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Jacquez Welch, 17, from St Petersburg, Florida, collapsed

A high school football player in Florida is fighting for his life after he collapsed in the middle of a game. 

Jacquez Welch, a senior and team captain at Northeast High School in St Petersburg, was on the field playing against Osceola High School on Friday night.

Welch and his teammates tackled an opposing player, but he was the only one that didn't get up, reported WFTS.

He was rushed to Bayfront Health - six miles away - where doctors discovered he had a pre-existing condition that caused severe bleeding in his brain after a tangle of blood vessels burst.

The 17-year-old is now on life support and his medical team says they're unsure if he will recover. 

It comes just weeks after another player on Northeast's football team was shot and killed while riding his bike. 

Welch's mother, Marcia Nelson, told WFTS that she was watching the game in the stands when the incident occurred.

She didn't know the situation was serious until one of his coaches told her to come onto the field.  

'There's nothing anyone could have done to prevent this,' she told the station.

'The doctors told me this would have happened whether he was on the field playing or not...It's unfair. Why him?'

Welch was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which occurs when there is a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins.

Normally, arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain, while veins carry oxygen-low blood away from the brain and towards the heart. 

But, with AVM, bloods flows very quickly and directly from the arteries to the veins, bypassing normal brain tissue.  

This can cause the small blood vessels to dilate over time and potentially burst due to the high pressure of blood flow from the arteries.

The cause of AVMs is unknown, but it believed to occur during fetal development, 

Brain AVMs are estimated to occur in less than one percent of the general population, and affect mostly males, according to the American Stroke Association.

There is no cure and treatment consists of controlling symptoms and preventing complications such as hemorrhaging. 

After Northeast won 41-0, the entire team reportedly visited Welch in the ICU.  

'Jacquez is such an incredible kid,' his coach, Jeremy Frioud, told the Tampa Bay Times. 'He does everything right. Everyone is praying for him. He needs a miracle.'

Frioud told the newspaper that Welch has good grades - a 4.0 GPA - and received his first scholarship offer to play football at Concordia College in Minnesota.  

The coach has also organized a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of Welch's medical bills.

As of Monday afternoon, more than $7,000 has been raised out of a $10,000 goal. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7495221/High-school-football-player-clinging-life-tangle-blood-vessels-brain-burst.html

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'I thought he was going to kill me': Grandmother relives horror moment she was set upon by a stranger armed with a metal baseball bat in a carpark

She said she owed her survival to a hero couple who rushed to her aid and stopped the man from beating her to death.  

Ms Thorning used her arm to protect herself and her camera gear, which she had been carrying.  

'It was so hard I actually heard the metal hitting my bone and bouncing off,' she said.

'He was just swinging it and swinging it. I thought ''Oh my God, my camera gear. It's going to go".'  

She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital and now faces a long road to recovery.  

Ms Thorning was heading towards the park's nature trail to take photographs, when a man in a car pulled up beside her.

The thug jumped out of the car and started beating her. 

Jimmy Hinch, one of the heroes, said he saw a man dragging Ms Thorning by her leg while she was holding her camera equipment. 

'I ran around the side of me car and grabbed me a stick ... and Kim sort of got Heather away,' the 32-year-old said. 

The attacker sped off after Mr Hinch and his partner came to save Ms Thorning.  

The man police are looking for in relation to the attack is described to be aged between 34-45 years old, 180cm tall with an Australian accent. 

He was unshaven, wore khaki coloured pants and sped off in a red four-door sedan, similar to a Subaru Impreza. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7464803/Award-winning-photographer-bashed-baseball-bat-Lesmurdie-Falls-car-park.html

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Fabio Paim, the player Cristiano Ronaldo said was better than him, has been arrested

"If you think I'm good, just wait until you see Fabio Paim."

They were Cristiano Ronaldo’s words upon his arrival at Manchester United in 2003.

The future five-time Ballon d’Or winner had just signed for United from Sporting but believed there was an even bigger talent at the Portuguese club.

But while Ronaldo went on to become one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Paim.

He was being scouted by the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid at the age of 14 and, at the age of 19, joined Chelsea on-loan under Luiz Filipe Scolari.

But he failed to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge, making a handful of reserve appearances during his four months in west London.

And it was the start of a downward spiral for Paim.

He had unsuccessful loan spells at Rio Ave and Real Massama before he was released from Sporting in 2010.

He signed for Portuguese third division side S.C.U Torreense, making three appearances before leaving.

In the following eight years, he played in seven counties - China, Angola, Malta, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Qatar and Brazil.

But Paim just couldn’t justify Ronaldo’s comments from 2003.

Sixteen years on, the former wonderkid has now been arrested on suspicion of 'drugs trafficking', according to Portuguese paper Correio da Manha.

Police reportedly found 12 grams of cocaine, weighing scales, 900 euros and a BMW whilst searching the house searches following his arrest.

The police confirmed a man aged 31 and a woman aged 43 had been arrested on suspicion of drugs trafficking - and a number of Portuguese newspapers identified the man as Fabio Paim, who is said to have been under investigation for months.

