Month: December 2017

All Match Results 31-12-17

All Match Results 31-12-17

Australia – A-League
FT Adelaide United 1:2 Brisbane Roar FC
FT Sydney FC 6:0 Perth Glory
International – Club Friendlies
FT Al Ahly 2:3 Atletico Madrid
Egypt – Premier League
FT El Dakhleya 0:0 Smouha SC
FT Alassiouty 0:1 El Zamalek
FT Al Mokawloon Al Arab 0:2 El Geish
FT El Entag El Harby 2:0 Wadi Degla FC
England – Premier League
FT AFC Bournemouth 2:1 Everton
FT Chelsea 5:0 Stoke City
FT Huddersfield Town 0:0 Burnley
FT Liverpool 2:1 Leicester City
FT Newcastle United 0:0 Brighton & Hove Albion
FT Watford 1:2 Swansea City
FT Manchester United 0:0 Southampton
England – Championship
FT Barnsley 1:1 Reading
FT Birmingham City 1:0 Leeds United
FT Brentford 2:0 Sheffield Wednesday
FT Burton Albion 0:0 Norwich City
FT Hull City 2:2 Fulham
FT Ipswich Town 1:2 Derby County
FT Middlesbrough 0:1 Aston Villa
FT Nottingham Forest 0:1 Sunderland
FT Sheffield United 0:1 Bolton Wanderers
FT Bristol City 1:2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
England – League 1
FT Blackburn Rovers 2:2 Scunthorpe United
FT Blackpool 2:2 Plymouth Argyle
FT Bradford City 3:2 Oxford United
FT Gillingham 2:2 AFC Wimbledon
FT Milton Keynes Dons 1:0 Peterborough United
FT Oldham Athletic 1:1 Bristol Rovers
FT Portsmouth 3:1 Northampton Town
FT Southend United 1:2 Shrewsbury Town
FT Walsall 1:2 Rotherham United
FT Bury 0:2 Fleetwood Town
England – League 2
FT Cambridge United 3:1 Crewe Alexandra
FT Carlisle United 0:1 Coventry City
FT Cheltenham Town 1:1 Newport County
FT Chesterfield 0:0 Colchester United
FT Crawley Town 1:0 Stevenage
FT Exeter City 2:1 Barnet
FT Grimsby Town 0:3 Accrington Stanley
FT Lincoln City 2:1 Forest Green Rovers
FT Port Vale 4:0 Luton Town
FT Swindon Town 1:0 Notts County
FT Wycombe Wanderers 1:2 Mansfield Town
England – National League
FT Aldershot Town 1:1 Maidstone
FT Barrow 1:2 Solihull Moors
FT Boreham Wood 2:0 Torquay United
Pst Chester FC -:- Hartlepool United
FT Dover 0:0 FC Halifax Town
FT Eastleigh 2:2 Woking
FT Ebbsfleet United 1:1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Pst Gateshead FC -:- Wrexham
FT Leyton Orient 0:1 Bromley
FT Macclesfield Town 1:0 Sutton United
FT Maidenhead United 1:2 AFC Fylde
FT Tranmere Rovers 4:0 Guiseley
Honduras – Liga Nacional – Apertura Final Stage
Finished AET CD Motagua 2:1 Real Espana
India – I-League
FT Neroca FC 1:1 East Bengal Club
India – Indian Super League
FT FC Pune City 5:0 Northeast United FC
Israel – Ligat HaAl
FT Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0:1 Hapoel Haifa
FT Maccabi Haifa 0:1 Hapoel Ironi Akko
FT Maccabi Netanya 2:2 Hapoel Raanana
FT Beitar Jerusalem 1:0 Maccabi Petach Tikva
Italy – Serie A
FT Fiorentina 1:1 AC Milan
FT Atalanta 1:2 Cagliari
FT Benevento 1:0 ChievoVerona
FT Bologna 1:2 Udinese
FT Roma 1:1 Sassuolo
FT Sampdoria 2:0 SPAL 2013
FT Torino 0:0 Genoa
FT Inter 0:0 Lazio
FT Hellas Verona 1:3 Juventus
Italy – Serie C Grp. A
FT Viterbese 1:0 Arzachena
FT Pro Piacenza 0:1 Carrarese
FT Olbia 4:3 US Gavorrano
FT Arezzo 4:2 Giana Erminio
FT Cuneo 1:0 Piacenza
FT Robur Siena 0:0 Pisa
FT Monza 3:1 Pistoiese
FT Pontedera 3:2 Lucchese
FT Livorno 2:0 Prato
Italy – Serie C Grp. B
Cnc Vicenza -:- Modena
Italy – Serie C Grp. C
FT Catania 1:2 Casertana
FT Monopoli 1:0 Racing Fondi
FT Matera 2:0 Sicula Leonzio
FT Rende 2:0 Akragas
FT Paganese 0:2 Cosenza
FT Catanzaro 0:1 Reggina
FT Fidelis Andria 2:0 Siracusa Calcio
FT Virtus Francavilla 0:0 Bisceglie
Morocco – Botola Pro
FT Raja Casablanca 2:0 Racing de Casablanca
FT KACM 0:2 RSB Berkane
FT OCK Khouribga 1:2 FAR Rabat
FT Ittihad Tanger 3:0 Chabab Rif Al Hoceima
FT FUS Rabat 1:0 Rapide Club Oued Zem
N. Ireland – Premiership
FT Ballymena United 3:1 Glenavon
FT Cliftonville 0:0 Coleraine
FT Dungannon Swifts 0:0 Glentoran
FT Linfield 1:2 Crusaders
FT Warrenpoint Town 3:3 Ards
Portugal – Cup
AP Caldas 5:3 Academica
Portugal – League Cup Grp. C
FT Feirense 2:2 Oliveirense
FT Moreirense 3:3 Vitoria de Guimaraes
Portugal – League Cup Grp. D
FT Pacos de Ferreira 2:3 FC Porto
FT Rio Ave 3:2 Leixoes
Scotland – Premiership
FT Celtic 0:0 Rangers
FT Aberdeen 0:0 Hearts
FT Hibernian 1:1 Kilmarnock
FT Motherwell 1:3 Hamilton Academical
FT Partick Thistle 2:0 Ross County
FT St.Johnstone 0:2 Dundee FC
Scotland – Championship
FT Brechin City 2:3 Inverness CT
Pst Dumbarton -:- Greenock Morton
FT Falkirk 3:2 Queen of South
Pst Livingston -:- Dunfermline Athletic
Scotland – League One
Pst Airdrieonians -:- Alloa Athletic
FT Arbroath 1:1 East Fife
FT Ayr United 2:3 Forfar Athletic
FT Queen’s Park 2:2 Albion Rovers
FT Raith Rovers 3:0 Stranraer
Scotland – League Two
Pst Berwick Rangers -:- Stenhousemuir
Pst Edinburgh City -:- Clyde
Pst Elgin City -:- Stirling Albion
FT Montrose 2:6 Peterhead
Wales – Premier League
FT Bala Town 1:0 Prestatyn Town FC
FT TNS 2:4 Newtown
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All Match Results 28-12-17

