‘Other’ Ronaldo dismisses Mourinho jibe ahead of friendly

Mourinho said that aged 30, he had trained ‘the true Ronaldo, not the other one, Ronaldo the Brazilian’ in his time as assistant at Barcelona.

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“Some things in life are not worth commenting on and this is one more for obvious reasons,” Ronaldo told a news conference in Los Angeles, where Real are on a pre-season promotional tour.

“I prefer to remember the good things from coaches. I don’t spit on the plate from which I eat and I don’t speak about people who say bad things about me.

“We are going to face Chelsea, not their coach. It is another warm-up game and we hope to win it so we can start La Liga in the best manner possible.”

Real have won all their pre-season warm up games to date under new coach Carlo Ancelotti and take on Chelsea on Wednesday, with Ronaldo having played in a newer more advanced striker role on the pitch.

“The coach has different strategies and different positions for everyone,” the 28-year-old said.

“It is good for me to try and play in different positions and I am comfortable with it. We’ll see where I end up playing during the season.”

Two of the hottest topics surrounding Real in the run up to the start of the new campaign are the club’s multi-million euro interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale and talks over a contract extension for Ronaldo.

“It’s not my place to talk about new players,” Ronaldo said when asked about Bale, who according to media reports could eclipse Ronaldo’s world record transfer fee of $125 million if the move went ahead.

“It’s not my place either to talk about the numbers that are being mentioned for his transfer. I have my opinion but I am not going to say in front of the cameras.”

Real president Florentino Perez has said he wants Ronaldo to retire at the Bernabeu, but there appears to be little progress towards extending his current deal which runs until 2015.

“I am happy here and all I want to do is train and prepare well,” Ronaldo said. “The contract renewal hasn’t been resolved yet, but I shouldn’t talk about it because it isn’t the right moment.”

(Reporting by Mark Elkington; Editing by John O’Brien)

Dateline: Twitch and Shout

Zach, Mario and Cole are three friends who share a remarkable bond.

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They’re among the most severe cases of Tourette Syndrome in the United States, suffering a range of involuntary verbal and physical tics and sometimes violent outbursts.

The neurological condition is often deeply misunderstood by society, leading to feelings from sufferers that they don’t fit in.

SBS’s Dateline reports from the annual Camp Twitch and Shout, a special summer gathering for young people with Tourette Syndrome, and a place where they can truly be themselves.

What is Tourette’s?

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia provides local information and support. Here are some of its facts about the condition…

-Tourette’s is a neurological disorder that usually starts between the ages of 2 and 21 and lasts throughout life. People with Tourette’s have a normal life span.

– It’s characterised by rapid, repetitive and involuntary muscle movements and vocalisations called ‘tics’, which can vary from simple twitches and noises, to more severe actions such as hitting and biting or the involuntary utterance of obscene words.

– Typically tics increase as a result of tension or stress and decrease with relaxation or concentration on an absorbing task. The severity of symptoms can also vary generally over time.

– People with Tourette’s are more likely to also have other behavioural problems, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

– The cause has not been definitively established, but it seems to stem from the abnormal metabolism of a brain chemical called dopamine.

– Studies suggest that Tourette’s is usually, but not always, inherited. The severity can vary considerably between generations and the disorder may not be evident at all in some people.

– It’s named after 19th Century French neurologist Dr George Gilles de la Tourette, who was the first to specifically identify the syndrome.

– There is no cure, but medication can control some of the symptoms in some cases. There is currently no medication that can eliminate all symptoms.

– Some sufferers see a marked improvement in their condition in their late teens or early twenties.

Follow the links above for more information, plus the Camp Twitch and Shout site has more on the camp in Dateline’s story.

White admits meeting Raiders board

Canberra star Brett White has admitted he and skipper Terry Campese approached Raiders board members to express disgruntlement the night before coach David Furner’s axing.

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White and injured skipper Terry Campese went to a meeting with board member David Thom and major stakeholder Simon Hawkins on Monday night.

