SOCHI, Russia — Through 17 years of grueling practices, of defeats and victories, Meryl Davis and Charlie White insist they’ve never considered parting ways.A perfect pairing, they were nearly flawless at the Sochi Olympics, and they became the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal.“The closest we came to breaking up, I can’t pinpoint one because there hasn’t been one,” Davis, 27, said. “Certainly there have been struggles. It hasn’t been easy to get where we are. … It’s a partnership which I couldn’t have asked for more.“Charlie and I are very different. We used those difference to balance it out. There has never been a moment of doubt.”Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver, while bronze went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.Davis and White won silver in Vancouver, but in the four years since they have overtaken the Canadians, their training partners in Detroit under Russian coach Marina Zoueva.The reigning world champs scored 116.63 points in the free dance to finish with 195.52, 4.53 ahead of Virtue and Moir.“No athletes like it to sit in this position,” Moir said. “We came here to win the competition. But it’s easier when we see them and know how hard these guys work.”When their program to Sheherazade ended with White on a knee, Davis rested her head on his back in exhausted elation. The two started skating together in 1997 in Michigan, and on the biggest day of their career, they performed just as they had visualized it.“That in itself justified 17 years of hard work,” White, 26, said.The music swelling over the final minute of the program, their feet were in nonstop motion, yet every step was intricately choreographed. Their lifts were a blur as White spun across the ice with Davis held aloft, their movements and expressions still fierce despite the draining demands of the performance.As they told the story of the Persian king and the woman who enchants him, White was regal in purple velvet, Davis beguiling in a lavender dress with jewels shimmering on her midriff.They now have one medal of each color after winning bronze in the new team event in Sochi, the first American figure skaters to own three.Virtue and Moir had become the first North American ice dance gold medalists at their home Olympics in Vancouver. Their free dance to Russian classical music told the story of their own partnership, which also stretches back to 1997.In a performance at times tender and at others triumphant, Moir kissed her hand at the start and again throughout the program.“I think there is relief,” Moir said. “It has been a journey to get here since 2010, a lot of sleepless nights to get to the Olympic Games. If I could only have been that 22-year-old at Vancouver.“The reason we stayed in is we wanted a different journey. Now, the pressures of this game are just melting away.”Ilinykh and Katsalapov were just ninth at last year’s world championships but are now the latest Olympic ice dance medalists from Russia, finishing 7.51 points behind the Canadians.She’s only 19; he’s 22. The home fans started cheering when the first few notes of Swan Lake played for their free dance, and they were roaring when it ended with Katsalapov collapsed on his knees and Ilinykh weeping.“The program builds and builds and builds,” Katsalapov said through a translator, “and the audience gave us energy to keep building it more and more.”France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were fourth, 6.26 points out of bronze. The other U.S. teams, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, finished eighth and ninth.Russia has won 18 of 33 medals in ice dance’s Olympic history, but now North Americans own two straight golds. Virtue and Moir have said they’ll likely retire. For Davis and White, talk of the future can wait until this historic victory starts feeling real.“We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that. You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and they worked hard, too,” White said, referring to Virtue and Moir. “They always have been with us, pushing us, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”(Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
THESSALONIKI – Swiss-based company, Amani Swiss, a Karipidis family business, now controls 89.93% of Thessaloniki’s Aris F.C.’s shares according to an announment from the Greek Committee of Professional Athletics (EEA). The CEO of Amani Swiss is Irene Karipidis, the sister of Aris F.C. chairman Theodoros Karipidis. The move is a procedural one in nature so that the matters of the team can operate independently of the other business activities that the Karipidis has been involved with in the past.The EEA, received a request a few days ago, and after further examination, gave the “green light” for the transfer of the shares. Indeed, as stated in its announcement, the company will proceed to an increase of the share capital of the “yellows” by 1 million euros.In the Amani Swiss company of the interests of the Karipidis family, 89.93% of Aris FC shares were transferred, according to a communiqué from the Sport Professionalism Committee. The company is based in Switzerland and owns the sister of the powerful yellow man, Irene. This is a procedural move, so that the issues of the team “run” independently of the other business activities that the Karipidis family had in the past.The ESA received a request a few days ago and after examining the case gave the “green light” for the transfer. Indeed, as stated in its announcement, the company will proceed directly to an increase of the share capital of the yellow FCE by 1,000,000 euros.Otherwise, Aris players trained, as scheduled, at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium. Savvas Pantelidis, head coach of Aris, has two dilemmas ahead of Sunday’s derby against Olympiakos at the Giorgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Faliro. The first one is, will he use Argentine Martín Tonso as a starter who, while having trained normally the last two days, is coming off a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an injury. The other dilemma for Pantelidis is if he will keep Giorgos Valerianos as the starter at right back or if he will reinstall Manolis Tzanakakis to the position, who has served out his suspension.TweetPinShare55 Shares
