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                                                                                                                                                                            April 1, 1912: The Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record in stand-
                                                                                                                                                                        ing long jumping 3.47 meters. Konstantinos Tsiklitiras was a Greek athlete and Olympic cham-
                                                                                                                                                                        pion. Born in Pylos, he moved to Athens to study commerce. Tsiklitiras soon took up sports.
                                                                                                                                                                        He practiced soccer for Panathinaikos and water polo, but is best remembered for winning four
                                                                                                                                                                        Olympic medals in standing long jump and standing high jump. He became Greek champion
                                                                                                                                                                        19 times.
                                                                                                                                                                            His career came to a halt in 1913 when he volunteered to fight in the Balkan Wars and
                                                                                                                                                                        fought at the Battle of Bizani, although he could avoid conscription he insisted on fighting for
                                                                                                                                                                        his country. He contracted meningitis and died at the age of 24.

THURSday, aPRIL 1, 2010


Ferguson blasts United after last-ditch defeat
                MUNICH, Germany: Alex Ferguson                    way through the second half - which took a
            slammed his team on Tuesday after seeing              deflection off Rooney and beaten from close
            Manchester United lose 2-1 to Bayern Munich           range by Olic in the second minute of injury
            in the Champions League quarter-final first leg       time, paid tribute to Bayern’s “never-say-die”
            and striker Wayne Rooney injured.                     spirit.
                “We didn’t play well enough, to be honest.             “German teams are never beaten until
            We kept giving the ball away,” said Ferguson          they are on their way to the airport. It’s hard
            after his side conceded an injury-time Ivica          to take,” he said.
            Olic goal that evoked memories of the famous               For his part, Bayern’s Dutch coach Louis
            1999 Champions League final between the               van Gaal said the win was “highly-deserved.”
            two.                                                       “We conceded a goal in the first minute
                However, the Scot remained upbeat for the         that we never should have done. That was a
            second leg at home next Wednesday, saying:            shock. We needed 10 minutes to recover from
            “Well, Old Trafford will be a different game          and after that, we were the better team. We
            obviously, we’ll play better and we won’t be          have a good chance also in Manchester, be-
            giving the ball away the way we did tonight.          cause we can always score a goal away from
            We’ve got the away goal and that’s an advan-          home.”
            tage.”                                                     Bayern will hope to welcome back their
                To add injury to insult for the three-time        own talisman, Dutch winger Arjen Robben,
            European champions, talismanic striker                who sat out the clash with United after pick-
            Rooney limped off the field after giving the          ing up a calf injury in Saturday’s defeat against
            visitors the advantage with a left-foot volley        Stuttgart. Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten
            with only 66 seconds on the clock.                    also stressed the Bayern team’s will to win af-
                “He’s got a kick in the ankle, we’ll just         ter a run of poor results that has seen them slip
            have to see tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s not too         off the top of the Bundesliga.
            serious,” said Ferguson, echoing the thoughts              “Of course, we started the game very bad-
            of England fans everywhere with just over two         ly, but we never gave up hope. We played a full
            months to go until the World Cup in South Af-         90 minutes knowing that we could win.”
            rica.                                                      German international striker Mario
                Summing up the game, Ferguson said it             Gomez, who came on as a second-half sub-
            was “a disappointing performance possession-          stitute, said the 66,000 fans inside the Allianz
            wise” but handed credit to United’s German            Arena had pulled the team through.
            opponents who, he said, were the better side.              “The crowd carried us. I have only very
                Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, left                rarely experienced an atmosphere like that in       Bayern Munich’s Croatian striker Ivica Olic (Left) celebrates scoring with midfielder Franck Ribery during the UEFA Champions League match
            stranded by a Franck Ribery free kick mid             a match,” he said. -AFP                             on March 30, 2010. (AFP)

