Sunday, 31 October 2010

SPAIN EDGE PAST MALAGA .... JUST! | Spain | Leader - News, Sport, Advertising, Property, Classifieds - Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Calida, Costa de Almeria, Spain

SPAIN EDGE PAST MALAGA .... JUST! | Spain | Leader - News, Sport, Advertising, Property, Classifieds - Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Calida, Costa de Almeria, Spain: "Santa Maria Bowls Club confirmed their support for the Federacion Andaluza De Bolos and the Federacion Espanola De Bolos, by contributing funds and staging the Highest level match of Bowls, on the Costa Del Sol.
Malaga newly formed select squad played the Spanish National Squad and the development team at Elviria, Santa Maria Bowls Club. What a pleasure to see such wonderful competitive bowling of a world class.
Malaga lost against the National squad section but managed to beat the development part of the squad. This resulted in an overall of, 31points to Malaga and 33 points to Spain, defeat for Malaga, but what a result.
Printing the words of the International Director Graham Marlow, a very competitive Team with the mission and ability to improve and win against provincial and National Squads."

Real Madrid Remains Unbeaten in Spain; Juve Beats Milan 2-1 in Serie A - Bloomberg

Real Madrid Remains Unbeaten in Spain; Juve Beats Milan 2-1 in Serie A - Bloomberg: "Real Madrid came from behind to beat Hercules 3-1 and remain unbeaten in Spanish soccer’s Primera Liga.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the final eight minutes to give Real the win. David Trezeguet scored for Hercules in the third minute and Angel di Maria tied the game early in the second half."

McDowell and Maybin lead in Spain | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/31/2010

McDowell and Maybin lead in Spain | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/31/2010: "SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell shot a 1-over 72 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the European PGA Tour's Andalucia Masters with countryman Gareth Maybin.
Maybin had a 70 at the Valderrama course to match McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, at 6 under.
Martin Kaymer, who needs to win or finish second to take the top spot in the world ranking from Tiger Woods, had a 70 to drop 9 strokes behind the leaders."

Friday, 29 October 2010

Martin Kaymer makes slow start at Andalucia Masters in bid to topple Tiger Woods

Martin Kaymer makes slow start at Andalucia Masters in bid to topple Tiger Woods
Martin Kaymer began four potentially seismic rounds of golf with barely a murmur on Thursday, fading into Valderrama’s arresting backdrop of the Costa del Sol as he faltered early in his attempt to wrest the mantle of world No 1 from Tiger Woods.
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new role has been found for the French ex Real Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane, who will now act as a go-between between the players and the management

new role has been found for the French ex Real Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane, who will now act as a go-between between the players and the management of the club. His role was confirmed in a meeting on Wednesday between the club chairman, Florentino Pérez and manager José Mourinho.

Zidane takes over his new job straight away and joins the team on their trip to Milan next week.

Jorge Valdano said that Zidane’s role would become clear as the season continued, but he would accompany the team in the Champions League and on some league games, but he will not sit on the bench. He will not help in technical areas, but will ‘offer his experience being close to Mourinho with whom he has a good feeling’, said Valdano.

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Photos of Rafa Nadal are being replaced on the stand for the Baleares at the World Travel Market

Photos of Rafa Nadal are being replaced on the stand for the Baleares at the World Travel Market in London which gets underway in a fortnight.

One of the hoteliers on the islands told El Mundo that ‘It seems that they have not paid Nadal what was agreed and that is why they have to take him down’. It seems the advertising contract is on ‘stand by’, but the hotelier has said that it is almost as expensive to redesign the stand as to pay the player what he is owed.

The contract is reported to have been worth six million € over three years and was signed two years ago, to use the image of the World Number One tennis player and see him in TV ads for the islands.

Meanwhile Turespaña, the national Spanish tourist board has now also showed an interest in using the player.

Nadal has also been named as the second most influential sportsman in the world in a poll at www.askmen.com. He was beaten only by the American football player, Drew Brees.

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company owned by retired Australian golfer Greg Norman, The Stripe Group, has purchased the Valderrama Golf Course, at Sotogrande, Cádiz

company owned by retired Australian golfer Greg Norman, The Stripe Group, has purchased the Valderrama Golf Course, at Sotogrande, Cádiz, including associated facilities and properties.

Valderrama was previously owned by Soto Properties and Jaime Ortiz and 250 partners and Santander has advised them in the sale, the value of which has not been made public.

It is considered the best golf course in Europe, and was host to the Ryder Cup in 1997, and will host the Andalucía Masters between October 28 and 31.

