Ronaldinho, brother jailed over ‘fake’ passports

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first_imgFormer Barcelona and AC Milan forward Ronaldinho and his brother have been jailed for allegedly attempting to enter the country with ‘adulterated’ documents Arresting officers still found time to pose for a picture with Ronaldinho Ronaldinho has spent the night in a police cell after being dramatically arrested following a U-turn by Paraguayan prosecutors over his use of an adulterated passport. The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was told on Thursday after an eight-hour grilling that he would not face trial for entering the country with a falsified Paraguayan passport showing he was a naturalised citizen. But his hopes of returning home a free man were frustrated last night when prosecution chiefs reversed an earlier decision to offer him a plea bargain deal and police formally arrested him and his brother Roberto at the Sheraton Hotel in the capital Asuncion. They spent the night in a police cell and now face a second quiz expected to take place today. In a new development to the rollercoaster case a prosecutor specialising in financial crimes was brought into the ongoing probe, sparking local speculation the investigation would now be widened to look into possible money laundering. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThese Maisie Williams Facts Are Bound To Shock YouBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left A Brazilian businessman named as Wilmondes Sousa Lira who has been accused of providing Ronaldinho and his brother with the adulterated passports they used to get into Paraguay, was arrested on Wednesday and has been remanded in prison. Two Paraguayan women thought to be the legitimate owners of the passports modified to show the former footballer and his brother as the holders, were also held. Ronaldinho was arrested after a judge refused to rubber-stamp the deal announced by prosecutors on Thursday, which involved the Brazilian co-operating with authorities and admitting to using an adulterated passport to get into Paraguay to escape trial and ‘get off’ with a fine. He now faces an extended period of time on remand in prison if the courts decide he is a flight risk and decide against bailing him. Read Also:Fake passport: Ronaldinho leaves prosecutors after eight hours of questioning A spokesman for Paraguay’s General Attorney’s office, confirming the prosecution U-turn in a statement, said last night/on Friday night: “Paraguay’s General Attorney’s Office has rectified its position. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more


