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Ballon d'Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo secured his fourth Ballon d'Or title Monday, beating old rival Lionel Messi to the title of world's best footballer over the past 12 months.
It capped a successful 2016 for Ronaldo, who captained Portugal to its first major international honor at the European Championships in France.  He also scored the winning penalty as Real Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three seasons in May.  Ronaldo has now won just one less Ballon d'Or than 2015 winner Messi, whose Barcelona team beat Real Madrid to the Spanish La Liga title by one point. Messi missed out on his first international title when Argentina lost to Chile in June's Copa America final -- he said that would be his last game for his country, but reversed that decision in August. Ronaldo was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Paris as Real Madrid had traveled to Japan to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, holding a six-point le…

Justin Bieber embraces religion, now preaches about Jesus to his crew

Justin Bieber who was said to have embraced religion a couple of years ago because he did not want to go off the rails like other celebrities is putting his religion to practice by talking about Jesus to his crew members while on tour.
Earlier this year, the 'Sorry' singer revealed that he wanted to live like Jesus and now he is reportedly encouraging his opening acts to do same.

As a source revealed to The Sun newspaper, Bieber’s life has now changed for better since he found God.

“Backstage on his Purpose tour, Justin has been sitting down with his opening acts and encouraging them to put Christ before everything. His aim is to convert the people he loves and warn other stars against the evils of the industry.”
Justin, who has tattooed on his back the Bible verse 'your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path', has revealed how surprised people are as regards him being vocal about his religion.
 “I think that people, as soon as they start hearing me say…

John Legend to Perform at 2017 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show

This year’s NBA All-Star game will bring some of the best players in the world to the court — and not just in basketball.
Music all star John Legend, 37, will perform the halftime show of the 66th annual NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

The Grammy Award-winning artist is on a roll coming off the release of his fifth studio album, Darkness and Light. He can also be seen costarring alongside Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone on the big screen in La La Land.

Sting performed at last year’s All-Star game, and past years have featured halftime show headliners Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys.

The exhibition game, originally scheduled in North Carolina, relocated in response to the state’s “bathroom bill,” or HB2, which prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination measures.

The 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 17 with the All Star Celebrity Game. Catch the NBA All-Star game itself Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Centre, airing a…

Riyad Mahrez wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award

Riyad Mahrez has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.
Fans from across the world voted for the Algeria and Leicester midfielder ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.
Winger Mahrez, 25, told BBC Sport: "It means a lot, it's something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud.

"It's always good to receive awards and for African players it's a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much."
He added: "Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for my family.
"I just have to carry on and keep going with my football and see what I can do."
The award caps an exceptional year for Mahrez, who had already won the English Premier League title and was voted Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.
It is further recognition for his outstanding form as Mahrez, whose family comes from the small town of El Khemis in Algeria, too…

Mahama off to Banjul for Yahya Jammeh mediation talks

President John Dramani Mahama will on Tuesday, November 12, 2016 join other regional leaders to Banjul, The Gambia, to hold talks with the country's leader Yahya Jammeh after he rejected results of that country’s election held earlier this month.
President Jammeh who has ruled The Gambia for over 22 years has annulled the elections and called for a re-run after earlier conceding defeat in Presidential polls. He questioned the validity of the count after the electoral commission changed some results, even though it insists the outcome was not affected.

The UN and the African Union have asked Mr Jammeh to accept defeat.
President Mahama who recently accepted defeat in Ghana's election, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, and Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma are going to fly to The Gambia's capital, Banjul on Tuesday to try and resolve the political crisis.
"I think he should step down now," said Adama Barrow, who…

Bayern vs Arsenal, Leicester vs Sevilla (UEFA champions league last 16 fixtures in full)

European football governing body, UEFA, today released the draw for the last 16 of the UEFA champions league. 
Man city will face French giants Monaco, Defending champions Real Madrid will face Napoli, Benfica vs Dortmund, Bayern will play Arsenal while FC Porto will tackle Juventus.

In other draws, Leverkusen will face Atletico Madrid, PSG will face Spanish heavyweights Barcelona while Sevilla will play EPL champions Leicester City.

Bill Cosby wants plea deal to avoid trial and prison in sex crimes case: report

A new report in Page Six reveals the disgraced comedian, 79, is hoping to negotiate a plea deal that will allow him to avoid both a trial and prison time in one of his sex crimes cases, a source close to him tells the New York Post's gossip column.
A criminal trial is set for June in the case in which he's facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for a 2004 incident involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

"He and his family, including his wife, Camille, are adamant that Bill won't be able to convince a jury to let him off," a source close to the Cosbys told the newspaper.
The source added, "Cosby and his family believe he'll be eligible for a sentence of just probation... and remove the threat of him dying in prison."

