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March 5, 2005

Wenger proves the critics wrong over Almunia

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The News Review:

* What they said in 2004
* Bookie’s bets are off on UK ‘supercasinos’
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Rugby / Six Nations Tournament
* Wenger proves the critics wrong over Almunia
* Baros mulling over Liverpool future
* Euro 2004 riots: Two more jailed
* Giggs ‘flits’ to make his point
* Clemence is diagnosed with prostate cancer
* Nike is black-balled over latest marketing gimmick-Sport-Golf…
* Teachers: Citizenship: Regional Diversity
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* BBC NEWS | Business | Wetherspoon profits in 31% drop

What they said in 2004
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2005
He is very young – too young for such a hard competition like this. ” Lilian Thuram, France defender, before Euro 2004. “I sometimes try not to say things but he is incredible. I don’t remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in 1958. ” Sven-Goran Eriksson, England manager, on Rooney’s showing at Euro 2004. “I’m keeping the ball as a great trophy. We were sitting in Row Q, so you can imagine how much that shot missed by… “I sometimes try not to say things but he is incredible. I don’t remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in 1958. ” Sven-Goran Eriksson, England manager, on Rooney’s showing at Euro 2004. “I’m keeping the ball as a great trophy. We were sitting in Row Q, so you can imagine how much that shot missed by. ” Pablo Corral, who caught David Beckham’s missed penalty kick against Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. “I like the look of Mourinho.

Bookie’s bets are off on UK ‘supercasinos’
Guardian Unlimited – Mar 2, 2005
The company said it performed strongly last year despite fluctuating sports results, particularly in football. The first half saw what it called “very favourable results”, not least at Euro 2004, when a number of favourites suffered early exits. However, there was a long run of favourites winning in the second half, both in the domestic leagues and key European matches. There were also fluctuations in horse racing results, with a lower level of gross win across the group in the second half of the year. The shares had tumbled 22p to 593p by 2. 30pm, after initially rising to a year high of 624p.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Rugby / Six Nations Tournament
Irish Times – Mar 3, 2005
“People tune in to watch when the team is being successful,” said Killane. “The figure for the weekend was extraordinary, because rugby is very much third in its audience gathering capabilities, quite a distant third. “But it is important to understand that this figure is not to the detriment of GAA. The GAA figures for last year compared to 2003 are higher for both finals. Rugby and GAA are also not in direct competition and GAA is not suffering. ”

The average audience for the 2004 All-Ireland hurling final between Cork and Kilkenny was 705,000, and for the football involving Kerry and Mayo 744,000; but they had peak figures of 887,000 and 889,000 respectively, with the football representing a massive 76 per cent audience share. Last weekend’s rugby average of 551,000 is significantly lower, but still RT? are delighted that the Six Nations figure represented a 54… As with the RT? figures, audience size is also determined by the time of day. “Football is the nation’s most popular sport but the Six Nations is very consistent,” said a BBC spokesman. “In comparison, if you take the Euro 2004 match between Portugal and England, there were over 23 million people watching. In sports events it does often peak at the conclusion (of a match), and the end of last weekend’s rugby match is when the audience figures peaked to the 6. ”

Either way, it is positive for rugby, and a home game against France next and a possible winner-takes-all finale against Wales in Cardiff promise even greater interest.

Wenger proves the critics wrong over Almunia
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2005
When Arsenal won the title in 2002, three goalkeepers – Seaman, Richard Wright and Stuart Taylor – each made at least 10 appearances to qualify for a medal. Despite lifting the trophy three times since his departure in 1999, Manchester United have still to find an adequate long-term successor for the Dane Peter Schmeichel. Porto won the Champions League last year but goalkeeper Vitor Baia could not even make Portugal’s Euro 2004 squad. While Arsenal would no doubt like to have Chelsea’s Petr Cech, the Premiership’s best goalkeeper this season, perhaps the presence of Almunia will not prove to be the mistake many observers, including this correspondent, feared it would be. An attack that has rattled up 50 goals already this season takes the pressure off the goalkeeper and the ever-reliable Freddie Ljungberg opened the scoring at the Valley with a superb shot on the turn from Vieira’s clever pass. Charlton deservedly equalised just before half-time after Matt Holland touched a free-kick to Talal El Karkouri whose stunning 30-yard shot almost burst the back of the Arsenal net. Three minutes after the restart Arsenal were ahead again when, after receiving the ball from Robin van Persie, Ljungberg beat Dean Kiely for his eighth goal of the season.

