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Kyrgios slams ‘racist’ Olympic great Fraser

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyNick Kyrgios has accused Olympic great Dawn Fraser of being a “blatant racist” after the former champion swimmer said tennis players should “go back to where their parents came from” if they did not set a better example to Australian youth.Kyrgios was the subject of a barrage of criticism back home for his on-court antics when he was beaten by Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon on Tuesday.The 20-year-old was accused of giving up, or ‘tanking’, in one game, received a warning for an audible obscenity and conducted a running debate with the umpire throughout the match.Fraser, who has been one of Australia’s best known sporting figures since she won the 100 metres freestyle at three successive Olympic Games from 1956, was invited to comment on his behaviour on a popular morning TV show.“It’s absolutely disgusting. I am so shocked to think that he went out there to play and he tanked, he did all that tanking, that’s terrible,” the 77-year-old said.“They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this country, a great country of ours.“If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. We don’t need them here in this country if they act like that.”Kyrgios responded by linking to a video of Fraser’s comment on his Facebook page.“Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant.”“Blatant racist, Australian legend.”Attempts by Reuters to contact Fraser by telephone and email were not immediately successful but she later denied being a racist.“I’m not a racist person, if you take it that way then I’m sorry that you take it that way, but I’m not racist at all,” she told the Canberra Times.“I said, ‘If they don’t want to be Australians then maybe they should go back to the country where their parents come from’. That’s not being racist.“I said they were not good Australians by behaving the way they are on court. Do you think they are? He’s just bad mannered. He’s just a bad sport.”Kyrgios’ Wimbledon exit came a couple of days after Bernard Tomic was dumped from Australia’s Davis Cup team for launching a tirade at Tennis Australia officials in the wake of his third round exit at the All England Club.Kyrgios, who was born and raised in Australia’s capital Canberra, has Greek and Malaysian-born parents.Tomic was born in Germany but moved to Queensland when he was three with his Yugoslavia-born parents.At the time of the last census in 2011, 43.1 per cent of Australians had one or more parent born outside the country.Ironically, Fraser was something of an anti-authoritarian figure in her heyday.A 10-year ban for various misdemeanours during the 1964 Tokyo Games, including taking a flag from outside the Japanese emperor’s palace, scuppered her hopes of winning a fourth straight Olympic title in Mexico in 1968.last_img read more

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Jamaican sprinter Carter fails 2008 doping re-test

first_imgJamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, two sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said traces of Methylhexanamine were discovered in Carter’s “A” sample, part of a batch of 454 from the 2008 Games that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered to be re-tested.Carter could face sanctions only if his “B” sample also tests positive for the substance.Reuters has not seen the laboratory results.Neither Carter, who won gold in the 4×100 metres relay with Jamaican team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater in Beijing, nor his agent replied to repeated requests for comment.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell declined to comment. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Warren Blake told Reuters his organisation had not been notified of any rule violation.Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code prohibited list since 2004, although it was reclassified on the 2011 list as a “specified substance”.WADA defines specified substances as those that are more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”.Sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983, Methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.REVISITING SAMPLESThe IOC programme of revisiting samples is aimed at using developments in testing techniques to expose traces of drugs that were undetectable in 2008 or 2012.Doping cases are usually handled by the relevant national federations and national anti-doping agencies but the IOC has decided that any arising from the re-tests will be dealt with directly by them.“We want to keep dopers away from the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now,” IOC president Thomas Bach said last week when announcing the re-testing of 265 samples from the London Olympics.“I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all decisions on behalf of the IOC.”First-leg relay specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica’s dominant 4x100m squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.The 30-year-old has not run this season, citing a foot injury, but is expected to race in the next few weeks ahead of Jamaica’s Olympic trials from June 30 to July 3.Historically, the sanction for the use of Methylhexanamine has been a suspension of six months to a year and the loss of results from the period concerned.PUBLIC WARNINGSanctions for use of a stimulant can range from a public warning upwards.Although his relay team mates are not accused of doping, it is possible that the IOC could strip them of their gold medals if Carter’s B-sample tests positive.For instance, all members of the victorious American 4x400m relay squad at the 2000 Sydney Olympics were subsequently stripped of their medals after Antonio Pettigrew admitted a doping offence.However, when American Marion Jones was stripped of her two relay medals from the Sydney Games for doping offences, her team mates kept theirs after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.IOC spokesman Mark Adams said discussions over what to do with the medals won by any dope cheats exposed by the re-testing were ongoing.“It is still being worked out,” he said. “What we want to do, and are trying to do, is target athletes who have positive results and stop them from competing in Rio.”The IOC said last month that more than 30 athletes from six different sports had tested positive in the re-testing of 2008 samples and that it had launched disciplinary action against the as yet unidentified athletes from 12 countries.Twenty-three more positives were found following a re-test of 265 samples from the 2012 Olympics, the IOC said last week.Russia has said 14 of its athletes from the 2008 Olympics had tested positive for banned substances and eight more from the 2012 Games.Russia’s athletics team has been suspended from international competition following a 2015 WADA commission report that accused the country of state-sponsored doping.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which suspended Russia, will vote on June 17 over whether to reinstate the sporting superpower’s athletics team and allow it to compete in Rio.The Rio de Janeiro Olympics take place from Aug. 5-21.last_img read more

