CANNES, FRANCE: She is notorious as the under-age escort at the heart of a scandal that shook the French football team, but Zahia Dehar has confounded her critics with a startling big screen debut at the Cannes film festival. The former escort who was allegedly paid for sex by French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema in 2009 when she was still 17, was hailed as the “main power source” in the acclaimed French film “An Easy Girl”. Algerian-born Dehar — who is known in France simply as Zahia — has since traded her trashy reputation for social media fame and her own lingerie brand. But “Easy Girl” — whose title plays on Zahia’s sulphurous celebrity — reveals impressive acting talent way beyond red carpet and photocall pouting which makes her a regular in gossip magazines. The Hollywood Reporter compared her to 1960s French screen siren Brigitte Bardot, with one scene on a beach echoing the opening of Jean-Luc … [Read more...] about Football scandal girl Zahia scores Cannes hit in film debut
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PARIS: Reigning African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah is poised to become the leading English Premier League scorer for the second successive season.The Egyptian netted before being carried off following a blow to the head as Liverpool triumphed 3-2 at Newcastle to keep the title race with Manchester City alive. His goal took his season's total to 22, two more than his closest challengers.His Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal and Argentine Sergio Aguero from Manchester City have 20 goals each.ENGLANDMohamed Salah (Liverpool)Egypt's Salah had a lot to live up to after an astonishing campaign last season but his strike against Newcastle took him to 22 Premier League goals for the campaign - two clear of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Salah was taken off after a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka but Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to have him back for the final league game of the season.Christian … [Read more...] about African players in Europe: Salah set to be top EPL scorer again
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 Bumped into Nikita Soshnikov over at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday (as you might have surmised from this story about Egor Korshkov). Sosh looked good. He’s working out on his own, starting to get ready for next year. He figures he’s going back to the KHL – maybe St. Petersburg -- after things didn’t work out for him in the NHL. There was real hype – and hope – for him. He remembers it, and believed it and in himself. He was terrific his first call-up (two goals, three assists in 11 games) at the end of the 2015-16 season. “I had a lot of ice time, I had a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s all confidence. The coach trusts you. You feel good. You’re going to play. But injuries. You have to find a way to stay healthy.” A concussion and a neck injury cost him playing time in Toronto. He was traded to St. Louis. He suffered a concussion in … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Whatever happened to Nikita Soshnikov?
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim have recently engaged in a war of words over the powers of the constitutional monarchy to interfere in political matters such as Kuala Lumpur's now-retracted decision to accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and on appointments to the state government. Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has also exchanged words with the Malaysian prime minister. The testy relations between Tun Dr Mahathir and Johor's royal family date back to the early 1990s, during the 93-year-old leader's first period in office when the government removed immunities enjoyed by the Malay rulers following episodes of assault by Johorean royalty. Here is a timeline of the recent spat. April 5: Dr Mahathir said Malaysia will withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The announcement came hours after Selangor Umno said it will be sending a memorandum to the state's … [Read more...] about Mahathir v Johor royals: Timeline of recent spat
BARCELONA: Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho traded places as Liverpool's talismanic figure before earning dream moves to Barcelona, but while the Uruguayan has become one of the Catalan side's greatest strikers ever, the Brazilian is seen as an expensive flop.The South American duo will be ready to face Liverpool together for the first time in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp, aiming to help Barca reach the final for the first time in four years.Suarez was named PFA player of the year in the 2013/14 season for leading Liverpool's charge to the brink of the Premier League title, before they were pipped at the post by Manchester City.Liverpool took years to recover from him leaving for Barca in 2014 for a club record 75 million pounds, finishing sixth and eighth respectively in their next two seasons until Juergen Klopp transformed their fortunes."When I was there, it was very different," Suarez said in a recent interview with The Guardian."We were on … [Read more...] about Football: As Suarez writes himself into Barca history, Coutinho looks dispensable