• 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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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).

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    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.

    Squad

    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.

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    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.”

  • Man City need fit strikers after again failing to score

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Their Chilean manager still had Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic on show at Carrow Road but they could not find the net as their team missed the chance to reach the summit following Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in the early game.

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    After a rearguard action by Norwich, Pellegrini revealed his frustration at not having his forwards firing on all cylinders.

    “Our strikers Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are not one hundred percent fit so that’s very important for the team,” he told reporters.

    “We are frustrated because we could not win but we did all we could do, but in front of us there was a team who defended very well.”

    Aguero, City’s top scorer with 15 league goals, is out for about a month with a hamstring injury, Negredo continues to struggle with a shoulder problem and Jovetic has just returned from a series of injuries that have limited his appearances.

    City had been banging in goals at will this season, leading the league scoring charts with 68 in 23 games, and will hope their expensively-assembled forward line can get back on track in their next league game at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.

    The match is a dress-rehearsal for the League Cup final on March 2 with both teams desperate to win for different reasons with Sunderland only one point above the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at home to Hull City with 10 men on Saturday.

    Chelsea leapfrogged City and Arsenal to take over first place with a 3-0 victory over visiting Newcastle United but Pellegrini said his third-placed side won’t be panicking.

    “Every team will drop points, but we are still two points behind the leaders and we have 39 points to play for so we will continue the exactly the same,” he added.

    (Writing by Sam Holden; Editing by Ken Ferris)

  • Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

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    Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

    “We weren’t good enough today. We weren’t at the races. “We will take a long, hard look at ourselves,” Gatland told reporters.

    “This was probably one of most disappointing performances I’ve been involved with as Welsh coach,” he said.

    Wales came into the match one win from matching France’s record of six consecutive Six Nations victories, but now need either Ireland or France to drop points if they are to have a chance of retaining the championship they won in 2012 and 2013.

    Asked whether Wales still had a chance to win, he said: “It’s tough for us.

    “It’s one step at a time. We won’t be looking forward at whether we can win the six nations, we’ll be making sure the performance improves against France.”

    The victory hands momentum to Ireland, who lost four of their five games last year, but are enjoying a resurgence under new coach Joe Schmidt.

    “This tournament is about confidence and building momentum and Ireland seem to have that at the moment” Gatland said. “For us it’s about bouncing back and showing some character.”

    Schmidt said Ireland’s superior discipline and match fitness helped secure the victory, which he said would act to galvanise some of the squad’s younger players before their trip to Twickenham to play England in two weeks’ time.

    “It’s certainly a gathering of confidence,” said Schmidt. “But we certainly wouldn’t be getting carried away about what we are capable of producing.”

    “It’s going to be incredibly tough at Twickenham,” he said.

    (Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Clare Lovell)

  • Chelsea display Hazard warning lights to title rivals

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Belgium winger Eden Hazard stole the show with a hat-trick as the Londoners recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over eighth-placed Newcastle United.

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    The victory put in-form Chelsea one point clear of second-placed Arsenal, who were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool, and two ahead of Manchester City who drew 0-0 at Norwich City.

    “We are top of the league and that is something we can’t hide,” Mourinho told reporters when he was asked if he was again ruling out Chelsea’s chances of winning the league with 13 games left.

    “I say the same and I feel the same. It’s not just to say, it is to say and to feel. I do not change.”

    Mourinho played down a suggestion by Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew that this Chelsea side is the best yet under the Portuguese.

    “My team here was an amazing team that lasted for almost a decade,” said Mourinho, referring to the squad that won the title in 2005 and 2006 during his first spell in charge.

    “They are players that are part of the history of this club. These players here are just starting.”

    Despite his attempts to play down Chelsea’s championship prospects for the umpteenth time this season, the momentum has swung their way after they also became the first side to win at City on Monday.

    Worryingly for their rivals the 2012 European champions have started to show the kind of consistency that Mourinho brought to the club when he first moved to Stamford Bridge 10 years ago.

    The win against Newcastle was their eighth in the last 10 league matches and Hazard’s two first-half goals were both the result of the fluent, quick passing that has cut open the best teams in the division this season.

    Hazard completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, taking his goal tally in the league to 12 this term, when Frank Lampard gave up his role as penalty taker and allowed the Belgian to score from the spot after Samuel Eto’o was bundled over at a corner.

    (Editing by Tony Jimenez)

  • Johnson staying with Warriors until 2017

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Halfback Shaun Johnson says he wants to win a Premiership with the Warriors after committing his future to the NRL club for four more years.

