Чемпион Абсолютного бойцовского чемпионата (UFC) Хабиб Нурмагомедов опубликовал в Instagram юмористическое видео на тему переговоров с главой промоушена Даной Уайтом.
В ролике представлен фрагмент из советской комедии «Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика», где изменены лица героев. Вместо директора торговой базы изображен глава UFC, а вместо Балбеса — Нурмагомедов.
«Очередной шедевр», — подписал видео российский боец.
После победы над американцем Джастином Гэтжи на турнире UFC 254 Нурмагомедов довел рекорд до 29-0 и объявил о завершении карьеры.
Ранее Уайт заявил о намерении уговорить Нурмагомедова провести еще один поединок в UFC.
Cardiff City aim to finally launch a £2million trust fund in Emiliano Sala's name by the end of the month, with hopes to build a sports stadium in the player's home village, Sportsmail understands.
It will be two years next week since the 28-year-old was killed, when a grossly inadequate plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed in the English Channel, and his family are still waiting for the establishment of the fund, which they first discussed with the club 14 months ago.
The replacement of an obstructive firm of Argentinian lawyers, who demanded control of the trust, with a new family firm is thought to have helped the process.
Though the family will believe it when they see it, there are hopes that the Emiliano Sala Memorial Trust might be established within weeks.
Annual football matches staged in Sala's name are seen as a way of building the profile of the trust which would support the family and create a legacy.
The establishment of a support system for players alone in a foreign country after a transfer, as Sala was, would be particularly fitting.
There was an urgency after the plane crashed to ensure that the death of Sala — a pawn in football's sordid transfer game — would bring change. But two years on, his family are still waiting.
Cardiff have always refused to pay the £15m fee they agreed with Nantes for Sala even though they 'unveiled' him as their player. They have taken their case all the way to the Court for Arbitration in Sport. A decision is still awaited.
The apparent conclusion of governing bodies and player organisations that his death was just one of those things has barely been remarked upon.
But Cardiff were wealthy enough to splash out £15m to buy Sala and make several intermediaries substantially wealthier into the bargain. There was ample cash sloshing around to have ensured that Sala, a single man alone in Cardiff with next to no grasp of English, had someone on hand to help.
'It might sound strange but he'd left his dog in a kennel in Nantes and was fretting about how to get back to him,' said Christian Martin, an Argentinian broadcaster and journalist who came to know Sala well.
'He was desperate to get back. If someone could have just found a helper for him in Cardiff, someone who spoke his language, I think it would have helped.'
Desperate to be home, Sala took a charter flight back to Nantes instead of the scheduled services via Paris or Amsterdam that Cardiff proposed.
He also accepted the pilot's fateful request to put back the departure time and fly back to Cardiff through the dark.
Afterwards, his family seemed embarrassed to raise the question of money. Martin remembers Horacio Sala, the player's father, phoning him several times to see if there was any word about that.
He had separated from Sala's mother, Mercedes Taffarel, and she was receiving demands for legal costs. Four months after the air crash, Sala Snr was also dead. He suffered a heart attack.
The trust fund offered the prospect of something positive emerging from the tragedy. But it became bogged down in legal wrangling.
Tax clearance for the trust was granted before Christmas. A trustee has been identified and agreed to take on the role. There is now thought to be only one remaining commercial obstacle to clear.
'People in Argentina look at how little the game, with all its money, has done for this family who have been through so much,' said Martin.
'They are surprised by that. Shocked by that. They think it would have been different if Emiliano had been an English player.'
The names of the greatest all-rounders to ever play Test cricket roll off the tongue of any enthusiast — Sir Garfield Sobers, Lord Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram and, with a modern twist, our own Ben Stokes.
The newest member of England's support staff has every right to be talked of in this exalted company. Yet he somehow rarely seems to earn a mention — at least until England newcomer Dan Lawrence this week described him as 'arguably the greatest of all time'.
Certainly the statistics of Jacques Kallis, England's batting consultant for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle, stand comparison with anyone's and back up Lawrence's argument.
