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The News Review:

* Winter sports roundup
* Bloom, Heil win World Cup moguls
* Boozing players face JFA probe
* Sport | Telegraph
* Eriksson loses substitutes battle
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* World Club Champs to resume
* Lota eyes international return
* The money game
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Dawson starts for England
* Unsung heroes: Ken Cunningham
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Sorenstam wins year opener
* Major international brands sign up with Dubai Sports City

Winter sports roundup
USA Today – Feb 28, 2004
At the Olympics, Kasai was 41st in the K120 event and 49th in the K90. Ammann seemed set for his first World Cup victory of the year by jumping 125 meters on the second of two jumps to take the lead with just two jumpers left. Kasai couldn’t match Ammann’s last jump, sailing 122. 5 meters, but he had a stronger first jump to win. “To be here, to fly here — I feel so satisfied about this result because the season was not so well as I expected,” Ammann said. “I think I really could do it better… “I’m very happy,” said Bloom, who will head home for knee surgery. “I got a lot of second places this year, and this is my last competition. ”
Bloom, who plays football at Colorado, has challenged the NCAA’s rules on endorsement money. He hopes to compete at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Bloom finished with 26. Janne Lahtela of Finland was second, and Toby Dawson of the USA was third.

Bloom, Heil win World Cup moguls
Newsweek – Feb 29, 2004
“I’m very happy,” said Bloom, who will head home for knee surgery. “I got a lot of second places this year and this is my last competition. ”Bloom, who plays football at Colorado, has challenged the NCAA’s rules on endorsement money. He hopes to compete at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Janne Lahtela of Finland was second and Toby Dawson of the United States was third… Norway’s Kari Traa was second and Austria’s Margarita Marbler was third. For the United States, Hannah Kearny was fifth, Emiko Torito was seventh and Laurel Shanley eighth. Ackermann wins Nordic combinedGermany’s Ronny Ackermann won a World Cup Nordic combined event in Oslo, Norway, keeping alive his slight chance for another overall title. Ackermann finished second in the morning ski jump and then won the 15-kilometer cross-country race in 37 minutes, 16. It was the 20th World Cup victory and the seventh this season for the two-time defending overall champion. Samppa Lajunen of Finland was second for the second straight day, 23 seconds behind Ackermann.

Boozing players face JFA probe
go.com – Feb 29, 2004
Butwe will see each of them in turn before making any decision. ‘Japan coach Zico and JFA president Saburo Kawabuchi will beconsulted before officials decide on what form of punishment, ifany, will be meted out. Three days after the incident, Japan struggled to beat Iraq2-0 in Tokyo, their final warm-up for the Asian 2006 World Cupqualifying competition. Japan scraped a 1-0 win over Oman in their opening qualifieron February 18 after an injury-time goal from Tatsuhiko Kubo,also said to have been one of the curfew breakers. Your views on this story?.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 28, 2004
Imagine leading the team out on the first day at a brand new stadium? When you’ve built something, you don’t want to walk away from it. “IT SEEMS David Beckham is finding life harder in Spain than he ever did back on these shores. The England captain has told the BBC’s Football Focus that he’s still getting to grips with life in La Liga, following his £25 million move from Manchester United. “So far I’m finding the Spanish league harder,” Beckham admitted. “The Premiership is still a hard league to play in, but I think the Spanish league is maybe a little bit harder. Every game is a really tough one. “DESPITE FRANCE’S disastrous defence of the World Cup in Japan and Korea, their captain, Zinedine Zidane, has refused to commit himself to playing in the 2006 tournament, even though he has extended his contract with Real Madrid until the year after… “The Premiership is still a hard league to play in, but I think the Spanish league is maybe a little bit harder. Every game is a really tough one. “DESPITE FRANCE’S disastrous defence of the World Cup in Japan and Korea, their captain, Zinedine Zidane, has refused to commit himself to playing in the 2006 tournament, even though he has extended his contract with Real Madrid until the year after. The 1998 World Cup winner’s contract had been due to run out in 2005 but Zidane, 31, who picked up his third FIFA player of the year award in December, insists he is looking no further on the international calendar than this summer. “It was really the club who wanted me to go on to 2007,” he told Le Parisien. “For the moment I am only thinking of Euro 2004. We’ll see how things go after that.

