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Lindsey Vonn's pet project

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American skiing great Lindsey Vonn is set to host a dog adventure series, The Pack. According to hollywoodreporter.com, the episodes were filmed for Amazon earlier this year and will follow 12 participating teams (each comprising a dog owner and pet). The teams will travel around the world and face challenges designed by veterinarians and certified dog experts. The winning duo will be richer by $500,000 (approx R3.75 crore) and they can donate $250,000 (approx R1.87 crore) to an animal charity of their choice. "I have overcome many obstacles in life, but one thing that has reigned true during good times and bad, has been the love of my dogs. "Like many times before, Lucy will be by my side on yet another one of life's adventures and I'm excited for everyone to watch and cheer these incredible contestants and their beloved companions," she remarked. On Friday, Lindsey Instagrammed this picture (left) with Lucy for her two million followers and wrote: "I travelled the world for skiing....
                 

Remember this guy from 1989 Karachi Test, Sachin?

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The Karachi Test of 1989 featured four debutants. We know what became of Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis. We are familiar with Salil Ankola'sstart-stop career and his foray into acting. We can glean more details online and scan his social media handles for updates. But we know close to nothing about Shahid Saeed, a batting allrounder who played this one Test and ten ODIs for Pakistan between 1989 to 1993. His page on ESPNcricinfo has no profile. His page on cricket archive has a picture of Ian Bishop. His Wikipedia entry consists of two sentences. This is hardly surprising given Saeed's unremarkable international career. He scored 12 in his only Test and managed one half-century in ten ODIs. For a top-order batsman, his ODI average was a pitiful 14.10, his strike-rate a hopeless 44.62. His domestic returns are lukewarm: an average of 37.86 in 111 matches. And not a single hundred in 96 List A games. All of which only puzzled me. For Saeed was picked for Pakistan when they were the be..
                 

Floods destroy cricket coach Vidyadhar Paradkar's home

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Thursday's downpour was a nightmare for India batsman Ajinkya Rahane's coach Vidyadhar Paradkar. Heavy rains left his Grant Road home flooded, something that Paradkar, 74, and wife Pramila, 64, never experienced. Their house is located on the ground floor of Pannalal Terrace building, next to the Gilbert Tank maidan. Paradkar is a prominent coach of grassroot cricketers in Mumbai. Apart from Rahane, his other famous wards are Zaheer Khan and Wasim Jaffer. He also coached out-of-favour England Test opener Haseeb Hameed. Paradkar and his wife sincerely followed lockdown regulations since March 23, but on Thursday, they were forced to venture out of their house in waist-deep floods to reach a relative's place in Walkeshwar. "We thought the flooding would stop if the rain subsided. But the rain only got heavier and the water level started to rise. It almost reached our knees. Without wasting time, my wife and I left the house. We walked through the waist-high water to reach Walkeshwar," Pa..
                 

Danica flaunts bikini body on vacation with bestie

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Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick enjoyed her holiday with best friend Stephanie Halvorson, a month after she announced her split from National Football League star Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers superstar and former race car driver started dating in 2018. Danica looks stunning in the leopard skin bikini picture she Instagrammed for her 770,000 followers. She shared many pictures and videos on social media, enjoying her time in the water and wrote: "The front of the boat was where you could find me today. Learned that from my mermaid bestie @stephalvorson! Since I love movie lines, of course when Greg hit the throttle I opened my arms wide and said, "I'm flying!" #jackandroseforever [referring to the movie Titanic]." In one of the pictures, Danica and her friend are seen wearing tank tops with 'Namaste Beaches' printed on their T-shirts. In another video, she is seen having fun while wakesurfing (screengrab above). Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. ..
                 

Roger Federer on lockdown rules: I've been very strict

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Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, who turns 39 on Saturday, has not seen his parents — Robert, 74, and Lynette, 68 — for almost three months due to the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Roger, who will be out of action this year due to his knee injury, is currently living at their home in Switzerland with wife Mirka and their four kids, twin daughters — Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, and twin sons — Leo and Lennarte. Roger Federer with father Robert and mother Lynette "We're safe because we're up in the mountains and don't see anybody. I've been very strict and serious about the rules. I haven't seen my parents in three months now, and we've been chasing around after the kids the best we can on our own," Roger was quoted as saying by Miami Living Magazine. Roger said the pandemic has taught him how important his family and their happiness means to him. "I think this strange time has given us a chance to reflect and take stock of what really matters, which ..
                 

