12Bet.com Online Gambling Site to be the Primary Sponsor of the World Snooker Open – National Billiards

It carries a total prize fund of £502,500 with the winner to receive £100,000.

World Snooker is delighted to announce online betting firm 12bet.com as the new title sponsor of the World Open.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a fantastic piece of news for our sport at just the right time. We’ll all be trying to win it and play our best snooker.”

The one-year deal will see the tournament, which runs from September 18 to 26 at the SECC in Glasgow, named the 12bet.com World Open.

The world ranking event will feature star players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Mark Selby and World Champion Neil Robertson. I am sure the World Open will be a great tournament. The new World Open, with a new format, new venue, and new arena, is one of the cornerstones of the new era so we’re thrilled to have a title sponsor on board.

Rory Anderson, CEO for Europe at 12bet, said: “We are delighted to add the World Open to our fast growing sponsorship portfolio.

The nine-day tournament will feature quick-fire best-of-five frame matches and a random draw for each round.

Masters champion Selby added: “It’s always exciting to have a new sponsor and it seems a long time now since we had a ranking event without one. We are glad to be on board and are excited about the new best of five format.”

“With over 50 hours coverage on BBC and a combined global audience reaching over 100 million, the tournament will give vast exposure to 12bet.com’s brand so it’s easy to see their motivation behind getting involved with snooker. We hope they enjoy what should be a great tournament and look forward to building a strong relationship with them.”

Tickets are still on sale, for details call 0844 395 4000 or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

Press Release from World Snooker - September 13th, 2010. All the players are looking forward to it, myself included. This event will give our brand fantastic exposure not only in the UK but throughout Europe. We’ve made giant strides forward in the commercial success of snooker in recent months and this keeps the momentum going

Column: FIFA presidency no laughing matter as would-be candidate becomes frontman for gambling

But I mean you’re talking about one of the biggest, powerfulest jobs in football and all you’re getting to hear about is Paddy Power.”

Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter. Bet some more.

Twaddle takes a very dim view of Ginola’s Paddy Power-backed grab for FIFA.

Whoa. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.

“It’s eyeballs we’re after,” 12Bet executive Rory Anderson, quoted in the Daily Mail, said when the online bookmaker became the name on Hull City’s shirt for this Premier League season..

That is the message that football, more than most other sports, is mainlining into our homes, helped by names like Ginola and teams lending their cachet, stadiums, jerseys and players to the industry that had cash to splash when the 2008 financial crisis hobbled other sponsors.

But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.

One of those is Kevin Twaddle, a former player for Motherwell and other Scottish clubs who told his story in the biography, “Life On The Line: How to Lose a Million and So Much More.” He no longer gambles and has delivered talks to other players about the risks.

Sport “matters more when there’s money on it,” it says. “It’s great for Paddy Power. Villa’s shirt sponsor is dafabet, a name that works better in Chinese, where “dafa” means “big wealth.” Stoke and Burnley players are billboards for Bet365 and Fun88 (another name that plays on the Chinese word to get rich).

“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said in a phone interview. 10 will pit two Asian online bookmakers against each other. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.

“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.

And that isn’t funny at all.

John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. That was before online bookmakers offered odds on anything and everything, from match results and goals scored to which team will win the coin toss or take the first corner, and before their relentless advertising.

Asking your kids to make tea during half-time breaks won’t shield them from the bombardment, not with gambling ads flashing throughout matches on pitch-side light-boards. “There’s more passion, more pleasure and more pain.”

But gambling advertising wasn’t as in-your-face as now. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.

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Sports and gambling have, of course, long gone together, feeding off each other’s success and growth. In the UK, which liberalized gambling advertising in 2007, adults’ exposure to gambling commercials on television soared five-fold in eight years to 2012, regulator Ofcom found. The increase was three-fold for children aged 4-15.

And how about this blurb from Sky Bet, title sponsor since 2013 of England’s three divisions below the Premier League. Bet again. But the mere thought of the gambling industry even attempting to place a stooge at the very top of football makes the prospect of another Blatter term seem perhaps not quite so bad.

PARIS –  Don’t laugh. It reads like a plug for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Imagine, for a moment, a Paddy Power-financed FIFA president. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.

Bet. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. Tuning in for results of football betting pools, which offered big jackpots for small stakes, was a Saturday afternoon ritual for many 20th Century English families.

“It just makes like a mockery of football.”

We’re talking here about David Ginola. Hull against Aston Villa on Feb. Write to him at jleicester@ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester

All this in a sport grappling with the increasing danger of gambling-related match-fixing and with ample examples of gambling-addicted players who frittered away their wealth.

