Tweets of the week: NBA All-Star Weekend dominates Twitter

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All eyes were focused on NBA All-Star Weekend, which had a lacklustre Slam Dunk Contest, former team-mates-now-turned-rivals Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant reuniting, New Orleans’ own Anthony Davis earning MVP and DeMarcus Cousins being traded.

Here are some of the best tweets of the week…

TWEETLETS

Lincoln City’s massive upset to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals stole headlines, but Joey Barton drew the ire of
Twitter for his flop, while Sean Raggett fulfilled his dream.

WTA STARS HIT DUBAI

Players have been enjoying themselves in the emirate during the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

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WATCH: Webb tests Ras Al Khaimah terrain

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Ras Al Khaimah’s key adventure tourism offerings have been put to the test by British racing driver, Oliver Webb, as he explored and traversed the northern emirate with supercar vlogger, Mr. JWW.

Taking the driving seat of a 660BHP Ferrari 488 Spider, the Le Mans Series Champion and winner of the Hankook 24H Dubai 2015 powered to Ras Al Khaimah, which lies just 45 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, to engage in a challenge issued by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) to explore all four corners of the emirate.

Joined by Mr JWW, driving a 640BHP McLaren 650s Spider, the duo put their supercars to the test on closed-off roads on Al Marjan Island and snaking hairpin bends of Jebel Jais.

Fuelling the adrenaline rush, the racers jumped into a parasail above the emirate’s pristine coastline before taking on the 1,542 feet Julphar Scare at Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, offering dramatic landscape views, and its three zip-lines of 165ft, 195ft, and 985ft.
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Happy Birthday - Van Der Westhuizen, Mihajlovic, Litmanen

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Two weeks ago, the rugby world was in mourning for South African great Joost Van Der Westhuizen, who lost his brave fight against motor neurone disease. Van Der Westhuizen would have turned 46 today and he will always be remembered as a warrior on and off the field.

He goes down as one of the finest scrum-halves in history, scoring 38 tries in 89 appearances, which made him the most-capped Springbok at the time. His finest hour came at the 1995 World Cup, playing a significant role in stopping the All Blacks to lift the prestigious trophy on home soil. He skippered the national team for four years before retiring in 2003.

In 2011, he learnt he had motor neurone disease, and was confined to a wheelchair, but that did not stop him from raising awareness of the disease through his charity – the J9 Foundation.

Other sports stars born on this day:

1969: Siniša Mihajlović, former Serbian defender and now manager of Italian club Torino (48).

1963: Charles Barkley, ex-NBA player and two-time Olympic gold medalist with USA (54).

1971: Jari Litmanen, former Finnish skipper and ex-Liverpool, Barcelona and Ajax striker (46).

1981: Tony Hibbert, retired English footballer, who played his entire career with Everton (36).

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