Premier League 2014-2015: Team of the 31st week

Cleared the ball

with well-timed challenges and headers. Mesut Ozil of Arsenal

who scored the second goal in the game against Liverpool, a sublime free kick

leaving Simon Mignolet helpless, and an inspiring performance from the German

midfielder  to produce a Man of the Match

performance against the Reds.

Bobby Zamora of QPR

who scored a beauty lob goal, a graceful finish against West Brom which sealed

the three points for his side and also kept them still fighting, to survive

from being relegated to the Championship next season.

Ander Herrera of

Manchester United who scored a wonderful brace against Aston Villa and linked

up well with Jaun Mata in midfield, and most importantly keeping Manchester United

in contention for a place in Europe next season.

Charlie Adam of Stoke

who scored a cracking 65 yarder goal, definitely could win goal of the season.

Also a good display by the Stoke player in midfield. Scored from

the spot kick and also provided the winning goal’s assist to Loic Remy for an

easy tap in.

Hector Bellerin of

Arsenal the young fullback opened the scoring for the Gunners with a sublime

curling effort, also conceded a penalty but it was of no harm as Arsenal won

the game convincingly and a good defensive display also from the young Spanish fullback.

With some fantastic

victories, major upsets, brilliant goalkeeping displays and super strikes, let’s

take a look at the Premier League team of the week. 

Martin Kelly of

Crystal Palace, impressive display by the youngster kept his shape in defence

and made it difficult for the City players to cross the ball.           

Asmir Begovic of

Stoke City who made a string of wonderful saves to keep his team at bay, only

for him to make an unfortunate error which resulted in his team’s loss, but

nevertheless a stunning goalkeeping display from the Potters shot stopper.

Joshua Ronald Ivan, follow him on Twitter.

Wayne Rooney of

Manchester United who scored a superb volley to seal the win  for United and keep them in contention for

the top four or as according to Louis Van Gaal, Mathematically even clinch the

Premier League.

                         

Eden Hazard of

Chelsea who tore apart the Stoke city defence with his quick feet inside the

box as well as outside, too hot for Stoke City players to handle. Would have been

disappointed with his side though for not getting anything out of that fixture.

Phil Jagielka of

Everton who scored the winner for the game against European contender’s

Southampton, and also giving the Toffees three vital points, and denting

Southampton’s hope for Champions League qualification.

Jermaine Defoe of

Sunderland who scored a stunning volley in the Tyne-Wear Derby against

Newcastle United to not only earn his side a vital three points but also move them

away from the relegation zone and also gave new Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat his

first Premier League win and most importantly bragging rights against their

rivals.

Show Schedule – CBS News

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012

Defense Secretary Panetta – He’s balanced the budget, run the CIA and eliminated Osama bin Laden. Tom Anderson and Coleman Cowan are the producers. Alison Stewart reports. Watch it now

The Secret Language of Elephants -Researchers listening to elephant sounds and observing their behavior are compiling an elephant dictionary. Bob Simon reports. Deirdre Naphin is the producer. Athos. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT.

The Gambler – Las Vegas sports betting legend Billy Walters has never had a losing year – a winning a streak that’s made odds makers call him the “most dangerous sports bettor in Nevada.” Lara Logan reports. Watch it now

Alone on the wall – “60 Minutes” cameras capture a feat never documented before: viewers will see Alex Honnold scale a 1,600-ft. Louis Cardinals’ slugger one of the top 10 players in baseball history. Ira Rosen is the producer. Tom Anderson is the producer. Ira Rosen is the producer. Radliffe II, Jeff Newton and Amjad Tadros are the producers. Bob Simon reports. 27, 2011

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Madoff – In their first interview about the crimes of Bernard Madoff, the son and the wife of the man who scammed billions of dollars provide the first inside account from the immediate family. Scott Pelley reports. Harry Radliffe and Michael Karzis are the producers. Watch it now

Jake – At 13 years old, Jake Barnett is already attending college and tutoring his much older “peers.” In fact, the math and science prodigy was acing college courses when he was just eight and hopes to use his gift to change the world someday. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JAN. Andy Court, Kevin Livelli and Maria Usman are the producers. Tom Anderson is the producer. Lesley Stahl profiles music sensation Taylor Swift. Stahl interviews the handful of individuals known to possess the skill, which scientists are only now beginning to study. Shari Finkelstein is the producer. economy and unemployment, and the budget woes in Washington. David Browning is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011

The next housing shock – As more and more Americans face mortgage foreclosure, banks’ crucial ownership documents for the properties are often unclear and are sometimes even bogus – a condition that’s causing lawsuits and hampering an already weak housing market. Lara Logan profiles this still-rising singer whose current album, “Christmas,” is number one. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. Bob Simon reports. Frank Devine is the producer. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011

Greg Mortenson – He’s written inspiring best sellers, including “Three Cups of Tea,” but are the stories all true? Steve Kroft investigates. Watch it now

The Gambler – Las Vegas sports betting legend Bill Walters has never had a losing year – a winning a streak that’s made odds makers call him the “most dangerous sports bettor in Nevada.” Lara Logan reports. Anthony in Jersey City, N.J., doesn’t even have its own gym, but it has Coach Bob Hurley, who has taken the team – now ranked number-one in the nation – to 24 state championships. and most of the world’s countries limp along after the crippling recession, Brazil is off and running with jobs, industry, and resources. attempt to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism aimed at him for publishing classified documents. Tom Anderson is the producer. Scott Pelley reports. Lara Logan reports. Lesley Stahl reports. Anthony – Tiny Catholic high school St. David Schneider is the producer. Watch it now

Lady Gaga – With her outrageous costumes and mega-hit dance songs, Lady Gaga has become the world’s most talked about entertainer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011

Greg Mortenson – He’s written inspiring best sellers, including “Three Cups of Tea,” but are the stories all true? Steve Kroft investigates. Watch it now

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

The counter terrorism bureau – Scott Pelley brings viewers on a personal tour conducted by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly of what may be the world’s most sophisticated terror defense forces – the New York City Police Department’s counter terrorism unit. Morley Safer tags along as Marsalis and his musicians make the scene in London and then go to Havana for a spicy Afro-Cuban musical treat. Watch it now

Wynton – Jazz missionary Wynton Marsalis shares his love of America’s most distinctive art form by taking his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra around the world. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JAN. Tom Anderson, Andy Court, Harry A. Morley Safer reports. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011

Shaleionaires – While some complain that extracting natural gas from shale rock formations is tainting their water supply, others who have allowed drilling on their property are getting wealthy and becoming “shaleionaires.” Lesley Stahl reports. Morley Safer reports. Andy Court and Michael Radutzky are the producers. Watch it now

SUNDAY, FEB. Robert Anderson, Pat Milton and Nicole Young are the producers. Athos. PT

Descent Into Madness – 60 MINUTES talks to Jared Loughner’s friends and classmates and to ex-Secret Service, to reconstruct the pathway to mass murder he allegedly took in Tucson – a pattern this agent who once guarded the president could write a textbook about. Louis Cardinals’ slugger one of the top 10 players in baseball history. Warren Lustig is the producer. Mary Walsh and Tadd Lascari are the producers. Henry Schuster is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011

Steve Jobs – In his first interview about the visionary Apple CEO, biographer Walter Isaacson reveals the private Steve Jobs few knew. Watch it now

21st Century Snake Oil – 60 MINUTES hidden cameras expose medical conmen who prey on dying victims by using pitches that capitalize on the promise of stem cells to cure almost any disease. Watch it now

Anna Wintour -The sunglasses come off the high-queen of haute couture in this rare and unprecedented interview, in which the Vogue editor reveals why she always wears them and much more to Morley Safer in her first long-length interview for U.S. Watch it now

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011

Mount Athos – Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years. But to people with Down syndrome and the poor of his native Dominican Republic who he helps, he means a lot more than home runs and RBI. David Gelber, Sam Hornblower and Michael Radutzky are the producers. Bob Simon reports. Graham Messick and Sumi Aggarwal are the producers. The ranchers who breed them claim to be preserving them, a notion animal rights people strongly disagree with. He’s given away over $2 billion and plans on leaving even more to charity before he dies. Watch it now

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011

Prosecuting Wall Street – Two whistleblowers tell Steve Kroft that their warnings about fraudulent and substandard mortgages were ignored by their companies, offering a rare window into the root causes of the subprime mortgage meltdown still holding back the struggling U.S economy. Scott Pelley reports on one man offering to treat cerebral palsy who a respected stem cell researcher says could be endangering patients. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

