|Subjects:||Boxing, Men's boxing, Sports, Men's sports, Men's boxing|
|People:||George Foreman, Muhammad Ali|
|Locations:||Doha, Ad Dawḩah, Qatar|
Former heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman talked on Monday (3rd November) about Muhammad Ali, remembering their "Rumble in the Jungle" forty years ago.
It's forty years since George Foreman and Muhammad Ali met in Kinshasa for their heavyweight bout that is still talked about to this day.
The Rumble in the Jungle is arguably the best sporting event of the twentieth century - an iconic moment in sport.
Ali won back the world heavyweight title at the age of 32 with an eighth round knockout of the previously unbeaten champion Foreman.
Foreman, who is in Doha to take part in the Goals Forum, still remembers the fight vividly and talked about his old foe with warm emotions.
Doha, Qatar 3rd November 2014
1. 00:00 Wide and zoom in to George Foreman as he is greeted by audience
2. 00:26 SOUNDBITE: (English), George Foreman, former heavyweight champion of the world.
"I remember getting into the ring and hitting him with my best shots thinking it will be over by the third round and I really gave it to him, and the bell rang then he said 'I made it!' , and I thought he made it, I will never forget that, didn't think he would make it. He didn't think he would make it"
3. 00:50 Cutaway of Foreman
4. 00:55 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Foreman, former heavyweight champion of the world.
"As a matter of fact in the ten years I was out of boxing we became very close, good friends. He was the brother I always wanted - I mean you would take him anywhere because he used to talk so much, I wouldn't take him fishing but he was a real fun guy - probably the most fun guy I have ever met, Muhammad Ali"
5. 01:16 Cutaway to a still picture of Ali and Foreman in their Zaire fight
6. 01:25 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Foreman, former heavyweight champion of the world.
"It takes more than Parkinson's to take him out, he loves life. "
7. 01:31 Cutaway to audience clapping
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Vita Club of the DRC and Algeria's Entente Setif prepare for first leg of CAF Champions League final
Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Algeria's Entente Setif prepared on Saturday (October 25) for Sunday's first leg of CAF Champions League final.
The match will be held at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa which was the venue 40 years ago for the 'Rumble in the Jungle' heavyweight boxing clash between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
But both had tough routes to the final.
Vita Club proved themselves by eliminating Nigerians Kano Pillars, Zimbabwe's Dynamos and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
Setif were equally impressive, defeating two-time African champions Esperance and holding 2006 runners-up Sfaxien in away group games.
The eventual winners - apart from the prestige of winning this tournament and being crowned Africa's premier club - will also qualify for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco during December where possible opponents will include Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid.
The return leg is in Algeria on November 1st.
Tata Raphael Stadium, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 25, 2014
1. 00:00 Vita club players jogging at Tata Raphael Stadium
2. 00:06 Vita striker Mobele kicking ball during training
3. 00:11 M/s Vita goalkeeper Cameroon Loukonke
4. 00:14 Vita players jogging
5. 00:19 Vita training
6. 00:25 M/s Vita Club coach Florent Ibenge
7. 00:28 Various of Vita Club training
8. 00:44 SOUNDBITE: (French) Vita Club coach Florent Ibenge
"We have to solve an equation, a great equation with respect to Setif because this is a team that has not lost away from home. Not only have they not lost but in each match they scored. So we are faced with a beautiful equation (problem) that is to say winning without conceding any goal. That will be a great challenge for us."
9. 01:04 Setif team arriving at Tata Raphael stadium
10. 01.16 Setif players in middle of pitch
11. 01.20 Setif goalkeepers walking
12. 01:24 Setif players training
13. 01:30 Mid-shot of Setif coach Kheireddine Medhoui (with orange bib)
14. 01:34 Setif players and coaching staff leaving Tata Raphael stadium
15. 01:39 SOUNDBITE: (French) Setif coach Kheireddine Medhoui
"We all know that the final is played over two legs. The first leg will be here in Kinshasa. Maybe it is an advantage to play the return leg in Algeria but I think the mindset will the the same as the one of Vita Club. Both teams are looking to make the first breakthrough first in this match. In any case we came with the aim to eventually get something here. We know very well that it will not be easy against this team, but we are very confident."
16. 02:18 Setif bus leaving the stadium
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The reigning IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, talks about his upcoming fight with Kubrat Pulev and the unifying power of sport.
Wladimir Klitschko has been the world's most dominant heavyweight champion since 2005.
