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Late goal by Messi gives Barcelona dramatic win over Madrid

[4/24/2017 4:05:15 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Lionel Messi scored in the last minute to give Barcelona a dramatic 3-2 win over 10-man Real Madrid on Sunday, leaving the Spanish league title race wide open. Messi netted from inside the area after a cross by Jordi Alba two minutes into stoppage time of the “clasico,” leaving the rivals level on points. Barcelona is ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Madrid still has a game in hand. Casemiro had put the hosts ahead in the 28th and Messi equalized five minutes later after evading two defenders inside the area for his first goal at the Bernabeu since 2014. Ivan Rakitic put Barcelona ahead with a powerful left-footed shot from outside the area in the 73rd, but Madrid still found the strength to equalize with substitute James Rodriguez in the 85th. That was despite playing a man down from the 77th after a foul by Sergio Ramos on Messi. It was the second consecutive win by Barcelona at the Bernabeu. It had routed its rival 4-0 last season in a game that left Madrid in crisis and eventually led to the replacement of coach Rafa Benitez by Zinedine Zidane. *AP

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Five Real Madrid v Barcelona clashes that decided the Spanish title

[4/22/2017 3:14:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Real Madrid can take a giant step towards a first La Liga title in five years when they host champions Barcelona on Sunday, looking to extend their lead over their arch rivals at the top of the table to six points with a game in hand. Here are five games between Spain's biggest two teams which determined the destination of the title. Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid, March 1960 European conquerors Real were in a strong position to wrestle the domestic title back from Barca when they visited the Nou Camp with a two-point lead. Alfredo di Stefano's second half equaliser looked to have preserved their advantage but Eulogio Martinez and Ramon Villaverde immediately scored in the space of two minutes to pull the two sides level on points, putting Barca top on goal difference. They preserved their slender lead in the remaining games to defend the title. Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona, May 1994 Madrid were out of the running when they hosted their rivals in the penultimate game of the season, but were hoping to kill off Barca's slim hopes of catching leaders Deportivo La Coruna. A late strike from Guillermo Amor stunned the Santiago Bernabeu into silence and took the title race to the final day, when Barca eased to victory over Sevilla and Deportivo drew with Valencia after missing a penalty, handing a fourth consecutive league triumph to Johan Cruyff's side. Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona, May 2009 After a chaotic first half of the season under beleaguered coach Bernd Schuster, Real staged a remarkable recovery under caretaker Juande Ramos, winning 17 out of 18 games. Victory at the Bernabeu would have cut a seemingly insurmountable deficit with Barcelona to just one point, but Pep Guardiola was merely biding his time to make his mark as a coach. Midway through the first half he shifted Lionel Messi into the "false nine" role and watched his side blitz their arch rivals to race towards the league title. Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona, April 2010 Barca's historic treble the previous year prompted a spending spree from Real Madrid's returning president Florentino Perez, who splashed over 200 million euros in one summer on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema to try and shoot down the soaring Catalans. The title race was delicately poised going into the 'Clasico' with the two teams level on points but Barca again emerged victorious from the Bernabeu, striding towards the title with goals from academy success stories Messi and Pedro, leaving the press to gleefully declare the 'cantera'(academy) had triumphed over Real's 'cartera' (wallet). Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, April 2012 Real had employed three different coaches to try to end Barca's domestic hegemony under Guardiola and finally completed the task under the Catalan's ideological opposite Jose Mourinho, who led the team to a record breaking total of 100 points. They effectively sealed their title with a late winner by Cristiano Ronaldo, who celebrated by mischievously gesturing the 99,000 Barcelona supporters inside the Nou Camp to calm down. *Reuters

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Tyson to launch academy in Dubai

[4/22/2017 8:24:42 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Global boxing icon Mike Tyson, who held the undisputed world heavyweight championship and the record of being the youngest boxer to win the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20, has announced that he has chosen Dubai for the official announcement of his new business venture, a franchise of fitness centers called the Mike Tyson Academy, MTA. MTA, which is available globally, has already garnered international interest with academies looking to open in the Middle East, Australia, France, West Africa and China. Speaking about why he chose Dubai to make this milestone announcement, Tyson said, "Dubai has established itself on the world map by hosting many leading sporting events and icons and there is definitely a niche in this market for a fitness center that is associated with quality and driven by a hard-core, challenging philosophy like mine. I strive to maintain consistency across all my centers with trainers that have been certified by me as well as exceptional training staff who will be on site to ensure a certain benchmark is maintained. I am positive that this is going to be only the beginning of a long-running successful association between myself and the region." The Mike Tyson Academy will offer more than traditional centers and will be a standing testimony to Mike’s philosophy of hard work and discipline. The centers will feature cardio, strength, functional training and boxing. There will be a full-scale boxing ring in every location and a host of group training and functional classes to take fitness programs a notch higher. *WAM

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Steely Juventus shut down Barca to kill off comeback hopes

[4/19/2017 4:18:58 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Barcelona’s hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday at the Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate. The Italian champions barely gave Barca a glimmer of hope of repeating their historic turnaround against Paris St Germain in the last 16 and protected their healthy advantage from the first leg by starving the hosts of space and clear sights of goal. Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve’s intimidating center-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat to Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching a 12th semi-final. *Reuters

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Chelsea captain John Terry to leave at end of season

[4/17/2017 4:32:43 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Captain John Terry is to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after spending his entire career at the London club. The 36-year-old defender has not played since February after losing his place in the team. He has made 713 appearances since making his debut in 1998. Terry said Monday that “I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.” Chelsea leads the Premier League by four points. *AP

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Ronaldo’s management says rape allegation ‘fiction’

[4/15/2017 3:54:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Cristiano Ronaldo's management company refuted Friday night, that the Portuguese star paid $375,000 to settle an allegation of rape. Previously, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that Ronaldo's lawyer agreed to a settlement in 2010 after an alleged incident in Las Vegas a year earlier after Ronaldo agreed to move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The German magazine says that as part of the settlement, the woman was forbidden from talking about the alleged incident. However, Gestifute, said that the story is "a piece of journalistic fiction." It added that the alleged victim refuses to confirm the veracity of the accusation. The statement accused the newspaper by using “unsigned” documents where the parties are not identified. *Al Arabiya

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Real Madrid win at Bayern, Griezmann gives Atletico slender lead

[4/12/2017 4:23:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 European goals as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. Chile international Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into a 26th-minute lead but then missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time. Ronaldo levelled just after the interval with his 99th European goal and went to three figures after 77 minutes. Elsewhere, Antoine Griezmann scored a first-half penalty as Atletico Madrid beat Leicester City 1-0 at home in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg. Griezmann won a 28th-minute penalty after he was barged to the ground by Marc Albrighton, and the France international converted from the spot to give Atletico a slim advantage ahead of next Tuesday’s return. At 1-1, Real Madrid would have had the slightest of edges in the standout tie of the quarter-finals. Ronaldo’s second goal put the Spanish side in control against Bayern Munich going into the second leg in Madrid. It was also the Portuguese star’s 100th goal in UEFA club competitions. Is he seriously only 18? Kylian Mbappe continues to live up to the hype, and his second goal against Dortmund was an absolutely stunning finish. Monaco will fancy their chances of reaching the last four after taking a 3-2 lead into their home leg. *Agencies

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