All Match Results 28-12-17

Bolivia – Primera Division Qualification
FT Destroyers 1:1 Club Petrolero
Egypt – Premier League
FT Al Masry 6:3 Tanta
England – Premier League
FT Crystal Palace 2:3 Arsenal
International – Gulf Cup Grp. A
FT Kuwait 0:0 U.A.E.
FT Saudi Arabia 0:2 Oman
Honduras – Liga Nacional – Apertura Final Stage
FT Real Espana 2:0 CD Motagua
India – Indian Super League
FT Jamshedpur 0:1 Chennaiyin FC
Iran – Persian Gulf Pro League
FT Esteghlal Khuzestan 0:3 Esteghlal
Italy – Serie B
FT Avellino 2:1 Ternana
FT Brescia 0:1 Ascoli Picchio FC 1898
FT Carpi 0:0 Bari
FT Cremonese 1:0 Cesena
FT Foggia 1:2 Frosinone
FT Palermo 3:0 Salernitana
FT Perugia 2:4 Empoli
FT Pescara 1:0 Venezia
FT Pro Vercelli 1:2 Cittadella
FT Entella 2:1 Novara
Morocco – Botola Pro
FT Wydad Casablanca 0:1 Olympic Club de Safi
FT Difaa El Jadida 1:0 Hassania Agadir
Saudi Arabia – Premier League
FT Al-Raed 2:2 Al Fateh FC
FT Ohod 1:4 Al Hilal
FT Al Ittihad 3:3 Al-Faisaly
Tunisia – Ligue I
FT Stade Tunisien 4:2 Etoile Metlaoui
Abn Zarzis -:- Ben Guerdane
FT JS Kairouanaise 2:0 Stade Gabesien
FT AS Gabes 1:0 Club Africain
Turkey – Cup
FT Boluspor 2:1 Akhisar Belediye Genclik Ve Spor
FT Besiktas 4:1 Osmanlispor FK
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LIVERPOOL BEAT MANCHESTER CITY TO THE RECORD £75M VIRGIL VAN DIJK SIGNING

