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September 13, 2004

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The News Review:

* Zimbabwe fire coach
* Makelele retires from French team
* HUGHES HAPPY WITH WALES : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy | Minnows leave Australia cold
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy | United States | Selling…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Clockwatch: Premiership
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Rydercup 2004
* BBC SPORT | Golf | McDowell retains advantage
* Makelele calls it quits
* As Kanu, Babayaro return for Gabon match
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Warm and fuzzy feelings in San Francisco
* Huth praised as Germany’s new hero
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Weir extends lead
* Damion Stewart on trial
* BBC SPORT | Golf | US look to ping pong
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Welsh | Blues 18-8 Dragons

Zimbabwe fire coach
BBC News – Sep 11, 2004
The decision comes after the Warriors lost 3-0 to Nigeria in a 2006 World Cup qualifier last Sunday, the team’s heaviest-ever home defeat, and amidst rumours of player indiscipline. The announcement was made following a lengthy board meeting in Harare on Friday. At the same meeting Zifa also decided to sanction players who they find to have a record of poor discipline in training camps, and to draw up a code of conduct for players and coaches. Team manager Rafiq Adam had already resigned following the defeat and allegations of misbehaviour among team members. Players were seen at Harare nightclubs on the weekend of the Nigeria match, and many players are alleged to regularly bring girlfriends to the team hotel.

Makelele retires from French team
CNN International – Sep 11, 2004
The 31-year-old told L’Equipe newspaper that he wanted to concentrate on club football and that it was time for a new generation of French players to get their chance. "I think that a player like me cannot afford to answer international calls if he is not going to play," said Makelele. "I shall be 33 in 2006. It’s time to give way to the young generation of players. They need match experience before the next World Cup. My future is with Chelsea. "Makelele told French coach Raymond Domenech of his decision during France’s trip to the Faeroe Islands for a World Cup qualifier last week.

HUGHES HAPPY WITH WALES : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
4TheGame – Sep 13, 2004
Hughes said: “I have no plans to leave the post, which is more than just a job to me and our World Cup campaign is far from over. “I am a Welshman who is as proud today of being national team manager as I was on the day I was appointed to the job. “And it’s ridiculous to say the qualifying group is over because I remember as a player losing 5-1 in an opening World Cup qualifier and yet we took it to the last game in the group.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy | Minnows leave Australia cold
BBC News – Sep 13, 2004
US captain Richard Staple would like to see more tournaments for the second tier of countries. And the ICC has plans for a “World Cup Qualifying Series” in 2006, although they say many of these teams are becoming worried by the number of matches their amateur teams must play. “If we played more against these teams like Holland, Scotland and Ireland on a consistent basis we would be able to improve more,” said Staple. “But when it’s on a once-per-year basis there is a very small scope for development. ”

For the foreseeable future at least, the US will be dominated by expats, although Staple expects a younger generation to soon replace the current crop of 30-somethings. And he believes rubbing up against more experienced teams still has a positive effect, even though they are outclassed on the field of play.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy | United States | Selling…
BBC News – Sep 13, 2004
It is a challenge he relishes, but he knows it will not be easy. But our goals are not to try and take on the major sports of football, baseball or hockey,” he told the BBC. “It’s really to serve our niche of existing cricket fans in the US. ”

That niche is made up almost entirely of immigrants from cricketing nations – India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, South Africa and Britain. Hopkins estimates there is a strong base of at least three to four million passionate fans who think nothing of staying up all night to watch a cricket match anywhere in the world on pay-per-view television, or listen to a match on radio. It is that enthusiasm which he is aiming to capitalise on… There are several hundred established clubs and a fledgling cricket league which has just ended its inaugural season. And one of the biggest commitments so far is the $60m stadium and complex being built just outside Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The stadium is due to open in autumn 2006 and was put forward as one of the venues for the 2007 World Cup. The application failed, but Florida is still hoping to host pre-World Cup matches before the tournament gets underway in the Caribbean. It will be a slow process, but Hopkins just one month into his new job, believes a cricketing culture can be created in the US, nurturing players and spectators. “If the money is used wisely, I guarantee the Americans will develop a good team and they will become massively competitive. ”

“When Americans commit to do something – in sport – they usually do it well.

BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Clockwatch: Premiership
BBC News – Sep 11, 2004
Everton name the same side that drew at Manchester United. Fit-again Thomas Gravesen is only on the bench, but Joseph Yobo is still ruled out with a knee injury. David James is in goal for Manchester City after being dropped by England for the World Cup qualifier in Poland. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez makes changes with Xabi Alonso left on the bench with Milan Baros and Steve Finnan and Harry Kewell returning to the starting XI. 5m new boy Robert Earnshaw on the bench alongside Cosmin Contra while Geoff Horsfield and Martin Albrechtsen return. Bolton duo Anthony Barness and Kevin Nolan replace Stelios Giannakopoulos and Ricardo Gardner.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Rydercup 2004
Irish Times – Sep 13, 2004

As yet no decision has been made on who will captain the European side when Langer steps down after this encounter. There are several genuine Irish contenders with former Cup players Des Smyth, Eamonn Darcy and Christy O?Connor jnr among those with their names in the hat. However, if the Ryder Cup committee choose not to have an Irish captain in 2006 the names of former world number one players Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam come to the fore as both have also expressed their desire to lead Europe at the K Club.

BBC SPORT | Golf | McDowell retains advantage
BBC News – Sep 11, 2004
Padraig Harrington recovered from his 75 with four birdies and an eagle in the first seven to seal second place. Paul Casey was alongside Harrington at 11 under going up the 18th but double-bogeyed the last for the second time this week. Harrington, yet to win a title this year, gave European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer a moment of anxiety by revealing that his troublesome shoulder had been causing him problems again.

Makelele calls it quits
Calcutta Telegraph – Sep 12, 2004
?I think that a player like me cannot afford to answer international calls if he is not going to play,? the defensive midfielder was quoted as saying by sports daily L'Equipe on Saturday. ?I shall be 33 in 2006. It?s time to give way to the young generation of players like Benoit Pedretti. They need match experience before the next World Cup. My future is with Chelsea. ?

Makelele won 35 caps for France.

As Kanu, Babayaro return for Gabon match
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Sep 13, 2004
The Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi told newsmen at the weekend that the NFA wants to remain focus ahead of the Gabon encounter which he described as crucial and so would not be distracted with the issue of foreign technical adviser. He denied insinuations that Globacom that had earlier agreed to pick the bills of the technical adviser has backed out due to what it termed quality of the person chosen. “We believe Globacom is ready to pick the bills of the foreign technical adviser and nobody from Globacom has expressed concern about the calibre of the person the NFA has picked. But we are yet to submit the name of the chosen Technical adviser to the Minister of Sports and Social Development, Col… But we are yet to submit the name of the chosen Technical adviser to the Minister of Sports and Social Development, Col. Musa Mohammed (rtd) because we need to be sure who is picking the bill without this commitment to the footing of the bill we cannot announce the technical adviser since we do not have the money to pay ourselves”, he said. In the same vein Ogunjobi announced the return of West Brom forward, Nwankwo Kanu and Chelsea’s Celestine Babayaro to the Super Eagles ahead of Gabon encounter towards the 2006 World Cup Qualifer. Others to join the team are Inter Milan’s Obafemi Martins, Everton’s Joseph Yobo both of whom just recovered from injuries that prevented them from taking part in the Harare’s encounter two weeks back. Ogunjobi told newsmen that Taye Taiwo of Lobi stars and Obinna Nwaneri both home based are also part of the team according to Coach Christian Chukwu’s list made available to the NFA. Seyi Olajengbesi is also expected to make the squad to Libreville in October. Aside from Melkan who is injured as the new entrant the list remains the same as those who executed the Harare match.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Sep 13, 2004
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Warm and fuzzy feelings in San Francisco
SI.com – Sep 13, 2004
The other day, while eating at a diner with some friends, the talk turned — as it inevitably does — to baking. Pillsbury baking, to be exact. Every two years, Pillsbury holds a bake-off open to anyone — think of it as the World Cup of Cupcakes. All you need is a recipe that includes Pillsbury ingredients. In and of itself, this information is not particularly interesting. What is interesting is the prize: $1 million. And just how is the winner decided? Judges, of course, which might lead some to argue for baking’s inclusion as an Olympic sport, if the e-mails that fellow Blogger Josh Elliott received after his defense of non-judged sports are any indication)… Anyway, this may not come as a surprise, but last year, out of the 100 finalists, 95 were women. Which leads me to my proclamation: I will win the 2006 Pillsbury Bake-Off! 7. Maybe if it was a grilled-cheese-making contest, I’d have a shot (gotta put a light coating of butter on both the bread and the pan, then cook ’til golden brown. Helps to put a pot lid over the whole thing to centralize the heat). But it does lead me to my point: I think it would make a great Will Ferrell movie.

