Isnin, 14 Mac 2011

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The Malaysian Insider :: Sports

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:35 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider :: Sports

Busy times ahead for F1 pit crews

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 06:31 PM PDT

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives in the rain during a training session at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, on March 12, 2011. — Reuters pic

LONDON, March 15 — Formula One pit crews will be busier than ever this season with the arrival of new sole tyre supplier Pirelli forcing drivers to make many more stops.

Gone are the days when a driver could complete most of a race on a single set of tyres, before a late dash into the pits for the mandatory change, and no more will grands prix be a series of flat-out sprints between stops.

Speaking to Reuters before the March 27 season-opener in Australia, Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said his company's PZero tyres would wear out far faster than the previous Bridgestone rubber.

While that may not sound like the best marketing for the Italian brand, or for a sport seeking greener credentials, it is all part of a plan drawn up with team bosses and the powers-that-be to make races more exciting.

"If you want to do durability... then maybe Formula One isn't the right place to do that," said Hembery.

"In any case a Formula One race is only 60 laps, it's not exactly a huge distance for travelling even if you use one set of tyres."

Drivers who have complained in pre-season testing about degradation and expressed their frustration at how the tyres rapidly "go off" get short shrift.

"We are actually trying to deliver what we were asked to deliver, and it was their bosses that wanted us to try this," said Hembery.

"You are going to see more pitstops, for sure... and you will probably see that different teams will operate different strategies."

Melbourne's race, said Hembery, could see each driver do three or four pitstops. Managing the drop in performance, and looking after the tyres, will be a new challenge.

Outright speed over one lap is no longer the be-all-and-end-all. Drivers will have to be clever with their tyres and strike a balance in a classic hare and tortoise dilemma.

A slower pace at the start of a stint means tyres will last longer, but a driver who pushes harder, and wears out the tyres quicker, may gain enough time to stay ahead despite having to make an extra stop.

"What you (Pirelli) are trying to do is show that you can provide a performance product that can add to the show," said Hembery. "You want to show that you can influence and impact by use of tyres, by choice of tyres on the strategy of the race.

"The whole objective is you are going to have people changing tyres at different times and depending on what product (compound) they've chosen and what stage of wear they are at, you'll have cars going at different speeds. That should encourage overtaking."

Last year's Canadian Grand Prix has provided the inspiration. In that race in Montreal, the issue of tyre wear was the talk of the paddock due to the particular asphalt conditions with all teams struggling for grip and balance.

Different tyre strategies, with some starting on the softer compound and others the harder, produced a riveting tactical race with the leading five drivers all in contention at different stages but swapping places during the many pit stops.

"Basically the description was: 'We want a race like Canada'," said Hembery. "We've spent a lot of time and energy trying to create that situation."

"Judging by the testing we've seen so far, I don't think there's one clear pattern emerging," he added when asked how the racing would pan out.

"We are seeing quite different influences on the tyres between the different teams and driving styles.

"It's going to be the balance between performance and not doing that extra stop. I have to be careful what I say because I can see what's going on on different cars and all I can say is that there are quite clearly different strategies being evolved for different teams."

Australia will be Pirelli's first grand prix in 20 years, with their last race win coming at the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix with Brazilian Nelson Piquet in a Benetton. This year they are sure to win every race but there is still plenty to worry about.

Apart from four tests in Spain this year, and a young driver test in Abu Dhabi in November, Pirelli have had to develop their tyres in cooler conditions than they would like and with different cars to the ones racing in Melbourne.

The chemical grip, or "stickiness", of the tyre that also allows a track to be "rubbered-in" comes out only when temperatures rise above 25 degrees Celsius.

"If you rubberise the circuit, you start extending the tyre life and you can get up to a 40 per cent increase in tyre life between a Friday and a Sunday just by that action," said Hembery. "So there are still a lot of variables to see.

"There are elements that we clearly won't have been able to simulate in testing," he added.

"Certainly for the first few races the teams are all going to have their own ideas and that should make for excitement. In time will they all start gravitating to the same strategy? That I don't know." — Reuters

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Nani to return for Man United against Marseille

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 05:43 PM PDT

Nani sprints during a training session at Manchester United's Carrington training complex in Manchester yesterday, March 14, 2011. — Reuters pic

MANCHESTER, March 15 — Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has in three days gone from scratching his head as he scrabbled together a makeshift midfield to grappling with an abundance of riches.

Winger Nani's speedier than expected recovery from a leg injury and the availability of Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia has come just in time for today's Champions League last-16 second leg against Olympique Marseille at Old Trafford.

Portuguese Nani trained with the first team yesterday and will play a part in the game despite Ferguson previously ruling him out after he sustained a gash in a tackle by Liverpool's Jamie Carragher just over a week ago.

"He trained on Sunday also, he and Michael Carrick, which is a better situation than I had at the weekend," Ferguson told a news conference, referring to Saturday's FA Cup win over Arsenal where midfield injuries forced him to field seven defenders.

"Both will be involved tomorrow."

It was unclear whether Ferguson planned to name Nani in the starting line-up or whether fellow winger Valencia was in the running for the battle with the French champions which resumes after a 0-0 draw in Marseille last month.

Valencia made his first appearance for six months on Saturday following a broken ankle and put in a good performance when he came on for the second half of the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory.

"It was a fantastic bonus for us to get 45 minutes from Antonio on Saturday," said Ferguson. "The question is whether we can play him from the start or continue as we did on Saturday as a substitute.

"It's a great selection problem for me."

Ferguson said his team's pursuit of three trophies — the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League — would be boosted by others also close to returning, such as midfielder Park Ji-sung who could be fit for Saturday's game against Bolton Wanderers.

Even injury-cursed Owen Hargreaves, who has made only 39 appearances since moving to United from Bayern Munich for £17 million (RM85 million) in 2007, could still feature this term.

"Hargreaves started training this morning. Hopefully, you never know, we may have him available towards the end of the season," said Ferguson.