But that’s not the point here. It won’t happen; FIFA’s ethics rules should see to that. What ever happened to sport for sport’s sake, for the buzz of competition, not a bet? How quaint. This was about making a splash

TOP 10 Best Premier League Players of All Time

Lot of people were doubting his ability that he won’t fit in the Premier league and the doubt got a logic as he couldn’t score in his first eight games for Arsenal. 5. His best season with Manu was in 2007-08 season, in that season he scored total 42 goals which helped him to win the Ballon d’Or. Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best player of the history and there is lot of reason for saying so. The latest example would be in 2012 when Manchester City won it. He helped Chelsea to win FA Cup in 1996-97 season. He was the player of the year of that season. If I start to talk about his skill and ability then that would take my one day. He is a complete player. He started his Premier league career with Leeds United where he won two trophies (Football League First Division: 1991-92 and Charity Shield: 1992). Zola’s first professional hat trick was against Derby County at Stamford Bridge in 1997. Rooney can play as a forward striker an attacking midfielder or as a Winger. in 2002-03 season he scored 16 goals for Chelsea, this was his highest seasonal tally for Chelsea. There is some players who is very close to take his place in this list like Michael owen, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Tony Adams, Roy Keane, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Andrew Cole and lot of players but as I create this list so for me I believe this 10 is the best player ever to play in the Premier League. He scored 65 goals for Ivory Coast and the nation’s top scorer.

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8. Alan Shearer’s record 260 goals in premier league are yet to be broken. By that goal he was the youngest goal scorer in Premier league, the record was broken by James Milner and James Vaughan. The most important goal was in the League cup final against Liverpool which he scored in the extra time. He was at his best in his Chelsea career. He joined Newcastle in 1996 that was a world record £15 million transfer; he was the top scorer in that season with 25 goals. Ronaldo won 3 Premier league titles, 2 FA Cup and 1 one champions league. When playing for Everton he scored a last minute winner against Arsenal which stopped Arsenal’s 30th match unbeaten run. For Everton he scored 15 goals in 67 appearances but he is the Manchester United living legend now. In Premier League doesn’t matter if the top of the table is playing with the team who is playing to avoid relegation, the game will be still interesting. He started his career with Everton at the age of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo

CR7 is exactly in his position in this list, number 7. In 2007 he won PFA Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards, only second player to get that in the same year. On Cup Winners’ Cup final he came as a second half substitute and scored the winning goal which was his second touch of the game. Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry moved to English Premier League for Arsenal in 1999 from Juventus. He was the captain of Newcastle which he got in 1999 and already captain of England from 1996. Zola helped Chelsea to win two more cups (FA Cup:1999-2000, FA Charity Shield: 2000).

2. In his debut season he helped Chelsea to win the league title in 50 years. He then moves to Blackburn Rovers in 1992 and the same year he got chance to play for England national football team, with Blackburn Rovers he won Premier League title in 1994-95 season where he scored 34 goals. As a midfielder his main job is to assist and he didn’t forget that, he is in the second position if it comes to assist in the Premier League. The year is 2006 and another one is against Manchester United at Highbury in 2000. The game was against Oxford United. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba will be always best knows as a Chelsea player. The current captain of England made his international debut at the age of 17 that makes him the youngest player to play for England although then Theo Walcott broken it but still he is the youngest goalscorer for England. He is the first African player to score 100 Premier league goals and one of the Chelsea’s best player of all time. There was some time where league winner won it because of the goal difference, the point was same. Powerful shot, goal scoring ability, free kick specialist, surely the nightmare for the goalkeepers. Scored 30 goals for England in 63 appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Didier Drogba

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4. He also scored 29 goals for England in 106 matches.

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Eric Cantona

See all 10 photos. Against Liverpool he scored the decisive goal in the stoppage time. It’s not the only double winning season for Dennis Bergkamp, the time came two times in his life, the second one is in 2001-02 season, again the FA Cup and Premier league title. He is the only player to score in all four FA Cup finals. In 2009 FA Cup final he scored the winning goal for Chelsea against Arsenal. He was also knows as set piece specialist. In 2003 he was awarded as the overseas Player of the Decade.

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3. In 1997-98 season Bergkamp was the top scorer for Arsenal with 22 goals in 40 games, that was Arsenal’s double winning season (Premier league, FA Cup). Lot of greats played in the Premier League or playing in the Premier League, from them it’s difficult to find out the top 10 but for my opinion this is the TOP 10 Best Premier League players of All Time. This is the most competitive league of the world. His hat trick against Fenerbahce made him the youngest player to score hat trick in Champions league. He retired from his international career after EURO 2000. 5 Premier League, 2 Football League Cup, 3 FA Community Shield , 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, this is his honors, he earned by playing Premier league. In Arsenal he made his name as a world class player. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney was the player of Everton youth team. He gave Chelsea fan lot of joy or should I say giving as he returned to Chelsea this year and already scored three goals including the goal against Tottenhum hotspurs (03.12.14). He started his career as a left winger, he was the one who always have the eyes on striker movement and create the goal scoring opportunity for them. In 1997-98 season Chelsea won three trophies (League Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup, Super Cup) and Zola played key part for that. In 1996 UEFA EURO he was the top scorer by scoring five goals. Ryan Gigs

