Cristiano Ronaldo Extends Real Madrid Contract to 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to retire at Real Madrid after agreeing a bumper new five-year contract signed on November 7th that ties him to the Spanish giants until 2021. “The official event for the renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract will take place tomorrow, Monday 7 November at 1:30pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” Madrid said in a statement.
“The Portuguese forward will extend his contract until 30 June 2021 at the event attended by club president Florentino Perez and the player himself.” Ronaldo, 31, follows in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as the latest Real star to agree a contract extension in recent weeks as the club prepares to serve a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA.
Encouraging Signs from Michael Schumacher: Ross Brawn
Michael Schumacher is making “encouraging signs” in his recovery from a serious skiing accident, former Mercedes team Principal Ross Brawn said in a BBC interview on November 3rd. Seven-time world champion Schumacher sustained serious head injuries in the accident in 2013, which left him in a coma for six months. Brawn, who worked with Schumacher on all seven of his world titles, expressed hope the 47-year-old German will one day recover from his injuries.
“The family has chosen to conduct Michael’s convalescence in private and I must respect that,” he said adding, “There are encouraging signs and we are all praying every day that we see more of them. So it is difficult for me to say very much and respect the family’s privacy.”
Andy Murray Marks World No. 1 Spot With Paris Masters Win
Andy Murray celebrated his new world number one ranking with a first Paris Masters title after defeating American John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 in the final. Murray, 29, replaces Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings and claimed his eighth title of a remarkable season after extending his winning run to 19 matches.
“This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings,” said Murray, who will move 405 points above long-time rival Djokovic. It is the Briton’s fourth title in succession after wins in Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna and his 14th career Masters 1000 triumph. Murray entered his Tour-leading 12th final of the year having won all seven previous meetings with his Paris Masters final opponent Isner.
India Beat China to Lift Asian Women Hockey Championship Trophy
After Men’s hockey team lifting Asian Hockey Championship title beating Pakistan 3-2 in the finals, Indian women’s hockey team lifted its maiden Asian Champions Trophy after Deepika Thakur struck in the final minute to give her team a thrilling 2-1 win over China in the final. Deepika slotted the rebound in from a penalty corner in the 60th minute of the game to give her team a memorable victory.
Earlier, Deep Grace Ekka converted a penalty corner to take India into the lead in the 13th minute before China’s Zhong Mengling equalizer in 44th minute of play. India’s best finish in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy came in the last edition in 2013 when it finished runner-up to Japan. It had finished third in the inaugural edition in 2010.
Tiger Woods Confirms Bahamas Comeback on December 1
Tiger Woods will make his long-awaited return from injury at next month’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, the former world number one confirmed in a statement. Woods jolted the golf world last month after aborting his planned comeback at the Safeway Open in California, sparking fresh uncertainty about his career after a 16-month layoff. However the 40-year-old 14-time major winner said he would now be ready to host and play in his December 1-4 tournament at Albany in the Bahamas.
“I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament,” Woods said. Woods had already hoped to play in the Bahamas despite the concerns over his form, which prompted him to withdraw from the Safeway in Napa.
Saina Nehwal Unsure of Future Following Injury Lay-off
Making a comeback after undergoing a knee surgery, top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says that she sometimes feels her badminton career could come to an end due to the injuries. Saina, recently made a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletics Commission, is returning to action at the China Super Series Premier starting November 15.
The 26-year-old Saina had developed a knee problem a week before she was to leave for Rio Olympics and she carried the injury through the Games before she made an early exit there. “It is okay, many people will think my career will end and I won’t come back. I also think somewhere deep in my heart that maybe it is the end of my career,” Saina was quoted as saying by www.espn.in.