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What Sergio Ramos would bring to Manchester United?

Sergio Ramos, the most successful centre-half for the Spanish Club, Real Madrid has been linked with Manchester United in this summer of transfer window. In addition, Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is knocked repeatedly by the United, although the German mid-field had turned down a move to Manchester in May. Hummels would be a great asset for United as he has FIFA World Cup and a couple of Bundesliga titles to his name. All these are very prestigious haul indeed by the German.

Today, we will focus on the transfer rumour about Sergio Ramos in the Manchester United. The English side are trying to find the best of the world, so that they can find a suitable place in the next season premier league.

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Sergio Ramos Transfer rumours to ManU:

Manchester United are very much eager to capture Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. Quite clearly, they have definite reasons behind the decision. In this season of EPL, Manchester United is moving very cautiously, with some selective transfers during this summer.

Ramos’s achievements:

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Sergio Ramos, the powerhouse for Spain—————image via: en.wikipedia.org

On the other hand, Sergio Ramos, who is the member of Spanish team in their Golden Age, dominating the international scene for half a decade, winning back to back European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the country’s first 2010 FIFA World cup. Ramos has not done too badly with his club, Real Madrid either. Since his signing in 2005 from Sevilla, the midfielder won three La Liga titles for the Real Madrid. He also added two Copa del Rey titles and the 2013/14 Champions League-the precious La Decima that Real Madrid cherished for long.

Also read: Manchester United Transfer: Mats Hummels to join Red Devils

Sergio Ramos position:

Sergio Ramos has been at the top of his game for a long period of time. He spent a significant portion of his career as a right-back, that is where he started in 2008 European Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. Later in his career, he made a permanent switch to play as a centre-half. At Real, he played a long time alongside Pepe and their partnership gifted the football Dark arts , as well as just plain gifted. They have been regarded as one of the massive threats in Real’s defence to any other teams in the world.

Sergio Ramos valuation at Manchester:

The first thing Ramos would bring to Manchester United is his elite level of experience. The Ramos transfer would be an expensive one for the United, as far as £260,000 per week. It is truly an astronomical amount of money for a centre-half. According to Manchester evening news, it is reported that the Sergio Ramos deal will be worth around £53 million, which includes David de Gea too. The amount equates to in financial terms depends on the two clubs’ valuation of De Gea. It would be a huge money for Gea, a player with the prime of his career in front of him. And for 29-year-old Sergio Ramos, the amount is just a good fortune for him indeed.

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2012 Euro Champion Spain————–image via: commons.wikimedia.org

However, Manchester United aren’t looking for a player with potential who could be sold on somewhere down the line. What they currently need, more than anything else, is an experienced leader in the midst of the field. It is no one but, Sergio Ramos they are targeting. There are plenty of potentials, like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair. They may have plenty of football under their belts, but neither has anything close to the experience of Sergio Ramos in leading the back line of squad.

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Sergio Ramos: The darker side

Sergio Ramos may be an excellent leader in the centre-half, but come without a cost. In 2014, Sergio Ramos broke Real Madrid’s all-time record of red-cards with 19. Likewise , the moon has a darker side, the good has certainly outweighed the bad for Ramos. While some Manchester United fans expressed their displeasure to call Ramos into the old Trafford, the former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher defended Ramos saying,

“ I get a hurt by the criticism Ramos gets. This fella has won everything, he plays one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best international sides we’ve ever seen.”

Sergio Ramos has moments of madness and gets intensely emotional during the games. It has been a regular problem for him. But, let’s not forget it’s a problem for Wayne Rooney in the field as well. Sergio Ramos is still the most frequent fouler in the Real Madrid side . In the 2014/15 season of La Liga, he averaged 1.6 fouls per game, which made him one of the devastating defenders in the world. Those performance would be expected at Manchester United, though Ramos would had to settle for the 2nd place behind Marouane Fellaini, who averaged 2.3 fouls per EPL game.

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The plan with Sergio Ramos:

Truly, United’s back line could use an additional aggression in presence of Sergio Ramos. While he walks the line and frequently oversteps, there is a void place in a defensive setup for someone who will be prepared to make his presence felt by the strikers. Ramos knows, they are in for a battle. Ramos is indeed a hard working player. He always enjoys the physical challenge with the strikers. He is a true nightmare to any of the strikers in the world.

