• NASCAR plans to simplify rulebook, focus on technology

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    March 30, 2021 /  Racing

    With an emphasis on efficiency, innovation and transparency, NASCAR unveiled a restructuring of its competition department philosophies Monday that’s scheduled to be completed by 2015.

    In a wide-ranging series of initiatives, the sanctioning body plans to simplify its dense rulebook (and possibly make it available online to fans) with more graphical examples and computer-animated drawings, re-examine its appeals process for penalties and streamline its officiating while adding technology in the pits.

    The responsibility for designing and developing future models of race cars also will fall under the purview of Gene Stefanshyn, who recently took over as the head of NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. This will allow vice president of competition Robin Pemberton and Sprint Cup director John Darby to focus on rules enforcement with enhanced deterrence and a revamping of the inspection process.

    Stefanshyn and senior vice president Steve O’Donnell both hinted NASCAR, whose Sprint Cup cars employ mostly outdated engine architecture, would move toward its race cars being more relevant under the hood to street models. The Gen 6 car was introduced this year with exterior features more comparable to its showroom counterparts.

    “We want to position NASCAR ultimately for the future,” O’Donnell said. “The goal for us would be that as cars come off the manufacturing line in the near future, they certainly look like NASCAR from an aesthetic standpoint when you look at those on track, but just as importantly the technology that’s in those cars mirrors what’s on track, and we really become that proving ground from a technology standpoint.

    “We want to be more nimble in what we do from a technology standpoint, be able to quickly react to the emerging technologies. We feel like no better sport is better positioned to really take technology (and) showcase it in front of some of the toughest conditions that exist in the world.

    In trying to reduce the “gray area” from its rules, O’Donnell said the sanctioning body will spell out what the specific punishements are for infractions, a la a 5-yard penalty for being offsides in the NFL. Throughout its 65-year history, NASCAR has meted out justice on a case-by-case manner.

    NASCAR also will consider an overhaul of its appeals process, which has drawn plenty of scrutiny this season as Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing have had penalties reduced after challenging them.

    There currently is a two-tiered appeals process that starts with a hearing before a three-member panel that is chosen from 48 members of the racing industry. Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook hears any final appeals.

    O’Donnell said NASCAR would consider matching the expertise of its appeals board with the case.

    “We probably put people in some tough positions,” O’Donnell said. “And when you look at track promoters who maybe need to work with a race team or a race owner or a team owner in future weeks, and you’re asking them to come in and make a ruling on a carburetor or something new that they have never heard about, and they’re not experts in that, it puts them in a tough position.

    “If we can make that a better process with industry experts, still to be determined how we do that, that’s one area we really felt like we could bring in people who have a better understanding of the emerging technology that’s in the race cars.”

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  • Juve and Fiorentina are targets, even Verratti Request Up Salary

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    March 30, 2021 /  Football

    Paris – Marco Verratti now called trying to ask for a raise to Paris Saint-Germain. He assessed deserve it because now claimed being targeted by Juventus and Fiorentina.

    Since joining PSG from Pescara on July 18, 2012, Verratti constantly speculated would return to Italy. Also had a number of clubs linked with him.

    20-year-old Italian midfielder has since stated that it wanted to return to Italy and play in Serie A on one day, though not state when.

    Currently, said Donato Di Campli which is an agency of Verrratti, his client was being so coveted from Fiorentina and Juve. Interest from two Serie A club were he made his capital to ask for a raise for his client.

    “We’re asking for a raise because Fiorentina and Juventus are also interested in chasing him,” said Di Campli to Gazzetta.it who told Football Italia.

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  • F1 boss Ecclestone charged in bribery case

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    March 28, 2021 /  Racing

    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been charged by German prosecutors with paying a $44 million bribe, placing his future as head of the motor sport series in doubt.

    The 82-year-old British billionaire has been under investigation since a German banker was convicted of taking the payment from him in connection with the sale of a stake in F1.

    The Munich state court said Ecclestone has until mid-August to respond to charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust in connection with Gerhard Gribkowsky’s management of the bankBayernLB’s 47 percent stake in F1.

    Ecclestone, the longtime commercial head of F1, acknowledged during Gribkowsky’s trial in 2011 that he made the payment five years earlier but said he was pressured to do so.

    Ecclestone’s indictment was dated on May 10 and has since been translated into English and delivered to Ecclestone and his lawyers, the court said.

    ”The lawyers have accepted an indictment,” Ecclestone told The Associated Press. ”It means they have to reply to the indictment, which they are strenuously doing.”

