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Martin del Potro joins Queen’s line-up

Juan Martin del Potro is the fourth Grand Slam champion to join the Aegon Championships line-up at Queen’s Club this summer. The giant Argentine joins world No 1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal and the reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka at the event. “I am so happy to be coming […]

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Klitschko to use Joshua sessions as homework

Former champion Wladimir Klitschko has said sparring with Britain’s Anthony Joshua a few years ago has given him an idea of what to expect ahead of their world heavyweight title clash at Wembley Stadium on April 29. Ukrainian Klitschko, who invited Joshua to a training camp in November 2014, was impressed by the London 2012 […]

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Lobi Stars named Ogbeide as coach

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Lobi Stars have appointed Solomon Ogbeide as their new head coach after Godwin Uwua resigned his post recently. Coach Ogbeide’s appointment, according to a statement signed by secretary of the board, Terzungwe Chugh, is based on merit, having considered his relevant and wealth of experience in Nigerian football Coach Ogbeide holds […]

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Hooliganism: LMC fi nes Kano Pillars N7.2m, hammers Katsina, Remo, suspends goalie

Stories By Lekan Olaseinde & Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Th e hammer of the League Management Company have fall on three Nigerian Professional League clubs Kano Pillars, Katsina United and Remo Stars for violating several safety rules at match venues and bringing the game into disrepute for the ugly incident that happened in some of the […]

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Stakeholders meet tomorrow

Th e Ministry of Youth and Sports will tomorrow holds a one- day Stakeholders’ Forum on the guidelines draft for National Sports Federations Election at the Media Centre of the National Stadium, Abuja. Th e forum will be presided over by the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung. Stakeholders will have the opportunity […]

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Bolt inspired me to break world record – Niekerk

Training with Jamaican athletics legend Usain Bolt gave Wayde van Niekerk the self-belief he could break Michael Johnson’s 400 metres world record, he said on Tuesday.   Th e 24-year-old South African duly delivered in perhaps the performance of last year’s athletics programme at the Olympics in Rio, posting a time of 43.03 in the […]

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Epic battle between Bayern, Madrid as Foxes aim to make history

By Gbenga Isaac Abuja Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid will renew their rivalry when they clash at the Allianz Arena. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti will be coming up against his former club, and he will be aiming to oust his former employers the same way he ousted Bayern in the 2013/14 season. Bayern […]

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Argentina coach sacked after 8-matches

Argentina have sacked Edgardo Bauza after eight matches as coach, with the team outside the automatic qualifying places for next year’s World Cup. La Albiceleste are fi fth in the 10-team South American qualifying group, with only the top four assured of qualifying for the tournament in Russia. Finishing fi fth would mean a play-off […]

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Conor McGregor takes private jet to Liverpool for Grand National before UFC star’s nightclub appearance

Conor McGregor makes no secret of his extravagant life away from UFC and he has lived up to his reputation by travelling in style to watch the Grand National. Th e Irishman, who has been linked with a spectacular boxing showdown with the retired Floyd Mayweather, headed to Aintree for the horse racing showpiece. He […]

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Enyimba deny Dauda attacked ball boy

Over 200 U-13 football players from the Federal Capital Territory will take part in the 2017 edition of the FOSLA Academy Scholarship programme holding on this weekend at the School playing ground in Karshi Abuja. According to the Coordinator of the Programme Patrick Ngwaogu, the one day tournament will involve U-13 teams from the six […]

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Kwara varsity qualifi es for NUGA games

Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has qualifi ed for the fi nals of 2017 Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), to be hosted by he Federal University of Technology, Makurdi, from 19th to 30th April, 2017. KWASU athletes will participate in fi ve games, including squash, badminton, table tennis, female volleyball and javelin. Th e university […]

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Haas downs Opelka in Houston

Experience trumped over youth as 39-year-old Tommy Haas defeated 19-year-old Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 in the first round of the ATP clay court tournament in Houston, Texas. “It’s nice to win these matches, especially against the young guys who are going to be around for a long time,” said Germany’s Haas, a former […]