Sergio Ramos is player, who really thinks about the game very well. He can define strategies according to the nature of strikers. It is expected that, Louis Van Gaal has already made some research on Ramos’s positional intelligence and his defensive skills. Ramos is a leader, the quickest in the field and the best physically fitted athlete. All these qualities that Ramos possesses, are required for the United right now.

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Ramos, The Ultimate Goal for United

Sergio Ramos may be a hot-headed lad sometimes for his own good, he has also demonstrated a phenomenal capacity for coolness under immense pressure. In Euro Semi-final 2012, Spanish team needed a win in penalty shootout to get past Portugal. The responsibility implied on Sergio Ramos, who failed in a decisive penalty for Real Madrid against Bayern in the Champions League semi-final, few months earlier. Just imagine the pressure Ramos took that time, and finally he got succeed in taking his team to 2012 Euro final. It was only possible for a first class player like Sergio Ramos.

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Sergio Ramos in action———image via: en.wikipedia.org

the eye-catching moments in football seem unbelievable in isolation. But, such remarkable moments weren’t created over night. It took years of hard working of a sportsperson who knows their abilities very well and can trust themselves to execute in difficult situation. Sergio Ramos has proven that many times.

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If Manchester United somehow managed to bring Ramos this summer, their chances of winning the next English Premier League title should considerably increase. In fact, that’s what Ramos could bring to the club. The signing will be genuinely exciting for the United fans. Let’s hope, Louis Van Gaal will bring something special with it, that will ensure the premier league title, next season to shut down the critics.

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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur: EPL Match Preview

The United manager Louis Van Gaal has prepared a new side and his team will be desperate to avoid a second successive opening-day defeat at Old Trafford when Tottenham Hotspur visit for the inaugural match in the English Premier League 2015/16 season. One year ago, Manchester United started their season by a 2-1 defeat with Swansea City, which triggered an immense upset among the Red Devils. Van Gaal’s side recovered from their and steered his club back into the UEFA Champions League. The first match in the premier league bears a huge significance for both the players and the manager.

Manchester United was able to finish 4th in the last season of EPL. Van Gaal has overseen an extensive squad overhaul, which would grab the spotlight firmly on him. Besides his new recruits are desperate to win United’s first English Premier League title since 2012/13.

Manchester United New Side:

Dutch forward Memphis Depay joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven on 12th June 2015, in a four-year contract. United’s midfield is enriched with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who won FIFA World Cup with Germany. Bastian has collected every major honour with his previous club Bayern Munich.

Another new additions are Matteo Darmain, Morgan Schneiderlin and lastly Sergio Romero in the Manchester United squad. It was a busy transfer window for Louis Van Gaal, with United attempting to bridge the 17-point gap that existed last EPL season with the Champions Chelsea.

On the contrary, Angel Di Maria, who joined Manchester United last season from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee, has reportedly left the side for Paris Saint Germain. Robin Van Persie, Luis Nani and Rafael da Silva also left Manchester United for a better side.

Manchester United will be devoid of Marouane Fellaini, who’ll miss the game for a temporary suspension, in the first game of EPL on coming Saturday against Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur Side:

The Spur’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to break into the top four in the Premier league table. It will be his second season with the Spurs as a head coach and this time he would be approaching with a definite target. In the last EPL season, Tottenham shipped a total 53 goals in the last season. This could a main reason, why Pochettino has strengthened his defence line by signing Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer. They have showed some positive signs in the Audi Cup this week by defeating AC Milan in 2-0. Although they lost the 1st game with Real Madrid by 2-0 in Munich.

The Head Coach Pochettino said after the 2-0 victory over the Serie A side,

“We need to believe in these players. My sides need time and love. We need to improve more because it’s only the beginning of the season and now we have to compete against Premier League teams. I think we are ready to face the challenge.”

Tottenham hotspur have doubt over playing Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado due to injuries. Manchester United on the other hand, are likely to play without Javier Hernandez and Marcos Rojo as they returned late in the training session after playing Copa America in Chile.

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Let’s have a look at who will be playing at tommorow’s match-

Manchester United:

De Gea, Sergio Romero, Victor Valdes, Lindegaard, Matteo Darmain, Evans, Blackett, Jones, Luke Shaw, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj, Carrick, Pereira, Powell, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Young, Valencia, Depay, Rooney and Wilson.

Tottenham Hotspur:

Lloris, Vorm, Davies, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Rose, Fazio, Trippier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Walker, Alli, Yedlin, Bentaleb, Carroll, Chadli, Cedallos, Eriksen, Dembele, Lennon, Mason, Lamela, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane and Soldado. 