    Ecclestone, who Forbes magazine reports is worth $3.8 billion, said he is yet to read the indictment.

    ”They are alleging I bribed someone,” Ecclestone said, while insisting he did ”nothing illegal.”

    Sentences in Germany for bribery range from three months to 10 years in prison.

    CVC Capital Partners, the investment group that has owned F1’s commercial rights since 2006, issued no direct comment Wednesday about the future of Ecclestone.

    ”Mr. Ecclestone has six weeks to provide a response to this bill of indictment prior to a decision being made by the court on opening proceedings,” the board of Formula One Group said in a statement. ”The board will continue to monitor developments in this situation accordingly.”

    Ecclestone was retained as chief executive of F1 by CVC after it took control of the sport following the takeover that sparked the bribery case.

    Gribkowsky was in charge of selling BayernLB’s stake in F1 to CVC.

    In addition to taking the money from Ecclestone, Gribkowsky used BayernLB’s funds to pay the F1 chief a commission of $41.4 million and agreed to pay a further $25 million to Bambino Trust, a company with which Ecclestone was affiliated, prosecutors said during the trial in 2011.

    Ecclestone told the court he deserved a commission for the sale, saying ”I did a very, very good job.”

    On Wednesday, he told the AP: ”They wanted money. I was shaken down by the guys. It’s happened in life before.”

    Gribkowsky, who has largely admitted the charges, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison after being found guilty last year of corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust.

    Ecclestone’s German lawyers, Sven Thomas and Norbert Scharf, said they will soon submit a ”comprehensive response” to the court – and the central issue in that response will be ”the varying ‘confessions’ of Mr. Gribkowsky.”

    Ecclestone was savvy in building his power base in F1 from the 1970s and helped to create the Formula One Constructors’ Association that controlled the business side of the sport, including selling the TV rights.

    The British-based company later became known as Formula One Management. It has fought regular tussles with the teams over finances, but has retained control of the global motor racing series.

    CVC, having amassed a 63 percent stake of F1, has reduced its holding as other investors have come on board in recent years, although a planned flotation has stalled.

    Ecclestone’s holding has been diluted to about 5 percent.

    Geir Mouslon in Munich contributed to this report.

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  • NASCAR back at dirt track for 1st time since ’70

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    March 26, 2021 /  Racing

    NASCAR is set for an off-road detour through the dirt.

    The Truck Series is headed for the Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt track for a one-night only special designed to reconnect NASCARwith its early roots and give fans raised on asphalt and stock cars a taste of the wild races run in the dust.

    The last time one of NASCAR’s top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    The dirt drought ends when the trucks race Wednesday night at Tony Stewart-owned Eldora in Rossburg, Ohio.

    Stewart, still a regular on the weeknight racing circuit, has naturally become a big booster of NASCAR’s return to dirt. Most of the field drove their first Eldora laps at Tuesday’s practice.

    ”It’s a neat facility,” Stewart said. ”It’s well lit, it’s a wide racetrack, it gives you a lot of options of where you can go and what you can do. I think it gives those guys an opportunity. The practice day on Tuesday should help a lot of those teams be able to get acclimated before they come back to the track on Wednesday.”

    Eldora’s grandstands are sold out for the 9:30 p.m. ET race, even as some of the series’ biggest winners, like Kyle Busch, are sitting out. Ryan Newman and Dave Blaney are the only Cup drivers in the field. The race will feature a handful of so-called ringers, such as Scott Bloomquist, a member of the National Dirt Track Hall of Fame with more than 500 victories in a lengthy career. The 49-year-old Bloomquist is set to make his NASCAR debut driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

    ”It’s going to be something different I’m sure, but it’s a race car and I’ve driven a lot of race cars,” he said. ”Never a truck, but it’s still a race car.”

    The race also gets a twist on qualifying. There are five, eight-lap qualifying events and a 15-lap last-chance race to come up with the 30 competitors (regularly 36 in the series) who will start the 150-lap Mudsummer Classic. Because there is no pit road, the race is broken into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.

    Trucks driver James Buescher raved about Eldora after he tested there.

    ”It was a lot more fun than I expected it to be,” he said. ”It’s definitely going to be interesting when we get 30 trucks on the track at the same time in tight quarters like that. It’s going to be an action-packed race. I just hope there’s not too many cautions.”

    It could happen. After all, the trucks weren’t built to race on dirt, so some adjustments were needed.

