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Susie Wolff set for full Formula 1 test for Williams

Susie Wolff will have her first full Formula 1 test at the wheel of a Williams in this week’s ‘young-driver’ test at Silverstone.

The Scot will drive on Friday, with race driver Pastor Maldonado in action on Thursday, while Spaniard Daniel Juncadella is set to test on Wednesday.

Teams are being allowed to run race drivers for one day at the test on 17-19 July to evaluate new tyres.

Wolff, 30, is currently the development driver for Williams.

She raced in the DTM German touring car championship for seven years before quitting the series to concentrate on her work with the British outfit.

Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff

Born: 6/12/82, Oban, Scotland

Role: Williams development driver

Previous racing experience: 2006-12 DTM German touring cars. Always driving at least a year-old car; best result ninth. 2005 – Formula Three in UK; 2001-4 – Formula Renault in UK

Married to Toto Wolff, Mercedes director of motorsport and executive director (business) Mercedes F1 team. Shareholder in Williams

It is not the first time Wolff has driven an F1 car – she had a familiarisation test with Williams last October and was the first to drive the team’s 2013 car this year at an aerodynamic test in February, and described the Silverstone test as “a fantastic opportunity”.

Wolff added: “It’s going to be a big challenge but the most important thing is to do a solid and consistent job and to give good feedback to the team to be able to prove I am at the level to compete on a day such as this.

“Most of my work is based in the simulator which is why this day is so important for me.

“It will give me a better understanding of what the car is like on track and how that correlates to the simulator which will also help further develop the work I can do there.

“I am not naive enough to think it will be easy. I know it’s going to be tough and a big challenge but the team have prepared me well and I just need to believe in myself. I will go out there and do the best I can.”

The last woman to enter the F1 world championship was Italian Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify for three races with Brabham in 1992 before being dropped. The last woman to race an F1 car was Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Only two other teams have so far confirmed their line-ups.

Lotus will use Kimi Raikkonen on the final day of the test with Frenchman Nicolas Prost – the son of four-time world champion Alain Prost – driving on Wednesday and reserve driver Davide Valsecchi on Thursday.

McLaren and Red Bull have chosen not to use their race drivers.

Reserve driver Gary Paffett (Friday) and young drivers Kevin Magnussen and Oliver Turvey will test the McLaren.

Portuguese Antonio Felix Da Costa, a contender for a Toro Rosso seat in 2014, will take the first two days for Red Bull, with Spain’s Carlos Sainz coming in on Friday.

Sauber will use Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday, and split the rest of its programme between reserve driver Robin Frijns and Japanese former Formula 3 driver Kimiya Sato.

The ‘young-driver’ test is an attempt to allow teams to try out drivers who have not yet raced in F1 – the rules dictate that those taking part must have competed in no more than two grands prix.

But this stipulation was waived following the problems at the British Grand Prix to allow Pirelli to try out its new tyre design on the track that had caused the most problems.

A series of problems all contributed to six drivers suffering blowouts during the race.

Although Pirelli said the manner in which the teams were operating the tyres was partially to blame, the biggest single cause is believed to have been a weakness in the construction of the 2013 tyre at the shoulder, where the sidewall meets the tread.

Pirelli has decided to revert to the construction used in 2012,which has a stronger shoulder, from the Hungarian Grand Prix, but combined with the softer rubber compounds used so far in 2013.

As there were no similar problems last year, none are expected with the new design, but the Silverstone test gives Pirelli a chance to make sure before the teams reach the races at Spa in Belgium and Suzuka in Japan, which make even more extreme demands of the tyres.

Mercedes will not feature at the test because of their ban for taking part in the controversial Pirelli tyre test.

Again Win Over Dragons, Warriors now 2-0

Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors beat Westports Malaysia Dragons back in the second game of the play-offs ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Warrios won by a score of 77-65, they are now 2-0.

Competing in front of supporters in Mahaka Square, Sunday (05/26/2013) evening local time, the Warriors get fierce opposition from the Dragons. John Todd Purves’s side just edged it 16-15 when the first quarter ended.

