Archive For 2019年7月29日
“FIFA has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn,” a FIFA statement said.
“As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension as of today…”
Nigeria’s reinstatement comes after a reversal of the decision to oust senior members of the country’s football federation (NFF) following allegations of corruption.
A regional high court had ordered the dismissal of the NFF executive two weeks ago, a day after the Super Eagles were eliminated from the World Cup by France in the last-16.
The court also mandated the sports minister to appoint a caretaker administrator, who swiftly called new elections. NFF president Aminu Maigari was also detained by police on his arrival back from Brazil, but later released.
Following discussions between a Nigerian government delegation and FIFA, the court order has been revoked and the executive returned to their positions.
Nigeria will now be able to send a team to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada starting on Aug. 5, while their CAF Under-17 Championship qualifier against Rwanda set for this weekend had already been shifted to July 27.
African governments for decades dictated the leadership of their individual football associations until the practice was outlawed by FIFA.
Drastic changes like those in Nigeria are now rare, although fellow World Cup finalists Cameroon were suspended by FIFA last year before being reinstated.
Their federation is now being run by a ‘normalisation committee’ after the last president was jailed for fraud.
(Reporting by Nick Said in Cape Town; editing by Toby Davis)
Astana rider Nibali went on his own in the long climb to Chamrousse to open a 3:37 gap over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde in the overall standings.
“I wanted to control the race. It was a very long climb, I thought it would never end,” said Nibali, who is looking to complete his set of grand tour titles having won the Giro last year and the Vuelta in 2010.
“I wanted to gain time on Valverde, and I knew Porte had been dropped. Then after joining Majka and Konig, there was not much collaboration in the group so I decided to go on my own.
“It’s going to be hard again tomorrow but Porte was clearly the one I need most to drop because of his time trialling abilities.”
Final placings will be decided in the penultimate stage, a 54-km individual time trial in which Porte would have been confident of gaining ground on Nibali.
Romain Bardet is third overall in front of Thibaut Pinot despite losing 30 seconds to his fellow Frenchman in the stage, a 197.5-km trek from St Etienne, as France looks closer to having a rider on the podium in Paris for the first time since 1997.
Bardet, who holds the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider, is 4:24 off the pace with Pinot 16 seconds further back.
The riders head for their second stage in the Alps, a 177-km ride to Risoul on Saturday.
Porte, who started the day in second place overall, cracked early in the last ascent, losing over eight minutes to drop out of contention.
The Sky rider, promoted to team leader after 2013 champion Chris Froome crashed out in the first week, lost contact with the yellow jersey group 12.5km from the finish as Nibali went for his third stage win of the Tour, the second in as many hilltop finishes.
“There is no excuse, it’s not a great day,” Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford told reporters.
“We’ll all get up and get on with it.”
With Italian Michele Scarponi and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra in trouble in that climb, Nibali only had team mates Tanel Kangert and Jakob Fuglsang by his side after the first climb, but the Dane crashed in the descent.
With his left side bruised all over, Fuglsang sprayed his wounds with water before remounting his bike, although he could not rejoin the front group.
Once all the domestiques had done their work near the foot of the 18.2-km ascent to Chamrousse, FDJ.fr rider Pinot tested his rivals by upping the pace as Porte dropped out.
Poland’s Rafal Majka and Czech Leopold Konig, who took second and third place respectively, went with about 10km left.
Soon afterwards, Valverde attacked, but he was followed by Nibali and Pinot.
The Italian was too strong for Pinot and Valverde, who could not respond to his final burst.
The Frenchman and the Spaniard played mind games, while behind Bardet and American Tejay van Garderen, now fifth overall 5:19 off the pace, rode themselves into the ground to limit the damage.
Pinot showed his exasperation to Valverde, who responded with an unsportsmanlike attack, which was not enough to drop the 24-year-old French.
Vallverde, however, took fourth place in the stage by outsprinting Pinot.
“We could have gained more time on the others,” Pinot told reporters.
“Valverde told me he could not help because he was too tired and then he attacked me. I don’t understand his tactics.”
The peloton marked a minute’s silence at the start of the stage in memory of the 298 people who died on Thursday after a Malaysian Airlines jet came down in an area under rebel control in Ukraine.
Many of them were Dutch citizens and riders of the Dutch teams Belkin and Giant-Shimano wore black armdbands.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
But none of them would count because even if the 43-year-old safety car driver has led the field more times and in more races than most drivers, he has never so much as scored a point and never will.
Sunday’s German Grand Prix is also his home race and, if he makes an appearance, Maylander will be in the Mercedes all must follow – even works drivers, title rivals and race favourites Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Hockenheim is the closest circuit to the town of Waiblingen where he grew up, but Maylander will not be thinking about enjoying any moment of glory.
