• Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader after outcry

    Date: 2019.01.16 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Rodman brought a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to mark the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un with an exhibition game.


    The birthday is believed to have been on Wednesday though that has not been confirmed.

    “It started out as surreal, then people joined in and it sort of faded a bit, but it seemed pretty heartfelt from Rodman’s side,” said Simon Cockerell, a tour guide who watched the game in Pyongyang, said of Rodman’s birthday singing.

    “It was unexpected, and probably unplanned,” he said. “Kim Jong Un appeared to smile, but he didn’t appear to expect it.”

    Cockerell, whose company Koryo Tours took a group of tourists to the game, said the audience had stood and cheered Kim for up to six minutes when he appeared with his wife.

    “Dennis Rodman gave a charmingly shambolic speech where he thanked Kim Jong Un and his wife for showing up, along with the other players for being brave enough to come with him and join in his ‘engagement effort’.”

    This was Rodman’s fourth trip to Pyongyang. On previous visits, he spent time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship, though he did not meet Kim on his third trip.

    The visit come weeks after the execution of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who until then was one of the most powerful figures. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has described events in North Korea as a “reign of terror.

    Rodman has said he would not interfere in North Korea’s politics but he raised an outcry at home when, in a television interview on Tuesday, he appeared to suggest that Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae was to blame for his captivity.

    During an expletive-ridden interview with CNN about his trip, Rodman seemed to say Bae, held in North Korea since November 2012 and convicted in May on charges of crimes against the state, was responsible for his situation.

    “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did … Do you understand what he did in this country? Why is he held captive in this country?” Rodman said, declining to respond to questions to clarify what he meant.

    Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said her family was “outraged” by his comments and he could “do a lot of good” by using his access to the North Korea leader to advocate on Bae’s behalf, rather than “hurl outrageous accusations” at her brother.

    “He is playing games with my brother’s life,” Chung said in a statement. “There is no diplomacy, only games, and at my brother’s expense.”

    “He is clearly uninformed about Kenneth’s case, and he is certainly not in any position to pass judgment,” Chung said, adding that Bae never had hostile intentions against the state.

    “ONLY 31”

    Asked about Rodman’s comments, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, “I’m not going to dignify that outburst with a response,” emphasizing that the trip was private travel that was not endorsed by the U.S. government.

    “I’m simply going to say that we remain gravely concerned about Kenneth Bae’s health, and continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant his amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” Carney said.

    Bae, 45, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for state subversion in North Korea. He was detained in 2012 as he led a tour group through the northern region of the country. The country’s Supreme Court said he used his tourism business to form groups aimed at overthrowing the government.

    Following a visit to her son in October, Bae’s mother, Myunghee Bae, said her son was “alone and ailing.”

    A devout Christian, Bae has acknowledged he conducted religious services in North Korea, which has long been hostile to Westerners advocating religious causes.

    U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized Rodman and the other Americans for what he called an “ill-advised” trip.

    “As North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continues to starve and oppress his citizens, it is unthinkable that a few fading celebrities would use such an opportunity to reward his brutal regime,” he said.

    Rodman has faced both ridicule and harsh criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some U.S. politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

    But he defended his visit, saying it would help “open the door” and was a “great idea for the world.”

    “It’s amazing how we thrive on negativity. Does anyone know this guy’s only 31 years old?” he said of Kim, whom he calls his friend.

    “Dennis, he could be 31, he could be 51,” said CNN interviewer Chris Cuomo. “He’s just killed his uncle. He’s holding an American hostage.”

    (This refiled version of the story corrects dateline, no change to text)

    (Reporting by James Pearson in Seoul, Doina Chiacu, Roberta Rampton and Peter Cooney in Washington, David Stanway in Beijing, and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Steve Orlofsky, Dan Grebler, Leslie Adler and Elizabeth PIper)

  • Ice hockey – Ovechkin leads Russian bid for gold in Sochi

    Date: 2019.01.16 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Forward Ovechkin is among 15 NHL players named in the squad, but Russia’s head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is also banking on the strength of the domestic Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


    Ten players made the cut from the Russian-dominated competition, one more than Bilyaletdinov’s predecessor, Vyacheslav Bykov, selected four years ago for the Vancouver Games.

    Ilya Kovalchuk, a former NHL forward with the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils who joined SKA St Petersburg in the KHL last year, is among the top players from Russian teams.

