Manchester City must learn from defeat by Spurs: Pep Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola finds nothing abnormal in his team’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur but wants the side to learn from Sunday’s loss and put their Premier League campaign back on track.City could not cope with the intensity, pace and pressing of Spurs, ending Guardiola’s hopes of becoming the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches.”We had problems; they were one step in front of us and we have to learn from that. Do I have regrets about my decisions? Maybe yeah. But we will learn so it doesn’t happen again,” Guardiola told reporters. (Also read: EPL: Tottenham Hotspurs end Pep Guardiola’s perfect EPL start by beating Manchester City)”I never thought that we would not lose a game. It is normal to the process; sometimes it happens and it can help us improve. At the end of the season you can win and still realise that you are not perfect.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss believes Spurs, who now sit second in the standings, are strong contenders for the league title.”They were fighting for the Premier League last season. We knew how aggressive they are. If you watch last season they were there,” Guardiola said.”Can they also win the league? Why not? There are many teams that can achieve that and Tottenham is one of them.”City, who remain top of the table, host Everton on October 15.last_img read more

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Caroline Wozniacki back in top 20 with Hong Kong Open win

first_imgFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki captured her 25th career Tour title when she beat unseeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-2 in the Hong Kong Open final on Sunday.The 26-year-old Wozniacki, who will now move back into the world’s top 20, has been in fine form, winning 19 of her last 22 matches, but was pushed to her limits by Mladenovic during an intense two hour 40 minute final.Despite a strong start from the Dane, Mladenovic refused to back down as she produced a spirited performance to win the second set, the only one Wozniacki dropped during the tournament.Wozniacki, who won the Pan Pacific Open last month, held her nerve as she showcased her years of experience to clinch the third set and claim her second Tour title of the year.last_img

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Bajaj Auto commences production of Kratos, its most powerful bike ever

first_imgBajaj Auto has commenced the production of its biggest and most powerful 400cc bike. The first batch of the bike was rolled out today at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant.What makes the roll-out even more special is that this came out of an assembly line that is managed only by women engineers. This is a milestone event for Bajaj Auto as a manufacturer embracing the best technology as well an organisation committed to gender diversity.Also Read:  Comparison: Hero Achiever 150cc vs Bajaj Pulsar 150ccThis is a historic moment for Bajaj Auto as exactly 15 years back in November 2001 the company had launched its iconic brand Pulsar which went on to define the sports motorcycle market in India. Pulsar continues to be a market leader in the sports segment for 15 years. The new big bike model, which is scheduled to be launched around mid-December 2016, is also expected to dominate Indian roads in this segment for the coming decade.According to Mr. Eric Vas, President (Motorcycle Business), Bajaj Auto, “We are proud to announce this historic roll out at Chakan today with our all women assembly line. Our new bike will set new benchmarks in its segment. There is already a lot of buzz, anticipation and excitement about the bike and its features, price and name. However, all our patrons and bike enthusiasts will have to wait for some time, till we share details of the new offering during the launch next month.”last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho defends Manchester United’s performance

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended his team’s performance after being held to a draw by Everton FC in an English Premier League (EPL) match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool.United took the lead a couple of minutes before half-time on Sunday evening when star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic lobbed the ball over on-rushing Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.The hosts however, managed to rescue a point right at the end when they were awarded a penalty for Marouane Fellaini’s clumsy challenge on Idrissa Gueye. Leighton Baines stepped up to fire home the penalty and earn a draw for Everton. (Manchester United still far away from Premier League title: Jose Mourinho)It was the sixth draw of the current EPL season for Manchester United which left them struggling at sixth place on the league table with 21 points from 14 matches, just one point ahead of seventh placed West Bromwich Albion.The former EPL champions trail fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur by six points and are behind current league leaders Chelsea by a whopping 13 points.A frustrated Mourinho claimed that his opponents were lucky to leave the pitch with a draw. (Manchester United not putting in extra work on finishing: Jose Mourinho)”It’s another game with a very good performance in a very difficult place to play, in a very emotional stadium, against a team full of good players. So it was a very good performance but a bad result in relation to the performance. We were the best team by far but we didn’t win. We had chances for 2-0, we had the ball against the post and then we lost a goal in the last few minutes. If you come to Goodison Park and you get a point in other circumstances I don’t think it’s a bad result because it’s a difficult place to play, but we were the best team by far so the point is not the point that gives us what we deserve,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by MUTV.advertisement”We are playing very well at home, super-dominant. We are playing very well away with some amazing performances from (Phil) Jones and (Marcos) Rojo, but not getting the results we deserve. When you play bad you can try to play well. When you play well there is nothing more you can do.”You try to keep playing well. This is what we are doing for a long time, playing well — better than our opponents. Getting draws but deserving victories so our opponents are leaving the stadium super happy with draws they don’t deserve. We cannot do nothing. We go back to work,” he added. (Need more time at Manchester United: Jose Mourinho)”If you tell me that in any one of our draws, the opponent was closer to winning than us, I will tell you that is completely untrue. In every one of our draws, we were much more closer to winning than the opponent and we deserve to win these matches. I repeat, this season what matters is the results, it’s not the quality of football.”The 53-year-old, who has guided Chelsea to the EPL title earlier in his career, asserted that he attracts criticism no matter how well his team plays.”I am concerned because we don’t get the results we deserve. I know that when my teams win matches playing a different style of football then in that moment all that matters is the style of football, not the results. You have in this moment teams in the Premier League playing defensive and counter-attack football but getting results. This season that is phenomenal in your (the media’s) words. When my teams are playing extremely well, the results are more important. So that’s where we are,” Mourinho said. (League Cup: Man United storm into semis, Arsenal ousted by Southampton )”But I am happy that my team is playing really well, even in difficult matches like this one. It’s a problem for us that we are not getting what we deserve, and it’s a problem for us that we have a position in the table that has no relation with the quality of football we are showing.”Mourinho also felt that it is difficult to play against Everton because of their direct style of play. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic confident of winning Premier League with Manchester United)”It’s impossible or very difficult to control a game for 90 minutes but I would say we controlled it for 80 minutes. It’s normal that an opponent has a reaction and the way they play with long, direct balls, it’s impossible to stop because when a team plays passing football you can press, but when they play long balls you cannot stop the ball in the air. So they would always have a little bit of pressure but that’s normal,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Read to lead

