Daily Sports Headlines December 25, 2022
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UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar dies at age 45
Stephan Bonnar, who helped launch the UFC into the mainstream with his fight against Forrest Griffin in the finals of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, died at age 45, the promotion announced Saturday.
Bonnar died of presumed heart complications while at work, according to the UFC.
Bonnar and Griffin were both inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2013. Their knockdown, drag-out fight on April 9, 2005, is regarded as one of the most important fights in the history of the promotion. “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and that fight in particular were critical to landing and keeping the UFC on cable.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s Blunt Remark As India Avoid Bangladesh Scare
Ravichandran Ashwin, on Sunday, proved why he is one of Team India’s most prized possessions, especially when it comes to Test cricket. For context, Ashwin slammed an unbeaten 42 to take India across the finishing line in the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Ashwin came to bat when India were 74/7 while chasing a modest target of 145 on Day 4. While the chips were down, Ashwin put on a strong rear-guard, alongside Shreyas Iyer (29), after Mehidy Hasan Miraz had put Bangladesh on course for their first win in the longest format over the visitors. Ashwin and Iyer put on an unbeaten 71-run stand as India won the game by three wickets, and completed a 2-0 whitewash.
Amid Controversy Over Lionel Messi’s 2nd Goal in FIFA WC Final, Referee Admits To Making 1 Mistake
The FIFA World Cup final between France and Argentina ended with the South Americans beating the defending champions 4-2 on penalties. While Argentina were better than the French for the most part of the game, Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick turned the match into a spectacle, with the penalty shootout eventually being the deciding factor. After Argentina lifted the trophy, a controversy, however, struck as claims of Lionel Messi’s second goal (in the extra-time) being illegitimate emerged. The FIFA World Cup final referee, however, has now broken his silence on the matter.
Patcrick Vieira Slams Emiliano Martinez’s ‘Stupid’ World Cup Celebrations
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira believes Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s “stupid” celebrations have tarnished Argentina’s World Cup final win. Martinez was a key figure in Argentina’s victory over France. He made a fine save to deny Randal Kolo Muani in extra-time and then denied Kingsley Coman in the shoot-out in Qatar as Argentina won a thrilling final. But the keeper was then seen making a crude gesture after winning the golden glove trophy for the best goalkeeper at the tournament.
Gervonta Davis vs Hector Garcia boxing event will take place on January 7, 2023.
After announcing his fight against Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis also revealed that he will fight another opponent first on January 7, 2023. Later on November 18, 2022, Davis announced via Instagram that he will fight Hector Luis Garcia on that date in Washington, D.C. ESPN’s Mike Coppinger added that the fight will air on Showtime PPV, and Davis will put his WBA(Regular) Lightweight Championship on the line.
Davis, undefeated with 27-0 record, was last active against Rolando Romero in May 2022 to knock him out in the sixth round to retain his WBA title. Davis is considered one of the best boxers of this generation and has held World titles in three different weight classes.
Pele’s Family Gather At Brazil Legend’s Hospital On Christmas Eve.
Family members visited the legendary Pele on Saturday at the Sao Paulo hospital where he is suffering from worsening cancer as well as kidney and heart problems, according to social media posts. Edinho, Pele’s son — who was recently appointed coach of Serie B football club Londrina, based in Parana in the north — arrived on Christmas Eve at the medical center, where he joined his sisters Flavia and Kely Nascimento. He posted an Instagram photo of himself holding the football star’s hand, captioning it: “Father… my strength is yours.”
Novak Djokovic Hopes For Warm Welcome On Australian Open Return
Novak Djokovic is hoping he will receive a warm welcome from the public when he returns to the Australian Open next month, now that the drama surrounding his vaccination status and deportation is officially behind him. A nine-time champion at Melbourne Park, Djokovic was unable to compete in the opening Grand Slam of the season in 2022 after he was deported from Australia over fears he would incite anti-vax sentiment.
As a result of his deportation, Djokovic was banned from entering Australia again but that decision has been reversed and the world number five is pleased he will get the chance to vie for a 10th title in Melbourne and a men’s record-equalling 22nd major crown overall.
