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2011-09-15 21:43

The 31-year-old midfielder was planning to make his comeback from six months out in Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

But the Reds captain looks likely to miss out and return next Wednesday in the Carling Cup against Brighton.

"There is no rush from us or from him because it has to be common sense," said Liverpool boss Dalglish.

He added: "Everyone who is asked to play will be fit enough to play.

Gerrard not ready for Spurs - Dalglish

"We will pick and choose when it is best suited for Steven, whichever games suits him best.

"We will analyse his recovery and how the progress is (and) we will do the same for Martin Kelly."

Gerrard has not played since March after undergoing groin surgery.

2011-09-06 16:53

Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen will be out for about a month after having minor surgery on his left ankle.

The 25-year-old suffered the injury in the Champions League tie with Udinese.

"Vermaelen has undergone a minor procedure to remove an inflamed plantaris tendon from his left ankle," read an Arsenal statement.

It is another blow to the Gunners, who have started the season poorly and recently lost Jack Wilshere for up to three months with an ankle problem.

Vermaelen missed most of last season because of an Achilles injury to his other leg, which also required an operation.

2011-09-01 09:32

Raul Meireles and Mikel Arteta swapped the city of Liverpool for London in dramatic deals on a busy transfer deadline day.

Meireles moved from Liverpool to Chelsea, while Everton's Arteta joined Arsenal along with Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun.

In a frantic final day of the transfer window, Premier League clubs took their summer spending to £485m, business analysts Deloitte said.

That outlay represents a 33% rise on the same period in 2010, an increase of £120m.

Arsenal also signed Germany defender Per Mertesacker and left-back Andre Santos from Fenerbahce for £6.2m, as Arsene Wenger reshaped his squad after Sunday's 8-2 defeat by Manchester United.

Manchester City completed the free transfer of ex-Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves and allowed out-of-favour forward Craig Bellamy to rejoin former club Liverpool.

Two players departed Anfield for France, Joe Cole moving to Ligue 1 champions Lille on a season-long loan and midfielder Christian Poulsen joining Evian.

Manchester United did not make any deadline-day deals, with Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder revealing on Twitter that he would be staying in Italy.

BBC Sport pundit Martin Keown said he has reservations about how many of the late transfers will prove to be successful.

"On the whole, deals involved players with Premier League experience already," he commented. "That indicates what clubs are after at the moment.

"We have got to see how well these deals pan out, of course. You can be sure that a lot of them will not turn out to be successes.

"But I do not think we have had this many late signings in the past and the day really had a feeling of last-chance saloon about it.

"We will also remember this transfer window for the deals that never happened. Despite lots of speculation, Carlos Tevez, Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder have all stayed where they are - at Manchester City, Spurs and Inter Milan respectively."

One club who looked outside of the Premier League to bolster their attacking options was Fulham, who bought Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente for £10.6m, beating off a late rival bid from Newcastle United. The Cottagers also recruited Orlando Sa for free from Porto.

Stoke broke their transfer record to sign Tottenham's Peter Crouch for an initial £10m - a fee which could rise to £12m - and added Wilson Palacios from Spurs for around £6m.

Spurs also let Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton move to Aston Villa, the latter opting for the West Midlands over a move to Fulham.

Tottenham winger David Bentley joined West Ham on a season-long loan.

Spurs completed a deal for West Ham United's Scott Parker, but failed to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill.

Sunderland ended their search for a striker when Nicklas Bendtner moved from Arsenal on a year-long loan deal.

Arsenal also let young forward Joel Campbell, who only signed last week, join French side Lorient on loan, following team-mate Gilles Sunu, who made a permanent switch to the Ligue 1 outfit.

AUGUST DEADLINE DAY BIGGEST MOVES

  • 2010: Asamoah Gyan [Rennes - Sunderland] £13m
  • 2009: Richard Dunne [Manchester City - Aston Villa] £6m
  • 2008: Robinho [Real Madrid - Manchester City] £32.5m
  • 2007: Glen Johnson [Chelsea - Portsmouth] £4m
  • 2006: Ashley Cole [Arsenal - Chelsea] £5m p/e
  • 2005: Michael Owen [Real Madrid - Newcastle] £17m
  • 2004: Wayne Rooney [Everton - Manchester United] £27m
  • 2003: Claude Makelele [Real Madrid - Chelsea] £16.6m

QPR added Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and Sunderland's Anton Ferdinand to their squad. Their move for Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong fell through due to Spurs' failure to sign Cahill.

As well as keeping hold of their prized defensive asset Cahill, Bolton added new faces by sealing a permanent deal for Liverpool striker David Ngog and a loan switch for Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta.

Blackburn raided Goodison Park to sign striker Yakubu, and also completed moves for Birmingham defender Scott Dann and Sheffield United frontman Jordan Slew.

Everton made two loan signings: Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe on loan and striker Denis Stracqualursi from Argentine side Tigres. The Toffees let Jermaine Beckford join Leicester.

Wigan completed three deals, signing Celtic winger Shaun Maloney for a fee of £1m, Almeria winger Albert Crusat for an undisclosed fee and Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on loan.

2011-08-31 21:47

Bolton have completed the signing of Liverpool striker David Ngog on a three-year contract.

The 22-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place since joining the Reds from Paris St Germain in 2008 for £2.5m, managing 94 appearances.

Owen Coyle has been interested in signing the Frenchman for some time and the deal is believed to be worth £4m.

Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta has also joined Bolton on loan until 1 January.

The 20-year-old Frenchman spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham, making seven appearances and follows in the footsteps of Daniel Sturridge, who had a successful loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season.

 Kakuta will be hoping for regular first-team football at Bolton

Coyle said: "David will be a great addition to our squad.

"He is quick, can score goals and he knows what the Premier League is all about.

"Added to that there is his European experience with Liverpool in the Champions and Europa Leagues.

"He has represented his country at a host of junior levels and he will offer our team further attacking options.

"We are delighted to bring another quality, young prospect to Bolton."

2011-08-30 16:03

Wigan Athletic have signed Spanish winger Albert Crusat from Almeria for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old has joined on a two-year contract, with an option for a third, after coming through a medical.

Crusat helped Almeria reach the Spanish top flight for the first time in 2007 and has scored 33 goals in 199 games.

"He will add something completely new to the squad, he has electric speed and really quick feet," said Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

2011-08-24 20:16

Turkey's Football Federation has withdrawn national champions Fenerbahce from the Champions League because of an ongoing match-fixing investigation.

On Thursday the Turkish side were due to join 32 elite European clubs in the draw for the Champions League group stage being held in Monaco at 1645 BST.

It is unclear how Uefa will replace Fenerbahce, who are suspected of fixing matches to win the Turkish title.

Runners-up Trabzonspor have also been implicated in the match-fixing probe.

They were eliminated in the the Champions League qualifying rounds and are currently in a two-legged play-off to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.

The decision was taken after the Turkish Football Federation held an extraordinary board meeting on Wednesday attended by Uefa's legal counsel for integrity, Pierre Cornu.

The Turkish match-fixing probe threatened to play havoc with Uefa's marquee club competition, with Fenerbahce having been scheduled to play six group matches from September to December.

Uefa had warned it would kick out any team proved to be involved in match-fixing and wipe its results from the record.

2011-08-15 12:43

Cesc Fabregas is officially a Barcelona player after signing a five-year contract with the European champions.

The former Arsenal captain passed two medicals on Monday and will be unveiled by the club at 1300 BST.

Arsenal will receive a guaranteed £30m transfer fee, with a further £5m dependent on the number of games played and trophies won.

Barcelona reported that the buy-out clause on Fabregas' contract is 200 million euro.

It means the 24-year-old World Cup winner returns to the team he left as a 16-year-old in 2003. He will wear the number four shirt for the new season.

The finalisation of the deal brings to an end one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent football history.

2011-08-15 08:49

Hi everyone. I am training hard and getting ready to play in the US OPen Qualifying. Looking forward to being back in New York.

2011-08-11 11:44

Tottenham's Premier League match with Everton on Saturday has been postponed because of the riots in London.

Civil unrest in and around Tottenham began last weekend and quickly spread to other areas of the capital and major cities across England.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said he was "positive" the other nine games in the opening round of top-flight fixtures would go ahead.

"At 6pm [1800 BST] we will have a very clear picture," he added.

"The very latest situation is that Tottenham and Everton has gone.

"The police have done a fantastic job, but it's been a crime scene all week and the council have not had enough time to do what they need.

"The other nine fixtures are looking positive, subject to any more trouble. The Tottenham game is a real shame but we support the police in what they are doing.

"They want these games to go on as much as we do."

Tottenham released a statement on their official website explaining that the match had been postponed "due to safety concerns relating to the infrastructure of the High Road and access to the stadium caused by last Saturday's riots."

It continued: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters due to matters outside of the control of the club. We shall update fans on when this fixture will be rearranged in due course."

2011-08-10 13:26

The Premier League will decide on Thursday if this weekend's opening round of matches are to be postponed after another night of rioting.

Riots have taken place around the country since Saturday, stretching police resources.

A joint statement from the Premier League and Football League read: "We're in talks with our London clubs, the police and authorities.

"A further statement will be made after the situation is reviewed on Thursday."

There are three Premier League fixtures taking place in London on Saturday, all at 1500 BST: Tottenham v Everton, Fulham v Aston Villa and QPR v Bolton.

Tuesday's statement added that "there is no reason to think any matches outside of London will be affected", but it was released before trouble also flared up in the West Midlands and Manchester.

West Bromwich host Manchester United on Sunday at 1600 BST before Manchester City play at home to Swansea on Monday at 2000 BST.

David Bond assesses the impact on the sporting schedule

Lower league games could also be affected, with Football League chairman Greg Clarke insisting: "The police have to make these calls.