Veneu: Old Trafford Stadium

Match referees:

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: J Brooks, E Smart
Fourth Official: A Marriner

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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur : EPL Match Facts

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Venue – Old Trafford | image credit – Wikimedia/André Zahn

1. Manchester United started their last season of EPL at Old Trafford with a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City. It was the first time since 1972/73 that Red Devils have lost at their home ground on the opening weekend of premier league.

2. United striker Wayne Rooney is the only to score more goals (6) on the opening weekend of EPL than any other current footballers.

3. Manchester United are the only team in the history of EPL to lose on the opening weekend, but ultimately go on to win the Premier League title as in 1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13 season.

4. Tottenham Hotspur have lost 18 games of their 23 trips to Old Trafford since 1992/93. But the Spurs have won at the Old Trafford in two of the last three seasons of English Premier League.

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LeBron James House Cost Over $21 Million In Brentwood, LA

LeBron James is a professional NBA player who is currently playing for Cleveland Cavaliers. He is one of the most popular athletes in United States. He is earning a huge amount of money for his sponsorships and endorsement deals. Although he left Cleveland in 2010, soon he announced his return to Cleveland on July 11, 2014.

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LeBron James mega-mansion: photocredit: Flickr/Ines Hegedus-Garcia

 The basketball superstar LeBron James just might have fixed to make a full court press on Hollywood. According to real estate Yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, the Cleveland hero has splashed out less $21 million for a luxurious mansion which is kind of East-coast style. The mansion is located on a plum block in Los Angeles’s Brentwood community. Lebron James house was designed by a mansion specialist Ken Ungar. The mansion is an architecturally asymmetrical six-bedrooms and seven-bathrooms. All the rooms were measured in at a hefty and it is measured over 9,350 square feet which was based on bigger-is-better standard and hardly humongous.

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The stone and white brick exterior give LeBron James house way to a voluminous foyer. The mansion is flanked by ample living and dining rooms. It is also provided with numerous fireplaces and honey-toned wide-plank wooden floor. The mansion is also included some less formal family quarters, which are designed by a cook-friendly kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with slab marble back splashes and high quality stainless steel appliances known to mankind. The breakfast nook of this mansion is set into a window-lined semicircular bay. In addition, the family room spills out through a bank of French doors to the backyard. the mansion contains a master bedroom which shares a two-way fireplace with a private sitting room. There is a snazzy marble bathroom attached to the master bedroom as well as a private terrace. There are also some deep verandas for al-fresco lounging and dinning which overlook a slightly compact backyard. The back side of the mansion is also decked out with a lap-lane swimming pool, an open air cabana. There is a long slender deck in order to have a panoramic sunset view over mansion-dotted mountains.

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The two-time NBA champion and endorsement rich, LeBron James sold a three-storied waterfront contemporary few months ago for $13.4 million and owned this mega-mansion. Likewise, other wealthy sportsmen, the mansion drew a huge media attention. It is a symbol of intense luxury and comfort. He also own a 30,000-square-feet house with 6 bed rooms and 14 bathrooms located in Akron, Ohio.

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DeMarre Carroll Underwent Surgery On Right Knee

DeMarre Carroll is an professional NBA player who is currently playing for Toronto Raptors. The Raptors announced that Carroll underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday Morning on his right knee. The operative procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery located in New York. DeMarre Carroll was sat out of Monday’s game against Cleveland Cavaliers with an injured right knee. Carroll had a history of injury on the same knee in last December. Then he was stretched off the court.

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DeMarre Carroll—–photo credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

The Toronto Raptors reporter Bruce Arthur told that it will require an estimated six to eight weeks for his full recovery and return to NBA basketball court. Another source, Kyle Lowry of The Toronto Sun reported that Carroll wishes he would had surgery sooner to be better and get himself prepare to play in the playoffs.

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Toronto Raptors signed the forward for a four-year contract on July 9, 2015. He made his debut against the Indiana Pacers on October. In that game, Carroll recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and his team won by 106-99. He missed nine straight games for the bruised right knee and returned on December 26. Then he managed just five games before the injury of the same knee for which he underwent surgery this time. The injury threatens to be a season ending for him.

