UN body wants ‘green’ Cup
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) urged world soccer governing body FIFA on Tuesday to do more to ensure an environmentally friendly 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A UNEP study assessed South Africa’s performance at the 2010 World Cup and highlighted lessons Brazil could learn as it gears up to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “The investment in environmental management is not sufficient. This issue needs to be addressed by FIFA,” it said. “FIFA should consider compensating for its own carbon footprint and encourage its partners to do the same,” it added.
Vandals attack mascot
An inflatable model of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup mascot, a smiling three-banded armadillo, has been removed after being attacked by vandals, the second such incident in less than a week. The 7m high inflatable armadillo was removed from its spot near Brasilia’s Esplanade of the Ministries, an enormous boulevard flanked by public buildings, after youths attacked it with knives, Brazilian media said. Last week, another model was damaged after it was attacked during demonstrations in the southern city of Porto Alegre. Models of the mascot have been placed in several Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo. The mascot was unveiled one month ago and its name — Amijubi, Fuleco or Zuzeco — is to be decided by a public vote.
McGrady heads for China
Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady says he is heading for China to play for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The 33-year-old McGrady said on his official Web site he is excited to play for the Eagles in eastern China and that “it will be an honor” to play for the Chinese people. A woman who answered the phone yesterday at the basketball club said she had no information. McGrady’s announcement did not give terms for the one-year contract. He played for the Atlanta Hawks last season. McGrady is the latest NBA player to join the CBA, following Stephon Marbury who led the Beijing Ducks to the CBA championship in the past season.
Generali Ladies starts
Julia Goerges beat 2007 champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-4, 7-6 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. She is to next play Romina Oprandi of Switzerland, who routed Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-2, 6-1. Andrea Petkovic of Germany defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic 7-6, 6-2 to set up a match against either second-seeded Ana Ivanovic or Monica Niculescu of Romania. Bethanie Mattek-Sands advanced by beating seventh-seeded Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 6-4. Her next opponent is Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4. Simona Halep of Romania led Lesia Tsurenko 3-0 in the opening set when the Ukrainian pulled out because of a right-shoulder injury. Halep next plays top-ranked Victoria Azarenka or Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. Also, Mallory Burdette of the US beat Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4. Pervak lost in qualifying, but replaced 2009 champion Yanina Wickmayer after the Belgian withdrew shortly before the match because of exhaustion. Burdette’s next opponent is Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who defeated Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-3.
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