Ronaldo becomes highest followed person on Instagram

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Portuguese professional footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, has become the highest followed celebrity on Instagram. Instagram is an American photo and video-sharing social networking platform owned by Facebook. The 34-year-old soccer player took to his instagram handle: @ Cristiano, on Thursday to share a post alongside a short video. He captioned it: “Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!!” The short video documents part of Ronaldo’s history in football, family, friends and achievements. The video has inscriptions like: CR7 instagram 200m journey; Pushing The Limits; Family And Friends Always; Just Do It; and The Most Awarded Player In Football. His fans also congratulated him, as one: @Senga_Menga, wrote: “King of all time.” @ kakasccp 1910: “The best.” Instagram says as at January 2020, the most-followed person is footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, with over 200 million followers and the most-followed woman is singer Ariana Grande, with over 173 million followers. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer, who plays for Serie A with Juventus and captains the Portuguese national team. The football star has won football awards like European Golden Shoe, FIFA World Player of The Year and Ballon d’Or. He is blessed with three kids. NAN.Tags: ariana GrandeCristiano RonaldoJuventusSerie Alast_img read more

Lallana could miss start of season

first_img The 26-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month, sustained a knock to his lateral collateral ligament during a session at the Reds’ Harvard University training base in Boston. Although no time-frame has been placed on a return to fitness, such injuries can result in a spell of anywhere up to six weeks on the sidelines. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana could miss the start of the new season after injuring his knee in training. Press Associationcenter_img A quirk of the Barclays Premier League fixture list means Liverpool’s first match is at home to Southampton on August 17, with Lallana now facing a fitness race to make the Anfield clash. He has been assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff and does not require surgery. However, the news is clearly a setback for the England international, who will undergo further assessment by the club’s medical team in the United States and on his return to Liverpool. Lallana, a boyhood Everton fan, completed his £25million move to Anfield earlier this month, ending manager Brendan Rodgers’ pursuit of a player he identified as a primary target for this summer. last_img read more

The Latest: Raptors coach Nurse recalls Leonard’s departure

first_img February 15, 2020 The Latest: Raptors coach Nurse recalls Leonard’s departure ___3:55 p.m.Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is grateful for the All-Star break.He had to pull out of the All-Star Game and Saturday night’s 3-point competition after he strained his groin during Wednesday night’s 111-104 loss to Memphis. He was replaced by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.Lillard is averaging 29.5 points and 7.9 assists. Soon after, Nurse headed down to the hotel lobby and ran into two of his players, Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet.“I thought the guys might need some cheering up, so I said, ‘Hey, look at it this way: Kawhi leaving means we just freed up something like 20 shots per game,” Nurse said.It was 18.8 per game to be precise, but who’s counting? Well, plenty of Leonard’s former teammates, apparently.“Siakam immediately starts doing this,” Nurse laughed, swinging his right arm in widening circles, like a baseball pitcher loosening up before entering a game. “And Van Vleet just breaks into a crazy grin.”Small wonder. Those two became the biggest beneficiaries of Leonard’s departure. Siakam is averaging 7.3 more shots and 6.6 more points per game at the break; Van Vleet, 5.3 and 7, respectively. The remainder of Leonard’s shots were scooped up by Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local):4:00 p.m.Toronto Raptors and All-Star coach Nick Nurse was in Las Vegas last summer when he got the news that Kawhi Leonard was leaving the defending champions after just one season to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Associated Press “Tough injury,” he said during Saturday’s All-Star media session. “Came at a tough time. Fortunate for me, that game was on the 12th, we don’t play again until the 21st. So that’s at least nine days of being able to see where I am, get some treatment, do some rehab and go from there.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Everest ready to compete in St Maarten Over-35 tournament