DeMarre Carroll also played for other NBA teams like, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. The young Carroll previously played for University of Missouri and Vanderbilt University. He is the nephew of Arkansasmen’s basketball coach Mike Anderson. His basketball career has been disturbed by some of his bad physical conditions. When at Missouri, he complained of itchy legs and convinced to have allergy. Later, he was diagnosed as a liver disease. It was determined that, 20 years later, he may has to sustain a major surgery to transplant liver. The news is most likely to end the career of any potential basketball career. Hope he will recover soon and return to the court stronger.

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He is thought to be a great potential for the Toronto Raptors. He can be much better than he was last year with Atlanta Hawks, averaging 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range. Although, Carroll was not the best for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014-15 season of NBA, he was among the most versatile and most valuable player.

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Rudy Gobert Returns From Injury Against The Rockets

Rudy Gobert will be expected to play against the Rockets on Thursday. Although Jeff Whithey will start the game at center, Gobert will be playing off the bench and rejoining with his teammates. It can be a memorable return for his as the injury was fatal. Rudy Gobert has been out from NBA since December 2 suffering a bad knee injury during practicing. However, he was then diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain, for which he could out of NBA indefinitely. NBA basketball players who have suffered similar injuries, have been out for 4-7 weeks. Rudy’s been out for five weeks already and he is on the verge of return. It seems that, his recovery was right on schedule.

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Rudy Gobert——-image via: Wikimedia/jan fante

He spent an amazing last season with Utah Jazz. His game changing defensive presence for the Jazz made him one of the most notable players. He joined the Jazz following a trade that sent Enes Kanter to the Thunder. Since his emergence into Jazz, he has established himself as the NBA’s most fearsome rim protector and great rebounder. Although, his offensive skills have not fully developed yet, but he can play near the rim. He is a well heighted most fitted athlete. Rudy Gobert’s age is now 23, which indicates that he is one of Utah’s most talented young pieces.

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Gobert is the key to Jazz’s long term success. The 7’1’’ French professional basketball player has earned himself a nickname,”The Stifle Tower”. Rudy Gobert was the overall 2013 NBA draft for Utah. Last year, on October 17, 2015, Utah Jazz extended their contract through 2016-17 NBA season with him. He is the Bronze medal winner at the FIBA Europe Championship for U-20 in 2011. His name was announced to the All-tournament team alongside his countryman Léo Westermann. Gobert was also an important part of Bronze medal winning France team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. In that tournament, he scored 4.1 points per match.

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The return of Rudy Gobert will definitely improve Jazz’s defense. The Frenchmen is truly an asset for them in the coming future. Rudy’s return is a huge boon for the Utah Jazz. They went 7-11 during his absence, but managed to hold on to the eight best record in the west. It is unfortunate for the Jazz that, another player Derrick Favors also got injured. Jeff Withey has been expected to fill the gap as a center. This season of NBA is so far running good for Gobert as he is averaging 9 points, 11 rebounds and over 2 blocks per game for Utah Jazz.

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Former Celtics guard Rex Morgan died at 67 battling cancer

Former Jacksonville University basketball standout and Celtic guard Rex Morgan died early Friday, 15th January 2016 at the age of 67. He was a two-year starter and helped the Dolphins reach the 1970 national championship game. His tragic death was followed by a protracted battle with throat cancer for six long years. Morgan was surrounded by his family members during his death bed at Memorial Hospital.

Rex Morgan was one of the most notable and iconic players during his time at Jacksonville University. The 6’5’’ All-American guard averaged 26.7 points per game from 1968-70. Rex Morgan and Artis Gilmore, the future NBA Hall of Famer, collectively referred as “Batman and Robin” during their time together. The duo led Jackson University to the 1970 national championship game before losing to UCLA. Rex was a very competitive athlete. He also earned success as leader and a great teammate. Morgan was named among the school’s top 10 most offensive basketball players. It was 1994, when he was inducted into the Jackson University Athletics Hall of Fame. He became one of the six former Dolphins to have his 24 jersey number retired forever.

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Rex Morgan funeral———–photo credit: Wikimedia/Sgt. John J. Parry

He spent two years in NBA after being selected in the in 1970 NBA draft of the Boston Celtics. But, he gained more popularity and appreciation following his playing days in the area basketball community. Morgan returned to his home Jacksonville and started coaching career initially at the middle school level at Arlington Country Day. After his successful school coaching career, he moved up to the varsity level and began coaching Jacksonville’s entry in the short-lived United States Basketball League. Morgan held the state power of ACD, who was responsible for sending players to college programs annually and luring sponsorship money from Nike. Morgan’s style was a different trait that was both revered and assailed by former coaches and basketball players. His biggest goal was to use basketball to get his players to the next level and he did better in that and did that more consistently for a longer period of time. he was a maker of basketball players. He sent dozens of players to major college basketball program as well as professionally overseas. He developed ACD from a local program to an international brand.

