Russian UFC star Makhachev vows ‘no doubts’ about title credentials as next opponent named— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 27, 2021No doubts after this one❗️— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) November 27, 2021Reacting to the fight announcement, Makhachev tweeted that there will be “no doubts after this one” after the fight, which is scheduled to be a five-round main event on February 27 next. It is easy to see why Makhachev is of this opinion. 27, per sources. Seven fight win streak vs. How many main events? You only getting the hype because of your brother, Get my name out of your dirty mouth Khabib wanna be. You only getting the hype because of your brother, Get my name out of your dirty mouth Khabib wanna be.”If as Dos Anjos says Makhachev does want to be like Khabib, one suspects that he might well get his chance to emulate his title reign – or at get a shot at the belt at the very least – with a win against the teak-tough Dariush in a few short months’ time. Big one. Islam Makhachev (@MAKHACHEVMMA). Five-round main event, UFC Fight Night on Feb. Beneil Dariush (@beneildariush) vs. Makhachev, the man anointed by Khabib Nurmagomedov as his successor in the UFC’s lightweight fold, has now won nine straight fights in the shark-tank division – most recently almost tearing Dan Hooker’s shoulder from its socket in a high profile showdown last month.The win intensified calls for the Dagestan native to be fast-tracked into a world title bout but with the belt currently tied up by next month’s showdown between champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, Makhachev has been handed another test against another 155lbs fighter in the midst of a career best win streak, Beneil Dariush. Ohhhh yes. Follow RT on

Islam Makhachev says that there will be no doubt as to the legitimacy of his UFC title credentials after it was announced that he will take on surging 155lbs star Beneil Dariush in a top contender matchup in February. Dariush, winner of seven straight, is currently ranked third at 155lbs – one place higher than Makhachev – and has a recent list of victims which includes highly-regarded fighters like Tony Ferguson, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Drakkar Klose and Drew Dober. The fight announcement will be a satisfying one for Makhachev, a fighter who came up through the same combat upbringing as the legendary, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. He had been keenly pursuing the type of fight which would stand him out from the crowded list of contender in the UFC’s lightweight division, having previously called for fights with the likes of Justin Gaethje and former champion Rafael Dos Anjos – the latter of whom recently called Makhachev out and alleged the the Russian fighter refused to become involved in a previous backstage altercation because there was too much security staff protecting him. There was no security around you man 😀— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) November 27, 2021How many champions have you fought? Nine fight win streak.— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) November 27, 2021″How many champions have you fought?” Dos Anjos fired at his rival “How many main events?

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‘Simply unbelievable’: Russian teenage figure-skating phenomenon Valieva scales new heights with victory in Sochi (VIDEO)

Kamila Valieva 🇷🇺 – 272.712. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 🇷🇺 – 229.233. #RostelecomCup2021— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) November 27, 2021Valieva has reached her peak this week in Russia, pitch perfect landings and flow.— risa (@arixhc) November 27, 2021“Count me among those who just stood to applaud Kamila Valieva. It’s her world, and everyone else can just marvel,” said journalist Philip Hersh.Count me among those who just stood to applaud Kamila Valieva. Sakamoto Kaori of Japan will take the other place.Coached by the revered Eteri Tutberidze, former world junior champion Valieva has made an impressive step up to the senior ranks, and her performances this season have marked her out as the strong favorite for the Grand Prix Finals title in Japan and the Olympic gold at the Winter Games in Beijing in February.87.42185.29272.12just thank you 😭♥️❥ #камилавалиева |— daily kamila valieva (@kamiIavalieva) November 27, 2021triple axel ✨❥ #камилавалиева |— daily kamila valieva (@kamiIavalieva) November 27, 2021Skating to Maurice Ravel’s ‘Bolero’, Valieva landed three quad jumps and a triple Axel in her performance on Saturday.It was pointed out online that Valieva’s score in Sochi would have been enough to win the men’s event, where the title was claimed by Russian-Georgian skater Morisi Kvitelashvil with an overall score of 266.33.congrats to kamila valieva for winning both the women and mens event at rostelecom cup !! That was simply unbelievable, even with a minor, minor mistake. Having already registered a world-record score for her short program on Friday, Valieva followed that with a tally of 185.29 points for her free skate on Saturday at the Iceberg Skating Palace – breaking her own previous record of 180.89 set in Canada earlier this season.That put the 15-year-old on a total of 272.71, clinching first place and also surpassing her previous world-record mark of 265.08.🏆 Just one word: WOW! Five of the six Grand Prix slots will be filled by Russians, with Anna Shcherbakova and Alena Kostornaia having also qualified. Kamila Valieva takes the top spot in the Women at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup! Maiia Khromykh 🇷🇺- 219.69— The Skating Times (@theskatingtimes) November 27, 2021All three Russian stars have secured spots at the ISU Grand Prix Finals in Osaka, Japan, which run from December 9 to 12. It’s her world, and everyone else can just marvel. Follow RT on

Russia’s Kamila Valieva cemented her status as the dominant force in women’s figure skating as she broke two more world records with a near-perfect performance on the way to victory at the Rostelecom Cup in Sochi.— ISU Figure Skating (@ISU_Figure) November 27, 2021It was a clean sweep on the podium for Russia at the sixth and final ISU Grand Prix of this season’s series as former world champion and fan favorite Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, 24, finished second on an overall score of 229.23 points.Countrywoman Maiia Khromykh, 15, recovered from a disappointing fifth-place finish in the short program to land 154.97 points for her free routine, which was enough to place her third overall on 219.69 points.Kamila Valieva beats her own world record in the free skate and dominantly wins at the Rostelecom Cup!1. #RostelecomCup2021— David Kane (@DKTNNS) November 27, 2021 The question is whether she can maintain this through February. That was simply unbelievable, even with a minor, minor mistake.

