Makes History For Colombia On The Bike
May 19, 2017
The 22-year-old, Fernando Gaviria, continued his sensational form at the Giro d'Italia on Friday, May 19, winning his second stage in succession and fourth in all as Tom Dumoulin comfortably retained his healthy general classification lead.
Colombian Fernando Gaviria won a dramatic, wind-affected third stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday to assume the race leader’s pink jersey ahead of Monday’s first rest day.
He is the first rider to win three stages on his Grand Tour debut since Uwe Raab in 1990, but he brushed off claims he is the best sprinter in the peloton.
A flat 13th-stage route from Reggio Emilia to Tortona was always likely to conclude with a bunch sprint and Gaviria again proved the class of the field.
There was no change at the top of the overall standings with Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin preserving his 2min 23sec lead over Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in third. But Thomas, whose overall chances were effectively wiped out by a major crash on Sunday, lost another 48sec on the leaders and now lies in 15th place, six minutes and 46sec back.
1. Fernando Gaviria? (Quick-Step Floors) 3:47:45
2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)
4. Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)
5. Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data)
1. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 56:28.53
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +2:23
3. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +2:38
4. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +2:40
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +2:47
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-step Floors) 315
2. Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) 192
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 144
King Of The Mountains
1. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) 49
2. Jan Polanc (Uae Team Emirates) 46
3. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 35
Soccer Team Bus Hit By Explosion
April 11, 2017
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their team bus has been involved in an explosion ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco with defender Marc Bartra reported to have been taken to hospital.
Reports in Germany named the injured person as Spain international Bartra, with the 26-year-old having been taken to a local hospital. According to Bild, an explosive was deposited on the street in front of the bus although police have yet to give any more details.
The bomb went off as the bus passed a junction at Schirrmannweg and Wittbraucker Strasse, which is near the L'Arrivée hotel and spa.
It will be announced at 20:30 local time (18:30 GMT) whether the match against Monaco will go ahead as planned.
James Rodriguez Calls Zinedine Zidane
April 07, 2017
The Colombia international started only his eighth La Liga game of the season but was brought off after 72 minutes. And as he was walking off the pitch, television cameras picked up the 25-year-old’s angry comments towards the Madrid boss.
According to Deportes Cuatro, Rodriguez said as he was walking off the pitch: ‘Motherf****r! You never give me a full game!’
Rodriguez then punched the dugout wall in frustration before sitting down on the bench.
After the match, Zidane admitted he understood Rodriguez’s frustrations but insists the decision to substitute him is nothing personal against the midfielder. ‘I have not spoken with him, it is normal that a player wants to play the full 90 minutes,’ he said.
Lionel Messi Suspended 4 Matches
March 28, 2017
Lionel Messi will miss four matches for Argentina, beginning with the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying match with Bolivia on Tuesday after he allegedly abused a match official during the team’s recent 1-0 win over Chile. FIFA announced the decision Tuesday, March 28.
As reported by Daniel Edwards of Goal, the Barcelona forward is said to have been unhappy with linesman Marcelo Van Gasse during the contest and reportedly aimed a volley of invective his way in the second period. The incident is said to have been notified to CONMEBOL on Monday, and Messi could subsequently be set for a ban.
The 29-year-old reportedly bellowed "f--k off, your mother’s c--t" at Van Gasse during the Albiceleste’s narrow triumph last week. This is of huge concern to fans of the Argentina team, as their automatic place is far from secure in the CONMEBOL qualifying phase. They sit in third place in the standings behind Brazil and Uruguay, but only four points separate them and Paraguay, who are down in seventh.
For Argentina, Messi would be a huge loss. Although there have been some harsh critics of the Barcelona man’s displays for the national team down the years, in the main he’s been magnificent as of late in the blue and white jersey.
Barcelona Were The Only Team To Help Chapecoense After Crash, Says President
March 20, 2017
Chapecoense's president has revealed that Barcelona were the only team in Europe to give financial aid following the tragic plane crash in November 2016. The club's first team was gutted when a charter aircraft carrying them to the Copa Sudamericana final went down just outside Medellin, claiming 75 lives. And while after the accident many teams pledged to help, president Plinio David de Nes affirmed that the Catalans were one of the few sides who followed through.
