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As Anthony Joshua admitted himself after getting off the canvas to finish Wladimir Klitschko and unify heavyweight titles during Saturday’s dramatic slugfest, he’s not perfect.

But his record remains so as Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) proved he just might be the perfect fighter to make boxing’s heavyweight division relevant once again.

In front of an electric crowd of 90,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium, Joshua scored a pair of knockdowns in Round 11 to finish off an incredibly game Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) by TKO in a bout that marked the former champion’s return after losing his trio of world titles 17 months ago.

“[I’m] 19-0, three and a half years in the game,” Joshua said. “As I’ve said, I’m not perfect, but I’m trying. I dig deep. It is what it is. As I’ve said, if you don’t take part, you’ll never know the outcome.”

Joshua, 27, a rising star who won gold for England at the 2012 London Olympics, made the third defense of his IBF title and picked up the vacant WBA belt in the process. But he was forced to overcome severe adversity to get there after running out of gas and suffering a mid-fight knockdown — the first of his young career.

In a big-time heavyweight showdown that not only lived up to but exceeded expectations, Joshua closed the show emphatically after entering the championship rounds leading on two of three scorecards.

Joshua rocked Klitschko, 41, with a vicious right uppercut and sent him down with a flurry that followed. Klitschko was knocked down a second time after a combination against the ropes, but he continued to fight back despite being hurt until referee David Fields jumped in to rescue him as Joshua was teeing off.

“Both fighters gave their best. The best man won tonight, and it’s amazing event for boxing,” Klitschko said. “Two gentlemen fought each other. Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it. It didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony and congratulations.”

Klitschko put forth an incredibly gutsy performance despite proving unsuccessful in joining Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield as the only men to win the heavyweight title three times. But he redeemed himself from his lifeless loss to Tyson Fury in 2015, which ended his 10-year reign on the division, one that included 18 consecutive title defenses.

After getting up from a knockdown in Round 5 with blood trickling from a cut above his left eye, Klitschko rallied to put Joshua on his heels to close the round. In Round 6, with Joshua beginning to fade, Klitschko caught with a right hand from distance that knocked him down for the first time in his career.

“This is boxing. I’m only going to improve,” Joshua said. “Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character and when you go to the trenches, that’s when you find out who you really are. In this sport, there is nowhere to hide. As I said from the get go, it will be a boxing classic and the best man will win.

“As you can see, I fought and I won. That’s how far I had to dig.”

Joshua outlanded Klitschko 107-94, according to CompuBox. Two judges had Joshua ahead (96-93 and 95-93) at the time of the stoppage, while the third had Klitschko leading (95-93).

Outside of the flurries that hurt him to open Rounds 5 and 11, Klitschko did well to control the pace and distance of the fight with his jab. He also didn’t rely on holding and leaning, as he has in recent fights. In fact, it was Joshua who initiated more of the clinches over the second half of the fight.

“As boxing states, ‘You leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent,'” Joshua said. “A massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking part. I’m not going to say too much because I don’t know if he wants to come back and fight me again, but in terms of the boxing Hall of Fame and the boxing arena, he’s a role model in and out of the ring.”

Both fighters signed a two-fight deal ahead of the bout, and Klitschko appeared interested in a rematch when asked about it after the fight.

“Of course, we have it in the contract,” Klitschko said. “I am right now interested. [I need to] analyze what the heck has happened. I did enjoy the night. I wish I could raise my hands instead of being someone who didn’t make it and win the titles back. But congratulations to Anthony. He fought back and won the titles.”

Joshua used his time in the ring after the fight attempting to hype up another heavyweight showdown, this one against Fury, who gave up his titles last October to deal with mental health and substance abuse issues.

“Tyson Fury, where are you at, babe?” Joshua said. “I enjoy fighting. Tyson Fury, I want to give 90,000 people another chance to witness another lovely night of boxing. I just want to fight everyone in the division.”

Joshua vs. Klitschko scorecard

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 TOTAL
Joshua 10 9 10 10 10 8 9 9 10 10 TKO 95
Klitschko 9 10 9 9 9 10 10 10 9 9 94

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or to equal Lionel Messi

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Goal — Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or.

It is the fifth time the Portugal international has won the prize, drawing him level with his great rival Lionel Messi for the most Ballons d’Or of all time.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double.

