Beckenbauer back in the spotlight after German FA boss quits

first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannPressure on Franz Beckenbauer to explain payments and provide answers over a 2006 World Cup scandal grew on Tuesday, a day after the president of Germany’s FA (DFB) resigned despite insisting he had done nothing wrong.Wolfgang Niersbach, who was a vice president of Germany’s World Cup organisers, said he was taking political responsibility for a controversial 6.7 million euro payment to FIFA allegedly used to bribe officials of world football’s governing body to vote for Germany’s World Cup hosting bid.Following Monday’s surprise resignation of Niersbach the spotlight has now shifted to Beckenbauer, who was the head of the 2006 organising committee.Rainer Koch, who along with fellow DFB vice president Reinhard Rauball has taken over Niersbach’s position on an interim basis, said “it is high time” Beckenbauer gets more involved in trying to resolve the issue.“We have a request that he becomes more intensively involved in clearing up the processes,” said Koch in an interview with German channel ZDF. “The question how the World Cup was awarded will keep us busy.“That is a big request, from the entire leadership of the DFB, (for him) to answer these questions. We clearly have more to clear up than just the 6.7 million euros. We have come to the conclusion that several processes around the awarding of the 2006 World Cup should be looked at closely.”Niersbach, along with two other former World Cup organising committee colleagues, is under investigation for tax evasion related to the payment after police raided the DFB and his home last week.Beckenbauer was not suspected of tax evasion and was not part of the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office probe, officials have said.“But he needs to answer questions,” said German MP Oezcan Mutlu, who is a member of the parliamentary committee on sport. “It’s not just about the cash. It about many other questions … and he needs to provide answers.“As it stands now, the suspicions keep growing and growing.”Former World Cup winning captain and coach Beckenbauer – the country’s most iconic footballer – has admitted to facilitating the payment to FIFA which was allegedly a return on a loan in 2000 for German organisers from then Adidas CEO Robert-Louis Dreyfus.He has since said that, in hindsight, this was a “mistake” but added that claims of a votes-for-cash deal were untrue.At the heart of the investigation is the 6.7 million euros payment from the German FA to FIFA that Der Spiegel magazine claimed was a return on a loan from Louis-Dreyfus to help buy votes for Germany’s World Cup bid at the FIFA election in 2000.The magazine’s report in October had claimed a slush fund had been set up with Louis-Dreyfus’ support to buy votes for Germany’s World Cup bid.Beckenbauer, who answered the questions of an external law firm hired by the DFB to investigate the matter, has refused to comment again since his brief statement last month, opting to remain at his home in Austria.last_img read more

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Sol Campbell starts managerial career at Macclesfield

first_imgFormer England defender Sol Campbell has taken over as manager of League Two (fourth tier) club Macclesfield Town on an 18 month deal, the club said on Tuesday.The 44-year-old, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal and won 73 caps for England, faces a tough task at Macclesfield who are bottom of the league, with just two wins from 19 games.The club, promoted back into the Football League last season, has been without a manager since Mark Yates was sacked on Oct 8 after failing to win any of their first 12 league games.Campbell, who will be taking up his first management position, has been working with England Under-21s as part of the Football Association’s plan which gives black and minority ethnic coaches experience in the national team set up. He also had a short spell as assistant manager of Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

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Antetokounmpo buzzer-beater lifts Bucks over Knicks

first_imgSuper Bowl a tossup at legal sports books He posted his 16th double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to 18-16.His streak of 13 straight games with 20 or more points is the longest by a Milwaukee player since Michael Redd had 14 in a row in 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLance Thomas did all he could to defend the shot, but after dribbling through traffic and turning, Antetokounmpo managed to make some space and seal the win for a Bucks team that had battled back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.“I work on that shot a lot,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was patient. I knew I could shoot the ball over the top of anybody at any time. I wanted to make sure I took the last shot.” Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks, who were without injured big man Kristaps Porzingis for a third straight game, lost their sixth straight.Rose and Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 15 points each for the Knicks, who have allowed at least 100 points in the six defeats.Greg Monroe, whose free throw with 33 seconds remaining pulled the Bucks within 104-103, contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks’ forward Lance Thomas, left, react to a referee’s call in the waning seconds of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Bucks defeated the Knicks 105-104. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Giannis Antetokounmpo drained a step-back jumper as time expired to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-104 NBA victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.Milwaukee’s standout Greek forward made the first game-winning shot of his 3 1/2-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Antetokounmpo’s teammates mobbed him in celebration, and Bucks coach Jason Kidd said the final moment was a team effort.“The guy who makes the shot gets all the credit, but passing the ball, getting the ball to Giannis is important,” Kidd said.“He (Antetokounmpo) is going to play thousands of games so he is going to have thousands of opportunities to hit game-winners. Tonight, I thought he got to his strength and he took his time. It wasn’t a rushed shot. It shows his growth.”Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He came up with a huge defensive play with eight seconds remaining, slapping Derrick Rose’s inbounds pass off the Knicks star’s leg to set up Milwaukee’s final possession.Officials initially called the ball out of bounds off the Bucks, but reversed that decision after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Aggressive Hornets sting Westbrook’s Thunderlast_img read more

