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With HBO throwing in the towel on boxing, one of its biggest fighters is heading to online streaming.

Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight deal with DAZN, the sports streaming service led by former ESPN president John Skipper. The company claims Alvarez’s deal is the richest sports contract for any athlete in history.

ESPN reported it’s for $365 million, which would surpass the 13-year/$325 million contract that baseball star Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014 (he’s since been traded to the New York Yankees). A representative for DAZN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for clarification on the actual dollar amount of the contract.

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The deal begins with the Dec. 15 bout at Madison Square Garden against Rocky Fielding for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title.

“We are thrilled to be exclusive partners with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya,” said Skipper, DAZN Group Executive Chairman. “By bringing Canelo’s fights to DAZN, we will turn his pay-per-view success into a growth engine for subscribers – a truly transformational moment for our business and the entire industry.”

Skipper, who resigned from ESPN after 27 years last December, joined DAZN’s parent company Perform Group as executive chairman in May. DAZN was launched just two years ago, and made its U.S. debut earlier this year.

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As part of the deal, Golden Boy Promotions — Alvarez’s management company led by Oscar de la Hoya — will put on up to 10 fights each year on DAZN beginning in 2019. The DAZN-Golden Boy deal includes a large production element, which places Oscar De La Hoya as executive producer of the live fight nights.

Alvarez and Golden Boy were one of HBO’s biggest boxing draws. In 2014, HBO pried Alvarez and Golden Boy away from rival Showtime in a huge exclusive deal. But last month, HBO said it would no longer feature live boxing matches beginning next year, which had a programming staple for 45 years.

The deal between Alvarez and DAZN in landmark in another way: It will take one of boxing’s biggest draws off Pay-Per-View, where the sport makes the most of its money. The fights will be available in all DAZN markets, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. The service is available for $9.99 per month.

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It’s been nearly eight years since Lindsey Vonn broke out in a big way at the 2010 Winter Olympics, earning a bronze and a gold medal, and the years since have seen no shortage of highs and lows for the alpine skier.

Injuries, recoveries, successes and failures — not to mention a two-year relationship with Tiger Woods — Vonn, 33, has been through it all.

Next, she’s set to compete in her fourth Olympics, making her primetime debut Friday evening in the super-G, after sitting out the 2014 Games after a series of major injuries, including severely damaging her ACL and her right knee.

“I am very anxious right now, it’s been a lot of days over here in Korea without racing and I need to get going,” she recently told TODAY before her Olympic debut. “‘I’ve felt like a caged bull for the last week and a half and all I want to do is be set free so I can get my energy out.”

While she’ll be facing a slew of younger competitors in these Games, Vonn told NBC that, thanks to her experience, her age will work in her favor. With such a long break between her last Olympic appearance, she is more than ready to shoot out of the gates.

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“I am overwhelmingly excited ,” she told PEOPLE last year. “It’s been eight years since Vancouver, which seems like so long ago, but my motivation and drive is five times more than what it was in Vancouver, just because I’ve been through a lot since then. And not having raced in Sochi, that frustration and disappointment is definitely fueling me right now. … Those emotions are definitely pushing me hard in the gym and that’s what I’m going to be thinking about at the starting gate in South Korea.”

Vonn’s career highlights have long been braided together with her physical setbacks, a trend that continued leading up to the PyeongChang Games.

Asked what she learned from the recovery process, she told PEOPLE, “I think it just proves to me that I’m pretty tough. I’m resilient, and my story is full of ups and downs — but at the end of the day I always get up.

“I think people are already trying to phase me out,” she continued. “I’m certainly not going anywhere.”

Already the winningest female ski racer in history — and the second most decorated ski racer, period — Vonn notched her 78th World Cup race victory in December, in France, with her father in the audience. That put her only eight races away from tying Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark for the most victories ever.

It was her first win in months, coming just days after injuring her back in a race in Switzerland. About a week before that injury, she crashed while racing in Canada.

“The physical issues that I’ve had made it hard to have confidence in my body, so it was mentally challenging,” Vonn said in December, according to the Associated Press. “That’s been the biggest thing in the last few weeks: Keep going, keep fighting, keep trying, keep picking yourself back up, especially after the crash in Lake Louise.”

“The biggest thing is just getting the confidence going for February, that’s my biggest goal,” Vonn said. “Confidence gives me a lot of peace of mind going into the next months of speed races.”

She sounded a similar note at the 100 Days event in November, saying then: “I think nerves are good, honestly, I think that’s what pushes me. When the stakes are high, that’s when I get more energy and I get more amped up. And I feel like the pressure that you feel is the pressure that you put on yourself, so I try to make sure I have that in check.”

The Olympics themselves, though, never get old.

“It means everything to me to represent my country,” Vonn said. “When you walk out in the opening ceremonies and you’re with your teammates and you know that the weight of your country is on your shoulders, it’s an incredibly moving and powerful moment.”

Asked if February’s Games could her last hurrah, she said, “Maybe — I mean I’m old, but I’m not that old.”