Silver or Lead – Byron Pitts reports on the murder of the mayor of a Mexican city, where powerful drug gangs seem to be giving authorities a choice of “silver or lead” – join us and we will pay you or don’t and we’ll kill you. John Hamlin is the producer. Clem Taylor is the producer. Deirdre Naphin is the producer.Watch it now

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

The Speed Traders – Steve Kroft gets a rare look inside the secretive world “high-frequency trading,” a controversial technique the SEC is scrutinizing in which computers can make thousands of stock trades in less than a second. Scott Pelley reports. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Max McClellan and Jeff Newton are the producers. Watch it now

Lara Logan – In her first television interview since being sexually assaulted two months ago, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent and 60 MINUTES reporter reveals what happened to her in Tahrir Square in an interview with Scott Pelley. Watch it now

Sovereign Citizens – Anti-government American extremists who don’t pay taxes and ignore requirements like social security cards and drivers licenses are on the rise. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT Watch it now

Apps for autism – Autistic people whose condition prevents them from speaking are making breakthroughs with the help of tablet computers and special applications that allow them to communicate, some for the first time. Steve Kroft reports on “Top Gear,” whose witty humor, outrageous speed, destructive vehicle stunts and car reviews attract an estimated weekly worldwide audience of 350 million according to the BBC. Watch it now

The 33 – Four months after 33 Chilean miners were rescued from a half-mile underground, where they lived in daily fear of death for over two months, psychologists say all but one of them have experienced serious mental stress. Draggan Mihailovich and Frank Devine are the producers. Henry Schuster is the producer. Watch it now

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Freeman Hrabowski – University President Freeman Hrabowski has turned the University of Maryland Baltimore County into a well-known producer of outstanding scientists and engineers, many of whom are minorities. Jeff Newton is the producer. David Schneider and Joyce Gesundheit are the producers. Lesley Stahl interviews Andrew Mason. Morley Safer and “60 Minutes” cameras get to see the best of the best. Watch it now

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011

The Lobbyist’s Playbook – Jack Abramoff, the ex-lobbyist and now ex-convict at the center of the biggest Washington corruption scandal in decades gives his first television interview to Lesley Stahl. Watch it now

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011

The jobs czar – Can General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, whose company has been racking up big profits overseas, help create jobs in America? Lesley Stahl interviews the man President Obama chose to lead the crucial quest for more American jobs. Dr. Watch it now

Afghanistan’s Top Spy – The former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence says Pakistan has supported the Taliban for years and in 2007, he says, his information pinpointed Osama bin Laden 12 miles from where American forces killed him last week. Howard L. CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports. Lara Logan profiles Wahlberg as he prepares for his most challenging role: a boxer. Harry Radliffe is the producer. But to people with Down syndrome and the poor of his native Dominican Republic that he helps, he means a lot more than home runs and RBI. Watch it now

Medal of Honor – The first living soldier to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War tells Lara Logan in an emotional interview just what he did to be awarded the nation’s highest combat honor and how the recognition makes him uncomfortable. Scott Pelley reports. Shachar-Bar-On is the producer. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Byron Pitts reports on the “Migrant Stream” and the families who are part of it whose children work alongside them in the fields for minimum wage. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012

One Child at a Time – Wars can literally shatter children’s lives and Elissa Montanti is on a mission to make some of them whole again through a network of volunteers. Scott Pelley follows the progress of one of them, a badly maimed Iraqi boy. vs. Shachar-Bar-On is the producer. Drake (8 p.m. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Curve Ball – Bob Simon interviews the Iraqi defector code-named “Curve Ball” – first identified by 60 MINUTES three years ago – whose false tale of a mobile, biological weapons program was the chief justification for invading Iraq. Watch it now

Top Gear – A quirky British television show about cars has become a hit almost everywhere but the U.S. Watch it now

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Gardens of the Queen – “60 Minutes” cameras take viewers on an underwater adventure off the Cuban coast to one of the world’s most pristine and vibrant coral reefs. Scott Pelley reports. Frank Devine and Michael Radutzky are the producers. 9, 2011

The Big Gamble – Lesley Stahl reports on the proliferation of gambling to 38 states and its main attraction, the slot machine, newer versions of which some scientists believe may addict their players. Watch it now

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Remembering 9/11 -Ground Zero responders relive their haunting experiences on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for a “60 Minutes” segment about their road to recovery and the doctor who is preserving their oral histories. Scott Pelley reports. Watch it now

The New Tax Havens – American companies are finding new overseas tax havens to legally protect some of their profits from the U.S. Robert Anderson is the producer. Watch it now

In Search Of The Jaguar – 60 MINUTES went in search of the most elusive of all of nature’s big cats, the jaguar, and captured amazing footage of them in the Brazilian jungle. Watch it now

The Most Expensive Food in the World – European white truffles can sell for as much as $3,600 a pound. Tanya Simon and Catherine Herrick are the producers. Michael Radutzky and Frank Devine are the producers. Scott Pelley reports. Watch it now

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

“I’ve never seen the like” – After many requests for help from his ambushed unit were denied, Dakota Meyer took matters into his own hands, going through a gauntlet of Taliban fire five times to try and save his trapped comrades. John Hamlin is the producer. Michael Gavshon and Paul Bellinger are the producers. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JAN. Bob Simon reports. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. Draggan Mihailovich and Nathalie Sommer are the producers. Tom Anderson is the producer. David Browning is the producer. Watch it now

The Sage of St. Ruth Streeter is the producer.

The player – He doesn’t put on the pads or walk the sidelines, but Drew Rosenhaus, the agent who represents the most NFL players, is a force to be reckoned with — even if he has to say so himself. Michael Gavshon and Drew Magratten are the producers. Tom Anderson and Coleman Cowan are the producers. David Schneider is the producer. Graham Messick and Sumi Aggarwal are the producers. David Martin reports. Scott Pelley follows the progress of one of them, a badly maimed Iraqi boy. Jenny Dubin is the producer. David Browning is the producer. Andy Court and Anya Bourg are the producers. Dolan discusses the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, his current mission and the state of the church in America. Lesley Stahl reports. Watch it now

Jane Goodall -Jane Goodall brings Lara Logan and 60 MINUTES cameras back to the forests of Tanzania, where she began her love affair with chimpanzees 50 years ago, to remind the public that chimps are endangered. David Browning and Diane Beasley are the producers. Rebecca Peterson is the producer. Scott Pelley reports. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012

The Majority Leader – Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his life and the recent bipartisan wars in Congress. 6 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.. The former FBI agent reveals himself for the first time and talks about his interrogations in an interview with Lara Logan. Watch it now

Hitchens – Steve Kroft profiles Vanity Fair columnist, author and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens, for whom nothing is off-limits when making his wry and often outrageous observations, including the cancer he is suffering from. Anderson Cooper reports. Tom Anderson is the producer. 6, 2011

“60 MINUTES PRESENTS: GOTTI”

A SPECIAL HOUR WITH THE FIRST EXTENDED INTERVIEW OF JOHN GOTTI, JR.

John Gotti, Jr. Byron Pitts reports. Morley Safer and “60 Minutes” cameras get to see the best of the best. Watch it now

Silver Or Lead – Byron Pitts reports on the murder of the mayor of a Mexican city, where powerful drug gangs seem to be giving authorities a choice of “silver or lead” – join us and we will pay you or don’t and we’ll kill you. David Schneider is the producer. Watch it now

Dolly – Dolly Parton, the oh-so-country music superstar with the city-slicker sense of show business talks to Morley Safer about her childhood, her career and the Broadway production of her film, “9 to 5.” David Browning and Diane Beasley are the producers.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011

Insiders – Steve Kroft reports on how America’s lawmakers can legally buy stock based on non-public information. Watch it now

Brazil -As the U.S. Kyra Darnton, Sam Hornblower and Michael Radutzky are the producers. Watch it now

The 33 – Three months after 33 Chilean miners were rescued from a half-mile underground – where they lived in daily fear of death for 69 days – psychologists say more than 20 of them are experiencing serious mental stress. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. Watch it now

Parker and Stone – Steve Kroft talks to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of Comedy Central’s “South Park” and gets to watch the process that each week produces another scathing and hilarious episode for the biggest hit on basic cable television. Denise Schrier Cetta is the producer. Watch it now

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Howard Buffett – Legendary investor Warren Buffett has chosen his son Howard to succeed him as head of his multibillion dollar holding company. David Browning is the producer. Morley Safer reports on this fascinating industry that food manufacturers depend on, but which critics say make some people dependent on less-than-healthy food choices. Katy Textor is the producer. But harvests are down and a black market has emerged that has allowed an influx of inferior and cheap Chinese truffles that are diluting this lucrative market. Watch it now

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Gospel for Teens – Lesley Stahl spends a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem and her students as they learn to sing this original American art form and build the confidence and character it inspires. Gen. Lara Logan reports. Max McClellan and Jeff Newton are the producers. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011

Resurrecting Eden – In Southern Iraq where many biblical scholars place the Garden of Eden, Scott Pelley finds a water world where the “Marsh Arabs” are making a comeback after Saddam nearly destroyed the “cradle of civilization.” Jenny Dubin is the producer. Lesley Stahl reports. Watch it now

The murder of an American Nazi – Lesley Stahl reports on the murder of a neo-Nazi leader and captures a growing subculture of hate playing out in America’s backyards and alongside the border – where neo-Nazis patrol in order to keep illegal immigrants out. David Schneider is the producer. Oriana Zill and Michael Rey are the producers.