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Armah Supports Weah-Snowe’s Inclusion to FIFA Congress, But…

first_imgThe Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association Alphonso Armah has unequivocally reacted to widely publicized media reports over his omission in the Liberian delegation to the FIFA 65th controversial elections in Zurich, Switzerland, saying that his attendance is “nominal” with the inclusion of Montserrado County Senator George Weah and Representative Edwin Snowe.The chief scribe in a telephone conversation yesterday said he was one of the supporters for the inclusion of the duo on the Liberian delegation.Armah, in a rather euphoric tone, said though his being there was important the presence of Sen. Weah and Rep. Snowe is more important in the interest of the country.He added “Though, my being there is important, their being there is far more important.”Armah also said that he has complete confidence in Mr. Bility and the delegation to report to football stakeholders of what transpired in Zurich.Secretary General Armah’s explicit clarification stemmed from media reports of his second exclusion to the FIFA Congress, as being chief administrator, custodian and registrar at the LFA.He said his exclusion from the Liberian delegation to FIFA Congress should not be politicized and has therefore advised against those involved to desist, arguing that the fraternity of football is far above politics.Armah was also excluded on the delegation for the Brazil FIFA Congress.The president of the LFA, Musa Bility in a radio talk show on Monday said the inclusion of Sen. Weah and Rep. Snowe was in the interest of Liberian football and according to the LFA statute he (Bility) has the absolute authority to select members of the delegation.Minister of Youth and Sports Lenn Eugene Nagbe attended the Congress, as an Observer, according to Armah.Armah said FIFA extended accreditation to Minister Nagbe and was not part of the delegation.Sen. Weah, a former Liberian international footballer won the FIFA World Best Player in 1995 and the African Best Player three times amongst several awards. He is currently a member of the Football Committee of FIFA, while Rep. Snowe served as president of the LFA and was a member of the Security Committee of CAF.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fireworks offenses will get city fines

first_imgThe city also made changes in its ordinances to make it clear that those who aid and abet the fireworks violations, including spectators, are as guilty or as responsible as the person who actually committed the violation. Palmdale officials said the city spent more than $14,000 on overtime July 4, 2006, for deputies looking out for people shooting skyrockets and other illegal fireworks or improperly discharging “safe and sane” devices. They cited 76 people for misdemeanor fireworks possession and related offenses. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re trying to tighten the noose a little bit,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “Hopefully, people will see we’re getting more and more serious about illegal fireworks.” Fines for improper use of “safe and sane” fireworks were raised to $500 for a first offense, $1,000 for a second and $2,500 for a third. Previously, penalties were $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for a third. Such violations in the “very high-fire-hazard severity zone,” covering Palmdale south and west of the California Aqueduct, will carry the same penalties as discharging illegal fireworks – $2,500 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and $10,000 for the third. The city is working on a public outreach campaign that will focus on the changes, said city spokeswoman Barbara Vilardo. Palmdale allows only “safe and sane” fireworks to be set off and limits the discharges from noon June 28 until noon July 5. The exception is the very high-fire-hazard severity zone, which includes the Ana Verde development, where no fireworks are allowed to be discharged. PALMDALE – With a new system of fines in place, city officials said Monday that the upcoming Fourth of July holiday will be a whole new ballgame in terms of enforcing rules against illegal fireworks. This holiday, the city will impose fines rather than referring violators to the court system. Code enforcement officers and others designated by City Manager Steve Williams can issue citations for violations. The city manager will appoint a hearing officer or officers to hear the contested citations and issue a decision. The decision of the hearing officer is final unless appealed to the Superior Court. The city has also increased the penalties for the use of illegal fireworks and for improper use of so-called “safe and sane” fireworks. last_img read more