“Ski racing is a tough sport to continue on doing when you get to be my age, so we’ll see what happens,” she continued, “but I’m going to do the best I can to finish out strong if that is the case.”

“I savor every moment in life, I just have appreciation for every opportunity that I have every day that I’m allowed to do what I love to do,” she said. “So if it’s my last, I definitely will have enjoyed every minute. But if it’s not, I still will have enjoyed every minute.”

She told PEOPLE: “I can break the overall win record this year, but I think it’s more realistic to save that for the following year and really focus on the Olympics this year. For sure I’ll be racing two more seasons.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics are airing live on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.

• With reporting by JASON DUAINE HAHN

people.com | 2/16/18

In a stunning upset, Mikaela Shiffrin couldn’t capture the same magic of yesterday’s gold medal run and left empty-handed in the highly anticipated women’s alpine skiing slalom that was supposed to be a lock for the skiing superstar.

Shiffrin, 22, failed to take home her second medal of the Winter Games on Friday morning (Thursday night in the states). The alpine slalom is her specialty, and Shiffrin came in as the event’s favorite less than a day after winning her first gold medal in her Pyeongchang debut at the Giant slalom.

While the alpine slalom was originally scheduled earlier this week, Olympic officials postponed the event due to heavy winds. Coming into the slalom, Shiffrin’s main threats were Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who beat Shiffrin in November by 0.1 in the season-opening slalom; Frida Hansdotter of Sweden; and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

Whether the postponement affected her at all, Shiffrin put on a discouraging first run, where she finished with a 49.37, a half second back behind first-place Holdener’s 48.89.

Though she seemed nervous after the initial showing, not all seemed lost, as just last month in Flachau, Shiffrin trailed by .37 seconds in the first run but won the event by .94 seconds.

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In an interview with NBC Sports just after her first showing, Shiffrin admitted she vomited before coming to the gates. “It was kind of sudden,” she said. “It almost felt like a virus kind of puking less about nerves.”

After the interview, Shiffrin likely went to take a nap, as she famously does during every race. By the start of the second portion, Shiffrin was in fourth position with a huge deficit to make up.

On her second run, Shiffrin moved into second with a run time of 49.66 and a total time of 1:39.03. While she wouldn’t take home gold, she still had a chance to medal—though it wasn’t a sure thing with three skiers left behind her. By the end, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter took first place, and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and Katharina Gallhuber of Austria took second and third, leaving Shiffrin in fourth.

With her loss, Team USA’s total medal count stays at eight—which includes five gold, one silver and two bronze—including a sweep of all of the gold medals in the snowboarding events to date. America’s eight medals are currently good for fifth in the medal count, with Norway leading the way with a whopping 17.

RELATED: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Wants to Remain a Down-to-Earth Dynamo as She Chases Olympic Gold 

The alpine slalom performance was Shiffrin’s second showing in a total of five runs in Pyeongchang, with the downhill, super combined and team event up next (she decided to skip tomorrow’s Super G for rest). She was emotional after her scoring her first gold in the Giant slalom on Thursday, breaking out into tears when she found out she was able to come ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel.

Yesterday’s win was her first Olympic medal since winning gold in Sochi, Russia, four years ago. In those games, she became the youngest slalom gold medalist ever at just 18 years old.

Shiffrin is also the first woman to win three consecutive world slalom titles in 78 years, and is often compared with American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated female ski racer of all time.

RELATED VIDEO: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Wants to Remain a Down-to-Earth Dynamo as She Chases Olympic Gold (Again)

But she hasn’t let her success get to her head.

“I’m well-known in my sport and people are starting to take notice outside of my sport as well, but the good thing of where I’m at right now is that I’m kind of — like I don’t really want it to change,” Shiffrin told PEOPLE in September. “I do in that, if I want to go to the Olympics this year, I want to perform well and if I do then it will change, so I want to do that. But I don’t want things to change in that I can go to the grocery store and shop and do my things.”

Unlike many young athletes competing with her as part of Team USA, Shiffrin is generally quiet on social media and told PEOPLE before leaving for Pyeongchang that she wants to remain as down-to-earth as possible.

“I’m still going into these Games feeling star-struck by all of my competitors,” she said, “and I’m the same type of person to just keep my head down and just go do my race, do my thing and then see what happens.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics are airing live on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.

people.com | 2/16/18

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will bring 22 North Korean athletes across the border to South Korea, where they will march as one under a unification flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in one sport.

In the most symbolic agreement approved yesterday, 12 North Korean women’s hockey players will join their neighbors in a united roster playing in special uniforms with a Korean song as their anthem.

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In Switzerland, most of the people have a regular sport activity and one of four is an active member of a sports club. The most important all-embracing organisations for sports in Switzerland are the Federal Office of Sport, and the Swiss Olympic Committee (Swiss Olympic). Because of its varied landscape and climate, Switzerland offers a large variety of sports to its inhabitants and visitors. While winter sports are enjoyed throughout the country, football and ice hockey remain the most popular sports. Major sport events in Switzerland include the Olympic Games, which were held two times in St. Moritz in Winter 1928 and Winter 1948, and, more recently, the UEFA Euro 2008.


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