    Along with Ovechkin, those drawn from the NHL include Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Evgeny Malkin of the Pittsburg Penguins, both strong attacking players.

    Dynamo Moscow’s key player, the hard-working, experienced 31-year-old forward Sergei Soin, was a surprise inclusion.

    “In terms of Sergei Soin, just like Alexander Eremenko, he’s a two-time Gagarin Cup (KHL playoffs) winner and won’t be intimidated by high profile players,” said Bilyaletdinov.

    “He will be able to help out when we are shorthanded and will help to limit the offensive play of our opponents,” he added on the official website of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (www.fhr.ru).


    Russia also have high hopes for Valeri Nichushkin, 18, who signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars last year after helping Traktor Chelyabinsk reach the KHL final.

    “Valeri Nichushkin was called up after we saw him play for the Dallas Stars during our trip to North America (in November),” added Bilyaletdinov.

    “At the moment, he is in excellent form. You could say we are putting our faith in him, but he is an exceedingly talented player and I’m sure he’ll justify his selection.”

    The Sochi Games are the first Olympics to be held in Russia since Moscow 1980 and the hosts will be under pressure to deliver.

    Ice hockey is among the sports where Russia is seen as having a strong chance of winning a gold medal.

    Russia’s men’s ice hockey team are number three in the International Ice Hockey Federation rankings behind Sweden and Finland, having been top for the previous four years.

    The Soviet Union won seven men’s ice hockey gold medals in the nine Olympics held between 1956 and 1988 but Russia have failed to win an Olympic medal since 2002 when they claimed bronze in Salt Lake City.

    In the preliminary round, Russia will face Slovakia and the United States after their first Group A game against Slovenia on February 13. The men’s competition takes place from February 12-23.


    Netminders: Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets), Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche), Alexander Eremenko (Dynamo Moscow).

    Defence: Anton Belov (Edmonton Oilers), Vyacheslav Voynov (Los Angeles Kings), Alexei Yemelin (Montreal Canadiens), Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), Evgeni Medvedev (Ak Bars Kazan), Nikita Nikitin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets).

    Forwards: Artem Anisimov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St Petersburg), Denis Kokarev (Dynamo Moscow), Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas Stars), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Alexander Popov (Avangard Omsk), Alexander Radulov (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Soin (Dynamo Moscow), Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues), Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars Kazan), Viktor Tikhonov (SKA St Petersburg)

    (This refiled version of the story adds dropped word Russia in paragraph 15)

    (Additional reporting by Dmitriy Rogovitskiy; editing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris)

  • Asylum seekers allege mistreatment by Australian navy

    Date: 2019.01.16 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    One of the migrants, Yousif Ibrahim from Sudan, said they were handcuffed, called insulting names, and one was beaten with shoes before and during their voyage back to Indonesia, where they arrived Monday.



    The 28-year-old also said four people were left with burn marks on their hands when they were forced to hold on to a hot pipe on their boat as punishment for wanting to go to the toilet.


    “We asked for water, they didn’t want to give us. They called us inhuman words, like illegal refugees, monkeys from Africa,” he told AFP.


    Another asylum seeker speaking to local media made similar claims. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refused to comment on the claims but insisted that Australian personnel act with the “highest levels of professionalism”.


    Ibrahim was among 45 immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Sudan, who set off from Indonesia, a major transit point for would-be refugees, to make the treacherous sea crossing to Australia last month.


    But they were picked up on an island in Australian waters by officers from three Australian navy vessels and towed back to Indonesian waters, he said, as part of Canberra’s hardline border protection policies.


    It was the first reported instance that the Australian navy has turned a boat back without informing Indonesian authorities, and prompted fresh anger in Jakarta at Canberra’s policies.


    After stopping on the island, the asylum seekers found themselves surrounded by members of the Australian navy, Ibrahim said.


    “They told us to go back to the boat, we refused. Then they used violence against us. One tried to run but they beat him with shoes,” he said, speaking from a hotel in Kupang, eastern Indonesia, where they are being housed while their cases are processed.


    “They have pistols and weapons. We are afraid.”


    He said the migrants were handcuffed and taken back to the boat. They were released from the cuffs on the boat and then towed for four days towards Indonesia before the Australians left. They arrived on their own in Rote Island, eastern Indonesia, on Monday.


