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‘De Defenders are in Prudent Energy Handball League to win’

De Defenders coach, Sunday Ajana, has warned other teams not to underrate his side, saying they are in this year’s Prudent Energy Handball League to win the championship, which begins this weekend at the Package B of the MKO Abiola Stadium. Ajana, who said his team signed three players to strengthen the squad ahead of […]

Alumni chairman promises to revamp IMSU sports

Newly sworn in chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Imo State University Alumni Association (IMSU Alumni), Nze Chibueze Anukanti, has promised to revamp sports in the institution as part of his seven-point programme for the school. Anukanti, a Property Consultant and Managing Director of PWAN BAZAAR Properties Ltd, a subsidiary of the PWAN […]

We’ll no longer accept delayed payment, Eagles warn NFF, Sports ministry

Lack of fund threatens 2021 AFCON qualifier What appears a showdown between players of the Super Eagles and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as well as the supervising sports ministry may be afoot, as the nation prepares for the 2021 AFCON qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone on November 9 in Benin City, […]

Solskjaer adamant Van de Beek has ‘big part’ to play at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Donny van de Beek will play a “big, big part this year” despite a restricted role since his pre-season arrival at Old Trafford. The 23-year-old midfielder, who joined from Dutch giants Ajax for an initial 39-million-euro (£34.1 million) fee, has started more matches for the Netherlands than […]

Joshua vs. Fury to fight in May or June 2021, says Hearn

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will be meeting for the first of two fights in 2021 in May or June, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. The second fight between the two heavyweight world champions will happen in November or December 2021, reports Hearn is hopeful that IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) wins his […]

Masterly De Bruyne inspires City past tame Marseille

Manchester City made it two wins from two in their latest bid for Champions League glory as Kevin De Bruyne starred in a straightforward 3-0 win at Marseille on Tuesday. The English side, who have never reached the semi-finals under Pep Guardiola, sit top of the early Group C table after their opening victory at […]

57 years after Dick Tiger, Ibadan set to host another world boxing title fight

• Scorpion battles Spain’s Savin for WBF international super featherweight title On august 10, 1963, Nigeria’s sports enthusiasts and indeed all patriots stood up to applaud the country’s then brightest sports star, Dick Tiger, as he dismantled America’s Gene Fullmer to retain his world middleweight title at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. It was the biggest […]

Djokovic eyes ‘amazing’ Sampras year-end world number one record in Vienna

Novak Djokovic said it will be “amazing” to equal childhood idol Pete Sampras’s all-time record of ending the year as world number one on six occasions. Djokovic will make sure he matches the great American by winning two matches at this week’s Vienna ATP tournament. The 33-year-old Serb has been the top-ranked player at the […]

Vardy rocks Arsenal as Leicester go fourth

Brendan Rodgers saluted “world class” Jamie Vardy after he sealed Leicester’s late 1-0 win as spluttering Arsenal crashed to a third defeat in their last four Premier League games on Sunday. Vardy was only fit enough for the bench after a calf injury, but Rodgers sent the striker on with 30 minutes left. Vardy responded […]

Estaport Schools begin preparation for yearly sports meet

Pupils of Estaport Schools, Gbagada, Lagos, will soon start training for their annual sports meet, which was earlier put on hold by the Federal Government’s suspension of sporting activities because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Federal Government recently lifted the ban on contact sports across the country. Speaking at the weekend, Chairman of […]

NFF to decide on NPFL kickoff, other football matters tomorrow

The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will tomorrow meet in Abuja to decide when to begin the 2020/2021 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season and other football competitions across the country. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government suspended all sporting activities to stem the spread of the virus. […]

NFF to decide on NPFL kickoff, other football matters tomorrow

The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will tomorrow meet in Abuja to decide when to begin the 2020/2021 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season and other football competitions across the country. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government suspended all sporting activities to stem the spread of the virus. […]

