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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 November 2014
SPORT 28 SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014 Page 31 Phil Hughes tributes fl ow Real Madrid Manchester City and Inter Milan tipped to be joining the Spanish superstars next year for the International Champions Cup European champions Real Madrid will headline a pre-season international tournament at Australia's 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground next year, organisers announced this week. The glamorous Spanish outfit, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez among others, will play in the International Champions Cup along with an English Premier League team and Italian Serie A side. Organisers said the other teams, reported to be Manchester City and Inter Milan, would be revealed in the next few weeks. The tournament will take place from July 1824. With the securing of Real Madrid's huge box-office appeal, organisers are hoping to build on the local appetite for top European clubs after a 95,000 crowd watched English Premier League Liverpool's 2-0 win over Australia's Melbourne Victory at the MCG last year. "We are aware of the large number of Real Madrid fans in Australia and it will be a pleasure to be close to them and give them the best that the club has to offer," Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said in a statement. The round-robin tournament in Australia is an offshoot of the main International Champions Cup which is staged in North America and next year will feature eight teams. Ten-time European champions Real Madrid were named FIFA's Club of the 20th Century and are worth an estimat- Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo could be here in July. PHOTO: AP/ALVARO BARRIENTOS. ed 500 million euros ($618 million). Ronaldo is the current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or handed out annually to the world's best player, while Colombia's Rodriguez was voted the best player at this year's World Cup in Brazil. Source: AFP Olympiakos ends PAOK’s unbeaten run GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Olympiakos put an end to PAOK's unbeaten run in the Basket League with an emphatic win at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, leaving Panathinaikos as the only team with a perfect record so far this season. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 15 points in 21 minutes to lead the Reds to an 80-55 victory on Sunday as PAOK was a match for Olympiakos only up to the start of the second quarter, with the score at 1919. Panathinaikos, which is one point behind Olympiakos but with a game in hand, had AJ Slaughter on fire as he notched up 28 points in the Greens' 86-55 home win over KAO Dramas on Sunday. With coach Dragan Sakota on its bench, AEK upset host Nea Kifissia (victor of Olympiakos earlier this season) by five, 80-75, while Kolossos Rhodes edged out Aris at Thessaloniki winning by 12 (77-65) on Saturday. Panelefsiniakos suffered a reverse at home despite its recent improvement, but AGO Rethymnou was clearly too strong for the Elefsina team and won 80-70. Panionios scored its first win of the season, downing promoted Korivos Amaliadas 74-69 with 23 points from Russian Yaroslav Korolev, and Apollon scored an 83-70 victory over Trikala in Patra. Page 32 Roar enter fi rst match without Mulvey Melbourne bound Nick Kyrgios joins Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua as a Newcombe Medallist. Kyrgios Australia’s most outstanding tennis player Nick Kyrgios wins the Newcombe Medal, while tennis buddy Thanasi Kokkinakis takes out junior athlete of the year Nick Kyrgios’ stellar year has been rightfully awarded after he took out the the Newcombe Medal as Australia's most outstanding tennis player of the year. The 19-year-old edged out Olympiakos scores a 80-55 win against PAOK. PHOTO: MARKOS CHOUZOURIS. veteran grand slam champions Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur and tennis super-mum Casey Dellacqua to become the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. Kyrgios stunned the sporting world with his earth-moving fourth-round win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, in doing so becoming the first teenager since Nadal in 2005 to topple a world number one at a grand slam. "Nick Kyrgios just had a fantastic year. Nobody could have expected him to have as good a year as he had," tennis great John Newcombe said. "We were all excited when he won a couple of Challenger events earlier in the year, then all of a sudden, boom, he jumped on to the world stage at Wimbledon, saving match points against Richard Gasquet and taking out Nadal in a brilliant fashion and getting through to the quarter-finals." Kyrgios' 2015 preparations are now well underway, with the teenager about to embark on an International Premier Tennis League stint in Singapore over the next couple of weeks. Now ranked number 52 in the world, he was in London last week to attend a university session for the ATP Tour and will be focusing much of his time getting grand slam ready. He has the Sydney International a week before the Australian Open to test his fitness. Tennis best friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis also had some celebrating to do this week, as he took out the junior athlete of the year award at the Australian Tennis Awards. To be considered for the award, Thanasi had to be ranked number one in his age group (ATP/WTA/ITF/ AR), and had to have demonstrated a record of playing for Australia in team events and has displayed a positive attitude at all times. The two have come a long way from their 2013 junior Australian Open doubles title.
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