first_imgAnita and Harsha Bhogle’s debut book, The Winning Way, is a management advice book that focuses on what comprises a successful athlete and shows how management teams could juxtapose that with their workforce. Harsha Bhogle, sports commentator and writer, and Anita Bhogle, advertising and communication consultant, have conducted motivational workshops,Anita and Harsha Bhogle’s debut book, The Winning Way, is a management advice book that focuses on what comprises a successful athlete and shows how management teams could juxtapose that with their workforce. Harsha Bhogle, sports commentator and writer, and Anita Bhogle, advertising and communication consultant, have conducted motivational workshops for several corporates, this book is a collation of their learnings during these workshops. The book explains how both management and sport have no relation to each other but do however share the same fundamental attributes. Two IIM-A alumni dig into examples from sport to see how it can benefit managers.A business classic, Who moved My Cheese, is a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to change or living in a rapidly evolving world, what matters is one’s attitude. Spencer Johnson’s book uses a parable to reveal profound truths so that you can enjoy the success in your work and life. The story features four characters- two mice, “Sniff ” and “Scurry”, and two humans, “Hem” and “Haw”. They live in a maze, a representation of one’s environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success. This enlightening self-help and motivational tale suggests readers to anticipate, monitor, adapt and enjoy the change instead of blaming others.Snapshots from Hell is a hilarious and enlightening insider’s answer to the paramount question every prospective student asks: what is a business school really like? During his first year at Stanford Graduate School of Business, US, Peter Robinson began keeping a journal of his day-to-day impressions and harrowing experiences which evolved into this book. From the frenzy of the exam week to the pitfalls and triumphs of the interview process, Robinson’s story is witty and candid. Students aspiring to attend business school may find interest in this first-hand account of life in a management school. Experienced managers can also read this book for a trip down the memory lane.advertisementA guide to marketing for managers, Philip Kotler’s all-in-one book is based on his phenomenally successful worldwide lectures and seminars. Through Kotler’s profound and precise judgement, you can update your skills and knowledge of the new opportunities and challenges posed by hypercompetition, and globalisation. The book will help you gain a new and better understanding of the age-old conundrums as how to select the right market segments. This authoritative guide is packed with cutting-edge strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to reduce the cost of customer acquisition.Ben Horowitz’s book offers practical wisdom on building and running a start-up. Filled with straight talk and humble experiences, The Hard Thing about Hard Things is invaluable for both veterans as well as those aspiring to build their own ventures. What makes the book a must-read is the fact that it is based on the author’s hard-earned rise. Ben analyses the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. He addresses the challenges that one might go through and the best possible ways to tackle them.last_img read more

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Delighted to have Ravichandran Ashwin in the team, says Virat Kohli

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets in England’s second innings as India cruised to victory in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday to wrap up the five-match series with a game to spare.England, who resumed the final day on 182/6, were only able to add 13 more runs to their total as Ashwin took all four remaining wickets in a little more than half an hour and the hosts won by an innings and 36 runs. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)The five-wicket haul was the 24th for the world’s top-ranked Test bowler and his seventh 10-wicket haul, after the 30-year-old also took six wickets in England’s first innings, inspired India to an unassailable 3-0 lead. He finished with an impressive match figures of 12/167.Apart from captain Virat Kohli, nobody has been more important to India’s Test success on home soil than Ashwin and today when India, the world top-ranked Test side, wrapped up a memorable win in Mumbai, Kohli couldn’t stop himself from praising the lanky spinner for his contributions. (Ravichandran Ashwin’s golden Test run in 2016 continues)”Ashwin obviously is a champion bowler, we are running out of words to describe his performances. Every Test we play a game, he’s there bagging the Man of the Match award and even the Man of the Series award. He has won so many,” Kohli said after the match.”So, you can understand the impact that he has had in this team going to No.1 and where we stand today, I think 50-60 per cent of that has been Ashwin’s effort to be very honest. The batsmen have played second fiddle to his performances. He has contributed with the bat as well,” he added.advertisementAshwin, who is the quickest Indian and second-fastest in the world to reach the 200-wicket mark in Tests, is the third Indian to take more than 50 wickets and score in excess of 500 runs in Tests in a calendar year.Ashwin, who is also the No.1 all-rounder, has been in terrific form this year and is winning India matches not only with his exceptional bowling but also by batting brilliantly.In 11 Tests this year, Ashwin has scalped 71 wickets, including eight five-wicket hauls. Whereas, he has amassed 545 runs in 13 innings this year, including two centuries against the West Indies and three fifties. Overall, Ashwin has 247 wickets and 1749 runs in 43 Tests.A tall off-spinner who bowls in half-sleeves, Ashwin is a rarity in an age when many slow bowlers look to hide the extent of their elbow bend under full sleeves. Ashwin has a penchant for targeting the opposition’s best batsman, and his ‘carrom’ ball – a finger-spinner delivered with the knuckle – has flummoxed the best players of spin. He also bowls a slider and has the ability to summon up the occasional leg-break when he feels he needs it.Kohli praised Ashwin for his intelligence and said any team would love to have him in their squad.”I am just delighted to have a guy like that in the team. Any team would love to have Ashwin in their squad right now. Such an intelligent cricketer, knows his field, knows his bowling, knows his batting and the opposition knows that. So, it is very difficult to get past him and a real boost for team India,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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Alaba: Bayern on the path to produce more young stars

