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  • Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, honoured at Toronto funeral

    Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend dubbed "Yifter the Shifter" for his ability to power away from rivals, was laid to rest at a packed funeral in Toronto on Tuesday.

    Yifter, a distance runner who won two gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-metre events at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and won bronze medals earlier at the 1972 Munich Games, died at 72 after battling respiratory problems.

    "He's a national icon," said Yonas Tadssa, a friend of Yifter's who also hails from Ethiopia.

    "He's our hero."

    His victories put Ethiopia on the map in terms of running, and he's still regarded as one of the country's greatest athletes. Haile Gebrselassie — who still holds one of the world's fastest marathon times — recently said he owes his entire career to Yifter,

    Yet during his career, Yifter was criticized by Ethiopia's former military regime for not winning gold medals at the Munich Games, and he was briefly jailed upon his return home. Tadssa said Yifter, who left Ethopia for Canada in 2000, wouldn't have been able to live comfortably in his home country, something he said was a shame.

    Instead, the great runner came to Toronto — a city that knows far more about hockey and baseball players than distance runners.

    Tadssa said Yifter was never one to brag about his success. "He was just a simple, low-key person."

    When his running days were done, Yifter changed his focus to coaching soccer. Several of his former players attended his funeral.

    Yifter's body will be returned to Ethiopia this week.

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  • Mulugeta Mihret The Player With One Yellow Card In 17 Years Retires

    Veteran Ethiopian Mulugeta Mihret also known as Muluye as curtains came down on his illustrious career on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.

    Known as ‘the disciplined boy’ as well as ‘the decent one’ for only getting one yellow card in his entire 17 year career Muluye took to the pitch for the last time as his home team Hawasa met champions St. George.

    It was an emotional moment for the fans and the 34 year old can be used as a case study on how players should act as everybody adored him.

    Mihret is exciting the stage on a high, leaving behind a solid legacy of mentorship to many stars who blossomed under his watch.

    The native of Korem village, the home of Ethiopian football talent, served just three clubs; Hawassa City, Dedebit and the mighty Kidus Giorgis winning three league titles and two Ethiopia cups during the period.

    But it was the home side Hawassa that the midfielder served longest, giving them 15 years of dedicated service.

    He also won Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup with Walia Ibex.

    The father of one NEVER received a red card and was booked only once by mistake when he got a yellow card that was meant for a teammate – and hence the nickname “the disciplined boy”.

    On Friday 24, Hawassa City fans paid tribute to their son for the last time on home soil as they took on Dashen Beer FC at Hawassa Stadium – today Addis fans will honor him on the last day of the league when they play Kidus in the Capital.

    Armed with a Caf B coaching licence, the two times EPL most valuable player (2003 and 2006) will be looking to begin a new life in football in a new capacity as a coach.

    It an honour that many African footballers have not enjoyed in their careers but Mihret goes home a happy man after years of dedicated service.

    source: http://www.addisinsight.com/2016/07/mulugeta-mihret-player-one-yellow-card-17-years-retires/

     

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  • Rio 2016: Rory McIlroy pulls out of Olympics because of fears over Zika virus

     

    Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Olympic Games in Rio because of concerns about the Zika virus.

    In a statement, McIlroy said that "my health and my family's health comes before everything else"."Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take," said McIlroy, 27.

    Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman have already pulled out of the games because of the Zika issue.Earlier this month, four-time major winner McIlroy, who was set to represent Ireland in Rio, said that his concerns over the virus had eased.

    The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain defects in newborn babies.

    World number four McIlroy's decision is to a blow to a sport which will be making a return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.A number of top golfing stars, including major winners Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, have already pulled out of the games for scheduling and family reasons.

    McIlroy added: "I trust the Irish people will understand my decision.

    "The unwavering support I receive every time I compete in a golf tournament at home or abroad means the world to me.

    "I will continue to endeavour to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it."

    Ireland's Olympic governing body said that it was "extremely disappointed not to be taking Rory with us to Rio" but added that it "respected his decision".

    The Olympic Council of Ireland statement added that it had "total confidence that the games will be safe for all athletes".

    "The OCI and our medical team have taken our lead from the International Olympic Committee on the Zika situation, as we do in all matters.

    "We are now following the IOC's recommendations, as well as the recommendations of the Rio 2016 organisers, the World Health Organisation and national health authorities, to ensure that Team Ireland's athletes are kept fully updated with the latest and best advice and that they are equipped to take all necessary precautions."

    After deliberating over the issue, Northern Irishman McIlroy announced in May 2014 that he had decided to play for Ireland and not Great Britain at the Rio Games.

    The International Golf Federation also said it was "disappointed" by the decision, but added it accepted players each had to "weigh personally a unique set of circumstances".

    source:bbc

     

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  • Rio 2016: Jaguar in Amazon torch relay shot dead

    The female jaguar escaped its handlers after the ceremony on Monday and attacked a soldier, a spokesman said.

    Four tranquiliser darts failed to stop it and a soldier shot it with a pistol.

    Organisers for the Rio Games said it had been a mistake to exhibit the Olympic torch next to a chained wild animal.

    Animal rights groups have condemned the killing, with some questioning why the animal was involved in the Olympic event.

    "When will we learn? Wild animals held captive and forced to do things that are frightening, sometimes painful, and always unnatural are ticking time bombs," Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in a statement.

    The animal, called Juma, had been raised in the zoo in the Amazon since it was a cub along with half-a-dozen siblings.

    The Olympic torch is relayed through Brazil leading up to the August opening ceremony.

    source:bbc

     

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  • Mikel Arteta agrees deal to join Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola's backroom team

    Mikel Arteta has joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City revolution.

    Former Arsenal captain Arteta has agreed a deal to become one of Guardiola’s coaches and it will be formally announced imminently.

    The 34 year old snubbed an approach from Tottenham and also late interest from Arsenal to be part of their academy to join old pal Guardiola at the Etihad.

    Mirror Sport fist revealed the move two months age as the pair know each other from growing up in the Barcelona academy.

    Arteta is seen as an outstanding future managerial prospect and left Arsenal on good enough terms to one day potentially return.

    One of his first tasks might be to try and smooth a passage with his former club Everton as City try to sign John Stones from Goodison Park.

    Everton are adamant they will not sell the England defender this summer but City will definitely go for the 22-year-old, believing he wants to come.

    Source: Mirror

     

     

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  • Top European top club to hijack Manchester United’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

     

     

    Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich want to hijack Manchester United’s move for former PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reports the peoples person

    Some reports had suggested that Manchester United completed the deal with the Swede international, with a medical expected to happen after Euro 2016.

    But new Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, who worked with the Swedish striker at PSG, want to reunite with his former striker.

    He wants him to replace Robert Lewandowski who is about to complete his move to Real Madrid.

     

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