• DC United manager Ben Olsen over the moon about new permanent home: “The stadium we deserve”

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    February 17, 2021 /  Football

    WASHINGTON — The last five months haven’t been pleasant ones for D.C. United. A lowly 2-14-4 record and only nine goals scored in 20 matches say all you need to know.

    But Thursday’s press conference with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Grayand the announcement of a $300 million public-private partnership to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest D.C. injected some serious optimism about the future of the franchise at an ideal time.

    “I’m thrilled, as you can imagine,” said United third-year coach Ben Olsen, who has been a part of the club in one capacity or another since 1998. “I’m over the moon about the situation.

    “I love this city, I love this team and today they come together with a huge first step to get us the stadium we deserve. The stadium that our fans have deserved, players before me have deserved, the coaches before me have deserved and the front office before this. It’s a great day.

    While land acquisition issues, approval from the city council (five council members were in attendance at Thursday’s event) and a finalized stadium plan are only some of the major obstacles that remain for the league’s most decorated franchise to finally move out of RFK Stadium, the signing of a term sheet on Thursday was a big first step.

    “I believe in the District and I believe in this team being in the District. Our ownership has done a very good job in a short amount of time to push this tangible first step through,” Olsen said. “Now there’s a lot of work to do, from what I hear. But with [managing partner] Jason Levien at the helm, he’s not going to take no for an answer and he’s going to push this thing until we get to the big house.

    Levien has been aggressive in his pursuit of a stadium since joining the club one year ago. In the proposed deal, the District would assume the cost of land acquisition and infrastructure while United would pay for the full cost of the stadium, estimated to be roughly $150 million. Levien said while United haven’t finalized a blueprint that he believes construction would take anywhere from 18-22 months to complete.

    “I think it’s going to drive our culture and our fans and our team to new heights,” Levien said. “I think this is a long time coming. And I think that there’s going to be a pep in everyone’s step in the locker room. I talked to our players and our coaches and our management about this. This is something everyone wanted to see happen and I think it’s going to resonate on the field as well as in the city.”

    Levien said the team’s focus is to have the facility ready by the start of the 2016 season, but said that the outer end of the timetable could be the 2017 season. Despite the many hurdles likely to crop up throughout the development process, Levien is as optimistic as ever about making United’s new home a reality.

    “We’re all in right now. We’re fully committed to this project. I have a lot of confidence in this community,” Levien said. “We signed a term sheet that requires us to move forward. Over the last 12 months there have been stops and starts along the way. Certain things that were important for our city,

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  • Aspac win this season NBL Awards

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    February 14, 2021 /  Basketball

    Surabaya – Jakarta Aspac scooped seven awards event title National Basketball League (NBL) from 2012 to 2013. Young players Andakara Prastawa be collecting the most awards, capturing three titles.

    Aspac arguably appear dominant in the regular season the NBL this year. The team from the capital it has established himself a champion of regular half guard and led them, Pringgo Regowo, won the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

    It increases the success-after title was followed by pelar Coach of the Year award is attributed to architect Aspac, Rastafari Horongbala.

    Not quite there, Aspac young guard who is also the son of Rastafari, Andakara, crowned Rookie of the Year. 20-year-old basketball player was also successfully achieved the Sixth Man of the Year and included in the 2012-2013 NBL First Team.

    Other players nominated in the first team this season is Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP), Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta), Rizky Ardiansyah Way (Milky Nikko Steel Malang), and Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta).

    The last award was given to Aspac title of Best Management Award this season. All new trophy that will be awarded as Indonesia NBL Championship Series held at GOR UNY Yogyakarta, May 18 to 26 next.

    Here is a complete list of Award winners NBL 2012-2013:

    MVP (Most Valuable Player)
    Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

    Coach of The Year
    Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

    Sixth Man of the Year
    Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

    Sportsmanship Award
    Max Yanto (NSH GMC Riau)

    Rookie Of The Year
    Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)

    Speedy NBL Indonesia 2012-2013 First Team
    Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
    Dimas Aryo Morrow (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP)
    Pringgo Regowo (Dell Aspac Jakarta)
    Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang)
    Rony Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta)

    Top Scorer
    Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (Milky Way Nikko Steel Malang) 16:52 PPG

    Top Rebound
    Galank Gunawan (Satria Muda Britama Jakarta) 10.00 RPG

    Top Assist
    Kelly Purwanto Ari Nugroho (Pelita Jaya Jakarta Energy-MP) 5:09 APG

    Top Block
    Ruslan (Stadium Jakarta) 2:48 BPG

    Top Steal
    Dimaz Muharri (CLS Knights Surabaya) 3:15 SPG

    Best Management Award
    Dell Aspac Jakarta

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  • Chelsea Will Greeted with Marionette Puppet and Batik in Indonesia

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    February 11, 2021 /  Football, Sports

     

    Chelsea arrivals to Indonesia will be used up by the Blues support group in Indonesia, CISC. Greet their favorite team, Chelsea Indonesia Supporters Club or CISC prepare uniquely Indonesian souvenirs, such as wooden puppets and batik clothes.
    The plan puppet show will be divided to all players and officials. While specific batik clothes will be handed over to the Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho.
    While welcome in the stadium already plotting CISC 9-10 in SUGBK sector. Even already bought tickets by 8 thousand pieces. CISC later unfurled the flag with the emblem of Chelsea 5 x 10 meters, given the management of the club nicknamed Blues.
    “The amount is, certainly is still growing. Problem, though many people do not idolize Chelsea, but admire players like Torres and Lampard. Due, 9-10 sector, certainly overcrowded,” said Junika Ramadoni, Chief Executive Officer of CISC.
    CSIC also exciting plans to provide a set of tools for Demba Ba prayer. It is not yet certain whether the representative of CSIC could provide direct cap, cloth gloves and koko for Demba Ba.

