The world’s richest clubs owners in 2017

Steve Ballmer, worth $30 billion: Steve is the world’s richest sports team owner for the third straight year. He bought the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 for $2 billion in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, which rocked the NBA when racially charged comments made by Sterling were made public. The Clippers purchase was 10% of Ballmer’s fortune at the time and many pegged it as an over-pay for a basketball junkie who wanted into the exclusive NBA owners club. Ballmer’s timing was perfect as the league inked a…

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Bartra: ‘Hardest 15 minutes of my life’

Marc Bartra says he e x p e r i – enced the “hardest 15 minutes” of his life when Borussia Dortmund’s team bus was damaged by explosions in Germany. The defender had an operation after fracturing his wrist in the incident. It led to Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Monaco being postponed and played a day later. Three explosive devices containing metal pieces went off when Dortmund were on their way to the game at their Signal Iduna Park home ground. Former Barcelona player Bartra, the only…

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Dortmund agreed to play rearranged tie, says UEFA

UEFA has hit back at comments made by Borussia Dortmund’s players and coaching staff, insisting that Wednesday’s rearranged Champions League tie with AS Monaco was given the green light to go ahead by all parties. The original quarterfinal first-leg clash at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night was postponed due to a security breach, as BVB’s team bus was caught up in an expected terrorist attack. Three explosions went off and one player injured, with Marc Bartra requiring surgery on a fractured wrist due to the severity of the blast. Monaco…

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US drops ‘mother of all bombs on IS’

The US military says it has dropped the most destructive non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as “the mother of all bombs”, was first tested in 2003, but had not been used before. The Pentagon said it was dropped from a US aircraft in Nangarhar province. The news came hours after the Pentagon admitted an air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 rebels. It said a partnered force had mistakenly identified the…

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Dortmund coach slams UEFA over Monaco tie

Borussia Dortmund felt “completely ignored” over the rescheduling of their Champions League game against Monaco, says manager Thomas Tuchel. Dortmund lost 3-2 in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an attack on their bus caused the match to be postponed. “We were told by text message that UEFA was making this decision,” said Tuchel. “A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling.” Following Tuchel’s comments, UEFA released a statement saying the…

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CPC: Burden of policing a delicate market

The task of policing over 170 million Nigerians in a vast, unorganised market, as carved out for Consumer Protection Council( CPC), is a burden the agency can deliver, if given power of prosecution, ABDULWAHAB ISA reports     The consumer is supposedly a king in an ideal business transaction. He deserves to be treated like a king by product and service providers for enduring business relationship to be maintained. In Nigeria, the opposite is the norm. Consumers are treated shabbily. It’s a slave/master relationship, with the consumer, in most instances,…

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Germany probes possible Islamist links to Dortmund bus attack

German investigators are looking into the possibility that explosions targeting a bus carrying players of soccer club Borussia Dortmund may have been carried out by Islamists militants, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday. It said a letter left near the scene of the attack on Tuesday claimed it was in retaliation for German military reconnaissance missions against Islamic State in Syria. The newspaper also said that the letter might be a deliberate attempt by the perpetrators to mislead investigators, reports Reuters. The Federal Public Prosecutor said in a statement…

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UEFA League: Dortmund to ‘pull together’ against Monaco

  Shocked” Borussia Dortmund players will “pull together” when they face Monaco, 24 hours after their team bus was damaged by explosions in Germany. Defender Marc Bartra fractured his wrist in the incident, which led to Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final being postponed. Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “In such a crisis situation, all of Borussia will pull together. “The team and coaches were shocked. Now we must channel it in some way.” Dortmund said Bartra had an operation later on Tuesday after “breaking the radial bone in his arm and…

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Blasts hit German football team bus

  Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco. In a news conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team. Player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt. The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation. The match was postponed until 18:45 local time (16:45 GMT) on Wednesday. Pictures from…

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UEFA League: German police say player injured in explosion

Local police say a player for German soccer team Borussia Dortmund was injured following explosions near the team bus ahead of the Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.   North Rhine-Westphalia police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann told The Associated Press Tuesday that there were “three explosions near the team bus as they left the hotel to go to the stadium” and that “there was one player injured inside and damage to a window.” Dortmund said the player, reported in German media to be Spain’s Marc Bartra, was “in safety” and that…

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