MADRID (Oct 30, 2012): Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says he is not a ball hog in an interview published Tuesday, a day after he picked up a Golden Boot award for scoring 50 goals last season.

“I have never considered myself a ball hog, even if others thought so,” the 25-year Argentine football wonder said in an interview with Spain’s top selling sports daily Marca.

“But I have also taken those opinions into account to try to improve,” said Messi, who also heads a 23-strong shortlist for a FIFA/France Football Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best footballer of the year.

The Argentine, who has already won the Ballon d’Or three times, is the second-best passer of the ball in the Liga so far this season, with four passes ending in goals, behind only team-mate Cesc Fabregas who made six.

Messi also is the top scorer this season with 13 goals in the Liga, smashing through the 300 goals mark for his career in just 419 matches.

“My playing style has always been the same. I have never looked for it, but it has been like that since I was small,” Messi said.

“One thing for sure is that I learned a lot in youth football. Here we work in a different way with the ball and the tactical system. I came from Argentina where we did not do anything like that, everything was about running and not much else.”

Messi hailed the recent success of Argentina, who now lead their group in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with only one defeat, a 1-0 loss to Venezuela.

“What has changed is the results. Winning gives you a lot of confidence and you work differently.”

“Winning the World Cup is the greatest. And if it’s in Brazil, even better,” he added.

Messi, who will soon be the father of a son, Thiago, had a few words for his offspring’s future: “He should be whatever he wants to be.

“When he grows up he will get to know what he wants and what he chooses will be fine for me, for his mother and for everyone.” – AFP


My personal view: From my opinion, I think Messi deserved to won a Golden Boot award because everyone know he is a best player among the best for this year. His name always be in the top if there is a conversation regarding Barcelona’s team.
However, public should accept that Messi is the best striker and I think a Messi should not labelled himself as a ‘Ball Hog’ because he is a good striker actually.


NEW YORK: Milt Campbell, who was the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon and went on to play professional football, has died at age 78, sports officials said on Saturday.

The USA Track & Field organisation said Campbell, the decathlon gold me­­dal­list at the 1956 Summer Games, died at home in Gainesville, Georgia, on Friday.

Local news reports said he had suffered from cancer and diabetes.

“Campbell will forever be known as the first African-American to win a gold medal in the decathlon and one of the greatest all-around male athletes in history,” the organisation said in a news release.

Campbell, originally from New Jersey, also won the Olympic silver medal in the decathlon in 1952.

He excelled in other sports and spent time in both the National Football League and the Canadian Football League as a member of the Cleveland Browns and Montreal Alouettes.

Campbell was also an All-American swimmer in high school, national class in karate and named the world’s greatest high school athlete in 1952.

A graduate of Indiana University, he was also a member of the Black Ath­le­tes’ Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. — Reuters


My personal view: Milt Campbell is a legend because he is the first African-American to win a gold medal in the decathlon. 

To me, Milt Campbell is a person that have an ability to play any sports because as we read an above article, he also ‘excelled in other sports and spent time in both the National Football League and the Canadian Football League as a member of the Cleveland Browns and Montreal Alouettes’.

Anyway, I would to like to wish condolence to his family. Rest In Peace. 😦


SHENZHEN, China: The WGC HSBC Champions tournament in China will be elevated to full World Golf Championships status from 2013, the US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has said, while prize money will increase to US$8.5mil.

The event, held in China since 2005, had been given WGC status in 2009 but was below the level of the Cadillac, Accenture and Bridgestone Invitational events, all of which are held in the United States.

Finchem, however, said the event would be afforded the same status as the other three events from 2013, though because it will be played in November, the FedEx Cup points will count for the 2014 season.

Next year’s winner would also receive a three-year exemption to play on the US Tour and the tournament will carry a 10 per cent premium in Cup points like the other three WGC tournaments.

Finchem added in a media conference at Mission Hills yesterday that future events will not be allowed to authorise appearance fees, in line with PGA Tour rules.

The event also moves back to the Sheshan International Club in Shanghai until 2015.— AFP


My personal view: From my opinion, HSBC Champions Tournament become more prestige tournament because next year’s winner would also receive a three-year exemption to play on the US Tour. This is a good news for the golfer and they must grab this opportunity.