Share on LinkedIn Read more features Despite the increased sense of tactical ambiguity that Sydney FC’s absence provides, it still seems fitting Newcastle and Melbourne Victory will face off in Saturday night’s climax to this A-League season. More than others in recent memory, this term has been characterised by a reliance on counter-attacking, rooted in overall rigidity in possession against embedded defences – to the point where the team that sit off in these finals are arguably the more threatening. It’s fair to say, like most games of football, it will be won and lost in midfield. In Steven Ugarković, Newcastle have had the best central midfielder in the A-League this season, and by some margin. While his assist for Joey Champness in Brisbane was the best example of what he can do for the Jets in attack – making three separate movements before finally receiving, turning to face forward and thread the ball through the Roar defence – his assist for Jason Hoffman against Victory in December is important in context of the upcoming grand final. Despite Andrew Nabbout’s sale, Newcastle still have collective pace in attack through the likes of Roy O’Donovan, Riley McGree and Dimitri Petratos. With this in mind, Ugarković’s ability to harness that by receiving the ball in positions where he can advance the team’s field position still provides a threat, and it will be something Victory must be mindful of if they are to control the game. Newcastle are most dangerous in space, though. Combination slows down significantly otherwise, and it’s something even more pronounced with Ugarković playing as the deepest midfielder in Ben Kantarovski’s absence. Share via Email Melbourne Victory If the first weekend of this post-season was reflective of how the campaign was played as a whole – with lesser teams like Brisbane and Adelaide still in with a chance to win their games due to static possessional play from the opposition – the second weekend only amplified it. Both winners in last weekend’s semi-finals had less than 45% of the ball in their respective matches – Newcastle with 44.1% on Friday, while Victory triumphed with only 39.5% a day later. The reactive has overwhelmingly been more effective than the active this year, and where Sydney faltered despite individual talent was in the fact they were prompted to penetrate inside Victory’s half, the very aspect where they have showed fallibility on both the domestic and continental stage. If Sydney had snatched a win over Victory, Saturday’s grand final would have had a more knowable complexion, for Newcastle would have likely implemented the same tactics as Victory. With two inherently reactive teams coming up against each other, it’s a more indistinct but nevertheless critical aspect. The disparity in performances between Victory’s games against Adelaide and Sydney to get to this point was stark, despite Terry Antonis’s match-winning individual role last Saturday and improvement in collective play. Since he replaced Mark Milligan in Victory’s midfield, Antonis has made more key passes than Carl Valeri in almost half the total minutes. His per90 rate of 1.2 key passes is closer to James Troisi’s rate of 1.5 than Valeri’s comparably meagre 0.5. The perfectly weighted pass to get Victory into a shooting position for Kosta Barbarouses’s goal on Saturday was a glimpse of how he can unlock a defence – and, in turn, a match. However, Antonis’s instinctive movement off the ball has been increasingly tempered by Muscat, and Victory’s win in Sydney reflected a shift to a more natural tactical state for them. Their three goals against Newcastle in the regular season all came in transitional scenarios, hitting the back of the net each time within three passes of regaining possession.Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Share on Twitter Consequently last Friday, it restricted the opportunities with which Ugarković could freely move between the lines and take greater positional risk in the Jets’ phases of possession, as opposed to playing as the second midfielder. Ultimately, and similarly to Victory, Newcastle’s goals against Melbourne City came quickly upon retrieving the ball and pressing the opponent in their own half.There will be drama in Saturday’s grand final – the A-League has been good at delivering that on a regular basis and last weekend illustrated the point quite clearly. However, in a somewhat indicting sense, the winner could simply be decided by which team allows the other to have the ball. A-League Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Share on Messenger Forget fairytales, A-League success is borne out of unity of purpose Share on Facebook David Squires on … the 2017-18 A-League season’s grand finalists Share on Pinterest Newcastle Jets Read more Topics Reuse this content
Man Utd target Pochettino: I’m focused solely on Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation he could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Pochettino listed as a heavy favourite to join the Red Devils.”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham,” said Pochettino.”I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.”I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.”It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham wanted Chelsea signing Pulisic – Redknappby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says that his old club wanted to sign Christian Pulisic.Spurs have not completed an incoming transfer in the summer or in this window.And Redknapp believes they were priced out of a move for the American winger, who moved to Chelsea for £58 million.Pulisic will be back at Dortmund until the end of the season, where he has scored a goal and provided 2 assists in the league this term.Former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I’ve got a feeling, I don’t think they will.”I heard they were interested in the boy who went to Chelsea [Pulisic]. He was on their radar but was too expensive.”I think they will stick with what they’ve got.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Gundogan: We needed response after Norwichby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his side had to show a response after their poor result at the weekend.City were humbled by Norwich City in the Premier League, losing 3-2 away from home.But they showed their quality in the first game of the Champions League group stages, with an impressive 3-0 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk.Speaking about the win, in which he scored, Gundogan said to the club’s official website: “We played quite well I think. The first goal away helps you but we never relaxed, kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. the result is great for us at a tough ground.”We had at least a couple of clear chances. But the third goal killed the game and we were able to play down the last 15 minutes.”It was necessary to respond and respond well (to the Norwich defeat) All of us, not just individually. They created good chances but we were solid at the back.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potentialby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Cresswell is convinced West Ham United can achieve something special with the current team.The fullback has extended his deal with the Irons until 2023, which could take the No3 up to nine years in Claret and Blue. He said, “Going back to the last year we had at the Boleyn, we had a good squad. But look at this squad, the depth, the players and the signings we are making. “We’ve got two players for each position so if someone gets injured there is always someone to step up. Certainly, in the time I’ve been here, it’s been the best squad I’ve been involved in.“We want something special to happen. Come the end of the season, whether we have a good cup run or finish as high as possible in the league, that’s what we’re aiming to do. We want to take each game as it is and try to take maximum points and play good football at the same time. “This year we’ve shown some brilliant results and played some brilliant football. Long may that continue.”