In the next 12 minutes, the Warriors failed to tighten defense. As a result, they conceded 20 points and only 18 points entering.

Time lags 34-35 in the second half of the game began, the Warriors were able to perform well. They managed to pack 19 points and holding the Dragons collection points when the third quarter ended.

In the final quarter, the Warriors were able to perform very well with 24 points while adding nicely to the Dragons defense only collected 14 points. The match ended with a score of 77-65.

Shown as a top performer in the game is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with 21 points and six rebounds.

With this result, the Warriors STAYED need one more victory to qualify for the final round. The next match will take place at home to the Dragons, Maba Stadium on May 29.

Longtime NBA exec Stu Jackson to leave post, Rod Thorn returns to league office

NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson will be leaving the league after more than 13 years, commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday. Jackson will be replaced by veteran league and team executive Rod Thorn, who will assume the title of President of Basketball Operations on August 1.

 

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” Stern said. “He informed (Stern and several other league officials) some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league, he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down. We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

 

Jackson was in charge of all oncourt and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct, discipline and analytics. He also served as chairman of the NBA Competition Committee and on FIBA’s Competition Commission and USA Basketball’s Board of Directors.

 

“The NBA has given me an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in sports and I am extremely proud to be associated with the remarkable global growth of the league, which couldn’t be in better hands with Rod coming in to lead Basketball Operations,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to applying my NBA experience as I move onto my next challenge.”

 

Jackson has been in college or pro basketball for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the NBA, he also served as as head coach of the New York Knicks, was President and General Manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies, head coach at the University of Wisconsin, and assistant coach at Providence College, Washington State and the University of Oregon.

 

Thorn, meanwhile, returns to the league office, where he previously spent 10 seasons as President of Basketball Operations, after executive stints with New Jersey and, most recently, Philadelphia. He also served earlier in his career with the Chicago Bulls.

Arsenal Make Bids Luis Suarez So £ 42 Million

EKSKLUSIF: Tawaran Arsenal Buat Luis Suarez Jadi £42 Juta

According to Goal UK, Arsenal have again filed a bid of £ 42 million to acquire Luis Suarez.

Arsenal are ready to pay compensation of £ 35 million transfer to Liverpool plus bonus £ 7 million to get their first big-name signings this summer.

Arsenal chase against Suarez has been developed over the past month. Suarez desire to leave Anfield seems increasingly stimulating Arsenal launching bid to continue. Moreover, the player’s representative said his client is interested in joining to the Emirates because of the lure of playing in the Champions League. Finally, Arsenal bid of £ 35 million, £ 30 million plus a bonus of £ 5 million, Liverpool rebuffed.

The new bid amount is a record for the Gunners. The figure was almost double that of their offer of £ 23.1 million while trying to tempt Gonzalo Higuain. Later Real Madrid striker was more inclined to move to Napoli with a record fee of £ 31.8 million.

Fasting challenge Indonesian Badminton National Team Players

Jakarta – The badminton Cipayung national training residents face a “dilemma” every time the month of Ramadan arrives. How do they get around fast, while strenuous exercise also can not be compromised?

Every day the players practiced twice the national training, morning and afternoon, except Wednesday morning only. Saturday and Sunday while they were off. Currently they practice to prepare for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, August 5 to 11 next.

There was no difference in the portion of practice on normal days with during the fasting month. Their morning practice from 7 to 10, while the afternoon from 4 to 6 o’clock.

“This time my Ramadan fasting four days, only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday),” said the specialist players mixed doubles, Tontowi Ahmad, when met detiksport yesterday (23/7).

However, not all completed fast. “Last Sunday I tried fasting, but it turned out to not be feeling well. Felt like fainting at practice Monday,” added the pair Liliyana Natsir.

Men’s singles player Tommy Sugiarto also choose not to fast if there is exercise, but try to live on Saturdays and Sundays.

