Skip the First Round Kvitova, Wozniacki crashes out Direct

Skip the First Round Kvitova, Wozniacki crashes out Direct

Stuttgart – Petra Kvitova qualify for the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after defeating Annika Beck. Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki could not go far because immediately foundered.

Facing Beck at Porsche Arena on Wednesday (24/04/2013), Kvitova had to fight hard. The fifth seed eventually won after a long fight three sets in 2 hours 26 minutes. He won 7-5, 6-7, and 6-3.

Kvitova will face opponents in the second half is Julia Goerges or Kirsten Flipkens.

Wozniacki suffered misfortune. Former world number one tennis player must immediately lift the suitcase after defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7, 1-6.

In other matches, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won the duel fellow Russian. Pavlyuchenkova beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round and will challenge third seed Angelique Kerber.

Lucie Safarova also advanced to the second round after beating Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-1. Safarova will fight defending champion Maria Sharapova in the second round.

Sebastian Coe wants four-year ban for failed drugs tests

Sebastian Coe wants four-year ban for failed drugs tests

Sebastian Coe

“We have to go back from two years to four years. The move down to two did a lot of damage to my sport,” Lord Coe told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“It is for the clean athletes. I don’t care about the cheats we weed out. These people are trashing my sport.”

While the 1500m gold medallist from Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 does not believe trust in the sport has completely evaporated, Lord Coe is concerned people are losing faith in athletics.

“It is depressing. Trust sits at the heart of this,” said Lord Coe, who is also vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“I don’t think trust is gone entirely, but it was a bad day for the sport. The big challenge here is to go on fighting, this is not a fight we can afford to lose.

“It is about trust. If fans can’t trust the athletes and go there knowing what they are watching is questionable, then we will descend to American wrestling where most of the crowd know it is fake and, worryingly, don’t care.”

Lord Coe believes that athletes are currently taking risks by cheating as the two-year ban does not take enough time out of their career to be a deterrent.

But the London 2012 organiser and current British Olympic Association chairman knows that lifetime bans are not possible.

The BOA, before Coe was elected chairman, had a policy of banning any British athletes from competing in Olympic Games for life if they had previously failed a drugs test.

 

However, in April 2012 the governing bodylost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to keep the policy.

It allowed athletes such as Dwain Chambers, who failed a drugs test in 2003, to compete at London 2012

“If I could bring lifetime bans in I would,” said Lord Coe.

“The legal inhibitor to be able to do that is profound. We are not going to be able to have life bans, they would be challenged and when we have done it we have lost.

“Four years does make people think, it is a big chunk of your career but two years with appeals is often only 18 months. Too many athletes have been prepared to take the risk.”

Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact

PARIS (Reuters) – Watch and learn – that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team’sTour de France roster.

The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall.

Quintana, 23, reached the Champs Elysees in Paris having won a stage and claimed both white and polka-dot jerseys for the best young rider and the best climber.

On Saturday, he won the 20th stage at the top of Semnoz after a final 11-km ascent – nothing intimidating for a rider who would descend 16 kilometers every day to go to school on a 20-kilo mountain bike.

“And I had to come back every evening,” he says with a smile.

 He caught the eye of Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue when, aged 20, he won the Tour de l’Avenir – the most prestigious young riders’ race.

Unzue was looking for Colombian riders for his Spain-based team.

“Finding a Colombian rider who climbs well is easy,” said Unzue, referring to the ‘Beetles’, the Colombian climbers of the 1980s.

“But finding one who climbs well and who is also a good time-trialist is more rare.”

Quintana, however, is not just a physically talented rider. He is also a clever one.

“The other thing that struck me is his character,” said Unzue.

“He’s got a lot of self-confidence and he analyses a race very well. When you listen to him debrief his day, you understand right away that he is not just a fast rider.”

Quintana showed during the Tour that he is a fast learner.

 Starting the race with the task of helping team leader Alejandro Valverde secure a podium finish, the Colombian found himself thrust into the role of leader after the Spaniard lost considerable time on a flat stage following a mechanical problem.

“Everybody in the team believed in me. Everyone helped me, especially psychologically, to achieve this. At 23, I was not prepared for that,” he said on Saturday, sobbing between sentences.

“When they asked me if I was up for it (after Valverde’s hopes were dashed), I said ‘yes, sure, I’m ready to be team leader but I hope you will forgive me if my legs don’t respond at some point’.”

 His legs responded well as Quintana finished second behind Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain in the stage finishing up the iconic Mont Ventoux, although he briefly lost consciousness after crossing the line.

That day, he probably attacked too early. On Saturday, he showed that he had learned his lesson, waiting for Froome to attack on the slopes of the Semnoz before countering him in the final kilometer to take the stage.

The win capped years of hard work, Quintana said, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“I worked very hard and I had the support of my parents, my team. A year ago, when I turned professional, it was difficult to imagine that I would be here today,” he said.

“As a kid I didn’t dream this could happen to me. I was taking things on a daily basis.”

Quintana has emulated compatriot Luis Herrera, who won the King of the Mountains title in 1985 and 1987, but he is setting his sights higher than the polka dot jersey.

“These performances give me a lot of confidence for the following years. In 2015 I could be gunning for yellow. I will continue to

Football: AirAsia signs three-year sponsorship deal with FAS

Football: AirAsia signs three-year sponsorship deal with FAS

SINGAPORE: Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

The sponsorship, worth S $ 1.8 million, will include flights of for the under-21, under-23 and senior national teams, as well as the National Football Academy’s age-group teams and women’s teams.

The partnership with FAS is set to provide the Necessary support to the association to further gamers footballing success and raise standards for all levels. The Singapore national football team are the recent Victors of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign.

AirAsia will also offer “attractive travel packages” for football fans traveling to away matches, it said in a release.

“I never looked at the commercial aspirations … but to aim high and do something meaningful for Singapore football,” said AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

“Having AirAsia on the Singapore jersey is important, we want to put forward the message that we want to do better, that we want to dream. We hope to be part of that success; to help some of those young kids Realise their aspirations. ”

Mr Fernandes added that the sponsorship does not have “a fixed set of rules”.

“Whatever comes up with the FAS and requires our assistance, we are ready to help,” he said.

AirAsia has a track record of sports sponsorship, having backed the English Premiership football team Queens Park Rangers, Lotus Formula 1 outfit, the ASEAN Basketball League and MotoGP.

FAS President Zainudin Nordin said he is “absolutely thrilled to have concluded an agreement with an organization of AirAsia’s caliber and reputation”.

“We are really thankful to Tony Fernandes and AirAsia for their staunch support for football and we are looking forward to working closely with them to further promote the sport in the coming years,” he said.

He added: “It is a positive thing for us, Because Mr Fernandes and AirAsia are supporting youth, and sports in particular.”

Demba Ba can not wait to play in Jakarta

Demba Ba can not wait to play in Jakarta

Group of Chelsea’s squad is scheduled to land at Halim Airport, East Jakarta, Tuesday (23/7) at 13:00 pm. Their arrival to Indonesia is the last tour after undergoing a series of games in Thailand and Malaysia.
In the game counter Malaysia, the success destroys the host Blues, 1-4. Chelsea striker, Demba Ba, really enjoyed the trip to Malaysia. Aware of a few hours to set foot in Indonesia, Ba had to comment first.
Through his Twitter account, @ dembabafoot, he took time to greet supporters in the country, before boarding the plane. “Great time in malaysia kl. Off to jakarta, see you in few hours ….. Insha’ALLAH (Great Moments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Towards Indonesia, met with fans in a few hours. Insha Allah, “said the player who is identical to celebrate this thanksgiving prostration.
Unlike in Thailand and Malaysia, coach Jose Mourinho is sure BA will play from the first minute. In the previous two games, the position of striker Romelu Lukaku inhabited. While Ba only act as a substitute.

Sharapova Run to Semifinal

Sharapova Run to Semifinal

Stuttgart – Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament. In the quarterfinals, Sharapova frustrate Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 4-6, and 6-4.

Sharapova had to fight all three sets against Ivanovic at Porsche Arena on Saturday (04/27/2013) pm dawn. This is almost the same as when he takes 3 hours to beat Lucie Safarova day before.

Russian tennis player was leading 4-1 in the third set before finally sealed his victory with a score of 6-4.

After the match, Sharapova admitted that the match took place heavy for him.

“It is very difficult to move my body. I need a little time to warm up. This is one tough game,” he said as quoted by AP.

“Anna is more resilient, have a more powerful forehand, and I have to bend over backwards to the end. Glad I was finally able to escape.”

In the semifinal Sharapova will face Angelique Kerber. Previously, Kerber won 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Yaroslava Shvedova.

Jose Mourinho Respect Contract In Chelsea

Jose Mourinho Respect Contract In Chelsea

Jose Mourinho Hormati Kontrak Di Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he had no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge to return to FC Internazionale.

Previously, Inter president Massimo Moratti said that Mourinho will return to the Nerazzurri in the next three years. Despite loving the club given the treble in 2010, Mourinho was that it had no intention of returning the Giuseppe Meazza.

When asked by reporters who also attended Goal Indonesia about it on the sidelines of the team’s training at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Mourinho replied: “Nothing.”

“I love Inter. I have a good relationship with the club, players, and Moratti. I have an emotional connection with every my former club. ”

“But return to Inter is not my intention. My attention is now fixed at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract with Chelsea. If Moratti said I would be back in three years, that’s not true. ”

“I want to honor my contract here [Chelsea]. I want to stay at Chelsea. If I can last longer, then it became my ambition. “

Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult.

Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer.

Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League.

“Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway.

Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri.

“Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri.

“So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued.
For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.