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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Category: sports

Formula-1 .. Red Bull raises questions about the development of Mercedes speed

The huge increase in speed that appeared on the Mercedes car in the last 3 races of the Formula 1 World Championship, raised many questions, especially for Christian Honor, president of Red Bull, Mercedes’ rival.

“I think their speed on the straights has increased quite a lot lately,” Horner said.

Under F1 rules, title contenders are not allowed to improve their engines during the season, with Horner stressing that it was clear at the last Turkey Grand Prix, saying that “it was evident at this track, where Lewis had a noticeable advantage on the straights in There is a larger rear spoiler in the car.

Mercedes, in turn, rejected Red Bull’s allegations, saying that nothing had changed in its engine except for the installation of a new one on Lewis Hamilton’s car at the Turkey Grand Prix last weekend.

Both Hamilton and his rival Max Verstappen from Red Bull used new engines, which led to the punishment according to the laws during the last two races. Verstappen changed his engine in the Russian Grand Prix, which Hamilton did in Turkey.

Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings, six points ahead of Hamilton, with 6 races remaining in the season, after the Dutchman finished second in the Turkey Grand Prix, while Hamilton finished fifth.

But at the same time, Red Bull fell further behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship, and the gap between them widened to 36 points.

Verstappen said Red Bull should look for a way to increase the speed. “They were definitely faster than Red Bull this week. I think they leveled up a little bit especially on the slippery and wet tracks,” Verstappen said.

Good news for Barcelona.. Dembele and Aguero return to training

Barcelona’s faltering attack got a much-needed boost with strikers Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero returning to training after a long injury absence.

Frenchman Dembele participated in training for the first time since undergoing surgery last June after injuring his right knee during the match against Hungary in the European Championship 2020.

Aguero returned to training for the first time since injuring his calf during a pre-season training session on August 8, and Aguero joined Barcelona on a free deal in the last transfer period after 10 years with Manchester City and has not participated in any match so far with the Catalan club.

Las Vegas court rejects Ronaldo rape case

The Las Vegas civil court has recommended that the civil lawsuit related to the sexual assault allegation by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo be dismissed, and the charges brought against him by Catherine Mayorga be dropped.

“We are pleased with the court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to apply the law fairly to the facts, and to recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo,” said Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter Christiansen.

The Nevada court has now recommended approval of the Portuguese’s request to end the case. Mayorga’s legal team can appeal the court’s recommendation to dismiss, and has 14 days to challenge the court’s decision.

Lawyers for the Portuguese attacker alleged that Mayorga’s legal team gave stolen papers to Las Vegas police, who were investigating the allegations.

In a recommendation to Magistrate Daniel Albridgets, who is handling the case, he blamed Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, for basing the case on leaked and stolen documents containing privileged contacts between Ronaldo and his lawyer.

In his recommendation to US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey, Albridgets wrote: “The dismissal of Mayorga’s case due to the inappropriate conduct of her attorney is a harsh outcome, but unfortunately it is the only appropriate punishment to ensure the integrity of the judicial process.”

Mayorga had claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo in 2009, but the Don, who denied the allegations, settled the case with Mayorga 12 years ago for 375,000 pounds, according to the British newspaper, “The Mirror”.

Mayorga then sought to overturn that original settlement in 2018 and is now working to obtain more than £56m in damages.

“Sports capitalism” is sweeping Europe’s clubs… and hedge funds are mobilizing to grab deals

Just as the match that took place, last Tuesday, between AC Milan and Atletico de Madrid in the Champions League, was highly competitive between the most successful Italian team in the Champions League and the team that won the Spanish League title last year, the competitive match Similar others swirl in the financial sector between a New York-based hedge fund and a Los Angeles-based trust.

Elliott Management Corp. took control of AC Milan in 2018 after Chinese owner Li Yonghong defaulted on debt obligations. In contrast, the funds, managed by Ares Management Corporation, acquired a 34% stake in La Liga champions Atlético in June.

Both companies are highly wealthy alternative investment firms that have gradually gained a foothold in the world’s most popular sport. Companies specializing in private equity, credit, and hedge funds represent the latest wave of investors in sports, after a buying spree among billionaire soccer fans, Middle Eastern petrodollars, and Chinese buyers over the past two decades.

The most recent example of this is the announcement by Miami-based 777 Partners, on September 23, of its purchase of Italian club Genoa.

Some lent money to keep Europe’s most popular clubs alive, while others bought media rights, stable small teams, or took stakes in clubs as high-risk assets. The biggest investment venture has been across the entire league, such as CVC Capital Partners’ deal with La Liga, announced last month.

European football has always been in desperate need of money, but the matter has become even more urgent after the pandemic has kept the crowds off the pitch, leaving some of the continent’s biggest and most successful clubs saddled with huge debts, and that was the catalyst behind the failed European Premier League in April. , which JPMorgan planned to support.

The cascade risk is that football is based on a somewhat unpleasant business model, with many investors failing in an industry riddled with debt and bloated player salaries, and at the mercy of politics and overheated fans.

