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Watch Kobe’s Dramatic Basketball Moments In His Latest Film Dear Basketball

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When Kobe Bryant said goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers and the game of basketball in a heartfelt poem on the Player’s Tribune over a year ago, there weren’t many fans with totally dry eyes in the Los Angeles area. Bryant, who has continually spoken about his desire to tell stories in retirement, evidently realized he was onto something with his original goodbye. So Bryant took that poem, through it into his musecage and turned it into a script for his latest narrative spinning endeavor. In his nearly four-minute short film Dear Basketball, Bryant narrates fans on a beautifully animated

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AC Milan Finally In The Hands Of Chinese Investors For £740m

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The €740 million sale of AC Milan to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, led by Chinese businessmen Yonghong Li and Han Li, has been finalised. Confirmation of the deal — the first time in 31 years that the Serie A giants have changed hands — came after almost two years of negotiations. It means former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has relinquished control after over three decades at the helm and comes after previous delays. The sale — first announced in May 2016 — was twice postponed because of funding complications, but a loan has enabled Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux to

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Federer Defeats Krygios In Semifinal, Set To Challenge Nadal In Miami Open Final

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Roger Federer beat Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios in the semi final of the Miami Open to set up a final match against Rafael Nadal. The semifinal lasted for three hours and ten minutes, an enthralling match that ended in favour of the Swiss, winning 7-6 6-7 7-6. The last time Federer made it to the final was in 2006, and he’ll be playing a familiar foe in Rafael Nadal. “It felt very good,” said Federer. “You don’t very often play three breakers in a match. Winning breakers is always such a thrill. “I tried to really fight for it.

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It’s ‘Impossible to Please Everyone’ Sculptor of the Infamous Cristiano Ronaldo Statue Explodes

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After creating a statue which may haunt football lovers dreams for decades to come, Madeiran sculptor Emanuel Santos, who created the Cristiano Ronaldo monstrosity, has confessed that it is impossible to please everyone. Of course, many will ask if his supposed ‘work of art’ actually pleased anyone after social media took over and delivered never-ending negative verdicts towards the statue which was unveiled in Funchal. The Real Madrid striker has been honoured with the airport in the Portuguese city being named after him, the place where he once worked, but the bronze prize the Ballon d’Or winner received was fairly

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Arsenal Job Does Not Interest Me – Thomas Tuchel

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Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s future at the Emirates Stadium is currently in the balance following another abject display at the weekend, seeing his side fall 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion – their fourth league defeat in five outings. A number of high-profile names have been linked with the job, including current Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, but Tuchel is the latest to have been touted with the not-yet-vacant position. German outlet Bild reported on Sunday that

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Issa Hayatou Out As Ahmad Emmerges As African Football Chief

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Madagascar’s football chief, Ahmad Ahmad, was elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital Addid Ababa by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed. “When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it,” Ahmad told reporters after the vote. “If I can’t do it, I never stand.” Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003. His rare and determined bid for

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Fashion, Sports

Nike Debuts Hijab For Muslim Athletes

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Nike’s new hijab is designed to make sport more comfortable for Muslim women and goes on sale in 2018. The light fabric has tiny holes for breathability and the length has also been designed to stop it coming untucked during activity. Nike said it had been developing the new sporting hijab for a year. Sporting hijabs have been around for several years, but Nike is the first major international company to embrace the sports needs of Muslim women. Small sporting brands such as Capsters and ResportOn have previously been seen as leading brands of sporting hijabs. Nike says feedback from

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CNN Awards Goal Of The Week Prize To MFM Striker, Sikiru Olatunbosun

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MFM FC Striker, Sikiru Olatunbosun, has won the CNN Football Goal of the Week award. Olatunbosun defeated Radja Nainggolan of Roma, Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht and Joey Jones of Woking FC to clinch the honour. The Nigerian was the overwhelming winner with 82% of the total votes.     This is the first time that a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) player will be nominated for, and win the weekly CNN football prize. Olatunbosun was nominated for his long-range screamer against Rangers on January 24 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.   Source: www.channelstv.com

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Usain Bolt Is 2017 Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year

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Usain Bolt was named 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year at a ceremony in Monaco yesterday. Bolt, who successfully defended his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles to leave Rio as one of the 2016 Olympic Games’ biggest heroes, received the honour for a record-equalling fourth time. The 30-year-old Jamaican won previously in 2009, 2010 and 2013. US gymnast Simone Biles, the first woman to win four gymnastics gold medals in a single Olympic Games, was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Comeback of the Year honour after returning to competition to

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The Winning Williams. How Serena Won Big Against Her Sister, Venus