Michael Clarke's fashion designer girlfriend Pip Edwards called him her "doubles partner"

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Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke's fashion designer girlfriend Pip Edwards called him her "doubles partner" after the couple enjoyed a session of tennis with ex-tennis star Louise Pleming in Sydney.       View this post on Instagram What an awesome afternoon having a hit with this legend @louise.pleming @rally4everaus 🎾 @pipedwards you were on 🔥 A post shared by Michael Clarke (@michaelclarkeofficial) onAug 5, 2020 at 2:06am PDT Michael, nicknamed Pup, recently Instagrammed the below picture with Louise for his 855,000 followers and wrote: "What an awesome afternoon having a hit with this legend @louise.pleming @rally4everaus @pipedwards you were on [fire]." Pip was quick to reply: "You are a natural on the court...guess I just found my doubles partner." According to The Daily Mail, Michael turned a ball boy for his lady love and was seen running around collecting the tennis balls, as Pip practised her shots at the centre in Bondi Beach. Ca..
                 

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen gets mushy on Instagram as husband Tom Brady turns 43

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen wrote a sweet message on social media for National Football League (NFL) superstar hubby Tom Brady, who turned 43 on Monday. Gisele Instagrammed the above family picture for her 16.2 million followers and wrote: "Happy birthday love of my life! You are the best dad, the best partner and the best friend. We are so lucky to have you in our lives and we are looking forward to all the adventures ahead. We love you so much!" The six-time Super Bowl champion was quick to reply: "I love my family and thanks for always taking care of us! We are so blessed! Can't wait to have you home."       View this post on Instagram Happy birthday love of my life! You are the best dad , the best partner and the best friend. We are so lucky to have you in our lives and we are looking forward to all the adventures ahead. We love you so much! ♥️♥️♥️ Feliz aniversário amor da minha vida! Você é o melhor pai, o melhor parce..
                 

Lindsey Vonn sells her Colorado home; shares emotional Instagram post

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American skiing great Lindsey Vonn bid an emotional goodbye to Vail, Colorado after selling her 7,000 square feet home recently. According to a report in vaildaily.com, Lindsey had purchased her East Vail property in 2014. On Saturday, Lindsey wrote to her two million Instagram followers: "Selling my home [called Lindsey] and moving away from Vail was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have so many amazing memories that I will take with me forever. My family is still in Vail and I will come back, that is for sure. However, the time for ski racing in my life has come to an end and I need to move on."       View this post on Instagram Selling my home and moving away from Vail was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I had so many amazing memories that I will take with me forever. My family is still in Vail and I will come back, that is for sure. However, the time for ski racing in my life has come to an end and I need to move on. Being around skiing..
                 

Strength to strength

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Broadly speaking, Freddie Trueman was right when, on claiming the record for most Test wickets, he volunteered: "Any booger who passes that mark will be bluddy tired." West Indies off-spinner Lance Gibbs eventually broke Trueman's record of 307 Test wickets. It took him 27,000 deliveries and his reward was a huge carbuncle on his spinning finger, so presumably he was sore as well as tired. Since then, the record has been stretched to 800 wickets (which would have been thought of as unattainable in Trueman's day) by Sri Lankan off-spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan. Murali deserved to be tired—it took him a mammoth 44,000-plus deliveries. As an indication of how unlikely that record is, the former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg wrote that Shane Warne, who was only just beginning his first-class career, would claim 500 Test wickets. He was writing for The Truth, a Melbourne newspaper, and the editor sacked him for such a reckless prediction: "That's ridiculous," he claimed, "no one ..
                 

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah slams online haters for body shaming: I'm not fat!

