In a landmark decision in a case which has been dragging-on for over 10-years, the Court overturned an initial verdict that the evidence from the criminal trial of Eufemiano Fuentes should be destroyed and handed over to authorities.Over 200 frozen bags of blood and plasma were seized from Fuentes’ clinic in the Spanish capital after a police raid in 2006, with the doctor found to have provided blood doping to several of the world’s leading cyclists.Doping was not considered an offence in Spain at the time, with Fuentes having initially been given a one-year suspended sentence on public health grounds.The Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Italian National Olympic Committee appealed the initial verdict of Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria.The verdict will come as a surprise to many due to the lack of progress in the case, with the Court, unlike the initial outcome, putting doping at the centre of their decision.A key part of the decision focuses on the notion that the right to privacy and not having the blood analysed had been compromised by the athletes concerned due to the blood not having been “within the body of the person”, while the case was also due to a “chance finding”.”Attention to the aim pursued is to fight against doping, which undermines the essential ethical value of sport, which is fair play to prevent competition on equal terms,” a statement from the Court read.t was also stated that if the judgement had not been reached, it would have created “the danger that other athletes may be tempted to take drugs and a negative social message is issued to the effect that the end justifies any means.”The Court’s ruling cannot be appealed.Due to the 10th anniversary of the start of the case passing three weeks ago, the statute of limitations are now likely to be the biggest problem facing anti-doping authorities.Although the statute of limitations ran out at the beginning of this month, insidethegames understands that lawyers believe that there could be a prededent under the principle of force majeure, which may allow cases to go ahead.In February, Enrique Gómez Bastida, director of the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD), claimed it would be difficult to obtain DNA from those involved, in addition to the issues of the time elapsed since the beginning of the case.During the initial trial, Fuentes had indicated that he would be prepared to name the athletes in the case.“WADA acknowledges the Madrid Court of Appeal for having reached the decision to provide anti-doping authorities with this crucial evidence,” said David Howman, WADA director general, following the verdict.“We are dismayed that it took so long to receive the decision but we will now partner with the other parties that have been granted access [to the blood bags], to determine our legal options vis-à-vis analysing the blood and plasma bags.”UCI President Brian Cookson echoed WADA by stating: The UCI applauds this decision, although it is regrettable that we had to wait this long, in the end the message sent is clear.”Only a small number of cyclists involved have been outed, including Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich of Germany, Spanish Alejandro Valverde and Italy’s Ivan Basso.Top players from tennis, football and other high profile sports also been alleged to have been a part of the doping ring.The Court also ruled that Eufemiano Fuentes and Jose Ignacio Labarta, who had been a sport director at the Comunidad Valenciana team at the time of the initial case, have both been acquitted of public health charges.They ruled that “the conduct of Eufemiano Fuentes and Jose Ignacio Labarta Barrera does not fit the crime for which they were charged and convicted in the first instance.”Last week, Spanish athletics star Jesús España had launched a petition to request the transfer of the blood bags, stating that it was “necessary that the Spanish society and the Spanish athletes know the truth and to preserve the integrity of Spanish sport.”The petition received nearly 48,000 signatures of support.
This comes after a gutsy 14-10 win over Uganda in last night’s quarter-final at Hong Kong Stadium.PNG’s points came from tries to Arthur Clement and Gairo Kapana, and two successful conversions from Emmanuel Guise.The win has set up a meet with Spain today at 12:52pm local time (2:52pm PNG time). The other semi-final will be between Chile and Germany.The winners will play off in the grand final.Photo credit: Hong Kong Sevens Facebook Page
LONDON, England: He had to work a little harder than he expected to book his lane in today’s men’s 100m semi-final, but the wry smile at the end and the confident bounce through as he made his way from one interview to the next tell the story of a sprinter who has rediscovered his swagger. “I want to show the world that Yohan is back,” said Blake, who recovered from a truly insipid start to finish second in 10.13 seconds behind Japan’s Hakim Sani Brown (10.05), with China’s Zhenye Xie (10.13) matching Blake’s time for third place. It has been a while since Blake stepped on the track at a World Championships. In fact, the last time he did so, he left it as the youngest-ever World champion in the 100m back in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. ‘GREAT TO BE BACK’ It’s a reality that is not lost on the now low-trimmed Blake, who said he was feeling good and looking forward to today’s semi-final despite the testy race he put together yesterday. “It feels great to be back, and I want to go out there and replicate what I did back in 2011,” Blake noted before assessing his race. “I got out of the blocks pretty slowly, but I just did enough to get through, but I am feeling good still, and I am feeling strong. I just want to take it round by round and let people see that I am here, but trust me, I have something coming!” Blake exclaimed. Blake entered the World Championships with the second-fastest time recorded this season in the 100m, with a 9.90-second clocking, which leaves him behind American Christian Coleman’s 9.82.
