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    SAN FRANCISCO — If this was Carlos Rodón’s final start in orange and black, he didn’t hold anything back. If not, then, well, the Giants enter the stretch run a few games out of playoff position with a pair of aces up their sleeve. The countdown clock to Tuesday’s trade deadline can now be measured in hours, not days, and Rodón has emerged as one of the top targets for contenders in search of pitching. Rodón, showing why once again Sunday, might be the best arm on the market — if he’s available. As if he needed to cement his value, Rodón got a nationally televised showcase for his final start before the deadline and showed the Sunday Night Baseball audience why he is one of the most coveted arms and why it will be so hard for the Giants to let him go. In seven shutout innings, Rodón racked up 10 strikeouts and powered the Giants to a 4-0 win over the Cubs. The win was the Giants’ third in four games against the Cubs, securing their first series...
    RAFA NADAL has withdrawn from Wimbledon ahead of his semi-final with Nick Kyrgios. The Spaniard suffered with an abdominal tear during his five-set quarter-final win over Taylor Fritz. 1Nadal has been forced to withdraw ahead of his semi-final on FridayCredit: Alamy And it has now been confirmed that his pursuit of a calendar Grand Slam is over following the Wimbledon withdrawal. Kyrgios will now meet either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in the men's singles final on Sunday. Nadal has already won the Australian Open and French Open this year - taking his Grand Slam tally to 22. But his abdominal injury has now prevented him from trying to clinch a third title at the All England Club. More to follow. Most read in TennisWIMBLEDON 2022 Ons Jabeur makes HISTORY and faces Rybakina in final, Nadal injury DOUBTRIDDLE REGRET US star Fritz's WAG steals show on Centre Court - and fans all say same thingRAF RIDE Nadal accused of LYING about injury in epic Wimbledon win over Fritz by FogniniFAMILY SIGHS Nadal IGNORED family orders to retire but he...
    Even though their bouts were in kickboxing, Alex Pereira, who faces Sean Strickland at UFC 276, feels Israel Adesanya will do everything in his power to not face him in MMA Alex Pereira may not be the most experienced MMA fighter, with just two UFC bouts and six MMA fights total, but he’s a much well-known name in the community. In fact, he’s quite the familiar face to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Pereira, the former GLORY Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion, fought Israel Adesanya twice in kickboxing. Pereira won both times, winning the April 2016 fight by decision and their March 2017 fight by a brutal knockout. Adesanya has recently claimed that both kickboxing bouts were closer than what the record books would say, but Pereira feels the results may be very similar if the two were to ever meet in MMA.UFC 276: Alex Pereira says Israel Adesanya doesn’t want to fight him, thinks he can make Adesanya leave on a stretcher again“[His comments] actually make me confused,” Pereira said, via a translator, at his UFC 276...
    Golden State Warrior fans — and count us as loyal followers — are hoping that the team can find a way to capture their fourth championship in eight years in Boston on Thursday or on their home floor on Father’s Day. But win or lose, let’s celebrate the fact that these Warriors are one of the most entertaining teams in NBA history with compelling story lines up and down their roster. It isn’t every day that you get to watch the best shooter in basketball history in the prime of his career. Star athletes who double as role models — both on and off the court — are in short supply these days, but Stephen Curry is just that. Game after game, overcoming injury after injury, Curry is driven to succeed and to help his team succeed. Ditto for his Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, who was already in competition for most-beloved Warrior during the team’s championship runs of 2015, 2017 and 2018. But Thompson tore his ACL during the 2019 NBA finals against Toronto. And then he ruptured his Achilles...
