Cristiano Ronaldo had already put Real Madrid 1-0 up over Juventus, but half-way through the second half he scored another goal which stunned the crowd and fans around the world. The Real Madrid forward leaped into the air with his back to the goal, swung his right leg high over his head and sent the ball flying past a flat-footed Gianluigi Buffon. The bicycle kick, Ronaldo’s second goal of the match, came in a 3-0 win over Juventus on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The goal was so good that even the Juventus fans rose to applaud Ronaldo, after jeering him previously throughout the match. “It was one of the greatest moments of the night for me,” Ronaldo said. “To be applauded in a stadium like this, which has been graced by so many great players, was a top moment for me. I’m really happy.
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Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart has agreed to settle with the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. five weeks before the wrongful death lawsuit over Ward’s death was supposed to go to trial. Ward died after being hit by Stewart’s car at a race during the Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Speedway in on August 9, 2014. Ward was struck by Stewart’s car after leaving his own vehicle on track during a caution period of a race to express his displeasure with Stewart, as he’d wrecked while battling for position with Stewart. Stewart’s car hit Ward, tossing him 25 feet. Ward died 45 minutes later from blunt force trauma. He was 20 years old. Stewart had sought to dismiss the wrongful death and gross negligence claims brought against him in the Ward family lawsuit as both Ward and his father had waived their right to legal claims when they acknowledged the risks involved in racing in signing a waiver for the event.
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Students at Villanova flooded the streets around campus to celebrate the Wildcats’ second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years, and police reported two arrests following the partying. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday’s title game in San Antonio and the celebration began on and around campus. As soon as the game ended, fans streamed into the streets, cheering and chanting. Light poles around the university had been greased in anticipation of celebrations, but that didn’t stop some fans from climbing. News helicopter video showed students climbing trees and grabbing branches to add fuel to a small bonfire that was set. Police moved in to get people away from the flames. Police said early on Tuesday there were two arrests, but no other details were available.
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Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders, tight end Clive Walford has been claimed by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon. Walford departed Oakland after a disappointing 2017 season that also included Jared Cook and Lee Smith at the tight end position. Walford recorded just nine receptions for 80 yards in 13 games and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to a concussion. With Cook dominating the role of No. 1 tight end, Walford was let go. The Jets are welcoming Walford, who replaces Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Combined with second-year tight end Jordan Leggett (who missed all of 2017 due to a knee injury) the Jets hope to have a good group at the position.
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After their incredible win against Mississippi State, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team came back home Monday and they were welcomed with open arms. The Notre Dame women’s basketball team won the NCAA national championship on Sunday, and hundreds of fans showed up at the University of Notre Dame and they gathered to welcome the team back . Notre Dame fans haven’t celebrated a victory since 2001, the last year that the Irish women brought home a national championship.
Max Holloway will attempt to become a two-division UFC champion when he steps in for injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on Saturday. The UFC announced Sunday that Holloway (19-3) will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the UFC lightweight title in the main event at Barclays Center. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice. The UFC didn’t disclose the nature of Ferguson’s injury. Ferguson (23-3) and Nurmagomedov have been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off. Holloway will attempt to become the youngest fighter ever to hold two UFC titles, and only the second to hold both belts simultaneously.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, earning a 98-87 come-from-behind victory in front of their home crowd. Trailing the Mavericks by a 77-73 count after the third quarter, the Cavaliers outpaced the Mavericks (23-54) over the final 12 minutes of play. James and reserve point guard Jordan Clarkson led the way with 16 points each, while center Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 100th double-double of his NBA career. James finished off his 72nd career triple-double with the 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists over 39 minutes.
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According to a report, the New York Giants have set outgoing trade demands for Odell Beckham Jr. NFL teams had been put on notice regarding Beckham’s availability. Additionally, according to rumors if any team wants to deal for Beckham Jr they will have to offer up two first round picks at minimum. It was previously reported that Odell would not see the field without an extension to his current contract. while his conduct off the field has aroused suspicion, the Giants have been largely content with his work ethic and his competitive attitude.
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Moe Harkless will undergo left knee arthroscopy with his return to be determined after the procedure, the Portland Trail Blazers announced. He sat out Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans with left knee soreness. While the Blazers have not announced a return timeline, Harkless is rumored to have said that he’s heard typical recovery from the procedure can be anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. An official timeline for Harkless’s return will be determined following the outcome of the procedure. Over his last 10 games, Harkless is averaging 10.8 points on 60 percent from the field and 56.7 percent from the 3-point line.
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NFL owners unanimously approved a new catch rule Tuesday, a change designed specifically to avoid a handful of controversies that have plagued the league for most of this decade. Owners also approved two other rule changes, granting authority to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts — even if it means overruling on-field referees — and making permanent a temporary rule that put touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard line. Michael Signora, NFL vice president of football communications, tweeted out the approved rules and bylaws which you can see here.
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