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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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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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Cristiano Ronaldo To Become A Father Again As Real Madrid Star Expecting Twins As A Surrogate

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The Portuguese international’s first son, Cristiano Jr, was also born via surrogacy, as per reports.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has got the rumour mills going crazy with baby news despite remaining tight-lipped about his personal life. After welcoming his first son Cristiano Jr in 2010, reports now claim that the 32-year-old athlete is expecting twin boys via an American surrogate.

When the Portuguese international had Cristiano Jr there were similar reports that suggested the use of a surrogate. According to The Sun, sources claimed that Ronaldo and his family are set to welcome the newest members of their family “very soon”.

He has even planned to have the babies flown to his £5m ($6m) mansion on the outskirts of Madrid when they are born, reports said.

“Cristiano and his family can’t wait to meet the new members of their clan,” The Sun reported on Saturday (11 March). The source told the paper, “He likes to keep a tight lid on his private life but has told loved ones and close friends the baby boys are due to arrive very soon.”

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been flaunting his romance with Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez since November 2016. Amid the buzz about Ronaldo’s twins, the identity of their birth mother remains unknown.

The source added, “[Cristiano] feels the time is right for his boy to have brothers to grow up with.” While the athlete is seen frequently posting pictures with his older son, being a football superstar means hectic schedules. So, when the babies comes home, Ronaldo’s mother Maria Dolores “will be there to lend a helping hand like she has been with little Cristiano.”

Ronaldo’s recent baby news alludes to the time when he welcomed his first boy, whose mother’s name was never publicly revealed, but reports claimed that a San Diego resident was paid £10m by the footballer. At the time, Ronaldo was dating Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk. The glamorous couple, who were in a relationship until 2015, however, did not have any children together.

Following the break-up, the football star has been in the news for his much-public romance with 23-year-old Rodriguez. Apart from making several cozy appearances together, Ronaldo’s girlfriend was seen bonding with Cristiano Jr during a recent game in Real Madrid.

The trio even struck up to pose for an adorable photo at the FIFA Football Awards.

Source : Ibtimes.co.uk

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Barca does the Improbable! Massacres PSG 6-1 at Nou Camp to go through after 4-0 1st leg result

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Barcelona simply displayed magic on Wednesday night as they did what no other team had done before in the history of the UEFA champions league- they beat French club PSG, 6-1 at the camp Nou after suffering a 4-0 thrashing in the first leg.

It all looked like a bad day for PSG from the beginning of the match as they set up defensively, resting talisman Angel di Maria in the first half and various defensive mistakes led to Barca’s first goal – a strike from Luis Suarez on the third minute.

Moments later Barca scored again, through a strike from Luis Suarez, before Lionel Messi scored just after halftime leaving Barca just a goal behind to equalize. But Edinson Cavani then hit a crucial away goal for Paris Saint-Germain, denting Barca’s hopes.

Barca needed three more goals to qualify . Score 3-1 (agg 5-3). Barca mounted more pressure on PSG and in the last 15 minutes scored three goals, a beauty from Neymar, another penalty from Neymar and the last of which was a die minute goal in 5minutes extra time by Sergi Roberto. Score 6-1 (agg 6-5) !

The role the referee played in Barca’s win arguably can’t be denied (2 penalties and 5mins extra time at home) but the Spanish club can find solace in the fact that they’ve broken history – and they are in the UEFA champions league quarter finals . A quarter final without Barca would have been strange don’t you think? More photos from the match below…

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Floyd Mayweather challenges UFC champ Conor McGregor to a fight

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Retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has called out UFC champion Conor McGregor, saying it’s high time they fought for the enjoyment of the fans. McGregor and Mayweather have been attacking each other on social media for months now and the retired boxer who turned 40 on Saturday has now officially called out the UFC star.

‘I’m here to say today, on my birthday, they keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there,’ Mayweather told Showtime Boxing. ‘Conor McGregor, like I said before, I’m here let’s make it happen.’

‘Let’s make the fight happen. Let’s give the fans what they want to see. There’s only one fight out there that’s important and that’s Mayweather and Conor McGregor.’

Mayweather has already been made the overwhelming favorite as the fight between him and Conor will be a boxing match with McGregor, a kick boxer/martial artiste never engaged in a professional boxing fight before..
But Mayweather  has insisted that Conor can still match him in the ring as a boxer.

‘I mean cause every time Conor McGregor goes out there and compete and win, he do it standing up,’ Mayweather said in response to the idea that he’ll defeat Conor.

‘When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and a very, very tough competitor and he has the will to win.

‘The UFC gloves is no different from boxing gloves, they just a little bit smaller but if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power.’

We don’t really have to talk about that. We already know what my number is. My team and us, our number is there,’ Mayweather said reference how much guaranteed money he would need to fight McGregor.

‘He has to get his thing in order with his team.

‘Once Conor McGregor speaks with the UFC and his bosses, and then we can make it happen. Because we already know that Floyd Mayweather is his own boss. We’ve got Showtime [pay-per-view], Mayweather Promotions, which is the past and present and the future of sports and entertainment.’

He added:

‘I don’t know if the fight is going to happen. If it did happen that would be my last, my final fight. It can be the biggest fight in the history of the sport, we just don’t know.’

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Tiger Woods: ‘ I’ll never feel great again ‘

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The former world No. 1 golf player withdrew because of back spasms after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, prompting speculation over the 41-year-old’s ongoing fitness following 17 months out to recover from multiple back surgeries.
“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations,” Woods told former R&A chief executive Peter Dawson in a video interview for Dubai’s Vision Magazine at the Burj Al Arab hotel.
“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that.
“It was a tough, tough road,” he told CNN’s Living Golf show. “There was a lot of dark times where I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t move, the pain was too great.
“Anyone who’s ever had nerve pain in their back, they certainly understand what that feels like. I honestly didn’t know this time last year, I didn’t know if I’d ever play golf again. Just because of the fact that it’s nerve pain.”
Woods hasn’t won a tournament since 2013 and clinched the last of his 14 majors in 2008.
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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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Usain Bolt Is Not Going To Participate In 2018 Olympics,See Why

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So,Usain Bolt has removed any option of an appearance at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia. However,he will be participating in this year’s world championships in London.

He recently lost his 2008 relay gold medal after one of his teammates,Nesta Carter got tested and showed proof of banned substance abuse.

On Thursday,he told reporters in Melbourne that,”To come out here next season,to really train as hard as I need to get to the level I need to win,it’s not going to happen’ ‘.

Usain is to lead an international team of ”all stars” in the Nitro Athletics series in the Australian city against four other teams representing England. ”It is going to be great,going to be something different. Like cricket and Twenty20,it’s going to be different”,Bolt added. ”I feel it will catch on,it’s going to bring a lot of excitement to the sport. It is going to be something different,not going to be normal,a lot more exciting,I feel personally that it is a great idea. This is why I am a part of it

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Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup: artist's impressions of stadiums

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How to Learn Step by Step the Basics of Skateboarding

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Halo to stage 2016 Race Of Champions at the Olympic Stadium

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Tips for those fancying a flutter on the 2016 Australian Open tennis

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