    The Goodyear dirt tire has been widened from 10 to 11 inches to provide a larger contact patch with the track and give the trucks more grip. While the Eldora right-side tire will basically remain the same height as a NASCAR tire run on asphalt tracks, the left-side is 3 inches shorter (85.8 inches) to build in more stagger, which will help the trucks turn better.

    The trucks will be fitted for mesh shields and hood deflectors to hold off debris kicked up from the muck.

    The drivers who know how to get dirty are the easy favorites.

    Kyle Larson, pegged as NASCAR’s next big star, is one of the few drivers with experience on the dirt oval. Larson is one of only two drivers to sweep the USAC Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. Larson also won in the USAC Midgets in 2012.

    There’s a reason this track was selected for him to make his second Truck Series start of the season.

    ”I have been looking forward to this race for a really long time,” he said. ”I’ve had a lot of fun racing at Eldora and have had quite a bit of success, so I am excited to get back. I can’t wait to see how the trucks run there.”

    Even with the lengthy gap between NASCAR dirt races, fans and drivers are buzzing over the race, a rarity in a series that often runs in front of mostly empty grandstands as a support race in a Sprint Cup weekend.

    But a big crowd, big ratings and a great race could go far in making an Eldora a regular stop on the Truck Series circuit – and maybe make stock car racing there a reality.

    ”If it has incredible success, who knows how far this could go?” driver Kenny Wallace said. ”You could put the Nationwide Series there. One thing I always remind people of – and I race dirt all over the United States – this is where Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman came from. Three quarters of the field in Sprint Cup came from dirt tracks just like Eldora. I think this is a really good deal.”

    The race comes six weeks after the death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on a dirt track in New Jersey. State police say a mechanical problem was to blame for the spinout that ended with Leffler’s car slamming into a concrete wall.

    The 37-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a one-time winner in the Truck Series.

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  • Overcome Li Na, Sharapova Defend Title Champion

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    March 22, 2021 /  Tennis

    Stuttgart – Maria Sharapova successfully defended the title the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2013, after a convincing win, 6-4 and 6-3 over Li Na in the final.

    In four matches in the tournament to the top of the party, held at the clay court, Sharapova past his opponents to win three sets.

    Only later in the final at the Porsche Arena on Sunday (04/28/2013), Sharapova convincing to retain the title with a straight sets victory over Li Na, the Australian Open and set aside Sharapova in the semifinals – Li Na finally finished runner -up in the event.

    In the first set, Sharapova, who is seeded first, quickly winning 4-1. Li Na, seeded second, then tried to get up, although Sharapova did not give him much chance to catch up.

    Fierce duel ensued at the beginning of the second set. But again, Sharapova managed to demonstrate its superiority over Li Na and won her second title of the year – after Indian Wells last March.

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  • Stadiums in Europe that has Musala and Mosque

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    March 20, 2021 /  Football, Sports Rule

    Tiga Pemain Muslim di Timnas Prancis: Ribery (kiri), Anelka (tengah) dan Benzema. Ilustrasi - AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

    Rubin Kazan, professional clubs in the Russian Premier League, to build a mosque in his new stadium: Rubin Stadium. Construction of places of worship for Muslims by players or fans club of course a form of respect and tolerance of management.

    Start 2013-2014 season, Rubin Kazan new stadium occupies. The sports complex will also be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Stadium with a capacity of 45 thousand spectators was headquartered Kazan, city Muslim population reaches 55 percent of the total city population.

    Services prayer rooms for football fans is provided by the club in the Premier League, Blackburn Rovers. Since 2008 at the Ewood Park stadium complex there is special worship space, but can be utilized by the entire trust. One porch, diverse religions.

    Tom Finn, managing director of Rovers, describes the worship space in the stadium was designed as a quiet room with soundproofing.

    Thus can be used for worship in comfort and quiet. The club expects to bring in more spectators through the facilities of this kind.

    As a pioneer who built the club worship space in the stadium, there are actually Bolton Wanderers. Since 2006, the club in the Premier League was founded in 1874 has been to build prayer rooms for fans.

    As with Rovers and Kazan, Wanderers fans to prepare for all religions. The place of worship is called a ‘silent room’.

    While the latest in the UK is Newcastle United. Starting this year, the club had a special prayer room in the stadium. Of all the players with different religions should use it.

    There are seven players in the Muslim club based in St James Park Stadium, that is Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Mehdi Abeid who now has a special place for prayer. Previous them to pray in the existing spaces only.

    “Religion has an important role to some of our players,” said Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, said the reason to build a place of worship.

