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Murray taking nothing for granted after Ferrer victory – See more at: http://www.teamgb.com/news/olympic24-valegro-to-retire-murray-wins-in-london#sthash.WYHjHVvs.dpuf

Murray taking nothing for granted after Ferrer victory – See more at: http://www.teamgb.com/news/olympic24-valegro-to-retire-murray-wins-in-london#sthash.WYHjHVvs.dpuf

Landan(Championspk)It might be one down for Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Final but he is taking nothing for granted in London. An opening clash with David Ferrer proved relatively routine for the Olympic champion as he came through in straight sets 6-4 6-4. But, while he might have taken an early lead in his group, he knows a match with Rafa Nadal will be a stern test. “It was a tough match with a lot of long rallies and he fought right the way through to the end as always,” said Murray. “You have to try and win every match, every game counts, a few years ago I got knocked out in the group stages by one game or something. “So you need to try and win the matches in two sets if you get the opportunity which was good for me today. “Just because I have won my first match there are no guarantees and I need to win the next one which will be tough against Rafa.” – See more at: http://www.teamgb.com/news/olympic24-valegro-to-retire-murray-wins-in-london#sthash.WYHjHVvs.dpuf

Dujardin: Valegro will retire after Rio Games

Dujardin: Valegro will retire after Rio Games

Landan (Championspk )Two-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin says Rio 2016 will be the final competition for her horse Valegro. The pair won team and individual dressage titles at London 2012 and also picked up two World Championship gold medals and a silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. As well as world and Olympic titles Dujardin and Valegro have seven European medals to their name – five of which are gold. But their run together will come to an end in Brazil with Durjardin excited about one final ride. “This will be Valegro’s retirement after Rio so I want to go out there and want to enjoy every last minute,” she told the BBC. “He’s got to stay fit and healthy and get ready for the flight. It’s a 16-hour flight and he needs to acclimatise. “I’m really, really excited heading towards Rio. We get to go out in February and have a look around and fingers crossed it all goes well. – See more at: http://www.teamgb.com/news/olympic24-valegro-to-retire-murray-wins-in-london#sthash.WYHjHVvs.dpuf

Scores killed in Paris attacks, Hollande declares emergenc

Scores killed in Paris attacks, Hollande declares emergenc

PARIS(Championspk) Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday, killing at least 120 people in a deadly rampage that a shaken President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack. A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building. The gunmen detonated explosive belts and dozens of shocked survivors were rescued. Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, the city hall official said, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly soccer international. Some 200 people were injured. The coordinated assault came as France, a founder member of the US-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference due to open later this month. Paris Public Prosecutor Francois Molins said the death toll was at least 120. His spokeswoman said eight assailants had also died, seven of whom had blown themselves up with explosive belts at various locations, while one had been shot dead by police. “The terrorists, the murderers raked several cafe terraces with machine-gun fire before entering (the concert hall). There were many victims in terrible, atrocious conditions in several places,” police prefect Michel Cadot told reporters. After being whisked from the soccer stadium near the blasts, Hollande declared a nationwide state of emergency — the first since the end of World War Two — and announced the closure of France’s borders to stop perpetrators escaping. The Paris metro railway was closed and schools, universities and municipal buildings were ordered to stay shut on Saturday. However some rail and air services are expected to run. “This is a horror,” the visibly shaken president said in a midnight television address to the nation before chairing an emergency cabinet meeting. He later went to the scene of the bloodiest attack, the Bataclan music hall, and vowed that the government would wage a “merciless” fight against terrorism. All emergency services were mobilized, police leave was canceled, 1,500 army reinforcements were drafted into the Paris region and hospitals recalled staff to cope with the casualties. The prosecutor’s spokeswoman said she could not say whether any gunmen were still at large. Radio stations broadcast warnings to Parisians to stay home and leave the streets and urged residents to give shelter to anyone caught out in the street. The deadliest attack was on the Bataclan, a popular concert venue where the Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal was performing. The concert hall is just a few hundred meters from the former offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, target of a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen in January. Some witnesses in the hall said they heard the gunmen shout Islamic chants and slogans condemning France’s role in Syria. “We know where these attacks come from,” Hollande said, without naming any individual group. “There are indeed good reasons to be afraid.”