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‘Why we love football’: Dortmund ace Haaland trolled by female fan in hilarious scenes after scoring— Aleste ⚽️ (@AlesteLFC) November 27, 2021But they clearly didn’t like being singled out, as the footage below shows.Don't provoke the fans, even if you're Haaland 😂— FLY-FOOT (@fly_foot) November 27, 2021The cold weather in Wolfsburg clearly necessitates the use of gloves but you wouldn’t have to wrack your brains too much to figure out exactly what gesture was going on beneath them.The three points consolidates Dortmund’s position at the summit of the Bundesliga ahead of rivals Bayern Munich and will go some way to erasing the heartache of their exit from the Champions League this week – something you suspect may well not have happened had Haaland been fit and healthy these past few weeks. Dying at Haaland beefing with a random old lady— Zito (@_Zeets) November 27, 2021It’s the one knee for me. Follow RT on

Erling Haaland has captured the imagination of fans across the globe for his goalscoring exploits – but apparently that doesn’t extend to one Wolfsburg fan who responded to his trademark goal celebration by flipping the bird. Dortmund have missed him. “Respectfully, I’m the best”— Damon (@MrDisch) November 27, 2021″Dying at Haaland beefing with a random old lady,” wrote one Twitter user in reaction to the viral clip.”Don’t provoke the fans, even if you’re Haaland,” added another, along with a laughing emoji.”It’s the one knee for me,” said a third. The Dortmund superstar, who is poised to be the subject of a bidding war from a host of Europe’s top clubs this summer, made his return to action on Saturday after six weeks on the sidelines after overcoming a troublesome hip injury – and true to form, didn’t take long to add his name to the scoresheet.In fact, it took the 21-year-old predatory striker just seven minutes to find the back of the next, after which he took off towards the stands to celebrate his goal and pointed towards one Wolfsburg fan in particular. Haaland back in the goals following his injury, 7 minutes after being subbed on. “‘Respectfully, I’m the best.'”Haaland himself took the scenes in good humor, later sharing the clip on social media and writing “this is why we love football” and adding laughing emojis.  This is why we love football😂😂❤— Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) November 27, 2021The clip might be somewhat bittersweet for Dortmund fans, though, given the high likelihood that he leaves the club in the summer – but the question remains, will we be seeing this celebration in La Liga or the Premier League in a few months’ time?

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Russian ice hockey in mourning after death of 16-year-old star

Today Valentine is gone…”Dynamo Moscow expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Valentin. Like everyone else, he passed [a medical examination]. He was an absolutely healthy, strong guy, cheerful, full of strength and energy,” said Efimov.Rodionov played in five matches for the national youth team against Slovakia and the Czech Republic from October 30 to November 5. “He was one of our key players at the training camp… he was a golden person and a very reliable hockey player. Follow RT on

Tributes and condolences have poured in after Russian ice hockey youth international Valentin Rodionov died at the age of 16, almost one week after losing consciousness during a match in Moscow. We mourn together with you.”Rodionov had reportedly collided with a protective board at the side of the ice before collapsing on the sidelines. It had been cautiously hoped that his condition was improving after his operation, until the sad news of his passing broke on Saturday.  

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The youngster was a rising prospect for Russian hockey who had represented his country at U-17 level as well as appearing for Dynamo in the Youth Hockey League (MXL).Russian youth team head coach Igor Efimov said Rodionov had successfully passed a thorough medical examination with the Russian U-17 national team in late October.“This is a terrible tragedy. Сегодня Валентина не стало…— HC Dynamo Moscow (@dynamo_ru) November 27, 2021“He was promptly provided with first aid, after which Valentin was taken to the Morozov children’s clinic [in Moscow] and urgently operated on. “For six days, doctors fought for the life of the pupil of the Dynamo school. He was a member of our family, everyone’s upset, we will play and fight for Rodya,” added the coach.Matches across all professional Russian hockey leagues on November 28 will begin with a minute of silence in Rodionov’s memory. This is a great tragedy for the entire Dynamo hockey family. The news of Rodionov’s tragic passing was confirmed by his club Dynamo Moscow on Saturday.“During the Moscow Open Championship match between Dynamo and CSKA on November 21, [Rodionov] returned to the bench after a change and lost consciousness,” a statement on the club’s official website read. 27 ноября в реанимации скончался игрок МХК «Динамо» Валентин Родионов…На протяжении шести дней врачи боролись за жизнь воспитанника динамовской школы.

