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Posted: 09 May 2011 11:07 PM PDT

Utusan Online - Sukan


Mana hadiah wang kemenangan kami?

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Mana hadiah wang kemenangan kami?

Mana hadiah wang kemenangan kami?

Oleh TAN MING WAI
tan.mingwai@utusan.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR - Seorang bekas atlet negara yang dinobat sebagai Olahragawati Kebangsaan pada tahun 1960-an mendakwa masih belum menerima hadiah wang tunai berjumlah RM5,000 yang dijanjikan kerana dipilih sebagai pemenang anugerah tersebut.

Lebih mengejutkan, menurut bekas atlet negara itu yang enggan namanya disiarkan, isu itu turut melibatkan sebilangan besar pemenang-pemenang anugerah yang sama sejak tahun 60-an sehingga awal 80-an.

Difahamkan pemenang anugerah Olahragawan dan Olahragawati pada tahun-tahun tersebut sepatutnya menerima ganjaran tunai di antara RM5,000 hingga RM10,000 setiap seorang.

"Selepas berpuluh-puluh tahun menunggu, saya belum menerima walau satu sen pun hadiah wang tunai yang dijanjikan... kami berhak ke atas ganjaran itu," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Jelasnya, nilai RM5,000 hingga RM10,000 mungkin tidak setinggi seperti mana ketika ini, namun pada tahun 60-an jumlah tersebut mungkin bersamaan nilai ratusan ribu ringgit.

"Wang ganjaran itu jika saya terima ketika itu, saya mungkin dapat membeli sebuah rumah teres satu tingkat.

"Atlet-atlet dulu menempuh kehidupan sukar, kami mencurahkan masa, kesihatan, wang, segala-galanya untuk negara.

"Kami tidak meminta apa-apa yang lebih, cuma kalau ganjaran itu sudah dijanjikan, kenapa kami tidak menerimanya,"katanya.

Menurut beliau lagi, masalah itu pernah dikemukakan dalam Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (AGM) Yayasan Kebajikan Atlet Kebangsaan (Yakeb) pertengahan tahun lalu, namun tiada perkembangan lanjut.

"Pada mesyuarat tersebut, Ketua Pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Datuk Zolkples Embong bersetuju untuk meneliti perkara itu tetapi selepas hampir setahun, masih tiada sebarang jawapan," ujarnya.

Tegasnya, beliau akan terus memperjuangkan isu ini sehingga mendapat penjelasan yang memuaskan.

"Saya merancang untuk membawa isu ini dalam AGM Yakeb yang akan diadakan tidak lama lagi," katanya.

Sementara itu, seorang bekas Olahragawan Kebangsaan yang tidak mahu identitinya didedahkan mengesahkan beliau juga merupakan antara pemenang anugerah tersebut, tetapi masih tidak menerima ganjaran yang dijanjikan.

"Saya merupakan antara mereka yang kurang bernasib baik," katanya menerusi teks pesanan ringkas kepada Utusan Malaysia, semalam.

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Sasaran 4 terbaik makin sukar

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Sasaran 4 terbaik makin sukar

Sasaran 4 terbaik makin sukar

Oleh KAMARUDDIN ISMAIL
sukan@utusan.com.my


PEMAIN Malaysia, Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abd. Jalil (kanan) diasak pemain India, Ravipal pada Kejohanan Piala Sultan Azlan Shah di Ipoh, semalam.


IPOH - Impian Malaysia untuk muncul sebagai antara empat pasukan terbaik pada Kejohanan Hoki Piala Sultan Azlan Shah kian sukar apabila kalah 2-5 kepada India semalam.

Ia merupakan kekalahan ketiga Malaysia pada kejohanan tersebut, setelah tumpas 1-3 kepada Britain pada perlawanan pembukaan, disusuli 1-2 kepada Australia.

Keputusan itu bermakna Malaysia gagal mengulangi kejayaan menundukkan India 4-3 dalam perlawanan separuh akhir Sukan Asia di Guangzhou November lalu.

India, yang menghuni ranking No. 9 dunia hanya mengambil masa lapan minit untuk membolosi pintu gol pasukan negara, hasil jaringan Roshan Minz. Pintu gol Malaysia yang dikawal S. Kumar bolos lagi pada minit ke-18 menerusi melalui tolakan deras Mandeep Antil.

Pakar pukulan sudut penalti India, Rupinder Pal Singh mempamerkan kehebatannya dengan menjaringkan gol ketiga pasukannya pada minit ke-22.

Seminit sebelum rehat, pemain muda negara, Muhammad Azammi Adabi merapat perbezaan gol melalui tolakan cantik.

Namun, India menjaringkan gol keempat melalui Sunil Sowmarpet pada minit ke-35.

Pada babak kedua, skuad bimbingan Tai Beng Hai memperolehi gol kedua melalui jaringan padang Mohd. Shahrun Nabil Abdullah pada minit ke-43.

Gol tersebut menyemarakkan semangat pemain yang memaksa India lebih kerap berkubu.

Namun pemain Malaysia masih gagal menjaringkan gol bagi merapatkan lagi perbezaan jaringan.

Ketangkasan penjaga gol India, Bharat Chetri menafikan hasrat Malaysia mendapatkan gol melalui pukulan sudut penalti oleh Muhammad Razie Abd. Rahim.

India menamatkan sisa peluang pasukan negara apabila menjaringkan gol kelima melalui pukulan deras Mandeep Antil pada minit ke-69.

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The Malaysian Insider :: Sports

Posted: 09 May 2011 09:08 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider :: Sports


Haye brands world champion Klitschko ‘a fraud’

Posted: 09 May 2011 06:59 PM PDT

David Haye (right) and Vladimir Klitschko at the news conference in Hamburg. — Reuters pic

HAMBURG, May 10 — WBA heavyweight champion David Haye called rival Vladimir Klitschko "a fraud" yesterday as the two of them began verbal sparring ahead of their unification fight in Hamburg on July 2.

"I have seen his style and seen what he does in the ring and he is a fraud," Haye, 30, told a news conference.

"I know what he is about. Even when I was a cruiserweight I believed I could knock him out.

"For the first time he's fighting someone who's healthy, he normally picks people who are injured or coming off a long layoff. I'm a prime athlete in my peak coming off a nice long streak of spectacular victories.

"He wears big shoulder pads in his gown and picks guys who suit him perfectly but I am not fooled."

Klitschko, 35, who holds the WBO, IBF and IBO belts, hit back by saying he was confident he could floor Haye by unleashing his 50th career knockout punch.

Golden 50

"I really want that 50th knockout. It is like a golden number," the Ukrainian said during the joint news conference.

"I really respect him. He is a great boxer with an impressive record but I will be well prepared. David Haye is going to be my 50th knockout.

"Forty-nine fighters have been knocked out in the last 15 years and David Haye has completely disrespected them. I will show him that he is just going to be another like the 49 before, he will be number 50 on July 2, that is the way it is going to be."

Klitschko and his brother Vitaly, who holds the WBC belt, twice had fights with Haye called off in the past two years after they failed to agree on the details for the much-awaited unification fight.

Haye, who exchanged a stare-down with Vladimir that lasted several minutes, has a career record of 25-1 with 23 knockouts. His opponent's record stands at 55-3 with 49 knockouts.

"The boxing gods have decided July 2 is the date I become unified champion," said Haye.

"I looked into (his) eyes for 20 minutes and visualised me destroying him. I looked into his eyes and saw him beaten and broken."

Klitschko could win the only remaining major belt that has eluded the two brothers while a victory for Haye would drive a wedge into the Klitschko careers, giving the Briton a shot at all five belts.

The two fighters appeared at a news conference that had also been delayed for several days until contractual details for the bout were ironed out. — Reuters

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Rio Ferdinand stalker jailed for 10 weeks

Posted: 09 May 2011 06:13 PM PDT

Rio Ferdinand: Feared for safety of family. — Reuters pic

LONDON, May 10 — A woman who stalked England footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family was yesterday jailed for 10 weeks and put on a restraining order for 10 years.

Susanne Ibru, 38, made three 640km round trips from her south London home to Ferdinand's house in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on February 21 last year, then again on June 16 and 18, a court heard.

The 32-year-old footballer said Ibru left him fearing for his family's safety by turning up at his home and demanding to speak to him.

Ibru was convicted of harassment of the Manchester United and England defender last month.

District Judge Nicholas Sanders told her at Crewe Magistrates' Court he was "concerned" by her behaviour since she had been in custody, the Press Association reported.

"The pre-sentence report describes you as living in a fantasy world, unable to interpret social situations and boundaries," he said. "You display a predatory and manipulative lifestyle and try to deliberately mislead interviewers."

On hearing the sentence, Ibru said: "I will be appealing against that."

As she was led to the cells, she added: "I stick two fingers up at you." — Reuters

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Republika Online

Posted: 09 May 2011 07:36 PM PDT

Republika Online


VIDEO : Firna Bosowa Rally Team Siap Ikuti Rangkaian Kompetisi Rally FIA Pacific Cup 2011

Posted: 09 May 2011 06:00 PM PDT

SPORTKU.COM - Hari Sabtu (7/5) kemarin tim Bowosa Rally Team mengumumkan keikutsertaan mereka dalam seri reli internasional FIA Pacific Cup 2011 yang akan dimulai tanggal 13 hungga 15 Mei di Quennsland, Australia. Pereli Nasional, Subhan Aksa, beserta rekan dalam satu tim pereli Hade Mboi, dan Manajer tim Mago Sarwono, bersiap akan berangkat ke mengikuti rangkaian kompetisi internasional bergengsi tersebut. Seri FIA Pacific Cup 2011 berikutnya akan diadakan di New Caledonia bulan Juni, dan seri terakhir di Selandia Baru bulan Juli.

Untuk mengikuti seri Pacific Cup tahun ini, Subhan akan tetap menggunakan Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX group N, dan yang menarik dari tampilan kendaraan tersebut adalah motif batik yang dibalur sekujur bodi mobil relinya. Hal tersebut diungkapkan oleh Subhan sebagai salah satu rangka kampanye batik sebagai budaya Indonesia untuk diperkenalkan ke negara lain peserta FIA Pacific Cup 2011.

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Sebastian Vettel Kokoh Di Puncak Klasemen Usai Juara F1 Grand Prix Turki 2011

Posted: 09 May 2011 12:00 PM PDT

SPORTKU.COM - Pembalap tim Red Bull Racing Sebastian Vettel kembali sukses meraih podium pertama di GP Turki, Minggu (8/5/2011). Dalam balapan yang digelar pada Sirkuit Istanbul Park itu, Vettel mampu unggul atas Mark Webber dan Fernando Alonso. Tampil dengan sempurna dan diprediksi bakal mampu mempertahankan gelar juara dunia musim ini, tapi Vettel tidak ingin 'besar kepala'. Menurutnya musim balapan tahun ini masih panjang, karena baru menjalankan empat dari 19 seri yang harus dilalui.