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ENGLAND footballer Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah lashed out at online users who called her "fat". According to British tabloid, The Sun, Rebekah, 38, was recently photographed wearing a black swimsuit on a beach with her footballer husband, 33, in Spain. One person called her 'land whale', saying she looked 'fat'. Replying to the person, Rebekah shared the negative comments on her Instagram stories and wrote: "REALLY is this what it's come to? I've not long had a baby. I'm perfectly happy but thanks for the endless nastiness on pictures I never asked to be taken." In her next response, she said: "I am certainly not fat! Yes I have cellulite and what? Who doesn't...FFS. This needs to stop." Jamie Vardy Replying to someone called Nate, who said Jamie could have got a better girl, but he chose somebody who already had kids, she wrote: "Nate you sound like a scratched record hun... same thing over and over and over... message me personally and I will happily correct your inaccuracies. Don't ..
                 

Lindsey Vonn and fiance PK Subban sweat it out at the gym with 'The Rock'

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American skiing great Lindsey Vonn, 35, and her National Hockey League (NHL) star fiance PK Subban, 31, had a gruelling workout session with none other than actor/wrestler Dwayne Johnson, fondly known by his ring name, The Rock, at his home gym in Virginia recently.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by P.K. Subban (@subbanator) onJul 27, 2020 at 6:35am PDT On Monday, Lindsey and Subban, who got engaged last year, shared videos of the workout on social media. Lindsey Instagrammed the video of the couples training with Dwayne, for her two million followers and captioned it: "Name a better workout partner...I'll wait." In the video, Subban can be heard saying, 'Iron Paradise, the most beautiful place, right here.' Meanwhile, Subban Instagrammed a video (screengrab above) where he can be seen pulling weights under the guidance of Dwayne. English heavy metal band Black Sabbath's song, Iron Man playing in the background. Subban captioned the video: "Today..
                 

Why this hullabaloo about women's cricket?

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The BCCI's decision to organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and on the other hand, cancel the India eves' tour to England, has given rise the question: Does the Board care enough for women's cricket? However, former India women's captain Diana Edulji doesn't believe that the Indian cricket board has put women's cricket on the back burner. "Women's cricket has been in the forefront after the BCCI took over and has moved leaps and bounds especially after the 2017 World Cup [where India lost in the 50-over final]. "Why are we looking at only women's cricket? Hasn't men's cricket suffered? Their T20 World Cup has been deferred and lots of series are not taking place. Does that mean BCCI is ignoring the game and is only interested in the prestigious IPL? "If the World Cup and Asia Cup would have been held as per schedule, then would the IPL get a window? IPL is possible only because there is a window available," Edulji told mid-day on Wednesday. Edulji, who ..
                 

Stuart Broad's girlfriend Mollie King shares mushy photo after his brilliant show

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England pacer Stuart Broad has been in stellar form at the ongoing three-match Test series against the West Indies. During the opening Test match at Rose Bowl in Southampton, Broad was left out of the squad - a match where England lost to West Indies by four wickets giving them a 0-1 lead in the series. However, Stuart Broad then made a comeback in the second Test against Windies at Old Trafford in Manchester and scalped a total of 6 wickets. England managed to pull off a stunning victory in order to draw against the visitors 1-1. In the third and final Test match between England and West Indies, in Manchester itself, Broad showed all that he can also perform with the bat as he hammered 62 of just 45 balls which included 1 six and 9 boundaries. When his time came to shine with the ball, Broad put on a stellar show with 6/31 restricting WI to 197. Stuart Broad's girlfriend Mollie King, who is also a television presenter, took to social media to show her love for her man and how proud sh..
                 

Brian Lara to be pallbearer at Sir Everton Weekes's funeral

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West Indian batting legend Brian Lara will be among the pallbearers at cricket great Sir Everton Weekes's funeral at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on July 30. Weekes, 95, passed away on July 1. Other pallbearers will be sons David Murray (former WI wicketkeeper) and Eareal Johnson; godson Adrian Donovan, former West Indies cricketers Sir Charles Griffith and Ian Bradshaw, revealed Jeffrey Gibson, the dean at The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels. Sir Everton Weekes Also Read: Sir Everton Weekes will be missed but never forgotten "The procession will enter Kensington Oval through the Pickwick Gate (Sir Everton was born and raised in Pickwick Gap). The funeral service will comprise the singing of hymns and the reading of three passages from the Bible. The eulogy will be delivered by Sir Hilary Beckles, who collaborated with Weekes for a book. "Sir Everton's funeral will be the fourth one held at the Kensington Oval. The others were former Prime Minister David Thomps..
                 

