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Nine O’Clock Nine O'Clock home | editorial | politics | world | business | sports | culture | home news home page » sports Euro 2012: Romania, great expectations from Zenica match vs. Bosnia25.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsImagineRomania is playing this week-end a crucial game in Zenica against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is looking to extend Romania?s wait for a first UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying victory, and perhaps score their first goals against their opponents in Group D.

Romania have named perhaps their strongest possible squad, with striker Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina) in line to make his first international appearance since a 5-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying loss against Serbia on October 10, 2009. Defender Dorin Goian (Palermo) is also back in the fold, while Razvan Cocis will bid to make a first senior appearance since June 2005 following his recall. The only new name in the squad is FC Dinamo?s in-form 21-year-old forward Marius Alexe.

This will be the teams? third meeting. They were paired in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004, with Romania winning both games.

The sides first met in Sarajevo on September 7, 2002 but the game was all over as a contest inside 27 minutes, as goals from…Tennis stars play football for Japan25.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsRafael Nadal, Novak Djo?kovic and Andy Murray took part in a charity football match in the United States to help raise money for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to Eurosport. The trio was among a glittering array of tennis stars who take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a second-division team, before attending a gala dinner. The money raised will help finance American Red Cross operations in Japan.

?I am very concerned for the people of Japan and think it is only right that we do whatever we can to help those in need,? said Djokovic, who has enjoyed an unbeaten start to the new season, winning his first 18 matches.

Some 15 ATP stars, in Miami for the Masters 1000 hardcourt tournament that started this week, on Wednesday joined with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the second-level North American Soccer League in a light-hearted match that ended in a 4-2 victory for the Strikers. The tennis stars received enthusiastic backing from a crowd…Moscow to host Skating Worlds25.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsThe International Skating Union Council decided on Thursday to allot the Championships to the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, to be held in the Megasport Arena in Moscow/Russia, on April 24-May 1, 2011, informs. The decision comesc after Japan Skating Federa?tion (JSF) declined holding the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011, scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan this week. ISU has received applications from its Member federations in Austria, Canada, Croatia, Fin?land, Russia and…Romania, Bulgaria to host EURO 2020? 25.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsRomania and Bulgaria could jointly organize the EURO 2020 tournament, Borislav Mihaylov, President of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), stated, being quoted by ?This is our wish and we are certain it?s the Romanians? wish too,? Mihaylov stated on his return from Paris where he was elected member of UEFA?s Executive Committee. ?We have several stadiums that could host the games in Sofia, Burgas and Varna,? Mihaylov pointed out. At the end of last year Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu launched the idea that Romania should host EURO 2024. …From the previous editions…Mircea Sandu wins new term in UEFA?s Executive Committee 24.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsImagineRomanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu has won a new four-year term within UEFA?s Executive Committee during the elections that took place during UEFA?s annual Congress in Paris.

Sandu won 15 votes in the run-up. This is Mircea Sandu?s second term within the Executive Committee after the one won in 2007. The FRF President also made a short review of his previous term: ?Romania won the right to host a U-19 final tournament; a 55,000-seat stadium is being built in Romania, a stadium where fans and the national team?s players will enjoy excellent conditions. We?ve also managed to build a base in Buftea, using funds from FRF, UEFA and FIFA. I haven?t done anything for me in my four-year term, I did everything for Romanian football,? he stated for


UEFA President Michel Platini has been re-elected for a second four-year term at the XXXV Ordinary UEFA Congress in…Sampras gets stolen trophies back24.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsTennis legend Pete Sampras has had his trophies returned anonymously by the thief who stole them last year thanks to a deal hatched by his lawyer and private detective, according to Eurosport. The retired superstar, winner of 14 Grand Slam titles in a glittering career, had his collection of trophies, medals, plaques, crystal vases and rings stolen from a storage facility last December. The trophies were dropped off at a hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Marina Del Rey, according to the LA Times, after secret negotiations between Sampras?s lawyer Anthony Salerno, a private investigator working with him, and a lawyer apparently representing the thief. Under the terms of the deal no further action will be taken, and the other stolen items – mostly furniture from Sampras?s house – will not be given back. LA police are currently conducting a full inventory of the stolen items, after which they will be returned to the tennis star….Six countries offer to host Skating Worlds24.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsSix countries have put in bids to replace Japan as host of the world figure skating championships following the earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 18,000 people, according to ABC News. International Skating Union president Ottavio Cinquanta said that the bids are from Russia (Moscow), Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia), the United States (Colorado Springs, Colo., or Lake Placid, N.Y.), Finland (Turku), Croatia and Austria. The Croatia offer is likely Zagreb, while Cinquanta believes Graz is Austria?s offer. Russia appears to be the leading candidate, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin having spoken in favor of the bid Tuesday, saying ?this is not a very expensive event and we are capable of taking care of all the…Razvan Lucescu: ?Higher pressure on Bosnia?24.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsJust days ahead of the important EURO 2012 qualifiers fixture against Bosnia, head coach Razvan Lucescu is trying to calm Romania?s fans, the latter still waiting for the team?s first victory in this campaign.