"It doesn't matter how many players have been injured in the past, the important thing is to have them all available for the run-in. Hopefully if we can do that it will definitely increase our chances."

Defender and captain Nemanja Vidic missed training yesterday after picking up a knock against Arsenal but should be fit for today.

United should feel confident against a team who have not been in the last eight since winning the 1993 Champions League as the English side are unbeaten in all competitions at home this season and have never lost to French opposition at Old Trafford.

However when asked by a French reporter whether that confidence had led to United playing for a draw in Marseille, Ferguson did not mince his words.

"I thought Marseille went for a 0-0, I must admit," he said. "Maybe they're the ones that are confident." — Reuters

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:41 PM PDT


Hell at Allianz Arena

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 09:58 PM PDT

Bayern will give Inter torrid time, warns striker Klose

Monday, March 14th, 2011 12:50:00


ALL OR NOTHING: Inter's Javier Zanetti competes with Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger during the first-leg

MUNICH: Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose warns champions Inter Milan to expect a difficult evening when they meet in the Champions League last-16 return-leg clash at Allianz Arena on Wednesday (3.45am).

Munich put recent troubles behind them on Saturday by thumping Hamburg 6-0 in the Bundesliga — a result which led to the sacking of visiting manager Armin Veh.

Klose believes Bayern can increase the pressure on the Nezazzurri, who are a goal down on aggregate after losing the first-leg 1-0 at San Siro.

"Against Inter we will have to play like we did against Hamburg," Klose told Sky Sports.

"We have an advantage to defend, but we will try to score instantly so we can put more of a gap between us and them."

Bayern manager Louis van Gaal, who will leave Bayern at the end of the season, believes his side's comprehensive defeat of Hamburg was good for preparation against Inter.

"Who'd have thought it? But that's football. Hamburg played well at the start and caused us some problems. Fortunately, we didn't go a goal behind. The goals set us free mentally," he said.

"Our fans are unbelievable, they cheered us on the whole way through. I think that's exceptional, I'm pleased, and I'm delighted we put on a show.

"That also showed how well we're capable of playing, and it was a very good way to prepare for Inter."

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm expressed his delight at the thrashing of Hamburg as they ended their three-game winless streak in style.

Arjen Robben was the hero with a hattrick to ensure the Bavarians stay in sight of a top-three finish in the league.

The other goals were scored by Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and an own goal by Heiko Westermann.

"We've taken the first step, because we're closer to the Champions League places now," said the 27-year-old.

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Napoli back in business after win at Parma

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 09:54 PM PDT

Monday, March 14th, 2011 12:50:00

PARMA: Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Christian Maggio gave Napoli a 3-1 come-from-behind win over 10-man Parma at Ennio Tardini Stadium this morning.

Raffaele Palladino (pic) opened the scoring in the 29th minute for the hosts but Napoli hit back with goals by Hamsik (52nd), Lavezzi (58th) and Maggio (87th) to give the visitors full points.

Argentina striker Lavezzi put in a superb performance to help the Partenopei in this win but he was quick to point out that it was the team's performance that led to victory.

"I'm not the one who deserves all the credit, but it's the team that deserve the credit. We never stopped fighting and did our utmost to bring home the full three points," Lavezzi told Corriere dello Sport.

"We didn't put in a good performance in the first-half, but we responded well after the interval. We have the quality to stay among the top teams in the standings and we will fight until the end to achieve our goals."

Lavezzi also commented on his return to the starting line-up after suspension.

"I'm very pleased to be back in the line-up. Hopefully, I won't make any mistakes again as I want to be important for the team," he said.

Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon says he is still shocked at how well the team continued to play despite being down at one stage.

Even though there are only nine matches to be played until the end of the season, Bigon believes Napoli are united in wanting to win the Scudetto.

"The season is long, and there are many points available, but this was a key match after the 3-0 loss to AC Milan away in the last match, as things went according to plan," he told Sportal.

"This team continue to provide surprises, and it is a united group as everyone is working hard towards one goal. The players know what they want, and they demonstrated this, as they didn't want to lose."

Napoli moved back into third position in the standings on 56 points, one point behind second-placed defending champions Inter Milan.

Milan are on top with 62 points.

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The Star Online: Sports

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 01:43 PM PDT

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Roddick firing at Indian Wells

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 08:47 PM PDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP): Andy Roddick beat fellow American James Blake 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday.

Roddick's eighth win in 11 matches with Blake set up a third-round meeting with U.S. Davis Cup teammate John Isner, who opened the day with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Ricardo Mello of Brazil.

Three-time tournament champion Roger Federer overcame Igor Andreev 7-5, 7-6 (4), while Australian Open champion and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic stayed perfect for the year (13-0) with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in the opening match of the night session.

Two-time women's champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium struggled but beat Italy's Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia ousted Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 to join Francesca Schiavone of Italy, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Marion Bartoli of France in the third round.

Roddick rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second set by losing just two points and hitting 10 of his 13 aces in his final five service games. Isner had 12 aces and did not face a break point against Mello.

Roddick said he thought he performed acceptably, but "it was tough to get a gauge on how I was playing because James was playing so aggressively. From the first game his strategy was - he didn't want to let me get a rhythm. I felt like he was coming out of his shoes (trying to hit winners). It was tough, but the numbers looked good afterward. I felt like I was hitting the ball okay, so it worked out."

Federer, who'll meet Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the third round, is 4-0 lifetime against Andreev.

"I thought it was another tough match against him," said Federer, who is 15-2 this year. "I felt always kind of in control in the first set, even though I was down, 5-4. I felt I was in the match quickly against him, which maybe in the past wasn't always the case because he's got a lot of spin and a lot of pace.

"I was able to handle that better today, I thought. I had a good 10 minutes where I was able to get up 7-5, 2-0, and after that he found his way into the match and it really became competitive. I played a really good tiebreak."

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Iranian rules Tour of Malaysia in style by winning Stage 6

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 08:07 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Tabriz Petrochemical's Mehdi Sohrabi conquered the Tour of Malaysia in style after taking Stage 6 from Batu Caves to Nilai yesterday.