Sejauh ini, Vettel sukses memenangkan tiga dari empat seri pembuka, sehingga membuatnya tetap kokoh di puncak klasemen sementara pembalap musim ini dengan nilai 93. Unggul 34 angka dari peringkat kedua Lewis Hamilton. "Sebuah awal yang bagus untuk musim ini dan itu selalu membantu, tapi masih ada jalan panjang yang harus dilalui. Empat dari 19 seri, sehingga Anda masih bisa mengetahui berapa banyak poin yang ada untuk terus didapatkan, jadi kami harus tetap fokus," ujar Vettel seperti dilansir Autosport. "Itu hasil yang bagus untuk mendapatkan poin sebanyak yang Anda bisa pada setiap balapan. Kami akan melihat bagaimana itu dengan cepat bisa berubah," lanjutnya.

Pembalap 23 tahun ini mengungkapkan, kegagalan strategi yang diterapkan oleh timnya di GP Cina lalu telah menjadi pelajaran berharga. Pasalnya di GP Turki kali ini, tim Red Bull telah menerapkan strategi yang tepat sehingga membuatnya berhasil meraih kemenangan "Saya sangat senang dan sejak Cina kami pasti telah membuat langkah maju. Kami telah mempelajari kesalahan kami dan harus memastikan kami menjaga momentum ke perlombaan berikutnya," tandasnya.