first_imgLOCAL side Everest Masters have arrived in Sint Maarten full of confidence ahead of the Cricket Sint Maarten/Guyanese Association Over-35 Twenty20 three-day tournament which runs from February 21 to 23.The team, led by businessman and long-standing captain Rajesh Singh, includes former West Indies Under-19 batsman Hemraj Garbarran, former Guyana Youth fast bowler Ucil Armstrong, Sahadeo Hardaiow, Basil Persaud and Safraz Sheriffudeen among other seasoned campaigners in Masters cricket.The short tournament begins today with Everest Masters taking on hosts Sint Maarten at 14:00hrs in the only match of the opening day. Tomorrow there will be a doubleheader with the Guyanese side taking on Anguilla at 10:00hrs followed by the Anguillans returning to battle the hosts at 14:00hrs.The top two teams will meet in the final on Guyana’s Republic Day 2020, tomorrow at 14:00hrs while the third-placed team will take on a Selected Youth side at 10:00hrs in an exhibition match. All games will be played at Carib Lumber Ball Park, the only First Class venue in the constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Captain Singh said there is a big hype about the tournament in and out of Sint Maarten and his players are equally pumped up. “We are here to compete and put on a good show. We are accustomed to playing against older players but we are focussed on our game and not age,” Singh stated.The winning team will collect a trophy and US$1000 while the losing s will walk away with US$500.Everest Masters: Rajesh Singh (captain), Anwar Rahaman, Basil Persaud, Satyendra Khemraj, Sarfaz Sheriffudeen, Imtiaz Sadik, Ucil Armstrong, Harry Yenkana, Raymond Rambaran, Hemraj Garbarran, Ronald Jaisingh, Sahadeo Hardaiow, Robert Pereira and Hafeez Ali.last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez hits her stride at 2nd singles

first_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 10:56 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Two Harvard players watched from the sideline as their teammate, Rachel Lim, took on No. 67 Miranda Ramirez on Sunday afternoon. Ramirez easily took the first set 6-1.“This girl is sick,” one remarked to the other.Ramirez went on to win in straight sets on a slicing shot to the corner. The junior from Texas moved to 7-3 on the season for No. 19 Syracuse (6-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast), including victories over No. 52 Jessica Failla (Pepperdine) and then-No. 36 Chiara Lommer (Michigan). With Sofya Golubovskaya dealing with a shoulder issue, per head coach Younes Limam, Ramirez played the past weekend at second singles for the first time this season. She went 2-0 in the stretch, including a pair of three-game comebacks.“Miranda’s been playing at a very high level,” Limam said. “… Freshman year, I think, she did play (first singles) most of her freshman year. So we know she can play at that level.”Ramirez credited her ability to adjust to different styles for her recent success. Limam said it’s been about her court positioning. She’s been more of an aggressive baseliner and has been finishing points at the net, Limam said. Ramirez’s serve has also improved, giving her “free points.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Sunday, Ramirez faced Lim, a lefty. Ramirez was given an opportunity to use her one-handed backhand more. Gabriela Knutson said she can’t hit Ramirez’s backhand “at all” and Ramirez’s former coach, Thomas Finck, called Ramirez’s “money shot.” Ramirez has seen so many lefties in her career, pivoting to her go-to stroke is routine.“It’s always a slightly different game when I play against a lefty,” Ramirez said. “… I was able to adjust right off the bat, and it didn’t faze me at all.”Ramirez started the spring season unranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings while Knutson sat at No. 43, and Golubovskaya came in at No. 92. In the Feb. 6 iteration, Ramirez climbed to No. 67 while Knutson fell to No. 48, and Golubovskaya fell out of the top 125.Ramirez, who finished with Knutson as No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA Doubles Final Rankings, is used to the spotlight. Last year, the pair earned All-American honors in doubles. The pair has not been as dominant this season at 6-3, with one match that was left unfinished. Knutson said she believed their match against Purdue on Jan. 27 was on of the best of their careers. But they lost 7-5.With Ramirez thriving in singles, though, the duo may be just beginning their ascent again after a dominant 6-2 win against Harvard. Their shared history has led them to believe that it’s only a matter of time before the wins in doubles come. As Syracuse rebounds from its four-match losing streak, Ramirez’s play will be crucial.“So extremely proud of her,” Limam said. “… She’s been playing extremely well for a while now, so good to see.”last_img read more

