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‘He sounds unhinged’: Real Madrid boss Perez says Super League ISN’T dead in ‘bizarre’ interview suggesting conspiracy killed plan

How can you say they haven't earned it?" pic.twitter.com/ABJ1t5giI9— SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 21, 2021Then questioned why members of his club, where he has just won a third election unchallenged, weren’t consulted on his decision, Perez went into defensive mode. “Do I have to ask them which players to sign as well?” he scoffed.”If we tell Real Madrid fans we’ll play against one of the Manchester teams or Barcelona each week, do you think they’d say ‘no’?”Do you not think they’d like – everything else staying the same – to play big teams instead of these matches that aren’t interesting until the quarter-finals?”There are some matches that I struggle to watch,” he admitted.The Super League in Florentino Perez's words: pic.twitter.com/h3pJ3pzgA1— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 21, 2021Confessing that he had been made “sad and disappointed,” Perez branded the Champions League “obsolete” and expressed shock towards widespread backlash that followed Sunday’s announcement.”We’ve been working on this project for three years,” he revealed, “[But] I’ve never seen so much aggression, it’s as if it were orchestrated, it surprised us all.””I’ve been in football for 20 years, it’s an aggression I’ve never seen in my life. They have the biggest social media followings and the most fans,” he argued.Florentino Perez: "People say this isn't about football merit, but it's wrong. And now he sounds unhinged, which is so unlike him. Less so if you think it's a good idea to break away from 150 years of football tradition & make him leader of your new cult pic.twitter.com/fTCPmuIC1b— Layth (@laythy29) April 22, 2021″The most bizarre thing is that Florentino generally rarely speaks,” someone else pointed out.”And now he sounds unhinged, which is so unlike him. Like an elderly relative who spouts batshit crazy nonsense every time he opens his mouth. It was like we let off an atomic bomb. It's a sign of a man who's completely unwilling and unable to accept reality, and accept defeat— Rahul Kalvapalle (@Kalvapalle) April 22, 2021With one last pearler still left in him, Perez, who has reportedly just offered David Alaba a five-year, $556,000 a week contract, was adamant that big signings such as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland “won’t exist without the Super League”.”Not for Madrid or anyone. Perhaps we haven’t presented and explained it well, but they haven’t given us the opportunity either.”

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“Chelsea fans? There were 40 people outside Stamford Bridge… Football is a world of values,” he stated.Florentino Perez to El Larguero: “It's impossible to make signings like Mbappé and Haaland – in general, not for Real Madrid – without the #SuperLeague”. Follow RT on

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez returned to Spanish airwaves last night to give another bizarre interview in which he claimed the Super League isn’t dead before going into conspiracy mode. It’s a sign of a man who’s completely unwilling and unable to accept reality, and accept defeat.” Most people involved are directors who know this world,” he added.When probed on why a select group should have the right to establish such a closed tournament, Perez said: “These teams have earned this.””These are the teams that over the last 20 years have earned this. It’s clear in the contract that you can’t leave. 🚨⚪️— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 21, 2021Sid, the most bizarre thing is that Florentino generally rare speaks. 🚨— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 21, 2021″I don’t think [the other clubs] have left yet. It’s impossible if the money doesn’t flow.”Called everything from a “clown” to a “lunatic” by social media onlookers, Perez was also compared to “an elderly relative who spouts batsh*t crazy nonsense every time he opens his mouth”.”Which is fine as a figure of harmless parody,” it was continued.”Less so if you think it’s a good idea to break away from 150 years of football tradition and make him leader of your new cult.”Florentino Perez eh? Those 15 clubs earned it on the pitch, they've been winning trophies for the last 20 years. and if you want, I will tell you who took them there.”—Florentino Perez on Tuesday's protests at Stamford Bridge pic.twitter.com/ohAkVr90sW— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 21, 2021″There were 40 [Chelsea supporters] and I can tell you who put them there,” Perez ranted on, of a fan protest outside Stamford Bridge hours before the west London club pulled out.”[It’s] the same person who gave Cadiz [anti-Super League] t-shirts,” Perez alleged, in a nod to La Liga head and often nemesis Javier Tebas.”That isn’t normal. Which is fine as a figure of harmless parody. We’ve had threats, it’s like we killed someone, killed football.”Trailing off into conspiracy mode, it seems Perez lays the blame at one of the six Premier League outfits that had cold feet for causing a domino effect. “Someone in the English group didn’t have a lot of interest, and that became contagious,” said Perez.”One of them was never convinced…[The English clubs] left because of the atmosphere. This time appearing on the radio and the El Larguero program, Perez denied that the breakaway competition, which has just four of its founding 12 members left, is finished. “If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? UEFA put on a show. All 12 founder clubs signed the same contract”. The Super League still exists,” Perez insisted.Florentino Perez: “The #SuperLeague is not dead, it’s on stand-by and we’ll work on the project. Absolutely,” he balked.”We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge.”The project is on standby.