Oh dear.

Two years ago, Paim gave an interview blaming his fall from grace on the lack of support he received.

“I often trained with the first team but I didn’t play," he said.

“I wanted to play. I felt I could do more. Jorge Mendes took me to Chelsea. I was getting good money and he had a player at the club and that was good for everyone.

“If it had been today I would have had more patience. But at the time, the more free time I had, the more stupid things I did.”

https://www.givemesport.com/1495325-fabio-paim-the-player-cristiano-ronaldo-said-was-better-than-him-has-been-arrested

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I Have Two (2) Sons - They Will Play For Ghana If They Follow In My Footsteps - Michael Essien

Michael Essien has revealed his sons will choose Ghana over any nation if they follow his career path in future. 

The 36-year-old has two sons with wife Akosua Puni Essien.
 
The Chelsea legend, who is in South Africa on an ambassadorial role for giants American beverage company Budweiser, has revealed his two sons will choose his native country if they decide to play football in future.



"I have two sons actually. Why not? Their father comes from Ghana. So they will play for Ghana,"  he told South Africa based iono.fm.

"We have to wait and see. They are very young at the moment. And I don't even know if they want to play football. We just have to wait and see."



Essien, who is currently serving as player-coach at  Azerbaijani Sabail FK, has enjoyed an illustrious career playing for top clubs in Europe including Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

https://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/sports/soccer/201908/388475.php

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Male basketball star banned two years after drug test revealed he was pregnant

An American basketball player was suspended after an attempt to cheat at a urine drug test backfired spectacularly ­– revealing he was pregnant.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) banned Donell “DJ” Cooper Jr, a 28-year-old point guard who last played for AS Monaco, for two years for “fraud” after a urine sample was found to contain a hormone commonly associated with pregnancy.

Cooper, a Chicago native and former college standout, had gone undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft but developed a successful pro career in Europe.

He played in Greece and Russia before landing with AS Monaco and tallied several accolades during his European years – including being named Most Valuable Player of the French basketball league (French Pro A) in 2017.

But Cooper suddenly announced in September 2018 that he would leave AS Monaco for “family reasons”.

“I decided to take a step back from basketball and terminate my contract […] for family reasons,” he said in a farewell statement released by the club.

“At the moment, my mind and concentration are not on basketball and I don’t want to be a source of disruption for the team … this team that I love, this team that represents the extraordinary Principality of Monaco that gave me unique life experience.

“This team represents a professional organisation led by invested, passionate and rigorous people.

I wish my teammates and coaches the maximum success.”

But FIBA recently revealed what hid behind the “family reasons”.

Cooper had applied for Bosnian citizenship in 2014 and was looking to join the Bosnian national basketball team as a naturalised player, for which he had to undergo a drug test.

His urine sample revealed unusually high levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG), a hormone that is commonly produced by cells in the placenta during pregnancy and can be detected by blood and urine tests some two weeks after conception. 

FIBA suspended Cooper on the spot and he won’t be cleared to play again until 24 June 2020.

A FIBA spokesperson confirmed to The Independent that the sanction started in June 2018 and that Mr Cooper was suspended for “fraud”.

Slovenia’s national broadcaster RTV reported that Cooper submitted his girlfriend’s sample to the drug test, but FIBA declined to confirm or deny the claim and said it would not release any further information or make any comment about the case.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/basketball-star-banned-drug-test-pregnant-donell-cooper-fifa-chicago-nba-a9040196.html

 

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Kevin-Prince Boateng bids Sassuolo emotional farewell after Fiorentina switch

Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has bid an emotional farewell to US Sassuolo after completing a move to AC Fiorentina in the ongoing transfer window.

The 32-year-old enjoyed a stellar six months at Sassuolo last term after joining as a free-agent from German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Boateng left the Neroverdi to join FC Barcelona on loan during the January transfer window but failed to glitter.

The Ghana international returned to the Mapei Stadium after the loan spell but was told to look for a new club after coach Roberto De Zerbi made it clear to him that he is not in his plans ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Boateng left the club to join AC Fiorentina on a two-year deal worth €1 million.

The former AC Milan and Tottenham attacker took to his Instagram page to bid farewell to Sassuolo after completing the move in Wednesday.

"It ends today with a wonderful experience. I want to thank all my friends and companions, all the people who work every day to make this company really special. I thank Giorgio Squinzi and his wife Adriana, the CEO Giovanni Carnevali and the DS Giovanni Rossi for their availability and professionalism.”

“Thanks to Mister De Zerbi, it was a privilege to work together with a great coach like him, with whom I created an indelible relationship that goes beyond football.”

“Finally I want to thank all the fans #neroverdi for the affection received, I will take you forever with me! Sassuolo Calcio.”

https://ghanasoccernet.com/kevin-prince-boateng-bids-sassuolo-emotional-farewell-after-fiorentina-switch

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Bruno Fernandes Breaks Down In Tears After Sporting's Game Amid Manchester United Speculation

Fernandes was reduced to tears after Sporting CP's last pre-season game, and his actions immediately sent United Twitter into meltdown.

