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Road to 2020 NBA Finals – Eastern Conference Finals Underway

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The ball is set to roll for the continuation of the NBA playoffs today which happens to be the beginning of the Eastern Conference finals. This match-up will be between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. These two teams have played fiercely to have reached this point in the playoffs and NBA fans cannot wait but anticipate their game 1. Another reason why this Eastern Conference final will be remarkable is that these teams have pulled upsets in the previous round. Miami Heat knocking out potential Finals team the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics beating 2018-19 NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors.   

Both Celtics and Heat have seven players who have been on teams that reached the conference finals before.

Which team marches on to the Finals after this series? Will we see Jimmy Butler carry the Miami Heat to victory, or will Kemba Walker and his teammates sail past their rivals?  

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Former Chelsea Star, Didier Drogba, Awarded UEFA President’s Award; Becomes First African To Receive Such Honor

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Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has been picked as the recipient of the 2020 UEFA President’s Award by Aleksander Čeferin, with the UEFA President selecting the Ivorian for his “commitment to excellence both on and off the pitch”.

The President’s Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities, and Čeferin is full of admiration for Drogba’s desire to help improve the lives of children in developing countries following his retirement.

“Didier is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career. He is a leader – a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skill, strength and intelligence, but above all for his insatiable appetite to succeed – a trait which is just as present in his desire to help others off the field of play,” said Čeferin.

“The UEFA Champions League has become the greatest club competition in the world, partly due to our clubs being able to attract the best players from around the world. We have been lucky to have seen the likes of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba play at the very highest level. They in turn, have blazed a trail for African footballers and have given inspiration to a whole new generation who look to follow in their footsteps.”

Drogba, who will collect the UEFA President’s Award in Geneva during Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw, began his career in France where he played for Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille. However, it was following his move to Chelsea that he started to establish himself as one of the greatest forwards of the 21st century.

At Stamford Bridge, Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in all competitions. Arguably his most important strike was his equaliser in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern. For good measure, he slotted the winner in the ensuing penalty shoot-out as Chelsea won the competition for the first time.

Born in Abidjan, Drogba is probably the greatest footballer the Ivory Coast has ever produced. He scored his country’s first ever goal in their maiden FIFA World Cup finals appearance in 2006 and would go on to play at a further two tournaments.

“To have won a Champions League, to have played and scored for my country at a World Cup – these are things I could only have dreamed of when I was a child,” said Drogba, who grew up in both his homeland and France. “There are so many children in the developing world who have the potential to become not only footballers, but also doctors, teachers and engineers. This is why it is so important to help and support our youngsters to let them fulfil their dreams and aspirations.”

The 42-year-old’s foundation has been looking to do exactly this, by providing educational assistance, such as building schools, which ultimately gives children a route out of poverty. Drogba has also been back in the classroom himself. After retiring from playing in November 2018, following spells in China, Turkey, Canada and the United States, the 42-year-old returned to education and is currently enrolled on UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players (MIP) programme – a step he considers key to enabling his transition to a successful post-playing career.
Didier Drogba is enrolled as a student on the third edition of the UEFA MIP programme
Didier Drogba is enrolled as a student on the third edition of the UEFA MIP programme@UEFA

“I had been thinking, ‘How can I keep having the same impact without playing, without using my physique, my legs and my heart?’ The best way was to use my brain and think about how to stay in football and go into administration. That is why I am here – to get all the tools and skills needed to improve not only as a person but as an ambitious man who wants to contribute to the development of football.”

From guiding his country to their first every World Cup, to helping to halt a civil war in his homeland, Drogba has proved a worthy leader both on and off the pitch. As he continues with his post-footballing career, his commitment to excellence will still remain as strong as ever.

Previous winners of the UEFA President’s Award include legendary names such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Eusébio, Raymond Kopa, Johan Cruyff, Francesco Totti, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.

(Source: UEFA.com)

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Ghanaian-UK Based Electronic Afro‑disco Duo, ONIPA, Featured On FIFA 21 Soundtrack

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The new soundtrack to accompany FIFA 21 has been released and, true previous editions, this year’s playlist incorporates a wide-ranging mix of musicians hailing from all over the globe – transcending genres that range from alternative to hip-hop and pop. The complete FIFA 21 soundtrack was made available to listen to on Spotify, Apple and Deezer from September 28, 2020.

