Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery
Que confusão foi essa, nação cruzeirense? As novas camisas do clube saíram tão estranhas, que um provável erro básico foi levantado pela imprensa. Segundo jornalistas de todo o Brasil, a empresa que fornece material esportivo para a Raposa teria confundido futebol com vôlei e produzido camisas de vôlei feminino para os jogadores celestes. A Olympikus se defendeu e disse que foi um pedido dos jogadores.
“O Dagoberto e o Luan pediram que fizessemos uma camisa que combinasse com a maquiagem dos jogadores. Foi o que fizemos. Inclusive, nós mostramos aos jogadores a camisa antes do lançamento e eles pediram para carregar ainda mais roxo”, disse o gerente de marketing, Serginho Jequiti.
Os torcedores aprovaram o modelito. Diego Maciel, o Maria Borrada, disse que a camisa arrasa e serve para diversas ocasiões: “Bem colorida, bem cheguei, bem cool. É glamour, nega. Serve para usar no jogo, na fazenda, no vôlei, na piscina e até na sauna. Quando eu estiver na pista com ela, todo mundo vai me notar. Inclusive, no Mineirão vai ser um mar pink, roxo e azul turquesa, que vai ficar que nem o arco-íris (risos)”, disse.
O goleiro Fábio estava de costas e ainda não foi possível conferir a parte frontal da camisa de goleiros.
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Otávio Mesquita será o convidado do “Arena SBT”, neste sábado…
Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery
A presidente Dilma Rousseff se complicou. A poucos meses das eleições, Dilma admitiu ter dado o aval para a compra de Leandro Damião pelo Santos. A mandatária se defendeu e disse que, assim como na compra da refinaria de Pasadena – outro péssimo negócio -, clausulas fundamentais sobre o desempenho do jogador foram omitidas.
“Na verdade, esconderam algumas informações essenciais sobre o jogador e não pude analisar com clareza. Não fui informada que ele é ruim de bola, que ele não sabe que se chuta com os pés e não com a canela e que futebol também se joga com a bola no chão, não apenas com cabeçadas”, disse, direto de Brasília.
Entretanto, o principal problema da negociação é o valor gasto para contratar o jogador. Foram investidos mais de 40 milhões de reais em um matador
de ataques, que não coloca medo em nenhuma defesa. Segundo informações de bastidores, até o pai de Neymar teria recebido comissão nesta transação. A operação “lava peixe” já foi montada para investigar o caso.
Como ganha por produtividade, o gandula do Damião é o mais bem pago do mundo e recebe mais do que o próprio centroavante santista.
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April 23, 2014
Tainted meat: Australian cyclist Michael Rogers. Photo: Getty Images
Australian cyclist Michael Rogers hopes to return to racing as soon as possible after the world body ruled that he would not be “sanctioned any further” for his positive reading of the drug clenbuterol in the end of season Japan Cup that he won last year.
The three-time world time-trial champion welcomed the decision by the Union Cycliste Internationale, even though it ruled that his victory in the Japan Cup on October 20 be would stricken from the record.
After his positive test, Rogers, 34, an Olympian and nine-time Tour de France starter with a personal best overall finish of ninth in 2006, was provisionally suspended, but maintained his innocence.
On Wednesday, the UCI said in a statement that it had accepted the Tinkoff-Saxo rider’s explanation that his positive was due to contaminated meat he had eaten when he was in China where he raced in the Tour of Beijing.
“Upon careful analysis of Mr Rogers’ explanations and the accompanying technical reports, the UCI found that that there was a significant probability that the presence of clenbuterol may have resulted from the consumption of contaminated meat from China – where he had taken part in a race before travelling to Japan.
“As a result, the UCI has proceeded with the automatic disqualification of Mr Rogers’ results at the 2013 Japan Cup Cycle Road Race [the competition during which the positive sample was taken] but, after consulting WADA, decided that he should not be sanctioned any further.
“The UCI is monitoring very carefully the latest developments concerning clenbuterol, and will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure riders are properly informed.”
Rogers said in a statement on Twitter: “Today, I received the extremely pleasing news that the UCI has decided that no period of ineligibility is to be imposed against me following my inadvertent adverse analytical finding for Clenbuterol in October 2013.
“As a consequence, my provisional suspension is lifted with immediate effect.
“The UCI acknowledged that the presence of Clenbuterol in my sample collected during the 2013 Japan Cup was due – as I always stated – to the consumption of contaminated meat during my stay in China for the Tour of Beijing.
“The UCI, in particular, confirmed the absence of any fault or negligence on my part.
“Notwithstanding the above, and because the substance was found in my sample during the competition, my result obtained during the 2013 Japan Cup must be automatically disqualified in accordance with the UCI rules.
“Although this is unfortunate for me, the UCI is bound by its rules and must apply them consistently.
“Over the past four months, my family and I have endured a very difficult time.
“The UCI’s decision means I can return to racing immediately, and I am looking forward to getting back to work, competing in the sport I love.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, teammates, colleagues, medical experts and fans who have showed continued support and understanding.
“Further, I wish to show my gratitude to the board of Tinkoff-Saxo for the professional manner with which this ambiguous ordeal has been handled.