    Volodymyr Zelensky's top adviser has told the West to dramatically step up deliveries of heavy weapons if Ukraine is to defeat Russia's invasion. Mykhailo Podolyak said Monday that Kyiv needs 1,000 howitzers, 300 rocket artillery systems, 500 tanks, 2,000 armoured vehicles and 1,000 drones 'to end the war'.  The eye-watering shopping list amounts to an army's-worth of Western equipment and goes well beyond both what has been supplied so far and what Ukraine itself has been requesting. Put in context, 500 new tanks would be more than the UK and Germany have in active service combined, while 1,000 howitzers and 300 rocket launchers is more than the US currently has in active service. The US has supplied a little over 100 howtizers to Ukraine so far while the US and UK combined are thought to have sent seven rocket systems. Podolyak published the list amid heavy fighting in Ukraine's east - where Russia has this week issued a 'surrender or die' order to troops defending a key Donbas city - and ahead of a Wednesday meeting in Brussels to discuss...
    Just before dawn yesterday, the war in Ukraine entered its 100th day with the demented propagandists of Russian state television more belligerent than ever. One threatened this week that the Red Army will not halt until it reaches Stonehenge. Another declared that World War III has begun and that Nato must be forced to disarm. These war-mongering rants are echoed by Vladimir Putin’s most hawkish advisers in the corridors of the Kremlin. But in reality it is the sound of whistling in the dark, a nervous attempt to keep spirits up as fears loom ever larger. The truth is the Russian President is mired in a conflict he can neither win nor abandon. His greatest problem, worse even than the mounting death toll or crippling sanctions, is that he has no way to declare victory unilaterally. It takes only one side to start a war, but both sides to end one. 'When Russia invaded in late February, Putin expected the conflict to be over in a matter of days' 'At the moment, much of Putin’s army is devoted to smashing...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jury gives sweeping win to Kardashians, finds that none defamed ex-reality star Blac Chyna or interfered with contract. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BAYERN MUNICH star Robert Lewandowski is keen to join Barcelona in the summer, according to reports. The striker won his eighth Bundesliga title at the weekend but is keen to move to another top European side. 1Robert Lewandowski wants to move to Barcelona to boost his chances of winning the Ballon d'OrCredit: Getty And the Poland international has his eye on Barcelona as success with the Spanish giants could help his bid to win the Ballon d'Or, report Sport. Lewandowski missed out on the award in 2021 to Lionel Messi, who admitted the 33-year-old deserved to win in 2020 - when the Ballon d'Or was cancelled. The striker is also said to be unhappy with Bayern's offer of a new contract as he believes it does not fit his value. Given his deal expires in 2023 Bayern may have to cash in this summer, with Barca lurking. Read More on FootballCLARETS & WAYNE Burnley make Rooney top choice and think he will join even if they go down Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi is believed to be in Munich currently for...
    Rudy Giuliani is expected to testify before the January 6 House select committee next month regarding his efforts to delay or overturn Joe Biden's 2020 election shortly before the Capitol riot.  The committee had subpoenaed Giuliani -  Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, in January - with Giuliani's team and lawmakers negotiating on how he will comply when he testifies in May, sources told CNN.  In the subpoena, the committee alleges Giuliani 'actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former president and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.'  It also states that Giuliani was in contact with Trump and Congressional representatives 'regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election.' The former Mayor of New York City attended the Save America rally that took place in Washington DC and was photographed addressing a crowd, some of whom later ended up rioting at the Capitol.  Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, will testify before the January 6 House committee in May regarding his efforts to delay or overturn the...
    Enter for a chance to win Olivia Rodrigo Signed Merchandise or Concert Tickets in selected cities.To celebrate the release of 'OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)'. ON THE RED CARPET is giving you a chance to win Olivia Rodrigo signed merchandise or tickets to one of her upcoming concerts."OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u"is a Disney+ original film from Disney Branded Television, directed by Stacey Lee and produced by Interscope Films and Supper Club.ON THE RED CARPET Olivia Rodrigo Signed Merchandise or Concert Tickets giveaway starts at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, March 27, 2022, and ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, March 27, 2022.For your chance to win Olivia Rodrigo signed merchandise or tickets to one of her upcoming concerts, watch ON THE RED CARPET AT THE OSCARS on Sunday, March 27, 2022 airing on select ABC stations and streaming on OnTheRedCarpet.com from 1:00 p.m. (PT) to 3:30 p.m. (PT). During the show, ON THE RED CARPET will give out a SECRET WORD you need to enter for your chance to win. Once you have...