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The real winners of the European Super League fiasco: Spartak Moscow join clubs in flirting with disgruntled fans on social media

As the 12 clubs to have joined the widely-derided new European Super League (ESL) have been blasted for their social media posts coldly announcing their involvement and swift departure, other teams around the world have come up with inspired responses to the bombshell news that has left many supporters questioning whether the game has lost its soul.Russian giants Spartak Moscow, who watched on while the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and five Premier League clubs declared their departure from the established European competition system to take part in the multi-billion dollar new format, were one of the first teams out of the blocks.”If you need a new club to support, we’re always here for you,” wrote the third-placed Russian Premier League team to lovers of all of the clubs planning to break away, also featuring Italian heavyweights AC Milan and Inter Milan and LaLiga contenders Atletico Madrid.Dear AC Milan, Arsenal , Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham fans,If you need a new club to support, we're always here for you.Kind regards,FC Spartak Moscow.— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) April 18, 2021No thanks 😭 pic.twitter.com/jvzna37IHT— mitch (@mitch102000) April 18, 2021The enterprising announcement swiftly went way beyond Spartak’s relatively modest Twitter following of more than 35,000, earning well over 300,000 likes and retweets within 48 hours, as well as more than 5,500 replies in a worthy reward for the welcome touch of humor amid angry accusations of greed and cynicism towards the ESL.If there were far more eyes than usual on Spartak, their newfound admirers would not have been overwhelmed by their latest result – a 3-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Ufa which might have reminded Chelsea fans of their recent shock 5-2 capitulation to West Brom, or Manchester United followers of their 6-1 drubbing by Tottenham earlier this season.While top-flight clubs in England, Italy, France and Spain issued press releases distancing themselves from the ESL and denouncing the move that went behind their backs, some smaller clubs had a field day.We wish to confirm that we will not be taking part in any European Super League.— Bray Wanderers FC (@BrayWanderers) April 18, 2021Huge respect for Bayern Munich and Bray Wanderers for not joining the Super League 👏👏👏— Neil Warnock's Sudocrem (@7Scon) April 18, 2021Bray Wanderers, who play in the League of Ireland First Division and have a stadium capacity of 7,000, received laughter and admiration from around the world by writing: “We wish to confirm that we will not be taking part in any European Super League.”Some suggested that Bray were little further from deserving to be recognized as European contenders than Tottenham and Arsenal, given how far the north London rivals are from qualifying for continental competition through the merit of their league positions following poor campaigns for both clubs.”Huge respect to Bayern Munich and Bray Wanderers for not joining the Super League,” applauded one reader, referring to the refusal of the Champions League holders and German champions to join what was perceived almost unanimously by fans as a sham.Forget the 'Super League' – support your local team in your city, with your friends and family – wherever that may be. looking forward fo getting to know the club and history.— Con34 (@Con3412) April 20, 2021Bohemian Football Club, based in Dublin, also demonstrated Irish wit and a talent for videography.Accompanying their post with a film comparing the differences between watching United on television and a local club in person, the 131-year-old club offered a message that almost all sporting institutions around the world would endorse.”Forget the Super League,” they urged. Follow RT on

While some of the most high-profile football clubs in the world have suffered a week of public relations disasters, the likes of Spartak Moscow have produced ingenious Super League ripostes, picking up new fans along the way. “Support your local team in your city with your friends and family – wherever that may be.”

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Roman Abramovich ‘pulling Chelsea out of European Super League’ as protests stun viewers ahead of Premier League match (VIDEO) #SupportLocal#FanOwnedFootball#TerracesNotTVpic.twitter.com/4toNOBNzG3— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) April 18, 2021Man United fan my whole life but the last two days along with the pandemic has shown we should really be supporting local.

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‘I don’t owe Snoop $2MN’: UFC’s White denies ‘illegal’ wager with rapper after telling Mike Tyson that Askren would beat Jake Paul

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Dana White has denied rumors that he owes Snoop Dogg $2 million after Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren and insisted that he has never illegally betted in his life – despite the rapper publicly asking him to pay up after the fight. Dana White, where my money at?!?" is pretty much the only way we could've ended this broadcast.— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) April 18, 2021″I can tell you this: I don’t owe Snoop $2 million,” White said to Yahoo, telling Paul to “fight a f***ing boxer” while adding that the farcical one-round bout had only happened because boxing “is in such a bad place”.”I never bet. As soon as Saturday’s much-maligned spectacle was over, popular commentating newcomer Snoop, who was working on the fight for broadcaster Triller, took to the microphone to shout: “Dana White, where my money at?”White had emphatically talked up ex-UFC fighter Askren’s chances of beating rookie boxer Paul in his new discipline before the scrap, telling Mike Tyson that he would bet a million dollars on the MMA veteran beating the YouTube loudmouth.That led Snoop to double the stakes by claiming he would bet White $2 million that Paul would win – but White, who was deeply unimpressed by the event, has emphasized that he did not partake.Snoop Dogg screaming "Dana White, where my money at?! First of all, I’m not going to make an illegal bet, number one, and number two, why would I bet them $1 million or $2 million, when I could do it legally in Las Vegas and get two-to-one?”