When asked on Friday if he went to the board to express disgruntlement with Furner, White replied: “In every organisation there’s going to be disgruntlement.

“I don’t deny there were issues but I’m not going to go into those issues.

“It’s not a public forum. They’re issues that have been brought up before and had been brought up with Dave (Furner).”

White, who was co-captain while Campese was injured last week, said he was still shocked to hear Furner had been sacked the following day.

“He’s a big part of this club and always will be,” White said.

“It’s unfortunate the way it all happened, but it’s done now and we’re prepared to move on and are excited about moving forward.

“We went in there with all good intentions of the club in mind. Those issues have been brought up before in the past.”

Campese said he only had the intention of approaching board members on Monday night with ideas on how they could move the club forward.

“The last thing I thought that was going to come out of that day was for Furnsy to be stood down,” Campese said.

“It was a shock to me when I heard and my intentions of the meeting that happened was not for Furnsy to get the sack.

“I was definitely disappointed.”

He added that he had a great relationship with Furner.

“I’ve worked with him for five years, and he was also my reserve grade coach,” Campese said.

“My relationship with Dave can hopefully continue and still be strong.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to Dave yet, I sent him a text message straight away.”

Campese said the duo did not speak to board members about Furner’s backing of troubled star Blake Ferguson, who is reportedly looking to leave the club and move back to Sydney.

“That’s out of our hands and is up to Blake and what he wants to do,” Campese said.

“If he’s happy to stay, he’s a quality player, and guys love playing with quality players.”

However when asked if there were certain players that were not happy with Ferguson being at the club, Campese replied: “Mate, I guess, I’m not sure you’ll have to ask the individual I guess. I’m happy that he’s here.”

Campese has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash against Manly but expects to return for the Warriors clash next week.

Support for NSW school Indigenous language plan

The teaching of five endangered languages in New South Wales schools is the focus of a new plan to overhaul Indigenous affairs in the state.

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The plan aims to keep Indigenous children at school and give them more concrete steps on a career path.

 

Kristina Kukolja with this report by Matthew Sadler of NITV News.

 

The new plan is being called OCHRE.

 

It stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment.

 

Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Sydney, Professor Shane Houston, was on a special taskforce that helped to draw up the plan.

 

He says the link between learning Indigenous languages and improvements in other aspects of life is central to it.

 

“By teaching language, by locating that in a cultural context in our schools we’re not only going to be helping individuals with their own sense of identity we’re going to be helping them to be healthier individuals, to engage more effectively with primary and secondary school, to engage more effectively with the workplace and to engage more effectively with universities and the New South Wales society.”

 

The number of Aboriginal languages spoken in New South Wales has declined from 139, 200 years ago, to just 10.

 

The new plan will see five of these, Gamilaraay, Gumbaynggir, Bundjalung, Paarkintji and Wiradjuri taught in schools.

 

Victor Dominello is the NSW Aboriginal Affairs Minister.

 

“That will provide opportunities for kids at school to be able to learn their own languages taught by fluent Aboriginal speakers, where culture is included in the classroom, where language is included in the classroom on the same footing as other subjects. Culture and language is critical. That’s why we must do something now to preserve it and keep it alive for the next generation. If we don’t do something it will leave us on our watch.”

 

The New South Wales Government says that the new plan will consult with indigenous people regularly through a new Independent Aboriginal Council.

 

The Aboriginal Affairs Minister says the new council will report on and monitor the plan periodically.

 

“So we’ll work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to set the targets, achievable targets, realistic targets – not pie in the sky – over a set framework and work with them to achieve those targets.”

 

Chair of the Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations, Stephen Ryan, is happy with the government’s attitude.

 

“Government has shown a willingness to help implement change and build a platform for that change. So that’s pretty important.”

 

The plan will also see the establishment of so-called Opportunity Hubs which will involve local employers in career planning while students are still at school.

 

They’ll also help to arrange job training, mentoring, and scholarships – and will continue to track the progress of young Indigenous people after they’ve left school and entered the workforce.

