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‘Never seen him this angry’: Nadal overcomes line fury to battle past Djokovic and claim 10th Italian Open title (VIDEO)

Meeting for the 57th time in one of tennis’s greatest-ever rivalries, it was the Spaniard who emerged victorious as he claimed a battling 7-5 1-6 6-3 victory over the Serbian world number one.It was an engaging tussle on the red clay of the Italian capital, as Nadal edged a mammoth opening set which lasted 1 hour 15 minutes before Djokovic reasserted himself in the second set.The deciding set was evenly poised before Djokovic failed to take two break points in the fifth game, with Nadal capitalizing by breaking his rival in the next game and continuing to serve out the match.TEN IN ROMEThe moment @RafaelNadal overcame Djokovic to win an extraordinary 10th Rome title!#IBI21pic.twitter.com/IldBAYvVKS— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 16, 2021RAFA RULES IN ROME@RafaelNadal is the @InteBNLdItalia champion for a 10th time 🏆 pic.twitter.com/rk1ggR1sA0— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 16, 2021The victory moved Nadal to 10 titles in Rome and shuffled him closer to Djokovic in overall head-to-head meetings, which the Serb still leads 29-28 overall. Sunday’s showdown was the sixth time the pair had met at this stage in Rome, with Nadal now holding a 4-2 lead in Italian Open finals over Djokovic, who remains on five titles to his name at the event.   
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Rafael Nadal overcame a fit of fury at the state of the court to defeat Novak Djokovic in three sets in Rome as the Spanish icon picked up a record-extending 10th Italian Open title. The phenomenal shot, the dangerous line, the way Nadal chucked his racquet to prevent a worse injury, seeing Nadal angrier than I think I’ve ever seen him, the way he put it behind him so quickly.🎥 @TennisTVpic.twitter.com/OZbbEPMFKb— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) May 16, 2021Rafael Nadal: "It's incredible, the lines… they're going to kill us in the end."— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) May 16, 2021The victory puts Nadal in good stead to defend his title on the clay courts of Roland-Garros as the French Open gets underway later this month, while the Spaniard also moved level on a record 36 Masters 1000 titles with Djokovic. The Spanish ‘King of Clay’ has won an unrivalled 13 titles at Roland-Garros, and in last year’s delayed tournament steamrollered Djokovic in straight sets in the final.Rafa 🤝 NovakA privilege to watch these two legends battle once more@DjokerNole@RafaelNadalpic.twitter.com/6tBVGzF1Jh— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 16, 2021Most Masters 1000 titles: 36 – Djokovic36 – Nadal 📈28 – Federer 17 – Agassi 14 – Murray11 – SamprasTied at the top! © Reuters Nadal’s win was not without frustration, however, particularly in the first set when he chased down the ball to hit a stunning passing winner.The momentum of the shot sent Nadal sliding and then tumbling, as he tossed his racket away and fell to the clay.Dusting himself off, the Spaniard aimed angry words at the match umpire Carlos Bernardes, blaming the lines on the court for being too high – a problem he had likewise complained about during his quarterfinal clash with Alexander Zverev.“It’s incredible, the lines… they’re going to kill us in the end,” the 34-year-old reportedly uttered in an outburst which prompted some observers to claim they had “never seen Nadal this angry.”Drama in Rome! 😲Rafa pulls off an incredible pass, despite taking a tumble…#IBI21pic.twitter.com/FRVVHfxYAs— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 16, 2021There was just so much that went on here. 👀#IBI21pic.twitter.com/izrOP9FeQM— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 16, 2021A tired Djokovic, 33, had spent nearly five hours on court in Rome on Saturday to complete his quarterfinal with Stefanos Tsitsipas before beating Lorenzo Sonego to reach the final.The Serb will attempt to rest and regroup before he plans his assault on a potential second French Open title, and the ominous task of somehow stopping Nadal. 

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‘Worst deal ever’: Fans rub salt in Barca wounds as discarded Suarez edges Atletico to title & Messi sees La Liga hopes die

pic.twitter.com/H1uTbxCa1T— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 16, 2021After Barcelona’s title fate was confirmed, attention will be ratcheted up regarding what that means for star man Messi.Following his aborted attempt to leave the Camp Nou last summer, efforts will be redoubled among Barcelona’s fellow European elite to entice the six-time Ballon d’Or winner away, with Messi out of contract at the end of June.Barcelona close a disappointing campaign next Sunday away at bottom-of-the-table Eibar.  As Suarez continued to put in clutch performances for Atletico, fans rubbed salt into the Barcelona wounds at their apparent mistake in letting the 34-year-old go in a shake-up last summer.A reminder that Barcelona sold Luis Suarez to Atlético Madrid for just €7m.They told him he was too old to perform at the highest level.He's scored 20 league goals this season 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/DhndxzOJED— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 16, 2021On the day Barcelona’s title hopes ended with a 2-1 home loss to Celta, Luis Suarez scored his 20th goal of the season to keep Atletico top of La Liga.Reminder: Barcelona let Luis Suarez leave for $7M last summer. (@PoorEPLreferees) May 16, 2021I still can't get my head round Barcelona.They sold a 33-year old Luis Suárez for €6m because they thought he was too old.He then pretty much wins La Liga for Atlético.Meanwhile, Barça are set to sign 33-year old Sergio Agüero on a two-year deal. pic.twitter.com/wxjTmFmiKH— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 16, 2021Some pondered whether the step had even been the worst bit of business they had seen in football, especially when Barcelona were said to be mulling a move for aging Argentine ace Sergio Aguero this summer when he leaves Manchester City, potentially to fill the void left by Suarez. Barcelona letting Luis Suarez go to their rivals Atletico Madrid for £5m is one of the worst business deals ever— Mod (@CFCMod_) May 16, 2021So, you're telling me Ronald Koeman gave Luis Suarez a 5 minute phone call to tell him he wasn't good enough to be in Barcelona's plans, just for Barcelona to bottle La Liga and now Suarez might actually end up winning it with Atletico Madrid as one of the top scorers this season pic.twitter.com/uv5Dh9rFCP— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? 💙🔥🎬 #BarçaCeltapic.twitter.com/NPjwPCw2bk— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) May 16, 2021The second of those goals came in the 89th minute after Barcelona had seen Clement Lenglet sent off for picking up a second yellow card five minutes earlier. Barca will hope to get a result to keep hold of third place, as they currently stand just two points ahead of fourth-place Sevilla, who host Alaves in their final fixture.     Follow RT on

Barcelona were painfully reminded of the folly of letting Luis Suarez leave as the Uruguayan scored a late winner to edge Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title, while the Catalans’ own hopes ended with a home defeat to Celta Vigo. Heading into the final round of La Liga fixtures next weekend, it will be table toppers Atletico in pole position for the title as they cling to a two-point lead over crosstown rivals Real Madrid.That gap is thanks to a pulsating comeback victory from Diego Simeone’s men against Osasuna on Sunday, as Atleti scored twice inside the last eight minutes to overturn Ante Budimir’s 75th-minute opening goal for the visitors.And then there were two… 👀The title race will be decided on the final weekend in #LaLigaSantander! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/vjWT9HFwBJ— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) May 16, 2021Suarez – a pre-season arrival from Barcelona after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou – steered home the winner in the 88th minute for his 20th league goal of the campaign.Atleti know that victory in their final game away at relegation-threatened Valladolid next weekend will seal a first La Liga title in seven years for the club.     Real Madrid, meanwhile, are still in contention to retain the crown they won last season after earning a 1-0 win at Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday, courtesy of a second-half goal from Nacho.Zinedine Zidane’s men close out their season at home to seventh-placed Villarreal next Sunday, hoping that Atleti slip up and they can capitalize. Meanwhile Barcelona, who before Sunday stood only a remote mathematical chance of sneaking the title, will not finish in the top two for the first time since 2008 after suffering defeat at home to Celta Vigo, despite taking the lead through a Lionel Messi header.That was the Argentine star’s 30th league goal of the season – the ninth time he has achieved that feat – but it wasn’t enough as his team went down to a double from Santi Mina.Messi has scored 3️⃣0️⃣ La Liga goals this seasonIt's the ninth time in his career he's reached 30 league goals in a season – the most times of any player in Europe's top five leagues 🐐 pic.twitter.com/biM55a2wXy— Goal (@goal) May 16, 2021HIGHLIGHTS | Santi Mina strikes twice at the Camp Nou as @RCCeltaEN make it 5 wins in a row!