A loyal Manchester United player, he never left the club, after his retirement he is now the assistant of current ManU manager Louis van Gaal, also he was the interim player manager of Manchester United in 2013-14 season. 2004-05 season was the debut season for Rooney in Manchester United and was the highest league goal scorer for them with 11 goals. He is the only midfielder to score more than 250 goals in Barclays Premier League. In 1993-94 season Cantona scored twice from penalty to get the 4-0 win over Chelsea in FA Cup final. In his Manchester United career he won four Premier league titles and two FA Cup in just five years. Top position holder is Ryan Gigs. Began his career with West Ham United where he spent 6 years. He scored lot of significant goals like that and most importantly he did numerous brilliant assists. Chelsea won it by 3-2. If we talk about his best goals then instantly two goal come into my mind, one is against Real Madrid in Champions league second round game at Bernabeu. From then Shearer is the Newcastle boy as he spent the rest of his career there. Fabio Capello once said “Like Best (George Best), there is a special fantasia about him (Ryan Gigs).” Zinedine Zidane mentioned him as a truly world class player. Chelsea released him last year to New York City but he joined Mancity on a six months loan deal. 4th January 2003 is the date when Bergkamp score his 100th goal for Arsenal. 3 Premier league titles, 4 FA Cup and was runner up in 2006 UEFA Champions league. The biggest shocker is he scored against Chelsea for Manchester City on 21st September 2014. Because of his low gravity he could change the direction easily even in a very tight spaces. He scored total 120 goals in 423 appearances. Sir Alex Farguson said he is a “clever little so-and-so.” In 1996 Zola moved to Chelsea from Parma. Drogba’s best season with Chelsea was in 2009-10 season where he scored 29 league goals, 3 FA Cup and 2 League Cup goals. Drogba scored 16 goals for Chelsea in that season. He started his career with Southampton in 1988. Ronaldo, the first player who won all four PFA and FWA awards. His 11 premier league hat tricks also still a record. According to Sir Alex Ferguson “When he’s at the top of his game, there’s not a team in the world that can handle Giggs’ speed and penetration.”

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1. After that he retired. He was the first man who is from outside of England to lift the FA Cup trophy as Captain. He was not only the goal scorer he could provide prolific goal scoring opportunity for team mates.

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10. In 2001-02 season Henry won double for Arsenal, by defeating Chelsea in the FA Cup final(2-0) and was seven points above Liverpool in the Premier league to win it. In spite of that at the end of the first season with Arsenal the goal number he scored is 26. With Arsenal he won 3 FA Cup, 2 Premier league and FA community shield.

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7. Although he will be more known as a Real Madrid where he is scoring like a giant but in his Manchester United time he won his first Ballon d’Or, in the year of 2008. He scored the only goal against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in 2012 Champions league semifinal, that year Chelsea won the Champions league. That day Arsenal defense saw how one man can broke the whole defense. Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, one of the best midfielders who played the Barclays Premier League. He scored lot of brilliant goals like that and still he is playing so you can still see Rooney’s brilliancy.

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Premier League, the most watched football (soccer) league of the world and there is every reason behind it. He scored 422 goals in his entire career in all competitions. Rooney scored against West Ham from 58 yards with a outstanding volley, a goal from bicycle kick was another great goal of him. Lampard was captain when Chelsea won 2012 Champions league and also after a year Chelsea won UEFA Europa League under Frank Lampard’s captaincy. Eric Cantona

He was a film star after the end of his career but that’s not the reason he is in this list, he truly deserve to be one of the best 10 in Premier league history. Cantona scored total 80 goals for Manchester United and it took him less than five years. I am not saying that, in 2003 he was voted as Chelsea’s greatest player ever by Chelsea fans. Manchester United fans loved him, they called him “King Eric”, and he was votes as Manchester United greatest player ever played by Inside United magazine. You can see that if you see the Premier league assist table, he is on the top of that. Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer was strong and very much known for his goal scoring ability. Dennis Bergkamp

With the Italian club Internazionale he had two worst season then he moved to Arsenal in 1995. The point table is always very tight. He is the record holder for playing 164 consecutive Premier League appearances. In 2008 he was the highest paid Premier league footballer of that time. He is playing for Real Madrid where he breaking all the records but I would definitely include him in this top 10 Premier league players of all time.

