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SEOUL---South Korean power-
broker Chung Mong-joon is
leaning toward running for the
Fifa presidency as a replacement
for Sepp Blatter, saying that a
non-European leader would
help breathe "new wind into
soccer s international governing
A former Fifa vice president,
Chung also criticised the decision
this week to allow Blatter to
remain as president until the
election on February 26, despite
calls for him to immediately step
down amid mounting pressure
to reform as US and Swiss
authorities investigate allegations
"Blatter has been doing what-
ever he wants with Fifa for 40
years since his days as general
secretary, and while he said he s
going out, it doesn t seem he
really is," Chung said yesterday.
"Letting Blatter manage Fifa and
design reform plans before the
February vote is comedy."
Chung, who was a key figure
in helping South Korea land
the right to co-host the 2002
World Cup with Japan, has
been a longtime critic of Blatter,
whom he described as a dic-
tatorial "little brat" in a memoir
published in 2011.
Chung was a Fifa vice presi-
dent for 17 years and was once
considered a candidate to succeed
Blatter before losing his seat in
2011. The billionaire scion of the
Hyundai business group has also
been a South Korean lawmaker
and presidential candidate.
Chung said he plans to consult
leaders of regional confederations
and other key figures before he
finalises his decision whether to
run for Fifa s top job. If he
becomes president, Chung said
he would aim to eliminate cor-
ruption and improve its account-
ing transparency. He said he
would also try to strengthen foot-
ball in Asia and other regions
where the sport has most room
"I am positively considering
running for the presidency and
will be able to reveal my decision
soon," he said.
The February 26 date agreed
by Fifa s executive committee on
Monday was a political victory
for Blatter over European gov-
erning body UEFA and its sup-
porters in other continents who
wanted a December ballot.
UEFA president Michel Platini,
Brazil great Zico and Liberia fed-
eration president Musa Bility are
among the likely contenders to
run for the Fifa presidency.
When asked about his poten-
tial chances, Chung said: "there
is no such thing as an easy elec-
"I have tried several times to
become Fifa president, experi-
enced parliamentary elections
and also tried to become South
Korean president," he said, "so
you could trust me on that."
Former Fifa vice president
mulls running for Blatter's post
Former Fifa vice president
MELBOURNE---Raheem Sterling took less
than three minutes to score his first goal
in a Manchester City shirt as the English
club beat Roma 5-4 on penalties after a 2-
2 draw yesterday in a preseason friendly.
Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to
City last week in a £49 million (US$76 mil-
lion) deal that made him the most expensive
English signing ever, scored after running
onto a lofted pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.
"For a striker it s always important to score,
especially very early in the game," City man-
ager Manuel Pellegrini said. "He just played
45 minutes and he s only worked with our
team for just a few days, so I m very happy
with the way he played and he demonstrated
why he s here."
Roma equalised five minutes later when
Miralem Pjanic scored with a powerful strike
from outside the box at the end of a deft
combination involving Daniele De Rossi,
Francesco Totti and Gervinho.
Iheanacho restored the lead for City six
minutes into the second half when he
swooped on a wayward Roma back pass by
second-half substitute Ashley Cole and sent
the ball into the top right of the net from
the center of the box. But Roma leveled again
in the 87th minute from a free kick by Adem
Llajic after Seydou Doumbia was brought
down by Yaya Toure at the edge of the box.
"We made a mistake in the second half
and we had to make up for it," Roma coach
Jose Garcia said through a translator. "But
what I appreciated most was that we were
able to come back from behind twice and
we are mentally strong."
The match was the second of three Inter-
national Champions Cup friendlies at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground. Roma beat Real
Madrid on penalties in opener on Saturday.
Manchester City meets Madrid in the final
game on Friday.
Both coaches complained about the con-
dition of the MCG field, which is also hosting
Australian rules football games.
"For me to complain about the pitch is
for two reasons," Pellegrini said. "The first
is (the danger) of having and injury and the
second is that you need the best pitch you
can have to play a good game." (AP)
Sterling scores early in City's match against Roma
Vladimir Putin s spokesman says he
will attend the World Cup 2018 pre-
liminary draw on Saturday and will
meet with Fifa President Sepp Blat-
ter.Saturday s preliminary draw, which
determines the qualifying process for
the World Cup, will be held at a former
Russian imperial palace on the out-
skirts of Putin s home city of St Peters-
Putin s spokesman Dmitry Peskov
was quoted by Russian media yester-
day as saying that a meeting between
the Russian president and Blatter was
"on the timetable" and that Putin
would "participate in part of that cer-
emony," referring to the draw.
Saturday s draw is set to be Blatter s
first public appearance outside
Switzerland since Fifa officials and
marketing executives were arrested in
May following a US investigation into
corruption and bribery allegations.