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‘See you in Saudi’: Fury says date confirmed for Joshua showdown in ‘biggest sporting event ever to grace planet Earth’ (VIDEO)

Peace out, God bless, see you in Saudi! The worlds biggest sporting event all eyes on us. Yes!”Tyson Fury didn't hold back on Eddie Hearn's podcast 👇 pic.twitter.com/sw0PaFdWpP— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 7, 2021Though still lacking an official announcement from the likes of Top Rank or Matchroom, the news will come as music to ears of boxing fans who had tired of both sides stalling when coming to an agreement.Fury’s father John previously alleged that those in the Middle East would struggle to find a site fee as time ran out to finalize one and also a location, while Joshua and his promotor Eddie Hearn suggested that the Fury camp was trying to talk their way out of a fight.But now it seems the money-spinning clash will finally come to light, with the initial bout of a planned double-header going to the Middle East.  I cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times. “This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth,” he vowed.”Do not miss it. All eyes on us. I’ve just got off the phone from Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia,” Fury began.”He’s told me this fight is 100% hot.”“massive announcement” FURY VS JOSHUA IS ON AUGUST 14 in The kingdom of Saudi Arabia. @SCEEKSA@gsaksa_en@trboxing@mtkglobal@frankwarren_tv@marbella@wowhydrate#LETTHEGAMESBEGIN#saudiarabia#TYSONOFARABIApic.twitter.com/ZKIAXLictV— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 16, 2021″August 14, 2021, summer time,” the unbeaten brawler went on.”All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the Gypsy King, a location and date is now confirmed. The Mancunian took to the social media platform on Sunday by posting a video of his claims.”Got some massive news for you all guys. Follow RT on

WBC ruler Tyson Fury has made a “massive announcement” on Twitter pertaining to his potential heavyweight unification clash against British rival Anthony Joshua.

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‘Unbelievable, insane’: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson scores injury-time winner in crunch Premier League clash at West Brom (VIDEO)

Deep into injury time at the Hawthorns and with the score locked at 1-1, Liverpool looked set to suffer a potentially fatal blow to their hopes of securing Champions League football next season after being frustrated by the already-relegated hosts. But marching up the pitch for a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, Reds keeper Alisson rose at the near post to guide a brilliant glancing header into the net.Alisson Becker.95th minute.Unbelievable.(via @NBCSportsSoccer)pic.twitter.com/o29Ro7UE0Y— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 16, 2021West Brom 1-2 Liverpool | GOAL Alisson #WBALIVpic.twitter.com/ZXToF8kKp4— #بث_مباشر HD (@HD34913104) May 16, 2021Jurgen Klopp could barely believe his eyes on the touchline while Alisson was mobbed by his teammates in the opposition box. The Brazilian burst into tears at the final whistle, and later spoke of his emotions during a season in which he lost his father to a tragic drowning accident in his homeland. “I’m too emotional,” said the 28-year-old star. 🗣 "I have played since I remember as a human being with my father. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/DS7M3EyOSc— Row Z (@RowZMedia) May 16, 2021West Brom had taken the lead through Hal Robson-Kanu 15 minutes into the match before Egyptian marksman Mo Salah struck back in the 33rd minute. The Baggies thought they had sealed a winner through Kyle Bartley only for it to be ruled out for offside, before Liverpool’s Brazilian stopper emerged as their unlikely matchwinner. “Unbelievable, insane technique,” said Klopp of the winner from his goalkeeper. “It means a lot, we’re still in the race, that’s all we can do…”I know exactly what it means to him, of course it’s touching.” 1 – In Liverpool's entire club history since they were founded in 1892, Alisson is the first goalkeeper ever to score a competitive goal for the club. Follow RT on

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was the unlikely hero at the other end of the pitch as he scored an injury-time winner at West Brom to keep his team’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish alive. I am sure he is celebrating." 🙏 ❤️An emotional Alisson Becker gives his reaction after scoring the winner for Liverpool pic.twitter.com/8IBlwAytrj— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 16, 2021″My father, I hope he was here to see it, but I know he’s with God on his side, celebrating… “Scoring this goal, I’m really happy to help them [the team].”I can’t be more happy than I am now,” he said. “The cross was brilliant again, I just tried to put my head on the ball, it was the best goal I’ve ever scored…”Those kind of things you can’t explain, God put his hand on my head.”🔴 | Alisson in tears after scoring a 95th minute winner to win the game for Liverpool.The beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/hpvwGB8fuJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 16, 2021The result keeps the Anfield club in the hunt for a top-four place as they moved to within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea and three points behind Leicester in third with two games to play. Chelsea next play Leicester on Tuesday in a game which – whatever the result – will give Liverpool the initiative heading into their final two games against Burnley away and Crystal Palace at home. 

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Tragedy as father of Liverpool star Alisson found dead at age 57 after drowning Absurd. I hope he was here to see it.

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‘I like what I like’: UFC’s Katlyn Chookagian clears up mystery of Twitter porn deluge (VIDEO)

I like what I like,” Chookagian jokingly began before adopting a more serious tone. I asked about it pic.twitter.com/CElmdwXh9l— Oscar Willis (@oscarswillis) May 16, 2021“My Twitter got hacked like two months ago, or I just thought I lost my password.“I tried to get into my app and I couldn’t get in… My Twitter for years always gets hacked, but usually it just follows a bunch of porn stars.“This time, I guess this has been going on for months, and I didn’t realize until this week.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Katlyn Chookagian (Cerminara) (@blondefighter)”But I guess with the fight going on this week and the promotion for the fight, people started noticing,” she added.“It was not me, but all week I was focusing on my fight and not Twitter.”Despite the mystery being cleared up, some fans were quick to joke that the ‘hacking’ excuse was a likely story – although in 32-year-old Chookagian’s defense, she tweeted several years back about the issue with her account.“Why is my twitter constantly getting hacked and automatically following hundreds of porn accounts,” the star asked back in September of 2017.Why is my twitter constantly getting hacked and automatically following hundreds of porn accounts— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) September 29, 2017katlyn chookagian: “oh no i’ve been hacked” pic.twitter.com/rHJj0fvlMs— Stanky (@stankymma) May 14, 2021After appearing to suffer the same issue in 2019, Chookagian even had to implore “random dudes”to stop sending her “snaps of them jerking off and/or porn they are watching,” after the men in question perhaps believed the fighter would welcome the adult content. Chookagian’s impressive win on Saturday night cemented her status as one of the toughest names to beat in the women’s 125lbs ranks, as she improved her record to 16-4, including nine wins in the UFC octagon. View this post on InstagramA post shared by ufc (@ufc)But besides breaking down the contest and looking at what comes next, some media members had a more burning question for Chookagian to address: namely, why has the flyweight star’s Twitter account been ‘liking’ a steady stream of porn videos in recent weeks?Thankfully the fighter, who boasts just over 23,000 followers on the social media platform, had the answers.“What?  

