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Roger Federer wins his fifth Indian Wells title

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Two months after winning the Australian Open, 35-year-old Roger Federer beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to become the oldest champion in the tournament’s history, overtaking Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he won in 1984.

The Indian Wells is considered by many professionals to be the biggest tournament outside the majors and Federer said he had defied even his own expectations.

In his words,

 ‘for me, the dream run continues. I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I couldn’t be more happy. It’s an absolutely huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except Brisbane. The change is dramatic, and it feels great.’

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Commonwealth Games 2022: Durban, South Africa Rejected From Hosting 2022 Games

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games was to be the first time the event has been held in Africa. However,it
will no longer be held in Durban, South Africa.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation, and the search for a new host city had already begun.

Durban was awarded the Games in September 2015 and was due to be the first African city to host the event, which was first held in 1930.

Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed interest in staging the 2022 edition.

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies.

Last month, South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated Durban may not be able to host the 2022 event because of financial constraints.

“We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t,” he said.

Grevemberg said:

“We are disappointed but it does not diminish our commitment to the African continent.We have had to postpone these ambitions to a later time. We all share disappointment that this ambition needs to be postponed right now.We remain committed to the inspiring potential of a Games in the continent.”

Grevemberg said the South African government had never signed off on the decision for Durban to host the Games.

“We have a host city contract,” he said. “It was signed by all parties on the day except for the South African government.

“We have engaged with the government to really try to work with their current circumstances but also uphold the commitments that were outlined in their bid. They were unable to do that at this time and we have had to look after the citizens and communities that our events serve.”

Grevemberg said an announcement on a new host city would be made by the end of the year.

“Discussions with a number of interested parties are under way,” he said. “I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth.”

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.”

Birmingham had already expressed an interest in hosting the 2026 Games.

Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of the city council, said: “We are aware of the decision from the Commonwealth Games Federation to seek a new host for the 2022 Games.

“Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable Games in the city.

“That is due to be completed in the coming weeks and we are in close contact with the government about the developing situation.

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UFC boss offers Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor £20.5million each to fight each other

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UFC boss Dana White has offered retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC Mixed Martial Arts champion Conor McGregor £20.5 million each for both of them to fight each other.

The pair have been bickering on the fight for some months now, with Mayweather saying McGregor needs to settle his issues with UFC before he thinks of fighting him, a fight that has been tipped to rake in close to $1b.

But now it’s been revealed that the UFC boss, is ready to allow the fight happen and will offer huge sums- about £41million ($50million) of the UFC’s money to the pair to engage in the fight.
Lance Pugmire, LA Times boxing and UFC reporter told Radio 5 Live how White will pay the pair of fighters $25 million each (£20.5 million) to face each other this summer.
He said:

 “Mayweather clearly believes he is the A side and rightfully so, I believe he is 49 and 0 and has dominated so many great opponents that he has fought throughout his career, so he’s going to want more money than that. But the fact that Floyd has come out today and said I’m un-retiring to fight Conor McGregor is something that should move the needle.”

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African Female,Genzebe Dibaba Breaks Women’s World Record In Spain

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Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba Keneni has broken the women’s 2,000m world record in  Spain at the indoor Miting International de Catalunya event.

Dibaba’s time of 5:23.75 beat the time set by Romanian Gabriela Szabo in 1998 by almost seven seconds.

The 25-year-old now holds the indoors records in the 1,500m, the mile, 2,000m, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m.

Outdoors, she also has world record in the 1,500m.

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Cameroon Footballer,Christian Bassogog Named AFCON 2017 Most Valuable Player

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Eighteen months ago, Christian Bassogog was a teenager 6,000 miles from home playing third-division soccer on a last-place team before crowds of 2,500 on Cape Fear in North Carolina.

On Sunday, the Cameroonian winger was basking in the global glow of winning the African championship and being named the top player in the tournament.