City of David – Lesley Stahl reports from under the city of Jerusalem from a controversial archeological dig that has become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. Watch it now

The Flavorists – Meet the scientists behind the real and artificial flavors that make foods and beverages so tasty. Bob Anderson and Nicole Young are the producers. Michael Gavshon and Drew Magratten are the producers. David Schneider is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

The interrogator – Few know more about the 9/11 investigation than Ali Soufan, who questioned members of al Qaeda after the attack. Glenn Silber and Graham Messick are the producers.Watch it now

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2011

The Library – No one is allowed to borrow a book from the Vatican Library except the pope. (This is a double-length segment.) Watch part one

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011

Hard Times Generation – Scott Pelley brings “60 Minutes” cameras back to central Florida to document another level of homelessness – kids and their parents living in cars. Watch it now

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Albert Pujols – His big bat has made the St. Robert Anderson and Daniel Ruetenik are the producers. Robert Anderson and Daniel Ruetenik are the producers. Peter Radovich Jr. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011

Designing Life – Steve Kroft profiles famous microbiologist Craig Venter, whose scientists have already mapped the human genome and created what he calls “the first synthetic species.” Andy Court is the producer. Graham Messick is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011

Afghanistan – As the war in Afghanistan hits 10 years, guerrilla tactics are still exacting a high human toll. Watch it now

Andy Rooney – Morley Safer interviews the iconic commentator about his remarkable career right before Rooney’s last regular appearance on “60 Minutes,” where he has had the final word since 1978. Sal Giunta has now possessed the medal for six months and says he is just as uncomfortable wearing it as he was to be named its recipient. Steve Kroft reports. All rights reserved.

Wynton Marsalis – Jazz missionary Wynton Marsalis shares his love of America’s most distinctive art form by taking his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra around the world. Katie Couric also traveled with the secretary on a five-day mission to the Middle East that included a stop in Iraq. Watch it now

Eminem – Anderson Cooper profiles the chart-topping rapper from Detroit who overcame addiction to reclaim the winning style that made him the biggest selling artist of the past decade. Watch it now

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Mitch Landrieu – The New Orleans mayor talks to Byron Pitts about the city he loves and his efforts to heal wounds it still suffers from corruption and Hurricane Katrina. Watch it now

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011

There Goes the Neighborhood – Recession-fueled foreclosures are causing extremely high vacancy rates in some neighborhoods, ruining the values of the occupied homes and forcing the demolitions of once valuable properties. We return with an all-new show on Sunday, Jan. Watch it now

The co-founder – Lesley Stahl speaks to Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen in his first interview about his upcoming book in which he criticizes his Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates. Shari Finkelstein is the producer. (This is a double-length segment.)

The Many Meryls – Meryl Streep, the two-time Oscar-winner and Grande Dame of American film and stage, sat down with Morley Safer for a rare interview to discuss acting, her career and her latest leading role as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. James Jacoby is the producer. Watch it now

Spy on the Ice – Bob Simon reports on the latest “spy-cam” techniques used by wildlife filmmakers to show animals – in this case, polar bears – up-close and in a way audiences have never seen them before. Lara Logan interviews the 26-year-old about his technique and his sport- where there can be no mistakes. Watch it now

Stealing America’s Secrets – 60 MINUTES has obtained an FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy that offers a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrates how China’s spying may pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.. Shari Finkelstein is the producer. Frank Devine is the producer. Henry Schuster is the producer. Lesley Stahl reports. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT.

The Archbishop – In a wide-ranging interview with Morley Safer, New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Ruth Madoff and son Andrew tell Morley Safer how Madoff confessed his crimes to them, their reaction and the subsequent family strife of the past three years. military says keep coming from their sanctuary in Pakistan. For the first time, former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton reveals details to Scott Pelley never heard in public before of how and when he and some of the former members of the U.S. Watch it now

Mount Athos – Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years. Mary Walsh is the producer. Ruth Streeter is the producer. Bragg, Calif., took on a new and powerful meaning after Otsuchi was inundated by the tsunami last winter. Watch it now

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The special hour includes stories about his father, the late John “Teflon Don” Gotti; being “made” a member of his father’s crime family; feelings about his privacy now; his own daily worries about being “whacked”; and the one thing that made his legendary crime-boss father weep.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011

The Murder of Louis Allen – Steve Kroft’s 18-month investigation into a 47-yr.old murder in a Mississippi town sheds light on an unsolved civil rights killing near the top of the FBI’s list. (This is a double-length segment.) Watch part one

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Big Game Hunting – The same kinds of exotic, sometimes endangered, species found in places like Africa can be hunted here in the U.S. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. Karen Sughrue and Julie Holstein are the producers. Karen Sughrue is the producer. Cameras capture the monastic life, including chanting, prayers, rituals, and the priceless relics and icons from the Byzantine Empire stored on The Holy Mountain, Mt. Dolan discusses the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church, his current mission and the state of the church in America. Watch it now

Marine Brothers – Lara Logan reports on five sets of brothers in the Marine Reserves who fought for the right to be on the front line of combat in Afghanistan with their siblings. His efforts earned him the Medal of Honor. Watch it now

Yemen – Steve Kroft reports on the U.S.’s new partner in the war on terror, Yemen, a known al Qaeda hideout and recently the source of several explosive packages sent to America. Shari Finkelstein is the producer. David Martin reports. Watch it now

The N-word – A Southern publisher’s sanitized edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the N-word with “slave” over 200 times is the focal point for a debate on the use of the controversial word in American society. Watch it now

The Pledge – Steve Kroft takes a look at Grover Norquist, the man many blame for holding up the deficit-reduction process because of the anti-tax pledges he has obtained from nearly all the Republican politicians in Washington. Ruth Streeter is the producer. Jeff Newton is the producer. Ira Rosen and Gabrielle Schonder are the producers. Watch it now

Zenyatta – With the greatest American horse race coming up next week in Kentucky, 60 MINUTES takes another look at one of the greatest American thoroughbreds ever to grace a track – the nearly undefeated Zenyatta. Scott Pelley reports. Harry Radliffe and Michael Karzis are the producers. Bob Simon reports. 30.

Children in the Fields (8 p.m. Shachar Bar-On and Meghan Frank are the producers. Warren Lustig is the producer. Andrew Metz is the producer. Deirdre Naphin and Katy Textor are the producers. Robert Anderson, Henry Schuster, Nicole Young and Daniel Ruetenik are the producers. Ruth Streeter is the producer. Watch it now

Operation Proper Exit – This unique program takes wounded warriors back to the battlefield in an effort to provide closure that often leads to better lives for these veterans and their families. Lara Logan interviews Honnold about his skills and his unique sport where there can be no mistakes. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

The big gamble – Lesley Stahl reports on the proliferation of gambling to 38 states and its main attraction, the slot machine, newer versions of which some scientists believe may addict their players. Scott Pelley reports. Draggan Mihailovich and Nathalie Sommer are the producers. Scott Pelley reports. Tanya Simon and Catherine Herrick are the producers. Produced by Ira Rosen and Joel Bach. Watch it now

Counterfeit Drugs – 60 MINUTES’ nine-month investigation of counterfeit prescription drugs reveals how the dangerous and sometimes deadly fakes get into the nation’s drug pipeline. Clem Taylor is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

The Soldiers’ Secretary – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his first interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden. Watch it now

Taylor Swift – She writes and sings all her own songs, sells millions of records and she’s just 21 years old. But as Steve Kroft reports, they are very much alive when it comes to earning money for their estates. 20, 2011

Scott Brown: Against All Odds – The Massachusetts senator describes his traumatic childhood, including revelations of sexual and physical abuse. Watch it now

