Ronaldo World’s Best Again

December 13, 2016 by · Comments Off on Ronaldo World’s Best Again 

Ronaldo World’s Best Again, After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself — his fourth world player of the year award.

Ronaldo on Monday won his third Ballon d’Or award, which this year is being handed out by France Football magazine separately from FIFA. Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and the FIFA award in 2008 while still playing for Manchester United.

The Portugal forward is also in contention for FIFA’s prize this year, along with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, who finished second and third to Ronaldo on Monday, respectively.

“This was likely the best year of my career, individually and collectively,” Ronaldo said in a pre-recorded video. “It was unforgettable.”

Only Ronaldo and Messi have been voted the best in the world since 2007, when Kaka won the prize. Messi won a record fifth award last year.

“For me it’s a great honor to receive my fourth golden ball,” Ronaldo said. “I never thought in my mind to win (it) four times, so I’m so pleased, I’m so happy. I have to thank all my teammates, the national team, Real Madrid, all the people, all the players who helped me win this individual award.”

Messi was runner-up for the fifth time in his career, while Griezmann finished third after a remarkable year with France and Atletico Madrid. Luis Suarez was fourth and Barcelona teammate Neymar fifth in the results announced by the Paris-based magazine.

Ronaldo teammate Gareth Bale, who led Wales to the semifinals at Euro 2016, was sixth. Leicester had Riyad Mahrez finishing seventh and Jamie Vardy eighth. Madrid defender Pepe and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon tied for ninth.

The 31-year-old Ronaldo was picked from a list of 30 players by a group of international journalists selected by France Football, which for the previous six years awarded the coveted prize in partnership with FIFA. Soccer’s governing body, which relies on the votes of coaches, team captains, journalists and — for the first time — an online poll of fans, will be handing out its own award in January.

“I’m happy because I worked very hard to win this,” Ronaldo said. “It’s not easy to stay at a high level year after year. You can count on one hand the players who can do it, there are very few who can, and I do it year after year. That makes me very proud.”

Ronaldo is receiving the Ballon d’Or award a month after his contract with Madrid was extended until 2021, keeping him in Spain until he is 36 years old.

It has been an up-and-down season for him so far, but he couldn’t have finished the previous one more strongly.

Ronaldo converted the decisive penalty kick in a shootout against rival Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League, helping the Spanish powerhouse win the tournament for the second time in three seasons. Ronaldo also won the Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008.

Ronaldo scored a record 11 goals in the group stage of the European competition last season and finished with a total of 16, one short of the record he himself set in 2014. He is the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, and is two away from becoming the first player to score 100 goals in European club competitions.

It was with Portugal that Ronaldo achieved one of his greatest feats, helping the nation win its maiden European title after several close calls, including a runner-up finish at home in 2004 when it lost to Greece.

“To win a title for the first time with Portugal was something that was missing from my resume,” Ronaldo said. “It was one of the most important moments of my life.”

Ronaldo scored one of the goals for Portugal in the 2-0 win over Wales in the semifinals at Euro 2016, then watched from the bench as his teammates defeated France 1-0 in extra time. Ronaldo played only 25 minutes of the final at Stade de France in July before being substituted because of a left-knee injury.

Ronaldo also won the European Super Cup with Madrid, as well as UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season, a prize he also won in 2014.

Ronaldo is with Real Madrid in Japan to play in FIFA’s Club World Cup.

Ronaldo World's Best Again

Army Navy 2016

December 11, 2016 by · Comments Off on Army Navy 2016 

Army Navy 2016, For the first time in 15 years, Navy was first to sing its alma mater after its game against Army. That gloomy distinction falls to the loser of one of college football’s most storied rivalries, one the Midshipmen had owned since installing the triple-option offense.

But that typically efficient rushing attack hardly got on track Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, with Navy pinning its fortunes upon a quarterback making the first start of his career. Zach Abey found himself in that uncomfortable circumstance because of injuries to both players who had started the season ahead of him, and the sophomore initially played as if overwhelmed.

By the time the final whistle sounded in a turnover-filled 21-17 loss, Abey had thrown two interceptions, both in the first half, and Navy’s 14-game winning streak over Army, a series record, had ended. The Midshipmen committed three turnovers in all, after just nine through their first 11 games.

“I take a lot of responsibility for the game,” Abey said. “Obviously in the first half I made some bad decisions. I feel horrible for the seniors because I told them before the game that I would give it my all for them.”
Army Navy 2016

Shizo Abe Dressed As Mario Highligts

August 22, 2016 by · Comments Off on Shizo Abe Dressed As Mario Highligts 

Shizo Abe Dressed As Mario Highligts, The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics close in style on Sunday night with a ceremony featuring fireworks, dancing and sporting stars from the Games. As well as a closing ceremony, the event was also a hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe even appeared as Nintendo character Mario to accept the passing of the sporting event
Japan might just have stolen the show at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday night, after its prime minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise appearance during the handover-dressed as Mario.

It’s traditional, at the end of each Olympics, for the departing host nation to give space for the next city to strut its stuff, and with Tokyo to host in 2020, people might have expected a spectacle, but not this.

Abe, the country’s buttoned-down and conservative leader, made his cameo in the Rio arena, appearing from one of the Mario games’ iconic green warp pipes, dressed in the blue overalls and red shirt and cap (though these quickly fell away to reveal a suit, presumably to maintain some shred of dignity for the leader of the country with the third-largest GDP in the world).

