Reports: Neymar’s father has agreed personal terms on behalf of the player with his next club

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Neymar’s father, who is also his aide and advisor, has reportedly reached personal terms agreement with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as his son’s PSG exit looms.

Don Balon reports that a panic stricken Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has turned to Neymar as an emergency big money buy to save the club from its failings – on the back of the resounding 7-3 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Neymar, who has been trying to force through a move to Barcelona for some time, has yet to agree to the terms that Real Madrid have put forth. Similarly, the report also states that PSG is yet to come to an understanding with Real Madrid too.

However, what is in the favour of Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in this instance is the bad blood that has developed between the Paris club and Barcelona through the Neymar saga.

The report states that PSG supremo Nasser El Khelaifi would prefer to offload the Brazilian superstar to Real Madrid rather than negotiate a deal with Barcelona – who have been content to allow discontent to brew in the Parisien camp to knock his price down despite the overt come-and-get-me plea issued by Neymar and his camp.

FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 1/5; As mentioned at the start of the article, Neymar and PSG have yet to agree terms with Real Madrid. There is still a long way to go for this deal to be pushed through.

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14-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo superfan detained by authorities in Singapore after ‘pitch invasion’

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The kid who gatecrashed Juventus vs Tottenham ICC game played in Singapore just to meet Cristiano Ronaldo was detained by authorities and threatened with stringent action.

The Sun reports that 14-year-old Kazakhstani Akhmadi Yerzhanov, the kid who ‘invaded’ the pitch to meet Cristiano Ronaldo was later on detained by Singaporean authorities and threatened with a heavy fine for his actions.

Security was prepared to tackle the boy when he ran across the pitch to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, who was seated in the dugout by then, but were waved off by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri who later claimed that a child cannot be deemed to be a ‘pitch invader.’

However, the law men in Singapore reportedly took a dim view of the incident and detained the boy and his father. The report states that the case had even been transferred to the prosecution, before the Kazakhstan consulate got involved and diffused the situation.

The boy was eventually let off with a stern warning for his actions.

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The country’s foreign spokesperson then issued a statement to the media regarding the situation.

“A Kazakhstan teenager and his father were taken to the local police station.Given the very strict laws in Singapore, the boy was threatened with a substantial fine and other administrative measures by the authorities.

“The Consul immediately went to the police station and provided our citizens with consular services, including a translator, as the detainee and his father did not speak English sufficiently.

“The boy was lucky to escape a serious punishment – it is important for everyone not to violate rules of foreign states,” he concluded.

(Quotes R/T Sun)

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Roger Federer reveals favourite opponent and favourite Wimbledon moment

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Roger Federer coasted to a Wimbledon final showdown in the recently concluded 2019 edition before losing a five set thriller to Novak Djokovic. He names some of his favourites in the tournament.

Federer relinquished two match points against Djokovic en route to a 6-1, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-13 loss to the Serb in the finals of Wimbledon 2019 recently.

Speaking to Vogue, however, the Swiss sensation appeared to be in chipper spirits and went on to relay who and what his favourite Wimbledon opponent and moments were respectively.

“Winning my first Wimbledon or maybe beating Pete Sampras here,” he said of his favourite moment at the tournament which he has won a record eight times.

However, there was no surprise as to his favourite opponent.

“Rafa Nadal,” he said, as a matter of factly, before going on to praise the Spaniard at length.

“He is an intense guy on the court, he is super honest and open off the court and he has a heart of gold.”

Federer defeated Nadal in the semifinals of the tournament in a four set affair that was praised for the quality of the tennis on display, eleven full years after the duo had squared off in the consensus greatest Wimbledon finals in 2008.

 

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Philippines shower Pacquiao with praise after he becomes oldest Welterweight Champion in boxing history

Bare-knuckle boxer accidentally hurts opponent as he raises their hand

Manny Pacquiao defied father time to emerge victorious against Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman and captured the WBA Welterweight strap – making him the oldest champion ever in the weight class. 