first_imgBayern Munich needs more David Alabas.Alaba joined Bayern a decade ago as a 16-year-old and rose through the ranks. He played in the academy set-up, spent half a year with Bayern Munich II and made his professional debut with the club in 2010. Apart from a six-month loan to Hoffenheim in 2011, the do-it-all defender (and sometimes midfielder) has been a critical piece for the Bavarians ever since.Now 26, Alaba should be moving into the old guard with Bayern, and in some respects he is. Yet he’s the second-youngest player who started regularly for Bayern last year with RB Leipzig import Joshua Kimmich coming in under him at 23. Bayern can keep bringing in some of the Bundesliga’s best talent and continue its impressive league winning streak but to win the Champions League, forming more players like Alaba may be necessary. The Austria international says the club is working to do just that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I think this is the goal of the club, FC Bayern Munich. They just built a big campus in Munich for young players,” he told Goal. “I was the last young player, and it’s been a long time now, but I think we’re in a good way to try and put young players in this position where I am now. We have a lot of potential in the young players. You can see it on the pitch during training, also during games, that they’re doing very well.”But, the step up to the first team is very high, so it’s not easy. I think they’re doing their best, and you can see the coach trying to talk to them a lot, trying to give them some tips to improve themselves. We’ll see, but I think we’re going in the right direction.”In the coach, Niko Kovac, players are getting a boss nearly 30 years younger than their last manager. Jupp Heynckes was coaxed out of retirement after the club parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti after a Champions League defeat in October 2017. Heynckes helped the team to a sixth consecutive league championship but saw his squad fall short to Kovac’s Frankfurt in the cup and ran into the buzzsaw that was Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid in the Champions League.Kovac, a 46-year-old former Bayern midfielder, may be able to relate to his players better than Heynckes and, Alaba hopes, will get off to a strong start that will lead to him being able to carry out a long-term project. “You can feel the experience he has as a player and also as a manager now. He tries to bring his philosophy to our team now,” Alaba said. “Of course, it needs time, but he has a lot of experience especially as a player and also now as a manager. Our training is hard, but it’s very effective. We have a really good atmosphere in the team and on the pitch. He’s talking to the players a lot and giving us his trust and good feelings.”While the majority of Bayern’s stars who took part in the World Cup haven’t been training with the club in the United States, Alaba said those who were on the tour have been put through a number of demanding training sessions by Kovac.”The first couple weeks were very positive,” he said. “We worked very hard. We’re very concentrated. You can see that every single week we’re getting better, getting closer to where we want to go. Of course, we want to go this way so we can reach our goals.”Those goals will include another Bundesliga title as well as a first Champions League title since 2012-13. Bayern faces Frankfurt in the Supercup on August 12 before opening Bundesliga play against Hoffenheim on August 24.last_img read more

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Arzani earns Rodgers’ praise as Celtic deny exit clause

first_imgCeltic coach Brendan Rodgers has strongly refuted reports Daniel Arzani could cut his two-year loan deal with the Hoops short due to a lack of game time, while also heaping praise upon the Australian teenager. Arzani is yet to feature for the first-team and it was suggested he could return to parent club Manchester City by the end of the year should he fail to work his way into the senior side.Rodgers however claimed no such clause exists and looked to clarify what Celtic are looking to achieve with Arzani.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “His situation is very simple,” Rodgers said.”He is a 19-year-old boy who has come in for two years to get experience. He has burst onto the scene and of course they will want him to do well, but there is no exit clause.”He has adapted very well and much as people would love him to come in and play he wasn’t ready. So it’s all a process.”Coming in after a World Cup with players a number of weeks ahead of him in terms of fitness and training, he is adapting to a more physical game.”There are lots of things, but he is very happy and we have been very pleased in terms of how he is making progress.”It’s not easy to just snap your fingers and just come into a top team with top players who have done very well, but I have been really pleased with how he is developing and working and adapting to how we want to work.”It’s a really good education for him.”While yet to see any action with the first-team, Arzani has featured for the Hoops academy side and didn’t take long to leave his mark scoring a fine free-kick in his first start.The Aussie teenager featured off the bench for the Socceroos mid-week against Kuwait with Robbie Slater suggesting Arzani’s move to Scotland was ‘an obvious error’.last_img read more