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‘They both suck’: Jake Paul destroys ex-UFC star Ben Askren on widely-mocked ‘wild day for boxing’ featuring Justin Bieber (VIDEO) I did not bet $2 million with Snoop or anybody.”[Trainer] Javier Mendez called me right after I did the Mike Tyson podcast and said that these guys at Triller want to take that bet: ‘They want to bet you $2 million.’”I said, ‘It’s f***ing illegal. Let me make it clear right here to everybody: I have never made an illegal bet, ever.

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Khabib time: UFC legend shows off dazzling timepiece engraved with his perfect record as fans joke his watch would rile McGregor

(@jacobandco) View this post on InstagramA post shared by JACOB & CO. (@jacobandco)”This timepiece includes my UFC nickname ‘The Eagle’, my undefeated record and my signature on the back of the watch.”The designers wrote that the Epic X Tourbillon Khabib model has a 44mm case “made of tough and light grade 5 titanium”, with Khabib’s image appearing on the sapphire crystal caseback. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma)’Notorious’ bought the Rasputin piece ahead of his knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, accompanied by an Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette valued at almost $1 million and also made by Jacob & Co.”New watch, new suit, new whip alert,” he bragged at the time, showing off the latter purchase containing 342 cut diamonds on its backdrop and 80 diamonds on its lugs, as well as 133 on a dial making up 16.8 carats.”That watch looks s*** – like something you’d win on a fairground stall,” said one detractor. “And it’s called ‘baguette’, for f*ck’s sake.”

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‘What a tool’: UFC’s Conor McGregor savaged over ‘tacky and classless’ X-rated $2mn watch in spending spree ahead of Poirier fight The Dagestani shared footage of the design, which has been made by jewelry and wristwatch retailer Jacob & Co., with his following of more than 28 million on Instagram. “One of my favorite Khabib timepieces,” he wrote on the social media platform. Follow RT on

Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown off one of four watches made by the UFC legend in collaborative partnership with a luxury brand, including one design that is said to reflect the “versatility, style and toughness of a champion”. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) View this post on InstagramA post shared by JACOB & CO. (@jacobandco)Fans were impressed with the design, peppering the comments section with messages of admiration about the watch which does not carry a public price tag.”Conor McGregor dislikes this,” joked one, referring to Nurmagomedov’s one-time UFC rival who was labeled a “tool” for splashing out $2 million on a watch that opens up to show two people having sex earlier this year. View this post on InstagramA post shared by JACOB & CO.

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‘He can outplay me’: World Chess champ Magnus Carlsen lauds Ian Nepomniachtchi as Russian races in front at tournament in homeland

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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has evaluated the chances of Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi becoming a genuine rival, admitting that the man in the lead at the Candidates Tournament is a serious threat to him. “It’s always been an interesting clash of styles.”Magnus Carlsen on Ian Nepomniachtchi: "He's someone who can outplay me… Nepomniachtchi cemented his lead at the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg oon Wednesday, defeating compatriot Kirill Alekseenko in round 10.The winner of the showpiece, which was halted at its halfway point last year after the Russian government ruled to suspend air traffic with other countries as a result of the pandemic, resumed in round eight, with the winner  earning the right to challenge Carlsen.“He’s someone who can outplay me,” the famed Norwegian said while providing expert analysis on the tournament. Also on rt.com
‘I’m satisfied’: 18yo Russian genius scores sensational win over world chess champ Carlsen – then says he could have played better it's always been an interesting clash of styles!" #FIDECandidates— chess24.com (@chess24com) April 21, 2021 View this post on InstagramA post shared by ШАХМАТНАЯ ШКОЛА/ОНЛАЙН (@chess.2019)Nepomniachtchi continues to lead at the tournament with 6.5 points, leaving Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and Giri a full point behind him.In other matches, Fabiano Caruana, of the US, recorded a draw against Ding Liren, while Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also drew against Dutch player Anish Giri.Earlier this year, Carlsen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Russian 18-year-old sensation Andrey Esipenko, who beat the current king of chess at the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament in Holland, recording Carlsen’s first loss since 2017.