Eriksson loses substitutes battle
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 28, 2004
Yesterday, Blatter was supported by the other three home nations, even though the FA presented letters of support from all the leading European coaches, including those from Italy, Germany, Spain and France. Although the new restrictions will not come into force until July 1, thus allowing Eriksson to continue experimenting freely in the build-up to Euro 2004, yesterday’s decision is bound to hinder the international progress of the country’s brightest young players. Equally significantly, it could raise serious questions about whether the Swede will lead England into the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign if he can no longer call the shots over which players to watch at international level. His employers were clearly upset after yesterday’s 7-1 vote. “We recognise the democracy of the meeting and that our views did not prevail,” Palios said curtly, while Davies went further. “Clearly Sven will be disappointed,” he said. “We put his case forcefully over a number of days and would have liked more discussion because Sven has received a lot of support from other coaches.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 1, 2004
But his decision on Saturday to walk out on Brazilian champions Cruzeiro out of solidarity with fired coach Vanderley Luxemburgo suggests that the 1999 World Player of the Year may have finally lost his appetite for the game. The inspiration behind Brazil?s fifth World Cup win in 2002, he left Cruzeiro less than two months after they had given him what seemed a golden opportunity to revive his flagging career. The lanky former Barcelona and Deportivo Coruna striker had spent most of the previous 18 months on the bench at Italy?s AC Milan in what he later described as the worst spell of his career. Although he kept his place in the Brazil team, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira warned him he needed to start playing at club level quickly.

World Club Champs to resume
BBC News – Mar 1, 2004
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said the current arrangement, which will have seven matches played over an eight-day period, creates the needed compromise between the competing interests of the various continents. “This six-team club championship will help streamline the [international co-ordinated calendar],” Blatter said after Fifa’s executive committee meeting in London on Sunday. “This tournament is important for the solidarity of world football. ”

Although the tournament is scheduled to take place in December 2005, a host and exact date has not been fixed. In a separate development, Blatter said the international calendar would be streamlined as a result of Caf’s decision to combine the 2006 Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers… “This tournament is important for the solidarity of world football. ”

Although the tournament is scheduled to take place in December 2005, a host and exact date has not been fixed. In a separate development, Blatter said the international calendar would be streamlined as a result of Caf’s decision to combine the 2006 Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

Lota eyes international return
BBC News – Mar 1, 2004
Lota quit international football two years ago but after returning to top form with South African premier league side
Moroka Swallows, he now feels he can come out of retirement. The 31-year-old forward has scored eight league goals for the Swallows so far and is the joint second scorer in South Africa along with Orlando Pirates’ Benedict Vilakazi. “If the chance of playing for Zambia again comes up, I would re-consider playing,” Lota told BBC Sport. “I feel that I am fit and ready but you will have to watch me and judge for yourself. ”

Lota says that Zambia need experienced players in the upcoming joint 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers, where the country will come up against some tough opposition… “If the chance of playing for Zambia again comes up, I would re-consider playing,” Lota told BBC Sport. “I feel that I am fit and ready but you will have to watch me and judge for yourself. ”

Lota says that Zambia need experienced players in the upcoming joint 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers, where the country will come up against some tough opposition. The Chipolopolo have been drawn in the same group as Senegal, Mali, Liberia, Togo and Congo Brazzaville. Yet Lota, a veteran of several Cup of Nations finals campaigns, feels that there should be room for some older players in the squad. “If you saw the last Cup of Nations in Tunisia, all the teams had some older players because experience counts,” Lota said. “I haven’t played for the national team in a long time and don’t really know how good Zambia are at the moment,
but judging by the fact we failed to qualify for the last Cup of Nations, I think we have a tough challenge.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 1, 2004
We have to look at every club on its merits,” he said. “Administration is a really sensible option for clubs where we can no longer support them. ” Mitchell’s comments come at a difficult time for football clubs off the field. Leading financial institutions have given warning that they will find it increasingly difficult to lend them money from next season, when both the Premier League and the Football League introduce points penalties for clubs going into administration. LEEDS United look likely to be the first club in the top flight to seek an administration order after creditors refused on Friday to roll over a debt repayment holiday. Trevor Birch, the chief executive, has been battling to avoid bankruptcy protection all season by cutting wages, deferring players’ salaries and using cash reserved for repayments on a £60 million bond. The only good news for Leeds fans is that if the club goes into administration now, the team will avoid starting next season on either minus nine points in the Barclaycard Premiership or minus ten in the Coca-Cola League first division… Trevor Birch, the chief executive, has been battling to avoid bankruptcy protection all season by cutting wages, deferring players’ salaries and using cash reserved for repayments on a £60 million bond. The only good news for Leeds fans is that if the club goes into administration now, the team will avoid starting next season on either minus nine points in the Barclaycard Premiership or minus ten in the Coca-Cola League first division. FIFA is already clamping down on illegal ticketing for the next World Cup some 2½ years before the tournament kicks off in Germany. Fifa last week won its case in the Munich District Court against an internet provider trying to sell tickets that do not yet exist. The court said that the website, since shut down, was “misleading the public” and embarking on “illegal competition”. The scam was spotted by a special team from Fifa’s legal department that scans the internet for counterfeits.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Dawson starts for England
BBC News – Mar 1, 2004
Dawson takes over from Gloucester’s Andy Gomarsall, who played in the opening RBS Six Nations matches against Italy and Scotland. Bath second row Steve Borthwick replaces injured club-mate Danny Grewcock, who has an Achilles problem. And Wasps back row Joe Worsley comes in for Chris Jones of Sale. England coach Sir Clive Woodward admitted it had been a tough choice at scrum-half.