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Rex Morgan will always be remembered as a decorated basketball player and a great ambassador of Jacksonville University. He was a great mentor as a coach.

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He was diagnosed with stage 3 throat carcinoma in 2010. Morgan had to went through 66 radiation therapy. But, the cancer spread to his tongue and mouth in 2013 and he underwent more painful treatment before he was declared cancer-free in the following year. However, the cancer retuned early that year, which kept Morgan off the Apaches bench for the entire season. Morgan’s health grew worse gradually. Imagine, how difficult it was for him to miss coaching games due to his bad health condition.

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Rex Morgan left his wife, Kathleen, son Taylor and daughter Lyndsay.

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Matt Barnes fined $35,000 by NBA for remarks about violence

The Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes is still likely to harbor ill feelings toward New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. It was apparent from his last Saturday comment to the reporters stating, “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is”, when the Knicks played the Grizzlies. Consequently, NBA fined Matt Barnes $35,000 for this specific statement on Sunday.

NBA found Matt Barnes’s comment inappropriate, which is detrimental to the best interests of NBA. The NBA authority accused his words as unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of basketball and NBA. NBA has shown their zero tolerance attitude by fining Barnes that huge amount of money. They are committed to hardly tolerate anything remotely associated with violence.

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Matt Barnes——–photo credit: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

In early October, 2015, Barnes and Fisher were engaged in a fight at home of Barnes’s estranged wife, Gloria Govan in Southern California. Derek Fisher reportedly is in a relationship with Barnes’s wife.

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However, before this fine punishment, Barnes was suspended two games by NBA for engaging in a physical altercation and threatening Fisher. On the other hand, Fisher did not receive any punishment by the league. Barnes recently filed a grievance with the NBA asking to recoup the salary he lost from that suspension. Fisher and Barnes were teammates in 2011 while playing for Los Angeles Lakers.
The fine to Barnes was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis Grizzlies beat the Knicks by 103-95. Barnes scored two points in Grizzlies win over the Knicks. It was their first meeting since NBA suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with the New York head coach Derek Fisher in October. Fisher and Barnes stayed away each other in the last match.

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Matt Barnes has twins with his wife Gloria Govan. Gloria was appeared in VH1’s Basketball Wives: LA program. They weren’t a happy couple after all. Barnes was arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2010. Then again, Barnes was took to the police custody for driving with a suspended license and threatening a police officer in 2012. Gloria and Barnes decided to separate in 2014.

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On 25 June, 2015, Matt Barnes was traded to Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Luke Ridnour. That move reunited Barnes with the NBA team that originally drafted him in 2002, which was the 46th overall pick up for him.

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Los Blancos’ Transfer News: Rumors on Summer Plans for Real Madrid

The Los Blancos’ have been claimed optimistic of suspending their impending transfer ban. They are most likely looking for including David De Gea from Manchester United and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Real Madrid seems very confident that their transfer ban will be suspended and along with those above two choices they are even interested in Eden Hazard.

Los Blancos rivals Atletico Madrid are also banned from registering new players until the summer of 2017. Though Real are hoping to appeal the sanction in order to at least suspend it to 2017 and not to endure like Barcelona in 2015. Actually they should have their summer plan ready to recruit heavily. Like the way, Barcelona did so well in 2014. That time they brought the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Claudio Bravo.

Los Blancos’ Rumors on Summer Plans:

Here comes the transfer rumors for the Los Blancos. We all admit that Keylor Navas is undoubtedly an able stopper, but surely a goalkeeper needs to be in their priority list for the upcoming season. The Madrid camp are clearly pinning their hopes on landing De Gea, probably as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

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David De Gea | image credit – Wikimedia/Ivan Gonzalez

Clearly Real had less need for another goalscorer. The creative playmakers like Lewandowski and Hazard, firmly fit their preferred galactico requirements of marquee signings. May be you just can expect, both are capable of adding further quality to the team.

Lewandowski has scored a staggering 23 goals and four assists this season. On the other hand, Eden Hazard was seen winning the player of the year award with 19 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea.

There not all good news for the Real fans, you should also consider possible outgoings in the summer, though it all depends on whether they are able push back the transfer ban. We all know, Zinedine Zidane likes Isco. Yet again he has spoken of inconsistent behavior from isco as a Real Madrid player. So there breathes a mere possibility that either he or James Rodriguez gets sold in the summer.

