Lakers Ready Without Howard

Mike D'Antoni. (Foto: Reuters)

LAS VEGAS – Mike D’Antoni will undergo a second season refine the Los Angeles Lakers. Without the presence of Dwight Howard who moved to the Houston Rockets, D’Antoni admitted Lakers ready to gush through the season 2013/2014.

“We get some interesting players. We tried to get a more athletic player again, “said D’Antoni, quoted from Sgvtribune, Wednesday (17/07/2013).

Trips last season was not fun for D’Antoni. He was appointed to replace Mike Brown, one week after the NBA 2012/2013 rolling. However, the Lakers game when it does not get better.

After foundered in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Lakers again having problems. Attempt to re-sign Howard aground already. The American Center has officially joined the Houston Rockets.

“The thing that upset me was the Rockets, they will do the same. And Howard chose to join the Rockets? Okay, so they will talk about the difference there? Do not tell me it was the difference, “he explained.

Former New York Knicks coach may wish Howard was successful in his new team. “He could be a force and he could really good, as well as dominating the league. Howard to dominate the game in different ways in the low post, “said D’Antoni.

“But he has to be better and he would be correct. Howard intension is to survive and have a strong force. I think Howard will be a better player if able to use it. But, he’s a good player, “he concluded.
(HMR)

Cycling-Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry’s findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies.

 “I am not surprised,” the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews. “As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.”

The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping, called for cycling to address its doping past in a “collective and co-operative manner”.

“If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed,” he said.

Armstrong admitted having taken performance-enhancing drugs in January and was stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency said it had uncovered a sophisticated doping programme.

 Armstrong did not compete in 1998 because he was battling cancer but the French Senate inquiry, published on Wednesday, named him as testing positive for EPO in 1999.

 Italian Marco Pantani, who won the Tour in 1998 and died of a drug overdose in 2004, and Jan Ullrich of Germany, who finished second in 1998, were among those named in the 918-page report compiled by a parliamentary group who called for a “truth and reconciliation” commission (TRC) to be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices.

 Since Armstrong confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show in January he has called for a truth and reconciliation programme on several occasions.

 WADA, the world anti-doping agency, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and national federations have been wary of the suggestion, although UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has appeared open to the suggestion of Armstrong sharing his past.

Armstrong continued: “I have not been contacted by anyone. I suspect in many ways they (WADA) are afraid of a TRC as it would fly in the face of the now famous talking point ‘the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of the world’.”

Asked if the Senate’s findings would benefit the sport, Armstrong told Cyclingnews: “I don’t know. I really don’t.

“I’d like to think that there is some good in all this but from my perspective, sitting here today, there has been nothing but damage done to the sport.” (Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Clare Fallon)

Jese signs new Real Madrid deal

Real Madrid has confirmed that promising youngster Jese Rodriguez has signed a new contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side until the summer of 2017.

The Spain Under-20 star’s previous deal was due to expire in 2014 and the attacker recently hinted at a potential transfer elsewhere in order to bolster his chances of first-team football; however, Jese has now ended all speculation about his future by inking a four-year extension with Madrid.

“Real Madrid announce that Jese has extended his contract, by which he will remain with the club for the next four seasons,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

The versatile attacker is seen as one of the biggest talents to have come through the ranks of the Madrid youth academy in recent years and made his official first team debut in December 2011.

Jese impressed with Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda Division in 2012-13, netting 22 goals to beat club legend Emilio Butragueno’s record for goals scored in one season with the youth side.

He was also one of Spain’s brightest stars at the recent U-20 World Cup, bagging five goals in five appearances, including a brace against the United States.

Though cleared, Redskins will go easy with RG3

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has ”nothing left to prove” – at least physically – in his return from major knee surgery.

That’s doesn’t mean he’s all the way back.

Griffin said Wednesday he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan – who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt – try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept. 9.

”They want to make sure we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do,” Griffin said. ”Let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. If it comes around that I’m ready to go, then maybe in the third preseason game, but as far as my understanding goes, preseason’s really not even in the air. … I think Coach feels like I can play without any preseason, so there no need really for that. Patience is the key.”

Griffin had reconstructive surgery on two ligaments in January after injuring his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Team doctors and coaches cleared him for practice within the last week, setting a remarkable pace for a rehab that can typically take a year or more.

”In my mind there’s nothing left to prove,” Griffin said. ”And that’s the way you have to approach the game when you’re coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you’re ready to go.”

But Shanahan is determined to play it safe with his franchise quarterback, having said he wants to make sure Griffin is 100 percent before playing in a game. Shanahan will meet with reporters Thursday, but Griffin appeared to lay out the key points in the latest important conversation between player and coach.

”I think we’re on the same page,” Griffin said. ”When we sat down and talked about what I was going to do in training camp and the weeks to follow, it was a good moment for me because of all the hard work had paid off. And they’re going to allow me to get back out there and do what I do, and that’s play football and just have fun with the guys.

”We all made mistakes last season. We all understand that. We all talked about it, and it’s time to move on. … Me and Mike Shanahan‘s relationship is paramount to this team being successful.”

Shanahan was not only criticized for leaving Griffin in the Seahawks game too long, but there was also scrutiny over whether the Redskins’ offense – along with Griffin’s aggressiveness – left him too vulnerable. He led the team to its first division title in 13 years, but he missed all or parts of four games with various injuries.

”The goal is longevity in the league. You also want to win,” Griffin said. ”And so, as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win

The end of the golden era of Federer getting closer?

