Backstage concern for Undertaker’s WWE future

According to, The Undertaker was said to be walking around in a great deal of pain at Raw last week, and as a result there is growing concern in WWE regarding The Dead Man’s future in the company. The Undertaker was said to be pretty unhappy at Raw this past Monday night due to the level of pain he was in, which resulted in talks that this year might be ‘Taker’s final WrestleMania. There was quite a bit of buzz on social media following Raw last week that Undertaker appeared to “wince” following the Chokeslam he delivered to Braun Strowman. Some fans took this as an indication of pain, but some took it as just a possible in-character reaction. According to a correspondent we had in attendance for Raw, “Taker was a bit slow to get up after the spear he took from Roman Reigns, and while he was noticeably limping up the entrance ramp to make his exit, again, that could have been ‘Taker selling the move from Reigns. It appears, however, he was in legitimate pain either before or after the move from Reigns.”Undertaker celebrated his 52nd birthday this weekend, and there are still big money matches on the table for him, including “dream bout” scenarios with John Cena and Sting.RelatedRoyal Rumble 2020: Full review as McIntyre and Flair win big, The Fiend and Becky retain, Edge returnsRo上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛yal Rumble 2020: Every match broken down with predictionsHowever, with his reported level of pain, WWE officials are beginning to come to the conclusion that this year might be it for ‘Taker, and after WrestleMania he might undergo major surgery which would likely end his career.WrestleMania 33: How to watch, UAE start time and full cardWWE TLC: Are the Hardys coming to WrestleMania?WATCH: Triple H shares his MONSTER workout WWE TLC: What do the latest CM Punk chants on RAW mean?WWE TLC: What next for Styles and Ambrose?INFOGRAPHIC: Nine banned WWE moves

Stellar women’s field for ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

Seven of the top 10 women in triathlon will lead a pack of 60 women from 19 countries at the World Triathlon Series season opener on March 3 and 4. The world-class field will go head-to-head on the all-new Yas Island course, making for one of the strongest women’s line-ups to appear at the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. The powerful race bill includes Abu Dhabi’s reigning champion, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson; 2016 World Champion, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy; World Number three, Japan’s Ai Ueda, USA’s Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True; World Number six, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt and World Number eight Australia’s Charlotte McShane. The seven women together boast a huge total of 71 wins between them. Jodie Stimpson, who claimed the ITU Word Triathlon Abu Dhabi women’s title last year, said: “The Abu Dhabi win was one of the highlights of my 2016 season so I can’t wait to return to the UAE and check out the new course. This is a bucket list race for most triathletes so I am lucky to be joining such a strong women’s field on the start line in March.”Out to challenge Stimpson is 2016 ITU World Champion and three-time Olympian, Flora Duffy, who is intent on starting the 2017 with a win. “I couldn’t ask for more from the Abu Dhabi race – beautiful course, great weather and amazing friends to race with – and hopefully a win of course! I am counting down the days before I’m back on the blue carpet.”RelatedWhat now for Saudi Arabia’s Olympic starlets and will they be allowed to shine in the SPL?Playoffs set for duFC in Abu DhabiThe 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series will be missing Rio gold medallist Gwen Jorgensen this year, who will be taking the year off due to pregnancy. Carrying the USA flag next month will be compatriots Katie Zaferes and Sarah True, both in the top 10 rankings and keen to start the season on a winning note.Elsewhere Japan’s Ai Ueda, three-time Olympian, is keen to better her 2015 and 2016 Abu Dhabi results. The 33-year-old had a fantastic 2016 season where she took home a total of four gold medals from the World Cup, National Championships and the Asian Championships. Ai, who comes from a family of painters, is looking forward to having her family support her as she takes on the Yas Island course on 3 March.Olympic silve上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛r medallist, Vanessa Fernandes, widely regarded as the most successful woman in triathlon history with 20 World Cup titles to her name, will be another name to watch in the outstanding women’s field. All eyes will be on Fernandes as she makes her highly anticipated triathlon comeback in Abu Dhabi, making for an electrifying women’s race.In addition to the stunning elite field, the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi has amateur race categories suited to all ages and abilities, and will welcome 3,500 amateur athletes to take part in the two-day event. The race categories, which can be completed as an individual or as part of a relay team, include:DistancesSprint: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km runOlympic: 1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km runMaxi: 1,500m swim, 80km bike, 20km runOnline registrations for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi are open to the public via the race website,, and will close on 23 February. Starting from AED 450 for adults and AED 60 for children, race spots are quickly filling-up and organisers are urging those interested to sign-up soon before it reaches capacity.Mahra win Polo Masters Cup for second consecutive yearMcGregor and Mayweather agree deal to fight – reportsValentine’s Day jump over heart-shaped islandTesla launches in the UAE with Model S and Model X#360USA: More trouble for the Knicks following Oakley’s banValentine’s Day: 20 sports stars with love-themed names