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    The Warriors have fended off interest from rival rugby league clubs and from rugby union to secure their 23-year-old playmaker through to the end of 2017.

    It means Auckland-born and raised Johnson will play at least seven seasons of first grade for the club after being promoted from the junior ranks in 2011.

    “I absolutely love being at this club, living in Auckland and being close to family and friends,” he said.

    “When I signed my last contract I said I wanted to repay everyone who has supported me and the same applies even more now.”

    Johnson said there had been interest in his services elsewhere but when considering his options during negotiations this week, he set himself the goal of being part of a history-making Warriors side.

    “There’s so much to look forward to here as we look to grow and improve and I want to be a part of that as we strive to win the club’s first NRL premiership.”

    After two stellar years with the Junior Warriors, where he scored more than 400 points in 45 games, Johnson has established himself as a pivotal cog for the top side while also breaking into the Kiwis Test side.

    He has missed just two of their last 61 games and, at his best, has used his vision and startling pace to open up tight defences. He has scored 249 first grade points.

    Coach Matthew Elliott says Johnson’s signature represented a significant achievement for the Warriors.

    “The fact we’ve extended the contract of one of the most sought-after players around in Shaun is enormously important for our club,” he said.

    “Obviously Shaun is an exceptional footballer and athlete. He’s also represents the club well and is critical to where we’re going this season and beyond.”

    Johnson was also delighted to be named captain of the Warriors side to contest the inaugural NRL Nines in Auckland next week in the absence of regular skipper Simon Mannering.

  • Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The modernisation of the Olympic programme helped produce a young champion for the ages and a rare sibling double while two of the sports traditional sports added to their stockpile of golds with emotionally-charged victories.

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    Like host-nation Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is banking on the Sochi Games showing the world that it is moving with the times.

    On Saturday, in the Caucasus Mountains high above Sochi, all those worlds came together in perfect unison when Sage Kotsenburg won the inaugural men’s slopestyle competition.

    Later that night, two Canadian sisters – Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe – finished first and second in the moguls, becoming just the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics.

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

    Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won the biathlon sprint to capture his 12th Olympic medal – matching the all-time record of medals at a Winter Games.

    The extreme sports have become the hottest tickets in Winter Olympic sports as the young athletes perform outrageously complicated stunts with a devil-may-care approach that befits their generation.

    With his scraggy blonde hair, Kotsenburg was not among the favourites to win gold but he snatched it anyway, with the same cavalier attitude that has drawn the attention of Generation Y – unveiling a trick he invented himself but had never actually tried before.

    “I just kind of do random stuff,” he said. “I had no idea I’d do it … until three minutes before I jumped.”

    Kotsenburg’s impromptu decision went down well with the judges, who rewarded him with top marks for his four-and-a-half rotation spin, off the equivalent of a three-storey building, while the crowds roared and hooted with approval in the snow-peaked mountains on a glorious sunny day.

    The silver medal went to Norway’s Staale Sandbech and the bronze to Canada’s Mark McMorris, who competed with a broken rib but, in the colourful vernacular of snowboarding, he said it was day when everyone in the sport was fully sick.

    “An all around amazing vibe,” he declared.

    There were Dufour-Lapointe sisters entered in the moguls but only Justine and Chloe made it through to the final round while Maxine came 12th.

    The favourite for the gold was American Hannah Kearney but when she botched the landing on her first jump, Justine, 19, and her older sister Chloe, 22, found themselves on top of the podium.

    The only other sisters to achieve the feat at a Winter Olympics were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France, who did it two events in 1964, and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria, who did it in 1992.

    Earlier in the day, there was a sombre mood when Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, dubbed the “Iron Lady” of cross country skiing, won the women’s 15 kilometre skiathlon.

    Like all cross-country events, the 15km is an exhausting one in which competitors reach the finish line before collapsing in the snow, gasping for air in agonising pain.

    ACCOMPLISHED CAREER

    Bjoergen was no different but her pain this time was as much emotional as physical after she earned the fourth Olympic gold medal of her accomplished career.

    On the previous day, the Norwegian team was hit by some devastating news. The brother of their team mate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen had died “suddenly and unexpectedly”.

    No more details were given but Bjoergen said the whole team was shattered.

    “After things like this, it is hard to focus on the race,” she said.

    Norway dominates cross-country skiing and provided three of the first four in Saturday’s race.

    When they finished, they wrapped their arms around each other and began to sob. Cross country is a lung-bursting sport but a tight-knit one as well and Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, who took the silver medal behind Bjoergen, joined the three Norwegians.

