The midfielder will join this evening to training in Valdebebas, where you have the first contact with his new teammates and coach.

Manny on Waivers?


It is expected that the next two weeks the Los Angeles Dodgers placed on waivers slugger Manny Ramirez, who is on the disabled list.

The Dodgers could set him free to spend the last $ 5 million owed for this season. Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and even his former team Boston Red Sox might be interested in acquiring Manny in order to help in the final stretch of the regular season and postseason.

Ramirez has only played in 61 games this season in which he is hitting .317 in 186 turns, and on-base percentage of .409.

A-rod Out Yankees


New York Yankees´Alex Rodriguez who left the game on Monday against the Tigers because of a sore left calf, will remain out indefinitely.

Have not yet been scheduled analysis and Rodriguez has been described as "day to day."

The manager Joe Girardi said his third baseman told him after his turn at bat in the fourth inning I felt a sore calf. "It's the first time I reported on this," said Girardi. "I never said anything before, so it surprised me a bit." Rodriguez has been limited by problems in the hip and groin this season. He missed four games in mid-June with a strained right groin and another two weeks with a bruised ankle that he received during batting practice.

Girardi said he is not sure when Rodriguez will play again.

McGrady Back with Pistons


Stage is over for the undisputed star guard Tracy McGrady, the franchise player with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, and now aims to demonstrate that priority can be in fierce competition in the NBA.

McGrady, 31, who signed for a season and $ 1.3 million with the Detroit Pistons, after winning the last more than 20 million with the Rockets and Knicks in New York, does not look like a player finishing just the opposite. "I don´t feel like someone of 41, even as a 35" McGrady said after signing with the Detroit team.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dominican National Basket has a new league


No good technical level, a first logistics within and outside the stadium, a cozy atmosphere for all age groups and every game televised throughout the country, are the assets that will appeal the directive of the Titans Basketball Club for its foray into National Basketball League (LNB) which begins next Tuesday.

The goal? In the medium term the Palacio de los Deportes "pop" audience as when mounted in the country as international tournaments and basketball spectacle and consolidate business for the benefit of all parties converge on him.

Axel Haché, president of the Titans revealed a number of facilities that provide the public with the aim to see it go to a party as an investment that is made for payment.

Innovations include sales of tickets in Tickets Uepá Bella Vista Mall and branches of Moviemax, shops and La Sirena in half. In addition, the team ensured that their parties will be air conditioning, bathrooms have been repaired the installation, lighting and surveillance of parking lots.

The blue team will share the stage with the Lions of Santo Domingo.

"We aim to develop a rivalry similar to that between Licey and Escogido, Licey and Aguilas, the public return to basketball and that business is attracted to the product that we sell," said Haché.

"This year we had to work against time, but I think we could develop a good proposal. We are athletes and we love what we're doing, we believe that basketball is experiencing a good time and want to make our contribution for consolidation," said Haché .

The implementation of innovations, like the presence of cheerleaders, nice atmosphere, equipped with good music, food areas, a solid body comfort and security are as attractive to offer the LNB. (Diario Libre)

Dominican Guillén Happy with Giants


Jose Guillen went from not being wanted by a team in the basement of another American League National League that is in the playoff hunt, and can not hide his joy.

The Dominican right fielder on Saturday joined the San Francisco Giants, who acquired him on Friday in Kansas City in exchange for cash and a player who will be announced at a later date.

"I like to win," Guillen said. "I'm a passionate and successful love, hate losing. This is a great opportunity and I am very motivated. I'm the kind of player who likes the atmosphere of the playoffs and win."

Guillen reaches San Francisco Giants who are three games behind the San Diego Padres in the fight for the AL West pennant in the National League.

San Francisco ranks first as a team with an option to qualify for the playoffs as a wildcard. In contrast, the Royals, who got rid of Guillen, languishing in the basement of the Central Division of the American League.

The Giants brought Guillen to strengthen the central part of the lineup with a view to the postseason. The dominican bore .255 batting average with 166 home runs and 62 RBIs in his career before the Royals give him low on 5 August.

Chelsea thrashes West Brom in opener


Chelsea picked up where it left off last season with a 6-0 thrashing of newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ivory Coast striker Drogba's deflected goal in the 68th ensured Chelsea would finish the opening day of the Premier League season at the top of the table.

"It's a good start but there are difficult moments and they are coming," Drogba said.

France forward Malouda completed the rout shortly before full time, helping his side put last Sunday's Community Shield defeat by Manchester United emphatically behind it.

But Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose team ended last season with an 8-0 win over Wigan, refused to get carried away.