    Hidayat, a senior police officer from the Rote Island area who goes by one name, said one migrant had complained he was forced to hold part of a hot engine and had a blister on his hand.


    A Somalian migrant Marke Abdulah Ahmad, who was on the boat, also said the asylum seekers were subject to abuse.


    “We were tortured and inhumanely treated by the Australian military,” he was quoted as saying by Indonesian news website Tempo.


    Morrison refused to comment on the reports in line with his conservative government’s decision not to discuss “on-water” activities that are part of its hardline policy, known as Operation Sovereign Borders.


    But he added: “All personnel involved in border protection operations associated with Operation Sovereign Borders conduct their roles with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and personal courage in extremely trying and challenging circumstances.”

  • Strong winds halt play at Pebble Beach

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    When several balls moved after being marked by players on some of the more exposed greens at Pebble Beach, officials had little choice but to stop play.


    Gusts of nearly 40 mph (64 kph) were recorded and officials began watering some of the greens in an effort to again make them playable.

    The PGA Tour event is played on three courses on California’s Monterey Peninsula, with Pebble Beach the most exposed.

    Rules official Mark Russell said the wind had caused similar problems at Monterey Peninsula, but not at Spyglass Hill, and that it was hoped that play would be resumed on Saturday.

    Walker, who was tied with Spieth after the second round, picked up one stroke to par in five holes at Monterey Peninsula to take the sole lead at 10-under when play was halted.

    He led Spieth, who had played two holes, and compatriot Hunter Mahan, through six, by two shots.

    Ruled out of contention was American D.A. Points, who was disqualified for an unusual rules violation.

    While waiting on the 18th tee during Friday’s second round, Points made a few practice swings with a green sponge ball under his right armpit.

    Using the ball during a round contravenes rule 14-3, which states a player may not use “any artificial device or unusual equipment.”

    The violation, which was captured on TV, was not brought to the attention of officials until after Points had signed his card, so he therefore was disqualified.

    “We were standing on the tee; it’s cold, it’s raining,” Points told GolfChannel广西桑拿,.

    “I pull out the ball and make some dry practice swings, just trying to loosen up. I come to find out it’s an unusual training device, something you wouldn’t have in your bag.”

    Points, who signed for a one-under-par 36-hole score, was allowed to continue playing in the pro-am section of the tournament with his partner, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    (Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

  • Emotional Kearney counts cost of error

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    There was no looking at positives or celebration of winning a medal of any sort from the 27-year-old from Vermont, the tears that flowed unabated told the tale of a woman who felt she had just blown four years of hard work.


    The goal had been to become the first freestyle skier to win two gold medals but that all ended when, going last in the final, the American fluffed the landing off her first jump.

    While there was no lack of graciousness, Kearney clearly placed the blame for her third place finish on her own shoulders rather than credit the Canadian sisters who took the gold and silver, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe.

    “I feel like I let myself down,” said an emotional Kearney who has dominated the event since winning gold in Vancouver four years ago.

    “I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it but I made a huge mistake and you can’t win at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake.

    “You don’t prepare for this moment, you prepare for success but life does not always go according to plan,” she told reporters. “I have to treat this bronze medal as a reward for fighting but not for perfection.”

    Kearney has endured Olympic disappointment before.

    She arrived at her first Games in 2006 with a world title under her belt and confident of at least a spot on the podium, if not a gold medal, in Turin.

    The then-teenager was simply overwhelmed by the occasion, however, and stumbled after her first jump on her first run, placing 22nd in qualifying and failing to reach the final.

    A serious knee injury followed but she battled back to fitness in time for Vancouver where she broke the hearts of a nation by pipping defending champion Jennifer Heil of Canada to gold on the last run in the final.

    Although she will definitely not be back for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, Kearney said she might continue competing for another World Cup season.

    “Right now I would very much like to ski again,” she said. “I will try my best to let it go, that will help my happiness levels.

    “All of my training and all of my focus has been on this moment. Now that is over I have to re-evaluate for other goals.

    “It’s tough when you know your Olympic career is over and it did not end well.”

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Dufour-Lapointe sisters take moguls one-two

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The sister-act stunned overwhelming favourite Hannah Kearney in the third run of the final under the bright lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to leave the tearful defending champion with a bronze.


    They were the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics. The others were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France in 1964 and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria in 1992.

    “It just totally rocks. It is just really amazing,” Justine, 19, said.