"If they feel they have more important things to do than send officers to football grounds, we will support that decision.

"Our priority is to make sure the police are out there dealing with unrest on the streets. We want to keep our games going ahead but that is a secondary priority."

The chairman is confident the riots will not present a significant threat to the fixture list but added: "We will make those decisions as and when and will have conversations with the police on a case-by-case basis.

"If there is civil disobedience in an area and there are football matches scheduled in that area, we will review the situation minute-by-minute with the police.

"I wouldn't over-emphasise the number of games we could potentially lose. I don't want to talk up the sense of hysteria.

"Our priorities have to be ensuring safety on our streets and when that is ensured - in the short term, as I'm sure it will be - football will carry on."

Several football fixtures have already been affected by the riots. England's international friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday was called off, as was Ghana's friendly with Nigeria at Watford's Vicarage Road, which was due to take place on Tuesday.

Wednesday's Carling Cup tie between Bristol Rovers and Watford was also postponed at the request of the police, following the cancellation of Tuesday's ties at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City.

2011-08-04 15:01

Chelsea sign Romeu

Andre Villas-Boas has added Barcelona's Oriol Romeu to his Chelsea squad.

 

The 19-year-old midfielder, who joins the club on a four-year deal, is the second arrival of the Villas-Boas era and will link up with his new team-mates at the end of Spain's Under-20 World Cup campaign.

Reports in Barcelona have suggested Oriol has cost the Blues 5m euros (£4.35m) up front although that could eventually rise to 10m euros.

The fee was agreed 11 days ago for the midfielder, who was quoted this week as saying: "Chelsea is a great option for me.

"Leaving Barca hurts, but you have to take your chances."

His arrival at Stamford Bridge will help offset the loss of Michael Essien, who faces six months out with a serious knee injury.

Speaking after the fee had been agreed, Villas-Boas said: "It is a part of the squad in which we are struggling with numbers because of Michael Essien's injury and Oriol is a player with a bright future. He still has to evolve as a player.

"The Barcelona B team had a magnificent year in the Spanish second division, they finished third.

"Oriol had an injury during the season but he came back late on and was in time to play for the first team.

"So he is one of the most promising young players in that position."

Oriol made his first-team debut for Barca at the end of last season but head coach Pep Guardiola deemed him surplus to requirements.

Chelsea have already signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Genk, immediately loaning him out to Atletico Madrid.

And that is unlikely to be the end of the Blues' spending before the start of the season.

2011-08-04 14:55

Davydenko Snaps Losing Streak, Faces Verdasco Next

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

 

Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko moved through to the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden on a rain-hit Wednesday in Washington, D.C.


Davydenko, who received a first-round bye as the No. 9 seed at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament, snapped a four-match losing streak that began with his second-round loss in May at Roland Garros and evened his season match record to 15-15.

The Russian will next face fifth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, also a former Top 10 player, whom he has defeated in seven of their previous eight meetings.

Verdasco, a finalist last week at the clay-court tournament in Gstaad, made a smooth transition to hard courts as he defeated Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4 after one hour and 27 minutes.

Third seed and 2008 finalist Viktor Troicki ended Ryan Harrison’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals in three consecutive weeks to start the summer hard-court swing. He fired 13 aces and converted four of six break points to claim a 7-5, 6-2 win.

Donald Young had gone up a break against No. 4 seed Jurgen Melzer in the decisive set 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-1 when the Austrian retired during the third-set rain delay with a left quad injury.

Fellow American Michael Russell also progressed courtesy of a retirement; he had built a 7-6(4), 2-3 lead against No. 14 seed Xavier Malisse when the Belgian withdrew with a right arm injury.

Czech Radek Stepanek eased past American lucky loser Wayne Odesnik in 57 minutes, converting five of his seven break points to record a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Odesnik had replaced second seed Mardy Fish in the main draw.

2011-08-03 15:59

Top Seed Chela Advances In Kitzbühel

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Top seed Juan Ignacio Chela avenged his loss last week to Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in Umag when he toughed out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win Wednesday at the Bet-At-Home Cup Kitzbuehel, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

The No. 23-ranked Argentine was staring at his third consecutive first-round defeat in the post-Wimbledon clay-court swing after early exits in Hamburg and Umag. But Chela saved both break points he faced in the final set and converted on his only opportunity of the decider to improve to a 24-16 record on the year.

Second-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez is next up on centre court as he takes on Dutchman Robin Haase.

2011-07-31 17:23

Fish, Gulbis Advance To Los Angeles Final

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

Top seed Mardy Fish will meet Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the Farmers Classic final after both won their semi-final encounters in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Fish edged teenage American Ryan Harrison 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3) to advance to his second consecutive ATP World Tour final.

The World No. 9 quickly raced to a one-set lead, winning 80 per cent of his service points to claim the opening set in just 21 minutes.


Harrison put himself on the scoreboard to start the second set and converted the only break point opportunity of the set in the tenth game to even the semi-final clash at one set apiece.

In the final set, Fish broke Harrison to move ahead 2-1, but relinquished the advantage to the 19 year old in the sixth game. The two held the rest of the way through to send the match to a deciding tie-break. From there, Fish’s experience prevailed, as he built a 5-0 lead and never looked back, locking up the hard-fought victory in two hours and 11 minutes.

It’s the second straight week Fish has knocked out Harrison in the semi-final stage of a tournament after defeating the Bradenton resident en route to his title defence at the Atlanta Tennis Championships last week.

The top-ranked American will take on Ernests Gulbis in Sunday’s title match. The Latvian continued his run in Los Angeles with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr.

Gulbis did not face a break point and won 72 per cent of his service points to advance to his second ATP World Tour Final in one hour and 52 minutes.

The World No. 84 is aiming to win his second title after claiming the trophy at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in 2010. He and Fish will square off for the first time.

2011-07-30 17:37

Verdasco, Granollers To Clash In All-Spanish Final

Gstaad, Switzerland

Fourth seed Fernando Verdasco will face eighth seed Marcel Granollers in an all-Spanish final at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad after edging the in-form Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 6-3 on Saturday.

In the first of the semi-finals, Granollers had battled past Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. The last all-Spanish final at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in Gstaad came in 1997 (Mantilla d. Viloca).

In a rematch of last week’s Hamburg semi-finals, Verdasco avenged his defeat to Almagro by firing 13 aces and breaking serve three times. He saved four of the five break points he faced as he claimed the hard-fought victory in two hours and 10 minutes.

One week after finishing runner-up in Hamburg (l. to Simon), Almagro was bidding to reach his sixth ATP World Tour clay-court final of the year. The Murcia native dropped to a 41-15 mark on the season (32-9 on clay).

The 27-year-old Verdasco advanced to his third ATP World Tour final of the season; he finished runner-up at San Jose (l. to Raonic) and Estoril (l. to del Potro). The left-hander is bidding to win his first title since lifting his fifth trophy at Barcelona (d. Soderling) in April 2010.

Earlier in the day, Granollers converted six of 15 break point opportunities as he overcame the loss of the second set to reel off the final six games of the match and record his first win in three meetings with Youzhny,. The Russian had prevailed in their two previous clashes in Rotterdam and Dusseldorf this year.

“I started the match very well,” recalled Granollers. “But I lost my serve in the first game of the second set and then the match changed a little bit because Youzhny started to play better and better. In the final set I was 2-0 down, but I broke him and then the match changed again and I finished it very well.”

The 25-year-old Granollers is through to his third ATP World Tour final. He won his first title three years ago on clay in Houston (d. Blake), and was runner-up to David Ferrer on the indoor hard-courts in Valencia last November.

2011-07-28 17:30

Seeds Wawrinka, Verdasco, Lopez Reach Gstaad QFs

Gstaad, Switzerland

Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the quarter-finals of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Thursday as he defeated Australian qualifier Peter Luczak 6-3, 7-5.

The Swiss broke serve three times from nine opportunities and won 81 per cent of points behind his first serve as he wrapped up victory over the No. 248-ranked Luczak in 82 minutes. Luczak had won just his first tour-level match of the season when he defeated Alexander Sadecky in the first round.

World No. 17 Wawrinka reached the final at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court event in Gstaad in 2005 (l. to Gaudio) and was a semi-finalist in 2008 (l. to Hansecu). He is chasing his second title of the season after victory at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Malisse) in January.

A pair of seeded Spanish left-handers will also feature in the quarter-finals as No. 4 Fernando Verdasco and No. 5 Feliciano Lopez both notched straight-sets wins in rain-delayed matches.

The 27-year-old Verdasco, who is coming off a semi-final showing in Hamburg last week (l. to Almagro), converted four of his 14 break point opportunities to defeat Portugal’s Frederico Gil 6-3, 6-2.  He also reached the Gstaad quarter-finals on his most recent appearance in 2006 (l. to Kohlschreiber).

The No. 24-ranked Lopez came through an all-Spanish clash with Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes as he capitalised on three of 11 break point chances and won 78 per cent of points behind his first serve. The Madrid native, who last week won an ATP Challenger Tour title in Bogota, reached the final in Gstaad in 2006, finishing runner-up to Richard Gasquet.

Julien Benneteau reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year after he saved seven of eight break points to beat German Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 6-4 in 83 minutes. The 29-year-old Frenchman improves to a 10-14 match record on the season, which includes a quarter-final exit at the AEGON International (l. to Kunitsyn) in June.

Eighth seed Marcel Granollers required just two more games to beat two-time runner-up Igor Andreev of Russia 6-1, 6-3. The match had been suspended due to rain at 6-1, 4-3 on Wednesday. In another match carried over to today, Andreas Haider-Maurer beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. The match resumed at 2-2 in the second set.

2011-07-26 17:36

First Round Action Underway

 

The first round of the 2011 Farmers Classic presented by Mercedes Benz kicked action off with the first-ever Super Session. With matches starting at 2pm and running through the night fans were treated to a full day and night of tennis action with only one ticket.