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  • Arsenal Make Bids Luis Suarez So £ 42 Million

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    February 4, 2021 /  Football

    EKSKLUSIF: Tawaran Arsenal Buat Luis Suarez Jadi £42 Juta

    According to Goal UK, Arsenal have again filed a bid of £ 42 million to acquire Luis Suarez.

    Arsenal are ready to pay compensation of £ 35 million transfer to Liverpool plus bonus £ 7 million to get their first big-name signings this summer.

    Arsenal chase against Suarez has been developed over the past month. Suarez desire to leave Anfield seems increasingly stimulating Arsenal launching bid to continue. Moreover, the player’s representative said his client is interested in joining to the Emirates because of the lure of playing in the Champions League. Finally, Arsenal bid of £ 35 million, £ 30 million plus a bonus of £ 5 million, Liverpool rebuffed.

    The new bid amount is a record for the Gunners. The figure was almost double that of their offer of £ 23.1 million while trying to tempt Gonzalo Higuain. Later Real Madrid striker was more inclined to move to Napoli with a record fee of £ 31.8 million.

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  • Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

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    February 2, 2021 /  Football

    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.

     

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  • Massa: Ferrari at the Hungaroring could Competitive

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    February 2, 2021 /  Racing

    Budapest – Felipe Massa was reluctant to accept the notion that Ferrari will be trouble at this weekend’s Hungarian GP. He still has confidence that his team can compete with its rivals.

    Formula 1 tenth series will be held Sunday (28/07/2013) in the circuit Hongaroring. This circuit is known for its characteristic narrow and winding.

    “People say that the characteristics of our car did not fit with this circuit and it will be difficult for us to be able to compete for victory,” Massa said as quoted by Crash.

    “But I’m not sure this is an accurate assessment, because previously there are other circuits in which we assessed will appear tough and the going is not so. Vice versa, the opposite.”

    According to 32 riders this year, as long as can well understand the circuit and find the right settings to devour corners Hungaroring, the opportunity to compete with rival will still be there. He also hopes his team can look slick and reverse the presumption.

    “The most important thing is as soon as possible to understand very well how the car reacts. Circuit requires as much downforce as possible, because of the speed on the straights here not too important.”

    “You need a very stable car and it would be good for the tires to avoid relegation. I think we can be competitive, so I hope our weekend runs contrary to what people expect,” he said.

    Massa is currently still at number seven rider standings with 57 points. He is 100 points behind Sebastian Vettel is on top of the standings. So far he has only once on the podium, while finishing third in the Spanish GP.

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  • ‘Knight’ Failed to Conquer ‘Dragon’

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    February 1, 2021 /  Basketball

    Kuala Lumpur – Indonesia Warriors, the Knights, defeat the dragon in the cage they hunt, Westports Malaysia Dragons. Rony Gunawan et al. defeated by a score of 79-82 by a team from the Kuala Lumpur.

    compete in the MABA Stadium, Saturday (03/03/2012) evening local time, Larry Smith a contributor Jonathan scoring with 18 points. Meanwhile, Ron and Mario Wuysang scored a total of 29 points.

    Tight battle occurred in the first quarter, in which the Dragons led 17-13 with one minute left. Despite continued pursuit, the Warriors had to thank the Dragons ahead 22-20 at the end of the quarter.

    In the second quarter, when the game took about five minutes left, Mario scored a three-pointer, making the Warriors cut the gap to 30-27. But, the Dragons managed to get out of the pressure and eventually winning 43-38 in the final quarter.

    Tiras Jamaal Wade scored 32 points for the Dragons in this game and be with the most points for the Malaysian representative. Westports still lead late in the third quarter; 67-60.

    With the rest of 49 seconds in the final quarter, the Warriors tried to catch up 79-76. However, Westports managed to maintain the advantage until finally win the fight.

    For the Warriors, it was a sixth defeat from 10 games in the ASEAN Basketball League. Their position was still stuck in fourth place.

    In the meantime, this is a victory for the Dragons sixth. They are now in the top of the standings.

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  • Legendary Pole vaulter visit Indonesia

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    January 30, 2021 /  Athletic and Swimming

    Pelompat Galah Legendaris Sambangi Indonesia

    JAKARTA – pole vault world record holder from Ukraine, Sergey Bubka Nazarovich a visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (06/25/2013).
    “I am delighted to be visiting Indonesia. It is a beautiful country, “he met at the office of Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Jakarta.
    Bubka record 6.15 meters in Donetsk, Ukraine, on February 21, 1993. 20 years later, the record was not resolved.
    Some pole vault athletes strive to surpass the record belongs Bubka, but until now there is no new record.
    “It takes skill and technique surpassed the record high for that. Young athletes should do the analysis first and then to improvise in order to surpass my record, “he said.
    Sergey Bubka is the Pole Vault gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He’s run for Presidential election exchanges Olympics.

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  • Cycling-Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise

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    January 30, 2021 /  Athletic and Swimming, Racing

    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)

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