He made the small matter of 13,289 runs at 55.37 in 166 Tests while taking 292 wickets with his deceptively fast seam and swing bowling. Not to mention an equally impressive one-day record.
So what does the man himself make of his young charge Lawrence's assertion and does he agree with him?
'It's certainly a great honour to hear stuff like that but I've never been one to worry too much about it,' said Kallis at England's Galle base.
'I think it's unfair to compare eras and types of players but to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greatest players to play the game is humbling. It is nice but I'm not one who gets too worried where I fit into history.
'I'm very proud of what I achieved in the game. I was a terrible loser, I hated losing, so that pretty much drove me and it certainly drives me in the other avenue of coaching now I've finished playing.
'It's nice to be able to help guys out on their way.'
But why does Kallis, 45, not seem to receive the praise offered to the likes of Sobers and Botham?
Is it simply that he did not really have the panache or charisma that made the others so great? It is certainly not easy to remember Kallis, well, standing out.
'I think I played a slightly different game to those other guys you mentioned,' admitted Kallis. 'They were a lot more aggressive and had different roles while I probably fell into the more conservative side, given the team and place I was batting in.
'So, no, it doesn't bother me. I never played the game for accolades or records.'
Kallis's ability to impart his wisdom to a youthful batting line-up is what will concern England now — and the South African did not rule out trying to extend his role with the team beyond the short stay in Sri Lanka.
'I suppose in the beginning it was a little bit strange being here because England were the arch-enemy when we played them,' said Kallis. 'But I suppose it's kind of the norm in the modern world for guys to coach other teams and I really have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.
'England have a good bunch of boys with a lot of youngsters who have bright futures ahead of them so perhaps I can help them achieve their goals and their dreams.'
Don Smith, England's oldest Test cricketer, has died aged 97.
A left-handed opening batsman and left-arm medium pacer, Smith played three Tests against the West Indies in 1957.
Smith spent his county career at Sussex and then had a spell as Sri Lanka coach in 1984. He died peacefully at his home in Adelaide.
Christine McGuinness has set pulses racing in Ann Summers' new Valentine's Day photoshoot called 'Be Your Fantasy'.
The model, 32, looks sensational in the sultry snaps as she models a collection of racy lingerie for the underwear giant.
For one look, Christine showcases her very ample assets in a tiny black and pink patterned sheer bra with cage detailing.
The Real Housewives Of Cheshire star teams the item of lingerie with a pair of matching knickers and suspender belt.
In a different look, Christine highlights her svelte waist with a black lace corset and matching balcony bra.
Finishing the racy lingerie ensemble, Paddy McGuinness' wife opts for a tiny thong and sparkly heels boots.
For the underwear looks, Christine styles her blonde locks into a voluminous blow-dried hairdo and adds a slick of glamorous make-up, which includes a red heart on her cheekbones in a nod to Valentine's Day.
The mother-of-three knows how to work her best angles as she poses up a storm by herself and is later joined by a collection of other models for the lingerie giant.
It's been a busy few weeks for Christine after she moved into her new lavish Cheshire home with husband Paddy and their three children - twins Penelope and Leo, both seven, and Felicity, four.
The couple, who wed in 2011, relocated from the spacious rented property that has provided a base throughout lockdown to a bought and paid for family home.
Only recently, Christine admitted she would have loved a fourth child, but husband Paddy underwent a vasectomy in 2019.
'I would have loved one more but Mr Mc is snipped. It is the right decision for our family, our hands are full with three!'
Christine also revealed that 2021 will be her ten-year wedding anniversary with Paddy and insisted that they will not be renewing their vows, she quipped: 'No... once was enough!'
After being asked why she has been teetotal for 13 years, Christine admitted that there is a 'story' for her sobriety but she doesn't want to share it yet.
She admitted: 'My body is a temple. No seriously there is a story behind this but I'm not willing to share for now. I'm good without the alcohol.'