In that nine year spell, he has reeled off 18 straight title bout wins and now lies level with Muhammad Ali in second place on the all-time list for most heavyweight title fights, having contested 25 with only Joe Louis - on 27 - ahead of them.
His last fight was in April of this year, when he beat Elise "Alex " Leapai of Australia, knocking him out in the fifth round.
Next up for Klitschko is Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria, who could pose an altogether more difficult challenge.
The 33-year-old is undefeated in his 20 professional fights so far, and is currently ranked as second - behind Klitschko - in the world.
Despite many believing that Pulev could really threaten Klitschko, the Ukrainian champion was relaxed - simply stating that, in his experience, some previous opponents "promised a lot, but nothing delivered in the ring. Some others, didn't talk much but were very dangerous in the ring. So, you never know which you're going to face in the fight."
But he did described Pulev as "very emotional, very focused" and admitted that he would be sure to be fully prepared, and focused himself, for the title bout.
Given the manner in which Klitschko has dominated his sport over the years, with a highly-impressive total of 21 title defences, he could be forgiven for finding motivation and new challenges hard to come by.
But he insists that motivation isn't an issue saying "it has always been a very competitive sport, so you never get bored."
Now aged 38, the boxer is also insistent that he has only improved with age.
"You're physical abilities are getting better with the time, not worse. People think that with age things are slowing down but I disagree."
Despite having a huge fan base in Russia, the political situation between Russia and the Ukraine meant that Klitschko's fight with Leapei wasn't broadcast there.
With brother Vitali now the Mayor of Kiev, politics is a matter close to Klitschko's heart.
He described the decision not to screen the fight as "definitely a mistake by their political propaganda that is going against the Ukraine."
But he was swift to add that there is "nothing but good will" from both Klitschko brothers towards Russia, and obviously dearly hopes that the situation will be resolved in time for his 6th September fight with Kubrat Pulev to ensure that fans in Russia can watch it.
With the World Cup in Brazil now nearing it's conclusion, inevitably soccer has dominated the sporting headlines of late.
Klitschko hasn't been unaffected by "World Cup fever" and admitted that in the absence of Ukraine, he is backing his adopted country of Germany for success.
He also predicted a possible meeting with the Netherlands in the final.
But as with everything in sport, he conceded that anything could happen.
Wimbledon, London. Sunday 6th July 2014
Germany, 25th April 2014
1. 00:00 Various of Wladimir Klitschko at the weigh in for his most recent fight, against Alex Leapai in Germany in April.
London. Sunday 6th July 2014
2. 00:20 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: It's been suggested that your fight with Kubrat Pulev could be the most challenging you've faced in some time. Is that how you see it?):
"You know, in boxing you never know what kind of challenge you're going to get in the ring because if you really rely on history, there are a lot of fighters on my list or the other boxers, some of them were really really promoting themselves and the fight and being really really loud and promised a lot, but nothing delivered in the ring. Some others, didn't talk much but were very dangerous in the ring. So you never know which you're going to face in the fight and there's a lot of things that have to come together that night."
3. 01:08 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: Pulev is the second ranked fighter in the world. What do you expect from him when you meet in September?):
"As a professional athlete and I've been around and I know exactly that Kubrat Pulev is an undefeated fighter. He is very emotional, very focused to become a champion and sometimes these guys can do magical things. So I'd better prepare myself accordingly and (I) will defend my titles as I've done it for many years now."
4. 01:32 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: You've achieved an incredible amount in your career. What is it that keeps you motivated to keep fighting?):
"I've been in boxing since I was 14 and it has always been a very competitive sport so you never get bored because all the time there is no routine, all the time you are getting some new opponents and new styles, different sizes, different techniques, different backgrounds, different levels of experience so it's challenging and it's never getting boring and with time you're getting better and better, believe it or not. So you're physical abilities are getting better with the time, not worse. People think that with age things are slowing down but I disagree. So it's why that just keeps me motivated and that keeps me (motivated) to get to the next training came and get ready for another competition."
5. 02:30 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: Russia chose not to broadcast your last fight because of the political situation with the Ukraine. What do you make of this decision?):
"Sport has the power to change the world. And this is the line and the quote from Nelson Mandela and not to show (a) sporting event on television in Russia is definitely a mistake by their political propaganda that is going against the Ukraine. And obviously Klitschko is part of it which has short term, the political propaganda has short term (aims) It's powerful and it works well to brainwash people in the country but it is short term, not long term, and eventually there is going to come a place. I'm more than sure that sport has this power to unite nations and not divide them."