Getting things started on the day was rising American Ryan Sweeting. He took to center court to face India’s number No. 1 player, Somdev Devvarman.  The match was hard fought on both sides, and Sweeting was able to pull out the win 6-4, 7-6 (6). With the win Sweeting advances to the second round where he will be waiting for the winner of tomorrow’s first round matchup between Fernando Gonzalez and Igor Kunitsyn.

In the second match of the day Wild Card recipient Robby Ginepri lost his first round match to Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-5. Lu, who was only broken once, was able to capitalize with 71% points won on his second serve compared to Ginepri’s  53% second serve points. Lu now faces No. 3 seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cypress in the second round.

He has been on tour for 13 years but this American veteran has never graced the courts in Los Angeles before. Well now Michael Russell is wondering why he had not earlier in his career because the court seemed to suit his liking as he took out the No. 6 seed Dmitry Tursunov. Although it took him 3 sets he fought his way to a close first set loss 6-7 (5) but then he found his grove only losing two games the rest of the way and cruised to victory 6-0 6-2 in the final two sets. His win sets up a second round meeting with winner of Berankis and Harrison.

First round doubles action started Monday with two matches slated on the schedule. First up on grandstand saw the South American team of Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Alejandro Falla of Columbia take on the team of Stephen Huss of Australia and Igor Kunitsyn of Russia. In this very one sided affair the South Americans rolled to victory 6-0 6-3. The German duo of Toomy Haas and Michael Berrer took on the US team of James Blake and Ryan Sweeting, and it was another lopsided affair as  Haas/Berrer took out the Americans 6-1 6-4.

Action continues on Tuesday with a full schedule of great matches including the rematch of Monday’s doubles participants, James Blake as he takes on Michael Berrer in singles action. Also on court are Belgium veteran Xavier Malisse vs. the top player from Latvia, Ernests Gulbis,  two-time champion Tommy Haas vs. rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov and Chilean sensation Fernando Gonzalez as he goes up against Russia’s very own Igor Kunitsyn. Plus many other great matches all day and night at the Farmers Classic

 
2011-07-26 14:54

Four Players Qualify For The Main Draw

 

The main draw at the Farmers Classic presented by Mercedes-Benz is now complete as the final four qualifiers have had their names added.  There were eight players left fighting for the final four spots on the courts of UCLA.

 

Local product Daniel Kosakowski was the first player to push through and earn a spot. The UCLA tennis team member had a tough fight with the young American Denis Kudla. Kosakowski  was broken early in both sets but he was able to get the break back which he said,  “really helped. 

“I didn’t really have a strategy today. I just wanted to play my game, play aggressively, serve well and hopefully good things will happen, which they did”. This will be the first main draw on the ATP World Tour for Kosakowski.

 

The native of Wisconsin, Tim Smyczek was also able to go through to the main draw.  After dropping the first set 3-6 Smyczek he then took the second set 6-4. He was up 1-0 in the third when De Voest was forced to retire with a hand injury. This will mark the second time he has reached the main draw through qualifying. Last year after making it through qualies he reached the 2nd round where he lost in three sets to Andy Murray.

 

Moving into the field for the first time here in Los Angeles is Laurynas Grigelis of Lithuania. He joins fellow Lithuanian Richard Berankis in the main draw. On grandstand today he took out former Clemson star Clement Reix of France 6-2 6-3. This will be the first ATP World Tour main draw for Grigelis.

 

The final qualifier of the day is Greg Jones of Australia. He took on two-time gold medal winner Nicolas Massu of Chile.  It took just over an hour for the Australian to dispatch his opponent 6-4 6-0.

The four qualifiers were added to the draw and Kosakowski will now face fellow qualifier Smyczek in the first round. Grigelis has Alejandro Falla of Columbia waiting to for him and Jones drew Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the US. 

2011-07-25 14:52

Luis Suarez is the Best Player LG Copa America 2011

Sunday, 24 July 2011

 

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  • Striker Luis Suarez, Uruguay, was voted the Best Player LG of the 2011 Copa America. With four goals scored and a lot of energy on the field, led the Uruguayan side, experienced, with Diego Forlan, and Uruguay confirmed the hegemony in the competition.

    Against Peru in the semi-finals, Suarez shook twice the vand secured the victory of his selection by 2-0, ensuring a place in the grand final of the Copa America. The star of Liverpool-ENG was voted the Best Player LG in the night in La Plata. He received 31.7% of the votes from Internet users and journalists of CONMEBOL.

    Indeed, the striker had only scored against the Peruvians. In the first phase in Group C, former player of Ajax-NED left his in a tie, 1-1 against Peru. But he also scored in the final, today, in the victory over Paraguay.

    "We must be eternally grateful to people who are supporting us," said the striker during the competition, referring to the fans that encouraged the Celeste during the 2011 Copa America.

    Check out the latest winners of the "Best Player of the Copa America":

    Robinho (Brazil) – 2007

    Adriano (Brazil) – 2004

    Amado Guevara (Honduras) – 2001

    Rivaldo (Brazil) – 1999

    Ronaldo (Brazil) – 1997

    Enzo Francéscoli (Uruguay) – 1995

    Sergio Goycochea (Argentina) – 1993

    Leonardo Rodríguez (Argentina) – 1991

    Ruben Sosa (Uruguay) – 1989

    Carlos Valderrama (Colômbia) – 1987

      

    2011-07-25 14:47

    Uruguay won Paraguay by 3-0 and establishes as the King of the Copa America

    Sunday, 24 July 2011

     

    By Rodolfo Rodrigues

    With a large display in the first half, Uruguay won Paraguay by 3-0 and won the 2011 Copa America. In the Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, the Celeste regained the title South American - who has not won since 1995 - and became the biggest champion of the competition's history with 15 titles. Suarez, on 11 minutes, and Forlan, in the first step (41), and 44 of the second time, scored the goals of Uruguay, which gave the victory by 3-0.

    With the best campaign in the Copa America, Uruguay tried to decide the match and quickly began to end everything. In the first minute, Suarez had a good chance after a little confusion in the area, but Villar saved. Lugano headed hard and had a great save of Villar, off the line. On the rebound, Coates tried, but Caceres saved. In the first ten minutes, Uruguay had six corners.

    Thus, the goal did not take long. After passing from Diego Perez, the forward Luis Suarez passed by Dario Veron, who stood on the ground, and kicked in the right corner of Villar, scoring 1-0 for Celeste. After the goal, the country reacted in the field. At 15 minutes, and Enrique Vera launched in the area and Haedo Valdez arrived with danger. But Gerardo Martino's team stopped there.

    Much better on the field, Uruguay reached the second goal after 41 minutes. Arevalo Rios stole the ball off the Paraguayan defense and rolled to Forlan hit hard, no chance for Villar. In a great first half, Celeste completely dominated the Paraguayan team, with twice as many passes (164 to 80), nine corner kicks compared to only one of Paraguay, as well as a possession of 60% and 13 shots against just two of Paraguay.

    In the second half, Paraguay returned better, in order to minimize the advantage. At 8 minutes, the team that reached the decision with five draws almost scored with Haedo, who hit the crossbar of Muslera.

    After that, however, returned to Uruguay the control the match. At 28 minutes, a quick counter-attack, Cavani (entered in the second half), rolled Suarez, who almost defined the game. But the final blow came on 44 minutes. After exchanging passes, the attack of Uruguay, with Suárez, played upside to Forlan, free to score, and made 3-0. Undefeated and deserved, Uruguay won the 2011 Copa America.

    After spending the first phase with a draw against Peru and Chile, Uruguay won his classification conquering Mexico. Then, in the quarterfinals, eliminating the host Argentina on penalties, with great acting from Muslera. In the semifinal, beat Peru by 2-0, with two goals from Suarez, the runner-up top scorer with four goals, and voted best player of the Copa America.

    URUGUAI 3 X 0 PARAGUAI

    Stadium: Stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Referee: Salvio Fagundes Filho (BRA); Goals: Luis Suárez (11’), Diego Forlán (41’) and (89’) (Uruguay); Yellow Cards: Diego Pérez (24’), Martín Cáceres (25’), Maxi Pereira (29’), Sebastian Coates (85’) (Uruguay); Victor Cáceres (17’), Enrique Vera (57’) (Paraguay).

    URUGUAY: 1- Fernando Muslera, 16- Maxi Pereira, 2- Diego Lugano, 4- Sebastian Coates, 22- Martín Cáceres (3-Diego Godín, 88’), 15- Diego Pérez (8-Sebastián Eguren, 70’), 17- Arévalo Ríos, 20- Álvaro González, 11- Álvaro Pereira (21-Edinson Cavani, 63’), 10- Diego Forlán and 9- Luis Suárez. Coach: Oscar Tabárez.

    PARAGUAY: 1- Justo Villar, 3- Iván Piris, 14- Paulo da Silva, 2- Dário Veron, 4- Elvis Marecos, 20- Néstor Ortigoza, 16- Cristian Riveros, 15- Victor Cáceres (23-Hernán Pérez, 64’), 13- Enrique Vera (21-Marcelo Estigarribia, 64’), 18- Haedo Valdez and 7- Pablo Zeballos (19-Lucas Barrios, 76’). Coach: Gerardo Martino. 

    2011-07-24 16:42

    Simon Edges Almagro To Capture Ninth Title

    Hamburg, Germany

    World No. 18 Gilles Simon won his second ATP World Tour title of the season on Sunday as he battled past No. 14 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the bet-at-home Open – German Tennis Championships 2011 in Hamburg.

    Simon is the first Frenchman to win the title at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament since Henri Leconte 25 years ago (d. Mecir). He earned €230,000 and 500 South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking points, which will move him up to World No. 11; he began the season at No. 44.