Al Jazira signs Nigeria’s Imoh Ezekiel ahead 2020/2021 season

Al Jazira Club has signed Imoh Ezekiel, the Nigerian international forward joining the club ahead of the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League campaign, reports Emirates News Agency. The 26-year old arrives in the Abu Dhabi club following a career that has seen him play across European top-flight leagues, as well as having experience of football in […]

Pulev taunts Joshua ahead of showdown

Kubrat Pulev sparked accusations of racism ahead of his world heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua by claiming his ‘tan is better than mine’. The 39-year-old Bulgarian will battle it out with Joshua for his WBA, IBF and WBO titles, with the fight expected to take place on December 12 after it was initially postponed […]

Nigeria lifts ban on football, other sports

After seven months of lockdown, the Nigerian domestic football may roar back to life as the restriction imposed on contact sports, especially football has been lifted by the Nigerian government. In a tweet released on Thursday evening, Nigerian minister in charge of sports, Sunday Dare reported that the ban imposed on football by the Presidential […]

Sodje brothers ‘sign’ for Felix Anirah football tourney

Former Super Eagles player, Efe Sodje, and his brother, Sam, have thrown their support behind the Felix Anirah football tournament, whose third edition will kick off on November 15 in Delta State. Efe Sodje, known for his rugged style of play and bandana trademark in his playing days, said the tournament would not only stoke […]

Paris completes next generation take-over in women’s tennis

The victory of Poland’s Iga Swiatek over Sofia Kenin at the French Open marked the next generation’s complete dominance of the grand slams that commenced with Naomi Osaka’s victory over Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open. The torch has been seized from the old brigade and the completion took place in Paris, the city […]

Delta, Edo states bid to host Super Eagles’ AFCON qualifier

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that either Delta or Edo State will host next month’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Nigeria and Sierra Leone. NFF Deputy Media Director, Ademola Olajire, told The Guardian that the federation is still discussing with the two states’ governments, adding that the venue will be announced […]

NEPC facilitates trade formalisation at Okerete/Seme border corridors

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has presented working tools to facilitate formalisation of trade along Okerete/Seme trade border corridors. The tools – motorcycles, computers, and data books – were handed over to representatives of 21 trade associations in the area during a Stakeholders’ sensitisation programme for non-oil informal cross border traders along the Seme […]

Israel Adesanya becomes first MMA fighter to sign with PUMA

His pre-fight drama with Brazil’s Costa is ‘most-watched UFC face-off of all time’ The drama leading to the victory of Nigerian-born, New Zealand-based UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya against Brazil’s Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi about two weeks ago has been adjudged the most-watched UFC face-off of all time. The Brazilian threw a white belt […]

Arsenal, AC Milan, Tottenham set for Europa League

Europa League runners-up in 2019, Arsenal, are the highest-ranked team in this year’s competition and are grouped with Rapid Vienna, Molde, and Dundalk. North London rivals, Tottenham, will face LASK, Ludogorets Razgrad, and Royal Antwerp. With La Liga, international friendlies, and UEFA Nations Cup taking the earlier part of October on StarTimes, football fans are […]

Arsenal ambition convinced Partey to join club

New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey has revealed seeing the club hold on to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved to him that they are serious about matching his ambitions. Partey was a long-term target for Arsenal, who finally landed the Ghana international from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day as they paid his release clause, reported to […]

Premier League clubs debate radical reform plan

Premier League clubs are holding a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday after Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said a breakaway from the top flight was wielded “as a threat” during talks over radical proposals to restructure English football. The “Project Big Picture” plan, backed by Liverpool and Manchester United, has been criticised by the government, the […]

Neymar hat-trick fires Brazil past Peru, Argentina labour

Neymar scored a hat-trick to become the second-highest scorer in Brazil’s history as the Copa America champions won 4-2 away to 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The goals took Neymar to 64 international strikes, two more than Ronaldo but still well behind Pele’s record of 77. Elsewhere, Joaquin Correa scored the […]

