Chelsea the biggest losers from VAR as rivals benefit most from video replays

first_imgCHELSEA were left ruing a disallowed goal once again on the weekend and, after six games, they have been caught out the most by VAR.Cesar Azpilicueta saw his effort chalked off because of an offside ruling against Mason Mount – albeit a correct one.3 Chelsea are coming off worst under VAR this season3 Gabriel Jesus was particularly incensed at the outcome of a VAR reviewCredit: ReutersIt was the second time the Blues’ celebrations were cut short this season after a goal by Kurt Zouma against Norwich was also dismissed for a foul by Olivier Giroud on goalkeeper Tim Krul.Chelsea are the only team to have two goals erased without a VAR decision in their favour, as revealed by ESPN.Wolves and Sheffield United are also yet to have a video review come to their rescue having lost out in a replay, the Midlands club in particular feeling hard done by after a Willy Boly handball cancelled out a potential winner at Leicester.Champions Manchester City were allowed to retake a Sergio Aguero penalty on the opening day but have also had a pair ruled out, most crucially Gabriel Jesus’ last gasp goal against Tottenham in August.Bournemouth and Brighton share a single-goal VAR deficit of-sorts, again with the decisions picked up generally agreed on as correct. Latest Football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleBenefiting from the reviews have been West Ham, Leicester, Norwich and Liverpool – who were the recipients at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.And despite their own protestations at the narrow offside judgement that went against Son Heung-min, Spurs have come out stronger thanks to VAR.That is down to Ayoze Perez seeing his 16th minute goal past Paulo Gazzaniga chalked off and Jesus’ aforementioned handball call.The only team to have a plus-two goal difference from VAR referrals is Southampton.Goals by Oli McBurnie and Josh King were both checked and erased due to offsides, Saints going on to win 1-0 in the trip to Sheffield United as a result.3Premier League at risk of losing its integrity over VAR shambles as bosses admit they will CHANGE rules after four gameslast_img read more

How Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali- The Greatest

first_imgMuhammad Ali’s journey from Louisville in Kentucky to being ‘The Greatest of All Time’ is what dreams are made of. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was the name given to him by his parents before his conversion to Islam. (Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies)Ali started boxing at the age of 12 and by the time he retired, had a record of 56 wins, 5 losses with 37 knockouts and was the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times.But how did a young Cassius Clay become the Great Muhammad Ali? His story deserves to be told. (Muhammad Ali’s tryst with India)The idea of free food appeals to the best of us and the same happened with Muhammad Ali as well. A 12-year-old Ali went to the Louisville Home Show just to feast on the free hot dogs and popcorn on offer at the fair. His mode of transport was his favourite red and white Schwinn bicycle. When he was done eating, Ali came back to the place where he had parked his bike but it was gone.Fuming over a thief taking his bicycle, Ali approached police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin and told the officer that he was going to beat up the person who stole his bike. Martin in return told him that he should go and learn how to fight first. After that incident Ali decided to take up boxing and joined Martin’s Columbia Gym where he trained hard and became a three-time world heavyweight champion.advertisementAli made his professional boxing debut on October 29, 1960. In the 21 years that followed, Ali became one of the most famous and talked-about athletes in the world. His outspoken nature often got him into trouble in and outside the ring and was once even sentenced to five years in prison. (When Muhammad Ali took a dig at Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky Balboa’)We list out 5 memorable instances from Ali’s life:1960 OLYMPIC GOLDMuhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, competed in the light heavyweight division at the Rome Olympics in 1960. An 18-year-old Clay fought against Zbigniew Pietrzyskowski from Poland and won the bout in a unanimous decision to clinch his one and only Olympic gold medal. (A fight-by-fight look at Muhammad Ali’s career milestones)Upon his return from Rome, Ali sought work at adiner in Louisville but was denied the job due to the colour of his skin. Ali got so angryafter the incident that he threw away his medal in the Ohio river. Fifty-fouryears later, a man named Robert Bradbury found the gold medal at the bottom ofthe river while participating in an event dubbed “The Annual Ohio RiverSweep”. The medal was then handed over to the Muhammad Ali Center andBradbury received a sum of $200,000 as a reward from the Ali family.FIRST HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE Ali turned professional a month after the Rome Olympics in 1960 and made his debut October 29, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. On February 25, 1964, a young Cassius Clay beat the bones out of Sonny Liston in a bout which lasted six rounds to clinch the WBC Heavyweight Championship title for the first time. He went on to win the title again in 1974 and 1978. Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion in the sport.CONVERSION TO ISLAMA day after winning the championship bout against Liston, Cassius Clay announced his conversion to Islam. The whole world was taken aback by this decision as Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.REFUSAL TO JOIN THE ARMY AND DRAFT EVASIONMuhammad Ali was called upon service by the United States military for the Vietnam War but he refused to serve in the army on religious grounds. Ali said, ” War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft.” As a result, he was arrested on charges of felony and was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. He remained out on bail but his boxing license and heavyweight title were snatched from him resulting in his three-year hiatus from professional boxing.THRILLA IN MANILAOver a career spanning two decades, Muhammad Ali was part of some of the most memorable matches in boxing history. He had some of the fiercest of rivalries with George Foreman, Sonny Liston and Larry Holmes to name a few. But his rivalry with former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier will go down in history as one of the greatest in the sport of boxing.advertisementFrazier and Ali fought three intense battles with Ali winning two bouts. Frazier beat Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ via a unanimous decision, the first time they fought for the heavyweight title. Ali defeated Frazier in a largely forgettable rematch in 1974, so “The Thrilla in Manila” became the rubber match. The bout is ranked as one of the best in boxing history and Ali chronicled the battle in his memoir, “The Greatest: My Own Story.”Ali retained the title when Frazier, who could not see, was kept by trainer Eddie Futch from answering the bell for the 15th round. After the fight, Ali had famously said, “It was the closest thing to death.”last_img read more