Unsung heroes: Ken Cunningham
Squarefootball – Feb 28, 2004
So how fitting in was that one of the real ‘quiet men’ of football managed to silence him so commandingly for the Republic of Ireland recently. Finally, football fans are – to paraphrase another less successful ‘quiet man’, Iain Duncan Smith – turning up the volume in appreciation for the epitome of the unsung hero, Ken Cunningham. Whilst the state of defending in the Premiership seems to become more farcical by the week, it is left to the likes of the Birmingham captain to show more celebrated contemporaries how it should be done. With out-and-out defenders seeming to be in danger of extinction, it is refreshing to see a man like Cunningham who eschews the more flamboyant style of the Ferdinand, Gallas and Woodgate era for traditional techniques such as good marking, sensible positional play and uncompromising tackling. Now 32, Cunningham came to ply his trade in England from his native Tolka Rovers, joining Milwall back in 1989… Despite other excellent performances from the spine of the team – Taylor in goal, Savage in the middle of the park, and Forssell as the spearhead, it has been Cunningham’s calming influence at the back that has been most noticeable, with regular man-of-the-match performances. A regular member of the Ireland squad since his debut in 1996 versus Czech Republic, Cunningham is the captain of Brian Kerr’s evolving young side. With him only making two minor substitute appearances in the World Cup of 2002, Cunningham will be sure to be putting everything into the forthcoming qualifiers for 2006 as a perfect swansong for a dependable, consistent career in English football.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Sorenstam wins year opener
BBC News – Feb 29, 2004
The world number one, playing in her first event of 2004, shot a seven-under-par 65 for a four-shot victory. England’s Karen Stupples, who had started the round a solitary stroke behind, had to make do with second after her round of 68. “Wonderful memories, it’s been a great week, great golf,” said Sorenstam, who won the event in 1995 and 2002. Sorenstam was in electric form from the outset of her round, extending her lead to four shots on the day’s opening three holes. She carded a birdie on the first, an eagle the following hole and then par on the third.

Major international brands sign up with Dubai Sports City
AME Info – Mar 1, 2004
‘The academy will help young people to develop their tennis skills under the tuition of leading professionals,’ said David Lloyd. ‘Tennis has a huge following in the Middle East and the region could well produce an international star in the future. ‘
And the DSC golf academy, due to be operational in 2006, is to be operated as a Butch Harmon Golf Academy – the first of its kind outside North America – and designed by the man that the world’s leading industry magazine, Golf Digest, recently voted the world’s No: 1 Coach. It will operate in association with Troon Golf, which is also involved in the development and management of DSC’s Ernie Els Signature championship golf course. ‘Dubai is now regarded as one of the world’s fastest emerging golf destinations. We are immensely proud that Butch Harmon has chosen Dubai to be the first city outside of North America to establish a learning facility that will attract new golfers to this wonderful city and aid with the growth of tourism in this region. Troon Golf considers itself privileged to be working with Butch and the investors from DSC on a project that will change the face of golf in the Middle East forever… DSC says the unique ‘Butch Harmon’ methodology will greatly assist in attracting more nationals to the game of golf and reaffirm Dubai as a golfing destination for the international market. ‘DSC’s objective is not only to create a sports complex that ranks among the best in the world, but to create champions that compete with the best in the world,’ said Al Zarooni. ‘These dedicated academies for football and golf will train the young as world class champions who can live the victory. ‘Butch Harmon is the world’s most recognized name in golf instruction and his name will lend DSC the level of professionalism the project intends to maintain. We also envisage the ‘Butch Harmon’ name creating potential for us to encourage tour professionals to use the DSC facilities as a vacation site. ‘
Meanwhile, it has been announced that DSC’s 18-hole championship golf course will be designed by South African golfing superstar Ernie Els. ‘I was so impressed with the developers’ vision, that getting involved was an easy decision to make,’ said Els.

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