Ajagba in line to fight Fury before Gypsy King’s Joshua showdown

Nigeria’s U.S-based heavyweight fighter, Efe Ajagba, is inline to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, in London this year, promoter Bob Arum has disclosed. According to, the Nigerian Olympian is one of the contenders lined up to meet the ‘Gypsy King,’ who recently resolved to move on after waiting a […]

Spain go down to surprise Nations League defeat in Ukraine

The 22-year-old Dynamo Kiev player had not long been thrown into the fray by coach Andriy Shevchenko when he latched onto Andriy Yarmolenko’s superb through ball and fired past an exposed David de Gea in the 76th minute. The goal came against the run of play with Spain applying most of the pressure at the […]

CBN Jnr Tennis championships, a sequence for discovery of talents, says Emefiele

• 11-year-old Ogunsakin, aka ‘Nadal’ dazzles spectators The 2020 CBN Junior Tennis Championships ended at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, at the weekend, with the Governor of the Apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, saying that the purpose of setting up the competition was to discover young talents and nurture them to become champions. Emefiele, who […]

Etim Esin expects improved performance against Tunisia

Former international, Etim Esin, has advised the new boys in Super Eagles camp to raise their game in today’s encounter against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and prove they deserve to be in the team Nigeria will meet Tunisia in their second friendly match of the current FIFA window today in Klagenfurt, Austria. The Eagles […]

Fury calls off Wilder trilogy fight, plots Joshua bout in 2021

Tyson Fury has officially called off his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder after failing to agree a date in 2020, reports Instead, Fury has turned his attention to a heavyweight world title reunification fight against Anthony Joshua next year. The 32-year-old Briton had been due to fight American Wilder for a third time in […]

The men in Roland Garros

The top two male tennis players in the world were in Paris with the same quest. World number one, Novak Djokovic, sought to increase his haul of 17 grand slam titles a step closer to the second ranked Rafael Nadal, who aimed to tie Roger Federer’s 20 majors. Six matches stood in their respective paths […]

Pulev says Joshua fight is set for London on December 12

Kubrat Pulev will fight heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, in London on December 12, Bulgaria’s IBF mandatory challenger said on Monday. The 39-year-old had been scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20 but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “No turning back, no procrastination! Kubrat Pulev vs Anthony Joshua! The date is […]

Premier League reform plan looks like power grab, UK minister says

The minister who oversees sport in Britain, Oliver Dowden, said on Monday he feared a plan by Liverpool and Manchester United to restructure the English Premier League was a power grab. He said it was a move which could prompt a deeper look at the governance of the sport. The two clubs are backing a […]

Uptown beats Elizade Nigeria to win WCGC trophy

Uptown Printing Limited pair of Grace Ihonbare and Rachel Danjuma at the weekend in Abuja beat Elizade Nigeria to win the national finals of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) title. With over 49 teams in attendance at the event organised by Falcon Golf Development Company at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja, […]

Nadal defeats Djokovic for 13th French Open title, and 20th grand slam

Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Serbia’s world number one player, Novak Djokovic, 6/0, 6/2, 72 at the French Open final yesterday to equal Roger Federer’s haul of grand slam titles. It was Nadal’s 27th victory in their career 56 meetings. It was also Nadal’s 100th win contrasted with two losses at Rolland Garros. Djokovic lost […]

Ibrahimovic in doubt for Milan derby after virus test

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks likely to miss the Milan derby this month after his club AC Milan announced Thursday that the veteran Swede had again tested positive for coronavirus. Ibrahimovic, who went into quarantine two weeks ago when he first tested positive, must test negative twice before he can return to the Milan squad, whose next […]

Ibori Golf, Country Club hosts Anyansi handicap kitty

The lush green course of the Ibori Golf and Country Club (IGCC) will begin from today, host a kitty to celebrate the new handicap of Chike Anyansi, who has risen to handicap 28. According to the organisers of the competition, about 100 players from the Aba Golf Club, Benin Golf Club, Python, and Port Harcourt […]

