Paralympics 2014

Sochi 2014 Paralympic completed .
On Friday , February 14, Russia’s achievements are phenomenal – 64 medals, including 25 gold ! And this is not – wait victory over the U.S. team in the final ice sledge hockey.
And on Sunday, March 16 at 20:00 at the stadium ” Fischt ” begin a grand closing ceremony of the Paralympics , which will be held under the motto ” Impossible .” The closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in 2014 will be broadcasted live TV channel Russia .
Recall Palalimpiada held in Russia for the first time , and Russian athletes did not let us down – in the medal kitty has a fantastic number of awards – 64, of which 25 gold !
On the background of unprecedented achievements of our Paralympic athletes Paralympics closing ceremony again prove : the impossible – possible!
Closure of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 will be held at the stadium ” Fischt .” Starting ceremony at 20:00 on Sunday, 16 March 2014.

” Show” Achieving the Impossible ” glorify and Paralympic athletes will tell you that the impossible becomes possible through the power of the spirit and the relentless pursuit of the highest results.
The main hero of the ceremony will be medalist Paralympic Games in 2012 , a wheelchair athlete Alex Chuvashev . Demonstrating miracles of strength and courage , Alexey using only hands to climb the rope on the 15- meter height and once again proves that the impossible – possible “- the Paralympic Games Organizing Committee .

Ceremony designed to emphasize again isklyuzivnosti principle in action, open the music of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke choreographic composition performed by the group of dancers with disabilities ( members of the Russian Federation on wheelchair dance sport ) and trapeze artists in unique glowing costumes. Among the top performers – the world tenor Jose Carreras, Russian singer and Diana Nafset Chenib Gurtskaya conductor Alexei Petrov, pianist Oleg Akkuratov and dance troupe of 210 Cossacks running choreographer Nicholas KUBAREV . And all in the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014 will feature more than 460 artists.

Team Paralympic Games closing ceremony led by Chief Creative Director Konstantin Ernst and Executive Producer Andrew Nasonovskogo includes production designer Lida Castelli, associate director-producer Doug Jack , as well as producer of the ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Marco Balic .

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Justin Rose: US Open champion hits 67 in Connecticut

Justin Rose returned to action for the first time since his US Open triumph by shooting a three-under-par 67 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Rose became the first Englishman to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996 with victory at Merion last weekend.
Four days on, the 32-year-old was six shots behind first-round leader Charley Hoffman at the Cromwell course.

Hunter Mahan was one shot back after a 62, with Bubba Watson on seven under and six players on five under.

“Being announced as the 2013 US Open champion, I couldn’t help but smile before I hit my first tee shot,” said Rose.

“That’s an achievement that I’ve been dreaming about.”

Rose had more reason to smile when he birdied the first, but three bogeys in the next four holes left him two over par.

He then birdied the seventh and picked up four further shots in five holes from the 12th to remain in contention.

“I had a sluggish four or five holes where I struggled, but I stayed patient,” he added. “I’ve stayed sort of committed to the same things that worked so well for me last week. That was my goal today, really.

“When you play a tournament like this, it’s about keeping steady pace. If you put four rounds in the mid 60s together, you’re going to be very, very close.”

Hoffman hit two eagles in a stunning opening 61 for nine under.

Andy Murray faces Benjamin Becker in Wimbledon first round

Britain’s Andy Murray will face Germany’s world number 95 Benjamin Becker in the first round of Wimbledon.

The world number two is in the same quarter of the draw as sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France.

Murray, 26, avoided a possible quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, but could face the Spaniard or defending champion Roger Federer in the last four.

Nadal, seeded fifth after missing seven months of the last year through injury, may meet Federer in the quarter-finals.

World number one Novak Djokovic would avoid the top three until the final, with fourth seed David Ferrer in his half of the draw.

Tradition dictates that reigning champion Federer will open play on Centre Court on Monday, meaning both Murray and Nadal will also be in action on day one.

NBA: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs in decider to retain title

Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the deciding match of a dramatic series to retain the NBA title.
San Antonio were seconds away from clinching the championship on Tuesday before Miami fought back to win in overtime and force a decider.

With the series tied at 3-3, LeBron James scored 37 points to earn Miami the third title in their history.

The 28-year-old was named the most valuable player for the second successive season.

“To be able to come onto our floor and do it, it’s the ultimate,” said James, who had faced questions about his performances in key matches.

“I can’t worry about what everybody says about me. I am LeBron James from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m blessed.”