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Real Madrid wins its 1st Spanish title since 2012

first_imgReal Madrid’s players celebrate at the end of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Real Madrid wins the Spanish league for the first time in five years, avoiding its biggest title drought since the 1980s. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)MADRID — Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship.Zinedine Zidane’s team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.ADVERTISEMENT While Barcelona struggled in its game against Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory in the 55th minute off the rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos, securing Madrid its second league title in the last nine years.Madrid hadn’t gone five straight seasons without a league title since 1981-85. It will pursue its third Champions League title in four seasons in a final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid’s first double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly six decades.It was the first league title for Zidane, the former France great who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 ½ years ago.“It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga,” said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after the final whistle. “I’ve won everything with this club, but this title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional career.”Players wore shirts with the No. 33 — in a reference to the 33rd title — as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans in a major public plaza.ADVERTISEMENT Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.At the Camp Nou, Barcelona saw its chances of another league title take a hit after Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored in the seventh and 61st minutes.Barcelona started its comeback with an own-goal by Eibar defender David Junca in the 63rd, and Luis Suarez equalized in the 73rd after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty kick a few minutes earlier.Messi, the league’s scoring leader with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the scoring in injury time.Eibar played a man down from the 74th as defender Ander Capa was sent off.It was Barcelona’s last game at the Camp Nou with its coach Luis Enrique, who is leaving the club after the season ends.“I can’t complain about our team,” Luis Enrique said. “We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions.”Barcelona will play the Copa del Rey final against Alaves next Saturday.___CALDERON’S GOODBYE For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Villarreal finished with 67 points, three more than Real Sociedad and four more than Athletic, which can still qualify for Europe’s second-tier tournament if Barcelona beats Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition’s group stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jinder Mahal wins WWE title at Backlash Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “To win the title in the last round feels that much better,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “We deserved it.”The last-round victory gave Madrid a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona, which rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundMadrid entered the final weekend needing a draw to guarantee its first title since 2012 and avoid its worst title drought since the 1980s.Ronaldo put Madrid in control early in Malaga, entering the area and rounding the goalkeeper before finding the open net, after a pass by Francisco “Isco” Alarcon two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. It was Ronaldo’s 14th goal in his last nine matches in all competitions. Atletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in an emotional final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished to give way to a modern housing complex.Fernando Torres scored two goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added another in the second as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years.Atletico next season will move into the Wanda Metropolitano, a modern 68,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.“It’s hard to express our feelings after a day like today,” Torres said. “We have a lot of memories here, a lot of things went through your mind. It’s been 50 years of a lot of happiness in this venue. It was an honor to be part of it.”The nearly 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion.The stadium will still host the Copa del Rey final next Saturday, and a day later an exhibition match involving former players will officially close the venue.___EUROPA LEAGUE SPOTSAthletic Bilbao ended in seventh place after the loss at Atletico, without one of the two spots for the Europa League next season.Villarreal secured fifth place with a 3-1 win at Valencia, and Real Sociedad ended sixth after scoring late in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo. View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