Mark Wahlberg – From street thug, to rapper to actor and now producer, Mark Wahlberg has reinvented himself to the top of the Hollywood heap. Watch it now

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011

The Next Housing Shock – As more and more Americans face mortgage foreclosure, banks’ crucial ownership documents for the properties are often unclear and are sometimes even bogus – a condition that’s causing lawsuits and hampering an already weak housing market. Watch it now

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The Great Migration – Scott Pelley visits Kenya, the site of the great wildebeest migration, and looks at the threats to this natural spectacle comprised of over a million animals. Watch it now

Lady Gaga – With her outrageous costumes and mega hit dance songs, Lady Gaga has become the world’s most talked about entertainer. Karen Sughrue is the producer. troops will need to be there longer than most Americans thought. Frank Devine is the producer. Jobs also tells his story in his own words, as Isaacson recorded some of the over 40 interviews he conducted with him. Watch it now

Taser – The non-lethal device has saved many lives and prevented serious injury to suspects and police say its law enforcement advocates, but a new study says some authorities use it too quickly, causing unnecessary pain and sometimes death. Watch it now

Spy on the ice – Bob Simon reports on the latest “spy-cam” techniques used by wildlife filmmakers to show animals – in this case, polar bears – up-close and in a way audiences have never seen them before. for a price. Tanya Simon is the producer. Watch it now

The Perfect Score – In his first interview about his criminal fraud, Sam Eshaghoff tells how he was able to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams for others who paid him up to $2,500 per test. Watch it now

The Commissioner – He presides over the most successful entertainment business in America, the wildly popular NFL. Harry Radliffe is the producer.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2012

Stem Cell Fraud – Stem cells still have not proven to be the panacea many claimed they could be, yet the Internet is alive with stem cells for sale to treat incurable illnesses. Rosenberg and Tanya Simon are the producers. Robert Anderson and Daniel Ruetenik are the producers. Watch it now

SUNDAY, May 29, 2011

“60 Minutes Presents: Honoring Our Soldiers,” A Memorial Day Weekend Special

Andy Rooney – A tribute segment by Morley Safer to beloved “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, who died November 4th at the age of 92. Scott Pelley reports on an annual encampment in San Diego where veterans can find hope, help and services. Michael Gavshon is the producer. attempt to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism aimed at him for publishing classified documents. Bob Simon reports. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. Byron Pitts reports. Watch it now

The Archbishop – In a wide-ranging interview with Morley Safer, New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Henry Schuster is the producer. For Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with bone cancer while he was a football star at Boston College, living meant playing football in the NFL. Scott Pelley reports. Clem Taylor is the producer. Watch it now

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Hard Times Generation – For some children, socializing and learning in school are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at budget motels for children who’ve lost their homes. Max McClellan is the producer.

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The new tax havens – American companies are finding new overseas tax havens to legally protect some of their profits from the U.S. Max McClellan is the producer. Henry Schuster, Nicole Young and Jenny Dubin are the producers. Steve Kroft reports. Cameras capture the monastic life, including chanting, prayers, rituals, and the priceless relics and icons from the Byzantine Empire stored on “The Holy Mountain,” Mt. Watch it now

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012

Groupon – In his first major interview since taking the multibillion dollar Internet company public late last year, the founder and CEO of online daily deals site Groupon talks about the company Forbes called the fastest growing in the world. Andy Court is the producer. Byron Pitts reports. Anderson Cooper reports. Watch it now

The Library – No one is allowed to borrow a book from the Vatican Library – except the pope. Howard L. ET/PT) – In agriculture, children as young as 12 are allowed to work unlimited hours outside of school. Leslie Cockburn is the producer. Robert Anderson, Daniel Ruetenik and Nicole Young are the producers. David Browning and Diane Beasley are the producers. Bob Simon reports. Katie Couric reports. Lara Logan reports. Watch it now

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

The Spark – Bob Simon reports from Tunisia, where protests against the repressive government not only toppled its autocratic ruler, but sparked the uprising in Egypt that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign. Watch it now

The FBI and The Grim Reaper (7 p.m. tax rate of 35 percent – among the highest in the world. Byron Pitts reports. ET/PT) – A former teammate of perhaps the world’s greatest cyclist, Lance Armstrong, says he used banned performance-enhancing substances with Armstrong to cheat in pro races, including the Tour de France, the sport’s ultimate event. Watch it now

The life and death of Vincent van Gogh – His paintings are among the most well-known in the world, just like the story of his life and death: Vincent van Gogh was a troubled genius who killed himself. Watch it now

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Christine Lagarde – Thrust into the breach during one of the worst economic crises in decades, Christine Lagarde, the new head of the International Monetary Fund, has become one of the world’s most powerful women. Shari Finkelstein and Meghan Frank are the producers. Watch it now

Endless Memory – Lesley Stahl reports on the recently discovered phenomenon of “superior autobiographical memory,” the ability to recall nearly every day of one’s life. 13, 2011

New Age Revolution – Harry Smith reports on the latest events from Egypt, including an in-depth interview with Wael Ghonim. Postal Service team led by Armstrong used banned substances, including EPO and testosterone, to gain an advantage in races that Armstrong won. Watch it now

All-American – Beating the odds in a fight against a deadly cancer for most people would mean staying alive. Graham Messick and Ashley Velie are the producers. 16, 2011

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

WikiLeaks – Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, speaks to Steve Kroft about the U.S. Morley Safer and “60 Minutes” cameras get to see the best of the best. Robert Anderson, Daniel Ruetenik and Nicole Young are the producers. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011

Hard Times Generation – For some children, socializing and learning in school are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at budget motels for children who’ve lost their homes. Now the disrespectful duo also have the biggest hit on Broadway, the musical comedy “The Book Of Mormon.” Graham Messick is the producer. Scott Pelley reports. ET/PT) – Tom Drake, a former National Security Agency senior executive indicted last year for espionage after leaking to the media allegations that the nation’s largest intelligence organization had committed fraud, waste and abuse will appear in his first television interview. Beckett Brennan says the University of the Pacific’s board bungled her case, spurring her to come forward to say she was sexually assaulted by three of the school’s athletes. tax rate of 35 percent, among the highest in the world. David Schneider is the producer. He reveals how he was able to influence politicians and why, despite reform, such influence buying continues. Watch it now

A Living For The Dead – Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis are dead and so is Michael Jackson. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011

Japan – Scott Pelley reports on the American team working to avert nuclear disaster in Japan after the tsunami crippled a power plant. v. ET/PT) – A former FBI agent says he considered his star Mafia informant – a hit man nicknamed “The Grim Reaper” – a friend and did not investigate when this informant let him know he had killed a rival mobster. Tom Anderson is the producer. ET/PT) – The former street activist has tempered his style, become friends of the president and broadened his civil rights activism to include causes like immigration and same-sex marriage. Called sovereign citizens, some have become violent and the FBI considers them a domestic terror threat. Watch it now

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011

After the wave – The relationship between the Japanese town of Otsuchi and its “sister city” Ft. Steve Kroft reports. Ira Rosen is the producer. Produced by Michael Gavshon. Michael Gavshon and Drew Magratten are the producers.Watch it now

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011

The Murder of Louis Allen – Steve Kroft’s 18-month investigation into a 47-yr.old murder in a Mississippi town sheds light on an unsolved civil rights killing near the top of the FBI’s list. 23, 2011

60 MINUTES will be pre-empted this Sunday, Jan. Steve Kroft gets inside Roger Goodell and his $10 billion business model that continues to practically mint money. “60 MINUTES PRESENTS: Gotti” will be broadcast on Sunday, Feb. Robert Anderson and Daniel Ruetenik are the producers. Watch it now

In Search of Jaguars – “60 Minutes” went in search of the most elusive of all of nature’s big cats, the jaguar, and captured amazing footage of them in the Brazilian jungle. Sanjay Gupta reports. just days before the 1906 earthquake. Bob Simon reports. television. Scott Pelley reports. Watch it now

Resurrecting the extinct -Scientists believe they can sustain endangered species – maybe even one day resurrect some that have died out – using DNA technology. But along with the billionaire’s name that most projects he funds must take, his advice and oftentimes his control are usually part of the deal. Michael Radutzky and Tanya Simon are the producers. Katherine Davis is the producer. But now the authors of a biography say their exhaustive investigation strongly indicates he may not have taken his own life. Graham Messick and Michael Karzis are the producers. Secretary of Defense, with massive responsibilities, including keeping Iran from producing a nuclear bomb. 2, 2011

Bad Medicine – Drug company whistle-blower Cheryl Eckard tells Scott Pelley about her experience trying to fix problems at a pharmaceutical factory that made her a key figure in a federal lawsuit and a multimillionaire. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT.