"Bruno Fernandes crying after tonight's game. Hey @ManUtd your move now," one Twitter user wrote. 

A second tweeted: "Bruno Fernandes cried at the end of the match between #Sporting and #Valencia tonight. Goodbye?"

A third added: "Fernandes crying tonight. This could be his last game for Sporting and United bound."

While another said: "This €62M 'agreement' with #mufc could have some truth. Farewell game for Fernandes?" 

Well, Sporting manager Marcel Keizer is hoping the 24-year-old attacker remains in Portugal but he's unsure whether he'll continue to ply his trade for the club.

"We hope to keep Bruno Fernandes but I don't know at this moment," he said after his side's defeat to Valencia.

It has been claimed that a £63 million agreement has been reached with Sporting for Fernandes.

Reports suggest the player is ready to land in Manchester to undergo a medical before completing a summer transfer.

Fernandes enjoyed a prolific campaign last season. He weighed in with an impressive 31 goals and 17 assists in 50 games from midfield.

Manchester City have also been strongly linked with Fernandes though it appears their cross-town rivals are on the verge of securing his services.

It remains to be seen whether Fernandes will be a replacement for Paul Pogba, who continues to attract interest from Real Madrid.

http://news-af.op-mobile.opera.com/news/detail/cf90417c765730d04e626f0a4c1b57d6?country=zw&language=en&share=1&client=

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Arsenal lead birthday cheers for Papilo Nwankwo Kanu

Arsenal Football Club on Thursday led the chorus of ‘happy birthday’ cheers for Nigeria international and former captain, Nwankwo Kano, fondly called Papilo.

The gangling striker, who is almost 6feet 6inch tall, who was among the seven African soccer legends named in June as AFCON ambassadors by CAF clocked 43 today.

Kanu opened the floodgate of greetings and celebration when he announced on Twitter that he has clocked yet another year.

“Another year. I thank God for this day. I will keep working for others”, he wrote.

Arsenal tweeted: “Happy 43rd to you @papilokanu”. Kanu spent five years with Arsenal(1999-2004) scoring 37 goals in 119 appearances.

Kanu was born in Owerri, Imo state.

 

He began his footballing career with Iwuanyanwu Nationale in 1992, and then went on to play for Ajax Amsterdam,(1993-1996) where he won the UEFA Champions League in 1995, Inter Milan(1996-1999), Arsenal(1999-2004), West Brom(2004-2006) and Portsmouth(2006-2012).

He is arguably one of the most decorated Nigerian footballers. He was among the Nigerian youth team that won the World Cup in Japan in 1993. He was also in the Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta in 1996. He was named African Footballer of the Year same year. He won the award again in 1999.

One of his best known charitable work was the Kanu Heart Foundation, borne out of his own career-threatening heart ailment that required some corrective surgery. At Inter Milan, Kanu underwent a medical examination which revealed a serious heart defect; he underwent surgery in November 1996 to replace an aortic valve and did not return to his club until April 1997.

At Arsenal, Kanu won the 2003 FA Cup with Arsenal. Along with other famous players, such as Henry and Robert Pires, Kanu is a member of the “Invincibles”, the Arsenal side that finished the 2003–04 season of the Barclays Premier League undefeated.

Arsenal were not the only people remembering their ‘invincible’. There were others as well.

https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/08/01/arsenal-lead-birthday-cheers-for-papilo-nwankwo-kanu/

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Kidnappers of Siasia’s mother demand N70m ransom

The kidnappers of the mother of former Super Eagles striker and coach, Beauty Siasia have established contact with Samson Siasia and demanded for N70 million to before they could release the woman.

Reports had it that Sisia had spoken with his mother and two others abducted from their homes in Odoni community in Sagbama Local Government Area Bayelsa State by gunmen.

It was gathered that one of the gunmen reportedly called Siasia with a foreign number, and asked for asked for N70m for the release of his 76-year-old mother.

Siasia’s mother was first abducted in November 2015 and was released 12 days after a ransom was paid.

The 76-year-old woman was kidnapped again two days ago by unidentified armed men from her home in Odoni, Sagbama Local Council of Bayelsa State.

Mr. Dennis, the younger brother to Samson Siasia, who confirmed the abduction of their 76-year-old mother, said the kidnappers whisked away their aged mother without taking along her Blood Pressure (BP) drugs and mobile phone.

https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/07/18/kidnappers-of-siasias-mother-demand-n70m-ransom/

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Barcelona Superstar Lionel Messi 'Attacked' in Night Club

There was pandemonium at a night club in Ibiza as Barcelona and Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi was reportedly attacked by an unknown person during a party. The incident occurred in the late hours of Sunday, July 28, 2019. 

 

The footballer has been holidaying in Ibiza with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo, 31, and their three children;Thiago, 6, Mateo, 3, and Ciro, 1, as well as some of his teammates. 



In viral videos online, the striker was seen as he was being escorted away from the attacker as people gathered around the scene. It is unclear what prompted the incident, and there is no suggestion if Messi did anything wrong to spark the drama during his night out on the Spanish island. 
 

https://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/sports/soccer/201907/387922.php

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Kwabena Owusu exposes Sports Ministry over $80k appearance fee

Ghanaian attacker, Kwabena Owusu has stated categorically that none of his teammates received $80,000 as appearance fee at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament but rather $20,000.