"Only Barcelona were on our side from the very first moment," the chief told Fox Sports ahead of Thursday's Copa Libertadores clash at home to Lanus.
"They offered us funds and in the month of August we have been invited to play the Gamper Trophy, with the proceeds shared with Chapecoense." Nevertheless, De Nes thanked all those clubs who offered their support "in one way or another" after one of the worst accidents in football history.
Let's Take A Look At Some Of The Greatest Comebacks In Sporting History
March 09, 2017
Barcelona pulled off the biggest Champions League comeback ever to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain, but is it the best in sporting history?
Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar (twice) were all among the goals but it took a stabbed finish from Sergi Roberto in the 95th minute to pull off the impossible at the Nou Camp. Faced with a 4-0 deficit following the first leg in Paris, Barca won the second leg 6-1 on Wednesday, March 8, with three of the goals coming from the 88th minute onwards.
No team has ever come from four goals down after the first leg of a European Cup tie, but is it the best comeback of all time? Here are more sporting comback to help you decide!
Brady's Super Bowl
"We saw it in the Super Bowl, what is possible in sport," said Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic afterwards, and indeed we did. The New England Patriots became Super Bowl champions once again in February by fighting back from 25 points behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Brady rallied the Patriots brilliantly to overturn a 28-3 third quarter deficit, completing a thrilling win on a night of improbable drama at Houston's NRG Stadium.
An extraordinary finale to the most challenging season of his career, Tom Brady inspired the Patriots and confirmed his right to be regarded as the best quarterback the sport has ever seen with a fifth Super Bowl crown.
The Miracle Of Istanbul
A night Liverpool fans will never forget. Rafa Benitez's side were given a footballing lesson by AC Milan in the first half of the 2005 Champions League final. Trailing 3-0 at the break and looking like being on the wrong end of a hiding, the tide turned in the second half.
Captain Steven Gerrard inspired an amazing burst of three goals in six minutes to force extra time - and then penalties when goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek performed some spaghetti-legged magic to help Liverpool conquer Europe for a fifth time.
Miracle of Medinah
Jose Maria Olazabal's Europeans looked dead and buried in Chicago when they trailed the Americans 10-4 going into Sunday's singles. Summoning up the spirit of Seve Ballesteros, though, they silenced the partisan crowd and staged a stunning recovery, culminating in Martin Kaymer sinking the putt that saw the cup remain with Europe.
1999 Champions League Final
Barcelona saw Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United chasing a unique treble. Bayern Munich had led through Mario Basler's early goal and it looked like job done as the game entered stoppage time at the Nou Camp.
Enter substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the former side-footing home the equaliser before Solskjaer nudged home Sheringham's flick into the roof of the net to spark utter jubilation.
Boxing Iconic Fight
One of the most iconic fights in boxing history saw the biggest, baddest heavyweight on the planet, George Foreman, take on the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali, in Zaire. And it was Ali's 'rope-a-dope' tactics which outfoxed Foreman after being pulverised against the ropes for long periods. Ali had worn his opponent into the ground and by the ninth round, he vacated the ropes to unleash a barrage of punches and send Foreman spinning towards the canvas. Ali showed the world he could still 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'.
Tom Brady Became The
First Quarterback To Win Five Titles
February 07, 2017
When James White sneaked into the end zone from 2 yards away, completing a 34-28 victory that defied the bounds of credulity and secured the Patriots’ fifth title, his teammates stormed onto the field, flung their helmets and hugged anyone who moved.
The Patriots trailed by 25 points with 2 minutes 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter — and by 19 with 9:48 left in regulation — and they won. “At halftime, I would say we weren’t down at all,” Brady said.
“We were disappointed in the way we played, and we knew that we could go out and do a lot better in the second half.”
Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, a performance that earned him Super Bowl M.V.P. honors for the fourth time in his career.
Don't Compare Me And Lionel Messi
January 27, 2017
The Portuguese star admitted comparisons were inevitable due to both the personal success but believes sometimes the comparisons go too far. "Cristiano is Cristiano and Messi is Messi," Ronaldo told reporters after Chinese publication Dongqiudi named him their 2016 best player.
