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                                                                                                                                                                                                        March 20, 1989: Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    vestigation. Amid reports that he had bet on baseball, Rose was questioned in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 1989 by outgoing commissioner Peter Ueberroth and his replacement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bart Giamatti. Rose denied the allegations and Ueberroth dropped the investi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    gation. However, three days after Giamatti became Commissioner, lawyer John
                                                                                                                                                                                                    M. Dowd was retained to investigate these charges against Rose. A Sports Il-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    lustrated cover story published on March 21, 1989 gave the public their first
                                                                                                                                                                                                    detailed report of the allegations that Rose had placed bets on baseball games.

saturday, MarCH 20, 2010


Barcelona to face Arsenal in Champions League
                        NYON, Switzerland: Arsenal face Barce-             themselves. “It’s a tough but also very exciting
                    lona in the Champions League quarter-finals in         draw,” said Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rum-
                    a repeat of the 2006 final won by the Spanish          menigge. “Manchester United are at the sum-
                    giants. Manchester United, beaten by Barce-            mit of European football and we will have to
                    lona in last year’s final, face Bayern Munich,         play at our best level, and even higher, to make
                    Inter Milan are up against CSKA Moscow and             it to the semifinals.
                    Lyon were pitted against fellow French side                 “Manchester are the favorites for this tie,
                    Bordeaux in the draw made Friday.                      but that’s what makes it exciting: to go and beat
                        The first legs are scheduled for March 30/31       the favorites.”
                    with the second legs on April 6/7.                          United secretary Ken Ramsden, mindful
                        The semi-final draw was also held, with the        of either Lyon or Bordeaux waiting in the last
                    winner of the United and Bayern tie meeting            four, was upbeat, saying: “If we chose the draw
                    Lyon or Bordeaux, and Inter or CSKA playing            this would be a good draw - but there will be no
                    Arsenal or Barca.                                      complacency at Old Trafford.”
                        For Arsenal the draw offers up a chance to              This season’s final is being staged at Real
                    gain revenge on missing out to Barcelona 2-1 at        Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on May
                    the Stade de France in Paris four years ago.           22, the first time the final is being held on a
                        It will also mean a return to the Emirates         Saturday.
                    Stadium for Arsenal old boy Thierry Henry.                  Real’s dream of lifting a tenth trophy on
                        The Gunners motored into the last eight            home turf were dashed by Lyon this week,
                    this time around with a 5-0 thrashing of 2004          with the former French champions’ reward a
                    winners Porto on Tuesday for a 6-2 aggregate           date with Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux.                                                                                                                                                         The Champions
                    victory.                                                    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas com-                                                                                                                                                  league trophy is
                        Arsenal secretary David Miles said: “This          mented: “It’s very special. At least it means                                                                                                                                               pictured next to
                    draw gives us what it gives us - we can only play      there will be a French club in the semi-finals.                                                                                                                                             a screen show-
                    and hopefully beat what’s in front of us.              It will also be a clash between the reigning                                                                                                                                                ing the results
                        “Actually we owe Barcelona one - if that’s         (French) champions and the champions of the                                                                                                                                                 of the draw for
                    the word.We’ll be up for it - and we are looking       season before.”                                                                                                                                                                             the quarter-finals
                    to get a couple of decent results.” For three-              Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, who ended                                                                                                                                                 soccer matches
                    time winners Manchester United Friday’s draw           Chelsea’s European hopes, face a trip to first                                                                                                                                              of the Champions
                    meant they cross swords again with Bayern, the         time quarter-finalists CSKA Moscow before                                                                                                                                                   League at the
                    team they beat with two injury-time goals at           the return leg at the San Siro.                                                                                                                                                             UEFA headquar-
                    the Camp Nou for the 1999 title.                            Friday’s draw was made by UEFA general                                                                                                                                                 ters in Nyon,
                        But two years later Bayern beat United in          secretary Gianni Infantino and the ambassador                                                                                                                                               Friday, March 19,
                    the quarter-finals to go on to lift the trophy         for the Madrid final, Emilio Butragueno. -AFP                                                                                                                                               2010. (Reuters)

Fergie lays into FA over Gerrard let-off                                                                                                                                                         Liverpool get
                        MANCHESTER: Sir Alex Ferguson has                     him elbowing Portsmouth’s Michael Brown in a             deemed no punishment was necessary against
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Benfica in Europa League
                    launched an angry verbal attack on the FA’s dis-          confrontation during Liverpool’s 4-1 league vic-         Gerrard, preventing any retrospective action being
                    ciplinary unit for their failure to punish Liverpool      tory on Monday.                                          taken. That has clearly irritated Ferguson.                   NYON, Switzerland: Three-time              tus in the last 16 phase, face German club
                    captain Steven Gerrard this week.                             In January, and in almost identical circum-               “I didn’t expect him to be charged,” said the        winners Liverpool face a tricky Europa         Wolfsburg, while Hamburg play Belgian
                        Gerrard will take his place in the Liverpool          stances, the FA handed United defender Rio Ferdi-        Scot. “Simply because it is a dysfunctional unit at       League quarter-final against Benfica after     outfit Standard Liege.