Baros mulling over Liverpool future
rte.ie – Mar 2, 2005
I love the fans and am proud of being able to play here. “All I want is to play regularly. If it’s not going to be here, then I hope that I will get a good offer from elsewhere. ”
After being the leading scorer at Euro 2004, Baros looked set for a prominent role at Anfield following the departure of Michael Owen and a serious injury to Djibril Cisse. “I stayed at Liverpool in the hope I would be playing more,” added the 23-year-old. “After Owen left for Real and Cisse got injured, it looked like I could begin making regular appearances in the starting line-up. “But it seems they just don’t regard me as a regular starter.

Euro 2004 riots: Two more jailed
Croydon Guardian – Mar 2, 2005

Mills, who had been seen on CCTV throwing a traffic bollard, had been released on licence in July 2003 for a previous conviction for robbery. He was ordered to serve 300 days from the remaining 381 days from that sentence. 11:21am Wednesday 2nd March 2005.

Giggs ‘flits’ to make his point
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2005
If the chance arose to attack his full-back, he took it with relish, if a team-mate was in need of an outlet he made himself available. Likewise, if an obvious pass was on, he did not turn it down. After 14 years at the sharp end Giggs has come to know that it is much better sometimes to take the easy way out and keep a move flowing rather than risk losing possession with a needless bit of theatre. In this regard someone else wearing United colours would do well to take note. Cristiano Ronaldo could not hope for a better role model right on his own doorstep. Who better than Giggs to point the way forward for a mercurial 19- year-old, who seems to have slipped back into some bad habits reminiscent of his early days in England… Who better than Giggs to point the way forward for a mercurial 19- year-old, who seems to have slipped back into some bad habits reminiscent of his early days in England. By the time Ronaldo was forced to withdraw after being flattened by Ray Parlour, he had shown Teesside his entire range of tricks. Whether it was those familiar foot-overs thrown in one after the other, or a mesmerising back heel when a side foot would do, one of the genuine stars of Euro 2004 was in one of his more frustrating moods, mainly because he often lacked an end product. And for players like him, that is what it is all about. No point in torturing your opponent all night to gain a bit of space only to mess up the final ball, or shoot wildly from an improbable angle with team-mates queuing up. That happened a little too often and it came in direct contrast to the economy and efficiency on show nearby. Giggs, having skipped free early on to force a parry from Mark Schwarzer that Darren Fletcher converted into the opening goal, scored cleverly in the second half, taking a knee-high pass beautifully in his stride and beating Schwarzer with the most subtle of flicks for his third goal in three games.

Clemence is diagnosed with prostate cancer
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 2, 2005
Brian Kidd withdrew from the back-room team for the Euro 2004 finals to receive treatment, prompting Steve McClaren’s return to the international fold on a part-time basis. Kidd had surgery last May and his subsequent progress will contribute to Clemence’s hope for a full recovery. The former Liverpool and Spurs goalkeeper said: “The news I have had from the doctors so far has been very positive and encouraging… Berkovic, 32, reached agreement with the Portsmouth chairman, Milan Mandaric, over the remaining 17 months of his contract after failing to earn a regular first-team place this season. Derby County would not have agreed to sell midfielder Tom Huddlestone before the summer for fear of derailing their promotion push. County, fifth in the Championship, have agreed a £2. 5 million package with Tottenham for Huddlestone, who will switch to White Hart Lane during the close-season. Derby’s chief executive, Jeremy Keith, said: “If a club is doing well it will always attract interest in its players. But it’s important we prevent the move from disadvantaging our quest for success and our desire to strengthen the squad.