“Thank you for having the perception of what is right, rather than following the path of least resistance.”
Cycling Australia chief executive officer Adrian Anderson responded to news of the UCI’s ruling in a statement, saying “CA is pleased that Michael has been given the chance to prove his innocence via the UCI appeal process.
“We support the findings of WADA and the UCI regarding sanctioning and look forward to seeing him now return to competition.”
Source :The Sydney Morning Herald
April 25, 2014
Victoria’s wealthiest woman Naomi Milgrom has won a legal battle in the state’s appeals tribunal, which approved her contentious plan to demolish two heritage-protected houses and expand the grounds of her sprawling Middle Park mansion.
In a blow to neighbouring residents and the local council, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has allowed the Sussan Group owner to remove the protected Edwardian houses to make way for a greenhouse, garden and pergola.
“We’re not allowed to paint our fence a different colour, but she’s allowed to knock down two buildings. This is preposterous,” said neighbour Anne Browne, who opposed the plan in VCAT.
Ms Browne, who has lived in Middle Park for 14 years, said VCAT had been hijacked by wealthy property owners with access to expensive legal advice and heritage consultants.
“It [VCAT] was set up for the little man to represent themselves, but too often, it’s Queen’s Counsel going head-to-head,’’ she said.
Ms Milgrom, who is worth an estimated $430 million, purchased the former Danish Club on Beaconsfield Parade for $12 million in 2009 and spent several years restoring the Italianate mansion. She later paid about $4 million for the adjoining Mills Street terraces, which were part of the original Hughenden estate built by wealthy real estate agent John Robert Buxton in 1890.
After Port Phillip council failed to issue a demolition permit within the 60-day deadline, Ms Milgrom’s lawyers launched legal proceedings.
VCAT ruled the heritage benefits of returning the estate to its former condition outweighed the loss of the two Edwardian houses.
But in a concession to neighbours, VCAT blocked plans by the millionaire retailer to ring the property with a ‘‘fortress-like’’ fence up to four metres high along the Ashworth Street boundary.
Port Phillip council is believed to be considering a Supreme Court appeal to the ruling, which could weaken heritage protection in the area.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome as council policy does not support the demolition of two significant heritage buildings. Council has not yet decided if it will appeal,” Mayor Amanda Steven said.
But Middle Park resident, David Mulhall, was satisfied with the VCAT outcome, despite his opposition.
“I think Port Phillip council put forward a compelling defence, and VCAT applied, quite properly, the heritage overlays of the local planning scheme,”’ Mr Mulhall said.
He said he was most concerned about the height and character of the proposed fence, which VCAT agreed to reduce to twometres.
Ms Milgrom, daughter of billionaire construction magnate Marc Besen, is an avid contemporary art collector and patron of the National Gallery of Victoria. She did not respond to a request for comment.
Ms Milgrom took action in VCAT just three years ago against the former owner of the adjoining Edwardian house at 179 Mills Street, who planned to renovate the residence.
Lawyers for Ms Milgrom claimed the second-storey extension would encroach on her privacy and the neighbour agreed to frost windows that overlooked the property.
Ms Milgrom subsequently purchased the house, which is now earmarked for demolition.
Source :The Age
April 25, 2014 – 9:20PM
Once more from the top: Shinji Ono wants to sign off from the Wanderers with an A-League championship. Photo: Getty Images
While the muddied status of Alessandro Del Piero makes it impossible to know whether to say goodbye or hello, the Shinji Ono farewell tour is making for a story with a much happier ending.
It is also a tour that keeps getting extended, playing to sell-out houses at Parramatta Stadium where the fans delight in calling for an encore.
Three weeks ago, Ono was given a beautiful send-off against Brisbane Roar, with fireworks, face masks and an enormous banner written in Japanese.
A top-two finish meant Saturday night’s match against Central Coast would allow him a semi-final at Parramatta Stadium before the adoring throng; now the Wanderers’ progress in the Asian Champions League means they get to keep him a little longer.
Ono’s final farewell will actually be on May 14, the second leg of the round of 16 clash against, quite fittingly, the Japanese champions, Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Even though Ono is set to join a second division side, Consadole Sapporo, few could question his ability to still cut it with the continent’s very best, which he demonstrated in grand style on Tuesday, scoring a long-range bullet against Guizhou Renhe.
“It was a big goal but I think I was really lucky,” Ono says with customary Japanese modesty. “There were many players around the box, inside the box, and none of them touched it before it came to me. Then I just hit it.”
That goal sent the crowd more than a little crazy as they savour every last drop of his brilliance.
It is unsurprising to learn that, more than anything else, Ono will miss those fans most of all.
“The noise and the fans, it is something amazing,” he gestures, pointing around Parramatta Stadium. “I will miss this place so much. It has been one of the best moments of my career.”
That’s not a bad rap considering Ono’s status in Asian football is close to the summit, within touching distance of the likes of Hidetoshi Nakata, Hong Myung-bo and Ali Daei.
But Ono admits that when he came to the Wanderers, things looked grim. He’d just turned 33, had been dumped by his hometown club, Shimizu S-Pulse, and was coming to a club which had never kicked a competitive ball. He arrived barely five days before their first-ever match.
