Brazil to keep protests at bay
Brazilian authorities say they have learned from demonstrations during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get too close to stadiums at the upcoming World Cup. Andrei Augusto Rodrigues, security head for major events at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, acknowledged that police misjudged the threat to public safety at Rio de Janeiro in June at the final of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up. Police under attack from violent protesters fired clouds of tear gas as the game began. Some wafted toward the Maracana Stadium, causing vendors at refreshment and souvenir stands to cough and tear up. Protesters got within 200m of the stadium, packed with 70,000 spectators for the Brazil-Spain final. Rodrigues said Brazil will work with foreign police forces as South Africa did in 2010.
Vonn resumes training
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, who has not competed since suffering a knee injury in February, completed her first World Cup training run at Lake Louise, Canada, on Wednesday, but was undecided about entering today’s race. Vonn tore knee ligaments at the world championships in Schladming. Vonn, who has 14 World Cup race wins at Lake Louise, clocked the 19th-fastest time in Wednesday’s first practice session, 2.13 behind Spain’s Carolina Ruiz-Castillo. A training crash in the middle of last month interrupted Vonn’s comeback and she was forced out of last weekend’s racing on home snow in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Vonn insisted several times this season that she would be ready to defend her downhill Olympic title in Sochi in February next year.
Tomlin fined US$100,000
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been fined US$100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. The NFL also said Wednesday that it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick “because the conduct affected a play on the field.” In the third quarter of the Ravens’ 22-20 win last Thursday, Tomlin was standing on the restricted white border between the sideline and field during Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return. Jones had to swerve to avoid colliding with the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return that might have gone for a touchdown if not for the obstruction. Tomlin briefly stepped onto the field before he jumped back. Tomlin said on Tuesday he was “mesmerized” by watching the return on the video board and would accept any punishment.
No place for women: Gattuso
Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso cannot see a place for women in soccer, he said on Wednesday. The hard-tackling midfielder was commenting on the recent turmoil at AC Milan, where Adriano Galliani has agreed to share his chief executive role with Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi. “I think that for someone like Galliani, there should be more respect,” he told the Radio Radio station in an interview. “I can’t really see women in football, I don’t like to say it, but that’s how it is.” Galliani, who has been at the club for 27 years, threatened to resign last week, apparently unhappy at comments by Barbara Berlusconi that the club needed a new philosophy. World Cup winner Gattuso ended his playing days last season with FC Sion in Switzerland. He had a spell as player-coach, but was relieved of his coaching duties after only 11 league games. He was appointed coach of Serie B side Palermo this season, but was fired after only six matches.