Conor McGregor beats the likes of LeBron James and Tom Brady as most searched athlete on Google in 2017

Conor McGregor was the most searched for athlete on Google in 2017.

According to  a recent Google metrics study, the 29-year-old was top of the pile of most searched-for athletes in the world ahead of LeBron James, Tom Brady and Stephen Curry.

With other high-profile names making the list, we countdown the top ten most searched for athletes in 2017.

10. Floyd Mayweather

9. Kevin Durant

8. Tiger Woods

7. Ronda Rousey

6. OJ Simpson

5. Kyrie Irving

4. Stephen Curry

3. Tom Brady

2. LeBron James

1. Conor McGregor

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Bulls edge out Falcons in hard fought AFL ME Round Four clash

Alex Broun 5/02/2018
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AFL Middle East kicked back into the action over the weekend with round four hosting two entertaining matches.

In the major game the Abu Dhabi Falcons hosted the Multiplex Bulls with Grand Final qualification on the line.

Conditions were windy down in the capital and this showed in the quarter by quarter scores.

The opening quarter was very tight with neither side able to find a goal, and it remained tight in the second quarter with the Bulls taking a small seven-point buffer into the half.

In the second half however the Bulls finished the stronger, pulling away to win by 33 points – 10.6.66 to 4.9.33.

For the visitors big man Nick Burchell was dominant all day in the ruck which made life easier for the Bulls midfield brigade of Jack Egan and Joseph Yodgee. Ted Stobart up forward was also his usual “dead-eye” self kicking three goals.

While for the Falcons Zac Moon stood up as always in the midfield and up forward but his efforts, combined with veteran Stephen James, were not enough to get the Falcons over the line.

It was rough justice for Abu Dhabi’s finest who have been the most improved team in the AFL Middle East this season. They have just one win from their four starts, but have been more than competitive in their losses to the Bulls and Dragons.

In the rounds other match the Dragons made light work of an under-strength Dingoes in the Dubai derby running out winners by 93 points (25.9.159 to 10.6.66).

Round five on Friday February 16 sees a double header at The Sevens with the Grand Final re-match between the Bulls and Dragons at 11:30 before the Dingoes look for their first win of the season against the Falcons at 13:30.

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Dubai Tour to welcome world's best cyclists for epic fifth edition

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Cycle race: The Dubai Tour

The fifth edition of The Dubai Tour gets under way next week with riders from all over the world taking part in the UAE spectacular.

Teams are made up of nine UCI World Tour Teams, five UCI Professional Continental Teams, one UCI Continental Team and the UAE National Team will be at the start of the five-stage professional cycling race, organised by the Dubai Sports Council in collaboration with RCS Sport.

The UAE Emirates team, managed by the former Italian champion Giuseppe Saronni recorded 19 victories in 2017, including one stage at the Giro d’Italia (Jan Polanc) and one at the Vuelta a España (Matej Mohoric). Fans are encouraged to look out for the Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff, in his first season in the UAE Team Emirates jersey, and the Italian Diego Ulissi is also competing at this year’s event.

Winner: Marcel Kittel

Winner: Marcel Kittel

Cyclists begin race stages at Skydive Dubai and will complete a total of five stages over the five-day event, the shortest of which being the 132km ride from Skydive Dubai to Citywalk on the final day of the event. Stage one sees riders leave Skydive Dubai before heading out to Al Qudra Cycletrack, circling back to Global Village, then making their way past the 2020 World Expo site, before heading towards Palm Jumeirah to complete the route. Needless to say, road users should expect diversions during the course of the event.

The track features four flat stages and one that is asking for trouble a summit finish at the Hatta Dam following a short and steep climb. In last year’s race, the Hatta Dam stage was cancelled due to extreme weather. Riders are again competing for The Dubai Tour Trophy, a circular award resembling that of a bike wheel, with materials used to have both an aesthetic and a symbolic role in reference to Dubai. The object takes shape from multi-faceted blue sand crystals, typical of the local desert.

Marcel Kittel won 2017’s race for the second successive year, despite Kittel claiming fellow rider Andriy Grivko punched him during the event. Organisers subsequently disqualified the Ukrainian after the stage was over.

Entry is free every day from 09:30 for fans looking to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s best riders. Food trucks and family entertainment are all in action in the fan village.

What: The Dubai Tour
Where: Skydive Dubai (and across Dubai)
When: February 6-10
Contact: Dubaitour.com

Dubai Tour 2018 Stages

1.Nakheel Stage
Date: February 6
Distance: 167km
Location: Skydive Dubai to Palm Jumeirah

2. Ras Al Khaimah Stage
Date: February 7
Distance: 190km
Location: Skydive Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah

3. Dubai Silicone Oasis Stage
Date: February 8
Distance: 180km
Location: Skydive Dubai to Fujairah

4. Dubai Municipality Stage
Date: February 9
Distance: 172km
Location: Skydive Dubai to Hatta Dam

5. Meraas Stage
Date: February 10
Distance: 132km
Location: Skydive Dubai to City Wal

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