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back to beat hosts
Italy 20-18 with their
two tries eclipsing the
awesome boot of new
Azzurri kicking king
The match was
brought for ward by a
day because of forecast
bad weather tomorrow
in already storm-hit
Genoa and Argentina
at first before Lucas
and Jeronimo de la
Fuente touched down
either side of the break.
Italy’s New Zealand-
born flyhalf Haimona
was in imperious form
in only his second
appearance in a long-
time problem position
for the team, kicking
15 of Italy’s points
including a penalty from
He had Italy 12-3
ahead just before the
inter val but Jacques Brunel’s
side, who beat Samoa last
weekend for their first win in
10 games, looked tired in the
second half having started with
only one change as Argentina-
born Martin Castrogiovanni
Argentina made eight changes
following their surprise defeat by
Scotland and flyhalf Juan Martin
Hernandez justified his return
with a solid kicking display.
Genoa’s Marassi was only half
full given the date switch but
fans did their best to liven up
the atmosphere with the unusual
rivalry between the sides also
The hostility stems from most
of the best Italian players down
the years having Argentinian
roots given the lack of home-
based talent, but even their
impressive new New Zealander
could not prevent a 14th Pumas
win out of 20 tests between the
Argentina visit France next
Saturday and Italy welcome
South Africa as they continue to
build for next September’s World
Cup in England.
Novak Djokovic was hailed as “one of the
greats of all time” by John McEnroe as he
again claimed the year-end world No 1 spot
with a victory at the ATP Tour finals today.
Fellow seven-time grand slam winner
McEnroe paid his tribute before Djokovic
demolished Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-2 at the
O2 Arena, not just roaring into tomorrow ’s
semi-finals but also sealing the world’s top
spot for the third time in four seasons.
The achievement represents a period of
consistent excellence not matched since
Roger Federer was honoured five times in six
seasons between 2004 and 2009.
Djokovic becomes only the seventh player
in the game’s history to have achieved
the milestone three times, following Pete
Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger
Federer (5), Ivan Lendl and McEnroe (4)
and Rafael Nadal (3).
It left McEnroe, one of a distinguished
group of former No 1s attending the on-court
ceremony celebrating the Serb’s achievement,
to note the magnificence of Djokovic’s game
and to conclude he could improve and reign
for seasons to come.
Reminded of his own experience of
breaking into the duopoly of Connors and
Bjorn Borg in the late 1970s, McEnroe
reckoned Djokovic had “done an incredible
job” by now being mentioned in the same
breath as Federer and Nadal.
“That shows me that he has become one of
the greats of all time. He is going to be there
a couple more years. He looks so rock solid,
it’s incredible,” McEnroe said.
“If Rafa is not healthy, that might open the
door for him to win the French Open (the
one grand slam to elude Djokovic). I would
say the greatest players that ever lived are
Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal), my idol Rod
Laver and Pete Sampras.
“I wouldn’t put him there yet but in the top
10 and maybe he is moving higher as each
minute goes (by). The good news (is that) he
is getting better and by the time I was his age
I was getting worse!”
After what seemed an almost routine
demolition of Berdych, the 27-year-old
Djokovic thrust his arms towards the Dome
roof and appeared quite emotional about his
“ I got married, became a father recently and
it’s the most beautiful thing in the world,” he
told the crowd.
“ To be able to stand next to this trophy and
to have the crown for all the achievements
in this 12 months, it ’s very fulfilling and it’s
10 - Saturday, November 15, 2014
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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is presented with the Barclays ATP World Tour No 1 Award
after the the round robin singles match against Tomas Berdych today at O2 Arena in
Fifa faced growing pressure to publish
the full report of an investigation
into the bidding process for the
2018 and 2022 World Cup tourna-
ments today amid uncertainty over
where the tortuous process would head
Fifa was plunged into chaos yesterday
when its ethics judge Hans-Joachim
Eckert said in a statement there were
no grounds to reopen the controversial
bidding process which led to Russia
being given the 2018 World Cup and
Qatar the 2022 finals.