6. 03:21 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: Do you feel that politics and sport should always be kept separate or that they an be related to each other?):
"That (fights) have been shown for more than a decade from both of the brothers (Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko) and I know that boxing is very popular in Russia and there are a lot of fans of boxing and I'm not just talking about the Klitschko brothers (fans) and sport in general and I know that a lot of young men and just youth that are looking forward to maybe becoming maybe champions in sport and in life that they could get excited about something if they have seen it on TV and they want to do the same thing, as an example. But if they don't have this example, even watching it on TV, then guess what is going to happen if they have too much free time and nothing to do. So I feel bad about it (the fights not being shown on Russian TV) and I hope that things are going to change, that the next fight is going to be shown in Russia and as I said, there is nothing but good will from the Klitschko brothers to make things better for the society."
7. 04:26 SOUNDBITE: (English) Wladimir Klitschko (Q: With the World Cup semi-finals due to take place over the next few days, how much have you enjoyed the tournament and who would you like to see win?):
"Of course. I've been following it as with billions of people around the world and there have been exciting matches. Unfortunately the Ukraine didn't make it (into the World Cup) and of course the second choice that I have and I've been a supporter of that team for many many years, especially when you know the guys (players) from the team, and it's the German national team. So I hope that Germany will eventually make their way to the finals and who knows, maybe it will be Holland (they play) maybe not. Who knows? But we'll see. As I said, in sport you never know in advance what is going to happen."
Germany, 25th April 2014:
8. 05:10 Various of the weigh in with Alex Leapai.
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Billed as one of the biggest fights in British boxing history, the second instalment of Carl Froch against George Groves has the ingredients of a classic.
Now it just has to live up to the expectations.
Saturday's fight for Froch's IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles will take place at Wembley Stadium in front of a record British boxing crowd of about 80,000 fans.
It features an established champion against a young pretender and a score to settle.
The rematch has been a promoter's dream because of the dramatic first fight in Manchester last November.
The 36-year-old Froch - arguably Britain's top boxer of the past five years - was knocked down in the first round and exposed for more than half the bout by an upstart 11 years his junior.
In the ninth round, Froch finally landed some meaningful punches of his own to leave Groves wobbling, but the challenger was still on his feet when the referee controversially stepped in to end the fight.
It was no surprise that the IBF ordered a rematch after Groves made a complaint with the clamour for Froch-Groves II almost irresistible.
The fight has captured the British public's imagination, so much so that Wembley - the home of English football - was regarded as the only setting big enough to satisfy demand.
The old Wembley hosted an unforgettable fight between Muhammad Ali and Henry Cooper in 1963.
The last fight at Wembley was in 1995, when Frank Bruno beat Oliver McCall in a 12-round unanimous decision to capture the world heavyweight title.
Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK. 29 May 2014.
1. 00:00 Pan of Carl Froch's world title belts
2. 00:07 George Groves entering the news conference
3. 00:15 Carl Froch entering the news conference
4. 00:25 Wide of news conference
5. 00:29 SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Froch, world super-middleweight champion:
(On the fight)
"The fact that it's an immediate return with George Groves, it's got that air about it, the air of importance. With it being at the national stadium it's obviously big. This is by far the biggest fight of my unbelievable career. It's giving me the motivation and giving me the apprehension I need to perform at my best."
6. 00:57 Wide of news conference
7. 01:10 SOUNDBITE (English) George Groves, challenger:
(On what this fight means to him)
"For me, we've worked towards perfection in camp and this couldn't be more perfect really. I'm going to become world champion in London, in front of so many people and what an opportunity and time and place to arrive."
8. 01:31 Close-up of Froch
9. 01:34 SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Froch, world super-middleweight champion:
(On his form and physical preparation at 36 years old)
"I'm bringing that confidence and that experience with me to this fight. On top of being in absolutely unbelievable shape which is going to allow me to perform at my best for the whole duration of the fight. I'm convinced this fight won't go the distance, George Groves won't hear the final bell because I know what I need to do and I know how to do it."
10. 01:57 Close-up of Groves
11. 02:01 SOUNDBITE (English) George Groves, challenger:
(On the punch he's been saying will win him the fight)
"Anyone who's watched media work out or some of the behind the ropes stuff will know that we've been working on left hooks and we know the left hook will work and it will be the left hook that finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night."
12. 02:15 Froch and Groves posing for photos
13. 02:24 Pan from Froch to Groves
14. 02:32 Froch and Groves going to head to head
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The NAACP has decided not to honor Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter after the Clippers owner allegedly made racially charged comments in a recorded conversation.