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first_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Paolo Ciferri has been told to “act like he’s been there.” A defensive midfielder scoring goals is a rare sight in lacrosse, but something that Ciferri has done twice during Syracuse’s last three games.After his first against Cornell, he did the whip — a popular dance move — next to the goal as his teammates came to celebrate. After a crucial score against Johns Hopkins in the Carrier Dome he flung his stick, stuck his arms out and pretended to soar through the air.But on the off chance he scores again, the reaction will likely be more subdued. “It’s a surreal feeling scoring a goal in the Dome,” Ciferri said. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. When you do score, the place erupts and it’s overwhelming at times. I guess my celebrations have been pretty excessive.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Ciferri was recruited to play at Syracuse, he expected to have many more goal-scoring moments. Now a sophomore, the Ithaca (New York) High School graduate was once a prolific offensive player that was forced to adjust upon arriving at SU.And despite having to earn his role after a hamstring injury forced him to miss all but three games last year, Ciferri’s taken the change in stride and developed into a reliable player for the top-ranked Orange (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast).“He has great knowledge of the game,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s got the green light to go to the goal if he has opportunities to over the course of the game.” Ciferri said it helps that Desko is liberal with the way he handles his defensive midfielders, and that he wouldn’t know what to do if his offensive role was limited to passing the ball then getting off the field.That’s not to say he plays a dual role, but rather has the option to attack in transition if it makes sense in the flow of the offense. “It’s a comfort thing, too. As a D-middy, especially a younger D-middy, you’re kind of reluctant to make mistakes and shoot the ball,” midfielder Peter Macartney said. “Everyone’s pretty experienced now, everyone’s better now.“ The transition to a defensive-minded player was one that required Ciferri to build up more strength and stamina. Coming in as a freshman, he stood at just 6 feet tall and weighed only 150 pounds. He’s since bulked up to 175. He was forced to get in better shape, noting at first it was nearly impossible to defend against someone’s third or fourth dodge.But being an offensive player by trade helped his defensive instincts, since the two positions have many interchangeable aspects, Ciferri said.Ciferri said his injury helped him refocus. He was so devastated to be on the sideline, rehabbing instead of playing, that when he finally got the chance, he made the most of his return and is now getting a chance to play significant time. “That time period, you grow hungry,” Ciferri said. “Once you get back to full potential, you’re so happy to be playing and competing again that you hit the ground running.”Ciferri still has two years to play after this one and said he doesn’t know if his role in the defense is cemented. He’d welcome a change or the same role.His celebrations — which he planned out with his roommate beforehand — might be over the top, but they’re coming from a player that no longer has an expectation to score. So when he does, he wants the experience to be memorable. “You get recruited here pretty much because you’re a goal scorer or a big-time athlete or something of that sort,” Ciferri said. “And playing defense is the complete opposite, you have to be on your toes, a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. You don’t really get a lot of glory. “It’s humbling.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_imgRookie point guard Shai Gilgeous is shooting 35.1 percent from 3-point range. He has only 37 attempts from deep, but he’s getting more comfortable pulling the trigger, Rivers said.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters No NBA game is a layup, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers warned before his team took the floor against a severely depleted Miami Heat team Saturday night at Staples Center.As if to prove it, the eight available Heat players put the clamps on the Clippers, just as the Memphis Grizzlies had the previous game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Clippers — 16-9 and fourth place in a crowded Western Conference — entered Wednesday’s contest at Memphis scoring 117.9 points per game and shooting 47.5 percent from the field.In their two losses since, they’ve scored 86 points and 98 points and shot 35.6 percent. 3-POINT POINTERSSaturday’s 7-for-29 performance from behind the arc wasn’t a great example, but while NBA teams collectively are shooting 3-pointers at a rate of more than 31 per game, the Clippers have been unexpectedly and impressively disciplined from long range.The Clippers are taking 25.1 attempts per game from 3-point range (27th in the NBA after Saturday’s game) and making 37.5 percent of them (fourth in the NBA).That’s not by design, Rivers said.“Now, I can tell you, I didn’t go into the year thinking we were going to be a disciplined 3-point team,” Rivers said. “But we are. It’s funny, we want to (shoot 3s), but we are efficient — when we do take ’em, we make ’em.”He described practices where the coaching staff instructs players to take only 3-pointers “and the darn buzzer goes off because they won’t take a bad one.”He said he’s somewhat conflicted about going against the grain, though that hasn’t hampered the Clippers offensively. They entered Saturday with a 112.1-points-per-100-possession offensive rating, fifth-best in the league going in the game (after which the Clippers dropped to sixth best, with a rating of 111.3.)“It’s a good thing in some ways and in some ways, it’s not,” Rivers said. “But I do like that we know who should be taking them and those are the guys who are taking them. I think that’s a good thing.”The Clippers’ leading 3-point takers — Gallinari and Tobias Harris — also are their leading 3-point makers (not counting Jerome Robinson and Milos Teodosic, who are a combined 11 for 23).Gallinari has shot 58 for 127 (45.7 percent) from behind the arc; Harris is 49 for 121 (40.5 percent). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “We had a stretch early when he was passing up on shots, he was hesitating, and then you have to remind him,” Rivers said.“I think the point guard spot is just a hard spot to come in the league, because you don’t know when you should be shooting. Even with the ball going in, they’re shooting thinking they should be passing.“It’s a balancing act, and that’s the only time you have to tell him to be more aggressive.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “It’s two different games, but it’s two games in a row, if you know what I’m saying?” Rivers said. “That means that we’re doing something that we need to fix.”They’ll try to patch up things Monday in Phoenix, where they’ll face the Suns, who are an NBA-worst 4-22 — after which they’ll return to Staples Center on Tuesday to face Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, whose 21-6 record entering Saturday was the NBA’s best.Rivers said he hopes they’ll get “back to executing and spacing and moving the ball” instead of doing so much “dancing, dribbling and standing around.”More energy and intensity would help too, said Danilo Gallinari, who had 12 points Saturday after shooting 3 for 10 from the field.“We didn’t play Clippers basketball,” Gallinari said. “It happens, it’s an NBA season. Fortunately, it’s not gonna happen again.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more


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first_imgA burly 64-year-old retiree who resembles jolly old St. Nick will be going mano a mano with other contestants in a national title bout – in Rock, Paper, Scissors. Ray Scott won the New Hampshire title by advancing through eight rounds of tournaments at Manchester bars and pubs. With his white beard and spectacles, fans cheered “Go Santa Go” during the New Hampshire finals earlier this month. Next month, Scott heads to Las Vegas to compete in the USA Rock, Paper Scissors League’s national competition. If he makes the right move, he wins the $50,000 grand prize. The competition will be broadcast on ESPN. Scott says he focuses more on showmanship than strategy. “I don’t have a strategy. I can’t be thinking `What’s he gonna throw?”‘ he said. “I just throw something.” He said he enjoys hamming it up for the crowd, walking into a room with a coat draped over his shoulders like a cape, having a friend put lotion on his hands and his daughter dab sweat from his brow. He plans to step it up for Las Vegas. “I’m wrestling with the costume issue,” he told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I have a very nice Father Christmas outfit – not one of those tacky Santa suits – but I wonder about little kids seeing Santa in Vegas. What would I say to them?” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img