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  1. The draw for the last-16 of the Uefa Champions League was held in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday and it pitted reigning champions Liverpool against Atletico Madrid.The holders booked an early return to the scene of their most recent European triumph, the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. The first leg of that tie will be in Spain.Manchester City face Real Madrid, with the first leg also in Spain, while last year’s beaten finalists Tottenham Hotspur will play RB Leipzig, hosting the Germans in the…
  2. When you finish that jar of pickles this holiday season, you may want to think twice about pouring the extra liquid down the sink. Runners at marathon finish lines are frequently being greeted with packets of pickle juice. So are US high school football players coming out of a game, to help them prepare to go back in.What’s so special about the pungent green liquid?Long touted as a natural, low-calorie alternative to sugary sports drinks, pickle juice has received recent endorsements from…
  3. When you are training for an ultramarathon, you should regularly include long runs in your training sessions. There are some easy tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your sessions.Jeff Campbell, prolific trail running champion, with titles like The North Face 50km and King of the Hills, under his belt, and Nikki Han, the first women to finish the 298km Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge, shared their advice for long training sessions.When long runs aren’t an option, you can…
  4. Addressing your thoughts, questions and statements about Hong Kong racing. Have something to say? Send a tweet to @SCMPRacingPost.I’m looking forward to seeing @umbyrispoli riding in California – @A_EversDeparting jockey Umberto Rispoli has laid bare the plight of mid-tier riders in Hong Kong, saying the jurisdiction is now devoid of loyalty.Leaving Sha Tin for the final time on Sunday, a candid Rispoli said now more than ever, Hong Kong’s jockey ranks have become a case of the haves and the…
  5. There has been a lot of hype about Big Party early in his career and trainer Frankie Lor Fu-chuen is hoping a switch to Happy Valley can help bring the best out of him.The four-year-old has three wins from seven starts, but has started at $3.30 or shorter (he has been odds-on four times) in all of them, such is the weight of expectation on him.He routinely scorches his rivals in barrier trials, but has been a little hit or miss when it comes to race day.Big Party for a @zpurton treble! …
  6. With eight straight victories in the rear-view mirror, England’s Leon Edwards has earned a high-profile fight. Unfortunately, the soft-spoken Briton is having a difficult time finding a suitable dance partner. He’s recently been campaigning for a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, ideally when the organisation returns to London, England, on March 21. Woodley was quick to object to the location of this proposed bout, arguing that as a decorated former champion, he…
  7. Asked if it was “poetic justice” that Colby Covington had to have his mouth wired shut, Kamaru Usman could only smile.“Eh, you said it, right on the money,” the welterweight champion replied at the UFC 245 post-event press conference, after breaking Covington’s jaw en route to a fifth-round TKO win.The build-up to Saturday night’s heated main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas had been marred by Covington’s relentless trash talking, fuelled by his “MAGA” persona including red Donald Trump…
  8. The defeats were no surprise, but the spikes in betting activity certainly raised eyebrows. Nepal lost 4-0 to Iraq, 5-0 against Kuwait and 4-0 to Japan in group D of the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.Thirteen months later, five Nepali players were arrested for match fixing.In November, 2016, Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded South Africa a penalty against Senegal in a Fifa World Cup qualifier, even though the ball clearly hit defender Kalidou Koulibaly’s knee. A mere four months later,…
  9. Such was the animosity in the build-up to their fight, Jorge Masvidal threatened to punch Ben Askren if he saw him at Whole Foods even after knocking him out in five seconds with a flying knee.But it seems the two are on something approaching the same page now – at least when it comes to Colby Covington.“Shout out to @Benaskren who never tucked tail after his loss. Made no excuses. Took it on the chin and never censored the haters like a coward,” Masvidal tweeted on Sunday night.The tweet was…
  10. Despite Colby Covington’s devastating TKO loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245, it looks like his feud with former friend and training partner Jorge Masvidal is only just heating up.Masvidal opened fire on Covington with a barrage of insults on social media after “Chaos” claimed he was “robbed” by Marc Goddard.The referee stopped the fight with 50 seconds left, as Usman rained down blows on a grounded Covington, who had been dropped twice in the fifth round and had suffered a broken jaw in the third…