High alert France has been on high alert ever since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris in January killed 18 people. Those attacks briefly united France in defense of freedom of speech, with a mass demonstration of more than a million people. But that unity has since broken down, with far-right populist Marine Le Pen gaining on both mainstream parties by blaming immigration and Islam for France’s security problems. It was not clear what political impact the latest attacks would have less than a month before regional elections in which Le Pen’s National Front is set to make further advances. The governing Socialist Party and the National Front suspended their election campaigns. Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, now leader of the main conservative opposition party, said, “The terrorists have declared war on France” and backed the state of emergency and border closure. Hollande canceled plans to travel to Turkey at the weekend for a G20 summit. He called an emergency meeting of his national security council for 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a global chorus of solidarity with France and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the “despicable attacks” and demanded the release of the hostages. Julien Pearce, a journalist from Europe 1 radio, was inside the concert hall when the shooting began. In an eyewitness report posted on the station’s website, Pearce said several very young individuals, who were not wearing masks, entered the hall during the concert, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and started “blindly shooting at the crowd.” “There were bodies everywhere,” he said. The gunmen shot their victims in the back, finishing some off at point-blank range before reloading their guns and firing again, Pearce said, after escaping into the street by a stage door, carrying a wounded girl on his shoulder. Toon, a 22 year-old messenger who lives near the Bataclan, was going into the concert hall with two friends at around 10.30 p.m. (2130 GMT) when he saw three young men dressed in black and armed with machine guns. He stayed outside. One of the gunmen began firing into the crowd. “People were falling like dominoes,” he told Reuters. He said he saw people shot in the leg, shoulder and back, with several lying on the floor, apparently dead. There was no immediate verifiable claim of responsibility but supporters of the Islamic State militant group, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria, said in Twitter messages that the group carried them out. “The State of the caliphate hit the house of the cross,” one tweet said. Two explosions were heard near the Stade de France in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, where the France-Germany friendly soccer match was being played. The blasts were audible on television during the live broadcast. A witness said one of the detonations blew people into the air outside a McDonald’s restaurant opposite the stadium. The match continued until the end, but panic broke out in the crowd as rumors of the attack spread, and spectators were held in the stadium and assembled spontaneously on the pitch. Police helicopters circled the stadium as Hollande was rushed back to the interior ministry to deal with the situation. In central Paris, shooting erupted in mid-evening outside a Cambodian restaurant in the capital’s 10th district. Eighteen people were killed when a gunman opened fire on Friday night diners sitting at outdoor terraces in the popular Charonne area nearby in the 11th district. The prosecutor mentioned five locations in close proximity where shootings took place around the same time. The Paris carnage came within days of attacks claimed by Islamic State militants on a Shiite Muslim district of southern Beirut in Lebanon, and a Russian tourist aircraft which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Earlier on Friday, the United States and Britain said they had launched an attack in the Syrian town of Raqqa on a British Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” but it was not certain whether he had been killed.

IOC Executive Board takes action following WADA Independent Commission – provisionally suspends Mr. Lamine Diack

IOC Executive Board takes action following WADA Independent Commission – provisionally suspends Mr. Lamine Diack

Norway(Championspk)The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is closely monitoring the situation after the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released its report on 9 November. The IOC expects the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and WADA to consider all necessary action to be taken to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust.

Even if it has not been directly addressed in the report, the IOC has already decided to take the following steps itself:

The IOC’s Executive Board decided this afternoon to confirm the proposal of the IOC Ethics Commission to provisionally suspend Mr. Lamine Diack, the former President of IAAF, from his honorary membership of the IOC.

As far as the Olympic Games may be concerned the IOC Executive Board decided:

The IOC has asked the IAAF to initiate disciplinary procedures against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in the Olympic Games and are accused of doping in the report of the Independent Commission. With its zero-tolerance policy against doping, following the conclusion of this procedure, the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and as the case may be exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games;

The IOC studied the functioning of the WADA accredited laboratory in Sochi during the Olympic Winter Games 2014 following the doubts expressed during the Independent Commission’s press conference. In this context the IOC relies on the then report of the WADA independent observer group which makes no mention of any such irregularity. Nor was any such irregularity reported by the international experts involved, nor found by the IOC itself. Therefore, the IOC has no reason to question the credibility of the results of the anti-doping tests carried out at the Olympic Winter Games 2014. However, the IOC retaining all the doping samples for ten years, will retest samples in an appropriate way should substantial doubts arise. In any case, the IOC may retest samples once new scientific techniques become available