Rush-A-Way Corporate event will see you escape the office

Rush-A-Way are known for their adventure races and now they’re adding a corporate twist to their experience with their Corporate Challenge. To be held on Saturday, April 22 at a venue that will be revealed two weeks prior, the event is set to pit corporate teams against each other as participants battle for the title. The Corporate Challenge is open to 100 teams comprised of two to four members, who will navigate through eight different challenges. Each challenge is set up at different locations around Dubai, which competitors will get to by use of a car. The location details of the next challenge will be given w上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛hen teams complete the previous challenge.As always, the team with the highest score in the end will earn bragging rights and the grand prize, making this less of a race and more of a competition based on the results throughout.RelatedDevelop a culture of wellness with Corporate Sports‘When you start to climb these 300m sand dunes, you start to cry’ – The first man to trek the Empty QuarterIf you’ve never taken part in a Rush-A-Way challenge before, here’s what you can expect from the various challenges on the course.For one, they are designed to test teams’ skillsets across the board, which will allow different members to shine.If you’re a jack of all trades, you’ll have a better chance of completing the challenges as they’ll range from testing speed, logic, fitness, accuracy, perseverance and navigational skills. Most of all though, the challenges will force teams to work together to build teamwork and camaraderie – key factors in the workplace.Following the conclusion of the event, medals and trophies will be given to the teams who finish in first, second and third place, while an Excellence Award will be presented to the organisation with the most entries and a Best Performing Company Award handed to the organisation whose top three teams accumulated the most points.Teams can sign up now through and receive an early bird discount until April 8, before the regular registration fee applies from April 9 onwards. Included in the entry fee is a branded t-shirt with company name and logo, along with a goody bag.Team members must represent their company and be aged 18 or older, while one person on the team must have a valid UAE driving license and one smartphone with 3G/4G internet to access the Rush-A-Way web application, which will give all the relevant information during the event.Build teamwork outside of the office and go on an adventure with your colleagues in the Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge.WHAT: Rush-A-Way Corporate ChallengeWHERE: Dubai, TBAWHEN: Saturday, April 22CONTACT: www.rushawayuae.comGoing Out: Get on your bike and take on Ride AjmanGoing Out: Barry’s BootcampGoing Out: The Labour RunGoing Out: Yas Waterworld’s Springfest 2017Going Out: Join Man City football schoolsGoing Out: Zayed Sports City’s spring camps

GOING OUT: Raise money for cancer research at Terry Fox Run

The non-competitive event will take place on Friday, February 17 at Dubai Festival City and is held under the patronage of Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al M上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛aktoum, in conjunction with the Terry Fox Foundation. This isn’t a race, but rather a run to support cancer research projects in the UAE and raise donations. It’s named after Terry Fox, a Canadian who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18. Admirably, Fox attempted to run across Canada raising money to fund cancer research in the hope that a cure would one day be found. Though Fox was unable to complete his ‘Marathon of Hope’ due to his condition and lost his life at 22, he left behind a legacy that has resonated and is cherished worldwide.In his memory, the Terry Fox Runs go from city to city across the world, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE alone, raising over $650 million internationally. All proceeds are retained in the host country and go to recognised research institutions approved by the Terry Fox Foundation, as advised by The Terry Fox Research Institute.RelatedTommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and other players to watch out for at the Dubai Desert ClassicCommercial Bank of Dubai announced as primary sponsor for February’s Ras Al Khaimah Half MarathonThe Terry Fox Run first hit Dubai in 1994 and as it’s been from the start, the event remains organised by volunteers.HE Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada in Dubai, said: “It is great to see the return of the Terry Fox Run to Dubai in 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary year.How to get involvedWhat: Terry Fox RunWhere: Dubai Festival CityWhen: Friday, Feb 17 at 09:00Contact:“Terry Fox began his run across Canada in 1980 in order to raise money for cancer research.  His remarkable efforts inspired people from around the world to participate in these runs and contribute in a meaningful way to our joint goal of eradicating cancer.”Whatever your age or level of physical ability, the run is inclusive for everyone and participants can choose to walk, run, cycle, roller blade or wheelchair the entire distance.While there is no registration fee, runners are encouraged to donate and purchase a Dubai Run t-shirt when signing up, which can be collected on February 10, 11 or 16 in Dubai Festival City.Following the 5km run, which begins at 09:00 on the day, there will be entertainment and snacks.Daniel Murphy, chair of the organising committee in Dubai, commented: “We are delighted to have the Terry Fox Run return to Dubai and are honoured to be supported by the Al Maktoum Foundation in our effort to fund cancer research projects in the UAE.”Going Out: Compete in the Sandstorm MarmounGoing Out: UP’s new indoor cricket league in DubaiGoing Out: Complete for glory at Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis CupGoing Out: Perfect getaway at Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel in Oman