West Indies skipper Jason Holder is high on hope for Shai

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The West Indies are on the cusp of ending their 32-year wait for a series win in England. The Jason Holder-led Caribbeans have the opportunity to register their first Test series win in England since 1988 if they can beat Joe Root’s men in the third and final Test, starting at Old Trafford today. For that to happen, Holder will need his top order to fire. Apart from opener Kraig Brathwaite (156 runs in two Tests), the other prominent batsmen like Shai Hope and John Campbell have only managed to score 57 and 52 respectively in the series. Coach Phil Simmons had expressed his concern over Hope and Campbell’s form after the loss in the second Test. However, Holder has reiterated his support for the beleaguered Hope. "All players have got my full backing. They know how high-pressure this is. Yes, some of them haven’t got the kind of runs they would have liked to, but they still have my full support…one hundred per cent," Holder said on the eve of the Test on Thursd..
                 

Cricket Exclusive: The Sachin Tendulkar way of respecting elders

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State cricket associations in India seldom do justice to their departed greats. The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) does not fall in that category. On Wednesday (July 22), MPCA organised a function (aired on Facebook as well) in Indore to mark the birth centenary of former India all-rounder Chandu Sarwate. Chandu Sarwate poses on the 1946 tour of England. Pic/Getty Images Sarwate played nine Tests from 1946 to 1951 but is also famous for his 249-run partnership for the 10th wicket with Shute Banerjee in the Indians v Surrey match on the 1946 tour of England. He passed away in Indore on December 2003 at the age of 83. Among the warm tributes paid to Sarwate was a recollection from ex-MP player Suthar Bhagwandas, who, in a video message, recalled how Sarwate requested his friend Balkrishna ‘Bandoo’ Kher to introduce him to Sachin Tendulkar when the batting icon was in Indore for a one-day international against Australia in 2001. Tendulkar was enjoying a game of badm..
                 

BCCI's focus on zero COVID-19 cases as IPL 2020 moves to UAE

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The BCCI did not waste a day to announce that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place after the International Cricket Council decided on Monday to postpone the T20 World Cup to next year. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Tuesday that the IPL will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The BCCI is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the glitzy T20 league is conducted without any COVID-19 cases during the two-month long tournament. Patel, a former India batsman, manager and chief selector, said they are closely monitoring the measures put in place for the ongoing England v West Indies Test series as well other sporting events around the globe. "We will have a bio-bubble created for the tournament. We will follow ICC recommendations. We are also looking at other leagues that are taking place in the world at the moment [like the English Premier League, La Liga etc]. We are also looking at measures adopted by FIFA and Formula One. We will take all those measures into acco..
                 

Hardik Pandya thanks sister-in-law Pankhuri Sharma for baby boy's grand welcome at home

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Hardik Pandya couldn't thank his sister-in-law Pankhuri Sharma enough for organising a grand welcome home for his baby boy. The India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank his elder brother Krunal's wife, while sharing a series of pictures of a decorated room. "My boys welcome. Thank you @pankhuriisharma", Hardik wrote in his Instagram story. Hardik and Natasa on July 30 announced the arrival of their baby. Meanwhile, Pinkvilla website reported that the Pandyas have finalised their son's name after a tag on the cake read: "Pandya JR Agastya." The couple cut the cake while Natasa was being discharged from the hospital in Anand, Gujarat. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

Michael Jordan inspires David Beckham to produce a film on his life

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Former England footballer David Beckham is in talks with Netflix and Amazon over the rights of a film on his life. According to British tabloid, The Sun, the idea came after David was inspired watching The Last Dance about basketball great Michael Jordan. Shooting has begun for the film and David, nicknamed Becks, is planning to produce the film under his TV firm, Studio 99, which he launched last year. "It's something David is excited about and has wanted to do for a while. The film will feature new content and archive footage. It's going to be about David's life post football, especially the creation of his new team in Miami, but will have some personal content too. Interest in his life and family is huge. Everyone has high hopes for this," a source told the tabloid. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) a..
                 