"We did our job, nothing special," he told the Press Association. "This team can show this kind of play, scoring a lot of goals. We had a difficult preseason, but now everything has come back to be OK."

Drogba scored 29 goals last season as Chelsea edged Manchester United for the title by a single point.

Of Chelsea's current squad, only Frank Lampard, in third place, has scored more goals than Drogba. The Ivory Coast striker is also the only non English player in Chelsea's top 10.

"I said last season I wanted to score goals and make history," Drogba said. "I don't want to stop here. I want to carry on and put my name higher."

It was a humbling return to the topflight for West Brom, who did find the net in the 18th only for Roman Bednar to be flagged offside.

"Playing the champions away on the first day, you know it is going to be tough, but I thought the scoreline was a bit harsh," said manager Roberto di Matteo, the former Chelsea midfielder who was given a warm reception by the home fans on his return to Stamford Bridge.

"There are not a lot of teams which come away from Stamford Bridge with much. We know we will have to learn very quickly, but on the upside, we will not be playing Chelsea every week." (ESPN)

Özil Sad without Real Madrid


The German international Mesut Ozil digest not just the refusal of his club, Werder Bremen, his transfer to Real Madrid and said he would have liked to leave the Spanish team.

"When you have an offer like that, one would like to accept it. It is the dream of every footballer to play in a club pointer Europe," said Ozil, 21 and one of the revelations of the German team in the last World South Africa.

The address of Werder Bremen, the club has a contract until the end of next season, yesterday rejected a bid for Real Madrid.

The manager of the club in the Bundesliga, Klaus Allofs, described as "unacceptable" the proposal of Real Madrid.

"I'm very sad about it and so I told Mr Allofs also," said the player.

Until now, the player had maintained that he would stay at Werder, according to the terms of his contract despite being the target of several European clubs, including Barcelona.

The Real Madrid coach himself, Jose Mourinho said on Friday, at the end of homage to Franz Beckenbauer match against Bayern Munich, a certain resignation over the decision of Werder Bremen.

"It's a great player. But do not let him go, we can not do anything," he said after the friendly, which ended goalless and the Real Madrid win in penalty shootout (2-4).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mets Santana Accused


A Florida woman accused of violation of pitcher Johan Santana (New York Mets) sued him after authorities refused to pursue the case.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Lee County accuses Santana illegal imprisonment and rape in western Florida in October 2009. The35 year old single mother with two children, not identified by name. The lawsuit seeks damages exceeding $ 15,000.

Santana said on Tuesday that "no further comment." Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz those admitted on Wednesday it knew of the lawsuit but had not reviewed.

The attorney for the plaintiff said the lawsuit was filed later that the researchers decided not to pursue the criminal case and because his client thought that Santana did not take the matter seriously.

Women and Santana were neighbors at the time where the incident allegedly occurred.

Kaká Talked about his injury


Kaka rejected the statements of the doctor who operated on the knee which he said the player put his career in jeopardy by playing in the World Cup.

Real Madrid midfielder told Friday's edition of Spanish newspaper Marca that Dr. Marc Martens exaggerated the severity of the injury. Martens made a left knee arthroscopy Kaka on August 5 after doctors found a lesion of Madrid in a routine.

Kaká said Martens is "a great professional, but I think has been exaggerated a bit with his statement.''

Kaka had a disappointing first season with Real Madrid and also shone with the Brazil team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

However, the midfielder said "I am not an irresponsible, I did not put in jeopardy my career''to contest the World Cup.

Kaka said he expects to return to being the best player in the world under the leadership of the new Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

Cueto Suspended for Fighting


The Dominican pitcher Johnny Cueto was suspended seven games for his involvement in a brawl between his Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.

The manager of both teams were also suspended for two games.

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Cueto, the Reds manager Dusty Baker and Cardinals manager Tony La Rusa, received financial penalties. The amount was not disclosed.

Four other players were fined but not suspended: catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris Carptener, both of the Cardinals, and second baseman Brandon Phillips and reliever Russ Springer of the Reds.

The fight occurred in the first inning of Tuesday's game in Cincinnati.

The Cardaneles won the match and swept the series three games to snatch the Reds the lead in the Central Division of the National League.

Reds spokesman Rob Butcher, issued a statement noting that "we regret the incident.

After a rigorous investigation of the incident, Major League Baseball punishments issued to each team. "

Dominicans Third in Badminton Tournament

Dominicans William Cabrera, Wilton Tavarez culminated in third in the Championship XIX Pan American Junior Badminton falling in the battle for the silver medal to the eventual champion, Henry Wiebe and Nyl Yakura, Canada.

