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Today was just a mad one, Lampard says after Chelsea, Ajax eight goals thriller

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Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said his side’s heart-thumping 4-4 draw against Ajax in a Champions League Group H match on Tuesday ranked alongside some of the greatest matches he contested as a player for the London side.

“Today was just a mad one. I don’t think there’s too many you can compare it to in my day,” Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time top goal-scorer and won the Champions League with the Blues in 2012, told reporters after the match.

“I’ve had some mad nights over the years, and some great nights. For everything that it was tonight, and for the spectacle that it was, it’s certainly right up there.”

Chelsea came from 4-1 down to their Dutch visitors after 55 minutes to rescue a draw, helped by two red cards that reduced Ajax to nine men for the last 20 minutes.

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The Blues then thought they had gone 5-4 ahead, only for captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike to be ruled out by the Video-Assisted Referee for handball.

“Take VAR out of it and the red cards etcetera, what I have to think about is us and the spirit that we showed, and the character is something that I loved and our fans loved,” Lampard said.

“We need to tighten up for sure, but with that spirit we can go places.”

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Cute or nah: Check out Ronaldo’s new hairstyle (photo)

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Portuguese professional footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo took to social media on Tuesday to show off his latest hairdo.

The 35-year-old who is known for his unique style when it comes to his hair has recently decided to change it by letting it grow longer.

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The Juventus star player, shared a photo of his new hairstyle with the caption: “Approved?”

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Teenage Saruni dreams of debut Olympics in Tokyo

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David Saruni, Kenya’s teenage prodigy, aims to win the country’s first gold in 400m hurdle at the Olympics.

The USA based rookie, made a false start in his first time representing Kenya at the World Under-17 Championships in Nairobi in 2017 when he was disqualified for lane infringement offense.

But he returned to his training base in Kentucky (USA) and immersed in training, and not even the lockdown imposed by countries to curb COVID-19 spread has slowed him down.

Saruni has been primed as heir apparent to the late former world 400m hurdles champion, Nicholas Bett, and the 19-year-old computer science student said he is ready to pick up the gauntlet.

“It is my dream to represent Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics.

“The plan is to make it to Tokyo this year in August, but the health situation has forced a lockdown.

“However, 2021 is still a good year and I want to be in top form so that I may dominate the hurdles and be able to live the dream of my mentor Bett,’’ said Saruni on Tuesday.

With college athletics in the USA closed, Saruni, like many other sportsmen, is forced to train on his own and he loves the challenge, though it is not optimum.

“Currently, I am able to do some short runs, a lot of gym exercises and related stuff to keep me in good form.

“We will overcome this pandemic and return to competition.

“My focus is to keep improving,’’ added Saruni.

The Kenyan prodigy also has the capacity to oscillate through to 800m and 1,500m races.

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However, he sees his ideal race being in the hurdles.

Saruni is one of the top talents Kenya expects to parade in Nanjing, China during the rescheduled World Indoor Championships in 2021.

The competition is to be held in March at the newly-built Nanjing Cube.

The teenage athletes missed out on the chance to make the Kenya team to the 2017 World Championships after he was dropped in a controversial way from the 800m team to London with coaches opting to pick Africa silver medallist, Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, and David Rudisha, the Olympic champion.

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His coach then, Paul Ereng, a former world 800m champion, said Saruni was to inherit Rudisha.

“There is a new sheriff in town.

“This boy is on fire; Saruni destroyed the 600m indoor world record in Albuquerque, New Mexico,’’ said Ereng.

 

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Holyfield will fight Mike Tyson but on one condition…

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Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has said he is open to facing one-time rival Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity on the condition that Tyson asks for the bout to be set up.

Tyson, 53, fought two epic bouts with Holyfield, 57, during their professional careers, including their controversial 1997 encounter in which Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

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‘Iron Mike’ had released several training videos in recent weeks fuelling speculation he could be returning to the ring, while Holyfield announced his return for a charity bout on Instagram earlier this month.

“If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told the BBC.

“I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’.

“If he hits me I’m going to hit back. I’m going to be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. I don’t have no problem with it.”

Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, while Holyfield called time on his career nine years later.

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If they do return, they will be following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight.

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