    London (CNN Business)French voters are expected to hand Emmanuel Macron five more years in office on Sunday, favoring the president over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen after a strong showing in a fiery debate. But investors remain on edge.With polls indicating the presidential election is narrower than when the two candidates faced off in 2017, traders are girding for a surprise Le Pen win, which would rattle Europe's second biggest economy as fears of a recession in the region grow."It could be bigger than Brexit. It could be bigger than Trump, if Le Pen prevails," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.In research published on Tuesday, strategists at Citi put the probability of a Le Pen win at 35%. Still, they encouraged clients to hedge their bets on French government bonds, and cautioned that a Le Pen win would hurt stocks."Uncertainty stems from the risk of low voter turnout, as leftist voters refuse to give their vote to Macron, even at the risk of handing over to Le Pen," they wrote. "Voter turnout is a factor that pollsters...
    WEST HAM cult hero Craig Dawson has fans campaigning for him to win the BALLO D'OR after his goal scoring heroics against Lyon in the Europa League. David Moyes' happy Hammers went into Thursday's game level with their French opposition after playing out a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium last week. ???? Are there odds big enough for Craig Dawson to win the Ballon dOr? Asking for a friend.???? @louisbaker1991 #UEL | #OLWHU pic.twitter.com/xJYK81838u— Betfair (@Betfair) April 14, 2022 2Dawson powered home West Ham's first of the eveningCredit: GETTY 2Dawson was Man of the Match in both legs of the tieCredit: GETTY And with a first European semi-final in 46 years on the line, cult hero Dawson stepped up to the plate and powered West Ham ahead in the 38th minute. The centre-back, whose £2million transfer was heavily scrutinised, got free of his marker and steered his header inside the near post. West Ham grabbed a second just before half-time. Captain Declan Rice kept his cool and slotted the ball into the back of the net from the...
    FRANCE FOOTBALL have announced FOUR key major changes for the voting process in future Ballon d’Ors. Lionel Messi controversially collected the coveted trophy back in November for the seventh time. 1Lionel Messi controversially lifted the 2021 Ballon d'OrCredit: EPA The Barcelona legend and now Paris Saint-Germain forward pipped Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to the award. He received it after helping Barca to the Copa del Rey and Argentina to Copa America success. France Football also introduced the Ballon d’Or Feminin back in 2018. And the 2021 award went to Barcelona star Alexia Putellas. READ MORE FOOTBALLJUST THE TICKET Watch Man United vs Chelsea in style, plus hotel stay for just £429BLUES NEWS Chelsea 'face financial ruin' as accounts frozen, ticket money may go to Ukraine Both awards - as well as the Kopa Trophy for the best player under 21 and the Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper – are voted for captains, coaches and journalists. The Ballon d’Or has been running since 1956 - but now organisers have decided to make some changes. The changes...
    TEDDY SHERINGHAM has urged Harry Kane to leave Tottenham in order to win trophies. The England captain netted twice in Spurs' 5-0 thrashing of Everton on Monday night as he moved above Thierry Henry in the list of the Premier League's all-time top scorers. 2Kane is now sixth on the list of Premier League's all-time top scorersCredit: Getty 2Sheringham left Spurs and joined Man Utd to win trophies in the 1990sCredit: PA:Press Association Kane now has 176 top flight goals to his name but is still without a single trophy to show for them. And Sheringham, who left Tottenham to join Manchester United in 1997, feels departing Spurs would be the right move for his career. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "It's a tough one. He's got to eye up the situation the same as what I did really. "It's a short career. You get probably 12, 14 years if you're lucky. He's coming to another crossroads in his career of 'What do I do? Do I stay at a club which might challenge? Or do I go somewhere...
