This week has been full of strange and touching news related to the world of sports. Today, we will review the most curious and interesting ones.
SERENA WILLIAMS LEAVES THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN IN TEARS:
On Wednesday, the legendary American tennis player was defeated 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinal of the 2021 Australian Open by Japan’s Naomi Osaka. It was a tough blow for Serena to see an opportunity to lift her long-awaited 24th Grand Slam title slip away once again. After her loss, she waved goodbye to the crowd with her hand on her heart. At the news conference she wasn’t able to answer if this was her last appearance in Melbourne. Then, when asked about her unforced errors against Osaka, she began to cry: “I don’t know. I’m done,” she said, before leaving the room.
MBAPPÉ VS HAALAND, A NEW ERA FOR SOCCER?
On Tuesday, Kylian Mbappé was on the spotlight after scoring three goals for Paris Saint-Germain in their 1-4 victory against Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. On Wednesday, Erling Haaland scored twice to lead Borussia Dortmund to a valuable 2-3 win over Sevilla. The Frenchman and the Norwegian (aged 22 and 20 respectively) have been performing spectacularly for some time now and the press is already speculating that they could be the successors to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the throne of world soccer.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S LAVISH GIFT:
Everyone here is aware of boxer Floyd Mayweather‘s eccentricities, but this week he took them to a new level. ‘Money’ decided to give a gift to his five-week-old grandson Kentrell and it wasn’t exactly a toy, but a Rolex watch… with diamonds encrusted… and whose price could reach $100,000.
ALL SET FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME:
The NBA confirmed the starters for the All-Star game that will take place on March 7. In the West, the chosen ones have been Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic and Kawi Leonard. In the East, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Bradey Beal and Kyrie Irving.
THE PUNISHED RUSSIA:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed that during the Tokyo and Peking Olympic Games Russian athletes will carry the flag of their Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of their national flag, due to the veto imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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