Belingon eyes May 29 return vs Lineker in Manila

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MANILA, Philippines—Raring to get back inside the cage, Kevin Belingon already has a potential opponent in mind for his next fight.

Belingon, the former ONE world bantamweight champion has set his sights on a dangerous foe in Brazil’s John Lineker.

The 32-year-0ld Belingon (20-7) was once atop the bantamweight division when he beat Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November 2018 but his trilogy against the mighty Brazilian ended in two straight losses.

The Team Lakay stalwart, though, wants to make a splash in his return and a match against Lineker (32-9) is a solid prospect for him.

“It will be exciting if they give me John Lineker. It will be a very good match,” said Belingon in ONE Championship’s official website.

“You see how he fights? He has excellent striking, and he is really good. So if we cross paths, it will be a barn burner, for sure.”

Belingon’s last two fights in the promotion both ended in losses, a disqualification and a submission defeat, against Fernandes while Lineker handled Muin Gafurov via unanimous decision in his debut in October 2019.

Before jumping to ONE Championship, Lineker enjoyed a brilliant career in the UFC, racking up a 12-4 record.

Belingon added that he wants his comeback to happen on May 29 in ONE Infinity 1 at Mall of Asia Arena.

“The most important thing is to get back to my winning ways and compete for the title once more. That’s the goal – to get back on top and get the belt.”

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Harlem Globetrotters great Fred ‘Curly’ Neal dies

DENVER – DECEMBER 08: Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal helps Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky spin a basketball during a game against the Miami Heat on December 8, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Curly Neal

Fred “Curly” Neal, whose trademark shaved head and dazzling dribbling skills delighted audiences of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Thursday at the age of 77.

Neal died at his home near Houston, according to an announcement on the official webpage of the exhibition team, which brought basketball to a global audience with its entertaining blend of comedy and athletic skill.

“It was Curly’s magical ball-handling, shooting, charismatic smile and iconic bald head in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries, that made them start to play and fall in love with the game,” the Globetrotters said of Neal, who played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85.

“One of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history, Neal fittingly played for 22 seasons in the red, white and blue, wearing No. 22.”

“We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said. “Curly’s basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide.”

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Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard among five new signings who must deliver when football returns

The coronavirus pandemic means football has been put on pause and isn’t due to make a swift comeback.

Rest assured though that in time the game will return to being the most important thing we can comprehend.

Until then, players who have endured disappointing starts at their new clubs this season have the opportunity to gather themselves and look forward to making things right when they step back on the pitch.

Here, we look at five 2019 summer signings who will be desperate to turn things around.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Such were his superb performances and leadership in leading an exciting young Ajax side to the 2019 Champions League semi-finals that every elite club in Europe had thrown their hat in the ring to acquire Matthijs de Ligt.

The 20-year-old defender was held among the finest players in football with some even suggesting that he was the closest thing to compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

De Ligt snubbed interest from several European powerhouses to make a smart move to Juventus for €75 million. The reasoning behind the transfer was sound. He could develop as an understudy to the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci before stamping his authority on Serie A.

Things have not gone according to plan though as a serious injury knee for Chiellini early in the season forced De Ligt to step up.

He’s been something of a mixed bag, showing a few flashes of brilliance but also having his inexperience exposed. Maurizio Sarri has even had to drop the star centre-back on a few occasions.

With Chiellini back fit though, the Dutchman can return to learning from the master and gradually grow accustomed to his new surroundings when things resume.

EDEN HAZARD

After seven fantastic seasons at Chelsea, most of which he ended as their best

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