England nervously                                                                                                                                               Chelsea’s Drogba
waits for news on Rooney injury                                                                                                                                 gets two-game European ban
                                                                                                                                                                    LONDON: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba              Ovrebo and launched a foul-mouthed tirade
                                                                                                                                                                has been handed a two-match European ban af-           aimed at a live television camera.
                                                                                                                                                                ter being sent off in the Champions League de-             The ban was later reduced to five matches,
                                                                                                                                                                feat by Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge earlier this    with two deferred, on appeal. UEFA said on Tues-
                                                                                                                                                                month, UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday.            day it had decided not to invoke the suspended
                                                                                                                                                                    Drogba was shown a red card after clashing         two-game ban because Drogba’s sending off
                                                                                                                                                                with midfielder Thiago Motta in the last-16 sec-       against Inter was for a different type of incident.
                                                                                                                                                                ond-leg game on March 16, which Inter won 1-0              The European governing body has, however,
                                                                                                                                                                to go through 3-1 on aggregate.                        extended World Cup-bound Drogba’s probation-
                                                                                                                                                                    The Ivory Coast striker was originally ineli-      ary period by two years.
                                                                                                                                                                gible for Chelsea’s first four European games this         “The player’s existing period of probation,
                                                                                                                                                                season after being banned for six matches, two         which began on 15 July 2009 and was originally
                                                                                                                                                                of them deferred, for his behavior in last year’s      intended to run for two years, has also been ex-
                                                                                                                                                                Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.         tended to 15 July 2013,” the European govern-
                                                                                                                                                                    At the end of the away-goals defeat by Bar-        ing body said on its website (
                                                                                                                                                                celona, Drogba harangued referee Tom Henning           -Reuters

                                                                                                                                                             Zidane not yet ready for coaching role at Real
                                                                                                                                                                  MADRID: Former Real Madrid and France mid-
                                                                                                                                                             fielder Zinedine Zidane is not yet ready to take on
                                                                                                                                                             any kind of coaching role with the La Liga club but
                                                                                                                                                             does not rule it out for the future. The 1998 World
                                                                                                                                                             Cup winner played for Real from 2001 until his re-
            Manchester’s Wayne Rooney receives medical treatment after getting injured during the Champions League soccer match be-                          tirement in 2006 and president Florentino Perez
            tween FC Bayern Munich and Manchester, March 30, 2010. (AP)                                                                                      appointed him his special adviser after spending a
                                                                                                                                                             quarter of a billion euros ($338 million US dollars)
                 LONDON: Wayne Rooney’s ankle                 immediately lengthened England’s World         2004, when his involvement in that tourna-      on players last summer. Asked in an interview with
            dominated the sports pages on Wednesday           Cup odds from 5/1 to 6/1.                      ment was ended early by a metatarsal in-        Tuesday’s Marca sports daily whether he planned to
            with England and Manchester United sup-               “If there is the slightest chance of       jury. The run-up to the 2006 World Cup in       do any coaching, Zidane said: “No, not now. Let’s see
            porters waiting anxiously for news from           Rooney being absent it definitely affects      Germany was also overshadowed by fears          in the future but not yet.”
            Old Trafford about their talismanic striker.      England’s chances in the minds of punt-        that Rooney would not recover in time,               He added that he wanted to learn from the inside
                 “Not since Cinderella has so much rest-      ers,” said spokesman Graham Sharpe.            again because of a foot injury. Capello,        how the La Liga club worked and see where he could
            ed on one foot,” declared the Daily Mail              The England striker has been in top        who has already lost former captain David       fit in and there was nothing definite decided yet on a
            newspaper in a headline that summed up            form this season, netting 34 times and         Beckham to an Achilles injury, spoke this       more football-related role. “What I want to do is help,
            the fears after the England striker was hurt      Fabio Capello’s side are counting on him       week about the importance of Rooney to          I want the best for Real Madrid and this project of
            in United’s 2-1 Champions League quarter-         for the World Cup finals that start in South   the England team.                               Florentino’s but you need time to build a project,” he
            final first leg defeat by Bayern Munich on        Africa in 72 days’ time. Rooney left the           “The other who has been crucial is          said. Real’s spending on players including Cristiano
            Tuesday. “Pray,” declared the back page           Allianz Arena on crutches, unable to place     Rooney because this year he has scored a        Ronaldo and Kaka has yet to garner the sporting suc-
            of the Sun. “England’s worst nightmare,”          any weight on his right ankle which was        lot of goals, and he has done so for us as      cess Perez covets, with the club out of this season’s
            said the Times. United manager Alex Fer-          encased in a protective plastic boot.          well. He has been very impressive. I hope       Champions League and King’s Cup and still alive
            guson said after the match that the club              The 24-year-old had scored United’s        he maintains this form for South Africa,”       only in the domestic league. Zidane told Marca he
            would have a clearer picture of the injury        goal but was left writhing on the pitch in     he told Spain’s Gol Television.                 wanted to be more than just an ambassador for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FILE - Former football player French Zinedine Zidane
            on Wednesday and appeared to play down            stoppage time, seconds before Ivica Olic           “There are three players who can make       club but needed time to learn the ropes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       attends the presentation of the ‘Football Cracks’ re-
            the gravity of the situation. “I don’t think it   scored the winner.                             a difference at present,” Capello added.             “It’s true that the commitments I had before Flo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ality show in Madrid on March 15, 2010. (AFP)
            is terribly serious but we will wait and see,”        That alone was cause for concern, with     “One is Cristiano Ronaldo, the other Lio-       rentino returned prevented me from being closer to
            said the Scot. “He might be doubtful for          the no-nonsense Rooney not the sort of         nel Messi and Rooney.” England have been        the club but I hope next year will be different,” he      president in June after walking away from the club in
            Saturday’s Premier League clash with title        player to go down without good reason.         drawn alongside America, Algeria and Slo-       said.                                                     February 2006 as they headed towards a third succes-
            rivals Chelsea but we don’t know for sure.”       The sight of England’s outstanding player      venia in Group C for the World Cup finals            Perez was elected unopposed to a second term as      sive trophy-less season. -Reuters
                 Bookmakers William Hill said they had        being helped off revived memories of Euro      in South Africa. -Reuters

