Barcelona to name one of its stadiums after Johan Cruyff - Football

BARCELONA (Reuters) - La Liga champions Barcelona will pay tribute to visionary midfielder and coach Johan Cruyff by naming one of their new stadiums after the late Dutchman and his statue will also be erected at the Nou Camp. The club are planning to relocate their Mini Estadi, the home of their B team and occasional venue for their women's team, to their training ground and president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the new ground will be named the Estadi Johan Cruyff. "His death was a huge loss, not just for everyone connected with Barcelona but also for anyone who loves football." He is seen by many as the godfather of the modern Barcelona, coaching the club to their first European Cup in 1992 and instilling a style of football imitated by future managers. Vice-president Jordi Cardoner said the club had asked the Barcelona city hall to rename one of the streets adjacent to the stadium after the Dutchman.

March 25, 2017 12:11 UTC

WTA boss keen to let coaches instruct players from stands - Tennis

(Reuters) - The governing body for women's tennis (WTA) is considering changing the rules to allow coaches to instruct players from the stands, its chief executive Steve Simon said. Under the existing rules, players are allowed to take on-court coaching timeouts during WTA events, but can be fined for attempting to communicate with coaches while they are sitting in the stands. Coaches can be ejected from court and players defaulted for persistent violations of the rule. "The on-court coaching has been positive. "I don't know where it will go, but I am not understanding why we allow coaching on court but not from the (players') box.

March 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Johor Sultan to give MACC identity of agent who tried to buy 'Tan Sri' title

JOHOR BARU: Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar wants to meet the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to share information on an agent who tried to bribe the ruler over the sale of a 'Tan Sri' title. "I want the MACC to meet me so that this issue can be investigated as soon as possible," Sultan Ibrahim said in a statement posted on his Facebook page today. You can't buy awards and titles," said Sultan Ibrahim in the statement. "I told the agent - whom I do not wish to name because otherwise it would be embarassing - to get lost. I do not sell titles," said Sultan Ibrahim in the interview.

March 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Nur Jazlan: Sosma still needed to safeguard national security - Nation

JOHOR BARU: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 is needed in Malaysia's fight against terrorism and to counter threats to national security, says Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic). The Deputy Home Minister said the 28-day detention period allowed by the Act had drawn flak from certain parties, but it was still needed to prevent threats. "Sosma has drawn criticism from certain quarters that dispute the law on humanitarian grounds. But this law is very much needed for early prevention of events that could threaten national security. Nur Jazlan said that Sosma was tabled six years ago as a special crime prevention measure, based on existing laws such as the Penal Code to provide police the power to detain a suspect for a certain period of time.

March 25, 2017 11:54 UTC

England backs proposal to shorten Six Nations to six weeks - Rugby

(Reuters) - England's Rugby Football Union will back a proposal to reduce the length of the Six Nations to six weeks from the current seven to improve the tournament, the governing body's chief executive Ian Ritchie has said. Clubs in the English Premiership are also backing the proposal, which was rejected at the last World Rugby talks in San Francisco due to concerns over the strain that a shortened tournament may place on players. "I think it is absolutely right to always be thinking about what to do to enhance, improve and make it (the Six Nations) better," Ritchie was quoted as saying by the Times. "We believe it is perfectly right to have a six-week competition as opposed to a seven-week one. The proposal to stage the tournament over a six-week period from 2020 will come up for approval at a meeting of the Six Nations board next month.

March 25, 2017 11:03 UTC

Verstappen says Red Bull not on same level as rivals - Motorsport

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Grand Prix qualifying showed Red Bull are not yet on the same level as Formula One rivals Mercedes and Ferrari but Max Verstappen said he was not surprised. "We are still down on power but also, in terms of grip level and things, we are not on the same level compared to Ferrari and Mercedes yet," he said. "Our best hope tomorrow is a clean start because we don't have the pace to challenge the Ferraris and Mercedes. Verstappen's best lap of one minute 23.485 seconds was 1.3 seconds slower than Hamilton's pole time. The Dutchman was more than half a second quicker than sixth fastest qualifier Romain Grosjean in the Haas.

March 25, 2017 10:41 UTC

Elderly man with dementia goes missing from HKL - Nation

PETALING JAYA: A 71-year-old man suffering from dementia has been missing since Tuesday. Lee Kong Hon (pic), who lives in Petaling Jaya, was last seen at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) where he was having a routine check-up. According to his son-in-law Andrew Lian, Lee has been suffering from dementia for the past two to three years and was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Lian, however, said he could not be sure of what Lee was wearing when he went missing but added that it would not be very different from what he was seen wearing in the photograph provided. "He normally wears very similar clothing, so I am sure he would be wearing something like that," he said.

