Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic battle for World Cup spot

Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic are both in scintillating form ahead of the two-legged qualifying playoff but only one of their teams will end up in Brazil next year.

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Both men scored hat-tricks at the weekend: Ronaldo in Real Madrid’s 5-1 rout of Real Sociedad and the Swede netting all of Paris St Germain’s goals in a 3-1 victory over Nice.

“We are talking about two world-class stars, living an excellent moment,” said Portugal winger Silvestre Varela ahead of Friday’s first leg at Lisbon’s Luz stadium (1945 GMT).

Portugal captain Ronaldo tops La Liga’s best scorers’ list with 16 goals while Ibrahimovic, with eight, is one behind Ligue 1 top marksmen Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

Ronaldo, 28, and Ibrahimovic, 32, are under pressure to deliver again on Friday, and in next Tuesday’s return fixture in Stockholm, and Sweden coach Erik Hamren said his money was on his own man.

“I have Zlatan as number one, as he’s my player,” Hamren told reporters as the squad gathered in Stockholm ahead of the first leg.

“But Ronaldo is a very good footballer. You can keep an eye on him for 85 minutes and then he’ll score two goals from nothing.”

The same could be said of Hamren’s captain Ibrahimovic, who picked up a seventh straight gold ball, the prize awarded to Sweden’s best player, in the Swedish capital on Monday.

COMPETITIVE EDGE

Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Sweden were difficult opponents.

“They are taller than us and physically strong, not just in set pieces but also through their direct football that feeds two tall, top-quality players,” he said, referring to Ibrahimovic and Johan Elmander.

“It’s up to us to make the match suit the characteristics of our players.”

Bento also praised the resilience of the Scandinavians.

“Sweden were losing to Ireland, Germany and Austria and never gave up. They always keep their competitive edge going, no matter what”.

The Swedes eventually lost to Germany in a 5-3 thriller despite a fightback but did manage 2-1 comeback wins in the Ireland and Austria qualifiers to finish second in Group C and earn a playoff spot.

Hamren has cast Group F runners-up Portugal as the favourites and expressed surprise that Bento had said the opposite.

“They are better ranked than we are. They were in a semi-final at the last Euros, so I don’t know how he’s thinking,” Hamren said.

“According to me they are big favourites. They should be if you look at the ranking. They are favourites and we are the underdogs.”

Goals will certainly be expected, not just because of the high-calibre hit men but also given that both camps have shown frailties at the back.

Of all World Cup qualifying runners-up, only Iceland (15) conceded more goals than Sweden (14) in the group phase.

Portugal allowed nine but question marks hover over goalkeeper Rui Patricio after a string of blunders.

Patricio, 25, gifted Israel a late 1-1 draw in October, misplacing a pass that landed right at an opponent’s feet.

At the weekend, with Sporting, Patricio saw an awkward extra-time header comically slip between his legs as Benfica knocked Sporting out of the domestic Cup with a 4-3 win.

“He is the captain of Sporting and the number one of the national team; he has enough experience to deal with these moments,” Portugal winger Nani said. “What is key is that he remains calm and has our trust.”

(Additional reporting by Philip O’Connor in Stockholm; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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No going back on new European competition – McCafferty

Although there are still a number of issues to be finalised, notably about the governance, the English and French leagues and the Welsh regions are all committed to the new two-tier “Rugby Champions Cup” which will swing into action next season.

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Ireland, whose clubs have excelled in the Heineken Cup in recent years, Scotland and Italy are still holding out in the hope that negotiations can save the existing competition, currently in its 19th season, but McCafferty said there was no going back.

“It’s sorted. It’s just a question of which teams want to join. Everyone has to make their own decision,” McCafferty told Reuters after addressing Wednesday’s Rugby Expo at Twickenham.

“For Ireland, Scotland and Italy it can be in or out but we’re running out of time. We’re in implementation mode now – we’ve had two years of discussions.”

Asked if the “train had left the station,” McCafferty said: “Yes, if you want to use that analogy, but we can still adjust the route a bit.

“Of course we will still try to find ways to accommodate everyone’s needs – we’ve already made concessions – but we don’t really have any time left.”

