CHELSEA legend Didier Drogba is preparing to expand his luxury footwear brand – selling his trainers for half the original price.
Drogba, 40, launched JAD footwear last November at Selfridges, with the handmade Italian shoes initially selling for £600.
JAD footwear Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is stepping back into the fashion world with his luxury footwear brand JAD
JAD footwear A new batch of 500 pairs of trainers will be available this week
But Jordan Alexander, creative director at the brand, told SunSport that the high price-tag was not part of the original plan.
He said: “Our initial strategy was to launch the label and offer the consumer a luxury footwear range for a price unheard of in the marketplace.
“When we decided to collaborate with Selfridges and launch a 30-day pop-up, the prices were significantly increased to be able to sustain the retailer’s heavily inflated margins.
“By eschewing traditional wholesale distribution, we’re now able to sell directly to the consumer and ship for free to anywhere in the world – for less than half the price.”
JAD footwear Creative director Jordan Alexander told SunSport the initial high price-tag was not part of the plan
JAD footwear The shoes will be shipped around the world for free
The Chelsea hero’s trainers currently come in two styles, the hi-cut Corsa and the low-cut Strada.
A new batch of 500 pairs will be available to buy this week on the JAD website, with new styles and colour-schemes available for immediate delivery.
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Jordan says that JAD will also use Kickstarter to leverage the platform’s reach across the globe and create brand awareness.
“It’s a massive community to tap into,” adds Jordan, who met Didier while the Champions League winner was with MLS side Montreal Impact.
Instagram/Kylian Hazard Eden Hazard, right, and brother Kylian own a pair of JAD trainers
JAD footwear JAD plans to use Kickstarter to raise awareness for the brand and to interact with customers
JAD footwear Drogba will donate €5 from each sale to help children in Africa with his charitable foundation
“It’s also an opportunity for the brand to collect orders with the desired model, colour and sizing before we start our next production run.”
“We’ll be offering Kickstarter backers special incentives and the opportunity to have their orders personalised.”
Jordan also revealed that money from sales will go to charity.
“For every pair sold through the Kickstarter campaign, €5 will go toward the benefit of children in Africa in collaboration with the Didier Drogba Foundation,” he says.
JAD footwear The handmade Italian shoes come in two styles and a range of colours – the low-cut Strada…
JAD footwear … and the hi-cut Corsa
Rubios Triple-double Leads Jazz Past Thunder 115-102
Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this.
Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah’s first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
“We were down by 10 … and I just changed my mentality, trying to be more aggressive and make some shots,” Rubio said. “We made a run and it helps a lot when you’re making shots and it felt great.”
At one point, Rubio walked toward half-court with his arms outstretched, drinking in the deafening roar and subsequent “RU-BI-O! RU-BI-O!” chants from the fans.
Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, which took a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Oklahoma City.
Rubio has never been known as a knockdown shooter, but his recent accuracy has opened new opportunities for his playmaking.
“Ricky attacked,” Utah coach Quin Snyder. “He attacked, but with poise and he was making some shots. I thought he took good shots and it really stabilized our group.”
The Spaniard has previously recorded five triple-doubles in his career and has played in big EuroLeague and Olympic games, but different than the energy and pressure of the NBA playoffs.
“He was on, in so many ways,” Mitchell said.
Joe Ingles, who had 21 points, made two 3-pointers around two free throws to spark a 13-0 surge that ended on Mitchell’s 3 to put Utah up by 20 points in the fourth quarter. The big run was just par for the course in a series characterized by large runs by one team, then countered by the other.
Rubio’s triple-double was the first by a Jazz player in the postseason since John Stockton in the 2001 playoffs against Dallas.
“Having my name next to his name is an honor,” Rubio said of joining the Hall of Famer in making franchise history. “I have huge respect for him.”
Paul George scored 23 points and Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Raymond Felton each had 14 for the Thunder. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his ninth playoff triple-double but also had eight turnovers and shot 5 for 17.
Rudy Gobert’s dunk and pair of free throws capped a 9-0 run in the third quarter to give Utah an 84-70 lead. Minutes later, Rubio hit a running 28-foot 3-pointer to make it 89-75 entering the final period.
The Jazz changed coverages on Westbrook throughout the game and surprised the perennial All-Star with different players in his expected passing lanes.
Utah also outrebounded the Thunder 48-33 and seemed much quicker to the loose balls in the midst of a charged atmosphere. The Jazz’s hustle plays energized the packed arena festooned in the colors of Southern Utah – red, orange and yellow.
With Utah trailing 47-43, Rubio scored 10 consecutive Jazz points and his 3-pointer and subsequent three free throws gave Utah a 53-49 lead.
Rubio, playing just his third playoff game in his seven-year NBA career, had 19 at the half and the Jazz led 58-53.
The Thunder, shot 16 for 24 on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3s, to lead 45-33 on Westbrook’s layup with 7:26 left in the second quarter.
Asked if the Rubio might have an encore in Game 4, Westbrook defiantly declared that he would shut down any chance of that happening.
“Guarantee that!” Westbrook said.
Thunder: Oklahoma City was outscored 30-14 after Adams sat down with his third foul early in the second quarter. … Both Adams and Mitchell picked up their fourth fouls in the first half of the third quarter. … Adams finished with two rebounds. … The Thunder shot 14 for 28 from 3-point range.