The Cosbys are also hoping, continued the source, "that the district attorney will feel as though he's won with a plea deal and they're thinking that the DA will consider Cosby&#…

Cameroonians mock Minister with #BidoungChallenge after he greets their president too 'respectfully' (photos)

This Cameroonians are too! Cameroon's Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt was photographed graciously greeting the country's president Paul Biya during a reception in honor of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, silver medalists of the 10th edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, and the citizens of the country wondered why Bidoung had to prostrate in such an over respectful manner to shake the president.

Cameroonians have now taken to social media to mock the minister for his pose and even started a trend called 'Bidoungmpkattchallenge' . Lol.

 See very funny poses after the cut....

David and Victoria Beckham are reportedly eyeing up this £160m mega mansion in California

According to reports making the rounds, David and Victoria Beckham have their heart set on this grand Californian mansion named The Manor. It is the largest home in LA County - sitting on 4.6 acres with a staggering 123 rooms including 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms.

The French chateau-style 56,000 square-foot mansion also has a tennis court, swimming pool, a gym, bowling alley, four two-car garages and the space to park 100 cars.

The couple recently put up their £24million Bel Air mansion for sale and it looks like they want to move to something bigger and more opulent. Word has it that the couple are looking to upgrade because the Bel Air pad is not big enough for their four kids. Victoria is said to be particularly keen on the property because it bears close resemblance to their lavish England home nicknamed Beckingham palace.

According to a source:

 'The Manor has everything the Beckhams are looking for. Victoria and David are so famous they don't need to worry about…

GFA receives official mandate to host 2018 Women AFCON

The Ghana Football Association has officially received a mandate from the Confederation of African Football to host the 2018 Women's African Cup of Nations.
The mandate which is symbolized by the CAF flag was received by the Chairperson of the Black Queens management Madam Leanier Addy at the end of the last Championship in Cameroon earlier this month.
Madam Addy presented the mandate to the Executive Committee of the GFA on Monday morning ahead of the Association's congress.

Eight countries will participate in the tournament which will be staged over two-week period.
The 2018 Africa Women’s Championship will also serve as qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Source: GhanaFa

Gambia election row: Yahya Jammeh 'should step down now'

The Gambia's opposition coalition has asked President Yahya Jammeh to step down immediately, after he challenged his defeat in the recent election.
Mr Jammeh initially accept the result but then reversed his decision and said he would annul the election. 
He questioned the validity of the count after the electoral commission changed some results, even though it insists the outcome was not affected.

The UN and the African Union have asked Mr Jammeh to accept defeat
Several West African leaders are to fly to The Gambia's capital, Banjul on Tuesday to try and resolve the political crisis.
"I think he should step down now," said Adama Barrow, who was declared the election winner. 
"He has lost the election, we don't want to waste time, we want this country to start moving," he told the AFP news agency.
President Jammeh went on national TV over the weekend to announce his "total rejection of the election result... thereby annulling the election".

Akufo-Addo To Appoint Special Prosecutor To Deal With Corruption

The President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated one of his initial priorities would be to establish the Office of a Special Prosecutor as part of measures to deal with corruption.

The move, according to him was intended to "separate politics from criminal investigations."

Nana Addo won last week’s Presidential Elections convincingly by a 54 per cent margin as against incumbent President John Mahama’s 44 percent, a first time a President has failed to win re-election in Ghana.
In his first media interview with the BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong which was monitored by Graphic Online, Nana Addo talked about his top priorities as President.

Tackling corruption

A big part of Nana Addo’s presidential campaign was about uprooting corruption and when Akwasi Sarpong asked him how he intends to deal with that and does he intend to prosecute people from the previous administration, Nana Addo said: “We have decided that as much as possible we want to take the politics out …

John Legend writes an open letter to US President Obama

Singer John Legend  wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama begging him “to bring justice to the thousands of families of non-violent drug offenders” before he leaves office because he wasn't sure the Trump administration would do anything about it. Read his letter below:
“First of all, I would like to thank you for your friendship and for your outstanding service to our country,” the singer wrote in the letter, published by Rolling Stone. “I’m particularly grateful for the concrete steps your administration has taken to provide opportunities to tens of millions of young people and families who have been impacted by mass incarceration.”He expressed fear whether or not the Trump administration “will maintain this progress.”
He added:
“It is unclear what their priorities will be and when families can expect justice.”  According to a report published by the Pew Research Center on Dec. 9, Obama “has granted clemency to more people convicted of federal crimes than any c…