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Isco | image credit – Wikimedia/LauraHale

Owing to injury, James has just made 13 appearances for Los Blancos under Zidane’s predecessor Rafa Benitez. Despite featuring for just 770 minutes, the Colombian has scored three times and assisted six. Yes of course, Isco can create such contrast here with his 22 appearances in which he has also been concrete with three goals and nine assists. For now a time, Zidane expects the two players to be used interchangeably this season.

May be this situation is not that good for James. So definitely he could seek a move away from the Spanish giant club. Again we need to consider these all topics just boils down to their transfer situation, which could prove difficult anyway. None of these players may not arrive at or depart the Bernabeu in the summer, who knows!

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In the past, Barcelona were able to recruit Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal while banned. They agreed to wait half a season in order to register. But probably you must not expect the likes of De Gea, Lewandowski and Hazard to accept so. And definitely Real won’t allow any players of James’ or Isco’s quality to leave the camp, while they can’t make immediate replacements.

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Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016

Summer Olympic games is an international multi-sport event which occurs every four years interval and organized by International Olympic Committee. 2016 edition of summer Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to August 21. The summer Olympics 2016 is commonly known as “Rio 2016”. It will be common place for over 10,500 athletes coming from 206 countries all over the world. Kosovo and South Sudan will take part in 2016 summer Olympic games for the first time. The Rio 2016 will feature 28 Olympic games. The summer Olympics 2016 sports events will be distributed in 33 venues at Rio de Janeiro and additional 5 venues located in Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. Today, we will present you some interesting facts about Rio 2016. It will be a major sport-event in the world this year and bears an unparallel significance in the sense of sports.

Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016:

With the few more months remaining at the calendar, Rio de Janeiro is preparing to arrange the greatest sports-event on earth, the summer Olympics 2016. After successfully arranging 2014 FIFA World cup, it has been a challenge for the Brazilians to prove themselves once again. All sports loving people are waiting to watch what Brazil brings to the world as 2016 summer Olympics host. Here we will focus on interesting facts about Rio 2016.

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Fact 1: South America’s first ever
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Rio 2016 logo—–image credit: Flickr/CAPTAIN ROGER FENTON

Summer Olympic games 2016 will be take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hence the 2016 olympic games is also named as “ Rio 2016”. It will be the first Olympic games to take place in South America-which leaves Africa as the only continent yet to arrange this greatest sports-event.

Fact 2: Opening and closing ceremony
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Maracana stadium—-image via: Wikimedia/Brazilian Government

Rio 2016 will also be the first Olympic games in the history at which the opening and closing ceremonies are not held in Athletics stadium. Instead, it will take place at Maracanã Stadium which is solely a football stadium. It is an interesting fact about Rio 2016 that, every stadium except Murambi stadium, were used as a football stadium before 2016 summer Olympics.

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Fact 3: New games at Rio 2016

Golf will be reintroduced in Rio 2016. Golf is returning at the Olympics about 112 years later. Golf is a very popular game in Brazil, specially in Rio de Janeiro. There is an interesting statistic that says around 17,000 new golf players took golf as their prime sport in last 10 years at Rio. Another game named “Rugby Sevens” is also coming at Rio 2016. It is variant of Rugby union, in which seven players are required instead of 15. It is one interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 4: The Olympic village

The Olympic village of Rio 2016 will be over 185 acres. This huge area will accommodate 17,700 beds in 9,460 bedrooms in 48 multi-storied buildings. it is among the interesting facts about Rio 2016 that  each apartment is made up of three or four bedrooms. There will be thousands of athletes and delegates of different countries will be gathered in Rio prior to the Olympic games. Barra da Tijuca in Rio will their first destination, where the Olympic village 2016 is located.

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The Olympic village in Rio——–image via: Wikimedia/Barrazine da Barra
Fact 5: The Olympic stadiums

The Opening ceremony of Rio 2016 will be held at Maracana stadium. The stadium can accommodate over 90,000 spectators with 10,000 more capacities. The Sambódromo Stadium  will host the marathon and archery competitions while João Havelange Stadium will arrange track and field event of Rio 2016. The capacity of the stadium is permanently increased from 45,000 to 60,000 for the summer Olympics 2016. It is one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

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Fact 6: The events

34 venues have been selected in order to stage this mega-sport event. There are 306 sets of medals in 28 Olympic sports events. 18 of the  34 venues are already operating. The venues are located in four districts in Brazil, namely Barra de Tijuva, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracana. The Olympic event of football will be held in various stadiums outside the city.