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA The Indy 500 is a sporting event like no other and isn’t known as the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ for nothing. And yet, I don’t think I fully appreciated its scale and for that matter how much the annual automobile race, which is set for its 101st edition on Sunday (June 28), meant to American sport and further afield. Until now. Getting immersed in Indy build-up, seeing the frenzy around Fernando 上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛Alonso’s rookie bow and a city (and nation) painted in chequered flag colours, has really given me a sense of history and understanding of what makes IndyCar’s showpiece so special.NOW FOR THE WEATHER…RelatedAlvaro Negredo on brilliance of David Villa and Fernando Torres, plus Jesus Navas transformationBangladesh Consulate General, Dubai Celebrates Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur RahmanThursday saw yet more rain in Indiana and sparked fears it could affect Indy 500, especially given the race day forecast isn’t too promising.Basically, bad news.Most of the 33 drivers on the grid will surpass speeds in excess of 235mph, and for safety reasons, the race has to take place on a completely dry surface.However, in the mid-western State, this May has been one of the wettest months on record and if further rain falls – organisers will be left with big decisions to make.A tweak to the start time and reserve day options may come into play.The green flag is normally dropped at 12.19pm, waving the way for drivers’ to take on 200 laps of the 2.5 mile-long Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval circuit.‘If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait a few minutes, and it’ll a change’ – is apparently the old adage in this part of the world.Let’s hope that rings true.FERNANDO ALONSOThe Spanish two-time World Champion was in excellent spirits as fans and media mobbed him.Having achieved so much in his star-studded career, Sunday will be a step into the unknown as he makes his rookie appearance in the prestigious event for team McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport.Watch our video clip above to hear from the 35-year-old and get a taste of what life must be like for him living in the fast lane.It’s #MediaDay here at @IMS, @alo_oficial is taking 1…2…ok maybe a thousand questions. #Indy500 #GreatestDriversInRacing.— Ind. Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 25, 2017VICE PRESIDENT TO WATCH RACEUnited States Vice President Mike Pence will be attending ‘as a fan’ and not in a political capacity, an official confirmed in the press room.WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR LEGEND KANAAN?After conducting an impromptu, fun interview with Alonso, 42-year-old Tony Kanaan discussed his own future.The 2013 Indy 500 and 2004 IndyCar Series champion said: “I can tell you one thing, I’m not ready to retire from IndyCar right now.”Here’s to more years then of seeing the brilliant Brazilian in action.Being interviewed by the newest member of Indy media… @TonyKanaan. ?#Indy500— McLarenHondaAndretti (@McLarenIndy) May 25, 2017DID YOU KNOW?The much-anticipated Indy race falls on Memorial Day weekend – a special day in the calendar here where people honour and remember veterans.THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO…DUBAI’S ED JONES IN HIGH SPIRITSI had an exclusive chat with the Dubai-born ace ahead of his debut in the event.Jones, who found top speed in ‘Fast Friday’ qualifying – surpassing the 230mph mark – looks in prime shape.Keep your eyes peeled for our full interview with Ed on .com.His team, Dale Coyne Racing, were also boosted by the huge news that driver Sebastien Bourdais was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital following his practice crash.ESPN COMMENTATORSI also spoke to ESPN commentators and former Indy racing stars Eddie Cheever and Scott Goodyear – look out for both interviews in due course.Scott Dixon takes pole at Indy 500, Fernando Alonso starts fifthFive key talking points ahead of Monaco Grand PrixVerstappen talks about loyalty in Formula One, his future at Red …The Inside Line Podcast: Why Kimi Raikkonen will never race the I…

Joshua vs Klitschko: Potential opponents from Fury to Bellew

Anthony Joshua established himself as the world’s leading heavyweight when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds at Wembley. Adding the WBA belt to his IBF title, the 27-year-old overcame his biggest threat and will become even more of a target for his rivals. Here, we look at five potential opponents for his next fight. Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko: Five things learned from st…Fury responds to Joshua challengeJoshua keen on Klitschko rematchJoshua vs Klitschko predic上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛tions: Joshua’s youth to win outDEONTAY WILDERRelatedWATCH: Zinedine Zidane not thinking about a potential Real Madrid treble just yetThe building of Brooks: From Finland to Florida, how Koepka has taken over the world of golfA fight between Joshua and America’s WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, 31, would likely prove the richest in the heavyweight division.The combination of two charismatic, explosive punchers would appeal both in the UK and the US, but may have such commercial potential that they would choose to delay until next summer.Wilder was ringside at Wembley, but has also been linked to fighting Tony Bellew.JOSEPH PARKERNew Zealand’s WBO champion Parker carries less threat and appeal than Wilder but also represents less of a risk.The 25-year-old had been scheduled to fight Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie until injury ruled the challenger out, and is one of only two fighters against which a unification match-up could be made.WLADIMIR KLITSCHKOThe 41-year-old has already revealed he has a rematch clause he can take advantage of, and that only another showdown with Joshua is capable of convincing him to fight on.Joshua has also already said he would be willing to fight the Ukrainian again, but beyond financial gain there seems little benefit for the champion.Having already beaten him so entertainingly, Klitschko represents a high-risk, low-reward opponent.TYSON FURYImmediately after his defeat of Klitschko, Joshua called out the fighter who is quickly becoming his biggest rival.The 28-year-old Fury unsurprisingly responded on Twitter, writing “challenge accepted”.Both seem confident of victory and willing to fight each other, both have beaten Klitschko and both represent the other’s most intriguing opponent within the UK.Fury’s biggest challenge could yet come in regaining his boxing licence amid his struggles with depression.TONY BELLEWThe former WBC cruiserweight champion’s unexpected defeat of David Haye has given him far more appeal in the heavyweight division than any would have predicted.He seems incapable of providing Joshua with much of a test, but the money involved in fighting the champion will become such that any potential offers will be tempting.A match-up between the two is also straightforward to make, given they are both promoted by Matchroom.The biggest question may be whether Matchroom would rather use the 34-year-old Liverpudlian to further build Wilder’s reputation before the American eventually fights Joshua.Provided by Press Association Sport