?We have to go to Bosnia to obtain a positive result. There is higher pressure on Bosnia because it plays at home and it has to win. We want to win this game. (…) This is the first time when only one player is unavailable and the others have obtained important performances at their clubs in the last 3-4 weeks,? Razvan Lucescu stated for In their turn, Dan Alexa (FC Timisoara) and Dorin Goian (Palermo) are optimistic ahead of Saturday?s game against Bosnia, especially against the backdrop of Mutu?s return at the national team. ?I want to play, to be able to help the team. I?m not making a goal out of scoring. If he calls on me I?ll try not to let him down. They have good players that play in Europe and are part of their teams? starting line-ups. I see Mutu…Hagi files resignation, Galata chiefs refuse it23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsImagineThe Turkish press writes that sports agent Victor Becali informed Galata?s President that Hagi intends to resign, but Adnan Polat did not accept his resignation.

Galatasaray head coach Gheorghe Hagi filed his resignation on Monday and told Adnan Polat that he wants to reach an agreement concerning the termination of contract but the official refused his resignation, ?Milliyet? informs, being quoted by Mediafax and The daily writes that Polat talked with sports agent Victor Becali on Monday. ?Hagi considers himself responsible for the situation the team finds itself in. Instead of parting ways at the end of the season he wants to go down that road now. We want to reach an agreement and terminate this collaboration,? Becali allegedly told Polat. ?With Hagi?s move placing him in a difficult situation, it seems Adnan Polat did not accept the proposal that came before the General Assembly meeting.

Galatasaray officials claimed that Hagi was expected in…UEFA to handle England?s television rights during 23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsEuro 2016 and World Cup 2018 qualifiersImagineThe FA has agreed to enter into a deal with UEFA over the television rights of England?s qualifying matches for the 2016 European Championships and the World Cup in 2018, informs.

The general secretary of the FA, Alex Horne, admitted that the cash influx will be higher than their own valuation of the television rights, which prompted the deal to take place. Through this, UEFA has now agreed terms with all 53 of its member associations over television rights, which will be sold collectively by the governing body of European football.

?We thought it through long and hard and we have got a good deal for ourselves out of it. It is higher than the current valuation of our rights,? said Horne. ?We have gone into this with our eyes wide open. It is a creative idea and we believe it will work.?

UEFA president Michel Platini maintained that the move for the European body to control the television rights for the international qualifiers would be beneficial…McLaren?s Lewis Hamilton dismisses Red Bull as ?just a drinks company?23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsLewis Hamilton has dismissed last year?s Formula One world champions Red Bull as just a ?drinks company? and claimed McLaren and Ferrari will do everything in their powers to reassert their dominance of the sport, uk informs.

Red Bull won the constructors championship last year, with their driver Sebastian Vettel also becoming the youngest-ever Formula One champion.

McLaren have experienced an unhappy testing period ahead of the start of the new season, but boss Martin Whitmarsh claims the team have now made ?dramatic changes? to their MP4-26 car just days ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton has already started a war-of-words with his rivals before the first race, dismissing Red Bull?s changes of dominating Formula One. ?I am 100 per cent certain that neither McLaren nor Ferrari will ever let that happen,? he said. ?They [Red Bull] have not been there as long as our teams. Our teams have got status they would like to keep. ?For many, many years it…Blatter ?to stand down in 2015?23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsSepp Blatter will make way for a successor as FIFA president in four years? time if he is re-elected in June, he announced on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Blatter is seeking a fourth term as FIFA president and is being challenged by Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam. The 75-year-old told UEFA?s Congress in Paris that if he wins he will definitely stand down in 2015. Blatter said: ?You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as FIFA president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate.

?Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started. We want to ensure a better future for our youth.??