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

Islamabad(Championspk )The world best spin bowler a Going through the worst Numerous international recorded the planting of some officials of is PCB Mafia victim of the conspiracy Far from representing pakistan cricket Team Young cricketers would be bananas Coaching Academy hampered saeed ajmal Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal to burn his cricket kit and equipment has paid off as he has been allowed by the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad to continue his academy inside its campus. Ajmal has threatened to burn his cricket gear if he was forced to close down his academy and vacate the varsity land on the campus by the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab Shahbaz Sharif stepped in today and a compromise was reached between the two warring parties. About the academy Everything is settled now and I am very happy. A proper MOU will be signed in a few days and there will be a management committee constituted to look after all financial affairs of the academy,” Ajmal told reporters after meeting with the VC and DCO of Faisalabad. ALSO SEE Ajmal delivers deadly ‘doosra’ The university had yesterday issued a notice to Ajmal to vacate the premises within three days. The VC later said on Geo Super channel that they feared that there was financial mismanagement at the academy and Ajmal was using it for commercial gain which was against the agreement between the two parties. Ajmal was given land inside the university campus in 2012 to build and run his academy by the syndicate committee of the university. But few months back the syndicate issued a notice sent to the Pakistan spinner informing him that due to security reasons they had cancelled the permission given to him to run the academy. The off spinner said he had removed all apprehensions of the university while the DCO had agreed to ensure top security for the academy. “Everything is settled now and I am allowed to continue running the academy. I told them I have no financial or commercial motives and just want to produce top class players from the talent in Faisalabad,” Ajmal said. The Pakistan spinner has been out of luck since his bowling action was declared illegal last year by the International Cricket Council. Although he has modified his bowling action and will be going for the Bangladesh Premier League this month, the in PCB Pakistani cricket borad some officials is PCB Mafia and selectors have ignored him since always.

Great Leader Misbah-ul-Haq

Great Leader Misbah-ul-Haq

Islamabad(Championspk )Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has led Pakistan to yet another series win in the UAE, this time beating a strong England team 2-0. Pakistan maintained its undefeated Test series record in the UAE. Misbah’s leadership has elevated Pakistan to number 2 in the World ICC Test rankings.

In the current Test series against England Misbah scored 352 runs at an average of 58.7. He continues to be the rock of the middle order line up.

We have to thank and appreciate Captain Misbah ul Haq, for his many years of service to Pakistan cricket. These sentiments are echoed by Pakistani fans across the world. We owe it to him for rescuing Pakistan cricket from its lowest depths in 2010. He personally as captain, has led by example and given us respect back on the international level.

Let’s take a look at Misbah’s career.

His Test match debut was in 2001, at the age of 27 years. Scoring a total of 4352 runs, at an average of 48.9.With 9 centuries and 32 fifties. Highest score 161 not out.

As captain, Misbah has played 42 Test matches, won 20, lost 11 and drawn 11. This is an impressive record. Several international commentators are calling him the best ever Test captain that Pakistan has had.

One Day International debut 2002, total of 5122 runs, average 43.4. Highest score 96 not out, 42 fifties. Even at the age of 41 years Misbah’s fitness is exemplary, many have retired at a much younger age. He is still faster than the youngsters.

In 2010 when Salman Butt was removed as captain for spot fixing, Pakistan were desperate for a leader. Misbah at the age of 36 years was chosen as the successor, it was the best decision made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Misbah’s solid middle order batting and leadership skills made a vital, much needed impact. His calm, determined temperament together with exception cricketing knowledge brought Pakistan back to its feet. Time after time we depended on him for valuable runs, he rarely disappointed.

Misbah provided hope, intellect and stability to the nation. Even though he was unable to lead any international home games in Pakistan, he adapted to playing abroad.

Under his leadership Pakistan won Test series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia and England. In one day series we beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, India and New Zealand. He also secured an Asia Cup title win. He brought success in many Twenty20 games.

Misbah ul Haq the nation of Pakistan is indebted to you for your most significant contribution. Cricket critics around the world are fully aware of your immense role. Misbah is quietly humble and not the type of captain to go around reminding people of his vast achievements. This personality trait is much appreciated and admired by many.

The world of cricket is fully aware of how Misbah was responsible for turning around a sinking ship and providing the required stability and courage. He navigated the team through deeply troubled waters. He took the challenges and pressure in his stride.

There is little doubt that being the captain of the Pakistan cricket team is the most difficult and demanding occupation there is.

Misbah has not decided whether he will tour England as captain next year, he has not entirely ruled it out either.

Recently he said that playing county cricket in England may be an option before the series, to get used to the swinging, seaming pitches.

Misbah has been the best role model, leading by example. He is an extraordinary batsman and wise captain. Pakistan salutes you.

Xi appeals for Sino-British football boost

Xi appeals for Sino-British football boost

Manchester( Championspk)President Xi Jinping called on Friday for China and Britain to strengthen co-operation on football as he ended his four-day state visit to the United Kingdom.

As the birthplace of modern football and boasting strong teams, Britain is the country China should learn from, Xi said.

He said both countries should bolster co-operation and exchanges in the sport to promote friendship between their two peoples.

Football is the sport that most people play in the world and it has an extensive influence and is welcomed deeply by people globally, the president said.

Xi, who is a football fan, made his appeal as he toured the City Football Academy in Manchester where he was presented with a football shirt by Manchester City players.