LIVERPOOL BEAT MANCHESTER CITY TO THE RECORD £75M VIRGIL VAN DIJK SIGNING

Jurgen Klopp has finally secured his priority defensive target as the Merseysiders landed the centre-back ahead of the league leaders

Liverpool have broken the world record for a defender by ousting Manchester City to wrap up the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a £75 million deal.

The centre-back, who has remained Jurgen Klopp’s priority target since the summer and opted to move to Anfield back then as well, will officially join Liverpool on January 1.

Negotiations speedily progressed between the sides after a long process of the Reds repairing the relationship with their counterparts following a tapping-up saga in June that drew a public apology and the Saints refusing to sanction his sale.

With the Netherlands international underperforming at St. Mary’s and seemingly going through the motions this season, Mauricio Pellegrino admitted that the club’s hardline stance may have not been the wisest action.

“We tried to do the best for the team,” he said this week. “The board decided to try to keep our best player at the club. This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club.”

Van Dijk sat out Southampton’s last three matches and a fast resolution suited all parties.

He underwent a medical with Liverpool on Wednesday and beyond becoming the most expensive rearguard purchase in history, also represents their biggest outlay on a player.

Pep Guardiola had been confident of adding the 26-year-old to his high-flying squad when the winter window opened, but he rejected City’s pursuit for a second occasion.

Van Dijk is set to earn £180,000 a week on Merseyside and will wear the No.4 shirt, which he “cannot wait to pull on for the first time.”

Klopp’s loyalty to the player – he refused to settle on an alternative option in the summer – as well as his long-term vision was enough to convince the Dutch ace that Anfield was still the optimum choice.

 

