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Proposals for a 'European Premier League' met by backlash

Speculative proposals for a "European Premier League" comprised of the continent's top clubs and reportedly backed by FIFA were criticised on Tuesday by La Liga and supporter groups. A Sky report on Tuesday claimed that negotiations were nearing conclusion on an 18-team league with end of season playoffs including the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. According to the report, the project would be funded by $6 billion (5.1 billion euros) of financing from major banks secured on the proceeds from future TV broadcast deals. Each of the participating clubs could receive "hundreds of millions of pounds to participate". A European Super League has long been touted as the way fo...

We wish a Happy Birthday to our F1 monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc

On this October 16th, we wish a Happy Birthday to our F1 monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc. Wishing you a magical birthday filled with wonderful surprises...!) Monaco Times...

FINALE SMERALDA 888 (8-11 OCTOBER 2020), LAST STAGE OF SMERALDA 888 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

Botta Dritta triumphs Everything is possible! for Beda Sunday 11th October 2020. A nail-biting final stage of the Smeralda 888 International Championship took place this weekend in the bay of Monaco (8-11 October 2020). The battle between nine teams, delighted to be out on the water competing in Monaco for the Finale Smeralda, was intense throughout the weekend. Lying 6th in the provisional ranking on Saturday evening, YCM member Timofey Sukhotin took to heart the motto Everything is possible that adorns his 8.88m one design to pull off an inspired performance on a day of variable weather conditions in a 5 to 15 knot westerly. His determination won three of the four races completed to take 2nd in the final ranking for the weekend just behi...

French Open: Alexander Zverev powers past Marco Cecchinato to reach last-16

Germany`s Alexander Zverev dismantled Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 in under two hours on Friday to move into the French Open last 16 where he will meet Italy`s rising star Jannik Sinner. Zverev, who did not play any claycourt events following last month`s run to the U.S. Open final, was dominant and grabbed two quick breaks to wrap up the first set after 25 minutes. Italian Cecchinato, a surprise semi-finalist in Paris in 2018, improved his game to hold his serve as he attempted to move the sixth-seeded German around more. Zverev`s unforced errors increased briefly and the 28-year-old Cecchinato, ranked 110th, earned his first break to serve for the set at 5-4. But he lost his cool and slammed his racket on the ground as Zverev won th...

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat 116-98 in game one

LeBron James says the Los Angeles Lakers still have "a lot more work to do" after they comfortably beat the injury-hit Miami Heat 116-98 in game one of the NBA Finals. Anthony Davis scored 34 points for the Lakers, with James adding 25 points and nine assists. Jimmy Butler had 23 points for the Heat, who lost point guard Goran Dragic and forward Bam Adebayo to injury. James said: "The job is not done. We're not satisfied winning one game." Speaking after Thursday's game, he added: "You have to get a feel for how hard Miami plays. We got a sense for that. We got more work to do. It's that simple." The Lakers went into the series as overwhelming favourites to land a record-equalling 17th NBA Championship tit...

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with achilles injury

Serena Williams` search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday. The American, who turned 39 this week, had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round later but after a warm-up decided the injury was too severe. Williams, a three-times former champion at Roland Garros, said she may not play again this year. "I warmed up and it was a very short warmup and then I spoke to my coach and said `what do you think?` she said. "I was struggling to walk so that`s a tell tale sign that I should try to recover." Williams had suffered the problem during her semi-final loss to Victoria Azar...

Almost perfect Djokovic ready for Roland Garros bow

Novak Djokovic begins his bid for a second French Open title and 18th Grand Slam title on Tuesday, pledging to be on his best behaviour following his US Open disqualification. The world number one tackles Sweden's Mikael Ymer, ranked 80, seeking a 32nd win in 33 matches in 2020. His only loss was against himself following his now infamous default in New York for an angry swipe of the ball which hit a line judge in the throat. "Of course, I will make sure I don't make the same mistake twice," said the Serb who remains only one of two men to have defeated 12-time champion Rafael Nadal in 15 years in Paris. Djokovic suffered no hangover from his US Open controversy, quickly wrapping up a record 36th Masters title in Rome in a per...

Lewis Hamilton greatest F1 driver of our generation, believes Serena Williams

Twenty three-time tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has heaped praise on Lewis Hamilton, saying the reigning Formula 1 world champion is the "greatest drive of our generation" and that he would break German legend Michael Schumacher's record. "Lewis Hamilton and I have been super close, we have known each other for years, I love that guy, he has such a champion mindset, I look at what he does in training," said Serena in a video posted on the official handle of F1. "He is for me, the greatest driver our generation has seen and I am confident that he will break the record of Michael Schumacher. He lives his life on his sleeve, he says what he says, and this is the one thing I really appreciate about him,&q...

Italian teen Sinner crushes Goffin on Roland Garros debut

Italian teenager Jannik Sinner demolished Belgian 11th seed David Goffin 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the French Open on Sunday. The 19-year-old Sinner, last year's NextGen champion, reeled off 11 games in succession as he defeated Goffin for the second time in as many meetings. Sinner, making his first appearance in the Roland Garros main draw, recorded just his second Grand Slam win having also reached round two at the Australian Open in January. He also carved out a slice of history at the first player to triumph under the new retractable roof on Court Philippe Chatrier on a chilly, rainswept opening day of the tournament. "I'm very happy. It's a real honour. It's my first time here and I think it's great to have the roof...

F1 champion Hamilton vows to boost diversity in motorsport

Lewis Hamilton pledged on Thursday to grow the number of black people in motor racing, announcing members of his Hamilton Commission that aims to tackle the lack of diversity at all levels of the sport. The British six-time Formula One world champion, who has been vocal in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, launched the initiative in June. The 14-member body includes Hamilton's former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Hayaatun Sillem, the chief executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Hamilton, who will attempt to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Grand Prix wins in Russia this weekend -- is the only black driver in Formula One. Red Bull's British-born Thai Alexander Albon i...

LE PIRATE BLANC AT THE MONACO YACHT CLUB

Monaco, Thursday September 24, 2020 The Pirate Blanc will disembark this afternoon, 5:00 p.m., at the Yacht Club de Monaco as part of the Les Voiles Blanches-Bettimask operation. This operation consists of collecting (new) toys for the benefit of hospitalized children in the region by an original and playful means: a sailboat called Skaf. More than 800 toys have already been collected in some thirty ports on the Riviera coast in less than 15 days. Through a Youtube channel (Voiles blancs bettimask) hospitalized children can follow the adventures of the White Pirate on a daily basis in his pretty costume specially designed and produced by the teams of the Monte-Carlo Opera Until the arrival from the boat on Sunday morning in front of the wi...

Two in custody in Tour de France doping probe

French police detained two people on Monday as part of an investigation into suspected doping at this year's Tour de France in the Arkea-Samsic team, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour which wrapped up on Sunday in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. In a statement, prosecutor Dominique Laurens in the southern city of Marseille said that an investigation was being carried out into a "small part" of Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two people had "many health products including drugs in their personal belongings, but also...