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UFC Hall of Famer Sanchez ‘not sold’ on Covid vaccine despite hospitalization for pneumonia & blood clots

Another sleepless night, my body is cleaning out all the poison.”The antibodies are working. “Why didn’t you get the vaccine, please use your platform to advise people how serious this is and to get the vaccine.””I’m going thru it but I can’t say I’m sold on the vax at the current moment in time,” replied Sanchez.The veteran fighter, who was at one point the longest-tenured active fighter in the UFC after debuting on the very first season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, remains a free agent after his release from the promotion earlier this year.Sanchez is part of the UFC Hall of Fame after being inducted for his epic 2009 fight against Clay Guida. He had been linked with a move to bare-knuckle boxing but it seems as though any foray into a new fighting arena will have to wait a while until he recovers from his serious illness.  I’m told three days is all it takes for most people.”However, more recent updates posted to social media by the longtime UFC fighter who left the promotion last April showed that his condition had drastically worsened in recent days – and that he had been hospitalized after contracting Covid-related pneumonia as well as blood clots in both of his legs. Pneumonia Covid never give up— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 26, 2021Blood clots now! Follow RT on

Former UFC title challenger Diego Sanchez says that he still isn’t convinced of the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines despite being seriously ill in hospital with pneumonia and several other symptoms of the virus. Sanchez, who is 39, revealed on his social media last week that he had contracted the potentially-fatal virus but that he had sought relief from an antibody treatment which has shown to have some benefit against symptoms, though the consensus of the medical community says that vaccination is the most effective method of reducing the chance of developing aggressive complications.”If you qualify for Regeneron antibodies they work it’s only been six hours and I’m feeling better,” he wrote on social media more than a week ago.”Do not wait if you get the virus it only gets worse…”If you qualify for regeneron antibodies they work it’s only been 6 hours and I’m feeling better! Thank you @luisbaboon for telling me about it ❤️ do not wait if you get the virus it only gets worse go to ounce you know jump on it ASAP #covidmedicne— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 20, 2021I feel like a navy seal in sleep deprivation hell week! another sleepless night, my body is cleaning out all the poison🤢😮‍💨 the antibodies are working I’m told 3 days is all it takes for most people #regeneron#covidmedicine#healing— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 20, 2021A further update posted by Sanchez appeared to suggest that he was on the mend: “I feel like a Navy SEAL in sleep deprivation hell week! Covid is no motha fuckin joke— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 26, 2021View this post on InstagramA post shared by Diego Sanchez (@diegonightmaresanchezufc)Sanchez also posted to Instagram an x-ray of his Covid-infected lungs, detailing that oxygen levels have dropped and admitted that he is facing some “trying times”.However, despite evidence showing that the various available vaccines can vastly reduce the risk of developing symptoms from the virus, Sanchez admitted when probed by a fan that he isn’t quite on board with the jabs just yet.I’m going thru it but I can’t say I’m sold on the vax at the current moment in time— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 26, 2021″Big fan Diego,” wrote a fan to the stricken MMA star.

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‘What’s happening?’ Football faces questions over series of player collapses

First, footballers are much more in tune with their cardiac health than they ever were. If you play football in the Premier League, you have done this since seven or eight years old.”The issue was similarly covered in a piece by The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor earlier this month, in which it was reckoned that a man collapses on a football pitch somewhere once every four days. On Wednesday night, Adama Traore of Sheriff Tiraspol fell to the ground while clutching at his chest during the Champions League game with Real Madrid. Christian Eriksen came through his ordeal in the summer. The 28-year-old is said to be stable in hospital, but no further details on his condition have been given after the club requested privacy for the player and his family.The three cases within the space of a week are merely the latest to trouble football circles.Even bigger news at the end of October involved Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero. This week brought more disturbing news for football. The Argentine pulled up during a La Liga game against Alaves, suffering from chest pains and complaining of dizziness.Initial reports said that Aguero had been diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia and would be out for at least three months, although it has since been suggested that the 33-year-old could be forced to retire from the game. Klopp and Guardiola have both said players are being pushed too hard. Aguero, for example. Muamba survived his harrowing ordeal almost a decade ago. He has since been fitted with a heart-starting device (ICD), but significant doubts remain as to whether the talented playmaker will ever be seen in competitive action on a football pitch again. He said it was “totally irresponsible to make these unsubstantiated comments, as opposed to getting them properly dealt with.”Fellow specialist Professor Robert Dingwall echoed those sentiments, saying: “It may be tempting to blame Covid vaccines, but pundits do have a public responsibility not to fuel vaccine hesitancy without any real evidence that this is a common factor in widely separated events.”Elsewhere, scientists have said that Covid itself was more likely a cause of footballers suffering heart problems than the vaccines aimed at combatting the disease.Tellingly, Wigan released a statement after the collapse of Wyke to dismiss the idea that vaccines played a part in his health scare. Read more