Nike is black-balled over latest marketing gimmick-Sport-Golf…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 3, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Unlike, for example, me, their clubs do not have sand lodged in the grooves from March 2002. or even from the previous shot, for that matter. As for their golf balls, they clean them between putts and, were they granted permission, they would clean them on the fairways, too — quite probably with a pressure hose and some bleach… FOOTBALL Nike claims that its ball, which is used in the Barclays Premiership, is faster, more responsive and scientifically rounder. Adidas manufactures the balls for the European Championship and World Cup finals. The Roteiro ball, used in Euro 2004, has no stitches and instead has “thermal-bonded panel edges”. Mitre provides balls for the Football League.

Teachers: Citizenship: Regional Diversity
BBC News – Mar 1, 2005
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What has changed in Wales in the last six yearsThe new Welsh Assembly debating chamber is being constructed in CardiffBay… A new National Industrial and Maritime Museum is due to open in Swanseain 2005. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff opened in 1999. The Welsh football side narrowly missed out on qualifying for Euro 2004. The rugby team has won the first three games of the 2005 Six Nations Championship. The Airbus factory in Broughton, north Wales, is the UK’s largestmanufacturing complex. It has helped the growth of the aerospaceindustry in Wales. Latest figures on the Welsh language show 20.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Mar 2, 2005
Of the 18, four ply their trade in the Premiership – Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira, his midfield clubmate Tiago Mendes, Manchester United?s Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Boa Morte of Fulham. Of the remainder, Deco – a Champions League winner with Porto last season and now with Barcelona – and strikers Pauleta and Nuno Gomes are among the more familiar household names. Scolari?s selection shows a number of changes to the squad that finished runners-up to Greece at Euro 2004. ?The veterans Fernando Couto, Luis Figo and Rui Costa no longer feature on the international scene whereas former Celtic target Manuel Fernandes and Hugo Viana, once of Newcastle, are given opportunities to impress. Absent because of injury are Porto midfielder Maniche and Chelsea central defender Ricardo Carvalho. Robert Pires has been left out of the France squad to face Sweden next week. ??The Arsenal star criticised coach Raymond Domenech for substituting him during a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus last October and relations between the two have soured… Robert Pires has been left out of the France squad to face Sweden next week. ??The Arsenal star criticised coach Raymond Domenech for substituting him during a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus last October and relations between the two have soured. In a recent interview in a French newspaper, Pires said he hoped to be recalled in the near future and Domenech has not ruled out a return down the line. “A squad is never set, the team changes, every game brings something new,” he said. The Republic of Ireland play France in World Cup qualifying Group 4 at Lansdowne Road in September. ?PORTUGAL:? Ricardo Pereira (Sporting), Quim Silva (Braga);? Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Jorge Andrade (Deportivo Coruna), Marco Caneira (Valencia), Fernando Meira (Stuttgart), Rogerio Matias (Vitoria Guimaraes); Costinha (Porto), Armando Petit (Benfica), Manuel Fernandes (Benfica), Hugo Viana (Sporting), Deco (Barcelona), Tiago Mendes (Chelsea); Simao Sabrosa (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Pauleta (Paris St Germain), Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Luis Boa Morte (Fulham).

BBC NEWS | Business | Wetherspoon profits in 31% drop
BBC News – Mar 4, 2005
The pub group said trading at its first two non-smoking pubs was going well and was better than the company average. The firm is to ban smoking in all its 650 locations by May 2006 amid fears smoky pubs are deterring customers. If exceptional items – related to a new distribution centre and the cost of selling 16 of its pubs – are not taken into account, Wetherspoon saw profits fall 20% from ?27. Turnover in the sixth months rose 4% to ?403. 3m but Wetherspoon described the period as “testing”.

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