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More gone from Sands

Two other heads at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel of Las Vegas Sands Corp have also left the company, just one day after it’s president.

World Cup Football: Ireland’s Trapattoni proud

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni admitted he was proud of his team's start to World Cup qualifying after maintaining their unbeaten record against Italy in Rome, following a 1-1 draw.

Captain Robbie Keane struck a dramatic late equaliser three minutes from time to earn the visitors a share of the spoils against 10-man Italy following Vincenzo Iaquinta's 11th-minute opener.
Gianpaolo Pazzini's first start in an Italy shirt quickly turned into a nightmare as he earned the quickest red card in his country's history, receiving his marching orders after just four minutes.
But despite playing almost the entire match with a numerical advantage, Trapattoni was pleased with the point.
"Before the game started we were amongst 11 unbeaten teams in the group stages," he said. "I didn't say anything to you (the press) because I didn't want to jinx it but I talked to my players about this because I thought it would give them momentum.
"We may be ranked only 26th in the Fifa list (rankings) but we still haven't lost. To stay unbeaten here in Italy, it shows everything is possible."
 Ireland show lots of enthusiasm and effort on a difficult pitch but were sadly lacking in inspiration until the last five minutes when suddenly they started creating havoc around Italy's goal.
Trapattoni was satisfied with the result despite only having one shot on target before the 85th minute.
 "I think over the 90 minutes a draw is the right result because we were playing 11 against 10," he said.
 "During this time we had the best chances to win the game but after it went to 1-0 it was very difficult to score a goal because the Italian defenders and the Italy team are famous for being the best defenders in the world.
"Maybe we could have played better but Italy passed the ball very, very well because normally with 10 against 11 you can put them under more pressure.
"We were a little bit nervous because we wanted to achieve a result and we don't usually make the same easy mistakes with our passing but I couldn't reproach my players because they gave a very good image of themselves.
"I saw them in the dressing room and they were very happy."
 Italy boss Marcello Lippi, who was twice roundly jeered by the home fans before the game because he had not picked local hero Antonio Cassano, said Pazzini's red card was unfair.
 "I feel a little bit of bitterness because it was unjust to reduce us to 10 men," he said.
"Pazzini jumped up with his arms out but he didn't swing them or make any action with them but because of this we had to play 90 minutes with 10 against 11.
"Despite that we fought hard and scored a goal. We were under very little threat until they scored but playing 90 minutes a man down on this pitch is tough."
 However, the point was enought to keep Italy top of qualifying group eight.
"If we had won it would have been a great boost to our confidence," added Lippi. "To play 90 minutes with 10 men and win would be fantastic but we still have a two-point advantage and there are still four games to play.
"My players played like a unit and when they need to fight and suffer they know how to do it.
"I'm satisfied with what we've done in these last few days and I told them we've taken a small step forward in terms of qualification."
 Pazzini said he wasn't even expecting to get booked for the challenge on John O'Shea that left the Manchester United defender bloodied after he was caught by the Sampdoria striker's arm in an aerial collision.
"I jumped to try to get the ball. I didn't try to touch my opponent," complained Pazzini.
"I only lifted by elbow and I didn't see him coming. I wasn't even expecting to get a yellow card, the referee made a terrible mistake."