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Speaking to The Daily Mail, leading cardiologist Professor Guido Pieles has argued that the recent cluster of heart scare cases among footballers is more a “coincidence” than anything else.“I don’t think we can say this is suddenly increasing, I don’t think it is increasing particularly in football,” he said.“Footballers are certainly not the athletes that have the highest volume and intensity of training. © Reuters Social media also means that stories of players collapsing from as far and wide as Africa to Iceland can reach far more people these days, perhaps fueling concerns or making cases seem more frequent now than they were in the past.One man who knows first-hand the terrifying experience of suffering a cardiac arrest on the football pitch is former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba.Then aged just 23, he collapsed in harrowing scenes during the first half of an FA Cup match with Tottenham in 2012, and it was later revealed that his heart had stopped functioning properly for a full 78 minutes. The Malian winger remained conscious and was eventually helped off the pitch, although there have been no further reports on what caused the worrying incident.In England’s second-tier Championship on Tuesday, there were similar fears when Sheffield United player John Fleck crumpled to the ground during a match with Reading. He didn’t have a cardiac arrest but he clearly had a cardiac symptom that caused him to stop playing instead of thinking, ‘Gosh, I don’t know what that is, I will just carry on and see if it goes.’”And another last night, Sherrif Tiraspol winger Adama Traore— hugotalks (@hugotalks1) November 25, 2021Sharma cautioned that people should not point the finger at Covid jabs, saying: “For me to say the vaccine could be implicated would be the most irresponsible thing in the world.”Indeed, he pointed to another possible reason being the intensity of the modern game and the demands placed on players at the highest level.Likewise, the new head of the influential Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) in England and Wales, Maheta Molango, said earlier this month players were being treated like robots.“This is not a shoe factory,” Molango told The BBC. © Reuters The highest-profile case of all in recent months – and arguably the most harrowingly public – came at the European Championships during the summer, when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen went into cardiac arrest during the match with Finland.Eriksen’s life was saved by the quick-thinking actions of teammates, match officials and medics. We have a high-profile incident, talk a lot about it and think we have solved it but that’s not the case,” Muamba told The Mail regarding players’ cardiological health.“We are supposed to be the fittest of the fittest but it’s happening more frequently now. His survival was dubbed a “miracle”. They have watched…  the Eriksen episode and many of these players are concerned something like this could happen to them. Eriksen is just 29 years old. © Reuters
Muamba lived to tell the tale and promotes better awareness of players’ heart health. “With Charlie’s approval, we can confirm that Charlie has not received a Covid-19 vaccination and Charlie’s collapse was not related to any Covid-19 vaccination,” the club said.Rumors had swirled during the summer that Eriksen’s case was vaccine-related, prompting officials from his club Inter Milan to shut down the speculation. Endurance runners, Tour de France cyclists, and rowers they train much longer hours.“It cannot be said that in the last year or two years they train more but over the last 10 years that is true.“The game has got faster but also people are fitter. Aguero required assistance before being helped off the pitch. The Scotland international received around 10 minutes of medical treatment before being helped off the pitch, also being given oxygen. © Reuters Unsurprisingly, Muamba was forced to retire from professional football, but has remained active in promoting players’ well-being – including in the wake of recent incidents.“There’s a complacency about it. Cases with tragic endings have included the death of 17-year-old Dylan Rich during an English FA Youth Cup tie in September.One of the world’s leading cardiologists, Professor Sanjay Sharma, told The Athletic that we are seeing a “statistical cluster”.“There are lots of reasons it looks like it’s going up. “He didn’t have Covid and wasn’t vaccinated either,” Inter director Giuseppe Marotta said at the time. Follow RT on

A rash of high-profile scares has led to questions over the state of footballers’ health, and whether we are seeing more incidences of players suffering heart problems. If it can happen to them it can happen to anybody else.”After more concerning news this week, even more demands will be heaped on football to learn lessons and safeguard players’ health as best it can.By Liam TylerThe statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.    This week, former England striker Trevor Sinclair openly asked if vaccines were to blame, promptly being shut down as a result. Others have likewise done so.For anyone vaccine hesitant or outright anti-vaxx, it perhaps seems an obvious question to ask.Everyone I speak to about these heart problems suffered by footballers (which worryingly seem to be happening more regularly) are they linked to covid vaccines or not??— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) November 24, 2021Is anybody brave enough in football to ask why? Or shall we pretend nothings happening 🤷🏾‍♂️— Carl Ikeme (@Carl_Ikeme) November 24, 2021Doctors, though, have dismissed that idea in numerous places. The Telegraph recently shared the thoughts of Professor Keith Neal, a specialist in the research of the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham. Many of them have witnessed these cardiac arrests.“Players are much more likely now to complain of a cardiac problem than ever before. “You’re talking about human beings and sometimes I get the feeling that we are moving in the direction that footballers are just machines and they are not.”The likes of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are just two of the names to question the number and frequency of matches during the season. © Reuters The rash of cases and the context of the pandemic in which they have occurred has thrown up obvious questions concerning Covid and the vaccines rolled out to combat it. The 30-year-old was taken to hospital but has since been released.On Thursday, Charlie Wyke of English third-tier team Wigan Athletic collapsed during training.

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Miss of the season? Fans incredulous as Arsenal forward Aubameyang somehow fails to score from point-blank range (VIDEO)

Respect!” joked one fan, referencing Chelsea’s goal-shy German Timo Werner.”Aubameyang needs to go,” another fan wrote more soberly. Follow RT on

