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Friday, January 4, 2013

25 year old taxi driver involved in the collision that killed cyclist Burry Stander has been charged

The 25 year old taxi driver involved in the collision that killed cyclist Burry Stander has been charged with culpable homicide and will appear in the Port Shepstone magistrate's Court on Monday.
The taxi was impounded.

The 25 year-old Olympian -- ranked second in the world in mountain biking -- was killed at Shelley Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast yesterday afternoon. The South African cycling community is planning mass commemorative rides across the country to highlight the need for safer roads.

eNCA's Gareth Edwards Interviews Several Officials on the Death of Cyclist Burry Stander

eNCA's Gareth Edwards interviews KZN SAPS Spokesperson, Jay Naicker, Chairman of KZN Mountain Biking, Charles Roberts and Editor of "Runner's World", Mike Finch who all express shock at the death of cyclist, Burry Stander. Stander was killed in an accident in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Shocking : Ryan Freel Commits Suicide

Ryan Freel

Former Major League player Ryan Freel has commited suicide, as first reported by First Coast News. Freel, a utility player who spent parts of eight seasons in the Majors, took his own life at the age of 36. Best known for his years with the Cincinnati Reds, he played 594 games with five teams from 2001 through 2009.

Citing confirmation from Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville.com reported that Freel was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Cincinnati Enquirer received a note from Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher:

The Reds family is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ryan Freel. His teammates and our fans loved him for how hard he played the game, and he loved giving back to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

According to Reds.com, Freel was a "fan favorite for his gritty play and hustle" during his stint with the team. He participated in a Reds fantasy camp in 2011.(source)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Shocking : Reds draft pick Mason Felt in critical condition, father passes away after one-car accident

The Cincinnati Reds have confirmed a Jennifer Rios report in the San Angelo Standard-Times that their 2012 fifth-round draft pick, Mason Felt, 18, was critically injured in a one-car accident on Saturday morning just outside of Ozona, Texas.

The accident happened a little after 10 a.m. on Interstate 10, according to Rios' report. Felt, who was driving his 2004 Ford F-150 truck, began drifting into the shoulder and then over corrected, causing him to cross over both lanes of traffic and then flipped over.

He's now considered to be in critical, but stable condition. Unfortunately, his father, Roger Felt, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

As we noted, Mason Felt, a left-handed pitcher out of Hoschton, Ga., was the 172nd overall pick in this past June's amateur draft. He elected to sign with the Reds for $317,800, rather than attend Oregon State where he was headed on a baseball scholarship.

As many aspiring baseball players do, he was following in the footsteps of his father, who spent five seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization during the early '80s.(source)

Breaking news : Mountain biker Iñaki Lejarreta was killed after being hit by a car while out training.

The 29-year-old was hit from behind by a car while riding on the N-634 road in Iurreta, Vizcaya, close to Durango. Efforts were made to revive the Orbea rider on the scene, but medics were not successful. A Renault Clio, with a 22-year-old resident of Iurreta at the wheel, is reported to have crashed into the rider at around 9:30 am, Lejarreta apparently riding westwards towards Bilbao. According to reports, the roads were virtually bereft of traffic (which is normal on a Sunday morning).

Iñaki Lejarreta Errasti, road legend Marino's nephew and former road pro Ismael's son, hailed from the area, and has been one of Spain's standout cross-country riders for the better part of a decade. He got his big break by winning the junior mountain bike world championships in Vail, Colorado, in 2001, and went on to represent his team at World Cups in the proceeding years and his country at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He was also a double champion of the Copa de España, and has World Cup podiums to his name.

Only a month and a half ago, the likeable Lejarreta told this website that he was considering changing disciplines for the upcoming year, as the folding of Orbea's mountain bike team had left him scrambling for a job in 2013. As it turned out, he stayed in the blue of Orbea to the very end.