The Iranian, who won Stage 1 (Kota Iskandar-Bandar Penawar), attacked the race well with his team-mates throughout the 175.1km final stage yesterday to wrest the yellow jersey from Le Tua's Vidal Celis Zabala.

Last year's winner David McCann (Giant Kenda) finished second, just two seconds behind Sohrabi, who finished the race in 3'59:44 while Ioannis Tamouridis (SP Tableware) took third place, 1:26 behind the Iranian.

After the second intermediate sprint at Sepang, Sohrabi and his team-mates broke free from the main bunch while Zabala just sat back without responding.

"My team worked hard today, they really worked for me. After the second sprint, I just went for it," said Sohrabi, who wore the yellow jersey for two days after taking the first stage.

"When I looked back at the main bunch, Vidal was very quiet and did not follow. We worked together at the front all the way to the finish."

With the win, Sohrabi also consolidated his lead in the Asian rider (blue jersey) competition.

Mohd Harrif Salleh of Terengganu Pro-Asia won the green jersey (points classification) he held from the first stage while Amir Mustafa Rosli (Police) won the white jersey for the best Malaysian rider.

Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman, who rode for the national team, won the king of the mountain competition.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 01:23 PM PDT


Van Gaal Tegaskan Akan Tetap Tinggalkan Bayern

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 11:56 AM PDT

MUNICH - Pelatih Bayern Munich Louis van Gaal nampaknya sudah sangat kecewa dengan sikap para petinggi klub. Arsitek asal Belanda menegaskan bahwa dirinya akan tetap meninggalkan Allianz Arena, meskipun di akhir musim nanti sukses menghadirkan gelar Liga Champions untuk The Bavarians.

Sejak awal musim ini, van Gaal memang kerap mendapat tekanan dari petinggi klub, menyusul hasil inkonsisten yang dipetik Arjen Robben dkk. Di ajang Bundesliga, peluang Bayern mempertahankan gelar juga hampir bisa dipastikan musnah, setelah terpaut cukup jauh dari pemuncak klasemen sementara, Borussia Dortmund. Saat ini, FC Hollywood masih tercecer di peringkat empat, terpaut 16 angka dari Dortmund di puncak klasemen.

Menyikapi hal ini, para petinggi klub kabarnya telah berbicara langsung dengan Van Gaal dan mencapai satu kesepakatan, dimana masa depan pelatih asal Belanda ini akan berakhir pada akhir musim ini. Van Gaal sendiri dikabarkan menerima keputusan tersebut dan menyatakan akan tetap meninggalkan Bayern, terlepas dari hasil yang didapat Bayern di akhir musim nanti.

"Dalam kasus ini (jika kami memenangi Liga Champions), kami akan merayakannya, saya sendiri juga akan merayakannya, sama seperti fans. Lalu setelah itu, saya akan mengambil cuti panjang dan Bayern akan melanjutkannya dengan pelatih baru. Kita harus memikirkan masa depan, bukan masa lalu," ungkap Van Gaal yang musim lalu sukses membawa Bayern menyabet gelar ganda (DFB Pokal & Bundesliga), plus mengantar Bayern mencapai final Liga Champions.

"Saya sedih harus meninggalkan Bayern, sebab ini adalah klub hebat. Mudah untuk bekerja sebagai pelatih di sini. Setelah menang, sedih rasanya tidak beranjak dari klasemen. Tapi, inilah sepakbola," sambungnya menanggapi kemenangan besar 6-0 timnya atas Hamburg akhir pekan kemarin, sebagaimana dikutip Goal, Selasa (15/3/2011).

"(Franz) Beckenbauer mengatakan, dia ingin saya bertahan? Saya tersanjung dengan ucapannya, akan tetapi saat ini dia bukan lagi bagian dari klub," tambahnya.

"Saya telah berbicara dengan direktur klub dan kami telah membuat sebuah keputusan, dan kami tak bisa kembali lagi," tutup pelatih yang sempat membesut Barcelona. (acf)

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Diganjar Sanksi Tiga Laga, Ibra Absen Lawan Inter

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 11:34 AM PDT

MILAN - Zlatan Ibrahimovic harus membayar mahal tindakan tidak sportifnya saat melawan Bari. Selain mendapat kartu merah, bomber AC Milan ini juga harus menjalani sanksi larangan tampil sebanyak tiga laga.

Bomber internasional Swedia diketahui sempat melakukan tindakan tidak terpuji saat Rossoneri ditahan Bari 1-1 pada lanjutan Serie A, akhir pekan kemarin. Ibra tertangkap kamera melakukan pukulan terhadap Marco Rossi usai keduanya berduel di udara. Atas tindakannya tersebut, wasit memberikan kartu kuning kedua, dan mengusir Ibra dari lapangan.

Namun, tak hanya itu saja hukuman yang harus diterima Ibra atas tindakan tidak sportifnya tersebut. Pihak Lega Calcio selaku otoritas sepakbola Italia memutuskan memberikan hukuman lanjutan, yakni dengan melarang striker 29 tahun ini tampil di tiga laga yang akan dilakoni Milan di Serie A.

"Sanksi larangan tiga laga diberikan kepada Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pemain AC Milan, karena bersikap tidak normal, dengan memukul pemain lawan di bagian perut, membuatnya terjatuh ke tanah meski tanpa konsekuensi cedera," demikian bunyi pernyataan pihak Lega Calcio seperti dikutip Goal, Selasa (15/3/2011).

Atas hukuman ini, ibra dipastikan bakal absen saat Milan melakoni tiga laga krusial yang harus dilakoni Milan, yakni menghadapi Palermo (20/3), Inter Milan (3/4) dan Fiorentina (10/4/). Dari ketiga laga tersebut, duel melawan Inter dalam laga derby della Madonnina jelas menjadi pertandingan yang akan sangat berat bagi Milan, bila tanpa diperkuat Ibra. Pasalnya, Ibra merupakan pencetak gol kemenangan 1-0 Milan di pertemuan pertama lalu. Selain itu, laga derby ini juga disebut-sebut sebagai laga penentu scudetto, dimana kedua tim sekota ini tengah bersaing ketat di papan atas.

Untuk bisa menggunakan servis Ibra di laga superkrusial tersebut, kubu Milan menyatakan bakal melakukan banding. "Milan menyatakan bakal melakukan banding atas keputusan dari pengadilan tinggi Italia kepada Zlatan Ibrahimovic," demikian pernyataan kubu Milan melalui situs resmi klubnya.

Bila nantinya upaya banding ditolak, maka kubu Il Diavolo dipastikan baru bisa menggunakan jasa Ibra saat berhadapan dengan Sampdoria, 17 April mendatang. Sekadar info, saat ini Milan masih berada di puncak klasemen sementara Serie A dengan keunggulan lima angka dari Inter Milan di posisi kedua. (acf)

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ANTARA - Olahraga

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 01:19 PM PDT

ANTARA - Olahraga

Nani Akan Perkuat United Lawan Marseille

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:53 AM PDT

Manchester, Inggrs (ANTARA News) - Pemain sayap Manchester United Nani akan menghadapi Olympique Marseille pada pertandingan Liga Champions setelah pulih lebih cepat dibanding yang diperkirakan sebelumnya dari cedera kaki, kata manajer Alex Ferguson, Senin.

Pemain interasional Portugal itu menjalani latihan dengan tim inti pada Senin pagi, yang meningkatkan prospek kembali tepat pada waktunya untuk pertandingan kedua putaran 16 besar Liga Champions hari Selasa di Old Trafford, setelah Ferguson pekan lalu tidak mengikutsertakan dia, demikian Reuters melaporkan.

"Dia juga berlatih pada hari Minggu, dia dan Michael, yangmana merupakan sebuah situasi yang lebih baik dibanding yang kami alami akhir pekan lalu," kata Ferguson dalam jumpa pers menyangkut kemenangan hari Sabtu di Piala FA atas Arsenal, di mana banyaknya yang cedera di lapangan tengah memaksa dia memainkan tujuh pemain belakang.

"Keduanya akan dilibatkan besok."

Pemain belakang dan kapten Nemanja Vidic melewatkan latihan pada Senin itu setelah setelah mengalami cedera saat kemenangan perempat final 2-0 di Piala FA itu tapi akan bisa fit untuk pertandingan Selasa saat United dan Marseille akan melanjutkan pertarungan setelah hasil 0-0 di Prancis bulan lalu.

Tapi masih belum jelas apakah Ferguson berencana memasang Nani dalam daftar pemain pertama, hanya sepekan setelah dia mengalami cedera kaki karena ditekel pemain Liverpool Jamie Carragher itu, atau apakah akan memasang pemain sayap Antonio Valencia.

Valencia tampil untuk pertama kalinya dalam enam bulan pada hari Sabtu lalu setelah pemulihan panjang dari cedera pergelangan kaki dan dia dalam penampilan yang bagus saat dia masuk pada babak kedua.

United sedang memburu penampilan kelima mereka secara beruntun di perempat final, sementara Marseille sudah tidak pernah mencapai delapan besar sejak memenangi untuk pertama kalinya trofi Liga Champions pada 1993. (I015/Z002/K004)

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KPPN Batal Gelar Kongres Tandingan PSSI

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 08:01 AM PDT

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Komite Penyelamatan Persepakbolaan Nasional (KPPN) batal menggelar Kongres tandingan. KPPN  memutuskan untuk mengikuti Kongres PSSI pada 26 Maret dan 29 April  dengan tujuan agar tidak terjadi kisruh menjelang pemilihan ketua umum PSSI periode 2011-2015.

Ketua KPPN Syahrial Damopolii bersama 87 anggota pemilik suara usai membacakan keinginan KPPN itu kepada pemerintah di kantor Kemenpora, Jakarta, Senin.

Menurut Syahrial, KPPN tidak mau menambah kisruh kondisi saat ini. Ia membantah jika melunaknya KPPN karena tidak percaya diri serta karena desakan anggota pengurus. Syahrial menjelaskan hal tersebut sudah disepakati bersama. KPPN meminta syarat untuk dapat bergabung dalam kongres PSSI.

Syarat pertama dimulai dengan penyelenggaraan Kongres yang harus mengacu pada Statuta FIFA, Standar Statuta FIFA, dan Standard Electoral Code FIFA. Selain itu, Undang-Undang Nomor 03 Tahun 2005 tentang Sistem Keolahragaan Nasional beserta setiap peraturan pemerintah yang menjadi pelaksananya.

Kongres juga harus berdasar pada Statuta AFC dan Kode Disiplin AFC dan Anggaran Dasar dan Anggaran Rumah Tangga KON/KOI.

Syarat lainnya, anggota KPPN ikut dalam unsur kepanitiaan dan kesekretariatan Kongres. Syarat lainnya yakni Komite Eksekutif (Exco) PSSI dilarang mencoret daftar nama Ketua Umum/Ketua dan Sekretaris umum/sekretaris dari setiap anggota KPPN pemilik suara tanpa persetujuan KPPN.

Pada Kongres pada 26 Maret diharapkan dapat mengubah Statuta PSSI yang dianggap merugikan, seperti pasal 35 ayat 4 yang menyangkut pasal kriminal. Serta jadwal lengkap untuk Kongres 29 April yang harus sesuai Standard Electoral Code.

Permintaan ini diharapkan KPPN dapat dijembatani Pemerintah, serta KON/KOI dan meminta mereka untuk menindaktegas jika syarat dan ketentuan itu tidak dijalankan. Jika Kongres itu nantinya dilanggar maka KPPN akan menyelenggarakan Kongres sendiri.