The 21-year-old plays for AaB in Denmark. Bassogog was a mesmerizing presence on the right wing and, after a frustrating first half in the final, proved equally effective on the left. His 60-yard run won the corner that led to Cameroon’s equaliser and he also scored to confirm the semifinal victory over Ghana. Bassogog was this tournament’s breakout star and may well have secured himself a big move.

Now,he is being scouted by football agents. Bassogog’s journey began outside of Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, where he featured for Rainbow FC, a second-tier side. In November 2014, he was among about 40 players invited to a scouting combine arranged by the Rainbow organization for Wilmington Hammerheads General Manager Jason Arnold and U.S. agent Leo Cullen.

Bassogog is scheduled to rejoin Aalborg soon for the resumption of league play Feb. 19. He’ll return as a champion.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named 2016 world’s best paid athlete

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the world’s highest-earning athlete in 2016

Real Madrid and Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged the highest-earning athlete for 2016 after banking £70m. The former Manchester United star, who had a remarkable 2016, after winning the Champions League and Euro tournament, that saw him claim the Ballon d’Or and the Best FIFA Men’s Player. He was named ahead of his rival, Lionel Messi who sits second, having made £65M while NBA star, LeBron James completed the top three with £61.9M.

Tennis legend, Roger Federer made £54.4M and Golden State Warriors’s Kevin Durant scooped £45.1M to make the top five.

However, it’s the first time the football star is heading the list as a top earner.

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Andre Ayew blasts team-mates after their AFCON elimination

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West Ham and Ghana Striker, Andre Ayew told his team-mates to ‘shut up and go home’ after they were eliminated out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Cameroon on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The Black Stars were defeated 2 – 0 in the Semi- Final clash by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who are now in the Final competition game.

Speaking after their elimination from the tournament, the former Swansea star who is now Ghana’s joint top scorer in AFCON tournaments, said: ‘We have to be honest, Cameroon deserved the victory today, we didn’t do what we had to do. We are very disappointed, but there’s not much to say. We just need to shut up, go home, and prepare for the next two years.

However, it is now 35 years since Ghana won a title and will have to try again next two years to break the jinx.

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Frank Lampard retires from football with lengthy appreciaton

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English football legend, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football at the ripe age of 38, after playing professional football for the last 21 years. Lampard first started his career at West Ham, before enjoying the best spell of his career at Chelsea, before joining New York City Football Club and Man City on loan.

 Lampard, who scored over 300 goals in his career, announced his retirement on Instagram saying:
‘After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.’
‘I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented.
‘ Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans.’
‘Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.
‘Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.’
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Usain Bolt Loses Olympic Gold Medal

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Sadly,Usain Bolt is no longer the first ever triple triple winner of sprinting gold medals.
Fastest man in the world,Usain Bolt,alongside his Jamaican 4x100m relay team got disqualified and stripped of their Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medal. The reason for that action being that one of the members of their relay team,Nesta Carter. Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but at the time,nothing was found. More than 4500 tests were carried out at these games,with nine athletes caught cheating.

Carter was first found to have been tested positive for banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine back in June which was on the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) prohibited list since 2004. The test came from Carter’s A sample back in 2008 but the International Olympics Committee were retesting frozen samples from both the Beijing and London Olympics ahead of last year’s event.

Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, the other members of the team are cleared of any doping allegations. Speaking in June,Bolt said the prospect of having to return the gold was ‘heartbreaking’.
While this doesn’t damage his reputation,it takes the shine and spotlight off him.

The Jamaican’s are no longer the Olympic champions from 2008 and Trinidad and Tobago will now get the gold medals. Japan will move up to silver and Brazil takes the bronze.

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Nigerian Female Wrestler Wins Pro Wrestling League In India

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2015 World Championship bronze medalist,Odunayo Adekuruoye has made Nigeria proud once again. She has won the Pro Wrestling League season two with Punjab Royals even though she lost her first fight of the camgaign to Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson in the fight which was held on Thursday in India. She was vital in helping her team gain an entrance to retaining their title.