The King’s Speech – “60 Minutes” talks to its starring actor, Colin Firth, and reports on the historic find in an attic that helped make the “The King’s Speech” an Oscar favorite. Watch it now

Gospel for Teens – Lesley Stahl spends a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem and her students as they learn to sing this original American art form and build the confidence and character it inspires. Watch it now

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SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

The King’s Speech – 60 MINUTES talks to its starring actor, Colin Firth, and reports on the historic find in an attic that helped make the “The King’s Speech” an Oscar favorite. Scott Pelley reports. ET/PT

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Mitch Landrieu – The New Orleans mayor talks to Byron Pitts about the city he loves and his efforts to heal wounds it still suffers from corruption and Hurricane Katrina. Rosenberg and Tanya Simon are the producers. Watch it now

The Many Meryls -Two-time Oscar-winner and Grande Dame of American film and stage Meryl Streep sat down with Morley Safer for a rare interview to discuss acting, her career and her latest leading role – as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Robert Anderson and Nicole Young are the producers. Ruth Streeter is the producer. Max McClellan is the producer. Tom Anderson is the producer. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011

President Obama – President Obama gives his first and only interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden to “60 Minutes.” The president will reveal to Steve Kroft for the first time his thoughts as he watched and listened from the Situation Room of the White House as the commando-style raid on bin Laden’s compound unfolded. Watch it now

The Library – No one is allowed to borrow from the Vatican Library, except the pope. Watch it now

Qatar -The tiny and prosperous Middle Eastern country with no income taxes and free health care is an island of calm in a sea of unrest as neighbors like Syria, Egypt and Bahrain experience social upheaval. Watch it now

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011, 7 and 8 p.m. Morley Safer tags along as Marsalis and his musicians make the scene in London and then go to Havana for a spicy Afro-Cuban musical treat. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT. Watch it now

The Billionaire – Eli Broad sets the standard for philanthropy. Watch it now

Angelina – Bob Simon profiles international film star Angelina Jolie, who has gone behind the camera to direct a film for the first time. Watch it now

Michael Bubl» – He fills concert halls and has sold 35 million albums by covering classic American songs made famous by crooners like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer. Watch it now

One Child At A Time – Wars can literally shatter children’s lives and Elissa Montanti is on a mission to make some of them whole again through a network of volunteers. Morley Safer reports. Lesley Stahl reports. 30, 2011

Wikileaks – Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, speaks to Steve Kroft about the U.S. Watch it now

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011

President Obama – Steve Kroft questions the president on a wide range of critical topics, including his performance in office, the U.S. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Watch it now

Alone on the Wall – “60 Minutes” cameras capture a feat never documented before: viewers will see Alex Honnold scale a 1,600-foot rock wall using nothing more than his hands and feet. Watch it now

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The N-Word – A Southern publisher’s sanitized edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the N-word with “slave” over 200 times is the focal point for a debate on the use of the controversial word in American society. Watch it now

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Stand Down – Some veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan into the recession are finding themselves homeless. Lesley Stahl reports. Shachar Bar-On is the producer. DRAKE – Tom Drake, a former National Security Agency senior executive, was indicted last year for espionage after leaking allegations to the media that the nation’s largest intelligence organization had committed fraud, waste and abuse. Watch it now

The $125,000 Question – Katie Couric reports on an experimental New York City charter school founded on the idea of hiring the best teachers by paying them $125,000, while denying them tenure. Among the revelations: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery on the cancer that eventually killed him a few weeks ago. Watch it now

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English Premier League recap – Buffalo Soccer

And then there’s Aston Villa, who two years ago were legitimate challengers to the top four. They have a ton of depth, and they’re only going to get healthier.

Goal of the week: Easy one this week. They remain out of the relegation zone only because of goal-differential after taking one point away from their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. Steelers, Pats vs. Both United and City share the lead with 45 points after City survived a scare from Wolverhampton, winning 4-3 on the strength of two goals by the Premier League’s leading scorer, Carlos Tevez. Arsenal got a brace from Robin Van Persie and helped to bury West Ham even further into the basement with a 3-0 win over the Hammers.

And you thought Rafael Soriano’s contract was idiotic: Sunderland are perched to sell English international striker Darren Bent to Aston Villa for a staggering £24 million. Carlos Tevez making it look like AYSO vs. The Reds and Blues drew 2-2 after Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty in the 68th minute.

Fulham, who have done just enough to keep themselves outside of the bottom three all season, did it again on Sayurday, earning another lazy 1-1 draw with Wigan. Wolves.

Ravens vs. City struggled to beat Wolves, lost ugly at home to Everton, and they still don’t play with much of an identity. Things were much more tame this time around in the Villa/Birmingham game, but the last time the two took the pitch, riot police had to make an appearance post-game.

Outside of what can now be called the big five (Spurs being the fifth team in the mix), Bolton dropped a 2-0 decision to Stoke City, allowing Sunderland to widen their lead in sixth place after the Black Cats got a 94th minute equalizer from United States’ nemesis, Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan in their 1-1 draw with their hated rivals from Newcastle.. Chelsea got back on the winning track with a 2-0 win over Blackburn. The Blues dominated proceedings, but struggled to convert on their multitude of chances. He’s a freelancer who doesn’t do any one thing great, and tends to be a malcontent if he doesn’t play all 90 minutes, every game.

It’s anybody’s guess: As it stands now, the oddsmakers in England have Manchester City and United as dead-even favorites to win the league, but really, it could be any of the top five. It’s always, ALWAYS classic when Liverpool and the Toffees battle, and Sunday’s game was no different. Villa are desperate to stay out of the relegation zone, but Darren Bent is the equivalent of Carmelo Anthony. Sir Alex and his boys were held to a 0-0 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool and Everton threw down like heavyweights in their Merseyside Derby. United are what they are, and they’ll be a factor all the way through the last weekend, but I’d throw a couple bucks on Arsenal to win the league if you forced me to bet. He will get his numbers no matter where he plays, but he plays outside of the system. Jets? Not bad, but those match-ups don’t come anywhere near the Liverpool/Everton, Aston Villa/Birmingham or Sunderland/Newcastle clashes that the weekend held in the English Premier League.

The top of the table continues to be owned by Manchester

A Look At How Organized Crime Corrupts The ‘Beautiful Game’

Embassy in Sofia as reporting that “Bulgarian soccer clubs are widely believed to be directly or indirectly controlled by organized crime figures who use their teams as a way to legitimize themselves, launder money and make a fast buck.”

“There is a strong link between good governance in the bodies that run sports and the sport organizations’ credibility in the fight against match-fixing,” Schenk wrote in a commentary. and then they could also use the club to launder money,” Forrest said. They did – and one even crashed his car after the match, prompting a police investigation that uncovered the fix.

“It’s liquidity of the markets,” Forrest said. The wave hides the mastermind of the bet. He told the AP that “realistically, there is no way” FIFA can tackle organized crime by itself, saying it needs more help from national law enforcement agencies.

FIFA bans include some elite figures in the sport. “It’s quite cheap to buy a football club because so many of them are failing.”

Criminals are always trying to find the sweet spot between how poorly the players are paid and how much bettors want to wager on a game, Forrest said. Prior to that, she covered FIFA for AP in Zurich. 22 memo, FIFA urged its members to demand that referees tell soccer authorities immediately about “any suspicious situations, contact or information.”

Serbian player Boban Dmitrovic says he saw many instances in his home country where two clubs simply agreed on the outcome in advance.

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Europol, the European Union’s police body, announced last week that it had found 680 “suspicious” games worldwide since 2008, including 380 in Europe.

In 2011, China’s main TV network refused to broadcast the country’s soccer games because match-fixing was so widespread. Interpol organized other raids in 2011 and 2012, but does not make arrests or conduct national investigations itself.

In 2011, Turkey’s venerable Fenerbahce soccer club won 16 of its last 17 national league games to stay in the coveted Champions League – a benefit it estimated as worth $58.5 million a year. has its own sordid history of gambling scandals, from baseball’s Black Sox in the 1919 World Series to a handful of point-shaving schemes in college basketball over the years, to an NBA referee taking money from a professional gambler for inside tips on basketball games, including some that he officiated in 2007.

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Ralf Mutschke, FIFA’s security chief, admits that soccer officials had underestimated the scope of match-fixing. Follow her at snormanculp(at)twitter.com

“This turned my life upside down,” he said. Eaton, the former FIFA expert, has cited an estimated $500 billion a year.