Norman has strengthened the position of his company in Europe with the purchase, and in a statement said had consolidated the position ‘as leader in the business of golf events in all the world’.

It’s understood that a new project for the development of Valderrama will be presented shortly, ‘keeping the interests of the golf club members at a premium

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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Controversy in Spain over "Classico" date

Controversy in Spain over "Classico" date: "With just a month before the first 'classico' between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga controversy is growing over which day the match should be played.
The first meeting of the two Spanish football giants is due to be played in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium on the weekend of Nov. 28-29.
However, Nov. 29 is the date for the elections for the Catalan Parliament and authorities would prefer the two events didn't coincide to avoid affecting turnout at the polls and placing extra stress on the local police force, which would have the obligation to cover two major events at the same time."

Off-form Kaymer gives Westwood the advantage in race to be world's No 1 | Mail Online

Off-form Kaymer gives Westwood the advantage in race to be world's No 1 | Mail Online: "Lee Westwood could afford a wry smile yesterday as he relaxed at home in Worksop with his feet up resting his injured ankle.His chances of taking over from Tiger Woods as the world's No 1 on Sunday improved as Germany's Martin Kaymer struggled in the opening round of the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama."

Spain's Pablo Larazabal takes first-round lead at Andalucia Masters

The Canadian Press: Spain's Pablo Larazabal takes first-round lead at Andalucia Masters: "Spain's Pablo Larazabal shot a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Andalucia Masters, while Germany's Martin Kaymer struggled in his attempt to overtake Tiger Woods in the world rankings.
Kaymer needs to win or finish in a second-place tie with no more than one other player to supplant Woods at No. 1. Kaymer shot a first-round 72, leaving him six shots off the pace and tied for 28th at Valderrama.
The 27-year-old Larazabal broke two shots clear of the field with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes during his a bogey-free round. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell shot 68 to share second with Ireland's Damien McGrane.
Kaymer said before the tournament that his priority was winning the second Race to Dubai as the top money-winner on the European Tour, but that could be in jeopardy after McDowell's strong opening round.
The Northern Irishman is second in earnings behind Kaymer, and if the U.S. Open champion wins Sunday he would close the gap with four lucrative events remaining."

Spain and Portugal deny 2018 World Cup deal | Metro.co.uk

Spain and Portugal deny 2018 World Cup deal | Metro.co.uk: "Fifa is probing an alleged agreement between two countries bidding separately for the two tournaments to exchange votes, something strictly forbidden.
Fifa did not name the countries but former general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen is alleged to have told undercover reporters Spain/Portugal has a deal with Qatar.
Miguel Angel Lopez, chief of the Iberian bid, said: ‘I’m ready to work with Fifa to clear this matter up."

Ballon d'Or confirms Spain's sporting dominance - Telegraph

Ballon d'Or confirms Spain's sporting dominance - Telegraph: "European Championships: Spain is the current European Champion and will remain so until the next tournament in 2012. They defeated Germany 1-0 in the final becoming only the second nation since France in 1984 to win all group stage fixtures and win the European Championships. Spain is the first team to win the tournament undefeated since Germany in 1996.
World Cup: Spain won their first world title this summer after defeating third-time finalists the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time.
Uefa Europa League: Atletico Madrid defeated Fulham in May 2010 to become Europa League champions."

Sports Desk Blog | Golf's reign in Spain

Sports Desk Blog | Golf's reign in Spain: "THE RECESSION may have struck, prize funds are down, several tournaments have disappeared but it isn’t all doom and gloom for the European Tour.
This week, the Tour has pitched camp at Valderrama on Spain’s Costa del Sol — or as the tourism people in these parts would have it, the Costa del Golf.
Valderrama is the brainchild of the Bolivian tin mine billionaire Jaime Ortiz Patino who in many ways set the trend for wealthy people to host the Ryder Cup — as Dr Michael Smurfit did at The K Club in 2006 and Sir Terry Matthews at Celtic Manor this year.
The Ryder Cup came to Valderrama in 1997 when Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to victory. The Robert Trent Jones junior designed course was acknowledged as one of the best in Europe if not further afield and over the years hosted the hugely successful season ending Volvo Masters. Irishmen Ronan Rafferty and Padraig Harrington won that prestigious event and in the process led the way home in the European Tour order of merit. Paul McGinley is another former winner and it was an event that held a special affinity for Irish fans who turned up in their hundreds every year.
However, all the time the Patinos were building more and more villas and apartment blocks on the site until such time that it now barely has the space to stage a tournament of the status of the 3m Andalucia Masters."