There are no guarantees in the returns associated with that industry, as a result of the threat of downgrading the team in the league if it fails to perform well enough. This raises a big question mark for US investors about whether European football will be able to reach the US sports ratings.

After a long absence .. Sturridge lands in the Australian League

Perth Glory, the Australian Football Club, announced in a statement that it has signed for one season with former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not been associated with any team for more than 18 months.

“It’s a great opportunity to take on a new challenge,” England striker Sturridge said on his new club’s website. “I will strive to give my best and work hard to help the team win every game.”

Sturridge, 32, has not been linked to any team since March 2020, when he terminated his contract with Turkey’s Trabzonspor after the English Football Association suspended him for 4 months for violating betting regulations.

Sturridge won the Premier League title with Chelsea, and the Champions League title with Liverpool and Chelsea, and began training with Real Mallorca last July, to maintain his fitness.

Sturridge scored 68 goals in all competitions during his 6 years with Liverpool and also played for Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, and West Bromwich Albion.

A resounding fall for Barcelona against Benfica in the Champions League

Barcelona suffered a 3-0 defeat away from Benfica, adding to the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman as the Spanish side’s Champions League hopes waned.

Barcelona is bottom of Group E without points from two games, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and four points behind Benfica.

The match started poorly for the Catalan club when Darwin Nunez opened the goals after 3 minutes from the start with a low shot to the side of the post from close range.

Defender Lucas Verisima saved an attempt from Luc de Jong from close range, as Barcelona seemed close to returning to the match, but it was the least dangerous team throughout the match.

Nunez almost added the second goal 5 minutes after the start of the second half when his long-range shot bounced off the post after passing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

But 21 minutes before the end, coach George Jesus’ team managed to add the second goal through Rafa Silva with a close-range shot.

Nunez scored his second personal goal with a penalty kick in the 79th minute before the bad night for Barcelona turned even worse when Eric Garcia was sent off for a second yellow card in the 87th minute.

Barcelona and Real Madrid object to a deal to buy a stake in the Spanish League

Spain’s two most famous soccer clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​have challenged CVC Capital’s agreement to buy a stake in the country’s biggest soccer league.

The two clubs, along with Athletic Bilbao, said in two separate statements that they had appealed the agreement reached last month between the British-based private equity company and the La Liga club, without going into further details. .

CVC has agreed to invest about 2.1 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in exchange for an 11% stake in a new company that will manage broadcast revenues for Spain’s biggest soccer competition. The deal includes La Liga clubs receiving much-needed funds to spend on infrastructure, refinance debt, and sign players.

On August 12, all clubs approved the “CVC” plan except for 4 of the first and second division clubs.

Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, and Athletic Bilbao clubs refused to count their revenues with the revenues of the rest of the clubs, while Real Oviedo, owned by a company run by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, voted against the decision at first, but returned and agreed to it.

A LaLiga spokesperson said in an emailed statement: “It is amazing that they are challenging something that will not actually affect them.”

Saint-Germain continues its strong run and beats Montpellier with a double

Paris Saint-Germain produced a coherent display in the first half to maintain their perfect record in Ligue 1 with a superb goal from Idrissa Gaye to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over Montpellier.

The Senegalese midfielder fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area to give his team the lead, before substitute Julian Draxler scored the second goal near the end to raise the capital’s team’s tally to 24 points, ten points ahead of Olympique Marseille, who is in second place, who hosts Lens on Sunday and has two matches postponed. .

Nice is in third place after returning to the victories with a 3-0 win away to bottom-of-the-table Saint-Etienne.

The defending champion Lille achieved its second successive victory thanks to Jonathan David’s double in a 2-1 victory over Strasbourg.

Galatasaray is preparing to earn money from Mostafa Mohamed! Zamalek demanded it back and gave that figure.

Despite the yellow-reds’ departure to Bordeaux at the beginning of the season, there was an important development regarding the striker Mostafa Mohamed, whose transfer was canceled at the last moment. According to the claim in the Egyptian press.

Zamalek club wanted Mostafa Mohamed back from Galatasaray. Mostafa Mohamed, whose rental contract continues until the end of the season, answered the yellow and red people: If you want to get it back, you give that money! Here are the details… (Fotomac.com.tr | FOREIGN NEWS) | gs news

A flash development in the Egyptian press about Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohamed was conveyed to the readers. Accordingly, Mohamed can return to Zamalek, where his testimonial is located.

Zamalek club, who wanted Mostafa Mohamed, who is known to be unhappy in Galatasaray, from the yellow and red people, started negotiations on the subject.

Barcelona announces that Braithwaite has undergone surgery

Barcelona announced in an official statement that its Danish striker, Martin Braithwaite, underwent successful surgery on the left knee, after an injury he suffered in the Getafe match in the Spanish League.

The Catalan club had decided to immortalize its player for rest and treatment, but his knee did not respond to treatment, and then he underwent surgical intervention.

Barcelona did not reveal the exact date of Braithwaite’s return to the stadiums, but a group of media reports indicated the possibility of his absence from the stadiums for a period ranging from 3 to 4 months.

The Catalan club is suffering from a stifling crisis at the level of the offensive line, as Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero and Osman Dembele suffer injuries that keep them from playing.

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