The new president will be elected at a FIFA Congress which starts on May…Gov?t will offer funds to finish National Arena23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsBucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated on Tuesday that the government will respect its financial commitment in order to have the National Arena finished, namely RON 320 M. ?It?s a promise and I have the certainty that these funds can be offered, in line with the agreement that the government and the City Hall reached six years ago,? Oprescu stated while visiting the construction site. Construction site chief Stefan Monus assured him that the stadium will be operational by the end of June. …Spain?s Teixeira Vitienes to referee Bosnia vs. Romania23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsFernando Teixeira will referee the game that pits Bosnia against Romania in the EURO 2012 qualifiers. The Spaniard is familiar with Romanian football, having refereed Steaua vs. FC Timisoara (1-0) in League I last season. Bosnia and Romania will meet in the EURO 2012 qualifiers on Saturday at 8.15 PM. The game will be broadcast live on ProTV….Former Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov dies23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsFormer Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov, seven times Olympic champion, died on Monday at the age of 58, ?L?Equipe? informs. Andrianov had been suffering from multiple systemic atrophy for several years. Andrianov won gold in Montreal in 1976. He was also Olympic champion in floor events (1972, 1976), still rings event (1976), vault events (1976, 1980) and team event (1980). He also won 5 silver medals and 3 bronze medals at the Olympic Games. At the World Championships the Russian gymnast won four titles (all-round event in 1978, team event in 1979, still rings in 1974 and 1978). He won 9 gold medals at the European Champion?ships, including in the all-round event in 1975….Messi and Mourinho, best-paid in the world23.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsRecognized as the best football player in the world, Argentina?s Lionel Messi is also the best-paid player in the world in 2011, having revenues of EUR 31 M according to ?France Football.? On Tuesday ?France Football? named Portugal?s Jose Mourinho as the best-paid head coach in the world, with revenues of EUR 13.5 M. Two times winner of the Ballon d?Or, FC Barcelona?s Messi remained the best-paid player in the world, having an annual salary of EUR 10 M, but has hiked his revenues through advertisement contracts. According to the French publication, in 2011 he allegedly won less than he did last year (EUR 33 M) and remains far behind American Golf player Tiger Woods (EUR 53 M), who is the best-paid sportsman in the world. Messi is followed by Portugal?s Cristiano Ronaldo (EUR 27.5 M), whom Real Madrid pays EUR 13 M. England?s Wayne Rooney is third with EUR 20.7 M….League I: Unirea Urziceni 1 ? FC Brasov 123.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsUnirea Urziceni drew against FC Brasov on Monday evening at home, score 1-1 (0-1 at half time) in the last game of leg 22. Marian Cristescu put the visitors ahead just 4 minutes into the game. Iulian Apostol?s free kick from the edge of the box brought Unirea a late equalizer in the 89th minute. Unirea?s Epaminonda Nicu shook the crossbar in the 43rd mi?nute. This was Unirea?s first point in 2011, while for FC Brasov this was the 6th consecutive game without defeat….Adrian Mutu returns to national team ahead of match against Bosnia22.03.11 | by: Serban Georgescu | in: sportsImagineAfter an absence of one and a half years striker Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina) will return to the national team and will play in Romania?s game against Bosnia at the end of this week and against Luxembourg next week, the two games counting for the European Championship 2012 qualifiers.

Mutu played well in the last legs of Seria A, managing to score an important goal in Fiorentina?s game against AS Roma (final score 2-2), something that probably convinced head coach Raz?van Lucescu to ignore the player?s disciplinary problems.

At the end of the week the Italian press praised Mutu but also Cristian Chivu (Interna?zionale Milano) who was also convened at the national team. ?Fiorentina has to be careful not to lose the Romanian this summer because it lacks another player of his value and it won?t find another either. Class, technique, ideas, goals, this is Adrian helping out Fiorentina,? ?La Repubblica? daily wrote.

?Central fullback Chivu is another player….Tennis: Unbeatable Djokovic claim Indian Wells Crown22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsImagineNovak Djokovic just cannot stop winning. The Serb extended his unbeaten run to 20 matches as he came from a set down to defeat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a gripping finale at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, according to

The 23-year-old Djokovic has not lost a match since falling to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last November, leading his country to Davis Cup glory in December before beginning the 2011 season with victories at the Australian Open (d. Murray) and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Federer).

?I don?t think anybody is unbeatable. I do have the best period of my life on the tennis court, but nobody is invincible,? he said. ?Still you are just trying to play your best in each match you?re playing.?

?The serve was the difference today in my opinion,? said Nadal. ?It?s true I played with less intensity after the first set, but I think everything is because of the…Moto GP: Stoner triumph in Qatar22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsAustralian rider Casey Stoner became the first Honda rider to win the opening race of the MotoGP season since 2003 with his third victory in Qatar on Sunday, CNN informs.

