Mohamed Salah up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for Champions League best forward award

Salah enjoyed a spectacular campaign last season helping Liverpool go all the way to the final where they lost to Real Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 09 August 2018
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Mohamed Salah up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for Champions League best forward award

  • The Egyptian ace scored 10 goals as Liverpool marched all the way to the final.
  • Winners to be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 30.

Mohamed Salah joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on UEFA’s shortlist for the best forward who played in Champions League last season, football’s European governing body has announced.
Ronaldo, who won the award last year, topped the scoring charts with 15 goals in the competition as Real Madrid won a third consecutive European crown.
Egypt’s Salah led Liverpool’s remarkable run to the final with 10 goals and four assists, that was on the top of a record 32 goals in the Premier League. While Barcelona talisman Messi netted six goals in the European competition.
The best defender is sure to be from Real with their trio of Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane the only names short-listed for the award.
Real duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will compete with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the midfielder award.
New Liverpool signing Alisson’s performances for AS Roma earned him a place on the goalkeeper shortlist.
He will compete for the honor with Real Madrid’s Costa Rica international Keylor Navas and Italian Gianluigi Buffon, who completed a switch from Juventus to Paris Saint Germain last month.
The winners will be announced during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 30.
The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year’s Champions League participants and 55 journalists.


Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Updated 20 January 2019
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Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

  • It's not known if Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather
  • There were no knockdowns, but Pacquiao landed the heavier punches

LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.
Whether Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night.
With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes.
Fighting for the first time at the age of 40, the senator from the Philippines won a lopsided decision that was never in doubt before a crowd that roared at every punch he landed. The decision was never in doubt, but Pacquiao pressed the fight into the later rounds as he tried unsuccessfully to score a knockout.
Two judges favored Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111. The AP scored it a shutout 120-108 for Pacquiao.
There were no knockdowns, but Pacquiao landed the heavier punches — and lots of them. He caught Broner in the seventh and ninth rounds with big left hands that sent him backward, while Broner spent most of the fight looking for one big counter that never came.
Pacquiao, whose pro career stretches back 24 years, showed he still has the speed that carried him over his spectacular career. He also displayed some power, though he was never able to drop Broner.