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Sports

Posted: 09 May 2011 03:17 PM PDT

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Sportshttp://www.mmail.com.my/admin/content/stories/9 enTwo Malaysians in Fifa match-fixing probehttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71651-two-malaysians-fifa-match%1Ffixing-probe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 10:55:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71651-two-malaysians-fifa-match%1Ffixing-probe"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/cond.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="118" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong> PETALING JAYA:</strong> FIFA's ongoing probe into a suspected global football match-fixing network has led them to Malaysian shores, with two locals emerging as suspects behind the shady activities in the region.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71651-two-malaysians-fifa-match%1Ffixing-probe#commentsKelong KingLocalMatch-fixingWilson Raj PerumalFootballSportsMon, 09 May 2011 04:07:07 +0000shaza71651 at http://www.mmail.com.myRocking 19http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71624-rocking-19 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Giggs says overtaking Liverpool's record massive achievement for United </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 07:07:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71624-rocking-19"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09giggs.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="290" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MANCHESTER: </strong>Manchester United's veteran attacker Ryan Giggs admits overtaking Liverpool's record of 18 league titles will be a great achievement. A 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea at Old Trafford yesterday moved the Red Devils six points clear with two games remaining, and a point at Blackburn this Saturday will secure a record-breaking 19th league championship and fulfil Ferguson's pledge to knock Liverpool off thei</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71624-rocking-19#commentsManchester United FCRyan GiggsEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 23:09:21 +0000Zam71624 at http://www.mmail.com.myA new kinghttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71622-new-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Djokovic shatters Nadal claycourt rule </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 06:34:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71622-new-king"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09nadal.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="195" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MADRID:</strong> Novak Djokovic extended his victory streak to 34 matches when he stunned Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 to win the Madrid Masters this morning, handing the world No 1 Spaniard his first loss on clay in two years. Nadal, the defending champion, was last beaten on the surface in the French Open fourth round by Robin Soderling in May, 2009, making it 37 matches without a defeat.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71622-new-king#commentsNovak DjokovicRafael NadalTennisSportsSun, 08 May 2011 23:06:48 +0000Zam71622 at http://www.mmail.com.myNo stopping Catalanshttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71620-no-stopping-catalans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barca need just a draw against Levante on Thursday to retain title </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 06:34:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71620-no-stopping-catalans"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09barca.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="206" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>BARCELONA:</strong> Classy Barcelona easily beat city rivals Espanyol 2-0 in a derby at Nou Camp this morning to move to the brink of a third consecutive Primera Liga title.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71620-no-stopping-catalans#commentsBarcelona FCFootballSportsSun, 08 May 2011 22:57:01 +0000Zam71620 at http://www.mmail.com.myTaiwo, Ganso on champions Milan's radarhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71618-taiwo-ganso-champions-milans-radar <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 06:33:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71618-taiwo-ganso-champions-milans-radar"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09taiwo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="167" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MILAN:</strong> AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani said the club will increase their efforts to sign transfer targets Taye Taiwo from Marseille and Santos midfilder Ganso. Both men have been strongly linked with the San Siro giants, who won their 18th Scudetto on Saturday after a 0-0 draw at Roma.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71618-taiwo-ganso-champions-milans-radar#commentsAC MilanFootballSportsSun, 08 May 2011 22:46:04 +0000Zam71618 at http://www.mmail.com.myUntouchable Vettelhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71616-untouchable-vettel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ... but German also thanks mechanics who played big role in his third win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:55:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71616-untouchable-vettel"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09vettel.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="171" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>ISTANBUL:</strong> Sebastian Vettel paid tribute to the Red Bull mechanics who fixed his car on Friday after taking his third victory of the season at the Turkish Grand Prix yesterday.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71616-untouchable-vettel#commentsSebastian VettelMotorsportsSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:58:49 +0000Zam71616 at http://www.mmail.com.myStoke on highhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71614-stoke-high <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Victory over Gunners good preparation for City cup date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:44:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71614-stoke-high"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09stoke.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="90" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong> <br />STOKE:</strong> Stoke manager Tony Pulis could not hide his delight to see his side put in the perfect pre-Wembley performance by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Britannia Stadium yesterday.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71614-stoke-high#commentsStoke CityEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:50:07 +0000Zam71614 at http://www.mmail.com.myRecord-signing Fletcher finally turns hero for Wolveshttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71612-recordsigning-fletcher-finally-turns-hero-wolves <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:44:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>WOLVERHAMPTON: </strong>Wolves manager Mick McCarthy hailed the contribution of two-goal Steven Fletcher after they beat West Brom 3-1 at Molinuex Stadium yesterday to move out of the relegation zone.</p> <p>Fletcher took his contribution to five goals in the last seven games since McCarthy challenged his £7 million (RM34.4m) record signing to justify his price tag.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71612-recordsigning-fletcher-finally-turns-hero-wolves#commentsEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:47:08 +0000Zam71612 at http://www.mmail.com.my'Don't sack me!'http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71611-dont-sack-me <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blues boss wants to continue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:32:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71611-dont-sack-me"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09carlow.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="104" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>LONDON:</strong> Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes he will be offered the opportunity to stay at Stamford Bridge, but knows the decision is out of his hands.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71611-dont-sack-me#commentsCarlo AncelottiEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:37:30 +0000Zam71611 at http://www.mmail.com.myBalotelli takes swipe at ex-boss Mourinhohttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71609-balotelli-takes-swipe-exboss-mourinho <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:32:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>LONDON: Manchester City's controversial striker Mario Balotelli has sung the praises of current manager Roberto Mancini insisting Jose Mourinho could not manage him while he was at Inter Milan as he always went against him.</p> <p>The Italy international was reunited with Mancini in the summer, having previously played under him at San Siro, and admitted frequent clashes with Mourinho were because the Portuguese did not understand him.</p> <p>"Maybe Mourinho said these things about me because he could not manage me," Balotelli told <em>The People</em>.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71609-balotelli-takes-swipe-exboss-mourinho#commentsMario BalotelliEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:34:25 +0000Zam71609 at http://www.mmail.com.myNo malicehttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71608-no-malice <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:32:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>LONDON: </strong>Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam insists he never meant to injure Tottenham star Gareth Bale on Saturday.</p> <p>Bale was carried out of his side's 1-1 draw with the Seasiders following the 64th minute tackle and left White Hart Lane on crutches with a protective boot around his left leg.</p> <p>Bale, who has suffered from back and hamstring problems this season, will go for a scan today to assess the damage.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71608-no-malice#commentsGareth BaleTottenham HotspurEPLSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:32:55 +0000Zam71608 at http://www.mmail.com.myEnter the Kophttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71607-enter-kop <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:27:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>KUALA LUMPUR: It looks as though Liverpool could set a strong presence in KL after all. The English outfit are in talks with KLFA to set up an establishment at the latter's new academy in Taman Melawati, Setapak.</p> <p>This was confirmed by KLFA secretary Nokman Mustaffa who met Liverpool officials on Tuesday. The delegation then spent some time at the KLFA academy the following day.</p> <p>Earlier, KL were linked to Cardiff City but the deal fizzled out.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71607-enter-kop#commentsFootballSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:31:38 +0000Zam71607 at http://www.mmail.com.myIan getting close to his besthttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71606-ian-getting-close-his-best <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 05:27:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>BUKIT JALIL: Promising swimmer Ian James Barr is confident of getting back in shape. A couple of months ago, the national swimmer's weight issues was the joke of the national camp due to the several kilos he put on during the end-of-season break.</p> <p>"I am not fully back at competition weight but am getting there," said Ian, 16.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71606-ian-getting-close-his-best#commentsIan James BarrOther SportsSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:28:44 +0000Zam71606 at http://www.mmail.com.myLet's dance at Samba de Futsalhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71605-lets-dance-samba-de-futsal <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 04:57:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>ALTHOUGH several futsal arenas have mushroomed in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur in recent times, Samba de Futsal (SDF) offers a little more for the enthusiast.</p> <p>SDF opened their doors on June 1, 2007 and within four years, it has become the preferred choice among futsal players. Located in Section 51A in Petaling Jaya, they have five pitches, four artificial grass turfs (for beginners and those who want to play at a slower pace) and one PVC Sportech 8 court.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71605-lets-dance-samba-de-futsal#commentsFooty FeverSports opinionFootballSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:03:45 +0000Zam71605 at http://www.mmail.com.myGetting in the gamehttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71604-getting-game <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Women players mean business </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 9th, 2011 04:57:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71604-getting-game"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/09anies.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="222" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p>IT was by chance that Anies Maizura Ibrahim ventured onto a futsal pitch five years ago.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71604-getting-game#commentsFooty FeverSports opinionFootballSportsSun, 08 May 2011 21:02:32 +0000Zam71604 at http://www.mmail.com.myDjokovic equals Lendl markhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71454-djokovic-equals-lendl-mark <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 06:26:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71454-djokovic-equals-lendl-mark"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/06julia2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="224" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MADRID: </strong>Novak Djokovic equalled Ivan Lendl's 1986 record of a 29-0 winning start to a season this morning when he reached the Madrid Masters quarterfinals.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71454-djokovic-equals-lendl-mark#commentsNovak DjokovicTennisSportsThu, 05 May 2011 22:41:56 +0000Zam71454 at http://www.mmail.com.myBenzema miseryhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71452-benzema-misery <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real striker a &#039;pain-in-the-neck&#039; for not blasting referee? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 06:26:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71452-benzema-misery"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/06benz.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="184" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><em><strong>HOLA!</strong></em> Well... figure this out. Now reports emerging from Spain suggest striker Karim Benzema's absence from the Real Madrid line-up in their Champions League second-leg semifinal against Barcelona at Nou Camp on Tuesday may have been down to the player's refusal to criticise referees in interviews with the press!</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71452-benzema-misery#commentsKarim BenzemaReal Madrid fcSports opinionFootballSportsThu, 05 May 2011 22:38:15 +0000Zam71452 at http://www.mmail.com.myBraga, Porto make it an all-Portuguese finalshttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71450-braga-porto-make-it-allportuguese-finals <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 06:26:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>LISBON</strong>: A headed goal by midfielder Custodio earned Braga a 1-0 win over Benfica at Estadio AXA this morning and a place in the first all-Portuguese Europa League final on away goals after a 2-2 semifinal aggregate score.</p> <p>Braga will travel to Dublin for their debut final on May 18 to face Porto. Braga started sharply and went ahead in the 19th minute when Custodio gave goalkeeper Roberto no chance by towering above the defence to score with a well-placed header after a Hugo Viana corner.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71450-braga-porto-make-it-allportuguese-finals#commentsEuropa LeagueFootballSportsThu, 05 May 2011 22:32:39 +0000Zam71450 at http://www.mmail.com.myIt's all goodhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71449-its-all-good <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shabery lauds Tourism Ministry&#039;s move </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 05:47:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71449-its-all-good"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/06shaberya.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="235" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>PETALING JAYA</strong>: Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek backs the Tourism Ministry's role in supporting future international badminton tournaments to be hosted in the country.</p> <p> He stressed this would help ease the financial burden faced by the Sports Ministry as they faced budget cuts due to the economic downturn.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71449-its-all-good#commentsSports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery CheekBadmintonSportsThu, 05 May 2011 21:49:58 +0000Zam71449 at http://www.mmail.com.myChasing Bullshttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71447-chasing-bulls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hamilton admits not easy to win successive wins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 05:27:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71447-chasing-bulls"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/06hamilw.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="159" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong>: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton played down his chances of a second successive win ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on Sunday.</p> <p> The 2008 world champion beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber into second and third in China but is not predicting a repeat.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71447-chasing-bulls#commentsLewis HamiltonMotorsportsSportsThu, 05 May 2011 21:30:18 +0000Zam71447 at http://www.mmail.com.myIt's 'sandwich' season for Chelsea, says Essienhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71435-it%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98sandwich%E2%80%99-season-chelsea-says-essien <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 04:57:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>LONDON:</strong> Midfielder Michael Essien likened Chelsea's season to a sandwich vowing the sweetest part is yet to come in their bid to retain the Premier League title.</p> <p>Chelsea travel to Manchester United on Sunday knowing a win at Old Trafford will put them top of the table for the first time since November, having clawed back a 15-point deficit on the leaders with a run of 25 points from 27. And Essien is pleased to be back on track after the Blues' worst run in the league for almost 15 years saw them crash to fifth in the table earlier in the season.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71435-it%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98sandwich%E2%80%99-season-chelsea-says-essien#commentsMichael EssienEPLSportsThu, 05 May 2011 20:58:01 +0000Zam71435 at http://www.mmail.com.myLTAM snapping up his talenthttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71434-ltam-snapping-his-talent <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 04:53:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>JALAN DUTA: LTAM president Tan Sri Abdul Razak Latiff has agreed to jointly finance Christian's training costs in Hong Kong after being impressed by the six-year old's passion, natural talent and enthusiasm.</p> <p>"His parents have made a lot of effort in laying down a strong foundation for Christian. This needs to be recognised and encouraged," he said.</p> <p>"We need to monitor and assess his progress from time to time as he is still young. Being result-oriented at this point of time could be detrimental to his overall progress.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71434-ltam-snapping-his-talent#commentsLawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM)Sports opinionTennisSportsThu, 05 May 2011 20:56:41 +0000Zam71434 at http://www.mmail.com.myPatriotic Christianhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71433-patriotic-christian <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tennis prodigy shows early promise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 04:53:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71433-patriotic-christian"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/06christian.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="246" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>JALAN DUTA</strong>: Looks can be deceiving. From afar, Christian Andre Liew looks just like any ordinary six-year-old child, until he opens his mouth. The tennis prodigy shows confidence and maturity beyond his years.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71433-patriotic-christian#commentsBack to SchoolSports opinionTennisSportsThu, 05 May 2011 20:55:57 +0000Zam71433 at http://www.mmail.com.myThe closing chapterhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71431-closing-chapter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chelsea looking good for title with a win at Old Trafford </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, May 6th, 2011 04:31:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>JUST when I thought it was safe to get back on a plane, Chelsea and Manchester United conspired to make sure that I didn't.</p> <p>I've been in London this past weekend, attending matches at Stamford Bridge and Emirates Stadium, and witnessing two intriguing games that featured some of the best aspects of the Premier League.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71431-closing-chapter#commentsSports opinionEPLSportsThu, 05 May 2011 20:41:37 +0000Zam71431 at http://www.mmail.com.myHuge reliefhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71343-huge-relief <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 07:17:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71343-huge-relief"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05federer.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="296" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MADRID:</strong> Rafael Nadal led the men's elite into the third round of the ATP-WTA Madrid Masters this morning as the major names swept to solid victories and Roger Federer was made to struggle.</p> <p> Nadal led the way for rivals Novak Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling on a full day's programme at the Caja Magica.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71343-huge-relief#commentsMadrid mastersRoger FedererTennisSportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:21:56 +0000Zam71343 at http://www.mmail.com.myClijsters pulls out with ankle injuryhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71341-clijsters-pulls-out-ankle-injury <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 07:17:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>ROME:</strong> Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from an injured ankle.</p> <p>The Rome tournament starts on Monday and is an important warmup for the French Open, which begins May 22.</p> <p>Clijsters injured herself at a wedding party last month and is looking doubtful for the season's second Grand Slam.</p> <p>The second-ranked Clijsters has not played since losing to Victoria Azarenka in the Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinals in Florida in March.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71341-clijsters-pulls-out-ankle-injury#commentsKim ClijstersTennisSportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:18:33 +0000Zam71341 at http://www.mmail.com.myGoing for gloryhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71340-going-glory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ferdinand feels he&#039;s back at his best </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 07:09:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71340-going-glory"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05rio.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="135" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MANCHESTER:</strong> Veteran Rio Ferdinand insists he is fully fit to steer Manchester United through a hazardous path to glory in the coming weeks. The experienced defender has been troubled by a succession of problems for the past three seasons now.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71340-going-glory#commentsRio FerdinandEPLSportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:16:51 +0000Zam71340 at http://www.mmail.com.myCanaries going 'cheap, cheap'http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71338-canaries-going-cheap-cheap <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 07:09:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>LONDON: </strong>Norwich chief executive David McNally insists the club's future will not be jeopardised by reckless spending when they return to the Premier League.</p> <p>The Canaries secured their place in the top flight after a six-year absence with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth on Monday, their second promotion in two years after they were crowned League One champions last season.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71338-canaries-going-cheap-cheap#commentsEPLSportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:13:38 +0000Zam71338 at http://www.mmail.com.myFend for yourselfhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71337-fend-yourself <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Football teams can get help from private sector </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 06:53:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71337-fend-yourself"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05shabery_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="223" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>PUTRAJAYA:</strong> Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek hit the right note by indirectly throwing a challenge to local football teams to manage their own stadiums.</p> <p> Despite their success in the past, big teams like Perak, Selangor and Negri Sembilan rent stadiums from the local councils for their home matches.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71337-fend-yourself#commentsAhmad Shabery CheekSports opinionSportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:06:28 +0000Zam71337 at http://www.mmail.com.mySkipper pays tribute to sisterhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71335-skipper-pays-tribute-sister <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 06:53:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71335-skipper-pays-tribute-sister"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05ashikin.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="196" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>KUALA LUMPUR:</strong> Nur Suraya Ashikin Mohd, who didn't quite enjoy playing hockey in the beginning as she felt she was too petite, is now the captain of Seri Titiwangsa Sports School's Under- 15 team.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71335-skipper-pays-tribute-sister#commentsHockeySportsWed, 04 May 2011 23:03:50 +0000Zam71335 at http://www.mmail.com.myJust looking aheadhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71333-just-looking-ahead <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 06:53:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>BUKIT JALIL:</strong> National hammer thrower Tan Song Hwa is ready to put last year's disappointment of missing the Guangzhou Asian Games behind her.</p> <p>She was denied a place at the Asiad by the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) despite bettering the national record three times in the build up to the Games last year. The reason for her exclusion was she did not meet the qualifying mark.</p> <p>"I don't want to dwell on the past," said Song Hwa. "I'm looking forward to the Sea Games and the Asian Track &amp; Field Championships."</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71333-just-looking-ahead#commentsTan Song HwaOther SportsSportsWed, 04 May 2011 22:55:08 +0000Zam71333 at http://www.mmail.com.myMerciless Devilshttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71332-merciless-devils <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> United thrash Schalke for a date with Barca at Wembley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 06:44:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71332-merciless-devils"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05anderson.JPG" alt="" title="" width="150" height="204" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>MANCHESTER: </strong>Manchester United will face Barcelona in a mouth-watering Champions League final at Wembley on May 28 after a weakened side crushed hapless Schalke 4-1 in the second-leg semifinal at Old Trafford this morning.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71332-merciless-devils#commentschampions league 2010/11Manchester United FCEPLSportsWed, 04 May 2011 22:50:56 +0000Zam71332 at http://www.mmail.com.myFlying Maloudahttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71330-flying-malouda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blues&#039; top scorer can stun United at Old Trafford </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 05:25:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71330-flying-malouda"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05malouda.JPG" alt="" title="" width="150" height="192" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong>LONDON:</strong> Chelsea winger winger Florent Malouda is looking forward to potential title-decider against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.</p> <p> Only two months ago, the Blues were 15 points behind the Red Devils and were fighting for a top four spot. But now Carlo Ancelotti's men could snatch top spot from the leaders if they beat them.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71330-flying-malouda#commentsChelsea FCFlorent MaloudaEPLSportsWed, 04 May 2011 21:53:24 +0000Zam71330 at http://www.mmail.com.myDesperate Adam out to regain formhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71327-desperate-adam-out-regain-form <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 05:25:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>BLACKPOOL:</strong> Midfielder Charlie Adam is desperate to recapture his best form over the final three weeks as Blackpool bid to avoid relegation.</p> <p>Adam has been one of the Seasiders' star performers in their maiden Premier League campaign and was among the shortlisted nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association Player-of-the-Year award won by Tottenham's Gareth Bale last month. However, he has struggled to keep to his own high standards of late, though.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71327-desperate-adam-out-regain-form#commentsBlackpoolCharlie AdamEPLSportsWed, 04 May 2011 21:26:37 +0000Zam71327 at http://www.mmail.com.myFast forwardhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71326-fast-forward <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes GP Petronas driver eager to keep top spot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 05:21:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71326-fast-forward"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05rosb1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="100" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong> <br />INSTANBUL:</strong> Nico Rosberg is looking for Mercedes GP Petronas to continue their upward trend after admitting to so far riding "a rollercoaster of emotions" this season.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71326-fast-forward#commentsMercedes GP PetronasNico RosbergMotorsportsSportsWed, 04 May 2011 21:24:44 +0000Zam71326 at http://www.mmail.com.myA league of their ownhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71324-league-their-own <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KL Hockey Association to kick-start tournament for women </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 05:11:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71324-league-their-own"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05d.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="82" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p> <br />WOMEN hockey players will now have their own league to showcase their skills in the game, as Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association is introducing the first ever KL ladies league.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71324-league-their-own#commentsIn the DSports opinionHockeySportsWed, 04 May 2011 21:20:10 +0000Zam71324 at http://www.mmail.com.myCoach applauds KLHA's movehttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71322-coach-applauds-klhas-move <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, May 5th, 2011 05:11:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71322-coach-applauds-klhas-move"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/05rizal.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="218" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p>AMONG the teams that have confirmed their participation in the league is KL Ladies Club, who had previously been playing in the men's league. KL Ladies club head coach Rizal Mohd Razman said the team have long been waiting for such a league.</p> <p> "Playing in the men's league saw us being thrashed by the other teams every time."</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71322-coach-applauds-klhas-move#commentsIn the DSports opinionHockeySportsWed, 04 May 2011 21:14:04 +0000Zam71322 at http://www.mmail.com.myUndisputedhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71212-undisputed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Djokovic hopes to keep living the undefeated dream </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 07:29:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71212-undisputed"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/04delpot.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="116" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong></strong></p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71212-undisputed#commentsMadrid mastersNovak DjokovicTennisSportsTue, 03 May 2011 23:42:41 +0000Zam71212 at http://www.mmail.com.mySerena stalker chargedhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71210-serena-stalker-charged <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 07:29:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>FLORIDA: Authorities have arrested a man for stalking tennis star Serena Williams after he tried to enter her gated subdivision in South Florida.</p> <p>Palm Beach Gardens Police said 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo tried to walk into the subdivision yesterday night. Security guards asked Ouedraogo for his driver's license and found he had been named by Williams as a suspected stalker. It's unclear if Ouedraogo has an attorney.</p> <p>Williams' attorney, Malcom Cunningham, said he recently filed an injunction against Ouedraogo after he tried to contact Williams three times.</p><!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71210-serena-stalker-charged#commentsSerena WilliamsStalkerTennisSportsTue, 03 May 2011 23:39:44 +0000Zam71210 at http://www.mmail.com.myUnique blowhttp://www.mmail.com.my/content/71209-unique-blow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barca's hero Iniesta delighted after knocking Real out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 07:29:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- google_ad_section_start --><a href="/content/71209-unique-blow"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/small/04barca.JPG" alt="" title="" width="150" height="110" class=" teaser-image-img" /></a><p><strong> <br />BARCELONA:</strong> Barcelona drew 1-1 with bitter rivals Real Madrid at Nou Camp this morning to earn a comfortable 3-1 aggregate win in their semifinal to book their place in the final at Wembley.</p><!-- google_ad_section_end -->http://www.mmail.com.my/content/71209-unique-blow#commentsBarcelona FCchampions league 2010/11FootballSportsTue, 03 May 2011 23:38:17 +0000Zam71209 at http://www.mmail.com.myFull Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.