Bahrain coach Louie Tonkin has no regrets over handing title to Quins

They say honesty is always the best policy and Bahrain coach Louie Tonkin admits he has no regrets over the club’s part in Abu Dhabi Harlequins being crowned West Asia Premiership champions. Clubs had been competing in the tournament under the assumption that the league title would be decided via a play-off system. In fact, rules published by tournament organisers Asia Rugby and sent to clubs before the start of the 2016/17 campaign clearly indicate that the Premiership is played on a league format with the team in first place at the end of the season crowned champions – as was the case in 2015/16. This anomaly was not brought to light by anyone until Bahrain blew the whistle at the end of February, contacting Quins who had no clue their 47-7 defeat of Jebel Ali Dragons on February 24 meant they were champions.It cost resurgent Bahrain the championship, but Tonkin insists it was the right thing to do.RelatedThe building of Brooks: From Finland to Florida, how Koepka has taken over the world of golfBryson Dechambeau – Mad Scientist has been in the lab and has emerged stronger than ever“The rules got sent out to all clubs in September and it was clear this上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛 was the structure,” the Welshman said ahead of his side’s visit to Quins tomorrow (Friday).“The issue with other clubs perhaps has been a lack of communication and marketing around the competition. It could have been documented or publicised better and then there would have been no confusion.“I think that’s something that needs to be improved upon in the coming seasons so that everyone is aware they are two tier competitions.”Tonkin, who has transformed Bahrain into championship contenders since taking the top job last July, feels Quins are deserving champions.“I’m a big ambassador of the fact league champions are league champions,” he added.“It’s a regular season league and the team that consistently wins more than anyone else should rightfully be crowned league champions and I don’t think anyone would complain that Quins have been the most consistent and best side in the league.“They are rightfully and deservedly the champions. My opinion is there is no case for teams not knowing because the document was there to read from July.”Bahrain head to Abu Dhabi to take on the champions tomorrow (Friday) but what looks like a mouthwatering spectacle and a possible West Asia Cup final has been dampened by Dubai Hurricanes forfeiting their trip to Doha.That hands Alex Natera’s side a 20-0 bonus point win, meaning they cannot be caught in second place by Bahrain, thus ensuring a home semi-final for them in the Cup.“It’s a dead rubber,” added Tonkin.“We’re really disappointed Canes couldn’t field a side to go to Doha. We had a bit of a lifeline as we had hoped to go to Quins and play for a home semi-final which would be hugely significant. But it happens in Gulf rugby and it is what it is.“What will be difficult for me and Mike (McFarlane, Quins coach) this week is we have a semi-final to play a week later and out of necessity both teams will have to rest some players.“All I’ve heard from my players is how much we’ve improved on last season which we have. We went to Quins last season and lost by 100 points so we’re adamant and determined to show how far we have come as a squad and a club in a season.“It will be played in a good spirit and we’re looking forward to a good game.”Quins stalwart Ben Bolger has also played down the insignificance of the clash, insisting his side will want to maintain momentum.“The boys are looking forward to getting back to playing,” he said. “We want to finish the league strong and keep the momentum going.”Former Wales basketball team-mates to put friendship asideTonkin off to a bright start in BahrainMorton leaves Sarries for rivals HarlequinsDuo show why they’re the two teams to beatQuins run riot with eight triesDubai Exiles face must-win clash against resurgent Abu Dhabi Sara…

#360view: City triumphant but Monaco have more in store

Not since Marseille lifted the European Cup 24 years ago has a French team had the game’s best club side. It has been a long, long wait. But that could soon change. Following Manchester City’s stunning comeback to take a two-goal advantange to Monte Carlo for the return leg of this absorbing Champions League last-16 encounter, it may not be this season for Monaco, and Paris Saint-Germain may have greater hope. Monaco just could not cope with the pressure from the hosts in a finale that was fabulous as well as frenetic. But here is a team gifted and destined for glory.Much has been said and written about their goal-scoring exploits in this campaign and they way they teased and tormented the Manchester City defence showed the praise was every bit justified. They are lightning on the counter and lethal.RelatedAhead of Bunyodkor decider, a look at top-five clutch Al Ain moments in AFC Champions LeagueRomain Saiss Exclusive: Wolves man on dreaming big with Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Busquets and MoroccoIt was summed up by the dazzling display of Kylian Mbappe who belied his 18 years with brilliance. There have been comparisons with Thierry Henry, but this evoked memories of Wayne Rooney when he first burst onto the scene as a teenager – and dare I say it, the Brazilian striker Ronaldo. It was that calmness and clinical approach.Awesome, incredible game but the third goal by Falcao is disgusting! Red card. #UCL #MCIASM— PMLEGEND™ (@PMLEGEND) February 21, 2017Blessed with balance, skill and speed, he was fearsome in the front-line. With experience and faith from his coach, he will only get better.That is something Raheem Sterling has clearly benefitted from since Pep Guardiola’s arrival. It has been the making of him as he has taken his game to another level after battles with inconsistency, belief and a price tag that seemed to weigh him down.No longer isolated on the wing, as part of a front three and a regular starter, he has been tremendous. With confidence, his class has shone through and, along with summer signing Leroy Sane, City have the S-factor.This exciting trio are world-beaters in the making.But, in a game where it was all about the attacks, the young guns should not claim all the attention, though, as two ‘veterans’ proved their worth.His awful penalty miss aside, Radamel Falcao turned back the clock to the time he was arguably the world’s best striker. The chip for his second goal was simply sublime and a riposte t上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛o those who witnessed his failings in Manchester when he was on loan at United.Great strikers never lose that ability – as also proved by Sergio Aguero. Booked for a dive when it seemed he should have had a penalty and Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic shown a red card, he did not hide and instead displayed the hunger for which he has attained hero status at the Etihad. With constant questions about his future at City, Aguero revelled in being the main man again.What he and City also showed was heart. Twice behind they refused to give up, or give in, to gain a momentous win on a night to remember for the fans. One of the great Champions League games.Yet with all the missed opportunities and defensive failings, this tie is not over.Monaco will have to gamble in the return, but it won’t be Monte Carlo and bust. On this evidence, they are heading for greater riches in the long term.UCL round-up: City win eight-goal thrillerWATCH: Stoke City’s final training session in DubaiCasillas and Buffon’s era-defining rivalry