The breakaway competition initially came about in the wake of dissatisfaction among the England and French leagues over a qualification criteria they claimed favoured the Celtic nations and over the distribution of income.

SEALING FATE

They gave notice of their intention to leave the Heineken Cup 18 months ago and, after talks that made little headway, confirmed they would, if necessary, forge ahead with an Anglo-French competition, with the backing of TV broadcaster BT.

Last month the Welsh regions came on board, despite the opposition of the Welsh Rugby Union, just about sealing the fate of the Heineken Cup.

Of the 38 clubs who would effectively qualify for the Heineken and its secondary competition, the Amlin Challenge Cup, 30 are ready to proceed with the breakaway, along with another two proposed from Europe’s “emerging” rugby nations.

“The clubs are telling us they want things in place quickly,” McCafferty said. “They need to organise season tickets, fixtures, broadcast arrangements etc and those things need to start happening soon.

“At the end of May there will be a playoff for the final qualifying place so we really are just about at the end of the road.”

For all his confident noises, however, McCafferty admitted that there were still some issues to be ironed out between the countries already committed.

The chief sticking point at the moment is the issue of “governance”, with the English Premiership happy to proceed under the umbrella of the Six Nations in terms of discipline, refereeing, doping etc but with the French seeking some adjustments.

REACHED AGREEMENT

“We thought we’d reached agreement on that 10 days ago and we’re putting up a fourth different proposal on governance today – a tweak to accommodate some other views,” he told an audience of around 200 at the Expo.

“It’s probably the last 10 percent of the issues but at this stage they could have 90 percent of importance in the debate.

“We’ve never suggested operating outside the current set-up but the new model allows the clubs and the leagues themselves to drive the competition forwards in the way they want to.

“The Heineken Cup was set up 20 years ago in very different rugby circumstances to now and we’re saying we need to have competitions that touch new heights, both in sporting terms and the amount of revenue they bring in.”

The financial side was certainly a major issue for the Welsh regions, desperate to find a way to prevent the loss of so many leading players to French and English clubs.

“Keeping players in Wales is a big problem at the moment and this is one of the ways we think will help combat that,” Andrew Hore, CEO of the Ospreys told the Expo.

“Financially the new competition has given everyone certainty and in the end we couldn’t see a reason to delay it. From our perspective there’s no going back – it’s going to happen.”

However, there was a note of caution sounded by Steve Martin, a sports sponsorship expert at the M&C Saatchi agency.

“At the moment it is hard to recommend European rugby as a sponsorship opportunity, ” he said. “For rugby, with the 2015 World Cup on the horizon, it’s a great opportunity, but the message is ‘don’t mess it up’.”

(Editing by Tony Goodson)

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Uruguay thrash Jordan 5-0 to close in on World Cup spot

Maximiliano Pereira and Cristian Stuani scored first half goals for the visitors to stifle any chance of an upset at the Amman International Stadium between the teams that finished fifth in South American and Asian qualifying.

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Jordan improved after the break but striker Ahmad Ibrahim missed a great chance to pull one back in the 52nd minute as Uruguay rode out comfortable winners with Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani adding further goals.

The second leg takes place in Montevideo next Wednesday with the winners claiming a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Jordan’s slim hopes of reaching their first World Cup were hit by injuries and suspensions to key players, with Uruguay’s world class talent proving far too strong for the backups.

Goalkeeper Mohamad Shatnawi replaced Jordan’s suspended number one Amer Shafi but he could only palm a 22nd minute header by Cavani in front of goal which Pereira prodded home.

Stuani provided the right wing cross for the opener and the wideman scored himself 20 minutes later when he sneaked in behind Odai Al-Saify at the back post to prod home Lodeiro’s chipped pass to double the lead.

A spirited but outclassed Jordan enjoyed a good spell at the start of the second period but Lodeiro then added a third in the 70th minute to crush any faint hopes the hosts may have had with Rodriguez smashing home a fourth eight minutes later.

Cavani, who also helped set up Lodeiro’s goal, capped a brilliant night for the visitors with a sparkling free-kick in stoppage time to complete the rout.