"He tries to be the best player for his team and I try to do the same for mine. We are rivals because we play for different clubs, but when we are together we show each other mutual respect. We have a normal relationship.
January 11, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world's best female player.
Leicester's Claudio Ranieri was named best men's coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach award, while Penang's Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.
Ronaldo and Messi have a history of not voting for each other for major awards and they continued that habit, both filling their top three with club-mates.
Portugal captain Ronaldo opted for Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.
Messi, the Argentina captain, went for Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54% of total votes
Lionel Messi: 26.42%
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%
Results For The Women
Carli Lloyd: 20.68% of total votes
Melanie Behringer: 12.34%
Fans in Brazil and Colombia came together on november 30 to mourn the 71 victims of the Chapecoense plane crash. 71 people died in the crash in the mountainous region near Medellin in Colombia, including 19 first-team members, with Chapecoense travelling across the continent for their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.
What Really Happened
On Nov. 30, cockpit audio recordings obtained by Colombian media outlets revealed
the pilot of the plane repeatedly asking for permission to land because the aircraft was out of fuel and had “total electrical failure.”
The pilot repeatedly requesting authorization to land because of “fuel problems”. A controller explained another plane had been diverted with mechanical problems and had priority, instructing the pilot to wait seven minutes.
Authorities are still not ruling out other possibilities, but experts said the plane was operating at its maximum range and that the lack of an explosion on impact indicated a rare case of a jet running out of fuel.
Investigators were also considering the possibility of a fuel leak. Delays getting from São Paulo to Bolivia, where the team chartered the plane that crashed, meant a planned refuelling stop in Cobija, Bolivia, was abandoned because the airport does not operate at night, Brazil’s O Globo newspaper said.
Goalkeeper Doesn’t Know They Amputated His Leg
Just hours after Jackson Follmann survived the tragic crash, surgeons at San Vicente Fundacion Hospital in Medellin, Colombia, amputated his right leg. There was a risk doctors would have to amputate his other leg but medical director Ferney Rodriguez said surgeons were satisfied with the progress he is making. Rodriguez said Follmann is sedated and, thus, is not aware that doctors had to remove his leg.
Defender Helio Neto was in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs while fellow defender Alan Ruschel had spinal surgery.
Who Are The Survivors
Erwin Tumiri: ‘I went into brace position’
He reportedly said in an interview he only managed to survive by following safety procedures. Reports quoted him as saying. “I put the bag between my legs and went into brace position as recommended.”
Ximena Suarez: ‘Lights went out’
Flight attendant Ximena Suarez, 28, also from Bolivia, said the lights went out less than a minute before the plane crashed. She was rescued two hours after the crash. Local media reported that she had injuries on her leg.
Alan Ruschel: ‘Save my engagement ring’
The 27-year-old player has had spinal surgery, but doctors said his movements were not affected. He asked emergency teams to save his engagement ring.
His fiancee, Marina Storchi, told Brazilian media (article in Portuguese) that she had told the player not to travel to Colombia after his passport went missing in his house.
Jakson Ragnar Follmann:
Right leg amputated
Helio Hermito Zampier Neto:
Might Play Again
The defender, 31, underwent surgery on a lung, a knee, a wrist and his head. Doctors said he might be able to play again.
Rafael Henzel: ‘Call my wife’
The 43-year-old journalist asked hospital workers to call his wife to tell her he was conscious. Doctors said he had multiple rib fractures that partly collapsed a lung.
He is a sports reporter at Oeste Capital radio.
Lionel Messi Was On The Same Plane Just 18 Days Before
The Barcelona star and his Argentina teammates were flying home after being drubbed 3-0 by Brazil in a World Cup qualifier on November 10.
They flew from the Brazilian city to Ezeiza in their homeland after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. Just 18 days later, the doomed aircraft was carrying Chapecoense football team to the 2016 Copa Sudamerica final when it went down near Medellin.
Brazil’s top football clubs promised a full year of free player loans to rebuild the Chapecoense team. They have also called for a three-year grace period without relegation. It means that if Chapecoense finishes in the last four of the twenty teams in the national league, the Brazilian FA would instead relegate the fifth-to-last team to Serie B.
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