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Posted: 09 May 2011 01:34 PM PDT

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Masalah El-Clasico Tidak Merusak Kesolidan Timnas

Posted: 09 May 2011 12:44 PM PDT

BARCELONA – Banyak kekhawatiran yang timbul dari berbagai kalangan menyusul tensi tinggi laga El-Clasico yang melibatkan pemain Barcelona dan Real Madrid akan berdampak buruk bagi kesolidan timnas Spanyol, terutama melihat perang mulut yang acapkali terjadi antar sesama punggawa La Furia Roja saat melakoni laga krusial seperti semifinal Liga Champions dan final Coppa del Rey yang sarat emosi beberapa waktu lalu.

Namun, kiper Barcelona Victor Valdes menjamin perseteruan yang berlangsung saat laga El-Clasico tidak akan berkolerasi negatif dengan keutuhan tim Matador saat melakoni laga Internasional. "Saya yakin, getaran baik akan terus berlanjut untuk timnas La Furia Roja," kata Valdes sebagaimana dikutip Goal, Selasa (10/5/2011)

"Saya tidak memiliki hubungan pribadi dengan pemain Real Madrid,  tapi saya tidak berpikir semua (masalah) ini akan berlajut ke tim nasional sebagai bagian dari apa yang terjadi di dalam lapangan," sambung Valdes seraya mengatakan, agar persoalan yang melibatkan  pemainBarcelona dan Madrid tidak perlu mendapat sorotan berlebihan. "Menurut saya, tidak ada baiknya juga untuk berbicara tentang hal tersebut."

Masih dalam kesempatan yang sama, Valdes pun memberikan sedikit komentar mengenai Lionel Messi. "Saya melihat Messi seperti biasa. Ketika ia mencetak gol seperti yang dia bisa atau dia juga memberikan umpan seperti yang dapat dilakukakannya juga. Dia sangat jenius dalam segala hal.

"Apa yang tercatat dalam sejarah adalah, apa yang kami capai sebagai tim. Gelar individual datang setalah tim memiliki kualitas," Valdes menambahkan.

Tidak ketinggalan, Valdes juga memberikan sedikit jelang laga kontra Levante yang berlangsung pada Kamis (12/5/2011) mendatang. "Kami tidak bermain untuk hasil imbang. Kami bermain untuk menang dan itu sangat penting untuk meraih gelar," pungkas Valdes
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Terus Kobarkan Ambisi, Filosofi Allegri

Posted: 09 May 2011 12:02 PM PDT

MILAN – Masimilliano Alllegri tidak ambil pusing dengan prediksi timnya berpotensi besar jumpa Inter Milan di partai pamungkas Coppa Italia. Dia lebih mengedepankan agar anak asuhnya memiliki mental baja untuk menembus laga final Coppa Italia, setelah di leg pertama lalu AC Milan hanya bermain seri 2-2 dengan Palermo di babak semifinal
 
"Apakah mungkin final dengan Inter mempesona saya? Saya haya terpesona oleh Final," kata mantan pelatih Cagliari itu dalam keterangan persnya. "Sisi mental harus dipersiapkan untuk pertandingan melawan Palermo dan saya yakin kami akan memainkan pertandingan yang bagus," sambung Allegri menyuarakan optimisme tim asuhannya.
 
Allegri pun mengungkapkan, motivasi I Rosonerri semakin berlipat  saat berkunjung ke Stadio Renzo Barbera nanti setelah memastikan diri merebut gelar Scudetto di akhir pekan kemarin. "Ada euforia besar dalam pelatihan setelah memenangkan gelar (scudetto) tapi kemudian skuad berlatih seperti biasa. Mental mereka siap. Kami tahu, bahwa kami adalah Milan dan kami tidak bisa pergi ke Palermo dengan permainan buruk."
 
Kemudian, Allegri membeberkan kamus dalam hidupnya adalah tidak cepat berpuas diridengan satu kesuksesan dan selalu melihat ke depan untuk mencapai sukses yang lebih besar."Ketika Anda berada di Milan, Anda tidak bisa berhenti, ketika Anda memenangkan sesuatu. Setelah Scudetto ada Coppa Italia dan Piala Super Italia. Anda harus memandang ke depan. Itulah filosofi hidup saya," tukas Allegri.
 
Campione Serie A musim 2010/11 ini pun langsung bergerak cepat untuk mendapatkan pemain incaran menyambut musim depan. Kabar yang dirilis Football Italia, Selasa (10/5/2011) raksasa Italia itu telah menyelesaikan negosiasi transfer Philippe Mexes dari AS Roma dan Taye Taiwo dari Olympique Marseille dengan status bebas transfer dari klubnya masing-masing.
 
Tercapainya kesepakatan ini membuat sang allenatore, Masimilliano Allegri menjamin, barisan pertahan Milan akan semakin kokoh menyongsong edisi 2011/12 "Pertahanan kami akan sangat baik dengan penandatangan Mexes dan Taiwo," kata Allegri yang berhasil memberikan gelar scudetto di musim pertamanya bersama AC Milan.
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The Star Online: Sports

Posted: 09 May 2011 01:24 PM PDT

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Surging Djokovic has chance to claim No. 1 ranking (Updated)

Posted: 09 May 2011 06:40 AM PDT

ROME (AP): Novak Djokovic has a chance to claim the No. 1 ranking for the first time if he wins this week's Italian Open.

The Serbian has won all 32 of his matches this year and beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets on clay in the Madrid Open final Sunday.

If Djokovic wins his seventh consecutive title of 2011 at the Foro Italico and Nadal fails to reach the semi-finals, Djokovic will become the first player other than Nadal or Roger Federer to hold the No. 1 ranking since February 2004.

Djokovic already moved ahead of Federer for the No. 2 spot in March. "If I keep winning I'll get closer but I'm trying not to think about that," Djokovic said Sunday. "It was a perfect start with the two tournaments that I won and I need to stay dedicated and focused on the upcoming events."

Djokovic began the month by winning in Belgrade and his unbeaten run to begin the year now trails only John McEnroe's 42-0 start in 1984.

"It's unbelievable what he's been able to accomplish so far this year," said Andy Roddick, the American who held the top spot briefly in 2003 and 2004.

"You can insert any number of positive adjectives and superlatives and they'll probably all be true at this point. He's playing very, very confident tennis and in his head he's in a perfect place right now, so it's going to be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out."

If Nadal holds on this week, Djokovic could still take the top ranking at the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks. Nadal is the defending champion at Roland Garros, while Djokovic has only to defend a quarter-final result.

"If I want to reach No. 1, I will have to play consistently well because that's what Rafa and the other players will do," Djokovic said. "Probably because of my winning streak and being in the shape of a lifetime - I'm playing the best tennis of my career - I'm probably one of the favourites (at Roland Garros)."

Djokovic also beat Nadal in the final in Key Biscayne and Indian Wells this year, but Sunday's victory was his first in 10 attempts over the Spaniard on clay.

"The No. 1 ranking is not in danger - it's finished. Let's not lie to ourselves, that's the reality," Nadal said. "Nobody likes to lose. I have to see what's missing and working with a cool, open mind to decipher things and find the solutions. To try to do a little better next time."

Nadal has won the Italian Open five of the past six years, while Djokovic took the title in 2008. Djokovic will open against a qualifier, either Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay or Lukasz Kubot of Poland, while Nadal could face Madrid semi-finalist Thomaz Bellucci in his first match.

Also Monday, no American man or woman was in the top 10 for the first time in the 38-year history of the rankings. Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick are Nos. 11 and 12, while Serena and Venus Williams are Nos. 17 and 19, respectively.

Serena Williams has not played since winning Wimbledon last year following two foot operations and treatment for a blood clot in her lung, while Venus Williams has been sidelined since the Australian Open with a hip injury.

