City reject Tevez transfer request

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have released an official statement confirming reports that Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer request, and the club revealed they have rejected the striker’s demand.

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Another MVP for James might not be so far-fetched after all

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

CLEVELAND — It probably was only a matter of time.

As enthusiastic as The Race committee is about scouting out new MVP prospects, especially early in each season, and as skeptical as certain members were about the ganged-up, shared-load approach being deployed by the Miami Heat this season, it figures that there would be no keeping down LeBron James for long.

Reigning two-time winners of the Maurice Podoloff trophy have a way of asserting themselves.

James makes his first appearance this week in the list of 10 for 2010-11 on the strength of his performance at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday — he pretty much punked the house on a night when he was supposed to be rattled and ill at ease — and on Miami’s three consecutive victories. Read more of this post

Voting results of WC 2018, 2022

Twenty-two members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote in the race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups with 12 votes needed for an absolute majority and therefore to obtain the right to host the World Cup.

This is how Thursday’s vote unfolded:


Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)

Round 2: Netherlands/ Belgium 2 votes, Spain/ Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority)


Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)

Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)

Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)

WC 2018, 2022 quotes

“I think it was the wrong decision.”

– US President Barack Obama after America lost out to Qatar for 2022.

“I think the bid team have done everything possible, we couldn’t have got a better bid.”

– David Beckham after England’s doomed 2018 bid.

“What did we expect? FIFA, as far as I’m concerned, is full of people who say ‘yes’ to your face and ‘no’ behind your back. England have little or no influence.”

– Former England manager Graham Taylor.

“Hurray! Victory! Now we have to really prepare the way we stage the World Cup. And, of course, put up a deserving performance.”

– Russia President Dmitry Medvedev.

“We also have a good league, we have extraordinary players, including our own, who are world champions. But, hey, I suppose that (members of FIFA’s executive committee) had different criteria from us.”

– Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after the joint Spain/Portugal bid for 2018 failed.

“We started off being written off, being the unconventional bid. And no-one thought we had a chance to win. On behalf of millions living in the Middle East, thank you FIFA for having such bold vision. We have a date with history which is summer 2022.”

– Qatar bid president Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“Soccer is dead to me. What a rort (scam). Who goes to Qatar to watch the world game? It’s a joke.”

– Australian fan Jeremy Tom after his country lost out to Qatar.

“It is bitterly disappointing. According to FIFA we had the best technical team, no one could identify any risks of coming to England. I think we had the strongest commercial bid and the country is passionate about football. But it turns out that’s not enough.”

– British Prime Minister David Cameron

“We had a very strong bid, sadly it didn’t work out. Congratulations has to go to Russia, they won and well done to them. I’m sure it will be a very good World Cup.”

– Prince William

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