Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Today, Joachim Löw, manager of the German national football team, dropped Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus from the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. Marco Reus, who turned 27 years old today, is suffering from a groin injury. He also missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup with an ankle injury.
Löw said their medical staff wasn't sure Reus could meet the demands of the forthcoming games. He added, "Marco has serious fitness problems; he can only run in a straight line at the moment."((de))
Löw also did not include other Bundesliga players Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt, and Sebastian Rudy from the provisional squad in the final selection. Thanking the four German internationals for their performance in training, he said, "It's not a decision against those four players, but rather one in favour of the other 23."((de))
Germany are due to play their final friendly match before the start of Euro 2016 on June 4 against Hungary. On June 12, Germany will open their account in Euro 2016 when they face Ukraine in Lille, France.
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Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten, speaking in Cairns yesterday, pledged an A$500 million fund towards research and programs to help protect Australia's environmental icon The Great Barrier Reef.
Recent surveys indicated coral bleaching has killed more than a third of coral in the Great Barrier Reef's north and central regions. "All of this", said Mr Shorten, "is at risk if serious action is not taken to protect it. The Great Barrier Reef is an environmental treasure Australia holds on trust for the world".
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies performed the surveys. Bleaching is associated with higher-than-average water temperatures resulting from El Niño events, affected by climate change.
ARC said bleaching had affected all but seven percent of the reef. This bleaching event is the third of its kind with notable occurrences in 1998 and 2002. This event in particular has had the biggest impact on the reef so far.
Two weeks ago, James Cook University scientists said the government would have to commit A$10 billion over the next decade or the reef would be incurable in half that time.
Mr Shorten's $500 million investment in research and protection of the reef would be spread over four years.
Monday, May 30, 2016
On Saturday, Spanish football club Real Madrid defeated their city rivals Atlético Madrid 5–3 in a penalty shootout decider in the UEFA Champions League final played at the San Siro stadium in Milan, as the match ended in a 1–1 draw after 120 minutes. This was Real's eleventh European title — La Undécima. Ronaldo scored the winning penalty kick after Juanfran failed to find the net.
Just before the quarter-hour mark Juanfran brought down Gareth Bale and Real won a free kick. Sergio Ramos scored from Toni Kroos's free kick in the 15th minute which gave Los Blancos an early lead. The first half ended 1–0.
In the beginning of the second half, Pepe brought down Fernando Torres in the penalty area and Atlético won a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas was booked after the decision, for delaying the penalty kick. Frenchman Antoine Griezmann was unable to score as he hit the crossbar with his penalty attempt. But Rojablancos equalised in the 79th minute as Carrasco scored from Juanfran's cross, converting his shot into the top left corner. Just before the full-time whistle, Gabi and Sergio Ramos were booked. The match went to additional time after 1–1 draw at the end of full-time.
Danilo was shown a yellow card just three minutes after starting the additional time. And Pepe was the last player to be booked after committing a foul against Gabi.
In the penalty shootout, Lucas Vázquez, Marcelo, Bale and Ramos scored for Real Madrid. Grizemann, Gabi and Saúl scored for Rojablancos. Juanfran missed the spot kick, and Ronaldo scored the winning penalty which earned Real Madrid the title.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Yesterday, nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal withdrew from this year's tournament suffering from a wrist injury.
On Thursday, Nadal defeated Facundo Bagnis with his wrist anesthetized. With that victory, he became the eighth man in history to achieve 200 wins in Grand Slams. Nadal won his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title in April.
In the press conference, Nadal said, "It's not broken but if I continue to play, my wrist will break in a few days"((fr)). Nadal said he felt wrist pain two weeks before he arrived at the French capital Paris. He also said, "This is one of the toughest press conferences of my career".
The Spaniard, seeded number 4, also admitted he could not play with his forehand. He was scheduled to play against Marcel Granollers. Nadal has an 87% win record in Grand Slams winning 200 matches out of 230.
He concluded the press conference by saying, "I feel myself with the right motivation and the right energy to be back at Roland Garros [the French Open] the next couple of years[...] It's a tournament that I love so much."