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No more d*ck pics: UFC’s Katlyn Chookagian asks fans to stop sending graphic images on social media Former flyweight title challenger Chookagian outworked Araujo on the way to a unanimous decision victory on the main card at the Toyota Center in Houston as ‘Blonde Fighter’ made it three wins from her last four trips to the octagon. Follow RT on

Katlyn Chookagian earned a hard-fought win against dangerous Brazilian Viviane Araujo at UFC 262 on Saturday night, although the question on many people’s lips was just what has been going on with the US star’s Twitter activity.

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Chelsea star Abraham’s Instagram influencer girlfriend BLASTS Blues boss Tuchel for leaving forward out of FA Cup final squad

© Reuters Abraham has two years left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge but has been linked with a summer move to the likes of Premier League rivals Aston Villa and West Ham.The big forward scored four goals en route to Chelsea booking their spot in the FA Cup final, hitting a hat-trick against Luton in the fourth round and hitting the winner against Barnsley in the next stage of the competition.   Despite bagging 12 goals and registering six assists in all competitions for the London club this season, Abraham has seen opportunities hard to come by since German coach Tuchel took over from the sacked Frank Lampard at the end of January. Abraham has seen limited opportunities under Tuchel.    Some have tipped Abraham for a summer move from the Bridge. I think today we were unlucky and we’ve never hidden that we need to have that to win at this level.“You need momentum, decision making, little details, the referee.”

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Cup final agony for Chelsea & Tuchel again as wonder goal consigns Abramovich’s club to 3rd season without English trophy (VIDEO)

Chelsea will look to bounce back against the same opponents in the Premier League on Tuesday night, with both the Blues and Leicester in a tight race for a top-four finish to seal Champions League football for next season.Chelsea lie fourth in the table, two points behind Leicester with two games to play. England ace Abraham, 23, was not named in Tuchel’s matchday squad for the cup showpiece against Leicester City at Wembley on Saturday, which the Blues lost 1-0 after a second-half strike from Belgian star Youri Tielemans. This has to be a joke.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by 𝓛𝓮𝓪𝓱 𝓜𝓸𝓷𝓻𝓸𝓮 (@leahmonroe_) View this post on InstagramA post shared by 𝓛𝓮𝓪𝓱 𝓜𝓸𝓷𝓻𝓸𝓮 (@leahmonroe_)Chelsea lacked firepower as they struggled to break through the Leicester ranks on Saturday, although Mason Mount forced a wonder-save from Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and the London club had a late equalizer ruled out by VAR for the most marginal of offsides. Liverpool are four points adrift of Chelsea in fifth, but have a game in hand on their rivals.Chelsea’s Cup final defeat has blunted much of a the feelgood factor Tuchel brought with him to the club, as they now look to recover in time to finish their league campaign on a high before taking on Manchester City in the Champions League final in Portugal at the end of the month. © Reuters After returning from an ankle injury at the start of April, Abraham has featured for just 17 minutes in the Premier League. © Reuters “We are disappointed and not angry with our performance from the boys,” Tuchel said after Chelsea’s loss to Leicester.”I think the performance is enough to win it. It’s not making any sense to me whatsoever.”“Not even on the bench?! Tuchel watched on as his team lost at Wembley. Follow RT on

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham faces an uncertain future at the club with the latest sign being his exclusion from Saturday’s FA Cup final squad – and his Instagram model girlfriend has let manager Thomas Tuchel know how she feels. He did not make it off the bench in the win against Manchester City last weekend and was excluded from the squad which was beaten by Arsenal in mid-week.After her man’s latest omission, Abraham’s partner sent out a scathing message to her Instagram followers.Tammy’s girl going mad 😭 pic.twitter.com/ljLwma2FBh— Liam ✞ (@_CFCLiam) May 15, 2021“How on earth do you make the decision to leave your top goal scorer out of the squad for a final?!” Monroe raged in a now-deleted post on Instagram Stories.“The same person who even scored the goal to actually qualify for this competition?

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Outstanding Oliveira brings light to Brazil in dark times after recent failures from men’s stars on UFC world stage

Now I'm UFC lightweight champ. GO. 🏆 [ #UFC262 | Live NOW on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/EYcvjCHR5s ] pic.twitter.com/Xs7xzy3sKD— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021Regrouping on his stool after a good 100 seconds of hanging on for dear life, those of us watching at home weren’t privy to what Oliveira’s corner told him as commentators salivated over replays of what they had just seen.The next we saw of him was Oliveira muttering something to himself and looking up into the rafters of the roaring 16,000 capacity crowd at the Toyota Center giving both fighters a standing ovation. Just seconds into second round, though, he feinted a pair of straight lefts – one of which seemed to partly connect – then took advantage of an opening created by a failed right jab to drop Chandler with a sweet left hook. Also utilizing Muay Thai with a knee to the head, Oliveira needed just 19 seconds in total to finish off the job, as Chandler shimmed across the octagon and then met another hook and a string of finalizers before the referee bookended the evening. Surpassing Donald Cerrone’s record for most finishes (17), Oliveira also pipped Michael Bisping for the latest UFC championship winner by becoming the ruler of the 155 lbs division in his 28th fight.OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!🇧🇷@CharlesDoBronxs#UFC262pic.twitter.com/g0lLQSi1lC— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021THE ELEVENTH UNDISPUTED LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMP 🏆 @CharlesDoBronxs 🇧🇷 #UFC262pic.twitter.com/a1CIOVMzDf— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021He also prolonged his reign for the most Performance of the Night bonuses (11), and has his second-to-last victim Tony Ferguson, a win over who got him the title shot, to thank for boosting that from $50,000 to $75,000 when demanding the increase of Dana White in a foul-mouthed press conference leading up to fight night.Going over to White after sealing victory, Oliveira told the head honcho in front of the world moments later: “Hey, Dana. A dream came true. Yet as soon as he joined the American standing up with two minutes to spare, he was almost immediately sent into survival mode when big hitter Chandler landed a series of heavy left and rights.Returning to the canvas with the fight about to be called in Chandler’s favor, Oliveira used slick head movement Canelo Alvarez would be proud of to somehow evade further hammer blows that would have crowned the former Bellator king the first owner of the strap since the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov. HERE. Hard work paid off. View this post on InstagramA post shared by CHUTE★BOXE (@chuteboxeoficial)We're champSomos campeões#PaiTaOn#AFavelaVenceu#UFCnoCombate#ESPNplus@canalCombate@espnmma@ABCNetwork@SporTV@tvglobopic.twitter.com/o0BA6yvCD2— Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) May 16, 2021Escaping a gang-controlled neighborhood where just a fortnight ago weapons and 50kgs’ of explosives capable of blowing the community up were found in an apartment building, youngsters can stroll past the Diego Lima-run establishment and yearn for an existence beyond police raids and harassment, discrimination and poorly paid minimum wage jobs.As Oliveira put it himself while holding the newly-acquired gold strap aloft: “Look at this here. I’m Brazilian but this belt is for all of us. I told you I was going to knock him out and I knocked him out.” “I’m proving to everybody, I am the lion of lions.”"Thank you Brazil! I did what nobody thought I would do. #UFC258 🇳🇬🇳🇬💪🏽pic.twitter.com/L57x7Cno0E— E (@iamOkon) February 14, 2021Deiveson Figueiredo offered some flicker of pride by becoming the flyweight champion last year. #AndStill#UFC253pic.twitter.com/O1OUnZknyz— Pat Egan (@Pat_Egan) September 27, 2020Far more reserved, Aldo allowed McGregor to get inside his head with a range of insults over the months before they finally met, and went steaming in only to get knocked out just like Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. Unable to keep the passion of performing in front of 45,000 in Curitiba under control, in the most-attended event in Brazilian UFC history, ‘Vai Cavalo’ went the way of the Selecao in the 7-1 World Cup semifinal in being dismantled by a colder, calculating opponent such as Germany – this time in the form of Stipe Miocic, who snatched away the heavyweight championship.Clearly bothered by facing his former training partner, Gilbert Burns was the last Brazilian to fall short of a taste of glory when Kamaru Usman mauled him in February and TKO punches stopped their clash in the third round causing him to sob after.Kamaru Usman is an absolute monster. It can rain stones, brother. Meu esforço valeu a pena. #AFavelaVenceu— Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) May 16, 2021″Michael said I couldn’t take pressure, and he hit, hit, hit,” Oliveira also said post-fight. 🇧🇷 You got another champion!!! If you have faith, it will happen.”By Tom Sanderson The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. I did the opposite.””You brought me a monster from Bellator. #ufc262— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 16, 2021Understandably, the victory has been well-received by Oliveira’s compatriots and is the lift that the nation needs in one of the most difficult moments of its troubled history.Locked in a social, political and economic crisis since the dust settled on the catastrophic home World Cup in 2014, there has been little to smile about in a land where the locals were previously known for their generosity and showing off their pearly whites at any given opportunity.It is polarized by the battle between left and right, and while one has always had to look over their shoulder when walking down the street, rampant crime runs at unfathomable levels while widespread inequality is worsened by the complications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.Thanks to the bungling of president Jair Bolsonaro, only the US with over 50% more people has struggled worse than Brazil from the coronavirus, which up to the present has killed 430,000 in the continent-sized country.VIDEO: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro leads a massive motorbike rally in the capital Brasilia in a new mobilisation of his supporters to back his government, under pressure for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left nearly 420,000 dead pic.twitter.com/w9O05VBGAV— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 10, 2021Lest we dismiss the success of champ champ Amanda Nunes, of course, who is undoubtedly MMA’s greatest female combatant of all time. Yet were it not for her achievements, Brazil would have had little to shout about since Anderson Silva fizzled out in 2013 and Jose Aldo was dethroned by Conor McGregor in 2015, in a sport where it has always been the most dominant force alongside the Americans. The losses that pair suffered, with Silva beaten by Chris Weidman, were symbolic of Brazil’s struggles on the big stage over the past decade. And these have also carried over to its pride and joy national football team, at grave risk of having its standing as the most successful team at the World Cup with five wins ripped up thanks to failures in 2014 and 2018.Too arrogant or too emotional. (Before Connor) 3-6 A.D.Connor McGregor baptized him and a different Aldo walked the earth sincepic.twitter.com/KLEn7pA8yu— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) July 12, 2020While Silva bafflingly taunted his younger foe beyond the point of reason and was knocked out, we can also throw Paulo Costa’s limp challenge to Israel Adesanya’s middleweight crown in the cocky category.Evidently spending the build up focusing more on trash talking than honing his tactics, Costa was punished for showing the New Zealand-Nigerian a lack of respect by dropping his hands and was deservedly terminated then dry humped.Later blaming his meek display on drinking wine to get to sleep, he has been ridiculed by not just the MMA community and pundits such as Daniel Cormier for the claims, but also his fellow Brazilians.Israel Adesanya just made that look SUPER EASY! Fãs, obrigado pelo apoio. This belt is for all of us" 🇧🇷@CharlesDoBronxs claims the LW throne at #UFC262. pic.twitter.com/Mv2SCPbYvd— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021As is always the case when a fighter from South America’s largest country wins on such a platform however, a good chunk of Oliveira’s words were an impassioned addresses to his 212 million countrymen and women back home.”Favela, we won again!” Oliveira proclaimed.”You can cry, but you cry with joy which is ours! Because when the stones are thrown back…Brother, they’re all going to fall.”It’s absolutely insane how quick things change in the @ufc@MikeChandlerMMA was cruising and :19 secs later @CharlesDoBronxs is the champion!!! But there was something far more symbolic about Oliveira’s triumph.Having his heart questioned throughout his career, by Chandler in the run-up and even by the UFC punditry team when attempting to keep him at bay, Oliveira demonstrated something that had been lacking in the national DNA recently by lifting himself off the canvas and powering through.Skill and flare is something expected of every Brazilian whether they are rocking a pair of gloves or a ball at their feet.But Oliveira showed that the never-say-day spirit still soaks yellow and green fabric. What say? Never give up on your dreams. You're special.O que dizer? The Nigerian nightmare showing love to Burns on #ValentinesDay to retain his title. WE. What a fight! “And I’m still here.”Though Brazil’s past 17 champions before him are mostly from humble beginnings, few of them have embraced their favela roots more than he. Hailing from Guaruja, a beach town an hour away from the state capital, which has become increasingly more dangerous in past years for the reasons listed above, Oliveira provides hope to those growing up in difficult conditions.Those in Paraisopolis, the second-largest favela in the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest metropolis São Paulo of 100,000 inhabitants, which is just a short walk down Avenida Giovanni Gronchi from the world-famous Chute Boxe gym where Oliveira trains, will be particularly inspired. Believe in me. Congrats to the new king. O sonho se tornou realidade, me tornei campeão leve do UFC. Or a mixture of both.Jose Aldo’s career turned in one fight:25-1 B.C. Just in case you didn’t catch the main event, it went something like this: in the first round, ‘Do Bronx’ tried and failed to impose expert jiu-jitsu on his foe, who foolishly showed the UFC’s all-time submissions leader (14) his back.Chandler got up on his feet first, as Oliveira pedaled away a series of kicks laying down. “I said I was a boy among the lions. [But] I’m a slum dweller that won in life. Follow RT on

Given disappointments from their countrymen on this stage in recent times, Charles Oliveira’s sensational lightweight title win over Michael Chandler at UFC 262 last night was the comeback and feelgood story all Brazilians need. Thank you to my fans for all the support. Shut Paulo Costa UP.

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Brit boxing star waits anxiously on knees after leaving opponent face down with KO, fans argue over need for second punch (VIDEO)