Lions confident Brown will play on in AFL

It wouldn’t surprise Brisbane if Johnathan Brown “did a Robert Harvey” in a bid to return this season, but Michael Voss is confident his injured co-captain will take a less extreme route to a 15th AFL campaign in 2014.

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Brown has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot – the same injury St Kilda great Harvey had when, as AFL folklore has it, he repeatedly jumped from his dining room table attempting to completely snap the weakened fibrous tissue, seeking a quicker recovery.

A rupture was what the Lions were hoping scans would reveal on Tuesday for the same reason, but their co-captain’s rehabilitation will be longer due to a partial tear.

“It’s one of those unusual injuries where a rupture is better than a partial so we’ve just got to wait for the area to settle down,” said Voss.

It will take a fortnight before the club’s medics decide on a course of action, but Brown’s season is considered over.

Off contract this year and yet to commit to 2014, Voss wouldn’t rule out the fearless veteran, who has overcome three horrific facial injuries and been hit by a car while cycling in the past three years, following Harvey’s lead.

“Anything is possible with Jonathan Brown,” he said. “I mean this bloke takes on cars.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he had some kind of plan like that in mind.

“But no, I think he’ll be quite sensible about it.”

While Brown turns 32 in October, Voss doubted Saturday’s clash with Richmond would be the Lions’ start to life without their inspirational spearhead.

He felt fears that Brown had played his 245th and last AFL game had been flamed because of his conviction to wait until post-season before deciding his future.

“What I’ve communicated to Browny is he’s required,” he said.

“Any discussion I’ve had with him he’s in a good frame of mind, (and) really positive about the direction of the team.

“From initial chats that we’ve had it’s all been quite positive.”

Jordan Lisle and Stefan Martin are the prime contenders to replace triple-premiership winner Brown in the Lions’ forward line at the MCG, with Voss pleased by their form in the reserves.

Midfield leaders Simon Black (groin) and Brent Moloney (hamstring) are chances to return from injury against the in-form Tigers’ impressive on-ball division.

The Lions will be without rebounding defender Mitch Golby due to a one-week suspension for striking St Kilda’s Tom Curren in Saturday night’s 31-point win at the Gabba.

Clarke, KP trade insults amid Test grind

The fuse has been lit for an explosive return Ashes series in the summer, after Australian captain Michael Clarke and England star Kevin Pietersen traded barbs on an otherwise underwhelming day three at The Oval.

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In the two overs before tea, with Ian Bell fresh at the crease, Clarke from slip and Pietersen standing at the non-striker’s end yelled school yard insults at each other.

Geoffrey Boycott claimed in BBC commentary that the tension started when Clarke told Pietersen “nobody likes you” and Pietersen retorted, “you’re the captain, and no one likes you.”

Emotions started to boil over as a result of England’s negative go-slow tactics with the bat – Australia desperate to salvage something from the Ashes.

England abandoned plans of winning the series 4-0 and simply dropped anchor in the knowledge that a forecast of rain on day four could make a draw almost inevitable.

At stumps, England are 4-247, going at an excruciating 2.13 runs an over from the 116 they’ve faced in over eight hours at the crease.

After one of the slowest days of Test cricket in recent memory, England still trail on the first innings by 245 runs and need 46 to avoid the follow-on.

Player of the series Ian Bell is 29 not out from 110 balls and debutant Chris Woakes 15no from 49 balls.

But the action wasn’t on the scoreboard, it was out in the middle.

Following on from Darren Lehmann branding Stuart Broad a “blatant cheat”, Clarke and Pietersen showed there’s no love lost between the teams with the first Test in Brisbane just three months away.

Clarke and Pietersen were smiling throughout most of their exchange which lasted from the moment Mitchell Starc removed Jonathan Trott lbw, to when the players walked to tea.

However, the umpires didn’t see the funny side, with Aleem Dar furious as he intervened on several occasions.

