Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini blamed injury disruptions for his team's recent poor run of results, capped by a 4-0 rout from third-division Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Madrid director general Jorge Valdano stopped short of guaranteeing Pellegrini's job was safe.There are lots of players who are out of form who have been returning from injuries," Pellegrini said to explain the loss and other recent results, including defeats against Sevilla and AC Milan.Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Karim Benzema were among the players back from injury, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been sidelined throughout the recent poor run of results. Xabi Alonso and Gonzalo Higuain are among Madrid's other absentees.Although the pressure was piling up on the Chilean coach, he insisted he will remain in the post."It has not even passed through my mind to resign, not recently, not today, not tomorrow," he said.Valdano hinted he wasn't seeking the coach's resignation either."I trust fully in (Pellegrini's) seriousness and his professionalism and tonight has to be a moment of departure (for the team)." However, he would not offer a concrete guarantee that the coach will stay.It's not the moment to make a diagnosis and I just want to apologize to the fans," he said.I believe in the squad and I believe in the people that form a part of it," Valdano said. "I think that what happened tonight will only ever happen once."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It may be deafening for some, but the engine roar from a MotoGP race is an addictive melody of thundering sound for racing aficionados.“The loud sound from the race engine drives me to the circuit here every year,” Malaysian Azmie Mustafa told The Jakarta Post during the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang over the weekend.Mustafa says he has never missed a race, be it Formula One or MotoGP, since the races were first brought to the Sepang International Circuit in 1999.“On television, we can only watch the race, but to feel the soul of the race, we have to watch it live,” said the 40-something insurance worker, an avid supporter of Formula One’s Ferrari team.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Australia's lead-up to their second clash against India in Nagpur will be more structured than the approach to the first, when their pre-match plans were affected by the late arrival of the New South Wales players participating in the Champions League final and their game-time strategy hit by the loss of Brett Lee and James Hopes during India's chase. This time their bad news has come in advance - Lee and Hopes are out with elbow and hamstring problems, and there are doubts over Mitchell Johnson, who hurt his ankle, as well, although coach Tim Nielsen was hopeful about his participation - yet they will be challenged to repeat the win they recorded at Vadodara.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Australia have been hit with injury worries to their bowlers just one game into the seven-match series against India, with James Hopes ruled out of the second match and a question mark over the availability of strike bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson. Allrounder Hopes suffered a hamstring strain during the first match in Vadodara on Sunday. Mitchell Johnson left the field briefly with a left ankle problem while Lee complained of a sore elbow. Lee managed only six overs during the chase, left the field after his second spell and later returned. Australia lost key players Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Nathan Bracken to injuries before the tour began. The captain Ricky Ponting didn't hide his displeasure over the scheduling of the ODI series, which began just three days after the Champions League Twenty20, where the New South Wales players arrived in Vadodara to join the rest of their Australia team-mates less than 12 hours before the match.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sachin Tendulkar has reached out with a typical controversial new formula, as his suggesting, so as reviving ODI cricket.. He suggested the best reviving Formula of 25 over Split Innings per each side, playing consecutively as 4 innings. Ever – green Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has reached up with a interesting new proposal to save the ODI format from the T20 blossom which threatens its existence from extinction. He suggested that One day matches may be splitted into four innings of 25 overs per side. I hope, He thinks we may have twenty overs a side. He exclaimed about this idea during the 2002 Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, In which the finals had ended up playing for over 100 overs against the less competiting opponent Sri Lanka. At First they played 50 overs, then we played ten overs before interruption of rain. The very next day, Sri Lanka started again playing 50 overs, then we played 10 overs, with which in the end we were declared as joint winners, which does not make any sense. This provides the reason for his suggestion. Its is much closer to T20 over format cricket, but simplicity is its theme. I think it will work
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Schedule & Match Venue
1.)Sunday Oct 25 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 05:00 EDT India vs Australia - First ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
2.)Wednesday Oct 28 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 05:00 EDT India vs Australia - Second ODI Vidarbha Cricket Association
3.)Saturday Oct 31 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 05:00 EDT India vs Australia - Third ODI Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
4.)Monday Nov 2 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EST India vs Australia - Fourth ODI Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
5.)Thursday Nov 5 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EST India vs Australia - Fifth ODI Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
6.)Sunday Nov 8
09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 22:30 EST India vs Australia - Sixth ODI Nehru Stadium, Guwahati
7.)Wednesday Nov 11 D/N
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 04:00 EST India vs Australia - Seventh ODI Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Friday, October 23, 2009
Kirsten Flipkens defeated third-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open.
Fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer followed up her title in Linz, Austria, last week by beating Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-3, 7-6 (4). She will play France’s Alize Cornet in the next round.
U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters, a doubles partner of Flipkens, will play Patty Schnyder of Switzerland on Thursday for a place in the quarterfinals.Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark withdrew in the opening round Tuesday with a left leg injury.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.Serb second seed Jankovic had already secured qualification for next week's season-ending WTA Championships. Kleybanova will next play Olga Govortsova of Belarus, who easily saw off Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-3 6-0. Eighth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-2 and now faces Alona Bondarenko. Ukrainian Bondarenko defeated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3 6-3. In the men's draw, Janko Tipsarevic beat Robby Ginepri in the last eight.Discuss tennis on 606.The sixth-seeded Serb saw off his American opponent 6-3 6-3, while Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas of the Ukraine 4-6 6-1 6-4. Jankovic, who dropped serve in the fifth game of each set and double-faulted twice to lose the match, denied she had been saving herself for next week's finale in Doha. "It was a difficult match for me, I tried my best but she played better," said the world number nine. "I can't say I was holding myself back having already qualified for Doha, but sometimes you try and it just doesn't work out."The event has a weakened women's draw because seven of the world's top players had already qualified for the WTA Championships.
Brett Lee pulled off a stunning allround show to enable New South Wales haul in the biggest cash prize in a cricket tournament ever by overcoming a brave effort from Trinidad & Tobago in the final of the Champions League Twenty20. The final victory margin of 41 runs doesn't quite tell the real story. T&T came out on the top initially, reducing NSW to 83 for 6, but Lee played a superb hand to propel NSW to a competitive 159 before he returned to jolt the T&T top order with two early wickets. The game was won in the last five overs of the NSW innings and in the first five of the chase and it was Lee who featured in both the little match-turning phases. The game had so many sub-plots - the nervy collapse of NSW and T&T's top order, Ravi Rampaul's canny seam bowling, Sherwin Ganga bowling three overs of spin in the Powerplay, Steven Smith's sensible batting and Kieron Pollard's icy-cool batting effort - but the biggest story was Lee's all-round contribution. He walked in with NSW tottering at 83 for 6, proceeded to slowly pull them out of the hole before shifting gears to charge them to a competitive score. It was almost the perfect counter punch. He knew the first task was safety - he scored just 7 from 13 deliveries - but knew there was no use meandering to a below-par total and thus upped the ante in the end overs with some stunning hits. Lee launched his assault in the 16th over against Lendl Simmons: The first delivery, a full toss, was swung over square-leg for a six, the fourth delivery was cleanly hit over long-on, and the last one was carved to the cover boundary. From then on it was vintage Lee he cleared the front leg and swung cleanly through the line time and again. Navin Stewart disappeared over long-on and Sherwin Ganga was heaved over midwicket as he powered NSW to a good total. Lee got support from Steven Smith, who did what was required perfectly: give the strike to Lee, and try to pinch the occasional boundary to soak up the pressure and ensure he didn't lose his wicket.
Lee wasn't done yet for the night, though. He returned with the ball to harass the T&T top order with his pace, bounce and movement. He took care of the impetuous William Perkins with a full, fast and straight delivery and removed Lendl Simmons with a slower one. Stuart Clark, with his slower cutters, and Doug Bollinger, with his bounce from short of length, proceeded to strangle T&T's middle order and it was left to that man Pollard to try to do the improbable. And he nearly did.
