Friday, January 05, 2018

Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Clippers 127-117

The Oklahoma City Thunder added All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to MVP Russell Westbrook and waited for the wins to roll up hitting their stride now as evidenced by a 127-117 victory on  Thursday night which ended the Los Angeles Clippers ' four-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City's ''Big Three'' was on full display: Westbrook had his 13th triple-double of the season with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his latest homecoming. George scored 31 points and Anthony added 22.

They almost dared the Clippers to outscore them. ''Absolutely, when we're on, all three of us hot like that, it's going to result in a lot of wins,'' George said. The Thunder have won eight of their last 10 games. ''We found our rhythm,'' Anthony said. ''We still have some ways to go as a team, but we've figured out how we want to play and who we are.''

Despite a rash of injuries, the Clippers had also been playing well.

They led by three going into the fourth quarter but then were immediately outscored 12-0, mostly by the Oklahoma City bench.

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with a season-high 26 points and 17 rebounds. Lou Williams had 26 points and Blake Griffin scored 24, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the Thunder.

''You can't take all three of those guys away,'' Jordan said.
''We just tried to do the best we could making it tough for
those guys to score.''

Thunder: Complete their three-game road trip Sunday in
Clippers: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Curry, Thompson help Warriors over Rockets
Stephen Curry is well aware that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has crafted his team specifically to try and beat the Golden State
Warriors. ''As much as he talks about it, yeah it's hard not to,'' Curry
said. ''It's pretty ... clear.''

But on Thursday night with the Rockets missing the most
important piece on their team in James Harden, Chris
Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending champions.
Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and the
Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a
124-114 victory.

Draymond Green added a triple-double with 17 points, 14
rebounds and 10 assists to become the franchise career
leader in triple-doubles with 21. It was his second this
season to move him past Tom Gola.
The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine
games and have won an NBA-best 16 road games this

The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon, and Gerald
Green came off the bench to score 29 and tie a career
high with eight 3-pointers as they played their second
game without Harden, who is out for at least two weeks
with a hamstring strain. ''We've got to get better as a team,'' Houston coach Mike
D'Antoni said. ''We're just not quite there defensively,
communication, all the stuff we can control we're not

Warriors: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Rockets: At Detroit on Saturday.

As complied by Oluwasegun Giwa

Monday, November 13, 2017

Madrid Star, Cristiano Ronaldo announces birth of daughter

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Instagram to announce the latest addition to his family.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward posted a photo of himself, girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his son Cristiano Jr., alongside his newborn baby girl Alana Martina.

Its been a hectic six months for the family as they previously announced this past summer the arrival of twins, a boy and girl named Mateo and Eva, via a surrogate.

Ronaldo missed the birth of the twins while away on international duty with Portugal for the Confederations Cup, although he later joined up with them after the semi-final match.

There were no such conflicts this time around as he was rested for Portugal's November friendlies against Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Alana Martina, who the star announced the name of a few weeks ago, is Ronaldo's second daughter and fourth child.


"Manchester United are like an adult version of Disneyland!" - Klopp reveals bizzare chat-up line when approached by United

Premier League side, Manchester United tried to lure Jurgen Klopp away from Borussia Dortmund in 2014  by describing themselve to him as "an adult version of Disneyland."

Klopp, who presently is the manager of United's  rival Liverpool, was strongly linked to Old Trafford as the club struggled under former manager,  David Moyes.

This is according to the upcoming biography on Klopp titled "Bring the Noise", written by Raphael Honigstein.

It was stated that United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to see the German tactician few weeks before Moyes was shown the exit door.

However, Klopp apparently found Woodward's bizarre comparison between United and Disneyland “a bit unsexy” and therefore decided to remain at Dortmund.

Excerpt from the book reads: “Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had flown out to see Klopp in Germany.

“Klopp wasn't entirely convinced by that sales pitch, he found it a bit 'unsexy', he told a friend  but he didn't dismiss the proposition out of hand either.”

Klopp later met up with Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke to confirm he had made up his mind and that he would be turning down United's offer.