Donations made by Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, will be returned, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP, said at a news conference Monday. Jenkins wouldn't say how much money was involved.
Sterling, 80, had been slated to receive the honor on May 15 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization.
Sterling's purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games have overshadowed the NBA's opening playoff round and prompted an NBA investigation. The NBA is planning a Tuesday (29 April) news conference to discuss the probe.
There still has been no official confirmation that Sterling is on the recording, portions of which were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.
The NAACP has honored Sterling several times in the past.
The Clippers had Monday off, with Head Coach Doc Rivers said he wanted his team to try and regroup mentally after a whirlwind weekend when Sterling's alleged comments were revealed.
Tuesday is shaping up as a potentially seismic day for the Clippers, in both the short and long term.
Rivers' team will host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, about eight-and-a-half hours after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is scheduled to speak, in a crucial Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference first-round series, knotted now at two games apiece.
Meanwhile, the Clippers are already taking hits in other ways over Sterling's alleged comments.
CarMax and Virgin America announced they are ending their sponsorships of the team, and Kia Motors America plans to suspend its advertising and sponsorship activities with the franchise.
Insurer State Farm said it "will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organisation," though the popular ad campaign featuring Clippers guard Chris Paul will continue, as will the company's initiatives with the NBA.
Several team owners have condemned the alleged remarks in recent days, including Charlotte's Michael Jordan, Miami's Micky Arison, Washington's Ted Leonsis and Indiana's Herb Simon.
Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, the saga surely will continue.
And if Sterling is suspended, someone would have to be appointed to run the team, if even on an interim basis.
Plus, there are numerous legal issues at play, including whether the recording was legally made and the matter of Sterling's wife suing the woman purported to be on the tape with Sterling.
NAACP National Board Member Ron Hasson and concerned citizens gave their thoughts on the racist comments purportedly made by Sterling, on Monday in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, California, USA. 28 April, 2014.
1. 00:00 Medium of cameras at local NAACP chapter press conference
2. 00:05 SOUNDBITE: (English) Ron Hasson, NAACP National Board Member
"Donald Sterling should be dealt with severely if in fact the allegations are true."
3. 00:10 Wide of leaders of Los Angeles NAACP chapter at press conference
4. 00:16 SOUNDBITE: (English) Ron Hasson, NAACP National Board Member
"We can't shame him just by simply saying don't do that anymore. It has to be severe enough so that he, or anyone who puts out those racial statements against people of color, so they can be dealt with appropriately. And not just a mere slap on the wrist."
5. 00:34 Tight pan of NAACP members at press conference
6. 00:39 SOUNDBITE: (English) Charles Brister, Activist
"Since Sterling says he didn't want African Americans to show up at the games, I don't think any Americans should show up at the games. It would be such a powerful statement, if there were plenty of empty seats Tuesday night."
7. 00:53 Wide of Staples Center exterior
8. 00:57 SOUNDBITE: (English) Shaundra Johnson, Los Angeles
"NBA needs to step up. I don't know what they can do. They could probably fine him, they could probably suspend him. I know they can't take the team away from him. I don't know actually what they can or what they should do. I know I wouldn't play for him once this season is over."
9. 01:10 Wide of Shaundra Johnson leaving after buying New Edition concert tickets
10. 01:16 SOUNDBITE: (English) Shaundra Johnson, Los Angeles
"I don't know. As far as the guys though, the actual Clippers (players), I think they should continue playing. And I don't think they should let the owners thoughts affect what they're trying to do right now. And then I think they should just handle it after the playoffs are over."
11. 01:29 Wide of box office at Staples Center
12. 01:33 Tight of box office sign
13. 01:37 Wide of two women at box office
14. 01:40 Wide of Staples Center from across the street
15. 01:46 SOUNDBITE: (English) Steven Allers, Simsbury, Connecticut
"I hope it doesn't impact the Clippers in such a negative way because it seems like they're finally hitting their stride, they're finally kind of like rivaling the Lakers. There's this great stuff happening, a lot of positivity. And then you know, something like this has to happen. And it's a shame."
16. 02:00 Michael Allers, Simsbury, Connecticut
"But I don't see how going forward he can be part of it anymore."
17. 02:04 Wide of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue in front of Staples Center
18. 02:08 Wide of Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson statue
19. 02:11 Medium of father taking photo of his son in front of Johnson statue
20. 02:17 Tight of son showing off photo on his cell phone
21. 02:21 Medium of man taking photo of statue
22. 02:26 SOUNDBITE: (English) Earl Scott, Los Angeles Pastor
"And listening to the language he used, that was invented a long time ago."