Roger Federer followed Rafael Nadal Click footsteps as the world’s top tennis player who was eliminated in the early round of Wimbledon 2013.
At first glance Federer better luck because this Click the Swiss defeat in the second round while Nadal, who has just won the Grand Slam French Open, directly eliminated in the first round.
But Federer shocks inflicted far greater.
Federer is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and known as the best player on grass, field types used at Wimbledon.
But in the second round which was held on Wednesday afternoon (26/06) in London, Federer lost to both the technical and physical than his opponent, Sergiy Stakhovsky, in a match in straight sets, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 , within three hours.
So Stakhovsky get the last point in the third set, for a few seconds the whole crowd in attendance seemed to pause, and then simultaneously applauded for both players.
Still want bertenis
“I still plan to pursue tennis over the next few years. To me this defeats the normal course.”
Roger Federer
While Stakhovsky still could not believe what he had just done, Federer walked to the edge of the field, packing a large bag containing racket and clothing, and walking with bowed head.
No more distinctive smile and a sharp eye spotlight sign of pride.
In a press statement, Federer said, “I had a great moment, a distinct, but also had a difficult time like this. Always you can not continue to have a great moment right?”
“What do you do after a record defeat? For sure do not need to panic. You have to practice again, more loudly,” Federer said.
Is the defeat in the second round, ending the era of Federer in the world tennis stage, asked the reporter.
Federer paused.
Then he replied, “No. I’m still planning to pursue tennis over the next few years. To me this defeats the normal course. But for others not because I was always able to reach the quarter-finals in 36 major tournaments.”
Roger Federer
Roger Federer has won Wimbledon seven times.
Federer certainly may be planning to continue playing until a few years later.
Accuracy and consistency
But the signs that he is not as good as first also seen clearly in the match against Stakhovsky, tennis player who is ranked 113 in the bottom of Federer.
Federer was able to move quickly, but not as beautiful as it was when he set the rhythm of a deer foot tub.
Is it because of the age factor?
May be due in August later Federer reached the age of 32 years.
Placement and return of the ball is also not as accurate and consistent as before.
Federer fans could argue that this defeat is only ‘accidents’ and hope Federer will rise again.
But look at his performance at Wimbledon this time and some of the other previous games Click, maybe hope it increasingly difficult to realize.

Wellington Reject Galatasaray For Inter

Sao Paulo midfielder has rejected interest Wellington Turkish giants, Galatasaray because just want to play for Inter Milan.
“Players have rejected Galatasaray interest, why? because he just wants to join Inter, “said Gustavo Aribas agent.
“The Nerazzurri are definitely interested, but we still have to continue to negotiate, because there has been no significant progress,” he added.
“The priority at this time to Inter from Juventus after Mauricio Isla’s new focus on the situation of Wellington.”
Sao Paolo willing to release one of the flagship to Europe if one is willing to pay $ 8 million euros.
“We have not talked the technical aspects, but borrowing is an option. About the price is not kapasiya me, “he continued.
Problem Isla, Juventus have confirmed will not sell it, but it is believed the statement of Turin is just a strategy to increase the value of the player in the transfer market.

For the 2014 World Cup, Di Natale Reject AC Milan Bids

 

Italian veteran striker Antonio Di Natale turned down an offer to join AC Milan in the transfer market this summer. Di Natale Udinese chose to spend his career with a chance to keep the World Cup 2014.

Demonstrated commitment to continuing to strengthen Udinese after the players agreed to extend his contract with the team based at the Stadio Friulli it alone until 2015 Di Natale Udinese costumed been nine years since imported in 2004 from Empoli after being loaned to a number of clubs.

Udinese, he has appeared in 298 by scoring 158 party big gol.Naluri scored Milan seems to be the main reason for recruiting Di Natale despite the age of the players have stepped 35 years.

“I thank coach (Milan), Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President, Adriano Galliani over bid (strengthening Milan),” Di Natale said as quoted by the Italian Football.

Di Natale explained, Milan are not the only team that made ​​a bid proposal to his agent. “But I have always insisted, wanted to end my career at Udinese,” he said.

According to Di Natale, Udinese persist in making chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup have always maintained regular play. Through appearances in the 2013-14 season, he wants to prove to the Azzurri coach, Cesare Prandelli, he is still worth a grand event was brought to the World Cup class.

“To be able to play in the Maracana, only once in a lifetime. If unable to do so, it was like adding icing to the cake my gait is very fantastic.”

“However, to convince Prandelli, I have to think about consistency, both in practice and makes a great season for Udinese,” Di Natale said.

Olympic athletes become ‘Victims Twitter’ again

London – Michel Morganella, sport of football athletes from Switzerland, will no longer appear in the 2012 Olympics. He crossed the booms due to a nuanced Swiss racism on Twitter.

After Switzerland defeated South Korea 1-2 in a match Sunday (07/29/2012) and then, Morganella were certainly disappointed over losing his singing on his Twitter account.

That became a problem, which is addressed to chirp contents stronghold South Korea is not only rude but also nuanced racism. Morganella then reportedly already deleted the tweet, but the investigation is still being done. Moreover, the Swiss media have also been busy preaching chirp 23-year-old athlete.

In the process, chairman Gian Gilli contingent Swiss Olympic team ensures that Morganella has lost his right to appear at the 2012 Olympics with Switzerland. He could no longer automatically defend Switzerland for the match against Mexico on Wednesday (1/8).

“He is discriminating, insulting, and degrading of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” said Gilli told Football Italia.

Morganella itself is the second athlete in the 2012 Olympics after the team returned catapult inappropriate chirp on Twitter. Previous Greek athlete Voula Papachristou also suffered a similar fate due to mocking African immigrants.