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Djorkaeff expected Henry struggle

first_imgYouri Djorkaeff believes Thierry Henry will succeed with Monaco, despite a tough start to his coaching career.Following Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Monaco have won only one match out of eight since Henry took over from Leonardo Jardim in October.That victory came last weekend, 1-0 away to Caen in Ligue 1, as the club currently sits in 19th with 10 points from 14 matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! According to Djorkaeff, however, Monaco’s situation meant this initial period of difficulty was inevitable.”Yes, I expected him to struggle, because I know Monaco very well,” Djorkaeff told Omnisport. “I played over four years there, I know the squad and I know the club, and I knew that joining Monaco was not an easy choice for Thierry Henry.”The recruitment was focused on young players, players to develop, so the results will come in one year, maybe two. And more importantly, he has 15 players injured that he won’t be able to field for three weeks or maybe a month.”Before winning the World Cup and European Championship together with France, Djorkaeff and Henry spent a season together at Monaco.Irrespective of recent form, the 50-year-old believes Henry, who previously worked as an assistant under Roberto Martinez at Belgium, will make a capable coach.”When he joined Monaco he knew the problems, but he knows the club very well, it will take time and I think he has it in himself to be a coach,” Djorkaeff said.”He loves coaching, he loves talking with his players. He’s having problems but I’m sure it’s going to get better, he won last weekend so he’ll be able to breathe a bit more, and step by step, he’ll climb back.”Up next for Monaco is a match with Montepellier, who are currently third in Ligue 1.last_img read more

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Double delight for Rajiv Sethu, Amarnath Menon

first_imgChennai, July 9 (PTI): Honda Ten10 Racings Rajiv Sethu and Mithun Kumar hogged the limelight while young Amarnath Menon achieved a double in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track at nearby Sriperumbudur today. While 18-year old Sethu, in scoring a double, led a 1-2 finish for Honda Ten10 Racing in the premier Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) class with Mathana Kumar finishing second, the team, spearheaded by P K Mithun Kumar, swept all three podium spots in the Pro-Stock (up to 165cc) category. Equally impressive was 21-year-old Amarnath Menon from Kozhikode, who extended his domination in the Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) class, by repeating his performance of the first round at Coimbatore last month to win both the races again. Much of the focus today was on the Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) and Pro-Stock (up to 165cc) classes which were run on a combined grid. Like in the first outing on Saturday, Sethu rode a well-judged race. Starting from pole, Sethu yielded ground to reigning champion Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) who made a daring pass on the left-hander in the Bridge Complex only to crash out at Turn-4. Jagan?s exit came a lap after team-mate K Y Ahamed who was shadowing Sethu had crashed.It gave Sethu a clean run up front and he opened up a gap for a comfortable win ahead of team mate Mathana Kumar while Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) finished third. Results (Provisional):National Championship ? Super Sport Indian (165cc, 9 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten10 Racing) (18 mins:11.528 secs); 2. S Mathana Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) (18:15.594); 3. Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) (18:16.178). Super Sport Indian (300-400cc, 10 laps): 1. Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) (11:54.706); 2. Deepak Ravi Kumar (MotoRev) (11: 54.865); 3. Vivek Pillai (Rockers Racing) (11:55.134). Pro-Stock (165cc, 9 laps): 1. P K Mithun Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) (18:55.557); 2. Anish D Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing) (19:06.148); 3. Aravind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing) (19:06.610). Stock (Novice, 165cc, 6 laps):1. Peddu Sri Harsha (Sparks Racing) (11:23.303); 2. Vysakh Sobhan (Speed Up Racing) (11:25.804); 3.Anup Kumar M (RACR) (11:28.032). One-Make Championship ? Honda CBR250 Open (Race 1, 6 laps): 1. Hari Krishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing) (12:35.539); 2. Arvind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten 10 Racing) (12:36.307); 3. Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten 10 Racing) (12:40.917). Race 2 (9 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten10 Racing) (2:02.550); 2. Anish D Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing) (18:59.675); 3. Aravind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing) (19:00.290). Honda CBR150 (Novice, 6 laps): 1. Satyanarayana (Hyderabad) (13:28.437); 2. Amala Jerald A (Chennai) (13:28.861); 3. Vysakh Sobhan (Kerala) (13:29.072). TVS Apache RTR 200 (Open, 6 laps): 1. Prabhu V (Chennai) (08:56.086); 2. Sivanesan S (Chennai) (08:56.781); 3. Yashas RL (Bengaluru) (08:57.054). Novice (6 laps): 1. Peddu Sri Harsha (Hyderabad) (13:22.472); 2. Shankar Guru A (Chennai) (13:25.083); 3. Romario J (Chennai) (13: 40.846). PTI SS APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Banned former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer dies

first_imgChuck Blazer, the former FIFA executive committee member who pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, has died, his lawyers said on Wednesday.A statement from Blazer’s two lawyers did not provide details or the circumstances of his death.Blazer, 72, was general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) from 1990 to 2011.He pleaded guilty in the United States to bribery and financial offences in 2013 and was later banned by FIFA from all football activities for life.According to the transcript of his November 2013 guilty plea, Blazer and others in FIFA agreed to accept bribes in the bidding process for the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.FIFA’s ethics committee said Blazer breached rules on loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts, and bribery and corruption.As part of the 2013 plea agreement, Blazer agreed to cooperate with investigating authorities in the United States while they investigated the FIFA corruption scandal, which eventually played a crucial role in the departure of its former president, Sepp Blatter.Blazer had accused another former CONCACAF president, Jack Warner, of having pocketed funds from a $10 million project to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries at the time of South Africa’s successful bid to stage the 2010 World Cup.FIFA opened an ethics investigation over bribes-for-votes allegations in the 2011 FIFA presidential election after Blazer reported a possible case of bribery between Blatter and then FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.advertisementWarner and Bin Hammam were also banned by FIFA for life.FIFA was not immediately available for a comment on Blazer’s death. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, which is overseeing the FIFA probe, did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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I didn’t know if I can play ever again: Parupalli Kashyap

