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Diego Costa’s behaviour is disgraceful – Ian Wright

Diego Costa scored 20 goals in 35 Premier League games for champions Chelsea last season Chelsea forward Diego Costa’s refusal to return to training is “disgraceful”, says former Arsenal striker Ian Wright. Th e 28-year-old, who is currently in his native Brazil, said he has been treated like a “criminal” and wants to join former […]

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ABS happy with Kwara Utd return to NPFL

Akhator (Dallas Wings), who stormed the team’s camp on Monday evening. Other players include Ezinne Kalu (Savannah State University), Sarah Ogoke (RC Celta Vigo, Spain), Adaora Elonu (Perfumeria Avenida, Spain), Chioma Udeaja (First Bank Basketball club), Nkechi Akashili (First Bank Basketball club) and Upe Atosu (First Bank Basketball club). Th e 12-man list, which was […]

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2017 Afrobasket: D’Tigress depart for Mali today

Th e Nigeria national women’s teams, D’Tigress, are scheduled to depart for Bamako, the Mali capital, today for the 2017 Afrobasket tournament aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire fl ight. Th e team will start its campaign against Mozambique on Saturday, 19th. Th e delegation, which will be led by the Vice President of the Nigeria […]

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Ronaldo banned for fi ve matches over referee shove

Th e Real Madrid forward lost his cool after being shown a red card during a 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the fi rst leg of the Spanish Super Cup Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for fi ve matches after pushing the referee following his red card in Sunday’s Clasico. Real to […]

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Okagbare tipped for medal in long jump

By Iyalla Adaye, Port Harcourt Okagbare IAAF World Championships: Blessing OkagbareIghoteguonor is expected to save Nigeria’s blushes at the ongoing IAAF World Championship by picking a medal in the women’s long jump. The country has yet to win any medal at the world meets despite featuring in both track and field events of the world […]

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Big gunners target winning starts

By Gbenga Isaac Abuja Arsenal will kick off the Premier League season tonight when they take on Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Th e Gunners had a below par 2016/17, with a poor run of form ensuring they dropped to the Europa League for the fi rst time in the Arsene Wenger era. Th […]

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Liverpool reject Barcelona’s £90m bid for Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a bid of 100 million euros (£90m) from Barcelona for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barca’s second bid for the 25-yearold, which was rejected immediately, comprised an initial 85m euros (£76.8m) plus 15m euros (£13.5m) in add-ons. Liverpool have reiterated that Coutinho – who joined them from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013 […]

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Chelsea need to avoid injury in new season – Cahill

Gary Cahill says Chelsea need to avoid “too many injuries” as questions were asked about the depth of their squad. Antonio Conte named 24 players in the squad for the Community Shield defeat by Arsenal and four of the seven substitutes were academy players. Th e Premier League champions have signed four players but Conte […]

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World Championship: No regret losing crown to Gatling- Bolt

Bolt admitted he was disappointed not to say farewell with victory – he still has the 4x100m relay to race before his retirement – but said he could have done no more. “No regrets. I came out and did my best, I was always to end no matter what happened – win, lose or draw […]

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Gatlin win not the perfect script – IAAF

Justin Gatlin’s 100m victory at the World Championships in London was “not the perfect script”, says Lord Coe. American Gatlin, 35, who has twice served a doping ban, pulled off a shock win to end Usain Bolt’s reign in the Jamaican’s final individual race. “I’m not eulogistic that someone who has served two bans has […]

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Ahmed Musa’s loan move to Hull City gathers pace

Th e arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester City has lead to increase in speculation linking fellow Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa with a move away to Hull City on loan. Musa was sparingly used by Coach Craig Shakespeare who took over from Claudio Ranierilast season, and the arrival of Iheanacho means the manager now has […]

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Quadri, Oshonaike seeded in Doubles event

Stories by Lekan Olaseinde & Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Nigerian Table Tennis star, Aruna Quadri and his doubles partner Egypt’s Omar Assar have been seeded number six at this year’s third edition of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Nigeria Open billed for 9 August to 13 August in Lagos. Th e seedings were confi […]

