Archive | August 16, 2016

Brazilian Olympic divers split over sex scandal….

Two Brazilian divers will no longer compete together after one of them reportedly engaged in a ‘marathon sex session’ in the athletes’ village. According to the New York Post, Giovanna Pedroso, 17, said she was booted from her room in the Olympic Village so that her partner, 20-year-old Ingrid Oliveira, could have a late-night romp with another athlete. Pedroso reportedly wasn’t allowed back in her room all night as Oliveira got busy with canoeist Pedro Goncalves. The pair finished last in the women’s 10m synchronised diving event last week after the massive rift. They came into the Olympics as medal contenders after winning silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games. “After the Olympics, I will focus on my individual,” Pedroso told Brazilian newspaper O Globo. “It’s good because I will not need to depend on anyone. Then I will be able to improve and evolve more.” Goncalves refused to comment saying “My personal life, I do not speak about.”

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Former FIFA President Joao Havelange dies….

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Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100. The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998. He resigned as FIFA’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted to hospital the following year with a lung infection. He was an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health. Havelange represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympics – the year he qualified as a lawyer – before his election to the IOC. As FIFA president he led the World Cup’s expansion from 16 to 32 teams, with six competitions held under his tenure. However, his career was also mired in controversy over bribery allegations.

Yannick Bolasie joins Everton….

Everton have signed DR Congo international midfielder Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace on a five-year deal for £25m. Bolasie, 27, spent four seasons with Palace after joining the London side from Bristol City in 2012. He played 143 times for Palace scoring 13 goals, and came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by West Brom. Palace manager Alan Pardew said after the 1-0 defeat: “We know his heart and soul may be elsewhere.” Bolasie said the move to Merseyside was a “no-brainer”, adding: “Now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge. “It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.” Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: “Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line.”

Shaunae Miller dives to Olympic 400m gold….

A dive at the finish line by Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas kept American favorite Allison Felix from gold at the final of women’s 400m race. The fall to the track for Miller was the finish to a personal best of 49.44 seconds in the event, just 0.07 seconds ahead of Felix’s time of 49.51. But the desperate move for gold has come under fire from many who question the fairness of an athlete leaving their feet to surge to the finish line. There’s no question of the legality of Miller’s dive. The rules say a runner can go to the ground across the finish line as long as he or she doesn’t impede another in the process. Even though Miller appeared to slightly cross into the lane to her left, it happened after the finish line and she didn’t impede any other runners.

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