    'Mattress Mack' is back at it again, placing a $4.5million bet on the Bengals to win the 2022 Super Bowl, and promises to fully reimburse customers for purchases costing more than $3,000 if they win.  Jim 'Mattress Mack' McIngvale, 70, of Houston, Texas, crossed the state border and pulled into a Louisiana gas station to place the big bet that the Cincinnati Bengals will beat the Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 Super Bowl. Louisiana made online sports betting legal on January 28.  If McIngvale's underdog team wins, the Gallery Furniture owner will bring in a whopping $7.7million and his happy customers' purchases of $3,000 or more on mattresses and living room furniture will be 'FREE FREE FREE!'  When asked by TMZ Sports about his big bet, the 70-year-old, who is estimated to be worth $300million, said: 'I'm not nervous, Mike, I'm excited about the Cincinnati Bengals winning that big game. I've lost so many big bets in a row, I'm bound to win one sometime, and this is going to be it.'  The Los Angeles Rams are favorited to win...
    GERARD PIQUE has told Erling Haaland to reject a summer switch to Real Madrid - and hinted he should join him at Barcelona. The striker is expected to depart Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season with the player available for £64million due to a release clause in his contract. 3Norway international Erling Haaland looks poised to depart Borussia Dortmund in the summerCredit: Getty 3Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique believes Haaland should reject a move to Real MadridCredit: Rex It was reported last month how Los Blancos were keen to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in the upcoming transfer window. French World Cup winner Mbappe is understood to have agreed an eye-watering £800,000-a-week deal at the Bernaubeu as he nears a free transfer. But Pique has told Haaland to turn down a move to Real and the chance to play with the Les Parisiens ace. He has stated that the 21-year-old striker will never win the Ballon d'Or if he chooses to link up with Carlo Ancelotti's side. Pique hinted he wouldn't have the same level...
    (CNN)Senegal booked its place in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Wednesday with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Burkina Faso.Abdou Diallo broke the deadlock with a scrappy goal on 70 minutes, turning the ball home following a corner kick, before an error in the Burkinabe defense allowed Sadio Mane to set up Idrissa Gueye.However, Burkina Faso refused to go down without a fight and Blati Toure gave The Stallions a glimmer of hope with eight minutes remaining, using his knee to divert Issa Kabore's cross past Edouard Mendy in the Senegalese goal.But with Burkina Faso chasing a late equalizer, Mane exposed the defense on the counterattack and chipped the ball over the onrushing Farid Ouedraogo to seal the win for The Lions of Teranga."It shows you the momentum we have," Mane said after the match. "We knew it was not going to be at all easy to get to two straight AFCON finals, but the most important for us now is to go all the way and win it, whoever we come up against.Read More"We were up against...
    The NFL Foundation is awarding a variety of organizations in 30 locales with a total of $6 million to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields.The awards are the most in a single year since the NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program began in 1998, and bring the program's total commitment to $58 million, resulting in the creation or refurbishment of 416 fields nationwide.All fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project."Over the last two years, we've seen that it's more important than ever to make sure our youth and their families have access to safe and reliable spaces to play and stay active," said Alexia Gallagher, vice president of philanthropy and executive director, NFL foundation. "Working with LISC on the Grassroots Field Grant program has positively impacted the lives of millions across the country, and we look forward to continuing such impact in even more communities."This funding cycle will include new fields, or field enhancements,...
    The 49ers are on the cusp of a second Super Bowl appearance in three years. Given where this team was only a few weeks ago, given the way it was playing for the majority of the season, this doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense. Lost in the whirlwind of the final few weeks of the campaign has been a clear-cut understanding of their success. But this team is here and they are every bit capable of winning one more game against their should-be rivals. Yes, Rams and Niners are natural enemies, but they’re rivals only in the same way a hammer is a rival to a nail. San Frnacisco has won six straight games against their Southern California peers. Can they make it seven in the biggest game these two teams have played since the Rams returned to the West Coast? It’ll be a close one, but these five battles will determine the victor:  (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)  49ers win if: K’Waun Williams looks like his old self. Rams win...