Through this tournament, Pollard has been batting like how Lance Klusener did in the 1999 World Cup. No target seems to be too much for him. Just like Klusener, he was almost unbelievably calm: he started his innings calmly, dealing in singles, before he unleashed his own brand of razzmatazz. He pulled a free hit from Bollinger over midwicket, swung Nathan Hauritz over long-on and got the equation down to 47 from 31 balls when it happened. He went for another six off Hauritz but couldn't clear, who else but, Lee at long-on. With Pollard's exit, Trinidad's dream run came to a crushing halt.
The T&T wagon might have hit the speed breaker in the chase but the start of the day couldn't have been more different, though. If NSW were to get to a huge total, the two hard-hitting openers had to contribute heavily but that didn't happen. T&T started with the spin-seam combination and Sherwin Ganga, the offspinner, bowled three overs in the Powerplay. The third ball of the game perhaps indicated which team was suffering more from the yips. Warner opted to play a weak reverse sweep and nearly edged it back to the bowler. Warner did go on to thread a couple of boundaries on the off side but never looked in. Meanwhile the pressure told on his partner Phillip Hughes, who faced three balls in the first three overs, and fell, trying to slog-pull the impressive Ravi Rampaul. While Sherwin Ganga was miserly, it was Rampaul who really shone with a fine display of canny seam bowling. He hit a full length, got the ball to cut both ways and built pressure. One moment captured his combative spirit perfectly: When Warner tried to impose himself with a crashing cover-drive, Rampaul fired in a sharp 140 kmph bouncer that flew past the startled batsman. The chance for NSW to break free came in the fifth over bowled by Dwayne Bravo, who had leaked runs in the semi-final. Katich started off with a bottom-hand powered six over long-on but Warner fell in the same over, edging one to right of backward point where Dave Mohammed took a fine catch. What followed was a nervy phase for NSW as one batsman after another fell to soft dismissals. Katich punched Bravo straight to mid-off, Moises Henriques swung a short delivery to fine-leg, Ben Rohrer pulled a long hop straight to deep midwicket, and Daniel Smith chopped a length delivery back on to his stumps. But Lee and Smith saved the day with some sensible batting before Lee returned with the ball to kill T&T's dream
Liverpool are running out of players, energy and ideas. The pressure certainly mounted on Rafa Benitez on Wednesday night when his team succumbed to modest French visitors, and a brief chorus of disapproval greeted his controversial decision to substitute their best player, Yossi Benayoun.
Having given Liverpool the lead, Benayoun was outstanding yet Lyon fought back, levelling through Maxine Gonalons and then, following Benayoun’s withdrawal, Cesar Delgado swooped in injury time to make it Liverpool's worst run since 1987. Next up? Manchester United.
This had been a game that Liverpool could not afford to lose, that had the Kop standing nervously as the game unfolded, their mood darkening after 25 minutes when Gerrard’s groin injury returned, lifting only when Benayoun struck four minutes from the break.As Liverpool’s captain sloped down the tunnel for immediate medical attention, Benitez’s faith in his lesser lights was put to the test.Mayhem ruled. Liverpool’s marking was shocking, allowing Lyons three uncontested attempts at goal. Only Reina delayed the inevitable, saving from Toulalan, then Govou before Maxime Gonalons made it third time lucky for Lyons with a header that arrowed into Liverpool’s net and hearts.Benitez gambled, removing Benayoun, precipitating those boos as Andrei Voronin came on. And when Delgado stroked home Lyons’ winner in stoppage time, the dissent continued.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Formula One team Williams will have a new engine supplier next season after its contract with Toyota was ended. An extension of the Toyota deal was signed earlier this year but it was mutually agreed to end the deal.
Toyota Motorsport chairman Tadashi Yamashina said on Wednesday: "We respect the wishes of Williams to look for other opportunities and wish them well for the future." Renault and Cosworth are considered the most likely contenders to supply Williams in 2010.