Compiled by Emmanuel Ndibe
Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

Monday, November 06, 2017

Michael Emenalo resigns from role as Technical Director at Chelsea

Nigerian football technocrat Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position at Chelsea as technical director.

Emenalo came onboard at Stamford bridge in 2007 but after 10 years hep has now called time on his relationship with the club as speculation keeps springing up on manager Antonio Conte future.

According to goal, Reports prior to Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday claimed that Carlo Ancelotti was being lined up to replace the Italian, and Emenalo's departure is only likely to further highlight the tense atmosphere behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

The report stated further that Emenalo was heavily involved with the club's scouting department, and a largely barren summer saw the club miss out on a number of Conte's first-choice signings.

The Italian was keen to secure Romelu Lukaku from Everton before the striker eventually joined Manchester United, while the club was also unable to complete a deal for Juventus' Alex Sandro.

Deals for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who moved from Arsenal to Liverpool, and Ross Barkley of Everton also fell through, and Chelsea now lie nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after just 11 games.

By Emmanuel Ndibe


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Wednesday night Uefa Champions League review.

Wednesday night Uefa champions league review.

Liverpool 3-0 Maribor
Napoli 2-4 Manchester City
Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid
Besiktas 1-1 Monaco
Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid
FC Porto 3-1 RB Leipzig
Sevilla 2-1 Spartak Moscow
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Feyenoord

Besiktas 1-1 Monaco
Turkish Giants Besiktas will have to wait before they can guarantee themselves a place in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time, but remain top of Group G after playing a 1-1 with last season's semi-finalist, Monaco in Istanbul.

Rony Lopes' curler gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time but was cancelled out by Cenk Tosun's penalty after Jorge's foul on Ricardo Quaresma.

FC Porto 3-1 RB Leipzig

Fc Porto delayed Besiktas' qualification to the round of 16 after beating RB Leipzig 3-1 at home to climb into second place in Group G.
Mexican, Hector Herrera gave Porto a half-time lead but Timo Werner drew Leipzig level, but goals from Danilo and Maxi Pereira secured FC Porto their second group win.

Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid
Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham battered holders Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley to qualify for the knockout stages.

Alli's sliding poke effort separated the two sides at half-time and the England international made it 2-0 with a shot that took a big deflection off Sergio Ramos.
Star striker Harry Kane then set up Christian Eriksen for Tottenham's third with 25 minutes left.

Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back for the defending champions, a goal which was rather insignificant in Madrid's first Wembley appearance which ended in defeat.

Spurs lead the Group H table by three points ahead of Zinedine Zidane's side, who remain second and although yet to qualify, they are five points better off than group rivals Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, who drew 1-1 in Germany.

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Apoel Nicosia

Mickael Pote equalised for APOEL at the beginning of the second half after Dortmund had led at the break through Raphael Guerreiro.

Napoli 2-4 Manchester City

Manchester City have also qualified for the knockout stages as Sergio Aguero set a new club goalscoring record in a 4-2 win away to SSC Napoli.

Nicolas Otamendi's header cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne's opener before John Stones' first-half header hit the crossbar.

Stones then conceded a penalty for his foul on Raul Albiol and Jorginho duly converted, but City struck back again to go 3-2 up through Aguero, whose 178th goal for the club broke Eric Brooks' 78-year record.

Raheem Sterling added City's fourth in stoppage time as Pep Guardiola's side extended their 100 per cent record in Group F to four matches.

Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Feyenoord

Shakhtar Donetsk are all but guaranteed second place and progress to the last 16 after a 3-1 home win against bottom Dutch side Feyenoord.

The Dutch side took an early lead through Nicolai Jorgensen's header, but Shakhtar hitback through Facundo Ferreyra and two goals from Marlos.

Liverpool 3-0 FC Maribor

English club Liverpool completed a memorable night for Premier League clubs by beating Maribor3-0 at Anfield to go top of Group E.

Roberto Firmino's first-half deflected header was pushed on to the crossbar by Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic, but Mohamed Salah made the breakthrough for Liverpool early in the second period.
Roberto Firmino dummied Maribor defender Aleksandar Rajcevic's in the box with an exquisite footwork which resulted in a foul.