    Puzzle experts have revealed their strategies for success at a word guessing game which is taking the world by storm.     Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah.   Having first played the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.  On November 1, Wordle had 90 players. Last Sunday, more than 300,000 people took part in the daily challenge, with game spreading rapidly on social media.  Now experts have revealed their top tips for winning the game to FEMAIL, with Cloudberries co-founder, Steve Vickers, explaining: 'Try starting with a word that contains commonly used letters. R and T are some of the most commonly used consonants.' Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah He continued: 'If you can, try to make your first word something with...
    One fourth-and-12 stood between the Ravens and the playoffs. They had fallen short the previous two seasons, but a second-half rally had them on the cusp as the final hours passed on the final day of 2017. They had only to stop Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals one more time. Tears and catatonic poses in the Ravens’ postgame locker room told the story of what occurred on that climactic play. Terrell Suggs took a lengthy pause as he dwelled on the image of Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd slipping away from three purple-clad defenders on a 49-yard catch-and-gallop to the end zone. The most disappointing regular-season defeat of his career, Suggs called it, a “bad dream.” No matter what happens when the Ravens play the Bengals the day after Christmas, it will not carry the finality of that New Year’s Eve game from four years ago. Even if the Ravens lose — and they are underdogs — they will have two more chances to make their case for an AFC playoff spot. But for now, this trip...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are set to take to the field in a special GOLD-tinted kit to pay tribute to Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. The Ligue 1 leaders face Monaco at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night. 1Lionel Messi claimed his seventh Ballon d'Or this yearCredit: AFP And they will do so in the glitzy shirts to mark their talisman’s SEVENTH gong as the world’s best player. The special kit consists of the iconic PSG blue home shirt with gold numbers and lettering on the back. Messi edged out Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski to claim his record-extending win at the awards ceremony in Paris last month. He told the PSG website: “I'm really proud to win the France Football Ballon d'Or once again. It's incredible to win it for the seventh time. “I would like to thank my family, my friends and all the people who follow me and always support me, because without them I couldn't have done it.” There was some controversy around his victory as several pundits and ex-players said Lewandowski deserved it more. Most read...
    BARCELONA boss Xavi leapt to the defence of Lionel Messi by saying it was 'footballing justice' his former team-mate won the Ballon d'Or. Messi picked up the award for the seventh time as he controversially pipped Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. 4Lionel Messi with his seventh Ballon d'OrCredit: Getty 4Lionel Messi pictured during his Barcelona days with XaviCredit: EPA On the night, Barca youngster Pedri won the Kopa Trophy, presented to the best player under the age of 21 and women's Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas. Xavi, 41, said: "The first thing I want to do is to congratulate Alexia Putellas. Also, I congratulate Pedri for the Kopa Award. "Messi's win is footballing justice. "We can also think that others might deserve it, but the moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it then it's fair." Five of Messi's Ballon d'Or wins came while playing with midfield icon Xavi. But it was his first as a PSG player, following his summer move to the French capital and emotional Nou Camp exit. Most read in SoccerDRESSED TO IMPRESS Jose...
    I’M A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’s Naughty Boy stunned campmates and viewers last night as he recalled his huge £44k win on Deal of No Deal. The 36-year-old star is now famed for being a music producer, and his infamous feud with former One Direction star Zayn Malik. 3 Naughty Boy won big on Deal Or No Deal in 2007 3 He’s currently on I’m A Celeb However, 14 years ago as a fresh-faced unknown artist, he won big on the Channel 4 game show hosted by Noel Edmonds. His castle co-stars loved hearing how he used the funds to achieve his dream of becoming a music star, and how he landed a first major collaboration with Emeli Sandé Speaking to Noelwhen it was filmed back in 2007, Naughty shared his big dreams of making music, explaining: “I’ve always had a natural ability to make melodies since I was a kid but I never really utilised it. “It could be a long way away, but I’m allowed to dream.” The tense episode saw Naughty accept the...