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9. Gianfranco Zola

Chelsea’s greatest player ever. He was quick and his acceleration was great. Henry scored lot of great goals also but this two was excellent. He came to Chelsea in 2004 for a club record £24 million fee and that made him the most expensive Ivorian player ever. In 1996 FA Cup final he scored the winner, the only goal of the game against Liverpool. His major success came after joining Manchester United. He was very good in the air and could take a powerful shot. In 1999 FA Cup semi final he scored the best goal of his career, the United was one man down and game was level with the score line 1-1 then Gigs produce an excellent goal. In 2008 Johan Cruyff said, “He is better than George Best and Denis Law.” One of the best free kick taker, excellent header of the ball, he is physically strong and his eye on the goal is fabulous. He is not a genuine striker still he managed to score many goals for Chelsea. He was excellent in one on situations. Actually this is not about best players, this is about the players who are or were the best in his Premier League playing time.

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6. He was talented and Sir Alex Ferguson got that he signed Wayne Rooney in 2004, summer

NFL and soccer on global collision course?

The Labour party has committed to historic legislation should it win next year’s election, that would see supporter representatives on the boards of every club in England.

But playing league games abroad would represent an unprecedented test of that loyalty, at a time of growing tension. Roma President James Palotta is keen for league fixtures to follow.

As the party gets started ahead of Dallas Cowboys vs. The London games have done well but they are largely curiosities.”

Rolls lists concerns over when the games abroad would be played — potentially at a crucial stage of the season — as well as the dramatically different conditions they could be played under, and which games were chosen.

“The first issue is competitive integrity,” says Tim Rolls of the Chelsea Supporter’s Trust. If that’s the case why not play it abroad? That’s the owners’ thinking.”

The NFL also has the advantage of avoiding barriers from international bodies that the Premier League now faces.

The caution has been conditioned by fierce and unanimous hostility from supporters.

Such expansion is a strategic goal for owners of English team, says Alex Fynn, a football consultant who advised the country’s Football Association on the creation of the Premier League.

At an informal meeting in October, Premier League officials discussed the possibility of a single round of fixtures from the existing schedule being taken abroad as early as the 2016-17 season.

Thirty-six league clubs have gone into administration in the Premier League era.

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The government has responded with a working group aiming to facilitate supporter ownership.

Scudamore, credited with much of the league’s vast commercial success since his appointment in 1999, first raised the idea of adding an extra, overseas fixture — the “39th game” – to the calendar in 2008.

A new invasion of pyrotechnics and full-body costumes will assault London this weekend, as the 2014 NFL International Series signs off with a third sell-out date at Wembley Stadium.

“I’ve long believed that marketing the NFL overseas would struggle, because my sense of team sports is that they are locally rooted,” says Oriard.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karen Brady has said she “likes the idea,” and Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has said matches abroad are “inevitable”.

At a time of great uncertainty, only change is guaranteed.

Overseas friendlies have also been richly rewarded, with Manchester United earning £8 million ($12.8 million) over three matches in the U.S. The league is the most popular domestic sporting product in the world, with a vast global audience worth over £650 million ($1.04 billion) each year in international TV rights.

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FIFA — football’s global governing body — rules dictate that games abroad would need to be approved by all relevant member associations and confederations, with the global authority retaining a veto in any case.. I think they jeopardize that at their peril.”

It is easy to see the appeal. last summer. One of these, a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in Michigan, broke the American attendance record for the sport with a crowd of 109, 318 at the “Big House.”

A leading concern is ticket prices that have risen over 1000% in many cases since the Premier League was introduced in 1992, pricing out younger and lower-earning fans, an issue which has led to fan activists targeting sponsors.

Supporters are demanding a greater role in clubs’ decisions, often inspired by Germany’s 50+1 rule that guarantees majority fan ownership.

The 2008 proposal was killed off in little over a week by sustained campaigning from fan groups, including lobbying international authorities and nationwide protests.

Fans also argue that prohibitive pricing has damaged the matchday atmosphere, and there is increasing acknowledgment that this is under threat.

“Scudamore and the league are very aware that when it comes to overseas sales, atmosphere and tradition are crucial to what they were selling, and give them the edge. The issue marks a crossroads for major English clubs on the journey from community institutions to global brands. “Half the teams would lose a home game and the normal advantage of that.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently criticized the club’s home support, saying it felt like his team was “playing in an empty stadium,” while various clubs are promoting initiatives such as dedicated singing sections.

“The majority of clubs are foreign owned, and it’s a natural step for them,” says Fynn

The Premier League’s competitors are looking abroad to find ways of closing the gap.

If clubs are the driving force for the proposed changes, they have been reluctant to say so.

But a spokesman for the Welsh club later claimed that Jenkins had been misquoted, while West Ham, along with most clubs, will not discuss the matter until they see a formal proposal.

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English clubs like Wimbledon and Portsmouth have been saved from extinction by fans who now run them successfully.