“I’ve tried to keep the fast, on the second day, but I actually had to go to the hospital because of lack of fluids,” said the eighth ranked player in the world.

While the men’s doubles players Ulinnuha Muhammad admitted trying to remain abstinent even have to undergo training at the national training weight.

“It was not unusual since the club first. Mrs. advised that I always intend to fast. Issue if later forced to stop in the middle of the road, no problem,” said the player who is familiarly called Ulin it.

Until yesterday he said the new one missed fasting. “Yes dikuat-reinforced. Temptation is greatest in the middle of the day, even when it’s afternoon was no problem, including when it comes to the afternoon practice.”

So how fast they pay the debt? Tontowi choose to pay fidyah. “According to the mother, fidyah pay up to Rp 15 million. Was since who knows when I’m not fasting,” he said.

Tommy, who claims often perforated fasting since last 10 years, combining pay fidyah with fasting in other months when the weeekend.

“I often think when pursuing the hereafter, not just merely take care of the world,” lirihnya. “How to pay for fasting on the weekends when I can do outside of national training. Looking back now it may be easier to pay fidyah.”

The Ulin, who rarely breaking his fast, his fast would prefer to pay debts in the ordinary.

Lost in Final, Lisicki Keep Smiling

London – Sabine Lisicki was unable to stem the tears from his eyes after he lost in the Wimbledon Grand Slam final. But tears do not eliminate Lisicki smile of her beautiful face.

Lisicki had to settle for runner-up after defeated Marion Bartoli in the top of the party on Saturday (06/07/2013). The German was defeated in straight sets by a score of 1-6, 4-6.

When dealing with Bartoli, Lisicki is further supported spectators did not look my best when conquering Serena Williams in the last 16 or Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. He made a lot of unforced errors. The number of unforced errors to 25, while only 14 Bartoli.

“I feel good this morning, but this is an opportunity that you do not get every day,” said Lisicki in the tournament’s official website.

“This is really new for me. Everything is different. I was drained after two weeks, so many tough games, if you’ve got a tough draw like me.”

“Marion did not have to get rid of any big players. Against top players is different. They are heavier, longer. Rallies you have a power drain.”

Lisicki statement is true. He should meet the top players in the previous round as Francesca Shiavone (French Open champion 2010), Samantha Stosur (U.S. Open champion 2011), Serena (the world number one, collecting 16 Grand Slam titles), and Radwanska (number four the world). Meanwhile, Bartoli to qualify for the final once did not clash with the world top ten rankings.

“Physically and mentally I was not 100 percent. I get rid of three Grand Slam champion and should play to score 9-7 in the third set against Radwanska two days ago. Fresher Marion. Bit sad because I could not show my best game,” said Lisicki.

Although sad and disappointed, Lisicki could still show a smile after the game. He smiled as Bartoli held her in front of the net. When facing the photographers in the photo sessions, the 23-year-old virgin still well into a smile. When asked for a signature before leaving the court, Lisicki once again smiling.

“I show my best tennis here. I get rid of the champion and runner-up last year. Was pretty big,” said Lisicki.

“This tournament has certainly made me a better player. These days is tough, but this experience will help me in the future. Still believe I will be a champion one day,” he said.

Five New Terms coach Barcelona

FOKUS: Lima Syarat Pelatih Baru Barcelona

Search still continues, on Friday (19/7) and then Barcelona announced his retirement as coach Tito Vilanova Catalan club have had to continue treatment for salivary gland cancer which he suffered. And as one might expect, the attention immediately drawn to the exact figure will replace her.

Former Barca midfielder and team B coach Luis Enrique is the favorite to replace Vilanova, Gerardo Martino who also recently made the Catalans are interested and would hold a meeting with the Argentine coach on Monday (22/7).

Even so, there are many other big names who are called to lead Barca back decent success in domestic and European level on the 20013/14, Goal try to guess the criteria for the Catalan team’s quest for the ideal position to take the baton from Pep Guardiola and Vilanova who has led the over the last five years.