One of the stories that came up during the AFCON in Egypt was that the Stars were paid an amount of $80,000 as appearance fee but the player who was speaking on GHOne TV monitored by MyNewsGh.com said that the players received $20,000 instead of the speculated amount of $80,000.

“I was shocked when I heard the rumour that we received $80,000 as an appearance fee. We did not get $80,000 as appearance fee, our appearance fee was $20,000” he said.

According to him, though they were eliminated from the AFCON they were eager to bring AFCON trophy to Ghana saying they didn’t play with the heart of Ghanaians.

He said, “Black Stars Players have received a lot of insults from Ghanaians after the AFCON tournament because Ghanaians lack knowledge about football.”

http://news-af.op-mobile.opera.com/news/detail/7396d040591c1aed23aded3d9e934c8c_gh?country=gh&language=en&share=1&client=

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Former Black Stars goalkeeper ‘Olele’ arrested at East Legon tunnel

A former Black Stars goalkeeper and current goalkeeper trainer Richard Kingston also know as Olele has been arrested together with 21 errant drivers at the East Legon tunnel as part of CITI TV’s war against indiscipline campaign.

One would have expected that since the Police has already held operations in this area, residents would be more law-abiding.

Also caught in the web was the driver of a V8 with a Commissioner whose identity isn’t immediately known.

The impounded vehicles have been sent to the East Legon police station while 18 of the errant drivers have been processed for the Abeka motor court this morning for their various offences.

ASP Simon Tenku of the Police Public Affairs Directorate spoke to CITI News after today’s operations said most of the drivers implicated today were neglecting the road mappings.

“Today we didn’t get a lot of people driving on the shoulder, most of the drivers were just neglecting the road mapping and using the wrong directions and I am also glad that today we didn’t get a lot of uniform persons to compare to the last time we were here which is an improvement and we are happy about that and so far we have arrest 21 drivers process 18 for court today,” he said.

On Tuesday, Some security officials, including police, customs and military officials, were arrested for breaching various traffic regulations at East Legon.

These officials were among those who were arrested by the police team that is part of the War Against Indiscipline campaign.

The leadership of the Ghana Police has cautioned officers in the Service to desist from breaking traffic regulations under the guise of “emergency” situations.

According to an internal memo from the police which was sighted by citinewsroom.com, any police officer found flouting any of the traffic laws will be sanctioned.

The Police Service in the memo also warned the officers that video recordings of any violation will be shared with the general public.

http://news-af.op-mobile.opera.com/news/detail/3da73e533079f74968170acd20fb944e_gh?country=gh&language=en&share=1&client=

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A boxer who kissed a female reporter

Kubrat Pulev, a Bulgarian heavyweight boxer who kissed a female reporter on the lips while she was interviewing him in the ring last March, was unanimously cleared to fight again by members of the California State Athletic Commission, which warned that another offense would bring a lifetime ban from North American competition.

Jennifer Ravalo, a Vegas Sports Daily contributor who uses the byline Jenny SuShe, was conducting a video interview after Pulev’s heavyweight victory over Bogdan Dinu in Costa Mesa when he reached for her face and planted a kiss on her lips. She also alleged that he groped her. Although she smiled as she wrapped up the interview, Ravalo called for his suspension, saying at the time that she was “immediately shocked and embarrassed and I did not know how to respond.”

Video of the incident was widely quickly shared and Pulev apologized during Monday’s hearing in San Diego.

“I’m very sorry for this kiss,” the 38-year-old fighter said (via Reuters). “And I must to say to Ms. Ravalo, please, excuse me and sorry for the kiss, because it was my mistake, 100 percent.”

Pulev, who was suspended in May for six months for conduct considered a “discredit to boxing,” also was fined $2,500 and ordered to attend a sexual harassment awareness course. In lifting the punishment, one commissioner told Pulev to “continue to learn from this please, sir, and talk about it to others. We could use your help on that.” Pulev can now reapply for his license, but further offenses will bring a lifetime ban from fighting in North America, the commission said.

“It’s disappointing he didn’t do the full six months,” Ravalo told the New York Daily News. “I don’t know if he’s really sorry. I won’t know until I see how he acts.”

To fulfill the training requirement, Pulev and his managers, based in Las Vegas, contacted UNLV and he participated in a Women in Journalism panel July 3 at the school’s UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. “I knew before the incident,” Pulev said (via the Las Vegas Sun). “I knew this is a mistake. I know this. But I did it because I was happy and very excited. But this is not an excuse for what I did. I do it, and now I understand that while I am happy and I do something happy, for the other side this is maybe not happy, not so funny.”

The fighter whose nickname is The Cobra had just improved to 27-1 with the biggest victory of his career when the incident occurred. In May, he called Ravalo a friend and tweeted about what he said was “the most commented kiss in the world.” “The reporter, Jenny, is actually a friend of mine and after the interview, I was so elated, I gave her a kiss,” he tweeted. “Later that night, she joined me and my other friends at my post-fight celebration. On the video, after our kiss, we both laughed about it and thanked each other. There really is nothing more to this.”