 However, the person who involve in this HSBC event should monitor the progress from time to time to make everything is under control until the tournament begin.

Good Luck to all golfers! 😀


The economic crisis engulfing Iran since the beginning of the year is a clear indication that the sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union over the country’s nuclear programme are finally having the desired effect.

One of the major causes of the crisis is the depreciation in value of the rial. The national currency has lost two-thirds of its value against foreign currencies in the last 10 months. Even sectors that have nothing to do with foreign markets are feeling the pressure. The sanctions have now begun to affect football in the country with league clubs no longer able to pay the wages of foreign players due to the economic crisis and falling value of the rial.

“Many of the foreign players can no longer be paid because of the currency crisis,” explains one Iranian journalist.

Iranian first and second division clubs calculate their budgets according to the rial but pay foreign players in dollars. However, with the decline in the value of the rial, the cost of paying foreign footballers has in effect tripled, a bridge too far for even top clubs like Esteghlal.

Fabio Januario had been Esteghlal’s top footballer and playmaker but the Brazilian hurriedly left Iran last week because he was no longer being paid. Although the 33-year-old subsequently apologized to the club’s fans on Facebook, Januario intends, just like compatriot and team-mate Rodrigo Tosi, to take a case against the club to world football body FIFA.

Former Under-21 international Ferydoon Zandi has also left Iran after more than three years in the national league, to ply his trade in Qatar’s second division where he is at least guaranteed a regular pay packet.

“They are not only not coming back but there will also be further consequences,” wrote the Tehran daily newspaper 7 Sobh.

The ISNA news agency, meanwhile, fears that the problem is only going to escalate in the coming months, arguing that payment in dollars will also become a demand of coaches.

Several first division clubs have foreign coaches under contract, including Iran’s most popular team Persepolis Tehran, where Portuguese Manuel Jose is at the helm. Although Jose is enjoying a far from successful time at the club, Pesepolis cannot afford to sack him.

“It is better to languish in mid-table than trying to get a new coach with the value of the currency as it is at the moment,” explains Persepolis fan Kejwan.

The situation is even more precarious for the national team, where respected Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz is in charge.

“He is really expensive and very important,” says the sports journalist.

The 59-year-old former Portugal and Real Madrid coach is well on the way to leading Iran to qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil following a 1-0 home win over South Korea. However, if Queiroz were to leave, Iran’s qualification chances could suffer a fatal blow.

“He is still getting paid but the zeros that are now present on his pay packet as a result of the currency crisis can no longer be counted,” jokes another sports journalist.

The economic problems brought about by sanctions could also lead to an exodus of Iran’s top players, who can no longer be paid regularly as a result of the economic crisis. As most players are not of high enough quality to attract European league clubs, the most popular alternatives are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

“The players are moving to these countries for economic reasons but because proper training regimes are not in place there, the quality of their play is deteriorating,” says Esteghlal coach Hamid Ghalenoei.

Several of Iran’s best players have lost their place in the Iranian national team after moving to both Gulf States, pointing out that money is as much part of professional football as performance.

Midfielder Andranik Teymourian has shown that both can be achieved. The Armenian moved to Qatar and not only earns a good and secure wage but has also retained his place in the Iranian squad.


From my personal view: I think the foreigners footballer take a good action to leave the club because of the currency crisis. If they want to play with the club anymore, they will face the problem regarding their salaries.

So, if for the long terms effect, better the foreigners footballer move to others club or country that have a tough financial system.


ABU DHABI: Kimi Raikkonen lived up to his ‘Ice Man’ sobriquet by claiming his first win for three years as Sebastian Vettel clung on to his championship lead in a drama-laden Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday.

Raikkonen, the 2007 champion who returned to Formula One this season after a two-year absence, grabbed his triumph after early leader Lewis Hamilton was forced into retirement after 20 laps by a power failure on his McLaren car.

The Finn won convincingly ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari who pushed hard for victory in the closing laps of an extraordinary contest that included two prolonged safety car periods and a rash of major accidents.

