Efforts are under way to prevent illegal betting and match-fixing in sports, which has led to cases of corruption across the globe. Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, estimates that hundreds of millions of dollars are gambled illegally on soccer in Asia alone. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, an Interpol operation in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand resulted in more than 5,000 arrests for illegal gambling totaling more than $155 million worth of bets. In May 2011, FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, announced a €20 million euro ($29 million) donation to Interpol over 10 years to target illegal betting and match-fixing. The initiative seeks to protect the sport, the players and the fans from corruption and fraud, as well as provide Interpol training and education against corruption. Sources: FIFA, MAARS Global News By Dialogo January 01, 2012
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The groundhogs agree!Long Island’s pair of weather-predicting woodchucks did not see their shadows Tuesday, meaning Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel each forecast an early spring on Groundhog Day, according to local lore.This year, Hal and Mel also made the same prognostication as New York City’s Staten Island Chuck, Connecticut’s Chuckles and the most famous groundhog of all, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.“Is this current warm weather more than a trend?” Phil’s handlers, dubbed the Inner Circle, told the crowd. “Per chance this winter has come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, An early Spring is my forecast!”The news came as little surprise amid the warmer-than-usual winter. LI’s first major snow storm arrived just last week, which meteorologists have said was later than usual.Hal—who was ominously snowed in last year—and Mel agreed in 2015, when they both saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter, which was also Phil’s forecast. LI’s groundhogs were last in disagreement in 2014.Not all of the groundhogs in the tri-state area concurred this year. Dunkirk Dave, in an upstate city south of Buffalo, saw his shadow. So did New Jersey’s two groundhogs, Milltown Mel and Essex Ed. The Garden State’s third groundhog, Jackson, died several days ago.
Raheem Sterling was denied a hat-trick by VAR.Video referral also denied Manchester City a crucial goal in the dying minutes.Tottenham Hotspur will now face Ajax in the UEFA Champions League semi-final. Manchester: Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit. Four goals were scored in a crazy opening 11 minutes as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva canceled out two Son Heung-min away goals for Tottenham. City finally looked set for the last four when further goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero put them ahead in the tie for the first time. But there was a further twist when Fernando Llorente’s controversial goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard. VAR intervened again deep into stoppage time to save Spurs once more when Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick only for Aguero to be ruled offside in the build-up. Tottenham’s reward is a semi-final clash against Ajax.RELATED Pep Guardiola will face more questions over his failure to land the Champions League three seasons into his City’s reign, but after a more conservative approach for the first leg was criticised, he set the tone for a thrilling 90 minutes. Kevin de Bruyne was restored to the starting XI among four changes from the first leg and the Belgian showed why the decision to leave him out last week was so questioned. De Bruyne drove at the heart of the Spurs defence before feeding Sterling, who cut inside and curled a wonderful shot into the far corner. Guardiola had called for the home fans to finally produce an intimidating atmosphere on a European night at the Etihad. However, they had barely retaken their seats by the time Tottenham were level. Aymeric Laporte cut out Dele Alli’s forward pass, but only turned the ball into the path of Son, whose shot had too much power for Ederson. Three minutes later, City’s quadruple quest appeared in tatters as Laporte was again caught in possession, this time by Lucas Moura and the Brazilian teed up Son to curl into the top corner for his 20th goal of the season. Yet, a kamikaze opening 11 minutes had another twist as Bernardo’s effort deflected off Danny Rose and wrong-footed Hugo Lloris at his near post. By the midway point of the first half, City was back in front as Bernardo and De Bruyne played creators once more and Sterling finished off a low cross at the back post. Spurs’ hopes of holding on to their advantage on away goal suffered another blow when Moussa Sissoko was forced off with an injury. Mauricio Pochettino chose attack as the best form of defence by replacing the midfielder with Llorente in what proved to be a decisive change. City started the second period with the same menace they did the first as Lloris denied Sterling before the French World Cup winner made a brilliant stop to deny De Bruyne the goal his performance deserved. However, De Bruyne had his hat-trick of assists on the hour mark as he surged through midfield before timing his pass for Aguero to perfection and the Argentine rifled past Lloris. Finally ahead for the first time in the tie, Guardiola soon sent on Fernandinho to restore some sense of control, but City was pegged back again as an incredible tie swung back in Tottenham’s favour. Kieran Trippier’s corner was bundled in by Llorente, but there was controversy as the ball seemed to hit the striker’s arm on its way in. After a VAR check, though, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir stood by his original decision and the goal stood. And VAR went against City again deep into stoppage time as delirium soon turned to disbelief inside the Etihad when what would have been a hat-trick for Sterling was ruled out. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights