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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Football: Liverpool goalie Charles Itandje punished for laughing

The british club temporary banned him from the first team after a TV tape that showed him joking at the Hillsborough ceremony.

Charles Itandje, who is a French talented goalkeeper, was laughing and joking at the memorial ceremony for the victims of Hillsborough tragedy. This behaviour was deeply offensive for the family of those victims, as well as for thousands of Liverpool FC fans.

The TV images show Itandje smiling and trying to make team mate Damian Plessis, who didn't react to the jokes.

Liverpool coach Rafael Benítez contact him last friday to communicate the decision and keeping him from assisting to the training session. This sanction will last 14 days, according to official sources.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tennis: Djokovic joins Murry in Dubai tournament

There was no surprise. Novak Djokovic was talented enough to join Andy Murry with a triumph into the quarter-finals of the Barclays Championships on Wednesday as he overcame determined Czech Jan Hernych 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

But we must mention that the challenger, who won just four games on the ATP last season, gave the top seed a fight before Djokovic pulled through.

'We must admit that he put up a great fight and had nothing to lose. You can't always perform at your most amazing but it's important to stay focussed. I was able to do that tonight,' stated the winner.

Indeed, confident Andy Murray used his growing body of experience to most amazing advantage, improving his serve to win his first gameover Arnaud Clement 6-2, 6-3.

The Scots second seed came great over the veteran to set up a clash with a second Frenchman Thursday in Richard Gasquet.

'I dictated the gamewith my serve and didn't give him many opportunitys after my first couple of service games,' stated Murray. 'I obviously managed to get into a lot of his service games and put a bit of pressure on him,

'I'm sure that nobody plays their most amazing every single match,' stated the winner of two titles in 2009. 'The only important thing is that you win. Tonight, I adjusted well, and I hope I do the same tomorrow.'

Murray stated he is still having trouble with his injured ankle but playing with strapping is preventing further problems.

'It's still sore, it just changes where it hurts from day to day. Sometimes it's on the serve, and sometimes it's moving to my forehand.

'Sometimes it hurts more at the moment I'm walking rather than running.'

Number 3 Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-1, 6-2.

Let's recall that Spain's number 4 Ferrer ousted German Philip Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6- 2 while Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic beat Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

And Russian Igor Andreev, number 6, overcame compatriot Dmitry Tursunov 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Israeli Andy Ram was bundled out in his opening doubles match, leaving organisers to stand down on intense, airport style security erected around the controversial Israeli.

The fourth-seeded Ram and Kevin Ullyett, losing finalists at the weekend in Marseille, were beaten by Marat Safin and David Ferrer 6- 3, 3-6, 10-8 in the first round.

An impressive security presence surrounded the Ram doubles contest, with spectators required to pass thorough metal detectors and no electronics or bottles of water allowed in the sparsely populated stands.

'I really enjoyed my stay in Dubai,' stated the 28-year-old Ram who was allowed in on a special dispensation visa by the UAE government. 'Coming to the court with a couple of bodyguards was a nice experience.

'During the warmup I was just thinking tactics.'

It was quite funny to see the security measures for the Aviation team. A little bit too much for a regular ATP player.

We must consider that the men's ATP tournament follows last week's drama-filled WTA event, where Israeli Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the UAE. Ram was let in as a special concession as outrage flared among Jewish and other groups around the globe.

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David Beckham unothorized image use in New Viagra Ad

Popular soccer player David Beckham has appeared in a Chinese advert alongside Keanu Reeves and Sean Connery, promoting a product similar to Viagra.

In fact, a Spanish newspaper assures that the advert has interviews with the persons mentioned but has dubbed the words and changed them to promote Selikon.

England midfielder Beckham appears for about 30 seconds in the commercial and speaks about himself, in addition to his wife, Victoria.

"You want to know how I keep myself hard on the pitch?" he asks.

"The American medicine, Selikon, is of great help. And it is also my secret weapon with Victoria."

Reeves follows Becks and states that the pills, which also have medicinal purposes, have left him feeling "perfect" and that they have "surprised me pleasantly, along with my girlfriends."

Connery, who is most famous for his role as James Bond, talks a little about his role as 007 thanks to the pills.

"I have just reached 70 and, after taking these pills, Barbara has told me that I am like the James Bond of 25-years ago. I mustld my friends that they must use them," he says.

The video, which can be watched here, has reportedly angered Beckham but he has not publicly spoken on the subject yet.

The famous footballer is a big star in China and pills such as the brand advertised are also used frequently in the country.

Talking about the commercial, a spokesman from the company that manufactures the pills stated that they had received the green light from local authorities and that the advert has been received well.

Indeed, according to attorneys in China, there is a opportunity that the commercial could be deemed legal because stars are allowed to be used to advertise products that promote public health. The controversy just begun.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

German giant Adidas rocks the world with "Me, myself" ad campaign

We may have heard a lot of it, but it's true that impossible standards of beauty continue to be foisted on young women today. Flip through any fashion magazine, and you'll find super skinny girl models on almost every page. Not to mention on billboards, on television and movies and the Internet. Young women feel pressured to live up to this standard of beauty, often to the detriment of their mental and physical well being.