Defending champion and current leader Vettel started from the pit lane in his Red Bull car and produced one of the greatest drives of his career to finish third.

Vettel’s phenomenal drive, including clocking fastest lap, kept him 10 points ahead of Alonso in the title race with two races remaining.

Vettel leads on 255 points with Alonso on 245 and Raikkonen on 198.

This was Raikkonen’s first win since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix and his 19th career win. He is the eighth different victor of the season and gave the Lotus name a victory for the first time since Ayrton Senna won for the original Lotus team in the United States in 1987.

The 33-year-old was his usual calm self after the race and betrayed few emotions.

Asked how he felt, he said: “Last time you guys were giving me grief because I didn’t smile enough, but I’m happy for the team. It’s been a hard season and not easy times lately.

“Hopefully this will give everyone belief and turn the tables so we can win more races, if not this year then next year.”

His Lotus team chief Eric Boullier said: “This is just a great one. It’s a final reward for the team. We’ve deserved this for a long time. We had a little bit of luck. Kimi is good for everyone at Enstone and good for the fans in F1.

“I am proud of this and we did well.”

Alonso, who cut Vettel’s lead from 13 points to 10, said: “I’m very happy as I think we were not super competitive this weekend. We had to fight throughout the race, but we had a very good strategy and wanted victory.

“But we think it was a perfect Sunday as we kept fighting right until the end.”

Vettel’s performance justified his confidence in claiming before the race that he could deliver a strong points finish despite starting at the back of the field.

“I told you guys, don’t stop believing,” he said over the team radio. “Never lift!”

Hamilton, who had reigned supreme throughout the weekend, was left to reflect on more ill luck in his bid to give McLaren a result to savour before his move to Mercedes next season.

He said: “I hadn’t been faultless in this race because I did have a very wide moment at one stage, but after that it was going really well and the car was a dream to drive.

“I was cruising and pulling away so it was a shame the engine just died. It was some kind of fuel problem, but it was an incredible race, good to watch.

“We hadn’t brought any upgrades and hopefully we’ll have some for the next race.

“I hope the car performs over the next two races to finish up the front for the last time. I’m happy with the job I did, I couldn’t have done any more.”

Vettel’s biggest previous improvement from the grid was 14 places from 19th to fifth at the 2008 Monaco GP.

Red Bull were unable to confirm their third straight constructors championship, but with a lead of 82 points ahead of Ferrari, look certain to do that at the United States Grand Prix at Austin next month.

Among the retirements were Nico Rosberg, who had a spectacular airborne crash in the ninth lap in his Mercedes following a collision with Indian Narain Karthikeyan’s Hispania car.

He walked away unscathed.

Mark Webber in the second Red Bull and Frenchman Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus were involved in multiple collisions, the final of which ended both of their races after 39 laps. — AFP


1. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus 1’45:58.667, 2. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 0.852 seconds behind, 3. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 4.163, 4. Jenson Button (Bri) McLaren 7.787, 5. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 13.007, 6. Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber 20.076, 7. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 22.896, 8. Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 23.542, 9. Paul di Resta (Bri) Force India 24.160, 10. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Toro Rosso 27.463, 11. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes 28.075, 12. Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Toro Rosso 34.906, 13. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 47.764, 14. Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 56.473, 15. Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber 56.768, 16. Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1:04.595 17. Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT 1:11.778.

Overall standings

Drivers: 1. Sebastian Vettel 255pts, 2. Fernando Alonso 245, 3. Kimi Raikkonen 198, 4. Mark Webber 167, 5. Lewis Hamilton 165, 6. Jenson Button 153, 7. Felipe Massa 95, 8. Nico Rosberg 93, 9. Romain Grosjean 90, 10. Sergio Perez 66, 11. Kamui Kobayashi 58, 12. Nico Hlkenberg 49, 13. Paul di Resta 46, 14. Pastor Maldonado 43, 15. Michael Schumacher 43, 16. Bruno Senna 30, 17. Jean-Eric Vergne 12, 18. Daniel Ricciardo 10.


My personal view: First of all, I would like to say congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen because he was beat his two ‘enemy in the track’ , Vettel and Alonso. What I can say, Raikkonen was in a good condition even though he was two year absence in Formula One.

