Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See This2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Cristiano Ronaldo is not only the most-followed athlete on Instagram, he has now become the first person on social media to reach 200 million followers on the platform. Already the most popular athlete on Facebook with 122 million likes, the Juventus star’s global presence is unparalleled and he took to Instagram to thank fans for their support.Advertisement Ronaldo is well ahead on the Instagram most-followed list, with Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar in third and second on 142m and 132m followers respectively.Manchester United legend David Beckham is in fourth, with LeBron James, the only non-footballer on the list, coming in at fifth. Ronaldinho is sixth, ahead of James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Top 10 in full:1. Cristiano Ronaldo (200 million)2. Lionel Messi (142 million)3. Neymar (132 million)4. David Beckham (60.5 million)5. LeBron James (58 million)6. Ronaldinho (51 million)7. James Rodriguez (44.9 million)8. Marcelo (43.6 million)9. Gareth Bale (42.9 million)10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (41.4 million)Back in October, it emerged that Ronaldo secured a staggering £38.2m from posts on Instagram.According to a Buzz Bingo study, the 34-year old had 49 sponsored Instagram posts and each one of them pocketed him £780,000.Barcelona captain Messi fell well short of Ronaldo as he made a total of £18.7m and earned £518,000 per post. Loading… Read Also: Cristiano Ronaldo hits 200 Million Followers on InstagramWhile Ronaldo is still doing the business on the pitch, told SPORTbible in an exclusive interview that he has his eyes set on conquering the business world.He said: I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality.“The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
LOS ANGELES — Members of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team filed out of the locker room and back onto the floor of the Staples Center to meet the hugs, smiles and cheers of family members.What they accomplished roughly an hour before on that court had never been done in school history: back-to-back Final Four appearances — both after defeating Arizona. Now, the Badgers head to Indianapolis next weekend to take on Kentucky with a spot in the national title game on the line for the second year in a row.It felt like the Badgers didn’t miss the entire second half — one half removed from a 38 percent shooting performance. In the final 20 minutes, Wisconsin was a blistering 15-of-19 from the field, including 10-of-12 from three.Junior forward Sam Dekker led that Wisconsin charge, scoring 20 points in the second half on 5-of-5 shooting from downtown. Senior forward Frank Kaminsky was a workhorse on the low block the entire game, dropping 29 points, one more than he did in last year’s Elite Eight contest against Arizona.The Badgers trailed by three at halftime, but Kaminsky came out of the half and immediately knocked down a three. The Wildcats led for only 19 seconds the rest of the way, and Wisconsin led from the 19:16 mark on.In the first half, the Badgers got out to a 10-2 lead, but Arizona clawed back, leading by as much as five late in the half.Turning PointWith 13:48 remaining in the game, Wisconsin held onto a one-point lead at 47-46. Then, Dekker knocked down one of his five three-pointers, which sparked a 10-2 run that put the Badgers in the driver’s seat the rest of the game.Sophomore point guard Bronson Koenig hit two free throws, and then sophomore forward Nigel Hayes drained a three. Then, Kaminsky went to work on the block and laid it in for a 57-50 lead with 10:34 to play.Play of the Game … Also When You Knew It Was OverThe Wildcats hung around and trailed by just five with 51 seconds left. Wisconsin then exhausted the shot clock, and Sam Dekker found himself in the right corner with the shot clock winding down.Dekker elevated over Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and threw up a prayer three.Nothing but net. Onions.The Badgers took an 84-76 lead after the make, and with 17 seconds remaining, Dekker had shot Wisconsin from Los Angeles to Indianapolis.Wisconsin Player of the Game: Sam DekkerWhether he was driving or pulling up, Sam Dekker was dominant in everything he did, especially in the second half.Dekker scored 20 of his career-high 29 points in the final 20 minutes. He made every three-pointer he attempted in the half (5-of-5), and scored 11 of Wisconsin’s final 13 points.Dekker’s drive in