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NIALL BLANEY: FAMILY RALLY AROUND ROSALEEN AS SPLIT BECOMES PUBLIC

first_imgRELATIVES and friends have been rallying Rosaleen Blaney as news of her split from husband TD Niall became public.The mum-of-three is said to be devastated.And last night one former supporter of her husband – the Deputy for Donegal North East – told donegaldaily.com: “Rosaleen is a very strong woman. She’s the rock of the family. “She will get over the marriage break-up, there’s no doubt about that.”Mr Blaney has left the family home in Rosnakill, he told supporters last week.He broke the news at a party meeting having learned that the Mail on Sunday were planning to run a story.He is now spending a great deal of time at his new home in Dublin, friends say. NIALL BLANEY: FAMILY RALLY AROUND ROSALEEN AS SPLIT BECOMES PUBLIC was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watch highlights of the draw between Hamilton and Dundee United

first_imgWatch highlights of the 0-0 draw between Hamilton Accies and Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership.Eji Kawashima’s late heroics rescued a point for Premiership basement boys Dundee United against Hamilton at New Douglas Park.With four minutes to go the Japanese goalkeeper threw himself to his right to keep out Ali Crawford’s penalty and ensure a tense battle finished level.Hamilton were then reduced to 10 men in injury time when Michael Devlin was shown a second yellow card for deliberately handling the ball. The first half was an uninspiring affair, with both sides struggling to carve out meaningful changes.last_img read more

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‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices

first_imgA Donegal Councillor has hit out at alleged privatisation tactics of An Post which involve the closure of local post offices. Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig has called a public meeting this Wednesday 5th September for the community to explore ways to protest the closure of several local amenities in West Donegal.Seventeen post offices in Donegal have been listed for consolidation by An Post, as part of a nationwide policy to close 159 offices in total within the state. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig has put forward a view that An Post’s moves are a signal of impending privatisation of the service.He said: “Under the previous Fianna Fáil led government from 2002 to 2011, 629 Post Offices were closed in the 26 Counties. Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael believe in acting in the interest of big business, making rich people richer.“I believe what is happening right now is that the overall objective of both parties is to get rid of the non-profitable Post Offices right across the state and only keep the profitable Post Offices and then sell the state company off to an already wealthy private company. This will never be in the interests of the people of Gaoth Dobhair, or anywhere else for that matter.”The public meeting will be held in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar on Wednesday 5th September at 7pm. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said it is imperative that the community takes a stand to protest further removal of services from the North West. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said: “The government is saying that it is a decision taken by An Post and that they will provide a better service after the closures. We don’t believe them. This is the sort of message that Margaret Thatcher delivered as she was slashing and privatising community services in Britain. Ronald Reagan did the same in America.“The sheer hypocrisy of the state in dealing with our community is highlighted by the fact that this year, Bliain na Gaeilge, they are telling the community that they have to formulate a plan to preserve the Irish language in the Gaeltacht, yet at the same time they are cutting back on basic services that we need.“A language cannot survive unless the community that kept it alive for countless generations survives and the state couldn’t care less about that.“We can stop this now. We are asking the community to attend the meeting on Wednesday and show their support for a strong campaign to oppose the closure of our post offices,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig concluded.‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigmeetingpost officeslast_img read more

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Kraus finishes in top five at Memphis, leads K&N East

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMILLINGTON, TN – Derek Kraus came away with a top-five finish at Memphis International Raceway on June 1 to retain his lead in the championship standings of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford turned in a solid performance in the 150-lap race on the3/4-mile Tennessee track – finishing fifth in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS/Curb Records Toyota Camry.“We were struggling with our drive off at the end of the race, but other than that it was still a consistent top five for our BMR NAPA Toyota. So, that’s a good day,” said Kraus.With his fifth-place finish, Kraus leads the K&N East standings by three points – with two wins, three top-five, and five top-10 finishes in five starts this season. He also leads in the chase for the championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.The Memphis race, won by Chase Cabre, is slated to be televised on NBCSN on June 5.The next event on the K&N Pro Series East schedule will at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut on June 15.last_img read more

