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Thirsty Prandelli wants drinks break during WC 

»Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called for the introduction of drink breaks during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil to counter the debilitating effects of heat and humidity at venues in the tropical northeast.

"You can't even give players water because FIFA want the bottles near the goalposts, which can only be of use when there are corner kicks," he told a meeting with foreign reporters in Rome.

"You are risking a situation where teams will kick the ball out for a corner just to drink something," he said. "It sounds like a joke but in fact it is really serious. We will make this request in the next two days."

FIFA has already rejected calls to reconsider its decision to schedule noon kick-offs for some matches in tropical venues.

Klitschko emerges as an unlikely leader

»Urbane liberals are joining black-booted skinheads to protest on the streets of Kiev, but if the Orange Revolution of nine years ago is to be repeated, they need a leader to unite them.

Enter Vitaly Klitschko, a towering world boxing champion with a doctorate in sports science, who is looking increasingly like the opposition's most powerful contender.
Protesters and commentators saw Klitschko emerging this past week as a leader-in-waiting, as the opposition digs in to unseat President Viktor Yanukovich after he ditched a trade pact with the European Union to revive economic ties with former Soviet master Moscow.

Brazucas replaces diapers in latest Adidas campaign!

»The latest army of Brazil fans born in the country have been offered a free World Cup ball by German sporting goods maker Adidas as part of the official launch of the brazuca, the 2014 World Cup ball.

The company's chief executive Herbert Hainer said earlier this week that he expected Adidas to sell a record number of footballs next year when the tournament kicks off.
However, any child born which was born in Brazil on December 3, when the ball was launched, can be the proud owner of a brazuca, named in 2012 after a public vote in Brazil involving one million fans.

Olympic sports need more airtime, cries Bach

»Most Olympic sports do not get enough television coverage outside the four-yearly Games and need more air time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said.

The recently-appointed president added that he wanted to get "couch potatoes off their couches" and said the IOC would be sympathetic to an African bid for the 2024 games.
Bach also suggested the IOC could set up its own television network to counter the lack of coverage on existing channels.

"The Olympic Sports do not have enough coverage and the Olympic sports need to be promoted also in the time between games," Bach told reporters in a conference call.

MLS won’t bend it for businessman Beckham

»Major League Soccer would love to see a new franchise in Miami backed by David Beckham but there will not be a new team in South Beach until a stadium deal is in place, commissioner Don Garber said.

Garber repeatedly emphasized that MLS is keen to work with Beckham but was equally firm that it will not bend rules for the former England captain and that a stadium deal must be in place before an expansion franchise is awarded.

"We can't go to Miami without the right stadium solution," Garber said during his state of the league address ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final in Kansas City. "David understands that, the city understands that, that is an indisputable fact."

Platini wants sin bins to replace yellow cards

»UEFA chief Michel Platini has called for football to scrap yellow cards, saying players who flout the rules should instead be sent to a sin bin.

“I would change the system of cautions, the cards,” the head of European football’s governing body told Spanish sports daily AS in an interview published today.
“I would make it like rugby, punishing the offender with 10 or 15 minutes out of the game,” Platini said.

“That way, the benefit goes to the team he is playing against, in the same match, instead of a sanction by cards which is carried out against a third team, the next on the calendar.”

Under the existing system, a player who gets a straight red card or two yellow cards in the same game is immediately sent off and cannot be replaced.

But a player who accumulates a certain number of yellow cards over several matches can be suspended for future games in the same tournament.

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