the waning seconds of the first half brought the Badgers within three after he got fouled and made both shots from the free throw line. He finished 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.Dekker was named the West Region’s Most Outstanding Player.Arizona Player of the Game: Rondae Hollis-JeffersonHollis-Jefferson led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points (tied for the team-high with Brandon Ashley). The sophomore forward was 6-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. He was also a victim of Dekker’s unconsciousness, as he was the defender Dekker drained his last three over.Frank Consistent At LineMore than a third of Kaminsky’s points came at the free-throw line, as he was 10 of 12 from there on Saturday. In Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 game against North Carolina, he was a perfect 8-for-8 at the line, meaning he shot 90 percent from the charity stripe during his last two games.Kaminsky was named to the all-West Regional team.Gasser With Small Stats But Big ResultsFifth-year senior guard Josh Gasser, aka Captain America, played the unsung hero again in Wisconsin’s 10th straight victory.Gasser was 3-for-4 from the field, including 2 of3 from behind the arc. His first three came three minutes and 47 seconds into the game and capped off Wisconsin’s explosive start, putting the team out front 10-2.His second three was the first of many daggers the Badgers threw at the Wildcats, coming with 5:14 left in the game and gave Wisconsin an 11-point lead with at 70-59.Gasser finished with 10 points and earned all-West Regional team honors for his efforts this weekend.Hayes Runs Into Foul TroubleFoul trouble caused Nigel Hayes to only play 26 minutes on Saturday, when he scored eight points.Hayes picked up his third foul just 25 seconds into the half and sat until the 12:52 mark. With 6:07 remaining in the game, Hayes picked up his fourth and went to the bench again.Hayes was 2-of-4 from three-point range and grabbed eight rebounds.Fifth-year senior forward Duje Dukan subbed for Hayes and played 18 minutes, scoring five points.QuotableBo Ryan on the second-half shooting success, when Wisconsin went 15-of-19 from the floor:“You don’t shoot 79 percent every day in a half. But they were good shots and probably shouldn’t have missed the other four.”Ryan on State Street celebrations:“Anybody hearing anything about State Street tonight? Is everything okay? Last year everybody got a little excited.”Josh Gasser on Sam Dekker’s final, arcing three-pointer:“It felt like the ball was in the air forever from my standpoint … I’ve seen him make that play hundreds of times [in practice or shooting around].”Associate head coach Greg Gard on Dekker’s performance:“Today he got in a groove and he was feeling it. The one thing was when he attacked the basket and got to the free throw line, that got his mojo going a little bit.”Nigel Hayes on not losing confidence:“You can’t lose confidence, as you see me sitting in the wonderful locker of Kobe Bryant. He’s never one to lose confidence in himself. He actually had a quote where he said he’d rather go 0-30 than 0-9 because that means you lost confidence in yourself.Duje Dukan on advancing to consecutive Final Fours:“We’ve been there before and now it’s just a matter of taking care of business. Last year it was kind of like we were happy to be there. This year it’s we expected to be there and now we have to take care of business.”
Former captain of Accra Great Olympics, Godwin Attram says the management of Olympics has to be professional enough in their recruitment for the season in other not to suffer a quick return to the second tier league.Speaking on Asempa FM over the weekend, Attram rubbished the recruitment style of the management of his former club; Olympics for acting unprofessionally as he witnessed over 90 players justify their inclusion to join the ‘Dade’ side come next season.“I think for a club like Olympics they don’t need players for justifiers they need to promote young ones from their junior side and moreover I have willingly given out seven of my good players from my Academy to them free of charge”, he said. The 34 year old has now signed a year deal for Deportivo Azogues in the Ecuadorian league but currently is working on his Academy in Ghana and has decided to play for Great Olympics for the three to four months that he will be in Ghana in a mutual agreement with his foreign club. The workaholic midfielder believes he has been the best product for the past 10- 15 years to be discovered by Great Olympics.
FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s match against Arsenal, giving beleaguered manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fresh headache as he juggles his scant attacking resources.The France midfielder hurt his ankle again in the League Cup match with Rochdale in midweek on his return to the side after not playing since late August.Pogba played the whole game as United edged past the League One team on penalties after a 1-1 draw but he did not take a penalty and did not attend a team bonding dinner at Juan Mata’s restaurant after the game.Solskjaer revealed on Friday that his ankle knock was the reason he did not join his teammates.“The situation is Paul finished the game, 90 minutes fantastically, but he got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen,” said Solskjaer.“So it was better for him not to go there with the team and he’s in a race for Monday. He is a doubt, but that is the way it is.”Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also facing a battle to be fit for Monday’s game at Old Trafford, with Solskjaer short of attacking options.Martial is still trying to recover from a thigh injury sustained last month while Rashford limped off with a groin problem in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.If neither of those two makes it, Mason Greenwood will be in line to start his first Premier League game. The 17-year-old has scored in each of United’s past two home games, against Astana in the Europa League and then against Rochdale, so his manager would have no qualms about throwing him in against the Gunners.“Mason has proven that when he is in the box, he’s dangerous,” said the Norwegian. “What has pleased me about him is that he doesn’t turn down chances to finish.“We have managed him as you can’t just throw him in the deep end all the time. But he has proved in those games he is ready for it.”United are currently languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League with eight points from their six matches and only one league win in the past five.It is not the start that United fans were hoping for, but Solskjaer said the team were making progress.“I never said it was going to be easy this season,” he said. “There are going to be bumps in the road, highs and lows. But when we lose a game, we have to trust ourselves and what we are doing.“We have to keep our eyes on the prize and the principles we believe in. It is a team that is evolving and improving. There are no issues with the attitude, the work rate, the desire.“You can see the boys want to impress, and want to do well.”Share on: WhatsApp
Allen would leave the locker rooms before cameras arrived, shuffling down hallways and out a side door to avoid taking attention from those he believed deserved it. But though he was the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the spotlight sought by others in his same position. As an owner, he didn’t have the same visibility as the Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban nor was he an omnipresent figure on the sidelines like the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. SEATTLE (AP) — No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) The 65-year-old Allen died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his company, Vulcan Inc. His death leaves a big void in the sports landscape in the upper left corner of the United States, and questions are likely soon to follow about the future of the Seahawks and Blazers.He was a revered figure in Seattle for his entrepreneurship, philanthropy and for keeping the Seahawks from moving to Southern California in the mid-1990s. In Oregon, he was the billionaire who bought the Trail Blazers at age 35 and grew them into a small-market powerhouse with a pair of NBA Finals appearances while keeping them rooted in Portland.He was also part of arguably the most successful expansion franchise launch in pro sports history with the arrival of the Sounders in 2009.“He was a visionary second to none who changed the world but also changed this city which he loved,” said Tod Leiweke, who was chief executive of the Seahawks in the 2000s. “He left as big an impact on Seattle as any person on any city. His legacy here in Seattle will be felt forever.”Allen’s passion was basketball, leading to his purchase of the Blazers in 1988. Within a few years, the team was playing in the NBA Finals with Allen regularly sitting baseline to watch his team on the floor.But it was the NFL where Allen got the most attention, first for saving his hometown team from relocation and later as the team developed into one of the league’s elite franchises. Then-owner Ken Behring was set to move the Seahawks in 1996. Moving trucks had cleared out the team’s facility and players did offseason workouts in Southern California until the league threatened hefty fines against Behring and lawsuits halted the attempted relocation. Allen then purchased an option to buy the franchise and he became full owner once voters approved the construction of what is now CenturyLink Field.After Allen became the owner, the Seahawks had 12 playoff appearances, three NFC titles and the only Super Bowl victory in team history. The team had made the playoffs only four times and had reached a single conference title game before him. Amid the success, Allen’s most public moments came when he raised Seattle’s “12 Flag” before each of the NFC title games the team hosted.“His passion for the game, combined with his quiet determination, led to a model organization on and off the field,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.Allen saw the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl for the first time in the 2005 season when they lost to Pittsburgh. Eight years later, he finally raised the championship trophy after Seattle’s 43-8 thumping of Denver to conclude the 2013 season, and that night he performed at the celebration party at the team’s hotel.When Seattle celebrated its title in February 2014 inside CenturyLink Field, the normally reserved Allen took a moment to address the crowd. He spoke for less than four minutes, but his words carried weight for the fans.