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‘He was the muscle’: Ex-UFC fighter cops huge prison term for moving $41MN of drugs as part of a crew caught with 410lb of cocaine

He wasn’t even every day with these people. “He collected debts paid and couriered large amounts of money around.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tom Blackledge (@tomblackledge)Judge Byrne said character references spoke “very highly” of Broughton, praising his “qualities as a loving, caring family man and friend” who “goes out of his way to help people” and whose famly would miss him while he is in prison.Defending the former brawler, Anthony Barraclough insisted that Broughton should be sentenced merely as a “money launderer”.”There is no evidence of him grabbing anybody or committing any acts of violence,” Barraclough protested. “The fact is, ‘Robbie the Bear’ is an enormous guy. There is a great deal of difference between what he could do – there is no grievous bodily harm and so on.”Claiming that Broughton was friends with the Tobins for at least 20 years through gyms such as the legendary Wolfslair MMA Academy in Widnes, Barraclough added: “A lot of people, if they’re not as big as him, if they’re not as fit as him, they like to associate with Robbie the Bear. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tom Blackledge (@tomblackledge)Their downfall was brought about when the duo instructed Jamie Simpson, who was under surveillance, to transport around $28mn in cocaine from Kent to Warrington. As Simpson made his way down the M6 motorway in August 2018, Cheshire Police Serious and Organized Crime Unit detectives seized the 370lb in cocaine – a British record on land.Cops pushed for a case that made its way to Liverpool Crown Court after another bust last year, when the suspects’ homes were raided.As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Judge Garrett Byrne, sentencing yesterday, described 38-year-old married father-of-two Broughton as “an enforcer”.”He was the muscle,” elaborated the judge. Robbie ‘The Bear’ Broughton, a 6ft 2in, 252lb heavyweight, helped move around $41 million in cash while also working for other gangs and charging 7.5% in commission, as well as using an encrypted phone with the username NovaBear.He worked for a pair of brothers, Alan and John Tobin, who until recently spent four years running a business described in court as “criminally sophisticated, highly profitable and well-organized”, supplying other gangs across the UK with narcotics.The Tobins primarily traded in cocaine but also dabbled in heroin, cannabis and ketamine, which was delivered to other gangs across Manchester, West Yorkshire, Cumbria, Humberside, Cornwall and London, expanding to north Wales and Scotland. Also on rt.com
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“They like to watch him on Youtube, in his fights in various parts of the world and say, ‘I train with him.'”Phone contact between Broughton and the other defendants was only “social”, Barraclough attested, but Broughton “accepts there came a stage when he wasn’t just big Robbie the Bear, with a big heart as all these character references, but he became Robbie the big soft idiot because he allowed himself to get involved with these people.”I’m afraid that apart from being a good man he’s a fool and an idiot, because he went and allowed himself to be dragged into this – possibly for the idea of some financial gain – but now is going to pay for it.”He was working every hour available in effect through the night as a doorman. Follow RT on

An ex-UFC powerhouse who worked as a debt enforcer for a drugs gang, using his ring nickname while working with a crew moving the largest ever cocaine haul seized on land in the UK, has copped eight-and-a-half years in prison. If he’s in the background, he becomes an enforcer.”He’s never used violence since a long time ago and that was battery. He was used when he was needed.”Despite his long sentence, Judge Byrne acknowledged to Broughton: “It does remain a possibility that you were, to some extent at least, taken advantage of.”

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Broughton confessed to the cocaine plot, having five previous convictions for nine offences including possessing a bladed article in 2007 and battery in 2009.29-year-old Simon Leech was given eight years in prison and 51-year-old Brian McQuillan was jailed for six years and four months after both were found to have been involved in the business.Alan Tobin copped 20 years and John Tobin was handed a sentence of 19 years and eight months.”It was a business on a national scale which netted you vast sums of money, which fuelled your lavish lifestyles,” Judge Byrne told them.”The money was couriered to various locations and ultimately ended up in Canary Wharf in London, when it was put through various shell companies and professionally laundered.”

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‘Sexual artistry’: Former ice dancer Anna Semenovich hails Elizaveta Tuktamysheva for ‘feminine skating’ style

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‘Tell her to come without a bra’: Russian footballer Bystrov reignites row with ice queen Semenovich who he told to ‘cut boobs’ She is a woman with curves; this is important for women’s skating. One of the brightest stars in Russian ice-dancing, Semenovich skated with Olympic gold medalist Roman Kostomarov before retiring from the sport due to a serious injury.The former athlete, who continues to follow figure skating events, said she was impressed by Tuktamysheva’s performance at the recent World Championships, where she claimed silver following a six-year absence from major international competitions. She has sexual artistry,” she added.24-year-old Tuktamysheva is the oldest female skater on the Russian team, which is dominated by 16-year-old quad-jumpers. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Семенович Анна (@ann_semenovich) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik)“I’m proud of Anna Shcherbakova [who won the world title] and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva,” Semenovich said.”I love Tuktamysheva [very] much because she demonstrates feminine skating. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik)She is also the only athlete in the world to acquire a quadruple jump after puberty.Tuktamysheva has remained internationally competitive for almost eight years, proving that the career of a female skater need not be restricted to a few years at the senior level.She took silver at the 2021 world tournament, finishing behind Shcherbakova, who demonstrated near perfect skating in Sweden. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik)“Liza is very artistic, I love skaters… who can show more than just jumping. Follow RT on

Russian pop singer and former figure skater Anna Semenovich has expressed her admiration for world and European champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who she said possesses the “sexual artistry” which is important for women’s skating.