Kementerian Pemuda dan Olahraga yang diwakili Deputi Bidang Pembinaan Prestasi Kemenegpora Joko Pekik berjanji pihaknya akan mengawal kongres sesuai permintaan KPPN.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 11:20 AM PDT


Dituduh Doping, Barcelona Siapkan Langkah Hukum

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 11:09 AM PDT

Selasa, 15/03/2011 01:09 WIB

Dituduh Doping, Barcelona Siapkan Langkah Hukum
Doni Wahyudi - detiksport

Barcelona - Upaya Barcelona mempertahankan gelar juara Liga Spanyol diganggu isu doping yang dimunculkan sebuah stasiun radio di Spanyol. Tuduhan tersebut langsung dibalas dengan langkah hukum oleh The Catalans.

Adalah Stasiun Radio Cadena COPE yang mengembuskan isu soal penggunaan doping di skuad Barcelona. Dalam pemberitaannya Minggu (13/2/2011) kemarin mereka mengklaim kalau Real Madrid sudah mendesak otoritas Liga Spanyol untuk melakukan tes doping dengan lebih serius pada anak didik Josep Guardiola.

Mengatasnamakan seorang dokter tim Madrid, yang tidak disebut namanya, COPE juga menyebut kalau tes doping yang dilakukan saat ini "cuma sekadar gurauan". Lebih lanjut COPE sekaligus meragukan reputasi doktor yang sudah ditunjuk untuk melakukan tes doping.

Kabar tak sedap tersebut langsung ditanggapi pihak Barcelona. Dalam pernyataan resminya, klub tersebut melontarkan bantahan sekaligus mempertimbangkan langkah hukum terhadap pihak-pihak yang telah menyebarkan isu tak sedap tersebut.

"FC Barcelona mengumumkan pada khalayak kalau divisi hukum sedang mempelajari kemungkinan melakukan upaya hukum untuk membela kehormatan klub, di samping itu seluruh staff kepelatihan, para pemain dan staff medis siap mengambil tindakan sebagai akibat yang ditimbulkan," demikian pernyataan resmi Barca.

Sementara itu kubu Madrid menolak berkomentar terkait klaim COPE yang menggunakan nara sumber salah seorang dokternya.

"Siapapun yang mengatakan kami menggunakan zat terlarang itu seperti bermain dengan api. Kami tak punya apapun untuk disembunyikan. Saya berada di dalam ruang ganti dan saya tahu apa yang kami lakukan," tegas Gerrard Pique.

Upaya hukum terhadap COPE juga akan digunakan oleh Valencia setelah stasiun radio tersebut mengklaim kalau El Che sempat mempekerjakan Eufemiano Fuentes. Fuentes adalah doktor olahraga yang terlibat dalam serangkaian kasus doping yang mengguncang Spanyol pada tahun 2006 lalu, di mana puluhan pembalap sepeda positif menggunakan obat terlarang.

( din / roz )

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MU Pede karena Pengalaman

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 10:49 AM PDT

Selasa, 15/03/2011 00:49 WIB
Jelang MU vs Marseille
MU Pede karena Pengalaman
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Manchester - Olympique Marseille disebut Sir Alex Ferguson sebagai lawan yang tak mudah untuk dihadapi. Namun demikian, sang manajer percaya diri karena 'Setan Merah' punya pengalaman.

Usai bermain 0-0 pada leg pertama di Stade Velodrome beberapa pekan silam, MU dan Marseille bakal bertemu dalam pertandingan penentuan di Old Trafford, Rabu (16/3/2011) dinihari WIB. The Red Devils tengah mengincar kesuksesan mereka tampil di perempatfinal untuk lima musim berturut-turut.

Demi menghadapi Marseille inilah Fergie rela mencadangkan Ryan Giggs dan Paul Scholes dalam laga melawan Arsenal di perempatfinal Piala FA akhir pekan lalu. Sebagai solusinya, Fergie memainkan tujuh pemain yang punya posisi asli bek. Taktik ini kemudian terbukti ampuh meredam The Gunners.

Manajer asal Skotlandia itu sadar bahwa laga kian krusial mendekat akhir musim. Di sinilah dia menyebut bahwa timnya cukup punya pengalaman menghadapi laga-laga penting. Fokus dari satu pertandingan ke pertandingan berikutnya adalah cara paling efektif ketimbang berpikir terlalu panjang ke pertandingan yang masih jauh untuk dihadapi.

"Kami cukup berpengalaman untuk melakukan apa yang tengah kami lakukan saat ini dan itu adalah menghadapi satu pertandingan ke pertandingan lainnya. Karena itulah kami fokus kepada Marseille karena kami tahu ini akan menjadi pertandingan yang berat," ucap Fergie di ESPN Star.

"Ada bagusnya punya kekhawatiran ketika menghadapi laga-laga besar. Pertandingan di Eropa selalu seperti itu. Pertandingan besok pun tidak akan ada bedanya."

"Kami akan menghadapi tim Marseille yang kuat dan berpengalaman. Kami harus tampil sangat bagus," tegasnya.

MU sendiri punya rekor bagus kala menjamu klub asal Prancis di OId Trafford. MU tercatat belum pernah kalah di kandang saat menjamu tim Prancis dalam 12 pertemuan.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 11:07 AM PDT


Van der Sar: Pensiun Sudah Harga Mati

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 04:52 PM PDT

MANCHESTER, - Kiper gaek Manchester United (MU), Edwin van der Sar, kembali menegaskan niatnya untuk pensiun akhir musim ini. Ia mengatakan, keputusannya sudah bulat dan tak mungkin diganggu gugat.

Van der Sar sebenarnya berat meninggalkan dunia yang sudah membesarkan namanya tersebut. Tapi, ia ingin mengakhiri kariernya saat dirinya berada dalam puncak kejayaan dan menurutnya sekarang adalah saat yang tepat untuk melakukannya.

"Aku tak membenci pikiran tentang pensiun. Aku melihat ke depan untuk hal itu. Aku sudah berada di puncak dan akan sangat menyenangkan bisa mengakhiri karier saat di puncak. Sangat bagus bisa mendapat pengakuan dari para fans dan aku akan merindukan sepak bola," kata Van der Sar.

