Bellator 131 results: Will Brooks beat Michael Chandler with a torn hamstring, dislocated rib

Will Brooks defeated Michael Chandler for the second time at Bellator 131 on Nov. 15, 2014, via fourth-round technical knockout (TKO).

Watch the impressive, albeit bizarre, ending right here.

Perhaps what’s more impressive than finishing a former champion like Chandler, is the fact that “Ill Will” did it with a torn hamstring that was ailing him before the fight and a dislocated rib he suffered in the opening moments of the bout.

He explained his injuries during a recent interview on “The MMA Hour:”

“I have a small hairline fracture, which I’m sure is not fully healed yet. That’s going to take some time. Overall, I feel good. I have some range of motion back. After and during the fight, I was having a lot of shifting on my rib and things like that. It seems more stable now. I’m just trying to take my time relaxing. I need this time off, I feel good. “

He continued and revealed a hamstring injury that was bothering him prior to fight night:

“I was dinged up going into that fight. I had actually tore my hamstring a few weeks before and I was supposed to pull out of the fight. I had that going. I had  a handful of injuries, but I need some time off, so were just going to hang back a little bit. (I didn’t pull out of the fight) because it’s just who I am. I believe my will is stronger than anything. I decided what I wanted and I didn’t want to postpone it. I believed in my heart that I can make it into that fight. I did all the proper  things. I found a great sports medicine doctor, chiropractor and started doing my physical therapy.There was a time when I thought I would pull out, but two weeks before the fight, I felt better and started to cut angles and do things I had to do in the  fight. So we decided to go through with it. Again, it was just my soul on fire. I’ve said it before, i think that is one of the greatest things. A human being that is so fired up, dedicated to something is the scariest things e can ever face and that’s what I felt in the training camp. Nothing was going to keep me from this fight, or postpone that fight.”

The win solidified Brooks as the legitimate 155-pound champion for Bellator, shedding the interim tag he earned when he originally defeated Chandler at  Bellator 120 six months prior.

For now, Brooks plans to let his injuries fully heal before he gets back into the swing of things.

But, with Eddie Alvarez now letting his fists fly inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon (details), Brooks has one less top contender to face inside the Bellator cage once he’s ready and able.

Having said that … who should he fight next?

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Bellator 131 results: Will Brooks beat Michael Chandler with a torn hamstring, dislocated rib

Will Brooks defeated Michael Chandler for the second time at Bellator 131 on Nov. 15, 2014, via fourth-round technical knockout (TKO).

Watch the impressive, albeit bizarre, ending right here.

Perhaps what’s more impressive than finishing a former champion like Chandler, is the fact that “Ill Will” did it with a torn hamstring that was ailing him before the fight and a dislocated rib he suffered in the opening moments of the bout.

He explained his injuries during a recent interview on “The MMA Hour:”

“I have a small hairline fracture, which I’m sure is not fully healed yet. That’s going to take some time. Overall, I feel good. I have some range of motion back. After and during the fight, I was having a lot of shifting on my rib and things like that. It seems more stable now. I’m just trying to take my time relaxing. I need this time off, I feel good. “

He continued and revealed a hamstring injury that was bothering him prior to fight night:

“I was dinged up going into that fight. I had actually tore my hamstring a few weeks before and I was supposed to pull out of the fight. I had that going. I had  a handful of injuries, but I need some time off, so were just going to hang back a little bit. (I didn’t pull out of the fight) because it’s just who I am. I believe my will is stronger than anything. I decided what I wanted and I didn’t want to postpone it. I believed in my heart that I can make it into that fight. I did all the proper  things. I found a great sports medicine doctor, chiropractor and started doing my physical therapy.There was a time when I thought I would pull out, but two weeks before the fight, I felt better and started to cut angles and do things I had to do in the  fight. So we decided to go through with it. Again, it was just my soul on fire. I’ve said it before, i think that is one of the greatest things. A human being that is so fired up, dedicated to something is the scariest things e can ever face and that’s what I felt in the training camp. Nothing was going to keep me from this fight, or postpone that fight.”

