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ATHENS, Greece -- UEFA and its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday.In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expressed his frustration that the governing body caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, and Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places.Ceferin viewed threats that leading clubs could break away to form a closed completion as a bluff, warning that a Super League for the elite and rich is out of the question, and would create a war with UEFA.Ceferin is challenging Michael van Praag of the Netherlands for the UEFA presidency in Wednesdays election. Although lacking experience in international football politics, the 48-year-old Slovenian federation head has swept up endorsements to complete the remaining three years of banned president Michel Platinis term. Ceferin said he has the public backing of 32 of UEFAs 55 members, while his Dutch rival has four so far.The winner of the vote in Athens will have to seek re-election before UEFAs next major event, the 2020 European Championship, which Ceferin said should never have been spread across the continent for the first time.Declaring himself as being not part of the football establishment, Ceferin is hoping his forthright approach can help him win over fans, whose trust in the sports leaders has plummeted after years of scandals at FIFA.Coming from an eastern European country of 2 million, the lawyer said he will have the interests of the whole continent at heart rather than just the powerful and wealthy.Ceferin is concerned lower-ranked leagues like Slovenia will suffer as a result of Spain, Germany, England, and Italy being guaranteed four Champions League places each from 2018-21, rather than 11 currently between them, following the deal in August.A document by the influential European Club Association, obtained by the AP, said UEFA accelerated the process in part to avoid interference with UEFA presidential election process (do not allow the topic to be subject of political capture).The problem is we didnt know anything that was going on -- that shouldnt happen again, Ceferin said. Its not frustrating just for me; its frustrating for all 55 national associations ... there was a group who decided, and the lack of communication is the main problem why clubs and national associations are mad now.The current qualification system, which makes one of the teams from the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A contest a playoff to reach the Champions League group stage, is the ideal model, Ceferin said.(The Super League threat) is a bargaining chip, Ceferin said. I am sure they do not want to leave UEFA and UEFAs competitions. It would be boring to play in some closed league and it will mean war with UEFA. They pushed it more because we didnt have any leadership and that was a problem with UEFA.As delegates arrived in Athens for the vote, Van Praag -- a UEFA vice president -- also spoke out against the Champions League deal after missing the executive committee meeting that backed it last month.If I would be elected I would reopen the negotiations, Van Praag said.The former Ajax president said he went to ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to talk some sense in him and insisted: There will be a Super League over my dead body.Here are other issues discussed by Ceferin in his AP interview:---EURO 2020The European Championship has been staged only in one country or co-hosted by neighbors, but Platini decided to take the tournament across the continent to 13 cities for the first time in 2020.Its quite a risk for us. It will be a problem for fans to travel from one part of Europe to another. So I would prefer that it changes after 2020 because its a bit risky.POWERUEFA is not very broken -- public opinion is worse than actually UEFA is. We have to work on transparency. We have to adopt term limits for presidents and ExCo (executive committee) members because you cannot stay in a certain position for 20 years. We have seen in the recent past what is happening if you are there for too long. You think you own the organization.LEADERSHIPI am a new person, not part of the old establishment. I have new ideas. I am transparent. I have a good life at home. I have a very big law firm so I dont need it (the presidency) for my CV or to get something for me personally. We need a new wind also in European football.Asked if he will leave his law firm, Ceferin said: Its a bit hard to say but Im afraid the majority of the time I will need to be in Nyon (at UEFAs Swiss HQ).FIFAS HELPCeferin dismissed claims that advisers for FIFA President Gianni Infantino, UEFAs former general secretary, are lobbying to assist the campaign.One day Im Infantinos puppet, next day Im Platinis puppet, third day Im (a) Russian puppet, then Im (an) Italian puppet. Its obviously a problem for people to understand you can be independent ... some people are nervous because I get so much support.WOMENS FOOTBALLWe didnt do much about it. We are years in front of the USA concerning mens football but concerning womens football we are at least equal if not worse, so we have to work on that.---Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Tyron-Smith-Jersey/ . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Taco-Charlton-Jersey/ .ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Emmitt-Smith-Jersey/ . On Mar. 16, coming off a "fight of the year" performance at UFC 154 the previous November, St-Pierre faced Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in what would be his eighth defence of the welterweight title. Using his superior athleticism, St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Rico-Gathers-Jersey/ . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Terrance-Williams-Jersey/ . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Oklahoma State crossed back over the Red River after last playing in Texas, the Cowboys were heading home after a loss.That was almost two months ago. The Cowboys havent lost since and now control their fate in trying to win the Big 12 championship.No. 13 Oklahoma State, with a six-game winning streak since losing in its league opener at Baylor, plays Saturday at TCU . And coach Mike Gundy knows the Cowboys (8-2, 6-1 Big 12, No. 11 CFP) have to be focused on finishing strong.Fatigue could be an issue in conference play, but there is so much parity in our league right now that its just a matter of what teams stay focused, make the plays, take care of the football, and so on, Gundy said. I do feel better about where we are now than we were at this time last year with our health on the defensive side of the ball.Oklahoma State was 10-0 at this point a year ago, but with quarterback Mason Rudolph also hurt, the Cowboys had consecutive home losses to Baylor and Oklahoma that ended their Big 12 and playoff hopes.With wins at TCU (5-4, 3-3) and eighth-ranked Oklahoma , the Cowboys would be guaranteed no worse than a tie for the Big 12 lead -- and would have the tiebreaker to be declared conference champions.TCU, one win from being bowl eligible, is coming off an open date after a 40-point victory at Baylor .We feel confident that we can finish and end the season on a good note, TCU defensive end James McFarland said. I feel that we have finally started to get to a point where we trust each other and we feel confident in our abilities.The Frogs are eager to get back on the field for the first time since handing Baylor its worst home loss in 11 years.When you come off a win like that, its torturous to go into a bye week, receiver John Diarse said. Guys are channeling that energy into this game.Some other things to watch Satuurday:SO CLOSE TO PERFECTMike Gundy considers Oklahoma State a 9-1 team.dddddddddddd He doesnt accept the Central Michigan game as a loss after that Hail Mary pass for a TD on an untimed play that officials later admitted should have never happened. In their loss at Baylor, the Cowboys were on the verge of a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter but had a fumble that led to Baylors 99-yard drive in a 35-24 win.RUN BY DESIGNTCU quarterback Kenny Hills 85 yards rushing were his most in Big 12 play. There could now be more designed run plays for Hill, who also throws for 299 yards per game. He does a lot better when he gets involved in the game, not just be a true drop-back guy, Patterson said.CLOSE ONESOklahoma State is 4-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer, winning four in a row since the Central Michigan controversy. However the game flows is how it is, and we just have to make sure we fight hard all the way to the finish, Cowboys linebacker Justin Phillips said. TCU is 1/3 in such games, including two double-overtime losses.RUDOLPH ROLLINGOklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has been spectacular during the Cowboys six-game winning streak, with 2,088 yards passing. He has 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes (136 of 198).SAME BUT DIFFERENTTCU junior running back Kyle Hicks and Oklahoma State freshman Justice Hill both have 789 yards rushing this season. But Hicks is third in the Big 12 with 87.7 yards per game, ahead of Hill at 78.9 yards per game -- the Cowboys have played one more game than TCU. Hicks is second in the league with 12 rushing TDs, five of them at Baylor.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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