Jazz: Utah started the game by converting nine of its first 10 shots, then missed eight of the next nine. … Royce O’Neale and George each got technicals for some pushing and words early in the fourth quarter. … Carlos Boozer had the last triple-double for the Jazz in 2008, but it came in the regular season. … Utah had 19 second-chance points to the Thunder’s eight.
Ingles, who was a primary cog in Utah’s offense as the Jazz got better and better throughout the season, was nearly invisible in the first two games against the defense of George. After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch. “I thought Joe just had a more aggressive mindset tonight,” Snyder said. “Joe just threw himself into the defensive end as well. When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally.”
WESTBROOK OUT OF SORTS?
Westbrook didn’t take a shot in the fourth quarter, but said he doesn’t have any specific physical injury. Some of his eight turnovers happened when he was headed to the rim with Gobert looming. “I’m getting in trouble jumping in the air and getting caught,” he said. Perhaps Gobert’s defensive presence is making one of the game’s most instinctive players think twice. “I just try to make them think. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. I know that they know,” Gobert said.
Rubio arrived at the arena Saturday wearing a sweatshirt with the ‘Friends’ sitcom logo. A team that emphasizes “connectivity”, the Jazz moved in concert on offense and passes — even long skip passes — arrived in shooters’ sweet spots ready for launch. In the postgame press conference, Rubio joked that he knew he was close to a triple-double, but Ingles missed a layup on purpose to thwart his effort. “Luckily, I have Rudy Gobert on my team, too, and he made his shot,” Rubio said.
Game 4 is Monday night in Salt Lake City.
Oaklands Manaea Tosses No-hitter Against Red-hot Boston
– Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, blanking the Boston Red Sox in a 3-0 victory on Saturday.
Manaea struck out 10 batters and walked just two on a night the Red Sox were no-hit for the first time since 1993.
Lee Bloodies Beats Barboza By Tko In Ufc Lightweight Bout
Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture.
Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via TKO in the fifth round on Saturday night.
Lee kept the fight on the ground at Boardwalk Hall and — except for absorbing one stiff kick to the face — dominated until the doctors stopped the bout with Barboza wearing the crimson mask as he sat against the cage.
“I wanted to go all five rounds and show my complete game,” Lee said.
Lee got the signature win he needed to remain in the lightweight championship picture and immediately took aim on the division’s champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
You folks know what time it is. It’s Khabib time , baby,” he said.
It was Lee’s time to shine in AC.
Lee took the fight to the mat and spent the first round landing punishing strikes and did more of the same in the second. Lee connected with a series of shots to the right of Barboza’s face with more brute force than in any bench-clearing baseball brawl .
Barboza rocked and wobbled Lee when he caught him with a spinning head kick in the third but couldn’t finish him. Lee again dragged Barboza to the ground and fans booed and cursed as they wrestled on the mat.
Barboza was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nurmagomedov, who won the 155-pound title stripped from an inactive Conor McGregor earlier this month. Lee was choked out by Tony Ferguson in October. Had Barboza and Lee won those bouts, they might have had a title fight lined up already instead of trying to use a Fight Night card to climb back into contention.
“I can do it all. I feel I’m the most complete fighter in the division,” Lee said. “I wanted to go out there and show it.”
Lee failed to make weight by 2 pounds for the fight, forcing him to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.
Seven weeks after he was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career, New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar returned to bloody and beat Cub Swanson by unanimous decision in a 145-pound bout.
Edgar, of Toms River, New Jersey, was a clear fan favorite and had fans roaring and chanting his name throughout the fight. Edgar defeated Swanson by submission when they headlined a Fight Night card in November 2014 and got him again in Atlantic City.
Edgar, who won 30-27 on all three scorecards, busted Swanson open under his right eye and controlled the three-round bout.
“Jersey, I love you baby! I love you,” Edgar said. “My kids are here, first fight they’ve seen. This was a dream come true to come here and perform in front of my home state.”
Edgar was fast on his feet, landed some hard jabs and connected on low kicks in the second round, and looked sharp in his return to the cage just seven weeks since he was knocked out by Brian Ortega in the first round at UFC 222. Swanson lost his last bout, also to Ortega — part of a winning streak that set him up for a title fight against Max Holloway in July.
Edgar called out the winner of the Ortega-Holloway fight for his next bout.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Edgar said.
Also on the main card, Jim Miller matched Michael Bisping for most fights in UFC history with 29. Dan Hooker caught Miller with a right knee to the head that ended the fight just 3 minutes into the first round.
“All respect to Jim Miller. He’s a legend in this sport,” Hooker said to applause from the home crowd.
Hooker called out Paul Felder for a fight to his face — Felder is a Philly fighter who moonlighted Saturday as an announcer.
Miller, a 34-year-old New Jersey native has had a solid but not spectacular career that has yet to see him fight for a UFC championship. He won seven straight fights from 2009 to 2011 but has lost four straight fights and six of nine overall.
UFC ran a card in Atlantic City for the first time since July 2014 at the former Revel Casino.
New Jersey was one of the first states that embraced UFC, and Dana White has credited cards at the Trump Taj Mahal for helping the company grow into a respected promotion in sports. Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture headlined cards in Atlantic City in UFC’s infancy and New Jersey was a regular stop on the circuit until MMA legalization in New York shifted major pay-per-views across the river.
UFC also announced Matt Serra, who beat Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight belt in 2007, was announced as a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.
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