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters Golf Odds: Kaymer could go top of the World | Great Field at Valderrama Including teen sensation Manasser

Andalucia Valderrama Masters Golf Odds: Kaymer could go top of the World | Great Field at Valderrama Including teen sensation Manasser: "Several European ‘Big Guns’ will be teeing off this week in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters Golf tournament in Spain but none have as much to gain as, Martin Kaymer. The German Ryder Cup player, who knows that a win, or a second place or a second place tie with one other player, at Valderrama will lift him above Lee Westwood and more significantly, Tiger Woods to the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings.
As such the 25 year old German has been made the 6/1 favourite by Ladbrokes to win the tournament, with next best in the betting being his biggest rival in the Race To Dubai, Graeme McDowell with odds of 14/1.
Kaymer of course became the first player, since Tiger Woods in 2006, to win three titles consecutively on tour, after he won the Dunhill Links Championship earlier this month. That title added to his Dutch Open win in September and his first ‘Major’ victory at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August. He was not quite up to making if four last week when finishing level with McDowell in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf behind Ernie Els. It should also be remembered that he also won in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the season and now has four titles this year alone. He is already well clear of his rivals in the Race To Dubai, being nearly a million Euros ahead of McDowell in second place, which means that he could effectively be top of Europe and the world by Sunday evening."

Valderrama Masters betting | Golf365 | Golf News, Live Golf Scores, Equipment Reviews, Blogs

Valderrama Masters betting | Golf365 | Golf News, Live Golf Scores, Equipment Reviews, Blogs: "Golf will have a new World Number One come Sunday evening and he'll be a European. Sounds good, doesn't it?
England vs Germany.
Westwood vs Kaymer.
Except Westwood can do nothing but look on in the hope that Martin Kaymer doesn't do what Martin Kaymer does best and win the Andalucia Valderamma Masters as the European Tour returns to its spiritual home after a year away.
There's no doubt Kaymer can do it. Anyone else might be phased by the prospect of taking over from the greatest player the game has ever seen, but not him. At 25-years-old Kaymer is already a Major Champion and Ryder Cup winner and he might just be on the verge of dominating golf in the same way Tiger Woods did at his peak."

Monday, 25 October 2010

MANASSERO ROCKETS UP RANKINGS | Sporting Life - Golf News | Castello Masters, PGA Tour, Tiger Woods

MANASSERO ROCKETS UP RANKINGS | Sporting Life - Golf News | Castello Masters, PGA Tour, Tiger Woods: "Matteo Manassero, the 17-year-old Italian whose four-shot triumph at the Castello Masters in Spain on Sunday made him the European Tour's youngest-ever winner, is up from 164th to 88th in the world.
Last year's British amateur champion - he was the youngest to lift that title too - began the year ranked 570th.
German Martin Kaymer, meanwhile, has moved to a career-high third and either he or England's Lee Westwood will end the 282-week reign of Tiger Woods this week.
Woods, not back in action until next week's WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, is certain to lose the top spot on Sunday."
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Drivers Championship now has a different feel, not only with Alonso leading, but also because Lewis Hamilton’s second place

The Drivers Championship now has a different feel, not only with Alonso leading, but also because Lewis Hamilton’s second place taking up to third in the table and keeping his championship hopes alive.

The top ten standings are now

F. Alonso 231
Mark Webber 220
Lewis Hamilton 210
S. Vettel 206
Jenson Button 189
Felipe Massa 143
Robert Kubica 124
Nico Rosberg 122
M. Schumacher 66
R. Barrichello 47

The maths though make Alonso the only driver who could seal the championship, which would be his third, in the next of the last two remaining races in Brazil. If he wins and Webber is fifth of lower, he becomes Champion.

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61st career win on the Rally of Spain

Sports digest - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 25, 2010: "Sebastien Loeb continued his dominance of the World Rally Championship season with his 61st career win on the Rally of Spain yesterday.
The Frenchman led the event from start to finish in his Citroen and was in total control heading into the final four stages with a mammoth 44.4 second advantage over the privateer Citroen of 2003 world champion Petter Solberg.
And Loeb, who clinched his seventh-consecutive world title on home soil three weeks ago, paced himself to prevail by a margin of 35.3 seconds and seal a landmark success for his C4 WRC.
The win means the car, which has been used by the French marque over the last four seasons but will be retired at the end of the year, has never been beaten on a rally based on asphalt stages."