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Isner wins fourth ATP Atlanta title

John Isner claimed his fourth ATP Atlanta title, saving a set-point in both sets en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) win over Ryan Harrison. Second-seeded American Isner notched his second ATP title in as many weeks afer lifting the trophy in Newport last week. Atlanta was the perfect place for him to keep […]

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Edo FA name Eguavoen League Ambassador

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Former Super Eagles coach and captain, Austin Eguavoen, has been named as the Ambassador of Edo State League. Th e announcement of the lanky coach was made in Benin over the weekend during the Nigeria National League match between Insurance and Delta Force which ended 2-0 in favour of Benin Arsenal. […]

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Kanu 5-A-Side football tournament begins in Owerri

Legendary Ex-Super Eagles skipper, Nwankwo Kanu, has disclosed that his selfsponsored week-long fi ve-aside football tournament for tertiary institutions in Imo State will begins in Owerri from today to August 6, 2017. Th e tournament, under the aegis of the Kanu Sports Center Owerri, the former Arsenal forward and UNICEF Ambassador hinted it is in […]

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Ocheho pledges to transform handball to greater height

By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Newly elected President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, Mr.Samuel Ocheho has vowed to leave no stone unturned in his quest to reposition the fortunes of the sports in the country. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a 2 day retreat organized by the board in Abuja over the weekend the […]

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Iheanacho to stay at Man City if…—Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has left the door open in his team for Kelechi Iheanacho should the muchreported transfer to Leicester City not go through. Iheanacho was to have had a medical at Leicester City on Friday, but that did not happen as it appears several grey areas have yet to be sorted out […]

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Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix despite problems with his Ferrari and a valiant attack by title rival Lewis Hamilton. In a nail-biting fi nish, Vettel had his teammate Kimi Raikkonen behind complaining that he could go faster but being used by the team as a buff er against Hamilton. […]

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Spanish FA boss resigns from FIFA, UEFA

Suspended Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has resigned from his roles as vice-president FIFA and UEFA. He and his son Gorka were arrested earlier this month as part of a corruption investigation. Villar, who denied all the allegations, has been suspended for one year by the Spanish football federation. “Villar will no longer […]

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Ladipo swears in new FCT NFSC exco

Story by Lekan Olaseinde Abuja President General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and National Chairman, Dr. Rafi u Ladipo and Rev Samuel Ikpea yesterday sworn in the newly elected executives members of the FCT chapter to run the aff airs of the club for the next four years Th e election which took place […]

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NFF set record straight on U-15 National Team coaches

Stories By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Th e Nigeria Football Federation has decried a publication which claimed its chieftains had not only handpicked coaches for the U-15 National Team, but had also gone ahead to ‘share coaching positions in the various National Teams among their friends and cronies.’ Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, […]

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Real Madrid stars left awestruck after meeting giant basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal

Real Madrid legends Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic and Keylor Navas were left starstruck after meeting 7ft tall basketball hero Shaquille O’Neal in America. Th e European champions have been based in California on their pre-season tour. And in a break from their preparations for the new season, the La Liga giants took time out to meet […]

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Rohr charges Eagles to beat Cameroon for Ikeme

Coach Gernot Rohr has charged the Super Eagles to beat Cameroon in crunch World Cup qualifi ers in September as a befi tting tribute to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has been diagnosed of acute leukemia. Nigeria host the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo with the return leg in Yaounde four days […]

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Benin Republic to parade 7 Nigerians against Eagles

Th e CHAN Super Eagles could be up against virtually another team of Nigerians should Benin Republic scale a protest by Togo to play next month’s fi nal playoff Th ere are as many as seven players on the Benin Republic team who edged past Togo in a CHAN 2018 qualifi er this month to […]

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Adidas sells ice hockey brand for $110 million

German sportswear group Adidas has agreed to sell its CCM ice hockey brand to private equity fi rm Birch Hill Equity Partners for $110 million, it said on Th ursday, as it focuses more strongly on its core Adidas and Reebok brands. Adidas has shaken up its business in the United States and shed non-core […]