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The NFL returns to London Sunday, as Dallas Cowboys take on Jacksonville Jaguars

Third and final installment of the 2014 International Series

NFL is keen to place a permanent franchise in the British capital

Soccer’s English Premier League is also looking to play matches overseas

Anger directed at club owners is growing, fueled by disastrous cases of mismanagement at teams such as Leeds and Portsmouth, both of which have entered administration and tumbled out of England’s elite division.

“Our argument is that what makes the premier league so effective at generating sales overseas is not just what’s on the pitch — Spain and Germany have been more successful lately,” says Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporter Federation, which represents fans across the country.

Despite recent progress, the NFL still highlights the challenge of exporting passion for teams outside the U.S., believes Michael Oriard, former lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, academic and author of several books on the business of the sport.

Despite their many grievances, the loyalty of local fan bases was shown by attendances of 96% capacity at Premier League games in 2012/13.

Research from supporter trusts with their overseas branches in Asia revealed that few were keen on league games in their countries, with a popular response being that the setting of famous stadiums like Old Trafford or Anfield is an integral part of the appeal.

Backed by feverish hype and a willing host government, NFL chiefs are confidently predicting a permanent franchise in London within a few years.

“The Premier League is no longer an English league, it’s an international league that happens to played in England. It would motivate and mobilize vast numbers of local supporters in opposition, to prove they cannot be taken for granted

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However, Oriard believes that NFL fans are more tolerant of international games that their English counterparts as Americans “are often more attached to the league than a team.”

If the League gets its wish for foreign fixtures, it could pave the way for even more radical transformations such as cross-border leagues and the slashing of the domestic calendar.

The timing is problematic, against the backdrop of mounting criticism and supporter disillusionment with governance in the English game.

Italy’s Serie A has international TV rights worth just £146 ($234 million) million each year, but already plays its Super Cup match abroad. Should the campaign against matches abroad succeed, it could mark a new era of supporter involvement and democratic ownership.

Activists believe this supports a business argument for keeping clubs in England.

More than any previous tour, this series has delivered on the league’s grand ambition to embed itself in the public imagination overseas.

The response this time has been just as emphatic, with every supporter trust rapidly issuing a condemnation of the plans.

UEFA, which runs European football, is emphasizing the obstacles, while the Asian confederation previously rejected the “39th game.”

That model could become commonplace. Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, events will be closely followed by Richard Scudamore, the all-powerful Chief Executive of England’s Premier League (EPL), who would dearly love to take the ‘other’ football on tour, sending Manchester United and Chelsea over to entertain the locals in New York or Shanghai.

“Not all games are going to be attractive to foreign audiences so would they engineer the draw, or make it purely at random? Say you play Burnley’s home match with Manchester United in Kuala Lumpur — their home fans are losing the most attractive game of the season.”

That proposal was swiftly shot down but, in August, Scudamore maintained: “It will happen at some point.”

“Europe has its football, ours is alien there so it’s harder for people to attach themselves. Past locations include China and the U.S., with the next edition set to be held in Qatar

‘The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery’

The city always had a fairy-tale aspect, but until the seventeenth century its unreality was checked by an appetite for business. As the king danced with one of the guests, a newly married noblewoman named Caterina Quirini, his buckle caught a string of pearls that adorned the belt of her dress, scattering them on the poor. Goethe, visiting the city in 1786, noted that the Venetians’ lagoon was silting up, their trade “declining, their political power dwindling …Venice, like everything else that has a phenomenal existence, is subject to Time.” The end was near, and everyone there knew it.

In November 1765 a respected doctor from a good Venetian family died in the Campo Santi Apostoli, near the Jewish ghetto in Venice. One story may help to convey the moment: in 1709, there was a ball at the home of a Venetian noble in honor of the king of Denmark, Frederick IV. In truth no one would have known for sure what he suffered from and we can’t know either. Its ruling class — its doges, procurators, and ambassadors — were drawn from two hundred families whose names, like that of the Quirini, had been inscribed in a “book of nobility” in the early fourteenth century. Venice stood at the crossroads of east and west, Asia and Europe, and it avidly cashed in on its location. But priests ordinarily only wrote detailed descriptions of diseases when what they saw was noteworthy, and it is intriguing that the description of the doctor’s illness in the parish book is one of the longest of the year.

Many of the doctor’s descendants would experience similar symptoms in the course of dying from fatal familial insomnia, suggesting that the Venetian doctor may have been the earliest recorded case of a disease that has gone on to torment his relatives for more than two centuries.

Chapter One: The Doctor’s Dilemma, Venice, 1765

Venice was a hereditary oligarchy. The Venetian doctor descended from one of these patrician families, great merchants and secretaries of state, whose surname adorned one of the central squares of the city. The king was about to bend down to retrieve the pearls, whereupon her husband stood up, walked across the dance floor, and crushed them under his feet, while his wife danced on.