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All Match Results 26-12-17

All Match Results 26-12-17

Australia – A-League
FT Adelaide United 1:0 Central Coast Mariners
Belgium – First Division A
FT Club Brugge 4:2 Royal Excel Mouscron
FT Eupen 1:0 Waasland-Beveren
FT Lokeren 2:0 KV Mechelen
FT Zulte-Waregem 0:4 Sporting Charleroi
FT Anderlecht 1:0 Gent
Egypt – Premier League
FT El Zamalek 1:0 Al Mokawloon Al Arab
England – Premier League
FT Tottenham Hotspur 5:2 Southampton
FT AFC Bournemouth 3:3 West Ham United
FT Chelsea 2:0 Brighton & Hove Albion
FT Huddersfield Town 1:1 Stoke City
FT Manchester United 2:2 Burnley
FT Watford 2:1 Leicester City
FT West Bromwich Albion 0:0 Everton
FT Liverpool 5:0 Swansea City
England – Championship
FT Millwall 2:2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
FT Barnsley 0:0 Preston North End
FT Birmingham City 0:2 Norwich City
FT Bristol City 2:0 Reading
FT Burton Albion 1:2 Leeds United
FT Cardiff City 2:4 Fulham
FT Hull City 0:0 Derby County
FT Ipswich Town 0:0 Queens Park Rangers
FT Middlesbrough 2:0 Bolton Wanderers
FT Nottingham Forest 0:3 Sheffield Wednesday
FT Sheffield United 3:0 Sunderland
FT Brentford 2:1 Aston Villa
England – League 1
FT Gillingham 1:1 Oxford United
FT Southend United 3:1 Charlton Athletic
FT Blackburn Rovers 2:0 Rochdale
FT Blackpool 2:3 Scunthorpe United
FT Bradford City 1:3 Peterborough United
FT Bury 0:3 Rotherham United
FT Doncaster Rovers 3:0 Northampton Town
FT Milton Keynes Dons 0:1 Plymouth Argyle
FT Oldham Athletic 1:2 Fleetwood Town
FT Portsmouth 2:1 AFC Wimbledon
FT Walsall 0:0 Bristol Rovers
FT Wigan Athletic 0:0 Shrewsbury Town
England – League 2
FT Grimsby Town 1:1 Mansfield Town
FT Cambridge United 1:0 Barnet
FT Carlisle United 3:1 Accrington Stanley
FT Cheltenham Town 0:2 Yeovil Town
FT Chesterfield 0:2 Crewe Alexandra
FT Crawley Town 0:2 Colchester United
Abn Exeter City -:- Forest Green Rovers
FT Lincoln City 3:0 Stevenage
FT Morecambe 1:4 Notts County
FT Port Vale 1:0 Coventry City
FT Swindon Town 0:5 Luton Town
FT Wycombe Wanderers 2:0 Newport County
England – National League
FT Leyton Orient 2:0 Dagenham & Redbridge
FT Barrow 1:1 Wrexham
FT Boreham Wood 0:4 Sutton United
FT Chester FC 0:2 Guiseley
FT Dover 2:2 Maidstone
FT Aldershot Town 3:1 Woking
FT Eastleigh 1:1 Torquay United
FT Tranmere Rovers 4:1 AFC Fylde
FT Ebbsfleet United 2:1 Bromley
FT Gateshead FC 2:2 Hartlepool United
FT Macclesfield Town 2:1 FC Halifax Town
FT Maidenhead United 1:0 Solihull Moors
England – National League North
FT Nuneaton Town 4:1 Tamworth
FT North Ferriby United 1:4 York City
FT Bradford PA 3:1 Curzon
FT Telford 0:0 Kidderminster Harriers
FT Blyth Spartans 2:3 Spennymoor Town FC
FT Boston United 2:0 Gainsborough
FT Chorley 0:0 Southport
FT Darlington 3:1 Harrogate
FT FC United of Manchester 3:2 Salford City
FT Leamington 2:2 Brackley Town
FT Stockport 1:0 Alfreton Town
England – National League South
FT St.Albans 2:2 Hemel Hempstead
FT Welling United 2:3 Dartford
FT Bath City 0:2 Weston Super Mare
FT Braintree Town 2:2 Chelmsford
Abn Concord Rangers -:- East Thurrock United
FT Gloucester City 0:1 Oxford City
FT Hampton & Richmond 1:1 Wealdstone
FT Havant and Waterlooville 0:0 Bognor Regis Town
FT Hungerford Town 2:1 Chippenham Town
FT Poole Town FC 0:3 Truro City
FT Whitehawk 0:1 Eastbourne Borough
International – Gulf Cup Grp. B
FT Yemen 0:1 Bahrain
FT Iraq 2:1 Qatar
India – I-League
FT Indian Arrows 3:0 Shillong Lajong
Italy – Coppa Italia
FT Lazio 1:0 Fiorentina
N. Ireland – Premiership
FT Ards 1:0 Carrick Rangers
FT Ballinamallard United 0:1 Dungannon Swifts
FT Coleraine 1:1 Ballymena United
FT Crusaders 2:0 Cliftonville
FT Glenavon 1:0 Warrenpoint Town
FT Glentoran 2:1 Linfield
Scotland – Premiership
FT Dundee FC 0:2 Celtic
Scotland – Championship
FT Dumbarton 1:4 Livingston
Turkey – Cup
FT Genclerbirligi 1:0 Bursaspor
FT Galatasaray 3:0 Bucaspor
Wales – Premier League
FT Newtown 2:3 TNS
FT Barry Town 1:0 Cardiff Met University
FT Carmarthen 1:0 Aberystwyth
FT Cefn Druids AFC 0:1 Connah’s Quay
FT Llandudno FC 0:0 Bangor City
FT Prestatyn Town FC 0:2 Bala Town
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AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn set to return as South Africa take on Zimbabwe in four-day Test

AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn set to return as South Africa take on Zimbabwe in four-day Test

AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn are set to make their returns to Test cricket when South Africa take on Zimbabwe in a four-day match in Port Elizabeth, live on Sky Sports Cricket from Boxing Day.

De Villiers is in line to make his first appearance in the longer format of the game since January 2016 – the 33-year-old was withdrawn from the South African Invitation XI to play Zimbabwe in Paarl earlier this week due to stiffness in his lower back but has declared himself fit to feature in the first four-day Test.

Fast bowler Steyn is also poised to make his comeback in the day-nighter after more than a year out of the side with a serious shoulder injury and he is set to be joined in the pace attack by the fit-again Vernon Philander, who last appeared for the Proteas at the Oval against England in July.

However, captain Faf du Plessis is a doubt – the 33-year-old has not played since sustaining a back injury against Bangladesh in October and a virus has slowed his recovery: “Last week I would have said my chances were 80-20, right now it is about 60-40.”

