Month: September 2020

  • FIBA World Cup: Argentina tames Nigeria

    first_imgRelatedPosts Argentina says it reached a deal to produce Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials African champions, the D’Tigers, have lost their second consecutive game at the ongoing FIBA World Cup in China to Argentina. The hard fighting Alex Nwora lads suffered a 94-81 points loss to the group favourites and South American giants at the City Arena, Wuhan Sports Centre on Monday. Having lost the first quarter by 17-28 points, Nigeria sprang surprises in the second quarter, winning by 26-15 points. On resumption for the third and the final quarter, the Nigerians failed to keep their momentum as they fell by 18-29 and 20-22 points. Nigeria will hope for their first win in the tournament against South Korea on Wednesday at 1:30pm Nigeria time. Nigeria lost first game of the series by slim margin to Russia on Saturday.Tags: Alex NworaArgentinAD’TigersFIBA World Cuplast_img read more

  • UCL: Real Madrid, Brugge settle for draw

    first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Casemiro spared Real Madrid’s blushes as they escaped with a point after Emmanuel Dennis’ double had threatened to give Club Brugge a famous Champions League victory at the Bernabeu.Humbled 3-0 by Paris St Germain in their Group A opener, the 13-time European champions trailed by two goals at half-time after 21-year-old forward Dennis twice found the net despite almost losing his footing on both occasions.Real captain Sergio Ramos halved the deficit before the hour while Ruud Vormer’s dismissal was followed by Casemiro equalising five minutes from time as the spoils were shared in an entertaining 2-2 draw.The stalemate is still a great result for the Belgians, who were worth their lead at the break before eventually succumbing to Real’s onslaught in the closing stages.Real rested Gareth Bale for the fixture but it seemed his absence would not be too keenly felt as they started strongly, with Karim Benzema, who has scored five times in six LaLiga outings this season, heading wide early on.However, a static Real defence allowed Percy Tau to break free on the left before squaring for an onrushing Dennis, who made a hash of what should have been a simple tap-in but the ball still trickled beyond Thibaut Courtois.Real thought they were spared when the offside flag was raised following Dennis’ clumsy finish but a lengthy consultation with VAR led to the decision being overturned.There was an anxious mood around the stadium as Real struggled to assert themselves in the final third, with Luka Modric hitting into the side-netting from his first-time effort before Toni Kroos saw a deflected volley go wide.When Simon Mignolet was pressed into action, the former Sunderland and Liverpool goalkeeper was up to the task, flinging himself to his right to excellently parry away Raphael Varane’s bullet header.Real were stung again six minutes before half-time, Modric dithering in possession before losing the ball to Dennis, who almost stumbled again before composing himself and intelligently lifting over Courtois.Kroos flashed wide on the stroke of half-time, which was greeted with furious whistles from the home supporters, with Zinedine Zidane sending on Marcelo for Nacho while Alphonse Areola replaced Courtois in goal.Areola came to Real’s aid when another mistake in midfield led to Dennis breaking free again on the resumption, with the substitute goalkeeper spreading himself to deny the Nigerian youngster a hat-trick.The one-on-one save proved a crucial intervention as Real halved the lead in the 55th minute, with technology coming to their aid this time after Ramos had headed home at the back post from Benzema’s right-wing cross.The Real captain seemed to be offside but the goal stood after a check with VAR, handing the Spanish giants a route back into the contest.Brugge were penned back as Real upped the tempo and, despite already dominating possession in the first hour, started to see even more of the ball as they attacked with vigour.Mignolet was cautioned for time wasting as Brugge sought to run down the clock by any means necessary while highly-rated teenager Vinicius Junior entered the fray for Lucas Vazquez in a final roll of the dice from Zidane.A late sliding challenge on the 19-year-old Brazilian from Vormer led to the Brugge captain being sent off in the 84th minute and Real capitalised on their numerical advantage from the resulting free-kick.Kroos’ teasing delivery saw Casemiro plant a header beyond Mignolet although Real were unable to find a winner. Tags: Club BruggeReal Madridlast_img read more

