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James Rodriguez Advised To Leave Real Madrid Team

James Rodriguez was told by columbia coach Hernan Dario Gomez to leave Real Madrid.  James rodriguez joined the Real Madrid team in 2014.

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James Rodriquez is a Colombian professional soccer (footballer) player.  James Rodriquez plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid.  He is one of the best young soccer player in the world.  In 2014, he moved to AS Monaco to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of €80 million.  This makes him the most expensive Colombian soccer player and one of the most expensive player in soccer (football).  James career in football started in 2006 with the Colombian  second division club Envigado.

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The Chiefs Pay Tribute to Eric Berry

The Kansas City Chiefs paid a very thoughtful tribute to their team mate Eric Berry following an announcement that he may be suffering from lymphoma.

With the permission of the owner Clark Hunt and the coach Andy Reid, several players wore shirts with Berry’s name on it before the Sunday night’s game.  The shirt read “ Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Berry” on the front and on the back was Berry’s name and number 29. Defenders like the corner back Sean Smith, Philip Gaines and safety Ron Parker and Husain Abdullah,  decided to tape their fingers together like Berry had done to honor the memory of the deceased safety Sean Taylor. Players like linebacker Justin Houston decided to wear the red sock sleeves to imitate Berry. The shirts will be made public once the diagnosis is made and all the proceeds would go to the Eric Berry foundation.

Berry complained of discomfort in his chest after the game last week. The doctors found a mass in his chest in the MRI and believe it to be lymphoma though no final diagnosis is made yet. What is amazing is that after Berry was told about the possible diagnosis, he only asked whether he would be able to play the game against the Denver Broncos that Sunday. The Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid said that Berry asked him the question later when they met. Reid said that it was just the way Berry was wired.

Eric Berry addressed the team on Monday and he was very positive and upbeat. In the statement that he released through the team website, Eric said that he was thankful for all the support he is receiving and he did not want to miss even a single game, but he understands that he needs to focus on his new opponent. He ended the statement with a promise to be back.

Eric Berry was  a two time All American and won the 2009 Jim Thrope Award. He was No. 5 over all  in the year 2010. In his first four NFL games, he made it to the pro-ball 3 times. He had to miss almost all the games in the year 2011 due to an injured knee.

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Paige VanZant Makes an Incredible Debut at the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Paige Vanzant mma fighterPaige VanZant, the 20-year-old former model made her promotional debut at the largest Mixed Martial Arts or MMA promotion company, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), against Kailin Curran on Saturday. The fight turned out to be a one-sided affair as VanZant defeated Curran three-to-zero with a third-round TKO. The young fighter from Sacramento, California was overwhelmed by her TKO victory and was still in a state of shock during the press conference. She bagged a bonus prize money of $50,000 for winning this fight. This fight also won the Fight of the Night honors.

VanZant who used to be a cheerleader, currently fights in the 115lbs-and-under ‘strawweight‘ class. Her entry into the sport five years back was accidental, as she was looking to do something interesting, but over a period of time it became a passion. Since she started boxing, her coaches saw the potential in her very early and even told her to make it a career. She has been winning all her amateur fights and as soon as she turned 18 her coach got a call for a pro fight. VanZant’s immense strength is quite evident from her impressive abs.

The petite blonde was keen on joining the cast of the reality series The Ultimate Fighter 20 or TUF 20, but she was denied an entry because of being underage. Her UFC debut was supposed to happen last month, but it was postponed following an injury to her back. This was her fourth victory at the top level and her only defeat came against Tecia Torres last year at Invicta FC 4. She is now keen to avenge that loss. After her debut win, she feels that not being able to participate on the reality show benefited her.

VanZant’s transformation from catwalk to cage has been incredible and her rise to the top indicates a sign of big things to come in the world of women’s MMA.

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Lewis Hamilton Wins his Second Formula 1 Title by Winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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It was one of the tightest finish to the Driver’s Championship in F1 this year with a stiff competition between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes partner as well as closest rival German Nico Rosberg before the start of the season ending Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi. However, in the end it was the British who came on top as he clinched the title in style by winning the race while Rosberg could only manage a poor 14th place as he failed to recover from a slow start. Hamilton had a comfortable 17-point lead over Rosberg before the start of the race and needed to finish in the top two to make sure that he won the title. This was Hamilton’s second F1 title as he last won it back in 2008 as a 23-year-old with Team McLaren.

The 29-year-old who had to wait for six long years before he could become the champion again was understandably quite emotional after the race as he wiped tears off his face and thanked everyone involved in his success. He even went on to say that this title was way bigger than his 2008 title. What made this achievement even more sweeter was the presence of his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger at the pits. Prince Harry was also there to cheer him at the Mercedes garage.