The win solidified Brooks as the legitimate 155-pound champion for Bellator, shedding the interim tag he earned when he originally defeated Chandler at  Bellator 120 six months prior.

For now, Brooks plans to let his injuries fully heal before he gets back into the swing of things.

But, with Eddie Alvarez now letting his fists fly inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon (details), Brooks has one less top contender to face inside the Bellator cage once he’s ready and able.

Having said that … who should he fight next?

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Selfies rule OK at Ryder Cup

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ryder Cup organizers encourage selfies and sharing via social media at event
  • Reports had said there would be a ban on uploading photographs via social media
  • Rory McIlroy among many players who attract big following on Twitter and Facebook
  • Ultrafast wifi also on offer but restrictions in place to avoid disruption to players

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(CNN) — Rory McIlroy loves making birdies, but he’s partial to the odd selfie too.

And thanks to a late change of heart from Ryder Cup organizers, golf’s world No. 1 can tweet to his heart’s content at this week’s transatlantic tussle between Europe and the United States.

A ban on uploading pictures via social media during the tournament in Scotland has been reversed, which will no doubt please four-time major champion McIlroy and his 2.1 million-strong Twitter following.

This pro-selfie stance reflects a growing shift in attitude from golf’s authorities, with the 2014 Ryder Cup set to be the most socially connected in the team competition’s 87-year history.

“Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them,” says its match director Edward Kitson. “We want people to share their stories online and feel part of the Ryder Cup.”

This commitment to sharing will also embrace ultrafast 4G wireless connection and radio frequency wristbands that allow fans to indulge in activities around the course and post their experiences to social media instantly.

And while there are rules in place to minimize disruption to play, it is all a far cry from a six-year period between 2007 and 2012 when mobile phones were banned from the British Open after complaints from players.

Sport has grown into one of the biggest draws on Twitter and Facebook, and a strong social media presence is now essential for any self-respecting major event.

“There’s now an expectation among fans that their experience will include social media in some way,” Caroline Cheese told CNN from the offices of UK-based LiveWire Sport, which counts the English Premier League and broadcaster Channel 4 among its clients.

“Events now see social strategy as a crucial part of the planning process — not just a luxury add-on or afterthought.

“It doesn’t just start when the event kicks off either. Events can start connecting with their fans months ahead, building a buzz, offering exclusive competitions and, in doing so, creating a loyal fanbase.”

Even those fans who are in the stands at a sporting event are developing an appetite for in-game interaction.

Thanks to reliable wifi across Hoylake’s links at this year’s British Open, many fans were able to watch the action right in front of them as well as follow TV coverage on a tablet or mobile phone.

The concept of “second-screening” — watching TV with a mobile, laptop or tablet to hand — has become the norm in recent years thanks to the explosion in social media.

Now clubs, and brands, are cottoning on to the opportunity it presents.

Scottish football champion Celtic has earned plaudits for its in-stadium wifi network and dedicated matchday app — only the second of its kind in Europe.

The app provides text commentary, stats, images and interactive polls during a game, while pulling in the best of social media. It also encourages fans vote for a sponsor’s man of the match.

“If you think about it, it is totally natural. You check your phone however many times a day, if you are at a live sporting event of course you want to do that,” Niall Coen, managing director of Snack Media, the digital content wing of the app’s developer, Sports Revolution, told CNN.

“It’s human nature — everyone wants to talk about the great goal they saw go in, or debate whether that was a red card or a penalty.

“When you see something that’s important to you, you want to share with like-minded people around you and that’s the basic premise of a lot of these social media business, not just sport.

“Part of the project at Celtic, and part of its success, is being able to fill that gap because when you have huge numbers of people together in one place you don’t have the coverage and connectivity.”

Future plans for the app include an ability for fans to buy tickets for matches or order food and drink to pick up during halftime.