England jammed on the brakes on Friday and a capacity crowd at The Oval paid the price.

However, Starc (2-60) gave Australia a window of hope when he took the second new ball and struck with his very first delivery.

The left-armer trapped Trott for 40 to end a 58-run stand with Pietersen that was a yawn-inducing 159 balls in the making.

Bell was brought to the crease at 3-176 with England still 117 runs from avoiding the follow-on and the Australians took it as their queue to up the ante.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fellow slip Shane Watson also appeared to be getting in on the fun with Clarke.

Australia may take heart from the fact England have deferred to ultra-defensive mode when they’ve been put under pressure this series at Old Trafford and now at The Oval.

Pietersen was perhaps the wrong man to pick on, with the cocky right-hander unaffected by his exchange with Clarke and grinding his way to the slowest 50 of his Ashes career, from 133 balls.

In the 75th over, Pietersen found the fence and a disillusioned crowd roared in recognition – as it was England’s first boundary in 11 overs.

Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, getting danger man Pietersen caught at slip with the first ball of his final spell to leave England 4-217.

That brought an end to another slow stand of 41 with Bell from 122 balls.

Ryan Harris made the first breakthrough of the day, continuing England captain Alastair Cook’s horror series by nabbing him caught behind for 25.

Spinner Nathan Lyon outsmarted the classy Joe Root in the 54th over for 68.

Two charged over Sydney crash, shooting

Two men who allegedly crashed a car into another man who was fleeing gunshots in western Sydney are set to face court.

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The two men, aged 19 and 20, had to be freed from their Honda Civic in Parramatta on Wednesday evening when they got trapped in a collision just afterwards.

Police say a 22-year-old man got into an altercation with two men on the street at about 7.50pm (AEST), when another group of men armed with bats, poles, a machete and a firearm approached and fired several gunshots at him.

He ran off and was allegedly followed by the Honda and a silver van.

The Honda collided with the man before crashing into the silver van, trapping the two men.

The occupants of the van fled the scene, police said.

The victim was taken to Westmead Hospital with a broken leg and a dislocated shoulder, while the two trapped men were arrested.

A witness told ABC radio he heard a loud bang after the two cars collided before noticing a man covered in blood lying on the road.

“I thought I was dealing with a car accident. (Then) I realised I was dealing with evil and a crime scene and a whole lot of gangs,” the witness, named Phil, said.

Bullets have been recovered from the scene of the crash at the intersection of Hunter and Marsden Streets.

Police are looking for the occupants of the van and have taken bullets for forensic examination.

The 19-year-old Honda driver has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and affray, while the 20-year-old passenger was charged with affray and concealing a serious indictable offence.

Both were refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.

Stoner to stick with four wheels

Suddenly, two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has a taste for motorcycles again.

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But he insists he will remain on four wheels this year in the V8 Supercars’ second-tier category.

Stoner has relished a chance to jump back on the bike this week, successfully completing a two-day test in Japan with his former MotoGP team Honda.

Stoner has also agreed to further testing with Honda later this year, prompting speculation that he will cut short his surprise V8 stint and race as a wildcard in the Australian and Japanese Grands Prix this year.

But the 27-year-old said his focus was still completing the V8 second-tier Dunlop Series in his Red Bull Racing Holden.

The next round – and third-last of the series – will be held in Winton from August 23.

“It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps,” Stoner said.

“It’s been nine months since I’ve been on a bike and it’s going to take me some time to get used to everything again.

“But it doesn’t change my mind about the wildcards – this is not something I am planning to do.”

Stoner only completed six laps on a wet opening day at the Motegi circuit but made up for lost time on the second, enjoying 47 laps starting on Honda’s world championship-winning RC213V before moving onto a prototype 2014 bike.

Honda spokesman Shuhei Nakamoto couldn’t hide his excitement over Stoner’s involvement.

“We’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development,” he said.

“Consequently we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year’s championship.”

But Stoner was keen to rule out a MotoGP return this year – not the only rumour he has had to hose down recently.