“Right before the match, a note was handed to the players. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., the war on terror relegated the fight against organized crime to a distinct second place, and that allowed gangs “to invest in new areas of the economy with relative impunity for nearly 10 years.”

At least 50 nations in 2012 had match-fixing investigations – almost a quarter of the 209 members of FIFA, soccer’s governing body – involving hundreds of people.

“We do not detect it better,” Eaton said in an interview with the AP. In Italy, a goalkeeper under heavy pressure from organized crime to fix a game in 2010 resorted to drugging several of his teammates so they would play badly. We can say generally that UEFA competitions are very healthy in this respect.”

Officials who govern the sport can’t stop match-fixing by themselves and need the cooperation of law enforcement bodies and governments across borders, said Schenk of Transparency International.

Criminals have realized that it can be vastly easier to shift gambling profits across borders than it is to move contraband.

During the 2010 World Cup, police in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand arrested more than 5,000 people in Interpol-organized raids on nearly 800 illegal gambling dens. In July 2012, Fenerbahce President Aziz Yildirim was convicted of fixing four of those games and bribing to influence the outcome of three others. Right before the game starts, gangs unleash a torrent of bets, sometimes employing hundreds of poor workers on laptops. That’s why fixers don’t try too hard to target the Super Bowl, he says, because “the bribes would be so high to convince the athletes to join.”

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The same scenario applies to early rounds of major tournaments or late-season national leagues, where one team is desperately trying to either win a trophy or avoid being sent down to a lower league. arrogantly happening daily.”

Tainted referees also are believed to be at the heart of one or more games involving South Africa in 2010, with a FIFA report in December finding “compelling evidence” of match-fixing.

An American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks quoted the U.S. “Fixing of matches for criminal gambling fraud purposes is absolutely endemic worldwide … Computer experts working for FIFA and UEFA – the European soccer body – monitor more than 31,000 European games and thousands of international matches every year, trying to sniff out the betting spikes that can reveal corruption.

Criminals have targeted every level of the game: the World Cup, regional tournaments such as the Champions League, high-powered divisions like England’s Premier League and Italy’s Serie A, “friendly” exhibition contests between national teams, all the way down to semipro games in the soccer wilderness.

“As a sportsman, I know I destroyed everything, but at the time I was only thinking about my family and setting things right,” Cizmek said in an interview.

Experts interviewed by The Associated Press believe that figure may be low. One World Cup ticket scandal was linked to the family of a senior FIFA vice president while the former head of Zimbabwe’s soccer federation is accused in a corruption scam.

In 2011, Italian defender Simone Farina turned down a fixer’s offer of $261,500 to throw a game and reported it to police, setting off an investigation that led to scores of arrests. Matches also are rigged to propel a team into a higher-ranking division where it can earn more revenue.

Soccer officials are well aware that repeated match-fixing will undermine the integrity of their sport, driving away sponsors and reducing the billion-dollar value of lucrative TV contracts.

So far, however, sports authorities are “proving to be particularly helpless in the face of the transnational resources” available to organized crime, according to a 2012 study on match-fixing. In Italy alone, a recent rigging scandal is estimated to have produced $2.6 billion for the Camorra and the Mafia crime syndicates, Eaton said.

Match-fixing – where the outcome of a game is determined in advance – is used by gambling rings to make money off bets they know they will win. With the rise of online spot betting – wagers made during the game – criminal gangs can predetermine not only the outcome of the match but also make money on bets like how many goals are scored, when they are scored, or who will take a penalty kick.

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Almost 40 percent of the eastern European players who reported being asked to fix a game also said they had been victims of violence.

“The scale is such that no country can deal with the problem on its own,” said EU Sport Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

Internet betting, emboldened criminal gangs and even the economic downturn have created conditions that make soccer – or football, as the sport is called around the world – a lucrative target.

“Football is in a disastrous state,” said Chris Eaton, director of sport integrity at the International Centre for Sport Security.

Many said they had been approached by match-fixers – an average of 11.9 percent across the region, with spikes in Greece (30 percent) and Kazakhstan (34 percent). They had to cooperate because their careers would be jeopardized,” Dmitrovic told FIFPro, the soccer players’ union.

In the past, the perception was that greedy players were behind match-fixing. “Unless sport organizations are accountable and transparent, they will not have the authority to tackle the problem.”

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Globalization has propelled the fortunes of popular soccer teams like Manchester United and showered millions in TV revenue on clubs that get into tournaments like Europe’s Champions League.

Dmitrovic said when fixed games in Serbia were not going according to plan, corrupt referees would step in with questionable calls to “achieve the desired result.”

Norman-Culp is AP’s Assistant Europe Editor in London. Yet a study of eastern Europe released last year by the FIFPro union portrayed a region where players often are not paid for months but instead are intimidated, blackmailed or beaten up.

“It’s definitely beyond and above the world of sport, above and beyond FIFA,” he said. 15, the South Africa Football Association said Perumal allegedly used tainted referees to manipulate games for betting purposes in 2010.

FIFA earned $2.4 billion in broadcast sales linked to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and already has agreed to $2.3 billion in deals tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The U.K.’s Premier League earned $2.8 billion in broadcast rights for Britain alone in its last multiyear contract. Until recently, no one – including sports regulators – thought to look for corruption in lower-level leagues. Still, given the vast amount of soccer betting, there’s plenty of money to be made.

Match-fixing has been around for decades, of course, and is not limited to soccer. On Dec. That follows 51 worldwide bans last year – 22 of them for life – on players, officials and referees from Croatia, Finland, Guatemala, Italy, Nicaragua, Portugal, South Korea and Turkey.

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“These are real criminals – Italian mafia, Chinese gangs, Russian mafia,” said Sylvia Schenk, a sports expert with corruption watchdog Transparency International.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has proclaimed “zero tolerance” for match-fixing, and FIFA has pledged $27 million to Interpol to fight it. Antonio Conte, coach of the Italian club Juventus – a team whose winning tradition rivals that of baseball’s New York Yankees – returned in December after a four-month ban for failing to report match-fixing.

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson of Ghana says he was offered – but declined – $300,000 to lose a game to the Czech Republic at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Sometimes the threat comes from a teammate. Those situations propel teams upward into a whole new level of revenue or send them tumbling off a financial cliff.

There is also a shift in the traditional match-fixing scenario in which players are paid to lose or referees are paid to make sure one team wins. It was a classic case of a trusted acquaintance approaching a player to throw a match – a method that Forrest’s report says is used often.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of a months-long, multiformat AP examination of how organized crime is corrupting soccer through match-fixing, running over four days this week.

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Known as “the beautiful game” for its grace, athleticism and traditions of fair play, soccer is under threat of becoming a dirty game.

In four nations – the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia and Kazakhstan – at least 43 percent of players said they knew about tainted games in their leagues.

But prices have gone up. The German magazine Stern later reported that $6.9 million was wagered on the Bulgarian game alone.

Both Schenk and FIFA chief Blatter say whistleblowers must also be protected better.

World Cup and European qualifiers that face uneven matchups are key targets because one team may “have no chance of getting into the tournament,” Forrest said in an interview.

Ninety or so minutes later, the bettors hand over their winnings to the boss.

Gambling on sports generates hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and up to 90 percent of that is bet on soccer, Interpol chief Ronald Noble told the AP in an interview. In a Jan. “We don’t say 0.7 is nothing. The report warned that the risk of soccer “falling into decay in the face of repeated scandals is genuine and must not be underestimated.”

“Our global experience is that referees and assistant referees are the primary target of match-fixers,” the memo said.

The growing threat has prompted the European Union’s 27 nations to unite against match-fixing.

The vast majority of the world’s wagering originates in Asia, according to Forrest, but its own bettors shun that continent’s games for those in Europe because Asian soccer has been so corrupt for years.

“The referees always knew what was going on,” he said.. That led to repeated demands by the fixer, a well-known former coach who used to drink at the same bar as Cizmek’s team. Italy’s Calciopoli investigation found it cost up to $516,000 to fix a match in the top league of Serie A; $155,000 for a fix in the second division and $64,500 for a third-division fixed match.

Cizmek – the Croatian player who said he took $26,100 but handed back all but about $650 to police – says his scars from match-fixing will last a lifetime.

Because scoring in soccer is so low, its referees have an outsized influence on the game. “How could I look them in the eye if I said yes? What kind of husband and father would I be?”

As former Balkan warlords and Chinese businessmen have discovered, owning a club means players don’t need to be paid extra to fix matches; they can just be ordered to lose. Last year, two former heads of China’s soccer federation were sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison.

FIFA banned the six eastern European officials involved in those games for life.