Breakdancing makes next move to Olympic status at Paris 2024

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Wednesday, March 27 recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Paris program when the full membership meets in June. Combined Korean teams in women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, mixed team judo, and men’s and women’s rowing are preparing to enter qualification this year to compete in Tokyo.If a Korean bid emerges for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia, and Russia which have expressed early interest.Asked if plans to simplify Olympic bidding could see the IOC approach a favored city, Bach said it was “not our goal.” “The Olympic Games are too big and too important that you could have an arrangement with a city,” he said.The new panel of five IOC members, chaired by John Coates of Australia, aims to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne Associated Press Television News With those 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a panel has been asked to look at ways of making an often expensive and politically unpopular candidate process “more flexible and more targeted.”  FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 28th March, 2019 09:18 IST Last Updated: 28th March, 2019 16:11 IST Breakdancing Makes Next Move To Olympic Status At Paris 2024 Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics A final decision must be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Written By “We will try to continue our efforts there with a view to helping and assisting the athletes and the (national Olympic committees),” Bach said. READ: ‘Too Much Gold In One Picture’: Twitterati Reacts On Seeing Olympic Legend Michael Phelps At Feroz Shah KotlaAlso on Wednesday, March 27, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.Joint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games is a possible aim. SUBSCRIBE TO US Session ID: 2020-09-09:2527a7857eb25b2d31b44f7a Player Element ID: video_player_5f586082f2682 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Making the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive has been a key aim for Bach. He praised the four likely additions to the Paris medal program as “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban” “These four sports also offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” he said.Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.All four sports will be assessed for how they are managed, and the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalized for Paris.The IOC hosted a meeting of the Korean government and sports officials in February, one year after the neighbors fielded a combined team’s women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics hosted south of the border. “The IOC may approach a city or a region and tell them, ‘Listen, isn’t it not a time for you now?'” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference after the second of three days of board meetings. Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics.last_img read more

Republic gear up for Wales clash

first_imgA win over Wales at the Aviva would give Martin O’Neill’s side a seven-point advantage over their visitors at the halfway point in Group D. Wales have won just once so far in the group, and that was against bottom side Moldova back in early September. But O’Neill doesn’t think the Welsh are a diminished force since their run to the semi finals at the Euros.  Kick off at Lansdowne Road is at 7.45. -Serbia could find themselves top of Group D by the time kick off rolls around at the Aviva. They’re just two points behind Ireland ahead of their trip to Georgia, which is underway at 5. Also underway at 7.45 tonight, Austria play host to Moldova.last_img read more

Playtech focuses on ‘real-time’ rewards and engagement with Captain Up partnership

first_img Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Shimon Akad – PlaytechSeeking to boost its client retention capabilities, FTSE-listed gambling technology and platform provider Playtech has entered a strategic partnership with real-time user engagement specialists Captain Up.The partnership will see Playtech incorporate Captain UP real-time engagement and retention tools which will reward in-play customers playing on the Playtech client network.Captain Up engagement tools, combine social communications, gamification mechanisms and active rewards to incentivize players, with the company claiming that its services help develop partner retention beyond a ‘static interaction’.Captain Up development teams have prior industry experience having worked on retention based project and games for UK operator Ladbrokes and 888 Bingo.Commenting on the retention focused partnership Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “This integration enables our licensees to access an even broader range of unique technologies that can help differentiate their offerings and significantly enhance their player engagement, through the use of real-time analytics. We have known about Captain Up for some time and we’re very pleased to be working together.”Implementing Captain Up engagement tools, Playtech teams will look to drive initial partner benefits for user real-time interactions and enhanced player loyalty.Uri Admon, Founder and CEO, Captain Up, welcomed Playtech as partner stating: “We are delighted with the opportunity to join forces with Playtech, and offer its customers the tools to maximize user value, using our Engagement and Retention platform.”last_img read more

Jason Day splits with caddie Steve Williams

first_img Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust with oblique strain “Parting with Steve was a mutual decision and not an easy one to make,” Day told AAP.”He is the ultimate pro; it was a real learning experience being exposed to a caddie who has achieved what Steve has. He has worked with the best.”Long of the 10th green is no problem for @JDayGolf pic.twitter.com/89cmEPDajW— The Open (@TheOpen) July 14, 2019Day, whose preference to use analytical data seemingly clashed with Williams’ more traditional approach, added: “It was a disconnect of old school and new school. Williams, 55, had caddied for Day in six tournaments since June’s U.S. Open, with the former world No. 1 missing the cut in two, including the British Open, and securing just one top 10 finish.Day has now decided to end his partnership with Williams, a decision Day says was not taken lightly. Related News The Northern Trust: Patrick Reed gets first victory since 2018 Masterscenter_img “Steve has become a friend, and I have a lot of respect for him. I thank Steve for everything he taught me.”David Lutterus will caddie for Day at this week’s BMW Championship at Medinah, near Chicago. The Australian is 50th in the FedEx Cup standings and will need a strong result in order to move into the top 30 and qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.Williams previously was reported to have been the highest-paid sportsperson in New Zealand when he was carrying Woods’ bag. Jason Day is searching for a new caddie after he elected to part company with Steve Williams.Regarded as the world’s most successful caddie, Williams has worked alongside the likes of Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, whose bag he was on for 13 major victories between 1999 and 2011.last_img read more