Fact 7: The renovation
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Metro In Rio ———image via: Wikimedia/Rodrigo Bethlem

Extensive renovation on transport has been initiated following Rio 2016. The Rio metro is building two underground lines and adding six more subway stations ahead of Olympics. The renovated transport system will be able to carry 230,000 passengers per day during the Olympic period. This gigantic task has been completed on December, 2015.

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Fact 8: The sky-high cost

The Rio 2016 summer Olympics will be supposed to cost over 37.6 billion Brazilian Real which is equivalent of around 10.24 billion Euros. Approximately 24.1 billion real has been estimated for the infrastructure of the city while 6.5 billion Real for sports facilities and 7 billion real for the operating cost of this mega event. Brazil has invested over 5.6 billion real to build the Olympic park in Rio. The success of this kind of mega event is largely depended upon the amount of money that is invested.

Fact 9: The Olympic mascot
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Mascots in Rio 2016—-image via: Flickr/Sebástian Freire

The official mascot of Rio 2016 summer Olympic games was unveiled on 24 November, 2014. The name of the summer Olympics 2016 mascot is “Vinicius”. It was named after the famous Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes. The mascot represents Brazilian wildlife, carrying the design of mammals. The concept of the mascot is that it was born from the joy of Brazilians after hearing Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympics. It is obviously one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 10:  Summer Olympics 2016 tickets
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Best of Luck, Rio 2016——image credit: Pixabay/diema

The summer Olympics 2016 tickets will cost you 40 Brazilian Real to 4,600 Brazilian Real. The ticket price is quite affordable for the general public to watch the game. There will be a huge foreign visitors besides Brazilians at Rio 2016. The Brazilian government also aims to gather a huge revenue from this purpose. There are around 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 third party employees and 8,000 employees ahead of this game. Thus, Brazil is offering a huge job facilities for the people to fulfill this gigantic task.

With 173 days to go of Rio 2016, Brazil is going in full throttle. The Olympic city will stage 22 test events from February to May in 2016 to warm up the city prior to the Olympic games in August. The whole world is waiting eagerly to watch this mega event. Many are keen to know how the preparation is going and the interesting facts about Rio 2016. Let’s hope for the best . At this stage, it is only a matter of time for the summer Olympics 2016 to come at the South America’s soil.

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NBA Champion Golden State Warriors sign center Anderson Varejao

The 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors are planning something new for the team’s strategy.  The Warriors agreed to sign the free agent center Anderson Varejao on Sunday for the rest of the season. However, the team policy, terms and agreement were not disclosed so far. A person inside this process confirmed that Varejao will be a new addition in  Warriors’ squad. He justified it on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced officially about the deal.

Anderson Varejao is a Brazilian professional basketball player. The 6’11” is now aged 33 after started his playing career in 1998. He spent 12 long NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is one of the most popular players for the Cavaliers. Warriors are targeting to obtain some benefits.  They waived the ineffective Jason Thompson to make room for Varejao, who has shown some significant progress in this season as he dropped out of the rotation in Cleveland. His so-far career is averaged of 7.6 points, 1.2 assists in 25 minutes, 7.5 rebounds in over 591 matches for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This season of NBA, the center played 31 games for the Cavaliers and averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 minutes before being sent to Portland. The Brazilian will add much needed size to the Warriors. Golden State decided to release Jason Thompson, who averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 games this season. This creates an open roster spot for Anderson Varejao. Thompson was acquired by the Warriors in July from 76ers.

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Anderson Varejao while in Cleveland——-image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors were in need of an additional contributor at the front line despite their 49-5 record. The Warriors’ forward Festus Ezeli has recently recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery. Another major player, Andrew Bogut has been suffering an Achilles tendon injury of right leg. Varejao will certainly provide some depth in Warriors’ suddenly thinned frontcourt.  The Varejao deal with Portland was completed on Thursday before the trade deadline ends. It was actually a part of a three-team swap process,  that landed Channing Frye from Orlando Magic to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Portland Blazers promptly dropped Varejao to the Warriors, although there are nearly $14 million guaranteed money left on his contract.

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Anderson Varejao was originally selected by the NBA franchise Orlando Magic with the 2004 NBA Draft and 30th overall selection. He was the first pick of the second round. He has appeared in total 71 career post season matches. Varejao was named to the All-Defensive Second Team in 2009-10 and finished 3rd in six that season.