    The 26-year-old Simon was also victorious at the Medibank International Sydney in January and has now won nine ATP World Tour titles; this was his first clay-court victory since winning the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest in 2008 (d. Moya).

    The fifth-seeded Simon clinched the first set against Almagro after breaking the Spaniard’s serve in the fifth game. However he quickly fell behind in the second set as the third-seeded Almagro raced to a 3-0 lead and had points for a double break.

    The Spaniard was unable to convert, though, and Simon seized the initiative to mount a comeback, reeling off four straight games to lead by a break at 4-3. Almagro stopped the run of games against him by breaking to level at 4-4, and forced a deciding set as he claimed the next two games.

    Undeterred, Simon did not let the disappointment linger and broke decisively at the start of the third set before going on claim the hard-fought victory in two hours and 38 minutes.

    The 25-year-old Almagro went into the final with an ATP World Tour-best 30 clay-court match wins this season. The Murcia native, who will move into the Top 10 on Monday, was bidding for his fourth clay-court crown of the season, having triumphed at the Brasil Open in Costa do Sauipe (d. Dolgopolov), the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Chela) and the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (d. Hanescu). He also finished runner-up at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Ferrer)

    2011-07-24 16:37

    We expected an easy game, confessed to the Venezuelan goalkeeper Renny Vega

    Saturday, 23 July 2011

    LA PLATA, July 23, 2011 (AFP) - Venezuela's goalkeeper, Renny Vega admitted that his team expected a less combative Peru, and confess being surprised by the defeat by 4-1, which caused them to lose the third position of 2011 Copa America , on Saturday.

    "We thought it would be easy, we learned many things and this last game left us sure that there are no easy games", Vega said at the end of the match at Ciudad de La Plata stadium.

    The Peruvian team praised the player and his coach, Uruguayan Sergio Markarian.

    "Peru has demonstrated a great coach and great players too", he recalled.

    On the future of Venezuela, who made its best interests in fifteen Copa Americas, the goalkeeper said that from now on "will have to realize that the Venezuelan football is to be respected."

    "We came to do our work, we could not win, now has to lift our head, because it does not end here, now we have the qualifiers for the World Cup (Brazil 2014) and a qualifier will be more harsh than the South America ever seen", he said.

     

    2011-07-24 16:15

    Paolo Guerrero scored three goals, and takes home, besides the third place, the prize for best LG player

    Saturday, 23 July 2011

    By Felipe Atra

    The Peruvian and Hamburg (GER) striker, Jose Paolo Guerrero scored three goals in the game today, and isolated as the competition's top scorer with five goals, won the bronze medal and was named player LG of the match. Peru won Venezuela by 4-1 and got the third position in the 2011 Copa America. The owner of the 9 shirt received 37.8% of the votes of Internet users who accessed the competition website (www.ca2011.com) during the game, plus the votes of journalists from the CONMEBOL. It is the second time the player won the award.

    Guerrero was the owner of the second half. The game was 1-0 to Peru, the match was unemotional and balanced, when the attacker decided to appear. At 18 minutes of the second half, the top scorer dominated the ball and calmly kicked strong to extend the score.

    In addition, the 9 shirt scored twice. At 45, Guerrero dribbled and kicked to score 3-1 for Peru. Two minutes later, Guerrero squandered category with class and played kicked in the output of Vega. It was his third goal in the game, giving the final numbers to the match and leaving the Peruvians with the honorable third place in 2011 Copa America

    2011-07-23 17:12

    Venezuelans out for bronze consolation

    Friday, 22 July 2011

    Heartbroken Venezuela are determined to capture bronze in Saturday's Copa America third place play-off against Peru despite believing they should really be featuring in Sunday's final against Uruguay.

    Venezuela's plucky campaign was finally derailed in the semi-finals in a penalty shoot-out by Paraguay after a match where they hit the woodwork three times and had a goal disallowed.

    Despite their lingering disappointment at the cruellest of exits, coach Cesar Farias and his men will be fired up to beat Peru, not least as President Hugo Chavez continues to laud them with constant eulogies via Twitter.

    "You were great - what an honour," he said Thursday of a showing which left them undefeated, the penalties aside, throughout the tournament which they had opened by holding Brazil to a draw.

    "They robbed us of a winner," added Chavez from Cuba, where he is undergoing treatment for cancer, referring to Oswaldo Vizcarrondo's ruled out header for offside.

    Chavez has threatened to take the matter to the South American Football Confederation - whose head is Nicolas Leoz - a Paraguayan.

    Lady Luck may be backing the Paraguayans - who survived another penalty drama in the quarters to see off holders Brazil, but the Venezuelans want to go out with a bang, says Farias, rallying his side in the face of adversity.

    "Look, we've been the away team (in terms of fan numbers) in most of the games and you can factor in the climate too," with the tournament taking place in a chilly Argentinian mid-winter.

    The Peru game may end a chapter but not the overall story, adds Farias, promising more to come regardless of Saturday's outcome.

    "If we can become strong at home then we will have many possibilities to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in warmer Brazil," he said.

    Venezuela are to date the only South American country never to appear at the finals.

    Peru themselves turned the form book upside down as far as the semis were concerned before finding Uruguay a bridge too far.

    They finished rock bottom of the last World Cup qualifiers - Venezuela were third bottom - but under Uruguayan coach Sergio Markarian they have earned new respect.

    "We have turned in a dignified showing and we can take away a number of positives," said Markarian, who, along with all coaches at the tournament, came in with one eye fixed firmly on 2014.

    With Saturday a chance to weigh up his options for the next cycle, comprising the two-year, 18-match World Cup qualifying programme, Markarian says he will make "several changes".

    One will be enforced with combative midfielder Juan Vargas suspended.

    Conversely, Farias can bring back Tomas Rincon, dismissed in the win over Chile, back into his midfield though Giacomo Di Giorgi acquitted himself well against the Paraguayans.

    When the pair met in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers Venezuela won 3-1 at home but went down 1-0 away.

    Possible lineups of the teams:

    Peru: 1-Raúl Fernández, 17-Giancarlos Carmona, 3-Santiago Acasiete, 2-Alberto Rodríguez and 4-Walter Vilchez; 5-Adán Balbín, 7- Josepmir Ballón, 11-Carlos Lobatón, 19-Yoshimar Yotún and 18-William Chiroque; 9-Paolo Guerrero. Coach: Sergio Markarián.

    Venezuela: 1-Renny Vega, 16-Roberto Rosales, 20-Grenddy Perozo, 4-Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, 6-Gabriel Cichero; 13-Tomás Rincón, 14-Franklin Lucena, 11-César González, 18-Juan Arango; 23-Salomón Rondón and 7-Miku. Coach: César Farías.

    The stars of the game:

    Peru: On the side of the Peruvian team is the star Paolo Guerrero. Star of Germany Hamburg, Guerrero comes with the mission of leading the attack of the team, as Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizarro got injured preparing the team for the Copa America. The striker is the top scorer of the team with two goals in the competition and has won the best LG in the field in Peru's tie against Uruguay by 1-1. Other highlights of Peru are Juan Vargas (LG best player in the victory against Mexico, 2-1 and also scored the last goal against Colombia, in the quarterfinals)Alberto Rodriguez and Yoshima Yotún.

    Venezuela: The Venezuelan side has as the great hope of winning Juan Arango. The striker, 31, is the team captain and has many years’ experience playing in Europe. Even losing in the penalty shoot-out in the semifinal, he was elected the best LG player of the match. Another star of the team is defender Jose Manuel Rey. Rey is the most capped player in history, with 111 games. Giancarlo Maldonado and Miku are the other bets of the "vinotinto."

     

    Curiosities of the Confrontation:

    - This confrontation has happened 26 times, with 17 wins of Peru, Venezuela has six wins and three draws. Peru has made 47 goals and Venezuela scored 29 times.

    - For the Copa America were five matches with three wins of Peru, Venezuela has a victory and a tie. Peru scored 11 times and Venezuela scored 5 goals.

    - The top scorers of the clash in the Copa America are the Peruvians Eugenio La Rosa and Paul Comingeswith two goals each.

    - The Peruvian team won twice the Copa America. One was in Argentina, home of the 2011 Copa America.

    - Peru was the team that lost more players through injury in preparation for the Copa America, Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan.

    - Venezuela never won Paraguay in the Copa America.

    - Venezuela was the country hosting of the 2007 Copa America.

    - Jose Manuel Rey, defender of Venezuela, is playing his sixth Copa America.

    - Venezuela is the only South American who has never played a World Cup.

    - Venezuela is the South American country that less acted in Copa America, with 15 participations.

    - Venezuela has reached the semifinals for the first time and has already secured its best position in the history of the Copa America, even if loses to Peru and ends at fourth place.

    - Venezuela will be among the top four for the first time in history. Prior to that, "La Vinotinto" had a best finish 5th place in 1967.

    - Venezuela only beat Peru at home. The six wins were in two friendlies, three during the qualifiers for the World Cup and one for the Copa America, all in Venezuela.

    - The teams have never met in the knock-out matches in the Copa America.

    - Peru had not been in the top four teams in the Copa America since 14 years ago.

    - Venezuela has not lost any games in this edition.

    - If the Peruvian team win, will end the sixth time in 3rd place in the Copa America, repeating the feats of 1927, 35, 49, 55 and 83. If ends up losing, it will be for the seventh time in 4th place, repeating the feats of 1929, 41, 57, 59, 79 and 97.

    - As for Venezuela, regardless of the outcome will be the first time is in one of these placements.

    - The referee of this match, Wilmar Roldán Pérez, whistled twice already in this edition of the Copa America. The two games were draws between Peru against Uruguay (1-1) and Brazil against Paraguay (2-2).