The Philippines stood alongside the 40-year-old and serenaded him with praise after his achievement. Pacquiao got the better of Thurman on the judges’ scorecard in a split decision.

Thurman himself acknowledged after the fight that his conditioning and output was slightly lagging behind that of Pacquiao’s and that he had learned an important lesson on the day.

The American had also indulged in more than his fair share of pre-fight trash talk — only to be dropped in round one by Pacquiao and got visibly hurt after taking a body shot in Round 10.

After the fight, reactions poured in on social media from Pacquiao’s home country of Philippines, with people praising the pugilist for his remarkable showing against a much younger, undefeated champion.

Here are the best of them:

 

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Fans troll Thurman for pre-fight trash talk after he gets beat-up by 40-year-old Pacquiao

Bare-knuckle boxer accidentally hurts opponent as he raises their hand

Forty-year-old old Manny Pacquiao defeated the previously undefeated Keith Thurman in a 12 round slugfest, and Twitter was sure to troll the American after all of his pre-fight trash talk.

Pacquiao,  who also currently serves as a senator in the Philippines, came out victorious in the end and snagged the WBA (Super) Welterweight title from the previously unbeaten Thurman. The American certainly had his moments — especially in the middle to late rounds — but Pacquiao’s speed and accuracy proved enough to sway the judges in his favor.

And despite one judge scoring the fight for Thurman, it was quite apparent to the boxing savvy that Pacquiao had landed the more telling damage and won more rounds.

Pacquiao chose to make light of it after the fight when asked about Thurman’s pre-fight verbal volleys, stating that his opponent was just selling the encounter.

For his part, Thurman was also classy in defeat, hailing Pacquao as a legend and saying that he was lacking slightly in his output and conditioning compared to the veteran.

Twitter, however, wasn’t that kind.

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Ageless wonder Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight title

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Manny Pacquiao, 40,  defied father time yet again as he earned a hard fought split decsion against previously undefeated champion Keith Thurman.

The judges saw fit to rule the fight as a split decision, but it was Manny Pacquiao who captured all the key moments in the 1- round contest, knocking down Thurman with a right hook in the first round and visibly hurting him with a body shot in the tenth.

To his credit, 30-year-old Thurman battled back bravely, pushing Pacquiao onto the back foot in the middle to late rounds, But it was a case of too little, too late as the eight-division champion used his superior footwork and speed to his advantage to land the most damage.

At the end of the fight, Thurman did land more significant punches but Pacquiao’s punches were more telling.

After the victory, Pacquiao mentioned that his next fight will be in 2020, and that he will be ringside at the Errol Spence Jr. vs Shawn Porter fight that is scheduled to take place later this year in September.

 

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Here’s what Nadal learned from Djokovic’s approach against Federer in Wimbledon 2019 finals

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Rafael Nadal bowed out of Wimbledon 2019 after a tough semifinal loss to Roger Federer but learned just what he did wrong when he watched Novak Djokovic defeat the Swiss maestro in the finals.

Speaking to RTVE, Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal revealed that they were watching intently as Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in a five set epic at the Wimbledon 2019 finals and managed to pick up a couple of pointers from the way the Serb approached the game.

“The final was one of the greatest matches in history, it had all the things although I remember better matches like in the US Open and, especially, the 2011 French Open semi-final,” Toni said.

“I watched the final with him [Rafael Nadal] and I told him to look at where Djokovic was returning. He was much closer to the baseline than he did in the semi-finals.

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“He admitted I was right and he was wrong in returning all the time from very behind. I asked him why he did not change his return position as both Francis Roig and I were telling him that during the match.

“He told me he had not seen it, he did not understand us and if he did he would have definitely done it,” revealed the world number two’s former coach.

Nadal, for the most part, played Federer from deep beyond the base line for the game and came up short, losing in four sets.

(Quotes R/T Express)

 

 

Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic hints he wasn’t at his best against Roger Federer

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Novak Djokovic had to battle through adversity for most of his Wimbledon 2019 final encounter against Roger Federer but held firm in the high pressure points and outlasted his Swiss counter part.