Djokovic, Nadal face new-look Roland Garros road blocks

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, with 36 Grand Slam titles between them, are both just two wins away from creating more tennis history at Roland Garros but standing in the way in Friday’s semi-finals are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. Tsitsipas is the first Greek player to reach the last four in Paris while the […]

Ighalo’s chances won’t be reduced by Cavani’s arrival at Man United, says Akanni

Former international, Waidi Akanni, has expressed optimism that former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, will have equal opportunities as much as Uruguay’s international, Edinson Cavani, who, on Monday, was added into the Manchester United’s squad from PSG as a free agent. Ighalo is currently on loan from his Chinese club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, and has […]

YSFON secretary urges NFF to cede youth football to federation

Secretary of the Ogun State chapter of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Kehinde Adeyemi, a sports psychologist, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to cede all underage football to YSFON to ensure holistic grassroots development. Adeyemi, who is also the Director of Sports at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, said the appointment […]

Ronaldo, Juve internationals reported for breaking coronavirus isolation

Cristiano Ronaldo and other top Juventus players could face legal action for rejoining their national teams despite coronavirus rules after two positive cases at the Italian champions, local health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday. As well as the Portuguese star, several South Americans including Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur also left […]

Barcelona President Bartomeu faces vote of no confidence

Barcelona edged closer to a change of president on Wednesday when it was confirmed that Josep Maria Bartomeu will face a vote of no confidence after turbulent times at the club. A petition against Bartomeu passed the required 16,250 signatures last month and those signatures have been officially verified, a group leading the campaign said […]

Osimhen rated 3rd in summer signings

Victor Osimhen’s ground-breaking transfer to SSC Napoli from Lille has been rated third in the Top 10 list of most expensive signings this summer. The Blue Azzurri in July announced the capture of the 21-year-old striker on a permanent transfer for a for a club record fee of 70 million euros plus another 10 million […]

Victor Moses in limbo at Chelsea

Former Super Eagles striker Victor Moses is in limbo after Inter Milan failed to sanction his permanent move from Chelsea. The Italian club’s owners Suning ‘did not approve the move’. That means Moses is back at Stamford Bridge with nowhere to go. The Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James at right-back. And the versatile […]

French Open: Collins halts Jabeur’s dream run as Podoroska upsets Svitolina

American Danielle Rose Collins reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinals when she outlasted Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6/4, 4/6, 6/4. In the other match, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska achieved an upset 6/2, 6/4 victory over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, the highest seed remaining in the women’s draw. The match was suspended on Monday after Collins had won the […]

Organisers promise excellent Felix Anirah football tourney in Delta State

• Winners to pocket N1.5 million Organisers of the third Felix Anirah Football Tournament (FAFT 2020) have promised to deliver an excellent tourney. Members of the organising committee were unveiled at Sapele Atlantic Club, Delta State on Monday. The 2020 edition of the soccer tournament has been extended beyond Delta, Edo states, as neighbouring Bayelsa […]

Imo names seven-member board for Heartland FC

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has appointed a seven-member board for Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Heartland Football Club of Owerri. According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Cosmas Iwu, the board is led by Chief Charles Ezekwem as chairman, while Chief Ifeanyi Chukwudi is the General Manager. Other […]

Again, CAS postpones Siasia’s appeal against FIFA ban to February 2021

World sports highest conflict resolution body, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has again postponed a hearing on the appeal filed by former Super Eagles Manager, Samson Siasia, over his life ban by FIFA to February 2021. The case, earlier scheduled for March 19, 2020, was first postponed to today, October 6, 2020, before […]

Maradona tests negative for coronavirus, says his lawyer

Former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, allaying fears he had contacted the virus after hugging a colleague who was later found to have tested positive, his lawyer said on Monday. The man who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 took the test after coming into close contact […]

Premier League pacesetters Everton sign Norwich defender Godfrey

Everton has signed defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich on a five-year contract for an initial fee reported to be around £25 million ($32 million) in the first major move of transfer deadline day. The Canaries announced on Monday they had received a club-record fee for the 22-year-old, whose new deal ties him to Carlo Ancelotti’s […]

