An impressive collection of the greatest women, men and teams in sport have been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s sports media, the foundation said in a press release.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer’s impressive return to form after a knee injury, which saw him win his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon titles, sees him nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories. Federer, a four-time Award winner, could become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27.
The football world also features heavily, with Cristiano Ronaldo up for Sportsman of the Year, Real Madrid nominated for Team of the Year, Kylian Mbappé in contention for Breakthrough of the Year, and FC Barcelona and Chapecoense nominated for the Comeback of the Year Award.
Joining Federer and Ronaldo in what is sure to be a hotly contested Sportsman of the Year category is athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal.
In the Sportswoman of the Year category Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Australian Open champion Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky and Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.
Votes can be cast at myLaureus.com until February 26, with the winner being announced on stage at the Awards in Monaco.
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Almost twice as many births took place in Monaco in 2017 as the number of deaths, with 958 births and 490 deaths recorded. Two hundred and fifty-eight births were to Monaco residents, and 700 to non-residents.
The Monaco City Council said that the favourite names for girls were Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia, Emma and Giulia, and for boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphael.
A total of 206 weddings were celebrated in the Principality in 2017, compared to 193 in 2016. Concerning the marriage of persons of Monegasque nationality, four marriages united two people of Monegasque nationality, 38 Monegasque men married a foreign woman, and 47 Monegasque women chose a foreign spouse.
The number of divorces fell from 89 in 2016 to 69 in 2017.
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The custom Lamborghini Huracán given to Pope Francis to be sold for charity will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco on May 12.
The car is being offered without reserve and the proceeds of the sale will be given to the Pope, who has been driven in a wide variety of "Popemobiles" – a Mercedes M-Class, Opel Ampera-e and a Fiat 500L. The money will then be disbursed to a number of good causes.
One of the beneficiaries will be the Pope John XXIII Community, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses. Amici per il Centrafrica – Friends of Central Africa – will also benefit.
The car is painted in Vatican colours. The auctioneers have not said how much they expect the car to bring at auction.