Shahid Afridi-led Selection Committee Adds 3 Bowlers In Pakistan Squad For New Zealand series
Hours after being named as the interim chief selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shahid Afridi on Saturday added three bowlers to the national squad for the two-match home Test series against New Zealand, beginning in Karachi on Monday. The PCB said Afridi, after speaking to captain Babar Azam, added pacers Mir Hamza and Shahnawaz Dahani and off-spinner Sajid Khan to the squad.
The Board said the decision to add the three bowlers was made following a meeting of the interim selection committee, which was chaired by Afridi. Captain Babar Azam joined the meeting.
Bye, Sami Uso” – WWE fans can’t get over Roman Reigns breaking the fourth wall to tease a huge betrayal
WWE Universe is struggling to move on from one particular moment involving Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn from the latest edition of SmackDown. The show’s opening segment saw Roman Reigns enter the ring alongside every member of The Bloodline. The Tribal Chief talked about making millions off of “whooping John Cena’s a**” and humbling Kevin Owens once and for all.
Reigns then asked Sami Zayn to reveal his intentions for their tag team match against KO and Cena next week. Sami Uso responded by cutting a passionate promo in which he talked about how Owens has been associated with him throughout his career. The Honorary Uce wishes to get rid of the “dark cloud” and send a warning ahead of the much-awaited tag team match.
SIX vs STA Both teams have won just a single game out of three this season so far.
Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars will play the 15th game of the Big Bash League 2022 on Monday (December 26) at the Sydney Cricket Ground. After losing the first two matches, the Sixers returned to winning ways in the last game. They defeated Hobart Hurricanes in a rain-barred match by a mere margin of six runs. The Sixers posted a competitive total of 137 runs in 14 overs for the loss of six wickets. In reply, the Hurricanes scored 131 runs and lost seven wickets. As a result, the Sixers are now placed in the second-last position in the points tally. On the other hand, the Stars are in a similar situation to that of the Sixers. They, too, have won just a single game out of three and are in sixth place. Moreover, they lost their previous match against Perth Scorchers by 61 runs after failing to chase a daunting target of 230 runs.
Sat-Chi: Fire, ice and everything nice for Indian badminton
This ice-and-fire combination of Satwik and Chirag – Sat-Chi as their popular portmanteau name goes – has had a sensational year in 2022, full of firsts in Indian badminton.
While the Federer-Nadal comparison may be in jest, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that at 25 (Chirag) and 22 (Satwik), they are already the most successful men’s doubles players in India. And what’s remarkable is that this success is just the beginning.
“2022 has hands down been the most successful year for both of us. Starting with the India Open, Thomas Cup, Commonwealth Games, the World Championship and finally the French Open,” Chirag recounts to ESPN.
Basketball stands partly collapse in Egypt, injuring 27
At least 27 people were injured when stands partly collapsed Saturday during a basketball game in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, health authorities said.
Officials said part of the seats fell on spectators at the Super Cup match between Cairo’s Al Ahly and Ittihad of Alexandria following a stampede in the stands.
The game at the Hassan Moustafa Sports Hall in Cairo’s 6th of October district was called off following the incident, according to local media.
Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said in a statement that most of the injured suffered broken bones. He said they were taken to hospitals and their injuries were not life-threatening.
Raquel Rodriguez to challenge Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Title
Following her heroic Gauntlet Match victory over five Superstars, as well as last-second addition Shayna Baszler, the ultra-resilient Raquel Rodriguez has earned the opportunity to challenge The Baddest Woman on the Planet for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Can Rodriguez overcome The Rowdy One, however, after the extensive battle served to further injure the challenger’s arm? Or has Raquel simply opened the door for Rousey and The Submission Magician to put her on the shelf for good? Find out this Friday at 8/7 C on SmackDown.
Marlon Vera vs Cory Sandhagen to Headline UFC Vegas 69
A top bantamweight clash between Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Vera will headline UFC Vegas 69 event.
UFC officially announced that Sandhagen and Vera will clash on Fight Night event on February 18, 2023, which will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
Cory Sandhagen bounced back from back to back losses to beat Song Yadong at a Fight Night event on September 17 this year. His previous two bouts resulted in losses against TJ Dillashaw and Petr Yan(for interim bantamweight title).
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