And as sport’s social presence continues to evolve and technology gets better, Coen thinks it won’t be long before event rights-holders themselves get in on the action.

“The likes of Twitter and Facebook are quite open about fact that sport is one of the biggest interests amongst their users,” Coen added.

“One way it might go is some of the top rights-holders in sports and football might club together and do their own channel.

“Or maybe Twitter and Facebook could enhance their offering, with VIP areas that include a stream about a particular event, where you have all the very best commentators.”

The recent World Cup underlined what an important accoutrement social media is for any global sporting event.

A total of 672 million tweets relating to the football showpiece were sent during the tournament in Brazil — a new record according to Twitter.

The 35.6 million tweets sent during Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual winner Germany was the most sent during a single sporting event.

And it shows that whether inside the stadium or not, the online debate around the game is growing ever larger.

“Fans aren’t passive anymore, they want to feel part of the event and social is crucial in that,” Cheese explained.

“It allows events to deliver behind-the-scenes content, competitions, hashtag initiatives to allow fans to connect with each other and to the event itself.

“Perhaps its most crucial role — especially for really big events — is in bringing together a global audience.

“For example, the Premier League — and many of its clubs — engages directly with its millions of fans in China via channels like Sina Weibo.

“The big match might be taking place in Manchester but its reach is way, way bigger than that.”

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Stenson retains World Tour Championship

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson successfully defended a title for the first time in his career

23 November 2014
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World Tour Championship final leaderboard

-16 H Stenson (Swe) -14 R McIlroy (NI), J Rose (Eng), V Dubuisson (Fra) -13 S Lowry (Ire) -12 L Oosthuizen (SA), R Karlsson (Swe), T Hatton (Eng) -11 B Grace (SA), J Luiten (NL), R Cabrera-Bello (Spa) Selected others:-10 S Garcia (Spa), J Donaldson (Wal) -9 S Dyson (Eng) -8 I Poulter (Eng) -7 L Donald (Eng) -6 S Gallacher (Sco) -2 L Westwood (Eng), G McDowell (NI)

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has retained his DP World Tour Championship title, winning by two shots in Dubai.

The 38-year-old shot back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th to card a 70 and finish 16 under par.

His Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose were tied for second place on 14 under.

Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the day as joint leader with Stenson but successive double bogeys on the 16th and 17th saw his challenge fade.

Stenson had struggled on the back nine, hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 11th to gift his playing partner Cabrera-Bello a two-shot lead.

But as the Spaniard collapsed twice hitting the water, Stenson hit a brilliant tee shot on the 17th for a tap-in birdie to reclaim the outright lead.

Henrik Stenson wins the World Tour Championship

“It would be nice to have been ranked the world’s best at some point” – Stenson

“It feels great,” said Stenson. “I’m exhausted to say the least.

“It was hot out there and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking hole on 11 which knocked me back, but I did not give up. I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen.

“I had a couple of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It’s been close but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that.”

Northern Ireland’s world number one McIlroy and Englishman Rose both missed birdie putts on the 18th, finishing joint second with France’s Dubuisson.

McIlroy said: “It seemed like no-one took it by the scruff of the neck and I thought if I could post 16 under I might have a chance. I just did not play well enough to win this week.”

Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished a shot further back in fifth to move into the top 50 in the world rankings.

The win means Stenson stays in second place in the Race to Dubai standings behind McIlroy – who
had already made sure of the title a week ago
as no challengers can catch him.

