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Tempo Storm wins first international Counter-Strike event

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Tempo Storm wins first international Counter-Strike event

Brazil’s Tempo Storm preserved a brilliant start to their 2016 season as the team won their first international Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament after they defeated SK Gaming by 2-1 in the CEVO Gfinity Season 9 final.

Making a break for it early at de_Cache, Tempo took the lead and pummeled SK Gaming with speed and dominance. It was 14:1 before the break and after that they merely needed to hold on to close the set at 16:5.

The second set was more even in de_Dust2, as both teams mirrored each other’s to get 7:8 at both halves, and pushed the game into overtime. Tempo then shook off their doubts to take it 4:2 in overtime.

SK Gaming then started the third set with their map pick of de_Mirage, taking the terrorist side to pull ahead by a score of 9:6 in the first half, giving Tempo Storm a run for their money. After that, they continue their momentum for a 7:3 second-half win and took the game to rubber.

If anything, it seemed to embolden Tempo. The Brazillians immediately blitzed to 13:2 in the final set and appeared intent on proving who the better Terrorists team was. Like in the first set, the Danish team was completely thrown off-balance, but managed to hold on to rally a bit before Tempo sealed the deal at 16:8.

This was twice that Tempo defeated SK gaming in the same tournament, after the team defeated SK and Team Dignitas 2-0 and 2-1 respectively and advancing to a semifinal clash against one of the other tournament favorites, Virtus Pro.

Along the way to the final, Tempo had a five map thriller against Virtus Pro, while SK dismantled Hellraisers by 3-0.

But it was also not unfortunate for Tempo that the lineup of teams appear lacking.

Big timers such as Fnatic, Luminosity Gaming and Natus Vincere – the latter of which withdrew from the tournament – were glaringly absent. Still, it does not discount the effort in which Tempo displayed to overcome Virtus Pro and SK Gaming.

Murray, Nadal advances in Madrid Open as Federer withdraws

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Murray, Nadal advances in Madrid Open as Federer withdraws

Roger Federer, who last won the Madrid Open in 2012, has withdrawn from the tournament with a back injury.

The 34-year-old said that he sustained the problem during practice last weekend and pulled out as a matter of precaution.

“I arrived and I was OK,” said Federer. “Then I practiced on Saturday and hurt my back a little bit and stopped early. I was supposed to practice for two hours – I had to stop after an hour and 15 minutes.”

“I don’t want to take any more chances,” he added. “I’d rather play it safe.”

The Swiss maestro was returning to action after surgery to repair a knee twist while running a bath for one of his daughters at the end of the Australian Open in Melbourne in early February.

Federer, however, claimed that he would be able to make it back for the Rome Masters next week from 9-15 May, the last major tournament before the French Open.

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal advanced into the third round tournament

Meanwhile, both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal advanced into the third round tournament.

Murray made hard work to prevail against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek, dropping the second set before cruising in the third, wining 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

Stepanek, who is ranked at 148th in the world rankings, made the break in the first game. Still, Murray was able to cancel out his lead to break back in the sixth, fending off a break-point at 5-5 to take the tiebreaker.

Then Stepanek hits out an early break for a 4-1 lead in the next set, holding on to take set and drag the match to a decider. But as the game went on his age started showing, and Murray took his tiring opponent’s serve in the second and fourth games to end the game in two hours and 16 minutes.

Nadal’s win was much more convincing than Andy Murray’s own title defense, as the Spaniard took just an hour and 19 minutes to see off Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov by 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal hits 22 winners and committed just nine unforced errors and broke serve 3 times to cruise for a win.

Atletico withstands Bayern to enter Champions League final

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Atletico withstands Bayern to enter Champions League final

Xabi Alonso rues as Atletico players celebrate entering the Champions League final.

As Jan Oblak makes one last save, the final whistle blows, and every Atletico Madrid player celebrate with fervor their entry into the UEFA Champions League final.

Their opponents Bayern Munich trailed 1-0 after their first leg, which Bayern levelled early as Xabi Alonso drove in a deflected free kick. They were able to rattle the airtight Atletico defense further after being awarded a penalty; unfortunately, Thomas Muller was unable to convert it.

But the Spanish Giants were able to settle down, withstand Bayern’s high intensity play and advance. This was thanks to the away goal that was coldly slotted in by Antoine Greizmann past Manuel Neuer in a one-on-one encounter, as the French forward was found free by Fernando Torres less than 10 minutes after the break.

It was a further sign of how clinical Atletico Madrid had been. The team did not even manage to land a single touch in the Bayern penalty area up until Griezmann scored from the edge of the box.

Robert Lewandowski made it 2-2 on aggregate with a header at 74 minutes. Still, there were no signs of letting up from Atletico, who had been awarded a penalty this time. Luckily for Bayern, Torres was unable to convert it.

Both teams than entered a scrap for the next goal, but the game ended with neither adding to their tally. And with that, Atletico advances thanks to the away-goal rule, which Griezmann provided with such perfect timing.

“The missed penalty gave us life,” said Atletico coach Simeone, who was close to tears after Griezmann’s goal. Indeed, up until then, Atletico’s unrivalled defense had begun to look rather rattled

Thomas Muller rues what could have been Bayern’s salvation as Kingsley Coman consoles the German.

Thomas Muller rues what could have been Bayern’s salvation as Kingsley Coman consoles the German.

Pep Guardiola would also rue his amply-filled trophy cabinet for missing the elusive Champions league trophy. Since leading Bayern, he had lost against Spanish clubs in the semi-finals in each of the past two seasons – to Real Madrid in 2014 and his former club Barcelona last year.

“I’ve done the best I can do,” the Catalan said post-match. “I don’t have any regrets. I’ve done my best and, I don’t know … that’s what I would like to say.”

But even with their elimination from the European top-flight tournament, Bayern can still look forward to securing a double by winning the Bundesliga and the German cup.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid would look forward to their third European Cup final and what could potentially be their first major European trophy, after losing to Bayern in the 1974 European Cup and against Real Madrid two years ago.

They may also get payback against their neighbours and eternal rivals Real Madrid welcome Manchester City at the Bernabeu. Of course, it would be even more sweet for Atletico if City is able to eliminate Real, as unlikely as it may be.