Courtside tickets were selling in Miami for up to $30,000 (£19,350) and the match lived up to the hype and expectation. The Spurs began strongly, taking a seven-point lead in the first quarter, though that was down to three by the latter stages of the third and they could not hold on.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich conceded the Heat were worthy champions.

“It’s no fun to lose, but we lost to a better team,” he said. “You can live with that as long as you’ve given your best. And I think we have.”

NBA commissioner David Stern described the series as a “championship for the ages” which had “captivated a global audience”.

Deron Williams, Avery Johnson say Nets’ communication is fine

“We have great communication. So the comments aren’t surprising,” Johnson said, according to ESPN New York. “And really and truly guys, I’m 47 now, turning 48, I don’t take anything personally. I communicate with all my players.

“Whether it comes out publicly or whether the guys talk to me about stuff privately, I got really thick skin, and it doesn’t irritate me one bit. So a lot of his concerns, we’ve talked about it privately. You guys just found out about it publicly.”

Johnson’s words came a few hours before the Nets were set to take on the Utah Jazz, who traded Williams to the Nets in February 2011. Ironically, it was widely reported at the time that Williams’ clash with coach Jerry Sloan led in part to Sloan’s abrupt retirement. On Monday, Williams stated that Sloan’s flex system was a better fit for his talents.

Williams signed a five-year, $98 million contract in the offseason to remain with the Nets. Brooklyn is 13-10 overall and 4-6 in their last 10 games, and Williams’ numbers are on the decline.

“I said that we’ve had struggles on offense here,” Williams said Tuesday. “I haven’t felt as comfortable here, which I’ve said all year. My stance hasn’t changed. I said I could adapt to any offense, and I’m working toward that.”

Johnson noted that Williams had autonomy to call plays, and that “about 30 percent of what we do is what was run with him in Utah.”

Through 23 games, Williams is averaging 17 points and 8.3 assists on 38.8 percent shooting from the field and 29.9 percent from 3-point range, which are all down from previous seasons for the 28-year-old All-Star. As noted by the New York Times, he’s generally settling for outside shots, rather than getting to the rim.

“We have great plays,” Williams said. “We’ve had instances where we’ve had great offense, so it’s not a problem. It’s a problem with consistently executing. And we do run a lot of iso plays, which benefits a lot of other people, so we’re gonna continue to run those plays, because that’s Joe game, that’s what he’s most successful at, and then Brook on the block as well.”

Rory McIlroy named European Tour golfer of the year

World number one Rory McIlroy has said being named European Tour golfer of the year is the “icing on the cake” after an “amazing season”.
The Northern Irishman ended the year as the world’s best golfer, topping the European and United States money lists.
The 23-year-old, winner of the US PGA Championship in August, said the list of previous recipients of the award read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of his sport.
“I’m delighted to now be a part of that in the history books,” said McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by fellow players on the US Tour earlier this month, becoming the youngest player to win the award since Tiger Woods in 1998.
“Everyone who knows me knows how special the 2012 season was,” said McIlroy, winner of four events in the States in 2012, as well as the World Tour Championship in Dubai.
“A couple of wins, including a major, and consistent performances in big events all helped me win The Race to Dubai for the first time.
“To win that was a massive highlight of an amazing season and I hope it will be the first of many.
“Now to have been named as European Tour Golfer of the Year puts the icing on the cake.”

US Open 2013: ATP unhappy with prize money and schedule change

The Association of Tennis Professionals has said it is not happy with the prize money offered or moving the men’s final day at next year’s US Open.
“The ATP and its players have made it clear we do not support a Monday final,” the men’s governing body said.
It also said the $4m boost to the prize fund was “appreciated” but that it would “continue discussions”.
“The ATP is committed to ensuring the players’ share of revenues reflects the value they generate,” it added.
On Friday, the US Tennis Association, which organises the US Open, announced prize money would increase to $29.5m (£17.9m) and that the men’s final, won in September by Andy Murray, would be played on a Monday, with the women’s final moved from Saturday to Sunday, allowing the players an extra day’s rest.
The ATP said, however, that it “strongly believed” the tournament should stick to a schedule similar to the other Grand Slams and would “continue to pursue this matter”.

Amare Stoudemire practices with Knicks’ D-League team, open to bench spot

The New York Knicks had said that they planned for Amare Stoudemire to practice with their D-League affiliate, and on Tuesday they followed through.

Stoudemire, along with Chris Copeland and James White, joined the Erie Bayhawks on Tuesday and practiced at the Knicks’ training center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

Stoudemire has missed the entire season while trying to work his way back from knee debridement. He previously targeted a Christmas Day return when the Knicks are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

As for Stoudemire’s role once he does return to the lineup, coming off the bench is on the table.