"I think we're kind of a victim of our own success over the years in the sport. If you still stack us up against most countries, we're coming out ahead," Roddick said Monday after his first-round loss to Gilles Simon. "I feel like I've handled my part for more than a decade."

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic entered the top 10 for the first time at No. 10 following her victory over Victoria Azarenka in the Madrid women's final Sunday.

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Italian Open: Simon beats Roddick in first round (Updated)

Posted: 09 May 2011 06:15 AM PDT

ROME (AP): Andy Roddick extended his troubled start to the clay-court season with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Gilles Simon of France in the opening round of the Italian Open on Monday.

Simon broke Roddick's serve in the first game of the match and quickly recovered a break by the 12th-seeded American in the opening game of the second set, then cruised from there.

While the sky was clear at the Foro Italico, gusty winds created difficult conditions.

"He moves really well, which you don't want to see when you're short of matches, and on a day like today, where you're not getting clean hits much at all," Roddick said. "As soon as we got into rallies it became a battle of not really ball striking but movement. I was coming in second most times."

Roddick hit only nine winners to Simon's 23 and committed 27 unforced errors to his opponent's 18. The big-serving American also trailed 4-1 in aces.

Roddick also lost his opening match at last week's Madrid Open, falling in three sets to 160th-ranked Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla.

"The last couple weeks I haven't felt comfortable out here," Roddick said. "I feel great physically. I feel fine, there's no excuses."

With the French Open less than two weeks away, Roddick's last chance to hone his game will come in Nice, France, next week. "Hopefully I can do something there," he said.

Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Gael Monfils withdrew from his match against Japan's Kei Nishikori citing an illness. "I have no energy. I'm going to take some tests and hopefully it will pass," Monfils said.

In women's action, Spanish qualifier Anabel Medina Garrigues eliminated 2005 runner-up Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2; and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic beat Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-2, 6-1.

Last year's surprise champion, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, was up against Ekaterina Makarova later.

The men's and women's tournaments are being played simultaneously at the Foro Italico for the first time in 33 years.

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ANTARA - Olahraga

Posted: 09 May 2011 01:11 PM PDT

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Pembalap Weylandt Kecelakaan, Tewas di Giro D`italia

Posted: 09 May 2011 11:49 AM PDT

Rapallo, Italia (ANTARA News) - Pembalap sepeda asal Belgia Wouter Weylandt meninggal dunia setelah mengalami kecelakaan saat berlangsungnya etape ketiga balap sepeda Giro d`Italia, Senin.

"Meskipun segera mendapat perawatan, tidak ada yang bisa kami lakukan," kata dokter Giro, Giovanni Tredici, pada televisi Rai.

"Hari ini, rekan setim dan teman kami, Wouter Weylandt, meninggal dunia setelah kecelakaan pada etape ketiga Giro d`Italia," kata manajer tim Leopard-Trek, Bryan Nygaard, dalam sebuah pernyataan.

"Tim dalam keadaan goncang dan sedih, dan kami menyampaikan duka cita yang paling dalam pada keluarga dan teman Wouter."

Pembalap tim Leopard-Trek, Weylandt (26) jatuh dari sepedanya di sebuah turunan di Passo del Bocco.

Dokter di tempat kejadian memutus helmnya dan memberikan pertolongan pernapasan selama 40 menit tapi upaya mereka sia-sia meskipun helicopter datang.

Helm wajib dalam balap sepeda sejak kematian pembalap asal Kazakhstan Andrei Kivilev dalam balap sepeda Paris-Nice pada 2003. Pembalap Italia Thomas Casarotto juga meninggal dunia setelah kecelakaan dalam Giro del Friuli tahun lalu.

Pembalap terakhir sebelumnya yang meninggal dalam kecelakaan sebuah kejuaraan besar adalah pembalap Italia Fabio Casartelli saat berlangsung Tour de France 1995.

Weylandt merebut kemenangan terbesar selama karirnya ketika dia memenangi etape yang sama pada Giro tahun lalu, demikian Reuters melaporkan. (I015/K004)

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Setelah di Wembley, Barca-MU Tanding di AS

Posted: 09 May 2011 08:47 AM PDT

Pemain Barcelona mengambil bagian dalam sesi pelatihan di stadion Nou Camp di Barcelona (2/5) menjelang pertandingan sepakbola Liga Champions leg semi final kedua antara Barcelona dan Real Madrid. (ANTARA/AFP PHOTO / Lluis GEN)

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Madrid (ANTARA News) - Barcelona akan menghadapi Manchester United dalam pertandingan persahabatan di Amerika Serikat pada 30 Juli dalam sebuah ulangan final Liga Champions akhir bulan ini, kata juara bertahan Liga Spanyol itu seperti dikutip AFP, Senin.

Kedua tim akan saling berhadapan di stadion FedexField yang berkapasitas 90.000 tempat duduk di Landover, Maryland, dekat Washington D.C, kata klub itu dalam sebuah pernyataan yang dimuat dalam lamannya.

Barcelona dan Manchester United akan bertanding pada final Liga Champions tanggal 28 Mei di Stadion Wembley London.

Tim asal Catalan tersebut pernah mengalahkan Manchester United 2-0 pada final Liga Champions 2009 di Roma.

Selama di AS nanti, Barcelona juga akan menghadapi dua tim Meksiko dalam pertandingan persahabatan, yaitu  Chivas de Guadalajara pada 3 Agustus di Miami, Florida dan Club America tiga hari kemudian di Arlington, Texas.(*)

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Kosmo Online - Sukan

Posted: 09 May 2011 11:27 AM PDT

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Gagal lagi

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Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil (depan) cuba menghalang kemaraan pemain India pada aksi Piala Sultan Azlan Shah di Ipoh semalam.


MALAYSIA gagal lagi.Selepas mengharungi tiga perlawanan pada Kejohanan Hoki Piala Sultan Azlan Shah yang sedang berlangsung di Ipoh, Perak, skuad negara masih gagal memungut sebarang mata.

Semalam, mereka dikecewakan oleh India apabila tewas 2-5. Ia merupakan kekalahan ketiga skuad bimbingan Tai Beng Hai itu setakat ini selepas tumpas 1-3 kepada Britain pada aksi pembukaan diikuti kekalahan 1-2 kepada Australia pada perlawanan kedua.

Kini, hasrat Malaysia menjadi salah satu daripada empat pasukan terbaik pada kejohanan kali ini semakin pudar.

Malaysia gagal mengulangi kejayaan menundukkan India 4-3 pada perlawanan separuh akhir Sukan Asia di Guangzhou, China tahun lalu.

Pada aksi semalam, India yang menduduki ranking kesembilan dunia hanya mengambil masa lapan minit untuk memecah kebuntuan melalui jaringan padang oleh Roshan Minz.

Pintu gol Malaysia yang dikawal S. Kumar bolos lagi melalui tolakan deras Mandeep Antil pada minit ke-18.

Jaguh pukulan sudut penalti India, Rupinder Pal Singh mempamerkan kehebatannya dengan menjaringkan gol ke tiga pada minit ke-22.

Seminit sebelum masa pertama tamat, pemain muda negara Muhammad Azammi Adabi merapatkan jurang gol apabila mencatat nama sebagai penjaring menerusi gerakan padang.

Begitupun, pada 30 saat terakhir separuh masa pertama, India memperoleh gol keempat melalui Sunil Sowmarpet sebelum Mohd. Shahrun Nabil Abdullah menjaringkan gol kedua Malaysia pada minit ke-43.

India mendapat gol kelima pada minit ke-69 menerusi Mandeep Antil, sekali gus mengukuhkan kedudukan bagi merebut empat pasukan terbaik pada kejohanan kali ini.

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Perak terus lesu

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PENYERANG Harimau Muda A. Wan Zack Haikal (depan) bijak meloloskan diri daripada kawalan pertahanan Perak pada aksi Liga Super di Shah Alam malam tadi. Kedua-dua pasukan seri 1-1.


PERAK terus gagal mencatat kemena- ngan untuk perlawanan keempat berturut-turut apabila sekadar seri 1-1 dengan Harimau Muda A pada aksi Liga Super di Stadium Shah Alam malam tadi.

Kali terakhir skuad Kejor Yob Kejor mencatat kemenangan adalah pada 26 April lalu ketika mereka menewaskan Kuala Lumpur 5-3 di Ipoh dan mereka turut seri 0-0 ketika bertemu Pahang, Jumaat lalu.

Turun tanpa dua penggempur berbisa, Akmal Rizal Rakhli dan Razali Umar Kandasamy, jentera serangan Perak yang diterajui Shafiq Jamal dan Shazuan Ashraf Mathews tampak tumpul sepanjang separuh masa pertama.

Gol pertama Harimau Muda A hadir pada masa kecederaan babak pertama menerusi rembatan cantik Gary Steven Robbat yang gagal diselamatkan penjaga gol Perak, Nasril Nourdin.

Namun Perak berjaya menyamakan kedudukan hanya seminit selepas babak kedua bersambung hasil sepakan kencang Wan Hossen Wan Ghani dari luar kotak penalti menewaskan Zamir Selamat.

Permainan seimbang kedua-dua pasukan selepas itu bagaimanapun direncatkan dengan mutu pengadilan buruk oleh Anuar Che Husin serta dua pembantunya, Busrah Eri dan Jais Bujang.

Bagaimanapun, kedua-dua pasukan gagal menambah jaringan untuk mereka sekadar berkongsi satu mata.

Pada perlawanan lain, Selangor menewaskan Kedah 2-0 di Alor Setar bagi membolehkan mereka menduduki tangga teratas liga buat seketika, kerana pendahulu, Kelantan tidak beraksi malam tadi.

Johor FC pula menang 2-1 ke atas Terengganu, manakala Kuala Lumpur garang membelasah Perlis 3-0.

T-Team yang mendapat semula khidmat jurulatih, Yunus Alif tampil garang untuk menewaskan Felda United 2-0, manakala Sabah menghampakan Pahang 2-0.

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Empat emas jadi impian

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Empat emas jadi impian

Empat emas jadi impian

Oleh HELMI TALKAH
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GANDINGAN Boon Heong (kiri) dan Kien Keat turut diletakkan dalam senarai sasaran memburu pingat emas Olimpik.


SIRI AKHIR

"BUKAN satu tetapi empat."

Itu ramalan Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek menge- nai pingat emas yang mampu dibawa pulang kontinjen Malaysia dari temasya Sukan Olimpik 2012 di London.

Shabery dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkannya sebelum ini menyuarakan keyakinan bahawa jika tidak berdepan sebarang masalah, bukan satu yang mampu dicapai tetapi kontinjen negara berupaya meraih empat pingat emas di London kelak.

Berdasarkan kenyataan itu, ramai tertanya-tanya sama ada ia mampu untuk direali- sasikan kerana sepanjang beraksi pada temasya sukan terbesar dunia itu, hanya pingat perak sahaja direkodkan sebagai pencapaian terbaik kontinjen Malay- sia setakat ini.