    LIONEL MESSI missed Paris Saint-Germain training on Tuesday with nasty diarrhoea and vomit-inducing bug gastroenteritis. It came after the Argentine legend scooped his record seventh Ballon d'Or at the swanky ceremony on Monday night. 1Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has been struck down with a nasty stomach bug which caused him to miss PSG training on TuesdayCredit: EPA PSG wrote on their website on Tuesday: "Lionel Messi and Leandro Paredes missed out on training today due to symptoms of gastroenteritis. "A point will be made tomorrow morning." Messi scooped consecutive Golden Balls having picked up the gong in 2019 - the last time it was awarded. But not everyone was convinced he should have won it ahead of Bayern Munich's goal machine Robert Lewandowski. Messi's hardly set the world alight since joining PSG from Barcelona this summer - leaving several of football's elite questioning the decision to hand him the prestigious gong. Leading the outcry was German legend Lothar Matthäus who claimed Messi's win was incredulous, stating: "Honestly, I don't understand anything anymore." Most read in SoccerINNOCENCE OF YOUTH England U21...
    LIONEL MESSI won his seventh Ballon d'Or last night much to the dismay of some of his peers in football. The Argentine made it consecutive wins at the star-studded ceremony after picking up the gong in 2019. 1Messi's seventh Ballon d'Or win caused uproar amongst football's eliteCredit: Rex But Messi's hardly set the world alight since joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona this summer - leaving several of football's elite questioning the decision to hand him the prestigious gong. Leading the outcry was German legend Lothar Matthäus who claimed Messi's win was incredulous, stating: "Honestly, I don't understand anything anymore." In Matthaus' eyes, Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski who finished as runner-up to Messi, was the worthy winner of the accolade. He raged, reported by Mundo Deportivo: "With all due respect to Messi and the other great players named, none deserved it as much as Lewandowski." Matthaus' ex-Bayern team-mate Oliver Kahn whose now the Bavarian side's CEO also reckons Lewandowski should've been given the golden globe-shaped award. He added: "Lewandowski would have deserved both the Ballon d'Or and his top scorer...
    JORGINHO rounded off an incredible year by finishing third in the Ballon d'Or award rankings last night. The Chelsea star even ranked higher than Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe who ended up in sixth and ninth place respectively. 3Jorginho (far left) was on top of the world last night after clinching third place at the Ballon d'OrCredit: Getty 3But it wasn't always glitzy bashes and accolades for the midfielder who used to receive a measly £17-a-week when playing in Italy for Veronas as a teenCredit: Getty Images - Getty Only Lionel Messi who won the golden ball for the seventh time and runner-up Robert Lewandowski prevented Jorginho from scooping the accolade. But it wasn't always glitz and glamour for the Brazilian-born Italian who started his career in Italy with Hellas Veronas being paid a measly £17-a-week wage to live on while living in a monastery with six other youngsters, reported Goal. His first cheque was so tight that even buying a happy meal was off the cards as it was too expensive. Jorginho who was 15 at the time, previously...
    LIONEL MESSI picked up a record seventh Ballon d’Or - and then said Robert Lewandowski deserved one too. The Argentinian great scooped the coveted award as the world’s best player ahead of the prolific Bayern Munich striker. 2Lionel Messi picked up his seventh Ballon d'OrCredit: Reuters 2Robert Lewandowski was named the world's best strikerCredit: AFP Lewandowski was tipped by some to stage an upset and beat Messi to this year’s top spot at the ceremony in Paris. And the Paris Saint-Germain star paid tribute to his rival as he collected the gong from his ex-Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez. He said: "I would like to mention Robert Lewandowski, it’s been a real honour to compete with you. “Everyone knows and we agree that you were the winner last year. “I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or - you deserve it and you should have it at home." The award was not given out last year after Covid restrictions forced organisers to cancel the annual event. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATEST Ralf Rangnick CONFIRMED as interim...
