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Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand Of God’ jersey sells for $9.3M

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Soccer legend Diego Maradona’s iconic ‘Hand Of God’ shirt has sold for a whopping $9.3 million

The shirt was worn by Maradona in the World Cup game against England in 1986, and it is now the most expensive jersey ever sold. 

The ‘Hand Of God’ title is given to the game because of an unforgettable performance from Maradona, where he also claimed the goal of the century.

 

Diego Maradona World Cup 1986

The record-breaking sale has smashed that of any sports memorabilia item, in an online auction.

The iconic blue jersey went to an anonymous buyer and was previously owned by Former England midfielder Steve Hodge.

Hodge was given the jersey in an exchange with Maradona after the renowned game.

Leading up to the auction, sports fans and collectors were eager to get their hands on the famous shirt.

Some say it’s arguably the most desired football shirt to ever reach auction, so the hefty price tag is worth its while.

“This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sports, but in the history of the 20th century,”

“In the weeks since we announced the auction we have been inundated by sports fans and collectors alike, with a palpable excitement in the air for the duration of the public exhibition — and this unfiltered enthusiasm was echoed in the bidding.

“This is arguably the most coveted football shirt to ever come to auction, and so it is fitting that it now holds the auction record for any object of its kind.”

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables

This sale tops the list of sports memorabilia. The next highest was the original autograph manuscript of the Olympics Manifesto from 1892, which sold for $8.8 million in 2019.

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Aussie golfer celebrates championship with ‘how many beers fit’ in Claret Jug

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Australia’s Cameron Smith has produced an incredible back-nine birdie blitz to win the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, taking home his first major victory

Smith is the first Australian golfer to win the British Open since Greg Norman claimed the title back in 1993.

Starting his final round four shots back from leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Smith shot a final-round 8-under 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard and lift the Claret Jug.

“What a week. I’m going to fall apart here I know,” Smith said after the win.

“All the hard work we’ve done over the last couple of years has really started to pay off, and this one definitely makes it worth it.

“I had a lot of support out there, especially the Aussie guys. You kept me going out there. This one’s for Oz.”

How many beers fit in a Claret jug?

In tears, Smith told the crowd he was going to fall apart here after lifting the trophy, but in true Aussie fashion, the golfer wants to find out how many beers will fit in the prized jug.

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Canadian Open set to have a star-studded field

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Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will play in the Canadian Open next month

Pro players, Williams and Nadal are set to play in the Canadian Open in August, amid speculation about their future in tennis.

40-year-old Serena ended a 12-month drought, after playing at Wimbledon earlier this month. But the 23 grand slam champ lost in the first round to Harmony Tan.

The tournament will mark Nadal’s return to the field after his time at Wimbledon was cut short before the finals because of an injury. Read more.

The two tennis stars are part of a star-studded field of competitors for the Canadian tournament. They will join 40 of the top 43 ranked tennis players in the world.

Other star players include Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Emma Raducanu, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz.

The event runs in the lead up to the US Open which will be the last grand slam of the year. The Canadian Open will take place in Toronto and Montreal from August the 6th.

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Liverpool fans incorrectly blamed for Champions League chaos

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A “litany of administrative errors” is how French authorities are describing a security breach at this year’s Champions League Final

The French Government initially blamed Liverpool supporters and fake tickets for the chaos in which Champions League fans were tear-gassed at the final in May.

But a new report has found the supporters were blamed unfairly, and a series of “administrative errors” caused the chaos. The senate report found “dysfunctional mistakes were made at every level”.

The final was delayed by more than half an hour after police held back people who were trying to enter the stadium.

The report takes aim at Paris Police, UEFA and the French Government for failing to plan, and for blaming the supporters.

“It is unfair to have sought to blame supporters of the Liverpool team for the disturbances, as the interior minister has done, to deflect attention from the state’s inability to properly manage the crowd and suppress the action of several hundred violent and organised delinquents.”

Many fans made formal complaints about being pushed, and assaulted at the time.

Opposition lawmakers believe the scandal has damaged France’s overseas reputation.

Real Madrid ended up winning the match in a 1-nil victory.

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