If he spends the whole afternoon poised at the pitlane exit without his services being needed, so much the better.
“I know this track really well. I know almost every blade of grass, every curve,” he told Reuters in an interview in the Hockenheim paddock.
“I don’t feel bored if I don’t have to work,” he grinned.
“I still have my fun on Thursday afternoon (doing inspection laps) and every morning when we have a small marshalling test. Then maybe the next race you are taking quite an important role.
“But you know, at the age of 43 years you don’t need so much attention any more.
“I still have the feel in my blood and racing genes so that’s why I am still doing this job. I like to drive a quick car.”
Maylander never raced in Formula One, being appointed safety driver only after a career in sportscars and in the German Touring Car championship (DTM) with Mercedes, but he has no regrets about that.
All he ever wanted, he said, was to drive a sportscar.
“I was never thinking of being a Formula One driver because for me it was a dream to drive a DTM car and then an FIA GT1 car. This was always my dream. When I realised that Formula One is also quite nice, I was old,” he smiled. “I am still happy.”
Since taking on the F1 role as an employee of the governing FIA in 2000, Maylander has lost count of how many laps he has led and how many races he has been involved in. What he does know is that in 15 seasons, he has missed only four grands prix.
He is also certain that if he is called on, it will only add to the tally of laps led.
According to respected German motorsport reporter Michael Schmidt, who has kept a running account, last year it amounted to 48 laps.
The year before it was 52 and 57 in 2011. That number ballooned in 2010, with 83, after 48 in 2009. So far this season, Maylander’s tally stands at 25.
In some races his involvement is only fleeting, just long enough to rid the track of debris or remove a car. In others, however, he really gets to hog the limelight.
“I remember a few grands prix really well like Fuji, Montreal in 2011 when I was leading more than 47 percent of the race,” he smiled.
In that rain-hit race in Canada he did 28 laps at the front of the field, while McLaren’s Jenson Button went on to win after taking the lead only on the last lap in what turned out to be the longest race – in terms of time – ever staged.
At the Australian Grand Prix in 2006, the only driver who led more laps was eventual winner Fernando Alonso.
“These are quite funny things. But I always say the best grands prix are the ones without any safety car on the track and no medical car on the track,” said Maylander.
His favourite track is Suzuka in Japan, and also Spa – both particularly demanding and fast tracks where safety car interventions are to be expected.
“I like the kind of corners, you really have to be exactly on the right line (at Suzuka),” he explained. “Make a small mistake and you will be off also in the safety car if you are on a quick lap.
“Spa, it’s fantastic. Austin is a beautiful track and I’m also looking forward to Sochi.”
Formula One drivers, following the gleaming silver Mercedes SLS AMG, may and do complain about how slow it is but Maylander is adamant he is flat out all the way.
The one thing he has to do is avoid crashing himself – particularly at street circuits like Monaco where the metal barriers pose a constant danger as he threads his car through corners and chicanes at speed.
“I don’t really like to talk about that. It’s one of the worst situations. It’s never happened so far. Knock on wood,” he said, tapping the table.
“The safety car has to stay safe on the track and you go as close as you feel comfortable. I think in Monaco you don’t really need a qualifying lap to be quick enough. It’s always safety first.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Goodson)
Having dismissed the visitors for 295 on a pitch that appears to be getting easier to bat on, England reached 219 for six at the close of day two.
Liam Plunkett (4) and Matt Prior (2) will look to reach India’s total on Saturday should the predicted poor weather hold off, while the tourists will be desperate to take a lead into their second innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers, getting rid of captain Alastair Cook and Sam Robson before lunch and Ian Bell after the break.
The hosts also lost Joe Root before Ballance and Moeen, two of England’s success stories in what has been a tough period after series defeats by Australia and Sri Lanka, combined to good effect.
They put on 98 for the fifth wicket, having come together with their side in trouble at 113 for four.
While others in England’s order struggle, Zimbabwe-born Ballance continues to prosper at number three, scoring two centuries and two half-centuries in his last five turns at the crease.
He hit 15 boundaries in total, reaching three figures off 186 balls when he flicked Stuart Binny through the on side.
After lofting the first ball he faced to the fence, Moeen showed commendable patience in supporting Ballance before being trapped lbw by part-time spinner Murali Vijay for 32.
Ballance fell shortly after the new ball was taken, well caught down the leg side by Mahendra Singh Dhoni to become Kumar’s fourth wicket.
“To score a hundred at Lord’s is amazing really, I can’t think of anything better than that,” Ballance, who was pictured in British media topless at a Nottingham bar after the drawn first test, told a news conference.
“It’s been an interesting week, I didn’t really expect it, it’s nice to score runs and put ourselves back in a decent position.