BiciCiclismo are honouring Iñaki by gathering all Tweets concerning his passing here, under the title "The cycling world mourns the death of Iñaki Lejarreta". Worth a read.

Lejarreta's passing naturally follows hot on the heels of Euskaltel rider Víctor Cabedo suffering a similar fate in mid-September. People are taking to Twitter in their masses to say farewell to Lejarreta, as well as condemning the safety of cyclists in Spain. Former Cervélo pro Óscar Pujol perhaps summed up everyone's feelings when he tweeted "I'm saddened at the news of Iñaki Lejarreta. Another car, another cyclist. I send my sincere condolences to his family".

Watch an interesting interview with Iñaki and Marino below:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Former Sale Sharks player David Tait dies after falling from a block of flats in Hong Kong

Former Sale No 8 David Tait, once seen as a potential England and then Scotland international, has been found dead in Hong Kong having apparently fallen from a block of flats.Tait, 25, had moved to Hong Kong to work in the financial sector after a run of injuries had forced him to retire from rugby in 2010.

A No 8 by preference, he could operate anywhere in the back five and had been a member of the England U20 squad before switching his allegiance to Scotland who he represented in the 2009 Dubai Sevens.

Tait had learned his rugby at Sale GS and Manchester University and played 40 senior game for the club before injury struck. A spokesman for Sale Sharks this morning described the news as "absolutely devastating" and said his family were in shock.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family his father Campbell Tait, a prominent barrister and Judge in the Sale area, was found hanged in the garage of his family home in 2004.

His son's death is also is the second tragedy to hit the Sale club recently. Last year Selorm Kuadey, an exact contemporary and former team-mate of David Tait, died in an apparent suicide last January. Kuadey had also been picked for the England Under-20s side as a young player, but also retired in 2010 due to long-term injuries.(source)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Breaking news : Pilot Toño Fernandez Da Silva died in a traffic accident in León (Spain)

The pilot of Formula 3 Toño Fernandez da Silva has died along with another 19 year old in a car accident in the town of Toreno (Leon, Spain)

The incident occurred around 4.49 hours of the morning on Saturday at kilometer 19.1 of the CL-631, which binds and Villablino Ponferrada, in the municipality of Toreno Seat Ibiza where they were traveling veered road in a curve and crashed into the barrier frontolateralmente security.

Civil Guard was Leon who requested the healthcare in the 112, so the operating room gave notice of the incident to Health Emergencies-Sacyl, who sent the medical team Toreno health center also starting an ambulance basic life support and a mobile ICU which were subsequently canceled after medical staff confirm the death of two people.

Exhibicion Toño Fernandez da Silva in 2008: 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona 2005-2011- The Story Of Legendary Player

Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a striker.

He is regarded as one of the best football players of his generation, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009 and 2010. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The sad story of Paraguayan soccer player Diego Antonio Mendieta Romero

The former striker of Surakarta-based soccer club Persis Solo, the late Diego Antonio Mendieta Romero of Paraguay who died of a viral infection on Tuesday, was finally paid four months’ salary owed to him by the Persis Solo club from the 2012 Indonesian League competition.

Persis Solo manager Totok Supriyanto said on Wednesday that payment was made to facilitate sending Romero’s body back to his hometown in Paraguay. “We are giving Diego priority and making full payment. We are still working on it for the other players and will pay them according to the agreement,” he said.

Totok was referring to an agreement made between the management and the players of Persis Solo in October, in which the players would get 50 percent of the total payment mentioned in their respective contracts with the club.

The soccer club’s general affairs manager, Paulus Haryoto, said that Persis Solo had been experiencing financial difficulties that resulted in a postponement in payments to its players, including Romero. The agreement in October was part of finding a solution to paying the arrears.

Romero passed away on Tuesday morning at Dr. Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta. His body was riddled with cytomegalovirus, including his eyes and brain.