Henrik Stenson wins the World Tour Championship

Stenson said he aims to be “in good shape” for the majors in 2015

Rory McIlroy

“In seasons gone by a bad week would have been middle of the pack or battling to make the cut” – McIlroy finished joint second

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Surviving the Digital Revolution: IT?s New Role With the C-Suite

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Time to break the mold: As this technology revolutions continues to unfold, does your IT teams have a survival plan? bnilsen/Flickr

Technology writer Nicholas Carr caused a stir in 2003 when the Harvard Business Review published his article with the provocative title ?IT Doesn?t Matter.? Carr argued that IT had become an industrial infrastructure commodity just like railroads and electric power. Since IT is so widely available, it gives no one company a competitive advantage but as we approach the next economic revolution ? the digital economy ? can IT play a leading role in advancing the competitive advantage for businesses by closing the gap between customer expectations and their experience, or will it no longer survive?

The spread of the Internet and digital technologies is transforming how businesses operate with customers. With the pervasiveness of digital technologies such as mobile and wearable devices, delivering a seamless and continuous digital experience across multiple platforms requires IT teams to know how to design a website or app that performs in the moments that matter. But, bridging the gap between what customers experience and expect is challenging IT to stretch beyond their traditional model of operation to embrace a new way of measuring app and website performance across the digital channels. To close the distance that IT needs to cross to align with the business to have a measurable impact.

Focus on the end user experience. The language gap between IT and the business has long stifled growth to businesses succeeding. IT professionals talk about bytes, bits and user interfaces, while the businesses talks about conversion rates, sales and profits. In the digital revolution, IT needs to articulate the impact of web and mobile app performance by using common metrics that help the company engage and retain customers. Companies lose between 10-30 percent of the their customers annually, and even more in the online world. As the number of entry points for customers to engage with businesses grows, learning how to turn IT from a tool to a weapon can lower the attrition rate of customers.

Progress to new metric practices that demonstrate value in context of business results. A Gartner survey of CIOs revealed that IT budget increases averaged only 0.2 percent in 2014. The Gartner report, ?Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda,? also revealed that 51 percent of CIOs are concerned that ?the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope with? and that 42 percent don?t feel that they have the IT staff needed to face this challenge.

This squeeze means IT has to adopt new capabilities to keep pace with the flow of data and communication as the proliferation of digital tools becomes globally adopted. The digital experience will require IT to drive alongside the business by using common metrics such as customer adoption, engagement and satisfaction to remain relevant.
Get in front of the execs ? don?t think like a back office. The proliferation and volume of devices with which consumers can access digital content has converted a niche into a transformative global industry. The use of apps that customers use to purchase goods on devices ? such as games or publication subscriptions has become a significant industry. The volume of such purchases was almost zero?in 2009 and by 2013, sales totaled nearly $6 billion.1

As the volume of digital flows, keeping pace with this adoption rate requires the business to negate the lingering, and mistaken, perception that IT is a commodity. The biggest opportunity for the group is to explain to business executives that promoting the company?s brand to consumers are about the effectiveness of the technology serving them.

The proliferation of digital channels presents a battleground for a new generation of customers that choose to interact with content on mobile devices. These new channels depend on behind-the-scenes technology such as cloud computing, big data and application programming interface (API)-enabled systems of record.

While IT still needs to address traditional challenges that come up in the digital experience, including developing the right functionality to interact when and where customers expect to, IT also needs to correlate the data that measures the performance of websites and apps with business activities to measure customer adoption, engagement, satisfaction or loyalty.

As IT and the business get closer to understanding each other, IT will become a partner to the business. They will get a seat at the table with the company?s Chief Digital Officer, they?ll be able to partner with multidisciplinary product teams, and develop an agility that enables creation of new products that have a better chance of being market disruptors.

When IT can speak the language of business, we can communicate how technology design can optimize a very positive user experience that results in digital business outcomes that create brand loyalty and impact to the top the line. Businesses will then know why IT matters.

As this technology revolutions continues to unfold, does your IT teams have a survival plan?

Aaron Rudger is the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Keynote.

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Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

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Hanley Ramirez to Red Sox: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Hanley Ramirez to Red Sox: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
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Three-time All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez won’t be staying in L.A. for the long haul, as he’s opted to flee in free agency to the Boston Red Sox.