“I did not see it coming, it was a bit embarrassing to be honest, I was probably a bit naive. I didn’t break any rules and was just having fun after a test match. I’ll learn from that and probably won’t be doing that again.
“It’s great to score runs, and I think even better after what happened.”
Question marks remain over the form of Cook, however, who has not passed three figures in over a year and has now scored 93 runs in six test innings against Sri Lanka and India this season after this latest failure.
He looked comfortable at the crease before nibbling at a ball from the accurate Kumar that was caught by Dhoni behind the stumps, a combination of poor footwork and lack of conviction contributing to his downfall.
“He’ll obviously be disappointed not getting a score today, but he’ll keep working hard and keep trying to put those performances in, I’m sure it will be a matter of time before he gets a big score,” Ballance said of his skipper.Fellow opener Sam Robson’s determination to fling the bat at a ball from Kumar saw him off for 17, while Ian Bell was taken by surprise by a delivery that jagged in and caught him on the glove, catches being taken by Dhoni and Jadeja respectively.
Joe Root was starting to look comfortable before being given out lbw to spinner Ravindra Jadeja despite him getting an inside edge.
“It’s a great thing to get four wickets here but the more important thing is to get them out as early as possible tomorrow,” Kumar said.
“We had a plan, but having said that, if you’ve got a supportive wicket especially then you have to be more disciplined than normal.”
Earlier India’s first innings lasted only ten balls of the morning session before Ben Stokes had Shami caught by Cook, his 100th test catch, with five runs added to the overnight score.
The quick breakthrough was scant consolation for the hosts, who had India at 145 for seven just after tea on Thursday before Ajinkya Rahane (103) combined with the lower order to ensure their bowlers had a total to defend.
(Editing by Steve Tongue/Tony Goodson)
Mathews scored a defiant 89 off 182 balls as Sri Lanka closed the third day on 283 for nine, trailing South Africa by 172 runs.
Mathews’ innings, which included 14 fours and a six, finally ended when he went for a slog sweep off Imran Tahir and was bowled.
The skipper and Rangana Herath shared an eighth- wicket partnership of 71 off 117 balls that saved Sri Lanka after Steyn had reduced them to 201-7 replying to South Africa’s first innings of 455-9 declared.
Herath was unbeaten on 12 at stumps having lost Suranga Lakmal for six off the last ball of the day to Morne Morkel to Quinton de Kock behind the wicket.
“Bowling on the sub-continent is so hard,” said Steyn after the close. “But I kind of enjoy that challenge, and this is one of the few places in the world where I haven’t taken five-fors. “I’m lucky – I am short, skiddy, so my bouncer doesn’t get up. And if there is a little something on the ball, whether it’s reversing or just swinging, I always have a chance.”
Sri Lanka were rocked in the final session by Steyn who picked up three wickets for eight runs off five overs, three of them maidens, to put South Africa firmly in control.
Steyn sent back Lahiru Thirimanne for 38 flashing at a delivery outside off stump to present De Kock with an easy catch and ending a threatening partnership of 54 with Mathews.
Steyn then dismissed Dinesh Chandimal for six and Dilruwan Perera for a duck off successive overs to claim his 23rd five-for in an innings as Sri Lanka slid from 190-4 to 201-7.
Chandimal pulled a short ball straight to Alviro Petersen at mid wicket and Perera was caught off the inside edge by De Kock.
Mathews edged Sri Lanka closer to getting past the follow-on mark by hitting Morne Morkel for five successive fours in an over that cost 20 runs.
Sri Lanka fought back after losing the wicket of Upul Tharanga for 83 in the afternoon session to be 182 for four wickets at tea.
The wicket of left-handed opener Tharanga, making a return to test cricket after nearly seven years out of the side, was South Africa’s only success in the middle session.
Tharanga was beaten by a well-flighted delivery from off-spinner JP Duminy as he advanced down the wicket and was stumped by De Kock after hitting 14 fours and a six in his 155-ball knock.
Thirimanne and Mathews deprived the South African bowlers from making any further breakthroughs, putting up staunch resistance against a varied attack of pace and spin.
A brief rain interruption in the morning was followed by the fall of the home side’s two most experienced batsmen, Kumar Sangakkara for 24 and Mahela Jayawardene for three.
Sangakkara and Tharanga had added 59 for the second wicket before the former dragged a short ball from Morne Morkel onto his stumps while attempting a pull shot just two balls after play had resumed.
Paceman Steyn added to South Africa’s joy when he picked up his second wicket of the morning, trapping Jayawardene lbw off the last ball before the lunch break.
Steyn had earlier accounted for opener Kaushal Silva (eight), who was tempted into a hook shot and caught by a diving Vernon Philander at fine leg
(Editing by Tony Goodson)