Novak Djokovic just about edged Roger Federer to his fifth Wimbledon title, surviving two Championship points and three tie breaks to defeat him 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12.

However, the Serb acknowledged after the game that it was Federer who had the upper hand throughout the contest and dictated most of the match. Just, Djokovic’s ability to come up big during pressure points in the tie breaks ensured that he won in the end.

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He later elaborated on his theory and suggested that he had to bank on his ‘mental strength’ and ‘fight’ in order to win the match despite playing below his best.

“When you don’t play at the necessary level, you have to find your mental strength to add something extra.

“He was the one dictating the rhythm. It is a fight which brought me into this situation to achieve this trophy,” he said.

As it stands, it was the Serb’s 16th Grand Slam title, meaning that he is only 4 short of Roger Federer’s tally of 20 and only two behind Rafael Nadal – while being younger than both of them.

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Wimbledon 2019: Prize money earned by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer revealed

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Wimbledon 2019 is in the books and Novak Djokovic was crowned the gentlemen’s singles champion while Simona Halep took the crown for the women. Here’s how much they got paid for their efforts.

Telegraph is reporting that Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will both earn £2.35m for emerging victorious in their respestive gender brackets.

The losing finalists, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, will both come into £1.175 million each. The breakdown for the entire bracket is as given below:

Winner: £2.35 million

Runner-up: £1.175 million

Semi-finalists: £588,000

Quarter-finalists: £294,000

Fourth round: £176,000

Third round: £111,000

Second round: £72,000

First round: £45,000

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The total prize pot for the tournament stands at £38 million this year. However, despite widely being regarded as the most coveted and prestigious of Grand Slams, the number still falls below what is offered in the US Open and at Roland Garros.

US Open reportedly offered £42.4 million in 2018 while Roland Garros earlier this year coughed up €42.6 million.

Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in an epic 5-setter at yesterday’s Wimbledon finals, finally clinching the top prize with a 13-12 tie breaker win in the fifth and final set.

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Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams’ coach reveals ‘only reason’ she returned to tennis after childbirth complications

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Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep in straight sets at the Wimbledon 2019 finals as her comeback to tennis after childbirth continues to be a rocky road.

Williams was blown away 6-2, 6-2 by the Romanian and later on admitted that it was a case of being a ‘deer in headlights’ while her opponent pulled out all the stops in a high pressure situation.s

Ahead of the match, much was made of Williams breaking the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles – which she would have done had she defeated Halep.

The American’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. revealed before the match that the record was the only reason why the 37-year-old came back to tennis after serious complications during childbirth in 2017.

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“I’m not going to lie. This record is the number one reason she came back to tennis,” he said.

She had a baby, she started a family, she became a mother. She had to accept the pressure, accept to live this life again, travel around the world at 37 years old. And that’s because she wants it so much. It is the only reason she came back to tennis.”

As it would turn out, the imperious American would have to wait for the US Open to try and realize her dreams.

(Quotes R/T Guardian)

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Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal confesses that stress got to him against Roger Federer in semifinal

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Rafael Nadal admitted in the post match press conference that ‘stress’ played a factor in him losing the Wimbledon 2019 semifinal against arch rival Roger Federer.

The gritty Spaniard went down fighting in another instant Wimbledon classic between two of the greatest tennis players of all time and pointed to stress as a factor why he lost the match.

Speaking to reporters after the four set encounter, Nadal revealed that some of the things that Federer was doing well in the match were stress-inducing for him and didn’t allow him to play at his best.

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“I had my chances, but he played little bit better. The beginning of the third probably was one of the keys,” he said.

“Stress? Maybe, I don’t know. Probably because he was doing a lot of things well.”

“His return was better than mine and my backhand didn’t work as good as in the previous rounds. I was a little bit too worried about missing with the backhand, so I was not able to move with freedom to the forehand. I was not able to open [up] the court,” confessed the world number 2.

