Daily Sports Headlines December 28, 2022
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Borussia Dortmund set stunning price tag for Liverpool and Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham:
Borussia Dortmund have reportedly set an exorbitant price tag for midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has been linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid since the start of the summer transfer window.
Bellingham, 19, has established himself as an indispensable member of BVB’s squad since arriving from Birmingham City for an initial fee of £25 million in the summer of 2020. He has netted 19 goals and contributed 21 assists in 112 games across competitions for the Bundesliga club.
A box-to-box operator blessed with passing and dribbling, Bellingham has recently witnessed a rise in his stock following his standout outings for England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He scored one goal and contributed one assist in five games in the tournament.
IPL 2023: Franchises splashed money on several players to strengthen their squads.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction witnessed teams going all out to field a potent squad, which can stake a claim for top spots in the tournament. It was a terrific auction for a few teams, who aced their strategies on the table, while some failed to deliver on expected grounds.
With total available slots of 87 players, 80 were used by franchises, while seven remained vacant. The English all-rounder Sam Curran emerged as the costliest acquisition in the event, followed by Cameron Green, and Ben Stokes.
Real Madrid sign Cristiano Ronaldo’s son for the youth academy
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United ended on a disappointing note when the club terminated his contract at the end of this year, following a bust-up between the player and the club management.
Currently a free agent, Cristiano is expected to move to Saudi Arabia in a bumper contract. But while the Portuguese international looks set to start a new adventure in the Middle East, it appears Real Madrid have taken advantage of his situation to snap up the services of his son.
Cristiano Jr. is indeed one of the most sought-after youngsters in the Under-14 department. Through his youth career so far, the 12-year-old has largely played for the clubs his father has represented, including Real Madrid and Juventus.
Currently, he is part of Manchester United’s U-12 setup, but with his father moving to Saudi Arabia, very few expect Cristiano Jr. to remain at the club.
2-time WWE Champion refuses to acknowledge Roman Reigns in new video
AJ Styles refused to acknowledge the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, in a new video.
Roman Reigns has been holding the Universal Championship since August 2020. Earlier this year, The Tribal Chief unified the world titles after defeating Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 39. Over the past two years, several former and current superstars have acknowledged The Tribal Chief.
Playing a game of “thumbs up, thumbs down” on WWE’s Arabic Instagram account, all members of The O.C. gave Roman Reigns a thumbs up. They expressed their respect for The Tribal Chief.
While Karl Anderson “acknowledged” Reigns, AJ Styles refused to do the same. The 2-time world champion disclosed that he does not acknowledge The Tribal Chief.
Frances Tiafoe, Eugenie Bouchard and tennis world react to NBA legend Dwyane Wade trying his hand at tennis
Frances Tiafoe, Eugenie Bouchard, Jessica Pegula and other stars of the tennis world were left pleasantly surprised after seeing basketball legend Dwyane Wade try his hand at tennis. The three-time NBA champion was seen taking some tennis lessons and some of the big names in the tennis world could not contain their excitement at the same.
Wade, who retired from basketball in 2019, is regarded as one of the all-time greats and is also an Olympic gold medallist for the USA, to go along with his many NBA achievements. In a video that surfaced on social media on Tuesday, the former Miami Heat star was seen hitting a few forehands and backhands during an intense training season.
F1 Throwback: When Michael Schumacher’s dirty driving on Lewis Hamilton forced the FIA to change rules
Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher’s epic battle in Monza in 2011 where the German’s somewhat marginal tactics were questioned, forced the FIA to change rules subsequently.
All of this happened more than a decade ago when the F1 ecosystem was quite different. Sebastian Vettel was the reigning world champion with Red Bull and was on a dominant spree. Fernando Alonso was trying to mobilize Ferrari and emulate what Michael Schumacher had done in his career.
Lewis Hamilton was at his first home, McLaren, where he teamed up with Jenson Button and was having a bad season. Back in those days, Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren were the three frontrunners, with Mercedes still looking to join the frontrunning group.
The German team had Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg as their drivers, with the F1 legend brought back from retirement to help the team grow perfectly. Mercedes were not there yet, far from it, and on a good day, the team were fourth fastest on the grid.
India vs Sri Lanka 2023
Sri Lanka men’s cricket team will tour to India at the start of January 2023 for the limited-overs bilateral series to mark their first cricket task in the new year. India and Sri Lanka will play three T20 International matches and as many One Day International fixtures.
The Indian team will come straight away from Bangladesh after a nearly month long tour, while Sri Lanka played last against Afghanistan in a three-match ODI series in November. Both teams last played a bilateral series in February-March 2021 where India won both the T20I (3-0) and Test (2-0) series in a convincing manner.
The T20I series would moreover be for a warm-up time but the real focus will be on the ODI series as both teams intend to start preparing for the 2023 World Cup scheduled in October-November period in India.
‘Buchecha’ impressed with Amir Aliakbari’s performance against Brandon Vera
Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida was very impressed with Amir Aliakbari’s first-round destruction of former ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon Vera at ONE 164.
Aliakbari entered ONE Championship in 2021 with a fairly rough start, dropping his first two turns inside the circle against Kang Ji Won and Anatoly Malykhin. The Iranian wrestling world champion was able to turn things around in 2022, earning his first win under the ONE banner by knocking out Mauro Cerilli at ONE on Prime Video 1.
Aliakbari turned heads in his most recent outing, smashing heavyweight icon Brandon Vera in the opening round. Vera announced his retirement immediately following the bout.
In an interview with ONE Championship, the 17-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Marcus Almeida, was complimentary of Aliakbari’s performance.
Jamal Murray trade: Looking at the top 3 potential destinations if Denver Nuggets star chooses to move
Jamal Murray has been with the Denver Nuggets for seven seasons now. He’s only played in six of those seven seasons due to his ACL injury last season. Ever since Nikola Jokic became an All-Star for the first time in the 2018-19 season, Murray has been the “Joker’s” sidekick. The Nuggets became one of the top teams in the West when the duo’s dynamic was established.
As of December 28, Jamal Murray is averaging 18.1 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game this season. Murray is undeniably a talented guard who also happens to be the Nuggets’ second-best player. However, since he is constantly living in Nikola Jokic’s shadow, the NBA fails to recognize just how good Jamal really is.
Seth Rollins loses in Steel Cage match, Bray Wyatt beats former world champion once again (December 27, 2022)
WWE delivered an entertaining Live Event in Atlanta, Georgia, which featured top superstars from RAW and SmackDown.
The show’s main event saw Seth Rollins challenge Austin Theory for the United States Championship in a Steel Cage Match. The latter retained the gold, but The Architect stole the show with his performance.
The only other title match scheduled for the night kick-started the show. Becky Lynch challenged Bianca Belair for the RAW Women’s Championship, but their bout ended in no-contest following Bayley’s interference.
Lynch and Belair came together to attack the Damage CTRL leader inside the ring.
Bray Wyatt competed in his second match since returning as he locked horns with Jinder Mahal. The former world champion suffered a loss as the crowd rallied behind Bray.
Austin Reaves highlights LA Lakers’ strong performance in LeBron James’ rest period
LA Lakers guard Austin Reaves shared his thoughts on the team’s contribution from the bench after their latest win against the Orlando Magic. Speaking with Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Trudell, Reaves expressed how valuable the bench had been in this outing on the road.
He said On Tuesday night, the Purple and Gold defeated the Orlando Magic in a much-needed victory. Following a string of losses, the team may have finally stopped the bleeding.
In many ways, the 129-110 victory is significant. While LeBron James remains an important part of the team’s offensive plans, the Lakers had the superstar practically carrying the offense on his own.
Reaves highlighted the rebounding and defensive effort that got them over the line as well. With the whole team finding ways to contribute, the Lakers displayed uncharacteristic hustle and grit. Needless to say, this factored into them winning the game.
Russell Domingo resigns as Bangladesh head coach after Test series loss to India
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has vacated his role following his side’s 2-0 Test series loss at the hands of India. The South African was appointed as the head coach of the Bangla Tigers in 2019.
Domingo was part of the Proteas setup from 2011 to 2017, having begun as the assistant coach before eventually taking over from head coach Gary Kirsten after his departure.
The 48-year-old, who was told to take a step back from the white-ball formats after Sridharan Sriram’s appointment for the T20 World Cup 2022, reportedly left for South Africa for Christmas. Making it clear that Bangladesh are seeking a new head coach to take the team to new heights, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told ESPN.
Former manager Ronaldo Koeman’s plans for Lionel Messi revealed in new Barcelona documentary
Former Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wanted Lionel Messi to sign a contract extension, as he did not want to lose the best player in the world.
After 17 trophy-laden seasons, Messi bid Barcelona a tearful goodbye in the summer of 2021. Due to financial turmoil, the Blaugrana could not extend Messi’s contract, which led to his exit as a free agent. Paris Saint-Germain were the quickest to act and signed the legendary Argentine for free.
Koeman, who was in charge of Barcelona when Messi left his boyhood club, spoke to then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu to convince the Argentine to continue in Catalonia.
Cain Velasquez details time during incarceration and battling loneliness
Former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez is currently out on $1 million bail, awaiting trial after being incarcerated for 253 days this year. Velasquez recently revealed intimate details about his time spent in custody during an appearance on the ‘Keepin’ It 100’ podcast with former pro wrestler Konnan.
‘Cardio Cain’ stated that his incarceration was in protective custody with only a few other inmates. According to Velasquez, the time spent in jail is a double-edged sword. The former UFC champ said:
Velasquez was arrested in February after allegedly firing at the vehicle of Harry Goularte, a man accused of molesting the former UFC champ’s 4-year-old son. The 40-year-old was released on bail by Judge Arthur Bocanegra in November after multiple appeals were turned down by another judge.
Nick Kyrgios withdraws from United Cup due to injury
A day before Nick Kyrgios was scheduled to play his first match at the United Cup, he withdrew from the tournament citing a recent injury sustained in Dubai.
The inaugural edition of the mixed-team event, which has replaced the ATP Cup, is scheduled to be held from December 29 to January 8 in the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Teams from 18 countries have been divided into six groups.
The Australian team has the services of Alex de Minaur, Jason Kubler, Sam Stosur, Ajla Tomljanovic, John Peers, Zoe Hives, and Maddison Inglis. Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Stosur are the co-captains for the hosts. The entire team attended a pre-tournament press conference earlier on Wednesday, where Stosur revealed that the team found out about Kyrgios’ decision just minutes before coming in.
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