(Writing by Patrick Johnston; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Past is the past for Ireland assistant manager Keane

The fiery former Manchester United midfielder was appointed as O’Neill’s number two last week, a decade after he walked out on the national team at the 2002 World Cup, and he used his first news conference to insist the slate was clean.

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Former Ireland captain Keane has remained a vocal critic of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and, in particular, its chief executive John Delaney, but said on Wednesday that the pair’s first meeting ahead of the appointment went smoothly.

“To be honest I’m going to disappoint you, it was very, very straightforward and the past is the past,” Keane told a packed news conference which was broadcast live on the news channel of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE.

“I’m not here to try and change anyone’s opinion about me or the decisions I made in the past. I spent years trying to please everybody and trust me, it’s a waste of time and energy. You’ve got to do what you think is right and get on with it.

“I know people think I’m a little bit crazy, but I would have been crazy to turn it down, it’s just too good an opportunity. There wasn’t one bone in my body that said, no, this is not for me.”

Keane’s fallout with the FAI over what he saw as amateurish preparations for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea has gone down in Irish folklore and his return has been just as newsworthy, dominating the sports pages.

Having famously compared Ireland’s training-ground to a car park 11 years ago, the seven-times Premier League winner struck a wry smile when he said he had not found any potholes on the training ground this time around.

“We’ve had footballs, bibs, everything. Major progress,” Keane said.

“I’M THE GOOD COP”

Asked if his criticism of Ireland at Euro 2012, where they lost all three matches, would be a problem, Keane said he had never questioned any of the players’ hunger to do well and that they just needed a little bit of quality in the big matches.

He also praised former manager Giovanni Trapattoni but said Ireland should have done better against the likes of Sweden and Austria who finished ahead of them in the recent World Cup qualifying campaign when Ireland sunk to fourth in their group.

“The record I suppose hasn’t been great over the last few years. I always think Ireland should be getting better results but I was the same when I was a player, I suppose it was one of the reasons that I got frustrated as a player,” Keane said.

“A lot of the criticism I’ve take over the last 15-20 years is that I’m very demanding, I don’t settle for second best. I’m certainly not going to apologise for that, it’s just part of my make-up.”

Keane, who had mixed success as a manager at Sunderland and Ipswich town, said he was looking forward to working with O’Neill for whom he has massive respect but he disagreed with the former Celtic boss’s assessment that he would be the “bad, bad cop” to O’Neill’s “bad cop”.

“I think it’s going to be the other way around, I think I’m going to be the good cop. You obviously don’t know Martin as well as you think you do, he makes me look like Mother Theresa,” Keane said.

Ireland host Latvia in a friendly on Friday.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Resurgent Djokovic seeks second Davis Cup triumph

Fresh from winning 22 straight matches and four tournaments after losing September’s U.

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S. Open final to Rafa Nadal, who also wrestled the number one spot away from Djokovic this season, the 26-year-old Serb is looking forward to this weekend’s final against holders Czech Republic.

“I haven’t had much time to recuperate from winning the tour-ending ATP event in London but I can’t complain because I have been in terrific form in the last 2-1/2 months,” Djokovic told a news conference in the imposing Kombank Arena on Wednesday.

“The winning streak has given me extra confidence to help my country repeat the 2010 feat, which has a very special place in our hearts.

“Beating France in that final meant the world to every one of us on the Davis Cup team and there is no doubt that emulating the success would give me the impetus to achieve my personal goals in 2014, which is to return to the pinnacle and win as many grand slams as I can.

“The semi-final win over Canada this term put the wind in my sails for the home straight on the ATP Tour after some tough grand slam defeats to Nadal at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open as well as against Andy Murray at Wimbledon.”

TIPSAREVIC INJURED

With the backing of a 15,000-strong home crowd, Serbia are favourites to repeat their 2010 success, but face a difficult task against a well-balanced Czech team.

The Serbs will be without Viktor Troicki, who is suspended for missing a blood test, while Janko Tipsarevic is doubtful with a niggling foot injury.

Tipsarevic faces a race against time to be fit for the opening singles on Friday as he tries to shake off a heel problem but Djokovic is confident Serbia have enough depth to see off the Czechs.

