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Man City Lose More Ground In EPL Title Race After 2:2 Draw At Newcastle

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Manchester City are at risk of falling 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Jetro Willems cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s 15th goal of the season but Kevin De Bruyne thought he had won it with a fine 82nd-minute strike.

But Jonjo Shelvey curled home a brilliant 87th-minute equaliser which, coupled with Martin Dubravka’s stoppage-time save from Sterling, ensured the game finished level.

City, who started the day nine points behind leaders Liverpool, dominated possession throughout but could not turn the pressure into enough goals to atone for their defensive fragility in front of a crowd of 49,937 at St James’ Park.

Guardiola said: “It’s what we’ve lived the last four years. We found a way and today, we found it again but unfortunately, at the end, we conceded a goal

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“We could not score all the chances we had; they scored the two chances they had.

“We have to accept it, work on strengths and learn from it.

“It’s tough but we have just two days to recover.

“In good moments, be calm. In bad moments, live these kind of moments.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Puts Up Manchester Mansion On Market For N1.5 Billion

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Having left Manchester United almost a decade ago, it’s no surprise that international soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to bid farewell to his home in the affluent English village of Alderley Edge, just 15 miles away from his former playing ground at Old Trafford.

Mr. Ronaldo, who now plays forward for Italian club Juventus, listed the five-bedroom, three-story brick house on Monday for £3.25 million (US$4.1 million), according to listing records.

The Portuguese footballer is set to take a £600,000 loss if it sells for that asking price. Mr. Ronaldo, 33, purchased the house for £3.895 million over a decade ago, according to a title document filed with the Land Registry in 2007.

Images of the house reveal Mr. Ronaldo’s surprisingly Gothic taste in furnishings. The spartan decor left in the house is almost exclusively black, including a black shag and cowhide rugs, a plush charcoal-gray couch and even sheer black curtains.

Otherwise the home has fairly traditional finishes, including light stone-tile and hardwood floors and tall windows.

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There’s also a slew of luxurious amenities, including a pool, spacious white-and-black lacquer kitchen (Juventus’s team colors), a steam room, a cinema room, and a gym, according to images of the house, which is listing with local real estate agency Benson Bunch. The brokerage did not return a request for comment.

There are three en-suite bedrooms in total, including a large master suite with two adjoining bathrooms and a walk-in closet.

This is the second time the Portuguese footballer has marketed his former English home. The property first hit the market in 2013 for £3.75 million, according to an old listing for the home.

Mr. Ronaldo, who left Manchester United in 2009, could not be reached for comment.

Source: Mansion Global

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Kobe Bryant Reportedly Leaves Behind Assets Worth Over $2 Billion

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As the world continues to mourn the death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant, it has emerged that the athlete’s absence will not only be felt by the sporting fraternity, the business and investments family has also been hit hard by Bryant’s demise.

Before the helicopter crash that claimed his life on Sunday, January 26, in Calabasas, California, Bryant had used the vast sporting experience he had accrued from the court to build a business empire valued at over $991 million.

Among great investments he had sunk his money in is Bryant Stibel, a capital firm he co-founded with Web.com owner Jeff Stibel, CNN reported on Monday, January 27.

Bryant Stibel has stakes in technology, media and data companies and its assets are valued at at least $1.9 million.

The basketballer also owned a sports drink known as Body Armor and the Kobe shoe line.

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Some of Body Armor assets were in 2018 acquired by Coca Cola thus driving up Bryant’s net worth.

In 2016, the sportsman established a media company know as Granity Studios which deals in producing creative sports content and storytelling.

One of the greatest highlights in Bryant’s life in the business frontier was a partnership he landed with Nike, a footwear manufacturing company, and Los Angeles Boys and Girls clubs to form the Mamba League.

From 2017, the Mamba League grew rapidly training upcoming athletes through the Mamba Sports Academy.

During the ill-fated flight which also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter and six others, Bryant was travelling to one of the Mamba Sports Academies.

The academie’ impact has been felt in world economic giants like China, a development that saw Bryant land lucrative endorsement deals from Hangzhou headquartered e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Other companies that had worked with Byrant are McDonald’s, Turkish Airlines, Sprite and Nintendo.

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Inter Milan Sign Eriksen From Tottenham

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Inter Milan announced the signing of Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

The Serie A club said on its web site that Eriksen had signed a contract until June 2024 but did not mention a fee.

The 27-year-old joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2013 and played more than 200 matches for the North London club. He has played 95 times for Denmark.

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