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  1. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Road to Rio: Protests on the backburner as Brazil embraces the opportunity to party

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:17pm by Paul Kay

    ... to party A couple of weeks into the World Cup, it's safe to say that predictions about mass protests and half-finished construction projects disrupting the tournament were wide of the mark. ... or possibly abandoned infrastructure projects- literal roads to nowhere- while the paint has barely dried on some of the hotels. And although we haven't seen any actual protests, anti-Fifa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1544419/politics-saints-cup-glory-any-excuse-party
  2. Sport - Soccer

    World Cup protests misguided, says Valcke

    Posted May 14th 2014, 12:31am by AFP

    ... protests misguided: Valcke Anti-World Cup campaigners in Brazil have threatened demonstrations during the showcase tournament next month but Fifa said it would be an unfair target. Fears of a repeat of protests last year involving hundreds of thousands of people have beset the buildup to a World Cup already hit by stadium delays. Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says Brazil has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1511422/world-cup-protests-misguided-says-valcke
  3. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Protestors and police clash in Rio and Sao Paulo ahead of World Cup kick-off

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 02:31am

    ... Associated Press But demonstrations largely die down ahead of opening match Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ahead of the first World Cup ... but police repeatedly pushed them back, firing canisters of tear gas and using stun grenades. The flow of traffic to the arena was not blocked. Later, a group of fewer than 100 protesters gathered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1531249/protestors-and-police-clash-rio-and-sao-paulo-ahead-world-cup-kick
  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Happy Blatter hails World Cup success

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:29am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rio de Janeiro Showpiece tournament escapes massive protests that marred last year’s 'dress rehearsal' in Brazil Fifa president Sepp Blatter declared the World Cup in Brazil a success, saying that fears of anti-tournament protests had not materialised. “I am a very happy man today,” Blatter said at a sport management seminar in Rio de Janeiro. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1545326/happy-blatter-hails-world-cup-success
  5. Sport - Soccer

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter hails 'special' World Cup in Brazil

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:04pm by AFP

    ... fears that protests against the reported US$11 billion cost of the Cup would mar the competition. Protests during the Confederations Cup warm-up in June last year drew a million people ... Police using tear gas and pepper spray did break up one protest on Sunday that drew some 300 people to a gathering near Rio's Maracana stadium hosting the final. Amnesty International duly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1554929/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-hails-special-world-cup-brazil
  6. Sport - Other Sport - BASKETBALL

    Clippers stage silent protest in storm over owner's alleged racist remarks

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 10:21am

    ... Agence France-Presse Comments attributed to owner cast long shadow over team in heavy defeat Los Angeles Clippers players staged a silent protest and wore black apparel during a losing NBA play-off game on Sunday after racist remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling. Sterling, the NBA’s longest-serving team owner after buying the Clippers in 1981, did not attend the heavy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1498944/clippers-stage-silent-protest-storm-over-owners-alleged-racist
  7. Sport - Soccer - WORLD CUP

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter faces protests as he opens Hong Kong Football Association's new HQ

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 02:14pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Handful of protesters wave placards over workers' treatment for Qatar World Cup Protesters waving red cards at Fifa president Sepp Blatter ... football, airily brushed aside the presence of about a dozen young protesters demonstrating against the deaths and the exploitation of migrant workers building stadiums for the 2022 Qatar World Cup ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1495810/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-faces-protests-he-opens-hong-kong-football
  8. Sport - Soccer

    Happy days for Fifa, but foul play lurks in the rules

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:15pm by Reuters

    ... linesmen are when it comes to offside decisions, despite the routine howls of protest from players and fans when they go against them. Opponents claim the wait for a replay decision would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1554932/happy-days-fifa-foul-play-lurks-rules
  9. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Keystone Cops try to catch pitch invader at France training

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 12:10am by James Porteous

    ... "This is something rare we would like to have for the museum," Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said of Belmonte's ticket. Football more attractive than protests... for now The mass protests the doomsayers predicted haven't come to pass in Brazil, and a government survey says support has waned, AFP reports. The survey says support for the anti-World Cup protests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1542683/world-cup-diary-keystone-cops-try-catch-pitch-invader-france-training
  10. Sport - Racing - STEWARDS

    Fewer charges for careless riding but not all smooth sailing

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:28pm by Michael Cox

    ... had intended to protest on behalf of the connections of fourth-placed Top Act. After reviewing the film stewards declared the placings would have stood anyway, but the incident ensured ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1549867/fewer-charges-careless-riding-not-all-smooth-sailing

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