23. 02:33 Wide of girl looking at plaque on Johnson statue
24. 02:37 Medium of Staples sign above door
25. 02:42 Pan of Staples sign at top of building
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The New York Knicks announced the hiring of Phil Jackson as their team president on Tuesday (18th March) at a news conference at Madison Square Garden.
Head Coach MIke Woodson and Knicks players reacted to Jackson's hiring prior to their home game with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday (19 March).
Phil Jackson has control of the New York Knicks, along with complete power to do what is necessary to fix them.
His work started Wednesday, when he visited his new players and coaches and watched them host the Indiana Pacers, the type of franchise he might like the Knicks to become.
The Pacers have the best record in the Eastern Conference and carry real championship hopes.
Jackson was a member of the Knicks' title teams in 1970 and 1973, and they haven't won since.
The 11-time champion as a head coach will be an executive for the first time, and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions.
He's got big decisions coming up involving all-star forward Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Woodson.
Jackson will have to decide the future of Woodson, who was 72-34 with the Knicks before this season but only 27-40 heading into their game with Indiana. The Knicks probably would have loved it if Jackson were willing to do the job himself, but Jackson had made it clear since his last stint with the Los Angeles Lakers ended in 2011 that he had no interest in returning to the bench.
Jackson said he had "no doubt" that Carmelo Anthony could be the centerpiece of the franchise going forward as the All-Star forward prepares to become a free agent this summer.
Jackson said he won't insist that the Knicks run the triangle offense that worked so well for him with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. But he made it clear he believes in the system's principles of passing, movement and teamwork.
It's not just Xs and Os that have doomed the Knicks during a mostly disastrous decade. It's the policies of Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who has too often involved himself in basketball decisions.
Jackson's arrival in New York will likely usher in a new era for the Knicks, who may miss the playoffs this season after winning 54 games a year ago.
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, 19 March 2014.
1. 00:00 Cut away of Knicks President Phil Jackson seated at game
2. 00:010 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Woodson, New York Knicks Head Coach (On Phil Jackson taking over as Knicks President)
"Well I mean I thought it was exciting. I think it's great for our city. It's great for our organisation. I mean you're bringing in a guy whose won as a player and has done it at a high level as a coach. I mean it doesn't get much better than Phil Jackson and what he's accomplished. So it's good to have him aboard. And the city should be buzzing and excited about that."
3. 00:44 SOUNDBITE: (English) Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Forward (On Phil Jackson taking over as Knicks President)
"That gives me a lot of excitement, hope. And just to be able to have that here with me right now and to know what his resume stands for, what he's able to do with the game of basketball, he's a genius. He's a basketball guru. He's a genius and he's done it so many times, so many ways and in so many different situations. So hopefully we can make something happen here."
4. 01:19 Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony running onto court
5. 01:23 SOUNDBITE: (English) Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Forward (On Phil Jackson meeting with team prior to game)
"Oh he was just excited about joining. It was short and quick. He came here, he spoke, shook everybody's hand, said how excited he was about this opportunity. But he wanted us to focus on the game."
6. 01:41 Knicks coach Mike Woodson walking towards bench
7. 01:45 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Woodson, New York Knicks Head Coach (On Phil Jackson's compliments of Mike Woodson and Woodson's future with the team)
"You know, Phil's (Jackson) coached a number of years and he has a great deal of respect for coaches as we all do as a fraternity. And so I was pleased with his comments. I still have a job to do. We're in the midst to trying to get this team in the playoffs and we are playing better basketball. And but I still got a lot of work on my hands and I'm up for the challenge. I'm going to continue that as long as I'm here as a coach."
8. 02:17 More of Jackson seated at game
9. 02:28 Anthony during pregame shoot around
10. 02:32 SOUNDBITE: (English) Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Forward (On Phil Jackson's comments regarding
Carmelo Anthony being part of team's future plans)
"It's good to hear that. I'm blessed and honoured to hear that. I'm glad I could, I was hoping that I would be part of the future plans. I never want to say that I wanted to leave New York, anything like that. The only thing I said was, I wanted to dabble and try the free agency, opt out and become a free agent. So, I'm excited about that. I'm excited about the opportunity to hopefully work with Phil (Jackson)."