    “Today I gave everything I had inside. I haven’t eaten since 12 this morning.

    “I really gave it my all. I felt the pressure, but I tried to just put that away and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to roar and people will see me and remember who the real Justine is’.”

    Hopes of a family podium sweep had disappeared when the third sibling, Maxime, went out after the second run of the final but her sisters would not be denied in the final six-woman showdown.

    Teenager Justine slapped her skis on the snow four times before going down the slope third and capping a clean run with a perfect back flip to take the lead with a score of 22.44.

    Chloe came next, exhorted by her coach to “Attack, Attack Attack”, but her landing after the second kicker was less than perfect and she tallied 21.66, only good enough for second place.


    With two medals for the family guaranteed, all eyes were now on Kearney, who was hoping to become the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back Olympic golds.

    The 27-year-old, who had topped the leaderboard after qualifying and the second run of the final, botched the landing after her first jump and was unable to recover sufficiently to score better than 21.49.

    “I feel like I let myself down,” said an emotional Kearney, who has dominated the event since winning gold in Vancouver.

    “I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it but I made a huge mistake and you can’t win at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake.”

    When Kearney’s score flashed up on the big screen, the Dufour-Lapointe sisters shrieked and embraced, their cries of joy echoed by their proud parents watching on.

    “It feels amazing,” said Chloe, 22. “It happened at the World Cup, but now it’s at the Olympics. We had to do three runs and we did it together. We’re just really happy.”

    There was also disappointment for Japan’s 34-year-old Aiko Uemura, who was competing in her fifth Olympics but narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth for the second Games in a row.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond ad Clare Lovell)

  • Pocock already back to Test level: Mowen

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Brumbies captain Ben Mowen has lauded the return of Wallabies star flanker David Pocock, saying it’s taken just two games for his form to return to international standard.


    Pocock showed no signs of the knee injury that cruelled his 2013 season during the Brumbies’ 67-0 trial thrashing of the ACT XV in Canberra on Saturday.

    “It was hard not to keep an eye on him (during the game) because he was turning over so much ball,” Mowen said.

    “I thought he was back to where he’s been at international standard.”

    Even more impressive is the speed at which Pocock’s confidence has returned after 11 months on the sidelines, as the mental barriers can be as difficult to overcome as the physical barriers.

    “I know myself when I came back from a knee recon, it usually takes you five or six games to get going,” Mowen said.

    “The positive signs for him is that he’s back to where he was – that’s really exciting.

    “He made a couple of good offloads, some really good carries over the gain line, and if you pair that up with his base game, which is a very high standard, you’re looking at a very complete player.”

    With the Brumbies just two weeks away from their Super Rugby season opener against the Queensland Reds, the No.7’s return to form sets up a salivating battle against flanker Liam Gill – set to provide a true indicator on exactly where Pocock’s form is at.

    “I always try and avoid making it a No.7 on No.7 battle,” Pocock said.

    “But (Gill) has been great and putting pressure on Michael (Hooper) for that spot over the Wallabies’ season, so it will be a big challenge.”

    In the meantime Pocock says he’ll continue to blow out the cobwebs.

    “It’s good to get a bit more rhythm and a bit more work in defence and attack,” he said.

    “You can do as much training as you want, but getting that match fitness is different. It’s good to be out there again.”

  • I want to stay at the Tigers, says Woods

    Date: 2019.05.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    In-demand Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods says he wants to stay at the club that has made him a representative star.


    The NSW State of Origin forward has been linked to a big money move to Manly, but Woods is keen to continue to develop his promising career with the joint venture.

    Woods looked ready to take his game to a new level this season in the Tigers’ 32-8 trial win over Penrith at Kirkham Oval in Camden on Saturday.

    And the 22-year-old says he’s keen to have his future sorted before the Tigers opening game of the NRL season against St George Illawarra on March 9.

    “I grew up in Leichhardt and I would love to stay here,” Woods told AAP.

    “2040 (Leichhardt’s postcode) and all that stuff, me and my mates all grew up around there.

    “The only thing is that I grew up a Manly supporter.

    “We have a lot of good young kids coming through here at the Tigers, Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses … and if I can play on the back of that it would be great.

    “Hopefully it will all be sorted soon.”

    The Tigers gave their fans plenty of cause for optimism this season against the Panthers in the first hitout of the year for both teams.