Ravalo denied that friendship during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred in May. “I was immediately shocked and embarrassed, and didn’t know how to respond. Next, I walked to the table to put my items in my backpack. He grabbed both of my buttocks and squeezed with both of his hands,” she said in a statement at the time. “Then he walked away without saying anything to me and laughed.

“It made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated that Kubrat Pulev would treat me in such an unprofessional manner. I did not encourage or consent to Mr. Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside. I was there at the event covering the boxing match as a professional member of the press. Kissing a woman on her lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.”

Ravalo, whose bio on the Vegas Sports Daily website describes her as “web host, contributor, writer and sushi chef,” said she had not met Pulev before the weigh-in on the eve of the fight, but said she did attend the post-fight party because it gave her “an opportunity to interview more fighters” and interacted with Pulev.

“He acted like nothing happened but later at the party he asked me to remove the kiss from the interview [video],” Ravalo said. “I did not remove it and instead posted it because I wanted people to see what he had done to me. I wanted him to be accountable. I didn’t want him to get away with it.

“What he did to me was disgusting. I felt humiliated. No woman should be treated this way. Mr. Pulev and I were not friends and we were not in a romantic relationship. He had no right to kiss me.”

In a statement to CNN in March, the CSAC said that Pulev had been “notified that, before he will be licensed to fight in California again, he must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he conforms to this principle of respect.” By a 6-0 vote, the commissioners determined he had done so. “This was a good learning experience,” Pulev said during the seminar. “I think my mistake can help people learn not to do this. This is a big mistake. Now people can speak about it.”

Since the incident, Ravalo, who attended the hearing, said she has been bullied online and falsely accused by Pulev’s agent, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. In an iFL TV clip posted in June on YouTube, he claimed she had been “fooling around” with Pulev during training and “acting as his semi-girlfriend.” He also claimed that video showed Ravalo giving a lapdance to a member of Pulev’s group during the post-fight party. Allred called that “blatantly false” and noted that both the fighter and Ravalo told the commission that they met the day before the Dinu fight. Arum, who noted in the interview that he has daughters and granddaughters and is “sensitive to real sexual harassment,” has not commented since Monday’s decision by the CSAC.

“Mr. Arum cares little about sexual harassment at all,” Ravalo told the commission before the vote, citing his recent comment that he did not believe “that a 6-foot-4, 250-pound boxer grabbing the face of a 5-foot-2 reporter and forcibly kissing her with his bloody mouth was sexual harassment. I would like to see if he would think differently if a large, bloody man did the same to him without his consent.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/07/23/boxer-who-kissed-female-reporter-ring-can-fight-again-says-it-was-my-mistake/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.08b1d977a6ff

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Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev dies after sustaining injuries during fight

Maxim Dadashev receives attention after his corner threw in the towel at his July 19 fight in Maryland.

(CNN)Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died in a US hospital after his fight with Puerto Rico's Subriel Matias.

The fight was on Friday in Maryland. Dadashev was 28 years old.

"Top Rank is devastated to report that Maxim Dadashev passed away earlier this morning due to injuries sustained during last Friday's bout," Dadashev's promoter, Top Rank, said in a statement. "Maxim was a talented fighter inside the ring and a loving husband and father outside the ropes. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

"Maxim was a terrific young man," added Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum. "We are all saddened and affected by his untimely death."

Dadashev and Matias fought at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday night. The winner of the fight would've been the mandatory challenger to Josh Taylor for his title belt.

Dadashev's trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight after the 11th round.

Matias was dominating Dadashev and was ahead 109-100, 108-101 and 107-102 on the scorecards at the time of stoppage, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael. In reviewing footage from the fight, McGirt could be seen and heard pleading with Dadashev to stop the fight, noting he had taken a lot of hits.

Dadashev had to be helped out of the ring, and he started to vomit and lost consciousness before making it to the dressing room, ESPN reported. He was taken to UM Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland where he underwent emergency brain surgery for a subdural hematoma, which is bleeding in the brain, the network said.

It added that Dadashev had to be placed into a medically induced coma after the operation in order to allow the brain swelling to subside.

"As you can imagine the news this morning has devastated us all," McGirt wrote in a message to CNN. "Out of respect for his family I will refrain from making any comment at this time other than to say Maxim was and always will be a phenomenal young man and boxer."

Dadashev originally hails from St. Petersburg, Russia but was based out of Oxnard, California. He had a professional boxing record of 13 wins and one loss, with 10 of his wins coming by knockout, according to Top Rank.

The Russian Boxing Federation has announced that they have opened an investigation into the matter.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/sport/maxim-dadashev-russian-boxer-death-trnd/index.html

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Meet Claudine Shoval, Israel’s ‘Iron Lady’ who started bodybuilding at 50

Now 62, Claudine Shoval said that she started bodybuilding to show the world that she can pick herself up.