It was the first time that double points were being offered to the drivers and starting from the pole, Rosberg had a very good chance of winning this, but it lasted merely three seconds as Hamilton overtook him. It was two-three finish for Team Williams as Massa and Bottas finished one after the other. In the end, Hamilton finished with 384 points ahead of Rosberg who scored 317.

The season was a huge relief for the drivers from last year when Sebastian Vettel won the World Championship by 155 points.

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New England Patriots Decimate Indianapolis Colts in their NFL Game at Indianapolis

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati BengalsThe game between Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots which was held on Sunday started off on a very boring note and by the end of the first half the Patriots were down 14-10, but it was an altogether different story in the second half as Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team got really mad. Although Brady didn’t win the game single-handedly for the Patriots, but he was responsible for one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. In the end, Patriots won the game in a handsome fashion with a scoreline of 42-20.

Jonas Gray was another player who performed exceptionally well in the game. The unheralded player who is not very popular outside of Boston rushed for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns. Interestingly, the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft had stopped Gray in the stadium on Saturday, before the team left for the airport to get on their flight to Indianapolis. He told him that he will be having a great game in the coming week and his prediction turned out to be entirely true. The player who was just a practice squad player couldn’t really believe what happened.

What makes his achievement even more astonishing is the fact that no other Patriots player had ever scored a whopping four touchdowns in just one game before.

Gray’s story is one that could inspire many players who just keep grinding through the season in the practice squad and would never get an opportunity to play at the big stage. He spent his first season in the NFL with Miami Dolphins. There he spent most of the time in rehab as he never got the chance to play or practice. He was in the sidelines for New England as well, but a serious injury to Stevan Ridley changed his fortunes. With this victory, the Patriots have gained complete control of AFC.

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Green Bay Packers Claim Easy Victory Against Philadelphia Eagles

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The Green Bay Packers didn’t have to try too hard to register an easy victory of 53-20 over Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on Sunday. This was their fifth victory at home which has made them one of the toughest team to beat at home this season. It was the first time in their long history that they managed to put up a score of more than 50 points in back-to-back games. At home they have been dominating all their opponents with a combined first-half score of 128-9 this season. The players were playing in such a manner that they knew what was going to happen. Their quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in superb form as he made a pass for 341 yards with a total of three touchdowns.

The game between the two NFC contenders quickly turned into a one-sided affair by the end of the first half as the Packers took a healthy lead of 30-6. The players who performed well for the Packers include Micah Hyde, Mark Sanchez and Julius Peppers. With this victory, the Packers are tied with Detroit Lions on top for NFC North after they lost their game to Arizona Cardinals.

Micah Hyde made an early impact in the game when he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Packers a 17-0 lead. In the defense it was Clay Matthews who performed brilliantly as he was responsible for five tackles, a pass breakup and a sack.

A lot of credit for this brilliant performance goes to Dom Capers the defensive co-ordinator for Packers as he has been responsible for making all the right moves these past two weeks which includes the decision to move Matthews to the improved run defense. The Packers will be playing their next game against the Minnesota Vikings away from home and their coach Mike McCarthy will be expecting the same kind of performance from his team.

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Cleveland Browns Register a Thumping Win Against Cincinnati Bengals

Brain Hoyer the Cleveland Browns quarterback showed what he is made of in what can be termed as the biggest moment of his career by completely embarrassing his opposite number Andy Dalton in the Thursday night encounter between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Thanks to Hoyer’s superb form and their tight defense, the Browns completely routed Bengals by a scoreline of 24-3 at the Paul Brown stadium. With this huge victory, the Cleveland Browns are at the top spot in AFC North tied with Steelers.

It was a forgettable day for Dalton as he had nothing to show for except for a low rating of 2.0 and three interceptions. The coach of Bengals put the fans and Dalton himself out of misery by taking him off and inserting Jason Campbell in his place with just a few minutes remaining for the finish. This comprehensive victory was surprising as the Bengals were in quite good form. They were on a dream run of fourteen straight games without a loss. This was apparently their first defeat at home since 2012.

With this victory, the Browns who were on a 17-game losing streak on the road in the division finally managed to bust it. With the superlative performance on Thursday night, Hoyer has managed to shut the mouth of his critics for a while and has proved to be the long-term answer for the quarterback position for Browns. By the time the game was over, the stadium was reverbearting with chants of Brian Hoyer.