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‘You don’t punch down to somebody’: Ex-UFC king Cormier laughs at Jake Paul call-out, tells YouTuber to fight someone his own size

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has laughed off becoming the latest target of a farcical call-out from YouTuber Jake Paul, telling the rookie boxer to finally fight a professional on his level. T.?? I don’t even know what world I live in anymore. I honestly don’t.”

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‘They both suck’: Jake Paul destroys ex-UFC star Ben Askren on widely-mocked ‘wild day for boxing’ featuring Justin Bieber (VIDEO) I’m the guy that won two world championships at the same time.Lmao. Let me see you fight Luke Rockhold or somebody like that.”And then I will not only say that you have base skills, I will say you’re a real fighter. Why would I ever fight someone like that?””But my immediate reaction was, ‘I can’t stand this kid.’ So it works. But who punches down?”Refering to his simultaneous reign as both light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Cormier continued:”You don’t punch down to somebody. So, no, it’s silly and stupid. I honestly don’t https://t.co/OhWcrIIFKG— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 18, 2021″What have you done to earn the right to fight me? But I would like him to fight Tyron. I would kill him. No, but he does understand. If he continues to fight guys like this, he will continue to look as he’s looked.”But the moment he fights somebody that has a better understanding of boxing, that combination isn’t going to land as effectively – and even if it does, he’s not gonna just be putting these dudes out.”Guys are gonna start rolling with the punch, they’re gonna stop reacting so bad to the jab to the body.”DC would put you in a box homie. Give him the address he’ll send it back to your relatives after— The MMA Dude™ (@philthemmadude) April 18, 2021Fight fans tried to dissuade Paul from entertaining a meeting with Cormier, with one quipping: “DC would put you in a box homie. I’m the guy that’s in the Hall of Fame. I would like to see him fight somebody more real.”Don’t fight Ben Askren at 190, bloated. Fight a middleweight. Because right now, it’s all pretend.”Despite his taunts, Cormier has a certain amount of respect for what Paul has achieved so far – even though he feels he is due a rude awakening.Bro pic.twitter.com/JIUW2MFDCm— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 19, 2021″It’s time to stop calling this kid a YouTuber, because the kid has the understanding and fundamentals of boxing,” ‘DC’ pointed out.”Are they high level fundamentals? The internet celebrity is fresh off a first round KO of ex-Bellator and ONE king Ben Askren – who also tried and failed to take off in the UFC, where Cormier now acts as a pundit.Sharing a post of Cormier’s in which he said the way Paul had spoken to UFC fighter Tyron Woodley “made his skin crawl” and warned that “all these kids are going to get taught a lesson”, the 24-year-old wrote: “OK, fat boy. So me vs you and [J’Leon Love] vs [Woodley]?” Okay fat boy. Give him the address [and] he’ll send it back to your relatives after”.A Cormier critic informed him that he was a “washed athlete” and that “a lot of these youngsters can whoop you in the hands only format”.In disbelief, the Lafayette native replied: “I don’t even know what world I live in anymore. https://t.co/MDhyPTVpIN— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 18, 2021Addressing the row, Cormier said on his podcast: “This dude would never fight me. So me vs you & J vs. I can’t stand this kid.

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‘It was pure fear’: Footballers speak of terror after being attacked by fans wielding eggs & firecrackers outside stadium (VIDEO)

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Numbers game: Supporter study shows just how flawed Super League was – but more fans in the US and other countries were onboard I also don’t understand why we were exposed to the fans this way in the first place.Quote from an unknown Schalke player to Sport1, who explains the chaotic scenes, where they had to run away in fear and how some of his teammates were kicked by the fans. How are the staff?”Not to so well, judging by the unidentified player’s comments. Follow RT on

