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Nike unveils self lacing shoes, controlled with smartphone

Nike, the global sportswear giant on Tuesday launched some magic shoes that will automatically loosen or tighten when you step into them, and then adapt based on your activity.

Click here to watch Nike’s demonstration.

The Nike Adapt BB shoes, which go on sale on February 17 for $350 in the United States, are controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app.

“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” Eric Avar, Nike VP creative director of innovation, said in a statement.

Using a custom motor and gear train, “Adapt” technology enables the shoe to be automatically adjusted to the foot.

The app allows the player to load in different fit preferences — for example, game play versus a timeout.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is the first pitchman for the new shoe.

“That the app allows the ability to put the shoe on and touch the button, change the colors, see the percentage on the battery…it’s just cool,” Tatum said in a statement.

Nike says it plans to bring the system to shoes for other sports.

Bayern Munich mid-season training ends in disaster

By News Desk

Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that it’s French winger, Franck Ribéry, will face a long spell on the sidelines.

Ribery sustained injury at the Qatar training camp, tearing a hamstring during their Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.

His injury increased number of players that would be absent when second half of the Bundesliga commenced Next week.

The extent of injury sustained was announced on the Club’s website on Thursday at close of the camp.

Others on the sidelines were the Dutch flying winter, Arjen Robben, who is recovering from a thigh injury sustained before the winter break.

Also, France World Cup team member, Corentin Tolisso, was still engaging in sports rehab after rupturing his cruciate ligament few days after the season kicked off.

Liverpool striker, Sallah, retains CAF footballer of the year award

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Confederation of African Football, (CAF) has declared Egypt and Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah, winner of the 2018 African Footballer of Year Award for the second time.

Sallah retained the title on Monday, defeating his Liverpool colleague and Senegal striker, Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to it.

It would be recalled that the trio vied for the title in 2018 but the Egyptian striker peeped both player to the trophy.

Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa was crowned African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 at the Aiteo-CAF awards, while Nigeria’s female team won Women’s National Team of the Year.

On players plying their trade on the continent, Achraf Hakimi was named African Youth Player of the Year 2018.

Mo Salah was also not surprisingly named among Africa’s Best X1 players that did not include any Nigerian.

Other players on the 11-man list were Aubameyang, Mane, Riyad Mahrez, Keita, Partey, Koulibaly, Bailly, Madhi Benatia and Aurier.

Onyango as the goalkeeper completed the Africa Eleven.

The African football body also adjudged Mauritania as the best Men’s national Team of the Year.

The coaches were also recognised with Herve Renard winning Men’s coach of the Year and Desiree Ellis, coach of the Bayana Bayana, winning Women’s Coach of the Year.

Manchester City midfielder, Diaz, completes Real Madrid move

Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder, Brahim Diaz, has completed his move to Real Madrid after passing his medical for a six-and-a-half-year contract which ends 2025.

Diaz, 19, who joined Manchester City from Spain’s Malaga at 14, completed his move to the Spanish club on Monday after his medicals.

The former Real Madrid player only tasted action four times this season for the Spanish giant.

To prevent other suitors, Real Madrid paid a transfer fee of £15 million to Manchester City for the Spanish teen services.

He completed his move barely 24 hours after Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Real Sociedad at his home, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and dropped to fifth place with 30 points on Spanish La Liga standing.

The Spanish team’s status was further worsen after Barcelona defeated Getafe 2-1, staying stronger on top of the league with 40 points.

Police arrests Rooney over public intoxication

By News Desk

English football star, Wayne Rooney, was arrested at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. for public intoxication.

Rooney, who started playing for U.S. soccer team D.C. United since last year, was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center after been arrested by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.

The police disclosed yesterday that the former Manchester United striker was on Dec. 16, last year charge for public intoxication.

Rooney was arrested at an international arrivals gate at Dulles after he triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman said in a statement.

He received a $25 fine, according to court documents.

Rooney was released later the same day on a personal recognizance bond after been fined $25, said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

It was not immediately clear why authorities had delayed releasing details of Rooney’s arrest for more than two weeks.

 A spokesman for the player hinted that he was “disorientated” after mixing sleeping pills with alcohol during a flight from Saudi Arabia.

D.C. United said it was aware of the reports of Rooney’s arrest.

“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally,” the club said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post.

It would be recalled that Rooney, all-time top scorer, joined the Major League Soccer club in mid-2018 in a deal that was reportedly worth more than $12 million and made him the highest paid player in D.C. United’s history.

Liverpool-born Rooney was the latest addition to an elite list of former England captains to cross the Atlantic, following David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.