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was accused of pulling off the “miss of the season” as he somehow hit the post with the goal at his mercy during the Premier League meeting with Newcastle. Respect! Anonymous for the entire half yet again, and then misses a sitter like that. He’s nowhere near the player he used to be.— GoonerTalk (@GoonerTaIk) November 27, 2021″Aubameyang paid a tribute to Timo Werner by missing this. “Anonymous for the entire half yet again, and then misses a sitter like that. He’s nowhere near the player he used to be.”A third hilariously compared the miss to a goal scored by Mo Salah’s daughter at Anfield, suggesting that the toddler would have likely succeeded where Aubameyang had failed.It’s likely that the Gabon man will want to forget his calamity as soon as possible but judging by the social media reaction, it might be some time before he is allowed to.  The phrase ‘my granny could have scored that’ is often hurled from the stands at football matches but rarely does it actually ring true – but Gunners skipper Aubameyang is really testing the limits of the term after a calamitous miss during Saturday’s early kick-off. Just in case you didn't see Auba miss, here it— FplRooster (@Fpl_Rooster) November 27, 2021WHAT A MISS AUBAMEYANG 😂😂😂😂— WolfRMC (@WolfRMC) November 27, 2021🚨🧐 | Aubameyang with the miss of the season…— TFS – Top Football Show (@TopFootballShow) November 27, 2021Gabon international Aubameyang reacted quickest when the ball fell to him two yards from goal with Newcastle ‘keeper Martin Dubravka nowhere to be seen, but unfortunately for Arsenal fans Aubameyang miscued what should have been one of the easiest goals of his career only to hit the post with his effort.The ball subsequently screwed off towards the corner flag while Aubameyang presumably wanted the Emirates turf to swallow him up.Fortunately for him, his blushes were saved by subsequent strikes from Bukayo Saka and Gabi Martinelli to give Mikel Arteta’s Gunners a two-goal advantage as the game ticked towards its end.But as you might expect, Twitter hasn’t let Aubameyang off lightly for his miss.Aubameyang paid a tribute to Timo Werner by missing this. 👏— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) November 27, 2021Aubameyang needs to go.

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‘Bruised’: Halle Berry’s love letter to MMA fails to deliver knockout blow

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The final fight scene is by far the highlight of the film, and something to which painstaking choreography was clearly applied. While Berry’s performance and dark, nuanced handling of directorial duties deserves significant credit, the film too often trades in pastiche to stand toe-to-toe with the genre’s pound-for-pound best.Berry plays Jackie ‘Pretty Bull’ Justice, a former UFC fighter who left the promotion in disgrace after forfeiting a fight – the hangover of which has haunted her ever since. Berry is excellent and there’s a good film in there somewhere, but too often does it borrow from its influences to be considered anything but a pretender rather than a legitimate contender. By John Balfe The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. **Spoilers ahead**Sports movies have been notoriously difficult fare for Hollywood to tackle – particularly fight sports. Follow RT on

Hollywood star Halle Berry’s directorial debut is a gritty look at the struggles faced by many MMA fighters, and while her dedication to the role is admirable, the film ultimately collapses under the weight of its own clichés. The redemptive arc undertaken by Berry’s character has been seen before and doesn’t attempt to offer anything new to the shopworn tale of a down-on-their-luck fighter, something one feels could have been more deftly handled given the film’s substantial running time.And that’s the fundamental issue with ‘Bruised’. Sylvester Stallone set the blueprint in 1976 with his Oscar-winning film ‘Rocky’, and that script hasn’t been deviated from much in the ensuing 40-something years: long-shot fighter fighter faces adversity but secures a personal triumph (while not actually winning) against all the odds.This is precisely the landscape in which Berry sets ‘Bruised’, which was released on Netflix this week after an opening run in cinemas. Once one of the world’s top fighters, Justice now works as a housekeeper and battles an alcohol dependency but is convinced to get back to throwing fists by her abusive boyfriend and manager.After beating the tar out of a fighter named ‘Werewolf’, played by real-life fighter Gabi Garcia, Justice is convinced to join the all-female fight league Invicta and enters a strict training regiment to get back into fighting shape. So far, so familiar.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Halle Berry (@halleberry)Justice then reunites with her young son whom she hasn’t seen since he was an infant, prompting her to re-learn how to be a mother while simultaneously reacquainting herself with her craft in the cage. Justice is then placed into a rivalry with Lucia ‘Lady Killer’ Chavez, played by UFC flyweight world champion Valentina Shevchenko, which acts as the film’s crescendo and, well, we’re sure that your imagination can take it from there. It should be stressed that the 55-year-old Berry deserves significant praise for her devotion not just to the role but to elements of mixed martial arts which can’t easily be captured on film without significant training – but occasionally some of the sequences border on professional wrestling pantomime.Others clearly don’t, however, as evidenced by the broken ribs Berry claims she received in one of her scenes with the bruising Shevchenko.But despite hitting the right notes in the final 30 minutes or so, the film suffers from a lack of streamlining and has no business being just shy of 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration. Several elements seem to be shoehorned in, particularly a lesbian sex scene which appears to come absolutely out of nowhere and isn’t really addressed again.That’s one reason why, despite its positive traits, the film ultimately feels hollow.