Buatsi 🤝 Dos Santos pic.twitter.com/CWjQCw2dCf— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 15, 2021Buatsi fans preferred to instead focus on the concern he showed for his opposite number once he had gotten back on his feet, however.”Buatsi is class act in and out of the ring. His trainer/coach, Virgil Hunter is the same!@boxingbuatsi@virgilhunter7@MatchroomBoxing@DAZNBoxing@EddieHearnhttps://t.co/OIIvut4aEE— Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) May 16, 2021The win puts Buatsi closer to challenging Russian WBA ruler Dmitry Bivol for the regular crown or his compatriot Artur Beterbiev, who holds the IBA and WBC straps while American Joe Smith Jr boasts the WBO belt.Eddie Hearn revealed at the conclusion of his latest bout that he plans to get Buatsi back in the ring on July 17 on American soil or a week or two later at home in Great Britain.If Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson had his way, though, Buatsi would seriously consider relocating to the US to continue his relationship with legendary trainer Virgil Hunter, whose influence on the Londoner in his first fight has already borne fruit. “I haven’t been home for weeks and weeks and weeks,” Buatsi stressed when asked on his plans moving forward.”I look forward to having a week or so [at home]. I’ll be in England, whether we go back out to America to start camp again, or we start [in England] and finish it out there,” he said.Virgil Hunter brilliant in the corner as always…he was just telling Buatsi to eye feint. Tate (@carynatate) May 15, 2021But according to Nelson, the man who oversaw unbeaten great Andre Ward’s legacy won’t have liked the sound of such remarks.”I know Hunter won’t like that,” insisted Nelson.”It’s hard for fighters to pack up and say: ‘This is my new home’.”Hunter wants his home to be his fighters’ home so they live in the gym even without a fight coming up.”Down the line, that may be a problem. It’s something they must address, work out, figure out,” Nelson went on.🗣️ "Having Virgil on board is amazing. This man has added to the team, it'll be good!" – @boxingbuatsi#BuatsiDosSantos Watch live: https://t.co/PD9Vls09Sxpic.twitter.com/KqMrkepu8w— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) May 13, 2021″It depends how much Buatsi wants it, wants success, respects Hunter and his word.”‘If I really want this, for five years I’m sticking with you!’,” he signed off, suggesting what Buatsi should tell his coach word-for-word.  I hope we can see more from him soon!,” a supporter remarked elsewhere.The Slo-Mo of Buatsi's KO of Dos Santos. 💥BRUTAL 🤯 pic.twitter.com/6QQrg3B2ob— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 15, 2021″I do hope he’s safe and healthy,” Buatsi stated during his post-fight interview.”We’ve seen unknown opponents come and they’ve beaten guys, so I took him very serious.”[He was] awkward for a few rounds, I just landed the shot at the right time.”But most importantly I do hope he’s okay,” he concluded.Not yet but Buatsi is a shining example of class in sports! Follow RT on

A vicious right hand from light heavyweight contender Joshua Buatsi knocked his foe Daniel Dos Santos out cold and had fans fearing for the Frenchman’s safety as he laid face down on the canvas in their WBA international clash. Put some lemon pepper wings on this man’s soul and send him to heaven!!,” demanded one.”He hit him so hard it sounded like a squeaky-toy,” said another.”Never seen Tyson Fury do this,” it was quipped, in a nod to the WBC heavyweight king’s perceived lack of punching power. DAMN whooped his ass 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/LbO2tQboaU— ♠InterracialLover♠ (@Shon_The_Don93) May 15, 2021Sheesh pic.twitter.com/8kNWPT1CYJ— Ⓖ²🗽 (@NotisAcct) May 15, 2021pic.twitter.com/P395tULDrD— Glove Talk (@glove_talk) May 15, 2021Others were less impressed by Buatsi taking a second dig at Dos Santos when he was already clearly on his way out.”I don’t think the second punch was necessary. This is very close to being an outright downright disqualification,” said one.”The first time he sent him to the canvas he also hit him while he was on the ground, that second blow was unnecessary, totally inhuman,” chimed in a fellow critic.”That second hit is why I can’t get into fighting sports,” started another more elaborate comment.”I just can’t believe that a trained boxer can’t tell when he knocked someone out and still has to hit him again on the way down. I'm impressed Buatsi has absorbed as much as he has from Hunter in one camp, and Buatsi being 28 years old. Respect. Haters hating on him just expose themselves as horrible human beings,” it was claimed.”Buatsi is a top fighter but also a top human being. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/JiYQiguhDf— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) May 15, 2021Full of class, Buatsi refused to celebrate his victory as a medical team and the officials waited on Dos Santos for what seemed an eternity. Eventually coming round in tears, Dos Santos was consoled by his foe as fans online gave their thoughts on the incident. “Gawd Damn!! In his 14th win of an unblemished career, Buatsi started strongly by giving Dos Santos a first taste of the ring floor via a chopping right hand in the second round.Hanging on for dear life, the Frenchman, who was also unbeaten and boasts a touching story of turning his life around after a stretch in prison, wrestled Buatsi to the floor in the third.With twenty seconds to spare in the fourth, the perfect right from Buatsi after a skillful feint knocked Dos Santos out cold in instant fashion, and to make matters worse, he even got another punch on the way down while collapsing sideways in a heap.The power from Joshua Buatsi! #BuatsiDosSantos#boxing#boxeo#boxingnews— Caryn A. Way worse in MMA.”Respect at the end of it all.

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‘You can hear it snap’: Fans in disbelief as UFC star Jacare seen SMILING after rival breaks his arm in gruesome finish (VIDEO)

Now I want a top 15 [fighter],” he demanded. I can’t watch this. Wild!”, and another fan suggested that he, Souza and Silva “should start a support group”.”Bro that wasn’t nearly as bad as yours,” pointed out another fan.”It’s still bad, though. With a name like Jacare there are other ways to make money,” a concerned party highlighted.As one punter butted in, though, Souza has one fight left on an eight bout deal, and then it is probably curtains for him at the top table. Probably to do with the 8 fight deal he signed. He’s 41 and probably won’t fight again after that,” someone predicted in reply.It’s still bad though. pic.twitter.com/yrLv4xk3cz— Vintage1944 (@vintage1944) May 16, 2021Joe Rogen’s reactions make the fights exciting he’s a human highlight reel😎 pic.twitter.com/tHH2xT3I3F— Rick James (@Papieckco2) May 16, 2021If Everyone can stop snapping limbs in half #UFC262pic.twitter.com/wnUulA8bN7— New UFC Fan (@NewUFCFan1) May 16, 2021#UFC262 Footballers after Jacare after some light contact snapping his arm in half pic.twitter.com/I50AnNSDzg— Out Of Context MMA (@oocmma) May 16, 2021Speaking to Brazilian broadcaster Combate post-fight, Muniz said: “First of all I want to say that I am a fan of Jacare’s, and have had photos with him since I was a child.””When I saw that his arm snapped, I let go of it immediately, because I come from a jiu-jitsu background and I didn’t want to hurt him.”It’s a victory that I’ll keep [in my memory] forever. Wowwww. Nothing left to prove. Feel terrible for Jacare.”Wild man. Damage is real and permanent. Falling to 26-10, the 41-year-old had started well by landing some significant strikes on his younger foe.He also managed a brief takedown, but when Muniz managed to regroup and use his own grappling skills, he then took the veteran down several times.Jumping on Jacare’s back and attempting the trademark judo and jiu-jitsu rear-naked choke, he was shaken off but then managed to get a hold of his opponent’s arm.Andre Muniz with a sneaky armbar finish breaking Jacare Souza's arm #UFC262pic.twitter.com/x6yz7urSS1— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33) May 16, 2021Sitting back with it in his grasp, Souza’s arm then snapped and the bout was immediately called off.Improving his record to 21-4, this was undoubtedly the biggest scalp of Munoz’s career as nobody had ever submitted the widely-respected Jacare in mixed martial arts. Now on a four-loss record streak, Jacare’s days are numbered in the sport’s top championship.Just like Tony Ferguson – who fell to a trio of defeats on the same card when losing to Beneil Dariush by unanimous decision, while also apparently having his leg snapped by a younger foe – the Espirito Santo native has aged terribly and missed his window to become the ruler of division.Going on a run of eight wins from the springs of 2012 to 2015, he threw away a shot at champion back then Luke Rockhold when beaten by Yoel Romero at UFC 194 as Rochhold dethroned Chris Weidman via TKO on the same evening.You’re problem not surprised to hear that is the first submission loss of Jacare’s career.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 16, 2021Embarking on a miserable voyage of seven losses and just four victories since then, a knockout of Weidman at UFC 230 was a false alarm for Jacare that paved the way for his current quartet of nights to forget.Considering the leg snap the American suffered at UFC 261 against Uriah Hall last month too – which had echoes of that Anderson Silva experienced against Weidman in 2013 – he and Weidman can now share stories of horror injuries.Taking to Twitter to address the latest scare, Weidman admitted: “Oh man. One more left.— Michael Johnson (@johnswine87) May 16, 2021Regarding the arm break itself, users online filled reply sections with a litany of vomit emojis and wincing memes over the cracking sound it made. “Holy sh*t that was nasty,” said one.While others complimented “savage” Souza for not tapping out “like a champion”.That arm break the sound big nope for me!!!! #UFC262pic.twitter.com/ZBlJYwo6uY— Curls (@KyleOCurley) May 16, 2021Bantamweight king Aljamain Sterling replied: “Wild, man. He’s 41 and probably won’t fight again after that— Tay M (@ogtaytayy) May 16, 2021″I think it’s time for Jacare to hang it up. Wild!— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 16, 2021You, jacare and silva should start a support group— Combat Cult ❌⛩ (@CombatCultt) May 16, 2021You can hear Jacare’s arm snap. Follow RT on

Former middleweight contender Ronald ‘Jacare’ Souza suffered a potential career-ending horror injury when fellow Brazilian Andre Muniz snapped his arm with a vicious first-round armbar on the UFC 262 undercard on Saturday night. Unless it’s a money issue, he shouldn’t fight anymore,” it was commented, and also tipped that president Dana White “is going to release him in the next few days”.”It is sad that fighters don’t know when to say when.

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WATCH: Rally car comes INCHES from crashing into spectators in terrifying near miss in Russia

I showed the video [to the organizers of the rally].“They saw everything, but there was no reaction from them… I’m just glad no one was hurt,” he added. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lozinsky’s Golf is said to be a write-off after the smash, although most will be thankful that more serious damage wasn’t done. The worrying scenes happened at the ‘Picnic’ rally in Russia’s northern Leningrad Region, where driver Oleg Lozinsky misjudged a turn at high speed.  Already skidding as he approached a bend packed with spectators, Lozinsky’s VW Golf clipped the side of the slope before spinning violently into the air, narrowly missing the crowd of fans.Зрители ралли "Пикник", проходившего под Питером в эти выходные, чудом избежали травм и увечий, когда экипаж одного из автомобилей не справился с управлением и вылетел на обочину. Also on rt.com
‘Could have killed him’: Cyclist is smashed to floor by car crashing into him from behind in horrifying mid-race collision (VIDEO) Follow RT on

A rally race in Russia almost ended in tragedy as a car came close to colliding with spectators after crashing on entry to a bend and flipping over several times. Машина прошла в считанных сантиметрах от людей. pic.twitter.com/AxlOfHQNf9— Потапов Евгений (@ea_potapoff) May 16, 2021After the car came to rest on its wheels, spectators rushed to check that the crew and bystanders were unharmed.There were no reports of serious injury, although Lozinsky is said to have sustained a concussion while his navigator escaped unhurt. The driver himself questioned the positioning of the spectators on the route.“We need to ask the organizers why there is no safety control on the track,” Lozinsky was quoted a saying after footage of the crash was widely shared online. “When I came to my senses, I saw that after the accident, people continued to stand in the same place.

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‘Jake Paul Go Home’: YouTube boxing siblings ENRAGE locals in Puerto Rico by ‘endangering turtles’ with beach buggy stunt (VIDEO)

These are federally protected wildlife species. Gringo cabrón [foreign b*stard],” scathed another. One person said “ it is nesting season for turtles in Puerto Rico and Jake Paul is treating our beaches like a playground.” pic.twitter.com/zKyvtqWYWB— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 13, 2021″This is what frustrates us the most,” began one more tired party.”They treat the whole island like a resort.””White people destroy our ecosystem. 😑— 🔮Rosa is Busy 🔮🇵🇷🏳️‍🌈 (@sodapopcomics) May 14, 2021The locals are far from impressed, though, and the hashtag #JakePaulGoHome trended across social media.”So, Jake Paul recorded himself riding a car on a beach (which is illegal, especially since it’s the time of year when turtles make their nests),” one commented.”I’m so sick and tired of these colonialists coming over and acting like they’re gods who [can] do whatever they want.””A big f*ck you to Jake Paul for being an absolute f*cking moron and doing this, possibly destroying turtle nests during turtle nesting season. TMZ reported news of the Paul brothers’ latest scandal on Saturday, and later managed to get hold of a statement from the US-owned territory’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Secretary Rafael Marchago.Since purchasing a $10 million beachfront mansion earlier this year, the Paul brothers have been based in Puerto Rico with Logan moving his Maverick Clothing business there.”I thought it was more third-world than I suspected, so I went out there to scout it and I just fell in love with it,” he revealed in February. It is Nesting season for Sea Turtles in Puerto Rico and Jake Paul is treating our beaches like a playground. This is illegal. Take our money,” it was concluded.”I don’t think it’s right what they’re doing either but that was a pretty racist statement to make not all white people are privilege and behave this way,” came one reply to that outburst.I don't think it's right what they're doing either but that was a pretty racist statement to make not all white people are privilege and behave this way— Bob abbott (@bobabbott50_bob) May 14, 2021Rather than just helping out protecting the beaches, though, it seems the Paul brothers might be better off selling up and leaving Puerto Rico altogether. they’re riding large vehicles through the beach in heavy turtle season— Gain Mutuals F4F (@NoTxTucker) May 14, 2021As the furor escalated, TMZ managed to contact sources close to the brothers who claimed that Jake “meant absolutely no harm or malice with his beach cruising escapade”.Insisting that they did not see any signs indicating there were turtles in the area, or that the sea creatures were in the middle of nesting season, Jake pleaded ignorance and that he would have never gone out in the vehicles had he known.The sources additionally alleged that Jake saw others driving across the sand that day, which gave him courage to do likewise without “realizing there was a bigger issue at hand”.”Jake is a huge animal lover and would never intentionally do anything to harm any species out there,” it was stated, and he has also reportedly shown a willingness to work alongside local authorities “to help protect and preserve important beachfront in the area”.Is there a better metaphor for PR- US relations than Logan and Jake Paul driving golf carts “possibly” over turtle’s nests in Dorado? Take our land. And he’s already in trouble for driving a motor vehicle on a beach, which is a) illegal, and more importantly, b) dangerous to nesting turtles. https://t.co/ixAIpcyYaypic.twitter.com/azvxPZUxB9— Natalia Rodríguez Medina Cabeza de Gallina (@nataliarodmed) May 14, 2021″Some media have published today a video of the influencer Jake Paul in a motor vehicle on the beach, an activity which is prohibited, apart from [for] law enforcement agencies.”Although the video does not establish where or when it was carried out, the DNER reminds citizens that this type of activity is prohibited by law to protect the environment and the species that can nest or live on the beaches.”Those who violate the law face fines and other penalties, if applicable,” it concluded.Jake & Paul are funny af but the Puerto Ricans don’t want them there bro. https://t.co/efZmmqbVNt— paolette (@deviIette) May 13, 2021Yet checking out the sand and ocean near to their palace in Dorado, which is not far from the capital San Juan, has landed the pair in hot water.Foolishly posting the video to social media, Jake has fallen foul of the authorities even though it appears Floyd Mayweather opponent Logan appears to be behind the wheel of a golf cart.Realizing his error, Jake quickly took the clip down.But it was too little too late as an investigation has already been launched by the local Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.”I have ordered an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the use of two motor vehicles on beaches that are presumed to be in Puerto Rico,” confirmed its head Rafael Marchago in a statement.Jake Paul has been living in Puerto Rico what, two months? 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YouTube prankster turned boxer Jake Paul is currently under investigation in Puerto Rico after riding a motorized vehicle across a protected beach in the Caribbean isle and posting footage of the incident on social media.