  • Rivers Angels win 2019 Super 4 title

    first_imgRelatedPosts AITEO Cup Finals: Nasarawa Deputy Governor leads delegation to Kaduna Rivers Angels lift AITEO Women Cup Angels clash in Yenagoa for AITEO Cup Cecilia Nku’s second minute penalty was all Rivers Angels needed to win the 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League title against a very determined Confluence Queens side.In a well attended final, which had the Sports Minister,Sunday Dare, and Women Affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen in attendance, the final lived up to its expectation as the fans were thrilled with entertaining football from both sides.Precious Christopher briefly gave Confluence Queens hope in the 14th minute when her penalty hit the woodwork after Amaechi Ojini handled the ball inside the 18 yard box.The victory gave the Edwin Okon’s side their seventh title having won the league last in 2016.An emotional Okon said after the game that he knew his side wouldn’t concede and scoring an early goal was important for them.He said: “We worked hard for this and deserve to win.“Confluence Queens gave us a lot of fight, but we remained resolute and defended well.“This victory means a lot to me and my players.”Meanwhile Whyte Ogbonda who failed to win against Rivers Angels in three consecutive finals was unhappy with the result, but promised to keep fighting.Ogbonda said: “I am not happy with the result today.“I thought we deserve a better result from what we got. “We were unlucky to lose a penalty when we indeed needed to have scored. “We go back to Lokoja with a heavy heart and definitely we won’t relent from this success we have recorded.”The winner of the 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League will go home with N3 million and a one week tour to Spain as part of the Laliga/NWFL partnership deal.Tags: Rivers Angelslast_img read more

  • EPL: Liverpool extend unbeaten run to 33 games

    first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Premier League leaders Liverpool moved 11 points clear after extending their unbeaten run to 33 top-flight games with a dominant 3-0 success at struggling Bournemouth.First-half strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita put Jurgen Klopp’s side on course for a comfortable afternoon at the Vitality Stadium.Mohamed Salah’s 10th goal of the season early in the second period sealed the three points as the European champions continued their seemingly relentless march towards a first title in 30 years.Defeat for lowly Bournemouth, who failed to produce an attempt on target, was a fifth in succession and leaves them just a single point above the relegation zone.Another miserable afternoon for Eddie Howe’s side was compounded by apparent hamstring problems suffered by key defender Nathan Ake and star striker Callum Wilson.Meanwhile, Liverpool’s almost-perfect day in Dorset was slightly tempered by a first-half injury to Dejan Lovren.Reds manager Klopp made seven changes on the south coast as he juggles a packed December fixture list.Salah, Roberto Firmino and captain Jordan Henderson were among those recalled after being given a breather during the emphatic midweek Merseyside derby win over Everton.The visitors, who had won the previous four meetings between the clubs, scoring 14 goals without reply, dominated first-half possession but had to wait until the 35th minute to take the lead at the end of a simple move which started with Alisson Becker.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) opened the scoring for Liverpool (Adam Davy/PA)After receiving the ball from his goalkeeper via Lovren, midfielder Henderson deceived Bournemouth centre-back Chris Mepham with a long, diagonal pass which allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to volley his sixth goal of the season beyond goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from level with the penalty spot.The opener had hallmarks of two sloppy goals the hosts conceded at Spurs last weekend and came in the immediate aftermath of Holland international Ake limping off following a superb tackle to deny Salah.Bournemouth’s players had emerged from the tunnel wearing tracksuit tops with ‘Afobe 9’ on the back in a touching tribute to Benik Afobe following the death of their former team-mate’s two-year-old daughter Amora last week.The out-of-form hosts have been sucked into trouble at the wrong end of the table after picking up just one win from nine games ahead of kick-off.The alarming slump looked likely to continue when they fell further behind a minute before the break following a slick Liverpool attack.Midfielder Keita, making his first league start of the season, collected the ball from Lovren’s replacement Trent Alexander-Arnold and then received it back from Salah’s back-heel before taking a touch and calmly prodding past Ramsdale from 10 yards out.Without on-loan six-goal top scorer Harry Wilson, who was ineligible against his parent club, the Cherries were failing to test Reds keeper Alisson and unable to haul themselves back into the contest.Calamitous home defending led to the result being put beyond doubt just nine minutes into the second period.Inexperienced centre-back Jack Simpson, on in place of Ake, gave the ball away to Keita. The Guinea international then advanced to slip in Salah, who raced away from Mepham to coolly roll home past Ramsdale and atone for a close-range miss in first-half stoppage time.The three goals came in the space of just 19 minutes either side of half-time.In the 64th-minute, Wilson became the second Cherries player to limp off, leaving Dominic Solanke, who has now failed to score in 26 appearances since a £19million move from Anfield in January, as a lone striker.Liverpool’s commanding lead allowed Klopp to hand a Premier League debut to 18-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and give Sadio Mane a well-earned rest on the bench.The visitors were content to wind the clock down rather than go full throttle for more goals and convincingly held on for a welcome first clean sheet in 14 games in all competitions. Tags: Liverpoollast_img read more

