Archive for June, 2019

  • 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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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)

  • 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)

  • Breakers suffer agonising loss to Kings

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    The Breakers’ hopes of a fourth successive Australian NBL title took a significant blow with a 98-96 loss to the Sydney Kings.

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    In a tension-filled match on Saturday, the visiting Breakers let a nine-point lead midway through the third quarter slip and couldn’t make the most of the final possession when victory could have been claimed.

    The result leaves the three-time champions in sixth place with an 8-12 win-loss record while fourth-placed Sydney (10-9) further cemented themselves in the final playoff berth.

    It means the Auckland-based club will need to win most, if not all, of their last eight games in a 28-game season and will probably need other results to go their way over the next six weeks.

    Defeat couldn’t be blamed on their US forward Gary Wilkinson, who scored an NBL career-high 33 points, including five-from-seven three-point shots.

    With fellow-big men Mika Vukona and Casey Frank in foul trouble, Wilkinson stepped up, most notably in the third quarter when four successive long-range shots pushed the visitors clear.

    However, he also spent time on the bench, allowing the Kings to close the margin to 77-76 going into the final quarter.

    The teams went shot for shot over the closing stages, leaving the Breakers trailing by one point as they took the final possession.

    However, guard Kerron Johnson’s shot with five seconds remaining came up short and the hosts held on, leaving Breakers coach Dean Vickerman to rue missed opportunities.

    “We played well enough to win, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

    “We had shots to win it tonight, but they didn’t go for us.”

    Johnson was otherwise impressive, producing 18 points and 10 assists while Tom Abercrombie (12) and Daryl Corletto (10) also contributed.

    Dynamic import Sam Young top-scored for the Kings with 22, looking especially dangerous early on as his team led 26-21 and 53-50 through each of the first two quarters.

    The Breakers are home to fifth-placed Cairns on Friday.

  • Ukraine launches probe into hijack attempt

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

    Ukraine has launched a terror probe into a bid by an apparently drunk man to force an airliner flying to Turkey to land in Sochi where leaders gathered for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games.

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    “We have launched an investigation into an attempt to commit an act of terror and an attempt to hijack a plane,” Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) investigative department chief Maxim Lenko told reporters on Saturday.

    Lenko said the Ukrainian – reported by one official in Kiev as being “in an advanced state of drunkenness” – was opposed to the politics of President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart and ally Vladimir Putin.

    The Ukrainian investigator said the man on Friday demanded that the Istanbul-bound Boeing 737 jet be flown to Sochi where Yanukovych was holding crisis talks with Putin on the sidelines of the Games’ opening ceremony.

    The would-be hijacker “said the hands of Yanukovych and Putin were drenched in blood”, said Lenko.

    The investigator added that the man had also demanded the release of Ukrainian “hostages” – a reference to dozens of demonstrators detained by police during the sometimes violent anti-government rallies that have been rattling Kiev for more than two months.

    Putin’s high-stakes meeting with Yanukovych was expected to focus on the Ukrainian leader’s determination to ignore the demands of pro-EU protesters and stick to an economic alliance with Kiev’s historic master Moscow.

    The Ukrainian man – identified by Turkish media as 45-year-old Atryom Kozlov – brandished what he said was a detonator as he tried gaining access to the cockpit of an aircraft operated by Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines which left from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv with 110 people on board.

    Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets to force down the airliner at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport, where the man was immediately taken into custody and found to have neither a gun nor explosives.

    Lenko said the man was tied up with rope by the crew after being tricked into believing that the plane’s flight was being reversed toward Sochi.

    “This was not something very serious,” Turkish Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan told reporters in Istanbul.

    “It was an act of a single individual” that was not linked to any terror network, he added.

  • European Games a stepping stone for Azeri Olympic bid

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

    The capital Baku stumbled twice in the first stage of its attempt to land the 2016 and the 2020 Olympic Games, but sports minister Azad Rahimov said the experience from the first continental Games next year will prove invaluable as the country prepares another run on the Olympics.

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    “The big problem was the lack of experience for us,” Rahimov told reporters in Sochi. “That was the crucial point for us. We did not have experience of a big sports event.”

    Baku twice did not make the shortlist of candidate cities drawn up by the International Olympic Committee.

    “But now we can proudly say, once we stage the European Games that we will then have that experience,” he said. “Then we can bid more successfully (for the Olympics).”

    The energy-rich nation is the first host of the European Games aimed to be a small and experimental event which, as well as Olympic sports such as swimming and cycling, also includes untested disciplines like 3×3 basketball and beach soccer.

    “This is something completely new,” said the head of the coordination commission of the European Olympic Committees Spyros Capralos. “The IOC will see how these new ideas will be implemented.”

    Europe is the only continent not to have its own competition such as the Asian Games or the Pan-American Games.

    The European Games will also be a qualification event for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics for about half a dozen sports, including shooting, triathlon, archery and fencing.

    “After this event they (Azerbaijan) will be able to run any event at the highest level,” said EOC President Patrick Hickey.

    (Editing by Ossian Shine)