Sebelumnya, Wayne Rooney mengatakan, dia dan rekan-rekannya merasa berat hati ditinggalkan Van der Sar. Sebab itu, mereka sempat membujuknya agar menunda masa pensiun. Namun, Van der Sar rupanya sudah tak terpengaruh lagi.

"Sudah 20 tahun (aku bermain). Tapi, aku punya hal yang lain, termasuk istriku yang cantik dan anakku yang hebat," sambungnya.

Van der Sar memulai karier prosionalnya pada tahun 1990. Saat itu ia bermain untuk tim raksasa Belanda, Ajax Amsterdam. Setelah mengecap pengalaman berharga di Ajax, kiper berusia 40 tahun tersebut kemudian memilih hijrah ke Juventus pada 1999.

Hanya bertahan selama tiga tahun di Juve, ia akhirnya berkelana ke Inggris untuk membela Fulham. Tampil ciamik selama empat tahun di Fulham, MU pun kepincut mendatangkannya. Tepat pada tahun 2005, Van der Sar menandatangani kontrak bersama MU dan terus bertahan hingga saat ini. (SCN)

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Neville Dukung Mou Latih MU

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 04:47 PM PDT

MANCHESTER, - Mantan pemain Manchester United, Gary Neville, yakin suatu saat nanti Jose Mourinho akan melatih "Red Devils". Namun, menurut Neville, Manajer Sir Alex Ferguson masih akan berkuasa untuk beberapa tahun lagi sebelum akhirnya Mourinho menggantikannya.

"Ada banyak manajer hebat dan selalu ada spekulasi tentang siapa yang akan menggantikan Sir Alex. Aku yakin ketika waktunya datang, Mourinho akan jadi salah satu kandidat yang akan disebutkan karena keberhasilannya di klub lain," kata Neville kepada The Sun.

Keyakinan Neville didasarkan pada kesuksesan Mourinho meraih bermacam gelar di berbagai klub. Terakhir pelatih yang dijuluki "The Special One" ini berhasil mengantarkan Inter Milan meraih treble winners (Liga Champions, Serie-A, dan Coppa Italia).

Mourinho juga pernah merasakan kesuksesan saat menangani Chelsea di Premier League. Saat itu, Mou membawa Chelsea menghentikan hegemoni MU di Premier League dengan meraih dua gelar juara berturut-turut pada tahun 2005 dan 2006.

"Dia punya karakter. Anda harus menghormati orang atas apa yang mereka lakukan dan dia bagus dalam melakukan tugasnya. Dia selalu sukses di mana pun dia berada. Tapi, Sir Alex masih tetap kuat. Akan menghabiskan waktu untuk berspekulasi tentang siapa yang akan menggantikannya," tegas Neville.

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Berakhirlah Spekulasi Masa Depan Vettel

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:14 PM PDT

Formula 1

Berakhirlah Spekulasi Masa Depan Vettel

Penulis: Aloysius Gonsaga AE | Editor: Aloysius Gonsaga Angi Ebo

Senin, 14 Maret 2011 | 22:14 WIB - Bos tim Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, mengaku sangat senang bisa dengan cepat mengakhiri spekulasi tentang masa depan Sebastian Vettel. Pasalnya, pebalap asal Jerman tersebut bersedia memperpanjang kontraknya hingga akhir musim 2014.

Kontrak juara dunia Formula 1 (F1) 2010 tersebut dengan Red Bull akan selesai pada akhir musim ini, dan ada opsi perpanjangan sampai 2012. Tetapi, kedua kubu punya kesepakatan baru dan mereka sama-sama setuju untuk tetap bermitra hingga tiga tahun ke depan.

Inilah yang membuat Horner bahagia. Apalagi, Vettel sudah dihubung-hubungkan dengan dua tim rivalnya, yaitu Ferrari dan Mercedes GP.

"Ini menyenangkan karena terjadi sebelum awal musim--sejumlah rumor sudah dimulai tentang kemungkinan pindah ke tim lain," ujar Horner kepada BBC. "Kami ingin menjauhkan gangguan ini dan berkonsentrasi pada balapan."

Horner juga menjelaskan bahwa pihaknya tak memerlukan waktu yang lama untuk mendapatkan tanda tangan Vettel.

"Sebastian merasa sangat nyaman di tim ini dan tim juga merasa sangat nyaman dengannya," jelas Horner. "Kami memulai pembicaraan mengenai hal tersebut pada awal tahun ini dan semuanya berjalan lancar."

Vettel baru bergabung dengan Red Bull sejak 2009. Tetapi, dia sudah didukung oleh perusahaan minuman yang menjadi partner tim, dalam program pebalap muda, selama satu dekade sebelumnya.

"Dia sudah bersama Red Bull sejak 1998, sehingga logis jika semuanya terjadi," ungkap Horner. "Diskusinya berlangsung cepat."

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25 April, Maskot SEA Games Diluncurkan

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 02:57 PM PDT

JAKARTA, — Maskot SEA Games 2011 di Jakarta dan Palembang akan diluncurkan secara resmi oleh Panitia Nasional atau Indonesia SEA Games Organizing Committee (Inasoc) pada 25 April mendatang.

Ketua Panitia Pelaksana Inasoc Rahmat Gobel di Tangerang, Senin (14/3/2011), mengatakan, peluncuran maskot dilakukan bertepatan dengan 200 hari menjelang pelaksanaan event olahraga terbesar di Asia Tenggara itu. Pelaksanaan SEA Games XXVI sendiri dilakukan pada 11-25 November 2011.

"Tunggu saja. Kami telah mempersiapkan semuanya," katanya di sela penandatanganan kerja sama antara PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk dan Inasoc di Garuda City Center, Tangerang.

Menurut dia, dengan dirilisnya maskot SEA Games 2011, selanjutnya akan dilakukan kampanye besar-besaran terkait dengan pelaksanaannya, termasuk memanfaatkan media-media yang sebelumnya melakukan kerja sama.