first_imgEnduring the worst injury phase of his career, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap says he had doubts if he would be able to play again after dislocating his right shoulder at the Premier Badminton League in January.Ever since limping out of the court in October 2015 with a calf muscle injury, life has never been the same for Kashyap as he entered into a constant battle to regain fitness.He recovered from a torn calf muscle, only to suffer a knee injury at the German Open, which ended his Olympic dream as from World No.7, he slipped out of contention.”It was the most difficult phase of my life. But even after missing the Olympics due to the knee injury, I was still motivated. I told myself okay, Olympics is gone, I can’t help it,” Kashyap told PTI.”So, let me recover and 2017 will be the year for me and I got the confidence also after reaching the semifinals at Korea. But after dislocating my shoulder at PBL, I was completely messed up,” he added.The 30-year-old today reached the US Open Grand Prix Gold final with a 15-21, 21-15, 21-16 win over Korean Kwang Hee Heo.To recover from the knee injury, he also went to the extent of shifting to Bangalore. He recovered and made a comeback in the later half of the year and reached the semifinals at Korea.Just when he was raring to go in the new season, he dislocated his shoulder at the PBL while playing a match against Prannoy at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here.advertisement”It was my right hand and again I had a three months break. There was a long period of bed rest and then there was the rehab. During this time, I lost it, I didn’t know how I will ever play if I can’t smash.”But I had good friends and support of the doctor and physio. I completely followed what they told me to do. I took one day at a time and slowly I started getting my confidence back,” added the first Indian male shuttler to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals at the London Olympics.After recovering again, Kashyap played at the China Open but he ended up pulling his hamstring.”It was difficult for me to do the training program that the new coach had decided for rest of the players. I tried to do that and I pulled my hamstring just 10 days before the Thailand Open,” he said.Kashyap played at Thailand before entering a training program, which was specifically designed for him by chief coach Pullela Gopichand.”It was only during the two weeks before the Australian Open that Gopi sir tweaked my training program here and there because he knew I am an experienced player and the program worked for me,” said Kashyap, who had beaten Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai, who had reached the finals at Indonesia the week before.Kashyap will now be in another race of earning a place in the national team to defend his title at the Commonwealth Games next year.”It is a good result after what seems like ages. But I know I am still in the process of getting back to my best,” he signs off.last_img read more

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Goodell Must Testify in Rice Case

first_imgNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision Oct. 22. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public.Because it isn’t a criminal case, it’s uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify in a private arbitration. He said this month he would leave the decision to Judge Jones.“We will continue to respect Judge Jones’ confidentiality order regarding this proceeding,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.NFL lawyers have argued that Goodell shouldn’t have to testify, and instead were offering testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy.Pash and Birch were with Goodell when he met with Rice’s side in June to talk about what happened when the former Pro Bowl running back hit his then-fiancee in an elevator.Rice described details of the incident at that meeting. Goodell has called Rice’s description “ambiguous” while Rice’s side has maintained he gave exact details.The hearing will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar with the case told the AP.Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of the former Pro Bowl running back hitting the woman was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.The players’ union appealed Rice’s suspension, saying he should not be punished twice.Jones was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players’ union to hear the appeal. The union said at the time that Goodell’s testimony as a witness would be crucial in the proceedings.___(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Super Bowl Media Day Circus

