Rio Olympics Grand Closing Ceremony For The 2016 Olympic Games

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Rio has handed hosting duties for the Olympic Games to Tokyo in a colourful and rain-lashed closing ceremony.

Brazil brought down the curtain on the first Olympics to be held in South America – 16 days that saw spectacular sporting achievement but also disappointing crowds, crime and criticism for the organisers.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach hailed the Games as a “marvellous Olympic Games in the ‘marvellous city'” before the baton was handed to 2020 hosts Tokyo.

A taster sequence for the Japan Games featured bullet trains and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emerging from a green pipe dressed as Nintendo video game hero Mario.

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Gold medal-winning women’s hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh was given the honour of leading out Team GB in the Maracana as British competitors celebrated their historic second place finish in the medals table.

Many of the athletes wore ponchos as they entered the stadium taking selfies and dancing to music from Brazilian DJs.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emerged from a green pipe dressed as Mario

Gold medal winners among the flag bearers from other nations included 4ft 9in gymnastics superstar Simone Biles from the US, and South African runner Caster Semenya.

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Britain’s athletes wore shoes with soles that lit up red, white and blue.

Oiled-up Tongan taekwondo competitor Pita Taufatofua also danced on stage in a grass skirt, reprising a moment that captured many people’s attention when he carried the flag during the opening ceremony.

The ceremony brought to a close just over two weeks of competition

However, like so many events in Rio, the closing ceremony took place in front of a half-empty stadium.

The stormy weather also took its toll, with helicopters that were supposed to provide spectacular aerial footage grounded for safety reasons.

High winds and torrential rain caused power cuts in Rio, including near the stadium shortly before the start of the ceremony when power lines came down.

It was a rather wet affair however, with ponchos coming in very handy

Some athletes cut short their participation. Team GB distance runner Eilish McColgan tweeted: “So we lasted 10 minutes and are on the first bus home! Should of stayed and watched it on the TV!!”

The ceremony featured original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man that Brazilians recognise as the inventor of the aeroplane.

The theme, “Brazilians can do with their bare hands,” was a nod to the emerging economy of the world’s fifth most populous nation.

GB athletes joined in the parade around the Maracana stadium

Dressed in bright feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf Mountain before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.

Fans leaving the stadium said they had not let the bad weather dampen their spirits.

Holly Graham, from the US, said: “Amazing, fantastic, beautiful… absolutely gorgeous. Couldn’t be happier.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/rio-closing-ceremony-passes-olympic-baton-to-tokyo-10547278

 

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BBC Releases Shocking Messages Between Italian Tennis Player Daniele Bracciali And Gambler Manlio Bruni.

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Here is one of the exchanges – between Italian player Daniele Bracciali, who is now banned, and gambler Manlio Bruni.

According to Italian prosecutor Roberto di Martino, almost 30 top tennis players should be investigated for possible links to betting rings.

Di Martino has been conducting a two-year inquiry into a suspected match-fixing ring involving Italian tennis players and gamblers.

click on the link below (source) to watch the full video conversation between Daniele Bracciali and Manlio Bruni.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35807032

 

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Why Is Her Majesty The Queen Holding A Tesco Club Card?

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The Queen has been presented with a grocery card worth £50 after her horse Barber’s Shop won first prize at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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Her Majesty looked delighted as the Tesco club card voucher was handed over after her horse came top in the Tattersalls & RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show being held in what is literally her back garden.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1694976/every-little-helps-even-when-youre-queen

 

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Cameroon Midfielder Patrick Ekeng Dies During A Match Broadcasted Live On Romanian TV.

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Players said to have been in tears after midfielder Patrick Ekeng collapsed during a match broadcast live on Romanian TV

An international footballer has collapsed and died while playing for a Romanian top league club in a match broadcast live on TV.

Several players and club staff members were seen in tears after Patrick Ekeng dropped to the ground while playing for Dinamo Bucharest.

Local media said the 26-year-old from Cameroon suffered a heart attack.

Spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Cristian Pandrea, said doctors had tried for an hour to resuscitate the midfielder but failed.

Mr Pandrea said the cause of death was not known.

The match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was 3-3 at the time midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground 69 minutes into the game.

Ekeng had played twice for his national team Cameroon, both times at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and also had spells with Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans.

The footballer had a wife and daughter.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1691884/cameroon-footballer-dies-on-pitch-during-match

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Kobe Bryant Went Out With A Bang After Scoring 60 Points At His Last NBA Game.