Mid-eighteenth-century Venice was a place of gaiety and vice. This was the era of Casanova’s wanton memoirs and the splendid Venetian regattas and processions painted by Canaletto and Francesco Guardi. The lady paid them no mind. But with the colonization of the Americas, trade turned the other way — across the Atlantic — and Venice began spending down its inheritance. Venice’s fall, though, was the time of its greatest opulence. Though he was not himself entitled to wear the red toga that indicated patrician status, he enjoyed many of the other privileges of high birth in the republic.

The entry records that the deceased suffered for more than a year from “intermittent difficulty in breathing” and adds that he was bedridden and “totally paralyzed for two months” before his death.. The cause of his death was “an organic defect of the heart’s sack” — or so contemporary parish records state

Liverpool Sign Standard Chartered to A & pound;80M Deal; Replaces Carlsberg

Some fans will want a “classic” shirt before it is replaced by the new, unfamiliar brand.

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Liverpool F.C. The brewer has sponsored the team since 1992 and its logo is almost part of the official strip. If confirmed on Sept. And the deal increases the likelihood of the club getting financing for a new stadium, which has been improved in only a piecemeal fashion since it was first built in 1884. Manager Rafael Benitez made only minor player trades over the summer break; some have speculated that his budget was tight. Both teams have similar deals set for similar periods, starting in 2010.

The Times underlined Liverpool’s historic inability to leverage its brand into the big leagues of Man Utd, F.C. Its capacity is about 45,000, small for a premier league team.

And finally: The team could see a run on fan purchases of the existing Carlsberg shirt. Liverpool: £20 million a year (£80 million over four years) with Standard Chartered

Manchester United: £20 million a year (£80 million over four years) with Aon

Bayern Munich: £17 million a year (£68 million over four years) with T-Home

Juventus: £15 million a year (£75 million over five years) with Tamoil

Real Madrid: £12.7 million a year (£38 million over three years) with Bwin.com

Chelsea: £11 million+ a year (£55 million over five years) with Samsung

Manchester City: £8m a year (24 million over three years) with Etihad Airways.

Arsenal: £6.7 million a year (£100 million over 15 years) with Emirates

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© 2009 CBS Interactive Inc.. 18, the deal would move Liverpool to the joint No.1 position, with Manchester United and Aon, in terms of football advertising contracts. Barcelona, et al:

Liverpool have long been criticised by their supporters for punching below their weight when it comes to commercial opportunities but the sponsorship deal struck by [commercial director Ian Ayre] is an indication that the club are beginning to make the most of their glittering history and worldwide fan base.. has replaced lead sponsor Carlsberg with Standard Chartered in an £80 million deal worth £20 million annually for four years, according to the Times. All Rights Reserved.

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For Liverpool, the deal gives the team some options: It could make servicing the terms of its debt easier and provide extra funds for the player budget

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BBC Sport – Football – Everton 3-3 Manchester United

Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

63:36 Luis Nani takes a shot from 25 yards.

By Phil McNulty

Chief football writer at Goodison Park

Moyes attempted to cure Everton’s lack of goals this season by using Cahill in the unfamiliar role of striker, supported by the giant figure of Marouane Fellaini. Marouane Fellaini takes the free kick.

Correction – 56:58 Tony Hibbert has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

Half Time

45:00+1:40 Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick.

88:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Jonathan Evans.

4:41 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Gary Neville results in a free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Edwin Van der Sar makes

a comfortable save. John O’Shea gets a block in. Paul Scholes takes the free kick. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.

Cahill headed home a cross from Baines to give Goodison hope, and the Australian then headed another cross from the defender into the path of Arteta, who scored via a deflection off Scholes.

After Howard was again forced to save from Nani, United produced a masterpiece of technique to add the third after 66 minutes.

And Nani was the creator again as United took the lead two minutes after half-time, once more producing the perfect delivery for Vidic to steer a downward header beyond Howard.

59:01 Tim Cahill is caught offside.

19:16 Foul by Ryan Giggs on Leon Osman, free kick awarded.

90:00+1:55 Assist by Marouane Fellaini.

Ferguson will be left to rue United’s failure to emphasise their superiority in the second half – and perhaps the fact that Rooney was not able to influence affairs.

Premier League

United looked to be making light of Rooney’s absence for Ferguson’s 700th game in Premier League management as they held a comfortable two-goal lead at the start of three minutes of added time.

Draw feels like a win – Arteta

Everton wasted an opportunity to take the lead when Tony Hibbert’s cross was deflected invitingly into the path of Leighton Baines inside the area, but the defender miscued a tame attempt.

79:54 Effort from outside the penalty box by Mikel Arteta goes wide right of the goal. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.