11. 03:11 More of Anthony during pre game shoot around
12. 03:24 SOUNDBITE: (English) Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Forward (On Phil Jackson's comments regarding Carmelo Anthony's room for improvement)
"I love it. I mean I love it. I don't think that was anything bad that he said. As an individual over the years I think I've become better as a player and then playing at a very high level as an individual right now. So for him to come in and say that, we're on the same page. I believe that I take my game to a whole other level that I haven't even taken it to right now. And I feel like each year, each season, I've become better. So just with Phil's (Jackson) expertise, I can rely on him and talk to him and use him as a mentor to try to get to that next level."
13. 04:04 Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire during pregame shoot around
14. 04:07 SOUNDBITE: (English) Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks Forward (On triangle offense)
"I played against it so long in the West Coast when I was with Phoenix (Suns) and he (Phil Jackson) was with, coaching the (Los Angeles ) Lakers, it was definitely a hard offense to stop. And I played with him or for him in the all-star game once and so it's great to kind of be back in that type of atmosphere."
15. 04:26 Cut away of Woodson
16. 04:31 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Woodson, New York Knicks Head Coach (On Phil Jackson given complete control of basketball decisions)
"You know, Jim (James Dolan) is putting it in his hands. And what better hands to put it in. I mean the guy has won at every level, I mean he did it here (New York) as a player. And to be able to come back and manage a ball club where you had success, even though it is years removed, I mean I don't think it gets much better than that. I mean Phil (Jackson) has got a knack to win."
17. 05:05 More of Jackson seated at game
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton spoke on Thursday (13th March) and gave his thoughts on the Australian Grand Prix, the upcoming Formula One season, Red Bull's new driver Daniel Ricciardo and on Michael Schumacher's improving condition.
2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is being hotly tipped for the title ahead of the start of the new Formula One season.
The first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, takes place in Albert Park, Melbourne on Sunday (16th March)
Some impressive results in pre-season testing has put the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the forefront of peoples minds.
Red Bull team principal Chirstian Horner said either of the Mercedes drivers could win the Australian Grand Prix by two laps.
But Hamilton tried to play down the tag of being favourites.
"I don't feel like we are favourites firstly and I'm excited for the season, I'm excited for the fans, I'm excited for the unknown, we don't know what is going to happen."
Hamilton is hopeful that the hard work done during the winter will pay off.
"We've prepared in the best way we can be, we've not left one stone unturned. So I'm hoping that reflects in our results." the British driver said.
The cars will be different this year with new rules and regulations.
Many teams, including Mercedes, have struggled with the power units that this year incorporate a 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged engine and two energy recovery systems.
"Everyone is in the same boat. So, you know, I'm actually quite liking it - the car, the engine feels good, the package we have. I mean it's different to drive, the tyres are a little bit different, the powertrain and all those different things are different so it's still exciting." Hamilton said.
There will be no Mark Webber this season at Red Bull, the Australian has been replaced by fellow-countryman Daniel Ricciardo.
Webber picked up 199 points last season to help Red Bull to the Constructors' World Championship and Hamilton believes the former Toro Rosso driver can be just as successful.
"Well Ricciardo will do the same thing. If they're competing at the front again he has the capacity to take 200 points, or whatever it is, from the rest of the drivers. So, you know, he's a young driver with a great future and a great opportunity ahead of him and I know that he's going to do his utmost to make sure that he maximises it." Hamilton said.
On Wednesday (12th March) Michael Schmacher's agent Sabine Kehm said the German was showing "small, encouraging signs" that he may awake from his coma and Hamilton welcomed the news.
"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual. So I feel like all things for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had." the 29-year-old said
St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia - 13th March 2014.
1. 00:00 Pan to St. Kilda beach
2. 00:07 Lewis Hamilton walking on beach with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg
3. 00:17 SOUNDBITE: (English) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (Q: You're starting off as favourites but you've got Sebastian Vettel in the way and new rules, how are you looking forward to the season?) "I don't feel like we are favourites firstly and I'm excited for the season, I'm excited for the fans, I'm excited for the unknown, we don't know what is going to happen."
(Q: You did pretty well in testing you must have some positives coming into the race?)
"I have lots of positives being here, you know, I feel like we've done everything we could possibly do through a winter and achieved everything we wanted to achieve through the winter, but we just don't know where. We've prepared in the best way we can be, we've not left one stone unturned. So I'm hoping that reflects in our results."