“It will probably go down to the wire as it’s a contest between two young and success-hungry teams and hopefully the experience of winning the 2010 title and the unity it created can help us win again,” Djokovic added.

“It would be another Davis Cup fairytale for us and I really think this competition is not getting as much credit as it deserves because it’s the equivalent of the soccer World Cup as the only top-level team event.

“It would help if it was played every two years, that is apparently what most players on tour want but the current format is deeply rooted in the event’s long history and tradition.”

BOISTEROUS CROWD

Eager to erase the memories of a 3-2 semi-final defeat at the same venue in 2010, the Czechs are hopeful of becoming the first nation to retain their title after Spain enjoyed back-to-back triumphs in 2008 and 2009.

“Despite Serbia’s problems, they are the favourites because of the home court advantage and we know that we will have to work extremely hard to come out on top,” said the Czech world number seven Tomas Berdych.

“The good thing is that this is a team event so losing to Djokovic is not the end of the road, as we need to win three out of five contests to keep the trophy in our hands.

“It’s been a long season but I am sure that many top players who are already on holiday would love to trade places with us and be here.”

(Editing by Toby Davis)

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India wary of Afghani threat

India are amongst the favourites to add the 2010 title to their 2007 crown, but first they must find a way past Afghanistan, the team which learnt their trade in refugee camps and have, against all the odds, made it through to a debut world championship appearance.

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“If you ask me, I would not consider our opening match against Afghanistan as a practice game,” said Dhoni ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“I don’t know much about them. It is good in a way because if we know too much about a side then you are thinking too much about them. However, our preparation will remain the same as if you are playing the best opponent in world cricket.”

India come into the tournament with their sport embroiled in a damaging financial IPL scandal.

They are also returning to the Caribbean where, having lost to Bangladesh, they were eliminated in the first round of the 50-over World Cup in 2007.

By contrast, Afghanistan, whose players make around 300 dollars a month compared to Dhoni’s multi-million-dollar A-list lifestyle, have become everyone’s sentimental favourites.

In two years they have risen from division five of the World Cricket League to the elite 12-nation World Twenty20.

In between, they just missed out on qualifying for the 2011 World Cup but did earn the consolation of clinching full one-day international status.

They pulled off an impressive five-wicket win over Ireland in a World Twenty20 warm-up on Wednesday with debutant seamer Dawlat Ahmadzai grabbing 4-15.

“We met our president, Hamid Karzai, a month ago and he just asked us to win the World Cup,” Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan told Cricinfo.

“Even when it’s a friendly game the scores are live on the internet and the TV shows them at the bottom.

“So now we’ve beaten Ireland in a friendly game they will be celebrating, that’s how big it has gone. It’s a lot of pressure on us. They don’t want us to lose.

The demands are very high, they expect a lot from us and it can go both ways, but so far the boys have given them a lot of trophies.”

Kabir, a former Pakistan international, knows that his team face a huge task to qualify for the second round with South Africa also drawn in their group.

He also appreciates that expectations could become unrealistic. “We often get asked when we are going to beat Australia or Pakistan, so those are the questions we have to answer sometimes and we just have to calm them a little,” he said.

“The good thing about the team is that at every level they have lifted their game. Everything about them has improved at each stage.

“I know there will be pressure; there will the pressure of television, the pressure of the crowd but they are quick learners and I hope they will adjust to it.”

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Obama calls for Internet freedom in China

Obama also said the United States and China, two economically interlocked rivals, need not be adversaries, appealing to millions of Chinese web surfers on the first day of his first visit to what he termed “a majestic country”.

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“I have always been a strong supporter of open internet use. I am a big supporter of non-censorship,” Obama said, before flying to Beijing for a welcome dinner and talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

“I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes,” said Obama in a nation where communist authorities have for months blocked internet sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Obama’s decision to tap the power of the web was symbolic: the grassroots movement that powered his capture of the White House in 2008 was largely built on internet freedoms restricted by the “Great Firewall of China”.

But it was unclear how many Chinese actually saw the event, as it was not televised nationally – though it was shown on Shanghai local television – and was only carried as a live transcript on the website of state agency Xinhua.