  • NFF blasts ex-Sports Minister on crisis talk

    first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, has described as a concoction of half truths and outright falsehood a statement credited to a former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, that crisis erupted between him (Dalung) and the NFF over payment of monies to Nigeria’s U23 team during their Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying tournament in Senegal in 2015. Yahaya-Kwande said: “There would have been no need to respond to Mr. Dalung other than to put the record straight as we still respect his status as a former Minister of Sports. His statement was full of half truths and blatant falsehood and we wonder what the objective is at this juncture if not to create more distractions and toxic issues around Nigerian Football. Mr. Dalung’s problem was that he came into office with a pre-conceived objective of effecting regime-change in the NFF for political benefits. His failure continues to bite him hard even after he has left office. “The NFF never said it wanted to disburse the money to the players. When he said the Ministry would do so, we gladly obliged the Ministry the account details of the players. His so-called revelation that the NFF President personally came to him asking for the money is a blatant lie. “Till today, Mr. Dalung and the Sports Ministry refused to pay for the camping of the same team in the United States for the Olympics. Our FIFA Match Agent who arranged the camp is still being owed, and a Nigerian businessman who paid for the charter of an aircraft for the purpose of conveying the team to Brazil has not been refunded his money. Anyone can call Mr. Idowu and ask him.” Yahaya-Kwande recalled that despite stating that he was unaware of the team camping in the USA and that the team officials might have been engaging in human trafficking, the football team won Nigeria’s only medal at the Olympics in Brazil. He said: “That we did not respond to most of Mr. Dalung’s denigrating statements while he was in office was not for lack of what to say; we held back because of the high respect we have for our father, President Muhammadu Buhari, who appointed him. Mr. Dalung should henceforth respect himself by telling only the truth. It is not the place of a former Minister, having completed his duty tour, to be going about spreading non-factual and denigrating statements against his former subordinates simply to sustain the toxic environment he left behind or to distract the new managers of sports in Nigeria. “For as long as we can remember, the Ministry of Sports has been disbursing money directly to players and officials of teams involved in competitions superintended by the Ministry, such as the All-Africa Games, the U23 AFCON and the Olympic Games. NFF never contemplated changing that process while Mr. Dalung was in office.”Tags: NFFsolomon DalungSuleiman Yahaya Kwandelast_img read more

  • Tyson Fury masturbates seven times daily ahead Wilder fight

    first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury is pulling out all the stops as he prepares for his rematch with Deontay Wilder. The Gypsy King takes on the Bronze Bomber in a highly-anticipated second bout in Las Vegas on February 22 – with Wilder’s WBC heavyweight belt on the line. Their first encounter ended in a controversial December 2018 draw, with many, including Fury, believing the Brit was a deserving winner. Fury is now aiming to secure his victory over the unbeaten Wilder at the second attempt, and he’s hoping for a knockout according to his trainer SugarHill Steward. The Gypsy King himself insists the KO will come early so “we can all go out and get drunk” in Las Vegas. Nonetheless, Wilder is a fearsome puncher and twice sent Fury to the canvas in their first fight – only to see the Brit rise and complete the 12 rounds. And to prepare for Wilder’s fists Fury has been strengthening his jaw – by “licking p****!” He said: “I have got confidence in my chin but I’ve been doing a lot of p**** licking to strengthen up my jaw up. “So yeah I’ve been strengthening the old jaw up as well.” This is not the first unusual tactic Fury has used in the build-up to his rematch with Wilder – and not even the first X-rated one. The Manchester-born fighter revealed last month he’s “masturbating seven times a day” to keep his testosterone pumping in the build up to the bout. Furthermore, the 31-year-old earlier this month vowed to dip his hands in PETROL for five minutes a day in an attempt to toughen up his knuckles. He said: “I was speaking to an old legendary bare-knuckle fighter from the travelling community, he’s called Big Joe Joyce. “He told me about dipping his hands in petrol to toughen them up. “So for this fight I’ll be dipping my hands in petrol for five minutes a day during the last three or four weeks of the training camp to really toughen them up. “It worked for him, so I’m going to give it a try.”Tags: Gypsy KingSugarhill StewardTyson Furylast_img read more

  • On-loan Liverpool keeper Karius ends Besiktas contract

    first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his contract with Turkish side Besiktas following a dispute over unpaid wages, the on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper said on Monday.Liverpool loaned German Karius to Besiktas on a two-year deal in August 2018 after paying a world-record fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Brazilian Alisson. Karius, who was widely criticised for being at fault for two goals when Liverpool lost the 2018 Champions League final to Real Madrid, complained to world soccer’s governing body FIFA last year that Besiktas had not paid him for several months.The 26-year-old said in a post on Instagram on Monday: “Today I terminated my contract with Besiktas.“It’s a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems.“I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again.“Same things happened already last year. Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut.” The 26-year-old Karius will now return to Liverpool following the termination of his deal in Turkey.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alisson BeckerBesiktasLiverpoolLoris Kariuslast_img read more

  • Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain

    first_imgRelatedPosts Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Napoli president tests positive for coronavirus Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Napoli coach, Gennaro Gattuso, is notoriously hard to please, but he dished out rare praise on Sunday when describing new Nigerian signing Victor Osimhen as a “young lad with the head of a 40-year-old”.Osimhen, who became Napoli’s record signing when he joined from Lille in the summer for a reported 70 million euros, was brought on for his debut after an hour of Sunday’s Serie A match at Parma and made an instant impact in their 2-0 win. “I was struck by Osimhen’s serious attitude,” said Gattuso. “He hasn’t forgotten where he came from and the sacrifices he made.“He built himself up on his own and I congratulate him for his will and desire.“He is a young lad with the head of a 40-year-old, I hope he doesn’t make mistakes and doesn’t change his attitude.”Osimhen, 21, grew up in a tough district of Lagos, lost his mother at a young age and, along with his brother and sister, sold bottled water to drivers stuck in Lagos traffic to help his family make ends meet.Gattuso said he wanted to get Napoli back into the top four again after last year’s turbulent season where they finished seventh after a late recovery and won the Coppa Italia. “It’s natural that given the history of the last ten years we want to return to the top four,” he said.“I want to see a well organised team that have clear principles in their heads and that know how to make themselves available in difficult moments.”Tags: Gennaro GattusoNapoliVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

  • Guzan signs new Villa deal

    first_imgGoalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal with Aston Villa. Lambert’s decision was vindicated as Guzan went on to enjoy a stellar campaign which earned him the player of the year award. “This is just the start now, the start of hard work. We have to build on last year and go forward and that is very much the collective mindset at the club,” Guzan said on Villa’s official website. “We grew together as a team last season and now it’s time to kick on again. We’ll welcome the new guys with open arms and allow them to join this special family that we’ve started to create from last season. It’s an exciting time for the club for sure. “When you bring in new players you have fresh bodies, fresh blood, fresh excitement and you need that to prevent things from becoming stale and guys getting complacent. You want competition for places, you want guys pushing each other and helping each other. When you bring in new faces it lifts everybody. “For me, it’s an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term. I’m overjoyed by it.” Guzan joined Villa in July 2008 from American side Chivas and had to bide his time behind both Brad Friedel and then Given before being given his stripes. “Brad has been exceptional for the club, really fantastic on and off the pitch,” Lambert added. “He’s always bubbly around the place and a really solid character. He’s a good guy as well which is really important. Overall, he’s a credit to the club.” Press Associationcenter_img The 28-year-old United States international will now remain at Villa Park until the end of the 2016/17 season at least. The deal represents a further display of trust from manager Paul Lambert, who installed Guzan as his number one ahead of Shay Given before the start of last season. last_img read more

  • Agudelo to join Stoke

    first_img Stoke manager Mark Hughes said: “We’ve put a lot of work into this deal, and I am delighted that we have managed to get the deal over the line. “It’s a good deal for us because he is a very good young player who boasts a lot of talent, as well as a lot of potential too. “I’ve known of him for a couple of years now. He burst on to the scene for the United States at the age of 17 and everybody has paid attention to him since. “I have kept my eye on him for the last 18 months, and thankfully we were in a position where we were able to pull this deal off.” Agudelo, who has previously played for New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA, made his mark on the international stage with a goal on debut against South Africa in 2010 and now has 17 caps. He only joined the Revolution this year in what is his fourth season in Major League Soccer. Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes believes the move underlines the growing strength of the American competition. He said: “We’ve played against five MLS teams in the last two years and have been consistently impressed with the quality we’ve come up against. Press Association United States striker Juan Agudelo has signed a pre-contract agreement with Stoke, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. The 20-year-old will join the Potters on January 1, 2014 when his contract with New England Revolution expires. Agudelo will link up with compatriots Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Brek Shea at the Britannia Stadium when he completes his move. “We’ve already taken two players directly from the MLS in Geoff and Brek. “Geoff readily adapted to life in the Premier League by making 35 league appearances for us in his first season at the Britannia Stadium. “Brek and Maurice will be looking to do likewise this season and we’re confident that Juan will be able to follow suit.” last_img read more