    LIONEL MESSI is set to win his seventh Ballon d'Or prize - but old foe Cristiano Ronaldo won't be there to see it. The winner of the most prestigious individual accolade in world football will be announced this evening at the Theatre du Chatelet in Messi's current location Paris. 1Ronaldo has no plans to see Messi be presented with this year's Ballon d'Or prize and will reportedly miss the ceremonyCredit: Getty Images - Getty And although the winner of the golden ball is supposed to kept secret from the public, whispers in the football world have already confirmed that Messi will receive the award. Even ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra took to social media to congratulate the Argentine on his win on Twitter, writing: "Congratulations to Leo Messi for winning another Ballon d'Or." The Ballon d'Or organiser France Football has also allegedy already informed Messi of his victory, as per tradition. While his adversary Ronaldo isn't even among the top three nominees this time around. Instead, Messi's being trailed by Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema according to Sky Bet. With...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO has broken his silence after opting to skip the 2021 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris, with Lionel Messi favourite to win. The Manchester United star, 36, has won five Ballons d'Or during his glittering career - one behind his arch-rival. And earlier this week, Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of France Football - organisers of the prestigious award - claimed Ronaldo had revealed to him his only career goal was to win more Ballons d'Or than Messi. But Ronaldo has hit back with a fiery statement on Instagram, saying Ferre 'lied' to 'promote his publication'. Ferre told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi. "And I know that because he has told me.” But Ronaldo has now hit back with a feisty statement on Instagram. The United star wrote: "Today's outcome explains why Pascal Ferre's statements last week, when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi. Most read in...
    PATRICE EVRA appears to have leaked the Ballon d'Or winner by congratulating Lionel Messi. The Manchester United legend posted on Twitter, writing: "Congratulations to Leo Messi for winning another Ballon d'or." 2Lionel Messi is hotly tipped to win Ballon d'Or No7 2Patrice Evra has tweeted out his congratulations to Lionel Messi Although the announcement is not due until 9pm tonight, Evra has jumped the gun. If true, it would see Messi collect his SEVENTH Ballon d'Or and beat off challenges from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema. However, Evra's congratulations to Paris Saint-Germain star Messi comes as somewhat of a surprise. In October the 40-year-old said he was 'fed up' seeing the Argentine win the award multiple times. Evra said on Prime Video: "I'm fed up; it's rotten that they [might] give it to Leo Messi. "In my opinion, the Ballon d'Or has to go to Jorginho or Kante. STIM WIN 'Surprise' bonus stimulus check of $285 for families before ChristmasFINAL PICTURES Off White designer Virgil Abloh is seen in NYC just a month before his death'awkward!' Kourtney &...
    REAL MADRID fans are fuming after their hero Sergio Ramos backed team-mate and former Barcelona star Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or. The two players were bitter rivals for years while playing for Spain's top two clubs. 2Sergio Ramos is tipping his foe-turned-friend Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'OrCredit: Reuters But now they are winding down their careers playing for Paris Saint-Germain, with the pair playing in the same team for the first time at the weekend. Messi bagged three assists to overshadow Ramos' debut in a 3-1 away win at St Etienne. And speaking after the game Ramos, 35, is tipping his new mate to win football's top prize. The 180-cap Spain international told ESPN: He's in good shape, and I think he's the kind of player who really makes a difference. "He's a unique player and it's a privilege to have him in the team. "I think that bit by bit, each of us is going to bring our own quality to make Paris Saint-Germain even greater and achieve the things we want to achieve." STIM...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene insists House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy does not have the full support of House Republicans to become Speaker.   Republicans are favored to take the congressional majority next year as polling and recent redistricting favor them taking the lead from Democrats.  'We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn't have the full support to be speaker,' Greene said on Rep. Matt Gaetz's Firebrand podcast.  'He doesn't have the votes that are there, because there's many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats,' she said on the episode that aired Thursday morning.  Scroll down for video Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene insists House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy does not have the 'full support' or 'the votes' of House Republicans to become Speaker She expressed her opinions on Rep. Matt Gaetz's Firebrand podcast released Thursday  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been criticized by conservatives and Democrats Both Greene and Gosar have...
