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Chelsea Legend John Terry set to leave the club at the end of this season, after 22 years

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John Terry and Chelsea Football Club Monday jointly announced that the captain will leave the club at the end of the season. Terry has played for Chelsea 713 times since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times.

In his statement announcing his exit at the end of the season, Terry said:

‘After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks’.

He continued to say:

‘I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.  ‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I. I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge. I will of course always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware.  Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years.

You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said:

‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club. He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.  ‘In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.’

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Mikel scores his first CSL goal as Tianjin win

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Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi was on target as Tianjin TEDA secured their first Chinese Super League win of the season on Sunday after three games.

Tianjin beat visiting Chongqing Lifan 2-0, with a goal from Mikel in the 48th minute.

Their other goal was an own goal from Chongqing Lifan’s Goran Milovic in the 82nd minute.

The goal was Mikel’s first after three games in the Chinese Super League, since joining Tianjin TEDA from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Also in action for Tianjin TEDA was Mikel’s Nigeria teammate Brown Ideye who was replaced in the 65th minute by Dong Wang.

The game was Ideye’s second league appearance for Tianjin TEDA.

The win means  are now eighth in the league on four points, after drawing once and losing once in their first two games of the season.

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Brazil becomes first country to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup

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Brazil has officially become the first country to qualify for next year’s World cup in Russia after the South American nation defeated Paraguay 3-0 on Wednesday morning, and then watched Peru’s inflict a 2-1 victory over Uruguay.

The win over Paraguay, inspired by country captain Neymar, was Brazil’s 13th match without a loss, booking their place in Russia.
In Brazil’s group, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile occupy the remaining three guaranteed World Cup spots..

Brazil even though they lost their first game during qualifying, to Chile, have not lost in the 13 subsequent matches. A run which means Brazil sits on 33 points after 14 matches, with 10 wins, one loss and three draws.

“When I look at my family — the players — and when we talk to the fans and see how happy they are, that’s when you think ‘I’m part of something very special,’” Head coach, Tite said after Brazil’s qualification was confirmed.
Congrats to them!
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Mikel Obi’s partner, Olga recollects how she met him at her father’s house

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Olga, the mother of Mikel’s twin daughters, took to her IG page minutes ago to celebrate their love. Recalling how she met him at her parents house 5 years ago and how they went on their first date a year after, she wrote:

“Five years ago today you walked into my parents house and into my life. A year later on that exact day we went on our first date, you are persistent @mikel_john_obi. I am so lucky to share my life with you and our precious little peanuts. Love you #March29 #pooh1 #pooh2 #pooh3 #pooh4”

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Babyface Babatunde Wins N2m At GOTV Boxing Night In Just 10 Minutes

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On a night filled with Technical Knockouts (TKOs), Lagos based youngster and fast growing pugilist Rilwan “Babyface’’ Babatunde emerged the Most Valuable Boxer of the GOtv Boxing Night 11, held at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, March 26.

 
The sensational boxer won the N2m prize money after he defeated Waliu ‘Oganla’ Arogundade in the fourth round to win the national light welterweight contest in a total of 10 minutes.

Babyface pummeled his opponent heavily and floored him twice before the officials had to stop the bout.


In the national light welterweight bout, Vincent Essien was no match for Ibadan born Olaide Fijabi known as “Fijaborn’’ who is well known in Lagos.

Although their encounter was developing into a tough one when Essien showed some flashes, but Fijabi rounded it off in the third round with a deft punch to send Essien to the canvass – and that was how it ended.

The major upset of the night was observed in the national light heavyweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson’’ Towolawi and Adewale “Masevex’’ Masebinu.

KB Godson’s heavy blow in the second round was enough to win the tie as Masevex’ manager threw-in the towel after blood from his boxer’s face continued to spill.

The biggest bout on the fight-card was however short lived when Nigeria’s Otto “Joe Boy” Joseph wrapped-up the much anticipated West African lightweight challenge in the first round when he defeated Ghana’s Ayitey Mettle, to seal a night of explosive boxing.

Babyface who had never won the prize money at the previous editions of the tournament also took home the Mojisola Ogunsanya trophy, an award given to the best boxer on the night

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Nigerian Women in Sports :Nigeria’s Amusan posts 2017 world’s fastest 100m hurdles time

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Tobi Amusan set the world leading time in women 400m hurdles… at the weekend. She is now the second fastest Nigerian of all time

 

Tobi Amusan, who made the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, at the weekend clocked a 12.63 seconds lifetime and 2017 world leading 100 metres hurdles best on at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) Springtime meet held at the school ground, the Kidd Field.

The time, which broke a 34-year-old UTEP record, also shot the petite sprint hurdler up as the second fastest Nigerian of all-time in the event behind Africa and Nigeria’s record holder, Glory Alozie (12.44).

The Nigerian wasn’t surprised she ran that fast. “I didn’t have any idea,” Amusan was quoted as saying by the El Paso Times when asked if she knew how fast she had run. “It felt so good, so easy. I wasn’t surprised. I have been working hard ever since I got back from (indoor) nationals. I don’t go into competitions with the idea of running a time. I go into competition trying to execute my race. It showed.”

To put her time in perspective, it would have finished last season tied for the 10th best time in the world and the best in the NCAA. As she crossed the line, her coach, Lacena Golding-Clarke, thought she had messed it up on her hand time.“My stopwatch gave me an inclination of what it was, but I was waiting for the official time,” Golding-Clarke said. “I had 12.4-something (a hand time in the 100 hurdles should be .24 faster than the fully-automatic time) and I thought, ‘That’s not possible.’ I was not thinking she was ready to run that fast. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. She’s trained so hard.

“I’m so, so happy for her. I was thinking maybe a sub-13, maybe a 12.90 we can work with, but to run 12.63 as a sophomore – that’s better than my (personal record). I ran pro for 11 years and my best was 12.65. And she’s just a sophomore,” Golding-Clarke told the El Paso Times.

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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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