Zimbabwe’suffered a five-wicket defeat on the third and final day of their day-night match against a South African Invitation team that included only four players with franchise experience.

And now they will have to cope with new four-day playing conditions and the South Africa bowlers with a pink ball under lights, something De Villers found tough in practice.

“It was one of the wickets next to the main wicket we are going to play on – I hope it’s not that spicy – because it was moving around,” he said.

“Vernon [Philander] is obviously the master of moving the ball around, KG [Kagiso Rabada] moving it around and shaping it in, all of that stuff. It was a great way to prepare. I don’t think it can get much harder than that.”

Here’s how the four-day Test will work…

– There will be a minimum 98 overs a day – eight more than in the traditional five-day Test.

– The hours of play will last six-and-a-half hours compared to the normal six hours.

– The lead needed to be able to enforce the follow-on will be 150 rather than 200.

Under the rules, the home board, Cricket South Africa, decides the hours of play and duration of sessions. Each session must be between two and two-and-a-half hours long.

The Boxing Day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe is a day-night Test, the first in South Africa, and play will run from 1.30pm to 9pm local time. The first break will be tea (20-minute break) and the second dinner (40-minute interval).

There will be an extra 30 minutes available to complete the minimum quota of overs expected in a day’s play.

Beyond the half hour of overtime, any remaining overs cannot be carried over to the following day unless there has been a stoppage for any reason other than normal intervals – for example, rain breaks.

The last hour of play on the final day will officially commence only when 83 overs – as opposed to 75 in five-day Tests – have been bowled on that day. If 83 overs are bowled ahead of schedule, then calculations for the last hour will be dictated by the clock.

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ANTONIO CONTE SAYS HE WILL HELP DECIDE TRANSFER TARGETS FOR CHELSEA IN JANUARY

ANTONIO CONTE SAYS HE WILL HELP DECIDE TRANSFER TARGETS FOR CHELSEA IN JANUARY

The Blues boss has signalled that his word will be listened to as his club await the opening of the winter market

Antonio Conte says that Chelsea’s transfer chiefs and him will jointly decide how the club’s money is spent in January transfer market.

Everton recently frustrated Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with Manchester City’s lead now looking untouchable, as their points gap reaches double figures.

Chelsea are thought to be interested in a number of players including Alex Sandro, Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar ahead of the transfer window opening. Conte says that he will have his say but remained tight lipped on which players might come in at Stamford Bridge.

“I give my opinion when I speak with my club but the club always has the last word,” Conte said in Merseyside. “Like in the summer and it will be the same in January and then we divide the responsibility between me and the club. Not only me, not only the club, but together.

“I am very happy to work with my players, then if the squad is big enough to play in all the competitions? Only time will tell this. If we have to work as we are in the Champions League, semi final of the Carabao Cup and we are fighting for the best position in the league. I think we are doing a really good job with my players.”

Chelsea will be conducting their transfer business without Michael Emenalo after he left the role of technical director at the club to work at AS Monaco.

The club have yet to replace him with current staff picking up on his role in identifying targets. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s game on Saturday was overshadowed by Barcelona’s 3-0 win away to Real Madrid in ‘El Clasico’.

Conte acknowledged that Barcelona’s win was impressive but he says he won’t use the game to measure up his team against Valverde’s side, who they face in the next round of the Champions League.

“After every game it can change. Real Madrid plays in another way and I can’t compare Madrid’s style with our style. It is two different systems, two different ways to play the game.

“I think that we have to analyse more the games that they are playing against teams that are playing with our system.”

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Messi not fit to play the whole 90minutes : ERNESTO VALVERDE

Messi not fit to play the whole 90minutes : ERNESTO VALVERDE

ERNESTO VALVERDE has reportedly informed Lionel Messi and co. that Andres Iniesta will not be able to play the full 90 minutes against Real Madrid tomorrow (12pm).

Barcelona are getting ready for arguably their toughest test of the season when they come up against their bitter rivals in 24 hours time.

They currently lead Real by 11 points in La Liga, however Zinedine Zidane’s side have played a game less and could build some momentum with a win at the Bernabeu.

The Catalan club have looked at their best so far this season, dropping just six points through 16 games.

Messi has been at the forefront of their success with 14 league goals as well as six assists.

But there is some concern over club captain Iniesta’s fitness heading into the El Clasico.