Stoner has also had to deny speculation that he will grab a Bathurst 1000 V8 drive this year.

The rumour mill went into overdrive following surprise news that a third Red Bull Holden would be launched at Mount Panorama, with Stoner immediately linked with retired great Mark Skaife.

Both have denied what would be a dream pairing for the great race.

Two European drivers have since been linked with the third Red Bull entry.

Rudd at home for 2nd day on campaign trail

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had the advantage of a home town crowd for the second day on the election trail.

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Kicking off Tuesday with a debate in his Brisbane seat of Griffith, Mr Rudd commanded a rock star arrival, swamped by media.

But if he thought all the electorate – which Labor holds by an 8.5 per cent margin – was going to open its arms to their standing member, he was wrong.

“Don’t be so ignorant,” came repeated calls from the audience as Mr Rudd attempted to sell his credentials and those of federal Labor.

“I haven’t got everything right, but you know something, I’ve got a few things right,” Mr Rudd said, adding that he loves his community.

One audience member, Lisa Huntly, who rushed for a photograph with Mr Rudd as soon as the forum finished, admitted she had heard nothing new.

“They talk over the top of each other, they don’t listen, they don’t answer the questions they’re asked,” she told AAP.

“They’re all the same. I just feel like knocking their heads together.”

Mr Rudd answered questions on local and national issues alongside other candidates running for Griffith.

Then he was off to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens alongside Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Labor’s candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Fiona McNamara.

The Liberal party holds Brisbane with a margin of 1.1 per cent.

Mr Rudd spruiked Labor’s multi-billion dollar transport infrastructure plans for the city, which he said would fall over under a coalition government.

He slammed Queensland’s LNP government led by Premier Campbell Newman and warned voters plans to expand Brisbane would stall altogether under a coalition federal government.

“With Mr Newman you get the entree and with Mr Abbott you get the main course,” he said.

The next visit was to the neighbouring electorate of Bonner – also currently Liberal by a 2.8 per cent margin – and would have left Mr Rudd wishing school children could vote.

“Kevin Rudd, Kevin Rudd, Kevin Rudd,” chanted crowds of primary school children at Brisbane Adventist College.

It left Mr Rudd beaming and clearly in the mood to tell tales.

The prime minister read a children’s favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to a small group of students.

He told them Labor was making life easier for their families with a new after-school package.

Throughout Tuesday, and even before the Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 2.5 per cent, Mr Rudd championed Labor’s economic management and plan to reduce living costs for Australian families.

As for Mr Rudd himself, election 2013 is also proving less arduous.

“I’m a lot more relaxed about it than I was in 2007,” he said, remembering the last time he was campaigning for the top job.

Philippines braces for Typhoon Utor

The Philippines is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Utor, with heavy rains and potential floods expected as part of the strongest storm to hit the country so far this year.

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The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 185 kilometres per hour, was 160 kilometres northeast of the nation’s easternmost island Catanduanes as of 0200 GMT (1200 AEST) on Sunday, the state weather bureau said.

“This is forecast to be the strongest storm to make landfall so far this year,” bureau head Vicente Malano told reporters.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the north-eastern agricultural province of Aurora early morning on Monday, he said, adding that heavy rains are likely to cover a larger area including the capital Manila.

Utor, moving west-northwest at 19 kilometres per hour, was forecast to dump up to 25 millimetres of rain an hour within a 600-kilometre diameter of the typhoon, the bureau said.

“Residents in low lying and mountainous areas… are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” it stated in an advisory.

The bureau also warned seafarers to remain at port due to strong waves, as the police, military and emergency relief authorities were placed on high alert.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 storms and typhoons each year, some of them devastating.

Nearly 2,000 were killed or went missing in flash floods and landslides when Typhoon Bopha cut across the southern island of Mindanao in December last year.

About 850,000 people were also displaced, and many of them remain in temporary shelters months after the typhoon.

The Hong Kong Observatory had classified Utor as a “severe typhoon” on its website Sunday.