Flamengo cut costs, coach
Flamengo, one of Brazil’s biggest and most popular clubs, have sacked coach Dorival Junior after he refused to accept a cut in his wages. “After two months of negotiations aimed at reforming the terms of the contract signed last year, Flamengo and coach Dorival Junior did not reach an agreement which was satisfactory to both parties, despite progressing in the talks,” the club said in a statement. The 50-year-old, who has coached at more than a dozen Brazilian clubs, had been at the helm for nine months. “The salary was not in line with Flamengo’s reality,” club director Paulo Pelaipe told the Sportv cable channel. “Flamengo want to honor our commitments and we weren’t able to maintain the coach’s salary levels.” Flamengo struggled to pay the wages of their employees on time last year and the new administration, which took over in January, have said they are determined to cut costs.
Ex-All Black in knife trouble
Former All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins has been arrested in Japan on charges of illegally carrying a kitchen knife in a department store, police said on Sunday. The 32-year-old, who played for New Zealand in 48 international games from 2001 to 2008, including the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, was arrested on Saturday in the central industrial city of Hamamatsu, police said. According to press reports, Collins caught a security guard’s attention when he went behind a sales counter at the store. When approached, the New Zealander pulled out the 17cm blade from his pocket and placed it on the counter. It is illegal in Japan to carry weapons with blades longer than 15cm without police permission. Collins told police that he “kept the kitchen knife for self-defense,” according to the reports.
Neureuther wins slalom
Felix Neureuther finished the season in style when he won the last slalom of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Sunday and promised closer fights with World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher in the future. The German avenged his World Cup defeat in the discipline by beating Hirscher by 0.36 seconds, in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.20 seconds. The victory, his third this season, was especially sweet for Neureuther, who had to receive injections before the race after suffering with severe back pain. Crowned overall World Cup champion for the second year in succession, Hirscher finished the season with 1,535 points, with nearest rival Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway 309 points adrift. Hirscher also won the slalom globe. In the slalom standings, Hirscher beat his German rival and friend Neureuther by 244 points.
Maze underlines dominance
Slovenian Tina Maze brought her remarkable season to a suitable end on Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, winning the final race of the World Cup campaign, the giant slalom. The 29-year-old overall World Cup champion — who was recording a record 24th podium finish of the season — timed 2 minutes, 16.67 seconds over the two legs to finish ahead of Tessa Worley of France (2:17.02) and Swiss skier Lara Gut (2:18.05). Maze has also captured the super-G and slalom crystal globes. Such has been the dominance of the Slovenian that, aside from her 11 race wins, she became only the second skier ever, man or woman, to break the 2,000 points barrier.
PSG waste two-goal lead