Int’l Friendly: Etebo out, as Super Eagles officials arrive in Austria

Super Eagles and Galatasary SK, Turkey midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, has been ruled out of the international friendly match between Nigeria and two North African countries – Algeria and Tunisia. The team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that Etabo pulled out after he sustained an injury in club’s […]

Six-goal humiliation leaves Man Utd mired in crisis again

Manchester United slumped to their worst defeat in nine years on Sunday as Tottenham’s 6-1 rout at Old Trafford plunged the Red Devils back into a familiar state of crisis. United have not contended for the Premier League title since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. However, hopes were high that the club […]

Swiatek stuns Halep as Nadal rolls into French Open quarterfinals

Iga Swiatek from Poland yesterday fulfilled the rites of passage as the debutante by dethroning the top seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6/1, 6/2 in an outstanding display of power and precision at the French Open in Philippe Chatrier Stadium. In the men’s event, Rafael Nadal halted the march of another rising youngster when he […]

Badminton federation to develop match App for fans, says Orbih

President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Mr. Francis Orbih, has revealed plans by the federation to introduce a mobile App that will enable fans to watch matches on their phones and in the process minimise the number of people at venues in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic protocols. Speaking […]

Klopp shocked by Liverpool collapse to concede seven at Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp admitted his surprise at Liverpool’s stunning collapse to lose 7-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday. Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick as the Reds became the first reigning English champions to concede seven goals in a league match since 1953. “It was unexpected but it happened tonight,” said Klopp. “We put all our […]

Arteta’s Arsenal facing ‘crucial moment’ in transfer scramble

Mikel Arteta said on Friday the final few days of the transfer window could define Arsenal’s season as the Gunners try their “maximum” to strengthen the squad. The FA Cup winners have been heavily linked with a number of midfield targets but are running out of time ahead of Monday’s international deadline. It is understood […]

Germany coach Loew selects huge squad for October internationals

Germany head coach Joachim Loew on Friday nominated a 29-man squad – including five from European champions Bayern Munich – for October internationals against Turkey, Switzerland and Ukraine. The Germans twice threw away the lead last month in 1-1 draws against both Spain and Switzerland in the Nations League. “We’ve selected an expanded squad that […]

Solskjaer backs Southgate over axing of Greenwood

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave teenage forward Mason Greenwood out of the England squad for upcoming international matches. Greenwood and Manchester City’s Phil Foden were omitted from Southgate’s squad on Thursday after being sent home from Iceland last month for a breach of coronavirus rules. Ignoring the […]

Ostapenko stuns Pliskova as Carballes Baena upsets Shapovalov at French Open

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko sent out second seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2, while Canada’s Denis Shapovalov suffered a heart-breaking 7/5, 6/7, 6/3, 3/6, 8/6 loss to Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in a marathon of four hours and 18 minutes at the on-going French Open Tennis Championship. When Shapovalov won the fourth set on […]

Arsenal reach League Cup quarter-finals after Liverpool shoot-out

Arsenal held their nerve to reach the League Cup quarter-finals as Bernd Leno saved two penalties in a 5-4 shoot-out win over Liverpool after Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Anfield. Mikel Arteta’s side had already beaten Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield earlier this season and they repeated the trick in the fourth round tie. […]

England beats Nigeria in race to tie down Bukayo Saka

In a move that would tie down Bukayo Saka and make it difficult for him to switch allegiance to Nigeria in future, England has included the Arsenal striker in their squad to face Wales, Belgium and Denmark this month. Super Eagles’ fans have been calling on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to move fast and […]

England beats Nigeria in race to tie down Bukayo Saka

• As Southgate invites teenager to Three Lions In a move that would tie down Bukayo Saka and make it difficult for him to switch allegiance to Nigeria in future, England has included the Arsenal striker in their squad to face Wales, Belgium and Denmark this month. Super Eagles’ fans have been calling on the […]

