Mon, Jan 10, 2011 - Page 18 News List




Ronaldinho dealt: Galliani

AC Milan and Flamengo reached an agreement on Saturday for Ronaldinho’s transfer to Brazil’s 2009 champions, the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani said. “I believe Ronaldinho’s chances of playing for Flamengo are at 99.9 percent,” Galliani told reporters in Rio following a meeting with Flamengo president Patricia Amorim. Ronaldinho was given permission by Milan to seek a move to a club back home after struggling to win a first team place with the Serie A leaders as he looks to enhance his hopes of a place in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup team.


Flatland sprints to first win

Norway’s Ann Kristin Flatland scored a maiden World Cup biathlon win on Saturday in the sprint at Oberhof, Germany. Flatland, 28, recorded a time of 23 minutes, 29.5 seconds over the 7.5km course, including one penalty loop, as she saw off German double Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner, who finished 5.7 seconds adrift with her two penalty loops.


Norwegian ‘Rock’ dies

Thorbjorn Svenssen, Norway’s most-capped footballer, has died at the age of 86. Arne Dokken, sporting director of the Sandefjord Fotball club where Svenssen spent his entire career, said the former center back died in hospital on Saturday morning. “He had been ill for many years,” Dokken said. Svenssen, nicknamed “The Rock,” won 104 caps and captained Norway 93 times.


Koch soars to victory

Austrian ski jumper Martin Koch won his first World Cup event in Harrachov, Czech Republic, on Saturday beating compatriot and Four Hills champion Thomas Morgenstern. Koch, 28 and a member of the Olympic gold medal winning team, jumped 211m and 213m for a total of 425.2 points to edge out Morgenstern (who jumped 196.5m and 190.5m for 421.9 points). Morgenstern — who has finished on the podium on every occasion bar two this campaign — maintained his huge lead at the top of the overall standings with more than a 350 points advantage over compatriot Andreas Kofler. Ammann lies third almost 400 points adrift.


Singapore mulls firing team

Singapore is considering disbanding its under-performing national soccer team in a development that has shocked the players, local media reported yesterday. The national team had a poor run last year, the final straw their failure to reach the semi-finals of the AFF Cup last month, prompting Football Association of Singapore (FAS) chief Zainudin Nordin to announce a radical overhaul. “It’s scary. I expected to hear calls to drop players after we went out of the [AFF] Suzuki Cup, but I never expected the whole team to be dropped,” forward Khairul Amri told the New Paper.


TV station stops coverage

Spain’s leading broadcaster said on Saturday it will no longer show the country’s centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in order to protect children from viewing violence. Spain’s state network, RTVE, lists its new ban on transmitting bullfighting programs under a chapter called “Violence with animals” in its latest stylebook and says it “will not broadcast bullfighting.” One of the reasons given by RTVE is that bullfights “generally coincide with hours protected or specially protected for young viewers.”

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