    Their attack clicked into gear early and they led 14-0 after 20 minutes.

    Their defence held firm for much of the contest, albeit against an understrength Panthers missing recruits Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Jamal Idris and Brent Kite.

    Woods says it’s vital the Tigers get a good start to the NRL season proper.

    “I played 30 minutes and it was fun to have a hit out with the boys,” he said.

    “It gives us a bit of confidence. We defended well on our line and we played a lot more direct. We aren’t going sideways, which is something we really worked on in the pre-season.

    “The first thing is I want is to get the Tigers on the front foot, we always start the year really slow, but if we can get a few wins early on it can lead you to anywhere.

    “There was a lot of disappointment last year … and we don’t want to be in that situation again.”

  • Lipnitskaya lights up team event

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The 15-year-old, the youngest skater in the competition, was backed by chants of ‘Julia, Julia’ and deafening cheers that drowned out her music.


    “In practice I was warned the screams would be loud and the music would not be audible so I was prepared. But I did not think that it would be quite so loud,” Lipnitskaya told reporters.

    “Luckily it helped me.”

    Her first-place finish in the short programme helped give Russia a six-point lead over Canada in the team competition and showed her surprise victory at last month’s European Championships was no fluke.

    Opening to the sound of thunder and rain showers, the blue-clad Lipnitskaya was a whirlwind, dancing gracefully to composer Mark Minkov’s ‘You Don’t Give Up On Love’.

    If she can repeat her display in the individual event, she could become the first Russian to win the Olympic women’s title.

    Female Russian skaters rarely make the podium at the Winter Games.

    The country’s most successful female skater, Irina Slutskaya, won a silver in Salt Lake City in 2002 and a bronze in Turin four years later.


    When she retired there seemed to be no one waiting in the wings. The sport suffered after the collapse of the former Soviet Union as many parents could not afford to finance the careers of their children and many coaches and athletes went abroad.

    That has now changed with not only Lipnitskaya but Adelina Sotnikova, 17, who won her first senior national title at the age of 12 and has bagged numerous medals on the world stage since, competing in Sochi.

    Lipnitskaya seems unfazed by the expectations.

    She seemed more jittery in front of the reporters, as she clutched flowers backstage, than she did on the ice where the teenager nailed a soaring triple-Lutz triple-toeloop combination and spun so fast she was almost a blur.

    “I have probably never felt as calm as I did tonight. I’m shocked myself,” said Lipnitskaya.

    An intense youngster immersed in the insular world of skating, she was already thinking ahead to how she could improve on a performance that earned her 72.90 points, a personal best this season.

    “I travelled a bit at the end of my final spin but I will correct it in the free skating,” said Lipnitskaya.

    When Japan’s twice former world champion Mao Asada finished, Lipnitskaya was more interested in hearing what jumps her rival landed than she was in fielding questions from reporters.

    Asada, 23, fell attempting a triple Axel, allowing Lipnitskaya and Italy’s Carolina Kostner to move ahead.

    “I was unbelievably nervous. I felt more pressure than I expected,” said the Japanese. “I’ve got to settle my nerves.”

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Lipnitskaya steals spotlight

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Up against former world champions Mao Asada and Carolina Kostner, Lipnitskaya blew away her more illustrious rivals at the Sochi Games on Saturday with an electrifying short skate that rocked the Iceberg Skating Place.


    Lipnitskaya, who is the youngest skater in the competition, proved that her surprise victory at last month’s European Championship was no fluke as she left her screaming team mates leaping for joy as she finished her rip-roaring routine.

    She nailed a soaring triple-Lutz triple-toeloop in combination and her spins were so fast, she disappeared into a blur that left the hollering fans dizzy with joy.

    “I’ve never seen anything like the atmosphere out there today. There wasn’t any silence for a single second,” the petite Lipnitskaya, who looked her age once she had stepped off the ice, told reporters.

    “It was so loud, I could barely hear my music. All I could hear were the shouts of ‘Ju-li-a’ and ‘Ru-ss-ia'”

    She eclipsed birthday girl Kostner with a score of 72.90. The Italian also produced a clean skate on her 27th birthday to earn 70.84, while Asada’s had trouble with her triple Axel.

    She fell on her hands and knees following the jump to finish a distant third with 64.07.

    A defiant Ashley Wagner, who almost missed out on a trip to Sochi following a meltdown at the U.S. nationals, theatrically flipped her head after making it through her programme without any major drama. She finished fourth.