Malah Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak turut mempersoalkan mengenai perkara tersebut selepas Shabery menyuarakan keyakinannya itu kepada beliau.

Bagaimanapun, itu bukanlah sasaran buat kontinjen negara pada temasya di London itu kelak, sebaliknya ia hanya ramalan mengenai peluang Malaysia untuk membawa pulang pingat emas.

Sasaran utama yang diletakkan ke atas kontinjen negara tetap sama iaitu meraih pingat emas pertama pada temasya yang dianggap sebagai ibu kepada segala acara sukan itu.

Jika dibuat penilaian berdasarkan apa yang diperkatakan Shabery itu, memang ada kebenarannya.

Ketika ini, ada empat atlet yang dilihat berpotensi besar untuk merealisasikan impian seluruh warganegara Malaysia.

Sandaran emas sudah pasti- nya disandarkan kepada jaguh badminton negara, Datuk Lee Chong Wei yang berjaya menyumbang kilauan perak pada temasya Sukan Olimpik 2008 di Beijing, China.

Selain Chong Wei, beberapa atlet hara- pan negara seperti jaguh keirin dunia, Mohd. Azizulhasni Awang, gandingan beregu badminton lelaki negara, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong serta penerjun cilik, Pandelela Rinong turut menjadi sandaran emas.

Keempat-empat atlet tersebut dilihat berpeluang untuk menyumbangkan pingat buat Malaysia berdasarkan prestasi serta pencapaian yang dilakarkan mereka di pentas antarabangsa.

Ia turut dibantu dengan tersenarainya mereka dalam program Road to London (RTL) 2012 yang sememangnya diwujudkan bagi mempersiapkan atlet-atlet negara sebelum menghadapi Sukan Olimpik.

Turut berkongsi pendapat yang sama dengan Shabery ialah Pengarah Prestasi Tinggi Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM), Datuk James Selvaraj.

Bagi Selvaraj, Chong Wei ketika ini memang bersemangat bagi menghadiahkan pingat emas buat kontinjen negara pada Sukan Olimpik berdasarkan komitmen serta fokusnya untuk muncul juara.

Begitupun, Selvaraj lebih gemar sekira- nya Chong Wei memberi tumpuan terlebih dahulu untuk bergelar juara pada Kejoha- nan Badminton Dunia 2011 yang bakal ber- langsung di England, Ogos depan.

Sebagai rekod, pemain berusia 29 tahun itu masih belum memenangi gelaran juara pada kejohanan dunia selain pingat emas Sukan Olimpik.

"Ketika saya mula-mula menerima tawa- ran untuk menjadi Pengarah Prestasi Tinggi BAM ini, saya sudah meletakkan sasaran untuk melihat Chong Wei bergelar juara dunia dan memenangi pingat emas Sukan Olimpik kerana ia masih belum pernah diraihnya.

"Jadi... saya lebih suka melihat kejoha- nan dunia di England nanti sebagai medan untuk menguji tahap prestasi Chong Wei dalam usaha menyumbangkan pingat emas buat kontinjen negara pada Sukan Olimpik.

"Jika dia berjaya muncul juara dunia, tidak mustahil pingat emas Sukan Olimpik mampu diraihnya," kata Selvaraj kepada Kosmo! semalam.

Diminta mengulas mengenai, Kien Keat- Boon Heong yang dilihat sering kali bergelut dengan prestasi ala 'yo yo' dalam be- berapa kejohanan sebelum ini, Selvaraj berkata, masih ada masa untuk beregu lelaki negara itu memperbaiki corak permainan mereka.

Apa tidaknya, prestasi tidak menentu yang dipamerkan Kien Keat-Boon Heong telah mengundang pelbagai tanggapan negatif apabila ada yang mengatakan kedua- duanya tidak layak diletakkan sebagai sandaran untuk membawa pulang pingat emas buat kontinjen Malaysia.

"Saya sudah bercakap dengan jurulatih mereka (Rexy Mainaky) mengenai perkara ini dan ketika ini beliau sedang berusaha memperbaiki segala kelemahan kedua-dua pemain tersebut.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong memang pemain yang bagus dan itu tidak boleh dinafi- kan. Namun fokus mereka sering terganggu dalam setiap perlawanan sehingga menyebabkan mereka gagal beraksi pada tahap prestasi sebenar mereka.

"Bagaimanapun, saya masih yakin mereka merupakan prospek terbaik untuk meraih pingat emas Sukan Olimpik," kata Selvaraj lagi.

Selain badminton yang merupakan acara tunggal yang menyumbangkan pingat buat kontinjen negara sejak mula mengam- bil bahagian pada Sukan Olimpik 1956 di Australia, kini basikal trek turut menjadi sandaran meraih pingat emas.


JALANI (depan) dan Razif meraih pingat gangsa pada Sukan Olimpik 1992 di Barcelona.


Azizulhasni yang diberi jolokan sebagai 'The Pocketroketman' merupakan pelumba yang dilihat berpotensi besar untuk me- realisasikan impian hampir 27 juta rakyat Malaysia bagi menyaksikan kilauan pingat emas pertama Sukan Olimpik menjelma.

Apa tidaknya, baru berusia 23 tahun, pelumba kelahiran Dungun, Terengganu itu kini ada sebab untuk mendabik dada apabila bergelar jaguh No. 1 dunia dalam acara keirin.

Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Berbasikal Malaysia (PKBM), Datuk Naim Mohammad berkata, sejak dari awal, Azizulhasni memang diletakkan sebagai pelumba paling layak diletakkan sandaran untuk menjelmakan kilauan pingat emas buat Malaysia.

"Sejak Azizulhasni beraksi di peringkat junior lagi dia telah mempamerkan kece- merlangannya di benua Asia dan disebabkan itu, kami (PKBM) memang melihat dia sebagai prospek utama untuk bagi menyumbangkan pingat emas buat Malay- sia.

"Pelbagai program telah dirancang sebenarnya bagi merealisasikan matlamat tersebut.

"Namun kemalangan yang menimpa Azizulhasni ketika beraksi pada final acara keirin pada Siri Piala Dunia Klasik UCI di Manchester, England apabila betisnya tertusuk serpi- han kayu velodrom sepanjang 20 senti- meter sedikit sebanyak telah menjejaskan perancangan tersebut.

"Namun dia kini dalam proses pemuli- han dan dijangka kembali beraksi di pentas antarabangsa pada temasya Sukan Universiti Dunia di China, Ogos depan," jelas Naim.

Tambah beliau, sokongan serta doa dari- pada seluruh rakyat Malaysia sudah pastinya akan memudahkan lagi laluan Azizulhasni untuk meraih pingat emas pada Sukan Olimpik kelak.

Sementara itu, Setiausaha Kesatuan Renang Amatur Malaysia (ASUM), Edwin Chong turut menyuarakan keyakinan bahawa atlet terjun dibawah naungan badan induk tersebut, Pandelela mampu menjelmakan kilauan pingat emas buat negara.

Setakat ini, semua program latihan buat Pandelela bersama tiga lagi atlet terjun yang diletakkan dalam senarai RTL 2012 berjalan dengan baik tanpa ada sebarang masalah.

"Pada hujung bulan ini, Pandelela akan menjalani latihan pusat di China sebagai persiapan untuk menghadapi Kejohanan Terjun Dunia yang juga berlangsung di China, Julai depan.

"Kejohanan tersebut akan menjadi medan buat Pandelela melepasi had kelayakan untuk beraksi pada Sukan Olimpik London dan saya yakin dia mampu untuk membawa pulang pingat emas buat kontinjen Malay- sia.

"Malah Pandelela juga turut dilihat berpotensi besar untuk memenangi pingat dalam acara terjun berirama bersama pasangannya Lee Mun Yee jika segala yang dirancang berjalan dengan baik," kata Edwin.

Bagaimanapun, tidak semua pihak yakin dengan kemampuan yang dimiliki keempat-empat atlet tersebut dalam usaha menyumbangkan pingat emas buat negara.

Bagi mereka, atlet-atlet negara masih jauh ketinggalan untuk bersaing dengan jaguh-jaguh handalan dunia yang lain meskipun menyedari ada di kalangan mereka telah berada pada kedudukan No. 1 dunia.

Mentaliti seperti itu seharusnya dikikis di kalangan rakyat negara ini yang sepa- tutnya terus memberikan sokongan terha- dap perjuangan atlet-atlet bekerja keras bagi mengharumkan nama Malaysia di mata dunia menerusi bidang sukan.

Apa jua yang diperkatakan segelintir pihak di luar sana, diharapkan ia tidak me- lunturkan semangat atlet-atlet negara untuk terus berjuang, terutamanya menjelang temasya Sukan Olimpik London yang bakal membuka tirainya pada 27 Julai hingga 12 Ogos tahun depan.

Ia penting kerana setelah 55 tahun menanti ia menjelma, lebih kurang 27 juta rakyat negara ini pastinya tidak mahu terus menggigit jari menyaksikan sebutir pingat emas yang diharapkan itu terlepas begitu sahaja.

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Posted: 09 May 2011 11:26 AM PDT

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Setelah Pensiun, Zanetti Ogah Pulang Kampung

Posted: 09 May 2011 05:46 PM PDT

MILAN, KOMPAS.com - Kapten Inter Milan, Javier Zanetti, membantah akan mengakhiri kariernya di sebuah klub di kampung halamannya, Argentina. Setelah pensiun, ia menyatakan akan tetap bertahan di Italia.

"Tidak! Aku tidak berpikir akan kembali ke Argentina. Di sini, aku merasa di rumah sendiri karena aku telah membela Inter selama 16 tahun," kata Zanetti.  

"Klub ini telah memberiku segalanya. Aku merasa memiliki tanggung jawab besar sebagai kapten. Aku akan mengakhiri karier di sini," sambung bek berusia 37 tahun itu.  

Setelah pensiun, Zanetti mengaku akan mengahabiskan waktunya bersama keluarganya di Italia. "Setelah pensiun, aku akan pergi Italia-Argentina karena aku memiliki lebih banyak waktu. Namun, kenyataannya, keluargaku bahagia di sini. Anak-anakku bersekolah di Italia dan aku akan menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga setelah pensiun," tukas Zanetti. 

Inter sendiri disebut-sebut akan menawarkan sebuah pekerjaan baru bagi Zanetti di klub tersebut setelah ia pensiun. (FBI)

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Peni: Bentuk Konsorsium untuk Selamatkan Arema

Posted: 09 May 2011 05:42 PM PDT

MALANG, KOMPAS.com - Wali Kota Malang, Peni Suparto, mengusulkan agar para pengusaha di Malang Raya segera membentuk konsorsium untuk menyelamatkan Arema dari krisis finansial yang berkepanjangan.

"Dengan cara mengumpulkan para pengusaha di Malang Raya dan membentuk konsorsium, saya yakin Arema akan terselamatkan. Bahkan, saya sendiri siap bergabung dengan konsorsium itu," tegas Peni di Malang, Senin (9/5/2011).

