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Soccer bosses in Italy have announced
excerpts of Anne Frank’s diary will
be read aloud before matches this
The move comes after fans of Rome
side Lazio displayed shocking displays
of anti-Semitism last weekend.
Ultra right-wing supporters littered
the Stadio Olimpico, the ground
they share with Roma, with images
of the young diarist who died in the
Holocaust, wearing a jersey of their
bitter city rivals Stadium cleaners
found the anti-Semitic stickers on
Monday and Italian police have opened
a criminal inquiry into the case.
The diary passage reading will be
combined with a minute’s silence before
Serie A, B and C matches plus amateur
and youth games over the weekend, to
promote Holocaust remembrance.
Racism has been widespread for years
in many Italian and European stadiums
targeting both players and fans —
and measures such as banning fans and
forcing teams to play behind closed
doors have not solved the problem.
Outrage over the stickers came from
a wide variety of officials and rights
groups across Europe, from both inside
and outside the world of sports.
“Anne Frank doesn’t represent a
people or an ethnic group. We are
all Anne Frank when faced with the
unthinkable,” Italian Foreign Minister
Angelino Alfano said.
“ What has happened is inconceivable.”
Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni called
the stickers “unbelievable, unacceptable
and not to be minimised.”
Antonio Tajani, the head of the
European Parliament who is Italian,
also denounced those responsible,
saying in Brussels that anti-Semitism
has no place in Europe, which must
remain a place of religious tolerance.
The chosen diary passage reads: “I see
the world being slowly transformed
into a wilderness.
“I hear the approaching thunder that,
one day, will destroy us too, I feel the
suffering of millions. And yet, when I
look up at the sky, I somehow feel that
everything will change for the better,
that this cruelty too shall end, that
peace and tranquility will return once
Lazio President Claudio Lotito has
sought to disassociate the club from
its hard-core “ultra” fans by visiting
Rome’s main synagogue.
He said the club would intensify its
efforts to combat racism and anti-
Semitism and organise an annual trip
to the Auschwitz concentration camp
with some 200 young Lazio fans to
educate them. — AP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Athletes on the road to the Winter Olympic Games at the selection announcement in Wanaka.
Tom Latham is buoyed
unexpected weapon in
his batting arsenal as he
eyes the possibility of
New Zealand creating
cricket history in India.
The Black Caps will
clinch their first bilateral
series win on Indian
soil if victorious in the
second match at Pune
century steered the
tourists to a six-wicket
win in Mumbai on
Monday but the
25-year-old is well
aware previous New
Zealand teams have
failed to close the deal
on previous tours to
Last year they
lost the decider in
Visakhapatnam to go
down 3-2 , mirroring the final scores in
1995 and 1999.
Victory in game two will mean
they avoid another potential decider
heartbreak in Kanpur on Sunday.
Latham says they have put the
opening win out of their system, wary
the world No 2 ranked India will be
desperate to avoid their first home
series defeat to anyone in two years.
“ We know how good they are in their
own conditions. We saw that last year in
the one-day series,” he said.
“ We will be prepared for what they
throw at us, and if we play some good
cricket, hopefully we can win the series.
It’s in the back of the mind that it’s
something that hasn’t been done before
by a New Zealand team.”
Latham is thriving in his role as
wicketkeeper-batsmen, having agreed
with coach Mike Hesson over the off-
season that moving away from his Test
role as an opener would best suit the
team in ODIs.
He was effectively swapped with
promoted opener Colin Munro, giving
some ballast to the Black Caps middle
order below senior batsmen Kane
Williamson and Ross Taylor.
He unleashed a new shot — the
reverse sweep — during his New
Zealand-record 200-run stand with
Taylor (95) in Mumbai.
The left-hander said he had practised
the shot a lot but never used it in a
Taylor told him it was time to unleash
against the spin-heavy Indian attack
and he went on to score 35 runs from
the sweep and reverse sweep.
“I was lucky I hit the first one. If I
didn’t, I probably wouldn’t have played
it again,” he said.
“It was nice having someone
experienced like that at the other end,
sharing his knowledge in terms of what
he was thinking. It’s important to adapt
to every surface that we get. If that’s
something I find easy to play out there,
I will be possibly be sweeping.”
Changes are unlikely to the New
Zealand side, who Latham said are not
getting carried away with their fine all-
round performance, led by Trent Boult’s
sharp work with the new ball.