“You can’t make him miss for the speed of the ball. You have to put him out of position. If you don’t, then he plays in his comfort zone, and it gets very difficult.”

(Quotes R/T Hindu)

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer explains why semifinal win over Rafael Nadal was ‘one of his favourites’

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Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a four set instant classic to book a date opposite Novak Djokovic in the gentleman’s finals at Wimbledon 2019 and then explained exactly why that he would look back upon the encounter favourably.

Federer used his backhand to devastating effect in an instant Wimbledon classic against Rafael Nadal to emerge a 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner and book his spot against Novak Djokovic in the finals.

He then revealed why the instant classic would go down in his book as one of his favourite matches – ever.

“Definitely going down as one of my favourite matches to look back at,” he said.

“Because it’s Rafa, it’s at Wimbledon, the crowds were into it. It lived up to the hype, especially coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well. Then the climax at the end with the crazy last game. It had everything.”

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It was a match that fed all the hype surrounding the Fedal phenomenon and typified exactly why the duo – eleven years on from their all time classic at Wimbledon 2008 – were still sitting pretty atop the tennis world.

Tellingly, the other man to form the big three Novak Djokovic, is the opponent awaiting Roger Federer in the finals in what should be another humdinger of a contest on Sunday, July 14.

(Quotes R/T Hindu)

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Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal reveals his biggest Roger Federer regret ahead of semifinal clash

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Rafael Nadal gears up to resume his historic Wimbledon rivalry with Roger Federer when they play each other in the semifinal. Ahead of the match, he took a moment to reflect on their battles over the years.

The Spaniard will face off against his greatest rival after 11 years at Wimbledon, their last encounter being that epic 2008 final which is widely regarded as one of the best games of tennis to ever be played.

Nadal revealed that remembers it on a similar vein too.

“We [Nadal and Federer] played a lot of good matches. Here in this tournament, we played two great finals, [in] 2007 and 2008. [They] Have been two emotional matches.

“Personally, 2008 was a little bit more emotional for me. But I appreciate the fact that I was part of the 2007, too,” he said, recounting his previous two epic encounters at the tournament against Federer.

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Nadal also revealed that regret of his when it comes to Roger Federer was that they, despite winning three and five US Open titles respectively, never got to play each other in the tournament.

“To play against Roger always is a unique situation. Excited to be back on this court against him after 11 years,” he said.

 

“Then we played a lot of matches all around the world. Only in New York we didn’t play. That’s the only bad news.”

(Quotes R/T Hindustan Times)

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer reveals how he will help teenage sensation Cori Gauff in her career

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Roger Federer was all class as he spoke of his commitment to helping 15-year-old sensation Cori Gauff progress in her career after a stellar Wimbledon 2019 bow.

Cori Gauff eventually bowed out to Simona Halep, who has since progressed to the final alongside Serena Williams, in the round of 16 of the tournament.

But that wasn’t before the Wimbledon 2019 wildcard entry claimed the scalps of her childhood idol Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.

Roger Federer, who has a semifinal date opposite Rafael Nadal to look forward to later today, provided his thoughts about the 15-year-old Gauff ahead of her first-round clash against Venus Williams.

“I am super happy for her,” he said.

 

“Look, I saw the last couple of games when she qualified. Obviously, everybody was waiting to see what the draw was going to be like. I think that’s fascinating, that she plays Venus now.

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Federer and Gauff are both represented by the same management company, TEAM8, which is owned by the Swiss maestro. Perhaps that’s why he claimed that he is happy to spot her a bit of advice along her career to help her out of tight spots.

“Honestly, if it’s Coco [Cori] or any other player asking me questions, I’ll answer the question. I like to pick up players when they’re maybe not feeling so well or they’re insecure and unsure.

 

“They think they’re about to climb this mega mountain, but actually, it’s just part of the journey.

 

“If I can be helpful there, I’m happy to do that,” he claimed.

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