    In Germany, Bayern Munich club will build a mosque at the Allianz Arena stadium. The 2013 Champions League is a place of worship dedicated to the players who are Muslims and Muslim fans.

    The plan stems from the demand for mainstay striker Munich, Frank Ribery converted to Islam to marry a woman from Morocco in 2006. Actually requested only a small space that can be used for prayer. But management wanted to get up bigger, with a mosque imam who worked full-time.

    Those costs, the club is willing to bear 85 per cent. The rest is left to the players and fans to participate.

    This kind of model is different to that done by other clubs. The entire cost of the construction was funded from the club’s finances.

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  • Mourinho Ask MU To Forget Ronaldo

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    March 16, 2021 /  Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has asked Manchester United to forget their desire to bring Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer. According to him, it’s difficult to achieve that desire.

    Players are often addressed this on several occasions CR7 often talked about his desire to fierce competition the Premier League and his former club, Manchester United. MU is used to lure Ronaldo is hoping to return.

    However, Mourinho believes, desires Red Devils will collide with Los Blancos decisions that retain Ronaldo “tooth and nail”. And Mourinho believes, a bid of any of the other clubs who are interested in Ronaldo, would be countered by Madrid.

    “All I know is, Real Madrid is a club rich. They do not need to sell players. I think, they could confront a variety of offers from other clubs who want to have Ronaldo,” Mourinho said as quoted by Tribal Football.

    “I know, Ronaldo loves Manchester United and I know he loves the Premier League. But, I think he will stay.’s Just a feeling, I have no communication with Ronaldo, feeling alone,” said the Portuguese coach. (art)

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  • Greg Rutherford ruled of Anniversary Games through injury

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    March 16, 2021 /  Athletic and Swimming

    Greg Rutherford

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has pulled out of next weekend’s Anniversary Games in London because of injury.

    The 26-year-old has not competed since pulling his right hamstring at the Diamond League meet in Paris on 6 July.

    But he said he still hoped to be fit for next month’s World Championships in Moscow, and has been given more time – until 30 July – to recover.

    Rutherford said: “I’m working as hard as I can.”

    The Englishman was not named in the GB team announced this week for the Worlds, which start on 10 August.

    British Athletics performance director Neil Black, who has said the Olympic champion does not have to compete prior to Moscow in order to prove his fitness, will pick between Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson.

    The Anniversary Games is a three-day meeting being held at London’s Olympic Stadium between 26-28 July. It marks a year since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

    Rutherford had been hoping to compete alongside British team-mates Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who is also struggling with an ankle injury, on the second day.

    The trio all claimed gold medals within an hour of each other on 4 August, which became known as ‘Super Saturday’, in one of the most memorable moments of the Games.

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  • Nets Bring in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

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    March 16, 2021 /  Basketball

    Brooklyn Nets have officially announced the pick up Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. Transfer two top NBA player exchange involving nine players.

    Besides Garnett and Pierce, Nets Celtics also acquired veteran guard Jason Terry. While the Celtics acquire Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first choice player in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

    As part of this exchange, the Celtics also acquired the right to swap first-choice player in 2017. So proclaimed Reuters.

    “Today, the basketball gods smile to the Nets,” said club owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

    “With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a balance between our team of veteran and young talent.’s Team would be amazing views, and competed hard.”

    Although last season failed miserably with the Celtics, the veteran trio still be in the count. Garnett, 15, entered the All-Star team, had an average of 19.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game had a career for 18 years in the NBA.

    Pierce has an average of 18.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Small 35-year-old guard is also ranked fifth in the number of points on a three-pointer with 1,823 points.

    On the other hand, Terry had an average of 15.7 points and 4.5 assists per game. Terry also became part of the squad that won the Dallas Mavericks NBA in 2011.

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  • Perez: CR7 Will Retire in Madrid

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    March 15, 2021 /  Football

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reiterated his club’s stance on the situation Cristiano Ronaldo. Perez said that Ronaldo will not be sold and will end his career at Real Madrid.
    Ronaldo kept the subject of transfer speculation because of his contract situation. Ronaldo’s contract will expire in 2015 but did not want to put a signature on a new contract despite the club already handed.
    Some wealthy clubs had quietly peek Ronaldo situation in the hope of getting the superstar. PSG and Manchester United touted as a major interest in Ronaldo.
    “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player the world and Real Madrid really count on him. I can confirm that here was the one he will end his career. In addition, we also have not received any offers for him, “said Perez told L’Equipe.
    PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi had said that he had dreams of buying Ronaldo. But if he wants to realize that dream, he would do it the right way.

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