Golf: Manassero makes history in Valencia - ClubCall.com

Golf: Manassero makes history in Valencia - ClubCall.com: "Matteo Manassero secured a four-shot victory at the Castello Masters to become the youngest European Tour event winner.
The 17-year-old Italian sealed the title thanks to three consecutive birdie putts on the back nine to move to 16 under with a final-round 67. Manassero saw off Spain's Ignacio Garrido into second place on 12 under, while overnight leader Gary Boyd slipped to third in Valencia after the Englishman dropped four shots to finish on 11 under.
'It feels fantastic. It's unbelievable, a very special moment,' said Manassero afterwards.
'I couldn't imagine to be a winner the first year, it was just to keep my card and now I'm a winner already.'
'The turning point was saving par on 12 and then hitting birdie on 13,' Manassero added.
'I was very nervous at the beginning and very nervous at the end even with a good cushion of shots.'"

Sky Sports | Formula 1 | Teams | Ferrari | Ferrari boss wants focus

Sky Sports | Formula 1 | Teams | Ferrari | Ferrari boss wants focus: "Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has told his team that they should not get carried away after Fernando Alonso took victory in the Korean Grand Prix.
Alonso took advantage of Red Bull problems to claim his third win in four races and move to the top of the drivers' championship standings.
It marks a dramatic turnaround for the Italian team as Alonso's title chances seemed slim when he crashed out in Belgium before his run of form.
Di Montezemolo is delighted with the recent success but insists that there is still a lot of work to do before the celebrations can begin.
'What I am most pleased about is we have shown with determination, hard work, level headedness and the will to win, we can get out of the most difficult situations,' Di Montezemolo said."

Real Madrid got it all together with a 6-1 result against Racing de Santander

Exciting matches at the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday night with the leaders Real Madrid continuing recently found good play.

Real Madrid got it all together with a 6-1 result against Racing de Santander which thrilled the public at the Bernabeu, and four of the goals came from Cristiano Ronaldo, the last one from the penalty spot.
Racing opted for defensive play but they held out only ten minutes against the Real attack as Mourinho’s side played together as a team and the strikers found their mark. Higuaín opened the scoring after ten minutes and Diop got the consolation goal for the visitors in the last minutes of the match.

Barcelona also had a good result with a 2-0 win away against
Bottom placed club Real Zaragoza, with both goals coming from Leo Messi. Reporters say that Barça did not play well however with a couple of chances missed by Zaragoza in the first half. Leo Ponzio was sent off for Zaragoza at the start of the second half.

Giant killers of the night were Mallorca who travelled to Valencia and came away with a 1-2 win. Mallorca also had good matches against Madrid and Barça, and the result is the second consecutive defeat for Valencia.

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Fernando Alonso celebrates his win

Fernando Alonso celebrates his win - Photo EFE
It was a chaotic race marked by rain, the safety car, and poor condition of the track

Fernando Alonso has won the South Korea Grand Prix and now leaders the World Drivers’ Championship.

The two Red Bulls failed to finish, Webber crashing out and Vettel’s engine not lasting the conditions which were somewhat chaotic.

The race started behind the safety car because of rain, but was red flagged after just four laps after which there was a considerable delay of nearly an hour and a half before the race got underway again. Once again it was behind the safety car which remained in place until the 18th lap.

Alonso lost second place to Lewis Hamilton after a slow pit stop for Ferrari, but gained it back when the British driver lost control on one of the bends after the long straits which make up the new circuit which many consider was not ready for use. There certainly seemed to be little camber or drainage.

After the exit of the Red Bulls in rapidly fading light it was just a question of whether the intermediate tyres would last the duration.

The other Spanish driver, Jaime Alguersuari, finished just outside the points at 11th.

The Drivers Championship now has a different feel, not only with Alonso leading, but also because Lewis Hamilton’s second place taking up to third in the table and keeping his championship hope

Miguel García from Salamanca collapsed in the 57th minute of the game against Betis on Sunday

Miguel García from Salamanca collapsed in the 57th minute of the game against Betis on Sunday

Salamanca player, Miguel García, collapsed during the game against Betis on Sunday, and the press reports today that he ‘died’ on the pitch for some 20 seconds.

He was attended to by medics on the pitch who had to perform cardiac arrest before he was taken to the Clínico Hospital in Salamanca where he is now reported to be ‘stable and recovered’.

Speed was of the essence; he collapsed in the 57th minute and was on his way to hospital in the 61st.

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