Hanya saja, tegasnya, syarat mutlak yang harus dipenuhi oleh konsorsium itu nanti adalah mengembalikan nama Arema Indonesia menjadi Arema sebagai ciri khas lokal Malang. Selain itu, katanya, seluruh pengusaha anggota konsorsium juga harus sepakat dan memiliki persepsi yang sama untuk menyelamatkan dan membesarkan Arema di kancah persepakbolaan nasional dan internasional.

Menurut mantan anggota DPR RI itu, sekarang sudah saatnya para pengusaha di wilayah Malang Raya ini menunjukkan kepedulian dan komitmennya untuk menyelamatkan Arema dari keterpurukan finansial.

Sementara Bupati Malang, Rendra Kresna, mengaku bahwa dirinya siap memfasilitasi untuk membentuk konsorsium yang melibatkan pengusaha di Malang Raya. Namun, lanjut Rendra yang juga Presiden Kehormatan Arema Indonesia, cara pandang dan pola pikir para pengusaha yang tergabung dalam konsorsium itu harus sama. Sebab, olahraga, termasuk sepak bola, belum bisa menjadi ajang bisnis yang bagus.

"Kami yakin kalau Arema dikelola dengan manajemen yang benar-benar profesional pasti banyak sponsor yang berdatangan, apalagi suporter Arema (Aremania) ini cukup militan," tegas Rendra.

Setelah diumumkan oleh Ketua Yayasan Arema M Nur jika Arema akan dilelang seharga Rp 20 miliar, sudah ada beberapa pengusaha yang dikabarkan sudah mendekati manajemen, di antaranya adalah Bakrie Grup, MNC Grup, PT Anugerah Citra Abadi (ACA), serta Arifin Panigoro.

Saat ini Arema sedang dilanda krisis finansial karena masih menanggung utang sekitar Rp 5,6 miliar dan biaya operasional untuk menuntaskan kompetisi Indonesia Super League (ISL) yang diperkirakan mencapai Rp 10 miliar. (ANT)

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Posted: 09 May 2011 11:22 AM PDT

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Cuma Inter di Hati Zanetti

Posted: 09 May 2011 11:15 AM PDT

Selasa, 10/05/2011 01:15 WIB

Cuma Inter di Hati Zanetti
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detiksport


Milan - Tidak sedikit pesepakbola yang memutuskan pulang ke kampung halamannya sebelum pensiun. Namun, hal ini tak berlaku untuk Javier Zanetti. Kapten Inter Milan ini ingin menutup kariernya di Nerazzurri.

Dengan kontrak yang akan berakhir pada Juni 2013, Zanetti dispekulasikan akan bermain di negara asalnya, Argentina, sebelum menutup karier. Namun, bek 37 tahun ini membantahnya.

"Tidak, saya tidak berpikir akan kembali ke Argentina. Saya benar-benar merasa di rumah di sini, di mana saya sudah 16 tahun bersama Inter," cetus Zanetti di Football-Italia.

"Klub ini sudah memberi segalanya buat saya dan menjadi kapten membuat saya merasakan tanggung jawab luar biasa. Saya akan mengakhiri karier saya di sini," lanjutnya.

Zanetti bergabung dengan Inter dari Banfield pada tahun 1995. Dia adalah rekrutan pertama pada era Massimo Moratti. Sejak saat itu, posisinya di tim tak pernah tergantikan meski La Beneamata gonta-ganti pelatih.

"Kalau sudah pensiun nanti, saya akan bolak-balik Italia-Argentina karena saya punya lebih banyak waktu. Tapi, kenyataannya adalah keluarga saya sangat bahagia di sini," tutur Zanetti.

"Anak-anak saya bersekolah di Italia dan setelah karier saya berakhir, saya ingin menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga," ujarnya.

( mfi / roz )

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Arema Bakal Tampil Defensif

Posted: 09 May 2011 11:00 AM PDT

Selasa, 10/05/2011 01:00 WIB
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Arema Bakal Tampil Defensif
Narayana Mahendra Prastya - detiksport


Jeonbuk - Arema Indonesia tidak ingin dipermak lagi oleh Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors dalam laga lanjutan Liga Champions Asia. Pelatih Miroslav Janu mengatakan "Singo Edan" bakal menerapkan strategi bertahan.

Arema praktis sudah tersingkir dari Liga Champions Asia. Ahmad Bustomi dkk. terpuruk di peringkat terakhir Grup G dengan poin satu dari lima pertandingan. Pertandingan melawan tuan rumah Jeonbuk pada Selasa (10/5/2011) menjadi laga terakhir juara ISL musim lalu itu di pentas Asia musim ini.

Di pertemuan pertama di Malang, Jeonbuk menang empat gol tanpa balas. Untuk menghindari kejadian serupa, pelatih Arema Miroslav Janu mengisyaratkan tim-nya bakal bermain bertahan.

"Dalam laga kandang kami melawan Jeonbuk, kami bermain bagus di 20 menit pertama. Namun setelah kebobolan, kami kolaps. Permainan kami memang terus meningkat, namun pemain Jeonbuk sangat cepat dan berbahaya. Dalam laga nanti, kami akan bermain defensif," kata Janu seperti dikutip dari situs resmi asosiasi sepakbola Asia (AFC).

Arema menjadi lumbung gol bagi lawan-lawannya di Grup G. Gawang tim yang bermarkas di Stadion Kanjuruhan itu sudah bobol 16 kali dari lima pertandingan. Arema juga merupakan tim dengan jumlah gol paling sedikit di grup ini dengan dua gol.

Meski begitu Jeonbuk tak memandang remeh wakil Indonesia. "Semua masih bisa terjadi di sepakbola dan kami harus fokus. Arema memiliki level permainan lebih tinggi dibanding Persipura Jayapura yang kami hadapi tahun lalu. Secara individu, para pemain Arema punya skill bagus dan persepakbolaan Indonesia tengah berkembang," kata pelatih Choi Kang-hee.

( nar / roz )

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Posted: 09 May 2011 09:31 AM PDT

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Badminton / Malaysia Open: Chong Wei reigns supreme

Posted: 08 May 2011 05:54 PM PDT

2011/05/09
K.M. Boopathy
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single
LEE Chong Wei was in majestic form yesterday, outclassing Bao Chunlai of China in the men's singles final of the Malaysia Open GP Gold for his fifth title of the year at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Alor Star.

Chong Wei snatched a 21-9, 21-19 win over Chunlai in 42 minutes to successfully defend his title and also cement his reputation as the world's hottest player.

It was also his sixth final appearance in as many tournaments this year. He won the World Super Series Masters Finals, Malaysia Open Super Series, All England and India Open prior to the event yesterday.


His only blemish is the defeat to Lin Dan of China in the Korea Open final in January but the Malaysian had his revenge when he toppled the Olympic champion in the All England in March.

Yesterday, Chong Wei played at such a fast pace that Chunlai struggled to contain the Malaysian and was forced into making mistakes.

But the pace took some steam off Chong Wei, and this saw Chunlai giving a much better resistance midway in the second game where he was neck-and-neck before the World No 1 surged ahead at the crucial stages for a 21-19 win.


Chong Wei's 12th victory over Chunlai in 16 meeting was worth US$9,000 (RM27,000).

Chong Wei, elated that he was able to secure his fifth title and maintain his form since January, said: "I have accepted the criticism that I have failed to do well in the major events and I wanted to cultivate the winning mentality. I am confident now," said Chong Wei.

"I have to keep winning the smaller tournaments as this will also help me win the bigger events, so that winning becomes a habit.


"I want to keep maintaining this form not just for this year but until the London Olympics next year.

"Lin Dan is still my strongest rival, China's top players were not here but I want to be consistent in winning the tournaments that I compete in."

In the women's singles, Wang Xin of China secured her first title of the year when she defeated India's Saina Nehwal 13-21, 21-8, 21-14 in 48 minutes.

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Badminton / Malaysia Open: Top pair capture crown

Posted: 08 May 2011 05:50 PM PDT

2011/05/09
K.M. Boopathy
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Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong beat Indonesia&#8217;s Alvent Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan 21-16, 21-7 yesterday.

Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong beat Indonesia's Alvent Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan 21-16, 21-7 yesterday.

KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong ended their 15-month title drought by capturing the Malaysia Open GP Gold but it was so near yet so far for mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Alor Star yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, whose last title was the 2010 Malaysia Open Super Series, defeated Alvent Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia 21-16, 21-7 in 30 minutes.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying missed out on their second international crown when they cracked under pressure and lost 21-18, 15-21, 19-21 to Ahmad Tantowi-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in 57 minutes.


The Asian Championships in New Delhi last year was their first international title and they reached the semi-finals of the India Open Super Series in the same city last week.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong were fortunate that the Indonesian pair, especially Alvent, was a spent force after their earlier struggles.

Kien Keat was elated that he and Boon heong finally managed to win an international title after coming close several times.


"I think it was easy for us because the Indonesian pair probably had some injury problem or maybe were exhausted," said Kien Keat.

"This victory has given us some confidence and we must build on this win and start improving again."

National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said Alvent couldn't perform yesterday.


"Alvent-Hendra had many tough matches and they were too tired. Kien Keat-Boon Heong have won after a long time and they must start progressing again," said Rexy.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying were in control in the second game against Ahmad Tantowi-Liliyana, leading 13-9 but Liu Ying's service fault proved decisive as the Indonesians gained the upper hand from then on.

Peng Soon said he was upset to lose and hopes to get revenge as they are expected to play Ahmad-Liliyana in the Malaysia-Indonesia tie in the Sudirman Cup in Qingdao later this month.

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KOMPAS.com - Olahraga

Posted: 09 May 2011 09:08 AM PDT

KOMPAS.com - Olahraga


Bank Sumsel Lebih Awal ke Jakarta

Posted: 09 May 2011 03:09 PM PDT

SURABAYA, KOMPAS.com — Tim bola voli putra Palembang Bank Sumsel Babel berangkat ke Jakarta lebih awal. Mereka ingin melakukan persiapan menghadapi laga putaran kedua babak empat besar Sampoerna Hijau Voli Proliga 2011 pada 13-15 Mei mendatang.

"Hari ini semua pemain langsung berangkat ke Jakarta agar kami punya persiapan lebih panjang dan maksimal," kata Pelatih Palembang Bank Sumsel Mashudi ketika dihubungi di Surabaya, Senin (9/5/2011).

Pada laga putaran pertama babak empat besar di GOR Ken Arok, Malang, mulai Jumat (6/5/2011) hingga Minggu (8/5/2011), Bank Sumsel menderita dua kali kekalahan dan hanya sekali menang. Dua kekalahan dialami dari Jakarta Electric PLN dan Jakarta Sananta, sedangkan satu-satunya poin sempurna didapat saat menghadapi juara tiga kali Surabaya Samator.

Pelatih yang akrab disapa Udik itu mengaku kecewa dengan hasil putaran pertama tersebut. Padahal, persiapan timnya sudah sangat maksimal. Hampir dua pekan menjelang berlangsung babak empat besar, Udik sudah memboyong semua pemainnya ke Malang guna menjalani latihan intensif.