The team confirmed the deal on Tuesday:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports outlined the details of the contract:

ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes provides a year-by-year breakdown:

GM Ben Cherington commented on the signing via the Red Sox and Alex Speier of WEEI.com:

Ramirez talked about his return to Boston via Speier:

David Ortiz welcomed Ramirez back to Boston via his Instagram account:

Ramirez commented on his relationship with Ortiz via MLB.com:

According to Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Boston Red Sox and Ramirez had mutual interest and he shared the details of the reported deal. One day later, Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reported the two sides had finalized the agreement.

Bill Baer of HardballTalk.com initially reported as early as November 2013 that Ramirez and the Dodgers were conducting negotiations, citing ESPNDeportes.com’s Dionisio Soldevila.

However, all the Dodgers could muster was a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer before Ramirez hit the free-agent market this offseason. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times highlighted the implications of the gesture:

So at least L.A. receives something in return for Ramirez leaving town, yet it does sting that the club didn’t get more out of the dynamic player when he was around.

In Ramirez’s first full season in L.A. in 2013, he managed to play in only 86 games due to a myriad of health ailments, though he did bat .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI. Then this last season, Ramirez was out of the lineup for 34 games with nagging injuries.

Ramirez’s talent has never been in question, but he has endured a bit of a roller-coaster career.

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After going through the Red Sox’s farm system as a top-notch minor league prospect, he was traded to the Miami Marlins franchise in the deal for pitching ace Josh Beckett, where he played the majority of his career to date.

Following several stellar years with the Marlins, the most difficult stretch for Ramirez came in 2011, when he appeared in just 92 games and hit only .243 while getting caught stealing 10 times in 30 attempts?the worst rate of his career. An ailing shoulder was to blame, and it required surgery after the year was over.

Miami acquired Jose Reyes that offseason, which forced Ramirez to switch over to third base. It was a change Ramirez didn’t fully embrace. Combine that with no playoff appearances in Miami in his prior five seasons, and the time was ripe for the Marlins to trade him.

Los Angeles acquired Ramirez in a July 2012 trade, but it wasn’t enough to push the club to the playoffs. With Ramirez healthy and playing rather well in the past two postseasons, it’s drawn optimism that he can thrive as he enters the back half of his career.

Given the injury history, this leap of faith by Boston conveys the organization’s faith that Ramirez’s health will be intact enough to ultimately help them deliver a World Series title.

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Bulls’ Noah sits due to knee, eye ailments

Updated: November 25, 2014, 10:15 PM ET

By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DENVER — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah did not play Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets because of left knee and left eye injuries.

“He’s out,” coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. “Knee effusion and eye abrasion.”

Noah’s left knee has been giving him problems since training camp after having arthroscopic surgery right after last season ended. Noah got poked in his left eye during the third quarter of Monday night’s win over the Utah Jazz, but returned to the game.

Kirk Hinrich did play after missing the last two games because of bruised ribs suffered in last Thursday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol played on the second night of a back-to-back after returning to the lineup Monday night. Thibodeau said power forward Taj Gibson is still “day-to-day” and remains in Chicago receiving treatment for a sprained left ankle suffered in Friday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.


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Selfies rule OK at Ryder Cup

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ryder Cup organizers encourage selfies and sharing via social media at event
  • Reports had said there would be a ban on uploading photographs via social media
  • Rory McIlroy among many players who attract big following on Twitter and Facebook
  • Ultrafast wifi also on offer but restrictions in place to avoid disruption to players

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(CNN) — Rory McIlroy loves making birdies, but he’s partial to the odd selfie too.

And thanks to a late change of heart from Ryder Cup organizers, golf’s world No. 1 can tweet to his heart’s content at this week’s transatlantic tussle between Europe and the United States.

A ban on uploading pictures via social media during the tournament in Scotland has been reversed, which will no doubt please four-time major champion McIlroy and his 2.1 million-strong Twitter following.