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‘Attempted murder’: Unconscious fighter has head continuously pummeled into canvas in mass brawl (VIDEO)

I've seen way to many mistakes.— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 26, 2021That was legitimately disturbing— Ryan (@danger_rcb) November 26, 2021″Sick. The referees are a liability in this promotion. One only has to look towards Saturday’s forthcoming Triad Combat fight card to see that fight promoters are constantly looking for new and inventive ways to draw an audience by adapting the generally-recognized MMA rules and turning them on their head.The latest such example of this came recently from an event in Poland called ‘The War 3’ – and judging by the clips which have filtered out online, the chaos in the cage very much lived up to its billing. MMA is by most people’s judgement a one-on-one sport, but what would happen if it became a team sport? I’ve seen way too many mistakes,” he wrote.”That was legitimately disturbing,” agreed a third.Of course, as long as fighters are willing to compete in such bizarre circumstances, you will always find a promoter willing to pay them to do it.A similar event in the Philippines in 2019 caused similar storm online and as long as such curiosities can draw a quick buck, they will continue – at least until someone gets seriously hurt.  Doesn't seem great. It becomes clear, however, that more in-cage officials were likely required when all hell breaks loose. One fighter around the 17-second mark gets knocked unconscious – and his aggressive opponent stands over him to deliver a sickening barrage of undefended strikes before a referee notices and sprints across the cage to put an end to it as the television director cuts away to cheering fans in the audience.Further clips from the event also appears to show a female fighter having collapsed in between rounds of a separate fight – with her opponent celebrating as she is removed from the cage on a stretcher.I'm pretty sure this woman just collapsed in her corner between rounds.— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 26, 2021Everyone just seems way too happy right now— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 26, 2021The event, which also featured a range of other fights – including a two-on-two matchup – was the subject of extreme criticism from fans online for the apparently barbaric nature of the show, as well as what many see as a lack of care for its combatants. Sick. Follow RT on

A recent combat sports event in Poland which featured two ‘teams’ fighting each other simultaneously inside the cage has been slammed by fans after one competitor was repeatedly punched on the ground while he was unconscious. The referees are a liability in this promotion. Shouldnt be happening!— Bartłomiej Zubkiewicz (@bajbaju) November 26, 2021If they're not going to protect unconscious fighters, I agree. This was a question which was very haphazardly answered in Poland – and the results were exactly as violent as you might have expected.Pojebany jest ten świat 😂— Sebastian (@Sebinho93x) November 26, 2021As you can see from the above clip, the fight starts in a five-on-five situation with three referees overseeing the brawl. Shouldn’t be happening!” reacted one fan to the disturbing footage to which combat sports Twitter personality Caposa, who initially posted the footage, underscored.”If they’re not going to protect unconscious fighters, I agree.

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‘Russia-based insults’ spark row between NHL star Panarin & Canadian rival (VIDEO)

Marchand later remained tight-lipped on what had caused the scenes.“We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving dinner was,” said the Canadian, who is known for his knack of winding up opponents on the ice. “He didn’t like what I ate.”Panarin was not available for comment to shed light on his side of the story but according to New York Post reporter Larry Brooks, comments involving Russia has sparked the altercation.Marchand allegedly “invoked Vladimir Putin’s name and suggested that no Russian likes [Panarin],” according to the report. Follow RT on

NHL stars Artemi Panarin and Brad Marchand on the sidelines of Friday night’s game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins after Marchand allegedly made “Russia-based insults” towards his rival.  Panarin was later at the center of historical assault allegations which claimed that he had attacked an 18-year-old woman at a bar in Latvia in 2011.Panarin vehemently denied the claims and was also supported by the Rangers, although he did take a brief leave of absence from the team. The pair were seen exchanging words across the benches towards the end of the game at TD Garden in Boston before Russian star Panarin took off his left glove and hurled it at Marchand.Artemi Panarin threw his glove at Brad Marchand 😂🍿— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 26, 2021The duo were both handed misconduct penalties for the incident. READ MORE: ‘Not a Russian anymore’: Hockey coach claims New York Rangers star Panarin doesn’t deserve place on national team

Panarin scored and assisted as the Rangers won the match 5-2.If accurate, Marchand’s comments may have concerned a row surrounding Panarin in his homeland after he publicly stated his support for opposition figure Alexey Navalny earlier this year.  

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Eat this: Nachos fly as wild women’s brawl erupts at NFL game (VIDEO)

‘America’s Team’, as they are known, were one of the hottest teams in the National Football League just a couple of weeks ago, having surged to the top of the NFC East and appeared to be a shoo-in for a run deep into the post-season, but recently some cracks have appeared in their armor.Just over a week ago they put up an anaemic resistance against Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs and came up short once more on Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Las Vegas Raiders, losing by a late field goal in overtime.Apparently, this was a little much for some fans to bear after footage appeared online which appears to show a couple of Cowboys fans getting physical with the concession stand worker inside the AT&T Stadium.The worker, though, gave as good as she got.— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) November 26, 2021They're really serious about the exact change policy.— MeanderingMarley™️ (@MeanderinMarley) November 26, 2021To be fair, consession workers are allowed to jump the counter and attack fans once per season at AT&T stadium. Follow RT on