Vilanova so hard slap departure for Barcelona, ​​the Catalan club meseki have had in a while coach Joan Francesc Ferrer themselves or used to be called ‘Ruby’ which could also replace Villanova last season, but his name will not be seen to be the main trainer.

The end of July is not an ideal time to look for a new coach and there is also limited options for the Catalans. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas straight into a favorite for the position, but Barca have little opportunity to be able to bring the Portuguese man of White Hart Lane when his new season is getting closer.

Likewise with Michael Laudrup who has committed to Swansea success with the club from Wales in 2012/13 campaign. The Danish man, who has also been linked with rivals Barca, Real Madrid, has made a contract extension to stay afloat in the Premier League and understood, the assistant will now be disappointed if he decided to dock to the Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique had a situation not much different from having just extended his contract with Celta Vigo earlier this summer, but the former Barcelona and Spain star could still be obtained by redeeming clause of his contract worth € 3 million, with Barca includes Rubi as his successor.

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde is another coach who admired the Catalan club for some time, as the former Barcelona player, the name Velverde always called when Balugrana need new coach, but he had just handle Bilbao and has strong ties with the Basque so the move is almost impossible.

The former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had indeed decided to retire as a coach and no longer optional for this case, while Roberto Mancini is still unemployed after leaving Manchester City this summer, but did not enter as a strong option.

Frank Rijkaard names appear obvious, but his last two seasons at the Nou Camp without a trophy makes Barca have to think twice to give him a second chance.

Then there is the duo of Argentina, Marcelo Bielsa and Gerardo Martino. Both are still unemployed, Bielsa has left Bilbao at the end of last season and the new Martino out of Newell’s Old Boys. Both are so important consideration, although Martino is more favored as preferred by Lionel Messi and be attractive options if Barca did not so use the services of Luis Enrique.

Luis Enrique has played 300 times for Barcelona and also worked as coach of Barca B between 2008 and 2011. During that time, Enrique worked very close with the first team coach Pep Guardiola and Vilanova his assistant.

43-year-old man has also played with the senior retainer beberpa Catalan team today, as Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Victor Valdes, while he has also coached the younger players when he became coach at Barca B. If Blaugrana want continuity and a good understanding of the club, no one better than him.

Valverde and Laudrup, both a former Barca player, but the bond of their work with the Catalan team not so long ago, it would be difficult to pick them. While Rijkaard no longer be a serious consideration after his success at Barca in 2003 and 2006, when it won two Spanish league titles and one Champions League under her care. This is a selection of Dutch men old Barcelona president Juan Laporta and Rosell did not want to follow the footsteps of ‘former’ friends – now enemies – the.

Martino himself has keutungan as a recommendation Messi, but the Argentine coach has not been tested in Europe.

Athletic Bilbao brilliant performance in 2011/12 reminds us of the style of play Barcelona is attractive. Guardiola even known to ask for advice from Bielsa before beginning his coaching career remarkable. On several occasions, the Argentine coach Pep revealed that will fit into its successor at the Camp Nou. In the case style of play, former Argentina national team coach is considered compatible with the philosophy of the Blaugrana, although some players in Bilbao was needed a long time to understand the complex ideas of El Loco.

Philosophy is applied Martino played almost the same as Bielsa, he was also an admirer of Barca game. Newel’s brought the domestic title and reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores with an attractive game. Playing style also fit.

Style of attacking football that brought him admired Laudrup Camp Nou, while the style of play Valverde and Andre Villas-Boas is also ideal to be applied in the Catalan team. Portuguese coach is fond of using Barca favorite formation, the 4-3-3.

So also with Luis Enrique, who like Guardiola, will continue playing the Catalans and the system will adopt formations in Barca B. Former Roma coach is a marathon runner and competitor in the triathlon sporting event, so the physical will always be awake to memipin every match at Camp Nou – especially after the defeat by Barca in last season’s physical condition and highly visible when struck down Bayern Munich in the semi-finals Champions League.