Williams had used Toyota engines since 2007, but never won a race with them. Team principal Sir Frank Williams said he appreciated Toyota stepping in at a time of "great difficulty" after a series of reliability failures when using Cosworth engines in 2006.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Australian cricket team captain Ricky has said it would be wrong to pick favorites before their 7match ODI series gets underway in India from October 25. Though Australia has the momentum in their favor, following their commendable Champions Trophy victory in South Africa, Ponting expects the home side to give them a fight. He said India is a very good and a very strong one-day team in the recent history and they are not underestimating them. He also added that they are the number one and two teams in the world and it all points to an entertaining good contest over the few weeks, he said all these a day after the team landed in Mumbai. He exclaimed that they have always enjoyed playing in India and with India. Their rivalry over the last few years has been growing, its very good for the world game. Both teams arrived in South Africa with series wins under their belt but left the country with very much contrasting results. Australia had drubbed England 6-1 after losing the Ashes and then they went on to retain the Champions Trophy title by beating England in the semis. They were without the services of two key batsmen due to injury, but now both have returned for the ODIs to let bolster the side.
New Zealand Cricket moved back to back their coach Andy Moles after a report suggested on Dominion Post said that senior players expects Moles to have been sacked which was published recently. Moles took over from John Bracewell 11 months ago. Without naming any of the individuals doing this, the post reported that the players were to believe in Moles was not up to their expected standards as their teams’ international coach. However, there is a reviews taking place following the frustrating tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy. Despite guiding them to the Champions Trophy final. Justin Vaughan, the Newzealand Cricket chief executive has recently issued a statement to approve that Moles remained the coach who was preparing newzealand side for their tour upcoming to the United Arab Emirates. Vaughan said that this looks at all aspects of individual and collective performance with a view to improvement. The Post in Dominion has reported that the senior players had a list of severe concerns which encloses that Moles had not provided them enough tactical or technical support and that Vettori had efficiently coaching their side for the past six months. He has a contract until next World Cup. New Zealand has continued to be a one of the best ODI side during his reign, winning nine of the 19 ODIs played.
There was no nerve-jangling, last-ball finish today, like there was when New South Wales pipped Victoria twice to win last season's Big Bash. Instead, the Australian champions delivered a clinical performance on a difficult Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, one that ensured the first semi-final of the Champions League was one of the most one-sided matches of the tournament.On the same pitch where fewer than 200 runs were scored in the match between Delhi Daredevils and Cape Cobras a day ago, the NSW openers David Warner and Phillip Hughes provided a powerful start, which allowed them to post 169, far more than the 110 Victoria captain Cameron White had hoped to limit them to. A tough chase became virtually impossible when offspinner Nathan Hauritz, who was given the second over, struck twice in three deliveries, getting rid of Victoria's openers.The build-up to the highly anticipated contest between the Australian sides centered around how difficult the track would be for power-hitting and, when Hughes was struck on the arm by a bouncer from Peter Siddle in the second over, it seemed the batsmen would have toil for their runs.
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In the event of a major incident or unsafe weather conditions, the race may be red flagged. Depending on the race distance covered at the time of the red flag, this can have several meanings:
If under 3 laps have been completed, the race is restarted from original grid positions. All drivers may take the restart, provided their car is in a fit state to do so.
If between 3 laps and 75% of the race distance have been completed, the race may be restarted once it is safe to do so using the race order at the time of the red flag. The two hour time limit still applies and the clock does not stop.
If more than 75% of the race distance has been completed then the race is finished and the race result counted back to the second last completed lap before the red flag.
The format of the Race has changed little through Formula One's history. The main changes have revolved around what changes are allowed at Pit Stops. In the early days of Grand Prix racing, a driver would be allowed to continue a race in his teammates car should his develop a problem. In recent years however, the focus has been on refuelling and tyre-changes. From the 2010 season, refuelling will be banned to encourage less tactical racing, having only been re-introduced in 1994 following safety fears. The rule requiring both compounds of tyre to be used during the race was only introduced in 2008, again to encourage racing on the track. The Safety Car is another relatively recent innovation that meant fewer red flags were required, allowing races to be completed on time for a growing international live television audience.