                                                                                                                                                                Spain leads world football teams
La Liga spending cap plan unlikely to cut debt                                                                                                                  followed by Brazil, Netherlands, says FIFA
                 MADRID: A proposal by Spain’s profes-        clubs to continue running deficits, encour-    is that they negotiate their television deals
            sional soccer league (LFP) to cap the amount      age reliance on one-off sources of revenue     individually, unlike clubs in rival European           GENEVA: According to the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings in football, a
            spent each year on player wages and trans-        and give clubs with a more valuable pool of    leagues, and show no sign of relinquishing         number of changes have occurred in the top ten but Spain continues to lead the way ahead of Brazil
            fers at 70 percent of income is unlikely to       assets an unfair advantage over rivals. “You   the duopoly. The LFP, which wants a transi-        and the Netherlands, but there is considerable movement in the lower half of the top ten: Portugal
            prevent clubs plunging deeper into the red.       can’t include extraordinary items because      tion period for the new rules of at least two      (4th, up 2) has overtaken Italy (5th, down 1) and Germany (6th, down 1), while England (7th, up 1)
            The LFP plan, in part a response to UEFA’s        then the budget planning numbers would         to three years, declined to give a total debt      continues to climb the rankings and have swapped places with France (8th, down 1). Croatia (10th, up
            financial fair play initiative which seeks to     be completely skewed,” Jose Maria Gay, a       figure for the 20 clubs in Spain’s top divi-       1) has returned to the top ten after a two-month absence.
            encourage clubs to compete within their           professor of economics at the University of    sion, saying to do so would be to “distort             Australia (19th, up 4) has leapt into the top 20 following their victory over Indonesia during quali-
            means, is not rigorous enough and leaves          Barcelona and an expert on soccer financ-      reality” and that debt was shrinking.              fication for the Asian Cup 2011. Among the top 50 teams, Norway (24th, up 9) and Turkey (35th,
            too much wiggle room for heavily-indebted         es, told Reuters.                                   However, according to Gay’s estimate,         up 6) have also made significant grounds thanks to their wins over World Cup participants in early
            clubs, analysts said. According to the LFP,            Many Spanish clubs that lack the vast     La Liga clubs are close to 4 billion Euros         March.
            which wants the rules on “investment in the       earning power of Real Madrid and Bar-          ($5.4 billion) in the red and their spending           Norway got the better of Slovakia, while Turkey emerged triumphant over Honduras. However, the
            first-team squad” written into a sports law       celona, who topped Deloitte’s latest Eu-       last season of 1.7 billion comfortably out-        team that has made the most progress in terms of points and places in this month’s ranking is Senegal
            to be introduced this year, the calculation of    ropean football money league published         stripped income of 1.55 billion. The total         (72nd, up 22), who was too strong for former European champions and World Cup qualifiers Greece
            income would include extraordinary items          this month, find it impossible to maintain a   debt in Spanish football, including second         in a recent friendly match.
            such as the sale of players and real estate.      competitive squad without running a defi-      and third-tier clubs, was close to 5 billion           The number of international matches played in 2010 according to FIFA stands at 145. -KUNA
                 Financial experts say this would enable      cit. One reason Real and Barca dominate        Euros. -Reuters

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