The Australian emulated seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi?s effort as he triumphed after starting in pole position; he is the only motorcyclist to have ever won at the Losail circuit after qualifying fastest, repeating his 2009 feat. The 25-year-old finished 3.440 seconds ahead of Yamaha?s second-placed world champion Jorge Lorenzo, with Honda Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa third. Rossi, who replaced Stoner at Ducati after leaving Yamaha, finished back in seventh in his debut race for the Italian team.

Stoner, the 2007 world champion and a winner in Qatar the following year, also started last year?s race from pole but crashed on lap six.

This time, however, he let teammate Dani Pedrosa pass him early on, while his fellow Spaniard Lorenzo also took the lead during the 22-lap…Geneti beats LA Marathon record22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsWith temperatures in the mid-50s and rain falling, Ethiopia?s Markos Geneti navigated the ?Stadium to Sea? course in remarkable fashion, winning the L.A. marathon in 2h:06:35, smashing the event record by 1:49, and tying countryman (and marathon World record holder) Haile Gebrselassie for number two on the all-time fastest marathon debut list, according to

Markos Geneti was formerly better known as a track runner. The 2001 World Youth 3000m champion and 2002 World Junior silver medalist at the same distance, Geneti in the senior ranks took the 2004 World Indoor 3000m bronze medal.

Behind Geneti came three Kenyan runners: Nicholas Kamakya in 2:09:23, 2008 L.A. champion Laban Moiben in 2:13:12, and two-time defending champion Wesley Korir in 2:13:23. Deba?s victory came over debuting American Amy Hastings of the Mammoth Track Club who finished just 29-seconds behind the Bronx-based Ethiopian.

For their victories Geneti and Deba both won USD 25,000…Gymnastics: Izbasa wins gold at France Internationals22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsOn Sunday Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbasa won gold in the floor event at the France Internationals. Romania?s Diana Chelaru finished on second place in the floor event and on third place in the vault event, while Ana Porgras finished on second place in the balance beam event, informs. Sandra Izbasa won 14,833 points in the floor event, while Chelaru totaled 14,633 points. Russia?s Anna Dementieva finished on third place with 14,433 points, followed by Italy?s Vanessa Ferrari (12,700 pts). Romania?s Flavius Koczi won two silver medals in the men?s events ? one in the floor event and one in the vault event. Koczi won 15,266 points in the floor event, finishing behind Chile?s Enrique Thomas Gonzalez Sepulveda (15,466 pts). In the vault event Koczi won 15,800 points, finishing behind Sepulveda once again (16,099 pts)….Athletics: Nicoleta Grasu wins silver at European Cup22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsOn Sunday, day two of the European Athletics Cup in Sofia, a competition reserved for throwing events, Romania won two medals. Nicoleta Grasu won silver in the seniors? discus throw event, while Bianca Perie won gold in the juniors? hammer throw event, Agerpres informs. On Saturday Romania?s Sergiu Ursu won a bronze medal in the men?s discus throw event. Nicoleta Grasu, multiple winner of Olympic medals, world and European champion, won silver with a 59.44-meter throw. Russia?s Olesia Korotkova won gold with a 60.2-meter throw, while Russia?s Vera Ganeva won bronze with a 57.45-meter throw. Romania?s Bianca Perie won gold in the juniors? (U-20) event with a 67.38-meter throw….League I: Dinamo climbs on 4th place22.03.11 | by: Nine oClock | in: sportsDinamo Bucharest climbed on 4th place in the League I rankings following its clear Sunday evening victory against FCM Targu-Mures, score 4-1. The goals of the team coached by Ioan Andone were scored by Torje (45th and 65th minutes), Ganea (28th minute) and Danciulescu (69th minute). Liviu Ganea scored for the visiting side (77th minute, own goal). Also on Sunday, title holder CFR Cluj won its home game against Spor?tul Studentesc, a team that ranks at the bottom of League I, score 2-0. The goals were scored by Bastos (20th minute) and Gabi Muresan (56th minute). Universitatea Craiova, a team that has not won a League I game since November 1 last year, is still in the demotion area following its draw against Astra Ploiesti at home, score 1-1. … Romanian Red Cross, humanitarian appeal for Japan The Romanian Red Cross calls for an emergency humanitarian appeal to come to the aid of the victims of the devastating Japan quake. Those who wish to make online donations or to request information on family members can access the website. The special accounts, to which donations can be made, are opened at BRD, the Roman Square Agency:
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