    SANTA CLARA — Winning three out of four has the 49ers back in the hunt, and, thus, plenty of questions back in my weekly mailbag via Instagram and Twitter portals: What are the chances we make the playoffs if we lose to the Vikings? (@chinovvvv) Fittingly, the 49ers have a 49-percent chance to make the playoffs, according to fivethirtyeight.com. It goes up to 66 percent with a win Sunday. Per the dark forecast you requested, it drops to 24 percent with a loss. That is a big swing. This is a big game. Has a team ever attempted 40-plus rushes three straight weeks? (@imos18) Well, the 2019 49ers had four consecutive games of at least 40 carries, and that came in the regular season before they ran 47 times in a playoff-opening win over … the Vikings. Sunday’s 30-10 rout at Jacksonville featured 42 carries for a season-high 171 yards (including two kneel-downs for minus-3 yards in the final minute). Biggest things to prepare for the Vikings? (@memos_pov) Wide receivers Justin Jefferson (944 yards,...
    Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Garrett Wilson during the first quarter of the NCAA football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes FootballHow C.J. Stroud can upset Bryce Young and win the HeismanFor Stroud, it’s all about riding momentum, and hoping Young comes up short in the biggest game of the season. There’s arguably no bigger rivalry in college football than Ohio State-Michigan. They call it “The Game” for a reason, and Saturday in Ann Arbor, the 117th meeting — when the No. 2 Buckeyes face the sixth-ranked Wolverines with the Big Ten East title on the line — it will be the highest they’ve been ranked since 2016 (No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan that year) and the sixth time since 1977 they both come in ranked sixth or higher. Big-time rivalry. Big-time stage. Big-time stakes. It couldn’t come at a more opportune time for Stroud, who has averaged 357.8 yards and four...
    In this article AAPLiPhone 13 ProSource: Apple Inc.Apple announced a new self-service repair program on Wednesday that will let customers buy parts to fix their own iPhones or Macs. The program will first allow iPhone owners to replace their screen, battery or camera, with more parts coming later. The move appears to be a big win for "right-to-repair" advocates. Repair shops and lobbyists who support repair reform have called on lawmakers to implement a variety of rules that would allow for increased access to manuals and official parts. But Apple has lobbied against allowing customers to fix their own products over the years, specifically citing concerns with safety or performance issues from third-party parts. The service will be available for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 in the U.S. Later, the company will sell parts so consumers can fix their Macs that run on the Apple M1 chip. Customers can buy parts through Apple's self-service repair online store and orders will include a repair manual. Users who return their used parts later for recycling can receive a credit toward their...
    VIDEO4:3304:33Bitcoin ETF outlook for 2022 after another SEC rejectionETF Edge Bitcoin ETF hopefuls beware. Exchange-traded funds backed by the cryptocurrency itself are likely a long way off after the Securities and Exchange Commission's latest rejection, two market analysts told CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. The SEC rejected VanEck's filing for a physical bitcoin ETF on Friday, saying it still lacked confidence that the bitcoin market was free of manipulation and fraud to approve the product. Two bitcoin futures ETFs — the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) and the Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BTF) — began trading in late October. VanEck's Bitcoin Strategy ETF, the cheapest such offering yet, begins trading Tuesday under the ticker XBTF. After pulling its bitcoin futures ETF application because of a possible erosion in performance, Invesco is now looking ahead to the pure-play version, Anna Paglia, its head of ETFs and indexed strategies, said in the Monday interview. "I hope that 2022 is going to be the year for that product," Paglia said, acknowledging that her timeline could be "wishful thinking." "I wasn't surprised that the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that 50 vaccinated 5- to 11-year-olds in New York will be eligible for full scholarships to any SUNY or CUNY school.The "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" scholarship is a five-week-long statewide outreach program incentivizing parents to vaccinate their children."Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine is here for young New Yorkers age 5 through 11," Governor Hochul said. "Our critical work to make the vaccine accessible and available to all eligible children and their families is underway - and we will creatively support and celebrate those who get vaccinated. The 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' program is an extraordinary opportunity for children to win free tuition to a SUNY or CUNY college or university, and I urge parents and guardians to help their children get vaccinated and enter into this once-in-a-lifetime program."Parents or legal guardians of children who have received at least one dose can enter their child to win one of 50 four-year, full-ride scholarships.These scholarships can be used at any two or four year New York State public college or university and will...