Players and staff have spoken of the terrifying moments when they were kicked and punched by a mob of fans at their stadium after being relegated for the first time in 30 years, with police saving them and opening a criminal case. Meanwhile, the police waited away from that situation.”Schalke have endured a wretched season, going down in embarrassing fashion with four games to spare and 13 points adrift of a relegation playoff spot that could keep them in German top flight the Bundesliga.”Police were on site with strong force and were able to prevent a further escalation,” the authorities said, confirming that investigations were ongoing and that “criminal as well as administrative offence procedures have been initiated.”The club statement raged: “For all the understandable frustration and anger about relegation to the Bundesliga 2, the club will never accept the physical integrity of its players and employees being compromised.Breaking: Schalke 04 have been relegated from the Bundesliga pic.twitter.com/Ms60IBZLsv— BVB Buzz (@BVBBuzz) April 20, 2021″But that is exactly what happened last night through the actions of individuals. Local police said that up to 600 fans of German club Schalke had waited for the team bus to return to their Arena AufSchalke before throwing eggs and verbally abusing them following the team’s first relegation in 30 years.A club statement on Wednesday confirmed that fans and the squad had enjoyed a “short exchange” over their decisive 1-0 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld, but one player has now detailed the full horror of the attack.”We were told loud and clear that we should be ashamed of ourselves and that all the players, who won’t be here next year, should f*** off from now on,” the anonymous star told Sport1.Unbelievable scenes as Schalke 04 fans are chasing their own players after the club was relegated last night. pic.twitter.com/8JCb9nHBXY— Nicolai Lisberg (@NicolaiLisberg) April 21, 2021″If that didn’t happen, life would be made a living hell for us. We were pelted with eggs, firecrackers went off and the situation escalated completely.”The fans attacked us. It was fear – pure fear. I was just running. The most important thing now [is]: How are the players? He has no idea how #S04 are going to be able to play the next couple of matches pic.twitter.com/dPzGuIBVqr— Nicolai Lisberg (@NicolaiLisberg) April 21, 2021″The club said that there would only be a short exchange. We just ran. Some of us got kicked and punched.”I am shocked and I don’t know how we are going to compete in the next games. The club strongly condemns this behavior.”Sporting executive Peter Knabel also spoke out via the the club’s official site: “Some of our players had to spend the night in a hotel,” he revealed.”It’s an absolute no-go.

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Just did it: Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, ends 18-year Nike partnership despite wanting ‘lifelong deal reflecting his legacy’

Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. I’m sure she has her reasons.””Would be hard to believe Vanessa was pleased with how they’ve handled the posthumous releases being so freaking limited. That will never change.”Nike had earlier confirmed the news, saying: “Kobe Bryant was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. We will always do everything we can to honor Kobe and Gigi’s legacies. Follow RT on

The widow of Kobe Bryant, Vanessa, has ended the late basketball legend’s 18-year relationship with sports apparel giant Nike, telling fans that she will “continue to fight” for fans to be able to wear his hugely popular shoes. “It seems fitting that more NBA players wear my husband’s product than any other signature shoe. pic.twitter.com/5vuyQg6Gw6— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) April 19, 2021″I will continue to fight for that. Fans can’t get their hands on pieces of his legacy.— Lou (@louash2) April 20, 2021Fans on social media offered support to Vanessa but also took the opportunity to criticize Nike.”I wouldn’t have expected her to hold on to that,” one remarked.”I can’t imagine how painful it must be for her… Fans can’t get their hands on pieces of his legacy,” another complained. Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports across the globe. He pushed us and made everyone around him better.”Though our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”Would be hard to believe Vanessa was pleased with how they’ve handled the posthumous releases being so freaking limited. That says everything.”I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy. Also on rt.com
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash pilot ‘violated flight standards’ by heading into heavy cloud, was disoriented – investigation pic.twitter.com/KR7hUTCxcn— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) April 20, 2021The end of the partnership means that fans will no longer have to struggle to afford and buy limited editions – although his widow hopes fans can still enjoy the items. Releasing a statement via Instagram, she began by confirming: “Kobe’s Nike contract expired on 4/13/21. Kobe and Nike are done.”I’ve been working since to confirm what this means ahead for the Nike / Kobe Bryant partnership.As of right now — there is no ongoing contract for future Kobe releases. My hope will always be to allow Kobe’s fans to get and wear his products.At 6:36 AM today I received a text:“Vanessa Bryant did not renew contract. Their partnership began in 2003 when the LA Lakers star, then the NBA’s hottest property, left Adidas. Releasing 11 signature basketball sneakers with Nike, he reportedly signed a five-year contract extension with the company when retiring in 2016, which continued to run following his death in a fatal helicopter crash alongside daughter Gianna at the beginning of 2020.Following the tragedy, resellers jacked up the price of the footwear and Nike also produced re-releases.Vanessa Bryant just posted this about Kobe's contract with Nike expiring.

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‘He was so nervous’: Ukrainian tennis queen Elina Svitolina says she was as ‘surprised’ as fans by on-off lover Monfils’ proposal

So, it was very nice and beautiful landscape.”Tennis golden couple Svitolina and Monfils publicly announced their engagement at the beginning of April. (@g.e.m.s.life) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (G)ael.(E)lina.(M).(S). He took me for the surprise trip. “But I knew he was a bit nervous and that something was going on.“So it was surprising. (@g.e.m.s.life) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (G)ael.(E)lina.(M).(S). View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elina Svitolina (@elisvitolina) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elina Svitolina (@elisvitolina)A little more than a month earlier, the ‘golden couple’ confirmed they had split following the Australian Open, saying they needed a break from their relationship.The pair have become one of the most recognizable duos in tennis since they began dating in 2018.Monfils, 34, has won 10 ATP Tour titles and earned nearly $20 million in prize money during his career, while Svitolina can boast 15 WTA singles titles, including the 2018 WTA Finals. For sure, it was a really amazing moment for both of us. Also on rt.com
Tennis golden couple Elina Svitolina & Gael Monfils announce their engagement – just a month after they ‘decided to take a break’ (@g.e.m.s.life)“And the photos were taken in Switzerland. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (G)ael.(E)lina.(M).(S). The world number five, who has arrived in Germany to participate in the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, proudly showed off her engagement ring during a virtual press conference preceding the tournament.Talking about her recent engagement, Svitolina said the moment Monfils gave her the ring was “amazing for both of them,” with the proposal taking place against the backdrop of a beautiful Swiss landscape. Follow RT on