90:00+3:13 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner. Media requires JavaScript to play.

64:39 Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick. Leighton Baines produces a shot on goal direct

from the free kick.

45:00+0:36 Effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.

41:00 The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov.

27:32 Leighton Baines produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

80:06 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ji-Sung Park coming on for Patrice Evra.

21:32 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Paul Scholes results in a free kick.

37:24 Mikel Arteta fouled by Jonathan Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick. Everton 1-2 Man Utd.

90:00+0:36 The assist for the goal came from Leighton Baines. Gary Neville takes the indirect free kick. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Leon Osman takes the free kick.

43:56 Unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Gary Neville restarts play with the free kick.

68:11 Substitution Tony Hibbert leaves the field to be replaced by Seamus Coleman. Patrice Evra’s error allowed Arteta to break clear, and even though Edwin van der Sar saved his effort, Leon Osman had the presence of mind to set up Pienaar from the rebound for a comfortable finish.

46:59 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

61:47 Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from 25 yards.

50:26 Gary Neville fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick.

42:32 Foul by Mikel Arteta on John O’Shea, free kick awarded.

Correction – 70:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Seamus Coleman. Blocked by Gary Neville. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

41:50 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.

Mikel Arteta scored the equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Man Utd

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from the free kick, blocked by Patrice Evra.

88:00 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes.

United were left shell-shocked, and Everton boss David Moyes even ran on to remonstrate with referee Martin Atkinson at the end after he blew his whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal, presumably claiming there was more time to play.

81:48 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu.

24:50 Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:41 GOAL – Steven Pienaar:Everton 1 – 0 Man Utd Goal scored by Steven Pienaar from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.

3:58 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans.

0:58 Steven Pienaar takes a shot.

10:11 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Tim Howard takes the free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.

84:43 Luis Nani has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. Everton 1-1 Man Utd. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

16:24 Ryan Giggs is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

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Man Utdapos;s Mike Phelan

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Rooney did not even travel with the United squad after a week of allegations about his private life, but for so long it did not look as if Ferguson’s decision would prove costly.

Everton’s former Manchester United keeper Tim Howard had kept them in contention with a succession of fine saves – and the value of his contribution was underscored in that stunning finale.

And again, while Everton showed great promise in possession, there was a lack of cutting edge that meant too often their approach work came to nothing in the opening stages. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka. Everton 3-3 Man Utd. Everton

1-3 Man Utd. Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide

right of the target.

50:36 Free kick taken by Gary Neville.

45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.

58:35 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.

37:59 Ryan Giggs takes a shot.

42:50 GOAL – Darren Fletcher:Everton 1 – 1 Man Utd Darren Fletcher grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal.

82:23 Phil Jagielka takes a shot.

The outstanding Steven Pienaar gave Everton the lead just before half-time, but Darren Fletcher equalised within four minutes and when Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov added further goals to put United in total command they looked assured of victory.

83:39 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick.

38:33 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

56:58 Tony Hibbert produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from

the free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

90:00 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

11:45 Leon Osman challenges Edwin Van der Sar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Corner taken right-footed

by Ryan Giggs.

Correction – 90:00+1:55 GOAL – Mikel Arteta:Everton 3 – 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.

Full Time

90:00+3:33 Phil Jagielka takes a shot.

12:21 Darren Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Save by Tim Howard.

68:11 Substitution Johnny Heitinga goes off and Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on.

44:57 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick.

53:54 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic.

3:19 Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Pienaar misses to the right of the goal.

65:35 Paul Scholes provided the assist for the goal. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

Howard then came to Everton’s rescue twice in swift succession with outstanding saves, first with his legs from Paul Scholes’ deflected effort and then a fine one-handed stop from Ryan Giggs as he looked poised to score.

75:31 Paul Scholes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

44:00 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.

50:36 Booking Johnny Heitinga booked. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free

kick.

Phelan ‘stunned annoyed’ by Everton fightback

Scholes’ pass dropped perfectly behind the struggling Sylvain Distin for Berbatov to control instantly before he demonstrated great confidence to steer a finish past Howard.

51:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Steven Pienaar.

78:05 Phil Jagielka fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick.

John O’Shea almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion after 15 minutes with a rising drive that beat Howard but glanced off the outside of the post.

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Everton’s lead lasted only four minutes as United hit back in style as Fletcher timed his run perfectly to steer home Nani’s brilliant cross.

67:16 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by John O’Shea.

36:03 Nemanja Vidic challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick.

9:38 Mikel Arteta takes a shot.

41:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov.

49:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

70:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Patrice Evra. Everton 1-0 Man Utd. Darren Fletcher takes a shot.

31:50 Foul by Tony Hibbert on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded.

45:00 The players leave the pitch at half time.