The resulting Penalty by James Milner's was then brilliantly saved by Handanovic, before Emre Can fired home Liverpool's second and Daniel Sturridge added a late third.

Sevilla 2-1 Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow slipped to third after going down 2-1 atSevilla, who are a point behind Liverpool with two games to play. Goals from Clement Lenglet and Ever Banega put the Spaniards 2-0 up just before the hour mark before substitute Ze Luis pulled one back for Spartak.

By Emmanuel Ndibe

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Renaldo wins FIFA player of the year award

Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has Francis Kone was recognized for his empathetic gesture and awarded with the Fair Play Award.

Ronaldo defeated Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi as well as Paris St-Germain and Brazil star player Neymar to the honour.

The 32 year old helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.

Barcelona player Lieke Martens, who was instrumental to Netherland's triumph in the Uefa Women Championship, winning the player of the tournament accolade, won best female player award.

She saw off competition from 2016 winner from Carli Lloyd of the United States and Deyna Castellanos, the 18-year-old Venezuela forward.

Real Madrid manager and former Fifa player of the year, Zinedine Zidane was named best men's coach.

Zidane won the award ahead of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who lifted the Premier League title in his first season, and Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri, who led his team to a league and cup double in Serie A and Coppa Italia.

Sarina Wiegman was named the best female coach.

She led the Netherlands to the Euro 2017 title on home soil, playing excellent attacking football. 

It was their first major women's international tournament title after a thrilling victory over Denmark in the final.

Italy's veteran goapkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the first winner of the best goalkeeper award.

The world cup winner and ten time Serie A winner, helped Juventus to a sixth consecutive league title and went 600 minutes without conceding in the Champions League.

Buffon won the award ahead of Keylor Navas, part of a RealFrance and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his 'scorpion kick' against Crystal Palace in January.

Francis Kone was recognized for his empathetic gesture and awarded with the Fair Play Award.

The Togolese player performed life-saving first aid on Bohemians 1905's goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during a Czech League game in February.

Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club's 1967 'Lisbon Lions' with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Roger Federer Hammers Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters.

Roger Federer eased to a straight-sets victory over his familiar rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday morning.

The 36-year-old saw off the Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 as he put in yet another impressive display in China.

Nadal was unable to cope under the pressure of Federer who continues to add to his incredible year.

After so much anticipation, the final turned out to be a let down in terms of a contest as Federer just blazed his way past the World No.1.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday football news round up.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose. The 27-year-old could move north for £50m. (Sun)

Manchester City are set to make a January move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - and could get the 28-year-old Chile forward for £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is among the early favourites to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager. (Guardian)

Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss David Moyes would be willing to speak to Scotland about becoming their new manager. (Sun)

Chelsea scouts will check on Red Star Belgrade's Ghana striker Richmond Boakye, 24, during next week's Europa League tie against Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Arsenal will both move for Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Lawro takes on rapper Wretch 32 in this weekend's Premier League f

Manchester City can afford Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, but the 30-year-old does not want to leave, according to his Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero. (TyC Sports, via Talksport)

Messi could be in line for an £80m signing-on bonus if he agrees a new deal with Barcelona. (L'Ara, via Daily Mail)

Chelsea will consider sending Belgium Under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda, 20, on loan in January. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, could make his loan switch to West Brom permanent. (Le10 Sport, via Talksport)

Leicester City could move for former Manchester City and Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, 34 who is a free agent. (Leicester Mercury)

Sunderland will consider selling Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone, 28, midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, and Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong, 23, if Ellis Short has not sold the Championship club before the winter transfer window opens. (Northern Echo)

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson wants to sign a new midfielder in January. (Bristol Post)

Ipswich Town will confirm the £90,000 signing of Waterford striker Aaron Drinan 19, in the January transfer window. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is on Scotland's wish list, reports the Guardian

Liverpool "don't come close" to being genuine Premier League title contenders this season, says former Reds and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince. (Liverpool Echo)

The French Football Federation plans to hold talks with France boss Didier Deschamps about a possible contract extension. (L'Equipe, via ESPN)

But Carlo Ancelotti, who has just left Bayern Munich, will turn down the chance to manage Italy as he wants to return to England. (Sun)

Huddersfield Town will not rush record signing Steve Mounie, 23, back into first-team action. (Yorkshire Post)

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he could quit if he wins promotion this year as "the Premier League is not for him" any more. (Daily Express)

Accrington Stanley striker Billy Kee has revealed the secret behind his tally of seven goals in 12 League Two games this season - a diet of beer and crisps. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have been preparing for Saturday's game at Watford in a cryotherapy chamber, where players are exposed to temperatures as low as -150C for a few minutes to shock the body and help aid their recovery
The best of Thursday's gossip

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau says his club are prepared to make another attempt to sign Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, when the transfer window opens in January. (Guardian)

Liverpool will continue to refuse to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Coutinho. (Independent)

Alternatively, Liverpool have agreed to allow Coutinho to leave for the Nou Camp in January in a deal worth £98.6m. (Mundo Deportivo via Daily Mail)

Manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sign a new £65m five-year Manchester United contract. (Sun)

Manchester United's Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, 29, has turned down the chance to move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)

List of countries who have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

List of countries assured of places in the 32-team field for next year's World Cup finals in Russia after Tuesday's qualifiers:


Russia (Qualified as hosts)




















Costa Rica





South Korea

Saudi Arabia








Northern Ireland



Draw is on Oct. 17 with the four best-ranked teams

seeded. The first legs will be played from Nov. 9-11 and the

second legs from Nov. 12-14.

The winner of each tie qualifies for the tournament


New Zealand v Peru

Australia v Honduras

The ties will be played over two legs from Nov. 6 to 14 with the aggregate winners qualifying for the tournament.

Barcelona to give Messi a record $100 million signing bonus.

Lionel Messi is already one of the richest soccer players on the planet, and he could soon add a record-breaking signing bonus to his wealth.

Spanish club Barcelona is willing to pay top dollar to keep its superstar, especially after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, FC Barcelona is set to offer Messi a bonus of approximately $100 million to extend his tenure with the club. That sum would be on top of a reported base salary of around $650,000 per week.

A $100 million bonus would shatter the previous record, according to the report.

It shows how badly Barcelona wants to hold onto their superstar, especially in light of rumors that he may be eyeing a move to Manchester City after the new year.

But while Barcelona is one of the richest clubs in the world, they already spend 84% of their total revenue on player salaries, so it appears they'll have to go to special lengths to afford Messi's bonus.

The Mail reported that the club is considering selling the naming rights to the Camp Nou, the team's home since 1957.

A potential deal would involve 25 years of brand name attachment and raise well over $200 million in revenue.

The Camp Nou is set to undergo significant renovations in the next few years, and it could have a new name as soon as next season, breaking a 60-year precedent.

But while a number of changes are planned, Messi's new contract will provide some continuity on the pitch.

Messi's current deal with Barcelona is set to expire at the end of this season, but talks of an extension stalled over the summer while the star forward was helping his native Argentina qualify for the World Cup.

Argentina clinched its place in Russia earlier this week thanks to Messi's hat trick against Ecuador.

While re-signing Messi would have been a top priority for Barcelona no matter the circumstances, it became an especially important goal after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain by way of a record-breaking $263 million transfer.

Losing both superstars would have been a big blow to the club, which reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.

While Messi has not officially agreed to the deal, midfielder and team captain Andres Iniesta, who signed a lifetime deal with Barcelona earlier this month, believes the 30 year old will return to the Camp Nou.

"The club wants Leo to be here, he wants to be here. I hope that his story [at Barcelona] never ends," he said, according to The Sun. "He is unique, we can't live without him, and I think the club thinks the same way".

By Emmanuel Ndibe

Monday, October 09, 2017

France Football announces 30 man nominees for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.

Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to retain his Balon 'd or award as he and twenty nine others were shortlisted by France Football for the yearly football award.

Ronaldo is expected to equal Barcelona star Lionel Messi, after helping Real Madrid win LaLiga and become the first side to successfully defend the Uefa Champions League.

He is joined by six of his fellow Madrid team-mates, making the European champions the highest represented club in the nominees.