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Google Makes Finding Places Easier on Android’s Google Maps App

first_imgmike melanson With nearly 1.5 billion mobile users estimated to be using location-based search and information services by 2014, it’s no secret that the race is on to take the lead in serving up local search results on mobile platforms. To that end, search engine giant Google has made efforts on multiple fronts, including its latest aggregation of mapping and business information, Google Places.Today, the company announced an update to Google Maps for Android users that it says will offer “an even better way to find places nearby”.As Michael Siliski, the product manager for the Google Mobile Team, writes on the Google Mobile Blog, providing local search results has been a “continued focus” for the company and the addition of Google Places to the Android version of Google Maps is its latest offering. On Android-powered phones with Google Maps 4.4, you’ll find the new Places icon in the app launcher with the rest of your apps. Press and drag it right onto your home screen to use it when you’re looking for a restaurant, shoe store, movie theater or any other type of local business. You’ll get a detailed list of all the nearest places and can choose one to learn more about it on its Place Page. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The app offers a list of standard categories, such as bars, attractions or ATMs, and allows for user-added frequent searches. In the initial search results, you’ll get a basic smattering of information, including operating hours, distance and even compass direction from your current location. When you find what you’re looking for, clicking on the link will bring you to a place’s “Place Page”, where you’ll find information like pricing, hours, parking, menu, aggregated user-submitted reviews, maps, contact information and on. The latest version of Google Maps is available for Android users running Android 1.6 and higher, and will be coming soon to BlackBerry users on the mobile website. iPhone users will have to wait for any similar features, or use the mobile website, as the iPhone app is made in-house by Apple.last_img read more

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Apple Approved: iSwifter Lets You Play Popular Flash Games on the iPad

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois We were able to give the app a try before launch. While it’s great to be able to play these games on the iPad now and while iSwifter’s application is quite well designed, it’s hard not to notice that the apps don’t play directly on the iPad. As with many remote desktop apps, there is often a slight delay between clicks and you can easily notice how the app sometimes struggles to refresh the screen fast enough. For the most part, this doesn’t really matter right now, as the available games tend to be puzzle games (Screw the Nut, Book of Treasures, etc.) that don’t need a very fast screen refresh rate to be playable. This does, however, limit the platform’s usefulness for more action-oriented games. Currently, the available games also don’t need any keyboard input to be playable, but it remains to be seen how well iSwifter will be able to cope with more complex apps that rely on more complex commands than just a mouse click.For now, iSwifter is only available for the iPad and only works over WiFi networks. The company plans to add support for 3G networks soon and launch iPhone and Android apps in the near future. Even though Apple still refuses to allow Flash on the iOS platform, there is now a way to play at least some popular Flash-based games on the iPad. Apple just approved iSwifter (iTunes link), a free app that bypasses Apple’s Flash embargo by simply streaming the games to your iPad, similar to what OnLive does with PC games. Games run on a central server and the iPad app basically works like a remote desktop client and relays the user’s input back to the server.Before you get too excited, it’s important to note that the app currently only features a very limited set of games from Yahoo! Games, AOL Games.com, Facebook and Kongregate. The team plans to add more games over time, though, and announce more partnerships with other Flash-gaming portals, too. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Adobe#Apple#gaming#mobile#news#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Google’s New Honor System for Highlighting Original Journalism on the Web

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#web A lot of content on the Web today is syndicated across multiple sites. For Google News, that’s a problem, as the service has to determine which one of these sources to pick as a headline. Today, Google introduced two new metatags that allow publishers to give “credit where credit is due,” as the company puts it, and highlight original sources and indicate when something is a syndicated copy. Google will use this information to rank stories on Google News. The two new tags that Google introduced today are syndication-source and original-source. The syndication-source tag can be used to indicate the location of the original story. The original-source tag should be used to highlight the URL of “the first article to report a story.” A story that uses material from a variety of original sources can include more than one original-source tags to point to these. Both of these tags can also point to the current page URL, so publishers can call attention to their own original reporting. You can find more details for how to implement these tags on your site here.For now, Google still calls this an experiment is only using the syndication-source tag in its rankings to distinguish among groups of duplicate articles. The original-source is “only being studied” and doesn’t factor into Google’s rankings yet.It is worth noting that the hNews microformat, which was developed by the Associated Press and the Media Standards Trust, already offers a similar functionality, including a tag for identifying the originating organization for a news story. According to Google, though, “the options currently in existence addressed different use cases or were insufficient to achieve our goals.”Can You Trust the Internet?The problem with this system is that it is based on trust, as Search Engine Land’s Matt McGee rightly notes. Nobody can stop a spammer from marking unlicensed copies of a story as original sources, for example. In it’s FAQ for these tags, Google says that it will look out for potential abuse and either ignore the source tags from offending sites or completely remove them from Google News. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more