    “It was tough going out there after a disappointing nationals so it was important for me to redeem myself,” Wagner said. “I got the triple-triple out there, so I’m pleased.”

    On a day when Russia also won the pairs free skate, the hosts opened up a six-point lead going into the final day of the team competition.

    Russia lead the inaugural Olympic team event with 47 points. Canada (41), the United States (34) Italy (31) and Japan (30) complete the top five with three segments remaining.

    France, China, Germany, Ukraine and Britain were all eliminated after failing to make the free-skate cut.

    Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov showed the depth of talent in Russian pairs skating as they kept up the winning momentum for the hosts.


    The couple were substitutes for Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, the world and European champions who are trying to preserve their energies for the individual pairs competition, and Stolbova and Klimov did not disappoint.

    From the moment they nailed a sky-high throw triple flip, the crowd were delirious as the duo whizzed around the ice, showcasing their gravity-defying lifts and nifty footwork to the soundtrack of ‘The Addams Family’.

    Their score of 135.09 was more than five points ahead of nearest rivals Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada.

    Russia have now won three of the five segments contested in the team battle and on Sunday 2006 Turin gold medallist Plushenko will be back to raise the decibels even higher as he targets a fourth medal at his fourth Olympics.

    Marina Zoueva was another Russian who was ecstatic on Sunday – but not because of her homeland’s success.

    She could not sit still because as coach to North American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, she had to dash around swapping in and out of team jackets.

    As Virtue and Moir came off the ice, Zoueva was spotted hurriedly pulling on the Canadian jacket but she could not stick around long enough in the ‘kiss and cry’ area to see their score of 72.98 flash up.

    Hurriedly discarding the red and white Maple Leaf uniform, she pulled on the American version to give Davis and White a pep talk.

    It seemed to do the trick as Davis and White’s beautiful foxtrot and quickstep interpretation to a medley of songs from ‘My Fair Lady’ earned them a top score of 75.98 and lifted the U.S. into medal contention.

    Their expected toe-to-toe battle with 2010 Olympic champions Virtue and Moir failed to materialise as the Canadians paid the price for going out of sync in their side-by-side twizzles.

    Virtue looked crushed after her slip up led to the mistake.

    “I may have lost a bit of speed going into it,” she said.

    “It wasn’t a mental lapse, it wasn’t that I wasn’t focusing or picking up the right cues. I recovered quite well because I managed to stay on the same foot.”

    (Editing by Larry Fine)

  • Higuain helps Napoli shoot down spirited Milan

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The Argentine striker is second behind Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi in the Serie A scoring charts with 12 for the season.


    Higuain’s glancing header 11 minutes after the break and tap-in eight minutes from time moved Rafael Benitez’s side up to 47 points in third place.

    Napoli are three behind Roma, who have a game in hand and await the Rome derby with Lazio on Sunday, but 12 behind leaders and champions Juventus.

    “I need to praise the team because with the midweek match against Roma (in the Italian Cup semi-finals) and this one tonight, against two good sides, we played with an intensity and quality I would like to see all season,” said Benitez.

    “Competing in the Champions League, the cup and the league all at the same time with a new team is not easy and I think that we still have a lot of room to grow.”

    The win was Napoli’s first in four Serie A games and well deserved despite Adel Taarabt opening the scoring with a superb solo goal seven minutes into his Milan debut.

    Gokhan Inler levelled four minutes later with a long range shot that fortuitously deflected over Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

    “The game started badly for us, but the team reacted strongly,” said goalscorer Higuain.

    “I am convinced we are on the right track. We have played well recently and not had the luck, but we’ve always showed character. I am happy we got the win against a great side.”

    Milan stay in 10th on 29 points after their first league defeat under Clarence Seedorf, who took over the side on January 16.

    Napoli are three points ahead of Fiorentina, who beat 12th-placed Atalanta 2-0 thanks to a stunning 16th-minute free kick from Slovenia international Josip Ilicic and a smart solo effort from Rafal Wolski four minutes from time.

    Udinese moved a point behind Atalanta in 13th after a 3-0 victory over Chievo.

    Antonio Di Natale scored his third goal in as many games nine minutes after the break, Bruno Fernandes added a second in the 74th minute and Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang Badu hit the third with four minutes to go.

