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‘Greatest comeback story in sport!’ Stars pay tribute to Tiger Woods

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If Donald Trump and Barack Obama are in agreement, you know something incredible has happened.

Both presidents were united in their admiration of Tiger Woods, the golfing phenomenon who returned to the top of the sporting world by winning the Masters on Sunday.

The 43-year-old’s win sent social media into a frenzy, with a host of stars rushing to congratulate the now 15-time major winner.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!

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Barack Obama

@BarackObama

Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.

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Many consider Woods to be the greatest golfer of all time and another GOAT, Serena Williams, was overcome by what he had achieved.

Serena Williams

@serenawilliams

I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.

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PGA TOUR

@PGATOUR

Winning never gets old.@TigerWoods has won the Masters FIVE times.

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A who’s who of sporting royalty were quick to hail Woods’ sixth victory at the iconic Augusta course.

Stephen Curry

@StephenCurry30

Greatest comeback story in sports! Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!

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While many were calling the 43-year-old’s win the most incredible of sporting triumphs, not everyone was so generous.

Gary Lineker

@GaryLineker

Second most thrilling sporting achievement I’ve seen. The best: Leicester winning the league.

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And even his fellow golfers were delighted for Woods, even Phil Mickelson – who has been doing battle with his compatriot for over 20 years.

Phil Mickelson

@PhilMickelson

What a great moment for the game of golf. I’m so impressed by @TigerWoods‘ incredible performance, and I’m so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger! 😎

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bubba watson

@bubbawatson

Amazing to see @TigerWoods win the @TheMasters again!! Thankful to get to see it in person… congratulations!!

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Justin Thomas

@JustinThomas34

I think I speak for a lot of the golf world when I say… We’re happy for you TW! @TigerWoods what a victory 🙌🏽

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Ten and thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks

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Source: AFP- A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a defiant show to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.

Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.

Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.


“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.

The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

But protests have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.

“The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable,” said Yim, who like many of the protesters gave only one name.

“They are hurting citizens, they aren’t protecting us.”

AFP / Manan VATSYAYANATorrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of protesters in Hong Kong

Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the “terrorist-like” actions of a violent hardcore minority among the demonstrators.

Despite the near-nightly clashes with police, the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.

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Samson Siasia ban for life by Fifa

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Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’

Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear.

He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides.

In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’

The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale investigation’ Fifa is conducting into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

He is the third African to be banned by Fifa for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.

A former international, Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, for whom he played over 50 times while scoring 16 goals.

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