But three hours later former US
prosecutor Michael Garcia, who led
the investigation over an 18-month
period, said Eckert’s 42-page state-
ment had misrepresented his 430-page
report and that he would take the case
to the Fifa appeal committee.
Fifa confirmed today it had received
Garcia’s appeal and said it could not
The Fifa disciplinary code states
that if a case is rejected by the appeal
committee, it can then be taken to
the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Fifa and Qatar World Cup organisers
have been fending off allegations of
corruption ever since the Gulf State
was awarded the 2022 tournament.
Qatar, which has repeatedly denied
the allegations, has also been criticised
over its treatment of migrant workers
in the construction industry.
Eckert said in Munich that he was
surprised by Garcia’s reaction.
“ Usually you would first speak to
each other internally if you don’t like
something,” he said, adding that he
had not been able to get in touch with
“ It could be a misunderstanding after
all,” he suggested.
Fifa presidential candidate Jerome
Champagne led the calls for Garcia’s
report to be published in full.
“The events that unfolded yesterday
between 10am and 1pm were absolutely
incredible,” he told Reuters.
“ I was in Fifa for 11 years and have
never seen anything like that.
“It was, as they say in Hollywood,
larger than life.
“The report should be published, with
the necessary redactions.
“I can only regret that these two
objectives have not been met, that these
two goals have not been scored.”
Sylvia Schenk, for anti-corruption
watchdog Transparency International,
“Fifa needs to understand that a
simple summary of an investigation
will not draw a line under the
allegations surrounding the awarding
of the World Cups.
“ Transparency International calls
for the full report to be published
immediately,” she said.
Mark Pieth, a former head of Fifa’s
independent governance committee
who recommended a number of
reforms for soccer’s world governing
body, said there were cultural differences
between the two judges.
“ You have to see that Eckert thinks
like a German criminal court judge
and Garcia, however, is dominated by
American ways of doing things,” he
“Eckert needs, for example, 80%
certainty to determine a fact. For
Garcia 50% is sufficient.
“For it to be credible, one would have
to know the arguments of both sides
so that a judgment can be possible. We
now know only one side.
“I repeat: Garcia’s report should be
Pieth added that Fifa had jumped
the gun yesterday when, almost
immediately after publishing Eckert’s
statement, it announced that “a degree
of closure has been reached ”, only
for Garcia to hit out a few hours
“That ’s the most stupid thing you can
say at that moment,” Pieth said.
“If the investigator is dissatisfied
with the report, you have to wait
and analyse, certainly not celebrate
Michael Cheika acknowledges
his decision to end Kurtley Beale’s
Wallabies exile will divide opinion but
says it came down to not wanting to
play politics and staying true to himself
as a coach.
Controversial utility Beale will join
the Wallabies in Europe from Monday
for the final two games of the spring
tour against Ireland and England,
just a month after the text messaging
scandal that threw Australian rugby
Rising Reds backrower Jake Schatz
will also link up with the team in
Dublin as cover for veteran Scott
Higginbotham, who is being sent home
due to a hamstring injury.
Beale was last month fined $45,000
by an independent tribunal for sending
a lewd picture message to former
Australian Rugby Union staff member
Di Patston but he escaped suspension
after being found not guilty of sending
a second, more offensive text.
Cheika, who coaches Beale in Super
Rugby at the NSW Waratahs, opted
not to select the player in his initial
spring tour squad due to fitness, rather
than disciplinary, reasons.
But after receiving word from
Waratahs officials Beale was back up
to speed after three weeks in training,
Cheika approached ARU chief
executive Bill Pulver to have the call-up
approved before informing Beale of his
selection by telephone yesterday.
Cheika stressed he saw it as his job
simply to pick the best available players.
“If I don’t select the players who I
think should be in the team then I’m
just playing politics and that ’s not what
I’m interested in,” Cheika said today
ahead of tomorrow ’s clash with France
in Paris, only his second test as coach.