4. 00:50 Various of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on beach
5. 01:06 SOUNDBITE: (English) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (Q: What have you made of the rule changes?) "So far I mean it is what it is, so it doesn't really matter whether you like it or you don't, you just have to adjust to it and maximise and do the best job you can with it. Everyone is in the same boat. So, you know, I'm actually quite liking it - the car, the engine feels good, the package we have. I mean it's different to drive, the tyres are a little bit different, the powertrain and all those different things are different so it's still exciting."
Q: So you're looking forward with a bit of hope here?
"I'm always, I always have hope."
6. 01:36 Mid shot of Hamilton and Rosberg walking off beach
7. 01:50 SOUNDBITE: (English) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (Q: There is news that Michael Schumacher has improved a little bit, what is your reaction to that and what are your feelings going into this race with the situation with Michael?) "Well firstly going into this race weekend as a team who, you know, once had him as a driver and as a young driver who watched Michael through his early days and his championship wins. We'll carry him through, as Formula One will carry him through the whole of the season. I mean I'm in touch with his people so I'm fortunate to get first hand news of what is happening and we're all waiting for him to wake up and show those positive signs. So, you know, he's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual. So I feel like all things for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."
8. 02:35 Pan from camera to Hamilton being interviewed
9. 02:42 Close up of Hamilton being interviewed
10. 02:48 Wide shot of Hamilton surrounded by media
11. 02:51 Mid shot of Hamilton talking to a reporter
12. 02:54 SOUNDBITE: (English) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (Q: Mark Webber took nearly 200 points out of the championship last year, Red Bull don't have that this year, how do you rate Daniel Ricciardo as a driver and how do you think he'll do?)
"Well Ricciardo will do the same thing. If they're competing at the front again he has the capacity to take 200 points, or whatever it is, from the rest of the drivers. So, you know, he's a young driver with a great future and a great opportunity ahead of him and I know that he's going to do his utmost to make sure that he maximises it."
13. 03:20 Various of Hamilton being interviewed
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Ethiopian track star Kenenisa Bekele said on Saturday (25th January) that he was targeting the marathon world record when he makes his debut at the distance at the Paris Marathon in April.
Kenenisa Bekele, the world record-holder and former Olympic champion over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, will make his marathon debut at the Paris Marathon on April 6th.
"The programme is quite different and it is very tough because, you know, running longer everyday. So my preparation is good, I'm doing well, so I hope I will achieve a good result over in Paris." Bekele said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday (January 25).
Bekele has set himself a lofty target of trying to beat the marathon world record in Paris.
"My plan is to run a fast time, you know, if I can, to break the world record. Even so, of course it is not easy, it needs hard work." Bekele said.
Bekele won his first competitive half marathon last year, beating both Haile Gebrselassie and current 5,000 and 10,000-metre Olympic and world champion Mo Farah of Great Britain.
With Farah competing at the London Marathon a week later, it has ended hopes of a duel between the pair in Paris, but Bekele said there was plenty of time for the two to compete against each other.
"For me it is the first marathon, (the) beginning. So we have many years to run with Mo Farah and other strong athletes. First I will get my experience, how it feels (to run) a marathon. so for me it's big chance to do this marathon." the 31-year-old said.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 25th January 2014
1. 00:00 Long shot of Kenenisa Bekele stretching
2. 00:05 Close up of Kenenisa Bekele
3. 00:09 Wide shot of Bekele running
4. 00:14 Close up of Bekele's running shoes
5. 00:17 SOUNDBITE: (English) Kenenisa Bekele, 10,000 and 5,000 record holder:
"I start my training for marathon and now I'm training, I'm preparing myself for the Paris Marathon. The difference between marathon and 10,000 and 5,000 metres - it's a big difference. Because in marathon I have to run every day, long runs, like more miles than 10,000 metres. For 10,000 metres maybe I can't run like sixty or seventy percent less than marathon training. So even the program is quite different and it is very tough because, you know, running longer everyday. So my preparation is good, I'm doing well, so I hope I will achieve a good result over in Paris."
6. 01:20 Various of Kenenisa Bekele running
7. 01:30 SOUNDBITE: (English) Kenenisa Bekele, 10,000 and 5,000 record holder:
"If we run together, with Mo Farah, we will be competitors. Maybe for me it is the first marathon, (the) beginning. So we have many years to run with Mo Farah and other strong athletes. First I will get my experience, how it feels (to run) a marathon. so for me it's big chance to do this marathon."
8. 02:02 Various of Kenenisa Bekele on treadmill
9. 02:11 SOUNDBITE: (English) Kenenisa Bekele, 10,000 and 5,000 record holder:
"My plan is to run a fast time, you know, if I can, to break the world record. Even so, of course it is not easy, it needs hard work."
10. 02:25 Various of Kenenisa Bekele on treadmill
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Felipe Massa among drivers who send message of support to Schumacher and family
Williams F1 Team driver Felipe Massa sent a message of support to Michael Schumacher on Saturday (January 11) during a go-kart challenge he is organising in southern Brazil.
Massa, his family and other drivers prayed for the seven-time Formula One champion and held up a banner with the message "Stay Strong, Schumi" in Portuguese.
Drivers also put stickers on their go-karts with the same message.
The Brazilian driver also put 'Schumi' and the flags of Brazil and Germany on his helmet for this competition.
Schumacher fell while skiing in Meribel, France on December 29th and hit his head on a rock. He is in a critical condition and has undergone brain surgery.
Schumacher retired in 2006 after winning five successive titles with Ferrari following two earlier ones with Benetton.
He came back to the sport in 2010 and drove for three seasons for Mercedes without much success before retiring again last year.
Penha, Brazil - 11 January 2014
1. 00:00 Wide of drivers praying for Michael Schumacher
2. 00:04 Mid of Felipe Massa, his wife Raffaela Massa, his brother Dudu Massa, former F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Buemi praying.
3. 00:11 Drivers holding banner with Brazilian and German flags saying 'Stay Strong Schumi'
4. 00:17 Mid of drivers holding banner with saying 'Stay Strong Schumi'
5. 00:24 Zoom out of Felipe Massa's go-kart with sticker 'Stay Strong Schumi' to his helmet at vehicle, with inscription 'Schumi'
6. 00:32 Mid of Rubens Barrichello's go-kart with sticker 'Stay Strong Schumi'
7. 00:36 Detail of sticker 'Stay Strong Schumi' at Barrichello's go-kart
8. 00:41 Detail of sticker 'Stay Strong Schumi' at Nelson Piquet Jr.'s go-kart
9. 00:46 Pan of Felipe Massa, wearing helmet with inscription Schumi, Brazil and Germany flags, leaving for race
10. 00:55 Wide of Go-kart race track
11. 01:05 Zoom out Pan of Felipe Massa go-kart racing
12. 01:14 Mid of big screen showing onboard camera at a go-kart.
13. 01:19 Zoom out pan of Rubens Barrichello go-kart racing.
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Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello comment on Michael Schumacher at a news conference in Penha, Brazil on Friday (10th January) as the former German Formula One champion remains in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident.
New Williams F1 team driver Felipe Massa joined Rubens Barrichello to comment about the current situation of Michael Schumacher, who in still in a coma after a skiing accident.
Massa spoke ahead of his go-kart challenge event.
The Brazilian, who was his team-mate in 2006 at Ferrari, was emotional when asked about the former F1 driver from Germany.
In fact, he says that his success in Formula One is credited to Schumacher, because his decision to retire in 2007 helped him to stay in Ferrari.
Another former team-mate was Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, who had his disagreements with the seven-time F1 champion in the past.
But he said that, at this time, he continued to pray for Schumacher's health.
Penha, Brazil - 10th January 2014.
1. 00:00 Pan of Rubens Barrichello (green) and Felipe Massa (white) entering the press conference
2. 00:11 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Felipe Massa, Williams Driver
"I miss his presence here, not only here but with what's happening with him. He was a very important person in my career and a friend that I always have. I'm praying for him every single day, asking for some help so everything goes right and he recovers."
3. 00:42 Cut-away of cameraman
4. 00:47 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Felipe Massa, Williams Driver
"I miss him so much also because of the close friendship we have, the way he has treated me. I was able to join Ferrari because he decided to stop at that time, giving me that opportunity. My career went this way also because of the opportunity I got to race. If he continued to race in 2007 I wouldn't (have stayed at) Ferrari. He would (have been) there and Kimi (Raikonnen) had a deal with Ferrari. So, my career was built a lot on his decision. He has always supported me, we have a very close friendship and I'm praying everyday and asking everybody to pray so he make a come back."
5. 01:35 Mid of Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello
6. 01:40 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari Driver 2000-2005
"This absence is much more painful than the others that we had. It's a tough moment. One where everybody is still looking for information and we continue to pray so everything will be ok, after all, he's a human being!"
7. 00:00 Photo-op with Williams F1 Team's Felipe Massa, Former F1 Drivers Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Buemi and Brazilian Stock Car Driver Daniel Serra.
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