                    team that visits Old Trafford on Sunday for what is       nand a retrospective three-match suspension after        the FA. “I don’t think they know what they are do-        Friday’s draw.                                     The fourth quarter-final pitches Va-
                    always one of the most eagerly-awaited, and con-          video evidence showed him elbowing an opponent           ing. There is no consistency for a start, so you don’t        Rafa Benitez’s team, who last won          lencia against fellow La Liga club Atletico
                    tentious, fixtures in the Premier League.                 during a victory over Hull City.                         expect to get any consistency. I’m not bothered.          the UEFA Cup in 2001 after two previ-          Madrid, with the winner playing either
                        But he could quite easily have been serving a             In the Gerrard incident, however, referee Stu-       They can do what they want down there, it’s crazy         ous successes in 1973 and 1976, will start     Benfica or Liverpool in the semifinal.
                    suspension after television replays clearly showed        art Attwell claimed he had seen the incident and         times down there.                                         as favorites in their bid to claim some sil-       The other semi-final will see the win-
                                                                                                                                            “It tells you about their attitude and I don’t re-   verware after missing out on the FA Cup,       ner of the Hamburg vs. Standard Liege tie
                                                                                                                                       ally know how it has come about because I haven’t         Champions League and almost certainly          playing either Fulham or Wolfsburg.
                                                                                                                                       really paid a lot of attention to it.                     the English Premiership title this season.         The inaugural Europa League final
                                                                                                                                            “But I certainly think if it was a Manchester            Fulham, stunning victors over Juven-       takes place in Hamburg on May 12. -AFP
                                                                                                                                       United player he would have been done, as was
                                                                                                                                       the case with Rio Ferdinand.
                                                                                                                                            “There is nothing you can do about it. You just
                                                                                                                                       scratch your head; everybody scratches their head
                                                                                                                                       at some of these decisions. But it will always be
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Capello confirms
                                                                                                                                       that way. You just scratch your head at some of the
                                                                                                                                       decisions they take and wonder how they came to
                                                                                                                                       that decision. It just happens.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Cup role for crocked Becks
                                                                                                                                            Ferguson was handed some good news yester-
                                                                                                                                       day, however, when Owen Hargreaves reported                      LONDON: Fabio Capello has confirmed that he has asked David Beckham
                                                                                                                                       no ill effects following his reserve team outing for         to join the England squad at the World Cup, despite the midfielder being ruled
                                                                                                                                       United against Burnley, his first competitive foot-          out of the tournament with an achilles injury. England’s head coach believes
                                                                                                                                       ball since September 2008 after surgery to cure              Beckham’s experience of having played in three previous World Cups means
                                                                                                                                       tendonitis in both knees.                                    he could offer valuable advice to other members of the squad, while the 34-
                                                                                                                                            Hargreaves played 45 minutes in the game and            year-old’s star appeal will be used to bolster England’s campaign to host the
Liverpool’s                                                                                                                            Ferguson said: “Owen made his comeback which is              2018 tournament. Prior to Beckham tearing his achilles tendon, there had been
Steven Gerrard                                                                                                                         a big boost for the boy. We’re delighted for him, he         speculation that he might not make Capello’s final 23-man squad, but the Italian
(left) challenges                                                                                                                      has been out a year and a half and it has been very          made it clear the veteran had been very much in his plans.
Portsmouth’s                                                                                                                           difficult for him.                                               “He is an important player for us,” Capello said. “Whether he played 10, 15
Michael Brown                                                                                                                               “The experience we have had of Gary Neville             or 20 minutes, he always had the same attitude and he was always ready.”