“Right now is he in the top 33 (players
in Australia?). Yeah he is. So he should
Beale’s call-up has already sparked
furore from many on social media and
Cheika admits he toyed with the idea
of holding off on a recall until next year.
“But will it divide (people) any less
now than it will in June?,” Cheika said.
“If I didn’t do it, I’d only just be playing
to the crowd as opposed to what my real
job is here. I’ve got to stay true to what I
believe as a coach at this level.
“I don’t have any influence in any
other part of the ARU except for
coaching the team and picking it and
that ’s what I’ve got to stay focused on.
If people didn’t want him to play then
that decision would have been made (by
the tribunal or ARU).
“If I’m not looking at it that way, I’m
letting down the other players because
you’ve got to get the best players playing.
Australia have won their opening two
matches of the tour but Cheika is not
worried about Beale’s arrival proving a
“What do we do? Put it off a little bit
and hope everyone forgets about it and
he can come back later on? I don’t think
that ’s the right thing to do.”
Cheika says Beale wants to win back
respect on the pitch and the utility will
be considered for next Saturday ’s clash
with Ireland in D ublin if he proves
himself in training.
“He’s obviously very disappointed,
as he should be, with what transpired
so now ’s an opportunity to redeem
himself,” Cheika said.
Beale has not played for Australia
since the loss to South Africa in Cape
Town on September 27.
He was fined a further $3000 over an
in-flight argument with Patston with
the scandal ultimately leading to her
resignation and that of former coach
Australian skipper Michael Hooper
said Beale would be welcomed back
with open arms.
“ We need our best team over here to
win our remaining games and KB is
part of that,” Hooper said.
Meanwhile Cheika praised 24-year-
old Schatz, who is cutting short a
holiday in Thailand to join the tour and
bolster depth in the backrow. — A AP
A West Coast Bowls
competition team of
E Kelleher, J Lynch,
K Smith and R Fraser
will be taking part in
the Buchanan Cup on
November 22, alongside
three other teams.
If the mark of a championship
side is to grind out unconvincing
victories, the Breakers must
certainly be considered title
The New Zealand club last
night played some of their worst
basketball all season but eventually
emerged on top 71-55 against the
Welcoming to Vector Arena
a Wollongong side that had
suffered eight straight defeats,
the Breakers did their utmost to
throw away what for the first half
appeared a certain win.
A horror third quarter caused
before the Breakers bounced
back to get over the line. If the
opposition were anyone other
than competition’s last-placed
team, the home side might have
been less lucky. In advancing
their record to 7-3, the Breakers
remained at the right end of the
ladder, able to take the win and
banish this one to memory.
No one within the club will
want to look back on the third.
The Breakers held a 10-point lead
at half-time but emerged from
the break to promptly miss 12
straight shots, eventually finishing
with three points in quarter that
would have been kind to call ugly.
Dean Vickerman looked on
helplessly as shot after shot
rimmed out, happy with the
offensive game plan but hurting
at the results.
“ We scored 22 pretty much
every other quarter,” he said. “And
I thought we kept attacking and
stayed in that mindset.
“A lot of those shots, I was really
happy with, we were just missing
them and we couldn’t get the
His charges got their act
together for the fourth and, after
inspiring the troops at the final
break, Cedric Jackson quickly
ended the game as a contest.
“Ced came in and said, ‘ let ’s just
go have some fun’,” Vickerman
“ That changed people’s
mindsets a little bit, we came out
a little bit looser and made some
Jackson scored 13 points in
the final period to finish with
a game-high 22, chipping in
seven rebounds and four assists.
Ekene Ibekwe was the only other
Breaker in double figures and, for
a club that often puts five or six
players past that mark, that fact
illustrated just how inaccurate the
offence was for much of the game.