Guardiola praises Abu Dhabi football facilities

As hundreds of young footballers’ head to Capital for a youth football extravaganza, Manchester City FC manager Pep Guardiola has spoken of what it was like to bring his team of star names to train in the city. This weekend will see more than 800 players from across the Middle East head to Zayed Sports City, for the first ever Manchester City FC Abu Dhabi Cup. The competition will feature youth football matches as well as free fun filled family activities and competitions上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛 for anyone to enjoy. It comes after Guardiola brought the Manchester City team to Emirates Palace for warm weather training, meeting fans and youth players of all ages during their stay.“The trip [to Abu Dhabi] gave us a chance to get away and do things a little differently. Being in Abu Dhabi gives us a chance to come to a beautiful country, with a different climate to the one we’re used to – it freshens things up for all of us,” he said.RelatedWATCH: Pep Guardiola defends old foe Jose Mourinho ahead of Man City’s clash with TottenhamWATCH: Pep Guardiola says Ederson is the best penalty taker in Manchester City“The facilities out here in Abu Dhabi are outstanding. To have everything on one site in this way is invaluable and the hotel is of the very highest standard.“The staff have embraced my team and all those who work for the club throughout our stay. That is a huge plus to help us in making the trip as seamless as possible and we are incredibly grateful for all their efforts.”The inaugural Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Etihad Airways, has seen many teams from the UAE, Oman and Bahrain register to take part and is open to Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 sides.Asia Angle: What threat do Japan pose UAE?IN PICS & VIDS: Classic England-Germany showdownsWATCH: Bayern players laugh at Robben stropSTAT: Mbappe shining in remarkable seasonArsene Wenger: Should he stay or should he go?A Brief History Of: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Bartra posts message after surgery following Dortmund explosion

Borussia Dortmund Marc Bartra has undergone a successful surgery on the broken wrist he suffered when the team bus was hit by an explosion on Tuesday before the Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Monaco. Bartra is expected to miss several weeks, with no precise timetable for his return. Fortunately, despite the nature of the incident, Bartra’s injuries were not deemed severe, and no other player was badly injured. Messages of support rolled in for the Spanish defender, and the Dortmund fans sang his name ahead of Wednesday night’s match. Hola a todos! Como veis ya estoy mucho mejor, muchas gracias a todo el mundo por los mensajes de apoyo! Toda mi fuerza a mis compañeros, afición y todo el @bvb09 para el partido de esta noche! #HejaBVB Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight’s match! #HejaBVB A post shared by Marc Bartra (@marcbartra) on Apr 12, 2017 at 7:04am PDT RelatedBrooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson lead our players to watch at the Saudi InternationalEuropean Team of the Week: Barcelona slayer, Serie A hat-trick hero and Neymar make cut.@MarcBartra undergoes operation on arm and hand. Get well soon, Marc!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 11, 2017.@RBuerki1 shows support for his teammate & friend @MarcBartra ahead of tonight’s #UCL match. ? #BVBASM— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) April 12, 2017Deeply shocked by the explosions last night in Dortmund. Sending my support to @BVB , the fans & wishing a speedy recovery to @MarcBartra— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) April 12, 2017We’re #BackForBartra! #bvbasm— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 12, 2017Teams read out at Dortmund – three loud get well soo上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛n roars for Marc Bartra from @BVB fans.— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) April 12, 2017Fans sing for Marc Bartra in the buildup in Dortmund ? (? @SanBorussia)— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) April 12, 2017Zamora relishing Brighton’s long-awaited top-flight returnCOMMENT: Dybala not ‘The New Messi’ but a star in his own rightHenry reveals Player of the Year pickClub World Cup UAE 2017 likely to use Video Assistant Referees sy…Ranieri and Klinsmann head shortlist for UAE jobAFC Champions League: Al Ain forced to settle for draw