    After a week of build-up that has been marred by bickering between politicians and complaints by journalists about their hotel rooms, it was a solemn way for some athletes to reclaim the spotlight.

    “It gives you perspective on the value of an Olympic medal,” said Kalla.

    After almost two years without an individual win, Bjoerndalen matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s Winter Games mark of 12 Olympic medals.

    At age 40, Bjoerndalen picked up his seventh gold medal of his career, and his third in the sprint, an event he had not won in 12 years.

    “I did things the way I know best,” he said.

    Down at the Black Sea resort in Sochi, another familiar face climbed back to the top step of the podium when Sven Kramer led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men’s 5,000 metres speedskating event.

    With legs as thick and strong as tree trunks, Kramer slashed almost four seconds off the Olympic record he set in Vancouver four years ago with a display of raw power and determinations.

    Watched by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, he become just the second man to successfully defend the 5,000m, one of the few events that has stood the test of time and been on the Winter Olympic programme since the first Games in 1924.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)

  • Switzerland’s Ammann blames long car ride for poor jump

    Date: 2019.06.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    “The march was great with the flag but the ride in the car always makes me a bit stiff and I felt it in the preparations today,” he told reporters after jumping 100 metres as opposed to the 105 or 106 he said he had expected.

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    The 32-year-old, the only man to win four individual jumping golds, is one of the world’s top 10 jumpers and had already pre-qualified for Sunday’s final but like all his rivals he took the opportunity to jump on Saturday.

    Fourth-ranked Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer spent three weeks before the Olympics working on his technique and reaped the reward when he travelled the furthest. He and Germany’s Severin Freund both leapt 104 metres.

    Schlierenzauer – who has a record 52 World Cup wins – looked relieved afterwards.

    “It’s getting better and better. (I’m reaching) the top level of my jumping and I think for tomorrow everything is clear for me,” the 24-year-old Austrian told Reuters.

    Schlierenzauer had been tipped to win both individual Olympic golds in 2010 but ended up with two bronzes, losing both titles to Ammann.

    The qualification round was won by Austrian Michael Hayboeck, who leapt 101 metres to continue a fine run of performances on the hill in recent training sessions.

    “I think the hill and I are a good team … I’m happy the Olympics are on this hill and so everything is going very easily,” the 22-year-old told reporters. “I am sure I can fight for the medals.

    Andreas Wank of Austria and Reruhi Shimizu both jumped slightly further but Hayboeck’s superior style marks made the difference.

    The top two jumpers in the world – Kamil Stoch of Poland and Peter Prevc of Slovenia – jumped 100 and 101.5 metres.

    (Editing by Peter Rutherford)

  • Egypt’s Sabbahi to stand in election

    Date: 2019.06.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    A popular Egyptian dissident leader under ousted president Mohamed Morsi says he will stand in upcoming elections, in a contest likely to pit him against army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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    Although the widely popular Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy, the field marshal is expected to contest and win the election, scheduled to be held by mid-April.

    The announcement on Saturday by socialist activist Hamdeen Sabbahi, however, signals growing concern among some Egyptians over a return to military rule if Sisi wins.

    Sabbahi placed third in the 2012 elections that Morsi won.

    After a year of turbulent rule Morsi was overthrown by the military following massive protests demanding the Islamist’s resignation.

    Sabbahi was a leader of the National Salvation Front that organised protests under Morsi.

    He was also a leading dissident against veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, a former army man who was overthrown in an early 2011 uprising after three decades in power.

    In a speech to his supporters, broadcast on live television, Sabbahi announced his nomination to chants of “our vote is for Sabbahi”.

    He denounced both Morsi and Mubarak, whose regime critics say is being resurrected by the military installed government.

    “We will wage a clear battle,” Sabbahi said.

    “I hope my decision has pleased the youths and respected their demands.”

    Sisi and the interim president he appointed after overthrowing Morsi have both pledged there would be no return to Mubarak-era practices, in which thousands of political prisoners were detained and freedom of speech was stifled.

  • Americans dismiss reports of judging conspiracy

    Date: 2019.06.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    “Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false,” the American governing body said in a statement on Saturday.

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    “There is no ‘help’ between countries. We have no further response to rumours, anonymous sources or conjecture.”

    U.S. media picked up on the report, saying the arrangement would help Meryl Davis and Charlie White to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance gold, while Russia in return would benefit in the team and pairs competitions.