Although the soccer competition was over, Romero decided to stay in a rented room in Kota Barat, Surakarta, while waiting for his salary to be paid by the soccer club. During his time with the club, he played 26 games in which he scored eight goals.

Romero’s total payment amounted to Rp 131 million (US$13,645), comprising the remaining contract value of Rp 47 million and four months salary of Rp 84 million.The money was remitted to the bank account of Romero’s wife Valeria Ibanez in Paraguay.

Separately, worldwide soccer players’ representative organization FIFPro described the case as a
disgrace. “FIFPro demands that the Indonesian soccer association make an end to the structural mismanagement of countless soccer clubs,” it said in a statement as quoted by Reuters.

“It is a disgrace for the whole of professional football in Indonesia,” added Frederique Winia, secretary-general of FIFPro’s Asia division.

“I know countless stories of players who are intentionally not paid by their clubs and have to wait for months for their salary. But I have never before heard a story where a seriously ill player has been left completely to his fate by a club.”

Both the club and the Indonesian national soccer association, according to Winia, should realize that they had seriously failed and that they had much to explain, particularly to the family and relatives of Romero. “The least the club can do is to pay the arrears in salary to his family,” Winia said.

Romero’s wife said she had been promised that she would receive the outstanding wages.“He was practically abandoned, the only help he received was from three Paraguayan companions, nothing other than that,” she told Radio Cardinal in Asuncion.

Romero’s body was flown on Wednesday to Jakarta from Surakarta’s Adi Soemarmo Airport by his agent, Theodora Wulansari of PT Javindo. Theodora said the body would be put on a flight to Paraguay. “We’re trying for tonight,” she said.She said the body would be transported on a cargo plane and she could not predict when it would arrive in Paraguay.(source)

The Fastest 100m on All Fours! - Guinness World Records Day 2012

In Japan, Kenichi Ito broke the record for the fastest 100m run on all fours! His time was 17.47 seconds. Kenichi uses all fours at home everyday as part of his training and his running style is based on a monkeys, which he studies.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Breaking news : Goalkeeper Miguel Calero dies 12/05/2012

Miguel Calero, the former Colombia goalkeeper who played for more than a decade for with Mexican club Pachuca, has died of complications following a stroke. He was 41.Pachuca said in a statement that Calero died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital.

Calero had a stroke and was hospitalized a week ago in Mexico, where he has lived since playing with Pachuca. Calero retired as a Pachuca player in 2011 and moved to the bench as the goalkeeping coach. As a player, he helped the club to four league titles and the regional Copa Sudamericana.

Calero underwent surgery but was pronounced "brain dead" on Monday. Doctors said his condition was irreversible."Miguel Calero is at the center of a great era in the history of Pachuca," the club said in a statement.

Calero played 50 times for Colombia and was a member of its 1998 World Cup team, the last time Colombia qualified for the event.Colombian President Juan Manual Santos said his country was feeling the pain."It hurts every Colombian what happened to Miguel Calero," the president wrote on his Twitter account. "Football is in mourning."(source)

Breaking news : football linesman dies after match attack in Netherland

A man who was working as a linesman during a youth soccer match in the Netherlands has died after being beaten and kicked by several players. Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him. Nieuwenhuizen's club, Buitenboys, announced the death Monday but not the exact cause.

 Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested earlier Monday for alleged involvement in the beating. Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers told national broadcaster NOS even before the news of Nieuwenhuizen's death that "it is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field." Police spokeswoman Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman's death was announced that the players were still in custody.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ex-cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff on life as a boxer

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has revealed he has received tips from boxing greats including Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson ahead of his first professional fight.Flintoff has been training with former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and his son Shane as he prepares to take on American Richard Dawson on Friday.

The 34-year-old, who retired from cricket two years ago, also said he has "enjoyed being a sportsman" and "in some ways it would be a shame to stop after this one".

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Flintoff ready for boxing debut

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff says he is taking his new career as a professional boxer very seriously .After a 14-year career as a cricketer -- 11 of them with England -- Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff could be forgiven for putting his feet up in retirement.