Accompanied by British Prime Minister David Cameron, he visited the state-of-the-art training facility that includes a 7,000-capacity stadium and 16 football fields. The academy is home to Manchester City Football Club and is the headquarters of its global football organisation.

The president and Cameron posed for a selfie with Sergio Aguero, City’s star Argentine striker. The photo went viral on the Internet.

Xi and Cameron were hosted by Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. They watched a training session and met players who helped build the city’s football tradition, including former Manchester United captain Gary Neville and ex-City stars Patrick Vieira and Mike Summerbee.

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Xi and Cameron also toured the National Football Museum, which houses artifacts including a ball used in the final of the inaugural 1930 World Cup.

The museum presented a copy of the first competition rules for modern world football to Xi as a gift. In return, he presented a cooper statue featuring cuju, an ancient Chinese football game, to the museum and a cooper statue of a cuju doll to Manchester City.

Another highlight of the visit was the induction into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame of Chinese player Sun Jihai, who played 130 times for Manchester City between 2002 and 2008.

Sun, the first Chinese player to score in the English Premier League, was named City’s Ambassador to China last month.

“Xi’s visit to the City Football Academy is a great encouragement for the development of Chinese football,” Sun said, adding that training for young players is the most important task now in China.

With the ongoing football reforms in the country, Sun said he hopes the Chinese national team can make good progress.

Al Mubarak, the City chairman, said,” It was a wonderful moment for all concerned to see Sun Jihai’s contribution to both Manchester and English football recognised by the National Football Museum.

“Today is testament to the club’s strong existing links with China and to our ambitions for them to deepen and grow.”

Xi is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Saturday.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xi-appeals-sino-british-football-boost#sthash.ayJuwn00.dpuf

Adam Scott Moves to Conventional Putter at Presidents Cup

Adam Scott Moves to Conventional Putter at Presidents Cup

INCHEON, South Korea (Championspk) Adam Scott only has three months left before the method used for his long putter is banned.

He saw no need to wait.

Scott used a conventional putter for a practice round Monday at the Presidents Cup, and the 35-year-old Australian said this time he won’t be going back. Scott spent the last five weeks practicing with the new putter and a cross-handed grip that feels as comfortable as the long putter he had used the last four years.

”I think it was a good time to make a change and spend some time working on it,” Scott said. ”It’s a similar amount of time, actually, when I switched to the long putter, that gap of five weeks between events. It took shape quickly, and I feel the same will happen with this. It’s kind of refreshing to have to make a forced change because my putting stats are not that impressive this year.”

Scott’s putting has never been a strength, though this season his No. 158 ranking in the key putting statistic was his worst since he last used a conventional putter in 2010.

Golf’s ruling bodies adopted a new rule effective Jan. 1 that bans the anchored stroke used for longer putters. Scott switched to a long putter in 2011 and won the Masters two years later.

He showed up at Doral at the start of this year using a conventional putter and tied for fourth. But he missed the cut the following week at the Valspar Championship, finished 13 shots out of the lead at Bay Hill and went back to the long putter.

”I didn’t take any time going into that,” he said. ”I just did it with no thought and open mind to see how it went. It went well, really, but maybe I got a little jumpy as I neared the Masters without a little practice and went back. But this is a more permanent move. I think I’ve got to stick with it now and get good at it.”

Other players who won majors with an anchored putting stroke – Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Ernie Els – already made the switch. Scott got more attention than the others because his performance in the majors improved shortly after going to a long putter, even though he was ranked out of the top 100 in putting all but one year.

”There was a bit of a letdown and some frustration,” Scott said. ”I didn’t putt well knowing I had to make the change in the back of my mind, and now there’s a clear path going forward.”

Scott has gone 14 consecutive years winning somewhere in the world, a streak that now is in jeopardy going into his final six tournaments of the year. He has had only two top 10s since March – a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open and a tie for 10th in the British Open – and didn’t make it beyond the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Turns out that extra month off proved useful.

Scott said he always felt as though a cross-handed grip would be the best style. He worked with his coach and the Scotty Cameron putting studio to find the right putter, and he showed up at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea feeling good about the rest of the year.

”I’m more confident putting it into play this week,” he said. ”Playing with it early in the year I didn’t know what to expect. This week … there has to be a week where I start, and it might as well be here. I’m confident I can make myself one of the best putters on tour with a short putter.”

Along with a conventional putter, the other difference with Scott was the tape on his right middle finger. He said he damaged it earlier in the year – he’s not sure when or even how – and it began to aggravate him around the PGA Championship. He discovered a torn ligament from the repetitive stress of hitting golf balls, but the time off helped and Scott said it has healed enough for him to play.

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