The United youngsters who could play on Sunday

Manchester United are expected to field an experimental line-up in Sunday’s Premier League home match against Crystal Palace. Here, are some of the unfamiliar names who manager Jose Mourinho – with one eye on Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax – has confirmed will be involved against Sam Allardyce’s Eagles. Joel Pereira, O’Hara, Mitchell, McTominay, Harrop, Willock, Tuanzebe, Gomes and Dearnley are also likely to be included in Sunday’s squad.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2017 JOEL PEREIRA (goalkeeper, age 20)RelatedWATCH: ‘Lack of energy,’ says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United draw with WolvesOwen Farrell, Antoine Dupont and other players who could light up Six Nations 2020Made his United debut as a late substitute in the FA Cup win against Wigan in January, having been recalled from a loan spell at Portuguese club Belenenses.Tipped by Mourinho to be the “best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation.”Joel Pereira: “We enjoy working together a lot – they are two amazing goalkeepers and two great people as well; they’re good friends.”— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) May 20, 2017DEMETRI MITCHELL (winger/full-back, age 20)Manchester-born former England youth international who played as a winger for much of his youth career.Has more recently converted to an attack-minded left-back and has impressed for United under-23s this term. Was an unused substitute in recent games at Tottenham and Southampton.Congratulations to Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Demetri Mitchell on their call-ups! ?— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 16, 2017SCOTT McTOMINAY (midfielder/forward, age 20)Has operated mainly in midfield for United reserves this season, but can do a job up front too at 6ft 4in. Made his Premier League debut as a substitute at Arsenal earlier this month.Born in Lancaster but recently told the club’s website he feels “probably more Scottish than English”.Demetri Mitchell makes the #MUFC matchday squad for the first time while Scott McTominay is again on the bench after his debut last weekend.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 14, 2017JOSH HARROP (midfielder, age 21)Endured an injury-plagued 2015/16 campaign but has enjoyed a much more productive season this term.A skillful midfielder with an eye for goal, Harrop scored a hat-trick for the reserves against Tottenham – in front of a watching Mourinho – at Old Trafford earlier this week.Harrop on ?tonight though ??— Demetri Mitchell (@demetrimitche11) May 15, 2017MATTY WILLOCK (midfielder, age 20)Leggy上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛 midfielder was formerly with Arsenal – and has two brothers who are on the Gunners’ books. A regular in last season’s under-21 title-winning team, Willock’s work in the engine room often goes unnoticed.He has caught Mourinho’s eye and been involved in a couple of matchday squads of late but has yet to make his senior debut.Willock’s on both sides tonight! Good luck to @mattywillock @chriswillock & @Joewillock ?⚽️ #AFC #MUFC— Doyen Global (@DoyenGlobal) May 8, 2017KIERAN O’HARA (goalkeeper, age 21)Joined United aged eight and progressed through the ranks before gaining experience on a number of loan deals in recent years. Received his first call-up for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team last September.On the way down to London for the game against Arsenal tomorrow night #MUFC ?— Kieran O’hara (@KieranOhara_) May 7, 2017ZACHARY DEARNLEY (midfielder, age 18)Former England schoolboys and youth international has had his share of injury woes but has shown himself capable of playing in midfield and in a more advanced role for United’s academy side.Impressed for the under-23s as a second-half substitute in front of Mourinho on Monday.Zak Dearnley: played for the U18s last Friday, played for the U23s on Monday and potentially play for the first team on Sunday. Lad.— Khoa Zany (@khoazany) May 18, 2017ANGEL GOMES (midfielder, age 16)Ex-England Under-16 captain and the club’s newly crowned youth-team player of the year. A cousin of former United winger Nani, Gomes is comfortable in possession, a good passer and provides a goal threat.Moved to Old Trafford at the age of 13, and is tipped to be the next big thing.? | Angel Gomes with Ronaldo & Nani as a kid in the academy now in training with the first team squad ahead of a possible debut on Sunday.— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) May 20, 2017*From Press AssociationRonald Koeman column: Everton will strengthen this summerEmirati referee makes history by using VAR technology at U-20 Wor…Zidane: La Liga title destiny is in our handsIbrahimovic sparks rumours of Europa League final availabilityDzsudzsak delivers on President’s Cup promise to WahdaReghecampf is Wahda bound despite Aguirre’s President’s Cup victo…

the peloton to edge Stage 2 on the line by half a

Marcel Kittel’s love affair with the UAE continued as he won his first-ever Abu Dhabi Tour stage in a dramatic photo finish. The giant German used all of his 6 ft 2 in frame to come from the back of the peloton to edge Stage 2 on the line by half a wheel from Orica Scott’s Caleb Ewan and Team Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish, whose third-place helped him retain the red leaders and the green General Classification jerseys. It was a calamitous end to the race for Australian rookie Ewan, 22, who thrust his arms skywards at the finish line at Abu Dhabi’s Al Marina thinking he’d done enough for victory.But replays confirmed he had done so prematurely, with 28-year-old Kittel triumphing by the most slender of margins.RelatedPlayoffs set for duFC in Abu DhabiRegistrations open for ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2020Kittel felt bad for opponent Ewan but said it proves you can never lose focus.“I guess I just beat him on the line and it shows you have to sprint right to the line and it gave me the opportunity to use those extra centimeters,” he said.“I think it’s a mistake that all sprinters have made, and I’m sure it will never happen again to Caleb.”Victory was the perfect response from Kittel, who had crashed 1km from the finish on Thursday’s opening stage in Madinat Zayed following a touching of wheels, while his broken disc brake rotor had caused serious injury to Team Sky’s Owain Doull.Things were looking bleak again Friday as Kittel was even at the back of the field around 20km from the finish after picking up a puncture.It was yet more proof of him being talked up as the best sprinter in the world right now, while it also extended his Emirates’ legacy after winning a second successive Dubai Tour last month.Despite his troubles early on, at no point did Kittel think he could not win.Tigersprung! ?— Marcel Kittel (@marcelkittel) February 24, 2017“I think that is something that happened already a few weeks ago in Dubai on the last stage,” said the Arnstadt native.“I can say that I’m very happy but I still believed until the last moment that I could come from the back 上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛today. Even from there (being at the back with a puncture) I still had my team around me and I didn’t want to give up, I tried my best and I still believed that I could win.”Six riders lad the day’s breakaway early on, with Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Fabio Calabria (Novo Nordisk), Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing), Kristijan Durasek (UAE Team Emirates) and Kirill Sveshnikov (Gazprom-RusVelo) leading until the peloton reeled De Marchi in with five kilometres remaining.Canola’s starring role in the breakaway gave him leadership of the Intermediate Sprints competition and the right to wear the black jersey on today’s “queen stage” to Jebel Hafeet.Stage 1 winner Cavendish defended his leadership in the overall General Classification and the Manx Missile also had some comforting words for Ewan.HIGHLIGHTS: Cavendish wins first stage of Abu Dhabi TourINTERVIEW: Nibali has no thoughts of retiringNibali and Aru dismiss broken friendship claimsMirza misses Abu Dhabi Tour due to medical glitch“In all honesty, without taking anything away from Marcel, Caleb was the strongest today,” said the 31-year-old.“I really couldn’t match him. I knew when we turned right I was a bit too far forward and it was going to be a hard sprint then because there was some headwind.“Whether it was down to tactics or no fault of his own, Marcel ended up behind and with his strength he’s going to come flying out and that’s what he did there. But Caleb, I went to pass him and I couldn’t.“I don’t think I’ve lost a race by celebrating too early since I was a junior. I did it once at the junior tour of Ireland. But I’ve won a couple of races because of that.“That’s part of it and at the end of the day Marcel was real fast and not everyone is going to come that fast. It’s hard on Caleb but it wasn’t like he was celebrating 20 metres out.​”

