Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in Turin last summer had been hailed as a masterstroke on the part of the Italian giants in their bid to end their 23-year wait to lift the Champions League title. The Portuguese superstar had won five Champions League titles with Manchester United and Real Madrid and scored a record 121 goals in the competition. But instead the Serie A giants are now facing the possibility of an early exit after falling 2-0 in their last 16, first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Once again the 34-year-old Ronaldo did not have a return to the Spain he had dreamt of. The former Real Madrid player was sent off in his first European game for Juventus in Spain last September against Valencia. This time he was whistled and mocked by home fans, and delivered a performance far below expectations for a player Juventus had paid 100 million euros ($117 million) for. Ronaldo replied by waving five fingers at the crowd, telling journalists: "I've got five Champions … [Read more...] about Juventus and Ronaldo put on brave face after tough Champions League night
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Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 6:24 AM EST Jan 29, 2019 ATLANTA — More than any other singular reason, the world’s biggest annual sporting event is here this week because of a sparkling new stadium and a city that was willing to generate hundreds of millions of tax dollars to help pay for it. And Mercedes-Benz Stadium is indeed an architectural marvel with its distinct angular panels on the outside, a roof that opens and closes like an oculus and a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree wraparound scoreboard. Visually striking and functional, it will eventually host every major national event from the Final Four next year to likely the World Cup in 2026. “It’s the finest sports and entertainment facility in the world,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council. In the same breath, the venue that will host the 53rd Super Bowl is also a monument to Atlanta’s unique proclivity for building new stadiums at great public … [Read more...] about Super Bowl: Atlanta’s stadiums can draw big events but at what cost?
When it was announced that Darren Eales was leaving Spurs in 2014, the Englishman said he was heading to Atlanta in the hope of turning the MLS’s newest franchise into ‘a great success story’. In reality, he has played a full role in creating a sporting fairy tale. Atlanta United will run out on home soil on Saturday night in their first ever MLS Cup final against the Portland Timbers in a match that will attract a crowd in excess of 70,000. Not bad going for a club that before the 2017 had never played a competitive match but an achievement entirely in keeping for a team that now finds itself among the 15 best supported sides in world football. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent … [Read more...] about Atlanta United’s fairy tale rise sets up chance to finally put the city on the map
Jay Cannon USA TODAY Sports Published 2:32 PM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Let the Jeffrey Maier comparisons begin. In the first inning of Wednesday night’s ALCS Game 4 between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, a fan interference call prevented a potential game-tying, two-run home run for Jose Altuve. As Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts went back to the right field wall and reached for the ball, a frenzy of fans in the front row did the same. In doing so, the fans made contact with Betts’ glove, preventing him from making the catch. Umpire Joe West called Altuve out on fan interference. In a game that ended in an 8-6 Red Sox victory, the impact of this call is impossible to ignore. Of course, controversial calls in the MLB postseason are nothing new. From fan interference to obstruction, playoff umpires have seen it all over the years. Let’s take a look at the most controversial plays over the past 35 years in postseason history. Chase Utley’s slide upends … [Read more...] about MLB playoffs: Breaking down the most controversial postseason calls
AP Updated 3:25 AM EDT Oct 6, 2018 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers head to Atlanta full of confidence after consecutive shutouts gave them a commanding 2-0 lead over the Braves in their National League Division Series. Now the Braves must win the first postseason game in their new ballpark to extend their season. And they face some daunting history: only three times have teams that trailed 2-0 rallied to win a best-of-five playoff series under the 2-2-1 format. Atlanta was outscored 9-0 and outhit 10-9 in losing the first two games at Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles slugged five homers. Game 3 is Sunday night at SunTrust Park, with Kevin Gausman expected to take the mound for the Braves. He was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts after Atlanta acquired him from Baltimore at the July 31 trade deadline in a six-player deal. The Baby Braves ran into back-to-back dominant pitchers in Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. Atlanta didn't advance a runner past second base … [Read more...] about Braves return home needing win vs LA to extend NLDS