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World Snooker Championship: Murphy and Trump through

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Shaun Murphy eased past Joe Perry 13-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield.

The 2005 winner was 12-5 ahead overnight and made a break of 68 to progress to face Anthony McGill in the next round on Tuesday (10:00 BST).

Judd Trump defeated Marco Fu 13-8 to set up a repeat of the 2011 semi-final against China’s Ding Junhui.

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan resumes at 19:00 BST, 12-4 ahead against Welshman Matthew Stevens.

‘The best snooker of my life’

Murphy completed the ‘Triple Crown’ of World, UK and Masters titles in January, and easily beat Perry in their last-16 encounter.

With champion Mark Selby exiting from his side of the draw, the Englishman is confident of repeating his feat of 10 years ago when he won the event at the Crucible as a qualifier.

“I am playing the best snooker of my life,” said the 32-year-old.

“Being 12-5 in front is difficult to approach but I tried to prepare in exactly the same way as I would normally do and hope I got the chance to get over the line.”

Perry added: “Shaun is a great front-runner and I never recovered from a bad start. The game can turn around, but at 7-1 you are just trying to get some pride and make it respectable.”

‘I will be tough to beat’

Judd Trump

Judd Trump reached the final in 2011, losing to John Higgins

Trump, 25, reached his only final so far in 2011, where he lost to Scot John Higgins, but he showed no nerves when close to the winning line against Hong Kong’s Fu, stroking in a superb 133 break to advance.

“If I continue playing like that I will be tough to beat,” said Trump.

“My game is there, it is just whether I can keep it up for the rest of the tournament.”

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Kobe Bryant fans sign petition to make his image the new NBA logo

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More than 800,000 fans have signed a petition to replace the NBA logo with an image of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in California on Sunday.

‘With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo,‘ read the Change.Org petition, which was posted by a Nick M. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

So far, the petition has over 800,000 signatures.

The current logo is a silhouette of fellow Lakers legend Jerry West, who expressed in the past that he would not mind if the logo was changed.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when his chopper crashed in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Rihanna pictured watching UEFA champions league against Atletico Madrid

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Pop star, Rihanna was spotted tonight at the VIP center of Juventus’ Allianz Arena stadium watching the UEFA Champions league between Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

 

Juventus’ official twitter account recognized her presence with photos of her during the game and a video of her arrival at the stadium.

 

Juventus won the match against Atletico Madrid as a free-kick from

Paulo Dybala guaranteed the Italian side top spot in Group D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Odion Ighalo announced his retirement from international football with Nigeria

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Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has confirmed his retirement from international football with Nigeria after winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Golden Boot last night.

He wrote on his IG page :

This is one of the most difficult career decisions I have had to take. It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the National team.

It’s has been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and to contribute my quota to the development of our football, the memories would stay with me for a long time and I’m immensely grateful. It is now time to concentrate on Club football and give the younger players chance to learn and grow.

I would love to thank the NFF, coach Gernot Rohr for believing in me against all odds,to my teammates for their professionalism and team spirit without you guys I wouldn’t have achieved so much with this team.

To NIGERIAN football fans all over the world,I SAY THANK YOU, you were always there to cheer us on and our 12th players every time we step into the pitch. I will be watching and cheering the SUPER EAGLES from this side. THANK YOU…..signing OUT.

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