 

Mayweather knocks out Japan’s kickboxer, Nasukawa,

By News desk

Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.

Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.

The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.

But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.

Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.

With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.

The 41-year-old Mayweather carried a more than 4kg (9lb) weight advantage into the ring.

The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.

There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.

Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.

But Mayweather will walk away with $88m in his pocket, according to reports.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams battles tomorrow

Roger Federer and Serena Williams, two of the greatest players in history, will face off across the net for the first time on Tuesday in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

The battle of the sexes will happen as the United States go up against defending champions Switzerland in the mixed doubles of the unique two-player, mixed teams event.

This year’s tournament is expected to be Perth’s final Hopman Cup and Tuesday’s group tie is an early sellout on the back of the prospect of seeing two of the all-time greats, with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, on the same court.

“It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it,” said Federer after opening his Hopman Cup campaign with an easy singles win on Sunday.

“I admire everything she’s done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion of the once-in-a-lifetime match.

“It is going to be one time, probably never again. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her.”

The original “Battle of the Sexes” saw Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in an exhibition singles match in 1973.

Federer said he had plenty of experience playing against women, going back to his days as a teenage tour hopeful in Switzerland.

Despite their long concurrent careers and having attended a few Wimbledon champion dinners together, Federer said the pair barely knew each other.

“I don’t know her that well,” he said.

“In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration.”

Williams has said in a television interview that she was looking forward to getting a picture with Federer for her Instagram page.

“It is the age of social media,” said Federer, with a grin.

Dortmund midfielder, Rode, joins Eintracht Frankfurt on loan

By News desk

After finding first team football difficult in German Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund, Sebastian Rode, has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan until the end of the season.

Dortmund announced his departure on Thursday after the former Bayern Munich midfielder signed his contract papers with the DFP Pokal defending champion.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc, while announcing his departure said, “We thank Sebastian Rode for his commitment to this day and wish him much health and match practice for his time at Eintracht.”

Rode joined Borussia Dortmund from Bayern in 2016 for 12 million euros but failed to establish himself as a regular in the team during any of his three seasons with the club.

In his first season, Rode made 21 appearances, but then a string of injuries meant that he missed the entirety of last season.

The midfielder has fallen out of favor under Lucien Favre and has failed to make a single first team squad this season.

Rode has been limited to two appearances for Borussia Dortmund II this season and his last competitive appearance for the first team came in the DFL Supercup against Bayern at the start of last season.

And now he makes his return to Eintracht Frankfurt, four and a half years after his initial departure from the club. Rode spent four years in his first spell with the Eagles and helped them qualify for the Europa League in the 2012-13 season.
The midfielder made a total of 94 appearances in all competitions for Eintracht, before moving to Bayern Munich at the end of his contract in 2014.

Rode’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in 2020, so his future is likely to be re-evaluated come the end of the season.

Things haven’t worked out too well for him since, but Rode is still only 28 and has still plenty of time to get back to his best and reestablish himself. Let’s hope that his return to Eintracht Frankfurt will give Rode the fresh start he needs in order to resurrect his career

Manchester City consolidates Liverpool’s grip of Premier league top spot

By News desk

English Premier league club, Manchester City, has stumbled to their second successive defeat, losing on the road to Leicester City 1-2.

With 44 points in 19 games, they are now seven points behind leaders Liverpool who spanked Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield, and one point behind Spurs, with 45 points.

The loss made the Pep Guardiola team slip to the third position, now overtaken by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat AFC Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley.

City, who are the defending champions also lost 2-3 to Crystal Palace before the Christmas break at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs reduces Man City lead to two points, thrashes Everton 6-2,

By News desk

 

 

Tottenham Hotspurs produced a devastating display of attacking football on Sunday after coming from a goal down to defeat Everton 6-2.

 

South Korean midfielder, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane inspired the 6-2 hammering of Everton in a Premier League Christmas cracker, moving Spurs to within two points of Manchester City.

 

A thrilling first half started positively for Everton and they went ahead through former Arsenal man Theo Walcott, but they gifted Spurs an equaliser, allowing Son to sail into their defence.

 

Few minutes after, England winger, Dele Alli and Kane made things worse before the break for Everton.

 

Fine goals from Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson came early in the second half as the entertainment value continued to grow, but Son and Kane got their second goals in the final 30 minutes to emphatically finish the Toffees off.

 

Walcott put Everton ahead 21 minutes in, rounding off a well-worked move by slamming home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cut-back.

 

But they soon shot themselves in the foot, as Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford collided when trying to deal with Kane’s long pass and Son converted into an empty net.