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Rory McIlroy – “My hero growing up was Tiger Woods”




It’s hard to imagine that recent events in Minneapolis and the death of George Floyd, which sparked protests throughout the United States and beyond, would find their way to the golf course. However, the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has dominated headlines of late, has also given Rory McIlroy reason to pause and reflect on the need for more diversity in golf.

During an interview with The Guardian, McIlroy highlighted “tolerance” as a word he’s been thinking about a lot in recent weeks, whilst also observing that there’s possibly a lack of diversity in golf that should be addressed, and that more opportunities in the sport need to be made available to a broader spectrum of ethnic backgrounds.

McIlroy was also keen to speak about one golfer in particular, who overcame racial prejudices and all manner of career hurdles, going on to become the biggest star of the sport in recent decades. “My hero growing up was Tiger Woods,” he pointed out with enthusiasm, speaking with great admiration of an iconic player who inspired his own desire to succeed as a golfer.

“Tiger doesn’t look the same as me, has had a very different upbringing to the one I’ve had, but he was my hero growing up, and it didn’t matter what color his skin was, what his beliefs were,” McIlroy underlined. “We’ve been very lucky to have him in our game. I think that there should be more people like him in golf,” he concluded, firmly of the belief that further ethnic and racial diversity would improve the image of the sport even further.

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Despite a deep-rooted and lasting admiration for Tiger Woods over the years, who dominated the fairways and greens at major championships through the late nineties and turn of the millennium through the noughties, it’s McIlroy who now finds himself boasting the distinction of being the world’s leading player.

After gaining the world number one ranking from Brooks Koepka in February, the money list is also topped by the Northern Irishman, while the latest golf betting odds for McIlroy have him priced as firm favorite to win each of the upcoming major tournaments. These include odds of +800 for the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park, +900 for the US Open at Winged Foot, along with being clear +700 favorite for the 2020 US Masters at Augusta.

McIlroy enjoyed excellent form throughout 2019, finishing high up the leaderboard in several tournaments and victory in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. This was followed by further triumphs in the RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s, the Tour Championship at East Lake, then the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

Nevertheless, victory at one of the majors has eluded McIlroy since 2014 and an exceptional year in which he won both the Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Gold Club, followed by his second career PGA Championship at at Valhalla Golf Club, narrowly beating the challenge of runner-up Phil Mickelson by just one stroke.

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Ahead of the challenges awaiting McIlroy at major tournaments later this year, he will find both pleasure and inspiration sharing the fairways with his idol, Tiger Woods. He will also be hopeful to continue emulating the success of his hero, taking another step towards catching the magnificent haul of trophies the American golfer has accumulated over the years.

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Many millions for new faces: Chelsea attack the market with an astronomical budget – Chelsea



Many millions for new faces: Chelsea attack the market with an astronomical budget - Chelsea

The Telegraph reports that Todd Boly has promised Thomas Tuchel six major buffs for next season.

Chelsea are enjoying less hectic days following the arrival of new owner Todd Boly, who, according to The Telegraph, has promised manager Thomas Tuchel €230m to “attack” six strong reinforcements to help meet major goals for 2022/23. According to the same source, the Blues have several names behind them – Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Jules Kunde (Sevilla), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jonathan Klauss (Lens), Ousmane Dembele ( Barcelona”), Richarlison (Everton) and Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – many of which should make the English team open their bins.


“The secret is to work with Tuchel to see who is the best player available. We want to make sure we have a good defense. We have depth in midfield and we are not in desperate need of a striker. Fortunately, there are opportunities in the market. at the moment,” a source close to the club told The Telegraph.

We will remind, the new owner of Chelsea Todd Boly also play the role of interim sports director until a regular replacement is scheduled.

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Portugal sued for ‘wrongful’ use of its image in FIFA games



Portugal sued for 'wrongful' use of its image in FIFA games

Portuguese football player Diogo Santos has filed a lawsuit against an American company that develops and distributes FIFA electronic games, demanding compensation for the “improper and offensive” use of his image.


In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Braga court and to which Lusa had access today, Diogo Santos seeks compensation of more than 53,900 plus interest for property and non-pecuniary damage.

It alleges that Electronic Arts Inc., based in California, United States of America, is using its name, likeness, and personal and professional characteristics in its video games titled FIFA 2019 and FIFA MANAGER 2010 without permission. , 2011 , 2012, 2013 and 2014

He also says that he “never gave anyone explicit or even tacit permission” to participate in these electronic games.

Currently Diogo Santos, now 37 years old, originally from Vila Franca de Xira, lives in Fao, Esposenda, played for Felgueiras last season.

He has already passed through Académico de Viseu, Santa Clara, Famalican, Oliveirense, Aroca and Gil Vicente, and also defended the colors of Brasov from Romania.


In action, Diogo Santos says he had access to news that Electronic Arts is paying “some players real fortunes, as in the case of Lionel Messi, who receives US$50 million for appearing in their games.”

“Author [Diogo Santos] does not intend to receive what is being paid to Lionel Messi, but such news proves that the amount requested, given the economic opportunities of the defendant [empresa] and the fact that she pays some players is very modest, ”the lawsuit says.

The action also emphasizes that the games have an annual release, which implies a payment of 6,000 euros for appearing in each game, “which is not even enough, because we are talking about a reward for the annual use of the image of a football player, a professional in the first division of Portugal.”

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The lawsuit was filed with the court of Braga, which in September 2021 deemed itself “internationally incompetent” to evaluate and judge him.

The footballer appealed to the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of the first instance, and then to the High Court of Justice (HJC), which gave him grounds for continuing the process.

In a May 24 decision consulted by Lusa this Thursday, STJ states that “they have international competence to know the substance of a non-contractual civil liability claim for infringement of personal rights through content broadcast around the world, the courts of the country in which the center the interests of the victim is in the period when the damage caused by this offense arises.

“Portuguese courts have international jurisdiction to rule on a claim in which a professional football player who predominantly operated in Portugal seeks compensation for damages caused by the unauthorized use of his name and likeness in FIFA video games produced in the United States of America. and distributed all over the world, ”adds the Supreme.

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Eight medical workers to stand trial in Maradona’s death



Eight medical workers to stand trial in Maradona's death

Investigation into the death of Mr. Diego Maradonawhich occurred in 2020 following a heart attack, eight medical professionals will stand trial for aggravated manslaughter.

A judge in San Ysidro confirmed the process to a family doctor, a neurosurgeon, a psychiatrist, the head of the nursing and nursing department, specialists the state ministry has wanted to fire since April, a request upheld in shortcomings and neglect of caring for Maradona, who was recuperating at home after neurosurgery.

The eight specialists face eight to 25 years in prison and must remain at large until trial because the San Isidro prosecutor did not request pre-trial detention.

According to the prosecution, the team responsible for Maradona was “the protagonist of an unprecedented, completely inferior and reckless home care”and committed “a series of improvisations, mismanagement and defaults”.

Diego Maradona died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60. His football career (between 1976 and 1997) was marked by winning the 1986 World Cup, as well as two Italian titles and a UEFA Cup with Napoli.

El Pibe also represented Argentinos Juniors (from 1976 to 1980), Boca Juniors (from 1981 and from 1995 to 1997), Barcelona (from 1982 to 1984), Sevilla (from 1992 to 1993) and Newell’s Old Boys (1993 to 1994).

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