Putin to attend
World Cup draw
in St Petersburg
Venus Williams ousted from
1st round of Istanbul Cup
ISTANBUL---Top-seeded Venus Williams was
eliminated from the first round of the Istanbul Cup
in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset by Ukrainian qualifier
Kateryna Bondarenko yesterday.
Bondarenko managed three service breaks in
the opening set and took a 5-2 lead in the second
before Williams rallied, winning four consecutive
games and serving at 6-5 for the set.
But the momentum swung back Bondarenko's
way as the Ukrainian won 11 of the last 15 points
to seal the victory.
In other matches, Urszula Radwanska of Poland
upset third-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4,
3-6, 6-2 and fourth-seeded Alize Cornet of France
beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 7-5.
Francesca Schiavone and Camila Giorgi of Italy
advanced, along with Alexandra Panova of Russia,
Kurumi Nara of Japan and Daniela Hantuchova of
Stosur, Goerges win
Bad Gastein opener
BAD GASTEIN --- Samantha Stosur made hard
work of a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Anastasija
Sevastova of Latvia in the opening round of the
Gastein Ladies yesterday.
The 23rd-ranked Australian, who is seeded
second, dropped her opening service game but
reeled off four straight games from 2-4 down.
Sevastova broke again in the opening game of the
second set and held on to take it before Stosur
dominated the final set.
Sevastova, who came out of retirement this
season, had beaten Stosur in their only previous
match --- at the China Open in 2010, when Stosur
was ranked seventh.
Former champion Julia Goerges defeated Risa
Ozaki of Japan 6-3, 6-4. The sixth-seeded German,
who won the clay-court event in 2010, missed a
match point at 5-3 in the second set and needed
three more chances to close out the victory in the
Goerges will next play Daria Kasatkina of Russia,
who beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1.
Karin Knapp saved three match points against
Tamira Paszek of Austria before sealing a 6-0, 6-7
(5), 7-6 (6) win. The third-seeded Italian conceded
just five points in the opening set but missed two
match points in the second. She was 4-5, 0-40
down in the final set before winning the tiebreaker
on her fifth match point.
Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic rallied to
upset the fourth-seeded Carina Witthoeft of
Germany 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. The match had been
interrupted because of rain on Monday at 5-5 in
the second set.
Fifth-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech
Republic, a five-time doubles champion in Bad
Gastein, advanced to the second round after a 6-4,
6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.
Also, Andreea Mitu of Romania saved two
match points before beating Austrian wild-card
entry Barbara Haas 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5). Other
first-round winners included Polona Hercog of
Slovenia, Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine, Richel
Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, and Annika Beck
Almagro, Bellucci advance
at Swedish Open
BASTAD---Nicolas Almagro upset fifth-seeded
Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in an all-Spanish
contest on clay to reach the second round of the
Swedish Open yesterday.
Almagro, the 2010 Bastad champion and winner
of 12 clay-court titles, sealed victory on his third
Sixth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil beat
Swedish wild card entrant Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-2, and
next faces another Swede, Christian Lindell.
Paul-Henri Mathieu beat seventh-seeded
Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French first-round
game and next plays Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who
easily defeated Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 6-0.
In other matches, No 8 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland
SISTERON---The team of
Tour de France leader Chris
Froome bowed to pressure
yesterday and released data
about his riding power,
heart rate and pedaling
rhythm, hoping to quell
speculation about doping
ahead of an increasingly
likely victory in Paris.
On the Tour s second rest
day, Team Sky presented the
figures after comments on
French TV raised questions
about Froome s performance
and incidents in which spec-
tators have booed, spat upon
and thrown urine on the
rider and his teammates---
behavior attributed in part
to the unfounded specula-
tion about his speed on the
way to victory in Stage 10.
With a three minute, ten
second lead on his closest
rival, and his mountain-
climbing nearly unparalleled,
Froome said he s in "a great
place" as the three-week
race resumes today with
Stage 17 s 161-kilometre
(100-mile) jaunt over four
climbs from Digne-les-Bains
to an uphill finish at Pra
Loup mountain resort.
It s the start of four gru-
eling days in the Alps. The
climax comes Saturday with
an uphill finish at Alpe
d Huez, a day before a large-
ly ceremonial ride for the
race winner on the Champs-
Elysees in Paris.
Sky performance analyst
Tim Kerrison presented fig-
ures including Froome s
power output, cadence and
heart rate on the climb to
the Stage 10 finish. The fig-
ures showed the rider s abil-
ity to generate vast amounts
of power, hitting a top speed
of 27.7 kph going uphill.
Froome s heart rate hit 174
beats per minute, the highest
rate that the team has tallied
from him in any recent
Grand Tour race and Kerri-
son called that a sign that
Froome had arrived "very
fresh" at the foot of that
Sky airs Froome data as Tour nears finale
Britain's Chris Froome looks at the yellow jersey mascot on
the podium of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France.
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