In a replay of their encounter last year at the Rio Olympics,Sofia took a 1-0 lead in the first round courtesy of a passivity point against Odunayo. The Punjab grappler managed to draw level at 1-1 before taking the lead but Sofia equalized at 3-3. The final seconds saw high drama when Odunayo claimed a pushout.

However,her appeal was rejected by the judges following television replays and a penalty point was awarded to Sofia thus handing victory to the Rio Olympics bronze medalist,Odunayo.

Despite the hurdles and challenges faced by the team,in the current ranking released by the United World Wrestling,Grand Prix Championship climbed one place to number 7 after winning the 55kg crown at the Golden Grand Prix final.

Source; @nationalhelm.com

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Yaya Toure Turns Down £430,000 a week offer from China

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Manchester City’s prominent 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.

He has been a regular for the club since he was recalled in November and started his seventh consecutive game in the 4-0 defeat at Everton in the Premier League on 15 January.

Toure has been free to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs overseas since 1 January but it is understood he still enjoys the English game.

Guardiola has not given Toure any guarantees about his future beyond the summer.

The Ivorian, who joined City in 2010, has become more important since Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Watford on 14 December that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.

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Sagna,Man City’s defender Gets Fined Over Referee Comment

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Credit; @dailystar.co.uk. Manchester City’s french defender,Bacary Sagna

Manchester City’s defender Bacary Sagna was cautioned over his future conduct by the Football Association on Tuesday after releasing a post on Instagram,questioning referee Lee Mason’s impartiality. He was also fined for the sum of £40,000($49,439, 46,214 euros).

Sagna posted a picture with the caption ”10 against 12. but still fighting and winning as a team” on Instagram after Man City’s 2-1 victory against Burnley on the 2nd of this month. City were reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute of the match, when referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder Fernandinho.

The FA said the post, which was later deleted, “questioned the integrity of the match official”.

He later reviewed the post to say ”still fighting and winning as a team” after a clash that led to Mason sending off midfielder,Fernandinho.

He was charged with misconduct over the post last week Tuesday and punished by the FA who said,”The Manchester City defender was also warned as to his future conduct,following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,The player was charged in that his comment questioned the integrity of the match official and/or implied bias on the part of the match official and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to Rule E3 (1)”.

According to BBC Sport football reporter Simon Stone,”It is fair to say some senior figures at Manchester City feel Bacary Sagna has been pretty harshly dealt with.The feeling is Sagna has been given no credit for admitting he was wrong to post what he did on social media, nor has any account been taken for the fact he took down the “10 against 12″ Instagram post down within an hour of putting it up.Players and managers are allowed to, within reason, criticise a referee’s performance or their decisions provided they do not imply bias, question the official’s integrity or make offensive personal comments”

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UFC manager offers Mayweather $25 million to battle Conor McGregor yet the boxer declined

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UFC president, Dana White has taken the bull by the horns and offered Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor $25 million each to step in the ring, but it appears the sum is not enough to tempt the self-styled ‘money man’ Mayweather out of retirement.
White on Friday said:

‘I’ll tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer and I’m the guy that can actually make the offer and I’m actually making a real offer’. ‘We pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and then we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer.’

A TMZ journalist caught up with Mayweather to get his view on the offer but the boxer was dismissive, choosing instead to show off his £205K Hublot watch.
Speaking of White, Mayweather said:
‘He’s a f***ing comedian. Look at this Hublot watch I bought. Do you know how much it costs? Look it up.’
The boxer has made it clear he commands far more than $25 million.
Earlier last week he said he would fight McGregor for a guaranteed $100 m while offering the UFC lightweight champion McGregor, $15 m and a share of pay-per-view buys.

Mayweather, who won world titles in five weight divisions, took home earnings in excess of £650 million over his 19-year boxing career, including an estimated £188 million total from his 2015 ‘Fight of the Century’ against Manny Pacquiao.

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