Fabulous Lewis Hamilton limps to British GP title on flat tyres

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World championship leader Lewis Hamilton survived a tense last lap with a deflated and shredded tyre to claim a record seventh win in Sunday's British GP. The six-time world champion led from lights to flag, and through two Safety Car interventions, before he suffered a front left tyre failure on his final lap. He nursed his car home with second-placed Max Verstappen in hot pursuit in his Red Bull. Verstappen took second as Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, running comfortably in second for most of the contest, was hit by the same problem, his front-left delaminating and deflating on his penultimate lap. He limped back to the pits and finished 11th and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took third place McLaren's Carlos Sainz was also a puncture victim in the closing laps and fell from fourth to 13th. Lewis Hamilton drives his punctured Mercedes car during the last lap of the British GP on the Silverstone circuit yesterday. The defending champion crossed the finish line on just thre..
                 

And they'll win him too

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Mikel Arteta believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future at Arsenal could be influenced by the outcome of tonight's FA Cup final against Chelsea as the Gunners try to convince the Gabon international to extend his contract. Aubameyang, 31, has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates and given Arsenal's financial predicament, it would make sense to sell in the close season if he cannot be convinced to prolong his contract. Despite his strike rate as one of Europe's deadliest forwards over the past six years, Aubameyang has just two major trophies to his name with cup wins at St Etienne and Borussia Dortmund. Arteta captained Arsenal to two FA Cup wins during his playing career and believes experiencing that success could convince Aubameyang to trust the club are going in the right direction. Not a farewell Mikel Arteta "No, I don't have that feeling," said Arteta on Friday when asked if tonight's clash could be Aubameyang's final game for the club. "It's a package at the end. You..
                 

IPL chairman on fans in stands: BCCI's opinion least important, UAE government will decide

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With the Indian Premier League (IPL) all set to take place in the United Arab Emirates in September, cricket lovers are keen to know whether spectators will be allowed in the stadiums. However, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said the decision to allow fans in rests solely with the UAE government and not the BCCI. "We cannot take this decision. Whatever the UAE government says, we will follow. BCCI's opinion is of least importance in this case. It [appeal to allow spectators] may not be honoured as it is governed by local authorities," Patel told mid-day on Thursday. The IPL Governing Council meeting is slated on August 2, when a host of issues will be discussed and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be finalised along with the schedule. Anti-China wave Brijesh Patel Patel said the title sponsorship issue will also be discussed. Taking into consideration the anti-China wave in the country, the IPL attracts a lot of Chinese sponsors. It remains to be seen whether this will be continue..
                 

Usain Bolt: I won't push my daughter Olympia to play any sport

10 days ago  
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Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will not pressurise his daughter Olympia Lightning to become an athlete like him. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and partner Kasi Bennett welcomed Olympia on May 17. "I won't push her to play sport. Everybody is already asking, 'Is she going to run?' But I won't push her to play any sports. She can do whatever she wants, I am just here to support [her]," Usain told Wide World of Sports recently. Meanwhile, Usain said he is currently enjoying the journey of being a father. "Fatherhood has been good. It's been just about living it and experiencing it day by day. I am happy. Olympia Lightning Being a parent now, it is different. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, so I am really happy and just excited to go on this journey," he added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedia..
                 

A character called FS Trueman

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The Wisden Trophy, which had spent more time in England than in the Caribbean in recent years, will now be replaced with the Richards-Botham Trophy for England v West Indies Tests. This piece of news emerged not long after an announcement was made about county teams in Old Blighty henceforth competing for the Bob Willis Trophy. While these are apt rewards for the three above mentioned cricket greats, I find it rather strange that there is precious little done by the English cricket authorities to honour Frederick Sewards Trueman with a trophy in his name. I was reminded of the legendary Yorkshire fast bowler when Stuart Broad reached 500 Test wickets earlier this week in Old Trafford. Like Trueman in 1964, Broad was dropped for a game in the series during which he reached a major career milestone. And like Trueman did on many occasions, Broad came up with a memorable quote in response to his exclusion from the opening Test at Southampton — "To say I'm disappointed would be an und..
                 