Like they did last weekend, the
import pair both made major
contributions as the Breakers
began well. Ibekwe took little
more than a minute to announce
his arrival on the floor, throwing
down an alley-oop from Rhys
Carter and looking lethal around
Wollongong remained within a
possession but the Breakers soon
found a significant advantage in
the second, with a number of eye-
catching lay-ups from Jackson
helping his side lead by 10 at the
But it all went wrong to start the
third, with the Hawks enjoying
an 8-0 run as the Breakers took
more than six minutes to make a
field goal. That streak of futility
was finally broken by Ibekwe
but Wollongong still managed to
draw level late in the period.
The Breakers needed to quickly
arrest the worrying slide in the
fourth and Jackson took it upon
himself to accomplish just that,
making a pair of triples to give
his side the breathing room they
would not squander. — NZ ME
year No 1
Pumas edge Italy
PICTURE: Getty Images
Argentina’s lock Tomas Lavanini, left, vies with Italy’s fly-half and former
New Zealand Kelly Haimona in today’s test at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in
Pressure on Fifa to release report
Breakers earn ugly win
of the Herald on Sunday
As far as cricketing resurrections
go, this is a pivotal tour for Doug
Dropped from the New Zealand
squad after a late night out in
Auckland on the eve of the first
test against India in February, he
has convinced the selectors of his
worth — and their faith.
The Weekend Herald spoke
to Bracewell during the first test
against Pakistan and, unless he’s
got acting ability which could get
him parts in the West End, he
exhibits genuine contrition for an
act which stunted his career.
Less than a year on, the proof
is in how Bracewell conducts
himself from here. He certainly
did not hold anything back on the
daily lunch break workouts for
those outside the playing XI in
the first test at Abu Dhabi.
A strong rugby background
means Bracewell has rarely
struggled for fitness, but couch
potatoes would have recoiled in
horror the way he shifted through
the gears to deal with trainer
Chris Donaldson’s commands.
In short, he cantered away from
team-mates Neil Wagner, Luke
Ronchi and Hamish Rutherford.
It left the impression he has the
stamina to bowl in a test. “It ’s
something I’ve worked on hard
the last few months, especially
with an aim to build towards this
tour,” Bracewell said. “ We change
it up but I’ve been focusing on a
bit of longer distance running,
trying to get fitter. Over here
the hot conditions can be pretty
taxing on the body.”
The fitness test evidence suggests
Bracewell is guaranteed to pass
muster if the thinking changes
and he has given the chance
of a start. Although, with Neil
Wagner presumably in line before
him, this tour really just amounts
to a watching brief to gauge the
veracity of Bracewell’s mea culpa.
The heroics of his match-winning
nine for 60 against Australia at
Hobart in his third test have
run their course. While that will
remain part of folklore, he has to
reach for new horizons.
One of those is the World Cup.
He is by no means an automatic
selection but List A figures of 15
wickets at 16.33 and an economy
rate of 4.80 on the New Zealand
‘A’ tour to England mid-year
suggest he has something to offer.
Bracewell says he has spoken
to coach Mike Hesson and
manager Mike Sandle about his
responsibilities from here.
“I ’ve spent some time away from
the team which was obviously
disappointing but it was a wake
up. I definitely learnt from
what happened. It ’s exciting to
be back in the mix even if it’s
disappointing not to play.”
One aspect of Bracewell’s return
that is impossible to contrive is
runs. Obser vers who watched his
73 not out for Central Districts
(and match figures of eight for
121) against Otago last month
were impressed by his talent,
which becomes more relevant if
Tim Southee, Trent Boult and
Wagner remain the incumbents
in seam and swing-friendly
Formula One would rather cater for
rich over-70s than chase a younger
generation that cannot afford luxury
watches and is more interested in social
media, according to commercial supremo
In a wide-ranging inter view with
Campaign Asia-Pacific magazine, the
84-year-old Briton said teenagers were
uninterested in the sort of high end
global sponsors his series was promoting.
“ Young kids will see the Rolex (watch)
brand but are they going to go and buy
one? They can’t afford it. Or our other
sponsor UBS — these kids don’t care
about banking. They haven’t got enough
money to put in the bloody banks
anyway. That ’s what I think,” he said.