    The last duel:

    In the last duel, Venezuela won Peru for the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. The victory by 3-1, held in Maracaibo, Venezuela, was in 2009. The goals were scored by Venezuela's Nicolas "Miku" Fedor (2) and Ronald Vargas. For Peru, the Venezuelan Juan Fuenmayor scored and own goal.

    2011-07-23 16:32

    Almagro Eyes Fourth Title Of Year; Simon Maintains Form To Reach Final

    Hamburg, Germany

    Third-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro will meet fourth seed Gilles Simon of France for the third time on Sunday in the final of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2011 in Hamburg.

    Almagro advanced to his fifth ATP World Tour clay-court final of the year after he beat compatriot and No. 8 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-1 in 85 minutes on Saturday. It was Almagro's 39th win in 52 matches this season and extended his ATP World Tour-best record on red dirt to 30-7.

    The World No. 14 has a 3-1 record in title-matches this year, including successes at the Movistar Open in Costa do Sauipe (d. Dolgopolov), the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Chela), the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur (d. Hanescu). He was also runner-up at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer).

    Earlier in the afternoon, Simon advanced to his 11th ATP World Tour final. He will be looking to lift his ninth trophy. Fifth seed Simon, who beat fellow Frenchman and top seed Gael Monfils on Friday, maintained his form to beat fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in just over two hours.

    Youzhny, through to the semi-finals for the first time in nine visits to the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament, clinched the first set in 49 minutes. He won 20 of his 32 service points and converted two of seven break point opportunities.

    Simon took a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Youzhny won the next two games.  The World No. 17 was broken to love at 3-3 and lost the next six games, which gave Simon an invitation to advance to his fifth clay-court final (3-2 record overall). Youzhny won 12 points in the deciding set.

    It was Simon second win over Youzhny this year, after a first-round victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February. Youzhny had previously won seven straight clashes.

    Simon won his eighth ATP World Tour title at the Medibank International Sydney (d. Troicki). He improved to a 29-17 match record on the season.

    2011-07-23 16:25

    Qualifying - Webber bests Hamilton to take pole 23 Jul 2011

    Mark Webber upstaged his Red Bull team mate at the Nurburgring on Saturday afternoon to take pole position for the German Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel failed to qualify for the front row of a starting grid for the first time in 15 races.


    Webber redefined things on his second Q3 run to lap in 1m 30.079s, and it was Lewis Hamilton who gave McLaren a major fillip by snatching second place with 1m 30.134s. Vettel’s attempt to beat that fell short with 1m 30.216s, leaving him third ahead of Fernando Alonso, whose Ferrari could not quite recapture its Silverstone form as the Spaniard recorded 1m 30.442s for fourth.

    Behind them there was a big gap to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on 1m 30.910s, while Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes on 1m 31.263s. Jenson Button lines up seventh after just one troubled run for McLaren yielded only 1m 31.288s.

    Adrian Sutil maintained his strong form for Force India with 1m 32.010s, to head Vitaly Petrov’s Renault on 1m 32.187s, as Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes completed the top 10 with 1m 32.482s.

    As Hamilton headed Q2 with 1m 30.998s from Vettel and Alonso, a late jump to fifth by Rosberg pushed Nick Heidfeld out of Q3, leaving the Renault driver 11th on 1m 32.215s. Paul di Resta didn’t make it either, lapping his Force India in 1m 32.560s to head the Williamses of Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello on 1m 32.635s and 1m 33.043s respectively. Sergio Perez couldn’t better 1m 33.176s in his Sauber, and Sebastien Buemi just shaded Toro Rosso team mate Jaime Alguersuari, 1m 33.546s to 1m 33.698s.

    Massa took advantage of improving track conditions to set the fastest time of 1m 31.826s in Q1. The session weeded out Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, who didn’t run for the first 10 minutes, vaulted to eighth with his first run as the track got better, but failed to improve again on 1m 33.786s when it mattered. Behind him, Lotus’s Heikki Kovalainen survived an off in Turn One to set 1m 35.599s for 19th, with Timo Glock and Jerome D’Ambrosio each improving right at the end to 1m 36.400s and 1m 36.641s in their Virgins to sandwich Karun Chandhok’s Lotus on 1m 36.422s as they filled 20th to 22nd places.

    At the back, Tonio Liuzzi just aced HRT team mate Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 37.011s to 1m 37.036s. But the Italian loses a place after his gearbox was changed on Friday.

    2011-07-23 11:01

    Paraguay and Uruguay make for the first time a Copa America final

    Friday, 22 July 2011

    By Lucas Mello

    After 7 years, Uruguay and Paraguay will face again in the Copa America. Now, in a confrontation that promises to be the most important in history. It is the first time that the duel takes place in a final of the competition. The closest thing was the struggle for the final phase of the Copa America in 1989, played in Brazil. That year, the teams played the first round of the square end, with Uruguayan win by 3-0.

    In fact, since 1947 (64 years ago) Paraguay has not won Uruguay in the Copa America. In all, 27 games between two teams with 13 wins of the Uruguayans, Paraguayans has six wins and five draws. The top scorer of the match is the Uruguayan Héctor Castro, with four goals, all scored in the victory by 6-1, in 1926.

    However, the Paraguayans have a curiosity to their advantage: both times that Paraguay won the Copa America, duels were drawn against Uruguay. In 1953, the duel ended in 2-2. In 1979, the two games between the teams ended in 0-0 and 2-2. This year, the country reached the final tying all their games, and can become the first champion of the competition without winning.

    In the final showdown between the teams, valid in the quarter-finals of the 2004 edition, Uruguay won by 3-1. That year, players of the Celeste, like Paolo Montero, Gustavo Varela, Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan and Dario Silva played. For Paraguay, played Justo Villar, Carlos Gamarra, Aureliano Torres, Edgar Barreto and Haedo Valdez.

    Date

    Stage

    Paraguay

    Result

     

    Uruguay

    Venue

    09/10/1921

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    2

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    12/10/1922

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

    04/11/1923

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    0

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    26/10/1924

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    01/11/1926

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    6

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    01/11/1929

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    3

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    02/01/1937

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    4

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    05/02/1939

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Lima (PER)

    28/01/1942

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    08/02/1946

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    2

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    13/12/1947

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    4

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Guyaquil (ECU)

    20/04/1949

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    São Paulo (BRA)

    12/03/1953

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    2

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Lima (PER)

    09/03/1955

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    21/01/1956

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    2

    -

    4

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    18/03/1959

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    22/12/1959

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Guyaquil (ECU)

    29/01/1967

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    0

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    20/09/1979

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    0

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Asunción (PAR)

    26/09/1979

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    2

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    12/07/1989

    Final Stage

    Paraguay

    0

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

    09/07/1995

    First Stage

    Paraguay

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    10/07/1999

    Quarterfinal

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Asunción (PAR)

    18/07/2004

    Quarterfinal

    Paraguay

    1

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Tacna (PER)

    2011-07-22 14:25

    Uruguay dreaming of taking the leadership of the Copa America titles

    Thursday, 21 July 2011

     

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 21, 2011 (AFP) - Uruguay confidently awaits the end of next Sunday to win their 15th Copa America title, becoming the biggest winner of the tournament, ahead of Argentina, which has 14 trophies.

    The team led by the coach Oscar Tabarez favoritism strengthened Tuesday, beating the selection of Peru by 2-0 in La Plata, with two goals of the striker Luis Suarez.

    Favorite in Sunday's final against Paraguay, the "Celeste" can get in the stadium of River Plate's third title of the Copa America on Argentine land, after victories in 1916 and 1987.

    "In the eye, is the people and the press call us favorites, but we know very well that we didn’t get into the final as favorites for anything", Forlan warned.
     

  •  

    2011-07-22 14:20

    Venezuela tries to repeat done in 2007 to get the third place

    Friday, 22 July 2011

    By Lucas Mello

    Match 2007. That's what the Venezuelan selection needs to do to win the third place in 2011 Copa América. That year (latest edition), Venezuela got its first and only victory over Peru in Copa América history. The match ended in 2-0, with a goal from Daniel Arismendi and Alejandro Cichero (brother of the current left-back of the team, Gabriel Cichero). In that game still attended Renny Vega, Jose Manuel Rey, Juan Arango and Giancarlo Maldonado Cesar Gonzalez for the Venezuelan side, and Alberto Rodriguez, Santiago Acasiete, Walter Vílchez, Jefferson Farfan, Claudio Pizarro and Paolo Guerrero by the Peruvian side.

    However, Peru has the look back in their favor. Of the five matches between the teams of the Copa America, Peru has won three, drawn one and lost just the game of 2007. The top scorers of the clash are two Peruvian: Eugenio La Rosa, who scored two goals in the 1991 game, and Paul Cominges, who scored two goals in 1997.

    Date

    Stage

    Peru

     

    Result

     

    Venezuela

    Venue

    05/07/1989

    First Stage

    Peru

    1

    -

    1

    Venezuela

    Salvador (BRA)

    12/07/1991

    First Stage

    Peru

    5

    -

    1

    Venezuela

    Santiago (CHI)

    18/06/1997

    First Stage

    Peru

    2

    -

    0

    Venezuela

    Sucre (BOL)

    09/07/2004

    First Stage

    Peru

    3

    -

    1

    Venezuela

    Lima (PER)

    30/06/2007

    First Stage

    Peru

    0

    -

    2

    Venezuela

    San Cristóbal (VEN) 

    2011-07-21 19:13

    Venezuela could have gone further, but lacked luck, says Maldonado

    Thursday, 21 July 2011

    MENDOZA, July 21, 2011 (AFP) - The midfielder of the Venezuelan team, Giancarlo Maldonado, said his team showed good football on Wednesday against the Paraguay, but lacked luck to reach the final of the Copa America, after losing in penalties by 5-3.