By the time people turn 50, they start planning their retirement. But this was not the case with Israel’s Claudine Shoval. For her, the life was just starting. After being in an abusive marriage for 24 years, Shoval decided to banish all her fears and redefine her life. She ended her marriage and took up a challenge that most people find hard even in their early 20s – bodybuilding.

I mean seriously! Bodybuilding at the age of 50!! Hard to believe but it true. Shoval not just started intense bodybuilding after ending her marriage at the age of 50 but went on to become a champion in the field and remained that for 10 years . Hailed as Israel’s “Iron Lady”, Claudine Shoval shocked everyone when she pulled a big truck.

Recalling her life before body building, Shoval, who is now 62-year-old, told BCC REEL: “The violence was aimed at me. My marriage last 24 years. It was humiliating…. raising a hand…. Or if you don’t do as I tell you, I will kill you. He (Shoval’s husband) was just looking all the times for ways to crush me. Nothing was ever enough for him.”

However, this has to end one day. If not with her fighting for herself, with her death. But she didn’t waited and showed the world that a woman, if she has decided, can do anything and Shoval is a living example of it.

“I showed the world that I can pick myself up. And anyone who wants to, can do the same. You must sink low,” Shoval said.

The mother of 4, Shoval thinks that she was a different mother back then and her children are now proud of her. “There is a huge different between the mother I was then and the mother I am today. They (her children) are proud of me. This was the most important thing for me to show them that if you want, you can do it,” she added.

https://www.newsnation.in/offbeat/meet-claudine-shoval-israels-iron-lady-who-started-bodybuilding-at-50-article-230653.html

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Kotoko CEO fingered in latest bribery scandal in Normalisation Committee Special Competition

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, Dr Kwame Kyei has been named in a latest bribery saga that has rocked Ghana football.

The business tycoon is said to have provided an amount of GH¢ 17000 to be given to a Tamale-based referee, Ali Alhassan who was to officiate Kotoko’s crucial away game against AshantiGold in Obuasi last Sunday in week eleven of the Normalization Committee Special Competition.

The said amount was delivered to the referee through his right-hand man and self acclaimed Operations Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Hon. Shishila, aided by a retired referee, Techiman-based Kakabo Mensah at the STC Yard in Tamale on the eve of the game.



The match however ended one nil against the Porcupine Warriors.

The cover of the heinous dealing was blown after Hon. Shishila pestered the retired referee, Kakabo Mensah for a refund of the said cash for referee Ali Alhassan’s failure to “do the job”, which consequently resulted in Kotoko’s humiliating defeat.

“It is true; I was in Techiman when contacted me that he wanted to meet the referees for the game, that is Ali Alhassan and his colleagues who were in Tamale, so I should let them come down to Techiman so that we could meet and talk to them concerning the match”, retired referee Kakabo Mensah confirmed to Sunyani-based Nimdee FM in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com.

According to Kakabo Mensah, the referees said they could not travel down to Techiman from Tamale for the meeting, so “I was there when Shishila came with a Nissan Versa salon car with registration number AS 5988-18 and begged me to follow him to Tamale to talk to the referees; so we went and met them at the Tamale STC Yard, where he gave them a huge amount of money concealed in a polyethylene bag, though he didn’t not disclose the exact amount to me”.

“So we returned to Techiman after giving the money to the referees and Shishila gave me GHC 500 and we parted ways; so he called me at the end of the match the following day that my people didn’t do the job so I should call them to refund the money, but before calling me he had already called the referees, who had told him they had already spent part of the booty on transportation and other expenses but Shishila insisted that the return the money by all means because he gave them GHC 8000 or he makes them hot by going to air with the matter” he revealed.

“Everybody knows Shishila is the Operations Manager for Dr Kwame Kyei and that he is a member of Kotoko operations team; what we are talking about is the Kotoko game against AshGold in which they lost by one goal”, Kakabo Mensah told the host.

Kakabo Mensah has however expressed worry that his name is being tarnished by Shishila that he was the one that took the money, but however maintains that, he “was only offering help to the team because he is retired now and has no links with the Normalization Committee”, hinting that, he would call a press conference to “spill all that happened and expose them”.



Though Shishila is chasing the referees for a refund of GH¢8000, our independent checks have revealed that the actual amount that he was given by Dr Kwame Kyei to be given to the referees was GH¢ 17000, for which the businessman has asked him for a refund since his team lost the match.

It appears that no lessons have been learnt from the recent embarrassment that rocked Ghana football following Tiger Eye PI’s expose dubbed “number 12” that unearthed massive corruption in African football.

The matter is currently before the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG); Chairman of RAG, Retired Referee Joe Debrah has told MyNewsGh.com that investigations would be launched into the matter and that the officials could be banned if they are found culpable.

He said, both referee Ali Alhassan and dr. kwame Kyei has denied ever receiving or giving any bribe respectively.

The audio tape of Kakabo’s interview has been obtained by RAG.