While Mancini, deemed unsuitable as a more pragmatic approach, Barca could even stalking successors in the City, Manuel Pellegrini, if Tito resigned earlier. Barca have long admired the style of play the Chilean coach, but it is impossible because he has just joined the Etihad Stadium.

Bielsa relationship with the media is very tense, some time Argentine man makes his own mental players dropped due to comments spiciness, like Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente, both eventually left the club. The reason it makes Barca doubt will choose the former boss of the Albiceleste, who rarely live more than two seasons at the club he coached, and often leaving his team in a bad state.

Martino is much more muted. Rarely gets the spotlight when a Paraguayan national team coach from the local media, Newell’s former boss also enjoys harmonious relationship with the media that pose a good impression on players.

In this section, Luis Enrique was accused of arrogance when he was dealing with Rome and demanded his players to emulate Guardiola’s style of play, something that may be missing in Barcelona itself in the second round last season. Enrique is a popular player and coach at the Catalans, who indicated he would get more respect from the fans and the local media. It will make the players respect him, many players who’ve known him on and off the field.

Another name that will be competing, Laudrup and Heynckes both have a good profile to be a coach in the Camp Nou, is known for his good relations with the media and players. It reminds us of when Jose Mourinho was not an option Barca in 2008 because of the style of play and his controversial stance on the media.

Last seen three coaches in Barcelona, ​​performance management is not a primary criterion for choosing their Catalan. Rijkaard arrived at the Camp Nou without winning a trophy as a coach, Guardiola did not have a regular team coaching experience, while Vilanova was promoted from his position as a former assistant. However, they eventually succeed in Blaugrana.

Of some coaches rumored in recent days, Heynckes is the most successful (exception on Ferguson, who is almost impossible to train Barca). Mancini was also a successful coach, while Villas-Boas won three trophies in one season with Porto, Martino grabbed the title Argentina with Newell’s (also four league titles Paraguay) and Laudrup won the English League Cup for Swansea last season.

Luis Enrique may be present without the achievement of a career that was briefly at senior level, but his track record as a player and coach of Barca B team is very successful (he brought them to the Segunda Division) has to figure the most likely of all the candidates there. So clear is the reason, why Enrique is a prime target for the Catalan team receives the baton from his colleagues before, Vilanova.

Fifa: Diving is a cancer in football

football diving

Vice president of the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) Jim Boyce said he believes the practice of diving or pretending to fall into “cancer in the sport of football.”

Boyce’s statement is his reaction after watching video footage of Luis Suarez as Liverpool’s players fell to the ground in a match Liverpool against Stoke which ended goalless at Anfield today mingg.
“I’ve seen a few incidents and Suarez incidents, and for me it was nothing more than a fraudulent act,” he said.
“[Diving] into cancer in this sport. If it is very clear that it was a pretense, the perpetrators should be severely punished.”
Last September, Stoke manager Tony Pulis asked the Football Association (FA) to punish the players found guilty of diving to the suspension and played in three games last Sunday Pulis said Suarez should be punished it.
Boyce added that he also thought that the action was very important even if the incident was missed by the referee.
“The actions that can be dealt with retrospectively by disciplinary committees, and it is done in some associations, I believe that it is the right thing,” said Boyce.
“Sometimes it is very difficult for referees to judge whether something is cheating or fair and if the players do the diving, their task becomes more severe.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Suarez.
“At the moment there seems to be a set of rules for Luis and another rule for everybody except him,” Rodgers said.

Moyes Wants Rooney in Stockholm

While the future of Wayne Rooney continues to be associated with Chelsea, David Moyes confirmed that it will play a player who was ‘upset’ when against AIK in Stockholm next month.
“I hope Wayne is located in Stockholm,” said the successor to Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United legend.
“As far as I know he would join, he has started practicing jogging, the situation continues to improve,” said Moyes.
About Chelsea who kept trying to get the British star, back Moyes insists Rooney is not for sale.
“We have insisted he was not for sale and it has not changed”.