Ukrainian ace Elina Svitolina, who recently became engaged to Frenchman Gael Monfils, has revealed that she didn’t expect his proposal but suspected something was up when her fellow tennis star began to show signs of nerves. (@g.e.m.s.life)“Yes, I was quite surprised,” the 26-year-old said. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (G)ael.(E)lina.(M).(S).

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‘I can breathe’: NFL team blasted for politically-fueled George Floyd post as owner defends ‘powerful statement’ on social justice

PR department approved this. Unreal.— Z (@djboothEIC) April 20, 2021″I felt that was a powerful statement,” Davis told ESPN. “Today was a day where I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice was served.”But we have a lot of work to do still on social justice and police brutality.”Davis subsequently claimed that “no disrespect” was intended towards Floyd’s family via the tweet, adding that he was merely echoing Floyd’s sibling, Philonise, who had earlier said: “Today, we are able to breathe again.”

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‘We’re not treated as human’: NBA ace says cops see ‘black people as a threat’, hails Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd trial The franchise provoked angry replies after responding to the conviction of killer cop Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on Tuesday on three counts related to the killing of Floyd last year.Taking to social media, it posted the curious slogan alongside the date of the verdict, wading in to the situation to the disgust of some readers. pic.twitter.com/eeWbMYHK3U— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 20, 2021Take this down— Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 20, 2021″Delete this,” said one of the near-30,000 commenters on Twitter, while another said: “A jury verdict isn’t bringing George Floyd back.” “Excuse me, what the f***?,” wrote another, while one respondent who demanded the post be taken down warned: “There’s about to be a job opening on the Raiders’ social media department.”The post had not been removed around 12 hours after the controversy, with Raiders owner Mark Davis taking responsibility.pic.twitter.com/pKgWVMO8WV— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 21, 2021Communications department approved this. Legal, too, probably. Digital team approved this. Follow RT on

NFL side the Las Vegas Raiders wasted no time in posting a poorly-received “I can beathe” message following the verdict on the killing of George Floyd in the US – and their owner has denied the move disrespected Floyd’s family.

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‘I’ll f*** you up’: Man who racially abused Olympic karate ace Kokumai and told her to ‘go home, stupid b****’ is arrested (VIDEO)

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A lout who abused karate queen Sakura Kokumai while the Team USA star was minding her own business in a public space has been arrested for his part in another grim incident, with police reporting he attacked an elderly couple. But I didn’t think it would happen to me at a park where I usually go to train.”With Vivona still behind bars on $65,000 bail, it might not be long until justice is served. You’re little, stupid b****.”I’ll f*** you up. Also on rt.com
‘We’re not treated as human’: NBA ace says cops see ‘black people as a threat’, hails Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd trial I’ll f*** your husband up, your boyfriend or whoever the f*** you’re talking to on the phone.”Anti-Asian racist in California harasses Sakura Kokumai, the first American to qualify for the Olympic games in karate pic.twitter.com/3p2QIi9ia7— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 13, 2021Although his words are not entirely clear from the footage, Vivona then appeared to hurl more abuse that Kokumai confirmed had been racist.”I don’t know which was worse, a stranger yelling and threatening to hurt me for no reason or people around me who witnessed everything and not doing a thing,” she said at the time. “I was aware about the anti-Asian hate that was going on. He was arrested for elder abuse & committing a hate crime. at the same location.””The suspect punched a 79-year-old Korean American male and his 80-year-old Korean American wife in the face,” read a statement from the City of Orange Police Department, who arrived after community members surrounded Vivona.On 4/18/21 officers arrested 25-year-old Michael Vivona from Corona for assaulting an elderly Korean American couple. You’re a loser, go home. #arrestedpic.twitter.com/1wvromtMzm— Orange Police Department (California) (@CityOfOrangePD) April 19, 2021The 25-year-old was taken in on elder abuse and hate crime charges before he was linked to the confrontation with Kokumai.”Don’t go looking at me behind my back,” he was shown ranting as he strode forwards, while the hopeful at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics laughed and smiled nervously in an apparent attempt to diffuse the confusing situation.”I’m six feet away. Michael Orlando Vivona was filmed by the the seven-time karate champion as he shouted at her in Orange, California on April 1, calling her a “stupid b****” after warning: “I’ll f*** you up”.He has now been detained over a separate angry altercation in which he attacked a husband-and-wife, with part of his arrest relating to “threatening a Japanese-American… I’m not f***ing scared of you. He was also arrested for threatening a Japanese American on 4/1/21. You see it almost every day on the news. Vivona was booked at OCJ.

