Premier League leaders Liverpool take time out from their title surge as they face Flamengo in FIFA's World Club Cup final in Qatar on Saturday.
He beat Djokovic in the final and lost just three matches in the rest of the season, winning the French Open and the US Open before inspiring Spain to Davis Cup glory on home soil, finishing as world No.1 for a fifth time.
A large-scale safety operation will be deployed around the match involving 3,000 security personnel while both teams have been instructed to travel to the stadium from the same hotel.
Dwight Howard had 20 points on 10-of-10 shooting for the Lakers.
Liverpool's players are cheered by their supporters during an open-topped bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final in Liverpool, Britain on June 2, 2019. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid to claim their sixth champion of the event on June 1. (Photo: Xinhua)
Serena Williams is running out of opportunities to win the 24th Grand Slam singles title that would pull her level with Margaret Court's record.
After a seven-match winning streak in the league they have lost four of the last five and suddenly their place in the top four is under threat.
Zinedine Zidane has said he is not worried about Wednesday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona being overshadowed by Catalan independence protests.
Now, as we stand halfway through the 27th Premier League season, the expectation is that a team who has not yet won the top flight since its rebranding is in pole position to win.
"We know they are not going to make it easy."
Brighton remained in 13th, five points above the relegation zone, and manager Graham Potter was pleased by the south coast side's latest display.