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The exploitation of Black athletes – Part II

first_imgOnly 1 percent of contractors of Levi’s Stadium in California are people of color.Pros go from rags-to-riches-back-to-ragsSECOND OF A 3-PART SERIESEditors Note: As a sports agent, Attorney Everett Glenn has negotiated contracts for some of the biggest names in sports, including NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Richard Dent and Reggie White as well as 11 first round draft picks. He has also had a front-row seat observing how Black athletes and the Black community are exploited, enriching others while leaving the community and, ultimately, the athletes themselves destitute. Sports is a $500 billion per year industry, but few of those dollars return to the African-American community. According to Sports Illustrated, by the time former NFL players have been retired for two years, nearly 80 percent of them “have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, approximately 60 percent of former NBA players are broke. After more than three decades of looking at this tragedy on the collegiate and professional level, Attorney Glenn pulls back the cover on these practices in a 3-part series for the NNPA News Service and, more importantly, outlines what can be done to halt the wholesale exploitation and initiate economic reciprocity.DeMaurice Smith, executive director of NFL Players Association (L), and Everett L. Glenn.WASHINGTON (NNPA) – There have been so many former professional athletes in the news recently who have gone from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags again that they could form their own reality show.Future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, for example, accumulated some amazing stats during his 15-year NFL career as a wide receiver: second in league history with 15,934 yards, tied for second with 153 touchdowns and sixth with 1,078 catches.Instead of talking about his on-field accomplishments, however, fans and sportscasters are talking about his interview with Dr. Phil in which he disclosed that he has lost all of his money, estimated to be between $80 million and $100 million.After falling behind in child support payments to baby mama Kimberly Floyd, a judge ordered T.O. to complete eight hours of community service, which he performed at a Los Angeles Goodwill store.And there was former NBA baller Allen Iverson, who says he’s broke after earning more than $150 million during his 15-year NBA career, plus a Reebok endorsement worth $50 million . At his divorce proceedings last year, Iverson shouted to his estranged wife, Tawanna, “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger.”Hundreds of other former professional athletes – including former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker, boxer Mike Tyson and track star Marion Jones – could be added to the list. And no matter how often their stories are told, we’re likely to see still more stories of personal and financial ruin.Let’s be clear: athletes who spend lavishly and regularly travel with as many as 50 freeloaders must accept direct responsibility for their current predicament. But they are not the only ones at fault in a system that routinely separates Black athletes from their community while they are still enrolled in college, steering them away from wives who look like them and White agents who don’t share their culture.What separates the exploitation of the Black athlete at the professional level, where Black athletes make up roughly 80 percent of the NBA and 70 percent of the NFL, is money. Big, big money. And big money in the hands of unsophisticated Black athletes is a train wreck waiting to happen, attracting agents, financial advisers and other professionals who view them as easy prey.In the typical scenario, a “qualified” agent lands a client and then quickly recommends a financial adviser. Or, vice versa. Maybe the pair recruits together. Maybe they just vouch for “their guy.” Maybe there are kickbacks. Maybe there is the expectation of future swaps.  However it goes down, in the end, a player thinks he has two sets of independent, trustworthy eyes on his money when, in fact, he has none.How is it that well-paid agents and advisers are absolved of any responsibility and/or liability for their complicity in players’ financial fatalities? We read about Iverson’s financial problems with no mention of his agent, Leon Rose of CAA. We know about Terrell Owens’ money worries but Drew Rosenhaus, his “super agent,” isn’t held accountable. If you check the websites of major agents, they all in one form or another claim a “family-first” approach. The only family they put first is theirs.The same media that ignores their colossal failures had no problem demonizing Don King. He single-handedly changed the economics of the fight game with such promotions as the “Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” yet White-owned corporate media have portrayed King as an unrepentant villain. But they don’t make similar claims about his chief rival, Bob Arum, whom promoter Dana White accused of “sucking the life out of the sport (boxing).”Because coaches and university boosters, most of whom are White, steer Black athletes to White agents, many Black agents – such as Angelo Wright, Al Irby, Alvin Keels, Kennard McGuire and Tony Paige – don’t get a fair opportunity to represent most Black athletes. My guess is that Black player agents represent less than 15 percent of all NBA and NFL players.According to Sports Illustrated, by the time former NFL players have been retired for two years, nearly 80 percent of them “have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, approximately 60 percent of former NBA players are broke. By virtue of their numbers, it’s clear that Black agents are not leading a parade of Black athletes into bankruptcy or financial distress nor are they sitting by silently watching their clients commit financial suicide.last_img read more