Diario Gol report the 33-year-old will not play the whole match against Real and Barcelona are concerned the match will not be over by the time he is substituted.

Iniesta has only played one full match in the Spanish top flight this season, but his influence at the Nou Camp remains paramount to their success.

Lionel Messi has been told Andres Iniesta can’t play 90 minutes against Real Madrid

Andres Iniesta has played just one full match this season

He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in modern football having won the La Liga eight times and he has four Champions League winners’ medals.

And he made sure he would always be remembered as a Spanish great in the 2010 World Cup when he scored the winning goal in the final against Holland.

Barcelona will be hoping to exact revenge on Real after being overshadowed by their rivals in the Spanish Super Cup at the beginning of the season over two legs.

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The 25 Highest Paid Sportspersons Of All Time

The 25 Highest Paid Sportspersons Of All Time

SOURCE: Forbes magazine

Forbes magazine, everyone’s favourite way of keeping track of the financial rankings of the crème la crème of the elites of the world, has as usual published the list of sportsmen, amongst other categories, with astronomical earnings!

This list is important because it does not cover a year, but the writer Kurt Badenhausen ranks the highest paid athletes and sportsmen of all time!

ANDRE AGASSI

The famous American tennis player earned his way through with many endorsement deals , but mostly through the company stock of NIKE which paid for most of his earnings.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 470 Million

EVANDER HOLYFIELD

The boxer is famous for his bouts with the legendary Mike Tyson, last of which ended with Tyson disqualified for biting of Holyfield’s Ear! The prizefight with Mike Tyson earned him a neat $34 Million. But the man himself led a disrupted life with numerous lawsuits.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 475 Million

KEVIN GARNETT

The NBA player was an early bird, at the mere age of 21 he received a six year, $126 Million deal! This was followed by a successful career with his salary alone coming up to $334 Million.

PEYTON MANNING

Not only a sportsman but an able host, Manning holds an all time record in passing yards, with 71,490 yards, and also in the number of touchdowns, 539!

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 480 Million

DEREK JETER

This player is not only a sportsman but the CEO of the team Miami Marlins! His career as a businessman is off to a rocky start, but we can be sure he will repeat his success as a businessman too.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 490 Million

MANNY PACQUIAO

The Philippines senator, who was recently in news about his fight with Mayweather, has straddled both the world of politics and sports ably. He is ranked Number 4 in a ranking of greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 510 Million

Oscar De La Hoya

We have another adversary of Mayweather, whose fight with the latter earned the biggest views in pay per view history, a whopping 2.5 Million views, until the above mentioned Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 520 Million

Jeff Gordon

He holds the record of winning 93 races in his Nascar Career. He is also in line for greater business roles and he also owns stakes in an important car, Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 525 Million

Alex Rodriguez

A legendary baseball player, Rodriguez, is famous for signing 2 of the three biggest contracts in the history of the game. He remains in news more often because of his relationship with Jenifer Lopez and for his numerous hosting gigs.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 575 Million

LIONEL MESSI

Messi needs no introduction. The Barcelona sportsman is one of the golden boys of sports in all terms and the only surprise is he isn’t as high in the list as he is supposed to be. Considered by many as the greatest footballer, with a lot of competition from other greats, the Argentinian player has a record number of awards up his bag.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 600 Million

Roger Federer

Tennis wonder Roger held the crown for highest earning prize on an ATP tour. He lost it, but he regained it again this year. He  holds most singles titles in tennis history for  a male player and currently is world number 2 in rankings.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 675 Million

Mike Tyson

The undisputed heavyweight champion for a long long time squandered most of his earning, but the boxing legend is one of the greatest that ever was, and is today living a new life with new roles as an actor and much more.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 700 Million

GREG NORMAN

The golfer, who spent a few years on the charts as the Number 1 Golfer in official rankings, is known by the nickname, The Shark. He is also a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist who takes active interest in the world around him, and does his bit to help.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 705 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo

Forbes says how Ronaldo is quickly rising up the highest earning sportsmen list. This fact itself is no surprise at all as Ronaldo is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers ever. The portugese player has a string of endorsements and awards in his name.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 725 Million

LeBron James

Considered NBA’s greatest pitchman, James is a 2 time Olympic gold winner and has won numerous awards of NBA…numerous times!