(right) during                                                                                                                         coming back after not playing for a long interval                Speaking to a Spanish television station, Capello added: “He was an impor-
their English                                                                                                                          will be helpful and Gary has proved and shown                tant man in the dressing room. In fact, we have asked David to be with us in
Premier League                                                                                                                         that you can come back from this sort of injury and          South Africa. If he wants to, he can come. It depends on how he feels with his
soccer match at                                                                                                                        Owen has the advantage of being a younger man.               achilles.”
Anfield in Liver-                                                                                                                           “Hopefully, he is back for a long, continued pe-            Beckham underwent surgery in Finland on Monday and is currently recu-
pool, northern                                                                                                                         riod now. I think he’ll need a couple games more             perating in London. Capello said earlier this week that he believed the LA Gal-
England, Mon-                                                                                                                          in the reserves but by that time he should be back           axy midfielder could continue to play until Euro 2012, by which time he will
day, March 15,                                                                                                                         in the first team squad. And he is a good one to get         have passed his 37th birthday. -AFP
2010. (Reuters)                                                                                                                        back at this time in the season.” -AFP

Humbling of Juventus reminds all of Hodgson’s caliber
                         LONDON: In a 30-year coaching career that has             has been; I think it encompassed 12 games including a
                    taken him to Inter Milan and the Swiss national side,          two-legged final.
                    Roy Hodgson thought he had pretty much seen it all                  “By the end of the next match we’ll have played 16
                    until Fulham’s extraordinary comeback against Juven-           games now and I think it is a remarkable achievement
                    tus on Thursday.                                               that the boys have done so well.”
                         Seemingly dead and buried after losing the first leg           Juventus may not be the force they once were but
                    3-1 in Turin and going 1-0 down in the opening min-            they boast a phenomenal pedigree, twice being cham-
                    utes at Craven Cottage, Hodgson’s Fulham stunned               pions of Europe, along with winning 27 Serie A titles
                    the two-time European champions with a 4-1 win that            and nine Italian Cups.
                    propelled the mid-table Premier League club into the                Fulham have never won a major domestic honor
                    Europa League quarter-finals.                                  and lost in their only FA Cup final in 1975.
                         “We should just do a Rocky Marciano and retire                 After losing their place in the old First Division in
                    now because it is not going to get any better than this,”      1968 they spent 33 years in the lower divisions before
                    Hodgson joked after his players etched their names             returning to the top flight in 2001.
                    into folklore with a 5-4 aggregate victory.                         Managers have come and gone since then, includ-
                         “This must come close to the greatest night in the        ing former England manager Kevin Keegan and French
                    club’s history. On a personal note I am not sure I can         icon Jean Tigana, but no-one has had an impact like
                    recall such a recovery, I am on top of the world.”             Hodgson.
                         It started badly for Fulham when David Trezeguet               Apparently doomed to relegation when he arrived
                    added to Juve’s first-leg advantage, but Fulham re-            in December 2007, last season Fulham achieved their
                    sponded with an astonishing fightback with two goals           highest Premier League finish of seventh - and, after
                    from Zoltan Gera and one each from Bobby Zamora                beating holders Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round of
                    and substitute Clint Dempsey.                                  the Europa League, have now humbled true European
                         Dempsey’s 82nd-minute, long-range chip sealed             aristocracy.
                    one of the most remarkable turnarounds in European                  A night that started so well for Juve ended in abject
                    club competition.                                              disgrace as they finished with nine men following the
                         Fulham’s victory ranks with some of the most eye-         dismissals of Fabio Cannavaro and Jonathan Zebina,
                    catching comebacks yet few will be surprised that a            and for the last hour of the match they could not live
                    manager of Hodgson’s caliber could manufacture such            with Fulham’s pace, power and verve.
                    a triumph.                                                          Wolfsburg, Fulham’s opponents in the last eight,
                         “When I reached the final (as manager of Inter Mi-        will need no reminding of the west London side’s qual-
                    lan in UEFA Cup final vs. Schalke in 1997) our Euro-           ities, nor of the pedigree of their vastly under-rated       Zoltan Gera of Fulham celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot against Juventus during their Europa League last 16,
                    pean campaign was nowhere near as long as this one             coach. -AFP                                                  second leg soccer match at Craven Cottage in London, Thursday, March 18, 2010. (Reuters)