Paul Pogba in action for Juventus 1 Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva has urged his employers to sign Manchester United target Paul Pogba in the summer.The French midfielder has been widely tipped to return to Old Trafford but a number of other top European clubs, including PSG, are monitoring his situation.Rated at £60million, the 22-year-old has been in scintillating form for Juventus this season and has been a key figure in the club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.“He is young and an amazing talent just like Marco Verratti,” the Brazilian defender said. “But he is also French and knows the language. He would integrate perfectly without any issues.“If he did arrive we would all do our best to make him immediately feel welcome.”
1 Mario Gotze Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze never thought about leaving the club.The Germany international, who netted 15 goals in 48 appearances last season, was linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in the summer.Both Arsenal and Manchester United were tipped to make bids for the World Cup winner amid reports he was ready for a fresh challenge.However, the 23-year-old claims he has never had any intention of leaving Bayern having helped his side to win eight Bundesliga games in a row.“I never thought about moving,” Gotze told Suddeutsche Zeitung.“There may well have been other clubs interested in me but I had no interest in leaving Bayern.“I feel very, very good here and I’m glad to be a Bayern player.”
1 Leicester sit two points above the relegation zone despite spending £60 million Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has defended the Foxes’ recruitment policy as the champions battle relegation. The Premier League winners are just two points above the bottom three despite spending over £60million in the summer.After their shock title victory the club broke their transfer record three times by spending £13million on Nampalys Mendy from Nice, £16.6million on CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and then splashing out £30million on deadline day to sign Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.Mendy has not played since August after suffering an ankle injury while Musa has started just five times in the league and only Slimani, with five goals in 10 games, has made an impact.Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler has replaced the injured Kasper Schmeichel in goal on two separate occasions and has kept just one clean sheet, conceding 16 goals in eight games.Polish winger Bartosz Kapustka, who joined for a fee rising to £5million, is also yet to play but Ranieri dismissed any criticism over their transfer deals.“The recruitment is very good and I’m very happy but of course it’s not always certain when you bring new players that they start very well,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. “If you saw Riyad (Mahrez), he started (playing well) in the second year, the first year was normal. If he needed six or seven months then imagine the others. But the recruitment and the system of the recruitment I’m happy with.”Eduardo Macia replaced Steve Walsh as head of recruitment after the former assistant manager left for Everton in July and while the players were targeted long before Walsh left only one new signing – Zieler – started Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. They are targeting Genk midfielder Wifried Ndidi in the January transfer window, with reports suggesting the Foxes are close to agreeing a deal, while Ranieri conceded the club are keen on adding a defender to aid Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.“Yes of course, for this reason we are looking in all directions and we need somebody,” he said.