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Wilfried Zaha wanted by Manchester City

Wilfried Zaha is very much on the radar of Manchester City, who want the fi rst option to sign the player from Crystal Palace. According to the Daily Mail, City have asked the Eagles for fi rst refusal should they decide to cash in on Zaha. The Elephants player, who switched his international allegiance to […]

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Arsenal target Allegri set to sign new Juventus contract

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is on the verge of signing a contract extension, tying him to Serie A tabletoppers until 2020 and ending Arsenal’s interest. Th e 49-year-old had been top of the shortlist to succeed Arsene Wenger should the Frenchman decide not to accept the tabled contract extension at the Premier League club. But […]

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Barkley was victim of unprovoked attack, says lawyer

Everton midfi elder Ross Barkley was the victim of an “unprovoked attack” in a Liverpool bar, his lawyer has said. CCTV footage circulating on social media shows the 23-yearold England player being hit in the face by a man. Barkley was not seriously injured in the incident, which came hours after he played the full […]

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Fireworks at Juve as Monaco aim for shock win

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 1st leg preview:\ By Gbenga Isaac Abuja Juventus and Barcelona will slug it out for bragging rights when they clash at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Both sides will be meeting for the fi rst time since the 2015 Champions League fi nal, which Barca won 3-1. Juve are a […]

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NFF confi dent Lookman will not dump Nigeria for England

Th e Nigerian Football Association (NFF) are hoping to convince Everton FC starlet Ademola Lookman to choose the Super Eagles over England’s Th ree Lions. Th e 19-year-old forward was born in London, England to parents of Nigerian descent and he’s eligible to play for the national teams of both countries. Lookman, who has been […]

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Zesco coach blasts ref shameful after draw with Rangers

Zesco United Serbian coach Zlatko Krmpotic has blasted the Senegalese referee Issa Sy who handled his team’s CAF Confederation Cup clash at Rangers, accusing him of not being fair. Th e Nigeria champions lost a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Zesco in a CAF Confederation Cup fi nal playoff fi rst leg in Enugu. […]

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‘Alexis isn’t the only one frustrated’ – Bellerin insists

Alexis Sanchez may be “very expressive” with his emotions, but Hector Bellerin insists the entire Arsenal squad share his frustration. Th e Chilean wears his heart on his sleeve, with it clear for all to see when he feels wronged or upset. Th ere have been too many displays of emotion in recent weeks, with […]

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Brazil top FIFA rankings

Five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years. Brazil have enjoyed a impressive revival since Tite replaced Dunga as their national team coach last year, winning all nine matches they have played under his leadership […]

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Federer to skip clay season

Roger Federer, fresh from winning his third title of the year in Miami has disclosed that he will take a nearly two-month break from the sport before returning for the French Open in late May. Federer has won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami since coming back from a six-month injury lay-off and he […]

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Wenger says ‘retirement is dying’ as he vows to continue

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to manage next season as he believes “retirement is dying” for people of his age. Wenger, 67, has been criticised by some fans after the Gunners slipped to sixth in the Premier League following four defeats in their past five games. A 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern […]

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Feghouli doubts Algeria qualification for 2018 World Cup

West Ham United attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli has revealed that he is eager to represent Algeria at another FIFA World Cup tournament. The winger played for the Desert Warriors at the 2014 FIFA World Cup – scoring against Belgium, but they were knocked out by eventual champions Germany. “I think the World Cup is the […]

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Ibrahimovic in United contract talks

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he is in talks with Manchester United over a new contract, saying he “never leaves a job unfinished”. The 35-year-old has an option of a further 12-month contract after he moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to […]

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Tevez’s Chinese club hit by stadium fire

Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua’s Hongkou stadium has been damaged by a fire. There were no casualties reported after the incident on Tuesday morning. The state news agency said the fire had not affected the stands or the pitch and investigations were continuing into the cause. The club, managed by ex-Brighton manager Gus Poyet, […]