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West Indies batsman
struggled in the first
Test match against
Australia, scored 69
in a warm up match
yesterday ahead of
the second Test
match which starts
on Christmas Day
"She squeezed my
hand and said she
was fine. I think she
was just a little
LEBRON JAMES of
crashing into Ellie
Day, who was sitting
courtside during an
Jimmy Hill, a former footballer, coach and
union leader who ushered player-power and
soaring salaries into the British game by
masterminding the abolition of the
maximum wage, has died. He was 87. Hill's
family said in a statement he died Saturday
after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Unmistakable with his beard and
protruding chin, Hill was one of the most
influential figures in British football history
--- not because of actions on the field but for
what he did off it. Toward the end of a 12-
year, injury-curtailed playing career at
London clubs Brentford and Fulham, Hill
became chairman of the Professional
Footballers' Association in 1957 and
campaigned against a wage cap that stood
at 20 pounds. Four years later, Hill left the
Ministry of Labour in London with a deal
that gave footballers the right to negotiate
the market rate. A threatened player strike
was called off and England captain Johnny
Haynes, a teammate of Hill's at Fulham,
became the first 100-pound-a-week player.
"I was keen on working-class rights," Hill
said in 2001 on the 40th anniversary of the
biggest win of his football career. "But I
wasn't really what you'd call a political
Jimmy Hill, who helped remove soccer wage cap, dies at 87
RIO DE JANEIRO---A Rio de Janeiro
urban planner warns that next year s
Olympics will widen the gap between
the wealthy and the poor in this
already socially stratified city.
Orlando Santos Jr of the Federal Uni-
versity of Rio de Janeiro helped research
a 190-page report that cites abuses
linked to the games and questions the
legacy for most of Rio s 12 million res-
"Rio is already a very unequal city,"
Santos told The Associated Press. "After
the games it will be even more unfair
and segregated. There will be more
wealth in a few areas, but no improve-
ment for most people."
A Rio city government spokeswoman
contested the findings, but said city
officials had not seen the entire report
and declined to comment.
In an email the city said transporta-
tion projects being built for the
Olympics --- a new subway line exten-
sion and high-speed buses --- would
speed commuting time.
The city said "due to the Olympics"
Rio de Janeiro has been able to improve
education, health care and housing. It
has repeatedly said that out of the total
games budget of 38.7 billion reals ($10
billion), 57 percent is private money
and only 43 percent public.
The report titled "Rio 2016 Olympics:
The Exclusion Games" suggests areas
the Switzerland-based International
Olympic Committee should monitor.
The report coincides with President
Thomas Bach saying last week the IOC
would start auditing money it hands
out to sports organisations, including
the $1.5 billion it is giving to Rio organ-
izers to prepare South America s first
games. The white paper by "The Pop-
ular Committee for the Cup and
Olympics" touches on games-related
security, police violence, transportation,
spending and housing.
A few highlights:
The report disputes the city govern-
ment s contention that most of them
money for the Olympics is from private
sources. It concludes that 62 percent
is government money and cites doc-
uments from the Olympic Public
Authority, an agency comprising all
three levels of government set up to
oversee games spending.
The report says the private sector is
paying less than 38 percent of the costs
of the games --- not 57 percent as Rio
Mayor Eduardo Paes contends.
It says the city s accounting involves
"omission of costs directly associated"
with holding the games.
"In the current financing structure
created by the IOC, the Olympics are
not good at promoting social fairness,"
Santos said. "They (the IOC) are a bil-
lion-dollar business, which is OK. But
the business has to serve a wider inter-
est of Brazilian people."
Citing information provided by the
Rio city hall, the report says 22,059
families have lost their homes (a total
of 77,206 people) between 2009-2015
from infrastructure projects related to
last year s World Cup and the Olympics.
The report estimates "at least 4,120
families have been removed and 2,486
remain under threat of removal by rea-
sons directly or indirectly related to the
The city hall says most displacements
are unrelated to the big sports events.
"In the recent era the Olympics have
been used as basically a steamroller to
roll over marginalized communities,"
said American political scientist Jules
Boykoff, who has written three books
on the Olympics and is in Rio on a Ful-
bright research fellowship.
"We ve seen it in prior places like
Beijing, London and to a certain degree
in Vancouver as well," Boykoff added.
"This has become a bit of an Olympic
The report said real estate prices near
the Olympic Park in suburban Barra
da Tijuca have increased by at least
200 percent, pulling in speculators and
pushing out long-time residents.
Boykoff, who contributed to the
report, suggested the IOC should give
away free Olympic tickets as a gesture
Mayor Paes promised a year ago to
buy 1.2 million of the 7.5 million tickets
to be issued for the games and distribute
them to schools and poor children. He
made the pledge after the 2014 World
Cup when Brazil s poor were excluded
by high ticket prices.
"We are trying to do something more
democratic," Paes said at the time.
Paes has been praised by the IOC
and is widely believed to have presi-
The promise has not been kept, and
the city hall did not reply to several
requests from AP for comment.
Selling the 7.5 million tickets is a vital
source of revenue for the 7.4 billion
real ($2 billion) operating budget.
To their credit, Rio organizers have
tried to make tickets affordable for local
Track and field is king at the
Olympics. But the sport will leave little
legacy in Rio. The report notes that
Rio s main track and field training facil-
ity --- the Celio de Barros Stadium ---
has been closed since 2013 and will not
be reopened before the Olympics.
The running track in central Rio has
been torn up and used as a parking lot.
Brazil is expected to do poorly in
track and field at the Olympics.
The main sporting legacy will be
three sports halls, a velodrome, tennis
center and golf course built in suburban
Barra da Tijuca, the heart of the games.
A BMX track and whitewater canoe
venue have been built in the other venue
cluster in the working-class neighbor-
hood of Deodoro. (AP)
Olympic legacy? Rio urban
planner, report raise questions
Two men walk at the Olympic Golf Course
in Rio de Janeiro, November 22. Rio de
Janeiro's Olympic golf course, slowed by
environmental lawsuits, land ownership
disputes and doubts it even needed to be
built, was handed over yesterday to
organisers of next year's games. Rio
Mayor Eduardo Paes spent 15 minutes
defending the course, built in the wealthy
neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, where
most Olympic venues will be located.
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