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Serena Williams won her seventh Australian Open singles title and reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on Saturday over her older sister Venus Williams. Serena’s latest triumph in tennis’s great sibling rivalry also gave her a 23rd Grand Slam singles title, breaking her tie with Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era and putting her within one victory of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. “Good on her if she’s good enough to do it,” Court said this week in Melbourne. Serena Williams has closed in on Court with an unprecedented run of

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Shooting Stars Escape Home Defeat Narrowly

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Olatunbosun’s goal gave the visitors hope of a much-needed victory at Lekan Salami Stadium, but the hosts levelled proceedings with a late penalty Shooting Stars avoided defeat at home when Abayomi Adebayo’s late minute penalty earned them a 1-1 draw with MFM FC in Ibadan. The Lagos based outfit were on the brink of securing an away victory after Sikiru Olatunbosun’s first-half goal looked to be enough to send the travelling MFM supporters home delighted, but a moment of carelessness saw them concede an 89th minute penalty with goalkeeper Ospino Egbe sent the wrong way. Shooting Stars made a rapid

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Sports

China Fever! Watford Striker Odion Ighalo to Move to China

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Odion Ighalo is being lined up for a move to China before the end of the window. Watford are open to offers for the striker and Shanghai Shenhua’s interest in Ighalo is being reconsidered after West Brom went cool on the idea of a deal for him. Shanghai Shenhua made a blockbuster £38m offer for Ighalo after his blistering start to last season helped him finish 2015 with 30 goals during the calendar year. He turned down the move but reports say the offer has never been off the table. The striker originally rejected an offer to join Shanghai Shenhua but

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One Less Gold Medal For Usain Bolt As Team Memeber Tested Positive To Banned Substance

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Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008. His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and

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Bernie Ecclestone Removed As CEO Of Formula 1

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Bernie Ecclestone has been removed from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Formula One as US giant Liberty Media completed its £6 billion takeover. The 86-year-old has reigned for four decades as ruler of the sport. Chase Carey, who was already installed as the sport’s chairman, replaces Ecclestone as CEO. Ecclestone has been handed the role of chairman emeritus and will be available as a source to the new board. “I’m proud of the business that I built over the last 40 years and all that I have achieved with Formula One, and would like to thank all

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Carlos Tevez Given Warm Welcome On Chinese Super League Arrival

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Shanghai Shenhua striker Carlos Tevez was greeted by hundreds of fans upon his arrival in China. Tevez, 32, joined Shangai on a two-year contract from Boca Juniors for a fee of £9 million, and while it was initially said he would be paid a world-high of £615,000 a week to make the move, reports in China say it will be significantly less. The former West Ham United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker will link up with Gus Poyet’s side, which also features Fredy Guarin, Obafemi Martins and Demba Ba, ahead of the upcoming Chinese Super League season. As

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Yaya Toure Rejects £430,000 Offer From China

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a £430,000-a-week offer from China. Toure, 33, was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer. He decided against moving then and gave the same response when he was contacted again to say the offer remained open during the current transfer window, which closes on 31 January. The Ivorian’s contract at the Etihad expires in the summer. Toure’s future appeared in doubt when he was left out of the City squad by Pep Guardiola at the start of the season. However, he has been a regular for the club

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Soccer Star Gets Yellow Card For Proposing To His Girlfriend On The Pitch

It’s only January, but this might be the best soccer sequence of the year. It starts with Ashton Surber — who plays in Guam for the NAPA Rovers — scoring a dazzling bicycle kick goal. Then, he pulls off his jersey to reveal a shirt that says “MARRY ME?” and ran over to point at his girlfriend in the crowd, but right before he got on one knee, the referee behind him flashed a yellow card for tearing off his shirt. Totally worth the yellow card, wasn’t it? Oh, and she apparently said “yes.” Source: ftw.usatoday.com

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Lionel Messi statue vandalised in Buenos Aires

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A statue of Argentine football star Lionel Messi has been vandalised in Buenos Aires. The bronze statue, unveiled last June, was broken in half and the torso, arms and head removed. The motive for the damage was not clear but city officials say repairs to the statue are already under way. It was unveiled just as the striker announced he was retiring from the national team – a decision he later reversed. The statue stood on Paseo de la Gloria (Glory Street), which also displays casts of other famous Argentine sports stars such as tennis player Gabriela Sabatini and basketball

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48 Teams to Participate in FIFA World Cup from 2026

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World football governing body, FIFA has announced that the 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams in 16 groups of 3 nations. FIFA’s ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of three nations. FIFA President, Gianni Infantino had made the enlargement of football’s most prestigious showcase a top priority since the beginning of his administration in February 2016. According to ESPN FC: Delegates were asked to vote on four proposals to change the existing format or stick with the current format of 32 teams.

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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award

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Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world’s best female player. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach award, while Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award

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