    The original report also alluded to the fact that the arrangement was made so Davis and White were guaranteed to beat Canadian rivals and 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, with whom they share a coach in Marina Zoueva.

    Such an arrangement would seem to make little sense, though, as Russia are strong contenders for the team title, boasting strong performers in all four disciplines. Davis and White are favourites for the ice dance gold, given they have not been beaten for almost two years.

    Twice world champion Davis shrugged her shoulders when she was made aware of the allegations, after she and White topped the standings in the ice dance segment of the team competition.

    “We haven’t heard anything about it,” she said. “We are confident that what we are putting out onto the ice speaks for itself.”

    Judging scandals have often blighted figure skating, with the most famous being at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics when allegations of vote-rigging led to Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier being awarded duplicate gold medals in the pairs competition with Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze.

    French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was banned after admitting she had been pressured to back the Russians in an arrangement that would also lead to French couple Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat winning the ice dance.

    That episode led to the axing of the old 6.0-scoring system and it was replaced with the current accumulative scoring system, which officials believe cannot be manipulated as scores are now picked at random – with the judging panel unaware which scores have been discarded.

    “We have lived through Sale and Pelletier, figure skating has a storied past with all that stuff,” Moir said.

    “The wonderful thing about the Olympic Games is that we are athletes and we do our jobs and we don’t have to worry about all that.”

    (Additional reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, editing by Ossian Shine and Ed Osmond)

  • Bayern beat luckless Nuremberg after torrid start

    Date: 2019.06.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    Mario Mandzukic and captain Philipp Lahm, with his first goal in more than three years, scored to give Bayern their 12th successive league win, leaving them 13 points clear at the top.

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    Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robert Lewandowksi scored twice each as third-placed Borussia Dortmund thrashed hapless Werder Bremen 5-1 away, pushing the four-times champions closer to the relegation zone.

    Hamburg SV’s miserable run continued when the Bundesliga’s only ever-present side conceded three first-half goals on the way to a 3-0 home defeat against Hertha Berlin, keeping them in the relegation zone.

    Colombian forward Adrian Ramos missed a penalty but also scored two goals as Hertha handed Hamburg their sixth defeat in a row.

    Champions Bayern, who have dropped only four points all season and are unbeaten in their last 45 league games, have 56 points from 20 games with second-placed Bayer Leverkusen on 43 after their 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.

    Dortmund are a further four points back while Schalke 04, fourth with 34, host Hanover 96 on Sunday (1630 GMT).

    Third from bottom Nuremberg have come to life since the winter break and made a lively start as Hiroshi Kiyotake clipped the crossbar with a spectacular, acrobatic volley in the fourth minute.

    Bayern then had a double let-off as Josip Drmic broke clear and was denied by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer before Jerome Boateng blocked Daniel Ginczek’s follow-up from the rebound.

    FIRST ATTACK

    Predictably, Nuremberg were made to pay for their profligacy and Bayern went ahead with their first attack when Mandzukic got in front of his marker to cleverly hook in David Alaba’s cross in the 18th minute for his 12th league goal of the season.

    Nuremberg, who already had Timothy Chandler carried off with an injury, then lost Ginczek with an apparent knee problem and it was clear their chance had gone.

    They had an extraordinary let-off when an Arjen Robben free kick hit the inside of the post and Thomas Mueller headed against the crossbar from the rebound.

    Sure enough Bayern secured the points soon after halftime when Mandzukic was set free down the right and clipped the ball across for Lahm to score with a scruffy finish, his first goal since December 2010.

    The league’s second top scorer Lewandowski, whose double took his tally to 13, set Dortmund on the way when he struck with a sublime right-foot finish from just inside the penalty area after being set up by Marcel Schmelzer in the 26th minute.

    Mkhitaryan skipped two tackles before scoring with a low shot from outside the area to make it 2-0 before halftime.

    Defender Manuel Friedrich tapped in his first Dortmund goal after the break and Mkhitaryan and Lewandowski completed the rout as Dortmund ran amok against a ragged Werder defence.

    Levent Aycicek grabbed a late consolation for the hosts who are 13th with 20 points, too close to the drop zone for comfort. Nuremberg occupy the relegation playoff spot with 17 points.

    Hamburg stayed one point below them in 17th after a series of defensive blunders left them in disarray against Hertha.

    They had a let-off when goalkeeper Rene Adler brilliantly saved a Ramos penalty in the 15th minute, only for the Colombian to outjump the defence from the resulting corner to produce a goalbound header that was turned in by Sami Allagui.