“I can’t say how proud I am that the Seahawks are able to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy home to Seattle,” Allen said that day. “Now we are all Super Bowl champions, each and every one of us.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver (20) shoots over Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Seattle. WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver will be an assistant coach for player development for the NBA’s Washington Wizards this season. Toliver’s job was one of several changes to coach Scott Brooks’ staff announced by the Wizards on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, two days before they host the Miami Heat to open the season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants more women throughout the league. He’s getting his wish.In recent days, two significant moves were made, with Kristi Toliver being added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin getting hired as an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina.Those hires are signs of progress.Few seemed to notice, which also is not all bad.Women are a becoming a bigger part of the league now than ever before. The hires of Toliver and Melvin were not overlooked; it just no longer seems like such an unusual thing to bring a woman into the fray of an NBA club, probably because the likes of San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross took care of the first wave of trailblazing.“I think it’s great and I think it’s great for the NBA,” said Charlotte’s James Borrego, the league’s first Hispanic full-time coach. “It speaks to our league, the diversity, the openness, the inclusion and I’m proud to be part of that, part of a league that’s open to that. I’ve been around Becky Hammon for a number of years now. These are bright women that belong in our league.”Certainly, there’s much more progress to be made, including in business offices around the league — as well as on the sidelines.There’s never been a female NBA head coach, though Hammon — a longtime part of the staff in San Antonio, where Borrego was before taking the Charlotte job — seems on the cusp of breaking that glass ceiling. Only three women have been hired as full-time NBA referees, though Natalie Sago and Ashley Moyer-Gleich will get games this season and are already highly respected by many peers.Borrego expects the numbers of women in the league to increase.“They’re here to stay,” Borrego said. “That’s not going anywhere. It’s only going to trend in that direction.”SCORING UPIf you think there’s been a lot more scoring than usual in the NBA this season, you’re right.Granted, six days of basketball is a small —and statistically insignificant— sample size in a six-month season. But teams averaged 106.3 points per game last season, and they’re off to an average of 113.3 points so far this season.Should that average somehow hold up over the course of a full season, it would be the league’s highest since teams averaged 116.7 points in 1969-70.“This is a new age of basketball and this is where we are,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “The days of games in the 80s are probably done. Everything’s spread out. It’s freedom of movement. There’s four attackers and often times five 3-point shooters and there are missiles flying everywhere.”For perspective: There were eight instances in October 2017 of teams scoring 130 or more points. So far in October 2018, there’s been nine — with 10 days of play left this month.But big numbers hasn’t meant every game is a rout. There’s already been 12 games this season decided by three points or less.G LEAGUE CHANGESOver the next few weeks, more details will likely come out about the G League’s plan to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects who aren’t yet eligible for the NBA draft.Much of the details remain unclear: who will get them, how they’ll get them, how many deals will be offered.Another murky part of all this is how the players will be assigned to teams.What would make the most sense is for the G League to go back into the NBA’s past for an answer there. The last territorial pick in the NBA was in 1965, but that’s the road the G League needs to go down now. For a league that’s still looking to grow, imagine the possibilities of putting a potential star with plenty of potential near his hometown. It’ll generate interest, which the G League surely could use.GAMES OF THE DAYIf you’re going to watch only one game per day this week, we recommend:— Wizards at Trail Blazers, Monday: John Wall and Bradley Beal in one backcourt, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the other.— Clippers at Pelicans, Tuesday: Anthony Davis averaged 29.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks against the Clippers last season.— Knicks at Heat, Wednesday: New York’s David Fizdale coached on the Miami side of the rivalry for years as a Heat assistant.— Celtics at Thunder, Thursday: Oklahoma City took leads into the fourth quarter against Boston twice last season, and went 0-2.— Bucks at Timberwolves, Friday: Milwaukee was one of the teams rumored to be in the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes in recent weeks.— Lakers at Spurs, Saturday: LeBron James’ teams are 5-1 when he scores at least 30 at San Antonio, and 1-14 when he doesn’t.— Warriors at Nets, Sunday: Stephen Curry put on a dynamic show in Brooklyn last season — 39 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists.MILESTONE WATCHSpurs coach Gregg Popovich enters this week two wins shy of 1,200 for his regular-season career. He’ll be the fifth NBA coach to reach that milestone.___AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed.