Not even his most ardent critics – and there are plenty of them – dispute James Harden’s greatness. His numbers are undeniable, he efficacy is unimpeachable, and his continued evolution, still adding wrinkles to his game at 30, is inspiring. Yet it’s unlikely the Houston Rockets guard will ever be universally adored, at least not to the extent of a LeBron James or even a Stephen Curry. It is a question of style, rather than substance, that prevents so many basketball fans truly taking Harden into their heart. And, in this regard, there are parallels to be drawn between the NBA scoring machine and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, Rockets fans worship Harden, just as supporters of Juventus and Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s current and former club respectively, idolize the Portuguese forward. Fans inside the Toyota Center have watched Harden blossom from the perennial sixth man traded from Oklahoma City to escape the shadows of Kevin Durant and Russell … [Read more...] about Is James Harden the NBA’s Cristiano Ronaldo?
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Indiana Pacers shooting/point guard Victor Oladipo's unmasking as Thingamajig during Wednesday's semifinal episode of The Masked Singer was bittersweet. At 27, Victor might be 14 years younger than panelist Nicole Scherzinger, but that didn't stop him from telling her he would go on a date with her 'anywhere, anytime, any place.' Before Oladipo's unveiling, the Grammy nominee had gushed that Thingamajig had the 'voice of Baby Jesus' and she even proposed marriage to the neon fur-covered character. Farewell! Indiana Pacers shooting/point guard Victor Oladipo's unmasking as Thingamajig during Wednesday's semifinal episode of The Masked Singer was bittersweet Surprise! At 27, Victor might be 14 years younger than panelist Nicole Scherzinger, but that didn't stop him from telling her he would go on a date with her 'anywhere, anytime, any place' And while 'heartbroken' Nicole stayed mum on the show, she later tweeted that 'it was such a pleasure to have' the 6ft4in athlete on … [Read more...] about NBA star Victor Oladipo asks The Masked Singer’s Nicole Scherzinger out on a date after being eliminated
Four-time Grammy winner Seal and pro basketball player Victor Oladipo were unmasked Wednesday during the semifinals of The Masked Singer on Fox. Seal, 56, took off his Leopard mask as he was eliminated from season two after performing Big Spender by Shirley Bassey. Victor, 27, revealed he was Thingamajig after singing the Bing Crosby classic Winter Wonderland during the Holidays Semi-Finals. Grammy winner: Four-time Grammy winner Seal took off his Leopard mask during the holiday semifinal episode Wednesday of The Masked Singer on Fox Fox, Rottweiler and Flamingo advanced to next week's finals after voting by the studio audience and panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger. Leopard wearing red gloves wiped away imaginary tears after learning of his elimination. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Masked Singer: Ana Gasteyer turns out to be Tree as... Nick Cannon doubles down on feud with Eminem releasing a... The Masked Singer: … [Read more...] about The Masked Singer: Seal and Victor Oladipo reveal themselves in double unmasking during semifinals
Atlético Madrid have done it. A year after they went to the Santiago Bernabéu and took the Copa del Rey from Real Madrid, they came here and took the league title from FC Barcelona. It is their first in 18 years. Next they travel to Lisbon to play their first European Cup final for 40 years. What Diego Simeone and his side have achieved is barely believable. Barcelona's supporters recognised the magnitude of what they had witnessed: when the final whistle went here, they immediately broke into applause. Spain suffered a collective coronary as the season headed into the final minutes of the final day with a single moment sufficient to change the destiny of the title. Barcelona's goalkeeper, José Pinto, was even up for a corner that almost dropped his way. But in the end Diego Godín's header from a corner was enough to clinch a 1-1 draw that means that for the first time in a decade Spain has a champion that is not Real Madrid or Barcelona. Simeone's side have taken … [Read more...] about Atlético Madrid celebrate La Liga title after draw at Barcelona
Occasionally in sport the story feels pre-ordained. Chris Ashton’s return to Twickenham always had the potential to be proper box office and, with all eyes on him, a stirring hat-trick of tries for the former England wing duly materialised. That it came on the same day England conceded a record number of points at Twickenham leaves Eddie Jones, the head coach, with a good deal to ponder leading up to his team’s three-Test tour to South Africa. Ashton may not quite have been the best player on the field – that honour being thrillingly snaffled by the extraordinary Fijian wrecking ball Semi Radradra – but three tries and an assist in a spectacular first-half performance reminded friend and foe what he can do. If there is a big difference between this kind of carnival contest and a full‑on Test, Ashton’s international exile in France could yet become a significant cause célèbre before the World Cup next year. Nor can Jones entirely ignore the … [Read more...] about Chris Ashton hat-trick makes forceful point in Barbarians’ defeat of England