Below are the referees who officiated the AshGold-Kotoko Match who have been accused of taken bribe to influence the outcome

1. Ali Alhassan – Referee

2. Mohammed Issahaku – Asst. 1

3. Mustapha Abdulai – Asst. 2

4. Opoku A. Gabriel – 4th referee

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/Kotoko-CEO-fingered-in-latest-bribery-scandal-in-Normalisation-Committee-Special-Competition-746861

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Sean Cox: Man admits Liverpool fan assault

A man has admitted assaulting a Liverpool fan outside the club's Anfield stadium ahead of a Champions League semi-final.

Simone Mastrelli pleaded guilty to attacking Sean Cox, 53, who was left with severe brain injuries before Liverpool played Roma last April.

At Preston Crown Court, Mastrelli, 30 and from Rome, admitted the attack but denied violent disorder.

Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, County Meath, was left in a coma after the attack.

Mastrelli, who was extradited last month after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Italy, is due to be sentenced later.

Mr Cox, a father-of-three, suffered serious catastrophic head injuries in the attack and has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

He spent four-and-a-half weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for brain injuries, following the attack on 24 April, before being airlifted to another specialist unit at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

Mastrelli entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.

He pleaded not guilty to a separate count of violent disorder, which he was told will lie on file after the Crown accepted his plea.

Another Roma fan, Filippo Lombardi, 21, was cleared in October of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox, though he was jailed for three years for violent disorder.

A third man, Daniele Sciusco, 29, from Rome, admitted violent disorder ahead of the match and was jailed for two-and-a-half years, last August.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-47400988

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Golf: Justin Rose wins at Torrey Pines, just weeks after switching clubmaker

SDAN DIEGO (REUTERS) - World No. 1 Justin Rose described his victory as a "win-and-a-half" after carding a three-under 69 to beat Adam Scott by two shots at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Sunday (Jan 27).

The Englishman's latest victory was his 10th on the United States PGA Tour, matching the tally of Spaniard Sergio Garcia and giving him one more than Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (14) is the only European player with more wins on the Tour since 1945.

"Double digits sounds really cool. Winning is never easy," Rose told Golf Channel. "When you've beat a class field on a great venue, that satisfies you as a player. It's a win-and-a-half mentally."

He teed off with a three-shot lead but found himself just one clear after three early bogeys.

"The first six holes anything that could go wrong did go wrong," he said.

"In the past, I might have got a little rattled, a little shaken by that start but I didn't today.

"Had a bit of a gut-check time on the seventh hole but I'd been playing so well all week. Went about my business and it really started to turn around."

He re-established a buffer with three birdies in four holes, and held off a late rally by Australian Scott, who finished with four straight birdies for a 68.

It could have been a special back nine for Scott, who failed to convert great birdie chances on the 11th, 12th and 13th.

"I might have been able to make it interesting at the end," said Scott, who also missed a tiny putt from inside two feet at the fifth.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (67) and American Talor Gooch (68) tied for third, five strokes behind Rose.

Tiger Woods (67) tied for 20th at 10-under in his first start of the year.

"I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be (at start of the week) but each and every day I got a little better. Figured a few things out with the driver which was great," he said.

Rose's win came in his second tournament with new clubs after he switched equipment companies to join Japanese clubmaker Honma at the beginning of the year.

Changing can be a risky move for top players, but Rose, who had been with TaylorMade since he turned pro in 1999, seems to have adapted quickly.

"I'm really happy I challenged the status quo and changed everything up in the search trying to get better," he said.

"I can't believe how well I've driven the ball this week on a tough test. The off-season was short and sharp and I didn't quite know exactly how I was going to come out.

"It's awesome to play this well this week."

https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/golf/golf-justin-rose-wins-at-torrey-pines-just-weeks-after-switching-clubmaker

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Tennis: New world No. 1 Osaka eyes winning Wimbledon and French Open to complete 'Naomi Slam'

Naomi Osaka speaking to the media while holding the championship trophy at Brighton Beach in Melbourne on Jan 27, 2019, a day after she won the Australian Open.PHOTO: AFP

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MELBOURNE - Naomi Osaka cringed when asked in an interview on Australian television if she was ready to become the face of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"Yikes," the newly-minted Australian Open women's champion said, wincing. "Hopefully, for their sake, they don't do that."

The 21-year-old Japanese is shy and reserved but certainly not short on confidence.

 

When the new world rankings come out today, the reigning US Open champion will become the first Asian singles player, male or female, to reach No. 1.

On Sunday (Jan 27), she laughed off suggestions that her meteoric rise had put her under pressure, saying that she was not satisfied with back-to-back majors and hoped to complete a "Naomi Slam" after her success at Melbourne Park.

"The way the tennis world is, there's always the next tournament, the next Slam, and we all just want to keep training hard and winning more," Osaka told reporters as she posed with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at the Brighton Beach in Melbourne. "So I'm not really sure if I'm satisfied."

Osaka became the first woman to win successive majors since Serena Williams in 2015 and the youngest since Martina Hingis in 1998.

Williams went on to complete her second "Serena Slam" - holding all four majors in the same 12 month period - and Osaka was excited about the prospect of claiming the French Open and Wimbledon to emulate her idol's feat.