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Leicester duo salute FA Cup win with Palestinian flag as teammate accused of ‘disrespecting’ Chelsea in celebrations (VIDEO)

That was a claim picked up on by some fans after the scenes from Choudhury and Fofana.Elsewhere during the Leicester celebrations in the dressing room, Ghanaian star Daniel Amartey, who was an unused substitute for the clash, was accused of disrespecting Chelsea as he was seen tossing the London club’s pennant to the floor.”It doesn’t matter who you support, You have to admit that this is disrespectful and beyond sh*thousery. Also on rt.com
Cup final agony for Chelsea & Tuchel again as wonder goal consigns Abramovich’s club to 3rd season without English trophy (VIDEO)

As jubilant Foxes players and staff celebrated on the pitch afterwards, French defender Fofana and English midfielder Choudhury, who was a late substitute, were both seen with a Palestinian flag.The pair posed with the flag before Choudhury, 23, collected his winner’s medal with it draped across his shoulders. 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/cFuYzpMnH2— Instant Foot ⚽️ (@lnstantFoot) May 15, 2021Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury collecting his FA cup winners medal wearing a Palestine flag. Follow RT on

Wesley Fofana and Hamza Choudhury waved a Palestinian flag after their FA Cup victory over Chelsea as the Leicester duo became the latest footballers to show support amid clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has called for an end to the violence and fellow Egyptian star Mohamed Elneny has also issued a social media post stating “my heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine.”That message apparently provoked concern from one of Arsenal’s sponsors, Lavazza, with the club reportedly speaking to the midfielder about the message. #FACupFinal#Palestinepic.twitter.com/uOn1cHGWXI— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) May 15, 2021The gesture earned the pair praise from the Palestinian mission in the UK, which extended its “profoundest gratitude” to the Leicester stars. Letter to Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana, Leicester Football Club, who used the occasion of the FA cup triumph to show solidarity with the Palestinian people 🇵🇸🙏🏽✌🏽✊@Wesley_Fofanaa@HamzaChoudhury1@LCFC#SavePalestine#Jerusalem#GazaUnderAttackpic.twitter.com/LpaIENZMCL— Palestine in the UK (@PalMissionUK) May 15, 2021Leicester’s beaten rivals Chelsea are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who acquired Israeli citizenship in 2018 and according to reports has helped donate $100 million to an Israeli settler organization in Jerusalem. Also on rt.com
Jewish leader calls for Arsenal player to be suspended for pro-Palestine post as sponsor seeks ‘urgent talks’ with football bosses

Elsewhere, the likes of former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, now at Fenerbahce in Turkey, has also been vocal throughout the latest flare-up in tensions.There are no reports of Leicester or the English football authorities planning to take action against Fofana or Choudhury for their actions.Clashes in the Gaza strip continued on Sunday with reports that Israeli airstrikes had killed at least 26 people after rocket attacks from militants.Since fighting erupted last week, at least 174 people are said to have been killed in Gaza, including 47 children and 29 women, with more than 1,000 people reportedly injured. Later, the star posted “Palestine forever” on his Instagram stories.Hamza Choudhury et Wesley Fofana pour la Palestine. Leicester won a first FA Cup title in their 137-year history as they overcame a lacklustre Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday thanks to a second-half rocket from Belgian star Youri Tielemans.Despite Chelsea pressing hard in the closing stages – with Mason Mount drawing an incredible save from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and the Blues seeing a last-gasp goal ruled out for offside – Leicester held on for a famous win in front of 21,000 fans. Also on rt.com
‘Amen’: MMA fighters back UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov after he asks his millions of fans to pray for ‘oppressed Palestinians’

Hamas and other militant groups have fired around 2,900 rockets at cities across southern and central Israel since Monday.Many of the missiles were destroyed mid-air by Israel’s Iron Dome system, but others struck residential areas, reportedly killing at least 10 people and forcing many to hide in bomb shelters.The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday that they had destroyed the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza, although it was unclear if he was home at the time of the raid. Also on rt.com
Israel claims to have destroyed Hamas leader’s home in Gaza as cross-border attacks continue It’s not even funny,” fumed one Chelsea fan in response to the footage. The disrespect from Daniel Amartey 🤭(via lawestt_/IG) pic.twitter.com/yfuxkOmFri— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 15, 2021Fofana and Choudhury are the latest footballers to offer their support to Palestinians.

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‘They said they don’t need the money’: Billionaire Spotify CEO Ek claims Arsenal rejected $2.5BN bid, says he’s ready to try again

But first and foremost, we need to make sure that we can take over if they are listening.”Underachieving Arsenal are guaranteed a top-half finish in the Premier League ahead of their two final matches of the season next week, when they visit Crystal Palace and host Brighton.Mikel Arteta’s side have a mathematical chance of finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League, although that would probably require Liverpool to lose all three of their remaining games and other results to go in Arsenal’s favor. Follow RT on

Spotify magnate Daniel Ek has publicly hit back at reports that Premier League club Arsenal had denied he made a takeover bid of around $2.5 billion, claiming that co-owner Josh Kroenke and his “bankers” turned down the offer. This is our chance to make a difference. Also on rt.com
Music to their ears? The co-founder of the music platform has been backed by club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in his purported bid, which emerged in the wake of fans criticizing Kroenke and his father, Stan, who own Arsenal through their Kroenke Sports Enterprises company.Tantalizingly for supporters who have protested against the pair since Arsenal’s involvement in the much-maligned European Super League was announced, Ek used a social media statement to reveal that he had made a bid featuring a relatively significant level of involvement for fans.”Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club,” said the 38-year-old Swede, adding that he felt it was “important to correct the record.”Following reports today I want to correct the record with attached statement pic.twitter.com/CzfF0Y76K4— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) May 15, 2021Save up the pennies and buy the bigger better club up north off their owners— Alex (@AA_utd) May 15, 2021″This week, an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporters.”They replied that they don’t need the money. They told him they won’t sell, and don’t need the money. I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change.”Arsenal’s alleged position could come as some surprise to onlookers given that the Gunners reported losses of around $38 million for the last financial year, down from a profit of around $80 million in 2018.As supporters it’s our job to put as much pressure on KSE as possible. Protest, don’t buy merchandise, refuse to go to games. That’s going to take time – a very long time. #KroenkeOut#EkIn— William (fan account) (@OzilThings) May 15, 2021'Takeovers are not played out in public' people used to tell me.— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc_) May 15, 2021In a statement accompanying the publication of their financial returns, the club attributed that concerning figure to the implications of the pandemic, which also saw Arsenal announce 55 redundancies in August.The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) have held a constructive meeting with Ek, according to Sky Sports News, which said it had contacted the club for comment.”A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out,” said Henry, the club’s record scorer, speaking earlier this month.What happened with the “we know it won’t be easy, but we’re in it for the long run.” Decided to stop negotiating after the first bid?— Martin (@arsenalcho) May 15, 2021What is there to negotiate about? He will be there, waiting to see if they want to sell. Billionaire Spotify boss offers to buy Arsenal as Gunners fans HANG effigy of current owner Kroenke

“We know what we want to do. Also on rt.com
Not for sale: Arsenal owner Kroenke issues statement amid rumors of takeover bid by club legends Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira The only thing he can do is to share in twitter so fans can keep pressuring them and force them to sell.— Jack De Larriñaga (@JackDeLarrinaga) May 15, 2021″We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and [giving] the DNA of the club back.”Let’s see where it is going to go, because at some point there needs to be a discussion.”Daniel will not move away.