“Whatever it takes to win,” Stoudemire told reporters on Tuesday according to the Wall Street Journal, adding that the decision is to coach Mike Woodson and his staff. The Knicks’ frontcourt rotation currently is led by Carmelo Anthony (an early MVP candidate), Tyson Chandler and Rasheed Wallace.

The 6-foot-10 Stoudemire is in his third season with New York. He averaged 24.7 points and 8.0 rebounds two seasons ago, his first in New York, and 19.2 and 8.6 in 47 games last season.

Despite a Monday loss to the Houston Rockets in Jeremy Lin’s MSG return, the Knicks are off to a 16-6 start, leading the Atlantic Division. They have not gone beyond the first round of the playoffs (four appearances) since reaching the Eastern Conference finals in the 1999-00 season.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward to extend contract until 2018

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the Spanish club until 2018.
The Argentina international, 25, has enjoyed a record-breaking year for club and country, scoring 90 goals in 2012.
Defender Carles Puyol, 34, and midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 32, have also agreed new deals that will keep them at Barcelona until 2016.
“In the coming weeks Puyol, Xavi and Messi will sign their respective new contracts,” the club confirmed.
“This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players.”
Messi’s current deal expires in June 2016, with Puyol’s running until 2013 and Xavi until 2014.
All three players are products of the club’s famed academy.
Messi has been with Barcelona since he was 13 and made his league debut as a 17-year-old against RCD Espanyol on 16 October 2004.
He has been in the best goal-scoring form of his career in 2012 and surpassed Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year with a brace in a 2-1 win over Real Betis on 9 December.
Messi took his tally for the year to 90 on Sunday with another two goals as Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1.
He has scored twice in each of the last eight games he has started.
Messi is in contention to be named World Player of the Year for a fourth time, having been included on a three-man shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta.
Puyol, meanwhile, made his Barcelona debut in 1999 before becoming captain in 2004 – the same year Messi made his league debut.
He has made over 560 appearances and captained the club to three Champions League, five La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles.
Xavi is the longest-serving Barcelona player of the three, having made his debut in 1998. He holds the record for the most appearances with the club with 651.
Barcelona are in a strong position to claim a 22nd La Liga title this season.
They have a nine-point lead at the top of the table, having won 15 of the 16 games they have played so far this season

Racism row: Les Ferdinand says FA has let down black players

Former England striker Les Ferdinand says the Football Association let black players down by failing to suspend John Terry for more than four games.
Ferdinand says the Chelsea captain’s ban should have at least mirrored that of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, while Suarez received four matches for abusing Patrice Evra.
“The FA have let a lot of black people down,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“Well, every black person who is interested in football,” he added.
Former England captain Terry, 31, admitted using the word “black” and swearing at Anton – who is Les’s cousin – in the match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea at Loftus Road in October 2011.
Terry insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Anton had accused him of saying and was cleared by Westminster Magistrates’ Court of racial abuse in July.
However, he was found guilty by an independent FA commission in September.Former QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham striker Les, 45, said: “I’ve wrestled with ‘is John Terry a racist?’ What John Terry did was make a racist comment – and you have to suffer the consequences of that.
“If you drink and get your in car and get caught by the police you have to suffer the consequences of that. Whatever it may be.
“It may be the first time, but if you get caught you have to suffer the consequences of that.
“By the FA banning Suarez for eight games… you have to suffer the consequences of your actions.”
Terry decided not to appeal against his four-game ban and issued an apology for his actions. He has always denied being a racist.
Suarez was given a £40,000 fine by the FA in addition to his eight-game ban when he clashed with Manchester United defender Evra at Anfield last season.
Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome said he also believed the FA had been lenient with Terry.
“They acted quickly with the Luis Suarez case, giving him the fine and ban, and they showed a good stance on that one. But with John Terry a lot of people feel quite disappointed and quite angry actually.
“I [felt angry] myself, just as a human being, that they treated him differently than Luis Suarez with him being the England captain.
“The biggest issue people have is the sanctions being handed out and they don’t seem to be as strong as they should be. It’s like people are taking racism too lightly and trying to brush it under the carpet.”
Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior advocated life bans for racial abuse, adding: “The FA have let down the whole of society, not just black players.
“A lot of people are ashamed of what’s gone on, no matter their colour. It’s fine for the FA to say it was an independent inquiry, but it didn’t get the proper result.
“It depends how good a player you are what type of punishment you get – [Terry is] still Chelsea captain. We need zero tolerance. We need people to know that if you do this you are banned for life.