Ostapenko stuns Pliskova as Carballes Baena upsets Shapovalov at French Open

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko sent out second seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2, while Canada’s Denis Shapovalov suffered a heart-breaking 7/5, 6/7, 6/3, 3/6, 8/6 loss to Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in a marathon of four hours and 18 minutes at the on-going French Open Tennis Championship. When Shapovalov won the fourth set on […]

Anambra FA caretaker committee chairman resigns, to re-contest position

Chairman of the Anambra State Football Association (FA) Caretaker Committee, Emeka Okeke, has resigned the position. He now wants to contest for the chairmanship position. Okeke’s resignation, about one month to the expiration of the three months given to his committee to prepare grounds for elections into various FA positions, took football analysts by surprise. […]

Okaka, Behrami key to my Watford switch, says Troost-Ekong

New Watford signing, William Troost-Ekong, says he spoke to three former Hornets players at Udinese ahead of his switch to Hertfordshire. The Super Eagles defender became Vladimir Ivic’s latest recruit on Tuesday evening, signing a five-year contract at Vicarage Road. The 27-year-old center-back says he spoke with three players very familiar with Watford fans – […]

Bayern win German Super Cup to lift fifth title in 2020

Bayern Munich claimed their fifth title of the year on Wednesday as a late Joshua Kimmich goal sealed their 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund to land the German Super Cup. Hosts Bayern built a 2-0 lead with first-half goals by Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Mueller, only for Erling Braut Haaland to equalise early in the […]

Neymar and Alvaro avoid sanctions

No action will be taken against PSG forward Neymar or Olympique de Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez for alleged discriminatory comments made during a Ligue 1 match, the discipline Commission of the Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) said on Wednesday. Both players risked suspensions of up to 10 matches for comments allegedly made at the end […]

NFF pledges support for Real Madrid Academy

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised to support Rivers State in building the Real Madrid Academy by camping the country’s youth teams at the Port Harcourt-based facility. Speaking after being taken round the project by the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Real Madrid Academy, Chris Green, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said […]

South/West golf club chiefs set for IGC Captain’s inaugural tourney

Captains of notable golf clubs in the South West and top shots in the golfing community in Nigeria have signified interest to honour the captain and lady captain of Ibadan Golf Club (IGC), Ola Ibironke and Mary Okunola by participating in their inaugural golf competition. The event tagged, Dudu and Mary Captain and Lady Captain […]

Thiem advances as Serena survives first round scare

Austria’s Dominic Thiem defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6/4, 6/3, 6/3 in a first-round encounter, while Serena Williams overcame a shaky first set to outlast compatriot Kristie Ahn 7/6 (2), 6/0. Thiem had won three preceding career matches against Cilic, yet the encounter on Philippe Chatrier Court was not an easy task. The two players exchanged […]

Wike knows value of sports to socio-economic development, says Iyaye

Governor Nyesom Wike knows the value of sports to the socio-economic development of society, and he is applying it appropriately with the right key for the benefits of the people, the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye has said. Speaking shortly after inspecting ongoing rehabilitation and regressing work at the main and practice pitches […]

Nigeria must return to schools for effective sports development, says Oyebode

Nigeria can only regain its place among the best sporting nations of the world when the country pays adequate attention to schools sports, Schools sports expert, Oluseyi Oyebode, has said. The Physical and Health Education graduate of the University of Lagos, who is credited with building the enviable Greensprings Schools sports culture, believes that the […]

Klopp tackles Keane over Liverpool “Sloppy” criticism

Manchester United great Roy Keane rarely came off second best in a tackle but the outspoken TV pundit was forced to backtrack after Jurgen Klopp took him to task for labelling Liverpool “sloppy” following Monday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal. Klopp jumped on Keane’s observation after his team’s victory, which maintained the champions’ 100 percent record […]