EA have curated two separate soundtracks for FIFA 21 – one for the game overall and one specifically for the new VOLTA mode. The soundtrack for Volta is generally even more diverse and global than the one for FIFA 21, featuring sounds from musicians hailing across the United States, Brazil and more.

The FIFA 21 Soundtrack features massive new music from established artists and hot newcomers, while the VOLTA FOOTBALL Soundtrack drives street action with the latest and greatest in grime, electronic and hip-hop.

Onipa, the Ghanaian UK based music Band join more than 100 artists from 23 different countries whose music has been selected as an EA Sports FIFA 21 Soundtrack. Off We Be No Machine album, Fire was will be featured in VOLTA mode. Their song qwas selected to reflect the tendency for FIFA soundtracks to champion fresh, eclectic talents from international waters.

Together, that’s over 100 artists including international headliners like Dua Lipa, Anitta, Tame Impala, Royal Blood (a FIFA 21 launch exclusive), Glass Animals, Charli XCX, Disclosure and Stormzy, while introducing artists-to-watch that include Alfie Templeman, Oliver Malcolm, Dylan Fraser, Joesef, 박혜진 Park Hye Jin, Priya Ragu, Nnena, Celeste, Madame Gandhi and Chløë Black. And you can now listen to the VOLTA FOOTBALL Soundtrack while playing other modes such as FIFA Ultimate Team and Career Mode by changing the in-game settings.

FIFA fans will be able to listen to the Volta Football Soundtrack while playing other modes, such as FUT and Career, and enable settings to hear both FIFA 21 and Volta Football tracks across all menus. Both the FIFA 21 and Volta Football soundtracks are available today on major streaming platforms Spotify, Apple and Deezer.

The FIFA 21 Soundtrack is ready to listen to now on SpotifyDeezer and Apple Music!

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Miami Heat To Meet LA Lakers In 2020 NBA Finals Showdown

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After going through three different playoff series, the 2020 NBA Finals is finally here and NBA fans are ever ready to know which team gets to be crowned the new champion. The Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014 and is up against Los Angeles Lakers whose last show up in the NBA Finals was in 2010.

Lebron James versus Jimmy Butler should be a fun one to watch after both
players proved a lot into getting their respective teams into the finals.

This Finals will be Lebron’s 10th final and will be against a
team where he won his first championship. For Jimmy Butler, this will be his
first time in the NBA finals and he says his team has a hurdle to jump
mentioning Lebron James and his equally talented teammates as the blockade
between Miami Heat and the NBA Championship.

By this point, regular-season matchups don’t even matter. The teams are playing at a completely different level. It’s time to tip the ball and let the best two teams in the league play it out.

Check out the start times for each contest below.

2020 NBA Finals: Series Schedule and Format

Game 1: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, September 30 at 9
p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m.
ET on ABC

Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat, Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
ET on ABC

Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat, Tuesday, October 6 at 9
p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, October 9 at 9 p.m.
ET on ABC

*Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat, Sunday, October 11 at 7: 30 p.m.
ET on ABC

*Game 7: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, October 13 at 9 p.m.
ET ABC

*Game played if necessary.

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Bayern Munich Unbeaten Streak Stretches To 28 Games After A 2-1 Victory Over Sevilla

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Bayern Munich added the UEFA Super Cup title to their already
jam-packed trophy case on Thursday in Budapest with a
closer-than-expected 2-1 victory over Sevilla. In a match that featured
the Champions League winners against the Europa League winners, it was
the Bavarians who came from behind to win it in extra time.

After
Lucas Ocampos’ opening goal in the 13th minute from a penalty kick,
Bayern began to dominate possession and shots, though they weren’t as
convincing in front of goal as they were in Friday’s 8-0 win over
Schalke. It was Leon Goretzka’s equalizer in the 34th minute that forced
extra time as Javi Martinez headed home the winner in the 104th minute.

The victory for Bayern was their 23rd straight, stretching the club’s unbeaten streak to 28 games.

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