March 25, 2017 10:11 UTC

Ricciardo sorry as home title hopes spin out - Motorsport

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo was left apologising to the Red Bull garage after his hopes of becoming the Australian Grand Prix's first home winner spun out during qualifying on Saturday. I don't crash into the barriers often and the last place I want to do that is at home," he said. "I feel for the mechanics, because they've had a long week and now they've got a long night ahead of them." "The car is better balanced now but it is clear to see we still have to gain a bit. "Tomorrow it is important for me to have a quick and clean start and let the guys in front battle it out."

March 25, 2017 09:33 UTC

Drop in crime rate in Selangor - Nation

SHAH ALAM: The crime rate in Selangor has decreased over the first three months of 2017, thanks to ongoing cooperation between the police and community. Comm Abdul Samah said police achieved a crime solution efficiency of 47.68% in Selangor between Jan 1 and March 23 this year. "We will continue to prioritise the quality of investigations to achieve a higher rate of crime solution efficiency. Another area of crime highlighted by Comm Abdul Samah during the press conference was online gambling. According to him, police raided 4,070 premises in Selangor that were known to provide online gambling services.

March 25, 2017 09:11 UTC

Satisfied Scolari has no plans to quit Guangzhou Evergrande - Football

Scolari praised the Italian's impact on the China national team after Lippi guided them to victory over South Korea in World Cup qualifying on Thursday evening. The midfielder forced his way back into the national team after impressing for Guangzhou during the season. "One is that China won the match against South Korea and the other is that Paulinho scored a hat-trick for the Brazil national team. "Paulinho was not in the national team list, but he fought his way back. You see Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Gil have all gone back to the national team.

March 25, 2017 09:11 UTC

Hisham: Development of national cyber defence system kept secret for two years - Nation

LANGKAWI: It has been kept under wraps until now, but for the past two years, Malaysia's cyber defence system has been in development and will be fully operational by October, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The Defence Minister said the facilities and expertise required were already in place, and this had been done over the past two years. "We have never announced this before and there was no need for us to. "This is a matter of national defence and we take it very seriously. He also confirmed that there were attempted cyber attacks on the country in the past, which had been successfully fended off.

March 25, 2017 08:52 UTC

Good Samaritan gets watch snatched - Nation

KOTA KINABALU: A man who had wanted to help three people lying by the roadside ended up having his watch snatched instead. "The victim wound down his window and had wanted to ask them what was wrong but got a shock when one of the suspects got up and snatched his watch," Supt Sivananthan said. "He asked the villagers who were in the area whether they knew the trio and they told him no," Supt Sivananthan said. Suddenly, the man who had snatched the victim's watch ran back towards him and tried to hit the victim but was stopped by the villagers. Supt Sivananthan said the duo are illegal immigrants from the Philippines and that police are looking for the third suspect.

March 25, 2017 08:38 UTC

IGP: No more VX in the country - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no more VX nerve agent in the country, says Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic). The Inspector-General of Police said police investigations have yielded no evidence of VX. On the hunt for remaining suspects, including a VIP, in Kim Jong-nam's murder, Khalid said police have made progress in the investigation but did not elaborate. As of now, Khalid said the police know that three North Korean men wanted to assist investigations are still in the North Korean Embassy. Jong-nam was attacked at KLIA2 on Feb 13 after two women smeared a chemical, identified as VX nerve agent, on his face.

March 25, 2017 08:26 UTC

Figure skating - 'Old guard' out to keep young guns at bay in Helsinki - Other Sports

LONDON (Reuters) - Javier Fernandez, Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan have won the last six men's titles at the figure skating world championships but the 'old guard' will be under pressure in Helsinki to quell the growing threat posed by a gang of high-flying upstarts. Just seven years ago, American Evan Lysacek captured the 2010 Olympic gold without attempting a single quadruple jump. That prompted 2006 Olympic gold medallist Yevgeny Plushenko to claim Lysacek was "not a true champion" and that he had won gold by "dancing rather than skating like a man". The two Brian Orser graduates have been untouchable at the world championships for the last two years, leaving the rest of the field to chase bronze. "This is the most prepared we’ve been for a world championships arguably in our whole career," Moir said during a conference call.

March 25, 2017 07:52 UTC

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

DUBAI: Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports’ senior vice president for communications Anita Mehra said. Dubai International Airport expects 89 million passengers this year. The ban also covers all electronics sold at Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told local radio earlier this week. The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted with explosives planted in such devices.

March 25, 2017 07:30 UTC

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