Instead, at the age of 34, he is attempting to reinvent himself as a professional boxer, fighting unbeaten American Richard Dawson on November 30 at the Manchester Arena.

On Saturday night the venue -- which will be set up for 5,000 supporters -- witnessed the unsuccessful comeback of Ricky Hatton.The stoppage defeat of Flintoff's friend is a sobering reminder that while one may "play" cricket or football, boxing, with all its inherent dangers, is not a sport to be trifled with.

Some within the fight trade -- including former world champions Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson -- have been supportive of Flintoff, but others have questioned the wisdom of a man with no pugilistic experience stepping through the ropes of a professional ring.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Referee denies another 'Hand of God' - Dutch Eredivisie League

Robert Braber thought that he had given RKC Waalwijk the lead against Groningen but his effort was correctly ruled out after referee Maarten Ketting correctly spotted a handball by the striker, avoiding shades of Diego Maradona in 1986.

Independiente J.Teran vs Dep. Cuenca- Goals and Highlights (11/25/2012)

Rory McIlroy thrilled by Dubai success

Rory McIlroy says he is thrilled by his dramatic victory at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.The world number one holed birdies at each of his last five holes to come home two shots ahead of runner-up Justin Rose.McIlroy had already finished top of the US and European Tour money lists before the tournament began.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Breaking news : Boxer Hector Camacho dies after life support is turned off

Macho Camacho

Puerto Rican boxing great Hector "Macho" Camacho has died in hospital after being taken off his life support machines, doctors have said.The former world champion was clinically brain dead after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting near the capital, San Juan, on Tuesday.

The boxer, who was 50, fought some of the great names of boxing during a three-decade career.They included Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard and Felix Trinidad.Camacho was being treated at the Rio Piedras medical centre in San Juan.

The centre's director Ernesto Torres told reporters that the former boxer went into cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday morning, was taken off life support and died shortly after.Earlier Camacho's mother Maria Matias said she wanted doctors to remove her son from life support.His eldest son, Hector Jr, had indicated he wanted to keep his father alive, but his mother had the final say.

Camacho was shot in the head on Tuesday while sitting in a car outside a bar in his home city of Bayamon, outside the capital San Juan.His friend Adrian Mojica Moreno was killed in the attack. Police said the car contained bags of cocaine at the time of the shooting, but said they did not know of any motives behind the attack.

Camacho was known for his flamboyant style and skill in the ring.He went on to win four world titles across three weight divisions, beginning with the WBC super featherweight title in 1983.His last fight was an attempted comeback against Saul Duran in 2010, which he lost.By then he had become known for his troubled personal life and run-ins with the police.

Camacho was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary in 2007, though the sentence was later suspended.He was found in possession of drugs and was the subject of a restraining order brought by his ex-wife, who complained of domestic abuse.At the time of his death he held a career record of 79 wins, 6 losses and three draws, with 38 knockouts.

Camacho's career highlights:

1980: Wins debut against David Brown in New York
1983: Beats Rafael Limon in San Juan to win the WBC super featherweight title
1985: Wins WBC lightweight title, defeating Jose Luis Ramirez in Las Vegas
1989: Defeats Ray Mancini in Reno, Nevada to be crowned WBO light welterweight champion
1990: Experiences first professional loss to Greg Haugen but wins the rematch two months later to regain the WBO light welterweight crown.
1992: Loses to Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez in a battle for the WBC light welterweight title in Las Vegas
1994: Loses to Felix Trinidad, contesting the IBF welterweight title in Las Vegas
1997: Knocks out Sugar Ray Leonard in Atlantic City, before being beaten by Oscar de la Hoya six months later in his last big fight
2010: Continues to fight for more than a decade before losing his last fight against Saul Duran in Florida
He was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in New York where he made his professional debut in 1980.

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