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Police search for man accused of snatching, molesting 8-year-old

first_img brandon.lowrey@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He drove the boy to a small North Hollywood park, where he threatened him with the handgun and sexually assaulted him, police said. About 4 p.m., a woman stopped to help the child, who was running along the 6600 block of Babcock Avenue, screaming. He told her what had happened and gave her his father’s phone number. Police described the suspect’s car as clean and black, possibly a newer Honda. The man was not a resident of the apartment complex where he had parked and kidnapped the boy, police said. Speaking to news crews this afternoon, Moore urged the suspect to surrender. “Turning himself in is the best thing he could do,” Moore said. But “that cannot undo what happened to the little boy and his family.” VAN NUYS – Police released a sketch today of a man they say snatched an 8-year-old boy on his way home from school and sexually assaulted him before dumping him in North Hollywood, where the child was found screaming and crying in the street. “This perverse individual is out in the community,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore of the LAPD Valley Bureau, adding that police have increased patrols in the area. “I hope he feels terrible, and I trust that he does.” About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the boy was walking with a babysitter near Victory Boulevard and Atoll Avenue, heading home from a nearby elementary school, said Los Angeles police Capt. Jim Miller. The boy broke away from his babysitter to take a shortcut past some apartments. As he passed a small alley behind the building, a gun-wielding man grabbed him and pulled him into a black sedan. last_img read more

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Wenger worried about Arsenal’s title chances following Crystal Palace draw

first_imgArsene Wenger has admitted he is in no mood to dream about the Premier League title, having seen his side slip up against Crystal Palace on Sunday.Alexis Sanchez headed home the opening goal at the end of the first-half, but Yannick Bolasie’s long-range strike 10 minutes from time pulled the Gunners back to a 1-1 draw, which kept them 13 points behind first placed Leicester.There are still 15 points to play for, meaning there is a mathematic possiblity they can win the league, but Wenger’s men are surely not going to close that gap in the current climate.The French boss had not given up hope of winning the title earlier in the year, but following the draw with the Eagles, Wenger seemed resigned that he is set to go another season without success.“Honestly, after the game today I’m not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship,” the 66-year-old said.“I am more in the kind of mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game (on Thursday against West Brom).“It’s much more about that and to look behind us, because everybody is playing well and winning games.“For us it could be a fight until the end to get the place in the top four.”There was a real lack of urgency from the Arsenal team in the draw with Palace, despite the visitors themselves putting in a lacklustre display.Despite controlling the majority of the possession, the Gunners failed to net more than their one goal, and Wenger has criticised his team’s inability to capitalise on their dominance of the ball.He continued: “I’m very, very disappointed.“You have to sometimes win 1-0 and this was one of these days.“We had 70 per cent time with the ball and we didn’t make enough of it.“We lacked accuracy in our final ball and change of pace, didn’t play with enough freedom and flow.”last_img read more

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Used Hart High ’95 helmet: Priceless

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesAt any rate, the helmet draws in a lot of customers, and business is steady. “At first, a lot of people think it’s Kyle Boller’s helmet,” Caravetta said. Caravetta and his father, Ralph, 55, run the shop. Ralph has been in the sports memorabilia business on and off for 30 years, starting as a collector of Wayne Gretsky items before opening his first Santa Clarita shop two decades ago. He retired in 1990 after the store got burglarized – a crime that remains unsolved with no suspects – before taking a suggestion from his son a couple of years ago to partner in a new sports memorabilia business. “I think as much as anything else, a store like this is good because it keeps kids off the street,” Ralph said. “Business is good, but it’s changed from the beginning, when it was just about baseball cards.” Among the promotions at the store have been autograph sessions with former USC football stars Charles White and Anthony Davis, along with recent appearances by members of the U.S. national softball team. On Saturdays, the store organizes a weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament. “That tournament really keeps the kids off the streets, too, because we usually have about 30-40 kids in here,” Ralph said. Interestingly, the kids admire the Hart helmet as much as signed items from professional sports. Sometimes, Jeff’s longtime friend Marty Crowder, a starting Hart lineman in 1994-1995, switches his own Hart football helmet for Jeff’s. “We don’t mind, actually, because Marty’s helmet has more stars on it than Jeff’s,” Ralph said. “It doesn’t matter which one we have, though, because they’re both marked `priceless.”‘ The sports memorabilia business is much more global than it used to be after starting informally among a group of collectors. These days, autographed items must be authenticated, and most of inventory comes from one of four large corporations specializing in wholesale sales. “I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people come in with stuff, and I tell them, `Hey, I don’t think that’s real,’ and I have to run them off,” Jeff said. “There’s a lot of stuff I wouldn’t touch and wouldn’t put in my store.” Not the cherished Hart helmet, of course. That will be in the store window forever, at least until someone makes an acceptable offer. And who knows when, of if, that will ever be? gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – What a marketing tool employed by former Hart High football player Jeff Caravetta of local sports memorabilia store Big League Sports. It’s an authentic Hart High football helmet from 1995’s Southern Section Div. II championship team – complete with opposing-helmets “stick” marks and a series of little award stickers. The Hart helmet is the only item not for sale at Big League Sports, which has been in business on Lyons Avenue for two years and includes such items as $1,495 autographed Michael Jordan jersey. “Oh, the helmet is priceless,” said Caravetta, 26, a former reserve lineman. “Or, let’s put it this way: No one has ever made me an acceptable offer.” last_img
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Scottish attacker Lewis Morrison signs for Sligo Rovers