Transfer Gossip: Deulofeu, Plattenhardt, Germain

With the European leagues over for yet another season, the attention turns firmly to the summer of transfer speculation. Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities. Share your thoughts with us, get in touch on Twitter and via Facebook. GERARD DEULOFEUSpeculation is mounting over the future of the talented winger, who helped AC Milan clinch Europa League football on Sunday with a goal in the 3-0 victory over Bologna.RelatedHaggling over transfer fees is a luxury Man United can’t affordWATCH: Ashley Young arrives in Milan to seal Inter transfer from Man UnitedDeulofeu has spent the second half of this season on loan at the San Siro giants from Everton and is due to return to Goodison Park this summer.The Toffees have an agreement in place with the 23-year-old’s former side, Barcelona, that the Catalan club can activate a €9m buy-back clause which is still intact for the next few months.However, with first-team football looking unlikely at the Nou Camp – AC Milan are thought to be lining up a permanent bid for Deulofeu after an impressive few months in Italy.RATING: 8/10SPORT360 VERDICT: The attacker seems surplus to requirements under Ronald Koeman at Everton so the Blues will more than likely listen to offers for his signature and cash in.GRANDE @acmilan !! Grazie tutti il tifosi per il sostegno!❤⚫️— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) May 21, 2017MARVIN PLATTENHARDTBundesliga champions Bayern Munich have launched a bid to sign the Hertha Berlin left-back.According to German news outlet Welt, Carlo Ancelotti wants to boost his defensive ranks with the acquisition of the defender – who is set to play for Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup.RATING: 8/10SPORT360 VERDICT: Bayern rarely miss out on their top targets so expect Plattenhardt to switch to the Allianz Arena side.Hertha’s Plattenhardt.VALERE GERMAINMarseille have moved to sign Monaco hitman Valere Germain.According to L’Equipe, Olympians sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is in talks with the 27-year-old’s representatives.Germain, who has hit 10 goals in 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions this term, is viewed as the perfect man by boss Rudi Garcia to help Marseille break into the Champions League.RATING: 8-10SPORT360 VERDICT: With uncertainty over the future of Kylian Mbappe, Monaco will be keen to retain Germain as another striking option but a big-money bid from Marseille could force the French Riviera side’s hands.Germain has been an important player in Monaco’s title-winn上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛ing success.WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?As widely reported on Sunday, Flamengo star Vinicius JR is set to join La Liga champions Real Madrid this summer – but Los Blancos will pay part of the €45M fee in two installments based on the player’s appearances – according to AS.Real Madrid’s supporting cast behind La Liga successKane, Hazard and Sanchez – Premier League 16/17 best XIFive key matches behind Real Madrid’s La Liga successFive things you may have missed on the Premier League season’s fi…

Murray ahead of Del Potro clash: I definitely feel I’m capable of winning that match

