It’s been a sad week in sport in some ways, with two modern greats announcing their retirements with immediate effect.
“Justice has been done. The UCI will study the decision…We hope the UCI don’t appeal.”-Contador’s lawyer Andy Ramos. #Contador
“We have received confirmation that the investigation has been shelved and Alberto can race again”-Contador’s lawyer Andy Ramos.
We will now wait to see what the UCI says about Contador ban being overturned. This could yet end up with CAS, of course. #contador
Contador cleared to race after Spanish cycling federation accepts his appeal . #contador
How we’ve missed the Champions League. It’s nine weeks since the line-up for the last 16 was completed and a couple of months since the draw offered up a handful of belting ties, including Inter Milan v Bayern Munich in a repeat of last season’s final.
We’ll have to wait a week for that one, with the more leisurely format these days meaning we see just two matches a night. This week, we can look forward to AC Milan v Tottenham and Valencia v Schalke on Tuesday, with Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal v Barcelona on Wednesday.
Ronaldo has just made the official announcement that he is to retire with immediate effect, bringing to an end one of the great soccer stories.
The 34-year-old Brazilian announced his decision at a news conference in Sao Paulo a few moments ago, after concluding that the battle for fitness — always a bruising struggle — was one he could no longer win.
So now we know: Premier League soccer club West Ham United will take over the Olympic Stadium in London following the 2012 Games, assuming there are no late objections from the British government or the city’s mayor.
The decision will be greeted with relief by many fans of the rival bidders Tottenham Hotspur for one simple reason — soccer does not generally co-exist very well with athletics.
Scrunching up the eyes a bit, and using just a touch of imagination, watching Jack Wilshere on the ball for England against Denmark was almost like watching Xavi. It was quite a shock, in fact, to see a player in an England shirt pause, look up and think before picking out a team mate with a precise, considered pass.
Comparing Wilshere to the peerless Barcelona midfielder Xavi will be stretching it for some. I was pretty surprised, I must say, to read match reports on Thursday suggesting Wilshere had been a bit disappointing.