first_imgPHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything.So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about who’s asking the questions.There was Barrel Boy. A pair of buck-toothed sock puppets. A guy sporting a purple shirt, a bicycle helmet and seven Go Pro cameras, “so I can catch all the angles, precisely.”These characters are the sort that have helped turn an event that began as a convenient place to fill up the notebook in advance of the NFL title game into the full-fledged theatre of the absurd it has become.On Jan. 27, about 2,000 reporters — make that people with credentials — filed into the U.S. Airways Center, worked their way down the stairs past a marching band playing a version of Blondie’s 1980 hit, Call Me, and got down to business.The New England Patriots filed in and the clock started ticking down from “60:00.”As the reporters, cameramen and Nickelodeon superhero Pick Boy elbowed for position, the questions began.As expected, New England coach Bill Belichick wasn’t forthcoming about much. But now, thanks to a question asked by a kid, we know his favorite stuffed animals are those cute little monkeys you put your fingers in to make them talk.Those wishing to someday see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s etchings were in luck. Sort of. A sketch artist got a credential and spent the morning penning out pictures of the Man himself: Life imitating art imitating Leroy Neiman.Looking for a Joe Namath-like guarantee at Media Day? “The game will be on Sunday,” promised Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.Oh, there were moments of actual reporting going on — some even done by people other than ESPN’s Chris Berman, NFL Network’s Deion Sanders and the rest of the reporter-celebrity crowd that fields as many questions as they ask.Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who had his last say on the deflated-footballs matter during a surprise showing at the New England news conference Jan. 26, came out Jan. 27 and stood in a corner — not to talk about Deflategate, but, among other things, to talk about why he talked about Deflategate.“The reason I did what I did yesterday was so that all of our fans and (me) and my family can enjoy this game,” he said.Belichick stood by his guns. He wasn’t going to mention it anymore: “We’re just focused on Seattle this week,” he said.Speaking of Seattle, about a half-hour before the Seahawks took to the floor at the jammed, claustrophobic arena that the NBA’s Phoenix Suns call home, a crowd started gathering around Podium No. 6. Lynch’s name was up there. Quite a surprise, considering he spent last year’s Media Day in a corner, surrounded by teammates who wouldn’t let any reporters near him.An hour with “The Beast?” Seemed promising.Then, he climbed the stairs, set his timer, said he was doing this so he wouldn’t get fined and pronounced he would answer every question the same way until his time was up.That ended with about 57:30 remaining on the countdown clock, and it’s not a sure thing he was right about the fine thing. The Pro Football Writers Association is talking to the league about what happened and Lynch has been told there’s a potential he could, indeed, have to pay up for leaving early.Once he left, his teammates fielded a number of questions about why Lynch doesn’t like to talk, and why fans (read: media) seem so obsessed with hearing him talk.“The way the NFL sells everything all the time, fans want to, like, be inside our minds,” defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. “The fact they don’t get to do it all the time with Marshawn, it just makes them mad.”OK, back to the important stuff:The white, brimmed hat Bennett was wearing was made of horse tweed and cost $800, “for those of you who know about hats,” he said.Those who know about figure skating would’ve liked what they saw.Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were there. One was decked out in black leather pants, black shoes with chunky heels, a bejeweled necklace and a Seinfeld-esque puffy shirt. Lipinski looked good, too.They asked some questions. Answered more.As Seattle’s 60 minutes were wrapping up, a group of practice squad players were showing off their best dance moves for the camera — Jimmy Staten did the “Sprinkler” — while being surrounded by scantily clad ladies in cheerleading gear.A few steps away, a man wearing clown’s makeup and a rubber-ribbon wig was carrying a microphone and following a reporter with a low-cut neckline that highlighted her painted-on black-and-white dress.In another corner, former Rams MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, now retired and with a TV gig, had a microphone in front of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.“This is football players interviewing football players,” observed the legendary sports writer, Art Spander, now covering his 39th Super Bowl.And reporters interviewing reporters. No stone is left unturned at Media Day.(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Yank Comeback Beats Jays, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — With a chance to ice a win for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen froze up.Chase Headley hit a tiebreaking single that deflected off the wrist of reliever Brett Cecil, and the New York Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat Toronto 4-3 in chilly conditions April 8.“We imploded,” Manager John Gibbons said. “Wind-blown hit, then we hit a couple of guys.”Michael Pineda pitched six solid innings for the Yankees, who improved to 30-6 at home against the Blue Jays since May 24, 2011. Jacoby Ellsbury scored twice and reached base safely all four times up.New York took advantage of mistakes by Toronto’s bullpen, fighting back from a two-run deficit for its first victory of the season after the 40-year-old Dickey tossed 6 1-3 effective innings.“Shoot, he was great. Cold weather, drizzle to start things off, you never know how it’s going to be. But he was great,” Gibbons said. “We coughed it up.”In front of New York’s smallest crowd for a home game in 11 years, Andrew Miller worked a perfect ninth in his Yankees debut for the second save of his career.Toronto pushed its lead to 3-1 in the eighth when Jose Bautista scored on a throwing error by catcher Brian McCann. But the bullpen couldn’t hold it.Pinch-hitter Chris Young opened the bottom half with a bloop double that eluded rookie second baseman Devon Travis. Ellsbury singled, and Aaron Loup (0-1) loaded the bases when he hit Brett Gardner with a pitch.“It was a fastball in, and it got away,” Loup said.Young scored on a wild pitch by Cecil, who forced in the tying run when he plunked McCann with a pitch. Headley then hit a one-hopper that caromed off Cecil’s right wrist and past shortstop to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.In retrospect, Gibbons and Cecil both thought it was probably a double-play ball if the pitcher didn’t touch it. “I thought it was coming a little slower than it was,” Cecil said.Dellin Betances (1-0) got the win.Many players wore knit hats and hooded sweat shirts during batting practice, and the game began in a steady drizzle on a 44-degree night at a mostly empty Yankee Stadium. The announced crowd of 31,020 was New York’s smallest at home since Sept. 23, 2004, at the old ballpark across 161st street.The rain soon stopped, but the wind picked up and the raw chill never dissipated. Pitching in short sleeves, Pineda held the Blue Jays to two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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No-O! Broncos Stun Pats, 30-24