His surprise appearance came at the end of a two-minute video, which showed athletes competing in and around Tokyo landmarks, helped by a few of the country’s other famous pop-culture exports, including Pac-Man and Doraemon.

Auto Racing Roundup: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire

July 17, 2016 by · Comments Off on Auto Racing Roundup: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire 

Auto Racing Roundup: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire, The three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner Doug Coby earned his victory in the race 20 Saturday with a victory in the New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Coby held the lead for the last six laps, beating Donny Lia by .037 seconds.
With the victory, Coby is tied for seventh in career wins with former champion Rick Fuller.
Patrick Emerling finished third. Ron Silk was fourth and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman Sprint Cup Series came in fifth.
Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale and Todd Szegedy completed the top 10.
With his third win of the season, Coby extended his championship points lead to 32 points over Lia. Bonsignore is another eight points behind.
The New England 100 will air on NBCSN to 7 p.m. Monday.

  Auto Racing Roundup: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire

UFC 200 Card

July 10, 2016 by · Comments Off on UFC 200 Card 

UFC 200 Card, Brock Lesnar wrestled his way to a decision victory over Mark Hunt in his first MMA fight in five years. In the main event, Amanda Nunes submitted Miesha Tate to take the UFC women’s bantamweight belt.

Amanda Nunes beat up and then choked out Miesha Tate to claim the women’s bantamweight belt in one round at UFC 200 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The belt that Ronda Rousey owned for so long has now been passed around to four different women in three fights, from Rousey to Holly Holm to Tate and now to Nunes.

Nunes used precision punching to hurt Tate on the feet. She quickly took her down and choked out the bloodied Tate.

Former UFC champ Brock Lesnar managed to implement his wrestling game against kickboxer Mark Hunt. Lesnar took a unanimous decision win after implementing a classic ground and pound game in two of the three rounds and surviving virtually unscathed on the feet.

Daniel Cormier was supposed to headline this card but when USADA informed the UFC that Jon Jones failed a drug test and couldn’t fight, DC was lucky to have a fight. The legendary Anderson Silva stepped up on 2 days notice, coming off gall bladder surgery only weeks ago to give Cormier a foe.

The fight itself was less dramatic. Cormier used his wrestling to dominate on the ground Silva for most of the fight. Silva landed a body kick late in the fight that briefly stunned Cormier, but it was too little, too late and DC got the unanimous decision.

Jose Aldo impressed with dominant five round decision win over Frankie Edgar to take the interim featherweight title. Edgar came out agressive early but Aldo cracked him hard at the end of the first round. Eventually Edgar eroded under Aldo’s sustained assault, bloodied and slowing he fought hard to the end but only took a single round on most of the judges cards.

Former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez impressed with a first round demolition of Travis Browne. He shocked Browne with a wheel kick to the head and followed with a crushing left hand that dropped “Hapa.” Browne survived the initial follow up but Velasquez got him down and pounded him out with only three seconds left in the first round.

Juliana Pena survived a rough opening against Cat Zingano to notch a unanimous decision win in the Fox Sports 1 prelims featured bout. Zingano threw Pena early with a hip toss and follow up with ground and pound but couldn’t get the finish. Pena came back in the later rounds and nearly finished Zingano with a rear nkd choke but couldn’t get the tap.

Kelvin Gastelum, the youngest-ever Ultimate Fighter, beat ex-champ Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision. Hendricks missed weight for the bout, only nine months after pulling out of a UFC 192 bout against Tyrone Woodley due to weight cut related health woes.

Former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw avenged a 2013 split decision loss to Raphael Assuncao with a clear unanimous decision win. Dillashaw continually popped Assuncao with hard counter rights that the Brazilian had no answer for.

Much hyped 20-year-old prospect Sage Northcutt survived several close submission attempts from Enrique Marin en route to a unanimous decision win.

Veteran Joe Lauzon became the first man to finish Diego Sanchez in the Fight Pass prelims headliner. Lauzon caught Sanchez with a left hook that dropped him and followed up with precision punching until the ref was forced to make the stoppage to protect an out on his feet Diego.

In the night’s second fight, middleweight Gegard Mousasi utterly dominated Thiago Santos before getting the TKO finish at 4:32 of round 1. Mousasi stunned Santos on the feet, battered him on the ground.and then caught Santos with an uppercut that finished him as he tried to stand up.

In the Fight Pass opener, veteran Jim Miller made quick work of legendary Pride champion Takanori Gomi. Miller took Gomi down and finished him with ground and pound at 2:18 of the first.

Complete UFC 200 Results

Pay Per View
Women’s Bantamweight Amanda Nunes def. Miesha Tate via submission (RNC) at 3:16 of Rd. 1.
Heavyweight Brock Lesnar def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (29-27×3).
Light Heavyweight Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision (30-26×3).
Featherweight Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne via TKO (punches on the ground) at 4:57 of Rd. 1.

FS1 Prelims
Women’s Bantamweight Julianna Pena def. Cat Zingano via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Catchweight (171.25 lbs) Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-2×3)
Lightweight Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marín via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

Fight Pass Prelims
Lightweight Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez via TKO (punches) at 1:26 of Rd. 1.
Middleweight Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago Santos via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of Rd. 1.
Lightweight Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) at 2:18 of Rd. 1.

UFC 200 Card

UFC 200 Card

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