Audience of students

On Chinese state television’s evening news, Obama’s visit was not even mentioned until 25 minutes into the broadcast.

Xinhua’s main dispatch on the Shanghai event did not include Obama’s comments on internet freedoms.

The White House streamed the event live on its website but officials did not immediately say how many Chinese web surfers logged on.

The president fielded questions from his audience of university students as well as internet users, speaking on subjects ranging from “universal rights” and Taiwan to Chinese NBA basketball star Yao Ming.

Audience members, while showing great respect for Obama, rarely asked questions deviating from the official Chinese government line, and the forum appeared tightly controlled by the authorities.

The most interesting question – on internet freedoms – came via email, and was read out to Obama by the US ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Freedom of expression call

Having been accused of downplaying rights concerns to appease China, Obama called for the observance of “universal rights” of political expression, religious freedom and free information everywhere.

“They should be available to all people, including ethnic and religious minorities, whether they are in the United States, China, or any nation,” Obama said, though he noted that his own country was not perfect.

But the US leader did not specifically mention sensitive issues like China’s rule over Tibet, after declining to meet exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in the United States before making his high-profile inaugural visit to Beijing.

“The notion that we must be adversaries is not predestined,” Obama said, walking a fine line between standing up for US interests on trade and human rights and seeking Chinese backing on issues such as Iran and North Korea.

He leavened his call for expanded freedoms with praise for China as a “majestic country”, marvelling at the “soaring skyscrapers” of Shanghai and the relics of China’s “distant past” he hoped to see in Beijing.

Tough economic talks

China’s communist authorities were taking no chances on security, with roads leading to the venue at Shanghai’s imposing Science and Technology Museum closed to normal traffic and uniformed security agents deployed en masse.

The authorities also apparently kept close control on the students allowed to attend the meeting, selected by professors at Shanghai-area universities.

Obama later boarded Air Force One and flew to Beijing, where he arrived at the Diaoyutai state guest house for dinner with Hu, his motorcade sweeping past Tiananmen Square and the gates of the Forbidden City on the way.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, National Security Adviser General James Jones and other top officials joined Obama for the dinner, which included Chinese prawns and lamb chops, the White House said.

On Tuesday, China will lay on the lavish pageantry of a state dinner, after a fresh round of talks for Obama and Hu.

Tough talk on the economy was looming.

A Chinese commerce ministry spokesman on Monday accused the United States of increasing protectionism and said American calls to let the yuan rise were “unfair”.

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Tree-climbing Darwin apes his ancestor

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On November 24, 1859, a modest 1,200 copies of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species were released by British publishing house John Murray.

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A century and a half later, the book is considered one of the most influential and best-read scientific works of all time.

Darwin’s book hinged on the theory that humans and other living organisms evolve over a period of time through the process of natural selection. The book was based largely on findings from the scientist’s expedition to the Galapagos some 30 years prior.

“Natural selection is the idea that animal and plants can change. It has two principles two it. One is that we’re all different. Each human is slightly different. The second part of it is that we produce more offspring that can go onto reproduce”, says Charles Darwin’s great great grandson, Chris Darwin.

The assertions made in the book sent shockwaves through conventional society. Certain segments of the Church reacted angrily to the work, saying it stood in direct opposition to Genesis, the first chapter of the Bible.

“The world back then thought that things stayed as they were. Imagine the feeling of demotion when you have a book coming out and basically says we’re all part of this bedlam which is called the ‘natural world'”, says Mr Darwin.

The British scientist had anticipated his findings would cause controversy, and as such, held off on publishing the work for nearly three decades.

And he is still causing controversy now.

Though widely accepted in the scientific world, Darwin’s theory of evolution is still hotly debated in religious communities.

In the United States creationists, who believe that a supernatural diety made the universe and everything in it, argue their philosophies should be taught alongside evolution in schools.

Likewise, the intelligent design movement believes Darwin’s theory of evolution results in atheism and materialism, and instead seeks to promote non-scientific explanations on the basis of life.

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Ghana book place in quarter-finals

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Injury-hit Ghana have qualified for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over 10-man Burkina Faso 1-0 on Tuesday.