In total the Spanish La Liga accounts for more than a third of the shortlist with 11 of the players plying their trade in Spain's top flight.

The Premier League is next with (7), followed by Serie A (5), Ligue 1 (4) and the Bundesliga (3).

The 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist in full:
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
David de Gea (Manchester United)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Nigeria player Isaac Success arrested after fight with hookers

Nigeria and Watford forward Isaac Success has been arrested after he demanded from the hookers, he picked up and paid, to return his £2,000.

Success reportedly gulped two bottles of Baileys and thereby failed to perform with the hookers after paying them the said amount.

The 21 year old former Nigeria junior international was arrested after angrily demanding his money back.

One of the hooker escort paid by Success was Alexis Domerge.

Escort Alexis Domerge said the Watford star bragged about his strength in the bedroom and was ready for the action packed night.

But things didn't materialize for him after he drank two bottle of Baileys and then repeatedly failed to bring the action he bragged about.
When the women decided to voice out on Success’s weak and sloppy performance after 90 minutes, he angrily demanded his money back.

He was later arrested in the hotel lobby after the cops were called in.
Alexis, 24, said: “He accused us of ripping him off and asked for his money to be returned.

“It was terrifying. He had paid four of us £500 each to party with him and we all got naked as soon as the money came through on our phone bank accounts.

“He was drinking Baileys straight from the bottle.

“He must have chugged at least two. I pulled off his shorts and got down to it with three other girls doing everything you could imagine.

Another of the hooker, Michaela Carter says the 21-year-old Success came across as shy and awkward.
Michaela said she massaged the footballer for ninety minutes.
“But he was getting frustrated. What do you expect if you drink two bottles of Baileys liqueur straight from the bottle?”
“He had a nice body and all four of us massaged him for a full hour and a half, as long as a football match.

“He had been boasting to us all night about how much he earned and how much fun we were going to have.

“But it’s fair to say that Mr Success did not live up to his name during our night together.

“He seemed really keen on Baileys, swigging the stuff out of the bottle. It made me cringe because it’s so sickly sweet.

“He seemed a bit shy and awkward, probably because he’s only 21.

After a bit of the hookers chats with Success, Alexis took charge and said it was time to get down to business.
Alexis said he became frustrated but blamed his performance on the booze.

Alexis says the four escorts all got naked as soon as the money came through on their bank accounts

“She laughed and told him, ‘We want your money before the honey’.

“So he transferred £2,000 straight to one of the girls which was divided between the four of us.

“The partying started as soon as the money came into our accounts and we all stripped off.

“All five of us were squirming around on the bed but after a while we realised the Baileys had taken its toll.

“Eventually, I told him I couldn’t stay any longer and we couldn’t give him extra time. That’s when things started to get nasty.

“There was a lot of screaming which must have woken the entire hotel.

“At that point the police were called. We were all making a terrible racket.

“I ended up with a slight cut on my face and a bruise on my arm during the chaos.

“I don’t know how it happened. During the row I also stumbled backwards and broke the heels of my £600 Louboutin shoes. It meant I was already £100 down.”

“Several police cars arrived really quickly and about five officers came in and cuffed his hands behind his back and took him outside.

“Success admitted that he had paid us for sex.

“But he also claimed we’d cheated him out of the cash, without mentioning the reason why he didn’t have sex.

“All this commotion was more than the hotel management could take and they ordered us out of the hotel, including him.

“It’s a really nice place and I guess this isn’t the sort of behaviour they tolerate.”

The hookers said Success later called his bank and had the payments to them stopped.

Alexis said: “We couldn’t believe it when he accused us of cheating him and got the bank to get him his money back.

“We made a deal and it wasn’t our fault he didn’t have a good time. His behaviour was off the scale.”

Success signed for Watford from Spanish side Granada for £12.5million last July — then a record fee for the Hertfordshire club. He has struggled to make the starting line-up since.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating an allegation of assault reported to have occurred at 6.30am at Sopwell House in St Albans on Monday September 11.

“A 21-year-old man was arrested and de-arrested and inquiries are ongoing.”

A representative for the player said: “We strongly refute all allegations against Isaac and will vigorously fight to clear his name.”

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