Italy was once the epicentre of the pandemic, and one of the first countries to lock down its residents. They needed this win.
Italy’s Euro 2020 victory over England will, sadly, not change the past but it does mean something.
“Considering everything that Italy has gone through the last 18 months. Stay at home orders, to lockdown, and hospitals, unable to travel. This means the world. But more importantly after missing the World Cup only two years ago. and to go 34 unbeaten. This is the best feeling in the world.”RICK D’ANDREA, TICKER NEWS
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Three players missed from the spot as England’s spot-kick curse reared its ugly head.
It’s been 55 years since England reached the major final of any tournament and it’s not coming home just yet.
Nathan Albon from the BBC couldn’t hide his disappointment.
“It’s just heartbreaking watching the replays. Bukayo Saka just 19-years of age, you’ve really got to feel for him. The weight of England’s expectations on his shoulders but he couldn’t deliver. But that’s football.”
It was the first Euro Championship hosted across six different nations, which drew criticism given the current climate.
Despite this, commentator Matt Iles said it was the best Euros he’s seen:
“To my memory it was the fifth tournament that I’ve watched. And it was certainly right up there with the best tournament I’ve seen. It was really exciting. Although it didn’t ‘come home’ as the song says.”MATT ILES, COMMENTATOR
Manager Roberto Mancini has now gone 34 matches unbeaten since taking over after the World Cup debacle where they failed to qualify.
Disney’s sport streaming goals
Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.
In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.
The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.
Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.
This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.
Paris shoe store challenges customers to outrun pro sprinter
A Parisian footwear boutique invites customers to partake in a unique and adrenaline-pumping shopping experience.
This audacious store, nestled in the heart of Paris, dared its patrons to steal a pair of shoes, all in good fun, provided they could outpace a professional sprinter.
Reports have emerged of this extraordinary stunt that combines shopping with a dash of track and field. The challenge was set by the shop as a marketing ploy, aiming to attract the adventurous and those in search of a novel retail encounter. The store employed the services of a pro sprinter, renowned for their lightning speed, who was ready to chase down any would-be ‘thieves’ on the spot.
The customers were offered a thrilling choice – take a leap of faith and try to outrun the sprinter, or purchase the shoes in the traditional manner. Those who dared to participate had their athletic skills put to the test, leaving bystanders in awe.
This daring initiative has sparked conversations around town, with opinions ranging from branding brilliance to potential risks involved. While it has generated considerable attention, many are questioning the wisdom of such an unconventional strategy.
Zeze, 29, is a French Olympian who’s current run of the 100-meter dash is under 10 seconds.
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open comeback after injury hiatus
Tennis fans rejoice as Rafael Nadal, the renowned Spanish tennis maestro, is geared up to mark his return to the Australian Open
In 2024 after Nadal will return to the game after a year-long absence due to persistent injuries. The anticipation surrounding his comeback has been mounting, and enthusiasts are eager to witness his extraordinary skills on the court once again.
Nadal’s absence from the Australian Open in 2023 was a setback for both the tournament and his legion of fans. The ‘King of Clay’ has been nursing injuries, focusing on a rigorous rehabilitation regime to ensure he comes back stronger and more formidable than ever. His determination to overcome challenges and re-enter the tennis arena has been nothing short of inspirational.
The Australian Open holds a special place in Nadal’s illustrious career, and his return to the tournament is highly anticipated. Tennis aficionados are keen to witness whether Nadal can reclaim his former glory and compete at the highest level after his hiatus.
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