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 730 Million

Shaquille O’Neal

The American athlete, who is known more for his quirky personality and his active online presence, also had a successful sneaker brand which sold over 120 Million units and even wrote a witty autobiography, Shaq talks back.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 735 Million

Floyd Mayweather

The awesomeness that Mayweather is, couldn’t be represented financially by Forbes as they didn’t calculate the massive earnings of his fight with Conor McGregor. Mayweather is a legend with 15 world boxing titles and many more awards to his name.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 785 Million

Tie

Kobe Bryant

He had the highest salary in NBA in the last six seasons of his career! He didn’t stop there though, after his retirement he has become a successful entrepreneur, with Kobe Inc. and a venture capital firm.

David Beckham

Curiously enough Beckham is earning more after his retirement! The Englishman, who is known as much for his good looks as much as for his game, is one of the most recognized faces of football. He also made his acting debut  recently in a Guy Ritchie film.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 800 Million

Phil Mickelson

One of the three most important golfers in the profession, this golfer is known by his nickname- Lefty.  There wouldn’t be enough space to list all of his wins! 42 PGA Tour wins, three Master titles, Open Championship, a PGA championship…etc!

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 815 Million

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher’s is a tragic story; the only driver to win seven Formula one championships, he is in coma since few years due to a skiing accident. He is considered by most as the greatest Formula one driver ever.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 1 Billion

Jack Nicklaus

Second, maybe or maybe not, only to Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus is record making golfer. These days though he is in the golf design business, with considerable contributions in the designing business too. He also dabbles in numerous other areas, subsequently building himself a business empire.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 1.2 Billion

Arnold Palmer

One of the greatest golfers ever, Palmer is also known for his extremely charismatic and pleasing personality. He was the first sportsman who got raised to the superstar status with the coming of new media; Nicknamed the King he is the precursor to all the athlete stars.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 1.4 Billion

Tiger Woods

The legendary golfer is today a caution tale for the rich and the famous, and probably also for people in relationships! He has been continuously one of the highest paid athletes ever, even after having his great fall,  which had him step away from the game actively, he still has endorsements.

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 1.2 Billion

Michael Jordan

What new can we say about the corporate favourite sportsman! After having an amazing and fulfilling career, Jordan today owns the team, Charlotte Hornets in NBA. Not only is he considered the greatest basket player in history, he is also held as important in popularizing NBA itself!

TOTAL EARNINGS – $ 1.85 Billion

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Cremer senses opportunity in shorter contest

Cremer senses opportunity in shorter contest

One of cricket’s most over-used adages is that shorter formats reduce the quality gap between teams, and though it may not always be true, Zimbabwe are hoping it will be apply to them when they take on South Africa in the four-day Test starting on Boxing Day. Though elite cricketers, including two of South Africa’s own, Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, have largely turned their noses upat the idea of shorter Test matches, Graeme Cremer believes it could give his team, ranked No. 10, a greater chance to compete with their opponents, ranked No. 2.

“I think it’s a good thing, especially when the two teams aren’t ranked that close together,” Cremer said at Zimbabwe’s arrival press conference in Paarl on Tuesday. “The game will move that much quicker because it’s only four days. It will be good to watch and good for the crowd.”

Cremer expects the “bigger” teams to aim to bat once and bat quickly. “What a lot of the so-called bigger teams will do is bat the other team right out of the game and they can bat as long as they want, knowing they’ve got the bowlers to bowl a team out twice,” he said. “The bigger teams will have to probably score a bit quicker and give the lesser team a lot more opportunity to get wickets and the game will move quite quickly.”

But Zimbabwe’s coach Heath Streak thinks that approach could also create an opening for the “smaller” team to work its way back into the game. “It’s much harder to bat a team out because in doing so you may make it easier for them to save the Test,” Streak said.

Zimbabwe have recent experience of saving a game. They drew the second Testagainst West Indies, in a series they lost 1-0, and showed their ability to compete. Before that, they came close to upsetting Sri Lanka in an epic Test match in Colombo.

Now Streak wants his team to take that one step further and not settle for anything less than winning.

“It’s about shaking off the underdog mentality and playing to win, not to compete and to not embarrass ourselves,” Streak said. “Our series in Sri Lanka was a watershed moment for us, more mentally than anything else. We are out to play winning cricket and we’d rather lose trying to play a winning brand than to just compete. We’ll have our challenges, especially in the longer format because we don’t play that much, but this team is going places.”