It has been 25 years since New Zealand
alpine skier Annelise Coberger won
Winter Olympic silver, but New Zealand
chef de mission Peter Wardell believes
another medal will be added at next year’s
Games in South Korea.
Coberger finished second in the women’s
slalom at the 1992 Games in Albertville,
France — New Zealand ’s only Winter
An initial nine-strong squad for
PyeongChang was named yesterday in
Wanaka, with more nominations and
selections between November and January
expected to boost the team to around 22
Those additions are expected to
come from the freeski and snowboard
disciplines, as well as those tracking well in
speedskating, skeleton and alpine ski.
Wardell, who will be heading to his third
Winter Olympics as New Zealand chef
de mission, says the focus is squarely on
another New Zealand medal.
“ We’ve got the strongest team on paper,
and on recent record, so there’s no reason
at all why we shouldn’t be medalling,” he
New Zealand’s best efforts at the 2014
Sochi Games came frustratingly close, with
Jossi Wells within three points of bronze
in finishing fourth in the ski halfpipe.
Wells and brothers Byron, Beau James
and Jackson are still shaking off a range
of injuries and working hard towards
qualifying for PyeongChang.
With six of the nine athletes named
yesterday still teenagers, Wardell says they
will have to be at their best to grab a place
in the team.
“Some of our old war horses, for want
of a better term, like the Wells family, are
a little bit injured at the moment, but it
doesn’t matter,” he said. “ We’ve got some
fantastic young people who have stepped
up and made the criteria.”
At 15, Nico Porteous is set to become
New Zealand’s youngest Winter
Olympian, joining 18-year-old brother
Miguel in the freeski halfpipe.
Joining the Porteous brothers will be
teenagers Finn Bilous (freeski), Tiarn
Collins (snowboard slopestyle and big air)
and Rakai Tait (snowboard halfpipe).
World championship silver medallist Zoi
Sadowski Synnott, 16, who will contest
snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big
air, is the last of six teenagers named on
At 32, Janina Kuzma returns for her
second Olympic Games, having finished
fifth in the women’s freeski halfpipe at
Carlos Garcia Knight, named in
snowboard slopestyle and big air, and ski
cross exponent Jamie Prebble complete the
first selection announcement.
ODI histor y
Former Silver Ferns shooter
Ameliaranne Ekenasio is on edge
ahead of her return to international
netball in this weekend’s Fast 5
world series in Melbourne.
Ekenasio is part of a 10-strong
Fast5 Ferns squad chasing a fifth
straight title in the abridged version
of the game.
The 26-year-old shooter returns
just four months after the birth of
son Ocean, part of a young squad
featuring some of New Zealand’s
“It’s a pretty big challenge.
Obviously it ’s been so long since
I’ve played at that level so hopefully
it all goes well,” she said.
“I’m excited and ner vous at the
same time. ”
Despite the New Zealanders
having won six of the seven Fast5
tournaments, Ekenasio said the
squad would be careful to keep
their feet on the ground.
“ Hopefully we can just go into it
without putting too much pressure
on ourselves as a team and we’ll
probably perform better that way. ”
The Ferns will be without long-
ser ving shooter Maria Tutaia,
whose deadly long-range shooting
played a big part in last year’s
As well as Ekenasio, they have
two talented youngsters to call on in
Monica Falkner and Maia Wilson,
both named in the full Silver Ferns
squad earlier this year.
Fast5 Ferns: Kayla Cullen,
Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Temalisi
Fakahokotau, Monica Falkner,
Jamie Hume, Erikana Pedersen,
Storm Pur vis (captain), Whitney
Souness, Zoe Walker, Maia Wilson.
Ekenasio on edge ahead
of Fast 5 test
Teens dominate Winter Olympics team
Frank ’s diary passages to be played before Italy matches
Manchester City squeeze into
League Cup quarter-finals
Manchester City needed a penalty shoot-
out to overcome Championship leaders
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 today and
book their place in the quarter- finals of the
Claudio Bravo made two saves in the
shootout to send City through after the match
had ended 0-0, despite a series of chances for
both sides. Holders Manchester United eased
into the last
eight with a 2-0
win at Swansea
time to beat
Nor wich 2-1 .
as they were humbled 4-1 at Championship
side Bristol City.
Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris had kept his
side in the match at Premier League leaders
In the shootout it was Bravo who proved the
difference, saving well from Alfred N’Diaye
and Conor Coady.
Kevin de Bruyne, Yaya Toure, L eroy Sane and
Sergio Aguero, with a deft chip, all converted
their spot kicks for Pep Guardiola’s side.
United secured a comfortable win at Swansea,
with Jesse Lingard scoring both goals.
The England forward netted after 21 and 59
minutes to give a changed United side victory.
“ We were in the game from the first minutes,
pressing and forcing things, the attitude was
good,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.
Arsenal were indebted to 18-year-old
substitute Eddie Nketiah as they came from
behind to beat Nor wich after extra time.
Josh Murphy gave Norwich a 34th-minute
lead against a much-changed Arsenal side but
Nketiah equalised five minutes from time, one
minute after he came on. And he won it with
his second goal six minutes into extra time to
put Arsenal through to the quarters.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson admitted his
decision to rest several players backfired as his
side were hammered at Bristol.
Bakary Sako put Palace in front but goals
from Matt Taylor, Milan Djuric, Joe Bryan
and Callum O’Dowda gave the hosts a famous
“I took a risk and I take responsibility for
that,” Hodgson said.
“I’m very disappointed for the fans and
I’m very disappointed with how we
Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Riyad
Mahrez scored as Leicester beat Leeds 3-1,
while Jack Simpson, Callum Wilson and
Benik Afobe gave Bournemouth a 3-1 victory
over Middlesbrough. — DPA
Australian Joe Ingles has
been fined by the NBA
for hitting Oklahoma
City Thunder’s New
Zealand centre Steven
Adams in the groin.
In the third quarter of
Saturday ’s home game,
Utah starter Ingles slid
past Adams and sneakily
struck him in the groin
with his left hand as
the New Zealander was
attempting to guard Jazz
centre Rudy Gobert under
Kiki Van De Weghe,
the NBA’s executive vice
president of basketball
operations, announced the
$21,700 fine yesterday.
The incident, during
the Jazz’s 96-87 win on
Saturday, is not the first
time Adams has made
headlines for being struck
in the nether regions.
He was infamously
kicked in the testicles by
Golden State Warriors
star for ward Draymond
Green during a play-off
match in Oklahoma City
18 months ago.
Despite what is at stake,
New Zealander Hayden
Paddon is determined
to enjoy himself when
he returns to the World
Rally Championship in
Paddon is part of a
Motorsport assault on the
Rally of Great Britain,
having been dropped for
the Rally of Spain earlier
Making way for newly
signed Nor wegian driver
came as a setback to the
30-year-old, who had
endured a difficult 2017
and will seek to prove
himself on familiar gravel
roads this week.
“Its Rally GB week and
I cant wait to get back in
long time,” he said on his
“Naturally the goal is
always for a good result,
but more importantly this
week is about enjoying
the rally and driving.”
Paddon, whose last
WRC appearance was
in Germany more than
two months ago, is 10th
overall with two rounds
Fourth overall in
his maiden full WRC
campaign last year, he
has been plagued by
bad luck and mistakes
in the second year of a
three-year contract with
He returns knowing
that Mikkelson has been
signed full-time for
next year, heating up the
competition for drives
with regulars Thierry
Neuville and Dani Sordo.
The team had a
disastrous return in
Spain. Neuville was
forced to retire, virtually
ending his driver
while Sordo was 15th
and Mikkelsen 18th.
Paddon has worked
hard this week with
Marshall and warned his
social media followers he
wouldn’t be posting a lot
of information this week.
“ With everything
that is going on, we will
have a few less updates
this week while we
concentrate purely on the
The 21-stage rally starts
on Friday. — NZ N
Paddon set for
Ingles fined for
groin hit on Adams
After four years in
exile, banned winger
Sandor Earl will make his
return to the NRL with
The 28-year-old has
agreed to a one-year-deal
with the premiers after
completing the peptides
handed down by ASADA
The Storm plan to make
an official announcement
later this week, with Earl
posting on Facebook that
he is poised to “announce
a new chapter and a new
“A new club opens
the door to a group that
will become family and
brothers. I walk in a new
man armed with a fresh
perspective full of new
goals and an extremely
positive outlook on the
future,” Earl said. — AP
Storm signs Sandor Earl
“Thinking about that next Car?”
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