“ I don’t know why people want to get
to the so-called ‘young generation’.
“Why do they want to do that? Is it
to sell them something? Most of these
kids haven’t got any money. I’d rather get
to the 70-year-old guy who’s got plenty
“So, there’s no point trying to reach
these kids because they will not buy any
of the products here and if marketers are
aiming at this audience, they maybe they
should advertise with Disney. ”
Ecclestone was also dismissive of efforts
to widen Formula One’s demographic,
with all the teams now employing social
media specialists to raise their presence
at a time when some television audiences
Many drivers, not just those who made
their debuts as teenagers but also the
older ones, are also avid users of Twitter
and other social platforms.
“ I’m not interested in tweeting,
facebook and whatever this nonsense
is,” Ecclestone said. “I tried to find out
but in any case I’m too old-fashioned. I
couldn’t see any value in it.
“And I don’t know what the so-called
‘young generation’ of today really wants.
What is it? You ask a 15 or 16-year-
old kid ‘what do you want ’ and they
don’t know. The challenge is getting the
audience in the first place.”
The Briton said nobody would miss
the Marussia and Caterham teams who
went into administration last month.
With typically controversial language,
Ecclestoone suggested other struggling
teams should simply spend less.
“These teams don’t need to be in
financial trouble. They need to think
about what they have got to spend and
do the best they can with that ... it ’s the
same problem with ladies and credit
cards. ” — Reuters
Pivotal tour for Bracewell
Ecclestone slams F1
Brazilian soccer great Pele has been
forced to postpone his Australian tour
due to ill health.
Pele is recovering after having surgery
in Sao Paulo this week to remove kidney
stones just days out from his scheduled
trip to Australia.
The 74-year-old was booked to make
two public appearances at lunches in
Australia next week — in Melbourne on
Wednesday and Sydney on Thursday —
to honour veteran SBS broadcaster Les
Murray’s contribution to the sport over
Organisers have confirmed new
dates will soon be locked in for 2015
and that all tickets will be honoured
and transferred to those amended dates.
Pele’s Australian tour postponed
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ACROSS: 1 Image, 4 No joking matter, 11 Tutor, 14 Skein, 15
Disturbance, 16 Sphagnum, 19 Profuse, 20 Octet, 21 Unnoticed, 24
Principle, 26 Prefer, 27 Plunge, 31 Aorta, 32 Headless, 34 Descending,
38 Fairway, 39 Dahlia, 40 Attain, 41 Limp, 42 Soldier, 45 Daydreamer, 50
Engaged, 54 Lobe, 55 Flimsy, 56 Intent, 57 Deprive, 60 Delivering, 61
Obedient, 62 Edges, 65 Poetry, 66 Stoops, 67 Cautioned, 72
Loudmouth, 73 Grate, 74 Camping, 79 Sanskrit, 80 Camaraderie, 81
Steam, 82 Dosed, 83 Think of the past, 84 Onset.
DOWN: 2 Makers, 3 Grief, 5 Omit, 6 Optical, 7 Israel, 8 Goat, 9
Ascended, 10 Repair, 11 Travelling, 12 Tint, 13 Remorse, 17 Using, 18
Love letter, 22 Liked, 23 Inviting, 25 Retired, 26 Passage, 28 Tomato, 29
Healed, 30 Scribe, 33 Drama, 35 Gaped, 36 Sale, 37 Calm, 42 Solid, 43
Labelled, 44 Rulers, 45 Domination, 46 Yo-yo, 47 Ruinous, 48 Anthem,
49 Ennui, 51 Need, 52 Abridge, 53 Envied, 58 Overlooked, 59 Unite, 63
Postmark, 64 Local, 65 Praised, 68 Antwerp, 69 Addict, 70 Preach, 71
Inhale, 75 Piton, 76 Ends, 77 Calf, 78 Nits.
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