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Geraint Thomas proved a popular winner of the Tour de France as he rode into Paris in the yellow jersey on Sunday.
Here, we look at five things we learned from the 2018 edition of cycling’s biggest event.
Our man Matt Jones also penned this piece on Thomas’ success. Read it, here.
Indeed, Brendon Netto’s article takes a closer at the young stars who could step-up to the plate next term for Julen Lopetegui’s charges.
Ahead of the opening game at Edgbaston, we have compiled our combined best starting 11 featuring some of the biggest names in world cricket:
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The UAE will take on Singapore in their opening clash of the Asia Cup Qualifier next month as they bid to reach the main event on home soil.
Read more from our man Denzil Pinto, here.
FEATURE OF THE DAY
Sport360’s Matt Monaghan analyses Manchester United‘s troubled pre-season and pinpoints several issues the Red Devils urgently need to address.
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Following Imran Khan’s rise to become Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, we look at other top sporting personalities who have made the transition to politics.
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Sporting stars mean a lot to fans. Sometimes their stardom burns bright well after their playing days are over and a few succeed in turning that goodwill into something more substantial – a political career.
Quite a few stars have carved successful political careers, rising to very high positions. The latest sporting icon to join the list, and also top it, is former Pakistan captain Imran Khan who is set to take oath as the country’s next Prime Minister.
Here we take a look at five stars who have made a successful switch to politics and reached high level of government.
The Liberian played for clubs in France, Italy and England during a successful 14-year career. He started at the top level with Monaco in 1988 before moving to PSG, then to AC Milan and also enjoyed spells at Chelsea and Manchester City. His trophy cabinet includes the Ligue 1, Serie A and FA Cup titles. After his playing days were over, Weah moved to politics and after two unsuccessful attempts at the top offices in Liberia, he was elected as President of the country in the 2017 election.
The charismatic Pakistan all-rounder seemed destined for greater things beyond the cricket field. A graduate from Oxford and a World Cup-winning captain who built world-class cancer hospitals in Pakistan, Imran jumped into politics in 1996 and formed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
After climbing his way up the political ranks, Khan emerged as the next Prime Ministerial candidate in the recently concluded general elections in the country.
One of the most successful boxers of all time. Filipino Manny is the only eight-division world champion in history. He has won 11 major world titles and is the first to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. His rivalry with Floyd Mayweather was central in boxing’s continued prominence over the last decade.
In 2010, Manny was elected to the House of Representatives in the Philippines and in 2016, Pacquiao was elected as a senator where he will serve his term until 2022.
The Ukrainian boxer has many feathers in his cap. Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion and the second-longest reigning WBC heavyweight champion. At 87 per cent, Vitali possessed one of the highest knockout ratios in heavyweight history.
His utter dominance inside the ring made him a good political prospect. Vitali is currently the mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration. Klitschko is also a former member of the Ukrainian Parliament.
A champion in every sphere of life. Ventura was a member of the US Navy during the Vietnam War. After his military career was over, he moved to professional wrestling. Along with a long and successful career as a wrestler and commentator, Ventura also appeared in movies like as Predator and The Running Man.
Moving on to politics, Ventura started as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995. He was the Reform Party candidate in the Minnesota governor election of 1998, which he won despite a low-budget campaign and held the post from 1999 to 2003.