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AF1 supremo denies bribery allegations

MUNICH: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany today accused of bribery in a case which threatens a jail term for the Briton who has controlled the motor sport for four decades. Ecclestone, 83, has denies charges of bribery and abetting breach of trust over a $44 million payment he made to former German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who has since been jailed. Prosecutors charge the money was a bribe meant to ensure the German bank BayernLB sold its shares in F1 to Ecclestone's preferred bidder, CVC Capital Partners, to maintain his control over the sport. At the start ...
Published On: 2014-04-24

Weight concerns over swimming great Phelps' return

NEW YORK: Eighteen-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps says concerns about weight gain were behind his decision to return to the sport. The 28-year-old American swimmer ended his career after winning unprecedented 22nd Olympic medal in London 2012, but confirmed his comeback earlier this month. He will swim 100m butterfly event at the Mesa Grand Prix. “Getting back into shape was the number one thing,” he said. “At my highest point, I was 225lb (102kg) and I raced at 187lb (85kg) in London, so weight came on pretty quick.” Ahead of his return in Arizona, North Balti...
Published On: 2014-04-24

Formula One boss Ecclestone's bribery trial begins in Munich

MUNICH: Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said he remained confident as he went on trial on Thursday for bribery in Germany in a case that could end the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. They say that Ecclestone favored CVC because it was committed to keeping him on as chief executive. "I'm confident, the sun is shining," a dark-suited Ecclestone told camera crews jostl...
Published On: 2014-04-24

Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday. Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but it was the nine-times European champions who scored when Karim Benzema completed a quick break in the 14th minute for the winner. The Bavarians, hoping to become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title, struggled to break down the solid Real defense. When they did find a wa...
Published On: 2014-04-24

Chelsea upbeat after draw

MADRID: Chelsea's defensive game plan worked perfectly as it held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. Jose Mourinho's ultra-defensive tactics succeeded at the Vicente Calderon Stadium despite the exit of goalkeeper Petr Cech to injury in the 18th minute. Mark Schwarzer came on, with Cech's long-term replacement — Thibaut Courtois — playing in the opposite goal. Atletico nearly broke through in the final 15 minutes as Raul Garcia and substitute Arda Turan sent headers wide, while Gabi Fernandez and Diego Costa forced Schwa...
Published On: 2014-04-23

Lucky Maxwell blitzes again in Punjab victory

SHARJA: Another stunning batting performance by Glenn Maxwell helped Kings-XI Punjab thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs for a hat-trick of wins in the IPL on Tuesday. Maxwell, who had struck 95 and 89 in the last two games, again came up with a whirlwind knock of 95 in just 43 balls hitting five fours and nine sixes as Punjab made 193-6. Veteran pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji starred with the ball picking up 4-13 from his four overs as Hyderabad were bowled out for 121 runs in 18.2 overs. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel picked up two wickets each. It was anothe...
Published On: 2014-04-23

FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup

BASEL, Switzerland: FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, led by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia. "The ethics committee should not rest until there is a conclusive answer," Pieth wrote in a report to FIFA board members, some of whom agitated last month to remove Garcia from the case. "If FIFA is to emer...
Published On: 2014-04-23

Real's Bale a doubt for Bayern game with illness

MADRID: Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale could miss Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich due to illness, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. Bale, who has been suffering from flu, trained with the rest of the squad earlier on Tuesday but had not been able to join up with them later at their hotel, the reports said. Real medical staff had recommended he remain at home to avoid infecting his team mates, they added. After a season disrupted by a series of minor injuries, Wales international Bale has come into form in recent months and scored a brilliant winn...
Published On: 2014-04-23

World Cup test event to go ahead with reduced crowd

SAO PAULO: Delays to construction work at the Sao Paulo stadium hosting the opening match of the 2014 World Cup means the main test event there will not be played before a full house, organisers said on Tuesday. The Arena Corinthians was built to hold 48,000 and another 20,000 temporary seats are being added for the World Cup but, with work in and around the ground still going on, 18,000 seats will be left empty for the test event featuring Corinthians and Figueirense on either May 17 or 18. “The crowd (for the test match), under an agreement between Corinthians and LOC (Local Organisi...
Published On: 2014-04-23

Utd sack Moyes

MANCHESTER: Manchester United today sacked manager David Moyes following a disastrous ten-month spell at the world-famous club, with veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs named as interim manager. Moyes, 50, succeeded Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Premier League side on July 1 but the move quickly became a fiasco with the team slumping to a series of embarrassing defeats. After feverish speculation in the British media, United confirmed Moyes’s departure in a brief statement. “Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club,” United said. “The club would l...
Published On: 2014-04-22