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  1. Brazilian star Neymar said his injury-hit 2019 was “full of learnings” as he looks forward to making a strong comeback this year by targeting domestic, European and Copa America honours.The Paris Saint-Germain striker suffered two major injuries last year that limited his appearances for club and country but has been in fine form this season, scoring 13 goals in 15 appearances – 11 in the French Ligue 1, one in the Cup and one in the Uefa Champions League.“Professionally and personally, 2019…
  2. Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says he does not “discriminate with the a** whooping” and is open to a future Conor McGregor bout.The 32-year-old Nigerian-American (professional MMA record 16-1), who successfully defended his welterweight title against contender Colby Covington in the promotion’s last event of 2019, is basking in his champ status after years of graft and forced call-outs.“You know I’m the champion. That’s it, plain and simple. I am the champion and they have to…
  3. The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will go ahead as planned in February, with organisers reluctant to reschedule the annual showpiece despite social unrest that has battered the city since June.“We are making good progress on all our preparation work for the 2020 event,” said Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association chairman Kwan Kee. “We want to stage a race for Hong Kong people to enjoy on a Sunday morning and are working towards that objective. We don’t have too much worries about…
  4. British runner Sabrina Verjee was the first woman past the finish line at the 431km Montane Spine Race, crossing on Thursday evening UK time. She finished in 108 hours, seven minutes and 17 seconds, taking fifth place overall.She is now the back-to-back winner, having taken the honours outright in the summer version, beating the fastest man by almost nine hours. She finished the summer edition in 82:19:07.“I want my bed,” was all Verjee, 38, said on the finish line, after congratulating the…
  5. Jorge Masvidal may be angling for a mega-money fight with Conor McGregor, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to ignore the Irishman’s credentials.Former featherweight and lightweight McGregor returns to the UFC Octagon on Saturday night against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight, prompting questions of a run for a third division title.Masvidal, who is also seemingly in line for the next crack at 170-pounds champion Kamaru Usman, thinks “The Notorious” could definitely hang in the division…
  6. Barely weeks into the new year, Chinese football’s “2020 Action Plan” is in tatters after another international tournament failure that ended with players leaving the field in tears after losing all three games without scoring a goal.In 2018, China’s Football Association, the CFA, set a number of targets for the men’s national teams at various age levels. None have been met.The latest failure is missing out on qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To book a ticket to Japan, China needed…
  7. Jorge Masvidal has taken another swipe at Kamaru Usman and the pair continue to goad each other ahead of a likely 2020 showdown.UFC welterweight champion Usman riled Masvidal by pretending not to know who he is after successfully defending his title against Colby Covington at UFC 245 last month – a fight “Gamebred” wasn’t impressed by.“Pillow hands both of them,” Masvidal told a press conference in Las Vegas. “I know for a lot of you, the end result is this guy [Covington] got his jaw broken…
  8. A team of six men gave themselves the best Christmas present when the pulled up on the shores of Antarctica on December 25. They had just achieved three world firsts by rowing from South America to Antarctica. They are the first to row across the Drake Passage, considered the most dangerous stretch of ocean on earth because of its massive swells and unpredictable weather; the first to row to the Antarctic continent; and the first to row in the Southern Ocean. The expedition took 12 days. They…
  9. You know things are bad at Old Trafford when Manchester United supporters boast that their team is the only side to take points off Liverpool in the Premier League this season. It is not much to hold on to for devotees of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who go to Anfield on Sunday five points adrift of fourth place in the table. United’s ambitions have been downgraded severely since Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager seven years ago. The Red Devils are firmly in the shadow of their despised…
  10. Jared Hazen is focused on winning the Vibram Hong Kong 100km ultramarathon, starting at 8am on Saturday, by leading the race as early as possible. The American speedster believes that although it is possible to podium by running conservatively, runners need to push from the start to come first.“I’ve moved up, late in races, to a podium a spot. But trying to win is playing a whole other game, you have to be at the front of race the whole time,” Hazen, 25, said. “You're not going to luckily sneak…