Huth praised as Germany’s new hero
Independent Online – Sep 11, 2004
The 20-year-old helped to keep Adriano, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho under lock and key for 90 minutes and was singled out for special praise by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “If I was still playing I would not have wanted to come up against him,” said Klinsmann. “I would not want to swap places with Adriano and Ronaldo. I am really proud of Robert… ”

The German media was stunned by the composed performance of Huth, who joined Chelsea as a 16-year-old from Union Berlin, and tipped him as a player to blossom for the 2006 World Cup. “Who is this gigantic figure in our defence?” asked daily Bild. “He was the real find of the match against Brazil. ”

While Huth has all but guaranteed himself a spot in the German team he faces a real struggle to break into Chelsea’s star-studded line-up. Portuguese internationals Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho are expensive defensive summer recruits, while England international John Terry and French international William Gallas are both ahead of Huth in the pecking order.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Weir extends lead
BBC News – Sep 11, 2004
“I remember watching Jack Nicklaus (seven-times runner-up) and how much he wanted to win this tournament. I really want to
win here. ”

Singh, the new world number one, had an eventful round. A triple-bogey seven at the 11th, his second of the tournament, was followed by birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th. Parnevik, who was only slightly more consistent, said: “It was a very bizarre day. Everything that could have gone wrong pretty much went wrong. “Nobody really recovered.

Damion Stewart on trial
Jamaica Observer – Sep 11, 2004
expected to play at least two reserve league games for Stoke City

Hard-tackling Jamaican defender and Harbour View captain Damion Stewart left the island on Thursday night for England, on a two-week trial stint with Stoke City. The 24 year-old Stewart, popularly called “Stewpeas”, helped the Reggae Boyz score an historic 3-0 victory over El Salvador on Wednesday night to resurrect their “Road To Germany 2006” World Cup qualifying campaign after sitting at the bottom of the four-team group following their 1-2 loss to Panama last Saturday. The towering defender is expected to play at least two reserve league games for Stoke during the period, and he is set to return home on September 24. Stoke City are currently second in the Football Championship, previously called the English Division One League, with 14 points, the same as leaders Wigan. Talk Back

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BBC SPORT | Golf | US look to ping pong
BBC News – Sep 13, 2004
The team’s hotel has been fitted with numerous luxury items to make the players feel relaxed and at home. “We’ve got pinball machines, ping pong and pool tables, even an arcade driving game. Plus a big screen television,” said Ryder Cup rookie Fred Funk. “And there’s a lot of food. All the food and drink we could have in there. ”

Funk, 48, added: “It’s going to be great when we get together there every night. “Obviously it’s going to get more intense the closer we get to Friday, but this week is going to be incredible.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Welsh | Blues 18-8 Dragons
BBC News – Sep 11, 2004
Sweeney made some amends with a penalty soon after, but the Blues still held a 10-8 lead at the break. Both sides struggled to create clear-cut scoring opportunities after half-time and there was only a second penalty kick from Thomas, stretching the Blues’ slender lead, to trouble the scorers. Dragons coach Chris Anderson, a World Cup winner in rugby league, could see his first competitive match in union slipping away and looked to his bench for a solution. Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper replaced Gareth Baber and his energetic arrival added the drive and direction the Dragons had been seeking. But the visitors were undone by another charge-down from Jenkins, the Wales prop again doing a fine impression of a flanker to let in skipper Martyn Williams for the match-clinching try. The missed conversion hardly mattered as the Blues fans celebrated victory over their city rivals from along the M4. Blues: R Williams; J Vaughton, T Shanklin, T Davies, C Morgan; L Thomas, R Smith; G Jenkins, G Williams, B Evans, C Quinnell, R Sidoli, N Thomas, M Williams (capt), K Schubert.

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