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    TODAY’S HOT FOOTBALL GOSSIP: Ronaldo Rape Case Reopened, Pogba Vows To Leave United In January If Mourinho Stays As Manager, Kane Wants To Break Messi’s Records

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    Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009 at the request of a woman who has alleged she was raped by Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Kathryn Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year. Juventus forward Ronaldo, 33, has dismissed the claim, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, as “fake news”.
    His representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine. Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
    In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
    Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
    Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case. “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.
    “As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added. Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m ($128m) earlier this year. The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

    Harry Kane wants to break Messi’s scoring records

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane hopes he can one day emulate, and perhaps break, the goalscoring records of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Kane, 25, will line up against Messi on Wednesday when Spurs host Barcelona at Wembley in Group B of the Champions League.
    “He’s definitely set the standard for the rest of us and it motivates me to get even better,” Kane said. “Hopefully one day I can score as many, if not more, than he has.”
    England captain Kane has been the Premier League’s top scorer for two of the last three seasons and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia.
    His brace against Huddersfield last weekend put him on 145 goals for Tottenham, taking him past Jermain Defoe and into fifth place on the club’s top scorers list.
    However, he is far behind Argentine Messi who has scored 560 goals in 646 games for Barcelona in all competitions, with 103 of those coming in the Champions League.
    “Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone above the norm, when they’re scoring 50 or 60 goals a season,” said Kane. “As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that. We will do our best to stop him.”
    Argentina’s Messi currently holds multiple scoring records, including the most goals in a calendar year. He scored 91 goals in 69 games for club and country in 2012.

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for Paris St-Germain’s France forward Kylian Mbappe, 19. (Independent)

    Barcelona’s board is divided on whether to move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, in January, but the Spanish giants are confident they have the financial resources to sign the France World Cup winner. (ESPN)

    Pogba says he will leave United in January if Jose Mourinho stays as the Old Trafford club’s manager. (Sun)

    Real Madrid have joined a group of clubs interested in Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, who could leave Arsenal in January. (Teamtalk)

    The Gunners are among the clubs interested in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 23. The £30m-rated Ivory Coast international has scored five goals in eight matches this season. (Mirror)

    Manchester United scouts are concerned the “toxic” atmosphere at the club will put players off signing for the club. (Express)

    Manager Mourinho is believed to be an isolated figure at United after falling out with 33-year-old Ecuador right-back Antonio Valencia, the club captain. (Mail)

    Meanwhile, Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, was left angry after being cut from the match-day squad by Mourinho for United’s defeat at West Ham on Saturday. (Mirror)

    West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has turned down a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad and the 19-year-old, who also qualifies to play for England, is planning a break from international football to prioritise his club future. (Times – subscription required)

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out ever managing Barcelona because his links with the Nou Camp club’s city rivals Espanyol make a move “impossible”. (Standard)

    England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 28, is not in any rush to quit Chelsea, despite not yet featuring in manager Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad this season. (Telegraph)

    Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has extended his Laziocontract until 2023. The 23-year-old Serbia midfielder was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer. (Mail)

    West Ham beat Manchester United,Barcelona,Arsenal,Tottenham and Everton to the signing of 21-year-old France Under-21 defender Issa Diop this summer. (Mail)

    Chelsea are favourites to sign Volendam’s 15-year-old Dutch midfielder Sam Lautenschutz. (Sun)

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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…

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    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…

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    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…

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    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.

     

    By Juma Ali

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