    (Editing by Clare Lovell)

  • Real go top after Atletico slump to shock defeat

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    There was no way through for Atletico who lacked creativity and inspiration against an Almeria side that defended well.


    Diego Simeone’s men were reduced to speculative shots while 13th-placed Almeria threatened on the counter attack as the game wore on, with Aleix Vidal hitting a post before Verza put the hosts ahead 10 minutes from the end.

    Dani Aranzubia was then dismissed for upending Jonathan Zongo in the penalty area and Verza scored from the spot with four minutes to go.

    “We faced a side that did what they had to do. In the first half we made chances to score,” Simeone told a news conference.

    “This is what happens in football and we are not going to make any excuses.”

    Gareth Bale marked his Real Madrid return after injury with the opening goal and the Wales winger then set up Benzema to give the home side a commanding lead, only to see Mario Gaspar reply for Villarreal before the break.

    Jese restored Real’s two-goal cushion and, after Giovani Dos Santos scored a fine free kick, Benzema made it 4-2 as Real showed no signs of missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Real and Atletico have 57 points from 23 games but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are top on goal difference. Barcelona, who visit Sevilla on Sunday, are three points behind.

    “We knew Villarreal would make it difficult for us and that’s what happened but it’s important to win at home and we’ve managed to do that,” Jese told reporters.


    Bale robbed the ball off Jose Antonio Dorado and delicately lifted it over the onrushing Sergio Asenjo for the opening goal.

    After the stop-start season he has had, Bale looked sharp and he crossed with the outside of his left boot for Benzema to slide home the second from close range.

    Real lost Marcelo to injury before Mario fired Villarreal back into the contest as the home team sat back.

    Defender Fabio Coentrao also went off injured but Jese slotted expertly past Asenjo as Real regained control.

    Giovani’s free kick kept the game tense until Benzema’s second goal 14 minutes from the end.

    Atletico suffered their first defeat since October when they were defeated by Real Madrid in the first leg of their King’s Cup semi-final on Wednesday and the strain of that match seemed to take its toll on the team against Almeria.

    The visitors struggled to create and a couple of Diego shots from the edge of the penalty area that went narrowly wide was the best they could offer in the first half.

    Almeria posed little threat until Vidal’s effort hit the woodwork prompted a warning that Atletico failed to heed.

    Verza’s intended cross crept into the top corner for the opening goal before the same player clinched maximum points with his penalty.

    Earlier, eighth-placed Valencia thumped rock bottom Real Betis 5-0 with Alcacer scoring twice. Second from bottom Rayo Vallecano also defeated Malaga, who are in 14th spot, 4-1.

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Long Way Home conveys the trauma of war

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The Long Way Home was received with an emotional standing ovation when the collaborative Sydney Theatre Company and Australian Defence Force production opened in Sydney on Saturday night.


    The play features real soldiers alongside professional actors and is based on the personal experiences of men and women who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.

    It takes place on a stark set dominated by the silent, ghostly figures of the soldiers which haunt one ex-serviceman’s waking hours. Interspersed with the action on stage, large close-ups of the performers’ faces appear on screen as they tell their real-life stories.

    The Long Way Home is about damaged lives, post-traumatic stress and people broken in body and soul. It vividly depicts what war does to those on the frontline as well the shattering impact on their partners who struggle to pick up the pieces when their loved ones return home.

    But the play also conveys the mateship between soldiers and the humour that keeps diggers going, including moments of blackly comic relief that frequently target military culture and hierarchy.

    One of the central characters is played by Gary Wilson, who in real life suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was involved in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar in 2010 in which three Australian commandos and a US crewman died.

    Notable performances are also delivered by Corporals Tim Loch (Tom) and Craig Hancock (Nick), both of whom survived IED explosions in Afghanistan.

    You get the sense that apart from delivering lines, these men and women aren’t acting – this is the real deal. And that’s perhaps what gives the play such raw, wrenching power and makes it speak so directly to the audience.

    Not surprisingly, there were tears on both sides of the stage when the opening night crowd, including senior figures from the military and politics as well as artistic director Andrew Upton, rose to their feet at the end.

    As Australia marks 100 years since its involvement in World War I this year, The Long Way Home is a timely reminder of the price paid by those who have served in war.

    * The Long Way Home will show in Sydney until February 15 before travelling to Darwin, Brisbane, Wollongong, Townsville, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.