Instead of pressuring women to conform to this impossible standard of beauty, sportswear giant adidas wants to inspire women to be themselves.

As we said, with its new campaign philosophy, ``Me, Myself,'' women are encouraged to be healthy, happy, fit, full of life and be true to who they are. It celebrates women's individuality, confidence and motivation.

To launch the ``Me, Myself'' campaign in Korea, adidas staged a unique fashion show featuring its spring/summer women's wear line at Kring, Daechi-dong, southern Seoul, Wednesday. Korean celebrities like singer Solbi and girl group Afterschool were spotted at the event.

At the fashion show, fitness buffs demonstrated various kinds of activities like aerobics, dance, yoga and jump rope, while wearing adidas' newest line of sportswear.

After the fitness demonstration, models walked the runway wearing key looks from the spring/summer collection lines, adilibria, Clima 365, Yatra and Techfit Powerweb Yoga.

Unlike in most fashion shows with gaunt-looking models, the adidas models were healthy and glowing. They showed that women could look stylish while working out at the gym, doing complicated yoga moves or swimming in the pool.

It’s incredible that women can go to the beach in the sporty but cute two-piece adidas swimsuits. It comes in a black two-piece swimsuit with the distinctive adidas three stripes, or with white swimsuit with feminine floral prints.

Adidas' hooded jackets and track pants in red and black are comfortable but fashionable enough to be worn at the time hanging out with friends.

The worldwide ad campaign features ordinary women, alongside sports stars like Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, American basketball popular player Candace Parker, Mexican taekwondo athlete Iridia Salazar and Japanese beach volleyball player Miwa Asao.

``The new adidas philosophy of `Me, Myself' is inspiring to me because it shows women as individuals; that we are all athletes in our own right and that we all have things that we do differently whatever level of athlete we are,'' Ivanovic expressed in a statement.

The ``Me, Myself'' campaign features honest, intimate portraits of young women, showing them in their daily lives while participating in fitness or sports activities.

``The spirit and heartbeat of 'Me, Myself' is about shifting the emphasis and importance very clearly and decisively onto the woman herself,'' the company expressed.

Adidas also introduced the new adidas women's Web site. Women can browse through the different styles and items in the collection, personalize the colors and mix-and-match the outfits.

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Michael Phelps doubtful about London Olympic clashs

Embattled Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps now says he's contemplating whether or not he will compete at the 2012 London clashs.

"This is a decision of mine that I'm not going to make today and I'm not going to make tomorrow," Phelps told The Baltimore Sun.

The popular Phelps, who was photographed smoking marijuana out of a bong, expressed he "clearly made a mistake" and that the past week has been both embarrassing and uncomfortable for him.

"It's going to require a lot of time and energy and a lot of thinking for myself - but also talking to [coach] Bob [Bowman] and talking to my family and just deciding what I want to do."

Asked if he still aims to achieve something after winning 14 gold medals - eight alone at last summer's Beijing clashs - Phelps expressed, "Yeah, there are still goals that I have in the pool ... I'm not going to let anything stand in my way."

The now controversial Phelps also expressed that it decides "to walk away, I'll decide to walk away on my own terms. If it's now, if it's four years, who knows."

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American gold at World Cup women's bobsled

The U.S. bobsledder Shauna Rohbock drove two near-perfect runs at the Whistler Sliding Centre Friday to win her fourth medal on the World Cup circuit this season.

Indeed, the 31-year-old from Provo, Utah and brakeman Elana Meyers piloted the USA 1 sled to a combined time of 1:47.10 to edge Canadian Kaillie Humphries by less than two-tenths of a second.

American Erin Pac was third with a two-race time of 1:47.40 in the inaugural event at the site of the sled events for the 2010 Olympics.

It’s interesting to mention that Humphries, from Calgary, and brakeman Heather Moyse of PEI, logged the fastest push start in the Canada 2 sled in the first heat, but couldn't overtake the Americans in the second.

Rohbock finished with the fastest times in both races on the 16-turn, 1,450-kilometre concrete refrigerated track.

As we know, German pilot Sandra Kiriasis, the top racer on the World Cup circuit this year, and brakeman Patricia Polifka struggled in their push-starts to wind up fifth in the 20-sled field.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympics: Team USA with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James crushed out Nowitzki's Germany

The popular basketball "Dream Team" of U.S. put away Dirk Nowitzki and Germany in a hurry as the competitions in Beijing Olympics continue.

Indeed, the U.S. team completed an undefeated run through pool play Monday with a 106-57 romp over the Germans. The Americans next face Australia, the only team to give them a game, Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The Dream Team downed Australia just 87-76 in an exhibition in the city of Shanghai.

According to the records, Dwight Howard scored 22 points and LeBron James had 18, 16 in the first half for the United States.

As for Dirk Nowitzki, the German star scored 14 points for Germany, which finished 1-4. It was not a good night for him though.

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