Serie A: Juventus got the power of 9

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Cristiano Ronaldo powered Juventus to their ninth straight Serie A title on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria that put them over the line with two matches to spare. Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner missed a late penalty but Maurizio Sarri's side moved seven points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan to seal a 36th 'Scudetto'. Juventus players are ecstatic after beating Sampdoria 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Sunday to win the Sere A title Sarri's team had missed the chance to wrap up the title on Thursday when the 'Old Lady' of Italian football fell to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese. But they made no mistake at the Allianz Stadium despite being pushed hard by Claudio Ranieri's Sampdoria, one of the most in-form teams since the return of Serie A from the three-month Coronavirus lockdown. "It is the most beautiful success, even the mos..
                 

Playboy model Daniella Chavez: Cristiano Ronaldo loved me, but the idea was not to show it

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Playboy model Daniella Chavez has revealed that she had sex with Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015. According to a British tabloid, The Sun, Cristiano was in a relationship with Irina Shayk then. Daniella claimed that she liked his chiselled body and it was her dream to get physical with the Juventus star. "Cristiano was very shy at first, but when he built up his confidence [he] was quite a man, though still a bit fearful. He loved me, but the idea was not to show it. I just wanted to fulfil a dream and have sex with him. I love his body. He liked my face, my breasts and had never slept with a Playmate," said Daniella, who hails from Chile. Daniella's football connection is not just restricted to Cristiano. The model, who has 13 million Instagram followers, recently bought a third division Chilean football club, Rancagua Sur Sports Club, and hopes the side can play in the professional league. "Soon they will go up to the professional league. One more challe..
                 

Serena Williams and daughter among new women's football team owners

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A group of celebrities led by Hollywood star Natalie Portman has founded a women's professional football team set to debut in 2022, the women's Pro Soccer League said on Tuesday. Big names involved in the effort include tennis megastar Serena Williams, as well as Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Jennifer Garner. Natalie Portman The founding investor group includes Serena's young daughter Olympia, two, and several former US women's national team players including Mia Hamm, Lauren Cheney Holiday and Abby Wambach. Gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman will be the franchise president. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for i..
                 

La Liga 2019-2020 season round-up: All the top highlights you must know

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Real Madrid finished the longest season in history as champions, but there’s so much more to unpack after a season which has been anything but normal. Real Madrid are championsThis year’s title race was a tense two-horse race between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, with Los Blancos overcoming their rivals with a game to spare, ultimately finishing with 87 points – five more than FC Barcelona’s 82. For Real Madrid, this was their first title since 2016/17 and a record 34th in club history. It’ll have made Zinedine Zidane especially happy as the French coach has consistently spoken about how he believes LaLiga Santander is the most difficult league in the world and about how there is so much value in being the best team over a 38-match competition. As he said after mathematically securing the title: “the Champions League is the Champions League, but this title makes me happier because LaLiga is what it’s all about.”  Sevilla FC climb b..
                 

'Mentally strong' David De Gea will bounce back: Man United boss Solskjaer

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David de Gea is mentally strong enough to deal with fierce criticism following a series of costly goalkeeping blunders for Manchester United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Spaniard's place as United's number one is under severe pressure after he was at fault for two goals in United's 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea on Sunday. It came after other glaring errors over the past 18 months from De Gea, previously considered among the best goalkeepers in the world. Solskjaer, speaking at his pre-match press conference, was determined to keep the focus on Wednesday's game against West Ham rather than the struggles of his goalkeeper. "This is not going to become a David de Gea press conference," he said. "We're just going to stick together. We've got two games, so we're just going to focus on that one. "David's mentally strong enough to know that his job is to perform in training the next day and then be ready for the games." Dean Henderson is snappi..
                 

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Serena Williams' husband Alexis: I know how much she's toiled as a black woman

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American tennis great Serena Williams's husband Alexis Ohanian, 37, is hopeful that the world will be a better place when their daughter Olympia, two, turns 18. Serena, 38, who has faced racist comments for being a black athlete, has always supported the Black Lives Matter movement. And after Alexis, the co-founder of Reddit, got married to Serena in 2017, he has joined the cause too. "I've had a front row seat to exactly [know] how different it is and how much she's [Serena] toiled not only as a woman, but as a Black woman. Olympia is not going to question everything Serena has done to make this world better for Olympia. I want to sit at that dinner table when Olympia's a little older and feel like I've done my part, too," Alexis told CNN recently. Commenting on Olympia's career choices, Alexis said he would support her in whatever she chooses to pursue be it being a CEO and a startup founder or a professional athlete like her mother. Catch up on all the latest sports news and update..
                 