FIFA has estimated that organized crime takes in as much as $15 billion a year by fixing matches. If there is live wagering – on what the score will be at halftime or other topics – several bets can be made on the same fixed game.

Former player Mario Cizmek of Croatia says he agreed to fix one match in 2011 after he and his teammates had not been paid by his club for more than a year. In Russia – host of the 2018 World Cup – about 10 percent of players had been approached to throw a game.

Match-fixing has also branched out from traditional hotbeds of corruption – Asia and the Balkans – to places like Canada, Finland and Norway, which rank among the least corrupt nations in the world. Sportradar, a company in London that monitors global sports betting, estimates that about 300 soccer games a year in Europe alone could be rigged.

Noble, the Interpol chief, agreed.

In 2011, two friendly matches in the Turkish beach resort of Antalya – one between Bolivia and Latvia, the other between Bulgaria and Estonia – appeared suspicious when all seven goals came from penalty kicks awarded by referees. Despite being honored by FIFA, he found himself shunned by many in Italy who considered him a snitch.

Eaton attributes the surge in match-fixing to an exponential rise in online gambling – “at least 500 percent, and likely far more” – in the last decade.

“It is a small problem, but it’s like a cancer,” Infantino said. We say 0.7 is 0.7 too much. In most sports, the bet you can make is too small.”

This “chairman-to-chairman method” of match-fixing is still common in Russia, Albania and the Balkan nations, according to Forrest’s sports corruption report.

These live bets can “be particularly advantageous for criminals,” according to Forrest’s report, because they increase the number of wagers placed on the same fixed game.

Some top soccer officials shy away from the dire warnings of academics and law enforcement officials. “There’s just more to detect.”

FIFA has been trying to improve its referee ranks with more training and taking proactive measures such as paying referees with checks instead of cash.

Schenk and the players’ union say soccer authorities must also make sure their own ranks are free of corruption. UEFA chief Gianni Infantino said in a statement that, on average, 203 games – 0.7 percent of the matches that UEFA monitors a year – show some signs of irregularities, “which does not mean they are fixed.”

In Finland, eight African players with ties to a Singapore crime gang were banned in 2012 for match-fixing. It has also infected sports like cricket, tennis, horse racing and even volleyball. “You can make serious money only if you can put on (bet) serious money. Their handler, Wilson Raj Perumal, was convicted of fixing games in Finland and is being investigated for allegedly fixing other matches in Europe and Africa. Membership in Europe’s Champions League is worth nearly $60 million a year to each team, according to a lawsuit filed by the Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Forrest’s report said that after the Sept. “It’s fair to say we haven’t caught up to the scale of the problem.”

Zimbabwe’s national team players were threatened at gunpoint in the dressing room and ordered to lose matches by their own soccer officials in 2009, the country’s new federation chief, Jonathan Mashingaidze, said in an interview in December.

Now broke, unemployed and divorced, Cizmek has been sentenced to 10 months in jail by a court in Zagreb.

Still, nothing approaches the scale of the match-fixing allegations now hitting soccer, because of the sheer number of games played and the enormous Asian betting interest in European games, according to David Forrest, an economist at the U.K.’s University of Salford Business School, one of the co-authors of the 2012 report.

ZURICH — Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world’s most popular sport.

Experts say a typical scenario can go like this: Bookies set the odds for a game, not knowing it has been fixed. “I should have just taken my football shoes and hung them on the wall and said `Thank you, guys’ and gone on to do something else.”

Yildirim was one of 93 people who went on trial in Turkey last year for match-fixing – and only 14 of them were players.

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The total amount of money generated by sports betting would equal the gross domestic product of Switzerland, ranked 19th in the world.

In Croatia, court documents show that first-league games in 2010 could be fixed for as little as $25,600.

“I said no because my immediate thoughts were of my wife, son and daughter,” Farina said. He did it by promising rival players a roster spot or arranging for referees who would favor his team.

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“There is an increasing worry about gangs taking over football clubs as a way to further match-fixing … The U.S. Corrupt team officials have also dangled career advancement instead of money before vulnerable young players.

John Leicester in Paris, Graham Dunbar in Geneva, Gerard Imray in Johannesburg, Mike Corder in Amsterdam and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Nicosia, Cyprus, contributed to this report.

In January alone, FIFA banned 41 players in South Korea from soccer for life due to match-fixing

What are your English Premier League predictions for 09/10 season?

I think he’ll do a very good job. It’ll be interesting to see how he deals with all the high-profile exits from his squad and if he can end a long wait for trophies. – Player: Zhirkov will be interesting to watch, given some of his exploits (That goal against Hamburg was awesome!). Unlike last season, where the promise was there but no goods delivered, Chelsea will conquer England and Europe.

- Manager: I’d say Ancelotti but as I already chose Chelsea as the club to beat, I’d choose Wenger. I think United and Arsenal will finish third and fourth (not respectively).

- City have a rich strike force and they will get goals, but no place in the CL. 5th place would be realistic.

- Liverpool will push Chelsea, but the loss of Alonso will tell at some point in the season, especially in the big games, and those crucial points hand the title to Chelsea.

- Club: Chelsea. Arsenal to win the Carling Cup.. Arshavin might also stamp his class on the league now that he’s given a full season with no cup-ties to get in the way.

- Losing Ronaldo and Tevez and bringing in Owen and Valencia – Not good enough

Hong Kong For Beginners by Ramon van Meer

Or London with lots and lots and lots of Chinese folks. Most of the time, it is achievable to pay for almost any amount for a hotel room or hostel bed in Hong Kong, based on your funds.

Hong Kong’s weather is virtually always moderate, and can get quite hot and humid throughout the summer. The very best time of year to go to Hong Kong is throughout the autumn, winter and spring while the temperatures are most liveable. From small noodle joints to upscale French restaurant, you’ll locate all sorts of restaurant, eating hall and snack stall on earth in Hong Kong. While a fair enough statement, that still does not do Hong Kong justice, with its myriad of various cultures and lifestyles and cuisines.

It’s ideal to carry light and portable garments that breathes and is relaxing for a day of jogging. Regardless of whether on your 1st visit or your 10th, you can undoubtedly be impressed and astounded through the city’s pulsing existence, hurried pace and frenzy of distinct lifestyles. Your best bet is to catch one of the city’s old street trolleys to Happy Valley

. The very first stop for most visitors is a trip up Victoria Peak Tram, a historic funicular railway that carries people on a near-vertical ascent up to Victoria Peak, the highest point in the city overlooking Hong Kong’s amazing skyline.

What to see

Hong Kong also offers an array of significant museums, or if you’re seeking something a bit more spiritual, you might consider the intense journey up to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin, where by countless stairs lead you past hundreds of golden buddha statues to a hilltop monastery.

In Hong Kong’s fashionable Soho area, a series of small avenues stacked upon each other bursting with adorable stores, small dining establishments along with attractive buildings, you might also want to take a ride on the world’s longest escalator, Central-Mid-Levels-Escalator.

Getting Around

Where to stay

Getting to the city is quick, too, with a lot of cheap flights to Hong Kong from most major world cities, including Europe and North America.

Racecourse, where you can certainly watch young horses race on grass under the dim sparkle of tall skyscrapers.

Just what to eat

There are 2 effortless transport possibilities in Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and your own 2 feet. On Hong Kong Island, especially in Soho and Central, there are many trendy international restaurants for discerning food lovers.

Hong Kong is also a shopper’s paradise. When booking these kinds of accommodations, make certain you receive confirmation of your bed and be sure to check out the facilities before you pay, mainly because some are fairly grotty.

There is only one thing much better than shopping in Hong Kong, and that is eating. With these 2 tools at your disposal, you can certainly see literally all of Hong Kong. From the boutiques in Soho to the upmarket foreign brand merchants and multi-level department stores in Causeway Bay or perhaps the funky local markets on the Kowloon side of the city, you can more or less discover nearly anything you happen to be after – in most cases at a great price!

What to see in Hong Kong would depend largely on your passions. When you first arrive, you may certainly desire to pick up an Octopus Card, the city’s mass transit refill card which allows you to swipe onto any of the public transport alternatives in Hong Kong, which includes buses and trains. Summer season can be really humid and hot in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is really one of the world’s excellent cities. This is much like the Oyster Card in London.

Upscale choices range from major international hotel brands to local boutique hotels. When you plan to travel during the winter, ensure that you bring at least a light jacket or coat in case of a cold spell.

When to go and exactly what to pack

You may possibly also desire to test Hong Kong’s vivid horse racing tradition. The Kowloon peninsula, specifically the Mong Kok neighborhood, is a destination for local Hong Kong restaurants and snack stalls offering a variety of strange and crazy bites to eat. Hong Kong is one of the world’s true global metropolises – a kind of Gotham City for Asia where pretty much everything you need – be it American donuts or Australian Shiraz – is actually obtainable.

When talking about Hong Kong to pals that have not been there, I always state that it is like London plonked down in the middle of Asia. The majority of Hong Kong’s budget hotel choices can be found along Nathan Road, where some high-raised buildings house youth hostels and guesthouses run by nearby families

Tottenham shock world football with surprise sacking of Harry Redknapp – National Soccer

That’s life, we all move on.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy made statement in the Telegraph that the decision to relieve Redknapp was one that was come to with a heavy heart:

The manager was quoted in the Guardian from his morning interview on BBC Radio Five Live in regards to his surprise firing:

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Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.

Despite his best achievement with the club being as the 2009 Carling Cup runners-up, the club was continuing to go in the right direction under Redknapp. I don’t spend my life holding grudges, thinking about what could have been. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.

However, Redknapp will unlikely return with a happy heart anytime soon. All you can do is leave the club in a better state than you found it and I did that, for sure.

We finished fourth and were unlucky at the end, but I think the same outcome would have happened. Two time UEFA Champions League qualifiers and consistent threat to the English Premier League’s biggest sides all showed the progress Redknapp had been making each consecutive season.

This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. But that is football.

It’s always disappointing but that’s football. That’s their decision.

Enjoy this article? Receive e-mail alerts when new articles are available. Even if we had finished fourth, the chairman would have gone down the same road. It just couldn’t have gone better for me: the football we played, and finishing fourth a couple of years running, fifth the other was year was great. You know I abide by it. Tottenham owner Joe Lewis is now said to be looking at younger managerial candidates such as Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez according to The Sun.

I had four great years at Spurs. So I was lucky.

Reports from all across the English media have confirmed that on the morning of June 14, 2012 Tottenham Hotspur have fired Harry Redknapp. His final result table showed that of the 198 games he was in charge of the club they won 98 and were even with 50 draws and losses each.

Redknapp led the club to a fourth place finish this past 2011-12 season but Chelsea Football Club’s victory in the Champions League saw them steal Tottenham’s place due to the Blues having finished sixth, but being allowed to exercise their returning Champions pass.. The people who run the football club have to make decisions that they think are right and that’s their decision. The manager has led the club to three straight top five finishes but claims that even if he had qualified for the UEFA Champions League he would have been fired.

Redknapp certainly did so after inheriting a squad in late October of 2008 that he could steer to eighth in the league table, but building up the club with strong signings such as Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Jermaine Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart over the years to cement the club as a permanent top six contender.

The fans have just been amazing for me, the support I got at the football club when things were difficult this year, I will never forget that, the way they treated me, they were special, so I’ve got some great memories.

What’s happened is that I’ve met with my chairman and the club has decided that it wants to go in a different direction with the manager. Just click on the “Subscribe” button above.

During his time at Spurs Redknapp marked the best winning percentage of his career at just under 50 percent. But the most sought after target is Everton’s David Moyes.

The only disappointment is that I think it’s a team that could have gone on and won the Premier League in a year or two and I just wish I had been able to see that through and be a part of that.

I’ve had four fantastic years at Tottenham – I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it

Airline Merger Mania: What It’ll Cost You

And if they approve the potential AA-US Airways deal, it won’t get any better.

I had to chuckle about a recent FAA report that ‘tsk-tsked’ about higher ticket prices for passengers, owing, in part, to merger activity, when it’s the feds themselves that approve these deals.

And this isn’t only about domestic airline tie-ups either, with recent “virtual mergers” between U.S airlines and their European and Asian flag-ship carrier counterparts, competition has taken a double hit.

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Not surprisingly, a lot of financially-troubled airlines have vanished from the scene in the past decade or so, including iconic names like TWA, as well as Aloha, Skybus, ATA, Midwest Airlines, and so many more.

Other famous airline names now lie buried under coats of paint that once featured the icons of their new merger masters: Continental is now United; Northwest has been subsumed by Delta; AirTran will soon be lost to Southwest; and maybe – maybe – that grand old carrier American Airlines, a stalwart of commercial aviation for the past 78 years, will someday become nothing more than another notch on US Airways’ belt.

A great merger is probably what Messrs. Count on American to wage a vigorous fight against any and all interlopers. For passengers, that’s good news and bad news.

Running an airline is a risky business; it’s a messy, complicated, often money-losing proposition. I’ll bet Time Warner wishes it had been left at the altar after its marriage to AOL imploded. is eventually reduced to just three or four mega-domestic carriers (plus a handful of smaller ones), will the airline industry become “too big to fail,” like the auto industry and the banks? Another way to put that is: Will we have to bail them out, too?

It’s simple economics. If such a merger even comes off at all.

But for airlines – some of them, anyway – merging may be their only shot at staying alive. Airlines too broke to fly don’t get us anywhere.

Sometimes missed chances are a win. Baskin and Robbins had in mind back in 1970 when they began combining pralines and cream, but whether a possible pairing of American Airlines and US Airways can be as successful as the iconic ice cream is unknown. Fewer airlines competing for your business means fewer reasons to drop prices to get that business, and there’s less incentive than ever — thanks to the high price of oil, which remains securely lodged above the $100 per barrel mark (as of this writing).

Or maybe not. It’s fraught with pitfalls like the ever-fluctuating price of jet fuel, which may explain why Delta appears poised to buy an oil refinery despite the fact that it too is a messy, complicated, often money-losing proposition.

Here’s another thought: if the U.S. A couple of years after saying “I do,” the media giant posted a $99 billion dollar loss before the eventual separation.

But running an airline successfully is an especially daunting task; no less a superstar investor than Warren Buffett once said, “I have an 800 number now that I call if I get the urge to buy an airline stock,” adding that his phone buddies then “talk me down.”. But if the bankrupt carrier emerges from its latest crisis only to wind up a US Airways asset, what can flyers expect? Four words: higher prices.

Still, the newly-minted airlines that emerge from bankruptcy and/or merger-mania are healthier and you can’t argue with that

How to Minimize Your Losses at a Casino – Gambling Tips

Here’s an example: Let’s say you are playing the slots and you start with a $20 bill. Play at tables with lower minimum bets if you want to play longer, or max out your bets if you want to win (or lose) quickly.

This is the most important tactic to making sure you don’t go home broke: pocket your winnings. If you’d rather play slots or video poker for a long period of time, play slot or video poker machines with cheaper max bets to maximize your potential winnings. By this, I don’t mean play until you hit big and then quit gambling. If you stick with your limit, you won’t find yourself at the end of the night with your bank account emptied and no way to pay next month’s mortgage.Next, consider what style player you are. Have fun, and be safe. When you get home and find that you “won” back a quarter or half (or more) of the money you spent, you’ll feel much better than if the only thing in your pockets is lint. No one wants to come home from a casino feeling like they just lost their life savings.

First, set a limit on how much you want to spend. Withdraw that amount in cash before going to the casino and leave your debit and credit cards at home (or at least in your hotel room or cabin!). If you’re interested in winning the most in the shortest period of time, play the more expensive slots, but keep in mind you may also lose your money faster. No matter how much you spend, there are several ways to avoid going broke whether you are visiting Las Vegas, cruise ship or Native American casinos. Make sure you have the experience you want to have at the casino by setting up some rules for yourself in advance. If you are concerned you may have a gambling problem, seek help by contacting the National Council on Problem Gambling or calling their 24-hour hotline at the number below.

Whether you are a high roller or a penny slots fanatic, you probably don’t want to go home with empty pockets. Always make your limit the most you are willing to lose or less, since realistically, losing is what happens most at casinos! For example, let’s say you are willing to gamble (and lose) $300. This guide will show you how.


How to Minimize Your Losses at a Casino

. You can of course determine what winning level you want to hit before pocketing the winnings, and how much you want to gamble at each machine or table.If you follow the guidelines in this article, you will ensure that you have fun at the casino while protecting your assets. If you win more than $10 (for a total of $30 including the initial $20), cash out, put the $10 away and gamble with your original $20. Please note: penny slots and video poker seem like they should be cheap, but more often than not, the max bet is actually HIGHER than the nickel or quarter slot machines. If you lose the whole $20, that’s okay, you were planning on spending that anyway, right? Apply the same rules to your next $20 bill. If you prefer table games, the same guidelines apply. Put the winnings in a separate part of your purse or wallet so they won’t get mixed in with your gambling money

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