first_imgDENVER — Filling in for Peyton Manning. Facing Tom Brady — and a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter.None of it bothered Brock Osweiler.The 25-year-old quarterback making his first career start in Denver felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field on Nov. 29, where the Broncos handed the New England Patriots their first loss, 30-24 in overtime.It all reminded him of his youth in Kalispell, Montana, where misfires in the backyard ended up in snowbanks “and you’d have to dust off all the snow,” Osweiler said. “Fortunately, when you play in the NFL, there are guys on the sideline that dust off all the snow.“But, yeah, it was fun.”Not for Brady, who lost yet another one of his trusted targets when star tight end Rob Gronkowski injured his right knee with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter on a clean hit by safety Darian Stewart and was carted off the field.Brady’s receiving corps already was depleted with injuries to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and running back Dion Lewis. If Gronkowski’s injury is serious, it could be the biggest loss of all.“He’s been through a lot, he’s a tough guy,” Brady said. “Hopefully, it’s not too serious. All of our fingers are crossed.”Stewart swept in low, trying to break up the pass that fell incomplete.“I hate to see it but it’s really the only way for defenders to hit now,” Brady said. “I bet if you ask a bunch of players they’d rather you go high than low. When you go low that’s what happens. I don’t think it’s dirty. I just think it’s the way football’s being played now.”Gronkowski, who caught his ninth touchdown pass and led New England with six receptions for 88 yards before getting hurt, didn’t speak with reporters afterward. He walked to the team bus with a slight limp but no brace and coach Bill Belichick said he had no update.The Broncos (9-2) won it when C.J. Anderson bounced a run outside and raced 48 yards down Denver’s jubilant sideline with 12:32 left in overtime after its top-ranked defense forced a three-and-out thanks to a big sack by Von Miller and a huge hit by Shane Ray.Manning watched from the cozy indoors as his backup brought the Broncos back from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit and Denver handed the Patriots (10-1) their first loss since 2014.New England’s last loss was a meaningless 17-9 defeat to Buffalo on Dec. 28 before the Patriots won three games to claim another Super Bowl trophy and then swept through their first 10 this season.Now, the Carolina Panthers (11-0) are the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team.The Broncos never led until Osweiler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Bubba Caldwell with 1:09 left in regulation to put Denver ahead 24-21. But Brady needed just five plays to drive the Patriots 51 yards and into range for Stephen Gostkowski’s 47-yard field goal with no time left.New England won the coin toss and Denver’s defense, which lost starters T.J. Ward and Sylvester Williams to ankle injuries on the same play in the first half, had to go right back out.“It didn’t look good at times,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, “but we figured out a way to get it done.”Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Overall, the Broncos ran for 179 yards, particularly impressive given their double-digit deficit for most of the night and their 21-7 hole after Brady threw a 63-yard scoring pass to Brandon Bolden on the first play of the fourth quarter.The Patriots managed just 39 yards on 16 carries.Osweiler completed 23 of 42 passes for 270 yards with one TD and one interception on a tipped pass. Brady also was 23 of 42 for 280 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.With Manning sitting this one out in a walking cast on his left foot, the greatest quarterback rivalry was put on hold — perhaps forever.Instead of a 17th meeting between the QB greats, it was Brady versus Osweiler, which doesn’t have the same Hall of Fame ring to it.It still had plenty of panache.Things looked bleak for the Broncos after Bolden’s TD made it 21-7 and New England forced a three-and-out. But Chris Harper muffed the punt and Shaq Barrett recovered for Denver at the Patriots 36. That led to Anderson’s 15-yard TD run. A short field goal pulled them to 21-17.Then, Demaryius Thomas, who didn’t catch any of the first 11 balls thrown his way, hauled in a 36-yard pass to midfield just before the 2-minute warning that ignited Denver’s go-ahead TD drive.“That’s what great players do,” Osweiler said. “No matter what happens in the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter or even early fourth quarter, big players step up in big times.”He easily could have been talking about himself.(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lightning Burn The Devils, 4-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEWARK, N.J. — Jonathan Drouin is already making the most of his second chance with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Suspended by Tampa Bay for leaving a minor league assignment, Drouin scored the winning goal in his first NHL game in more than three months and the Lightning clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on April 7.“It’s been a weird season,” Drouin said. “It feels great to be back up here playing hockey, the thing I wanted to do. You realize sitting at home is not what you want to do.”Drouin started an injury-filled season with the Lightning and asked for a trade when the Lightning sent him to Syracuse of the AHL. When he didn’t get it, the No. pick in the 2013 draft went home. He didn’t return until early March when General Manager Steve Yzerman gave him a second chance.“It was missing the game, missing your teammates, being around the rink,” Drouin said. “Sitting at home and waking up to go work out in January and February is definitely a little different.”With Steven Stamkos (blood clot) and Ryan Callahan (lower body) out, the Lightning recalled the 21-year-old Drouin, and it paid off.With the Lightning leading 2-1 in the third period, Drouin took the puck from Patrik Elias in center ice, made a pass to Vladislav Namestnikov and then took a return pass before skating in and beating Keith Kinkaid between the pads with a shot from the right circle at 3:50. It was his third goal in 20 games with Tampa Bay this season. He started the season with them before behind sent to the minors, which upset him.“I am happy for him,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We brought him back because he earned his spot down in the American League and tonight he steps in the lineup and helps us win a hockey game. I am really happy for him.”Cooper said the team was excited for the well-liked 21-year-old Drouin, who led the Lightning with four shots.“He is an offensive threat,” Cooper said. “When he has his feet moving and gets some open ice, that kid can make some plays, as he did tonight on the winning goal.”Defenseman Matt Carle said it was good to see Drouin have success. “He hasn’t changed as a player,” Carle said. “He’s still buzzing around out there. You can see the skill level hasn’t declined at all.”Eric Condra and Cedric Paquette also scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves as the Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in seven games. Valtteri Filppula scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.The Lightning, who will finish the regular season at Montreal on April 9, will face either Boston or Detroit in the opening round.Sergey Kalinin scored twice for the Devils, who have now missed the playoffs the past four seasons and five of six. Keith Kinkaid made 18 saves for New Jersey, which wraps up the season at home on April 9 against Toronto.“We haven’t played our best hockey, you’ve seen that the past few games,” Devils center Travis Zajac said. Kalinin capped his first two-goal game with a bad-angle shot after Bobby Farnham forced a turnover.“It’s nice for the emotion to score, but you don’t want to lose. We have to win (Saturday),” Kalinin said.Paquette had given the Lightning a 2-1 with 5:15 left in the second period, beating Kinkaid in close off a nice pass by Filppula.Kalinin, who had not scored in 19 games, had tied the game at 1-all at 7:16 of the second period, deflecting a John Moore point shot past Bishop, who earlier in the game stopped break-ins by Farnham and Kyle Palmieri.Condra scored in the opening period, netting his own rebound.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Kerber wins US Open for 2nd major title of breakthrough year