    "We could have gotten much further, and we had football and physical to win the match, but the" luck "was not definitely on our side”, he said after the match in Mendoza.

    "It hurts to sit out the final, but we are very proud of the football showed", he said.

    Maldonado said that despite the heavy defeat "this group is more united than ever and will continue to work to win."

    "There are important things to do and raise our head, this is football", he said.

    Venezuela will play for third place against Peru, on Saturday, at Ciudad de La Plata stadium, 60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires.

    Paraguay will play on Sunday against Uruguay, at the Monumental, in Buenos Aires, for the final of the 2011 Copa America.

    2011-07-21 13:27

    In the penalty shoot-out, Paraguay beats Venezuela and reaches the final

    Thursday, 21 July 2011

    Champion in 1953 and 1979, the Paraguayans won another penalty shoot-out (just passed by Brazil in the quarters), and now decide the South American tournament against Uruguay on Sunday. After the 0-0 in normal time and in the overtime, Paraguay had the major phase of the goalkeeper Justo Villar to overcome Venezuela, which played better in the shoot-out, winning by5-3. To reach the final, Paraguay ended up having to handle the pressure of Venezuela, especially during the extra time.

    In the first half, both teams had a portable game with few clear chances to score. Paraguay was the first to press, with defender Veron, who headed to good save of Renny Vega. Shortly after, at 21, it was time for Nelson Haedo miss a good chance. After great pass from Lucas Barrios, Haedo invaded the area, but shot badly.

    After that, it was only about Venezuela. At 31 minutes, Vizcarrondo head to score but the referee annulled, marking offside. At 45 minutes, it was the turn of Rondon almost score, but the ball landed in the hands of the goalkeeper Justo Villar.

    In the second step, the two teams returned worst and created few real chances on goal. Teams who staged one of the most exciting games of the Copa America in the first phase (tied by 3-3), Paraguay and Venezuela owned to the public in the semifinal, at least in the regular time.

    Thus, the match ended 0-0 and went to the overtime. Venezuela imposed itself and pressed almost the whole time the Paraguay squad. Once the three minutes of the first half of extra time, Maldonado invaded the area and Mike shot into the bar. Shortly thereafter, on free kick from Juan Arango, the selection Vinotinto stamped again the bar of Justo Villar, the best in the field of Paraguay, as well as in the game against Brazil.

    At 12 minutes into the first period of extra time, Paraguay lost the midfielder Jonathan Santana, who received a red card. With one player less, the country tried to defend himself in the second stage of the extension, taking the match to penalties.

    With five draws in five games, Paraguay won another penalty shoot-out had beaten Brazil in the quarterfinals) and is secured in the decision of the Copa America with an unprecedented campaign with no wins. Next Sunday, July 24, the Paraguayan team will face Uruguay on the final of the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, at the Monumental de Nuñez stadium, 4pm (7pm GMT). As for Venezuela, will fight for unprecedented third place against Peru, on Saturday, in the stadium Unico de La Plata.


    PARAGUAY (5) 0 X 0 (3) VENEZUELA

    Stadium: Stadium Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina; Referee: Francisco Chacón (MEX); Yellow Card: Jonathan Santana (78’), Dário Veron (107’) (Paraguay); Roberto Rosales (55’) (Venezuela); Red Card: Jonathan Santana (102’) (Paraguay).

    PARAGUAY: 1- Justo Villar, 6- Marcos Cáceres, 2- Dário Veron, 14- Paulo da Silva, 3- Iván Piris, 8- Édgar Barreto (21- Marcelo Estigarribia, 70’), 16- Cristian Riveros, 20- Néstor Ortigoza, 11- Jonathan Santana, 18- Haedo Valdez(9- Roque Santa Cruz, 74’) (10- Osvaldo Martinez, 80’) and 19- Lucas Barrios. Coach: Gerardo Martino.

    Penalty Shootout: Néstor Ortigoza (goal), Lucas Barrios (goal), Cristian Riveros (goal), Osvaldo Martinez (goal) and Dário Veron (goal).

    VENEZUELA: 1- Renny Vega, 16- Roberto Rosales, 4- Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, 20- Grenddy Perozo (3- José Manuel Rey, 46’), 6- Gabriel Cichero, 5- Giacomo di Giorgi, 14- Franklin Lucena, 11- César Eduardo González (9- Giancarlo Maldonado, 84’), 18- Juan Arango, 23- Salomón Rondón and 9- Alejandro Moreno (Miku, 72’). Coach: César Farías.

    Penalty Shootout: Giancarlo Maldonado (goal), José Manuel Rey (goal), Franklin Lucena (missed) and Miku (goal). 

    2011-07-20 17:33

    Monfils, Almagro, Melzer Advance To Third Round

    The top three seeds at the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2011 all advanced to the third round in Hamburg on Wednesday.

    Gael Monfils, who is ranked a career-high World No. 7, was rock-solid on serve when he beat Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-2 in 73 minutes. The top-seeded Frenchman won 75 per cent of his service points and saved all five break points he faced.

    Second seed Jurgen Melzer, the 2010 finalist, improved to 3-1 overall against Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win.

    Third seed Nicolas Almagro, a two-time quarter-finalist in 2007 (l. to Hewitt) and 2009 (l. to Cuevas), beat lucky loser Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes. World No. 14 Almagro hit seven aces to Rosol's 10 aces to improve to a 36-13 season record.

    World No. 20 Florian Mayer, the sixth seed, notched his 31st win in 49 matches this season in beating Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-4, 7-6(5) in 88 minutes.

    Eighth seed Fernando Verdasco, making his sixth appearance at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament, knocked out fellow Spaniard and last week's MercedesCup finalist, Pablo Andujar, 6-2, 6-3 in 86 minutes. Verdasco reached the quarter-finals in 2006 (l. to Acasuso) and 2008 (l. to Federer).

    Croatian 12th seed Marin Cilic narrowly beat World No. 187 and German qualifier Bastian Knittel 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 in three hours. Cilic hit 16 aces and won 66 per cent of his service points, saving 10 of 12 break points. He is now 24-13 on the season.

    Twenty four hours after recording the 150th clay-court match win of his career, Argentinean Juan Monaco dropped 12 points on his serve to knock out ninth-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-4.

    Radek Stepanek, the 32-year-old Czech, converted all five of his break point opportunities to defeat No.13 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy  6-1, 7-5 in 89 minutes.

    2011-07-20 15:56

    Small fry no longer, Venezuela dream on

    Wednesday, 20 July 2011

    BUENOS AIRES, July 19, 2011 (AFP) - Uruguay may be the favourites as the last big-name side left standing at a Copa America full of shocks - but there is little doubt which team is the people's favourite among the final four.

    Venezuela meet Paraguay in Wednesday's second semi-final after Uruguay prepared to duel with Peru on Tuesday.

    The Venezuelans, hailing from the Caribbean end of Latin America, should be fish out of water at an event taking place deep in Argentina's chilly winter.

    Yet they have warmed the hearts of tens of thousands of fans.

    The exception is the city of Mendoza, which stands to lose an estimated four million dollars in tourist receipts after 30,000 Chileans flooded over the border for the quarter-final only to see a different shade of red in the Vinotinto, who beat them 2-1.

    "Now we have come so far we have to go one step further and reach the final," said defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, whose goal against the Chileans helped to bring a famous victory and a first-ever semi, a step further than his side had managed on home soil four years ago.

    "It's been a great experience and we are improving all the time," he told reporters.

    Venezuela coach Cesar Farias will have to rejig things a little against a Paraguayan side against whom they thrillingly came back from 3-1 down to draw in the group with creative midfielder Tomas Rincon suspended following his red card in the quarters.

    But Farias is undaunted by that, insisting: "We have great faith. We have the chance to play the final if we can get through this one and we don't feel inferior to anyone.

    "We are unbeaten and have scored the most goals."

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, keenly following his compatriot's progress, is happy to pay Cesar his due.

    "Cesar knows what he is doing. Applause for Cesar Farias and the Vinotinto," enthused Chavez on his Twitter feed as he prepares to undergo chemotherapy in Cuba, clearly seeing the team's performances as a something of a tonic.

    Even after the opening group draw with Brazil, Farias had indicated the team would target a run to the final.

    Such has been Farias' influence that Spanish daily El Mundo on Monday dubbed the 38-year-old "The Venezuelan Mourinho."

    Farias fell out with keeper Renny Vega after dropping the latter some time ago but the pair are now united in their desire to conjure the sporting earthquake that a Venezuelan Copa win would comprise.

    "He's key for us - he works very well," says Vega.

    Much could depend on how the underdogs compensate for the loss of the impressive Rincon with Luis Seijas and Giacomo Di Giorgi the mooted alternatives.

    Paraguay, whose second and last title to date came in 1979, will see an omen in their favour in that both times they won international football's oldest event they put out Brazil, as they did here in the quarters.

    Coach Gerardo Martino knows his side should be favoured to reach Sunday's trophy match in Buenos Aires but has wasted no time in eulogising Wednesday's rivals.

    "Venezuela will be a very tough opponent. They have come on so much in recent years," Martino told a news conference in Buenos Aires.

    "But we must not seek to improve ourselves by thinking about Venezuela but improve within ourselves if we are to achieve our dream of reaching Sunday's final.

    Possible line ups of the teams:

    Paraguay: 1-Justo Villar, 3-Iván Piris ou 15-Víctor Cáceres, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 2-Darío Verón, 17-Aureliano Torres or 4-Elvis Marecos ; 13-Enrique Vera, 8- Edgar Barreto, 16-Cristian Riveros and 21-Marcelo Estigarribia; 18- Nelson Haedo Valdez and 19-Lucas Barrios. Coach: Gerardo Martino.