However, Raikkonen have to work hard if he want to be at the top in the overall standings. As we can see above, Sebasatian Vettel is at the top, so from that situation Raikkonen must win the race as many as he can to beat Sebastian Vettel.


LONDON: Tennis great Roger Federer is in no doubt that Novak Djokovic deserves to finish 2012 as the world’s top-ranked player.

Federer replaced Djokovic at the top of the standings after winning Wimbledon in July but will cede the number one position to the Serb on Monday.

And with the Swiss star unable to improve on last year’s perfect performance in winning the 2011 season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, not even an unblemished victory in this year’s edition at the O2 Arena will see him regain top spot before 2012 is out.

“We know who the real number one is,” said Federer. It is going to be Novak. I do not think there should be any debate around about that.

“You do not get to number one by chance. The rankings are something that shows how you have played over a 365-day period. It might all change again in two months at the Australian Open but right now it is clear.”

Federer all but conceded the number one ranking this year when opting out of defending his Paris Masters title last week on the grounds he could not do himself justice by playing successive tournaments in Basle, Paris and London.

“I obviously gave it everything I had,” said Federer. “I’ve played so much tennis the last one and a half, two years and I’m happy I got back to world number one.

“It’s obviously a time where you need to win at least a slam, if not more slams, or at least five to 10 titles, so we’re not talking about just a quick jump to number one and then you lose it again.

“This is a full-on process. That obviously takes a lot of sacrifice. For the time being I’m willing to do all of that. So I’m putting my schedule into place for next year and there are no extraordinary changes.”

Although Djokovic has, unsurprisingly, failed to hit the same heights as in 2011, when he won three out of the four Grand Slam singles titles, this year has seen him retain his Australia Open crown and reach the finals of both the French and US Opens, losing the latter to Britain’s Andy Murray.

Fatigue caught up with Djokovic in London last year and he suffered a shock loss to Sam Querrey of the United States in Paris.

And the 25-year-old Djokovic, who begins his London campaign against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said it was tough to be in peak shape at this stage of a long season.

“It is expected not to be always in your top form at this time of year,” he said. “The effects of the long season can influence you physically and mentally but this is an important tournament and I definitely want to do well.

“I am sure I will find the strength to perform my best and we will see if that best is good enough.”

Meanwhile, Federer backed Murray’s calls for more drug testing in tennis, particularly blood tests.

“I feel I am being less tested than I was six or seven years ago so I do not know the exact reasons why we are being tested less,” said Federer.

“At this moment, I agree with Andy, we do not do a lot of blood-testing during the year.

“It is vital that the sport stays clean, it has got to. We have had a good history in terms of that and we want to ensure it stays that way.” – AFP


My personal view: I do not agree with the headlines ‘Federer hails Djokovic as ‘real’ number one. 

To me, Federer is still number one player because he has a lot of fans compared to Novak Djokovic. Other than that, may be Federer have hidden agenda towards Novak Djokovic such as he just want to psycho Djokovic because for the time being, Djokovic finish 2012 as the world’s top-ranked player.

Modenas back in Cup Prix fray

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


PETALING JAYA: National motorcycle manufacturer Modenas will make a return to the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships next year after a two-year hiatus.

“Modenas’ re-entry is great news for the industry in general, and for the teams and riders in particular,” said Ron Hogg, promotions director of Safe Aim Mutual Sdn Bhd.

“Having more stakeholders involved in the race creates more opportunities for teams to receive factory support. As the teams benefit, so do the riders.

“Let us not forget that Malaysia’s Moto3 rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin started his career astride a Modenas motorcycle in Cub Prix.”

Hogg said the increased support from manufacturers will lead to higher competition level in the championship.

Currently, the three manufacturers competing in the Cub Prix are Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha.


My personal view: This is a good news for  Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship because got another manufacturer (Modenas) want to involve in the Championship. 

For sure the competition will become more tougher compared to before. Modenas is also a big name in manufacturing the motorcycle.

What I just want to say here is, I hope Modenas will be more serious during this Championship because before this Modenas had involved, but unfortunately this team suddenly missing.