"Permainan anak-anak tidak seperti yang saya harapkan. Banyak kesalahan yang dibuat, terutama taktik dan mental bertanding," ujar pelatih asal Sidoarjo, Jawa Timur, itu.

Dengan hanya mengoleksi satu kemenangan, Udik mengakui bahwa peluang timnya untuk menembus babak final menjadi sangat berat. Pasalnya, mereka harus bisa mengambil tiga pertandingan tersisa.

"Kalau di Malang bisa mengambil dua kemenangan, mungkin perjalanan kami bisa lebih mudah. Apa pun, kami akan fight di putaran kedua nanti," ujar Udik.

Palembang Bank Sumsel sempat tampil mengejutkan di putaran pertama babak reguler, dengan tidak terkalahkan selama enam pertandingan yang dimainkan. Namun, permainan mereka terus menurun dan mengalami serangkaian kekalahan menjelang akhir putaran kedua babak reguler berakhir.

Secara terpisah, Manajer Surabaya Samator Hari Trisnardjo mengatakan, persaingan merebut tiket final masih cukup ketat dan semua tim punya peluang sama untuk lolos.

"Hasil putaran pertama di Malang langsung kami evaluasi untuk pembenahan. Perjuangan masih berat dan anak-anak harus tetap fokus," ujarnya.

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Bautista: Suzuki Masih Kuat di Musim Ini

Posted: 09 May 2011 02:38 PM PDT

KOMPAS.com — Alvaro Bautista masih yakin bahwa Suzuki masih kuat menghadapi MotoGP 2011 ini meskipun mereka mengawalinya dengan buruk lantaran dirinya cedera patah kaki.

Saya sudah bekerja keras sejak GP Portugal dan tes untuk memperbaiki kebugaranku dan siap menghadapi Le Mans serta sisa musim ini.

-- Alvero Bautista

Pebalap Spanyol ini menjadi satu-satunya pebalap Suzuki di skuad MotoGP tim pabrik Jepang tersebut pada musim 2011. Namun, dia absen pada seri pembuka di Qatar dan seri kedua di Spanyol akibat cedera saat latihan di Sirkuit Losail.

Bautista baru kembali lagi ke lintasan balapan pada GP Portugal hanya enam pekan setelah cedera pangkal paha tersebut. Akan tetapi, dia sulit bersaing dalam balapan di Sirkuit Estoril tersebut sehingga finis di posisi ke-13, alias juru kunci. Dia nyaris terlibat kecelakaan dengan Karel Abraham.

Setelah tes resmi yang berlangsung sehari seusai balapan tersebut, Bautista merasa Suzuki melakukan sebuah kemajuan. Dengan kondisi fisiknya yang terus membaik, dia yakin bahwa mereka bisa meraih hasil yang lebih bagus lagi di Le Mans, Perancis, akhir pekan ini.

"Targetku adalah bisa mencapai garis finis tahun ini–karena saya tidak bisa melakukannya pada 2010–dan kemudian membangunnya lagi pada sisa musim ini," ujar Bautista.

"Masih ada cukup banyak seri yang tersisa pada musim ini sehingga kami masih memiliki waktu untuk memperlihatkan apa yang bisa kami lakukan."

"Beberapa lap yang saya lakukan saat tes berlangsung baik karena mereka memperlihatkan bahwa sasis baru merupakan hasil perbaikan sehingga kami akan menggunakannya di Perancis dan semoga bisa membantu kami untuk lebih kompetitif."

Tahun lalu Bautista terpaksa hanya menjadi penonton di Le Mans karena dia mengalami kecelakaan saat latihan, yang membuatnya cedera bahu. Tahun ini Bautista ingin tampil baik meskipun dia mengakui masih merasa sakit di kakinya.

"Saya sudah bekerja keras sejak GP Portugal dan tes untuk memperbaiki kebugaranku dan siap menghadapi Le Mans serta sisa musim ini," kata Bautista.

"Menyenangkan bisa kembali lagi ke trek di Estoril, tetapi itu memperlihatkan kepada saya bahwa saya masih memiliki banyak pekerjaan untuk kebugaran selama balapan. Saya berencana pergi ke Le Mans dengan kondisi yang lebih baik dibandingkan dengan di Estoril dan tentu saja dengan kondisi yang lebih baik dibandingkan dengan ketika saya datang ke Perancis tahun lalu!"

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Sindikasi sport.okezone.com

Posted: 09 May 2011 03:24 AM PDT

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Nadal: Turun Peringkat? Tak Masalah

Posted: 09 May 2011 02:54 AM PDT

MADRID - Posisi Rafael Nadal sebagai petenis peringkat satu dunia terancam menyusul kekalahannya dari Novak Djokovic pada final Madrid Masters, dini hari tadi. Posisi petenis Spanyol ini pun terancam turun ke peringkat dua.

Sepanjang musim ini, performa Nadal memang terbilang cukup apik dengan berhasil menjuarai Barcelona Open. Namun, jika dibandingkan dengan Djokovic, penampilan Nadal masih kalah mentereng. Djokovic berhasil meraih enam kemenangan sepanjang tahun ini, kendati sempat dibekap cedera dan membuatnya absen di Barcelona Open.

Secara individu, rekor pertemuan Nadal dan Djokovic sepanjang musim ini juga masih memihak petenis berjuluk The Djoker. Dari tiga duel yang telah dilakoni keduanya, Djokovic sukses menyapu bersih semuanya dengan kemenangan. Yang terakhir diraihnya di Madrid Masters di mana itu merupakan kemenangan pertama dari 10 kali duelnya dengan Nadal di tanah liat.

Kondisi ini praktis membuat selisih poin Nadal dengan Djokovic dalam ranking ATP kian menipis. Djokovic yang menempati urutan dua kini mengoleksi 9710 poin, dan hanya terpaut sekira 2200 poin dari Nadal (11915). Jika, pada turnamen berikutnya di Roma Nadal gagal melangkah hingga semifinal, sementara Djokovic kembali tampil sebagai juara, maka petenis Spanyol ini pun harus merelakan posisinya direnggut Djokovic yang akan mentasbihkan diri sebagai petenis nomor wahid dunia.

"Jika saya kehilangan tempat di peringkat pertama dunia, itu bukan akhir dari dunia. Jika saya harus turun peringkat ke posisi dua, saya tidak masalah dan akan tetap senang," ujar Nadal sebagaimana dikutip situs resmi ATP, Senin (9/5/2011).

"Saya sudah cukup senang bisa bermain di lapangan dan merasa bahwa saya masih cukup kompetitif. Tapi, untuk saat ini saya memang belum mampu mengalahkannya (Djokovc). Tapi saya akan mencoba, bekerja keras dan akan mengalahkannya (suatu saat nanti). Hal yang bagus pasti datang dan anda harus lebih bersabar," lanjutnya.

Pada ajang Internazionali BNL d'Italia di Roma yang akan dimulai pekan ini, Nadal diketahui menyandang status juara bertahan. Kebetulan turnamen ini juga akan dimainkan di lapangan favoritnya, tanah liat.
(acf)

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Ganda Campuran Indonesia Berjaya di Malaysia

Posted: 09 May 2011 01:38 AM PDT

ALOR SETAR - Merah Putih berkibar di Malaysia. Pasangan Indonesia Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir merebut gelar ganda campuran Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold 2011 setelah mengalahkan pasangan tuan rumah Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, 18-21,21-15,21-19 di Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium,kemarin.

Prestasi itu membuat performa Tontowi/Lilyana semakin melejit, apalagi mereka sebelumnya meraih gelar di India Open bulan lalu. Artinya,mereka sudah mengemas dua gelar juara tahun ini. Menurut Lilyana, keberhasilan merebut gelar di Malaysia tak lepas dari konsistensi mengejar ketertinggalan di dua set berikutnya. Sebab, pemain yang akrab disapa Butet ini tak menyangka dipermalukan di set pertama 18-21.

"Kami sempat kecolongan di set pertama karena belum siap menghadapi mereka. Tapi,di dua set berikutnya, kami begitu percaya diri untuk mengalahkan mereka," kata Butet dilansir Bernama. Butet berharap akan terus meningkatkan performanya di ganda campuran, apalagi dia merasa ada kekurangan saat menjalani turnamen bulu tangkis di Negeri Jiran. Dengan kembali menjalani latihan lebih intensif, dia optimistis akan kembali mengangkat trofi juara di turnamen lainnya.

Butet memang memiliki sasaran berikutnya, yakni ingin mencoba peruntungan mereka di turnamen Thailand Open Grand Prix, 7-12 Juni mendatang. Dia ingin menjadikan turnamen itu sebagai batu loncatan sekaligus menambah ilmu sebelum tampil di Indonesia Open 21-26 Juni 2011. "Target kami memang ingin memberikan performa terbaik di Indonesia Terbuka. Tapi, kami ingin terlebih dahulu mencari pengalaman agar lebih siap merealisasikan target tersebut," ungkapnya.

Sayang, langkah manis Tontowi/Liliyana tidak diikuti pasangan ganda putra Alvent Chandra/Hendra Aprida Gunawan yang dipaksa menyerah dari unggulan pertama tuan rumah, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong 21-16 21-7 di babak final.
(SINDO//acf)

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Harian Metro: Arena

Posted: 09 May 2011 01:29 AM PDT

Harian Metro: Arena


De Sala O hebat

Posted: 08 May 2011 02:45 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]PASUKAN De Sala O muncul juara Terbuka Lelaki Karnival Futsal Harian Metro Zon Selatan selepas menewaskan Stylo FT 4-3 menerusi sepakan penalti pada perlawanan akhir yang cukup mendebarkan.

Tuah juara pada penampilan pertama

Posted: 08 May 2011 02:38 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]SELEPAS Bertam Ulu serta Court Soccer muncul juara saingan Terbuka Lelaki Karnival Futsal Harian Metro di Zon Tengah 1 serta Utara, semalam giliran De Salla O pula membuktikan kehebatan apabila mengungguli Zon Selatan yang berlangsung di Millennium Sports Centre.

Berita Harian: Sukan

Posted: 09 May 2011 01:23 AM PDT

Berita Harian: Sukan


United kebal

Posted: 08 May 2011 07:40 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]MANCHESTER: Gambaran positif sudah terbayang pada Manchester United untuk muncul juara buat kali ke-19 selepas menewaskan pencabar utama, Chelsea 2-1 dalam saingan Liga Perdana Inggeris di Old Trafford, awal pagi tadi.

Chong Wei raih gelaran ke-5

Posted: 08 May 2011 07:34 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]LEE Chong Wei gah menjuarai gelaran kelimanya, tahun ini selepas menewaskan Bao Chunlai 21-9, 21-19 dalam tempoh 42 minit pada final Kejohanan Badminton Grand Prix Emas Terbuka Malaysia 2011, di Alor Setar, malam tadi.

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