Dilip Vengsarkar praises BCCI's move to battle overage menace, domicile fraud

5 days ago  
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Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has appreciated BCCI's fresh attempt to tackle the overage menace and domicile frauds. The Board introduced the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme, where players, who voluntarily declare that they have manipulated their date of birth by submitting fake/tampered documents in the past, will not be suspended and allowed to participate in the appropriate age group level if they disclose their actual date of birth. The last date to do so is September 15. If registered players do not disclose the facts and are found to have submitted fake/tampered date of birth documents to the BCCI, they will be banned for two years and will not be allowed to participate in age-group tournaments of the BCCI and its state units. The same applies to players registering for the first time and commit domicile frauds. Dilip Vengsarkar 'Bone test not authentic'"Players should be given one chance because the bone test is not 100 per cent authentic," Vengsarkar told mid-day on Monday...
                 

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Referee Anthony Taylor criticised for errors during Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup final

6 days ago  
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Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may get the credit for inspiring Arsenal to a 2-1 FA Cup win over Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Saturday, but a major talking point has been referee Anthony Taylor's performance. Chelsea fans were left fuming after Taylor failed to by penalise Arsenal 'keeper Emiliano Martinez after he came out of his box to collect a ball. The Blues supporters were upset further when there was no rectification by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Referee Anthony Taylor Taylor was also criticised by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for sending off midfielder Mateo Kovacic, whose tackle on Arsenal's Granit Xhaka did not seem to deserve a second yellow card. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

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Aila, a cricket museum!

8 days ago  
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THE Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is set to become the first Indian cricket body with a full-fledged museum to showcase memorabilia from legends. The museum proposal has been prepared by former MCA president Ravi Savant and has got an "in-principle" approval from Sharad Pawar, the former ICC, BCCI and MCA chief. The plan will now be put up before the MCA's Apex Council for its consent. An area measuring 10,000 sq feet adjacent to the Garware Club House has been reserved for the museum. It will also house the famous Dr HD Kanga Memorial library and a mini-theatre. The Garware Club House is a part of the Wankhede Stadium, where India won the 2011 World Cup. "A cricket museum was always an aim of the MCA. I felt it was important to rush with this plan when I read about Sunil Gavaskar donating his unique skull cap to a museum in England. I felt very sad that we are not able to showcase such memorabilia in our own country," Ravi Savant told mid-day on Friday. Ravi Savant "It is important..
                 

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Asian Games medal-winner Sukant Kadam playing without 9 months salary

9 days ago  
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INDIA'S World No. 5 para badminton champion Sukant Kadam is a Sports Authority of India Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) athlete. However, Kadam, 27, a Taluka Sports Officer (TSO) for the last two years in Maharashtra's Sangli district, has been struggling financially. He is awaiting his salary for a period of nine months during which he attended National camps and was playing international tournaments (between April and December last year). Knee problem Kadam, who suffered a serious left knee injury, restricting his movement while playing tennis-ball cricket at the age of 10, studied to become a Mechanical Engineer. He developed an interest in badminton under the guidance of Pune-based coach and Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar. Also Read: Ace para-badminton Ramesh Tikaram player dies of COVID-19 Kadam is classified in the SL4 injury category of para badminton, began last year winning gold at IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) World Games in Sharjah in February. He the..
                 

Nick Kyrgios slams Borna Coric over Adria Tour: Do you have rocks in your head?

10 days ago  
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Australia tennis star Nick Kyrgios once again trained his guns at a participant who took part in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour last month. This time, it was Borna Coric, who was slammed by Kyrgios for not paying heed to his comments regarding the ill-fated exhibition event. Coric was one of the top tennis stars who tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part in the Adria Tour. Apart from Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki had also tested positive for the virus. Later, World No. 1 Djokovic had announced that he and his wife were diagnosed with COVID-19 as well. Coric was recently made aware of Kyrgios's criticism and he stated he doesn't care about the Australian's views because of his usual outspoken nature. He also slammed Kyrgios for lashing out at colleague Alexander Zverev but conceded the latter behaved badly after his partying video surfaced on social media. Borna Coric "I read what he wrote, but I don't care," Coric said. "He enjoys being a general after battle. Coming f..
                 