Mourinho says Spurs fixture pile-up rules out League Cup bid

Jose Mourinho has blamed football chiefs for effectively preventing Tottenham Hotspur from fighting for League Cup success and fears more injuries as his side face three games in six days. Spurs host Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday before a final Europa League qualifying tie at home to Maccabi […]

Leicester boss Rodgers hails ‘sensational’ Vardy after Man City romp

Brendan Rodgers hailed Jamie Vardy’s “incredible view of football” after the Leicester talisman scored a hat-trick for the Premier League pacesetters in their 5-2 victory against Manchester City. The 33-year-old former England international converted two penalties and scored one from open play as the 2016 champions came from 1-0 down at the Etihad on Sunday. […]

I told Costa I will shut his mouth, says victorious Adesanya

True to his pre-fight boast, Nigeria-born New Zealand-based UFC fighter, Israel Adesanya in the early hours of yesterday retained his middleweight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title by knocking out his challenger, Paulo Costa of Brazil, in the second round of their fight. The fight took place at Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab […]

FIFA suspends Trinidad and Tobago

FIFA suspended Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday for “grave violations” of its statutes following a local court challenge to its imposition of a new committee, following serious mismanagement. World football’s governing body said the Caribbean island nation would not be allowed back in until it recognised the legitimacy of the “normalisation committee” installed by FIFA […]

Neymar back but problems persist for PSG

It has been a troubled start to the season for Paris Saint-Germain, overshadowed by a raft of coronavirus cases, suspensions and injuries, but the French champions can welcome back Neymar from a ban for this weekend’s Ligue 1 game at Reims. The world’s most expensive player was handed a two-match suspension after his involvement in […]

Man Utd aim to bounce back as Arsenal face acid test at Liverpool

Manchester United and Chelsea need a swift response to their title credentials being damaged by home defeats last weekend, while one or both of Liverpool and Arsenal’s perfect records will come to an end when they face off at Anfield on Monday night. Crystal Palace and Everton also have the chance to claim top spot […]

Martinez header hands Bayern Munich ‘dream’ UEFA Super Cup victory

Veteran midfielder Javi Martinez admitted it was “a dream” to be able to write more UEFA Super Cup history for Bayern Munich on Thursday as his header in extra time sealed a 2-1 win over Sevilla in Budapest. Having equalised with a crucial 120th-minute goal seven years ago when Bayern won the 2013 Super Cup […]

The Paradise Abuja, NCDMB partner FGDC for World Corporate Golf Challenge

As preparations gathers momentum for the 2020 World Corporate Golf Challenge 2020 organised by Falcon Golf Development Company (FGDC), an Abuja-based property giant, The Paradise, and Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have thrown their weights behind the competition, the organisers have revealed. FGDC’s Chief Executive Officer, Remi Olukoya, on Wednesday revealed that Singleton […]

Chelsea sign Rennes goalkeeper Mendy

Chelsea on Thursday announced the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year deal for a reported fee of £22 million ($28 million). The Senegal international will compete for a starting spot with Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has struggled for form and confidence at Stamford Bridge. He is Frank Lampard’s seventh senior signing of […]

Kamaru Usman, happy to pave way for emerging African mixed martial artists

Kamaru Usman last year became the first African-born mixed martial artist to win a world title with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and he has since witnessed a generation of fighters from the continent rise in his wake. The 33-year-old Nigerian, a welterweight champion, believes this is only just the beginning for African fighters already […]

Atletico Madrid announce signing of Luis Suarez from Barcelona

Atletico Madrid announced the signing of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez late on Wednesday, confirming the Uruguayan striker is set to continue playing in La Liga rather than joining Juventus in Italy. Barcelona said that Atletico had agreed to pay six million euros for Suarez, who left his last training session in tears on Wednesday having […]

Nigeria’s current ranking sign of good things to come, says Oghomienor

Nigeria is gradually regaining its place among the best footballing nations of the world, and will soon become the feared African team of old if the current leadership of the game continues with developmental programmes, Chairman of the Blaugrana Group, owners of Barcelona Academy in Lagos, has said. Speaking on the backdrop of the latest […]