There were astonishing scenes in the Championship on Saturday afternoon as Cardiff defender Sol Bamba scrapped with manager Neil Warnock after his sending off against Ipswich.The former Leeds centre-back pulled up with injury midway through the 1-1 draw at Portman Road, and was shown red by the referee for shoving over his team physio.He was then held back by Cardiff and Ipswich players as he attempted to angrily confront the referee, before launching a tirade at the fourth official and finally tussling with his own boss Warnock before leaving the field.It’s fair to say we haven’t heard the last of this one…Watch the scenes in the video above:
Premier League clubs are set to hold talks over changing the summer transfer window next month.This summer’s window closed on August 8 at 5pm, just over 24 hours before Liverpool’s opening day defeat of Norwich. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Sky Sports claim ‘several’ sides are keen to push back the deadline and will raise concerns when representatives from each Premier League club meet on September 12. It is understood a formal vote will not occur next month, but it could happen in November or the new year.A majority vote is needed to change the date and time of the summer transfer window. In 2017, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea and Watford voted against the current dates of the window closure, while 14 voted in favour of a change and Burnley abstained.Premier League clubs still face difficulty in keeping their top stars with the European transfer window open until September 2. 1 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty latest Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNewcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Tottenham stars Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, who are both in the final year of their respective contracts, could leave Spurs next month. Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a top target for Real Madrid. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have expressed their frustration at the early transfer window closure for Premier League clubs. Pochettino said: “I think he [Spurs chairman Daniel Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake.“I hope that we fix the problem for the next season.“We need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas deals OFF LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LIVE on talkSPORT Christian Eriksen is one player whose future remains in doubt despite the Premier League transfer window closing earlier this month Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement Klopp added: “I don’t care when it closes, I only think it must close at the same time [as Europe].“You want a team not only together but together and focused on the future, but that is not possible as long as there is a door open.“I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. At first it was a good idea but it didn’t work out so let’s change it again.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error on target
29 January 2015Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world’s second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list.The international magazine places Cape Town’s beaches behind Barcelona’s “eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline”. But the South African “capital of cool” pips Hawai’s Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Santa Monica in California, Sydney in Australia, and Israel’s Tel Aviv.Here is what National Geographic had to say:The African capital of cool sprawls on a peninsula that divides the icy Atlantic from the warmer Indian Ocean, putting some 20 beaches within striking distance. The Clifton beaches, known for the posh homes that overlook them and stellar sunset-viewing, are sheltered from the region’s strong trade winds by a mountainous ridge. Further north, the breeze is unleashed at surfing sweet spots Milnerton and Blouberg. Families favor the eastern False Bay coast for warmer water and tot-friendly tidal pools.Read more about South Africa’s spectacular beaches. SAinfo reporter
marshall kirkpatrick Well-funded instant messaging and sharing service Meebo is annoucing a new product tonight that will offer loyalty programs and website recommendations for frequent visitors to any site around the web.The new Meebo MiniBar, not to be confused with the drastically overpriced hotel fare, is a free way for users to choose to share the sites they visit with their friends from various social neetworks including Facebook, to discover related sites frequented by people with similar interests and to gain VIP status on their favorite sites. The technology will be available on Tuesday and will roll out over time to become visible to the 180 million unique users who visit a page that uses Meebo monthly.This is Not a GameCynics may roll their eyes at the extension of the “check in” metaphor to individual web sites, but Meebo emphasizes that its new system is not about competition for Foursquare-style mayorships. The Meebo MiniBar will be accessed using a browser extension that will be available for Chrome, Firefox or IE starting on Tuesday, or a button inserted first by a select few corporate partner website publishers, then later on any site that wishes.Will it be worth using? I suspect that users will find it helpful, interesting, attractive and enjoyable. Website publishers will find it suits their interests of facilitating sharing, discovery and repeat visitors. Meebo says that VIP status, which a user acquired through repeated check-ins at the same site, will be available to publishers by API, so publishers will be able to offer whatever kind of benefit they like to their most loyal visitors. Those Who Passed This Way BeforeOther companies have tried to do things like this; two Colorado companies in particular. Many companies have attempted to help users do something called co-browsing, or social browsing but OneRiot was one of the best-known. It then became a real-time search company and has since focused on selling advertising. The interface for sharing what pages you visited through OneRiot was confusing, unwieldy and unattractive.Web page check-ins are most associated to date with another Colorado startup called One True Fan. One True Fan is much more game-like than the Meebo MiniBar, for better or for worse. Created by the team that sold MyBlogLog to Yahoo only to see it squandered there, One True Fan is most likely to be the geek set’s page-tracker of choice, especially if the team behind it is generous with access to user data. Meebo, though, has raised nearly $40 million in venture capital, it has built out a huge network of late-adopting web Instant Messaging users and it places great emphasis on design and usability. It is also employing a strategy in this new tool that puts recommendation first and social sharing second. I like that.Of course not everything Meebo touches turns to gold. The company lead an industry-wide charge against Facebook Connect this Spring, called XAuth. That effort appears to have moved little, the project mailing list hasn’t seen any discussion since August.The new Meebo check in app will be available on Tuesday. I think it could prove successful. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts