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Chelsea Announce Record Signing Madrid Striker

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea have announced a transfer deal to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

The Blues have reached an agreement with Real to sign Morata for a fee in the region of €80 million (£71m) to become the most expensive Spanish player ever.

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The 24-year-old has been tipped to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer after getting frustrated at his lack of chances under Zinedine Zidane. Manchester United were close to signing Morata earlier this summer but the Red Devils pulled out of a deal to sign the player due to Real Madrid’s valuation of the striker.

Chelsea have now moved ahead of their league rivals, to seal a deal for Alvaro Morata, announcing the deal, the club released an official statement which read:‘Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,

‘The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,’

The former Juventus forward who is currently on preseason tour with Real Madrid in Los Angeles, United States,  is expected to fly into London later this week to finalise the terms of contract and a medical before being presented as a Chelsea player.

Antonio Conte is understood to be a keen admirer of Morata’s abilities having coached him during their time at Juventus.

Alvaro Morata has also admired the qualities of Conte earlier this summer, he said:

‘Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team,

‘I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.

‘I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Confirms Girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez Is Pregnant With His Fourth Child

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Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has finally confirmed his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant with his fourth child,  just weeks after the birth of twins.

The football star confirmed the good news to newspaper El Mundo after months of media speculations.

When asked by El Mundo: How are your two babies like?
Cristiano: They are precious, I am delighted.

El Mundo: Do you change their diapers?
Cristiano: I’m not very good at it, but I try.

El Mundo: You look delighted.
Cristiano: Very, I’m really happy.

El Mundo: And are you happy with the one on the way?
Cristiano: Yes, very much.

He was asked if he was “happy” to have another child on the way, he replied: “Yes, very much.”

Georgina Rodriguez is carrying her first child for the footballer who already has three children from a surrogate mother.

According to 101GreatGoals reports, Georgina and Ronaldo are also planning to tie the knot after she recently started following popular Spanish wedding dress accounts on social media.

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Ex Manchester United midfielder Philip Mulryne Ordained As A Catholic Priest (Photos)

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Former Manchester United midfielder Philip Mulryne has been ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by the Archbishop Joseph Di Noia in a ceremony held in Dublin on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The former Northern Ireland international had been ordained a Deacon in October 2017 before he was confirmed as a Priest. Mulryne was a product of the Manchester United youth academy and made his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson’s in 1997.

The 39-year-old only made one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils before he moved to Carrow Road. His time at Norwich was undoubtedly the best of his career and his record states over 160 matches for the club during a six-year stint.

Ordination photos…

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Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe joins Chinese club Beijing Enterprises

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Former Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Everton striker, Victor Anichebe, is the latest ex- Premier League star and Nigerian footballer to make a big-money move to China after completing his transfer to Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises Group FC.
The club manager Gao Hongbo made the announcement at a recent press conference.
“We are delighted with the signing of Victor, who played in the Premier League,”
“It’s a positive development for our whole club.
“Victor hasn’t trained on the pitch since the Premier League season ended, so it may take a while for him to integrate into our team. We have to be patient.”
The 29-year-old football star was released by Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.
Anichebe joined the Black Cats on a short-term contract as a free agent last September, but his brief spell at the Stadium of Light was frustrated with knee and hamstring injuries.
He scored just three goals in 19 appearances and was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.
Details of the mouth-watering deal are yet to be revealed. The striker has now joined Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye among the few Nigerians playing in China.
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“You name him, I beat him” Mayweather brags about his upcoming fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather was seen in a gym in Los Angeles preparing for his fight with Conor McGregor which will hold on August 26. He spent over four hours training and kept repeating a mantra to himself during the workout

“You name him. I beat him.” Mayweather said to himself as he punched the boxing bag.

“I be trying to tell ya’ll … I can get a black eye, a bloody nose. I can have a bad day in the gym. At the end of the day, I don’t have a bad payday and I don’t have a bad night under the lights,” he continued while pacing.

He added, “I get bumps, bruises … but I don’t have a bad night.”

Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 after beating Andre Berto but came out of retirement to fight McGregor. He made the announcement in early May that he was finally going to make the fight between him and Connor happen after weeks of hints and intimations

“For Conor McGregor … I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June,” he had told the crowd at a promotional event in May.

Source: TMZ

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Asisat Oshoala defends Falz after he faced criticism for asking musicians to stop glorifying fraud with their lyrics

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FalzTheBahdGuy in a recent interview called on fellow musicians to stop glorifying fraud with their lyrics and desist from praising fraudsters. This behaviour, according to him, serves as a bad example for the younger generation. A lot of people surprisingly criticized him for this, saying it was not in his place to call out fraudsters.

Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, stood up for him in a series of posts on Instagram. See more posts after the cut.

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Floyd Mayweather emerges from retirement to fight Connor McGregor on August 26

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The long awaited and much talked about boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor has now been made official and fixed for August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas. Mayweather confirmed the fight on his Instagram account as he shared a video poster of both fighters with the caption, “It’s official”.

Then a few minutes later, McGregor tweeted ‘the fight is on’ posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather’s father Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena.

The fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, but ticket prices have not been set yet.

Both Floyd and Conor will be tested by USADA for performance enhancing drugs.

Conor is expected to make around $100 million for the fight, he also sincerely believes he will knock Mayweather out.

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Read the real reason Legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali converted to Islam revealed in new letter

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Muhammad Ali whose public conversion to Islam in 1964 shocked the whole World, a decision which cost him a lot and was highly criticized by several popular figures among others.
The Legendary American World Heavyweight boxer, who was known as Cassius Clay before embracing Islam initially offered different reasons for his conversion.
According to the 1967 book, Black Is Best: The Riddle of Cassius Clay, by former Sports Illustrated writer Jack Olsen, Ali said his first encounter came from a street-corner proselytizer in Harlem. He later told Olsen that it came at a Nation of Islam meeting in Miami in 1960 or early 1961, and he also said that his first meeting was in Chicago.
Now there is another version of Ali’s story which was first sighted by TIME.  In a never before published letter, Muhammad Ali tells his former wife why he converted to Islam which arguably has been described as most detailed reasons for his conversion.
In his forthcoming book ‘Ali: A Life’, which comes out in October from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, author Jonathan Eig excerpts a letter that Ali wrote to his second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was married to the legendary fighter from 1967-1976.

 

In the letter, which Camacho-Ali says her ex-husband wrote some time in the late 1960s, Ali describes seeing a cartoon in the Nation of Islam newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, outside his hometown of Louisville.
The cartoon illustrated how white slave owners brutally beat their slaves while insisting that they pray to Jesus.
The transcribed letter reads:
‘One night at a skating rink in Louisville (I was on my way home), the skating rink was located at 9th and Broadway St., while I was standing outside the building in a crowd of about 400 people, all black people, like most boys [I was looking] for a pretty girl to say something to. A black brother dressed in a black Mohair suit, [with a] white shirt and a black bowtie, was [selling] some newspapers called Muhammad Speaks.
At that time it was the first time I had seen a Muhammad Speaks newspaper. The brother walked up to me and said, ‘my brother, do you want to buy a Muhammad Speaks newspaper, so that you can read about your own kind, read the real truth of your history, your true religion, your true name before you were [given] the White Man’s name in slavery?’ He said, ‘oh, by the way there is a meeting that we are having today on 27th and Chestnut St. at 8 o’clock this evening. And at the time it was about 6 o’clock in the evening. I told him OK, I will be there.
But I had no intention to go to any meeting. But I did buy the Muhammad Speaks paper. And [one] thing in the paper [made] me keep the paper, and that was a cartoon. And the cartoon was about the first slaves that arrived in America, and the cartoon was showing how the black slaves were slipping off at the plantation to pray in the Arabic language facing the east.
And the white slave master would run up behind the slave with a whip and hit the poor [slave] on the back with a whip and say, ‘what are you doing praying in that language, you know what I told you to speak,’ and the slave said, ‘yes sir, yes sir, Master. I will pray to Jesus, sir, Jesus.’ And I liked that cartoon. It did something to me. And it made sense.’
According to TIME, Camacho-Ali asked Muhammad to write the letter after she confronted him about his extramarital dalliances.
The author of the new book, Jonathan Eig who claims he paid Camacho-Ali $600 for the letter says: “The incident he describes in the letter—picking up the newspaper and reading the cartoon—may have been one in a series of influential events for his conversion.
Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016, at age 74. As today marks the first year anniversary of his passing, Camacho-Ali sees it as another chance to celebrate him, his flaws and all.
“Allah has opened the door for him in paradise,” she tells TIME. “He’s not suffering anymore. I cherish the good moments. There was more good than bad. It was a blessing to be a part of that journey.”
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Man U and Man City donate £1m to families of Manchester terror attack victims

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Manchester clubs, Man U and Man City have put aside their age long rivalry to dole out financial support to families of the victims of the Manchester terror attacks on Monday that killed 22 people and injured 64 people.

Both clubs have donated £1m to the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’, designed to assist the families and dependents of the victims- and the donation from City and United increases the total amount of donations to beyond £3m.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said; “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack,”

“The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.”

Ed Woodward, executive chairman of United, said: “The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone. Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.

“The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath.”

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Man U win the UEFA Europa League, qualify for Champions League

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Manchester United on Wednesday night capped what will be termed a very successful season by defeating Ajax 2-0 to win the UEFA Europa League final, guaranteeing the Old Trafford club a place in next season’s UEFA Champions league tournament.

Two goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mhikitaryan was all Mourinho’s men needed to win their third trophy (League Cup, Community shield, Europa league) of the season- a tactical win that showed Man U’s experience over Ajax who had more of the possession and more passes.
Congrats to Man U.
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BATSHUAYI STRIKES AS CHELSEA CLINCH PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE

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Chelsea have won the Premier League title after defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

A late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi   gave the Blues three points, which mean they hold an unassailable 10-point advantage over Tottenham.

It is the sixth time that the Stamford Bridge side have won England’s top flight and the fourth time since 2004-05 that they have claimed the Premier League title.

Their campaign has been one of virtual unabated excellence since a sticky period in September, when they lost successive matches against Liverpool and Arsenal saw them drop as far as eighth.

Manager Antonio Conte, who arrived in the summer to guide the team after a disappointing 2015-16 season, thereafter altered his side to play with three at the back, and that proved the catalyst for a 13-match winning streak that proved to be the decisive run as they claimed the crown.

Conte’s transformation of Chelsea from fallen champions to Premier League title winners inside 12 months was completed with victory at West Bromwich Albion – a remarkable success story in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The 47-year-old inherited a squad that had declined from domestic superpower to mid-table mediocrity amid acrimony and the sacking of title-winning manager Jose Mourinho. But he has shown the personality, tactical brilliance and sure touch to put them back at the top of the English game.

The Blues lost London derbies against Spurs and Crystal Palace, while they also went down against a Manchester United side led by Jose Mourinho, sacked 18 months earlier as they made a woeful start to their title defence.

Ironically, though, Conte’s men seemed to be aided by their lack of European football, as it left their squad free to focus on domestic matters as their chief rivals faltered.

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SERENA WILLIAMS HOLDS BRIDAL SHOWER

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Serena Williams was showered with love by family and friends to celebrate her upcoming nuptials to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian.

People magazine reported that Williams celebrated at South Beach’s 1 Hotel in Miami surrounded by 20 loved ones, including her three sisters and mom. They did yoga and meditated, got foot rubs and hung out by the luxury hotel’s pool.

“The shower really reflected Serena’s girlie and detail-oriented personality,” her friend and L.A. event planner Val Vogt of VLV Group told the publication. “There were lots of surprises for her throughout the weekend.”

People shared exclusive photos on Instagram on Thursday, including one of Serena with Venus.

The tennis superstar and Ohanian announced their engagement in December. In April, she announced she was pregnant with their first child with an accidental Snapchat post. She found out she was expecting two days before the Australian Open ― which she won.

“I was nervous. I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I knew that at that moment, it was really important for me to just focus,” she said during a TED conference.

Williams also took some time to visit Disney’s Pandora: World of Avatar in Orlando, Florida. She shared a photo of her dressed in Avatar garb, looking like she had a blast.

So much to celebrate!

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