"I'm not going to lie and say that thought hasn't crossed my mind," Osaka said. "For me, I just have to take it one tournament at a time, especially Indian Wells is coming up and I won that tournament last year. I feel like I have to think about that."

While her maiden Grand Slam was marred by losing finalist Williams' tirade at the umpire and boos from the Flushing Meadows crowd, Osaka was allowing her follow-up success in Melbourne to soak in.

"It means a lot. I think moments like this are what you train for as a little kid to play the Grand Slams," she said. "To win another one is definitely a dream come true."

Osaka was unfazed by the attention she was receiving, saying she was in the spotlight even when her ranking was languishing in the 70s. She said it was misleading to view her rise as an overnight success.

"I guess looking from the outside, from you guys' view, it does," Osaka said. "For me, every practice and every match that I've played, it feels like the year is short and long at the same time.

"I'm aware of all the work that I put in. I know all the sacrifices that every player does to stay at this level. In my opinion, it didn't feel fast. It felt kind of long."

Osaka added that she had learnt about resilience at the Australian Open after completing three three-set matches on her way to the title, likening herself to "a robot" in the final set against Petra Kvitova.

Quizzed about off-court pressure that accompany life as a tennis superstar, Osaka said she preferred to concentrate on her game.

"I feel like I'm going with the flow. That's sort of been my motto my whole life," she said.

https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/tennis/tennis-new-world-no-1-osaka-eyes-winning-wimbledon-and-french-open-to-complete-naomi

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Football: Spurs stunned by Palace as FA Cup holders Chelsea ease past Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur's Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez (third from left) and Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (third from right) jump to head the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match at Selhurst Par

Tottenham Hotspur's Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez (third from left) and Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (third from right) jump to head the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match at Selhurst Park in south London on Jan 27, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

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LONDON (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur suffered their second defeat in English knockout football in a matter of days as they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday (Jan 27). 

Connor Wickham gave the unfancied Eagles, 29 points adrift of Spurs in the Premier League, a ninth-minute lead before a penalty by former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend made it 2-0. 

Spurs’ Kieran Trippier missed with a penalty before half-time as Tottenham suffered more spot-kick woe following Thursday’s shoot-out defeat by Chelsea, another of their London rivals, in a League Cup semi-final. 

FA Cup-holders Chelsea had no such problems later on Sunday as they marked Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain’s club debut with a 3-0 win at home to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.  Willian scored twice either side of a goal from highly-rated English teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, linked with a transfer window move to German giants Bayern Munich. 

There was no goal for Higuain, signed on loan until the end of the season from Juventus on Wednesday.  But Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea’s assistant manager and himself a former Blues striker, told the BBC: “We are pleased with Gonzalo Higuain’s performance, he was trying to find the space and get on the ball. 

“It wasn’t easy as they had a lot of players round him.”

Earlier, Tottenham’s reverse left Mauricio Pochettino still searching for his first trophy as their manager since the Argentinian joined from Southampton in 2014, with Spurs’ last piece of silverware the 2008 League Cup. 

Spurs were without injured England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli, while the in-form Son Heung-Min had still to return from international duty with South Korea at the Asia Cup. 

Pochettino, however, decided to omit Christian Eriksen, with the influential playmaker not even among Spurs’ substitutes at Selhurst Park.  For all they are third in the Premier League, Spurs are nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool. 

‘SO PAINFUL’

The Champions League is now Tottenham’s only realistic hope of a trophy this season, with Pochettino’s men playing Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.  “It was so painful to lose the game like this,” Pochettino told BT Sport. 

“We have to look forward to the Premier League and Champions League. We cannot complain and just try in the two competitions to give our best.”

It took Palace a mere nine minutes to open the scoring, Wickham following up after a Jeff Schlupp shot was blocked by Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.  Palace doubled their lead when Townsend slammed a home a penalty after Spurs’ Kyle Walker-Peters handled a cross into the box. 

But at the other end, after Patrick van Aanholt brought down Juan Foyth, Trippier blasted a penalty well wide of the post.  

Chelsea did not have things all their own way against second-tier Wednesday, who thought they had been awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute.  Joey Pelupessy tried to meet Steven Fletcher’s pass, with Ethan Ampadu sliding in to win the ball before being kicked by the Wednesday midfielder. 

Referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty but this was overturned by VAR, being trialled in some English cup fixtures this season. 

“It’s crazy,” said Owls’ caretaker boss Steve Agnew, holding the fort ahead of Steve Bruce’s imminent arrival.  “Obviously the VAR decisions are correct but what baffled me was surely it’s a corner if it came off their player. The referee gave a drop ball. And a minute later they have a penalty.”

Wednesday’s woe was compounded soon afterwards when Willian scored from the spot after Sam Hutchinson trod on Cesar Azpilicueta inside the box.  VAR was called into action again but this time Marriner’s decision was upheld and Willian, after appearing to offer the spot-kick to Higuain, made no mistake.  

Chelsea had to wait until midway through the second half for Hudson-Odoi to make it 2-0 before Willian, playing a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud, completed the scoring seven minutes from time.

http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/football/football-stumbling-spurs-knocked-out-of-fa-cup-by-palace

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