“If I didn’t come here for the Wanderers’ first season, my football career would be almost finished,” he said. “But when I came here, my career began to ‘live’ again. I learned so much. Not just about football, but about life, about culture, about friends, about teammates. I am very happy to have this.”
Now Ono wouldn’t hesitate to suggest other Japanese players make the trip to the A-League, especially if they want to use it as a stepping stone for bigger things.
“I would say to any player, yes, you should come, definitely,” he said. “There’s many Japanese players who want to play overseas and I can say this league has enough quality. Australia is a great first step for players who want to then go to another country.”
Ono’s first season in particular was littered with highlights, none better than the outrageous chip over Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo, a feat he’d like to repeat at the same stage of the finals this season.
“Well, I like to play in big games,” he grins, joyfully recalling the moment. “And that was a really big game. That night I wanted to show everyone my qualities, my potential, by doing something special.”
But are there any lingering scars about losing to the Mariners a week later, ones that could haunt the Wanderers this weekend?
“Actually, I forget about last season and I don’t want to think about the past,” Ono said. “We finished first last season, which was an achievement, but didn’t win. This season, we’re second, so we’ve achieved nothing. Now I want to achieve in the grand final.”
While the Wanderers are established as a domestic power, their Asian success has been achieved in spite of massive rotations from coach Tony Popovic. Ono says it was foolish of anyone to doubt his boss.
“I knew we were a good team so I’m not surprised we made it past the group stage. I’ve been here two seasons and played with these players and everyone improved so much,” Ono said. “I believe in them, every one of them. We all follow the coach and he believes in us. There is so much trust in our group.”
It’s difficult not to cast an eye to the future, however, with Ono’s next stop at Sapporo likely to be his last in a spectacular career.
“I have a 2½-year contract, which for me is very good deal,” he says, hinting it will secure his financial future. “But I’m not thinking about leaving this club. To be honest, I still love playing for the Wanderers and I want to give 100 per cent for this club.
“For them, I’ll never cheat. I’ll never be lazy. And when I’m gone, I will never forget about the Wanderers.”
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
April 26, 2014
Marching are VC recipients (from left) Ben Roberts-Smith, Daniel Keighran and Mark Donaldson. Photo: Graham Tidy
A record 25,500 people turned out for the Anzac Day national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Friday morning.
While for some there may have been a royal attraction, for the thousands with chests adorned with medals, the occasion was about reflection, remembrance and recognition of those who have served.
Nan Brooks was among the veterans in the crowd. She served in Morotai in World War II with the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service.
Visitors to the ceremony, 91 year old Nan Brooks of Flynn with her daughter, Anne Prins of Kambah.Photo: Graham Tidy
Stationed at the 2/5 Australian General Hospital, she was a dietitian for the troops, “keeping them in line”, according to her daughter Anne Prins. Mrs Brooks marched every Anzac Day, until two years ago when she was 89. But she still attends the national ceremony knowing she will always have a seat. Mrs Prins had also attended the earlier dawn service, one of many people to go to both.
Another person to attend both ceremonies was William Phelan wearing the medals belonging to William Lever, the grandfather he never met.
“He was wounded on the Western Front and he died about 18 years later as a result of the wounds,” Mr Phelan said.
“It was really nice that [Victoria Cross recipient] Corporal Donaldson mentioned all the wounded people because I often feel sad that [my grandfather’s] name is not on the wall of remembrance.
“It feels as though you’re a bit forgotten – he did die as a [result of the war] – he got shrapnel in the head and chlorine gas, which destroyed his lungs and he died [from his injuries] when mum was just 12.”
Bethany Halmy also wore her relative’s medals.
“They were my great-grandfather’s. He was in the Second World War and he passed away as a prisoner of war,” Ms Halmy said.
She and her mother joined her grandparents in the trip from Sydney, but for the 18-year-old, the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was an extra motivation to attend.
Ms Halmy was one of the first to seize the opportunity after the ceremony to sit in the seat occupied by Kate during the ceremony for her own brush with royalty.
Crowds at least six-deep lined Anzac Parade as servicemen and their representatives prepared to march in the direction of Mount Ainslie with Parliament House at their backs.
As they reached the War Memorial parade grounds where thousands waited for them, the marchers passed the Duke of Cambridge, who was standing on the steps of the memorial with the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on his right. Hours earlier Prince William and Catherine were surprise guests at the dawn service.
The couple stood on top of the stairs before the memorial next to Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove.
They sang the service hymns with the crowd during the dawn service, but did not join in the singing of the Australian national anthem.
The couple, both clad in black, left the war memorial shortly after the conclusion of the service and returned to the Australian War Memorial at 10.30am for a national ceremony.
Australia’s three serving Victoria Cross recipients – Corporal Daniel Keighran, Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith and SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson – also attended the services.
Corporal Roberts-Smith spoke at the dawn service.
”We are Australians; we are born of the Anzacs,” he said. ”We are the custodians and stewards of their spirit now and into the future. We must take good care of it.”
Source : The Canberra Times