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Kobe Bryant‘s 20-year NBA career came to a close yesterday (April 13). The Black Mamba scored 60 points, including two signature long-range jumpers within the final minute, to give the Los Angeles Lakers the 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. He gave a final speech at halfcourt thanking the fans, his teammates and his wife before dropping the mic and walking away from the game.

Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar were all in attendance to watch the NBA’s third leading scorer in history give his final performance.

“At the God’s last game,” West posted on Twitter with a picture of his ticket. The Chicago rapper wore a yellow T-shirt that had the words “I Feel Like Kobe” written on it in yellow.

Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith shared his receipt for two courtside seats to the game that cost more than $40,000. Along with Lamar, fellow TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q was also present at the game.

Those who were watching away from Los Angeles paid tribute to the five-time NBA Champion on social media.

Ice Cube shared multiple posts on Instagram, one saying “We miss you already.”

Drake shared an image of Bryant’s face superimposed onto his Take Care album cover art.

“Thank you for everything. #MambaDay,” the Toronto Raptors global ambassador says.

Travi$ Scott tweeted multiple moments throughout the game, including a meme of Bryant defending an inbound with Lecrae‘s “Co-Sign Part 2” playing in the clip, calling Bryant “un chico malo,” which means bad boy in Spanish. The Reach Records rapper retweeted the post with a smile emoji.

Puff Daddy T.I., Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and Propaganda also honored the legend on social media.

Vince Staples congratulated the Lakers star, but also criticized him for his 2013 rape charges and for telling the media that teammate Shaquille O’Neal paid off women to not say anything after he slept with them.

“I’ve hated you my whole life,” the Long Beach, California rapper says in one post. “Thanks for the memories lil bitch.@kobebryant @Lakers”

Bryant was drafted in 1996 to the Charlotte Hornets. He was quickly traded to the Lakers, where he spent his entire career. Besides winning five championships, he was named league MVP in 2008.

View rappers’ social media posts honoring Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career and final game.

Source: http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.38346/title.kobe-bryants-last-nba-game-witnessed-by-jay-z-kanye-west-snoop-dogg-kendrick-lamar

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Nike Introduces New HyperAdapt 1.0 With Adaptive Lacing Capabilities.

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“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out — not a replication of a preexisting idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place.” The project caught the attention of a third collaborator, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design.

The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

“It’s a platform,” Beers says, “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”

The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

Read on: http://news.nike.com/news/hyperadapt-adaptive-lacing

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Boxer Nick Blackwell Wakes From Coma, Chris Eubank Jr Speaks Of His “Relief”

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Nick Blackwell has woken from his induced coma, following his fight with Chris Eubank Jr last week. The 25-year-old was taken to hospital after the British middleweight title contest was stopped in round 10. Blackwell woke from the induced coma on Saturday and by Sunday was talking to family and friends at his bedside, said promoter Hennessy Sports.

Youtube Video Published on Apr 4, 2016 : Nick Blackwell Out Of INDUCED COMA One Week After BRUTAL Title Fight With Chris Eubank Junior!!!!

Blackwell had suffered a bleed on the skull and not the brain as initially reported, the statement added.

Hennessy Sports said the boxer had won his “toughest fight yet”, adding: “Nick Blackwell won the hearts of over three million television viewers on 26 March with an astonishing display of all-action bravery and determination.

“In the past week, however, he has humbled millions more. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. He’s a true champion and gentleman.

“On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.”

What happened?

Referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside doctor, who said Blackwell was unable to continue because of swelling over his left eye.

It meant Eubank Jr, 26, took the British middleweight title.

After the fight, Blackwell received medical attention in the ring before being taken away while receiving oxygen.

The British Boxing Board of Control said it was satisfied with the way the fight was handled.

Respected trainer Adam Booth told BBC Radio 5 live Loughlin had “acted immaculately”, while former world champion Barry McGuigan, now a promoter, said it was an “isolated incident” and “nobody was to blame”.

Reaction

Eubank Jr posted a video to social media speaking of his “relief” after hearing the news of Blackwell’s recovery. “The last thing you want is a fighter go through any serious damage,” he said.

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McGuigan added: “So delighted that Nick Blackwell has come out of his induced coma and is speaking to his family.”

Those sentiments were echoed by fellow boxers Enzo Maccarinelli, Paul Smith Jr and Anthony Fowler.

Peter Fury, uncle and trainer of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and a friend of Blackwell’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, said: “Great news Nick Blackwell has made a full recovery. Mick said he’s smiling and talking, even telling jokes. In God we trust.”

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