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‘Elon, where’s my car?’: UFC’s Dariush targets Tesla boss in post-fight tirade, labels beaten rival Ferguson a ‘zombie’ (VIDEO)

🤯 #UFC262pic.twitter.com/2VNqhJtaLq— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 16, 2021Tony Ferguson is built different! “That was my 20th fight in the UFC, I’m finally in the conversation. Elon Musk, where’s my wife’s car, bro? Dariush earned a lopsided decision win against Ferguson in the co-main event at the Toyota Center in Houston, enjoying success on the feet and almost total control on the ground to extend the Iranian-born star’s winning run to seven fights.At one stage it looked as if Dariush would get a submission win when he secured an excruciating heel hook, although despite appearing in agony Ferguson refused to tap and eventually broke free, surviving to meet his fate on the scorecards.After Dariush was declared a 30-27 winner across all three cards, the lightweight star went on an epic post-fight rant involving Tesla CEO Musk and an apparent late delivery for a vehicle. “Where’s my wife’s car, bro?!”@beneildariush used his mic time to call out Elon Musk about the delivery of his Tesla 😅 #UFC262pic.twitter.com/ohLy0p07a2— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 16, 2021“I wanna call somebody out,” Dariush screamed at UFC pundit Joe Rogan.“I wanna call out your buddy, Elon. Tony looked at me like nothing happened, but it popped… I’m sticking with what I said,” replied the fighter defiantly. Beneil Dariush when he’s told that Elon Musk is kind of his boss now. I’d like to see myself in a title eliminator.”On almost getting the submission when he had a heel hook in place, Dariush said Ferguson must be a “zombie” for having survived the pain.“It popped. I’ve been waiting six months. He’s a zombie, no doubt about it.”WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SUBMIT TONY FERGUSON?!  

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Comeback king Oliveira crowned lightweight champion after stopping Chandler in incredible reversal at UFC 262 (VIDEO) 💯 #UFC262— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 16, 2021Former interim lightweight champion Ferguson, 37, remained ashen-faced as the decision was read out, with ‘El Cucuy’ going from a 12-fight winning streak to suffering three losses on the spin and surely finding himself out of the title frame for good.In the main event of the night, Brazil’s Charles Oliveira was crowned lightweight king after he knocked out Michael Chandler in the second round of their contest for the vacant 155lbs title.Most observers have tipped the winner of the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier trilogy fight to be the first name up for Oliveira in his maiden title defense. Follow RT on

Beneil Dariush cemented his status as a rising lightweight contender with a dominant decision victory over a fading Tony Ferguson at UFC 262, before calling out billionaire businessman Elon Musk in a bizarre post-fight rant. Let’s go Elon, get me my car.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by ufc (@ufc)The 32-year-old went on to dedicate his victory to everyone “affected by Marxist ideologies,” as some fans online labeled the scenes cringeworthy.“Worse than Cejudo,” wrote one fan, referring to former two-weight UFC ‘King of Cringe’ Henry Cejudo, a man known for his own wince-inducing statements.“Weirdest sh*t I’ve ever heard lol,” replied another fan.Others joked that Dariush’s stock would plummet after his broadside at the billionaire entrepreneur. Dariush stock after calling out Elon Musk #UFC262pic.twitter.com/Pv357czpMK— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) May 16, 2021Dariush was reminded at the post-fight press conference that Musk was set to become his boss after being added to the board of directors of the UFC’s parent company, Endeavor.“I’m sorry, Elon, but I’m not sorry. #UFC262pic.twitter.com/XQ0g9IzQ6P— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) May 16, 2021Dariush’s performance during the contest was far more impressive than his post-fight rant, as he overwhelmed Ferguson from the outset.“Now I’m in the conversation,” Dariush said. “I’ve had the baby, I need a good car, I gotta protect my daughter.

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‘It was extremely scary’: Major League Baseball players wiped out in violent collision causing face, neck & knee injuries (VIDEO)

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Padres fan brutally knocks rival MLB supporter out cold with one-punch hit – but police say victim will not press charges (VIDEO) That was scary,” admitted Royals manager Mike Matheny.“It looked like [Dozier] was trying to get away and go around the catcher and didn’t even really see that Abreu was closing in. I think both of them wore that one pretty hard.”Online opinion was split over who was at fault. “That’s 100 percent on Abreu,” insisted one fan. It was a huge relief, going in, seeing he’s good, in high spirits – for me and the rest of the team. It was extremely scary in the moment.”Abreu is being monitored day-to-day after suffering a facial contusion and laceration and a bruised left knee in the first part of the rapid double-header.That’s 100% on Abreu. Y’all clearly didn’t play enough as kids and have accidental collisions— 🤡 (@clowns_r_us) May 14, 2021What the comment section expects Hunter to do pic.twitter.com/Bx8PKu0pIV— Aris (@NotAhhris) May 14, 2021″You mean the guy looking up in the sky at the pop out?” another asked in reply.”The guy running straight down the baseline? “Not much field awareness there.”I don’t get why it’s so hard for it to be neither persons fault lol. Follow RT on

Players and managers have described the “scary” moment when two stars of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game smashed into each other, wiping both out of the encounter and leaving fans debating whether either of them was to blame. Yes,” snapped back the original poster, before conceding: “That said, obviously it’s an accident and it could easily happen to anyone on a play like that.”But it’s up to the fielder to avoid running down the baseline.” So this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object— Jonah Sikah (@jonah_sikah) May 14, 2021A cooler head reasoned: “I don’t get why it’s so hard for it to be neither persons fault. You all clearly didn’t play enough as kids and have accidental collisions.”White Sox manager Tony La Russa described the incident as “just a bad break for both of them.” “I guarantee you Dozier didn’t see him, or he would’ve tried to avoid him,” he added.The White Sox hit back with a 3-1 win in the second game, splitting the series at one apiece. The Kansas City Royals ended their 11-game losing streak by winning 6-2 at the Chicago White Sox, but the major talking point of the game came when visiting third baseman Hunter Dozier hit a popup shot and ran to first base as opponent Jose Abreu came to catch the ball.With reigning American League MVP Abreu looking up at the shot, Dozier kept his head down and ran, meaning the pair couldn’t see one another before their sickening collision.Both players stayed prone on the ground in agony and had to be helped from the field in a premature end to their contests that left their teams and fans alarmed.Scary moment as José Abreu and Hunter Dozier have a nasty collision, both needed help walking off the field pic.twitter.com/4rxBBd85Xa— Starting 9 (@Starting9) May 14, 2021Scary moment in Chicago as Jose Abreu and Hunter Dozier collided pic.twitter.com/50CwQSL1H5— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) May 14, 2021“That was a big collision, and to see [Abreu] go down like that – he doesn’t really ever do that,” said Chicago’s Lucas Giolito afterwards.”He’s taken some hits and just gets right back up. Not much field awareness there— JT (@jshjosh41) May 14, 2021You mean the guy looking up in the sky at the pop out— Gamble Owns You (@ColbyAnderson85) May 14, 2021For his troubles, Dozier has been placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after being left with a quad contusion and neck discomfort.“That was violent.

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