The 32-year-old netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League, including a brace in the final against Juventus.

“I’m very happy. To get this prize in Paris is a great experience, it’s marvelous,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe TV.

“It’s a great moment of my career. It’s something I wish I have every year. We had a marvelous year. I was the [top] goalscorer of the Champions League, so I want to thank my team-mates.
“They were important for me. And also thanks everybody who helped me to be in great form during the season.”

It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has won the award presented by France Football, and he was also named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 in October.

Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

FIFA formerly awarded the Ballon d’Or in conjunction with France Football, but the two entities split their prizes last year.

The Portugal star was joined in the top 30 by six of his Real Madrid team-mates: Karim Benzema (25th place), Toni Kroos (17th), Marcelo (16th), Isco (12th), Sergio Ramos (sixth) and Modric (fifth).

Ronaldo has picked up where he left off last season in this year’s Champions League, scoring in all six of Madrid’s group-stage matches – a feat that had never been accomplished before .

But he hasn’t matched that form in La Liga, netting just two times in 10 appearances thus far.

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Political Pundit Falsely Claims Colin Kaepernick Donated Money To Terrorists (Somalia Famine Relief)

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VIBE — On Friday (Dec. 1), “Fox & Friends” contributor Kevin Jackson shared his views on the award while downplaying Kaepernick’s legacy. The former NFL player was essentially isolated by the league in 2016 for taking a knee against police brutality, a moment that has later been repeated by supporters this year. As Salon points out, Kaepernick was also given the award for his deep-rooted relationship to social justice, but Jackson disagreed.

“Look, Kaepernick is no Ali,” he continued while calling the award a participation trophy. “And the idea that the left continue to want to sell this lie to America, that this man stands for something that supposedly is happening in this country that’s not, just shows you that the left will never give up on this narrative.”

He also accused the athlete of donating money to radical groups.

“Colin Kaepernick gives money to terrorists,” he said. “Look at the people he’s donated money to. These are “radicalists,” in many cases, ethnocentric racists black organizations and again, built on a lie. It would be different if we can really get behind this and feel like it was done in the spirit of the the guy getting a raw deal. Muhammad Ali got a raw deal. Colin Kaepernick did not get a raw deal.”

Kaepernick has donated to plenty of organizations such as the Coalition for the Homeless, Meals on Wheels, Somalia famine relief, NY groups Coalition for the Homeless, DREAM and many more detailed on his website. None have any ties to radical views or movements.

Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s widow, presented Kaepernick with the award while praising his passion for social justice.

“I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people,” Ali said. “Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard. And he has used his celebrity and philanthropy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable community members.”

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The 2018 World Cup draw is set — Here is where all 32 teams are grouped

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw is here!

There 32 countries were divided into four “pot.” The top seeds were all placed in Pot 1 and were assigned to groups first. Those were followed by the teams in Pot 2 and so on, with the lowest seeded teams in Pot 4 grouped last. A handful of adjustments happened along the way to keep teams from the same region out of the same groups.
Here are the four pots that determined the draw, based on the FIFA world rankings in October:
Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia
Here are the groups:

GROUP A — Russia is the top seed
A1 — RUSSIA
A2 — SAUDI ARABIA
A3 — EGYPT
A4 — URUGUAY

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GROUP B — Portugal is the top seed
B1 — PORTUGAL
B2 — SPAIN
B3 — MOROCCO
B4 — IRAN

GROUP C — France is the top seed
C1 — FRANCE
C2 — AUSTRALIA
C3 — PERU
C4 — DENMARK

GROUP D — Argentina is the top seed
D1 — ARGENTINA
D2 — ICELAND
D3 — CROATIA
D4 — NIGERIA

GROUP E — BRAZIL is the top seed
E1 — BRAZIL
E2 — SWITZERLAND
E3 — COSTA RICA
E4 — SERBIA

GROUP F — GERMANY is the top seed
F1 — GERMANY
F2 — MEXICO
F3 — SWEDEN
F4 — SOUTH KOREA

GROUP G — BELGIUM is the top seed
G1 — BELGIUM
G2 — PANAMA
G3 — TUNISIA
G4 — ENGLAND
GROUP H — POLAND is the top seed
H1 — POLAND
H2 — SENEGAL
H3 — COLOMBIA
H4 — JAPAN

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