Andy Murray insisted he is playing well enough to beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round of the French Open after battling past Martin Klizan. The world No1 needed three hours and 35 minutes to defeat the world No50 from Slovakia, eventually coming through 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3). It was a very patchy performance from Murray, who started poorly and then got himself into trouble again at the start of the fourth set before mounting a comeback. RelatedWATCH: Quique Setien happy with Barcelona squad but hopeful of new signing as Rodrigo deal offThe building of Brooks: From Finland to Florida, how Koepka has taken over the world of golfWATCH Del Potro’s incredible sportsmanship and compassionREAD Toni Nadal explain how Rafa got his mojo backThe victory set up a clash with former US Open champion Del Potro, who is still working his way back up the rankings after wrist problems that almost ended his career.The Argentinian benefited from the emotional retirement of Nicolas Almagro during their second-round match when Del Potro himself was struggling with a groin injury.But, assuming he is close to fully fit, Del Potro will present a serious test of Murray’s Roland Garros ambitions.The Scot was determined to send a message of positivity, saying: “I definitely feel like I’m capable of winning that match.“I’m playing way better than I was two weeks ago, and today’s match will have done me a lot of good, because physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that. And I also hit a lot of balls out there, more than the first round match.“It seems like everyone thinks I didn’t play particularly well today, but there was some good stuff against a tough opponent. It’s not easy to play against someone like him. So hopefully I will keep improving in the next one.”If Murray was positive off court, it was a different story on it, with the top seed maintaining a dialogue of vitriol towards himself and his support camp.Coaches Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado, fitness coach Matt Little and physio Mark Bender are very used to being in the firing line, and it is something Murray has tried to improve. But he accepts the negativity is not good for team morale.”I certainly didn’t want a fifth set.”Popcorn in hand, we take a look back at world No.1 Murray’s 2R clash with Kl上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛izan. #RG17— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 1, 2017“I think a lot of time when I’m playing and especially when I’m frustrated or down, I don’t always project a lot of positivity on the court,” he said.“Sometimes I think also for my team it’s difficult to know exactly how I’m feeling or what it is that I need when I’m on the court. So I think my job is really to try to be more positive while I’m out there.“And I think that kind of helps everyone. I think they also feed off that a little bit, as well. But the last few months have obviously been tough, not been a lot of good stuff going on out there. When I’m getting frustrated, I think it’s not easy for them, either.”Former British No1 Greg Rusedski, commentating on the match for Eurosport, believes Murray will need to improve to beat Del Potro.Rusedski said: “That was patchy, a bit up and down and you just don’t see the confidence that he normally has going into a grand slam event. Yes Martin Klizan is dangerous but Andy just didn’t have that consistency.“We’re just waiting for the great tennis from Andy Murray and he’ll need it in the next round against Juan Martin Del Potro. He needs more consistency, if he’s as patchy against Del Potro he’s not going to get through.”Klizan has had some stand-out wins in the past but came into the match nursing a calf injury that almost forced him to miss the tournament.There was no sign of that early on, though, as the 27-year-old blasted forehand winners past a passive Murray. The Scot struggled to find any depth or penetration on his shots and, although he broke Klizan when he served for the set, he played a very poor tie-break. Murray did not hit top form in the second set either, although he won it comfortably, but was playing better by the third.However, just when it looked like he would finish the match going away, as he had in his opener against Andrey Kuznetsov, Murray dropped the first three games of the fourth set and got bogged down in a scrap once more. The fourth set alone lasted 78 minutes but, having broken Klizan when he served for a set for the second time in the match, Murray dominated the tie-break.The Scot, meanwhile, threatened a sit-down protest over the positioning of spidercam, the moving camera above the court.“I just said, If it’s there in my ball toss again, I’m going to sit down and wait for it to move, because I just don’t feel I should have to be asking for it every change of ends to not be there,” he said.* From PAWatch Del Potro console Almagro on court during their second rou…Ons Jabeur reacts to her historic win over Cibulkova at Roland Ga…Roland Garros day 4 diary and highlights: The day I stopped being…Roland Garros day 3: Dark cloud of Hamou’s horrifying behaviourToni Nadal: A 10th Roland Garros won’t change Rafa’s lifeInterview with Kuznetsova’s coach Carlos Martinez ahead of Roland…

Exiles players upbeat ahead of Bahrain clash

A humbling 53-17 defeat was suffered on their own field against fierce rivals Abu Dhabi Harlequins last week, but the players remain upbeat ahead of a daunting trip to Bahrain Friday. Scrum-half Ed Armitage was a rare positive for Jacques Benade’s men last week, scoring their two tries and adding two conversions for a total haul of 14 points. And the Englishman believes in order to keep their campaign alive, Exiles need to forget their fall from grace and concentrate on one game at a time. “We’re feeling good going into the weekend, we’ve been training well for the past three weeks with a good buzz in the camp, we just can’t seem to convert it onto the pitch,” said an upbeat Armitage.“Obviously it’s a big challenge playing Bahrain away, it’s a cauldron of a ground and last year we couldn’t hear ourselves due to the noise of the crowd. We need to forget the league and the trophies and concentrate on the performance.”RelatedWATCH: Pep Guardiola defends old foe Jose Mourinho ahead of Man City’s clash with TottenhamTop 10 tips ahead of Standard Chartered Dubai MarathonFly-half Durandt Gerber echoed his half-back colleague, adding: “We know it won’t be an easy path going forward but we all want to end the season well and go as far as we can.”One of Bahrain’s three defeats this season was against Exiles at The Sevens and coach Louie Tonkin feels the loss was the only one his side deserved.“We’re looking forward to giving a better account of ourselves this weekend and we know they’re going to be hurting after that big loss last week and will come motivated,” said the Welshman, who will welcome back influential skipper Adam Wallace, returning after a ban picked up for a red card against Jebel Ali Dragons two weeks ago.“Exiles are a really good side. Of the three games we’ve lost, we were close with Sarries and Quins, but Exiles were the only side that have beaten us well and they deserved to win.“But we’ve got a job to do and we’re just focused on ourselves. We still have a few players missing, particularly in the second row, but we’re really excited about hosting the champions and putting on a good performance and hopefully keeping this winning run going.”Gerber calls on Exiles teammates to step upArmitage sees best to come from Dubai ExilesTonkin off to a brig上海夜生活_上海品茶夜网_夜上海论坛ht start in BahrainFormer Wales basketball team-mates to put friendship aside