first_imgLewis Morrison with Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle at Connolly Volkswagen,Lewis Morrison is the latest player to sign for Sligo Rovers with manager Gerard Lyttle stating the player has made a big impression in the last three weeks at The ShowgroundsMorrison, who will turn 19 in March, leaves Scottish side St Mirren to join the Bit O’ Red on a one-year contract.He made his professional debut against Celtic for former club Kilmarnock in 2016 and was a huge prospect at U17 level for Scotland.Lyttle think a spell at The Showgrounds can see Morrison build on his potential.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gerard-Lyttle-on-Lewis-Morrison.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Rovers boss said: “He has left a major impression on everyone in the last three weeks. He has shown how hungry he is and has been excellent in training and the games.“Lewis is a player with enormous ability and a great good prospect. Technically he is excellent and we will be working on a few areas that he has to improve on. I think in Lewis we have signed a player that could be one of the surprise packages of the season.“He can play on the wing, as a striker, in a two or three up front, so that’s a major boost to us. I’m not bringing him here to fill numbers and I don’t see it as a gamble, he has shown me and the staff what he can do and now we say to him to go grab this opportunity because he has earned it. He has trained brilliantly and scored twice in the three games. He will get the chance to play league football and get to the next level.“He was with us in Holland and that has helped him settle in and break the ice. Rhys McCabe has made sure he has found his feet in Sligo, he’s fitted in well. I’m very excited about him.”Morrison said: “I’m delighted to get the deal done. It has been a great three weeks. I wanted to get as many minutes as I could and show what I’m about. It’s time for me to show what I can do and that’s what I’m here to do.“Last year was a horrible one for me. I got injured and released by Kilmarnock. I signed with St Mirren but I didn’t get game-time so it was time to try something different.“I’m a striker, I can play in the hole, but I’ll play anywhere. The players here have been excellent and you can see the talent in the squad and the demands they make in training. I have to earn my place in the team and I’m up for that.“First-team football is what I need. I’ve played U20s for a while in Scotland and I’m more than ready to be in senior football now. Moving to Ireland is a big step but I need to put total commitment into my football. It’ll be up to the gaffer on where he sees me fitting into the team. My target is to make sure I have to be in there.”last_img read more

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Where are they now: Former local athletes turned pro

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterA number of former local high school athletes are playing sports professionally across the country.Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a sports roundup updating readers of those local athletes’ exploits.Finlay shines for Columbus CrewFinlayFormer Marshfield High School soccer player Ethan Finlay is winding down his season with Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.The Crew is 13-10-8 and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 loss at home to Portland on Sept. 26. The loss ended a short two-game win streak for Columbus, which stands just one point behind the first-place New York Red Bulls.Finlay, a 2008 Marshfield High School graduate, is one of just two players, along with goalkeeper Steve Clark, to play in all 31 games this season for the Crew. He leads the team with 13 assists and is second on the squad with nine goals. Finlay’s latest goal came in the 27th minute of the Crew’s 2-1 win over D.C. United on Sept. 19.The Crew wraps up its regular-season schedule with road games at New York on Oct. 3, at Toronto FC on Oct. 17, and at home against D.C. United on Oct. 25. The top six teams in each conference qualify for the MLS playoffs. Columbus can clinch a spot with one tie or win in its final three games.Zimmermann wraps up season with NationalsZimmermannAuburndale High School graduate Jordan Zimmermann put the finishing touches on his season with the Washington Nationals as he made his final start of the season Wednesday at Atlanta.Zimmermann took the loss despite giving up just two runs over six innings pitched.For the season Zimmermann was 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and had 164 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings.Over his seven-year career, which began in 2009, Zimmermann is 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA with eight complete games and four shutouts, including a no-hitter last season.The Nationals were eliminated from the playoff chase last week and had an 80-78 record following Wednesday’s game.Ashbeck finishes minor league seasonFormer Marshfield Tiger Elliot Ashbeck (Paul Lecker photo)Elliot Ashbeck, a 2012 Marshfield High School graduate, finished his first season in the San Diego Padres’ minor league system.Playing for the Padres Rookie League team in Arizona, Ashbeck earned a save in a win over the White Sox team in his final appearance of the season on Aug. 28.Ashbeck pitched in 16 games during the three-month season, going 2-0 with a 3.51 ERA and had four saves in five opportunities. He struck out 22 and walked just four in 25 2/3 innings.Ashbeck was a 16th round draft pick by the Padres after finishing his three-year college career at Bradley University in June.last_img read more

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