Peruzzi’s Sunderland move set to go ahead despite failed medical

Peruzzi’s Sunderland move set to go ahead despite failed medical

Sunderland is closing in on the signing of Velez Sarsfield fullbackGino Peruzzi despite the player failing initial medical tests, the Argentine club has confirmed.

Peruzzi has agreed in principle to join the Black Cats, and he travelled with Velez general managers Julio Baldomar and Eduardo Ordonez to England to further the negotiations. He was found to have an issue with his knee ligaments, which were initially damaged during a Copa Argentina defeat to Olimpo in April.

Sunderland insisted on further tests being carried out at the Villa Stuart Sport Clinic in Rome, but exercises of the affected area yielded positive results.

Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio and his squad have travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy, but club officials have indicated to Velez that the deal will be finalized later this week.

Di Canio has been busy re-shaping his squad during the offseason, as he looks to build on a 17th-place finish during the previous campaign. Peruzzi would become the Di Canio’s 10th signing of the transfer window, joining the likes of USA striker Jozy Altidore, Modibo Diakite and Emanuele Giaccherini in making the switch to the Stadium of Light.

Red Bull help Austria Grand Prix seal a Formula One return in an increasingly packed 2014 schedule

Red Bull help Austria Grand Prix seal a Formula One return in an increasingly packed 2014 schedule

A July 6 date was confirmed on Tuesday by Red Bull, the energy drinks company founded by Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, which owns the eponymous Red Bull Formula One team and also the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in the Styrian Alps.

Mateschitz is a close friend of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

The Red Bull statement simply said: “Dietrich Mateschitz [Red Bull owner] and Bernie Ecclestone have reached agreement to the effect that Formula 1 will come back to Styria next year.”

The Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the A1-Ring, was mooted as a possible venue to fill the gap left vacant in this calendar by the withdrawal of the New Jersey GP.

Although in the end no deal was struck, Mateschitz has made no secret of his desire to see Formula One return to the circuit. The deal will be taken as a sign of his increasing power and influence.

A beautiful venue, its remote location and lack of infrastructure has counted against it, although Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko was adamant last winter that such concerns were “nonsense”, arguing that it “managed well enough in the 1970s and 1980s”. It hosted its last race in 2003 before Red Bull revamped it.

The July 6 date has already caused plenty of speculation about what the knock-on effect might be on the rest of the calendar.

With the governing body ruling out a clash with Le Mans 24 Hours (June 14-15) from now onwards, there are plenty of races and few spare weekends. Russia and New Jersey are both due to join the calendar, which could make 22 in total if all 19 from this season survive.

Added to the return of in-season testing, and winter testing starting earlier than usual due to the advent of the 1.6-litre turbo engines, 2014 looks like being the longest and busiest season in Formula One history.

Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

Giroud sent the visitors on their way after just three minutes at a packed Toyota Stadium before Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi got his debut Arsenal goal from the penalty spot. England’s Theo Walcott added a third after half-time before Kisho Yano gave Nagoya reason to cheer with a consolation strike 18 minutes from the end.

“Of course it was a special event with almost a full crowd,” Wenger said afterwards. “I think especially in the first half we played with great fluency, created many chances and the game was very interesting.

“In the second half, we were capable of maintaining the pace but we lost a bit of cohesion. Above all it was a very interesting game.”

Arsenal had scored 14 goals in their games against the Indonesian Dream Team and Vietnam and there was no let-up in front of a record 42,919 fans — many of them red-shirted — in Toyota.

With the action barely underway, Tomas Rosicky supplied the cross as Giroud climbed for a header which he buried past Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki.

Wenger deployed Miyaichi from the start and when Marcus Tulio Tanaka handled in the box, the promising youngster buried the spot-kick on 26 minutes for his first Arsenal goal and a 2-0 lead.

Walcott was denied by the ‘keeper’s legs as Arsenal pressed for a third, while Yoshizumi Ogawa nearly reduced the arrears but scuffed his shot harmlessly.

Arsenal resumed their assault after the break but Nagoya came close when their Australia striker Josh Kennedy volleyed over an empty goal under pressure from two defenders.

Walcott repeatedly threatened for Arsenal and he stole in for their third goal — after a sumptuous pass from 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem — with a lifted shot over Nagoya ‘keeper Narazaki.

The night was Arsenal’s but Nagoya were rewarded for their efforts when Kisho Yano planted a firm header past Lukasz Fabianski after a high cross from the right. “We didn’t give up, we tried until the end to score a second goal,” said Nagoya coach Dragan Stojkovic, who played under Wenger at the Japanese club.

“It was a memorable day, a memorable game. Of course, they can go home very satisfied.” Arsenal, hoping to end an eight-year trophy drought this season, now travel to Saitama where they will play Japan’s Urawa Reds on Friday.

Wenger had an 18-month stint as Nagoya manager before joining Arsenal in 1996 and embarking on a run which has yielded three Premier League titles and four FA Cup wins.

 

Translucent hard athletic dominance Mideast-Africa

Translucent hard athletic dominance Mideast-Africa

Atletik Sulit Tembus Dominasi Timteng-Afrika

Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later.

Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event.

It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo.

Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries.

The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo.

The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City.

According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has experience in carrying out similar activities at SEA Games 2011.
“We are ready to help a team of PB PASI because here has the best facilities,” said M. Zulfaini Ropi. He explained that in Jakabaring athletics track has eight oval track for runners.

Meanwhile, outside the main path is also available a similar trajectory to six runners. The track serves as a warming trajectory. Until now, the facility is well maintained though rarely used.

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

Pique: Fabregas Pursue, MU just a waste of time

Pique: Fabregas Pursue, MU just a waste of time

Barcelona – Manchester United’s efforts to bring Cesc Fabregas called Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will only be in vain. Besides Barca did not want to sell it, Fabregas also want to survive in Catalan.

After the initial bid worth £ 25 million rejected stronghold Barca, MU back to bite the fingers after the second offering which totaled 30 million pounds, also again rejected Los Cules.

26-year-old midfielder became the main prey MU in the transfer market after losing another target such as Thiago Alcantara who choose to Bayern Munich, or Kevin Strootman who join AS Roma.

“United just wasting their time,” said Pique was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“It took a long time for Cesc to realize his dream of returning to the house and he will not give up so easily. This is home, this is the place where his family was, and he was playing with friends nearby.

“He has said to us that he’s happy and he wants to survive,” he added.

Fabregas did previously have committed themselves to survive. While Barcelona has repeatedly expressed no intention to sell it, especially after they lost Thiago.

Marquez Impressive Debut at Laguna Seca

Marquez Impressive Debut at Laguna Seca

Aksi Marquez saat menyalip Valentino Rossi di Laguna Seca (Foto: MotoGP.Com)

CALIFORNIA – Marc Marquez proved himself as a topnotch riders. The MotoGP rookie managed to become champion in the unfamiliar circuit, Laguna Seca and exalt himself as a champion of MotoGP competition part of 2013.

Once the lights start burning, the pole winner Stefan Bradl seater immediately shot. Valentino Rossi who inhabit fourth start also managed to poke into second place, followed by Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Alvaro Bautista, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow in the top seven positions.

The second lap, Bautista got past Lorenzo who has not fully recovered from a left collarbone injury. Two laps later or fourth lap, turn Marc Marquez who steal the show.

Rossi aggressive appearance make trouble closing the gap, so successfully exploited to overtake Honda rookie in a corner, even though that is a little out of track.

After passing Rossi, Marquez is now the focus of chase Bradl began to move away. Meanwhile, Rossi is now under pressure from Bautista in the race for third place.

In the third line, presented a battle of two injured riders, Lorenzo who got the fierce resistance of Pedrosa who has not recovered from a shoulder injury. Trailed after 11 laps, Pedrosa eventually successful-clicking overtake Lorenzo to claim fifth position.

Lap after lap run, Marquez managed to cut the distance with Bradl until he finally managed to take advantage of lax Bradl on lap 19 to take over control of the race.

In the second row, Rossi also started overwhelmed serve Bautista resistance that continues to stalk right behind him. Elsewhere, Pedrosa began to open the gap to Lorenzo in sight difficulties flagship M1 spur the fullest.

Entering the final 10 laps, leaving Bradl and Marquez began comfortably leading the race on the new circuit this time ‘knew.’ Marquez 1.5 seconds ahead of Bradl and 5 seconds of The Doctor in third place.

Marquez increasingly emphasized its dominance with widened to 2 seconds from Bradl at three laps remaining. Meanwhile, Rossi was still fought hard to resist the pressure to secure a third podium Bautista.

Last lap, Marquez is no longer untouchable for later claimed his first win in his debut at Laguna Seca. Bradl, despite failing to be a winner, because it can be a little sumringah earned his first podium in the premier class since competing last season.

The living legend, VR46 also finally managed to win the battle for the final podium charge. Bautista in the fourth position, followed by Pedrosa and Lorenzo in sixth position. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, Cal Crutchlow finished seventh, followed by Ducati duo, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera in the top ten.

With this kemenenangan, Marquez had the right to close half of this season’s competition as the championship standings. Because the new 10 series will be held on August 18, 2013, in Indianapolis, USA.

Moto2 world champion this past season collecting 163 points, or 16 points ahead of teammate Pedrosa (147) in second place. Lorenzo was in third place with 137 points, followed by Rossi with 117 points.

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.