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His debut at NBA was made in 2004-05 season. After the swap from Orlando to Cleveland, Varejao played 54 games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Prior to joining NBA, he played spent three season with FC Barcelona and has experiences to play in Spain’s top basketball league, Liga ACB. From 1998 to 2002, he also played for Franca Basquetebol Clube in Brazil. He has earned a nickname “ Wild Thing”. It’s because of his wild hair and aggressive style of playing. He is also playing for Brazil National basketball team and won two gold medals in FIBA Americas Championship. Varejao will rejoin his former Cleveland teammate Luke Walton, who is now an assist coach for the Warriors and the Brazilian National teammate Leandro Barbosa.

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Super Bowl 50 : Denver Broncos defeated Carolina Panthers

Super Bowl 50 was played on February 7, 2016 in order to determine the NFL (National Football League) champion for the 2015 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos met the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Carolina Panthers in this competition. Denver Broncos claimed their victory over the Panthers by 24-10. Denver Broncos earned their 3rd Super Bowl title yesterday night. The game was held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The San Francisco Bay becomes glorious for organizing the Super Bowl 50 competition and it was their 2nd time to held a super bowl in this area. Around 71,000 spectators watched the game at the stadium. The Super Bowl 50 also drew huge media attention all over the world.

The match summary:

Initially, the game wasn’t in Broncos’ hand, while their offense got just 194 yards and 11 first downs. Then the Broncos took the lead and never lost it. The Panther were accustomed with that situation. They had the league’s top class offense with an average 31.3 points per match in the regular season and 40 points during the post season. But, they didn’t face a defense like Denver’s. the most costly for them came in the first quarter, after Carolina’s second turn on offense. The defensive end Malik Jackson scooped up the ball for the score to give Denver Broncos a 10-0 lead in the game.

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The Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers vs Denver broncos——–image via: www.youtube.com

With a record 7 sacks and 3 force turnovers, Denver Broncos ultimately became the Super Bowl 50 Champion defeating Carolina Panthers. Von Miller, the Denver Linebacker, was awarded Super Bowl MVP for his 5 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Peyton Manning at the age of 39 wins his 2nd super Bowl title. He was the oldest starting Quarterback while playing for the Denver Broncos in Super bowl 50. It was probably would be his last game and like his boss John Elway, he can ride off into the sunset after securing 2nd Super Bowl title in his long football career. Manning is the first American footballer who won super bowl for two different teams in NFL. He won his first in Super Bowl XLI  with the Indianapolis Colts. With that last win against the Panthers, he has become the first quarterback in the history of NFL with 200 wins. However, he contributed at his best in the last game making 13 of 23 passing for 141 yards, one interception and a lost fumble.

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Journey to Super Bowl 50:

Carolina Panthers:

In the course to the Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panthers finished the regular season with a 15-1 winning record. They defeated the Arizona Cardinals by 49-15 to be the NFC Champions and advanced to the Super Bowl. It was their second super bowl appearance since 1995.

Denver Broncos:

The another super bowl team, Denver Broncos finished their season with a 12-4 record and defeated New England Patriots by 20-18 in the AFC Championship. It was 8th super bowl appearance for the Broncos.

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The history of Super Bowl:

The Super bowl competition was first played in 1967. Yesterday, it was the 50th edition of super bowl where Denver Broncos defeated Carolina Panthers. American Football League and National Football league merged in super bowl since 1970 and claimed their leadership. The both football league emphasized the ‘Golden anniversary” of super bowl. The football authority temporally suspended the tradition of naming Super bowl with roman numbers. In 2013, the Levi’s stadium was selected to arrange the super bowl 50, 2016. The renovation of the stadium started soon and eventually cost $1.2 billion to finish. The Super Bowl 50 was the first ever super bowl competition held in the San Francisco Bay area. Lady Gaga sang the national anthem before the match while ColdPlay and Bruno Mars performed at the Levi’s stadium during halftime.

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The Super Bowl trophy:

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Super Bowl 50 trophy——image via: www.youtube.com

The Denver Broncos received a large 18-karat gold-plated “50” in addition to the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Super Bowl 50 host authority will donate 25% of all money to raise philanthropy in the Bay area. The committee already received around $40 million from the media coverage. The Super Bowl 50 was broadcasted by CBS television, which is the main broadcaster for NFL. It was considered as the “Golden Super Bowl” event.