An obvious challenge is the lack of game time for Zimbabwe, who play significantly fewer matches than the other Test teams. Streak admitted they would welcome any matches, in any format, just to get better. “It’s less about the type of cricket and more about playing at international level, whether we are playing ODIs or Tests. It’s the gaps in between the international fixtures that are the biggest challenge for us. Our domestic level of cricket isn’t high so for us to step up, that’s the challenge.”

However, Zimbabwe could be set to play even less. Earlier this year, ZC’s new MD Faisal Hasnain admitted the country would seek to host fewer Tests in future, once the new Test league comes into place, because they are financially unviable. Instead, they would concentrate on shorter formats at home and hope to play Tests overseas, as they are doing now in South Africa. And that will mean taking fixtures in whatever format the hosts offer, as is the case now.

The Boxing Day Test won’t just be the first four-day Test since 1973, but will also be a day-night game, which Zimbabwe are unused to. With no floodlights at either Harare Sports Club or Queens in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe only play day-night games abroad, and now they have to do it with a pink ball.

Many teams, especially batsmen, have had problems with the pink ball at twilight and Cremer’s early assessment is that Zimbabwe will experience the same. “We’ve had two sessions under lights with the pink ball. It was good to see how it reacts,” he said. “At that twilight time, a little bit more seems to happen with the ball off the wicket. We’ll be careful of that. It will probably swing.”

Zimbabwe are yet to decide on their team combination but will use the upcoming three-day warm-up match, which starts on Wednesday, to decide on the best combination. “We’re very inexperienced at this,” Cremer said. “The warm-up game will give us a good idea of how to go forward in the Test match.”

They will also use it to see how they fare against a returning Dale Steyn, who is expected to make his Test comeback this summer. Steyn has not played for South Africa since last November, when he broke a bone in his shoulder in Perth, but has been named in the Test squad and his final availability will be confirmed on the basis of how he comes through the practice match. Rather than fear what is effectively an audition for Steyn, Cremer said Zimbabwe’s line-up was looking forward to it.

“It is very exciting,” Cremer said. “Dale brings a lot to cricket in general. He is a good guy and he is one of the better bowlers going around. It will be good to have him back, not only just for this Test match but going forward in his career. He is great to watch and we are excited to see him in the three-day game and hopefully in the Test.”

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All Match results 18-12-17

All Match results 18-12-17

Colombia – Primera A Clausura Final Stage
FT Santa Fe 2:2 Millonarios
Croatia – 1. Division
FT Slaven 2:2 NK Lokomotiva
Cyprus – 1. Division
FT Alki Oroklinis 2:1 Pafos FC
Egypt – Premier League
FT Al Nasr 2:3 Al Masry
FT El Dakhleya 1:2 ENPPI
England – Premier League
FT Everton 3:1 Swansea City
France – Ligue 2
FT Lens 2:0 Tours
Germany – 2. Bundesliga
FT St. Pauli 2:1 Bochum
Greece – Super League
FT Levadiakos 2:1 Panionios
India – I-League
FT Aizawl 0:1 Shillong Lajong
FT Minerva Punjab 1:0 Indian Arrows
Iran – Hazfi Cup
FT Khoneh Be Khoneh 2:0 Gostaresh Foolad FC
Israel – Ligat HaAl
FT Beitar Jerusalem 1:2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel – Leumit League
FT Hapoel Hadera Eran 2:3 Hapoel Marmorek
Italy – Serie C Grp. A
FT Livorno 2:2 Piacenza
Morocco – Botola Pro
FT Wydad Casablanca 0:1 Ittihad Tanger
Netherlands – Eerste Divisie
FT Helmond Sport 0:0 FC Eindhoven
FT Jong Ajax 1:0 FC Den Bosch
Poland – Ekstraklasa
FT Gornik Zabrze 0:4 Cracovia
Portugal – Primeira Liga
FT Moreirense 2:1 Vitoria de Guimaraes
FT FC Porto 3:1 Maritimo
Romania – Liga I
FT FC Voluntari 3:0 Sepsi OSK
FT ACS Poli Timisoara 0:0 Dinamo Bucuresti
Spain – Primera Division
FT Malaga 0:2 Real Betis
Turkey – Super Lig
FT Goztepe 1:0 Konyaspor
FT Fenerbahce 2:0 Karabukspor
Turkey – 1. Lig
FT Adanaspor 0:0 Istanbulspor
Uruguay – Primera Division Relegation Playoff
AP Sud America 3:5 El Tanque Sisley
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