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The World Cup qualifiers and four-time continental champions will now face hosts Angola on Sunday for a place in the semi-finals.

After their opening 3-1 defeat to favourites Ivory Coast this was a must-win game for Ghana, who face the Socceroos in the World Cup in South Africa in June, if they weren’t to be sent home in disgrace.

And Andre Ayew, son of one of Africa’s most decorated players, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, earned them the three points with the decisive first-half goal and the runners-up spot in Group B behind table toppers and fellow World Cup qualifiers Ivory Coast.

Ghana suffered a major eve-of-match blow with Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien’s having to pull out with a right knee injury picked up in training on Sunday – though he was on hand to watch, from the stands, his team-mates triumph.

Serb coach Milovan Rajevac, who made four changes from the side that fell 3-1 to Ivory Coast, had already suffered a raft of injuries to key members of his squad.

Burkina Faso only required a draw to see them go through after a tight defensive strategy had harvested one point in their goalless opener against Ivory Coast.

Burkina Faso marginally had the better of a forgettable first half hour that lacked punch until the 30th minute when Ghana’s Bayer Leverkusen defender Hans Adu Sarpei conjured up a perfect 35m cross from the right flank for Ayew to head sharply past keeper Daouda Diakite.

Sarpei picked up a yellow card shortly after for a late challenge on Jonathan Pitroipa to add to the three already dished out by Seychelles referee Eddy Maillet to Burkina Faso’s Mamadou Tall, Pitriopa and Mady Panandetiguiri.

Burkina Faso emerged for the second half knowing they had to accomplish something they had failed to do in Angola up to now – namely score – if they and not Ghana were to progress.

Ghana however remained firmly in control and on 66 minutes Burkina Faso were down a man as Maillet red-carded defender Mamadou Tall for a challenge on Asamoah Gyan.

Draman almost extended Ghana’s lead with quarter of an hour remaining but his shot came to rest in the near post’s side netting.

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‘Spiderman’ climbs Sydney skyscraper

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Alain Robert was taken into police custody as soon as he reached the top of the 57-storey Lumiere Building on Bathurst Street about 10.

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50am (AEST) today, while onlookers applauded.

The 48-year-old, known as the French Spiderman, took 20 minutes to scale the skyscraper without safety equipment and using just his hands.

“It’s a wonderful achievement,” his agent Max Markson said.

“He’s the best at what he does.

“I’m sad he’s been arrested, but hopefully he’ll get out soon and we can have some champagne.”

Robert, wearing red trousers, a T-shirt and a baseball cap, started to climb the skyscraper at 10.30am (AEST).

About 100 passers-by gathered to cheer him on, while police set up a crime scene on Bathurst Street.

Rachel Pepper, 11, told AAP she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Robert climb up the building.

“I think it’s amazing to climb that high without falling,” she said.

“He’s got superhuman strength.”

Her mother Wendy Pepper agreed.

“It was a nice surprise when we turned the corner and got to see him,” she said.

The crowd cheered as Robert reached the top of the building where police were waiting for him.

He was put into a police van and driven away.

It is not the first time Robert has fallen foul of the law in Australia.

Last year, he was fined $750 for illegally climbing the 41-storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in central Sydney.

At the time, Downing Centre District Court Judge Graeme Henson lectured Robert for disrespecting the laws as a guest in the country.

In June this year, Robert was forced to call off a planned climb of the Deutsche Bank in Sydney after building security guards blocked his access.

And in 2003 he was arrested for scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A police spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that Robert had been arrested but said charges had yet to be laid.

Robert has climbed about 80 buildings around the world to raise awareness of global warming and to draw attention to the One Hundred Months campaign.

The campaign stems from a belief that 100 months from August 2008 it may no longer be possible to avoid potentially irreversible climate change.

Robert, who has said in the past he suffered from vertigo, started climbing when he was just 12 years-old and was locked out of his home.

Instead of waiting for his parents to return, he scaled eight storeys to get in.

Since then he has climbed all sorts of buildings including the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Eiffel Tower and the New York Times building.

He has been arrested and fined several times in various countries.

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