Real Madrid’s Ronaldo visits Marrakech

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid in Madrid on April 18, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 19 April 2017
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Real Madrid’s Ronaldo visits Marrakech

JEDDAH: When Real Madrid superstar footballer Christiano Ronaldo travels to Marrakech, does he wear traditional Berber clothing? No, but his mom does.
Ronaldo’s mom, Dolores, recently shared photos from Marrakech along with other family members including Ronaldo’ son, 6-year-old Cristiano Jr., on her Instagram account @doloresaveiroofficial, which has 816,000 followers.
She posted photos of herself in a simple olive green dish dasha, but Ronaldo prefers to go shirtless, much to the delight of his female fans.
Ronaldo and his family obviously have a love affair with Marrakech, visiting the historic city founded by Moroccan Berber tribesmen five times in two years. It’s extreme, even on a sports celebrity level, but Marrakech – Morocco’s fourth largest city behind Casablanca, Fes and Tangier – and has been a favorite of holiday venue for film and sports celebrities for many years.

Hoje fui ao melhor shopping de jóias em Marrocos

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The dynamic city showcases how Morocco is evolving by combining a host of natural attractions with powerful traditions and authentic practices that attract tourists from all over the world.
Ronaldo’s repeated visits to Morocco sparked the press and fans’ curiosity.
Some Facebook users commented that Ronaldo “is just in love with the weather and Moroccan rituals.”
While Moroccan news websites say Ronaldo visits the city to see Moroccan kickboxing champion Badr Hari.
The Moroccan World News reported that Ronaldo is investing in the country.
He is planning to purchase a hotel in Casablanca in the Ain Diab Corniche district, next to one of the giant shopping centers in Casablanca. And last year he said that he would build a hotel. The hotel’s complex will include a store for Ronaldo’s brand, CR7, his first fashion outlet in Africa.

Almoço em Marraquech com a família e amigos

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Australia end T20 losing streak with 4-run win over India in Brisbane

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Australia end T20 losing streak with 4-run win over India in Brisbane

BRISBANE: Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis took two wickets in the last over Wednesday as India’s batting lineup collapsed late to lose their tour-opening Twenty20 international by four runs.
Virat Kohli returned to lead India after skipping the previous series against West Indies and, after winning the toss and sending Australia in to bat, had a below-par night, dropping a regulation catch in the fourth over, misfielding later in the innings and getting out for four.
The Australians posted 158-4 in a rain-interrupted 17 overs with Glenn Maxwell (46 from 24 balls) and Chris Lynn (37 from 20 balls) each belting four sixes and Stoinis finishing unbeaten on 33.
The rain delay brought the Duckworth-Lewis rules into play, giving India a revised target of 174 from 17 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan set India up in its run chase with a 42-ball 76 that included 10 boundaries and two sixes, including one over backward square to raise his half century.
He had a reprieve on 65 when Adam Zampa put down a return catch, but was finally out upper cutting a short ball from Billy Stanlake to Jason Behrendorff on the third man boundary as India slipped to 105-4 in the 12th over.
His wicket came in a period when India lost 3-24, and seemed to give Australia the advantage. But Rishabh Pant (20) and Dinesh Karthik (30) took up the attack and plundered 25 from one over by Andrew Tye after a tactical blunder by Australia captain Aaron Finch, who lost track of the new bowling restrictions.
The pair put on 51 for the fifth wicket to give India the ascendancy before Pant paddled an easy catch to Behrendorff off Tye’s bowling to again swing the momentum, leaving India needing 18 runs from nine balls.
Stoinis bowled the last over, with India needing 13 runs, and took pace off the ball as he picked up the wickets of Krunal Pandya and Karthik before India finished 169-7.
Kohli described it as a “sort of see-saw battle” and Dhawan said the India squad wasn’t overly disappointed with the narrow loss.
A missed runout when Maxwell was on 9 and a few dropped catches were momentary setbacks for India, Dhawan said, but “we got a lot of confidence out of this game and we’re going to take it forward for the next game.”
Stoinis said he enjoyed the pressure of bowling the last over and hoped Australia was turning a corner after losing four consecutive T20s.
“We’ve got good memories in the team,” he said. “We dominated T20s last year. We were No. 1 or 2 in the world rankings not long ago. We’re confident.”
India has won its last seven T20 series, and Kohli’s squad is using the three-game series in the shortest format to fine-tune for the bigger prize starting next month when it chases its first ever test series victory in Australia.
Australian cricket has been in turmoil since a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and is coming off back-to-back series losses to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and at home against South Africa.
On top of that, Australia was missing frontline bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, who were preparing for the four-match test series which kicks off Dec. 6 in Adelaide.