Salah satu kampanye yang dilakukan, kata dia, adalah menggunakan jasa maskapai Garuda Indonesia yang sebelumnya telah melakukan penandatanganan kerja sama dengan Inasoc yang ditandatangani langsung oleh Direktur Utama PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk Emirsyah Satar dengan Ketua Panitia Pusat Inasoc, Rita Subowo.

"Logo dan maskot nantinya akan terpasang di Garuda Indonesia. Selain itu, kami akan menggunakan media ruang terbuka guna mengenalkan SEA Games kepada masyarakat luas," katanya.

Khusus untuk logo telah diluncurkan oleh Inasoc tepat 300 hari sebelum pelaksanaan SEA Games 2011. Adapun logo yang digunakan adalah burung garuda.

Presiden Komisaris PT Panasonic Gobel itu menjelaskan, pihaknya akan berusaha semaksimal mungkin menyukseskan pelaksanaan SEA Games 2011 meski saat ini banyak arena pertandingan yang belum rampung pembangunannya. Dengan dukungan semua pihak mulai dari pemerintah, panitia pelaksana, dunia usaha ataupun seluruh masyarakat Indonesia, Inasoc optimistis semua persiapan yang dilakukan bisa tuntas sesuai dengan jadwal yang telah ditetapkan.

"Saya seorang pengusaha, jadi saya harus optimistis. Dengan dukungan semua pihak, saya yakin semuanya akan selesai tepat waktu," katanya.

Beberapa lokasi pertandingan, terutama di Palembang, banyak yang belum tuntas dalam pengerjaannya. Banyak lokasi pertandingan baru saja dibangun meski pelaksanaan SEA Games 2011 tinggal sekitar enam bulan lagi. Meski demikian, pihak panitia optimistis pelaksanaan SEA Games berjalan dengan lancar.

SEA Games XXVI diikuti 11 negara, yaitu tuan rumah Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Filipina, Kamboja, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapura, Thailand, Timor Leste, dan Vietnam.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 09:34 AM PDT

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Asprilla hat-trick sinks Devils

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 10:05 AM PDT

By Devinder Singh

The EPL All-Stars team celebrate after winning the  Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup  at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The EPL All-Stars team celebrate after winning the Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

FAUSTINO Asprilla's hat-trick saw the EPL All-Stars dethrone Manchester United to lift the 2011 Standard Chartered EPL Masters Malaysia Cup with a 3-2 win in the final at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

United, winners of this tournament when it was last held in 2009, were unable to repeat their 4-1 preliminary round win over the All-Stars were underdone by former Newcastle striker's cool finishing.

Asprilla opened the scoring in the second minute when he toe-poked a lose ball in off the crossbar before making it 2-0 in the next minute with a low shot after and All-Stars counter-attack.

Asprilla had a chance to complete his hat-trick in the fourth minute when faced alone with goalkeeper Fraser Digby but pulled his shot while wide under no pressure.

The All-Stars paid the price when Jesper Blomqvist pulled one back in the fifth minute for United to trail 2-1 at the break before Ronny Johnsen found a gap in the All-Stars defence and fired in the equaliser in the ninth minute.

Asprilla did get his hat-trick in the 11th minute when he pounced on a rebound to restore the All-Stars' lead.

The Colombian appeared to pull his hamstring the in the process and took no further part in the final but still ended as the tournament top scorer with six goals.

The All-Stars coasted through to the final whistle with United having little by way of chances or possession although the Red Devils had the consolation of having Andy Cole named as the best player of the tournament.

Earlier, Liverpool was denied a place in the final on goal difference after finishing level on points with United and the All-Stars.

Zainal Abidin Hassan's goal in Malaysia's 5-2 defeat to Liverpool saw the Reds miss out by the narrowest of margins.

Among the other players featured in the Malaysian team, who also lost 6-3 to the All-Stars and 3-1 to United, were goalkeeper Mazlan Wahed, Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian, K. Gunalan, Shahrin Majid and Annuar Abu Bakar.

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Selangor, Malacca in do-or-die battle

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 08:23 AM PDT

SELANGOR and Malacca registered convincing wins in the National Under-16 tournament yesterday and are poised for an explosive Group A encounter at the KLHA Stadium today.

Pahang were at the receiving end of the Selangor onslaught when they were thrashed 7-1 while Malacca were equally clinical in their 3-1 win over Johor.

With defending champions Kuala Lumpur whitewashing Police 9-0 also in Group A, Selangor and Malacca play in a do-or-die match when they clash today.

Selangor coach Wan Samsuri realises that even after three wins, the match against Malacca could determine their fate in the tournament.

"It is a three-way battle involving Selangor, KL and Malacca for the two semi-final slots from our group. That is why we can't afford to lose against Malacca," said Wan Samsuri.

"Having eight players from last year's team helps as we did not have more then a week's preparation for the tournament this time. And after the relatively poor performance against Sabah in our opening match, we have been improving.

"Our initial target is making the semis and from there it will be an open affair as I do not see a vast difference in standard among the teams here."

Selangor, represented mostly by players from SMK Seksyen 11 Shah Alam and the Bukit Jalil Sports School, showed why they must be feared when they demolished Pahang.

Mohamed Noor Khairul scored a hat-trick with goals in the 5th, 12th and 45th minutes with the other goals coming from Haikal Zamri (13th), Nazirul Mubin (24th, 44th) and Qamarul Afiq Azny (56th). Pahang's consolation was scored by Khairul Amri Talha in the 32nd minute.

Malacca were a cut above in their match against Johor and took the lead in the sixth minute via skipper Firdaus Omar. But Johor were on levels terms when Safeed Roslan found the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Goals from Mohd Firdaus (39th) and Nur Alif Aiman (53rd) gave Malacca the three points.

RESULTS -- Group A: Selangor 7 Pahang 1, Johor 1 Malacca 3, Kuala Lumpur 9 Police 0.