    Venezuela: 1-Renny Vega, 16-Roberto Rosales, 20-Grenddy Perozo, 4-Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, 6-Gabriel Cichero; 13- Luis Seijas or 5-Giacomo Di Giorgi, 14-Franklin Lucena, 11-César González, 18-Juan Arango; 9-Giancarlo Maldonado and 7-Miku. Coach: César Farías.

    The stars of the game:

    Paraguay: Paraguayan national team invests in the experienced former striker Roque Santa Cruz. The forward has 29 years, comes to his third Copa America, being the player who did the most goals among the squad with 24 goals. Nevertheless, Santa Cruz should not play against Venezuela because of an injury, and the responsibility of scoring goals is now in Haedo Valdez and Lucas Barrios. Other star of the team is Justo Villar (elected the best player of the match against Brazil).

    Venezuela: The Venezuelan side has as the great hope of winning Juan Arango. The striker, 31, is the team captain and has many years’ experience playing in Europe. Another star of the team is defender Jose Manuel Rey. Rey is the most capped player in history, with 111 games. Giancarlo Maldonado and Salomón Rondón are the other bets of the "vinotinto."

    Curiosities of the Confrontation:

    - This confrontation has happened 20 times, with 15 wins of Paraguay, Venezuela has two wins and three draws. Paraguay scored 44 goals and Venezuela scored 18 times.

    - For the Copa America were 5 matches with 4 wins and a draw of Paraguay. Paraguay scored 19 times and Venezuela scored 8 goals.

    - The top scorers of the clash in the Copa America are Gustavo Neffa, Luis Alberto Monzón, Buenaventura Ferreia and Juan Carlos Rojas with two goals apiece.

    - Venezuela never won Paraguay in the Copa America.

    - On the other hand the Paraguayan national team has won twice, in 1953 and 1979.

    - Paraguay is the most "foreign" out of the 12 participants, with three Argentines in the squad, plus the coach Gerardo Martino.

    - Venezuela was the country hosting of the 2007 Copa America.

    - Jose Manuel Rey, defender of Venezuela, is playing his sixth Copa America.

    - Venezuela is the only South American who has never played a World Cup.

    - Venezuela is the South American country that less acted in Copa America, with 15 participations.

    - Venezuela has reached the semifinals for the first time and has already secured its best position in the history of the Copa America.

    - The Paraguayan national team went to the semifinals after 22 years without being able to stay in the top four.

    - This is the second time that the teams will face in this edition.

    The last duel:

    In the last duel, Venezuela tied with Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America. The draw by 3-3, held in Salta, Argentina, was in 2011. The goals were scored by the Paraguayan Antolin Alcaraz, Lucas Barrios and Cristian Riveros. Salomón Rondón, Miku and Perozo Grenddy scored to Venezuela.

    2011-07-20 10:38

    Suarez is the best LG player; striker scored two goals and is in the final

    Wednesday, 20 July 2011

     

    By Felipe Atra

    Luis Suarez, Uruguayan striker made two goals in the victory of his selection over Peru and secured a place in the grand finale of 2011 Copa America. The shirt 9 of the Celeste now has three goals and is the top scorer with the Argentine Kun Aguero. The Liverpool star was named LG player of the evening in La Plata. He received 31.7% of the votes from Internet users and journalists of CONMEBOL.

    Without goals in the first half, after the break only it was all about Suarez. Shortly after 7 minutes, with a typical center-opportunism, the 9 shirt took the rebound from goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, and only had the job of pushing to the goal. "The first half was very hard, Peru’s marking was very hard. In the second, more striking, and we got the goal", said the forward after the match.

    Five minutes later, the top scorer of the Copa America got a beautiful pass from Alvaro Pereira, dribbled the goalkeeper and played for the Peruvian goal. Then, it was time to celebrate the victory and qualification to the final. Suarez 2-0 Peru. "Today was a day we knew we had to play it if we wanted to win", concluded the Liverpool playmaker.

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    2011-07-19 18:46

    Peru and Uruguay play for a place in the final of the Copa America

    Tuesday, 19 July 2011

    Willing to continue making history, and after surprisingly winning in the quarterfinals, Peru and Uruguay play again on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Copa America.

    "We have not won anything yet. Whatever happens in the Copa America, the triumphs united us and gave us strength, "said the coach of the Peru, the Uruguayan Sergio Markarian.

    "We will play six games and that's good. God makes us play the final, "added the" Wizard", which can count against the Celeste with the defender Santiago Acasiete, recovered from muscle fatigue that didn’t let him play against Colombia.

    Uruguay, one of the biggest winners of the competition, comes with a mission to reach the decision.

    "We have an obligation to go forward, but it will not be easy," said team commander Oscar Tabarez, glad Uruguay reached the semifinals of the Copa America for the fifth consecutive time.

    "We've delivered so far the goal that we set, we repeat the action of the last Copa America," when Uruguay finished fourth in the 2007 Venezuela, Tabarez said.

    Tabarez cannot count with the with defender Mauricio Victorino, who was injured against Argentina and the midfielder Diego Perez, who was sent off, besides the injured Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin, nevertheless, even if they have not done any games still in the tournament, must be physically able to stay on the bench.

    However, the coach can count on the return of defender Sebastian Coates, who missed the last game because he was suspended, and will double with the captain Diego Lugano in the Celeste’s back.

    Possible lineups of the teams:

    Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera, 16-Maxi Pereira, 2-Diego Lugano, 4- Sebastián Coates and 22-Martín Cáceres; 5-Walter Gargano or 8-Sebastián Eguren, 17-Egidio Arévalo Ríos and 14-Nicolás Lodeiro; 9-Luis Suárez, 10-Diego Forlán and 21-Edinson Cavani. Coach: Oscar Tabárez.

    Peru: 1-Raúl Fernández, 13-Renzo Revoredo, 3-Santiago Acasiete, 2-Alberto Rodríguez and 4-Walter Vilchez; 5-Adán Balbín, 7- Josepmir Ballón, 10-Rinaldo Cruzado, 16-Luis Advíncula and 6-Juan Vargas; 9-Paolo Guerrero. Coach: Sergio Markarián.

    The stars of the game:

    Uruguay: The ‘celeste’ team has as highlights its offensive attack trio: Luis Suarez, Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani. Luis Suarez, 24, is the talisman of the 9 shirt. He was the player who putted his hand in the game against Ghana in 2010 World Cup, saving a goal that would eliminate the ‘celeste’. Liverpool player, Suarez moved to the England team and it's a reference to the team. Edinson Cavani, also 24, is the great revelation of Uruguay. Playing in Italy, he did a very good season and is the highlight of his team. Diego Forlán, 32, was the best player in the last World Cup. He is the great experience of the attack and reference to the other two players. Other stars of the national team are Diego Lugano and Fernando Muslera (elected the best player of the match against Argentina).

    Peru: On the side of the Peruvian team is the star Paolo Guerrero. Star of Germany Hamburg, Guerrero comes with the mission of leading the attack of the team, as Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizarro got injured preparing the team for the Copa America. The striker is the top scorer of the team with two goals in the competition and has won the best LG in the field in Peru's tie against Uruguay by 1-1. Other highlights of Peru are Juan Vargas (LG best player in the victory against Mexico, 2-1 and also scored the last goal against Colombia, in the quarterfinals) Alberto Rodriguez and Yoshima Yotún.

    Curiosities of the Confrontation:

    - This confrontation has happened 59 times, with 32 wins of Uruguay, Peru has 14 victories and 13 draws. Uruguay has 97 goals and Peru scored 53 times.

    - For the Copa America were 19 matches with 11 wins of Uruguay, Peru has 6 wins and two draws. Uruguay scored 38 times and Peru scored 25 goals.

    - The top scorer of the clash in the Copa America is the Uruguayan Amboris with 4 goals.

    - These two teams also faced each other once in the World Cup in 1930. The game ended 1-0 to Uruguay.

    - The Peruvian team won twice the Copa America. One was in Argentina, home of the 2011 Copa America.

    - Peru was the team that lost more players through injury in preparation for the Copa America, Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan.

    - Uruguay is the team that participated in more Copa America editions, going 41 times.

    - The Celeste is also the most time champion, along with Argentina, with 14 titles. As the host selection has been eliminated, Uruguay has the chance to become the biggest winner.

    - The teams have met in this issue, tying by 1-1 in the first round of the first phase.

    - In this tie the Peruvian team suffered its first goal in the year. Before that were five games without allowing a goal.

    - Peru does not lose to Uruguay in Copa America since 28 years ago, or four matches. There were two wins and two draws for Peru.

    The last duel:

    In the last duel, Peru drew with Uruguay in this edition of the Copa America. The tie by 1-1, held in San Juan, Argentina, occurred in 2011. The goals were scored by Luis Suarez and by the striker Paolo Guerrero.

    2011-07-19 17:37

    Knittel, Kamke, Reister

    Three Germans for a Hallelujah!

    From a German point of view, the start at the bet-at-home Open 2011 was perfect! Yesterday, Bastian Knittel, Julian Reister, as well as Tobias Kamke made it to the second round of the traditional tournament at Hamburg Rothenbaum without losing a single set and therefore waved the German black-red-gold flag for a dream start at the tournament.

    The first of the three musketeers to enter the Centre Court was Bastian Knittel. The player form Stuttgart surprisingly beat the Croatian Davis Cup player, Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3. This was a very special victory for Knittel since it was his first as a ATP main draw player and, above all, he beat at Top 50 player. »It was great. I was quite nervous since I knew I had the chance to make it to the second round. Now, I am more than happy and it feels great«, said Knittel after the match with a big smile on his face. At the start of both sets, the 27-year-old player had some problems and got broken immediately. »Especially at the beginning I was nervous. But I tried to play well and, in the end, the whole package was just right« Knittel explained his success. Modesty, self-criticism and knowing that the Top 100 are still far ahead are typical features of the German. »My backhand is a clear strength of mine. And I am rather fast, at least I was at my ‘A’-Level's 100m-exam.« Bastian Knittel, the player who is slightly different does not only make points with his racket but also by being a nice person. »I was born and raised in Stuttgart. I know that there are many nicer places, but Stuttgart is my favourite city.« In the second round, he will play Marin Cilic, a former top ten player. »It's going to be a great match. Although he is not the best player on clay, he is dangerous.« But, now after his victory over Ivan Dodig, also Bastian Knittel, who rather feels free than pressured – is dangerous.