The event was played out the Table Tennis Hall of Parque del Este, with the participation of 352 athletes from 16 countries and under the auspices of the Dominican Olympic Committee, National Lottery, Ministry of Sports, Claro, and Metropolitan Transportation Office Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.

The speed and coordination of the Canadian duo paralyzed Cabrera Tavarez, who were not at their best, leaving more than half the points of the first partial mesh (21-2). In the second set was a slight awakening of the natives, but this effort was quickly controlled, especially by Yakura, who gave lectures defense and speed on the court effectively becoming king youthful Pan.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chicharito Happy to play against Spain


The "Chicharito" is very happy to be in Mexico, according to the Daily Record declared upon arrival.

Although the game did not have a significant impact because, for example, DT"Ojitos" Meza is only in one game, Hernandez said he and his teammates are taking the game seriously.

In addition, the young Manchester United player said that his intention is the triumph of the national team, not add more goals to his already substantial individual account.

Jeter Passes Babe

Derek Jeter bumped Babe Ruth in the record books last night.

Jeter's second-inning single was the 2,874th hit of his career, moving him past Ruth into 39th place all-time. Jeter already had passed Ruth on his way to becoming the franchise hit leader for the Yankees, but only 2,518 of Ruth's came for the Yankees. The other hits came with the Red Sox (342) and the Boston Braves (13).

After the hit, the scoreboard in center field showed Jeter and Ruth next to each other. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and he tipped his helmet.

"It means a lot to the organization," Jeter said. "Any time you have a chance to pass somebody great, it is something special. It feels good after you accomplish it."

Jeter added another hit in the fifth inning with a two-run double, and now trails Mel Ott by one hit for 38th place. Jeter has the most hits among active players. (NY POST)

Fluminense Signed Deco


Fluminense, the current leader of the Brazilian Championship football on Saturday announced the hiring of Chelsea midfielder Deco for two seasons.

Carioca club vice-president, Alcides Antunes, confirmed the recruitment of Brazilian-born player of Portuguese origin for two years after the conclusion of "intense negotiations" with the English club said in a statement posted on the club's website.

Deco will be reunited in the Fluminense with Belletti, with whom he shared wardrobe while playing for Barcelona Spanish.

The midfielder, who has played two World Cups with the Portuguese national team, has played 594 matches and scored 108 goals in his 14 year career.

The player will be officially unveiled to the press on Monday as a new member of the team that trains Muricy Ramalho.

Fluminense leads the ranking of 'Brasilerao' with 26 points, one ahead of the Corinthians of Sao Paulo, and aims to win the battle for the league title with the arrival of Deco to the team.

Hunter is Suspended


Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, received a four-game suspension for unsportsmanlike actions that starred in last Friday and which cost him his expulsion from the party disputing against the Detroit Tigers .

Hunter also received a fine and as it has decided not to appeal, means that will serve the suspension immediately.

Angels outfielder was ejected by plate umpire Ron Kulpa after challenging with a discussion that will mark his third strike in the eighth inning in which Angelina was raised with a 4-2 victory.

The player threw a bag of baseballs to the countryside during his outburst.

Earlier, third base coach Dino Ebel and third base umpire, Tom Hallion Hunter tried to stop to contact the plate umpire Ron Kulpa, who eventually ousted him.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Obama Played with NBA


President Barack Obama on Sunday organized a dream team composed informal basketball stars of active and retired to a show to wounded soldiers.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and other NBA stars joined the president in Washington.

The stars of this was accompanied by several legends and withdrawals, including Bill Russell and Magic Johnson. Was also Maya Moore, Connecticut Huskies women's team of college basketball.

The match took place against a group of "wounded warriors" _soldados combate_ injured in program participants and tutors from the White House, focused on young orphans of both sexes.

Was carried out at a gym in Fort McNair in Washington, a military installation located near the presidential residence.

The president was about two hours inside. Reporters assigned to cover Obama's activities were not allowed to enter the gym and had to wait in trucks outside.

When asked why he forbade the entrance of the media, the press secretary for the White House, Robert Gibbs, said the president "just wanted to play."

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dominicans Will Play in World Shooting


Shooter left for Munich, Germany to take part in the World Shooting Plato in order to find the place that distributes Olympic event.

The event is the first qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics. The second will be held at the Pan American Plate Shooting to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 28 November.

In preparation for this event, the Dominican Federation of clay pigeon shooting, presiding July Dujarric attend a similar event to be held from 15 to 20 October in Santiago de Chile.