Group B: Singapore 1 Terengganu 7, Perak 2 Penang 0, Negri Sembilan 3 Perlis 0, Kedah 0 Kelantan 4.

TODAY -- Group A: Kuala Lumpur v Pahang (5pm), Selangor v Malacca (6.30pm), Police v Sabah (8pm).

Group B: N. Sembilan v Kelantan (7.30am), Perak v Perlis (Ministry of Education, 8.30am), Kedah v Terengganu (9am), Penang v Singapore (3.30pm).

l ALL other matches at the KLHA Stadium. -- JUGJET SINGH

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011 04:19 AM PDT


Undermall Jalan Terus, Warga Palembang Ngungsi?

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:49 AM PDT

PALEMBANG – Tanpa modal Izin Mendirikan Bangunan (IMB) dan Analisa Mengenai Dampak Lingkungan (Amdal), proyek pembangunan Undermall Palembang (pusat pertokoan di bawah tanah) terus ngebut dikerjakan. Walau dibangun tanpa kelengkapan persyaratan IMB dan Amdal, namun pihak Pemprov Sumsel dan Lippo Group, terkesan acuh tak acuh menanggapi fakta ini.
Diketahui, Lippo Group melalui kontraktor PT Pulau Intan menggarap proyek Undermall Palembang. Pihak Pemerintah Provinsi (Pemprov) Sumatra Selatan (Sumsel) menyediakan lahan undermall di kawasan lapangan parkir Stadion Bumi Sriwijaya, Jalan Kampus POM IX, Palembang. Apakah undermall itu? 
Menurut informasi yang dihimpun Okezone, undermall tersebut proyek tukar-tambah, yakni Lippo Grup selain membangun mall, juga menyanggupi renovasi kolam renang Lumban Tirta dan Hall Basket di kawasan Kampus, yang direncanakan sebagai dua venue untuk SEA Games XXVI di Jakarta-Palembang 2011, yang akan berlangsung medio November mendatang.
Sedangkan otoritas Kota Palembang menegaskan proyek harus dikerjakan dengan memperhatikan kebersihan lingkungan. Artinya, faktor kebersihan lingkungan proyek jadi poin yang tak bisa ditawar lagi.
"Proyek undermall harus tetap bersih, truk-truk pengangkut material, terutama mobilisasi tanah urugan, yang keluar-masuk kawasan proyek tidak boleh membuang tanah sembarangan," kata Apriadi S Busri, asisten bidang ekonomi dan pembangunan Pemerintah Kota (Pemkot) Palembang, kepada Okezone, Senin (14/3/2011).
Lokasi proyek pembangunan undermall di lapangan parkir Stadion Bumi Sriwijaya, di Jalan Kampus POM IX, Palembang, selama ini merupakan ruang publik yang vital di mana banyak warga Kota Pempek beraktivitas olahraga. Sekarang, warga yang setiap libur akhir pekan biasa melakukan aktivitas berolahraga jalan kaki, lari, dan bersenam terpaksa mengungsi ke sekitar Kambang Iwak, nama kolam retensi peninggalan zaman Belanda tahun 1920-an, yang terletak di depan rumah dinas Walikota Eddy Santana Putra, di kawasan Jalan Tasik, Palembang.
"Warga Kota Palembang yang hobi olahraga pagi dan biasa senam di Kampus, kini sudah pindah aktivitasnya ke Kambang Iwak," tandas Apriadi.

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Schumi Masih Jagokan Red Bull

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 03:36 AM PDT

BARCELONA – Mercedes GP memang tampil apik dalam tes di Barcelona. Namun, Michael Schumacher masih menganggap Red Bull sebagai tim unggulan di Formula One (F1) tahun ini.
Schumi sempat mencatatkan waktu tercepat pada awal tes pra musim. Namun, setelah itu Mercedes GP banyak mengalami kesulitan. Schumi sempat kembali mencatatkan waktu tercepat pada hari keempat di Sirkuit Catalunya.
Meski mantan bintang Ferrari itu dan Nico Rosberg sempat menjadi pembalap tercepat, Schumi menolak Mercedes bisa meraih kemenangan di awal lomba F1 yang akan berlangsung di Melbourne, Australia.
"Kami memang mengalami kemajuan dengan mobil, jadi saya sangat senang," kata Schumi kepada wartawan. "Kini, kami tak perlu khawatir dengan daya tahan mobil. Kami mencoba memecahkan masalah sebelumnya."
Schumi sangat yakin, Red Bull akan memulai musim ini dengan gemilang. Setelah melewati paruh musim, Mercedes GP baru siap untuk mengalahkan Tim Banteng Merah itu pada paruh kedua balapan jet darat super cepat.
"Saya rasa, kami belum berada di posisi untuk meraih kemenangan. Saya tidak mengharapkan kami berada di posisi itu saat ini. Namun, saya sadar kami mulai membaik dan kami bekerja dengan baik," tegas Schumi.
"Kami sangat sadar Red Bull adalah tim yang sulit dikalahkan. Namun, musim ini masih sangat panjang, pertanyaan seperti ini mulai dilupakan. Saya berharap kami turut andil dalam hal ini," pungkasnya dilansir Autosport, Senin (14/3/2011).

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Harian Metro: Arena

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 02:02 AM PDT

Harian Metro: Arena

Koo-Tan hampa

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 12:31 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong gagal mencapai sasaran yang ditetapkan mereka dan jurulatih untuk bergelar juara Seluruh England apabila tewas kepada pasangan nombor satu dunia Carsten Mogensen-Mathias Boe 21-15, 18-21, 18-21 dalam masa 61 minit.

Jersi kuning milik Mehdi

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 11:41 AM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]MEHDI Sohrabi dari pasukan Tabriz Petrochemical, muncul pemenang peringkat terakhir Jelajah Malaysia (JM) dari Batu Caves ke Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai semalam, sekali gus turut menyarung jersi kuning selaku pemenang keseluruhan pada saingan kali ini.