People celebrate Thanksgiving in different ways and when it comes to some fans of the Dallas Cowboys, apparently that involves getting into a brawl with concession stand employees. PUNCHES THROWN!!— Mr Matthew F1 (@NotMrMatthewF1) November 25, 2021Former Eagle Catcher Tom Hill taking one on the chin during Cowboy-Raider game— Carson Newman Baseball (@CNBaseball) November 25, 2021But when it comes to the fan brawl, some social media users couldn’t help but see the funny side. “They’re really serious about the exact change policy,” wrote one fan in response to the clip.”To be fair, concession workers are allowed to jump the counter and attack fans once per season at AT&T stadium,” joked another.”This might have only been her first time this season which validates her actions as being, ‘alright, alright, alright'”.This NFL season has been blighted by several incidents of fans become involved in fistfights soon after fans were permitted back into stadiums following the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions.Earlier this month a fan was viciously knocked out when a confrontation became heated during a game between the LA Rams and the Tennessee Titans. This might have only been her first time this season which validates her actions as being, "alright, alright, alright"— Richard Bedell (@richardbedell) November 27, 2021The female employee was soon joined by a colleague to even the score before a host of onlookers stepped in to calm proceedings.According to TMZ, Dallas police made several arrests at the game but it isn’t clear if the food court fighters were among those detained.Of course, this wasn’t the only violent act to have been seen during the game which, incidentally, was the most watched NFL fixture since 1990 after the Cowboys’ rookie defender Kelvin Joseph and the Raiders’ Roderic Teamer also got into a heated exchange during the game.In the midst of the fracas one of the match officials, Tom Hill, was struck and ended up with a bloody chin – prompting both Joseph and Teamer to be ejected from the game.A FIGHT BREAKS OUT IN THE RAIDERS-COWBOYS GAME!!! The story behind the angry confrontation isn’t known but maybe this is just what happens when you charge $15 for a hot dog. Cowboys fans not taking the loss well!

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Doping bosses intervene in chess world title clash between Russia’s Nepomniachtchi & Norway’s Carlsen

For the Nepo vs Carlsen showdown, that has risen to more than 4 million. Known as ‘Nepo’, Nepomniachtchi is the underdog for the title and is ranked fifth in the world.“I was very slightly optimistic during the whole game because this was quite a curious line from black,” the Russian said after drawing the first game.“But while he was down a pawn in the endgame it was very hard to win something for white.”The clash between the pair has drawn huge interest, not least on the back of the surge in popularity for chess following smash-hit Netflix series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.According to, interest on its website for the last world championship in 2018 was under half a million daily active users on its site. Read more

Can a Russian supercomputer help a national chess hero to win the world title?  Nepomniachtchi and Carlsen will battle it out across the next three weeks, and the second meeting of the 14-game series takes place in Dubai on Saturday. [There were] certainly things that I could have done better but overall I think the result was fair enough,” the 30-year-old added. Russian Nepomniachtchi and Norwegian defending champion Carlsen are facing off in a 14-game showdown to determine the world title with a $2 million total prize fund at stake.The handshake just before the— ChesscomLive (@ChesscomLive) November 26, 2021But just hours before the action on the board began on Friday there was an intervention from WADA, which warned chess governing body FIDE that it was in contravention of the rules because of the flag placed in front of Nepomniachtchi’s position.Russia is currently serving a two-year ban from major tournaments at world-championship level for alleged doping offenses, meaning the country’s flag and anthem is prohibited. It’s as simple as that,” FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich, who is Russian, explained to the Guardian.When the game did finally get underway it ended in a draw after four hours of intrigue.“I wouldn’t say I was ever particularly optimistic in the sense of winning the game,” said Carlsen, who is the heavy favorite and regarded by many as among the greatest players of all time.“I do feel like I was a little bit shaky at times. Maybe at some point our team understood that we could have the full name but then they said ‘no, it should be an abbreviation’. Read more

Norwegian king vs Russian challenger: Carlsen & Nepomniachtchi put friendship aside for $2mn showdown

Nepomniachtchi is officially representing Chess Federation Russia (CFR) for his clash with Carlsen.The issue with the original signage for Nepomniachtchi was that it included the word ‘Russia’ – which WADA said was prohibited under the rules. Instead, it was hastily changed to the abbreviation CFR to remove any mention of the country. “We checked several times with them. Follow RT on

There was drama even before the first game of the world championship meeting between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Magnus Carlsen got underway in Dubai as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stepped in to resolve a flag row.

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LeBron James punished for ‘obscene’ gesture (VIDEO)

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James and the Lakers returned to action on Friday night in a remarkable triple-overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings, where they eventually went down 141-137.The Lakers had led by 13 with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, before the Kings surged back back into the game.James had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a 29-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.Elsewhere on Friday, the NBA fined Portland’s Robert Covington $15,000 for hurling his face mask at a referee during the Trail Blazers’ 125-121 loss at Sacramento on Wednesday. Follow RT on

LA Lakers star Lebron James has been slapped with a fine by the NBA for making an obscene gesture and has been warned about using inappropriate language during media events. The incident came as James celebrated making a shot during the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.After scoring, James turned away and bounced from one leg to the other while grabbing at his groin.The celebration is commonly credited to former NBA point guard and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Sam Cassell.LeBron hit the clutch 3 and did the Sam Cassell 😂— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 25, 2021“Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court and warned for using profane language during media availability in response to league-imposed discipline,” the NBA said in a statement on Friday. James’ use of profane language came when he described the recent suspension he served for his clash with Isaiah Stewart as “some bullsh*t.”In an eventful week, James was also involved in an incident with fans during the win against the Pacers as he ordered two people to be ejected from their front-row seats for apparently “crossing the line” with insults directed at him.