The Browns were leading 17-3 at halftime thanks to touchdowns by Isaiah Crowell and Ben Tate and a field goal by Cundiff. The Bengals, who looked jaded by an overriding Browns defense, managed only a single field goal at the break. The players ran into the locker room as their fans passionately booed them. The CINCINNATI Bengals though are expected to pick themselves up after this mauling as it was hopefully just a bad day.

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Jose Canseco Injures himself while Cleaning his Gun

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In a completely bizarre incident former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco shot himself in his left middle finger accidentally when he was cleaning his gun in Las Vegas. He had to undergo a surgery at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas where the doctors tried to re-attach the finger to his hand. During that incident his fiance and model Leila Knight was with him and she immediately called 911. Within minutes of her call, medical personnel as well as officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department arrived at his home. After questioning Knight, they declared that no crime occurred and that it was just an accident.

Leila Knight told news reporters that Canseco was cleaning one of his four guns in their kitchen when it fired by mistake and took with it the middle finger of his left hand.

Canseco is famous for making headlines in the World Series twenty five years ago when he helped his team win the title. Canseco’s life after baseball has been no short of interesting. The 50 year old slugger was well enough to post a photo of his injured hand on Twitter on Wednesday. In the picture, you can see him with a huge cast over his hand alongside Knight. Canseco has lived a tumultuous life as a sportsman as he admitted to using performancebenhancing drugs during his playing days and said that most MLB players do it. He even released a book where he revealed a lot of facts about the life of a MLB player.

After he took retirement from baseball, he tried his hand at mixed martial art and boxing, though with little success. He has an identical twin brother Ozzie Canseco who is also a former major league player. Canseco started his career in the league in 1985 with Oakland Athletics. His last MLB appearance was way back in October 2001 when he played for Chicago White Sox.

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Real Madrid Wins the First El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu

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Real Madrid, the current European Champions came from a goal down to claim a 3-1 victory over their arch rivals FC Barcelona in the first El Clasico between the two teams in the La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday. Madrid’s victory means that they are just a point behind the leaders Barcelona at the top of the table.

Barcelona were unbeaten coming into the game this season and were looking to increase their lead over Madrid to seven points, but their plans were spoiled by a spirited Madrid team led by their talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The match was also the first competitive game for Luis Suarez in a Barcelona shirt who was making a comeback after his 10-match ban for biting Italian Giorgio Cheillini in the World Cup this year. Suarez though failed to score, but made a strong return as he was the one who set up Neymar’s opening goal.  He wasn’t fit to play the entire game and was substituted at the 70th minute.

Barcelona were the better side in the first half, but they couldn’t carry it through the second half. Ronaldo equalized for Madrid with a penalty in the 35th minute after Gerard Pique handled the ball in the box. Pepe then gave Madrid the lead as he headed in a corner at the 50th minute. Benzema then made sure that Madrid got all three points by slotting in a goal at the 61st minute. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s was praised for his decision of replacing the injured Bale with Isco. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique though faced a lot of flak for taking off Xavi when they were 2-1 down.

Sevilla gained the most from Madrid’s victory as they share the top spot with Barcelona. Both teams desperately want to win the La Liga crown which eluded them last season and the battle between the top five teams is expected to be very close.

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Outfielder Oscar Taveras Dies in a Car Crash

Dominican Republic national Oscar Taveras who played for St. Louis Cardinals in the Minor League Baseball as an outfielder died in a tragic car crash on Sunday at his home town. His girlfriend Edilia Arvelo also died in the car accident. Taveras has been performing quite brilliantly in the past few seasons and was one of the team’s top prospects. The incident took pace when Taveras was heading from Jamao to his hometown Sosua, near Puerto Plata along the Atlantic coast of Dominican Republic.

Just two weeks back, he played a very crucial role in his team’s victory by hitting a home run in the League Championship series. Taveras was very passionate about baseball and loved to hit the ball all day long with his unconventional left-handed stroke. Although he still needed to learn a lot about fielding and base-running, being a 22-year-old, he had all the time in the world which has been cut short in a tragic manner. His sudden death has shocked the whole baseball fraternity which is still reeling with the loss of Nick Adenhart to a similar accident few years back. The team is still awaiting the details of the accident.

Taveras made his debut for the Cardinals this season making 80 appearances and finished the season as a part-time outfielder. The team was planning to make him compete with Randal Grichuk for the position at the right field.

The general manager of the Cardinals, John Mozeliak expressed his commiserations to the family of the deceased. The chairman of the team also expressed his sadness as they have lost one of their youngest members. The Director of the MLB Players Association Tony Clark as well as the commissioner of MLB Bud Selig made a statement expressing their shock over the incident.

Oscar Taveras lived a life and left a mark, which is precisely what he always had the potential to do. May the families find warmth in winter.