October 24, 2012 (REUTERS) – THREE Guatemala players have been banned for life by FIFA for their involvement in match-fixing in national team and club games, soccer’s world governing body said on Wednesday. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2012
‘Rien ne va plus!’: Karabatic and teammates betting that their own team would lose – but did they then lose intentionally?
LOSING a game intentionally in such a way that there is no legal evidence, is one of the inherent weaknesses in sports, writes handball expert CHRISTER AHL in this comment piece, which calls for better means to detect cases like the recent one involving the French players from Montpellier. Continue reading
CONGRATULATIONS to young Halifax soccer goalkeeper Samaran Radakrishnan, who is the 2012 recipient of the Tommy Raymond Fair Play Award. Samaran plays U12 for Halifax Dunbrack, a community-based team in the Capital Inter-District Soccer League (CISL). The trophy honours Tommy Raymond, who was known for realizing the motto of friendship first, competition second in soccer. Samaran was one of three members of his U12 team to win awards for the summer season. The stand of these youth to uphold sportsmanship in competition rejects the “winning is everything and the only thing” attitude that is pervading amateur sports. Awards such as the Tommy Raymond serve to foster and strengthen the aspirations of young athletes to uphold the highest ideals of amateur sport. Continue reading
By LYNN DEBRUIN
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —Olympian Simon Cho said Friday (October 5) he agreed to a coach’s demand to tamper with Canadian Olivier Jean’s skates last year after the command was made a third time and in Korean by Jae Su Chun. Continue reading
By ELIAS ARGUDÍN SÁNCHEZ
HAVANA (5 October 2012) – IN the 1978 World Football Cup, Argentina beat Peru by 6-0, thus removing a considerable rival. That win swung the balance toward the Argentine team’s aspirations. Just four days later, a 3-1 victory over Holland gave them the championship.
The result of the Argentine-Peru game was classified as highly controversial in football history. Virtually nobody believed the story of the thrashing, and life gave the right to the doubters. It is now known that the Peruvian dictator Francisco Morales Bermúdez (1975-1980) ordered his country’s players to lose the game, as payment for a favour that he had asked of his Argentine counterpart, fellow dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, de facto president from 1976 to 1981. Continue reading
AN INVESTIGATION into suspected match fixing led to French police detaining several members of the Montpellier handball club this weekend.
The detention comes after French media last week reported that eight players form the Montpellier handball club were suspected to be involved in bets resulting in winnings of more than €200.000. Continue reading
EDMONTON Oilers owner Daryl Katz first upped his subsidy demands, then flew to Seattle to play footsie with city officials over a new arena, and has now taken out a full-page ad in last Friday’s Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun apologizing for “[taking] for granted your support and your love of the Oilers. That was wrong, and I apologize.” Katz had been rightly denounced in Edmonton. The published apology for Katz’s brazen manipulation of the people and government was so sincere that he went on to make a veiled threat to move the professional hockey franchise to the USA if he doesn’t get his way, saying, “I’m fighting for a deal that will enable the team to stay in Edmonton – and not because I want them to be anywhere else.” Like, say, Seattle. Oops, did I say that out loud? “I’m fighting for a deal that will enable…” is code for a predatory demand to loot the public purse for as much as this monopolist can get.
In any event, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel is insisting that Katz needs to present his new arena demands to City Hall, in public, by October 17. Or else … okay, he didn’t say or else what. But being that “Deliver your ransom note by two weeks from Wednesday” isn’t exactly hardball negotiating, you have to figure that Mandel’s deadline is more a public relations cover than a principled stand – and one that Katz would have to be crazy to ignore.
Postscript: In a little noticed maneouvre, Katz’s entourage in Seattle included former NHL owner Wayne Gretzky, who followed up his shifty move with a prognosis well-orchestrated by the sports media that the NHL lockout will be over by Christmas. Like, whose side is Gretzky on and who gives a damn about what the hell he thinks in the first place? Nor did the media bother to mention that Gretzky is still owed some $7 million by the NHL over the travesty in the desert named Phoenix Coyotes. In Journalism 101, that’s a conflict of interest.
With a file from fieldofschemes.com