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WATCH: Russian figure-skating prodigy Kamila Valieva breaks world record

“Today I did my absolute maximum, [but] there is always room to grow,” she concluded.87.42!!! Mariah Bell 🇺🇸 – 69.37— The Skating Times (@theskatingtimes) November 26, 2021Kamila Valieva sets a new world record in the short program at Rostelecom Cup,— IFS Magazine (@ifsmagazine) November 26, 2021On Friday, Valieva produced a triple Axel, triple flip, and triple Lutz-triple toe combination in her routine in Sochi to delight the home fans as her coaches Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov, and Daniil Gleikehngauz showed their approval.Valieva leads the pack ahead of Russian fan favorite and 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who scored 80.10 to secure second spot, and the USA’s Mariah Bell, who notched 69.37 to lie third.”Today I am satisfied with my skate, happy that coaches said good words to me,” Valieva said modestly. “I enjoyed my skate and there is always something [more] to aspire to. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 🇷🇺 – 80.103.— David Kane (@DKTNNS) November 26, 2021With just three places on the plane available for Russian women in the singles skating event, competition among the team is set to be formidably fierce.     another world record for kamila, who now holds the short program, free skate, and combined total world records 🤩🤩🤩we’re so proud of you 🎉🎉🎉— daily kamila valieva (@kamiIavalieva) November 26, 2021Earlier this season, the Kazan-born Valieva won the Skate Canada International – where she broke her other two world records – and clinched the CS Finlandia Trophy in what was her international senior debut.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Kamila Valieva (@kamilavalieva26)Elsewhere in Sochi on Friday, there was disappointment for Valieva’s training partner, 15-year-old Maiia Khromykh, who is down in fifth place after the short program on 64.72 points. The reigning World Junior Champion achieved her feat on Friday evening in her homeland. Racking up 87.42 points for her short program, the 15-year-old Valieva broke the record of 85.45 previously set by her compatriot Alena Kostornaia.With her latest feat, Valieva is now a world record holder in three areas after achieving the honor in the free skate (180.89) and total points (265.08) in late October.Kamila Valieva sets world record short program score and leads at the 2021 Rostelecom Cup!1. Kamila Valieva 🇷🇺 – 87.422. Khromykh fell on triple Lutz and was unable to complete her jump combination.Valieva will be expected to seal the title when she takes to the ice for her free program on Saturday, at what is the last Grand Prix of this season’s series. The Grand Prix finals should then beckon in Osaka, Japan, in December.  Valieva has already been described as the “runaway favorite” for the women’s figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.Even without the quads she has planned for the free, this is essentially an unbeatable score from presumptive Olympic champion Valieva. Follow RT on

Russian teenage figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva smashed another world record as she produced a stunning performance at the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix in Sochi.

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Kazakh bodybuilder takes second sex-doll wife on honeymoon – after first bride ‘broke’

Someone asked for my permission to touch Luna because they had never seen a sex doll before.”He even said that he noticed some wayward glances from several other men, particularly when Luna was wearing skimpy attire.”Luna wore a very short skirt and men liked to watch her as she sat on my lap,” he said.”I like it when people look at us and their mood lifts. Also, most of the hate came from netizens in Saint Petersburg in Russia.”I used to have social media accounts in Russian, but then there was too much negativity.”This time around, though, Yuri said that he opted to not exchange rings with Luna after he had his heart broken by Margot (we shudder to think what she had broken, by the way) – and this time opted for a more cost effective approach.”I did exchange rings with Margot so maybe I will come up with some kind of symbolic jewelry that we could all wear. Follow RT on

Bodybuilder Yuri Tolochko, who has shot to online notoriety after ‘marrying’ a sex doll, has shared details of his honeymoon with his second plastic bride Luna after the happy couple spent a week lapping up the sights in Bulgaria. The hulking Tolochko, who has garnered well over 100,000 followers on Instagram, recently announced that he has moved on from his first wife Margot – who was also an inanimate sex doll – after their relationship quite literally fell apart when he announced that she “broke” shortly after their nuptials. Tolochko said at the time that he had sent his bride away for repairs – but apparently had his eye caught by a new disposable companion after the  iron-pumping lothario posted photographs to social media of his week-long honeymoon with his new bride Luna.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Yuri Tolochko (@yurii_tolochko)”I did not get the chance to enjoy a honeymoon with Luna until now. Read more

Kazakh bodybuilder finally marries sex-doll fiance ‘Margo’ after Covid delay

“I sometimes get a negative reaction on the internet, but no one has ever shown it in person,” he said.”There was a bigger backlash before than there is now. We need to discuss it,” he said.”After Margot, I decided to not throw any more lavish weddings.” Kids loved Luna a lot. This sensation was everywhere, on the bus, in public places, and many people approached us for photos. We stayed in the capital Sofia for about a week and it was fabulous.”Photographs posted online show a smiling Yuri showing off his bride at various places in the Bulgarian capital, such as at a restaurant – and another more X-rated snap of the two in what appears to be a bathtub.Luna, who was unavailable for comment, maintains a steely stare in each of the shots.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Yuri Tolochko (@yurii_tolochko)”We met a lot of people during my work time and also went out to restaurants and took advantage of the hotel room,” Tolochko added.”Everyone’s reaction was different, but not negative. The pandemic changed everyone’s plans massively so when the chance came to go to Bulgaria for work, I was happy I could take Luna,” he said recently.”It was a work trip, but it was also so romantic that I consider it a honeymoon as well. Petersburg. When the pandemic began, this was especially important. People lived in fear and often came to my Instagram page to smile and cheer themselves up.”Tolochko added that as his fame has risen, so too have comments about his unique sex life – and while he says that no one has said anything to him in person, he claims there was a lot of online abuse from St.

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