This pro-selfie stance reflects a growing shift in attitude from golf’s authorities, with the 2014 Ryder Cup set to be the most socially connected in the team competition’s 87-year history.

“Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them,” says its match director Edward Kitson. “We want people to share their stories online and feel part of the Ryder Cup.”

This commitment to sharing will also embrace ultrafast 4G wireless connection and radio frequency wristbands that allow fans to indulge in activities around the course and post their experiences to social media instantly.

And while there are rules in place to minimize disruption to play, it is all a far cry from a six-year period between 2007 and 2012 when mobile phones were banned from the British Open after complaints from players.

Sport has grown into one of the biggest draws on Twitter and Facebook, and a strong social media presence is now essential for any self-respecting major event.

“There’s now an expectation among fans that their experience will include social media in some way,” Caroline Cheese told CNN from the offices of UK-based LiveWire Sport, which counts the English Premier League and broadcaster Channel 4 among its clients.

“Events now see social strategy as a crucial part of the planning process — not just a luxury add-on or afterthought.

“It doesn’t just start when the event kicks off either. Events can start connecting with their fans months ahead, building a buzz, offering exclusive competitions and, in doing so, creating a loyal fanbase.”

Even those fans who are in the stands at a sporting event are developing an appetite for in-game interaction.

Thanks to reliable wifi across Hoylake’s links at this year’s British Open, many fans were able to watch the action right in front of them as well as follow TV coverage on a tablet or mobile phone.

The concept of “second-screening” — watching TV with a mobile, laptop or tablet to hand — has become the norm in recent years thanks to the explosion in social media.

Now clubs, and brands, are cottoning on to the opportunity it presents.

Scottish football champion Celtic has earned plaudits for its in-stadium wifi network and dedicated matchday app — only the second of its kind in Europe.

The app provides text commentary, stats, images and interactive polls during a game, while pulling in the best of social media. It also encourages fans vote for a sponsor’s man of the match.

“If you think about it, it is totally natural. You check your phone however many times a day, if you are at a live sporting event of course you want to do that,” Niall Coen, managing director of Snack Media, the digital content wing of the app’s developer, Sports Revolution, told CNN.

“It’s human nature — everyone wants to talk about the great goal they saw go in, or debate whether that was a red card or a penalty.

“When you see something that’s important to you, you want to share with like-minded people around you and that’s the basic premise of a lot of these social media business, not just sport.

“Part of the project at Celtic, and part of its success, is being able to fill that gap because when you have huge numbers of people together in one place you don’t have the coverage and connectivity.”

Future plans for the app include an ability for fans to buy tickets for matches or order food and drink to pick up during halftime.

And as sport’s social presence continues to evolve and technology gets better, Coen thinks it won’t be long before event rights-holders themselves get in on the action.

“The likes of Twitter and Facebook are quite open about fact that sport is one of the biggest interests amongst their users,” Coen added.

“One way it might go is some of the top rights-holders in sports and football might club together and do their own channel.

“Or maybe Twitter and Facebook could enhance their offering, with VIP areas that include a stream about a particular event, where you have all the very best commentators.”

The recent World Cup underlined what an important accoutrement social media is for any global sporting event.

A total of 672 million tweets relating to the football showpiece were sent during the tournament in Brazil — a new record according to Twitter.

The 35.6 million tweets sent during Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual winner Germany was the most sent during a single sporting event.

And it shows that whether inside the stadium or not, the online debate around the game is growing ever larger.

“Fans aren’t passive anymore, they want to feel part of the event and social is crucial in that,” Cheese explained.

“It allows events to deliver behind-the-scenes content, competitions, hashtag initiatives to allow fans to connect with each other and to the event itself.

“Perhaps its most crucial role — especially for really big events — is in bringing together a global audience.

“For example, the Premier League — and many of its clubs — engages directly with its millions of fans in China via channels like Sina Weibo.

“The big match might be taking place in Manchester but its reach is way, way bigger than that.”

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