This event will be the same Dominican athletes who participated in the recent Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez 2010 and where they obtained a total of six medals, including three gold, one silver and two bronze.

In this regional meeting, Pinero won the gold medal in the category of grave men's singles and a bronze medal in men's double trap.

In addition, he was part of the team that won the gold medal in the category of grave next to William Lawrence and Eduardo Escobar.

While in the double trap, the Henry Tejeda hander also won the silver medal and was also part of the team that won gold in the same mode.

Real Madrid Will Play Against L.A. Galaxy


Without major media figures like England's David Beckham and Brazilian Kaka, the big attractions for the friendly match between Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Madrid are the Spanish team's World Cup.

The Real Madrid dispute this morning its second preseason game on U.S. soil and will face the Galaxy, the team with the best record in Major League Soccer USA (MLS).

But without the presence in the field of Beckham, although it will be in the box seat to watch the game, the Galaxy as a reference only international striker Landon Donovan, the team leader and the U.S. team, who was also in the World .

It is hoped that the coming days, the Galaxy announced the signing of a new designated player joining the team to counter the power they have acquired the New York Red Bulls with the arrival of former Barca, Frenchman Thierry Henry and Mexican Rafa Marquez.

Although the gamehas no significance for either sport two teams, the atmosphere we breathe in Los Angeles and especially in Pasadena (California), which is symbolic of the Rose Bowl stadium is a great expectation to see large figures and stars of Real Madrid.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kaká out for several months


The Brazilian player Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos, 'Kaka', Real Madrid, will be between three and four months out after surgery today in Antwerp by the Belgian surgeon Marc Martens injury to the meniscus in his left knee, the club in a statement.

Arthroscopy, performed AZ Monica Hospital in Antwerp Eeuwfeest campus, has confirmed the meniscal injury, although the involvement of the cartilage has been minimal. According to the Real Madrid "the estimated time is 3-4 months."

Kaka left yesterday, accompanied by Dr. Carlos Diez, the concentration of Real Madrid in Los Angeles bound for Antwerp upon being detected the injury in a radiological and suspected that they were a more serious disease.

The Real Madrid, therefore, is left without Brazilian midfielder for the remainder of preseason and the start of the campaign, a significant absence since the intention was to recover the best Kaka after their first season in discrete ' Casa Blanca '.

The problem with Brazilian has been a certain secret in the whole concentration of the Portuguese Jose Mourinho in Los Angeles, because there has been no official medical report until yesterday and considered the evils of the player, which worked in part, pubalgia that dragged on for months and evolving favorably, according to the version of the doctors.

Kaka, curiously, already missed the start of the 2008-2009 season, when he was playing in Milan, with an inflamed left knee it, which was operated on May 23, 2008 at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro up, led by the Brazilian team doctor and the club Flamengo, Jose Luis Runco.

Martens, who then attended the Brazilian international, advised him to expand, in August after the rest period required to fully recover from that operation.

Therefore, this time can not return to the pitch until October, at best, or November, a setback for this first draft of Mourinho, who nonetheless said after the match against Mexican American San Francisco, that if they had to lose Kaka for a while will not be a drama. "

"We have other players and you're done," said the Portuguese coach, while acknowledging that the Brazilian, who competed in the 2010 World Cup without any problems, "is one of the best in the world."

He had high hopes for the cause back to the best Kaka in Madrid, but for now will have to wait to recover from surgery.

Bonds Congratulate A-Rod


Barry Bonds on Wednesday congratulated Alex Rodriguez to reach 600 career homers, and wished luck to the Yankees star in New York in search of home run record.

Bonds is the greatest slugger in history with 762 homers.

The former slugger posted a message on its Web site, giving Rodriguez welcomed the select club of batsmen who have added 600 home runs. Bonds hoped that Rodriguez stays healthy and focused.

"Only 163 missing you," Bonds said Rodriguez.

A-Rod connected on the day his 600th homer. Bonds said he will be attentive to what he did and try to encourage Rodriguez until he gets the mark.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shaquille O'Neal to Boston Celtics

Shaquille O'Neal has decided to join the Boston Celtics, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. He is expected to tell the team of his intentions Wednesday morning.

O'Neal, 38, averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the Cavs' six-game loss to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals, he averaged 13.5 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes a game.

Although O'Neal is no longer the dominant force he was for most of his 18-year career, he will bolster a Celtics' front line that will be without injured starter Kendrick Perkins for the first few months of the season.

Earlier this summer, the Celtics added Jermaine O'Neal, signing the veteran center/power forward for the full mid-level exception of $5.7 million.(ESPN)

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