    Also Tobias Kamke came, saw and won! The wild card player beat Pere Riba from Spain 6-1, 6-1 in 74 minutes and was more than happy with his performance. »If you play a tournament at home and get such a wild card, then you are thoroughly and thoroughly motivated and I think people saw that today, Kamke explained. Nobody really wanted to disagree with the player from Schleswig-Holstein. The 2010-newcomer to the ATP World Tour dominated the match right from the first serve, was more active on the Centre Court and played with a lot of courage against the lefty from Spain. »It wasn't as easy as the result suggests« said Kamke, who will play the Argentine player, Juan Ignacio Chela, in the second round. However, Kamke does not only consider this match, but has great plans for the whole week in Hamburg. »The tournament will end on Sunday. My next goal is to beat Chela. I don't know who I will play next, but maybe we'll see each other on Sunday and I even might have won a small trophy by then.«

    And, if, on top, his buddy, Julian Reister would be on court with him, the spectators from Hamburg would have a North-German dream finals. However, hold your horses. First, Reister solved his first task and confidently beat Denis Istomin from Usbekistan. 6:3, 6:4 said the score board and it took Reister almost as long as his friend from Lübeck. Reister could still remember making the round of last sixteen. Like in the summer of 2010, and as if he hadn't had several diseases and injuries during the last months, Julian Reister dominated the match on »his Center Court« and successfully revenged the bitter defeat against Istomin on the very same court last year. Also the minor shoulder problems were no obstacle: »The tape is just a precaution. I have a minor bursa inflammation, but don't have any pain when I play.« Before the tournament, Kamke and Reister said. »You can only have us together« and, together with Bastian Knittel, yesterday a German pack-of-three made it to the second round.

    Results

    1st M Granollers vs D Gimeno-Traver 3:6 0:0 A
    1st S Bolelli vs J Monaco 3:6 5:7 -
    1st M Ilhan vs P Petzschner 6:2 4:6 7:6 (5)
    1st R Stepanek vs A Beck 7:5 7:6 (2) -
    1st J Benneteau vs P Andujar 2:6 2:6 -
    1st J Ferrero vs C Stebe 3:6 2:6 -
    1st L Dlouhy / M Mertinak
    vs
    J Melzer / P Petzschner
    2:6 6:4 10:5
    1st M Fyrstenberg / M Matkowski
    vs
    S Stakhovsky / R Stepanek
    4:6 3:6 -
    2nd S Stakhovsky vs G Simon 2:6 1:6 -
    2nd A Dolgopolov vs J Nieminen 3:6 6:1 4:6
    2nd T Kamke vs J Chela 6:1 6:4 -
    2nd F Fognini vs V Crivoi 6:1 7:5 -
    2nd J Reister vs G Garcia-Lopez 7:6 (5) 6:2 -
    2nd M Youzhny vs C Berlocq 7:5 7:6 (7) -
    2011-07-19 16:53

    Grigelis wins Comerica Bank Challenger

    Modified: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2011



     

    APTOS — After Laurynas Grigelis fired a sideline winner early in the second set of the Comerica Bank Challenger on Sunday that got the crowd roaring in approval, Ilija Bozoljac paused to assess what just happened.

    “Nice shot,” Bozoljac said.

    It was that kind of day for both players.

    Grigelis got all the breaks and the bounces to go his way and he claimed the championship, winning 6-2, 7-6 (5).

    The $14,400 top prize was all his as well as what is expected to be a boost in the rankings. He is currently ranked 373rd in the world, and that was after a drop following two subpar showings in two previous weeks.

    But the way he broke Bozoljac in the first set and finished him off in the second, he played well above that number.

    He fired sideline and baseline winners that stunned Bozoljac. On serve, he threw Bozoljac off balance, hoping that it would be enough to stay in the contest.

    He also took advantage of 26 unforced errors by Bozoljac.

    “When I broke him in the first set, I was confident,” Grigelis said. “The second set was really close and the match could have turned.”

    A high-arching shot by Grigelis in the second-set tiebreaker was the break he needed to get by and close out the championship. Tied at 4-4 in the tiebreaker, Bozoljac served a far-reaching ball that Grigelis had to extend far out for. The ball somehow hit the baseline and Bozoljac couldn’t return it.

    Grigelis then served the next two points to close out the contest.

    “He had a good serve, and my plan was to serve good because if he broke me it would be tough to get to his serve,” Grigelis said.

    Grigelis blazed through the first set, which lasted less than 30 minutes. Bozoljac said he upped his tempo and started to play more aggressive.

    “I tried to see how he was playing and I tried to get in touch with the scoring, but he won the two most important points in the tiebreaker,” Bozoljac said. “He was being better from the baseline and I didn’t want to stay in the baseline.”

    Both players said during the awards ceremony they plan to come back next year.

    In the doubles match, Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione won their third consecutive title, beating John Paul Fruttero and Raven Classen in the finals.

    2011-07-19 15:32

    BARCELONA, July 19, 2011 (AFP) – Barcelona’s coach Pep Guardiola lamented on Tuesday, in a press conference, the eliminations of Brazil and Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Copa America against Paraguay and Uruguay, respectively.

    "I feel bad. These are teams of friends and players I have, " Guardiola said when asked about the elimination of the favorites to win the South American championship.

     "I wish that Brazil did well, that Argentina did well, but unfortunately they were eliminated," said the Barcelona’s coach, who told that he spoke with the Argentines Gabriel Milito and Leo Messi, as well as with Brazilian Adriano.

    "Now they have left to rest, as they need," added Guardila, who said that some of these players could choose to join the team before the deadline of August 8.

    "Adriano comes just a few days before because he participated less with Brazil. The others, from August 1st to 8th (August) meet us in Dallas, and join us in the last days of the tour. "

    Barcelona returned to work last Monday after vacation, with the absence of its Argentine and Brazilian players, and at the end of the month will begin their "tour" in the United States, where on July 30 will play against Manchester United at FedExField in Landover, Maryland at 19h00 (23h00 GMT).

    On August 3rd will play against Chivas Guadalajara in Miami and will close the preseason in the United States against Club America on August 6th, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

    2011-07-16 07:18

    Greatest derby of the Copa America, Argentina and Uruguay have balanced retrospect

    Friday, 15 July 2011

     By Lucas Mello 

    Argentina and Uruguay will play today for the 30th time in the history of the Copa America. In 29 previous games, 13 wins for Argentine, 13 wins for Uruguay and only three draws. Although they faced many times, the two teams, which are the biggest winners of the Copa America with 14 titles each, played only one knockout game. The year was 1987, the last time the competition took place in Argentina, when the local team lost by 1-0.

    However, the confront has been decisive in several editions of the Copa America, as in the years  of 1917, 1923, 1927, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1959E and 1967. Although the competition had a single phase, the match between the teams was crucial in these issues.

    The game happened seven times in Argentina, with all the matches in Buenos Aires. Argentina won four, Uruguay won twice and the confront had a tie. The last time the two met in Argentina in the Copa America, was in the edition of 1987, above.

    The top scorers of the confrontation are the Argentine Ángel Labruna and Uruguayan Héctor Scarone, with four goals each. In the last match between the teams, in 2004, Argentina won by 4-2. In that match, some players that are in this 2011 Copa America playerd, like Zanetti, Mascherano and Tevez on the Argentinean side, and Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan, Diego Perez on the Uruguayan side.

    Date

    Stage

    Argentina

    Result

     

    Uruguay

    Venue

    17/07/1916

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    14/10/1917

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    13/05/1919

    First Stage

    Argentina

    2

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

    12/09/1920

    First Stage

    Argentina

    1

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Valparaiso (CHI)

    30/10/1921

    First Stage

    Argentina

    1

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    08/10/1922

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

    02/12/1923

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    02/11/1924

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    24/10/1926

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    20/11/1927

    First Stage

    Argentina

    3

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Lima (PER)

    17/11/1929

    First Stage

    Argentina

    2

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    27/01/1935

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Lima (PER)

    23/01/1937

    First Stage

    Argentina

    2

    -

    3

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    23/02/1941

    First Stage

    Argentina

    1

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    07/02/1942

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    25/02/1945

    First Stage

    Argentina

    1

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    02/02/1946

    First Stage

    Argentina

    3

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    28/12/1947

    First Stage

    Argentina

    3

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Guayaquil (ECU)

    27/03/1955

    First Stage

    Argentina

    6

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Santiago (CHI)

    15/02/1956

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    20/03/1957

    First Stage

    Argentina

    4

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Lima (PER)

    30/03/1959

    First Stage

    Argentina

    4

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    16/12/1959

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    5

    Uruguay

    Guayaquil (ECU)

    02/02/1967

    First Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Montevideo (URU)

    09/07/1987

    Semifinal

    Argentina

    0

    -

    1

    Uruguay

    Buenos Aires (ARG)

    08/07/1989

    First Stage

    Argentina

    1

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Goiânia (BRA)

    14/07/1989

    Final Stage

    Argentina

    0

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

    07/07/1999

    First Stage

    Argentina

    2

    -

    0

    Uruguay

    Luque (PAR)

    13/07/2004

    First Stage

    Argentina

    4

    -

    2

    Uruguay

    Piura (PER)

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