61:23 Foul by Gary Neville on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar. Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.

55:17 Marouane Fellaini fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.

38:41 Assist on the goal came from Leon Osman.

22:00 Shot from 18 yards by Tim Cahill.

68:56 The official flags Leighton Baines offside.

62:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman. Shot by Paul Scholes from 25 yards.

Save by Tim Howard.

Final Result

96:32 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

79:06 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.

Home Team

Score

Away Team

Time

Everton

3-3

Man Utd

FT

(HT 1-1)

Pienaar 39

Cahill 90+1

Arteta 90+2

Fletcher 43

Vidic 47

Berbatov 66

Everton staged a stunning comeback to score twice in injury-time to deprive Manchester United of victory after Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney for his return to Goodison Park.


Everton made the early running as United adjusted to the absence of Rooney – but it was still Ferguson’s side that carved out the better chances in a pulsating first 45 minutes.

36:56 Ryan Giggs fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Media requires JavaScript to play. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

84:00 Effort from the edge of the box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the left-hand post.

67:49 Leon Osman has an effort at goal. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.

53:42 Foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman, free kick awarded.

8:37 Foul by Paul Scholes on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a

clearance.

6:46 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.

90:00+0:36 GOAL – Tim Cahill:Everton 2 – 3 Man Utd Tim Cahill finds the net with a headed goal from close range.

14:09 John O’Shea produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.

46:59 GOAL – Nemanja Vidic:Everton 1 – 2 Man Utd Nemanja Vidic grabs a headed goal from close in. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

15:27 Handball by Steven Pienaar.

42:50 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

46:20 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

31:17 Short corner taken by Luis Nani.

65:35 GOAL – Dimitar Berbatov:Everton 1 – 3 Man Utd Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal.

82:42 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta.

77:24 Leon Osman takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

34:37 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.

Everton manager David Moyes

Please turn on JavaScript. Save by Tim Howard.

78:29 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Everton 3-3 Man Utd.

Comeback epitomises Everton character – Moyes

This enthralling encounter looked to be moving towards an inevitable conclusion until that dramatic late Everton surge earned a point.

26:03 Marouane Fellaini produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left. Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Leon Osman

manages to make a clearance.

90:00+1:55 GOAL – Mikel Arteta:Everton 3 – 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin. Everton 2-3 Man Utd.

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44:00 Booking Ryan Giggs receives a yellow card.

Everton, who had looked neat in possession without having a cutting edge, found a foothold in the game with Tim Cahill’s header and, with United suddenly rocking, Mikel Arteta fired home a deflected equaliser to spark wild scenes of celebration.

The stalemate ended six minutes before the interval, and it was Everton who made the breakthrough. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta

Vacation Plans :: When to Visit the Maldives?

Scuba diving is perfect for these months. The following will provide tips on the specific months and seasons where it’s best to travel to the Maldives and why.

While it would seem like a good bet to choose to travel to the Maldives during the dry monsoon season as opposed to the wet monsoon months, there are advantages and disadvantages to both that you should take into account. It’s the time of year that will deliver the most affordable prices. If you don’t mind crowds and simply want to enjoy your time in the sun and on the beaches with very little rain to care about, then this is the time for you.

Whenever you choose to travel to the Maldives, take comfort in knowing that there’s really never a bad time to visit!

If you don’t mind rain and are more looking forward to enjoying the islands with relatively small crowds, then travelling during the wet monsoon season is probably right for you. April is a month that can be considered to be transitional and is one of the best times of the year to visit the Maldives with warm weather and just a bit of rain.

One of the best aspects of travelling to the beautiful islands of the Maldives is that the weather is fantastic all year round. With that being said, there are certain times of the year that it’s best to travel to this enchanting destination. The dry monsoon season lasts from December to March, while the wet monsoon season starts around May and ends in November, bringing with it gusty winds and heavy rains. When planning a trip to the Maldives for the holidays, it’s important to understand the best time of the year to visit, so you can plan your vacation during peak conditions. The surfing season that lasts from May to October is also a good time of the year to travel to the Maldives, as the waters are at their most accommodating for surfers within this span of time.. The fact of the matter is that the dry monsoon months are when the hotels in the area are typically at full capacity, which also means that you will need to book early when planning your vacation. When it comes to the Maldives, there are two basic seasons the islands go through, known as the dry monsoon and the wet monsoon seasons. First of all, visiting the Maldives during the dry monsoon season ensures that the sun is out and the humidity is low for the majority of the time. Each of the 26 pieces of land that you can travel to are surrounded by striking blue waters as far as the eye can see. While these months are indeed the perfect time to visit the Maldives, it all depends on what you’re looking for. In fact, the temperatures are commonly around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The Maldives are a group of islands that can be found in the Indian Ocean near Asia