• 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.


    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.


    “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

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

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


    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.


    “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.


    “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)

  • Hazard fires Chelsea to the top of EPL

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

    Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick as Chelsea capitalised on Arsenal’s crushing defeat at Liverpool by beating Newcastle United 3-0 to claim top spot in the Premier League on Saturday.


    Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition at Anfield earlier in the day handed their nearest rivals an opportunity to leapfrog them at the top of the table and Chelsea took full advantage at Stamford Bridge.

    Manchester City were unable to follow suit, however, drawing 0-0 at Norwich City and slipping to third place in the process.

    Chelsea had served notice of their title credentials with an impressive 1-0 win at City on Monday and they were quick to take control against Newcastle despite captain John Terry missing out with a muscular strain.

    Hazard broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a first-time finish from a Branislav Ivanovic pass and the Belgian added a second seven minutes later following a neat back-heel by Samuel Eto’o.

    A foul on Eto’o by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa presented Hazard with an opportunity to complete his first Chelsea hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute and he duly obliged by sending Tim Krul the wrong way.

    “I know today we are top of the league, but I look to fifth place,” said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

    “When we are far from fifth and have a Champions League position under control, then it will be time to look at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool and see where they are and see the distances.”

    Victory took Chelsea a point above Arsenal and two points clear of City, who were unable to repeat their 7-0 annihilation of Norwich from earlier in the season.

    Manuel Pellegrini’s side dominated proceedings at Carrow Road, but in the continued absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero they came no closer to scoring than a first-half Alvaro Negredo header that hit the crossbar.

    “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 exactly the same,” said City manager Pellegrini.

    Liverpool are now only six points off the summit after re-energising their title challenge with a clinical victory over Arsenal.

    Elsewhere, Swansea City overwhelmed local rivals Cardiff City 3-0 in the south Wales derby to begin life without sacked manager Michael Laudrup in memorable style.

    West Ham United leapt out of the relegation zone after captain Kevin Nolan took his tally of goals to four in two games with a brace in a 2-0 success at Aston Villa.

    West Bromwich Albion slid into the space vacated by West Ham after going down 3-1 at Crystal Palace.

    Sunderland had Wes Brown sent off after three minutes in a 2-0 loss at home to Hull City that saw them fall to within one place of the drop zone, while Stoke City twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw at Southampton.

  • 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.”