New South Wales versus Victoria in Delhi is a strange proposition if you're an Australian cricket fan. Back in Australia, the Champions League Twenty20 has been shown on a digital TV channel that not everyone has access to, so it's hard to judge the level of interest from the public. But there's enough in this clash to suggest an intense contest even if the turnout is likely to be far less than a packed SCG would throw up.NSW, the champions of Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash, were the first team from Group B to secure their passage to the next phase, with points carried forward, to the second round of the competition. They were joined by Victoria, arguably Australia's best Twenty20 side, having won the Big Bash for three consecutive years until this year's final. The prospect of an all-Australian final was shot when Delhi Daredevils beat Cobras in a low-scorer in Delhi, which means Wednesday's contestants will play on a slow-and-low track instead of the batsman-friendly Hyderabad surface. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla hasn't been encouraging for batsmen - nine were bowled in the last league match - and NSW captain Simon Katich had earlier spoken of how keen the team was to leave Delhi. In that regard, NSW's pace attack will be harder to handle.
Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark and Nathan Hauritz share the ball in that order when NSW take the field and, as Eagles, Sussex and Somerset found out, they can be a handful. Victoria have been the form team every year in Australia, but it is NSW who have the edge here by virtue of their top order and international-class bowling attack. Even without Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke and Nathan Bracken, NSW can still field almost an entire XI that has played for Australia.
Both are long-time rivals, being the two most-populated Australian states, and there has always been a "healthy' Melbourne-Sydney rivalry in Australia. In the past, Victorian fans have always been a bit envious of how many NSW players get selected for Australia; in fact, there was an old joke that when you made your debut for NSW, they also handed you a Baggy Green in a brown paper bag. That attitude isn't quite as pronounced - as the presence of Cameron White, now Australia's Twenty20 vice-captain, and Peter Siddle, the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year, will testify to. It all adds to an intriguing all-Australian clash. David Warner and Phillip Hughes v Victoria's attack: Hughes is the tournament's leading run-scorer and Warner smashed 63 from 41 balls and 40 from 16 in consecutive innings. Clint McKay, Shane Harwood and Andrew McDonald have been central to Victoria's success here and how they bowl to a superb opening act provides an appetising entrée to this match.
NSW's attack v Victoria's top order: Victoria's top order has failed to fire collectively; three of their four games resulted in scores of 55 for 2, 68 for 4 and 59 for 4. So up against a red-hot pace attack, Victoria's start must be strong. Rob Quiney has scored just 29 in three innings since his 40 against Delhi but he could take this stage to exact revenge on NSW. The last time he played them, in the Big Bash final, Quiney scored 91 from 56 balls in a losing cause.
Cameron White and David Hussey: Victoria were without this pair, away on Australian duty, for the Big Bash final and they could make the difference between winning and losing this time around. Both have gained much more exposure from playing for Australia this past season and will undoubtedly be keen to avoid an NSW repeat. Hussey, the second-fastest century-maker in Australia's domestic one-day history, is due some runs.
Andrew McDonald: He has been Victoria's bowler of the tournament so far - and the third leading wicket-taker - with eight wickets at 11.00 and an economy rate of 5.86. In conditions that are likely to help pace bowlers, he could be a handful yet again. McDonald has also yet to be dismissed in two innings.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Monday, October 5, 2009
Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880. Liverpool has a population of 435,500, and lies at the centre of the wider Liverpool Urban Area, which has a population of 816,216.Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanization and expansion of Liverpool were largely brought about by the city's status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. By the early 19th century, 40% of the world's trade passed through Liverpool's docks who is contributing to Liverpool's rise as a major city. Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians but are also known as "Scousers", in reference to the local dish known as "scouse", a form of stew. The word "Scouse" has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect. Liverpool's status as a port city has contributed to its diverse population, which, historically, were drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures, and religions, particularly those from Ireland and across it.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Michael Schumacher (born 3 January 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany) is a German former Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world drivers' champion, and current advisor for Ferrari. According to the official Formula One website, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen". He is the only German to win the Formula One World championship, and is credited with popularizing Formula One in Germany. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans. After winning two championships with Benetton, Michael Schumacher moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000–2004. Schumacher holds many records in Formula One, including most drivers' championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season. Schumacher is the only Formula One driver to have an entire season of podium finishes, a feat he accomplished in 2002. His driving sometimes created controversy: he was twice involved in collisions that determined the outcome of the world championship, most notably his disqualification from the 1997 championship for causing a collision with Jacques Villeneuve. After the 2006 Formula One season Schumacher retired from race driving.