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Early in what would become a tight test of a U.S. Open final, Angelique Kerber sprinted forward to somehow reach a drop shot and scoop a down-the-line winner that landed in a corner of the court.The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Kerber celebrated by raising her right hand and wagging her index finger in the air, as if to remind opponent Karolina Pliskova — and everyone else — “I’m No. 1!”Yes, she is. And a two-time Grand Slam champion, too.Kerber won her first U.S. Open title and the second major trophy of an out-of-nowhere breakthrough season, taking five of the last six games to beat a fading Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday.“It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to one day be the No. 1 player in the world, to win Grand Slams,” said the 28-year-old Kerber, who will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday. “I mean, all the dreams came true this year.”Never a Grand Slam finalist before 2016, Kerber beat Williams for the Australian Open title in January, then was the runner-up to her at Wimbledon in July. Adding the championship at Flushing Meadows was further proof that all of the changes Kerber has made are paying off.The better fitness, via extra time in the gym and longer, more intense practice sessions; an improved serve and a new willingness to attack during points, rather than mainly counter-punching, via instruction from coach Torben Beltz; a more positive attitude on court, via help from a mental coach.“Of course, now everybody will try to beat me and have nothing to lose,” Kerber said. “I will try to take this challenge.”On Saturday, the No. 2-seeded Kerber trailed by a break at 3-1 in the third set before coming back against the 10th-seeded Pliskova, who hadn’t been past the third round at a major until this tournament.“It didn’t look good,” Beltz said about the deficit. “But I think that’s also her strength. Because … if she sees she still has a chance, she’s grabbing it and she goes for it.”Kerber is the first woman from Germany to win the U.S. Open — and the first to get to No. 1 — since her idol and mentor, Steffi Graf, who got in touch via text message before the final.It was Pliskova who guaranteed Kerber’s ascension in the rankings by beating Williams in the semifinals, ending her streak of 186 consecutive weeks at the top, which began in February 2013 and equaled Graf’s mark.Kerber, who collected $3.5 million in prize money Saturday, lost to Pliskova the last time they met, just three weeks ago in the final of a hard-court tournament in Cincinnati.But at the outset of this final, it was Kerber who was in charge. Her defense is exemplary, scrambling along the baseline to put her racket on seemingly every ball, crouching so low that her knees would come close to scraping the ground.As she does against most opponents, Kerber would make Pliskova swing two, three, four extra times to try to end a point. And Pliskova was troubled by that in the early going, making 17 unforced errors in the first set alone, 14 more than Kerber. By the conclusion of the 2-hour, 7-minute final, Pliskova totaled 47 unforced errors, 30 more than Kerber.“With Angie, you cannot wait for mistakes,” Pliskova said. “She doesn’t give you anything.”Kerber won the toss and elected to receive, perhaps for two reasons: Her serve remains the biggest question mark in a game otherwise full of answers, and it made sense to force Pliskova to deal with an early test of nerves. Either way, the decision worked: Pliskova double-faulted on the match’s first point and got broken from the get-go.But Pliskova hung in there. And after frittering away her first four break points, she converted her fifth with a lob-volley winner that curled over Kerber and alit right by the baseline. Suddenly up 4-3 in the set, Pliskova turned to her coach up in the stands and yelled, pumping her fists.Now it was a match, filled with terrific points, tense moments and plenty of emotion. Pliskova served out the second set — the only one dropped by Kerber all tournament — and spiked a ball. Kerber got broken early in the third and bounced her racket off the court. Moments later, she trailed 3-1.But this was Kerber’s turn to show some mettle, breaking back to 3-all and again to end it. She dropped on her back after the last point, then climbed into the stands to begin the celebration with her coach and others.“I mean, definitely, I would say now that she deserves to be No. 1,” Pliskova said. “And after years (when) Serena was there, I think it’s a nice change.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Egypt’s Βest Κnown Αrchaeologist Called Lionel Messi an Idiot

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s best known archaeologist apologized after he angrily called Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi “an idiot” because the striker seemed to show little interest during a tour of the Giza Pyramids.Zahi Hawass, famed for his Indiana Jones hat and TV specials on Egypt’s ancient sites, showed Messi around the Giza Pyramids last month during a brief visit to Egypt by the Barcelona striker.In a TV interview aired Sunday, Hawass was asked how Messi’s reaction compared to that of Hollywood movie star Will Smith, who also toured the Pyramids with Hawass earlier this month.“Messi is an idiot, and I am sorry to say that,” he snapped. “I was explaining the antiquities to him and there’s no reaction in his face. I was explaining things that would make a rock react, but he was just like an idiot.”In a statement late Tuesday, Hawass said he was expressing anger over an inefficient interpreter when he was interviewed on the telephone by a talk show host. He made no mention of an interpreter in his original comments on Messi.“I apologize to Messi and his fans for the misunderstanding,” he said, professing to be an avid fan of the Argentine who watches all his games on television. “The nature of brief telephone interviews does not allow enough time to accurately explain what is meant. That contributed to the misunderstanding,” he said.Hawwas, a former antiquities minister, added that he would like to take Messi to visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor if he were to visit Egypt again.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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