INGERSOLL, Ont. – General Motors and the union representing about 2,500 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., are expected to resume talks today aimed at ending a strike.The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job Sept. 17 as negotiators worked to have GM designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox SUV, which is also produced in Mexico.The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.Unifor also said it was awaiting a response from GM on the outstanding issues and thaty both sides agreed to pause the talks over the long holiday weekend and reconvene today.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy and urged both parties to reach an agreement.Dias dismissed GM’s latest contract offer last week as “fluff,” saying it still allowed the company to shift resources away from the Ingersoll plant.
TORONTO – The Toronto Real Estate Board is “pressing ahead” with the Competition Bureau’s demand to make home sales data available on realtors’ password-protected websites, but that doesn’t mean the board’s concerns around privacy are gone.In his first interview since the Supreme Court of Canada refused in August to hear TREB’s seven-year fight to keep the numbers under wraps — effectively forcing them to be made public — the board’s chief executive officer John DiMichele told The Canadian Press, “the element of privacy in our opinion hasn’t been settled completely yet.”DiMichele is particularly concerned because he claims to have seen evidence of brokers’ remarks about homeowners being posted online, information that is not included in the home sales data feed TREB had to make available to realtors last Tuesday.“If someone is receiving this data, we have a duty and responsibility to find out if it is coming out of our system because… (they) will say things like elderly gentleman, hard of hearing, knock loud, or children home alone between 3 and 5 p.m.,” he said, noting that codes to access and secure properties could also be included in the remarks.DiMichele wouldn’t reveal how he discovered such violations, but said they had been “brought to our attention” recently.He also refused to discuss in detail what kind of action will be taken against anyone who is caught posting unauthorized information or home sales data without password protections — conditions mandated in a Competition Tribunal ruling that came into effect recently, after the Competition Bureau argued that TREB’s refusal to release the data was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.“I can’t comment about specific cases, but if people are doing these things, we are certainly going to contact them, if they are contactable because right now my understanding is that some of these websites don’t have identifying information,” DiMichele said.“Where are they getting the data? If they are getting it from public records, just let us know. If they are getting it from another source that is not TREB, then there is not much for us to say on that, but if it they are posting this data of a private nature, we certainly have to take initiative.”In early September, the board sent cease-and-desist letters to real estate companies warning it will revoke data access and TREB memberships or bring legal action against members it believes are violating its user agreement by posting sales numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”The board’s lawyer Brian Facey previously said in an email to The Canadian Press that the letters were an attempt to find out the source of the members’ numbers and “ensure no one has breached their contracts with TREB.”TREB has never said how many letters it sent, but real estate companies Zoocasa and HouseSigma Inc. said they had received letters and had stripped their websites of the data until Sept. 18, when the TREB feed was allowed to be posted.Others, including real estate website Bungol, left the numbers up without password protections.Several realtors who applied for access to the TREB feed complained last week that they weren’t granted access as soon as it became available and many said they were still waiting to get their hands on the numbers as late as last Friday.The board has received about 1,000 requests for access to the feed from the board’s 50,000 members, DiMichele said, but only about 600 of those requests have been fulfilled so far.“Not every delay is on TREB’s side,” he said.“We are fulfilling them on a regular basis, but sometimes the other side is not prepared or we have people that think they want to do this, so they submit an application and go through the process and then they decide not to proceed, but we are working through it the best we can.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.
Noida: Aiming to conduct fair elections and bring a transparency, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, on Thursday, conducted demonstrations on the the working of VVPAT machines ahead of upcoming 17th Lok sabha elections which have been scheduled on April 11 in the district.As per a senior officer of District administration, the machines will be attached to the ballot unit of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Explaining the functioning of VVPAT machines, the official said that when a voter presses the button in the ballet unit for the candidate which he wants to vote, the serial number of the candidate in the ballot unit along with the candidate’s symbol will be printed on the paper roll kept inside the VVPAT machine. “After casting the vote on the electronic voting machine, a voter has to look at the VVPAT machine linked with the EVM machine which will display the printout containing the serial number, party symbol and the photo of the candidate who got the vote. The same will be visible to the voter for seven seconds on a small display in the machine. When the voter gets confirmed that the vote has been given to the right candidate, he needs to press a button and printed slip will fall inside the sealed compartment in the bottom of the machine and will be stored for counting,” the officer informed. The officer further said that the new system will bring transparency and will clear doubts and rumours regarding tampering of EVMs and VVPATs.