    Ramos was again too powerful when he nodded the second eight minutes later. He then showed his ability with his feet as he slotted home a third on the counter attack seven minutes before the break.

    First-half goals from Eintracht Frankfurt’s Johaness Flum, Alexander Meier and Stefan Aigner earned a 3-0 win over bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, lifting them to 12th.

    Sixth-placed VfL Wolfsburg scored all their goals in the second half as they beat Mainz 05 by the same score.

    (Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)

  • Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

    Date: 2019.06.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    The modernisation of the Olympic programme helped produce a young champion for the ages and a rare sibling double while two of the sports traditional sports added to their stockpile of golds with emotionally-charged victories.

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    Like host-nation Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is banking on the Sochi Games showing the world that it is moving with the times.

    On Saturday, in the Caucasus Mountains high above Sochi, all those worlds came together in perfect unison when Sage Kotsenburg won the inaugural men’s slopestyle competition.

    Later that night, two Canadian sisters – Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe – finished first and second in the moguls, becoming just the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics.

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

    Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won the biathlon sprint to capture his 12th Olympic medal – matching the all-time record of medals at a Winter Games.

    The extreme sports have become the hottest tickets in Winter Olympic sports as the young athletes perform outrageously complicated stunts with a devil-may-care approach that befits their generation.

    With his scraggy blonde hair, Kotsenburg was not among the favourites to win gold but he snatched it anyway, with the same cavalier attitude that has drawn the attention of Generation Y – unveiling a trick he invented himself but had never actually tried before.

    “I just kind of do random stuff,” he said. “I had no idea I’d do it … until three minutes before I jumped.”

    Kotsenburg’s impromptu decision went down well with the judges, who rewarded him with top marks for his four-and-a-half rotation spin, off the equivalent of a three-storey building, while the crowds roared and hooted with approval in the snow-peaked mountains on a glorious sunny day.

    The silver medal went to Norway’s Staale Sandbech and the bronze to Canada’s Mark McMorris, who competed with a broken rib but, in the colourful vernacular of snowboarding, he said it was day when everyone in the sport was fully sick.

    “An all around amazing vibe,” he declared.

    There were Dufour-Lapointe sisters entered in the moguls but only Justine and Chloe made it through to the final round while Maxine came 12th.

    The favourite for the gold was American Hannah Kearney but when she botched the landing on her first jump, Justine, 19, and her older sister Chloe, 22, found themselves on top of the podium.

    The only other sisters to achieve the feat at a Winter Olympics were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France, who did it two events in 1964, and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria, who did it in 1992.

    Earlier in the day, there was a sombre mood when Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, dubbed the “Iron Lady” of cross country skiing, won the women’s 15 kilometre skiathlon.

    Like all cross-country events, the 15km is an exhausting one in which competitors reach the finish line before collapsing in the snow, gasping for air in agonising pain.

    ACCOMPLISHED CAREER

    Bjoergen was no different but her pain this time was as much emotional as physical after she earned the fourth Olympic gold medal of her accomplished career.

    On the previous day, the Norwegian team was hit by some devastating news. The brother of their team mate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen had died “suddenly and unexpectedly”.

    No more details were given but Bjoergen said the whole team was shattered.

    “After things like this, it is hard to focus on the race,” she said.

    Norway dominates cross-country skiing and provided three of the first four in Saturday’s race.

    When they finished, they wrapped their arms around each other and began to sob. Cross country is a lung-bursting sport but a tight-knit one as well and Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, who took the silver medal behind Bjoergen, joined the three Norwegians.

    After a week of build-up that has been marred by bickering between politicians and complaints by journalists about their hotel rooms, it was a solemn way for some athletes to reclaim the spotlight.

    “It gives you perspective on the value of an Olympic medal,” said Kalla.

    After almost two years without an individual win, Bjoerndalen matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s Winter Games mark of 12 Olympic medals.

    At age 40, Bjoerndalen picked up his seventh gold medal of his career, and his third in the sprint, an event he had not won in 12 years.

    “I did things the way I know best,” he said.

    Down at the Black Sea resort in Sochi, another familiar face climbed back to the top step of the podium when Sven Kramer led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men’s 5,000 metres speedskating event.

    With legs as thick and strong as tree trunks, Kramer slashed almost four seconds off the Olympic record he set in Vancouver four years ago with a display of raw power and determinations.

    Watched by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, he become just the second man to successfully defend the 5,000m, one of the few events that has stood the test of time and been on the Winter Olympic programme since the first Games in 1924.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)