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SAND DESIGNS- Saudi Arabia to build £400bn ‘western’ city as they look to host more sporting events after Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr 2

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SAUDI ARABIA plan to build a £400billion cross-border city state to become one of the planet’s leading destinations for sporting events.

And it will be governed by “western law” – instead of Islamic – to help attract hordes of fans to the Middle East in the future.

The Daily Mail claim the new city will near the Red Sea in the north west will be called Neam and will form part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030.

And its creation will help them to land a host of future sporting events after this weekend’s £76m boxing heavyweight showdown between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua.

The project was first launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman two years ago and the government are believed to have recruited public affairs experts to advise on it.

Neom will operate with different laws for workers and women’s rights and give visitors freedom to drink alcohol, something denied to those at the boxing on Saturday.

Saudi has come under heavy criticism for allegedly attempting to “sports-wash” their reputation from human rights organisations such as Amnesty International.

RTVE in Spain is refusing to broadcast the inaugural edition of the rebooted Spanish Super Cup next month, which has been switched to Jeddah.

Amnesty say Joshua versus Ruiz Jr is taking place despite increased oppression of locals in a country that has executed 146 people this year.

Despite that, the Saudi government is refusing to relent in their ambitious programme for staging sporting events.

And it is part of a plan to reduce the nation’s dependency on oil and increase tourism by ten per cent within the next decade.

There will be a £15m Saudi Cup horse race next year while Tour de France organisers ASO are taking a five-stage cycling tour there.

And the owners of Formula One, Liberty Media, have been holding discussions about taking a race there.

Neom’s first stage is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

source: thesun

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NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dead

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American professional basketball player has left many people crying due to his death. The 41 year old NBA legend died in his private helicopter when it crashed with four people in Calabasas.

Kobe has been travelling with his private helicopter for years when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S_76 chopper.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa, and four daughter’s Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Bryant is considered as one of the best in basketball player of all time. He became a legend at Los Angeles Lakers, spending his entire 20 years career with the team and becoming a five time NBA champion

Meet The Guy Who Predicted That Kobe Bryant’s Will Die In An Helicopter Crash

I saw this tweet saying Kobe is going to die in a helicopter. People are just confuse about the tweet because they thought it was a joke. 

Perhaps the person said it because he knows Kobe loves flying in his helicopter or he said it coz it was a prophecy.

Who knows….

Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant

By: Betty Akua Agyemang

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The Richest Footballer in the World, Not Messi not Ronaldo.

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We are very much too familiar with the World’s best players that football history would ever come across. And we most times would think they most obviously would be the richest. The shocking truth is that they both are not. Even when Messi and Ronaldo’s wealth are combined together, they aren’t up to this young man.
Who is this young man? Faiq Bolkiah. The 20-year-old Leicester academy midfielder is the most valued player in the world, even though he has yet to make a senior appearance for Leicester city. Otherwise known as the foxes.
The young reserve player is the nephew of the sultan of Brunei with an estimated networth of €15 billion nothing compared to Messi and Ronaldo.

Source: Opera News

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REDS MARCH ON- Liverpool 5 Everton 2: Reds make it club-record 32 unbeaten in league as Marco Silva facing sack this week

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THERE was no need for Jurgen Klopp to sprint across the Anfield turf on this occasion.

In fact, he barely broke a sweat as his rampant Liverpool side continued their emphatic march to expectant Premier League glory.

And on this occasion, in their quest for a first title in 30 years, it proved a hugely significant result.

This time last year, Liverpool were nicking a late win against Everton after Jordan Pickford’s howler handed Divock Origi the easiest of winners.

It was a result that clawed them back to within two points of champions-to-be Manchester City – one which saw Klopp surge onto the pitch in typical Klopp-fashion.

Fast forward 12 months and Origi was the Merseyside hero once more with a sublime first-half double worthy of winning titles all on their own.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane also scored before half-time before Gini Wijnaldum bagged as the clock hit 90 to see off their struggling neighbours.

And this time, it was a victory that saw the Reds maintain an 11-point gap on Pep Guardiola’s City.

The hunters are now the hunted. The chasers are now the chased – setting standards that not even Guardiola can match right now.

Forty points from 14 games. Fifteen consecutive home league wins. A club-record 32 league games unbeaten.

If they were to be caught after bridging such an impressive gap, it would surpass any Premier League meltdown since its inception in 1992.

Of course, Klopp’s record-breaking 100th league win in 159 games was not as comfortable as he would have liked, as goals from Michael Keane and Richarlison before the break gave the Toffees hope.

It’s now 13 games in all competitions without a clean sheet for Liverpool, something that will concern Klopp as they head into their global fixture pile-up.

It’s a pile-up that saw Klopp make a surprising five changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson dropped to the bench.

But he need not have worried, heading into the 234th Merseyside derby with the biggest points gap between the two sides in 125 years of the fixture.

Everton even began the night in the bottom three.

And it showed – an under-pressure and axe-fearing Marco Silva could do nothing but admire as his struggling Everton side bowed once more to their superior Merseyside rivals.

Liverpool’s attacking threat – spearheaded by a man in Mane who looks to have wrestled the Anfield crown from Salah and Firmino in recent months – was unstoppable from the opening seconds.

And six minutes in, Mane and Origi combined to leave Everton’s defenders helpless and stunned.

With what looked like no angle to pass, Mane created one of his own with an inch-perfect ball that wiped out two defenders, allowing Origi to round Pickford and find an empty net.

And ten minutes later, the contest looked to be over with a quick-fire second, Everton without a win against Liverpool after going behind home or away since the Second World War.

Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a magnificent diagonal ball to unleash Mane, who then cut inside before giving a no-look reverse pass for Shaqiri to finish after beating the offside trap.

For all their dominance up front, there remains an openness to Liverpool currently, one which Everton took advantage of to get back into the game.

A neat corner routine saw Alex Iwobi find Keane at the near post, who manoeuvred several bobbles to fire his effort into the roof of Adrian’s net.

This sparked Everton’s best spell of the game, one which could have seen them awarded a 25th minute penalty had VAR deemed Virgil Van Dijk’s shove on Richarlison a foul.

Alexander-Arnold was then lucky to avoid red after leaving studs on the ankle of Lucas Digne.

But in a flash, Liverpool responded in the only way they know how.

With 31 minutes on the clock, Dejan Lovren went long from the back as Origi evaded Everton’s centre backs before the deftest of touches teed up a delightful lob over the oncoming Pickford.

And 14 minutes later Mane deservedly got on the scoresheet after a supersonic counter attack by Alexander-Arnold gave him the space and time to curl his effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

That’s now 13 goals for the Senegalese sensation – the same amount as Salah and Firmino combined.

 

For their consistency in attack there remained some worrying consistency at the back – Richarlison finding space in the box on the brink of half-time to head past Adrian.

Thankfully for Klopp, the second half was a more controlled affair after a six-goal thriller of a first half.

Mane had chances to make it even more comfortable but could not find the net.

Eventually, Liverpool saw out and passed yet another test of their title credentials when Wijnaldum found the back of the net following good work from sub Firmino down the left.

But unlike last season, Klopp did not need to end this Merseyside derby with a pitch invasion.

He will save that for May, with what should be a Premier League medal around his neck.

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