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NFL’s Aldon Smith on the lam after warrant issued over ‘battery by choking in coffee shop that left victim with serious injuries’

wanted in #Nola suburb of ⁦@StBGov⁩ by the sheriff and district attorney. Bernard Parish district attorney Perry Nicosia.Smith could face second-degree battery charges as a result of the alleged victim being knocked out, which could lead to a $2,000 fine and an eight-year prison sentence.Nicosia confirmed the news to ESPN, saying a warrant is out for Smith.BREAKING: ⁦@NFL⁩ player Aldon Smith … But the Seattle Seahawks were desperate for a pass rusher so 🤷🏻‍♀️— Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV) April 20, 2021The following year, he was suspended by the league for nine games after violating NFL personal conduct and substance policies.In 2015 there was more trouble as Smith saw the end of his 49ers days when they released him for being arrested on hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism charges.After joining the Oakland Raiders, Smith lasted just a month before picking up a year ban for again falling foul of substance abuse rules.Smith was dropped by the Raiders in 2018 for being picked up on domestic violence, assault and false imprisonment charges. Aldon notified us and we are gathering more information. More ⁦@wdsu⁩ – ⁦@RapSheet⁩ ⁦@AdamSchefter⁩ ⁦@SlaterNFL⁩ ⁦@diannaESPN⁩ ⁦@ProFootballTalk⁩ pic.twitter.com/p5mDsXdDBS— Travers Mackel (@TraversWDSU) April 19, 2021The defensive end had just put his career back on track with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, signing a one-year, $4 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks just two days before the incident in New Orleans, where Smith has family connections.Responding to the allegations in a statement, Seattle said: “We are aware of the reports regarding Aldon Smith. We have no further comment at this time.”Breaking out of college as the 2011 NFL draft’s seventh overall pick, Smith recorded an impressive 33.5 sacks across his debut two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, but his rising star began to fall when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed his truck into a tree in San Jose.Aldon Smith has had tons of legal problems including multiple DUI and drug-related, assault weapons, vandalism, and domestic violence-related charges. Also on rt.com
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NFL star Aldon Smith is said to be on the run and could face up to eight years in prison after a warrant for his arrest was issued over an alleged attack in a coffee shop, reportedly leaving the victim unconscious by choking. The victim of the alleged attack is said to have suffered “severe injuries”, according to the office of St.

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‘We’re not treated as human’: NBA ace says cops see ‘black people as a threat’, hails Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd trial

guilty. If you didn’t see it, I encourage you all to watch it.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 20, 2021Green’s team, the Golden State Warriors, also released a statement on the verdict, stating that it was “encouraged” by the jury in Minneapolis “moving quickly to impose accountability where it is so often missing”.The Warriors then echoed Green’s sentiments by calling the judgement “only the beginning” in “an effort to achieve racial justice in America”.”Today was a step in the right direction but the long journey must continue,” they concluded.Watch Draymond on the left side of the screen.Knew it was down before Steph even shot the ball 👀 https://t.co/tP2h5nry6npic.twitter.com/0AeQQ8ZDYJ— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 20, 2021Elsewhere, LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson celebrated the news by saying: “Thank God… Found guilty on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case, Chauvin is facing up to 75 years behind bars when he is sentenced in two months.Despite justice seemingly being served at the conclusion of the high-profile case, three-time NBA champion Green has warned that there is still plenty of work to be done to see African-Americans treated fairly in society.”I think it’s great that we finally saw a cop get tried,” Green told TMZ when he was asked if Chauvin’s conviction was positive news for the US.pic.twitter.com/wwRnV1xq3L— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 20, 2021″The challenge to the country now is to make sure [police officers are] being held accountable.””I think [the way police treat ethnic minorities] is a totally different story. When you look at the way these officers treat black people, we’re not treated as human.”We’re treated as a threat by our skin color,” Green added, claiming that the US remains “a long way away” from equality when it comes to law enforcement.Thank God…guilty! Justice has been served!!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 20, 2021Great speech by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison describing George Floyd as a father, family man, and beloved member of his community. Justice has been served.”Back on the court, the Warriors shared a viral clip of Green celebrating a three-pointer from Steph Curry before it had even hit the net. The Warriors thumped the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 on Monday, but Curry expressed dissatisfaction with his 49-point display after missing a free throw following a poke in the eye. 

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NBA star Draymond Green has said it was “really great” to see killer cop Derek Chauvin tried for the killing of George Floyd but warned that he sees a long road ahead before widespread social justice is achieved in the US.

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