JULY 29, 1980: Mumbai's MM Somaya relives India's gold medal at Moscow Olympics

11 days ago  
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HOCKEY, like all other disciplines, was adversely impacted by the US-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games. Due to the absence of many leading teams, it was widely believed that India just needed to turn up in Moscow to win the men's hockey gold. Circumstances had pitchforked me into the Indian team for the first time. In jest, my friends suggested the team seek asylum in a safe haven abroad in case we fell short! Coach Balkrishn Singh had put the team through the wringer in a training camp at Bangalore. Gravel grounds that were hard and fast had been prepared for our training sessions. With no artificial surface in India, these gravel grounds came closest to polygrass, which was the surface to play on in Moscow. A systematic conditioning program ensured that the team were fit and raring to go. Home-cooked food Reaching Moscow a fortnight in advance gave the team a chance to acclimatise. Our team manager Mr Dayanand, a kind and affable soul, ensured the Indian embassy arranged home-coo..
                 

IND vs ENG women's tri-series: 'It's not a case of neglect', says Apex Council member

12 days ago  
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The BCCI withdrawing the women's national team from a tri-series in England is not a case of neglect, Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy asserted on Monday, urging those doubting the board's commitment towards the side to wait for normalcy before passing any judgement. The BCCI's decision to not send the team for the tri-series involving England and South Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic has raised a few eyebrows at a time when it is preparing to host the IPL in the UAE in September-November. Shantha Rangaswamy But former captain Rangaswamy rejected the criticism. "It is not a case of neglect. You need at least six weeks to be match fit and with the COVID-19 affecting most parts of the country, is it possible to organise a training camp right away? Then you would also have 14-day quarantine in England," she told PTI. Even the women's exhibition games that take place during the IPL are unlikely to happen, lending credence to the view that the BCCI is not serious about women's crick..
                 

NBA star Stephen Curry's wife Ayesha loves working out with him during lockdown

16 days ago  
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American basketball superstar Stephen Curry's wife Ayesha has revealed that she has enjoyed the time she got to spend with her hubby due to the forced break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking about her life during the lockdown, Ayesha told People Now: "Working out with Stephen has been fun for me right now because there is no basketball season. It has been really fun and to watch myself keep up with him because I never thought I could. I am out working [giggles] out with him and it's been awesome." When asked what was the one thing she learnt new about her husband during the pandemic, she replied: "He is extremely messy. I think I have seen viral memes of people mimicking their husbands opening the fridge and taking out something and then leaving it open. He is that kind of a guy." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@mi..
                 

IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders' Kuldeep Yadav has a huge surprise

17 days ago  
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The Coronavirus-forced break has proved to be a boon to mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The chinaman bowler has developed a "surprise delivery" that he plans to unleash at the Indian Premier League. The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner was working on the new variation ever since the country went into lockdown from March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The India spinner, who has 104 wickets in 60 ODIs and 39 wickets in 21 T20Is, spoke to mid-day from his hometown Kanpur, where he's been rigorously training with his coach Kapil Pandey. Edited excerpts from the interview. How badly are you missing competitive cricket? I have started practising again [here in Kanpur's Rovers ground] with Pandey sir. But, as far as international cricket is concerned, I am missing it a lot. The Indian team is like a family and we all are missing it. Here's hoping the situation normalises soon and cricket begins again. How challenging will it be to get back on the field after this big break and perform? Playing ..
                 

Tom Brady's model wife Gisele Bundchen is fabulous at 40

18 days ago  
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National Football League (NFL) star Tom Brady's supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who turned 40 on Sunday, marked her birthday in a "meaningful way". She decided to plant 40,000 trees in the Amazon Rainforest instead of throwing a party. Gisele shared this picture (above) of her family planting a tree, including Tom and children, Benjamin, 10, and Vivian, seven, for her 16.1 million followers and wrote: "I can't believe I am turning 40! I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees. I have been planting trees for different projects for years, as I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth. "This year, my family and I had planned to plant trees in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil but, as we all know, that is not possible right now. Then I thought, what if I could come up with a way for others to help me plant trees there? I've already talked to my family and my friends ..