Real Madrid Academy to produce Nigeria’s future football stars, says Iyaye

Rivers Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, has tipped the Real Madrid Football Academy based in Port Harcourt to produce a future generation of football superstars comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The commissioner, who said the academy is comparable to any in the world in terms of facilities, content, curriculum, and product, said he sees […]

Man Utd reach League Cup last 16 as coronavirus causes chaos

Manchester United moved into the League Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win at Luton, while West Ham boss David Moyes and two of his players contracted the coronavirus ahead of their 5-1 victory against Hull as the pandemic caused chaos on Tuesday. Moyes, Josh Cullen and Issa Diop all left the London Stadium after […]

Obaseki’s governorship victory ignites call for Edo 2020 sports festival

• We’re waiting for Presidency’s approval, says sports minister • Benin City is ready, Ebewele declares With the atmosphere in Benin City and other parts of Edo State now back to normal following Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in Saturday’s election, attention has shifted to the hosting of the 20th National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020. […]

Akpoguma now for Eagles as Rohr invites two youngsters for October friendlies

Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr, has revealed the decision of Kevin Akpoguma to switch his allegiance to Nigeria, reports Akpoguma, a centre back, was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father and has represented Germany’s U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U20 teams, featuring in more than 60 games. He is, however, […]

Djokovic wins record 36th Masters 1000 title at Italian Open

Halep joins triumph of top seeds Top seeds Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic have been crowned Italian Open champions following two finals with contrasting endings, writes In the men’s singles final, Djokovic had to work hard to secure the title but still overcame Diego Schwartzman in straight sets at the Foro Italico in Rome. […]

Liverpool’s Alisson shows Chelsea the value of a great goalkeeper

The gulf that still exists between Liverpool and Chelsea was on show on Sunday as the Premier League champions secured a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in a match defined by the differing fortunes of the world’s two most expensive goalkeepers. Alisson Becker’s record £67 million ($87 million) move from Roma to Liverpool in 2018 […]

Oshoala unveils logo for girl-child education, football project

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit areas hit by a rare hurricane-like storm that left at least three dead, officials said Monday as reconstruction efforts began. “The prime minister will visit Karditsa on Tuesday,” the government’s deputy spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni told state TV ERT, referring to the central Greek city that saw thousands of […]

NRFF postpones all competitions to 2021 as president looks back in joy

Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) President, Kelechukwu Mbagwu, is thrilled that the sport has gained roots at the grassroots level through the various interventions made during his tenure. Mbagwu believes the various structures put in place by the NRFF to see that rugby gets the required awareness in the country will soon turn Nigeria to […]

Injured Efe Ajagba beats Jonathan Rice by unanimous decision

• Fighting Usyk is a big risk, Fury tells Joshua crown Efe Ajagba could not enhance his claims for a future fight with Anthony Joshua as he laboured to a points victory over Jonathan Rice in Las Vegas. The Nigerian heavyweight extended his unbeaten record to 14 wins with a wide unanimous decision over Rice, […]

Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo wins 2019-20 Kia NBA MVP award

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was at the weekend named the 2019-20 Kia NBA ( Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced at the weekend. This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. The Nigerian-Greek, Antetokounmpo (Adetokunbo), is the […]

Watford set to land £2.8 million-rated Troost-Ekong

Watford are closing in on the signing of Udinese defender, William Troost-Ekong, as per a report by Sport Witness. The Hornets are set to strengthen their defence by bringing the defender to Vicarage Road from Serie A. Troost-Ekong, who is 27 years old, is a Nigeria international with 42 caps to his name and is […]

Pinnick explains NFF’s continuous support for Nigeria Pitch Awards

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has pointed at the assiduity, creativity and ingenuity the organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Matchmakers Consult International Limited, bring into the entire packaging of the event each year as the reason the federation has continued to support the event. Speaking in Abuja at the weekend, Pinnick advised […]
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